September 2021

Face Mask Required Starting Monday, Sept. 20

Starting Monday, Sept. 20, all individuals are required to wear face masks while indoors on West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) property. Please see the district return-to-learn plan at

Picture Day Reminder 📷

Monday, Sept. 27

Upcoming No School Days

Monday, Oct. 11

Monday, Oct. 25

Fall Conferences

Fall conferences will be held during the evenings on Thursday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 4.

More information and sign-up details to follow.


Please remember to turn in those library books! Students may check out books weekly as long as they have turned in their previously checked out books.

Attention Drivers Picking Up Students In West Parking Lot

Please help us keep our students safe! Please proceed with one line when picking up your student that follows along the curb. Please only have your student enter your vehicle from the side next to the sidewalk. Do not double park to get your student or allow students to run between cars. Please leave the inside lane open for cars that are exiting.

News form the Nurse

Please report any COVID-19 testing results to the nurse. For more information about testing sites and other community resources, please visit the district website.

Vision screening will be completed for PK, K, and 3rd Grade students on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Please turn in any physicals, dental, or vision exams your child has had in the past six months.


First PTO Meeting of the Year

All are invited to join via Zoom for our first PTO meeting of the year. If you have a student at Clive Learning Academy, you are part of the PTO! There are no dues, membership fees or even attendance taken. We will be gathering Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. The meeting agenda will be posted at the day prior.

Topic: CLA PTO Meeting
Time: 7 p.m. on Sept. 21
Join Zoom Meeting:
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 894 3360 6425

Be in the Valley Homecoming Parade with Clive Learning Academy!

The Valley Homecoming Committee has invited all the elementary schools to be in the Homecoming parade on Sept. 30! The staff and PTO are working together to recruit families to represent our school. We will be walking as a CLA group in the parade route. The parade starts at 5:45 p.m.; line up is at 4:45 p.m. At the end of the parade route (Valley Stadium), there will be carnival activities for all ages.

Join us and celebrate your school spirit! Kids can ride scooters, rollerblade, or ride in wagons if you worry it is too far to walk. To sign up your family to be a part of this fun event, visit More details can be found at that same link or by emailing

Register Now for Challenge of the Books

Calling all fourth, fifth and sixth graders who love reading! Want to take part in a friendly trivia competition against other elementary schools in our district? Join Challenge of the Books!

Being part of Challenge of the Books means your student would choose to read books from the "Challenge Book List" on their own. Your student would meet with other CLA readers to discuss the books at school, during the lunch hour — approximately one time per month from October through April. At the end of the season, our team will take part in the final competition at the district level. COTB is essentially a book club that tests your knowledge at the end! This activity is led by parent volunteers.

Questions? Email

Ready to sign your student up? Do so here:

Help with the Yearbook!

We are looking for a volunteer (or volunteers) to put together our Clive Learning Academy yearbook! Volunteer(s) will work with the teacher yearbook sponsor to make decisions about vendors, yearbook size and design, promoting and selling the yearbook, as well as assisting with gathering student photos and pictures from events.

Our current yearbook parent has really enjoyed being a part of the creative process, and is available to help someone new learn the ropes AND our vendors have software and design services that make the process easy. The yearbook goes to print around March and is distributed to classrooms in May.

Please reach out to the Clive PTO at if you're interested or would like to learn more!

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