Cowles Montessori

April 20th

State Pentathalon

The following students competed in the State Pentathalon competition and are moving on to the National Pentathlon Competition (Essay Contest 4/21 and Content Area Objective Test 5/20)! The students placed in the top 3 in at least one of the 5 categories of their division.

Varsity Division

Annie MacKenzie

1st Place - Math, Fine Arts & Literature

2nd Place - Science

Scholastic Division

Malcolm Draper

1st Place - Science, Fine Arts, and Social Studies

Sushen Baruri

2nd Place - Fine Arts

3rd Place - Social Studies, Math

Seamus Kell

1st Place - Math & Literature

3rd Place- Science

Louise Lehman

Advanced Learning Program Consultant

Cowles Montessori

Findley Elementary

Important Events and Happenings

Infant/Toddler Time on Tuesdays!
  • Cowles families of children who are infants/toddlers are welcome to join us for "Infant/Toddler Time" each Tuesday morning from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
  • This is a chance to get to know other families of young children and expose your young ones to the school environment.
  • "Infant/Toddler Time" will begin on Tuesday, April 26th from 8:15-9:00 a.m., and runs every Tuesday until the end of the school year!

ISASPs (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress)

  • Statewide assessments for 3rd through 8th Grade
  • DONE! April 13th-15th: Upper Elementary (4th, 5th, 6th)
  • April 18th-20th: Lower Elementary (3rd Grade Only)
  • April 19th-21st: Middle School (7th and 8th Grade)

Roosevelt Basketball Camp


No School April Dates

  • Friday, April 22nd (no school for students and staff)
  • Monday, April 25th (no school for students, staff in Professional Development)
  • Students return on Tuesday, April 26th

Spring Fling Dance

  • Spring Fling: Friday, April 29th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., at Cowles
  • More details are posted on the flyer from CMPG below

CultureALL Day at Cowles

  • Cowles is teaming up with CultureALL and CMPG to host a student, family, and community event at the school.
  • Stay tuned for dates/times and details to come!

Orchestra Concert

  • Thursday, May 12th, at 6:00 p.m., at Cowles

Field Day

  • Friday, May 13th (rain date Friday, May 20th)
  • More details to come from Mr. White

Band Concert

  • Wednesday, May 25th, at 6:30 p.m., at Cowles
  • 5th through 8th Grade

Cowles 8th Grade Year End Party

  • May 27th, 2022
  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Franklin Jr High School
  • 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Moving Up Ceremony

  • Friday, June 3rd
  • Details and time - TBD

Metro Kids Care Survey for 2022-2023

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Cowles 8th Grade Year End Party

Party Details:

  • May 27th, 2022
  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Franklin Jr High School
  • 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

All Cowles 8th grade students are invited to a celebration honoring their school journey and this 8th grade graduation milestone!

  • Planning is just getting started.
  • Gym space and silent disco headphones have been reserved.
  • Several parents are working on a commemorative art-related activity for the kids to take away.
  • Food will be provided.

Principal Johnson has approved this event, and the event will be chaperoned by Cowles parents/guardians.

  • More details will come soon, and a Sign-up Genius will be created to gather food donations, games, and other supplies at the event.

If you or your 8th grade student would like to help with planning this celebration, please contact:

Sarah Steward (


Betsy Mitchell (

Refugee Service Project

Mrs. Andlauer's classroom is initiating a service project to collect needed items for Afghan refugees in our area. These families have been living in one-room extended stay hotel rooms with little support for several months while they wait for backlogged paperwork. Some have no transportation, and some children are not yet enrolled in school. Right now, many of the refugees are celebrating Ramadan, and we would like to present the gifts for Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan (May 12th). We are working through the organization Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa. We would love for you and your students to participate!

Below is a list of suggested items to donate! Items may be brought to your class or directly to Ms. Andlauer's classroom between now and May 1st. Children may also wish to write some cards welcoming families to Iowa. We are excited to learn more about Afghan culture and welcome these newcomers!



  • Crayons, coloring books, packaged snack items, hair ornaments for girls, toothpaste and toothbrushes, no-tears shampoo

Elementary up to age 9

  • Crayons, marker, coloring books, sketch pads, hair ornaments for girls, small cars for boys, bubble soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes

Tweens and and teens < age 10

  • Sketch pads, colored pencils/sharpeners, feminine hygiene pads, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs, soap


  • Band Aids, shampoo, deodorant, body lotion, laundry soap, dish soap, disposable razors
  • Walmart Gift cards are also welcome.
  • Gift bags, especially red, white and blue.

Welcome notes are a plus!

Windsor Heights Stream Cleanup

Come join us for our annual stream cleanup event!

This year’s event will be held on April 23rd from 9 – 11 AM in Colby Park. We encourage people of all abilities to join – we’ll take all the help we can get! We request that volunteers wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Please bring your own gloves. All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and rescheduled for the same time and place on Saturday, April 30th. Notice of cancellation will be posted on the City’s Facebook the morning of the event.

Dalton Jacobus

Public Works Director
City of Windsor Heights
1145 66th St Suite 1 Windsor Heights, IA 50324

p: 515.645.6825

Cowles Counseling Corner

Cowles Casters!

Check out Cowles Casters, a podcast presented by Cowles Middle School students! You can find Cowles Casters on:
  • Google Podcasts
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify Podcasts

Cowles Montessori Amazon Wish Lists

Shop for Cowles Montessori Gear

Our partner, Raygun, created the Cowles Montessori Store for children, adolescents, and adults to buy T-Shirts. A portion of your payment is donated directly to Cowles!

You can purchase mugs, hats, and other T-Shirts through our Cowles Shop.

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