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Archive for November 2019

Ames PTA Meeting – Tomorrow, December 6th at 8:30 AM

Posted Nov 22, 2019 | Category: Meetings

Please join us for our next PTA meeting on December 6th at 8:30 AM.  For more information please see agenda HERE Agenda 120619

Sunday Fun Day Party

Posted Nov 22, 2019 | Category: Fall Festival, Fundraisers

One of the big sellers at the Fall Festival was tickets to the Sunday Fun Day party coming up on December 8th. You don’t want to miss it. We still have space available. Grab a friend and come join us for a FUN afternoon. Tickets going fast – all proceeds support the Ames Fall Festival funds for cultural arts programming.  https://sundayfunday-61809.cheddarup.com

Portillo’s Fundraiser – Today 5-8 PM

Posted Nov 22, 2019 | Category: Fundraisers

Save the Date for our Portillo’s Fundraiser – Monday, December 2 

Holiday shopping with Amazon Smile

Posted Nov 22, 2019 | Category: Fundraisers

Did you know that you can shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will make a donation to Ames PTA?

Here’s how it works:

  1. You must START at smile.amazon.com for your purchases to be credited to Ames PTA.
  2. Log in to your Amazon account or, if you’re new to Amazon, create a new account.
  3. Enter “A F Ames PTA” into the search box, then click the “Select” button.
  4. Click the check box to acknowledge your choice.
  5. Start shopping!

Junior Great Books – Due Tomorrow, December 6th

Posted Nov 20, 2019 | Category: Junior Great Books

In Junior Great Books, 2nd – 5th grade students read stories and share their ideas and opinions about that they read. The narratives have been selected to spark children’s ideas, and promote discussion while expanding their literary exposure. Groups meet weekly beginning the week of January 6, and end mid-March. The students and adult leader meet during lunch hour and discuss the stories while eating lunch together. The kids love the idea of eating in a classroom and participating in a “book club”.

If your child is interested in being a part of Junior Great Books, please fill out the form HERE Invitation to Junior Great Books and return it, along with a $5/child book rental fee, no later than Friday, December 6, 2019.

NOTE: This is a voluntary program. Please be sure your child wants to participate, as unwilling participants tend to be disruptive. Late sign-ups  cannot be accepted.

Please send questions to Peggy Collings – peggyccollings@gmail.com

Ames Spirit Wear Online Store is Now Open

Posted Nov 18, 2019 | Category: Spirit Wear
Just in time for the holidays, the Ames Spirit Wear online store is opening on Monday, November 18th.  It will remain open through November 29th with delivery on December 16. Please view link HERE  https://amesspiritwear19.itemorder.com/sale to shop.

Thank You Amazing Ames Commmunity

Posted Nov 18, 2019 | Category: Fall Festival, Fundraisers


Thank you to the amazing Ames community for making the 2019 Fall Festival a success!  Your generosity and commitment to supporting the Ames PTA enrichment programming is outstanding.  We are still tallying the final numbers but are confident we beat our fundraising goal of $14,000. We had a LOT of fun, too!

We couldn’t have done it with out the amazing support of the Ames staff, parents and surrounding community support.

THANK YOU to our teachers and staff for the amazing Teacher Experiences and Class Art Work.  Thank you to so many of you that came to the event!

THANK YOU to the many parents and families who have volunteered blood, sweat and tears to ensure a successful Ames Fall Festival. We couldn’t have done it without you! Parent Thank you list

THANK YOU to our many sponsors! Without you, we could not raise money to support cultural arts programming at Ames! Ames Business Sponsor Board

THANK YOU to our volunteer event photographer and Ames mom, Myrtala Casey, for capturing these amazing photos from the evening.  https://photos.app.goo.gl/nbM3K68hfWYiwtYd7

THANK YOU to the Riverside Golf Club for helping us set the stage for a fun night celebrating Ames together.

Fall Festival Special Edition

Posted Nov 13, 2019 | Category: Fall Festival, Fundraisers



The Fall Festival is just days away and we have an exciting evening planned. Join us at 7:00 pm at the Riverside Golf Club for food and drinks, raffles and the silent auction. Check out the agenda HERE Fall-Fest-Agenda-2019. Free valet and coat check will be available.

Auction News

This year the Silent Auction will be ONLINE and it is packed with original classroom art work, unique teacher experiences and exciting entertainment, sporting and one-of-a-kind packages to bid on. Click here to view all of the items: https://www.32auctions.com/AmesFallFest2019

You DO NOT need an account to view, but you do need to create an account in order to bid on an item.  Be sure to create an account so you can start bidding when the auction opens on Friday, November 15th at 7 pm.

All Items will be displayed at the event, but all bidding will take place online so bring your phones charged. If you can’t make the event, you can submit remote bids. You can pay online with credit card or in person at the event with cash, check, Venmo or credit card.

Raffle News

There will be 45+ raffle prize packages to win.  Tickets will be sold 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Check out all the items HERE Raffle Displays Final 2019.

We still have $20, $50, and $100 squares available for our big $$ raffle.  Purchase early to get your lucky number and win some spending money.

Please contact Deanna Melvin at deemelvin83@gmail.com if you’d like to buy raffle squares in advance for the event or have any questions.

Cash, Check, Venmo (Ames-PTA-1) preferred; Credit Card Accepted

Box Tops Sweepstakes

Posted Nov 12, 2019 | Category: Box tops For education, Fundraisers

Ames Holiday Shop

Posted Nov 10, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized


The Ames Holiday Shop will soon be open for business! From 11/19 until 11/21 (Tuesday thru Thursday), students will be able to shop with their classes during school hours. Parents and students are welcome to shop during Teacher/Parent conferences from 4:00 until 8:00 PM on 11/21. This exciting program makes it possible for children to experience the joy of choosing their own special holiday gifts for family, friends, and even pets during school hours.  The program also provides a safe learning experience for children in the budgeting and use of money.

Click here for information on how to preview gifts and help your student select gifts for family members, purchase vouchers, and to also donate to our Angel Fund.