School News

Winter Break


Winter Break will be from Monday December 24th through Friday January 4th.  Classes will resume on Monday January 7th.  Happy Holidays!

Skating Event


YOU’RE INVITED! WHAT? Family Skating Event for Willard students and families WHERE? Skate West (2019 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265) WHEN? Thursday, December 20 from 4:00PM-6:00PM COST? FREE for Willard students and families ***Informational flyer and bussing sign up will be sent home to Willard students in early December. Students must be accompanied by … Read more »

Music Concerts


Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Music Concert will be held on Tuesday December 11th at 5:30pm. 3rd through 5th Grade Music Concert will be held on Thursday December 13th at 5:30pm. Please come and enjoy!    

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!  

Upcoming Events

Dec 20
Skating Event - Skate West
Dec 21
Hat/Pajama Day
Dec 24
Winter Break – No School
Dec 24
Holiday – Offices Closed
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed

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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