Windsor Newsletter

September 2019

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  • September 2nd No School Labor Day
  • September 10th PAWS meeting 6PM
  • September 13th Hawkeye VS Cyclone School Divided Day
  • September 16th - 20th Penny Wars
  • September 26th Picture Day
  • September 27th No School PD Day
  • October 8th PAWS Meeting 6PM
  • October 28th & 29th Conferences
  • October 30th Harvest Parties
  • October 31st No School PD
  • November 1st No School

On Friday September 13th, Wear Your Favorite Team Shirt for The Haykeye VS Cyclones School Divided Day

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Our First Grade Team Greeted Students with a Friendly Reminder on their First Day of School #BeKind Mrs. Olsen, Mrs. Cowman & Mrs. Tran

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Penny Wars Fundraiser

Back by popular demand, our penny wars fundraiser is back! This year all the money raised will help purchase yearbooks for our students. Bring your spare change September 16th - 20th and may the odds be ever in your favor :-)
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OASIS = Oakridge Achievers Successful In School Partners With Windsor Students!!

21st Century Community Learning Center

was awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant (21st CCLC) in 2014.
Through the 21st CCLC grant, Oakridge expanded its after school / out of school
programming to offer even more extended learning opportunities for students grades K-8.

21st CCLC programming includes the use of evidenced-based academic support, educational
enrichment, parent engagement, and family literacy activities, and focuses on improving
academic outcomes and performance in the core areas of reading, math and science.

All Oakridge 21st CCLC programing is aligned with classroom instruction using evidenced-based
academic supports and interventions with licensed teachers retained to provide the academic
components of the program. The program partners with Edmunds Elementary School and
Callanan Middle School, the neighborhood elementary school and regional middle school
serving the students that reside in and around the Oakridge Neighborhood, as well as
Holy Family which also serves a number of Oakridge students. A total of 175 K-8 students are
served at three sites.

With 21st CCLC funds, Oakridge Neighborhood Services has increased the rigor of after school/out
of school academic supports, the frequency of student contacts, provided an expanded portfolio of
educational enrichment activities, and also increased the emphasis on parental engagement and family
literacy. This rigorous programming is facilitated through a 6-day/week “high touch” model aimed at
meeting the academic and educational enrichment needs of high poverty and ELL participants.

For more information about our partners and other resources relating to the 21st CCLC, please
contact the 21st CCLC Program Coordinator:

John Spinks – 21st CCLC Program Coordinator
Oakridge Neighborhood Services
1401 Center Street
Des Moines, IA 50314

Counselors Corner

Windsor Families,

Welcome back! The 19-20 school year is off and running. I’m daily impressed with the kindness and respect your students show here at Windsor! All the students have been doing a wonderful job following our expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe and are adjusting to our schedule. Here are some tips to keep the school year going strong!

Tips to help your child succeed this year:

  1. Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep. Many of us have had to adjust our schedules to get to bed earlier than normal.
  2. Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast at home or grabs a breakfast on their way to the classroom!
  3. Talk positively about your child’s school and teacher.
  4. Teach organizational and self-help skills by having even the youngest student practice things such as getting ready in the morning, washing hands, and checking their backpack on their own.
  5. Make time to talk about the school day and how your student is feeling about school.
  6. Take attendance seriously. If your child misses school they are missing out on important learning!
  7. Have your child read every night or listen to someone in the family read every night!
  8. Reassure your child that if they are having difficulties at school they can talk to you or any trusted adult (teacher, counselor, associate, etc.) at school.

The students were just as excited as the principal for school to start this year! #WindsorWildats

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4th Grade Squad - Mrs. Bolte and Ms. Rodriguez are Rocking Their New Favorite Shirts

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Pay Your Student Fees Online

School Fee Payment Instructions for Infinite Campus

1. Visit our district website at and find the Parents Link at the top of the site.

2. Click the Online Payments link under Links for School Info to get to the Des Moines Public Schools Web Store.

3. Select School Fees.

4. Enter your Infinite Campus Parent Portal User Name and Currently enrolled child’s birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY) to access a list of your student’s fees.

5. Select the fees you would like to make a payment for and click Next Page.

6. Confirm your payment choices and click Go to Checkout.

7. If a new customer, select “I am a new customer”.

a. Enter your email address

b. Click “Sign in”

8. If a returning customer, select “I am a returning customer”.

a. Enter your email address and password

b. Click Sign in

9. Enter your billing information and create a password (if required).

10. Enter your payment information.

11. Verify information for accuracy and select Complete Order.Payment will be processed and Receipt can be viewed and printed.

Need Help?

Forgotten Web Store Password? Click Password Reminder under Services, enter your email address and click the arrow. Your password will be emailed to you shortly.

  1. Forgotten your Infinite Campus Parent Portal Password or no Parent Portal Access? Contact your student’s school building secretary Casey Brown at



Check out the virtual backpack for activities around the metro.

PAWS-- Parents At Windsor School

Box Tops

Box Tops is changing and getting easier! Download the Box Tops for Education APP in the APP store or Google Play. Then, simply scan your receipt. It will find any participating products and instantly add Box Tops to Windsor!

*You can still clip and send the old Box Tops to school with your student.

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