School News

Downtown Sing Along - January 2013

Run for a Spot on the Downtown PTA Board!


The Parent Teacher Association needs you! The PTA board is taking nominations for board positions this Friday, May 20 at noon in the school library. For more information about the variety of positions available, click on the headline!


Dr. Seuss Inspires Creativity and Fun


Mrs. Gerstel and Mr. Miller’s 7 and 8-year-old learners put their research, art and performance skills to the test this month when they created their own costumes, set and some of the scripting for their Seussical performance in the culminating event room. To see and download photos from the day, click on the image.


Check-In Now, Save Time Later!


Remember, we’ve stepped into the 21st Century and installed an electronic visitor check-in. It’s a snap — if you’ve preregistered with Deb! Don’t forget to stop by Deb’s desk with your driver’s license to get registered. It will save you time the next time you’re in a hurry to get to a culminating event. Check-in is mandatory — district orders! Click on the headline to learn more about the districtwide initiative.


Summer Camp Child Care Signup Underway


Bright Horizons at The Downtown School is now accepting applications for summer camp care, offered weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Central Campus. Bright Horizons offers a summer calendar for a sneak peek at summer activities. Full-time, part-time and drop-in care is available. For contact information, click on the headline.

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Downtown School Parents Social Night


Come and enjoy a casual, adults-only evening of music, conversation and community Friday, May 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Noce Jazz Cabaret, 1326 Walnut Street. There’s no cover charge and snacks are provided. Music is provided by “Asphalt and Stained Glass” featuring DTS parent Amy Wallman-Madden. The event is sponsored by the PTA.


DTS Students Teach Parents to Boogie Down


Downtown School parents were told to bring comfortable clothes and water bottles to the school’s latest culminating event. Students spent the last several months using their P.E. time to work with parent volunteer Jamie Seitz learning dances from throughout the decades. This week, the 9 and 10-year olds invited their parents to boogie down. To see more of the fun, click on the image.

Upcoming Events

May 25
May Sing Along
May 27
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May 30
Holiday - No school, offices closed
Jun 03
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Jun 10
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1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
P: 515-242-8422 | F: 515-242-7391

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Welcome to The Downtown School, home of the Falcons!

As of 2015-16, the Downtown School feeder pattern will change. Students will now be automatically enrolled in Callanan Middle School and Roosevelt High School, instead of Brody Middle School and Lincoln High School. Students who wish to attend a different middle or high school may find out more about a within-district transfer, here.


See the latest edition of the Falcon Files.


Online registration is available district wide this year. Sign into your Infinite Campus account to get started.


Pay Textbook fees: $25 per student


Download the DMPS app on your smartphone for instant access to our calendar, staff and lunch menus!


Join our PTA: donate to the student activity fund for field experiences, etc; purchase a portfolio notebook if your child is entering a new grade level; volunteer for various activities/events; sign up to receive emails from the PTA; etc.


Consider before/afterschool care with Bright Horizons.


Suggested Classroom Supply Lists – 2015-16 School Year

Supply List for 5-6 Year Old Learning Groups

Supply List for Adams, Buckner & Watson 7/8 Learning Groups

Supply List for Gerstel & Miller 7/8 Learning Groups

Supply List for 9-10 Year Old Learning Groups

Calendars for Download

2016-17 Downtown School Calendar
2015-16 Downtown School Student Calendar (rev 02/16)

Enroll at the Downtown School Applications 

New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School will need to follow and complete the Des Moines Public Schools’ Within District Transfer paperwork. This information is located on the District website using the following link: For any questions regarding this process please contact the district enrollment office at 242-7353.


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About Downtown School

Downtown School

1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

P: 515-242-8422 | E: 


We provide an educational experience for kindergarten through fifth grade children based on what research has shown to be the best practices in elementary education.  Read More…

It is my pleasure to be a part of Des Moines Public Schools and serve the children and families of the Downtown School.

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