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Spring Pictures February 24th


Spring Picture Day is exciting because YOU get to choose both the pose and the background (when you return the  order form)! Spring pictures are sent home for your approval- you do not need to pay in advance. Pay only for the pictures you want to keep, and send the rest back to school. Order … Read more »


A Night for the Arts at Park Avenue School


Park Avenue Elementary School hosted “A Night for the Arts” on Thursday. The theme for the evening at Park Avenue, an International Baccalaureate school, was Love/Peace/Finding Unity in the World. In addition to a musical program, the event featured art work by 4th and 5th graders, a video installation of students introducing themselves in Spanish, and free Love Peace Rock, small clay hearts created by 4th grade students to share the evening’s theme. Click the headline to enjoy photos.


Open Enrollment/Within District Transfer Deadline for 2017-2018


Open Enrollment/Within District Transfer Deadline for 2017-2018 The State of Iowa has established March 1st as the deadline to apply for open enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is also the deadline for submitting Within District Transfer requests for next year. If you have moved out of the Park Avenue attendance area, but want your … Read more »

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Conferences & Book Fair


Spring conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 23rd from 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.. Be looking for a note from your child’s teacher regarding the day and time of your conference. Specials teachers will be in the building that night; feel free to drop in to their classrooms. Back … Read more »

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Pillow Blanket Reading Challenge


Park Avenue promotes literacy by holding four Reading Challenges each year, led by Mrs. Allen (academic Interventionist) and Mrs. Hurt (Librarian). Prize tickets are earned by reading! The current contest is the Pillow Blanket Reading Challenge. Kids can earn a cuddly pillow that turn into a blanket. Entries are due March 8th, with winners drawn on … Read more »

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PTA Meeting on February 7th


There will be a PTA Meeting the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 in the school library. Please plan to attend to be part of decision-making process and a force behind continuing Park Avenue traditions (and starting new ones)!

Upcoming Events

Mar 01
Open Enrollment Deadline
Mar 02
Dr. Suess's Birthday
Mar 06
Fundraiser Pick Up
Mar 07
PTA Meeting
Mar 08
Reading Challenge Deadline

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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