The Woodchuck Word
A Greenwood Elementary Monthly Parent Newsletter
August 5, 2022
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year
Meet the Principal
This summer has brought lots of improvements to our building and grounds. Mr. Todd, our chief custodian, and I added some fresh paint to a few rooms. My family and I renovated all of the landscaping up front. We added Woody's Wellness room for staff self-care and a Woodchuck Reflection Room for sensory breaks and social skills. Our biggest update was new carpet throughout the building and HVAC upgrades in the K-2 section.
If you ever have questions, concerns, or feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out via e-mail: email@example.com or phone 515-242-8410. I will typically be out in classrooms during the school day, so Nikki, our Office Manager will take a message if I am unavailable and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Classroom Teacher Postcards
1st Day of School: Wednesday, August 24
Staff members will be helping students get to their classrooms. There are opportunities for photos out front by the Greenwood Elementary sign and the front of the building. We will provide additional information about drop off/pick up procedures as we get closer to the start of the school year, they remain unchanged from last years procedures.
Meet The Teacher Night: 1st Grade through 5th Grade
Monday, Aug. 22nd, 4:30-6pm
*Please note this event is currently planned to take place in the building, however, construction delays may require the event to be moved outside. We will update you all if anything changes. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding!
Meet the Teacher Night: Kindergarten ONLY
Thursday, Sep. 1st, 4:30-6pm
316 37th Street
Des Moines, IA
Kindergarten Transition Programming: NEW FOR 2022
During Meet the Teacher Night, on September 1, your child will get to formally meet their classroom teacher for the year, tour the building, and check out their desks/cubbies/lockers, etc. There will NOT be school for Kindergarten students on Friday, September 2, to provide time for teachers to prepare their classrooms and instructional routines for the formal start of their rostered class, which begins on Tuesday, September 6.
This process is new, and I am sure we may experience a few hiccups along the way, so we appreciate your flexibility as we move into this transition experience. We are very excited to give students the opportunity to learn about the building, their teachers, and each other prior to assigning them to a permanent classroom. Additionally, this period of time also gives us a chance to identify each student's strengths and growth areas in order to determine the best learning environment for each one of them.
School Supply Lists
We are excited to have the following staff members serving our Greenwood students:
- Kindergarten: Lissa Iles and Carrie Motter
- 1st Grade: Amanda Moore and Molly Petersen
- 2nd Grade: Kathleen Leopold
- 3rd Grade: Kristie Lamphere and Jill Roehrick
- 4th Grade: Laura Haider and Missy Hughes
- 5th Grade: Ryan Burke and Allison Crowley
- Art/Music/PE: Alyssa Moll, Kate Hargrafen, and Tanner Wheeler
- Associates: Lily Duong, Mary Pat Lawler, Erika Morales-Munoz
- School Counselor: Tamma Howe
- Instructional Coaches: Kara Haugen and Amanda Gomes
- K-5 Student Instructional Support: Jill Lowery
- Virtual Learning & Media/Technology: Anna Brousard
- Nurse: Melissa Stalvey
- Special Education: Crystal Berkenes, Lauren Kluver, and Stacy Trimble
- Custodians: Todd Newell, Jerome Austin, and Phoeun Chey
- SUCCESS Case Manager: Tiffany Taylor
- Community Schools Coordinator: Jennifer Walker
- Metro Kids Coordinator: Kelly Moeller
- Office Manager: Nikki Clearwater
SAVE THE DATE! DMPS ONE RUN Saturday, September 24 @ 9:00AM
SchoolCNXT is now SNAP! Connect
If you don't already have an account, you should have received a text or e-mail with a code to sign-up and link to your child's classroom. If you deleted the message or missed it, I will be sending out weekly invites for the next to weeks as we work to get families connected.
If you've created an account in past years, but don't recall your username, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help get you connected. Additionally, if you've forgotten your password, but know your username, you can click on the FORGOT PASSWORD link on the sign-on page to reset it.
Volunteer Opportunities at Greenwood
Your volunteer application status is valid for one year, so if you completed the application process last year and want to check on when it would need to be renewed, please let us know.
Girls on the Run Program
Twice per week, for ten weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Our trained and caring coaches with lead participants through interactive lessons and movement activities. . Registration is limited to 40 participants on a first come first serve basis. Financial assistance is available. For more information or to register, please visit www.gotrcentraliowa.org
School hours are 7:45am-2:40pm Monday through Friday, doors open at 7:30am.
Monday, August 22: 4:30pm-6:00pm Meet the Teacher Night (1st Grade through 5th Grade)
Wednesday, August 24: 1st Day of School for All Students
Thursday, September 1: 4:30pm-6:00pm Meet the Teacher Night (Kindergarten Only)
Friday, September 2: NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN ONLY
Monday, September 5: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
Wednesday, September 7: PTA Meeting 7:45am-8:30am
Friday, September 23: FALL PICTURES
Saturday, September 24: DMPS OneRun @ 9:00, Botanical Center
Wednesday, September 28: Student Conferences 3:00-6:45pm
Thursday, September 29: No School: Student Conferences 12:00-7:00pm
Friday, September 30: No School: Teacher Professional Development