School News


Summer Assistance for Families in Need


If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.


4th Grade State Float


For the past few weeks the fourth graders at River Woods Elementary used the internet or books to research one of the fifty states. When they completed their research they created a float or a poster to represent their learning. Students from all grade levels had the opportunity to parade through and learn about all fifty states. … Read more »

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5th Grade Promotion


5th Grade Promotion will be held in the gym on Thursday, May 26th at 6:00 p.m.

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Buy One Get One Book Fair


On Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th we will be hosting a Buy One Get One Book Fair.  The book fair will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. both nights.  Come on in and pick up some books for your child’s summer reading list!


Family Night at Blank Park Zoo


Students are welcomed out to the zoo for a fun filled night with their family.  You can drive on your own or there will be a bus shuttle leaving from the school.


First Graders Learn About Pebbles, Sand, and Silt


In Mrs. Brandt’s first grade class, the students have been learning about pebbles, sand and silt. Here, the class is using a wire mesh to separate larger rocks from a mixture of pebbles and sand.  

Upcoming Events

Aug 24
First Day of School

2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320
P: 515-242-8433 | F: 515-244-2386

About River Woods Elementary School


2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320

P: 515-242-8433 | E:


At River Woods, our mission includes providing learners with meaningful, differentiated learning experiences, collaboration and a common vision for achievement, and maintaining a safe, responsible and respectful school climate. Read More…

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