UCSD Newsletter 12.09.22 #upliftingU
What Parents Need To Know About Fentanyl—Community Forum January 17
Urbandale Community School District is hosting a community forum regarding the dangers of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorneys Mallory Weiser and MacKenzie Tubbs will share critical information about counterfeit pills, warning signs, NARCAN, and how social media is impacting distribution. Attendees will also gain an understanding of Des Moines metro area statistics on seizures of fentanyl, drug cases, and overdoses. The forum is the next session in the District’s “Parent University” program. All metro area public or private school parents and guardians are welcome to attend this free event.
- Event: What Parents Need To Know About Fentanyl Community Forum
- Time/Date: 6:30 p.m. January 17, 2023
- Location: Urbandale High School, Performing Arts Center, 7111 Aurora Avenue
- Attendees: All metro area parents and guardians
- Tickets: No tickets necessary; free admission
Olmsted & UHS Students Collect Over 2,300 Items For Thanksgiving Food Drive
Students across the district have been participating in projects that make a positive difference in our community. Several of those meaningful projects include a Thanksgiving Food Drive at Olmsted Elementary and Urbandale High School.
Olmsted Elementary students, families, and staff collected nearly 1,000 food items to help support families in need over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Olmsted Power of U Character Council sorted the items in order to make Thanksgiving meals for 20 families, plus three bins of desserts. UCAN delivered the meals to families in time for Thanksgiving.
Urbandale High School students in Marketing Education are expected to do 10 hours of community service to earn DMACC credit for the class. As a class, the 16 students decided they wanted to do something that would help others. They chose to organize a food drive at the high school throughout November. To promote the food drive, Marketing Education students created posters, maintained an Instagram account, and wrote an article for the school newsletter. All UHS students were encouraged to bring donations to their Connections classrooms every week. On Fridays, Marketing Education students counted items in each Connections class to see which class contributed the most that week. Marketing Education students kept all students informed about which Connections classes were in first, second, and third place and provided a fun incentive for students to participate with first through third place Connections classes earning two free pizzas donated by Casey’s. UHS students collected 1,165 food items, plus an additional 200 items that Mr. Moreno and others who attended the Turkey Trot collected, and delivered them to the Urbandale Food Pantry.
Many thanks to Olmsted and UHS students, families, and staff who organized and contributed to such successful food drives. Your generosity, kindness, and compassion have a far-reaching impact in our community. Incredibly well-done! #UrbandalePride
Maintaining A Healthy Learning Environment
Throughout our school district, we have noticed an increase in student absenteeism due to illness which is why we’d like to request your help in maintaining a healthy learning environment for our students and staff. Please review the following guidelines for monitoring and reporting illness as well as preventative measures.
Monitoring and Reporting Illness
It is very important for parents and guardians to continue monitoring your child’s health. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, we ask that you keep your child home, observe for symptoms such as sore throat, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea, and follow up with your healthcare provider. Your child may return to school after your child has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, and other illness symptoms are improving. If your child visits a healthcare provider, please request a note from the doctor to excuse the absence(s).
If your child does not have a temperature, but is feeling ill and the illness prevents your child from participating comfortably in academics/activities, please keep your child home until illness symptoms have passed.
When calling in your child absent from school, please be sure to contact your school’s attendance line leaving your student’s name, grade, symptoms, temperature, and the best phone number to reach you if your school nurse has further questions.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must remain home for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). Students may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. It is highly recommended that students wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days. Families need to contact your school nurse if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
Wash your hands often.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve.
Stay home and rest if you are sick.
Seek guidance from a healthcare professional when needed.
School Board Officers Elected
School Board Officers were elected during the November 21 School Board meeting. Congratulations to Katherine Howsare who was elected Board President and Brianna Sayre Geiser who was elected Board Vice President. Thank you for your leadership! #weappreciateU
UCSD Certificates of Recognition
During the December 5 School Board meeting, the Board and Administration awarded 25 Certificates of Recognition to UCSD students for the following accomplishments. What an impressive group! We are #proudofU!
All-State Chorus: Kiki Ibsais and Dylan Rains
All-State Orchestra: Katelyn Knight and Anna Thompson
All-State Band: Henry Dix, Oscar Dix, Sophia Huber, Aiden Leiran, Sia Smith, and Oded Harazi
Academic All-State Volleyball: Lauren Nepper
Academic All-State Boys Cross Country: Evan Leggett
Academic All-State Girls Cross Country: Sophia Huber
Academic All-State Boys Golf: Carter Hartman
All-Iowa Dance Selections: Megan Reinhardt, Ava McConnell, Katelyn Chaky, Sami Walljasper, Norah Seeley, and Amelia Casteel
Iowa Girls Coaches Association – All-Class Player of the Year: Lily Dykstra
Class 5A Player of the Year; Elite All-State; 1st Team Class 5A All-State: Lily Dykstra
Superior Rating and National Qualifier Lighting Design for Radium Girls by Iowa Thespians: Hope Stice
Pictured Front Row: Oded Harazi, Hope Stice, Katelyn Chaky, Norah Seeley, Sophia Huber, and Amelia Casteel. Back Row: UCSD Board President Katherine Howsare, Lily Dykstra, Lauren Nepper, Ava McConnell, Megan Reinhardt, Evan Leggett, Dylan Rains, Aiden Leiran, and Superintendent Dr. Rosalie Daca.
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Reminder: No School Dates Winter Break 2022
Please make note of the following dates over winter break when school will not be in session.
Thursday, December 22 through Monday, January 2: No school due to Winter Break. Learn more about the Winter Break Adventuretime All Day Program for preschool – 5th grade students.
Friday, December 23; Monday, December 26; Monday, January 2: District Administration Office closed due to Winter Break.
Tuesday, January 3: School resumes for all UCSD students.
Rolling Green Elementary (only)
Wednesday, December 21: No school due to Winter Break. (Note: Rolling Green’s Winter Break begins one day earlier than all other UCSD schools.)
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Cancellations & Delays
When UCSD needs to delay, dismiss early, or cancel school due to inclement weather or emergency situations, UCSD will notify families directly via email, phone, and text*, post an alert on the district website, district Facebook, district Twitter, and communicate with media outlets (WHO 13, KCCI 8, WOI 5). Please make note of the following two-hour delay, early dismissal and cancellation information. Be sure to keep your contact information updated with your school in order to stay aware, updated, and informed. *SMS (text): Parents/guardians can opt-in at any time to receive text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to 67587. The “67587” number is the “short code” that connects to our notification provider, School Messenger.
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