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Update June 15, 2020 – Grab and Go Meals 


Summer Food Service Program Update

The Ames Community School District is continuing to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through August 7, 2020. This is the same “grab and go” meal program where we were able to provide breakfast and lunch to all children without charge.

Locations – Meals will continue to be provided at Meeker, Mitchell and Sawyer Elementary Schools, in addition to the Ames Public Library. (Note: we previously communicated that meals would end at Mitchell Elementary, but this is no longer the case.)

Time – breakfast and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on June 22.

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Weekly News Updated May 18, 2020


Governor Reynolds announced that she is recommending that Iowa school districts close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 16, all school buildings, events, practices, and activities are canceled until further notice.

 Ames Community School District  COVID-19  information page 

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Last week, we set up a button on RevTrak to accept monetary donations that will be used to supplement the food boxes we are receiving from the Food Bank of Iowa to support students and families. We additionally have allowed families to transfer current lunch balance accounts toward this fund. Since April 28, we have received over $6,300 in our RevTrak account and over $5,000 in lunch balance transfers. 

A Special Thank You To All the Ames High Teachers! 


 Summer School & Return to Learn Update 4.28.20

As a District, we have been working on the calendar portion of our Return to Learn Plan and will be expanding our team to include building administrators this week. Once we receive guidance from the Department of Education, we will combine our work with the template provided to us. The deadline to submit our Return to Learn Plan is July 1. 

In order to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community volunteers, we will not be providing summer school (Enrich, Empower, Excel) this year. The situation is too unstable for us to plan effectively and we are not wanting to put any of our students or staff at risk. We are exploring various models to provide additional instruction time and intervention for when we return to school.



Meals will continue to be provided, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, with weekend meals provided on Friday. The meals in their current format will be continued through August 7 at Meeker and Sawyer Elementary Schools. Meals provided at Mitchell Elementary will end on June 30 due to specific federal waivers not being extended. 

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Registration for 2020-2021 : Kindergarten and Early Kindergarten 

January 28, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM & January 31, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Registration held at District Office, 2005 24th St

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2020, are eligible to attend kindergarten. Registering your kindergarten-age child during Kindergarten Registration helps to assure a spot in the District’s kindergarten program and helps the District plan for the year.  Please bring the following documentation to Kindergarten Registration:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Proof of residence
  • Adoption or Guardianship papers, if applicable.
  • Emergency contact name(s) and phone number(s).
  • Student physical report and immunization records.


Preschool Registration Kick-Off Day!

Wednesday, February 5, 8:00 AM  to 6:00 PM 

Northwood Preschool Center, 3012 Duff Avenue 

The free, statewide voluntary preschool program for 4-year-olds holds half-day classes, four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. At this time, you’ll complete the online check-in for Northwood and complete the required forms. The process takes about 20 minutes. 

What to Bring:

  • Most Recent Physical Exam
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Birth


Three-Year-Old Preschool

Northwood has a small three-year-old program for families who meet income & secondary factors. If interested, visit Northwood on the 5th and view the criteria and fill out an application if you feel you meet the requirements.


Other important information 

Car Loop Expectations during pick-up:

  1. If the adult picking up the Northwood student does not have a car tag, you have two choices: a)  park and walk in to get the child or b) ask the adult in the car who the teacher/child is and teacher will go into Northwood to replace the teacher so the teacher can verify that you are able to pick up the child.
  2. All cars need to have a car seat or booster seat. If there is not a booster/car seat you have three choices: a) park your car and come into Northwood to get the child. Northwood staff cannot put a child in a car without a car/booster seat. b) Come into Northwood and borrow a booster seat c) go home and get the booster/car seat.

Thank you for following these pickup expectations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Northwood office at 515-268-2470 and ask to speak to the building principal, Kristin Barber or email her at

~Preschool Registration~

Please visit the Ames Community School District website and got to the Northwood Preschool Center page to sign up for preschool for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have already signed up and submitted your four documents, you will receive a placement letter by the end of March.

~Kindergarten Registration~

Please call Barb Peterson at 268-6605 or go to the Ames District Office if you have not signed up for kindergarten and your child will be 5 by September 15th.

There are many illnesses going around especially influenza. To keep all kids healthy, we are washing our hands frequently and surfaces. We ask that children do not come to school when they show the following symptoms:

  • Oral temperature of 100 degrees or more within 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours
  • Earache lasting more than a day
  • A persistent cough, croup or chest congestion
  • Labored or painful breathing
  • Reddened, mattering or crusty eyes

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