Samuelson News


Teacher Requests

It is that time of year where staff begins to work on class lists for the upcoming school year. Multiple data points are used to determine class rosters. This Spring I am going to honor the hard work that teachers do to assign students to a class list. Because of this, I will not be accepting any parent requests for a specific teacher. Thank you!

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Kindergarten Sign Up

Your child must be five years old on or before September 15 to be eligible.


Everyone is required to provide the following documents:*

  • Birth certificate;
  • Immunization records;
  • Photo ID;
  • Resident verification (may include, but not limited to: recent utility bill, current vehicle registration, recent DHS paperwork, signed lease agreement or notarized letter from your landlord.)

*All documentation must be received before sign-up can be completed.


Current Des Moines Public Schools preschool students will receive a letter from your student’s teacher instructing you on how to complete the kindergarten registration process. Please wait for your registration letter before beginning this process. You do NOT need to visit the Welcome Center to begin this process.

Families who already have a child attending a DMPS elementary school or preschool may sign-up at Samuelson on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 2:30 – 6:30 P.M.

Families who are new to Des Moines Public Schools, or who do not have a current DMPS elementary student, can sign-up by visiting the Welcome Center at 2100 Fleur Dr. beginning February 11, 2019.


Families may call 515-242-7371 with any questions about the kindergarten sign-up process.

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Counselor Notes

Please keep the following dates in mind:

Tuesday, Apr. 2nd

Former Samuelson students who are now Seniors at Hoover came to talk to 5th graders about their future plans as well as their high school and middle school experiences.

Thursday, Apr. 30

Jennifer Good, the school counselor from Meredith will be coming to talk to our 5th graders about their music and foreign language choices for 6th grade. A paper will be coming home for parents to review.

Friday, May 10th

Students will have the opportunity to get on buses and take a trip to Meredith Middle school. They will get a tour and talk to the administration and counseling staff about their upcoming 6th grade year.

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Nurse News

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Healthy Choices Count is helping create healthier environments in schools, child care and out-of-school programs, health care practices, workplaces, and communities — the places where children and their families live, learn, work, and play. It is centered around the common message of 5-2-1-0:

  • 5 or more fruits and vegetables.
  • 2 hours or less of screen time.
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity.
  • 0 sugary drinks, more water.

As a part of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count, we will be working hard to improve our nutrition and physical activity environment and adding the 5-2-1-0 behaviors into our daily activities. As part of our work, you may hear your child talking about 5-2-1-0. Don’t hesitate to get involved or ask what we are working on.

For more information about 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count, visit, or contact Brooke Wehrman at 515-242-8441 or

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