86 Southcote Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-0759


Hike and Bike to School Week

Posted Sep 16, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

It’s hike and bike to school week at Ames!

Complete the form HERE Ames Hike and Bike Week (1) (1) each time your student walks, runs, rides a bike or scooters to school then sign and turn in completed form so they can win a prize! They will have a fun week getting some exercise before and after school while helping our environment.


Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! Thank you to everyone that participated and contributed!

Posted May 12, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

To The World You Are Teachers – But In Our Eyes You’re Superheroes!

Thank you to everyone that participated or contributed to Ames Staff Appreciation Week!  It was a fun week full of treats and surprises for the best team around!!!

Our heroes did wear capes this week!

The Invincible Principal * Ms. GuaStellar * Ms. McFearless * Brilliant Basek * The Beckerman * The Great Giger * Heroic Ms. Hickey * The “Kingpin” Kinkin * Wonder Wohlman * Courageous Collin * Emperor Jagust-us * The Machine Munson * ”Action Movie” Duve * Marvelous Ms. Mimlitz * Wondrous Wydra * “The Worm” Bookler * Ms. X-ray Vision * Wright Stuff


Special thanks to our Super Committee – Liz McGarry, Deanna Melvin, Suzanne Muirheid, Maria Munch, Tia Sherman, Nikki Ungaro and Susan Wolfe

Ames PTA Co-President Needed!

Posted May 4, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

Ames PTA Co-President needed!

We want you to be our next PTA co-president! We are looking for a creative problem-solver who is comfortable delegating and who can help us focus on the agenda!

Our co-presidents play an important role throughout the school year. Not only do you help plan activities, you work directly with the principal, the staff and the District 96 leadership to help make Ames Elementary a top-notch school!

If you are ready to play a substantial role in supporting our school, we want to hear from you! Start working closely with our current PTA Co-presidents to be ready to take the lead in the 2019-2020 school year. For a list of roles and responsibilities click here.


Feel free to ask questions or express your interest by contacting Domenica Jimenez at leandom@iit.edu or Susan Wolfe at swolfe447@gmail.com

Earth Week – Earth Week Points Due Today, Friday April 26th

Posted Apr 14, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

Monday April 22nd begins Earth Week. Help show a little love to our planet by supporting the following activities:

At School: Collections to Donate

Let’s keep these items out of the landfill and put them to good use again. All week (4/22-4/26) we will be collecting at Ames:

1. Shoes: Bring in children or adult shoes in good condition, which we will be donating to Sister House (www.sisterhousechicago.org). We are looking for “gently worn, new or used shoes” only.

2. Glasses: Bring in your old glasses and sunglasses and we will donate to the Lyons Club for reuse (www.new-eyes.org/join-the-vision)

At Home: Earth Week Points

Score points for the Planet. Check out the Earth Friendly Acts on this printable table Earth Week 2019. Mark an “X” each day you complete one of the acts and get a point with for each “X”. The class with the most points per student earns pizza or special snack! Please return by Friday, April 26.


Monday Spanish Amigos Registration Extension

Posted Jan 31, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized
Good Afternoon Ames Families,
The after school Spanish Amigos class being offered by the Riverside Parks and Recreation at Ames Elementary School is currently below the minimum. This class is scheduled to start on Monday, February 4th. In an effort to spread the word and encourage more participation the Riverside Parks and Recreation has extend the deadline for registration to this Friday, February 1st at 10 AM.  If they do not reach the minimum they will have to cancel this session. Please see this link for more information 2019 Riverside Parks and Rec WinterSpring Classes.
Riverside Parks and Recreation
10 Pine Ave, Riverside, IL 60546
Office: 708-442-7025
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/riversiderec

Library Readers Needed

Posted Jan 27, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

Library Readers Needed

We are still in need of lots of library readers. The students love it when a family member comes in to read and are disappointed when they don’t have a reader there.  Please see the list of classes that still need readers for this week and consider signing up  to help at http://signup.com/go/EUfUdvk.  Can’t make it this week?  There are lots of openings in the weeks to come as well.  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie at deb.kummer@sbcglobal.net.


Ms. Gustella’s class from 9:20-9:40 am

Ms. McPherson’s class from 10:20-10:40 am

Ms. Giger’s class from 10:50-11:20 am

Ms. Collins’ class from 12:20-12:50 pm

Ms. Jagust’s class from 1:20-1:50 p,

Ms. Basek’s class from 2:20-2:50 pm


Ms. McPherson’s class from 1:20-1:40 pm

Mr. Becker’s class from 1:50-2:20 pm

Ms. Hickey’s class from 2:20-2:50 pm


Ms. Munson’s class from 8:50-9:20 am

Thank You Awesome Ames PTA

Posted Jan 13, 2019 | Category: Uncategorized

A thank you card from Ames Librarian Patty Prodanich to the Ames PTA.

PTA Cookie Exchange for Ames Staff – Last Call for Bakers

Posted Dec 11, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

Calling all Ames Elves!  

We need your help.  The PTA is hosting the annual holiday cookie exchange for our awesome Ames Staff.  The staff love this event and get so excited to make a box of cookies to bring home to their friends and families. Can we match the amazing display from the Election Day bake sale?  Store bought okay, too.

When: December 20th

What: Two dozen cookies from each elf that signs up

Drop-off – Wednesday, Dec 19 after school or Thursday, Dec 20 before school.  Additional instructions closer to event.

Sign Up Here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090944acab2fa3fb6-teacher

Junior Great Books – Due Tomorrow

Posted Nov 30, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

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 7, 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 this form Junior Great Books Sign Up and return it, along with a $5/child book rental fee, no later than Friday, December 7, 2018.

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 Liz Buoscio – liz_jack@sbcglobal.net or Peggy Collings – peggyccollings@gmail.com

Ames Holiday Gift Shop is Coming!

Posted Nov 4, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

Dear Ames Parents,

The Ames Holiday Gift Shop is coming!  On Wednesday and Thursday (November 14-15), students can shop for gifts for moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents and special friends. The gifts will be moderately priced, with most under $5.

You can view items online by clicking the link below. Don’t want to send cash or check with your child? Purchase a voucher, print and send with your child on their shopping day. A voucher can be purchased in the amount of $10, $15, or $20. A $1 processing fee is added to each voucher purchase. Grandparents can even support your child with a purchase. They simply email the voucher back to you to print. Easy and safe!


Students will bring home information this week including a gift list planning envelope. Checks should be made payable to Ames PTA. We strongly encourage purchasing gift vouchers as Ames Elementary and Ames PTA are not responsible for lost or misplaced money.

Questions? Contact Dawn Eagleson at dawn.eagleson@gmail.com