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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 »


Keeping Kids Warm in the Cold


Winter arrived earlier than anticipated this year but we still need to keep our students safe from the cold.  Remember to dress your student with gloves, hats, winter coats and scarves.  If they want to play in the snow during recess they will also need to have snow pants and winter boots on.


Drama Club Kicks Off!


Last Thursday, believe it or not, was Findley Drama Club’s first performance and it wasn’t your typical show.  The evening entitled “Behind the Scenes at Drama Club”, included highlights from all of the Drama exercises and games that students have been participating in to build up their theater skills!  Drama club meets every Thursday from … Read more »

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Fifth House Ensemble visits Findley


Third Graders were in for a great afternoon when their Art Teacher, Lisa Hesse and Music Teacher, Jane Olson surprised them with visiting artists, Fifth House Ensemble – an musical group based out of Chicago.  The group worked with all of third grade to explore how music can help bring stories and writing to life! … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 22
Winter Recess
Dec 22
Winter Break (No School)
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed
Jan 19
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 19
MLK Day (No School)


December 9th is 4th and 5th grade Fine Arts Night.  Please join us as we celebrate the artwork students have made, the music students are creating and their academic success within the classroom.  4th grade will put on a vocal concert at 6:00pm in the gym followed by an activity in their classroom at 6:30pm.  5th grade will start with the classroom activity at 6:15pm in their classrooms followed by their vocal concert at 7:00pm.  Artwork highlight students’ use of the Creative Process and problem-solving will be displayed in the gym.

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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