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Join the PTA for Trunk or Treat

Posted Oct 17, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Join us for a spooky afternoon of trunk-or-treating, music, and treats after school and kick off Halloween weekend! 

Who: Ames students, parents, and community

When: Friday, October 29 from 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Where: Andrew Toman Grove Parking Lot on Des Plaines Ave 

We encourage you to pick up your child up after school and walk to the parking lot, but there will also be a crossing guard present to help children cross Des Plaines at 27th Street.

Want to decorate your trunk and pass out candy?

Sign up for a parking spot. Spots are limited and half have already been claimed!

Click here to sign up.

Download the flyer for more information.


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Charleston Wrap Returns

Posted Oct 2, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Don’t miss your opportunity to knock out your holiday shopping early with Charleston Wrap. Charleston Wrap offers home goods, gift wrap, gourmet foods, cookware, and more. To help support our school even more, we encourage you to get your family and friends involved.

  1. Please click here to register today! Use our ORGANIZATION ID 12469 to register! One registration per family.
  2. Send 10 unique and valid shopping email invites to your friends & family using our invite tool at registration.
  3. Shop! With over 2,500 gift ideas, you can check-off your holiday gift-list and support our important cause, too.

All orders will come directly to your home (making it even more convenient). Happy Shopping!

Save The Dates: 2021-2022 Ames Restaurant Nights

Posted Sep 15, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Support the Ames PTA and let someone else do the cooking by participating in our monthly restaurant nights! A portion of the proceeds from your orders will support the Ames PTA. Mark your calendar and keep an eye out for links and more information to ensure your meal benefits our Ames community!

Home Run Pizza – Order your take and bake pizza by September 22.

Chipotle – October 19, 2021

5 B’s BBQ – October 26, 2021

Portillos – November 18, 2021

Panda Express – December 14, 2021

Red Robin – February 16, 2022

Panera – March 16, 2022

Order Ames Spirit Wear By September 24

Posted Sep 15, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Show your Ames Dolphin pride with spirit wear! T-shirts, sweatshirts, pajama pants, and more are available in both child and adults sizes. Orders are due by September 24, 2021, and will be delivered to Ames on October 4.

Order Now.

Join the PTA, Never Forget Another Parent’s Name

Posted Sep 4, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Wondering why you should join the Ames PTA? To get the student directory, of course! (Just kidding, it’s because you want to support all the great PTA programs, like Teacher Appreciation Week, cultural arts programming, the Scholastic Book Fair, social events and more! You can check out this infographic that showcases 10 of our favorite PTA programs.)

But in addition to all that great stuff, when you join the PTA, you’ll also receive the 2021-2022 Ames Student Directory… for just $10! Why is the directory great? It will help you set up playdates with your kid’s new bestie and it’s a lifesaver when you just CANNOT remember that kid’s parent’s name because you swear you are LOSING IT (just us?). Avoid that awkward interaction and get the directory. All you have to do is join the PTA by the end of September to get yours.

Join Now

Cheat Sheet: Back to School with the PTA

Posted Aug 23, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

PTA Social at Teacher Meet and Greet, August 24, 2-4pm

PTA Meeting, August 25, 8:30am

Kindergarten Picnic, August 25, 11:30am

You’ve already got 123,504 back-to-school to-dos, so we’re going to try to make this simple. Below, we’ve put a together an FAQ-style list with answers to every question you never had about the Ames PTA.

I see there’s a PTA Social at tomorrow’s Teacher Meet and Greet. I’m intrigued…

You can find us the PTA in the Ames parking lot during and after the Teacher Meet and Greet with a Kona’s shaved ice truck (free treats for all!) and information about PTA membership, spirit wear order forms, Ames novelty items like signs and magnets, and more. Stop by after you drop off supplies. The Meet and Greet ends at 3pm, but the PTA party keeps on going until 4pm!

I am the parent of, or know a parent of, an incoming kindergarten. What about me/us/them?

Don’t miss the kindergarden picnic on Wednesday, August 25. The PTA will be there with all the info you need to get involved during the 2021-22 school year.

Know an incoming kindergarten family?

Why wait until tomorrow? I’d like to join the PTA right now. 

YES! Click here to join via Cheddar Up. Membership is $10 and includes a copy of the school directory for your family.

Tell me more about this directory… 

On the Cheddar Up form, you can opt into (or out of) including your family’s information in the school directory, a printed booklet containing the contact info of your child’s new BFF so you can schedule those playdates.

Can I pay you to leave me alone? 

Well, yes, sort of. If you’d like to support the PTA, but prefer to not to purchase things like Charleston Wrap or particpate in restaurant nights, you can choose the “opt out” option on the Chedder Up form. It’s up to you how much you want to donate.

I love meetings. Does the PTA have meetings?

Join us for the first PTA meeting of the year after drop off on the first day of school at 8:30am, near the basketball court. To celebrate the beginning of this relatively normal school year (something we’ll never take for granted again), we’ll have donuts, coffee, and snacks.

I want to do stuff! How do I get involved with this amazing group? 

There are PTA volunteer opportunities small (like helping out for a shift at the book fair) and slightly less small (like joining the PTA board), but we try to keep everything manageable because we know you’re juggling a lot as a parent (that’s right, we said PARENT, as in, not just moms. Dads can get involved too!).

Fill out this form to let us know you’re curious (no strings attached) or flag down a PTA board member at one of the events we mentioned above.

So, what exactly does the PTA do? 

We’re glad you asked. We created a handy infographic that showcases 10 of our favorite PTA programs. When you join the PTA, volunteer to help out, or participate in a fundraiser, you’re supporting programming that enriches our student’s and community’s Ames experience.

New school, who dis? 

Have you aged out of Ames or fled Riverside/Chicagoland/Illinois/the U.S.? You can always unsubscribe from our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom and choosing “Safely unsubscribe.”


Email AmesElementaryPTA@gmail.com.

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