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Archive for September 2018

Ames PTA Parent Social – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Parents: Thursday, October 18th

Posted Sep 30, 2018 | Category: Fundraisers

Save the Date: Attend the grade-specific parents socials and raise money for the PTA.

Charleston Wrap 2018 – CHANGE Orders Due Thursday, October 4th

Posted Sep 30, 2018 | Category: Fundraisers


Friends and family of Ames School,

The Charleston Wrap fundraiser is HERE.  Take a sneak peek at some of the great items available this year. Get ready to get an early jump on holiday shopping and share with friends and family.

Questions? Contact Gina Benes at chegov@netzero.net.

Movie Night Volunteer

Posted Sep 23, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized


The Ames PTA is looking a volunteer(s) to bring in the movie for Movie Nights, 2 evenings this school year Thursday, February 7th and Thursday, April 4th during our PTA meetings at 6:30 PM.

If you can help, please contact Dominica Jimenez at leandom@iit@edu




Ames PTA Fall Book Fair – Our Online Fair is still Open

Posted Sep 16, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

Shop Our Fair Online

If you were unable to attend our Fall Book Fair in person or if the book you wanted sold out, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at http://scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available until September 20th.

Thank You Book Fair Volunteers!

Posted Sep 16, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

The Book Fair requires many volunteers to make it a successful event.

We appreciate our volunteers and would like to thank everyone who came out to help.

Box Tops For Education – September Drive

Posted Sep 11, 2018 | Category: Box tops For education, Fundraisers


We are having a Box Tops for Education drive.  Please download your Box Tops for Education September Form here and have your student glue or tape the pink Box Tops to the sheet. Make sure name of students and teacher are legible so the class can receive credit. Coupons and collection sheets are due September 28th.  All collections will be tallied and the winner will be announced October 2nd.  A trophy will be given to the winning class and prizes will be announced soon.  The trophy will be held in the class until the next collection is completed.

Questions? Please contact Aisha Ilic at ladieluxx@gmail.com

For more information please visit https://m.facebook.com/BTFAmesElementarySchool/?ref=bookmarks

Pack the Piggies – September 17 through October 5

Posted Sep 11, 2018 | Category: Fundraisers



Help us Pack the Piggies September 17 through October 5.  The Ames PTA has created a beautification fund to maximize pay in the new green space next door.  Money raised will go towards a new Gaga Pit play area and other exciting enhancements.

Kids can deposit spare change in the grade specific piggies located in front of the school office. The grade that raises the most money will get to duct tape Mr. Gierman to the wall and have the honor of being the first group to use the Gaga Pit!

Science in a Bag Begins this Thursday, September 27th at 8am

Posted Sep 11, 2018 | Category: Science in a bag

Science in a Bag

Dear Parent and Guardians,

The Science in a Bag program is about to begin at Ames School. The program is an excellent opportunity for children and parents to interact academically and increase your child’s scientific literacy. Take the time to enjoy this positive learning experience in the comfort of your home and encourage your child’s natural curiosity about the world and its wonders. Each experiment explores a different scientific focus such as Chemistry or Physics. These experiments can help your child start thinking about the District 96 Winter Science Fair and the Ames Spring Science Fair. This is an optional program and separate from the Science Fairs.

Here is how the program will work:

– Starting Thursday September 27, each 3rd, 4th and 5th grader will be able to check out a science experiment in a bag after turning in a signed permission slip. Inside each bag are 1) experiment instructions, 2) a worksheet to be completed by the student and signed by you and 3) some items needed that are not usually found at home. You will provide a few consumable items needed for the experiment.

– Parent volunteers will sign out experiment bags in the Library before school (8:00-8:10am) on Thursdays for 4 weeks (Sep 27, Oct 4, 11, and 18).

– The bag, non-consumable items provided in the bag and the completed worksheet must be returned by the following Tuesday in the class bins located in the main hallway outside the Library. This is very important as supplies are limited and re-used by another student.

There are no right or wrong answers to the experiments and although they all have been previously tested sometimes they don’t work (there are many variables). The goal is completion, working through the scientific method (problem, hypothesis, experiment, observation, and conclusion), parent-child interaction and having FUN with science! There are a total of 4 experiments to be completed and upon completion of all 4 your student will be recognized for this achievement.

Thanks in advance to all parent volunteers helping this program! If you have any questions, please contact me at K8banner@yahoo.com and have fun!

Katie Kowal

Science in a Bag Coordinator
Science in a bag 2018 form


Welcome Ames Families

Posted Sep 8, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

Welcome Ames Families to the 2018-19 school year!


If this is your first year at Ames Elementary School, we would like to welcome you to our school and community.  If you are a returning family, we know that you are excited to begin another year at Ames.  As a local PTA unit, we are dedicated to our children’s educational success, health and well-being through strong family, school and community engagement. We are looking forward to continue the working partnership we have with our amazing teachers and staff, the District 96 Board of Education, and our administration. Our ultimate goal is to assist in providing an excellent learning experience for our children. We hope you value this commitment too and will make it a priority to become a member of our Ames PTA.


Throughout the school year, Ames PTA hosts many free family-focused events at the school. We hope you are able to attend these events and even lend a helping hand if needed. Some events include:

  • Family Movie Nights
  • Family Heritage Night
  • Annual Family Dance

Ames PTA also sponsors programs meant to enrich the learning experiences for our children. We are pleased to host these (and many more) programs:

  • Artist in Residence
  • Science Fair
  • School assemblies
  • Grade level Field trips
  • End-of-year talent show
  • Pizza with the Principal

In order to offer these wonderful programs, Ames PTA offers various fundraisers throughout the school year, including:

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Charleston Gift Wrap
  • Restaurant Nights
  • Box Tops for Education
  • Spirit Wear
  • Parents Night Out – Flying High

We need parent volunteers like you to make our PTA work!  We encourage you to join today. We can use all types of help and can fit in all schedule types. Check us out online or in person:

  • Visit amespta.org and sign up for Feedblitz to receive important information or like our Facebook page at Ames School PTA
  • Attend the monthly PTA meetings – Come and meet other Ames families, get to know our teachers and staff, and learn more about upcoming events and ways you can help our students.  Our next PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 PM in the Ames art room.  Family movie night will run during our meeting.

Please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or ideas. We are excited for the upcoming school year and look forward to partnering with you to make it a huge success!


Your Ames PTA Co-Presidents,

Domenica Jimenez, Co-President: leandom@iit.edu

Susan Wolfe, Co-President: swolfe447@gmail.com

2018 membership form

Library Volunteers Needed

Posted Sep 8, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

Library Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to read to our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students during their library checkout times.  Please sign up at http://signup.com/go/EUfUdvk.

Also, volunteers are always needed to help re-shelve books.  If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Debbie Kummer at deb.kummer@sbcglobal.net or 708-263-7646.