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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 »

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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 »


Doing a Good Deed


Ms. Throckmorton’s 3rd grade students made cards for the kids at Blank Hospital. They wanted to let the kids at Blank know that they are thought of over the Holidays. The students spent four mornings making the cards. We also put stickers in the cards for the kids.

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Happy Winter Break


Elf Nevaeh M. joins the Park Avenue staff in wishing you all a safe, warm and wonderful Winter Break. Enjoy your celebrations! We look forward to seeing you again on Monday, January 5th, when school resumes.

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5th grader Mason Armstrong shows off his writing in Spanish!

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New Reading Challenge, New Pillows!


Mrs. Allen has made another batch of pillows for the second reading challenge at Park Avenue.  Read a book, submit the title (K-2) or a summary (3-5) to Ms. Hurt in the library, and be entered into the drawing.  There are a lot of great new pillows.  Get excited and get reading!

Upcoming Events

Dec 19
School-Wide Sing-A-Long
Dec 22
Winter Recess
Dec 22
Winter Break
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed
Jan 05
School Resumes

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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