School News

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!

Here Comes the Bus App


Des Moines Public Schools is happy to announce the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled Here Comes the Bus®. Please click here to get more info.  The code for DMPS is 87641.  If you need your student’s id number, please call the office.

First Day of School


The first day of school is Thursday August 23rd.  We will dismiss at 2:25 on this day.  We look forward to seeing you! Reminder:  our new school hours are 7:30 am to 2:25 pm (1:10 Wed).

Meet the Teacher Night


You are invited to come meet your teacher on Tuesday August 21st from 3-5:30pm.  You may also bring your school supplies this night.

Upcoming Events

Oct 23
Conferences 3:15-7pm
Oct 24
Conferences 2-7pm
Oct 25
Staff Development – No School
Nov 02
Fall Parties 1:15pm
Nov 06
School Board Meeting

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

Calendar of Events


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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