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Falcon Files: Mid-August Edition


In this edition of the Falcon Files, Mr. Burnett covers viewing the eclipse, introduces a new Special Education teacher and announces the first All School Sing! Click on the headline to read more.


Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


No more pulling crumpled paper flyers from your student’s backpack! Opportunities in the community will now be available online, instead of jumbled up with homework and artwork. Read about child-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Girls pose for first day of school photo.

Downtown Celebrates First Day of School


Excitement, hugs and kisses, long goodbyes and pictures marked the first day of school at The Downtown School. We’re off to a great start! To see more fun photos, click on the image.

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The Downtown School Has Got the Feeling!


Our educators and some student volunteers had a little fun this week preparing for the big first day of school! Click on the headline to watch a video prepared especially for our DTS families.

Join Us for the All School Picnic


Get ready for an evening of fun with your DTS friends! Join us for the all-school picnic on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Union Park, 1801 Pennsylvania Ave. Bring the whole family and your own picnic dinner. The park has two playgrounds, but is most famous for the Rocket Slide and Heritage Carousel. See you there!

Upcoming Events

Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 25
All School Sing!
Aug 26
Graduation Walk
Sep 01
No School
Sep 04
Labor Day

1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
P: 515-242-8422 | F: 515-242-7391

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Enroll at the Downtown School
New families interested in enrolling may contact the district enrollment office: 242-7353. The enrollment window for school year 2018-19 is now open.

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Access Childcare
Bright Horizons offers before and afterschool childcare onsite. The Creative Center for Young Children (CCYC) offers transportation to and from the Downtown School, and childcare at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant Street, Des Moines.

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About 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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