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!

LEARNwest Opportunities

Date
Dec. 14
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Andrea Piekarczyk
Phone
515-633-5021
Information
LEARNwest offers a wide range of classes for adults who want to expand their skills, make everyday life better, and try something new. LEARNwest classes are offered evenings and weekends. Learn more at http://commed.wdmcs.org/programs/adults/learnwest/.

Courage League Sports – Chaamps Soccer

Date
Oct. 27
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
ages 7 and above
Cost
Members - FREE; Non-Members - $79
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Courage Leagues Chaamps Soccer offers a competitive sports program for children with high-functioning ADHD, autism or Asperger Syndrome.

CASA Volunteer Opportunity

Date
Aug. 14
Location
Polk County
Organization
Iowa Child Advocacy Board-CASA
Contact
Carrie Phelps
Phone
866-469-2522
Information
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Polk County is in desperate need of advocates for children in juvenile court. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children under the court’s jurisdiction.

Iowa Outdoor EXPO for Kids and Families

Date
Sep. 23
Location
Des Moines Water Works Park
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Des Moines Izaak Walton League, Iowa DNR, Polk Co. Conservation, City of Des Moines
Contact
Lisa McIntyre
Phone
515-360-4352
Information
The Iowa Outdoor EXPO for Kids and Families provides a chance for kids and families to learn, explore, and rediscover outdoor recreation through hands on activities. We have over 60 stations from fishing, watersports (canoe/kayak/paddleboard), and archery, to Kids Corner and buckskinners.

Heartland Youth Choir Open Rehearsals

Date
Sep. 23
Location
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church - 1240 66th St, Windsor Heights, Iowa
Event For
grades K-12
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is holding open rehearsals for singers in grades K-12 Sept. 6-23. This is an opportunity for students who are interested in exploring their love of music beyond the school setting. Please see the attached flyer for specific dates and times!

Iowa Outdoor Expo

Date
Sep. 23 - 3:15 pm
Location
Water Works Park
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join us for the Iowa Outdoor Expo, Sept. 22-23! Try your skills at bow fishing, trap shooting, archery, canoeing, kayaking. Visit the education tent and learn from experts about reptiles of Iowa, monarch tagging, owls, pony tales, geocaching and many more nature topics. No registration required.