What Does It Mean To Be ‘Future Ready’ In Iowa? Join WDMCS Discussion Feb. 26

What does it mean to be postsecondary, career, and life ready for West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students? Join WDMCS Superintendent Lisa Remy, Ed.D., as she explores this topic with panelists from the City of West Des Moines, Iowa Workforce Development, Des Moines Area Community College, and local business partners.

Discussion will include information about current career trends in Iowa and what it means to be “Future Ready” in our state. In addition, participants will learn the importance of workplace learning in school so students and families can make informed decisions.

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ParentQuest is a free program of WDMCS Community Education. To learn more, visit our website or give us a call at 515-633-5001.

Preschool Palooza 2018

IMG 7062WDMCS Community Education’s Preschool Palooza event will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Hillside Elementary School, 713 Eighth St., West Des Moines, IA.

This free event is designed for children ages 2-6 and their grown-ups. Children will be able to play games, have their faces painted, jump in an inflatable, sing and dance with Music-n-Motion, listen to a story, explore a City of West Des Moines vehicle, and much more. Grown-ups will be able to

talk with the WDMCS district staff about kindergarten registration, district and community preschool programs, nutrition, and transportation.

Preschool directors and teachers who participate in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SVPP) will also be present.

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Organizations participating in Preschool Palooza include: Apple Tree Children’s Centers (Grand Avenue and Ashworth Road locations), Booster Pak, Creekside Christian Preschool, City of West Des Moines, Des Moines Art Center, Drake University Head Start, Heartland AEA 11, Iowa Public Television, Midwest Inflatables, Music-n-Motion, Sacred Heart Preschool, Storybook Adventures, Tiger Cubs preschools, West Des Moines United Methodist Preschool, West Des Moines Public Library, and Urbandale Lions Club.

Full Listing of Activities, Participants, and Performers

Summer of Learning 2018

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Are you wondering how you’re going to keep your kids busy this summer? We have many fun, enriching, and affordable learning opportunities available! Whether your children need a little extra help in reading, writing, or math, or simply a fun way to expand their knowledge in several subjects, WDMCS Community Education provides a wide variety of activities to choose from.

Summer of Learning Catalog

List of Summer of Learning programs

Register Online

 

WDMCS Personal Care Collection—Feb. 12-16, 2018

WDMCS Personal Care Drive 2018

Let's Make a Difference with the WDMCS Personal Care Drive Feb. 11-16, 2018.

Posted by West Des Moines Community Education on Sunday, February 11, 2018

 

West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) is making a difference the week of Feb. 12-16. WDMCS staff and students can participate in a personal care collection for those in need. Items most needed are regular-size shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, lip balm, diapers, and baby wipes. The donated items will be collected and then distributed to Booster Pak, Clive Community Services, and West Des Moines Human Services.

WDMCS student volunteers participate by decorating collection boxes, distributing posters, and counting and organizing donations.

The personal care collection is coordinated by WDMCS Community Education’s Service Learning programs.

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Rec’s and Reviews: Join the Community Education Book Club!

ExitWest coverThe new WDMCS Community Education book club, led by Intercultural Outreach Coordinator Jeanna Bauer, met for the first time on Tuesday, June 20. The club discussed “Little Daughter,” the memoir of Zoya Phan, a political activist from Burma of Karen descent. The discussion was followed by a discussion and Q&A with Mone Aye, co-founder and board president of EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center).

For this month’s Rec’s and Reviews post, WDMCS Community Education is inviting you to join us for our next book club discussion. We will be discussing “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid. The fictional novel follows a young couple, Nadia and Saaed, as they flee violence in their homeland, passing through a magical door that drops them into a completely new and different life.

“It’s a breathtaking novel by one of the world’s most fascinating young writers, and it arrives at an urgent time,” NPR’s review of “Exit West” said. “Hamid encourages to us to put ourselves in the shoes of others, even when they’ve lived lives much harder than anything we’ve endured.”

Join us from 5:30-7:30 on Thursday, Sept. 14, for a book discussion and presentation centered around “Exit West.” Watch the West Des Moines Community Education Facebook page and ”Exit West” book club Facebook event for reminders and updates.

Have questions or want more information? Contact Intercultural Outreach Coordinator Jeanna Bauer at 515-633-5116 or bauerj@wdmcs.org.

 

Read to Stay Up to Speed This Summer

Elementary school student laying on the floor and reading children's books.Summer is a time for family, friends, and fun—but it’s also important for kids to keep learning. Helping your children stay engaged during summer is a great way to make sure they retain what they learned in the past year and ease the transition back to school in the fall.

One of the best ways to keep kids thinking during summertime is reading. Here is a list of summer reading programs from libraries that serve West Des Moines Community Schools families:

Families in Windsor Heights are welcome to join programs at libraries in neighboring cities. Several area businesses are also holding summer reading challenges. Find a full list of reading challenges at dsm4kids.com.

Pairing books with activities or movies is another way to encourage your children to read during summer. You can also make reading at home fun by reading outside, making up stories with your kids, or creating your own reading challenges.

Join Us for the Summer of Learning!

Summer of Learning Catalog Cover - Boy Holding Globe in front of chalk boardAre you wondering how you’re going to keep your kids busy this summer? Join us for the 2017 Summer of Learning! We have many fun, enriching, and affordable learning opportunities available—whether your children need a little extra help with schoolwork or want to expand their knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. Help your child find a program that sounds interesting, fun, or rewarding, and register today!

Check out the 2017 Summer of Learning catalog.

Register for a Summer of Learning class.

Summer of Learning 2017

Summer of Learning Catalog Cover - Boy Holding Globe in front of chalk board

Are you wondering how you’re going to keep your kids busy this summer? We have many fun, enriching, and affordable learning opportunities available! Whether your children need a little extra help in reading, writing, or math, or simply a fun way to expand their knowledge in several subjects, WDMCS Community Education provides a wide variety of activities to choose from.

Summer of Learning Catalog PDF

List of Summer of Learning programs

Register Online

 

Service Programs Help Students and Families Give Back

WDMCS Community Education’s service programs offer West Des Moines Community Schools students community service opportunities starting in third grade. Program coordinator Rosemary Brandt sees these opportunities as a chance for students to learn about and fulfill their roles as members of the community, while also gaining confidence and career skills. With four other coordinators, Brandt organizes all five service programs, including the annual Personal Care Collection, taking place this week.

Personal care drive image croppedThe collection restocks the Booster Pak pantries with personal care items like regular-sized shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, and lip balm. Items will be collected and then distributed to WDMCS students through the Booster Pak Program.

“We want all our kids to have the things they need to feel confident, healthy, and comfortable,” Brandt said.

The other service programs—Read to Me, I-CARE, the Walnut Creek Campus Service Program, and the Silver Cord Award program—are valuable opportunities for specific age groups, but the Personal Care Collection is a way for all students, staff, and families to give back. Help make a real difference in your school—there are still two days to bring your items to your building and place them in the designated box.

Thank you for your support of the Personal Care Collection!

See some of the donation boxes WDMCS students have decorated.

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Students Decorate Boxes for WDMCS Personal Care Collection

West Des Moines Community Schools students have been decorating boxes for next week’s WDMCS Personal Care Collection! Staff, families, and students are invited to participate in the WDMCS Personal Care Collection next week, Feb. 20-23. Please bring your items to school and place them in the student-decorated boxes.

The most needed items are regular-sized shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, and lip balm. Items will be collected and then distributed to WDMCS students through the Booster Pak Program.

Thank you for your support for this very worthy cause! The WDMCS Personal Care Collection is coordinated by WDMCS Community Education’s Service Learning Program.