School News


Learn About School Choice for 2015-16


Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, this school will be offering school choice for the 2015-16 school year. This is required by NCLB of schools “in need of improvement.” Click the headline for more information and to download a School Choice request form. All forms are due no later than July 1. Late forms will not be accepted.


Apps and Books Inspire Play at River Woods


Iowa Public Television created a “library corner” in the River Woods Elementary School cafeteria, and hosted families for a fun evening, showing them PBS apps that help make anytime a learning time. The library corner will serve as an area for students to gather and share their love of reading. To see more photos, click on the image.


DMPS Offers Free Summer Meal Program


DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click on the headline for more information and a list of sites.


1st Grade Teacher Jennifer Steinke Receives LifeChanger Award


Jennifer Steinke was nominated by a community member and awarded the 2014-2015 LifeChanger of the year award.  This program recognizes and rewards the very best k-12 school district educators and employees from around the country who work to make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.  In the … Read more »


PTA Family Fun Night Planned for May 1st


Our PTA board has begun preparations for our annual fun night celebration to be held on May 1st from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  There will be carnival games, delicious food, and even a photo booth.  Help your child’s class by bringing in items to make themed gift baskets that will be raffled off at the event. Mark your … Read more »

Homepage Feature

Ashley Guzman Wins T-shirt Contest for New School Shirt


Ashley Guzman a 4th grader was selected as the winner of our PTA sponsored t-shirt contest.  Orders were collected through April 3rd with an anticipated delivery of early May.  Thank you students for participating your artwork looked wonderful!

Upcoming Events

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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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