We thank our Jensen Elementary students for sharing their Encouraging Words this month:

  • "Ask a teacher for help and try your best!" - Sabree S. 4th Grade

  • "You can do it! You can get so far in your life if you just try." Ajla A. 4th Grade

  • "There is always another day." Ester M. 3rd Grade

  • "Don't think that you can't do it, and soon you'll be better. Believe me, I've been there." Andrew S. 3rd Grade

  • "When I feel sad, it helps me to sit under a tree and sleep and think." Annie N. 3rd Grade
As you make resolutions or set goals for this new year, I would like for you to consider the idea of practicing fierce self care. Why fierce? Sometimes our thoughts and habits get in the way of our best intentions. Excuses and disempowering thoughts can put our mental, physical, spiritual or emotional health at risk. Merriam Webster defines fierce as “being marked by unrestrained zeal or vehemence.” Imagine the paradigm shift in our society if we all were to practice self care with unrestrained vehemence! 

“The Book of Calm” by Nancy G Shapiro, suggests you ask yourself these questions to help you define your personal vision of self care: 

Michele Hamilton
Urbandale CSD Coordinator of Student, Family & Community Services
Coding Apps @ UHS and Online 

In 2018, students are exposed to more technology than ever before. Upon entering the workforce many of our students will work jobs which rely on technology innovation and functionality that hasn't even been thought of yet. Exposing students to coding applications and activities lays the foundation to prepare them for the future world they will one day create. At UHS, and in many Urbandale CSD classrooms, coding is happening behind the scenes; teaching our students the basics of coding and computer science. To explore coding yourself, visit the list of resources included is this infographic and join the maker-movement of the future. 

Christine Watson
Teacher Librarian
Urbandale High School

  • District Calendars (1-page quick-view calendars; remember 'Late Start Wednesday' dates noted with blue boxes for grades K - 5; noted with * for grades 6 - 8)

  • Flyer Hub (flyers for community activities and events)
Educational Equity Statement
No student enrolled in the Urbandale Community School District shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the District’s programs on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status (for program), ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (for employment) or socio-economic background (for program). The policy of the District shall be to provide educational programs and opportunities for students as needed on the basis of individual interests, values, abilities and potential. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district office at 11152 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA or call 515-457-5000. The district’s Equity Coordinators are Dr. Keri Schlueter, Coordinator of Student Services, schlueterk@urbandaleschools.com , Mark Lane, Director of Human Resources, lanem@urbandaleschools.com and Crista Carlile, Director of Teaching and Learning, carlilec@urbandaleschools.com .