We are Community

We Are Community—A Diversity Photo Project

We Are Community is a project of the WDMCS Community Education Advisory Council, a volunteer group of citizens who identify community needs and initiate action to address those needs. The photo project was designed to highlight the rich diversity that exists in our schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces, and to encourage people to build connections across those difference … to build community.

Our 91 participants range in age from 7 to 94. They represent differences in age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, language, country of origin, religion, education, occupation, sexual orientation, marital and socioeconomic status, and more! We are so grateful for their willingness to let us learn about what makes them who they are.

We are Community Full Display

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.

Event Specifics:

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

Meet Your Neighbors: Raising Teenagers

Join us! This event is open to the public.Friends on bikes taking selfie before school

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 6-8 p.m.
West Des Moines Public Library—Community Room
4000 Mills Civic Parkway | West Des Moines

Strong communities actively include and engage people of all backgrounds. Through panel discussions and Q&A sessions, “Meet Your Neighbors” will help long-term residents and newcomers interact and communicate. Inspired by groups around the nation hosting similar events, we believe the best place to learn about your new neighbors is from your new neighbors themselves.

For our second session in the “Meet Your Neighbor’s” series, we are excited to focus on the theme,
“Raising Teenagers.” In this session, the discussion will focus on how raising a teenager varies around the world and navigating the teenage years in a new country.

The evening will be hosted in conjunction with the Youth Justice Initiative (YJI). The mission of YJI is to provide and sustain restorative processes with youth in our community that promotes healing, increases accountability, and provides support.

The evening will be facilitated by ViewPoints, an interdisciplinary team that specializes in creating
opportunities for people to learn from one another in order to find innovative solutions to the problems individuals and communities face.

2018 Staff Recognition

Congratulations to WDMCS district staff who were recognized at the 2018 Staff Recognition Reception on May 10. Community Education staff members included: Jackie Ebling-30 years, Mildred Knee-30 years, Elizabeth Bruner-20 years, Philip Hamm-20 years, Sue Otte-20 years, and Gary Larson-15 years. Retirees Jackie Ebling, Rebecca Harless, and Mary Shelhamer were also honored. Thank you for your year’s of service.

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Community Education’s retirees, (from left to right) Mary Shelhamer, Rebecca Harless, and Jackie Ebling.

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Twenty-year honoree, Sue Otte, with Shahna Janssen at the Staff Recognition Reception.

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Kids West honorees, (from left to right) Mary Shelhamer-retiree, Elizabeth Bruner-20 years, Amy Dvorak, and Jackie Ebling-20 years and retiree.

 

Seniors Come Home—Class of 2018

Seniors Come Home—Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Students who attended a West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) elementary are invited back for Seniors Come Home. This special event gives high school seniors the opportunity to visit their home elementary schools so teachers and fellow students can wish them well on their upcoming graduation. Seniors Come Home has been a tradition in the WDMCS for more than 25 years.

On Wednesday, May 23, graduating seniors are invited back to their home schools at the following times:

  • Jordan Creek and Western Hills at 2:20 p.m.;
  • Clive, Fairmeadows, and Hillside at 2:45 p.m.;
  • Crossroads Park at 3 p.m.; and
  • Crestview and Westridge at 3:15 p.m.

All retired elementary teachers and staff are welcome.

Seniors Come Home is coordinated by Rosemary Brandt (515-633-5012), Service Learning Coordinator. Service Learning is a program of WDMCS Community Education.

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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Try Something New with LEARNwest

LEARNwest Catalog Cover Winter Spring 2018Welcome to the winter/spring 2018 LEARNwest catalog! We are no longer printing or mailing this catalog, but you will still find a variety of opportunities for you to experiment with a new subject area or build on a previous skill and expand your area of expertise.

Many people enjoy connecting with other people who have similar interests. It’s rewarding to meet other people who also like to keep active and live in the same neighborhood!

Our early registration discount is also being offered again! When you register at least two weeks before the class start date, you will receive a $5 discount. The online class prices automatically reflect the discount when it applies. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked at least two weeks before the class start date to qualify for the discount, or the regular rates apply. Make sure to sign up in time to receive this discount, and secure your place in the class of your choice.

Enjoy your new year by trying something new.

For information about LEARNwest please call Program Coordinator, Sue Otte at 515-633-5007.

Raising Healthy White Kids: A Conversation for All of Us

Raising White Kids Book Jacket and Jennifer Harvey

Join us as WDMCS Community Education hosts Dr. Jennifer Harvey to speak about her soon-to-be-released book, “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.”

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Learning Resource Center | 3550 Mills Civic Parkway | West Des Moines

Our society is quickly becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world. The conundrums of raising healthy white children in a society like ours is tough. Should we teach them to be “colorblind” or to notice race? What is the best way to talk about white privilege and real injustices? How do we teach about race honestly without making our children feel bad about being white?

Important public discussion exists in regard to the impact of race and racism on children of color. But good dialogue about and understanding the impact of race on white children is lacking. This workshop is designed to foster that dialogue. Raising healthy white kids is important work and a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children.

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor at Drake University. Her work focuses on racial justice and white anti-racism. Harvey’s most recent books include “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America” (Abingdon Press) and “Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation” (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Harvey also contributes to The New York Times and Huffington Post and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.). She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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