Welcome to the WDMCS Virtual Backpack!

The West Des Moines Community Schools and our community partners are happy to welcome you to our Virtual Backpack! In our Virtual Backpack, you will find information about activities from the WDMCS, WDMCS Community Education, district- or school-affiliated groups, and nonprofit community organizations. Please enjoy exploring these district and community opportunities for learning, enrichment, engagement, and fun!

2018 Tiger Girls’ Youth Basketball Camp

Date
Aug. 6 - 8:00 am
Location
Valley Southwoods Gym
Event For
grades 3-8
Cost
$85 ($135 for family of two, $160 for family of three)
Organization
Valley Tiger Girls' Basketball
Contact
Joe Sigrist
Information
Future Tiger Basketball camp will provide a fun atmosphere for campers to learn the fundamentals of basketball. They will receive instruction from Valley High School coaches and players on offensive and defensive drills with an emphasis on improving individual skills. Campers will participate in games, drills, and friendly competitions throughout the week. Recognition and prizes will be awarded for skill level, hard work, and improvement. All campers will be placed into groups according to their age and ability.

2018 Tiger Girls’ High School Basketball Camp

Date
Jun. 11 - 8:00 am
Location
Valley High School Field House
Event For
grades 9-12
Cost
$100 ($175 per family)
Organization
Valley Tiger Girls' Basketball
Contact
Coach Joe Sigrist
Information
Tiger Girls' High School Basketball Camp will help players fine-tune skills that allow them to grow as players throughout the summer and prepare them for the basketball season. Each day will consist of different drills: offensive, defensive, and strength training. It is imperative that participants attend as many of the camp periods as possible.

Vacation Bible School at Faith Lutheran Church

Date
Jun. 10 - 5:30 pm
Location
10395 University Avenue, Clive
Event For
grades PK-5 (in fall 2018)
Cost
Free
Organization
Faith Lutheran Church - Children & Family Ministry
Contact
Andrea Stone
Phone
515-225-8334
Information
Vacation Bible School at Faith Lutheran Church will be held Sunday, June 10, through Thursday June 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. each evening. VBS is open to all children in our community entering preschool (age 4) through fifth grade in the fall. Learn more at bit.ly/FaithVBS2018.

Seeds of Faith 2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Date
May. 31
Location
10395 University Ave., Clive, IA
Event For
Families with children ages 2-5
Cost
$70-100 (registration fee, secures a spot in a class)
Organization
Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
Contact
Heidi LaBounty
Phone
(515) 689-8334
Information
Seeds of Faith is a quality half-day preschool program for children ages 2-5. We invite families to register for the 2018-19 preschool classes.

Des Moines Social Club Summer Camps

Date
Jun. 1
Location
Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For
all students
Cost
Varies per camp
Organization
Des Moines Social Club
Contact
Monica De Melo Dreasher
Phone
515-369-3672
Information
Ensure a fun summer! Des Moines Social Club is offering a variety of arts-related summer camps, including: Cooking for Kids, Baking for Kids, Young Writers, Teen Theatre Intensive, Cirque du Social Club, Build a Band, Young Artists Studio, and Intro. to Theatre.

Fishing Basics

Date
Jun. 1 - 9:00 am
Location
Fort Des Moines Park, shelter #1, 7200 SE 5th St., Des Moines
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn about the different kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and how to tie a hook. It is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa, so no license is needed. Bait and poles will be provided. Feel free to bring a chair to sit in. No registration required.