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Tutoring Sign Up at Findley Elementary


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 25 Title I schools in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, click on the headline.

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National Report Finds Success at Findley


A report released today by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities found big gains in schools taking part in the Turnaround Arts program. Findley Elementary School was one of the first eight schools to participate in the program and to be studied in this report, which highlighted gains in math and reading. Click the headline for more details on this national news.


Shutterfly Pilots “Photo Story in the Classroom” at Findley


Third grade students in Ms. Fontanini’s class had the opportunity to participate in Shutterfly’s Photo Story in the Classroom pilot program! Each student was able to create their own photo book using the Photo Story app on the iPads in their classroom. This arts integration project provided students an opportunity to share what they learned during their science unit through … Read more »

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Working with Visiting Artist, Jamin Carter


Through our work with Des Moines Performing Arts, students in Mrs Campero’s Kindergarten class, Ms Fontanini’s 3rd grade class and Mrs Wilcox’s 5th grade class were able to work with Jamin Carter, a visiting artist, for two days this week.  To view pictures from his visit, please click here. Jamin worked with students on literacy … Read more »


Celebrate the Arts with us!


Come join us next Tuesday, December 9th from 5:30pm-7:30pm for a night in celebration of the arts.  Enjoy an art exhibit, vocal concert and intrument performances along with time with classroom teachers and students.  There will be an art prize raffle!  Watch your Monday Mail for more info!

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2nd Grade Celebrates the Weather!


2nd Graders from Ms Budreau, Ms Hall and Ms Smith’s classes enjoyed showing off their learning today with a Weather Celebration.  Parents, families, visiting Principals and 5th graders visited with the students to hear all about what they have been learning.  Students created fact and opinion books as well as some great visual art pieces … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Jan 28
Arts Advocacy Day (4th Grade to Capitol)
Jan 30
PBIS Snow Party
Feb 06
4th Grade Art Center Trip
Feb 18
3rd Grade to Opera IOWA
Feb 19
5th Grade to Sofrito (Civic Center)


Winter is here!  The below zero temps are here! Please remember to dress your child(ren) in warm winter clothing.  Hats, mittens, scarves, boots and winter coats are a necessity to your child(ren)’s safety this winter.

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

P: 515-242-8407 | E:


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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