School News

Kindergarten Jump Start


Incoming Kindergartners – Welcome to Findley!

Kindergarten students attended our Jumpstart program August 7 and 8 from 8:30 – 11:30. They spent time eating breakfast in the cafeteria, meeting classmates and teachers, learning about reading, playing at recess, and getting familiar with the school!

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at Findley will change with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Our new start time is 7:30 AM and we will dismiss at 2:25 PM, with a 75 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays. Please click on the headline to learn more about how we are engaging our staff to ensure an orderly transition when school resumes August 23.

Boy steps off bus.

New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

Findley students board bus.

Findley 5th Grade Students Visit Colleges


Fifth grade is one of the early jumping off points in life, where kids trampoline from elementary to middle school. But at Findley Elementary’s Dreamer Academy, 5th graders have long since learned to think multiple moves ahead. Click on the headline to read more.

Findely student artwork on Art Center.

Art Center Unveils Work Created by Findley Students


The work of world famous artists line the walls of the Des Moines Art Center. Now add Findley Elementary School to the list. Specifically, nearly 130 3rd and 5th graders who helped Brooklyn-based artist Dave Eppley create a new installation. Click on the headline to read more!

Two teachers work on art project

Findley Continues Work on Art Installation


There’s an exciting art collaboration happening between the Des Moines Art Center, Brooklyn-based artist Dave Eppley and students and staff at Findley Elementary School. The district dropped in on an after-school professional development session and found all of the Findley teachers getting involved with the project that’s slated for unveiling on November 5th. Click on the headline for a progress report on, and sneak peek of, the artwork and details on the unveiling next month at the Art Center.

Upcoming Events

Nov 21
No School
Nov 22
Thanksgiving Break – No School
Dec 11
School Board Meeting
Dec 24
Winter Break – No School
Dec 24
Holiday – Offices Closed

Findley Elementary School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education



NEW SCHOOL HOURS 2018-19, 7:30 – 2:25.

All Wednesdays have a dismissal time of 1:10pm.

It is the policy of the Des Moines Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Coordinator, Isaiah McGee at 2323 Grand Avenue, Des Moines 50312, IA 50263, 515-242-7662

Check out Findley on Social Media! We have a Facebook page, Twitter account 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:
Sew School Hours: 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM


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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