Clive Live

September 2022

Upcoming No School Days

September 5th - Labor Day

October 10th - Professional Development Day

Picture Day

Thursday, September 15th

Order before Picture Day on with your Student's School ID or Picture Day ID:


Save the Date!

September 20th- Clive Family Night at Blank Park Zoo

More info to come.


Any students that would like breakfast will need to enter through the Kids West door, which is the single door in the cafeteria. Any students that would like breakfast may enter through the single door starting at 8:35 a.m.

Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

Due to construction there are some changes for arrival and dismissal for car riders this school year.

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and Daycare Changes:

  • You may only enter the south parking lot coming from the north

  • All vehicles will follow the flow of traffic indicated by the arrows on the attached document

  • Students will be unloaded and loaded using the east sidewalk which is identified in yellow on the attached document

  • Back seats on the passenger side should be ready for students to get in. If your student needs assistance with buckling up, please pull ahead or into a parking spot before getting out to help them

  • All vehicles will need to exit headed south

2nd Grade - 6th Grade Changes:

  • Students will be loaded into cars on the north side of the building to allow more cars in the parking lot and off of 73rd street

Arrival & Dismissal Guidelines that will Remain the Same

  • All kindergarten (and older siblings), 1st grade (and older siblings), and daycare will unload and load in the south parking lot

  • All 2nd through 6th grade students will unload on the west side of the building to enter through the entrance to the south

  • All people will be expected to remain in their vehicles at all times

  • Students may be dropped off at 8:35 for breakfast. They will need to enter through the single door on the west side of the building

  • Main doors will open at 8:55

We know that arrival and dismissal times increase traffic flow around the building. We appreciate your patience as we navigate some new routines and get students unloaded and loaded safely each day.

Safety Drills

Dear Parents & Guardians:
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is a priority at Clive Learning Academy.
Our goal is for all students to achieve high academic standards within a safe learning
environment. We believe it is important to conduct safety drills, which are essential to
implementing our Emergency Crisis Management Plan.
The drills we practice include tornado, fire, lockdown and bus safety. The procedures
related to the drills are practiced by our teachers and staff prior to conducting drills with
Your child may come home and talk about the drill activities, which include:
● Tornado: Moving to the assigned tornado shelter in their area
● Fire: Evacuating the building using the routes posted in their classroom
● Lockdown: Moving to the corner of their classroom away from windows and
● Bus Safety: These are conducted by the transportation department at K-8
schools in September and April and cover safety around school buses and bus
It is regrettable that we must plan and practice for such possible occurrences, but, in
light of serious tragedies in other schools across the nation, we feel that such drills are
essential for the safety of our children. Working together we can ensure that the
educational process is allowed to continue in the safe environments that our children
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,
Shelly Pospeshil

Clive Learning Academy

(515) 633-5800

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Meet our New Counselor

Ashley Reisinger

Years in Education: 3 years as a special education associate & first year as a school counselor

College You Graduated From: Drake University for my B.S. and M.S.

Family: My husband, Logan, & my 2 cats, MoMo and Scout

Where do you live?: West Des Moines

Activities you enjoy outside of school?: Yoga, walks, trying new restaurants, hanging with my cats, & spending time with my family and friends.

Fun Fact: I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana.

PTO News


2022-2023 PTO Meetings

If you have a student at CLA, you are a part of the PTO! (No dues, registration or sign up required.) Please join us at our first meeting of the school year on September 13 at 7:00 pm! All meetings are held via Zoom using the link below. Meetings will also be recorded and shared on our Facebook page for those who cannot join in real time. PTO meets quarterly, with meetings not lasting more than one hour. At each meeting, we will share updates about school happenings, District level highlights, and opportunities for parent involvement as well as have a time for Q&A from those in attendance. Board member elections will take place at our September meeting.

September 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

November 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm
February 7, 2023 at 7:00 pm
May 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Zoom link:

Order your CLA Clothing/Spiritwear Today! Store closes September 2 at midnight!

Show your Clive Pride and sport a school shirt, hat, sweatshirt and more this year. Items of all types and sizes (youth and adult) are available in our online store. Visit to shop. Don't delay as the site will close at midnight on September 2!

*Paper order forms were passed out at Back to School Night. Cash/check orders should be turned in at the front office or to your homeroom teacher. If you need a paper form, email

Playground Balls for Recess

No matter how many we buy, we never have enough playground balls at recess time! If you have any (used is great!) footballs, basketballs, kickballs or soccer balls that are no longer being played with at home, send them to school with your student and ask them to take them to the gym, to Mrs. Parker. We will gladly add them to our recess cart!

Volunteer with the PTO! Get Involved!

Want to get involved right away with the PTO? We'd love to have you. There is something for everyone! Fill out our volunteer form and let us know what you are interested in.

Playground Committee Update

CLA is slated to get a new playground from the District during the summer of 2023. The PTO is working with the District and our students to add enhancements. (Last year's fourth graders picked out a climber addition to add to the District's structure!) This committee is happy to announce that two soccer goals -purchased by the PTO- are being added this week to our green space to help bridge the time until this new playground arrives. Ask your student about them! If you would like to be a part of this committee, email

Easy Ways to Support the PTO

*Select West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation as your AmazonSmile charity!

*Download the BoxTops For Education app and scan your receipts to Clive Learning Academy!

Stay Connected
Follow the CLA Facebook page for school updates throughout the year:
Visit and sign up for our blog posts.

Email us anytime at

Positions available at Clive Learning Academy

If you or someone you know is interested in working with children we have openings available.

Please visit WDMCS.ORG and go to the Career Opportunities tab.