School News


Jump Rope for Heart


In February the Physical education classes are beginning a jumping rope unit. Incorporated in this unit is a fundraiser called Jump Rope for Heart where 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students perform jump rope stunts and compete for prizes. Students will be given a pledge sheet and must raise minimum donation  of five dollars to … Read more »

Spring Break

Spring Break: March 11-18


Spring Break is scheduled for Friday, March 11th through Friday, March 18th. The Park Avenue office will be closed during Spring Break.

valentines dance

Advance Ticket Sales for the Valentine Dance


Join the PTA at the annual Family Valentine Dance! There will be music and dancing in the gym, pizza dinner in the cafeteria, a “selfie” booth, and arts & crafts. Tickets are $7 per person at the door, but you may purchase ADVANCE TICKETS for $5 per person. Advance ticket sales will be from Monday, … Read more »

Box Tops

Turn in Box Tops for Education by February 26th!


The PTA continues to collect Box Tops for Education. Schools are allowed to submit Box Tops twice a year, and the next deadline is fast approaching! Please turn in your stash of Box Tops for Education by February 26th, so they can be redeemed. The PTA receives cash for the Box Tops, and uses the … Read more »

PYP model

Save The Date!


Park Avenue Elementary School will host the 5th Grade Exhibition & Family IB Night on Thursday, May 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Please join students and staff as we celebrate our International Baccalaureate themes with classroom presentations. Exhibition is a culmination of the 5th graders’ journey through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme,  in … Read more »


Winter Break Dates


Des Moines Public Schools’ Winter Break begins Wednesday, December 23rd. Students return to class on Monday, January 4th. The Park Avenue office will be closed during Winter Break. We hope you have a safe and warm break.

Upcoming Events

Feb 12
PTA Valentines Dance
Feb 12
Jump Rope for Heart
Feb 12
Winter Parties
Feb 24
Spring Conferences & Book Fair
Feb 25
Spring Conferences & Book Fair

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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