UCSD Newsletter 5.19.23 #upliftingU
Urbandale Students Enjoy the 2023 Dragon Games
Celebrating National Band Director Day May 20
UHS American Red Cross Blood Drive
Celebrating Our Graduates! Metro West Graduation May 17, 2023
Help Honor Rolling Green By Purchasing A Leaf For A “Memory Tree” At KA
Olmsted’s ‘Superintendent Day’
Since there is not an official “appreciation day” dedicated to recognizing the hard work of school district superintendents, Olmsted Elementary decided to create their own. On April 27th, Olmsted students and staff invited Dr. Rosalie Daca to Olmsted in celebration of the inaugural, “Superintendent Appreciation Day.” They honored Dr. Daca for all of the time, dedication, and energy she brings in her leadership of UCSD. Dr. Daca was given a bouquet of flowers and cards of appreciation from students. Students shared what they think a superintendent does all day, which brought about many smiles, chuckles, and an ever-present reminder of how lucky we are to be in education with such wonderful students, teachers, staff, and families. Below are some of the comments students shared about what a superintendent does all day—we hope you enjoy them as much as we did! More Photos
“She helps people with stuff.”
“She keeps us safe.”
“Helps people who don’t feel good.”
“Gives out surprises.”
“Helps people get to the nurse.”
“She’s in charge of everyone.”
She is always willing to have fun!”
“She pays rent for every school.”
“She is the principal of principals.”
“She is president of the schools.”
UCSD Summer Meal Program: Free Breakfast & Lunch Served To Children June 8 – August 10, 2023
Urbandale Community School District is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program this summer. The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session and children do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.
Meals will be provided at no charge to all children ages 1 to 18 years. Children do not need to be enrolled in the District. The meals and service provided will be the same for all children regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or socio-economic background.
UCSD Nutrition Services will be offering on-site meals, at Olmsted Elementary, Aldersgate Church and Urbandale Middle School. Dates and times vary by location. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis and must be consumed on site. No meals will be available July 3 through July 5 in observance of the holiday.
2023 Summer Food Open Sites
Olmsted Elementary School
7110 Prairie Ave, Urbandale IA, 50322
June 8 - August 4*
Breakfast: 8:00am - 9:15am
Lunch: 10:50am - 12:30pm
3600 75th St, Urbandale IA, 50322
June 12 - July 28*
Breakfast: 8:30am - 9:10am
Lunch: 11:30am - 12:10pm
*Sites are closed July 3-5, 2023
Urbandale Middle School
7701 NW Aurora Ave, Urbandale IA, 50322
August 7 - 10
Breakfast: 8:00am - 9:00am
Lunch: 11:45am -12:15pm
CultureALL Ambassadors visit Valerius
Join Us May 22 In Celebration Of Our 2023 UCSD Retirees
Please join us at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023, at the Urbandale High School Media Center for a Retiree Reception where we will honor and celebrate our UCSD staff members who are retiring at the end of this school year.
EVENT: Retiree Reception
DATE: Monday, May 22nd
TIME: 5:30 p.m. (prior to the School Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. which will be held in the UHS Media Center)
LOCATION: UHS Media Center (please enter through Media Center doors)
Note: Retirees will be recognized during the reception as well as at the beginning of the School Board Meeting.
UCSD Educators: Apply For A ‘Making A Difference Grant’ By September 22, 2023
Join Our Adventuretime Team For the 2023-24 School Year! Before & After School Associate Positions Earning Over $15/hour
Announcing Our UCSD Coordinator of Student Services
We’re excited to announce our UCSD Coordinator of Student Services beginning in the 2023–24 school year. Mrs. Renee Gelfond has accepted the position of Coordinator of Student Services. We look forward to welcoming her to the position beginning July 1, 2023.
With over 17 years of experience, Mrs. Gelfond brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position. Since 2015, she has been serving as Principal at Hillis Elementary in Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS). Prior to that, Mrs. Gelfond served as a Dean of Students for four years, a K–5 Literacy Leader for one year, K–5 Reading First Coach for one year, and a K–5 English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher for two years in DMPS.
Mrs. Gelfond earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Drake University, a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Iowa State University. She holds a K–12 Principal Licensure, a K–12 Special Education Administrator Licensure, a Reading Endorsement, and a Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement.
“I am honored to be joining the Urbandale Community School District,” said Gelfond. “I hope to share some of the experiences I have had the past eight years as a principal in Des Moines in order to continue the fantastic work that Urbandale is already doing. I am looking forward to learning and growing alongside the other leaders in the district. I am committed to serving the students, staff, and families in Urbandale.”
Please join us in officially welcoming Mrs. Renee Gelfond as our UCSD Coordinator of Student Services. We look forward to working alongside this exceptional leader.
2023–24 School Year Calendars & First Day of School Dates
Please make note of the following dates for the start of our 2023–24 school year. We’re looking forward to a great year together!
Karen Acres (year-round calendar)
The first day of school for Karen Acres students is Thursday, July 27, 2023
View quick-view calendars (Please see calendar for start/dismissal times as well as “Late Start Monday” times.)
UCSD (except Karen Acres)
The first day of school for UCSD K-12 students (except Karen Acres) is Wednesday, August 23, 2023
The first day of school for Preschool students is Friday, August 25, 2023
View quick-view calendars (Please see calendar for start/dismissal times as well as “Late Start Monday” times.)
Design and Construction Progress Update May 2023
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Class of 2023! Urbandale High School Commencement Ceremony *Livestream Link Included*
Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Knapp Center, Drake University
The graduation livestream can be viewed on the District YouTube Channel beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 25. Congratulations to the Class of 2023! We are #proudofU! (Note: Please use the link above for the most direct access to the livestream.)
May Is Mental Health Awareness Month — Resources And Support
Celebrating Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Rolling Green Legacy Celebration May 26
Please join us for a special celebration as we honor the proud history of Rolling Green Elementary. The Open House begins at 3:30 p.m. with refreshments and self-guided tours. We’ll welcome everyone to the gymnasium at 4:45 p.m. for a brief ceremony. Activities will conclude at 5:30 p.m.
EVENT: Rolling Green Elementary Legacy Celebration
DATE: Friday, May 26, 2023
TIME: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Rolling Green Elementary, 8100 Airline Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322
Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, Rolling Green will relocate to Karen Acres Elementary. New location—same great teachers, staff, students, year-round calendar, and school community!
Reminder: ‘No School’ Dates In May 2023
Please make note of the following dates in May 2023 when school will not be in session.
Memorial Day: Monday, May 29, 2023 (no school; no Adventuretime; District Administration Office closed)
School resumes for all UCSD students: Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Last day of school for all UCSD students except Rolling Green: Thursday, June 1, 2023
Last day of school for Rolling Green students: Thursday, June 15, 2023
UCSD Garage Sale July 14, 2023
Safety City: Register Your Incoming Kindergarten Student By May 27
Looking for a fun, meaningful, and well-paying job this summer?
Then look no further. The UCSD Adventuretime Family Services Summer Program is hiring associates to support preschool through fifth grade students participating in the summer program. You’ll have the opportunity to help children participate in crafts, games, enrichment activities, team building, field trips, guest speakers, and group celebrations. The summer program will be located at Olmsted Elementary from June 8 – August 4, 2023. Hours of operation are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Associate positions are great for parents, retirees, community members, college students, and high school students (must be 16 years of age or older to apply). Positions are part-time and not eligible for health insurance benefits. The beginning hourly rate is over $15/hour. To learn more, view the associate job description or call 515-457-5855. We look forward to hearing from you!
Last Day Of School June 1; Rolling Green Last Day June 15
Last day for students is Thursday, June 1, 2023
Last day for certified staff is Monday, June 5, 2023
Last day for students is Thursday, June 15, 2023
Last day for certified staff is Friday, June 16, 2023
Note: May 26 will be a work day for certified staff at Rolling Green
School calendars can be viewed here.
Student Registration For The 2023-24 School Year
Families with students in kindergarten through 11th grade currently enrolled in the district should have received an email between May 1 – May 14, 2023, with instructions for online registration. For families without email, a letter was mailed to you with instructions for registering your returning student(s).
Returning Students—if your student(s) is registered in UCSD this school year (2022–2023), click here for specific information about registering your returning student. (Note: You should have received a registration email between May 1 – May 14 which included your student’s unique Snap Code.)
Preschool Students—if your child will be 3 years old or 4 years old by September 15, 2023, click here for specific information about registering your preschool student.
Kindergarten Students—if your child will be 5 years old by September 15, 2023, click here for specific information about registering your kindergarten student.
New Students—if your student(s) is new to UCSD, click here for specific information about registering your new student.
2023-24 Bus Transportation Request Form
Join Our Team! We’re hiring for various positions and we’d like to hear from you!
Are you interested in making a positive difference in the lives of Urbandale students? Do you like building relationships and helping others reach their potential? Would you enjoy hours within a school-day schedule while being a member of IPERS (the state’s largest public retirement system)? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you! We’re currently seeking team members for a variety of positions. We currently have several new openings for the 2023-24 School Year! Learn More