Windsor Newsletter

October 2019

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  • September 30th- October 11 Pastry Puffin ( Butter Braid ) Fundraiser
  • October 8th PAWS Meeting 6PM
  • October 14th - 18th PAWS T-shirt Design Contest
  • October 21st - 25th PAWS T-shirt voting
  • October 28th & 29th Conferences
  • October 30th Harvest Parties
  • October 31st No School PD
  • November 1st No School
  • November 4th No School
  • November 5th No School
  • November 7th Picture Retakes
  • November 12th paws Meeting
  • November 15th PAWS Movie Night
  • November 27th- 29th Thanksgiving Break

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From Mr. Nichols

Hi everyone!

Wow – what a start to the school year. Things have been fantastic here and that is due to our families and staff that work tirelessly to make sure that our students have what they need and are ready for school. Thank you to all of you for making this the best start yet!

Another thank you for all those families who helped make our Penny Wars a success. We raised over $1700 which will be used to make sure that all of our students will receive a yearbook this spring.

Several people have been having issues with the menu portion of the DMSchools app. Apparently there was an update over the summer that may have dropped some of your settings. To hopefully fix the problem:

1. Open the APP

2. Click on the settings wheel in the upper right corner

3. Go to Windsor

4. Make sure that breakfast and lunch are selected.

We are pleased to offer a Community Flu Clinic this year. It will be on October 23rd, in conjunction with conferences. We feel like this gives many people a convenient option for receiving their flu vaccine. Most insurances are accepted, including Title 19 and Hawk-i.

Have a great October!

Mr. Nichols

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Fall Fundraiser

This fundraiser, along with a couple more this school year, will go to support a variety of needs. Previous purchases range from field equipment (nets, balls etc.), to field trips to resources and supplies for teachers. Pastry Puffin order forms went home yesterday. Please turn them in by Friday, October 11th

Meet the Leadership Team

Mr. Ballard Dean of Students , Ms. Doeden Counselor, Mrs. Bowen Instructional Coach, and Mr. Nichols Principal
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Here are some free programs we offer at Windsor. If your family is in need of one or multiple programs please contact Ms. Doeden at or call the office at 242-8440.

  • Food Bank of Iowa BackPack Program

From the Food Bank: The Food Bank of Iowa’s BackPack Program is designed to increase access to easy-to-prepare, single servings of food to school-ages children on weekends when school breakfast and lunch is not offered.

  • Every Friday, your child will receive a sack filled with kid-friendly foods.
  • There is no fee participating in this program. Families are just asked to provide feedback on the program by filling out annual surveys sent home with the child.
  • The program operates during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Shoes That Fit

We are given a certain number of slots to provide free tennis shoes to students in our building! Tennis shoes normally get delivered in the late fall and late spring after sizes are reported to the organization.

  • Winter Clothing

We are partnering with Simple Church to provide winter coats for students in need. Sizes will be taken of students in need and coats will be delivered late fall.

Beth Doeden

School Counselor

Windsor Elementary

(515) 242-8440

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Our end of the month assembly will be focused on this topic. Throughout the month, classrooms will be encouraged to participate in different activities and discussions on this topic. Please feel free to check out

October 7th – All staff and students wear blue! This is to promote the campaign for World Bullying Day of Prevention. Our students will be encouraged this week will be to make friends with someone they do not know at school.

October 14th – Stand up for others week! Students will be encouraged to be brave and stand up for others when they see them being bullied. Students will also be encouraged to create positive messages on post-its and handing them out to students at school or creating posters for our hallways.

October 21st – Week of inclusion! Students will be encouraged to include others in school activities, after school activities, inviting someone to play with them at recess, etc.

Let’s #stompoutbullying together!

-Windsor PBIS Team"

Our September PBIS Assembly

Nurses News

  1. Hearing screening for K,1,2, and 5 on 10/22. please let nurse know if you would prefer that your child NOT be screened.

  2. Scott has done some posting but we will have a Community Flu opportunity at Windsor 10/29 from 3-6pm during conferences. Most insurances covered and title 19 as well. Please attend if you would like even with no insurance. Children 6 months and greater.

  3. If any families have stretchy sweat pants that can fit many children and would like to donate , please contact the nurse.
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Mrs. Kair's kindergarten counted goldfish crackers and practiced writing numbers 1-10

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Students in 3rd grade are learning about how children in other parts of the world overcome learning challenges. Did you know elephants, donkeys and camels are used to deliver books to children in hard to reach regions?

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Oakridge 21st Century would like to invite Windsor Students to join them after school. They will provided Transportation from Windsor at Dismissal, Parents pick up at 5:30PM. Please view more information below or pick up a packet in the Windsor Office

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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

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