School News

The IB Learner attribute of "Respect" is explained.


This January, Park Avenue kicked off a new school-wide program called IB Stars. IB Stars will build on students’ knowledge of IB Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes by highlighting and celebrating students who exemplify the chosen attribute or attitude word of the week. To help get the students excited and aware of the program, we … Read more »

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart on February 13th!


Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 can participate in Jump Rope for Heart. Students have been learning about heart health in class and they get to be HEART HEROS by raising money when asking family, friends, neighbors and parents to support them while they do activities in physical education classes. Each student will have … Read more »

Dec Reading Winners 2

Reading Challenge Winners


The second Reading Challenge of the year ended just before Winter Break. The winners were very excited to take their pillows home. Keep reading, kiddos! The next set of prizes is already on display in the Media Center- be sure to show your parents during conferences in February. The next Reading Challenge drawing will be … Read more »

Pop Tabs

Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House


Park Avenue Elementary School collects pop tabs for the local Ronald McDonald House. We are very close to filling our first box of the year, and we need your help. Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it’s more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier.  … Read more »

Box Tops

Save Box Tops for Education!


Keep clipping those Box Tops for Education! The Park Avenue PTA has raised over $800.00 this year by turning in your Box Tops. 50 Box Tops = $5.00 Park Avenue students will earn a school-wide ice cream sundae party if we reach the goal of raising $2,000.00. (Sprinkles will be added for $2,500.00 in Box … Read more »

Jayvien and Jayda

Field Trip to Drake


Park Avenue Elementary students in grades 3 through 5 visited Drake University to “Pack the Knapp”  as the women’s basketball team met the Red Raiders of Northwestern College. The game was great fun, and the students did a wonderful job of representing the South Side! The Drake women won 102 – 58, but our favorite part of … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Feb 10
PTA Meeting
Feb 11
Box Tops for Education Due
Feb 13
Jump Rope for Heart
Feb 13
Winter Parties
Feb 13
PTA Family Valentine Dance

Park Avenue School is an IB World School. Click here to learn more about this elite classification.

About Park Avenue Elementary School


3141 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

P: 515-242-8429 | E: 


The first school in Park Avenue district was on Ninth and Broad. It was called Belle School, after Samuel Bell, the first teacher. The school was a long brick schoolhouse built in 1868. Read more…

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