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Preschool Openings at Westridge

There are openings for

3 year-old PRESCHOOL at Westridge

for the 2013-2014 school year for

West Des Moines residents.

Please contact :

MEGAN ABENS   515-633-5217


Auction home page

If you have questions about the auction or need information, please contact:


Sally Rindfuss (co-chair)



 News and Announcement

New Westridge Website Design

The WDMCS is redesigning the elementary school websites. We want to improve and make it easy for you to use. Please take a few moments to answer the following questions about Westridge’s website (http://schools.wdmcs.org/westridge/). Thank you.

Click Here to Take the Survey Now - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/westridgewebsite

El WDMCS está rediseñando los sitios web de las escuelas primarias. Los queremos mejorar y hacerlos fáciles de usar. Por favor tome unos minutos para contestar las preguntas siguientes sobre el sitio web de la Escuela Primaria Westridge ((http://schools.wdmcs.org/westridge). Gracias.

Haga clic aquí para hacer la encuesta ahora - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/spanishWRwebsite

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>> LEARN MORE about the district's weather/emergency notification system and how to update yourMary Jane Stites contact information.

Welcome to Westridge Elementary!
Hello! It will be my pleasure to work with you and your family and to share in the learning opportunities that exist for all of us at Westridge Elementary. We are all dedicated to providing a high quality education to all of our students.

My name is Mary Jane Stites, and I am the principal at Westridge. Our focus is creating a positive learning environment and providing our students with the highest quality educational programs. Everyone here at Westridge is dedicated and committed to doing what is best for all of our children and this is accomplished by creating the relationships between students, staff, parents and the community. 

If you have the chance to visit us, plan on learning a lot and having fun. Please feel free to stop by, call or e-mail with your questions, successes, or suggestions.  I believe strongly that it takes a strong school community working together so that our children can reach their full potential everyday!

Thank you for visiting our website.

Mary Jane Stites, Principal


Westridge Peanut Allergy Information

Allergies to peanuts and peanut-containing products are on the rise.  Westridge has established a policy and emergency plan for our affected students. A new Westridge student has been placed on  a high level allergy spectrum, which if exposed to even airborne pathogens , can suffer a severe reaction, resulting in possible anaphylaxis, leading to loss of consciousness and death without immediate medical assistance.

We at Westridge have an obligation to establish a safe

environment for all students, Therefore, we are requesting that parents avoid sending peanuts and peanut products in lunches or snacks.

We specifically ask that NO SNACKS WITH PEANUT INGREDIENTS be brought for treats or parties-most pre-packaged snack foods will have warnings on the label stating if that product contains peanuts or peanut products or oils. Please note the Peanut Safe Snack List included.

Thank-you for understanding this policy. Ultimately, it is for the health and safety of our children.  Questions regarding this policy

should be directed to the Westridge principal or school nurse.

Virtual Backpack

Flyers are now online!

How the Virtual Backpack Works

At the beginning of the school year, the WDMCS implemented a new going green approach for distributing flyers from the district and its non-profit community members to which approval is granted. Instead of sending this information home in your student's backpacks, links will be posted on the district website at www.wdmcs.org/district/virtualbackpack.

How will I get this information?

  • You can visit the Virtual Backpack at any time. A link is on the district homepage (www.wdmcs.org).
  • There is a permanent section in the Informaline (district newsletter) where new flyers are listed. The Informaline is emailed to all parents in the district through Infinite Campus. If your email is up to date and on file with your school, you should be getting notices with a link to the new edition of the Informaline and a link to the Virtual Backpack.
  • The district also posts notices on the district Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wdmcs). If you “like” West Des Moines Community Schools, you will receive these notices in your Facebook News Feed.
  • If you follow @WDMCS on Twitter, you will receive notices in your Twitter feed.

What if I don’t have a computer?

Please contact your school to make sure your student is getting a printed copy of the Informaline sent home with them. The Informaline is often attached to your school newsletter and is always printed on ivory colored paper. In each Informaline, there will be a Virtual Backpack section, where a list of new flyers, along with target age/grade and important dates, times, etc., will be listed. There will also be a contact phone number for each flyer if you need more information.

Elementary Music Guidebooks

Thur. April 4 Kindergarten Roundup 6 pm-7pm in Media Center
Tue. April 9 Special Olympics at Simpson College
Tue. April 11

6th Grade Northside Band Concert

9:15 am-Crossroads Gym.

Thur. April 11 Kindergarten Story Time 10:30 am and 2:00 pm
Fri. April 12 Bus Drill Day
Thur. April 18 Spring Picture Day
Mon. April 22 Earth Day
Wed. April 24 Administrative Professionals Day
Fri. April 26 PTA Meeting in Lounge-9:15 am


Westridge Elementary School
5500 E. P. True Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266-2884
515.633.5400/515.633.5499 fax