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Pack the Piggies Fundraiser

Posted Sep 18, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized


Don’t forget to send spare change with your children to school this week for our Pack the Piggies fundraiser! Every little bit helps, and the grade raising the most money will receive a pizza party for their efforts. Thank you for your generosity by helping hurricane victims in Texas.

Fun Lunch

Posted Sep 14, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Fun Lunch is back at AMES and is better than ever! We will be having fun lunch 2 times a month beginning on Thursday, October 5th. We will be offering lunch from Paisans Pizzeria in Berwyn and will have a different schedule of foods, so please make note of the days and offerings for that day. Each meal will include an entrée, side offering, and a dessert. Students are responsible for their own beverage. Each meal is $5.00. For allergy or nutritional information contact Kelly Tabb at kmt0906@yahoo.com

Order forms are available to download here.  Orders must be turned into the Ames office no later than Thursday, September 28th.



Pack the Piggies!

Posted Sep 14, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized











Spirit Wear Sale – ends today!

Posted Sep 14, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Spirit Wear orders are due today. 

Download the order form here

Final orders are due into the Ames office no later than Friday, September 15th.







Hike and Bike to School Week

Posted Sep 10, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized











PTA President’s Letter

Posted Sep 6, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized





Welcome Ames Families to the 2017-18 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, our mission is to bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth. We are looking forward to continuing 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 sincerely hope you share this belief and will make it a priority to become a member of our Ames PTA.

We encourage every family to join our PTA for many reasons:

  • By joining the PTA, you show your child the importance of their education.
  • By volunteering and getting involved, you help create positive change and help us work towards solutions that benefit every child in our school and community.
  • You will get to know other parents, families and the teachers and staff at Ames.

Throughout the year, Ames PTA hosts numerous events at the school.  Many of our events are family-focused and free to students and their families, such as Family Movie Night, Family Heritage Night, Family Reading Night and our annual Family Dance.  Other events and assemblies are organized and hosted by PTA volunteers and include our science fair, science-in-a-bag, school assemblies, field trips, an end-of-year talent show, Pizza with the Principal, and so much more.

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

  • Direct Donations
  • Amazon Smile
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Charleston Gift Wrap
  • Restaurant Nights
  • 5 B’s Catering
  • Box Tops for Education
  • Spirit Wear
  • Parents Night Out – Flying High
  • Other fundraisers





This year, Ames PTA will host the Fall Festival, an event for the entire Ames community to come together and raise funds for the incredible Cultural Arts program. The event is held every other year as the funds raised cover two years each of our Cultural Arts curriculum:  a week-long artist-in-residence, all-school assemblies and field trips.  The auction normally consists of items and services from local businesses and families, classroom artwork and teacher/school experiences.  The success of the event depends on our tremendously committed parent volunteers.

All of this takes time and work from our volunteers. We all have different skills, interests, and resources that are needed to help students and staff at Ames. Some of us can volunteer in classrooms while others might head up or join a committee that is an integral part of our efforts. We all want the very best education and experience for our children, and that is drives us each year. Even one hour of time is worth so much to our wonderful school. Becoming involved will be worth it!

Click here to join the Ames PTA!

PTA E-mails

PTA members are automatically enrolled in our email communications called FeedBlitz.  You may opt out at anytime.  Even if you are not a member of the PTA, we encourage you to sign up for our communications. Go to www.amespta.org and enter your email into the “Newsletter Signup” field on the homepage.


We hold monthly PTA meetings and try to offer evening meetings for working parents.  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, September 27th at 6:30 PM in the Ames art room.  Family movie night will run during our meeting.  For a complete list of PTA meetings, click here.

Please bookmark our website for up-to-date information: www.amespta.org

Please like our Facebook page: Ames School PTA

If you have any additional questions or ideas for our PTA, feel free to contact us!

Dawn Eagleson, Co-President: dawn.eagleson@gmail.com or (773) 991-4737

Domenica Jimenez, Co-President: leandom@iit.edu or (708) 574-5172

September Events

Posted Sep 6, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

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Become a PTA member today!

Posted Aug 27, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Join the PTA!

Download the membership form here and return to Ames in an envelope marked ‘Ames PTA – Membership’.

Ames PTA helps our school in many ways. We provide financial support through various fundraising events and work with the Ames staff to ensure our kids have the resources and materials they need. The funds we raise have a direct impact on our children and go toward classroom materials, class field trips, library books and other programs within our school.
We have a strong presence in our school. Events that are planned and staffed by PTA volunteers include the Science Fair, Ames Family Dance, Family Reading Night, Movie Night, Halloween Assembly, Talent Show, Field Day and much more! These events give our kids a chance to have fun, enjoy an evening with their family, and maybe learn something new!

Our PTA works only because of parent volunteers like YOU. We encourage you to join today and help us enrich the learning experiences of our children. We make it easy to get involved!

  • Step 1: Turn in the membership card below with payment or visit amespta.org to pay online.
  • Step 2: Sign up for FeedBlitz at amespta.org to receive PTA emails and important information. (E-mail provided on membership form will be automatically added to FeedBlitz. Opt-out anytime.)
  • Step 3: Attend PTA meetings. Monthly meetings at Ames rotate between morning and evening times.
  • Step 4: Volunteer! No matter your schedule, we can always use your help.

New for 2017! The Deluxe Membership gets you our new Ames Elementary yard sign and two Ames Dolphin car magnets, plus the school directory – perfect for arranging parties or playdates! You may also choose to provide a direct donation in lieu of participating in fundraising events this year by making a one-time tax-deductible donation using the membership form below.

Questions? Contact your Ames PTA co-presidents:

Dawn Eagleson at dawn.eagleson@gmail.com or (773) 991-4737

Domenica Jimenez at leandom@iit.edu or (708) 574-5172

Download the membership form here and return to Ames in an envelope marked ‘Ames PTA – Membership’.

Meet The Parents!

Posted Aug 27, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized











Spirit Wear – Order Today!

Posted Aug 23, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Ames Spirit Wear – now on sale!

Download the order form and return to the Ames office in an envelope marked “PTA Spirit Wear” no later than Friday, September 15th.

Order Form