School News

Park Avenue Night at the Zoo Thursday, May 24th


Swing on down to the Blank Park Zoo on Thursday, May 24th for Park Avenue Night at the Zoo. The event is free for Park Avenue families and begins at 5:15 p.m. The train and carousel rides will be free and open until 7:30 p.m. The Safari Grill will be selling drinks and snacks until … Read more »

Garden Open House


Join us in the Park Avenue World Garden on Wednesday, May 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. See what’s growing! We have a mixture of flowers, vegetables and bushes. Perennials we planted three years ago are starting to flower, and we have berries on the acadia bushes!

Park Avenue Hours for Next Year


PARK AVENUE HOURS FOR 2018 – 2019 7:30 AM – 2:25 PM Wednesday Dismissal at 1:10 PM We know that this change means some adjustments to your home and childcare schedules. Please start looking at your options now, ao you are ready for school to start on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

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New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.


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.

Fleur Hy-Vee “Round Up For Your School” Event


Every time you shop at your Fleur Hy-Vee between April 23rd and May 13th, ask your cashier to round up your order to the next dollar. All money rounded up will be donated to the elementary school of your choice (Park Avenue, Jefferson, Morris or Wright) AND your Fleur Hy-Vee will match the donations to … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 28
Memorial Day
May 28
Memorial Day: No Classes
May 29
5th Grade Recognition
May 30
Final 2017-2018 Report Cards Sent Home
May 31
Last Day of School for Elementary Schools

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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