School News


DMPS Offers Free Summer Meal Program


DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click on the headline for more information and a list of sites.

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Park Avenue Night at the Zoo


The Park Avenue PTA has arranged for free admission to the Blank Park Zoo for Park Avenue families from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, May 8th. This 3rd annual event is sure to be full of fun! Greet the goats, take the train, gaze at the giraffes, feed the fish, laugh at the … Read more »


Make Plans for Summer at DMPS


In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Click on the image to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.

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Family Fun Night at Park Avenue


The Park Avenue PTA organized Family Fun Night for Friday, March 6th. Our kids and families invaded the school for an exciting evening of favorites and new activities. For more pictures of the event, visit the office and view the slide show. Many thanks to all the PTA members who worked so hard to organize … Read more »

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Food is Fun


Cotton Candy, nachos and drinks were found on the first floor during Family Fun Night on Friday, March 6th. So many volunteers helped with the food, festivities and fun… BIG THANKS to all who helped out.

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Friends Play on Fun Night


The PTA-sponsored Family Fun Night was a chance for friends to play… and to make new friends!

Upcoming Events

May 25
Memorial Day - No School
May 29
5th Grade Recognition Ceremony
May 29
Talent Show
Jun 01
Last Day of School for Elementary Schools
Jun 01
Report Cards Sent Home

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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