Crocker Chronicles

January 2023


The Crocker Chronicles is a monthly e-newsletter for parents and guardians of students at Crocker Elementary School. Our goal is to keep you informed of the news and information you need in order to be involved and engaged in your student's education.

Crocker Community Star Leadership Award

We are excited to announce a NEW monthly award at Crocker focusing on a community member that has gone above and beyond to help our students and staff in making Crocker a better place.

Our first recipient of our Crocker Community Star Leadership Award is Betty Baker, mother of Zayli and Amryn.

Examples of her service to our students and staff include:

  • Organizing/Supervising Crocker Cruisers
  • Homeroom Parent
  • Organizing/Preparing/Distributing surprises for students and staff throughout the year

Thank you Betty for your dedication to Crocker!! We appreciate all you do!!

We look forward to celebrating more Crocker family members in the future!

January 12th - Regular School Day

Thursday, January 12th, will be a regular school day for Crocker students and staff. There has been some confusion, as one calendar stated it is an early out day. It is not for elementary students. Students do not have school on Friday, January 13th and Monday, January 16th!

Crocker Spirit Night

Please join us for Crocker Spirit Night, January 24th, at the Ankeny Hawks Basketball game! There will be free popcorn and admission for Crocker students and $5 tickets for others. Preschool and under are free.

The game starts at 6:15pm but arrive early to take part in all the fun activities planned! See flyer below!

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2023-2024 Onsite Kindergarten Parent Meeting

Purpose: Visit your child's home building before registration opens on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm. Learn about the kindergarten experience within Ankeny Community School District, turn in the kindergarten information form, learn more about Jumpstart, and ask questions. Additional information regarding the registration process is available on the Ankeny Community Schools website.

Registration for the 2023/2024 school year will begin on February 3, 2023 at 8:00 am. Please follow the link to the registration page.

To our current Crocker families, if you know of a family with an upcoming kindergarten student please share this information with them. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunity - Hearing Tests

Interested in volunteering at Crocker? Hearing screenings will be given on January 30th and 31st and Nurse Maile could your use help escorting students to and from the screenings. If you can help, please visit Crocker's volunteer opportunity page to sign up!

If you have not completed the 3 Steps to become an Approved Volunteer, please use this link to start the process! Thank You!


Hello, Crocker Families!

With the cold and flu season well under way, please make sure you are following district policies when your student is sick. Your student must be 24 hours fever free with no fever reducing medication before returning to school. If your student vomits, or has diarrhea, they need to be 24 hours past their last episode before returning to school.

If your student requires cough drops, please send them in the original package and have the student bring them to my office. I will pass them out to your child at appropriate intervals.

Please make sure your student is bringing a water bottle, and also consider sending in chapstick. Cold, dry weather means lots of kids are thirsty and have dry, cracked lips!

January is a great time to talk with your children about setting healthy goals for the year. Great New Year goals for kids are drinking more water, making healthy snack choices, and following a consistent bedtime routine. Healthy and well rested bodies are ready to learn at school and fight off whatever virus they come across.

Community Conversation

Join us on Thursday, January 19, for a community conversation to build awareness and education around issues impacting our community, including student mental health, gun safety in the home, and identifying and mitigating substance misuse. Click here for more information.


As winter weather approaches, it’s instinctive to be “Iowa Nice” and hold a door open for someone approaching, however, Ankeny Schools requires all visitors to speak with the office staff before entering any building. This means that access can only be granted to a visitor once they have been “buzzed” into a building by the front office. The District will continue to restrict visitors to our buildings for the foreseeable future, which includes limited classroom volunteers and a hold on lunchtime visits.

COLD WEATHER guidelines

Per the Student & Parent Handbook, when the temperature and/or wind chill is at 0 degrees or below, as reported by the National Weather Service, students will not go outside for recess and safety patrol will not be on duty. If at any time the recess supervisor(s) believes it is too cold for students to be outside, s/he will bring students inside. Students are expected to have appropriate dress for weather conditions.

Please remember to send the following with your students so they can enjoy their outdoor recess time!

  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Mittens
  • Snow Boots
  • Snow Pants


Every Wednesday, school begins at 8:55 am, which is 1 hour later than other days. The doors to the building open at 8:30 am. Students may enter the building at this time and either go to the gym or lunch room to eat breakfast. Please do not drop your students off before 8:30 am on Wednesdays, as there is no adult supervision for them until that time.

Attendance Reminder

Please contact the school if your child will be absent from school, arriving late or leaving early. Crocker's telephone number is 515-965-9710. Another option is to send an email to along with your student's teacher. We do have to have the reason why a student is not in school. If the school is not notified of an absence, the office will attempt to contact the Parents/Guardians at their primary number listed on Infinite Campus.


While it is encouraged for students to have appointments outside of school hours we understand that at times this is not always possible. When you know your student has an appointment and will need to be picked up from school during the day please call the Crocker Office to let them know you are coming. When you come to the school, ring the Aiphone doorbell and state who you are here to pick up. We will ask for you to remain outside to wait for your student.

If your student forgets to bring something needed that day for class, we ask that you ring the Aiphone doorbell and we will ask for you to put the items on the table just inside the door. Please label item with the student's name and teacher.

Please remember that delivery's of flowers, candy, balloons, or presents are not accepted for students as stated in the parent handbook and will be sent back with the delivery driver.

Water Bottles

Please remember to send a water bottle with your child everyday! This promotes hydration throughout the day and fewer classroom disruptions by cutting down on the student need to leave class and visit the drinking fountain.


The Ankeny Elementary Physical Education Department recommends that students keep an extra pair of tennis shoes at school to use. This promotes better safety and full participation in all physical education activities.


Unforeseen accidents in the classroom, lunch room and playground can result in wet or soiled clothing. Please make sure your student(s) has the following back-up items in a grocery sack or large ziploc that can be kept in their locker for those unforeseen accidents.

Appropriate back-up clothing suggestions:

  • Shirt
  • Long pants
  • Underwear
  • Sock
  • PE shoes


Stay informed with what is going on with Crocker PTO by visiting their website


The information distributed in the Virtual Backpack (vBackpack) is provided as a community service to inform members of the community of available activities or services. The majority of information included in the vBackpack is from community organizations. Community groups can submit their information within certain guidelines, governed by Board Policy #1004.25.

Virtual Backpack



08 - PTO Open Gym 2:00-4:00 pm

10 - PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

13 - ~NO SCHOOL~

16 - ~NO SCHOOL~

24 - Crocker Spirt Night @ Ankeny High School

26 - 23/24 Kindergarten Parent Meeting @ 6:30


Ankeny Community School District does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, military affiliation, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to Kenneth Morris, Jr., Equity Director, 306 SW School Street, P.O. Box 189, Ankeny, IA, 50021-0189, (515) 965-9600,; or the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA, 50319-0201, (515) 281-4121; or the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661.