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Science in Your Inbox: Layering Liquids

Posted Jan 24, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

In the experiment “Layering Liquids,” you will explore the difference density makes by layering different liquids you probably already have in your pantry or medicine cabinet. 

Download the experiment here.

Don’t miss the previous weeks’ experiments:

Da Vinci’s Bridge

Sizzling Snowballs

Making Money Disappear


PTA Meeting on Jan. 21 with Guest Dr. Ryan-Toye

Posted Jan 19, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

Don’t miss the PTA meeting on Thursday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Dr. Martha Ryan-Toye, superintendent of District 96, will be joining us for the meeting. Hear COVID-19 information, updates about the saliva screening program, news from the strategic planning process and more.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83452861090?pwd=clYzU3NOaHFCQy8yNXNINmxtcHpJQT09

Meeting ID: 834 5286 1090

Passcode: 789963

December PTA meeting minutes


Science in Your Inbox: Da Vinci’s Bridge

Posted Jan 17, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

In the experiment “Da Vinci’s Bridge,” you will explore the mechanical engineering required to build a bridge with no mechanical fasteners or adhesives based on one of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs. You will be weaving the sticks together so that the tension between the sticks keeps the bridge together and lifts it off the ground.

Download the experiment here.

Don’t miss the previous weeks’ experiments:

Sizzling Snowballs

Making Money Disappear



Science in Your Inbox: Sizzling Snowballs

Posted Jan 10, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

This year, the Ames PTA is excited to bring you Science in Your Inbox for the entire month of January. These easy experiments are a great way to enjoy science with your kids while learning! This week’s experiment: Sizzling Snowballs.

Download the experiment here.

Check out last week’s experience.

Science In Your Inbox: Making Money Disappear

Posted Jan 4, 2021 | Category: Uncategorized

In years past, the Ames PTA has offered the Science in a Bag program, where 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were able to check out science experiments at school and complete them at home. It was an excellent opportunity for children and parents to interact academically and increase your child’s scientific literacy. This year, to adapt this program to the ongoing circumstances of hybrid and remote schooling, we are offering Science in Your Inbox.

For the next four weeks, we’ll post a science experiment each Monday that you can complete at home with your kids. This week, you’ll learn how to make money disappear. Enjoy!

Download the experiment here.



Virtual PTA Meeting: Join Us Thursday, Dec. 3

Posted Dec 1, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized
Ames PTA Meeting 
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Join us at the link:


Meeting ID: 845 9407 6108

Passcode: 447823



Officer Reports:

  • President
    • Happy Holidays
    • PLT meeting update
    • Calendar
  • Secretary
    • Approve minutes
    • Directory update
  • Treasurer
    • Budget update
  • VPs Communications
    • General updates
  • VP Cultural Arts and Education Programs
    • Science in a Bag
    • Author Visits/Assembly updates
    • One Book, One Ames and/or Jr. Great Books update
  • VP Fundraising
    • Spirit Wear
    • Book Fair
    • Holiday Shop
    • Next restaurant night
  • VP School Volunteers
    • Holiday craft
  • VP Hospitality
    • Teacher Appreciation
    • Cookie Exchange?
  • New Business

PTA Virtual Meeting: Join Us Tonight at 6pm

Posted Nov 5, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized

Join us for tonight’s PTA meeting at 6 p.m. Click to join the Zoom meeting. Tonight we will be voting on this year’s PTA budget. Please see the agenda below:

Ames PTA Meeting

November 5, 2020


Officer Reports:

  • Presidents
    • Movie night
    • EL Shirts
    • Calendar
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • VP Communications
  • VP Cultural Arts and Educations Programs
    • Science in a Bag
    • Holiday Shop
    • One Book, One Ames
    • Jr Great Books
  • VP Fundraising
    • Results from Spirit Wear, Charleston Wrap, Restaurant nights
    • Book Fair status
  • VP School Volunteers
    • Room representative status
    • Holiday craft update
  • VP Hospitality
    • Teacher Appreciation outreach
  • New Business

Book Fair Starts Today!

Posted Nov 1, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized

This year’s Scholastic Book Fair is online. Shop November 2-15, and support our school while helping your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You’ll love the fun new option to shop for book fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. Visit the store

Check out the custom book list.

Download the flyer in Spanish.

Scholastic Book Fair: 11/2-11/15

Posted Oct 25, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! Mark your calendar and plan to shop from November 2-November 15. The fair will be held online this year, and the Ames community will have access to its own online store where you’ll find a large selection of titles, can browse by grade, and meet popular authors! PLUS, 25% of your purchases will benefit Ames!

Access the store.

Download the flyer.


Get Your Info Added to the Ames Directory

Posted Oct 18, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized
Because this school year is unlike any other, we are collecting student information the Ames directory through a Google form. You must fill out a form for each child you have at Ames. If you would like your family to be included in the Ames directory, please fill out the form by October 30
The form also asks permission to share your information with the parent room representative in your child’s classroom.
Fill out the form now.