School Supply Giveaway Aug. 7 & 8
Project Fresh Start and Ankeny Community Engagement are once again providing school supplies for students in need. Students enrolled in Ankeny Community Schools or Ankeny Christian Academy are eligible to receive new backpacks and school supplies at no cost.
The giveaway will take place on Saturday, August 7 from 10:00am-12:00pm and Sunday, August 8 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Prairie Ridge Middle School, located at 1010 NW Prairie Ridge Drive. Attendees should enter through the East entrance: door E16.
The school supply giveaway is a collaboration between the Ankeny Community School District, Ankeny Service Center, Wal-Mart, area churches, local businesses, and generous individual/group donations.
For more information, contact the Ankeny Community Engagement office at (515) 289-3960 or email project coordinator Dave Kissinger.
2021-2022 Fees Are Now Online
The Ankeny Community School District (ACSD) is committed to keeping our students, staff, and community safe while we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to respect current social distancing requirements and to protect the health and safety of our staff and community, the procedures communicated below may be different compared to past practices.
Ankeny Community Schools is accepting the annual textbook rental fees, purchases of CIML (Central Iowa Metro League) student activity tickets, K-8 activity passes, eight-punch pass activity tickets, parking passes, and meal account deposits for the 2021-2022 school year. Fees are accepted by:
- Credit/debit card online at TouchBase. This is the preferred method of payment.
- NEW/CHANGE – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – Credit/debit card at a building.
- School building: An appointment must be made by calling that building’s main office. Please know that office hours may be limited.
- District Office building: An appointment must be made by calling 515-965-9600. Please know that office hours may be limited. Checking the website would be beneficial.
- Credit/debit card numbers CANNOT be taken over the phone.
- Mail check to 306 SW School Street, PO box 189, Ankeny 50021-0189 using this payment form.
You can learn more about how to use TouchBase by reading this new user guide.
Important points regarding online payments:
- Meal account deposits may be made throughout the school year. Try the recurring purchases feature on TouchBase!
- NEW/CHANGE to staying online all school year: League student activity tickets (9-12 only) and the K-8 grade activity tickets may be purchased online all school year.
- Eight-punch activity tickets can be purchased online until Sunday, August 8. Beginning August 9, payments for the eight-punch activity tickets/passes may be purchased from your feeder system’s high school Activity Office or at a home event.
- TouchBase can be found under Online Payments, which is located in the Quick Links at the top right and bottom of the page. Please note, when accessing TouchBase, you will be leaving the Ankeny Schools website and entering a secured environment hosted by InTouch Receipting.
What is the annual Textbook Rental?
The Textbook Rental is an Iowa Department of Education state-wide term used that covers not only textbooks, but electronic textbooks and any supplementary instructional materials used that conveys information to the student or otherwise contributes to the learning process. This is referenced and authorized in Iowa Code 301.1.
If you have already paid the textbook rental fee for this year, you do not need to do so again.
Free/Reduced Priced Meals and Other Fees
To be eligible for free/reduced price meals and textbook rental fees, you must submit an application and the fee waiver form EACH SCHOOL YEAR. This can be done online late July on the nutrition services free and reduced meals webpage.
Please contact LeeAnna Vigor before completing an application, if:
- You are enrolling a kindergarten student and another student in your household was eligible for free or reduced meals the previous school year.
- You have a student who is transferring from another school in Iowa and was eligible for free or reduced meals at that school. Eligibility does NOT automatically transfer – you need to notify LeeAnna Vigor.
- The state has placed a foster student in your care.
To be eligible for Free/Reduced Text book Rental, a free/reduced priced meal application and the fee waiver form must be completed and approved on October 4, 2021 or before. If not, unless a student is a new enrollee, full priced Textbook Rental Fees will be applicable for students in your household. PLEASE NOTE: if a fee waiver is applicable, it is only valid if completed and submitted within that eligible school year.
- For questions about fee and/or fine balances, fee and/or fine payments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For questions about meal balances and/or meal payments or School Cafe, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For questions about the Free and Reduced Meal Program, please email email@example.com.
- For questions about the Before and After School Program and/or about the payment structure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try-It Thursday: Sugar Snap Peas
Last week’s Try-It Thursday… Sugar Snap Peas!
Incoming Kindergarten Families – Virtual Meeting, April 22
Ankeny Schools held a parent informational meeting virtually on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Visit the link above to hear our elementary principal team give a brief presentation.
Nutrition Services: Try-It Thursday
Nutrition Services has started “Try-It Thursdays” – where students can sample new or less common fruits and vegetables at lunch. Students have the opportunity to explore how and where these foods are grown and the health benefits they provide. They may even find a new favorite to introduce to their families!
Stay tuned for Try-It Thursday on April, 22 with Sugar Snap Peas.
Check out last weeks featured fruit: Kumquats
Ankeny Hawk Summer Camp Registrations Now Open
Registrations are now open for spring and summer athletic and band camps. Visit https://www.ankenycamps.com/ for more information and to register your student. For questions, contact the high school activities department at (515)963-4335.
October PTO Meeting
Please join us for the virtual PTO meeting on Monday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Welcome to Crocker Information!
Hello from Crocker Elementary! To those of you who we have previously served; we are so glad to have you back. To those of you who are new to our school; we look forward to serving as your partner in education. Each of us have had to work through so much uncertainty and difficult challenges to our daily lives these last five months. We are committed to supporting and serving each and every one of you.
I can assure you that our staff are excited for a great start to the school year. We will do everything within our power to make this “new normal” a positive experience for our entire Crocker learning community. This is a task that none of us take lightly.
As we have prepared for this school year our focus has been on relationships, safety, routines, optimism, and hope. My promise to all of you is that we will continue to do so. We will not be perfect. Challenges will arise. Please give us grace and patience. We will do the same for all of you.
As we prepare our students to begin a school year in these unprecedented times, below you will find several items of importance.
Hybrid Schedule and Calendar for August/September
The first day of school is August 27. Here is the hybrid calendar to begin the school year. The on site group schedule is as follows:
Group 1 – Monday, Thursday, and alternating Wednesdays
Group 2 – Tuesday, Friday, and alternating Wednesdays
Students will report directly to class when they arrive on their assigned day. Doors open at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday.
When students are not at school, their teacher will provide required asynchronous (learning that occurs at home away from the teacher) activities for students to complete independently. The approximate amount of time your student will be expected to engage in asynchronous learning is below:
15-20 Science/SS or integrated
15-20 Science/SS or integrate
Your child’s teacher will communicate additional details this week.
Schedule for students participating in online remote learning
A daily routine for students in the required online remote learning environment is critical. For this reason, daily schedules for synchronous and asynchronous learning have been developed. More details and information will be provided by your child’s assigned teacher.
It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to take the students temperature prior to coming to school.
Students will be required to wear masks while on the bus and in the building except when eating.
Students will also use hand sanitizer upon arrival and throughout the day.
Breakfast/lunch will be eaten in the cafeteria or in the classroom while maintaining 6 ft distance. Students will need to bring a water bottle.
Parents and visitors will not be allowed into the building except for necessary visits to the office.
For those families who have elected the remote learning option, a plan for families to pick-up student Chromebooks is being developed. This plan will be communicated to families in the upcoming days. Students engaged in our Hybrid learning model will be issued their Chromebook within the first several weeks of school during the school day.
In order to promote social distancing, we will have separate entrance/exit doors for each of our grade levels. You can see the entrance/exit points here Crocker Enter/Exit Map.
Arrival: School doors will open at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. School doors will open at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday. Students will enter their designated entrance door and go directly to their classroom. Teachers will be outside the first week of school to greet all of our students at a designated spot near their entrance. Teachers will have signs to let you know who they are. We will also have additional staff at both the front and back entrance points to support our students.
We have a designated morning student drop off zone. This drop off zone will be in effect from 7:40-7:55 a.m. and will be clearly identified by a yellow line on the sidewalk. We ask that everyone drive as far as you can in the drop off zone, and once you are stopped, have your children exit on the curbside of your vehicle. Waiting to drop your child off directly at the front entrance door will simply not work in order to get everyone in the building in a timely and safe manner.
Please do not drive ahead of others that are waiting in line. Drivers will not be permitted to cut through the parking lot to get to the front of the line. This will cause a safety and traffic flow problem for everyone involved. If you are parking to walk your child to their entrance point, please make sure that you utilize a designated spot. You are encouraged to walk/bike to school whenever possible.
Dismissal: If parents are meeting students after school this needs to occur at the designated grade level pickup spots. Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade on the playground blacktop. 1st Grade at the front of the building. 3rd and 4th Grade near the gym entrance doors. Parents will not be allowed to “congregate” in the vehicle pick-up zone in front of the building. If students are walking/biking they should leave school grounds immediately after dismissal. If walking with a sibling students will need to meet on the playground blacktop and leave from there.
Each grade level will have individual recess times throughout the course of the day. We will utilize recess zones on the playground to keep individual classrooms separated during recess.
We will utilize social distancing for students during lunch. This will include when they are eating in the cafeteria, a classroom, the gymnasium, or outside.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Dr. Tom Muhlenbruck
Crocker Elementary Principal