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Aiming High on Career Day


On April 22nd, 3rd through 5th grade had the chance to participate in our first Annual Career Day.  Students were able to choose three different careers they were interested and attend different sessions so that they could learn more.  Students spent the morning designing buildings, testing water pressure, experimenting with strawberry DNA, talking about sports, … Read more »


Kids in Chemistry


On Friday, April 10th, 3rd graders participated in Kids in Chemistry hosted by Drake University’s Chemistry department.  The students had a blast thanks to the hands-on experience Drake students provided for them.


DMPS Offers Free Summer Meal Program


DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click on the headline for more information and a list of sites.


Make Plans for Summer at DMPS


In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Click on the image to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.


Pasta for Pennies


Mrs. Smith’s fourth grade class was all smiles on March 26th! Why? Because Olive Garden delivered a hot meal including spaghetti, bread sticks and salad.  Students at Findley have been collecting change for the past couple of months to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The class that raised the most money … Read more »


Smith named 2015 Elementary Educator of the Year


Findley’s 4th grade teacher, Schelsy Smith has been named the Des Moines Rotary Club’s 2015 Elementary Educator of the Year.  The staff, students and families of Findley are very proud of Ms. Smith and this grand accomplishment.  We are thankful to have such outstanding educators at Findley.

Upcoming Events

Apr 27
Seussical Dress Rehearsal (Drama Club)
Apr 29
Seussical Day Performance (North High, All School)
Apr 30
Seussical Evening Premiere (North High)
May 05
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Fine Arts Night (6:00pm)
May 12
North Side Band Night (5th Grade)


Welcome back! Spring Break was a great chance to recharge for the remainder of the school year…which promises to be very busy! We can’t wait for all the Spring celebrations!

Assessment Week!  Iowa Assessments begin March 30th. Be sure your student(s) come to school with a good night’s rest to help them focus during these tests.

Check out Findley on Social Media! We have a Facebook page, Twitter account, Flickr stream and a Youtube channel that is constantly sharing the successes and work of Findley Students!  Click the links to be redirected!



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About Findley Elementary School


3025 Oxford Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313

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Findley Elementary School is a neighborhood school serving preschool through fifth grade students. Findley’s mission is to accept nothing less than high academic and social achievement from every student. Read more…

Welcome to Findley Elementary School, where we are committed to our mission: Building Big Dreamers and High Achievers.

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