School News


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!


Students Celebrate the Arrival of Spring!


Grade levels dressed in assigned primary colors for our Rainbow Friday Fun Day on March 27th.


Make Plans for Summer at DMPS


In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Click on the image to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.

Upcoming Events

Apr 21
April Break - April 21th - 24th (inclement weather make-up on 4/20)
Apr 28
2nd & 3rd Grade Spring Parent Night 5:50-6:30pm
Apr 28
Session #4 of 21st CCLC program
May 01
PTA Family Fun Night 5:30-7:30
May 08
4th Grade Field Trip to Art Center

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

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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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