School News


Preprimary Classroom News


Cowles Montessori Preprimary Classes head to the Pumpkin Patch On Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2014 the six Preprimary classes from Cowles Elementary will travel to Cambridge, Ia. to go on a Pumpkin Tour at Center Grove Orchard.  This is in conjunction to our group discussions on the life cycle of the pumpkin. A pumpkin was cut … Read more »

Fun Night

Fantabulous Fun Night


FANTABULOUS The Sixth graders are putting together a night of family fun for Friday, October 31st from 6:00-7:30.  They are organizing a “Fantabulous Fun Night” that will take place in conjunction with Cowles Trunk-or-Treat night.  Be prepared for a night of games, pizza, and candy that helps raise money for the 6th graders annual overnight … Read more »


Upper Level Classroom News


The Upper Elementary team just held their Interest Fair on Friday, October 3rd!  The students pick a topic they are interested in and do research on it.  They also make a poster and share their research to their fellow students, teachers, and parents.  Some students even came in costume!  Their topics covered many different topics.  … Read more »

Jump Rope

Jump Rope For Heart


Cowles wins highest JRFH/HFH Combo Increase 2013-2014

Snow Plow

Cowles Snow Plow


Mrs. Dare’s 7th & 8th grade collaborative art class worked as a group to design and paint one of the Des Moines snow plows for the season.  This past Saturday the plow was on display at the Downtown Farmer’s Market.


DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the image to learn more and register to play.

Upcoming Events

Oct 24
No Class for Students, Professional Development Day for Teachers
Oct 29
90 Minute Early Dismissal
Oct 31
Fantabulous Fun Night
Nov 3
CMPG Meeting
Nov 5
90 Minute Early Dismissal

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Bulletin Board


Fun was had and funds were raised! WE DID IT! Thanks to all who contributed (volunteers, donors, and attendees) an estimated $16,000 was raised. The hours and monies invested to reap this kind of success is testament to what a caring and committed community we have at Cowles.  Congratulations!


Now, a few loose threads:  Are you sure you have your own crockpot?  Among the many forgotten bowls and utensils waiting in Nancy’s office is a crockpot believed to have been unknowingly swapped for another.  Nancy will hold on to these items through Monday, October 27th.  Also, there will be a final meeting to wrap up The Pawction.  All are welcome to attend the meeting this Sunday, 10/26, 4:30, at Smokey Row in Des Moines.  Lastly, we’d love your input so we may continue making this necessary fundraising fun and effective.  Please take a few moments to complete this anonymous, eight question survey.


Once again, thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!


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Located in the community of Windsor Heights, Cowles is Iowa’s only public Montessori school and serves students in preschool through eighth grade. Read More…

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