School News

Winter Weather is Here!


Please remember to dress your child appropriately!  Students go outside for recess unless it is below 10 degrees.  Make sure your child has a warm coat, hat and mittens or gloves.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break


There will be no school November 21-23.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!

Veteran’s Day Celebration


Willard will be celebrating Veteran’s Day on Friday November 9th from 7:30-8:30. Thank you to all men and women who have served for our freedom!  

Parent Teacher Conferences


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd from 3:15 to 7:00pm and Wednesday, October 24th from 2:00 to 7:00pm.  Your student should have brought home a note with your conference date and time.  If this time does not work for you, please call the office at 242-8439 to reschedule.

Book Fair


Come and check out the wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.  Books starting at $1.00. Books make great gifts! If you cannot make it to the Book Fair, you can order online at and search for Willard.  Online dates are Oct 18-31.

Picture Day


Pictures will be taken the morning of Tuesday October 2nd.  Please have your student bring their best smile!

Upcoming Events

Nov 20
School Board Meeting
Nov 21
No School
Nov 22
Thanksgiving Break – No School
Nov 30
Hat/Pajama Day
Dec 11
Music Concert Grades K-2 5:30pm

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317
P: 515-242-8439 | F: 515-323-8647

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About Willard Elementary School

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317

P: 515-242-8439 | E: 

School Hours: 7:30am-2:25pm, early dismissal every Wed. at 1:10pm


Willard Elementary School is located on the east side of Des Moines near the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Our school serves approximately 400 students in grades K-5. We are fortunate to have a wonderfully diverse student population and a very dedicated staff at Willard!


It is my pleasure to welcome you to Willard Elementary School’s website!

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