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Onsite Kindergarten Parent Meeting:
Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Purpose: To get families into home buildings before registration opens to inform families about the kindergarten experience with Ankeny schools, turn in the kindergarten checklist, explain Jumpstart, and answer any questions.

Registration opens: February 3, 2023 @ 8:00am


Get Ready for Kindergarten!

The beginning of school is an important event in the life of a child. A strong start helps assure continued progress and further success. The Ankeny kindergarten program has been planned to stimulate the total growth of the child: academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. We know that each child is unique, and we strive to ensure that your child experiences self-fulfillment and builds a positive self-concept. Mutual understanding and confidence between the home and school are essential to the happiness and academic growth of the kindergarten child. We created this web page to provide information about kindergarten and to help make your child’s adjustment to school life a successful and happy one.

Who may come to kindergarten?

As established by state regulations, a child may enter kindergarten if his/her fifth birthday is on or before September 15 of the current school year.

Attendance

Attending school regularly and on time is very important. Your child’s interests and progress will be maintained through his/her participation in each day’s learning experiences. Parents should call the school prior to 8:00 a.m. if there is an absence. Please notify the school in advance of any anticipated absence.

Assisting in Your Child’s Education

You can help in your child’s education in a number of ways. It is important that you:

  • Read to your child.
  • Present a positive attitude about school to your child.
  • Teach your child to be independent in caring for his or her personal needs, such as how to:
    • tie shoes and hood
    • zip or button clothes
    • use the bathroom independently
  • Provide opportunities for your child to develop fine motor skills by encouraging the use of scissors, crayons, pencils, and glue.
  • Involve your child in gross motor activities such as throwing, catching, running, jumping, climbing, etc.
  • Teach your child his/her full name, address, and telephone number.
  • Teach your child the appropriate communication for wants and needs.

Lunch

The Ankeny Community School District provides a well-balanced hot lunch that parents may choose to purchase. If you send your child’s lunch from home, we ask that you also consider good nutrition. During lunchtime each day, students will be provided with many opportunities to practice good manners and social skills.

Visiting School

Please feel free to visit your child’s room at any time except during the first and last weeks of school. A call/note to the teacher 24 hours in advance of the visit is appreciated so schedules can be coordinated. Please hold your visit to thirty (30) minutes in order to not interfere with instructional time. Part of a morning or afternoon is best. Lunch is considered part of the instructional day. Lunchtime visits are encouraged as well, but we do ask you limit your visit to eating rather than recess time. Please do not expect a conference with your child’s teacher when class is in session. Minors and students unaccompanied by adults are not permitted to visit any elementary school. All visitors must report to the office immediately upon their arrival to the building. Please bring your driver’s license when you visit in order to obtain a visitor’s badge. We will use our computerized check-in system and you will be given a name badge to wear.

Health

The primary mission of the school nurse is to remove health barriers to learning. If a student becomes ill or injured during the day, the teacher will excuse the student from class to go to the nurse’s office. If it is necessary for a student to go home, the parents/guardians will be contacted and arrangements will be made. No student will be sent home until prior arrangements have been made. Visit the immunizations and health screenings web page.

Before and AfterSchool Program

The Ankeny Community School District offers a safe, fun, high-quality, fee-based Before and After-School Enrichment Program for students in grades K-5. The Before and AfterSchool Program is funded through participating parent-paid fees and is operates at eight of the district’s elementary schools on regularly scheduled school days. The before-school program opens at 6:30 a.m. The after-school program open immediately following the regular school day and closes at 6:00 p.m. The program also offers full-day, theme-based enrichment camps on no-school days, winter and spring break, and throughout the summer. The Before and After-School Program provides students with high-quality academically-enriching, safe, and fun before and after school experience. Students engage in daily recreation, homework lab and hands-on enrichment labs geared toward helping students increase academic success, character development, and build life skills. The program is governed by the Iowa Department of Human Services and provides a supervised environment that carries over PBIS expectations and promotes educational competence, physical and social development, and community and family engagement. Before-school program participants have the opportunity to purchase breakfast through the district Nutrition Services Program; a nutritious snack is provided in the after-school program. For more information, including program-specific procedures, enrollment contract options and to learn more about registration and tuition, visit the Before and After School Program website. The minimum Before and After-School Program site enrollment must be 30 students. The program manager will make every effort to ensure student enrollment is met. However, if minimum program enrollment is not met, it may be necessary to close the low enrollment site and combine it with a neighboring program site. In such situations, parents will be notified in writing with as much advance notice as possible.

Parent and Community Involvement

Each elementary has a Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and each building has its own officers. Meetings and projects are held according to each building’s needs. PTOs wishing to raise money for the building are asked to refer to the guidelines in Board Policy 1004.60. Many parents/guardians help carry out the projects throughout the year. We hope you will become active in your PTO; this is an important link between the home and school to benefit your child.

Ankeny Elementary Schools and Principals:

North Feeder South Feeder
Ashland Ridge Elementary
Principal: Mark Moss

2600 NW Ash Drive
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9594
Fax: (515) 965-9593
Crocker Elementary
Principal: Brandon Hargens2910 SW Applewood Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9710
Fax: (515) 965-9714
Northeast Elementary
Principal: Kristin Barber

1705 NE Trilein Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9620
Fax: (515) 965-9621
East Elementary
Principal: Andrew Burg

710 SE Third Street
Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone: (515) 965-9660
Fax: (515) 965-9663
Northwest Elementary
Principal: Kate Cisney

1202 W First Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9680
Fax: (515) 965-9683
Heritage Elementary
Principal: Laura Ryan

301 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone:  (515) 965-9645
Fax: (515) 964-3981
Rock Creek Elementary
Principal: Suvada Kuburas

3800 NW Abilene Road
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9629
Fax: (515) 964-5101
Prairie Trail Elementary
Principal: Ben Muller

1850 SW College Ave.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9605
Fax: (515) 289-2825
Westwood Elementary
Principal: Joel Martin

2920 NW Ninth Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9690
Fax: (515) 965-9693
Southeast Elementary
Principal: Erin Adair

1005 SE Trilein Drive
Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone: (515) 965-9650
Fax: (515) 965-9653
Terrace Learning Center
Principal: Sheila Schmidt

310 NW School Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 965-9670
Fax: (515) 965-9672