2018-19 Teacher Favorites

Specials:

Terri Carlson (PE)

What is your favorite snack? popcorn

What is your favorite candy? Hot Tamale’s and Junior mints

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Lemonade, tea, coffe

What is your favorite kind of food? pasta

What is your favorite dessert? Cheese cake

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Zameriks, Tropical Smoothie

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Anywhere!

What makes you the happiest? Flowers J

Where is your favorite place to shop? TJ Maxx

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Anything to be outside, I love to play with my puppy and take him for walks!

What is your favorite hobby? Working in my yard.

Where is your favorite place to visit? Michigan

What is your favorite color? Pink or orange

What is your favorite flower? Rose

What is your favorite school supply? Note pads and pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? UNI or ISU I also like the Minnesota Gophers

 

Allison Krook (Art)

What is your favorite snack? Salted Almonds, Pistachios, Macadamia Nuts or Cashews

What is your favorite candy? None – I don’t eat sugar J

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? TEA!  Or Coca Cola ZERO

What is your favorite kind of food? Healthy, low carb, no sugar added

What is your favorite dessert? None – I don’t eat added sugars J

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Village Inn for Eggs and Bacon!

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  I’d like to try Lola’s in Ankeny as I hear they have Cauliflower Rice!

What makes you the happiest? Reading, Rainbow pens/markers, working out at Fitness World

Where is your favorite place to shop? Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Loft, Bath and Body Works

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Reading, snuggling with my dachshund, getting my nails done, massage

What is your favorite hobby? Working out, making art, reading

Where is your favorite place to visit? Anywhere tropical!

What is your favorite color? ORANGE

What is your favorite flower? None J

What is your favorite school supply? Rainbow pens and markers!  Sharpies!

What is your favorite team to cheer for? I don’t really watch sports! 

 

Special Education:

Kari Conley

What is your favorite snack? Almonds

What is your favorite candy? NA

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Coffee

What is your favorite kind of food? Salads

What is your favorite dessert? NA

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Zmariks

What makes you the happiest? Kind words

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? With family and friends

What is your favorite hobby? Exercise

Where is your favorite place to visit? Colorado

What is your favorite color? Purple

What is your favorite flower? Any

What is your favorite school supply? Paper Mate pens or colored line sticky notes

What is your favorite team to cheer for? ISU

 

Nici Meyer

What is your favorite snack? popcorn

What is your favorite candy? anything chocolate

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? tea or coffee

What is your favorite kind of food? tacos

What is your favorite dessert? ice cream

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? panera, cozy cafe, dunkin donuts

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Jethro’s, Olive Garden, Cowboy Chicken

What makes you the happiest? reading a good book

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target or Old Navy

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? sleep in cozy pj’s

What is your favorite hobby? reading

Where is your favorite place to visit?

What is your favorite color? purple

What is your favorite flower? daisies

What is your favorite school supply? pencils

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Huskers!

 

Preschool: 

Ashley Seiffert

What is your favorite snack? Trail mix

What is your favorite candy? Reese’s or Snickers

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Starbucks coffee

What is your favorite kind of food? Anything really!

What is your favorite dessert? Cookies or Scotcharoos

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Chik fil a

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Jethros

What makes you the happiest? My students!

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Relaxing

What is your favorite hobby? Working out

Where is your favorite place to visit? Target, the beach, and the lake!

What is your favorite color? Light pink

What is your favorite flower? Gerber Daisies

What is your favorite school supply? Pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa State Cyclones and the Dallas Cowboys!

 

McKenzie Huseman

What is your favorite snack? Cheese Whisps

What is your favorite candy? 86% Dark Chocolate

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Water, Lemon Ginger Tea or Diet Coke

What is your favorite kind of food? American (burgers)

What is your favorite dessert? Cake/Cupcakes

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Main Street Cafe

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Central Standard Burgers, BarnTown Brewing

What makes you the happiest? Working Out and Sleeping

Where is your favorite place to shop? Amazon

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Working out or watching TV

What is your favorite hobby? Sleeping, Workout Out, Reading, Baking

Where is your favorite place to visit? Where ever my family is

What is your favorite color? Yellow

What is your favorite flower? Any

What is your favorite school supply? Post-It Notes!

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa Hawkeyes and Kansas City Royals

 

Kindergarten

Ball

What is your favorite snack? Popcorn

What is your favorite candy? Starbursts

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Starbucks

What is your favorite kind of food? Pizza

What is your favorite dessert? Ice Cream

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera/Tropical Smoothie

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Jethros

What makes you the happiest? Spending time with my family, going to movies and out to eat

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Getting pampered with manicures, pedicures and messages

What is your favorite hobby? Being outside and staying active

Where is your favorite place to visit? Anywhere warm with a beach

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite flower? Peonies

What is your favorite school supply? Fine Tip Black Expo Dry Erase Markers, AA Batteries, Glue Sticks

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs

Johnson

 

Rabe

What is your favorite snack?

Trail Mix

What is your favorite candy?

Chocolate Covered Almonds

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school?

Smoothie

What is your favorite kind of food?

Pasta

What is your favorite dessert?

Ice Cream

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?

Panera/Tropical Smoothie

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?

District 36

What makes you the happiest?

Family Time

Where is your favorite place to shop?

Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

Manicure/Pedicure

What is your favorite hobby?

Athletics, Boating

Where is your favorite place to visit?

The Beach

What is your favorite color?

Red

What is your favorite flower?

Roses

What is your favorite school supply?

White Board Markers

Clorox Wipes

What is your favorite team to cheer for?

Minnesota Gophers

 

Vortherms

What is your favorite snack?  Trail mix

What is your favorite candy?  Peanut butter M&Ms

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school?  Hot chocolate or smoothie

What is your favorite kind of food?  Pizza

What is your favorite dessert?  Ice cream

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?  Panera or Starbucks

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Main Street Cafe

What makes you the happiest?  Being at the beach

Where is your favorite place to shop?  Pier 1

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?  Playing games or watching movies with my family

What is your favorite hobby?  Baking

Where is your favorite place to visit?  The beach

What is your favorite color?  Black and gray

What is your favorite flower?  Daisy

What is your favorite school supply?  Mr. Sketch markers

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa State

First Grade

Melissa Barber

What is your favorite snack?  Popcorn

What is your favorite candy?  Snickers

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school?  Coffee

What is your favorite kind of food?  Italian

What is your favorite dessert?  Cheesecake

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?  Panera

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  A.J’s

What makes you the happiest? Time to relax

Where is your favorite place to shop?  Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Getting a manicure or massage

What is your favorite hobby? Cooking

Where is your favorite place to visit? Adventureland

What is your favorite color?  Hawkeye colors

What is your favorite flower?  All kinds

What is your favorite school supply?  Dry erase markers

What is your favorite team to cheer for? The Hawkeyes!

 

Mrs. Hampton

What is your favorite snack? fruit

What is your favorite candy? Twizzlers

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school?  MIO fruit punch

What is your favorite kind of food?  tacos

What is your favorite dessert?  cheesecake

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?  Tropical Smoothie

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Fuzzy’s Tacos

What makes you the happiest? Spending time with my family

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?  Staying at home

What is your favorite hobby? Reading about famous people

Where is your favorite place to visit? The beach

What is your favorite color?  Yellow

What is your favorite flower?  daisies

What is your favorite school supply? Mechanical pencils and colorful pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for?  ISU

 

Mrs. Ruppert

What is your favorite snack? Popcorn 

What is your favorite candy? Twix 

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Coffee

What is your favorite kind of food? Mexican 

What is your favorite dessert? Brownies 

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? IHOP

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Anywhere! 

What makes you the happiest? My family! 

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target or Amazon

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Seeing a movie or going shopping

What is your favorite hobby? Reading

Where is your favorite place to visit? Smash Park in WDM

What is your favorite color? Purple 

What is your favorite flower? Lily 

What is your favorite school supply? Post it notes

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Chicago Blackhawks hockey/Chicago Cubs baseball/Nebraska football

 

2nd Grade:

Rachel Eischeid

What is your favorite snack?   fruit

What is your favorite candy?  Snickers

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school?  Dr. Pepper

What is your favorite kind of food?  Pizza

What is your favorite dessert?  Vanilla cupcakes

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?  Which wich

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Applebee’s

What makes you the happiest?  My 3 kids

Where is your favorite place to shop?  Amazon

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?  Doing nothing

What is your favorite hobby?  Reading

Where is your favorite place to visit?  The movie theatre

What is your favorite color?  blue

What is your favorite flower?  rose

What is your favorite school supply? Clorox wipes

What is your favorite team to cheer for?  Iowa State

 

Julie Harrington

What is your favorite snack? Cheese and crackers

What is your favorite candy?  Twix

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school?  Starbucks and once in a while- coke

What is your favorite kind of food?  Italian

What is your favorite dessert?  Anything!

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?  Tropical Smoothie  or Panera           

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Red Lobster, Outback, Smoky D’s

What makes you the happiest?  Sunshine  J

Where is your favorite place to shop?  Amazon

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?  Time to myself or watching a good movie

What is your favorite hobby?  Watching my kids in their activities

Where is your favorite place to visit?  The ocean or mountains

What is your favorite color? purple

What is your favorite flower?  Iris

What is your favorite school supply?  Paper Mate Ink Joy Gel pens (multi-colors)

What is your favorite team to cheer for?  ISU, but soon will be UNI – my daughter will go there.

 

Beth Hron

What is your favorite snack? Bananas, popcorn, cheese and crackers

What is your favorite candy? Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats, Peanut Butter M&Ms, Plain M&Ms, Dark Chocolate

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Chai Tea Latte or flavored water

What is your favorite kind of food? Italian or Mexican

What is your favorite dessert? Almost anything with chocolate J

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Starbucks, Panera

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Cazadors, Olive Garden, Latin King, Texas Road House, HuHot

What makes you the happiest? Spending time with my family

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target, Loft, Old Navy, Style Bar

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? watching movies, reading books, relaxing with my family

What is your favorite hobby? reading, baking, attending ISU sporting events

Where is your favorite place to visit? places outdoors – campgrounds, state parks

What is your favorite color? red

What is your favorite flower? pink/red roses, Gerber daisies

What is your favorite school supply? smelly markers, Paper Mate flair medium point markers, Paper Mate InkJoy retractable pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa State Cyclones, Minnesota Vikings, Sporting Kansas City

 

Wendy Rains

What is your favorite snack? Almonds

What is your favorite candy? Dark chocolate with sea salt covered caramels

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Carbonated Mineral Water

What is your favorite kind of food? Indian

What is your favorite dessert? Baklava

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Z’Mariks

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Lzaza Indo-Pak Cuisine

What makes you the happiest? Joyful laughter of my grandchildren; my pups

Where is your favorite place to shop? TJ Max

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Just being home

What is your favorite hobby? Walking pups

Where is your favorite place to visit? La-La-Land ….. actually, the beach

What is your favorite color? Ocean Blue

What is your favorite flower? Begonia

What is your favorite school supply? Fun pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Jags

 

Third Grade

Pari Brown

What is your favorite snack? Gluten Free Stuff- Kind Bars, Almonds, Cashews

What is your favorite candy? Dark Chocolate

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Coffee and Green Tea

What is your favorite kind of food? Tacos, Sushi, Smoothies, Salads

What is your favorite dessert? Cookies

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera, Main Street Cafe

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Taco Hangover, Fong’s, Fletcher

What makes you the happiest? Being with my family J

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target, Kohl’s, Amazon

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Watching movies, pedicures, and shopping!

What is your favorite hobby? Running

Where is your favorite place to visit? Disney World, or a beach

What is your favorite color? Purple

What is your favorite flower? Hydrangea

What is your favorite school supply? Paper Mate Flair Pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Jags and Cyclones

 

Hunter Caspers

What is your favorite snack? Fruit, Crackers, popcorn

What is your favorite candy? Any straight chocolate with any caramel, peanuts, toffee, almonds,

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Coffee all the way

What is your favorite kind of food? Pizza/Mexican food

What is your favorite dessert? Scotcharoos or Pumpkin Pie

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Bakeries or Café’s

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Any good pizza place or Mexican food place

What makes you the happiest? Spending time with friends, family, and staying active.

Where is your favorite place to shop? Scheels, Nike, Amazon, Express

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?Spending time with friends, family, or just relaxing and drinking coffee.

What is your favorite hobby? Staying active, listening to music, and hanging out with friends/family. Also learning new things and going to events/music shows.

Where is your favorite place to visit? My favorite place to visit is my hometown or any new place that I have not been before.

What is your favorite color? Red

What is your favorite flower? White rose

What is your favorite school supply? Pencils or seat pouches

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa Hawkeyes

 

Elizabeth Loose

What is your favorite snack? chocolate covered almonds

What is your favorite candy? dark chocolate, twix

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? coffee or diet dew

What is your favorite kind of food? mexican, pizza

What is your favorite dessert? cheesecake

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera or zmariks

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Same as above. or Fletcher or Cazador

What makes you the happiest? listening to music, drinking coffee, being with my kids and friends

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target or AMazon

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? sleeping in, going out for coffee/breakfast/lunch, shopping

What is your favorite hobby? concerts, reading, watching sports (U if I),

Where is your favorite place to visit? Kansas City

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite flower? ANY

What is your favorite school supply? pens or journals

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa Hawkeyes

 

Mrs. Miller

What is your favorite snack? Salted cashews;

What is your favorite candy? KitKat; York Peppermint Patties

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Diet Dew; Powerade Zeros; Coffee with Splenda

What is your favorite kind of food? Mexican; Pizza

What is your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera; MainStreet Bakery

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Cazador

What makes you the happiest? Spending time with my family

Where is your favorite place to shop? Old Navy and Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Shopping or a manicure ( I love Nail’d It!)

What is your favorite hobby? Volleyball; Running

Where is your favorite place to visit? A beach

What is your favorite color? Black

What is your favorite flower? Any…more of a plant girl

What is your favorite school supply? Colorful markers/pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa State Cyclones or the GB Packers

 

4th Grade:

Andrea Beard 

What is your favorite snack? Pretzels

What is your favorite candy? Reese Peanutbutter Cups and Sour Patch Kids

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Pepsi or a Mocha from Caribou J

What is your favorite kind of food? Pizza or Mexican

What is your favorite dessert? Cheesecake

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Taco Hangover

What makes you the happiest? Spending time with family

Where is your favorite place to shop? Athleta

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Watching sports or getting my nails done J

What is your favorite hobby? Yoga and Cycling

Where is your favorite place to visit? Colorado

What is your favorite color? Red

What is your favorite flower? Gerber Daisy

What is your favorite school supply? Paper Mate Flair Tip Colored Pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Cyclones or Panthers

 

Amy Halstead

What is your favorite snack?  Potato chips…anything salty, cheese

What is your favorite candy?  Whatchamacallit, Hershey chocolate, caramels, gummies

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school?  Mt. Dew (regular NOT diet)

What is your favorite kind of food?  Italian or Mexican..Salsa and chips are my favorite, anything salty

What is your favorite dessert?  Cheesecake or carmaletta bars or almond cake from Main Street Cafe

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?  Main Street Cafe

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Uptown

What makes you the happiest?  Sunshine, summer, flowers

Where is your favorite place to shop?  Target, GAP, Scheels, Real Deals

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?  Getting a massage, getting my nails done or shopping

What is your favorite hobby?  Hanging out at a pool, spending time with my friends, watching or playing sports, being outside

Where is your favorite place to visit?  The mall, anywhere warm,

What is your favorite color?  Yellow, black, pink

What is your favorite flower? Hydrangea, roses, tulips, any really flower

What is your favorite school supply? Colored pens or markers

What is your favorite team to cheer for?  Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs

 

Jacey Jahn

What is your favorite snack? Chocolate

What is your favorite candy? Peanut Butter M and M’s

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Diet Mountain Dew

What is your favorite kind of food? Pizza

What is your favorite dessert?  Open not pudding

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Tropical Smoothie / Panera/ Starbucks

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Panera/  Main Street Café/ Open

What makes you the happiest?  Being able to laugh with others

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Relaxing with others and some time for me.

What is your favorite hobby? Walking

Where is your favorite place to visit? Florida- Disney World and the Ocean

What is your favorite color? Purple

What is your favorite flower? Daisy

What is your favorite school supply? Nice colorful pens/ Felt Tips/ Stamps

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa State

 

Dana Schreck

What is your favorite snack?  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Boom Chicka Popcorn sweet and salty

What is your favorite candy? Same as above

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Any flavored carbonated water or Diet Pepsi

What is your favorite kind of food? All food

What is your favorite dessert?  Anything chocolate or ice cream

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Anything

What makes you the happiest?  Tough to narrow that one down

Where is your favorite place to shop? Amazon

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Reading and/or baking

What is your favorite hobby? Reading

Where is your favorite place to visit? Anywhere near water (Vacation voucher?)

What is your favorite color? No favorite

What is your favorite flower? Tulips

What is your favorite school supply? Dry erase markers, pens with fun toppers

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa State

 

 

5th Grade:

Kailey Bueker

What is your favorite snack? Mangoes

What is your favorite candy? Life savers

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Flavored water

What is your favorite kind of food? Cauliflower

What is your favorite dessert? Ice cream

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Main Street Cafe

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Gateway Market

What makes you the happiest? Being with friends, family, and my golden retrieverJ

Where is your favorite place to shop? Scheels / Target/ Old Navy

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Being outside

What is your favorite hobby? Hiking with my dog/ playing sports

Where is your favorite place to visit? The mountains!

What is your favorite color? Aqua blue

What is your favorite flower? Orchids

What is your favorite school supply? Flair pens/ ink gel pens

What is your favorite team to cheer for? IOWA STATE CYCLONES!!!!!!

 

Beth Faber  

What is your favorite snack? cheese and crackers, granola, trail mix  

What is your favorite candy? caramel, sour candy  

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? coffee, Bai Coconut 

What is your favorite kind of food? Pizza 

What is your favorite dessert? Seven Layer Magic Bars, Cheesecake 

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Panera, Cozy Cafe  

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner? Tasty Tacos 🙂 

What makes you the happiest? Spending time with my family and my dogs, drinking my morning coffee 

Where is your favorite place to shop? Target

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Hiking 

What is your favorite hobby? Reading!  

Where is your favorite place to visit? Colorado, Costa Rica, Chicago  

What is your favorite color? Greens and blues 

What is your favorite flower? Sunflowers  

What is your favorite school supply? Big permanent markers for writing on chart paper, gel pens, Flair marker pens 

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Cubs!  


Brandon Hargens

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Water- I can always use bottled water

What is your favorite kind of food? Pizza

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch? Casey’s- my family gets Casey’s pizza every week.  Otherwise, we don’t get out much.

What makes you the happiest? Being with my family, reading, and playing and/or watching sports

Where is your favorite place to shop? Scheels

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Being active and doing something with my family.  Ideally, playing outside and going to a park, but we live in Iowa.  We like going to Backyard Adventure, SkyZone, or somewhere fun when cold.

What is your favorite hobby? Playing and watching sports.  I’m not that exciting.

Where is your favorite place to visit? The beach

What is your favorite color? Baby Blue

What is your favorite school supply? My class can ALWAYS use pencils & sticky notes.  Otherwise, we are starting to create new seating arrangements, so looking into getting pillows, lawn chairs, or other comfortable ideas in the classroom.  Last, an electronic pencil sharpener.

What is your favorite team to cheer for? Iowa Hawkeyes, OKC Thunder, Green Bay Packers & USA related sports.

 

Sean Lynam

What is your favorite snack?

What is your favorite candy? Snickers

What is your favorite drink to enjoy at school? Pepsi

What is your favorite kind of food?  tacos

What is your favorite dessert?  Raspberry cheesecake        

What is your favorite place to eat out for breakfast/lunch?  CJ’s Bagels

What is your favorite place to eat out for dinner?  Tasty Tacos

What makes you the happiest?  Doing projects around my home

Where is your favorite place to shop?  Under Armour

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?  Relaxing with my family

What is your favorite hobby?  Building things out of wood

Where is your favorite place to visit?  Menards

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite flower?  N/A

What is your favorite school supply?  Dry Erase Erasers

What is your favorite team to cheer for?  New York Yankees or Iowa Hawkeyes

 

 

 

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2018-19 Jag Jog!!

Thank you to all who participated in Ashland Ridge’s 2018-19 Jag Jog fundraiser.  Totals are still climbing.  Winners and our total amount raised will be announced very soon

 

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2018 School Directory

It is Ankeny District policy for school staff not to share student or parent information.  This is to protect the privacy of our families.   It is also district policy that no child can hand out invitations at school.  This is to promote a feeling of family within our school.

As a result, it can be difficult to send out invitations or contact other parents.  Ashland Ridge PTO has created an online directory to make this a bit easier.  Parents must opt-in to the directory by adding their family information below.  Once added, parents will receive the phone numbers and email addresses of other parents who have chosen to be part of the directory.  The directory is grade-level specific, so it is important to fill out your information for each child.

 

Please add your information to the links below: 

Preschool

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

**Please note:  The directory is manually sent out by our volunteers.  Please allow 5-7 days for the directory to arrive in your email.  Thank you for your patience!!

 

 

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PTO Meeting September 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7PM

Call to order: Mandy Snyder, co-President

Introduction of officers present: 
Mandy Snyder & Jessica Zamago: co-Presidents 
Emily Moen & Teresa Nefzger : co-Vice Presidents 
Laura Patterson: co-Treasurer with Kristy Rippentrop (unable to attend) 
Jennifer Sill & Jaime Davis: co-Secretaries

Principal Report (Mr. Mark Moss)
Mr. Moss introduced Sara Janes from Ankeny Sports Booster Club. Sara spoke about the Booster Club’s mission, which is to support Ankeny athletics – both Jaguars and Centennial. Getting involved now (while kids are in elementary) is great. Fundraising/donations and gate tickets are primary sources of revenue. Revenue is split between the two high schools. If you purchase a $300 family membership, this
gets you into any Ankeny Hawk or Centennial sporting event (not districts, post season) by showing your membership card. Current fundraiser/project is to finish the front of the Ankeny Stadium – they are selling personalized engraved bricks, project wrapping up in November, cap of 1,000 bricks. Cost is $150/paver, booster club member cost is $100/paver. Go to https://www.ankenyboosters.com/ for more info on membership, to purchase commemorative bricks, or to contact the Booster Club.
Committee recruitment open… new members welcome and needed.
Mr. Moss has begun his 10th year at Ashland Ridge, and related that he believes AR is a special place because of the people – teachers, kids, and parents – we have.  Discussed the addition of new 2nd & 3rd grades (five sections in those grades currently), there is
also a new special ed program (bringing the total to three).  Ashland Ridge does have Preschool on site this year, and will have it for at least one more school year (through 2019-2020).  There were 610 enrolled students last year; right now we are at 660. AR may, or may not, add sections to grade levels next year? Current class sections are close to max of 27 per class (25 for Kindergarten).  A few years ago, we had 710 students, so AR building/staff quite capable to hand numbers. Mr. Moss wants to make this place feel as small as possible, in regard to attention and quality of education.  New staff additions for 2018-2019 school year:

-Special Education: Kelly Kiekhoefer, will go by soon-to-be (Nov) married name of
Carnahan
-AELP: Marcy Conover
-5th Grade: Brandon Hargens
-5th Grade: Sean Lynam
-1st Grade: Nikki Ruppert
-Several new associates, still finalizing hires, will wrap up soon
-New front office person: Becky Like (formerly an associate at AR) Sandy Pieper
Former front office, took job at Cent.
-New front office part time person: Ann Thurnau?
 Mentioned October 16th is parent/teacher night. Online conference sign up website (PTO does not have link yet) – school will send out next Wednesday (Sept 12th).  Curriculum discussion: desire is to be a “Leader & Me” school, this is an offshoot of Stephen Covey trainings. Goal as district is to have all buildings on this system, there are a few now. AR leadership team is doing a book study on this during the school year. Will then share with staff, then have Covey people come in and assess if AR is ready. Year 0 (zero) right now. Year 1 would be training. Year 2 would implement in the school. (For reference: https://www.theleaderinme.org/ ) 

Professional Development: Lucy Calkins method, model for reading system. Currently fitting our curriculum into this system, Word Work is a focus. Working to have a viable Word Work curriculum district-wide – this is very important for student transfers w/in district, happens often.  Mr. Moss relayed that his door is open – please email or reach out if there is anything that is concerning you. He’d like to address things up front. If he/the school doesn’t know, there is nothing he can do about it. Please come in if there is an issue. Teacher Report – no teachers present. Busy start to the school year. 
President Report (Mandy Snyder) 
Welcomed new attendees, expressed desire to continue growth of PTO membership  Discussed reason for number and timing of meetings – no need for meetings over the winter.  Addressed teacher requests for funding/classroom items in addition to Grade “Pod” money given each school year. There are request forms on the PTO website. PTO will consider all requests submitted.
Treasurer Report (Laura Patterson) 
We need final invoice for outdoor classroom – Mr. Moss will get it. 
All money needs to go through the front desk –we don’t hand money to the teachers.  If a PTO member needs to submit a receipt for reimbursement, use the website for the form, and consult Kristy or Laura. 
Board met over the summer and approved the budget, see handout for details.  Goal is for the Jag Jog to carry us and be the primary, if not sole, fundraiser for the year. Committee Reports (see also New Business) 

Fundraising and Jag Jog (Jen Sill, Teresa Nefzger, others)
-October 5th is Jag Jog event date. Kindergarten runs in afternoon at 1PM. Other grades
run in the AM.
-Sending around a sign up for volunteers for day of the event.
– $600 raised via sponsorships to date.
-T-shirt sales:  Parents can buy tees (first time/year for this). Each parent t-shirt purchased funds two t-shirts for Jag Jog. We already have sold enough t-shirts to fund two Pods/grades for their Jag Jog t-shirts.  T-shirt link to purchase will be posted on PTO Facebook page. PayPal will be used to invoice for shirts purchased this way.
-Teachers will send out an email requesting with kid shirt size sign up (if not done by
family at back to school night). Option to purchase adult/additional shirts to also be
shared in this email.
-Jag Jog Incentives for kids/fundraising: 
Return Fundraiser Packet to School w/ any donation: receive wearable button
$40 raised by student: name announced by Mr. Moss over intercom, coupons 
Top Overall Earner: gift card & “Principal for a Day” 
Next 2 Top Earners : also “Principal for a Day” 
Next 10 Top Earners (#4 to #13): lunch w/ Mr. Moss 
Next 10 Top Earners (#14 to #23): “Principal Taxi” to classroom
Highest Overall (individual classroom): pick dress up day theme for entire school  Highest Overall grade level: extra recess & activity in outdoor classroom
80% school participation by entire school: TBD by Mr. Moss

-Call for volunteers: along the route the day of the event, preparing “goodie bags” that
will be handed out to all AR kids after the event, and for button making. 

Parent Directory
Parent directory – sending that information out by Friday of this week. Parents have to opt-in/sign up to be listed, or to use directory. Submit name, email, phone. Hold onto that email when you get it, so you’re able to find/access the directory later in the year.

Beautification Coordinator (Jessica Anderson, not present)
Jessica is still in charge of the plantings. A thank you to Mr. Moss for watering the plants over the dry summer. 

Box Tops (Wendy Mosdal, not present)
Running smoothly. Wendy has gift cards from Tropical Smoothie to give out to some top
participants. 

Spirit Wear (Rachel Sorenson, not present)
Rachel has done a great job working with the vendor, and there will be new designs posted soon and throughout the year.

Teacher Appreciation (need new chairperson)
Need volunteers willing to contribute here. Parent/teacher conferences are coming up in
October, PTO provides meal for teachers, delivery around 3:30 that afternoon.

Yearbook (Jean Ann Olberding, not present)
Jean Ann takes care of the yearbook, submitting pictures of classroom activities throughout the year is greatly appreciated. Mr. Moss confirmed that no parents of students attending AR opted out, so OK to do photos at activities. 

Volunteer Coordinator (Jen Sill)
Volunteers needed for Teacher Appreciation activities. Most spots for the hearing/vision testing happening in September are filled, volunteers are also needed for school picture day.
Note:  volunteer also needed for Restaurant Night scheduling/coordination. 

PTO Technology (Jen Sill)
Volunteer(s) still needed for this position – involves the PTO website, keeping an eye on the PTO Facebook page and other channels of communication
Misc Fundraising
Restaurant proceeds nights are an on-going fundraiser. Most of the 2018-2019 is already
scheduled, but there are a few spots left to fill. Z’Mariks and Chipotle both do 50% of proceeds back to AR PTO (highest percentage). Chic-fil-A hosts a monthly proceeds night for AR.
Suggestion was made that Chili’s was a very profitable proceeds night for another group, may be a business worth approaching. A volunteer needed to take over this spot going forward.

Old Business

PTO strives to build the AR community by hosting family events: Kindergarten playdate before school started, popsicles on the playground, upcoming Geisler Farms night. 

Outdoor classroom is up and running. Need to make a plaque to thank the major donor family and all AR families that contributed – PTO needs to approve verbiage, then submit to Mr. Moss for school to review and approve.

Suggested: “Our AR PTO outdoor classroom was made possible by donations from Grady and Ashlyn Peterson and family, along with donations made
by our student’s families and friends.” Additional comment that date needs to be added to plaque. 

Will there be a dedication ceremony for Outdoor Classroom?

New Business

Jag Jog
o Why Jag Jog?
 All money raised (except expenses incurred like credit card processing fees from
online donation) goes to the kids.  No selling wrapping paper, pizza, etc.  ALL  STUDENTS PARTICIPATE in the event

o What is money raised by Jag Jog used to do?
 Fund PTO annual budget/year expenditures (see budget sheet).  Suggestions for current “big” things to purchase with funds raised, and to motivate parents/kids to fundraise:
More books for classrooms – as shift is made to Word Work (workshop
model of teaching) and kids are doing independent and buddy practice, the need for more reading materials in AR classrooms will continue to grow.  For Kindergarten through 3rd grades, funding “nicer” sets of headphones for the 25-27 kids per classroom would be a good investment. (4th and 5th grades have ear buds as part of school supply list for the year.) Mr. Moss will have Mrs. Neville research cost.  Main thing is to spend funds on things that are tangible, and that will benefit all AR kids at some point in their school career at AR.  At some point, PTO will have to decide if we will look for a new “big” thing (like the outdoor classroom or the library revamp/furniture) to pursue funding for our school. 

Point made that we should spend the money in ways that benefit our current AR students, as they are the ones fundraising. 

Committee Membership Thank you extended to new PTO attendees, new members are welcome and desired. There are lots of ways to contribute to PTO and many do not require a large time commitment. Members are encouraged to like and share the Ashland Ridge PTO Facebook page, and also the content. 

Geisler Farm – Ashland Ridge Family Night
o Event rescheduled from Friday, Sept 7th, to the rain date of Friday, Sept 21st

o Jen will print fliers and distribute to teachers for students to take home with new date

Other New Business
o At Jag Jog committee meeting, it was suggested that we do Facebook Live from PTO
meetings. Discussion regarding trying it at the next meeting, and possibly only doing the
Live for the beginning of the meeting (including Mr. Moss and the Principal update).
o Flier with calendar received at Meet the Teacher Night was well received by parents.
Second flier with Spring semester dates will be provided later in the semester.
o There will be a rollerskating family night, date to be determined.
o Jen Sill has been talking with the new movie theater about hosting an AR family night
there. The owner wants to wait until the initial rush dies down, then would be willing to
discuss.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, October 2nd at 7PM
Meeting Adjourned: co-President, Mandy Snyder

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Back to School 2018-19!

 

back to school conceptual creativity cube

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Here are some upcoming events.  Please check our Facebook page for more details on all of these events.

August

17 – Kindergarten Playdate at Georgetown park.

20 – Kindergarten Welcome – Parent-only meeting with your Kindergartener’s teacher

21 – Meet the teacher night – Bring in your school supplies and meet your teacher!!

23 – First Day of school!!

30 – Back to School night – Parent-only meeting with your child’s teacher.
Times for each grade level posted

 

September

4 – PTO Meeting in the Ashland Ridge library at 7pm (One of only 4)

7 – Back-to-School bonfire at Geisler Farms  6pm-9pm

18 – ChickFilA night 5pm-8pm

26 – Papa Murphy Night 11am-8pm

 

October

1 – Chipotle Night  4pm-8pm

2 – PTO Meeting in the Ashland Ridge library at 7pm (2nd of 4)

5 – Jag Jog Fundraiser!!

16 – ChickFilA night 5pm-8pm

 

November

6 – Zmariks Noodle Cafe – 4pm-9pm (50% of sales come back to PTO!)

20 – ChickFilA 5pm-8pm

27 – Ashland Ridge Spirit night at Centennial Basketball Game

 

December

3 – Panera 4pm-8pm

18 – ChickFilA 5pm-8pm

 

Feburary

5 – Zmariks (50% night!!)  4pm-9pm

 

**More events will be updated as we get them!

Our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ARpto/

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Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week is almost here! Sign up to help love on our teachers!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baeab23a6fb6-teacher1

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7 – 11th. Below is some suggestions on ways your student(s) can love on the teachers!

teacher appreciation 2018

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Spring Conference Meal

Time to sign up to bring dinner for the teachers during Conference Week! We’ll provide dinner on Tuesday night, the longest night for the teachers. Help them have one less thing to worry about that night!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baeab23a6fb6-spring1

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Book Fair Volunteers

It is time to sign up for the Winter Conference Book Fair!

http://signupschedule.com/signup.cgi?user=ashlandridgeptovolunteers

Volunteers receive $5 in Scholastic Dollars to use at the Book Fair when your shift is over.

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2017/2018 Yearbooks are for sale!!

Yearbooks will be on sale NOW until February 28th for just $17!       

Do not miss the opportunity to purchase this important keepsake of the school year for your child! Orders after February 28th will be $18.00  until supplies run out. Please make sure you get your orders in for your full color yearbook today! Please remember we do not order extra yearbooks, so in order to be assured a copy, you need to preorder for your student.

To order yearbooks online, go to jostens.com/yearbooks. Personalization and icons are additional and prices can be found on the Jostens website through February 28, 2018.  Yearbook fliers will be sent  home with your child next week if you prefer to pay by check or cash. Please look for them in your child’s take-home folder.

If you are interested in placing a personal message ad in the yearbook for your student, you may purchase online when ordering your yearbook or use 2017 2018 Yearbook Ad. This is a great way to tell your child how proud you are of them! Message ads are due by February 15, 2018 in order to be included in the yearbook. The ads are 1/10 of a page and are $10.00 each. There are 20 spaces for ads available and it is based on a first come first serve basis.

Finally, if you have photos you would like to submit to the yearbook committee to be used in the yearbook, please see 2017 2018 Yearbook Submit. The document gives detailed instructions on how to upload those photos for use, both from your computer and your phone. The submission deadline for photos is February 28th, 2018 in order to be considered for the yearbook.

*5TH GRADE PARENTS ONLY: You should have received a separate email containing information about the special 5th grade yearbook pages & deadlines. Please let your teacher know if you did not receive this email.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

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Tuesday Night is PTO Meeting and Z’Mariks night!

Join us at 7:00 PM in the Media Center for our November PTO Meeting, but first… go to Z’Mariks and tell them you are with Ashland Ridge. Z’Mariks gives back 50% of sales!!! Go grab dinner and maybe lunch for the next day while you are there!

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