School News


Thanksgiving Break


There will be no school Wednesday, November 23th through Sunday, November 27th so that our families and staff can celebrate Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the volunteers who have worked in the World Garden, our new electronic signboard, the parents and staff who are putting together a PTA and the warm weather outdoor recesses we … Read more »

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First Night for the Arts a Menagerie of Fun!


Park Avenue kindergarten and first grade students and their friends and families enjoyed our first Night for the Arts of the year!  The students performed a variety of songs and artwork was displayed with the theme “Carnival of the Animals”.  Elephants and bugs and other critters were featured. A video of students greeting the guests … Read more »


December 6th PTA Meeting


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)!

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A Night for the Arts (2nd & 3rd Grades)


Please join us on December 15th from 6:00-7:30 pm at A Night for the Arts. Second and Third Grade students will have their artwork displayed and perform a music concert. Families and students should arrive by 6:00 pm. When you arrive you will have a chance to briefly view the art show before adjourning to … Read more »

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Honoring Veterans at Park Avenue


Park Avenue Elementary held their annual “We Honor Our Veterans” assembly. Upper level students wrote invitations to their family member veterans and community member veterans. During the assembly, third through fifth graders sang patriotic songs, and a few took to the microphone to thank the veterans with reflections on patriotism and military service. Blankets made … Read more »

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No School Friday, October 28th


There will be no school on Friday, October 28th. The teachers will be involved in professional development activities to give them more tools to help make your school year successful. Have a fun and safe weekend. We will be thinking of you.

Upcoming Events

Dec 06
PTA Meeting
Dec 15
A Night for the Arts: 2nd & 3rd Grade Edition
Dec 23
Winter Break
Dec 23
Winter Break – no school
Dec 26
Holiday – offices closed

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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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