School News

5th Grade Promotion


It is that time of year when we get ready for the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.  Please join us in celebrating our 5th grade students as we present our: 5th Grade Promotion Celebration Thursday, May 24th 6:00 p.m. River Woods Gymnasium

Cultural Fair


Come out and celebrate the different cultures represented at River Woods Elementary.  Come learn and eat your way through the cultures!

Career Day


Students come dressed as your favorite career.  We can’t wait to see all of the careers our students are excited for!

River Woods Students Earn 2nd Place at the Battle of the Books Finals after Winning Both Regional Titles!


Who read 40 books and blew the competition away with his knowledge? Hunter Christenson, that’s who! He won the 40 Book Challenge contest held in March. Then our team of 4th and 5th grade students coached by Mr. Poole won the Southside Regionals on April 23rd to advance to the final round of four schools. … Read more »

Crazy Hair Day


On Friday, April 13th is crazy hair day.  Come to school with your craziest hair do of the year!

PTA Spring Dance


Please join us at our PTA Spring Dance.  All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Upcoming Events

May 24
5th Grade Promotion
May 28
Memorial Day
May 29
Cultural Fair
May 29
PTA Book Sale
May 31
Last Day of School- Dismissal 12:30

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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