School News


Fun Friday- Mismatch Day


Show your River Woods spirit by mismatching your favorite clothing on Friday, May 5th.  We look forward to seeing fun, mismatched students throughout the school!

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Family Fun Night at the Science Center


Family Fun Night is here!  Come out to the Des Moines Science Center on May 16th from 5:00-8:00pm.  Your admission is free and there are fun exhibits for the whole family to enjoy.  There will be a shuttle bus provided from River Woods Elementary.  You are welcome to drive yourself, but parking in the city … Read more »


River Woods Students Celebrate Earth Day


Students enjoyed the beautiful weather decorating our front walks in anticipation of Earth Day 2017.  Our girls club did their part my cleaning our school grounds.  Thank you students for making River Woods and our planet a clean and welcoming place.

Homepage Feature

Wells Fargo and Harlem Globetrotters Visit River Woods


Wells Fargo and the Harlem Globetrotters teamed up to share two important messages saving and spending money wisely and how to stop bully behaviors in our schools.  Students in grades 3rd -5th attended an assembly on April 7th in our school gym.  The message delivered by Wells Fargo staff coupled with a performance of tricks by one … Read more »


Girls’ Club Meets Their ARL Fundraising Goal


This February, 5th grade Girls’ Club organized a fundraiser to benefit the Animal Rescue League.  Donations were collected for each grade level, and the grade that raised the most funds won a special visit from the Animal Rescue League (2nd grade).  An announcement was made that if we could raise the school-wide goal of $200, … Read more »

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3rd-5th Graders to take Iowa Assessments


Students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th will be talking Iowa Assessments April 4th through the 7th each day from 9:00 to 11:00.  These tests are very important in determining your child’s rate of academic growth.  Please ensure your child is prepared to do their best by getting a good night sleep, eating breakfast and getting … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 05
Fun Friday Mismatch Day
May 11
PTA Meeting
May 16
Family Fun Night at the Science Center
May 19
Field Day
May 24
Fun In the Sun

2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320
P: 515-242-8433 | F: 515-323-8641

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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