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Raging Waves Fitness Program

Posted Mar 23, 2019 | Category: Race for fitness

Raging Waves

Start the Raging Waves Fitness Program and earn a FREE full day admission pass OR a $10 off admission certificate.

Students are invited to “Plunge into Fitness” this spring as Raging Waves Waterpark joins the battle against childhood obesity. Each student completing the program requirements between February 11th through April 8th will receive a FREE full day admission pass to Raging Waves (Valid Between May 25 – June 30) OR a $10 off certificate (Valid Between July 1 – September 02). Raging Waves is located in Yorkville.

STUDENTS: Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes each day (equaling 25 hours per week) from February 11th through April 8th. Log your time and have a parent/guardian sign the log.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Print the log listed below and help track your child’s fitness, then sign the form and send it back to school or email it to the School Coordinator, Domenica Jiménez at leandom@iit.edu by April 8th.

Questions? Contact Domenica Jiménez at leandom@iit.edu








Ames School Talent Show

Posted Mar 23, 2019 | Category: Talent Show

Ames School Talent Show

WEDNESDAY, May 22nd, 2019

Afternoon and Evening Performance

Can you play an instrument? Are you a dancer? Do you like to sing? Is magic your thing? Would you like to be an announcer? See how production is put on by being a member of the Stage Crew (5th graders only)?

Here’s your chance to shine! This year’s show will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd. Prepare an act/routine for 1 minute 30 seconds (max). Auditions will be on Tuesday, April 16th at 3pm in the gym. More details to come.

 Use Spring Break to start thinking of your performance ideas! We look forward to a great show!

Questions? Contact: Tia Sherman at tsherman13@gmail.com

Earth Week – April 22-26

Posted Mar 20, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

Monday April 22nd begins Earth Week. Help show a little love to our planet by supporting the following activities:

At School: Collections to Donate

Let’s keep these items out of the landfill and put them to good use again. All week (4/22-4/26) we will be collecting at Ames:

1. Shoes: Bring in children or adult shoes in good condition, which we will be donating to Sister House (www.sisterhousechicago.org). We are looking for “gently worn, new or used shoes” only.

2. Glasses: Bring in your old glasses and sunglasses and we will donate to the Lyons Club for reuse (www.new-eyes.org/join-the-vision)

At Home: Earth Week Points

Score points for the Planet. Check out the Earth Friendly Acts on this printable table Earth Week 2019. Mark an “X” each day you complete one of the acts and get a point with for each “X”. The class with the most points per student earns pizza or special snack! Please return by Friday, April 26.


Science Fair Tomorrow Thursday, March 21st

Posted Mar 17, 2019 | Category: Science Fair

The Science Fair is this Thursday!!!! 

Here is a timeline for the event for science fair participants:

4pm Children arrive and set up presentations (all children should bring a  water bottle too!)
4:30pm Judging begins and all parents need to exit the gym
4:30-6pm Children will take turns giving their presentations and eating pizza
6-6:30pm Ribbons are distributed
6:30pm-8:00pm Hands on science for the whole family begins!!!!

Please note: The Science Fair is open to All our Ames Families.  Science workshops by High Tech High Touch are from 6:30-8:00pm and will include:

  • Making Foam Slime (students will take this home and they will create this) learning about polymerization and chemical reactions
  • Weather unit experimenting with Dry Ice to make clouds and Making Forever Snow, and tornado tubes and pressure experiments (will take forever snow home)
  • Edison’s workshop- working with static and current electricity generating a static lightning bulb using our Van de Graff.
Finally, if you are available to help with the science fair, please let Elizabeth know!  We need one parent to volunteer to supervise the food from 4:30 to 6pm, and 2 parents to help direct children to their space for their presentations from 4-4:45pm.

Please contact Elizabeth Kos at elizabeth.b.kos@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Student Council Chick-fil-A Fundraiser – Wednesday, April 3rd

Posted Mar 17, 2019 | Category: Fundraisers, Student Council


Mark your calendars to eat dinner at Chick-Fil-A

Mark your calendars to eat dinner at Chick-Fil-A in North Riverside on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00pm and support the Ames Student Council.

Join us for food and fun!  Eat dinner with your family and friends and a percentage of the sales will be donated to our school!


Click HERE to access the flyer for more information.


Ames School Spirit Week and Pennies for Patients

Posted Mar 17, 2019 | Category: Fundraisers, Student Council

Ames School Spirit Week and Pennies for Patients

Our school is having a Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society the week of March 18th – March 22nd.  Every day we will have a fun spirit day as well.  Also, there will be two special days you can pay $1 to Break the Rules!  


Click HERE to access the flyer for more information.

Ames Family Night With The Chicago Wolves – Due Today Wednesday, March 20th

Posted Mar 17, 2019 | Category: Fundraisers



Come out and join Ames school family and friends for a night of fun at a Chicago Wolves hockey game. The choir will also perform right before the game starts. Everyone who attends will receive a free Chicago Wolves winter hat!

Tickets may be purchased online at: https://chicago-wolves-hockey-game.cheddarup.com OR Complete and return this order form Wolves_hockey_game to the Ames school office in an envelope marked “Ames PTA – Hockey Night”. Tickets will be sent home with students the week of April 1st. All orders and payments are due Wednesday, March 20th, 2019. This flyer cannot be used in conjunction with any other ticket offer.



Ames PTA Co-President Needed!

Posted Mar 17, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

Ames PTA Co-President needed!

We want you to be our next PTA co-president! We are looking for a creative problem-solver who is comfortable delegating and who can help us focus on the agenda!

Our co-presidents play an important role throughout the school year. Not only do you help plan activities, you work directly with the principal, the staff and the District 96 leadership to help make Ames Elementary a top-notch school!

If you are ready to play a substantial role in supporting our school, we want to hear from you! Start working closely with our current PTA Co-presidents to be ready to take the lead in the 2019-2020 school year. For a list of roles and responsibilities click here.


Feel free to ask questions or express your interest by contacting Domenica Jimenez at leandom@iit.edu or Susan Wolfe at swolfe447@gmail.com

Kidditch – Saturday, April 13th 1-3 PM

Posted Mar 17, 2019 | Category: Community

Ready for some Kiddich?!! Sign up at the Riverside Library! Note that the 1 pm slot on Saturday April 13th is reserved for Ames students. Every participant needs to have a signed release form in order to play.

Click on this kidditch Flyer link for more information on how to sign up.

Upcoming Ames Eats Out Nights

Posted Mar 15, 2019 | Category: Fundraisers

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting our Ames Eats Out Nights. These events help raise money so we can have things like Pizza with the Principal and the great school assemblies. Plus it’s a great way to get our school community together. We have 3 more Eat Out Nights for the School Year. Please save the date. 


More details to come on the LaBarra Event!  It’s going to a ton of fun!