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Buy Your 2021-2022 School Supplies NOW!

Posted May 16, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Skip the last-minute Target run in August and order your prepackaged school supplies now! We’ve partnered with School Tool Box to provide convenient, order-it-and-forget-it option! Learn more on the flyer and visit schooltoolbox.com to place your order.

Learn more.

What Does the PTA Do?

Posted Apr 25, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Ever wonder what programming and events the Ames PTA is responsible for? We’ve compiled 10 of our favorite programs, and we’re hoping that we can bring many of them back during the 2021-22 school year. Take a look and stay tuned for opportunities to get involved!

Help Us Make Teacher Appreciation Week Special

Posted Apr 18, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Ames Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7! This exciting week allows students and parents to show Ames teachers and staff just how much we appreciate all they do for our children and community. We will never forget everything the team at Ames has done to make this year feel as normal as possible.

The PTA needs your help to make Teacher Appreciation Week special. Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate here to support purchasing treats, coffee, gift cards for staff, and more. Please donate by Monday, April 19. 
  • Join the teacher appreciation team to help execute this fun week by  contacting Deanna Melvin at deemelvin83@gmail.com to voluteer.

Virtual PTA Meeting on Thursday, April 15

Posted Apr 14, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Join us for the next Ames PTA meeting on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. We’ll be discussing upcoming events, the spring book fair, teacher appreciation and more.

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83048345840?pwd=NEdZNkExQ21UTXNQNFlTNm5sRUMwUT09

Meeting ID: 830 4834 5840

Passcode: 589905

Science in Your Inbox: Layering Liquids

Posted Jan 24, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

In the experiment “Layering Liquids,” you will explore the difference density makes by layering different liquids you probably already have in your pantry or medicine cabinet. 

Download the experiment here.

Don’t miss the previous weeks’ experiments:

Da Vinci’s Bridge

Sizzling Snowballs

Making Money Disappear


PTA Meeting on Jan. 21 with Guest Dr. Ryan-Toye

Posted Jan 19, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Don’t miss the PTA meeting on Thursday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Dr. Martha Ryan-Toye, superintendent of District 96, will be joining us for the meeting. Hear COVID-19 information, updates about the saliva screening program, news from the strategic planning process and more.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83452861090?pwd=clYzU3NOaHFCQy8yNXNINmxtcHpJQT09

Meeting ID: 834 5286 1090

Passcode: 789963

December PTA meeting minutes


Science in Your Inbox: Da Vinci’s Bridge

Posted Jan 17, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

In the experiment “Da Vinci’s Bridge,” you will explore the mechanical engineering required to build a bridge with no mechanical fasteners or adhesives based on one of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs. You will be weaving the sticks together so that the tension between the sticks keeps the bridge together and lifts it off the ground.

Download the experiment here.

Don’t miss the previous weeks’ experiments:

Sizzling Snowballs

Making Money Disappear



Science in Your Inbox: Sizzling Snowballs

Posted Jan 10, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

This year, the Ames PTA is excited to bring you Science in Your Inbox for the entire month of January. These easy experiments are a great way to enjoy science with your kids while learning! This week’s experiment: Sizzling Snowballs.

Download the experiment here.

Check out last week’s experience.

Science In Your Inbox: Making Money Disappear

Posted Jan 4, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

In years past, the Ames PTA has offered the Science in a Bag program, where 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were able to check out science experiments at school and complete them at home. It was an excellent opportunity for children and parents to interact academically and increase your child’s scientific literacy. This year, to adapt this program to the ongoing circumstances of hybrid and remote schooling, we are offering Science in Your Inbox.

For the next four weeks, we’ll post a science experiment each Monday that you can complete at home with your kids. This week, you’ll learn how to make money disappear. Enjoy!

Download the experiment here.



Virtual PTA Meeting: Join Us Thursday, Dec. 3

Posted Dec 1, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized
Ames PTA Meeting 
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Join us at the link:


Meeting ID: 845 9407 6108

Passcode: 447823



Officer Reports:

  • President
    • Happy Holidays
    • PLT meeting update
    • Calendar
  • Secretary
    • Approve minutes
    • Directory update
  • Treasurer
    • Budget update
  • VPs Communications
    • General updates
  • VP Cultural Arts and Education Programs
    • Science in a Bag
    • Author Visits/Assembly updates
    • One Book, One Ames and/or Jr. Great Books update
  • VP Fundraising
    • Spirit Wear
    • Book Fair
    • Holiday Shop
    • Next restaurant night
  • VP School Volunteers
    • Holiday craft
  • VP Hospitality
    • Teacher Appreciation
    • Cookie Exchange?
  • New Business