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Parent-Teacher Conferences – 8/27 and 9/3 (2 – 8 P.M.)


Parent-teacher conferences will be held August 27 & September 3, 2:30 – 8 P.M. each day. We look forward to seeing you at your child’s conference – your input and support is critical to your child’s success at school! Please contact the office if you need to reschedule your child’s conference time.

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River Woods Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with River Woods and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.

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River Woods Elementary: Fall Break


It’s been a terrific 2014-2015 school year so far! Can you believe we’re already looking ahead to fall break? This year, fall break for continuous calendar schools falls between Sept. 22 and Oct. 10. Here at River Woods we work hard, study hard and play hard! Let’s crack the books so we’re ready for fall break!


No Cost Meals Now Available at River Woods


Students at 35 Des Moines schools and three learning centers can now eat breakfast and lunch at no cost because of a special U.S. Dept. of Agriculture program targeting high poverty schools throughout the U.S. The move will ensure students are focused on learning and not on hunger. To see a list of schools and learn more about the program, click on the image.

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Bell Times Change at River Woods


Students at 19 elementary schools, including River Woods Elementary, will adjust their schedule by 10 minutes this fall. It’s a move that will give bus drivers much needed time to get from school to school. Click on the image to read more about how the small time change will improve student safety and save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Bell Time Changes for 2014-15


The school start time and end time for River Woods will be changed when school starts in July. Our school day will start at 8:45 A.M. (ten minutes later than the current 8:35), and school dismissal time will be moved back ten minutes to 3:30 P.M. Students will be permitted into the building each day at … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Sep 01
Labor Day - No School
Sep 09
Sep 16
Field Day K-2
Sep 16
Field Day 3-5
Sep 22
Fall Break

River Woods is a Continuous Calendar school. Click here to access our academic calendar.

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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