Welcome to the Ruby Van Meter website! Here you can find out what’s for lunch, learn about upcoming news and events and much more. Use the menu at the top of the page or the Quick Links menu to the right to find what you’re looking for.
Unfortunately, the Ruby Van Meter fax has not been consistently working since the January 2023 cyber attack. You may try to fax information, but please call the RVM office at 515-242-8220 to find out if your information made it to us. You may also choose to send information via ‘snail mail’ or email.
Summer office hours are 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. If you get the answering machine during office hours, we may be at a meeting, helping someone with registration, working in the storeroom or at lunch. Please leave a message including your name, number and the purpose of your call; someone will get back to you.
School year office hours are 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM Monday through Friday. If you get the answering machine during office hours, we may be having an emergency drill. Please leave a message including your name, number and the purpose of your call; someone will get back to you.
The staff and students sincerely appreciate groups, businesses and organizations that would like to support Ruby Van Meter students with donations of school supplies. The needs of our students differ from those of students in regular educational settings. Every child in our building has their own individualized education plan, so we use few textbooks. Staff often create their own learning materials.
We can always use:
Backpacks Facial Tissues (Kleenex) Paper Towels
Bubbles Matchbox Cars Play-Do
Small bags of Snacks Velcro Washable Markers
Colorful Duct Tape Batteries (AA and 9 Volt) Postage Stamps
We also need other items that are used to help our students with creative, social, math and communication skills. Many of these things are more interesting than the basics listed above. Take a look! If you make an Amazon purchase for us, please be sure to add a message so we know who to thank.
DMPS policy prevents us from accepting Amazon (or any other type) of gift cards at this time.
The State of Iowa requires students entering grades 7 and 12 to have the Meningococcol vaccination before starting school. Make your appointments now to avoid delays in the fall. CLICK HERE for more information.
Des Moines Public Schools uses Nutrislice to provide easier and more complete menu information about breakfast and lunch at all of our schools.
Visit DMPS Nutrislice to see what’s for breakfast or lunch at any school on any day of the school year.
We are pleased to welcome you to the virtual backpack for Des Moines Public Schools, our central hub for information about school and community events and information of interest to students and their families. The new virtual backpack allows the Des Moines Public School District to distribute school and community information electronically to parents, staff, and students. Click here to visit the virtual backpack!
PBIS Celebration: Dress Like the 1980s!
Virtual PTO Meeting
ELL Parent Information Group Meeting (Spanish)
No School; Professional Development
CLAT Coffee with Legislators