School News


Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


No more pulling crumpled paper flyers from your student’s backpack! Opportunities in the community will now be available online, instead of jumbled up with homework and artwork. Read about child-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.



School starts Wednesday, August 23rd! Your child may arrive at 7:55 a.m. to get breakfast. Children need to be in their classrooms and ready to start the day by 8:15 a.m. Adults will be in the hallways to help students find their new classrooms. Remember that school hours have been extended by 10 minutes each … Read more »

Bring in School Supplies August 21st!


Dear Parents, when you do your back-to-school shopping remember that fidget spinners are so last year. This year’s new thing is the fidget stick. Not only can your child spin it but they can also write, draw, and even work out math problems with it. It is truly amazing and comes in a variety of … Read more »

Running Out of Time for Online Registration


Online Registration for the 2017-18 school year began July 17, 2017. For additional information, including an Online Registration Guide, click here or the title above. Thanks to all of you (about 70%) who have completed registration! If you have not completed registration, you will want to do so right away so that your child can be assigned to a … Read more »

Come see us at Meet the Teacher Night


SAVE THE DATE and plan to join us at Park Avenue Elementary School on Monday, August 21st from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. for Meet the Teacher Night. This is your student’s chance to bring their school supplies, see their new classroom and meet the teacher that will help them learn and grow during the coming … Read more »

School Hours Change for 2017-2018


Des Moines Public Schools will be increasing student contact minutes per day beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. What this means at Park Avenue Elementary is a change in dismissal time, Dismissal will be pushed back ten minutes to 3:10 p.m.  Wednesday dismissal time will change to 1:40 p.m. As in the past, class will start at … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 23
First Day of School!
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 26
Graduation Walk
Sep 04
Labor Day

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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