School News

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at River Woods will change with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Our new start time is 7:30 AM and we will dismiss at 2:25 PM, with a 75 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays. Please click on the headline to learn more about how we are engaging our staff to ensure an orderly transition when school resumes August 23.

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!

Upcoming Events

Aug 14
School Board Meeting
Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 03
Labor Day – No School
Sep 04
School Board Meeting
Sep 18
School Board Meeting

2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320
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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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