School News

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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!

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Reading Challenge Winners


The first reading challenge for the year is finished and Park Avenue had a great turnout for the number of students involved.  Several students won pillows made by Mrs. Allen.  There is a new round of pillows up for grabs as the second reading challenge kicks off.  Happy Reading!!


Pennies for Patients


The Pennies for Patients fundraiser was a huge success at Park Avenue this year.  Our students worked together to raise almost $900 to send directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the image to learn more and register to play.

PTA Fundraiser

PTA Pie in the Face Fundraiser a Hit


Park Avenue Elementary School held their annual field day on September 26th. To raise money for the school’s PTA, raffle tickets were sold to students for the chance to throw a pie at Principal Dianna Anderson, Tonya Bergmann, Allie Mackey, or Laura Steward. After the pies were thrown, school members completed the Ice Bucket Challenge.


What’s for Lunch? Ask the DMPS Mobile App


You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, click the header to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.

Upcoming Events

Nov 03
PTA Fall Fundraiser Delivery
Nov 11
PTA Meeting
Nov 13
Fall Picture Retakes
Nov 25
Harvest Parties
Nov 25
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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