Grant Ragan Gazette 12-7-18

Winter Party on December 21st

When you are getting your list together for this year’s Winter party please include the Waukee Catering Department. We have you covered for the treats on your list,
and yes we have a special option for you too. The Blizzard Cookie, which is a 2-ounce sugar cookie, topped with three colors of crystal sanding sugars.  These sugars add an extra crunch and provide a pop of color to the cookie. The sugars are naturally colored with ingredients such as spirulina extract and beet juice.  These cookies will be available through classroom treats on RevTrak and only available for the holiday party.  The price for our cookies will remain at $9, the same as our non-decorated sugar cookies. So check us out on the Waukee website, and I hope we can make your “to do” list a little easier.

All of our treats are made in our safe “peanut/tree nut aware” kitchens. If your child has other allergy concerns, please contact Kaitlyn Scheuermann, RDN at or 515-987- 2719 ext 2029. All treats are served with napkins and utensils as needed. Let us be the one stop shop for your classroom treats. Simply click the link below to place an order.

To place an order go to:

Please have your order in by December 17th. Thank you! Questions? Contact Our Event Coordinator, Matt Boot at 515-240-9462 or 515-987-2719 or

Early Out on Wednesday, December 19th

Students will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19th.

Please check the WCSD 2018-2019 Calendar regularly for upcoming early dismissals.

PTO Notes

Please join us for the January Grant Ragan PTO meeting on Monday, January 8th at 7 pm. We will welcome Cindi McDonald, Superintendent of Waukee Schools, as our guest speaker. The meeting will be held in the library and child care will be available. We hope to see you there!

New Menu in the Cafeteria

With the change in seasons, it’s time for new menus!  These menus started Monday, November 26th at all schools and run through March 1, 2019.  Make sure to check them out to see when there will be new items and your all-time favorites!

Help Us Celebrate the Joy of Reading!

“Catch” your child reading in a picture for the bulletin board located just outside the main office. Pictures should be candid or spontaneous and limited to 4X6″ or smaller to ensure that everyone can be represented. Parents can add their child’s photo to the board the next time they are at the school.

You’re Invited!

We cordially invite families and staff to visit our Waukee APEX Showcase and 5-Year Celebration on Monday, December 10, 2018, from 6-8 PM at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center. The APEX student associates teamed with our business partners to plan interactive displays perfect for all ages to share their project work from the semester in a fun way. We will also have colleges attending from across the state and local businesses and clubs setting up information tables that evening. A truly interactive opportunity to learn more about STEM, meet our partners and gather college and career information. This night is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

Attendance/Transportation Change Reminder

  • Please notify your child’s teacher and the front office by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.
  • You may notify the front office by calling the attendance line 515.987.2737 or by
  • If your child is changing transportation plans for the day, please notify the office as well as the classroom teacher.

Nurse Notes

Winter Party is Friday, December 21st from 2:30pm to 3:15pm. Just a few helpful reminders for the Winter Party:

  • Please avoid bringing treats that contain peanuts/nuts and state “May be processed in a facility with peanuts/tree nuts.”
  • Utilize our nutrition department, order through RevTrak. Simple and easy!
  • Homemade items are NOT allowed in the school.
  • We are not able to prepare food in the classroom.
  • ALL TREATS/SNACKS need to be commercially prepared and packaged for distribution with intact ingredient labels.
  • Products change all the time, please read labels.  Krispy Kreme is NOT a nut free facility anymore.
  • If you have questions please call Nurse Sara at 987.2767

Please follow these steps for when your child is sick: Keep your child home for at least 24 hours when he or she is sick. This means your child must be fever free without medication (Temperature of 99.9 and below), and not vomiting for 24 hours before coming back to class (school policy). Take children into the doctor as soon as possible if they are showing flu- like symptoms. Please visit this website for information regarding the upcoming flu-season:

3rd Grade Vision Requirement
Each 3rd grade child is required by the State of Iowa to have a vision screen. This can be done by an eye doctor; at a doctor’s office; or by Prevent Blindness Iowa, KidSight, Lion’s Club Volunteers. Please send in your vision results if you haven’t done so already.

Hearing Screenings
Hearing screenings will be conducted in late January/early February. If you have a concern before that time or don’t want your child screened, please notify the school nurse.

For this winter, the health office is looking for the donations on the following items: girl AND boy underwear(SIZE 6-10); girl and boy shoes (sizes for 4th and 5th grade); and ice cream buckets. If you are able to donate, please stop by the health office to drop off the items.