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710 28th Street | Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-242-8220 | Fax: 515-242-8223

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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.

Check out the Ruby Van Meter Facebook page for pictures from events.

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 to help our students with creative, social, math and communication skills.

Take a look at our AMAZON WISH LIST for donation ideas. 

If you make an Amazon purchase for us, please be sure to add a message so we know who to thank.

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  

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.

DMPS Virtual Backpack

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!

All Events
  • School Board Meeting

  • Special Olympics Swimming

  • Annual Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Fashion Show

  • No School; Professional Development

  • Ruby Van Meter 50th Anniversary Celebration