School News


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.  

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Soar Celebration


Students who have been making great choices at River Woods Elementary were able to participate in “egg” inspired activities.  Students participated in egg relays with their class.  Teachers participated in an egg roulette which required teachers to pass around hard boiled and raw eggs in a circle.  When the music stopped they had to crack … Read more »

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Students Participate in Battle of the Books


On March 25th Southside Elementary schools participated in the Battle of the Books competition at Weeks Middle School.  These students have read the number of books (26) to qualify to attend.   They represented River Woods Elementary well. Cassie Brown Manna Fantaye Dan Pham


High Tech Meets Visitor Sign-In at River Woods


At DMPS, we work to ensure that students are receiving a great education in schools that are not only first-rate learning environments, but are also safe and secure. Over the years DMPS has taken many steps to better ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, parents and visitors. This spring and summer, DMPS will begin implementing an Electronic Visitor Check-In system for parents and visitors. Click on the headline to read more.


Pictures from the DMPS Art Show and River Woods V.I.P. Dance


Please enjoy some pictures from the Des Moines Public Art Show, and our V.I.P. Dance held at River Woods.    


Music Concerts


4th – 5th Grade Concert: Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm Kindergarten: “Songs We Know”  – Thursday, April 7th at 5:30 pm. (Doors open at 5:15 pm) 2nd Grade: “Everybody Has Music Inside”  -  Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 pm (Doors open 6:15 pm) 1st Grade:  “Our Perfect Day”  – Thursday, April 21st at 5:30 pm.  … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 20
Field Day

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About River Woods Elementary School


2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320

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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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