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!

The flyers and events presented here are not school publications, nor are they in any way endorsed or sponsored by any school district. The Virtual Backpack is being provided only to inform WDMCS students, families, and staff of other available community activities and opportunities.

Spring Semester Art Classes

Date
May 12 (all day)
Location
4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Mia Farrell
Phone
515-271-0316
Information
Don't miss out on the entirely unexpected studio programs and workshops being offered this spring at the Des Moines Art Center! Our studio art classes are for all ages, any skill level, in a wide variety of mediums. Join us for creative fun and enrichment for the whole family!

Clive Parks and Rec. 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Date
March 9 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
South Middle School (Waukee)
Event For
students grades 4-12
Cost
$75
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-867-5127
Information
This is our 19th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Awards are given to top teams in age/gender brackets. Teams are guaranteed three games.

Air Rifle & Archery Open Range

Date
February 9 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and older
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
The ranges will be open to anyone 12+ to experience the sport of target shooting. Trained and certified naturalists will be on the range to give instructions and assist with form and technique. All equipment provided, no personal air rifles allowed. Personal bows are allowed at 35 lbs. max draw.

Cross-Country Ski Basics

Date
January 26 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Cost
$10
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside. Class will be canceled without snow.

Book Worms

Date
January 31 - 7:00 p.m.
Location
Plot Twist Bookstore
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.

Owl Prowl

Date
February 1 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Yellow Banks Park, tent camping area
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
After a brief discussion around the campfire about these flying predators of the night, we’ll go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.

Toddler Tales

Date
February 7 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
ages 3-6
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets, or a craft.

Air Rifle & Archery Open Range

Date
February 9 - 10:00 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and older
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
The ranges will be open to anyone 12+ to experience the sport of target shooting. Trained and certified naturalists will be on the range to give instructions and assist with form and technique. All equipment provided, no personal air rifles allowed. Personal bows are allowed at 35 lbs. max draw.

Middle School Ski Trip!

Date
February 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
grades 5-10
Cost
$85 per child
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Join us for an overnight trip up to Seven Oaks Recreation for the Outrageous Ski Trip! Price includes transportation, rental fees, meals, and snacks. Cost does not include helmet rental. Campers may bring additional money to spend at concessions.

West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Recreational League

Date
February 28 (all day)
Location
Raccoon River Soccer Fields
Event For
all ages
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact
Traci Froehlich
Information
Join one of our recreational soccer leagues for players born between 2004 and 2015. Register for 4U Mini-Kickers, 5U/6U Cubs, 7U/8U Pre-Academy, and 9U - 15U Recreational teams! No 16U+ teams available in spring.

West Des Moines Soccer Club—Spring 2019 Season

Date
March 1 (all day)
Event For
Ages 3 to 15
Cost
$75-$275
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Information
The West Des Moines Soccer Club offers playing opportunities for children ages 3 – 14 this Spring and welcomes all skill levels. Our specialized player development program focuses on educating each player while fostering a greater love for the sport of soccer.

Camp Fire Winter Programs

Date
March 1 (all day)
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
grades K-12
Cost
$37/day for School Day Off programs (other prices vary)
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire is an all inclusive, youth development non-profit. We run programs for youth of all ages. With overnights, day camps, middle school programs, and a ski trip, we have something for everybody! Please consider the flyer to see the many programs that we are offering this winter!

Courage League Sports – Paint Pals

Date
March 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
third grade and older
Cost
$5 per person per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Do you love to paint? Not quite sure where to begin? Join us for step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece!

Clive Parks and Rec. 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Date
March 9 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
South Middle School (Waukee)
Event For
students grades 4-12
Cost
$75
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-867-5127
Information
This is our 19th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Awards are given to top teams in age/gender brackets. Teams are guaranteed three games.

West Des Moines Lacrosse Club Registration

Date
March 22 (all day)
Location
West Des Moines
Organization
West Des Moines Lacrosse Club
Contact
Beech Turner
Information
The WDM Lacrosse Club is welcoming all boys and girls in grades 3-12 to register for the upcoming season. To register or for more details, see attached flyer or visit our website.

Lifeguard Certification Course

Date
March 30 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
High School
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
Multiple courses offered to earn a lifeguard certification or recertify existing lifeguards.

Spring Semester Art Classes

Date
May 12 (all day)
Location
4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Mia Farrell
Phone
515-271-0316
Information
Don't miss out on the entirely unexpected studio programs and workshops being offered this spring at the Des Moines Art Center! Our studio art classes are for all ages, any skill level, in a wide variety of mediums. Join us for creative fun and enrichment for the whole family!

Des Moines Community Playhouse School Year Classes and Camps

Date
May 18 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Cost
Variable
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers theatre classes and camps for students, preschool through middle school.

Valley Tigers Boys Summer Soccer Camp

Date
July 9 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Stadium
Event For
Grades 1-12
Cost
$90/session
Organization
Valley Tiger Boys' Soccer
Contact
Aziz Haffar
Phone
515-975-2727
Information
This camp will focus on the basics and foundations of the game. The camp experience will benefit both beginning and seasoned players. Coaches will touch on the physical, technical, tactical and physiologi- cal aspects of the game. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun.

CASA Volunteer Opportunity

Date
August 14 (all day)
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.