Uplifting Urbandale

UCSD Newsletter 10.14.22 #upliftingU

We invite you to read the UCSD bi-weekly newsletter, “Uplifting Urbandale." Newsletters are archived on the Newsletter section of the District website. Please make note of the accessibility options which can be used to enlarge the text and/or translate this email. Mah hi Hakha holh in don na duh ahcun, Zaangfahnak tein Dar Lian ah peh tlai te.

KA Kindergarten Students Took The “Apple Challenge”

As part of their study of trees, Karen Acres kindergarten students in Mrs. Whitver’s class were in for a treat when their science lesson involved taste-testing apples. Mrs. Whitver shared about the various kinds of apple trees and the types of apples they would be taste testing—yellow, green, and red apples. Students received a clipboard with an apple tasting worksheet and carried their yellow, green, and red crayons to their apple tasting tables. Learn More

Free, Confidential Counseling For All Members Of Your Household

All UCSD students and their household family members (parents, guardians and siblings) have access to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) provided by Employee and Family Resources. The Student Assistance Program is here to help you and your family members manage the concerns in your life through free, confidential counseling. The SAP is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is strictly confidential. Call (515) 244-6090 or 800-327-4692 if you’re outside of the Des Moines area.
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PreK-12 Math Curriculum Review Underway

Last school year significant work was carried out to both understand the current state of math instruction and student performance within our system and to understand the current landscape and best practices in math instruction. This year, a leadership team of PreK-12 teachers have been engaged in learning and will be field testing two sets of instructional materials with students within our system. The two curriculum materials that are being field tested are: Illustrative Mathematics and Eureka Math² During fall conferences, all staff and parents/guardians will be able to review samples of materials and provide feedback as part of the curriculum review process. Learn More

Reminder: Elementary School Assignment Change Requests Due October 18

With the opening of the new Valerius Elementary School in the fall of 2023, Urbandale Community School District is implementing new elementary school boundaries beginning in the 2023–24 school year. Elementary school assignments are based on a family’s home address. School assignment letters were mailed to kindergarten through 4th grade families the week of October 3. To help with the transition to the new elementary boundaries, the school board approved the opportunity for current kindergarten through 4th grade students to stay in their current school, even if their home address is located within a different elementary school zone. As mentioned in the letter, if your kindergarten through 4th grade student is assigned a different school next year and you would like them to stay in their current school, please complete this request form by October 18, 2022. (Note: If you did not receive your elementary school assignment letter, please contact Dr. Keri Schlueter schlueterk@urbandaleschools.com or 515-457-5004.)

Olmsted Elementary PTO Apparel Sale—Order By October 17

Olmsted Elementary PTO is excited to offer Urbandale Spirit Wear to community members who are interested in placing an online order. The deadline to order is 11:59 p.m. on October 17, 2022. At the time of check-out, there is an option to have your order shipped directly to you. There is also a “pay it forward” option should you feel compelled to help put a shirt on the back of an Olmsted student. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to OlmstedPTOUrbandale@gmail.com. We look forward to helping fill your closet with fantastic J-Hawk gear! Order today!

Open House/Community Input Sessions for the Urbandale Community Recreation Complex

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Nutrition Services Team Hosts Iowa Dept of Education and USDA

On October 12, the UCSD Nutrition Services team enjoyed welcoming the Iowa Department of Education and representatives from the Midwest Regional United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for breakfast at the high school. Principal Tim Carver, Director of Nutrition Services Jessy Sadler, and Nutrition Services team members shared about meal programs, students served, and how valuable the free meals program was for families during the pandemic. Learn More

Celebrating National School Lunch Week October 10 – October 14

Join us in celebrating National School Lunch Week (NSLW) October 10–October 14! This year’s NSLW theme, “Peace, Love & School Lunch,” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom. We thank our Nutrition Services Team for their dedication to ensuring all students have access to healthy meals. The time, energy, and focus they put into creating menus that are nutritionally balanced and appetizing is nothing short of exceptional. When you see our Nutrition Services team members, please thank them for all they do in support of our students and schools. We are most definitely #betterwithU! #NSLW2022

October Is National Farm To School Month

On October 13, the UCSD Nutrition Services team helped UCSD administrators kick off National Farm to School Month with the Great Apple Crunch, an annual celebration of crunching into fresh, local apples. Apples shown here were from Hall's Orchard in Madrid, Iowa. Every student who ate school lunch on October 13 also had the chance to crunch into them as well.

Next Parent University October 18: Register Today!

Interested in learning more about grading, bullying, social media, social emotional learning, technology, or how to apply for scholarships and financial aid for college? How about talking directly with the Superintendent and School Board members? Then register today for Parent University on October 18. All UCSD parents/guardians are welcome to attend these free sessions. Learn More

5th Annual Karen Acres & Valerius Elementary Fall Festival October 22

Mark your calendars now for the 5th Annual Karen Acres Elementary in cooperation with Valerius Elementary Fall Festival! Held on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. at Karen Acres (3500 74th St, Urbandale, IA 50322). Shop from 40+vendors and crafters, enjoy free inflatables, princess and superhero meet and greets, and train rides for the kids. Join the event page for important details! Learn More

Flu Vaccine Clinic: October 26 At Urbandale High School

The Polk County Health Department will offer Flu Vaccine Clinics for Urbandale students, staff, parents, siblings, and community members. Flu Vaccine Clinic is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 26, 2022, at Urbandale High School Commons (cafeteria) (Note: Please enter the high school through the main entrance and turn right to walk toward the Commons.) Reserve your flu vaccine appointment online. Learn More

Join Us In Celebrating National Principals Month Throughout October 2022

During National Principals Month, we celebrate our Principals and Associate Principals for their outstanding support of students, families, teachers, and staff. When you see these leaders in your building, please extend a heartfelt 'thank you' for the countless hours they have dedicated, and continue to dedicate, to planning, preparing, and leading learning environments that are welcoming and inclusive for all students. We are grateful to have such outstanding leaders, partners, and advocates in education throughout all of our schools. Our schools are stronger because of their leadership. #ThankAPrincipal

Cancellations & Delays

When UCSD needs to delay, dismiss early, or cancel school due to inclement weather or emergency situations, UCSD will notify families directly via email, phone, and text*, post an alert on the district website, district Facebook, district Twitter, and communicate with media outlets (WHO 13, KCCI 8, WOI 5). Please make note of the following two-hour delay, early dismissal and cancellation information. Be sure to keep your contact information updated with your school in order to stay aware, updated, and informed. *SMS (text): Parents/guardians can opt-in at any time to receive text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to 67587. The “67587” number is the “short code” that connects to our notification provider, School Messenger.

Join Us In Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15

Join us in celebrating our Hispanic and Latinx students, families, staff, and community members during National Hispanic Heritage Month! There are many great resources to learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month including this collection of documentaries and programs on PBS. We’d like to take time to recognize and honor our students and staff of Latinx descent. We’d also like to empower and educate our non Latinx students and staff surrounding the contributions and impact Latinx people made and continue to make in our community, state, nation, and world. We are #strongerwithU! Learn More

Reminder: No School Dates October 2022

Please make note of the following dates in October 2022 when school will not be in session.

Rolling Green Elementary

  • October 11 – October 14: No school due to Intersession

  • October 17 – October 21: No school due to Intersession

Student Meal Pricing and Payments

The federal waiver for free school meals was not extended to the 2022-23 school year; thus, families will need to carry a positive balance in their children’s school meal accounts in order for children to access breakfast and lunch while at school. Funds can be loaded onto student accounts electronically through TITAN or by bringing cash/check to your student’s building (please place in an envelope and include your student’s first and last name so the money is credited to the correct account). Online payments are preferred because they happen instantaneously. You can also add payments through the Titan app available on the App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play Store (for Android). Learn More

Join Our Nutrition Services Team!

Work with dedicated team members who are making a difference, one meal at a time. Learn more and apply today.
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Ticketing Moves Online in 2022-2023

Purchasing tickets for all Athletic and Performing Arts Events in grades 7–12 must be done online. Those wishing to attend events are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.j-hawks.com/tickets. If you purchase tickets at the event, we will only be accepting credit card payments as there will no longer be a cash option at the gate. The only venue where cash payment will still be accepted this year will be for Urbandale Middle School football games. This is due to the lack of infrastructure at that venue. All other Athletic and Performing Arts Events will only be accepting online payments in advance or credit card payments at the gate. When attending events away from our home venues, we anticipate most opponents in the CIML will also be only offering online ticketing. To aid in the process of purchasing tickets in advance for away events, you may wish to visit www.cimltickets.com.
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Join Our Team! We’re hiring for various positions and we’d like to hear from you!

Are you interested in making a positive difference in the lives of Urbandale students? Do you like building relationships and helping others reach their potential? Would you enjoy hours within a school-day schedule while being a member of IPERS (the state’s largest public retirement system)? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you! We’re currently seeking team members for a variety of positions. Our newly posted positions include: Community Education Coordinator and General Maintenance Learn More

UCSD Return To Learn / COVID-19 Guidance

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must remain home for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). Individuals may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. It is highly recommended that individuals wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days. Learn More

Come On Out & Support Your J-Hawks!

You can find information about all activities to include athletics, the performing arts, and the Booster Club right at your fingertips. Be sure to visit j-hawks.com for all of the latest information, upcoming events, and highlights. Plus, purchase your fan gear online at the J-Hawk Shop. Let’s go J-Hawks!

Check Out What’s New In The Flyer Hub

The UCSD Flyer Hub is a great resource for finding information about community activities, opportunities, and services. We post flyers from our district, community education, and organizations within our community. Flyers are frequently updated so be sure to check back often.

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Educational Equity Statement

It is the policy of the Urbandale Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, marital status (for program), ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (for employment), or socio-economic background (for program) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the District office at 11152 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, IA or call 515-457-5000. The District’s Equity Coordinator is Dr. Ryan Williamson, williamsonr@urbandaleschools.com.