December Newsletter

Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?

Please click on PK-5 Chromebook Troubleshooting resource for district troubleshooting tips. Reach out to the school if you need additional assistance.

Attendance Check Ins

Please remember to reach out to Westwood staff regarding any absences from class, just as you would on traditional in person learning days. Email is a great method of communicating with the Westwood staff regarding absences, appointments during the day, or tardies. Please add the office secretaries, Julie and Monique to your attendance related emails.

Westwood Warrior Challenge (with a side of pie!)

Wow, Westwood!!! As with many aspects of life in 2020, this year's fundraiser looked different.

The Westwood families embraced the virtual fundraiser and blew us away with your generosity! Thank you, as always, for your incredible support of the students at Westwood Elementary!

Chalk the Playground Winners

Giving Tree Program

This year, Ankeny Schools will not be sponsoring the Giving Tree program. Our Westwood community is always incredibly generous and your donations each year support families right here in Ankeny. We encourage you to continue giving to the Ankeny Service Center directly or another agency of your choosing. You can choose to sponsor a family by clicking on the link here and completing the “sponsor a family for the holidays” form. You can also donate gifts for children of all ages, gift cards, or personal care items to the Ankeny Service Center.

Call 515-965-1976 or email to arrange drop-off of items. Please note the Ankeny Service Center has moved to 1517 N. Ankeny Blvd. Suite B (directly north of Earl May). Questions can be directed to Justine Brandenburg, Westwood School Social Worker, at

Important Information from the Nurse

Ankeny Families, As we make the transition from Hybrid to Required Continuous Learning, we would like to share several quick reminders regarding the importance of reporting illness even while learning remotely.

  • Feeling Sick. If your child is feeling ill, and is unable to participate in the continuous learning, please contact your school as usual.
  • Positive Test. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact your school principal and school nurse as soon as possible.
  • Close Contact. If you are notified that your child is a close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact your school.
  • Limit Contact With Others. Continue to follow Polk County Health Department guidelines which include limiting our contact with others. This includes social distancing, wearing a mask properly and keeping your social circle small.
  • Wear a Mask. Per Polk County Health Department: We cannot stress the importance of wearing a mask. This is the best form of protection against COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now provided new guidance that wearing a mask can protect BOTH the person wearing the mask and those around you. Wearing a mask will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
If your child is currently in quarantine and not ill, your child is expected to virtually attend the Required Continuous Learning (online instruction) per their class schedule. Thank you for everything you are doing to help keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Sincerely, Ankeny School Nurses


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