School News

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Check-In Now, Save Time Later!

4/14/2016

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.

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Summer Camp Child Care Signup Underway

4/7/2016

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

4/1/2016

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.

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DTS Students Teach Parents to Boogie Down

4/1/2016

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.

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Downtown Teacher Asks Students to Dig Deeper

3/28/2016

Downtown School teacher Dana Allen saw her students becoming more interested in earning prizes than the reason behind the school’s annual fundraiser, so she decided to challenge them to go deeper, and present their findings directly to the American Heart Association. To read more about the task and how it affected students, click on the image.

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High Tech Meets Visitor Sign-In at Downtown

3/14/2016

At DMPS, we work to ensure that students are receiving a great education in schools that are not only first-rate learning environments, but are also safe and secure. Over the years DMPS has taken many steps to better ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, parents and visitors. This spring and summer, DMPS will begin implementing an Electronic Visitor Check-In system for parents and visitors. Click on the headline to read more.

Upcoming Events

May 04
Book Character Day
May 06
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May 09
Intersession - No school 5/9-5/13
May 18
May Sing Along
May 20
PTA Sponsored Parent Night

1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
P: 515-242-8422 | F: 515-242-7391
E: downtownschool@dmschools.org

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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: http://www.dmschools.org/enrollment-registration/enrollment-center/ 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: downtown@dmschools.org 

 

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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