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Week of May 6th

Thank You To Our Cowles Teachers!

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Important Dates to Remember

National Teacher Appreciation Day - Tuesday, May 7th

Piano Recitals - Friday, May 10th, Friday, May 17th, Monday, May 20th at Cowles

Neighborhood Diversity Festival - Saturday, May 11th on the Roosevelt HS front lawn

CMPG Monthly Meeting - Monday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cowles Music Room

Orchestra Concert - Thursday, May 16th in the Cowles Music Room at 6:30 p.m.

Field Day - Friday, May 17th at Cowles

Band Concert - Tuesday, May 23rd at Callanan at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial Day - No School - Monday, May 27th

Last Day of School for Preschool - Tuesday, May 28th

Moving Up Ceremony - Thursday, May 30th - Time TBD

Last Day of School - Thursday, May 30th - 12:25 p.m. Dismissal (3 Hour early dismissal)

Des Moines Arts Festival - Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30th

OneRun: Thanks for those of you who participated!

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Support for Kofu


5/10 and 5/14 morning coffee for sale at Cowles


The Kofu kids are selling GUSTO Pizza $25 gift cards. Contact these Kofu families to get yours today...Holderness, Bridgeman, Fife, Wade! Through the generosity of GUSTO, every child gets $10 for each card sold!

Cowles Gardens and Prairie

Looking for something to do this summer? Need an activity to engage your kids and get them outside? We have the perfect one for you! Sign up to help with the gardens and prairie at school. For one week during the summer, your family can make sure our gardens and prairie are watered and weeded, and even enjoy the harvest. Please click on the following link. If they are filled, and you want to help in some way during the summer with it, please let us know and we can add you to the "substitute" list.

We, and our plants, thank you for your support!

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Des Moines Arts Festival

Cowles Montessori Parent Group (CMPG) will be once again running one of the nonprofit-run beer and wine sales tents at the Des Moines Arts Festival, and we will also be running the Iowa Craft Beer tent! Volunteering at the festival is fun and easy – it’s a great way to get to know other Cowles parents at one of the biggest events in Des Moines, while raising money for fine arts programs at Cowles and in the community. In 2018 we made over $15,000!

How much time? Each new volunteer needs to complete a one hour training session, and then shifts at the booth are typically 3 hours long. You can work up to six hours in any given day.

Who can volunteer? Anyone 18 or older - anyone who might want to have fun while making money for our kids at Cowles! Get a group together to work a shift - Volunteers do NOT need to be Cowles affiliated to come join in the fun - family or friends, the more the merrier!

When is the training? There will be a total of three one-hour training sessions available, all are located at the Downtown Des Moines Partnership offices at 700 Locust Street, Des Moines:
· Tuesday, May 28th at 5:30
· Tuesday, June 4th at 5:30
· Tuesday, June 11th at 5:30

Training is required to volunteer! If you’ve volunteered at the Cowles tent before, you don't need to go through training again – you just need to sign the waiver form (there will be some in the office at Cowles).

When and where is the festival?
The Des Moines Arts Festival is June 28-30, at Western Gateway Park.

Where do I sign up? Go to All new volunteers will get a free Cowles T-shirt from RAYGUN, so be sure to mark your shirt size when signing up!

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Winters
at or 865-9086.


Upcoming CMPG Events:

  • May 13th: Monthly CMPG Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room
  • June 28th-30th: Des Moines Arts Festival

Don't forget:

  • Clip your Box Tops and turn them in!
  • Use Amazon Smiles: When shopping on Amazon, please be sure to sign into Amazon Smiles. A portion of your purchases will then be donated back to Cowles.
  • Find a way to get involved in the Cowles Community
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