Stilwell Monday Message

Weekly Student and Family Communication

Monday - 10/12/2020

Good Morning Stilwell students and families,


This week we have our fall conferences which are scheduled on Wednesday, October 14th, and Thursday, October 15th please click here to sign-up for a virtual or phone conference.


Mrs. Frey, Stilwell's Teacher-Librarian, would be happy to help support families with technology-related needs during conferences. Please feel free to connect with Mrs. Frey by call 633-6041 or email her at freyf@wdmcs.org.


For additional information about our virtual learning day on Wednesday, October 14th, please click here.


We would like to thank a few Stiwell families for the mask donations last week, please know this helps all students and staff at Stilwell staff safe. As a reminder, face coverings must be worn appropriately each day. This includes having the mouth and nose completely covered.



Erica Whittle - Principal

CANVAS Parent Learning Sessions

Need help understanding Canvas and how best to support your student as they work through their curriculum? This session will offer insight for managing your Parent Canvas account as well as answer any questions you have about the system. You need to have your parent Canvas account set up ahead of time to participate. If you need support in setting this up, please contact Carrie Jacobs at 515-633-5159 or jacobsc@wdmcs.org. You must sign up ahead of time to attend, as we will be emailing links to a Google Meeting room. The session will be recorded and shared if the times do not work for you.


  • Date: Wednesday, October 14th
  • Times: 10-11am and 2-3pm
  • SIGN-UP FORM

Sign Up for a West Des Moines Pubic Library Card

Did you know: You can borrow books, ebooks, audiobooks, STEM kits, and so much more from the West Des Moines Public Library? To make it even easier to access these resources, the WDMCS teacher-librarian team is excited to announce a collaboration that will connect ALL PK-12 WDMCS students* with a West Des Moines Public Library card!


To get a library card, any WDMCS student in grades PK-12 can sign up through an online form. The first sign-up window will be Oct. 5-16. Watch for an online sign-up form from your classroom teacher or Language Arts teacher!


WDMCS will share the information securely with the West Des Moines Public Library. Then, public librarians will create library cards for all students who sign up. Watch for more pick-up information from your home school’s teacher-librarian in early November!


*Library cards are available to students only, but students do not have to be West Des Moines residents to sign up.

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Parking Lot Protocol

We understand our parking lot drop-off and pick-up process can be time-consuming. However, we need all families to follow the procedures to ensure our students are safe. Please remember these guidelines:

  • Do not drop off your student or stop for any reason along Vine Street.
  • Do not pull into the bus lanes along Vine Street.
  • Do not allow your student to exit the vehicle until you have pulled up to the curb in the parking lot.
  • Please drive slowly through the parking lot and on Vine St.

Building Opening and Closing Hours

Each morning the building will open to students at 7:20 am. Students riding their bikes, walk or receiving rides should be using the west entrance that faces Grand Avenue. Students riding the bus will use the south entrance that faces Vine Street. We ask that students continue to social distance during this time.


Each afternoon the building will close to students 10 minutes after the last bell. This would be 2:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and would be 2:00 on Wednesdays. We are asking that all students have left the Stilwell campus 20 minutes after the last bell.

After The Bell

After the bell is an additional opportunity at the end of the day to get support with learning from a certified teacher. It will start on Tuesday, September 8th in the Stilwell cafeteria. Students will receive an additional snack using social distancing and are welcome to stay until 4:00 pm. After the bell will run each week Monday-Thursday. For more information please contact Mr. Peter Bissinger at bissingerp@wdmcs.org.

Stilwell Student Handbook 20-21

Throughout this year you may have questions, need clarifications, or might need to see who you can turn to for help. Please start with the Junior High Schools Handbook.