Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser

Let’s help send the 5th graders to camp. Your child will be coming home with a fundraiser flyer. Please help support our 5th graders. The donut sale starts today until Friday September 27th. All money is due with the orders on or before September 27th. Please be sure to fill our the order form and send it back with your child in an envelope marked Donut Sale… Delivery date has not been set but usually it takes a week to 10 days.

Original Glazed are $10.00 per dozen

Special Variety Donuts are $12.00 a dozen

*Chocolate Iced, Lemon Filled, Raspberry Filled and Kreme Filled

Signature Coffee beans are $10.00 a bag

Thank you in advance for your support.

Read by Third Grade update

Few Dearborn students would be retained under state Read by 3 Law

After years of worry and preparation by school districts across the state, last spring Michigan finally announced the threshold for when students might be retained in third grade starting with this year’s class.

Statewide, the rate is only about 5 percent of students who could be held back.

That is far lower than the more than half of third graders who score “not proficient” on the English section of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).  The spring M-STEP scores were released late last month.

Under the Read by Third Grade Law, adopted in 2016, students who score more than a year behind in reading at the end of third grade will be recommended to repeat that grade.  There are several exceptions for why students would still be allowed to continue to fourth grade.

Apparently, most students who rank as not proficient on the M-STEP at the end of third grade are still reading close enough to grade level by the state’s standards to continue to fourth grade.

Looking at the spring M-STEP scores in Dearborn Public Schools, only 30 students out of more than 1,400 in third grade would have had scores low enough to be recommended for retention.  However, most of those students would have automatically qualified for an exemption because they are still in their first few years of learning English or because they are in special education.

Students can qualify to advance for other reasons too, such as transferring from a school that did not provide reading support or proving they were proficient through a complicated alternative process.

The District will not know the exact impact of the law until spring, after the current third graders take the M-STEP and the first retention letters are mailed to parents.  However, looking at prior classes should provide a good approximation of how many students will be affected.

Since the beginning, educators have argued the law was not in the best interest of students. Studies show retaining students ultimately increases the risk they will drop out before graduating.

“Dearborn will continue our dedicated strategy to ensuring every student can read at grade level,” said Executive Director of Student Achievement Jill Chochol, who has spearheaded the district’s Read by 3 efforts.  Last year, Superintendent Glenn Maleyko commissioned a community Read by Third Grade Task Force to look more at how the community could be involved in addressing the law and reading education in general.

Since the law as passed, the District has made a number of related changes from increasing teacher training on reading to providing even more monitoring and support for struggling students.  Elementary teachers and administrators also developed plans for their schools.

“That said, we are relieved that this law will not have the widespread punitive impact we feared for our students,” Chochol added. 

Overall, Dearborn Public Schools M-STEP scores are similar to the state average, even while the district has a higher level of low-income students.

On last spring’s tests, Dearborn Public Schools held steady with 47 percent of third graders scoring proficient in English, compared to the statewide rate of 45 percent.

The District dipped less than a percentage point to 28 percent for the total number of students proficient in math and English in grades 3 to 8.  Those are the grades covered by the MSTEP.  Statewide the total was 30 percent of students proficient in all grades.

The District’s four-year high school graduation rate held at 95 percent compared to the state’s 81 percent, while the District’s average SAT score was 964.

The number of 11th grade students proficient on M-STEP in all subjects leapt 12 points to 27 percent on the spring test.  The statewide rate was 30 percent.

“We know that these tests, while important, are only one measure for our students.  Dearborn Public Schools tries to take a more holistic approach and use multiple tools to ensure our students are learning and achieving,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

Free Concert

On Sunday, September 22 at 3 PM, the DSO will give a free performance at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation. Across all of its 2019-2020 programming, the DSO celebrates the centennial of Orchestra Hall, built in 1919 as the first permanent home of the orchestra. From 1941-1951, Orchestra Hall became the Paradise Theatre, a celebrated venue for jazz and blues artists. The 2019-2020 season also marks the 20th anniversary of the DSO’s Paradise Jazz Series, which takes its name from Orchestra Hall’s ten-year history as the Paradise Theatre.

Join conductor Jacob Joyce as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrates the centennial of Orchestra Hall, featuring works performed during the Orchestra’s first season at Orchestra Hall. The DSO pays tribute to the hall’s jazz roots with a performance of Duke Ellington Fantasy, a nod to the Paradise Theatre’s earliest concerts, which included a date featuring Duke Ellington just four weeks after the venue opened.

Here is a link to reserve tickets:

Welcome Back Picnic/Open House

Thank you to the PTA parents for the wonderful picnic. A big thank you to Mr. Naser and Mr. Reda for cooking the hotdogs. Thank you to Abir Saad for serving up the hotdogs with all kinds of delicious toppings. Thank to the moms who organized the membership table and helped out throughout the evening, Linda Faraj, Nesreen Sayed, Ahlam Awais, Lola Habhab, Maysa Jawad, Nesreen ElSayed, Maha Reda, Manal Mustafa. Thank you all our parents for attending the Open House we had a huge turnout.

Kroger Rewards

Get Groceries Save Money, Help Raise $$$ for River Oaks Elementary School through Kroger Community Rewards!

What is Kroger Community Reward?

Kroger will pay up to $500,000 on a quarterly basis to participating organizations/schools based on 3-5% of the amount a member spends during a shopping trip at participating Kroger Community Rewards locations.

Signing up is easy. It only takes 2 minutes of your time. You can sign up either on your mobile device or desktop! So PARENTS, TEACHERS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!!


Step 1. Go to

Step 2. Go to the middle of the page click on I’m a customer –

I want to enroll in community rewards

Step 3.Sign in using your kroger email and password

If your do not have one you can click on create one

Step 4.Search for River Oaks Elementary School or PK101

Step 5. Click ENROLL!

If your need additional help enrolling, please leave your contact information at the main office.

CEP Forms

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Dearborn Public Schools will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2019-2020. All students enrolled at our school can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch and NO CHARGE.

We will still need your household to FILL OUT AND SIGN THE HOUSEHOLD INFORMATION FORM. This is CRITICAL in determining the amount of money our our school receives from State and Federal supplemental programs. All information submitted on the forms is confidential. Forms will be coming home this week.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the matter.

Have a great day!

Dentist R Us

Dentists R Us will be at our school on October 2, 2019. Licensed Dentists & Dental Hygienists will be available to perform Comprehensive Dental Exams, Dental Cleaning, Fluoride Treatments. Each participant will receive a free toothbrush. If you would like your child to be seen, please fill out the blue permission slop that was sent home and return to the office when completed. All forms need to be turned in by September 30th.

Students who had a cleaning within the last 6 months, are NOT eligible.

Arrival and Departure procedures

River Oaks Elementary has always pledged to create a safe and stimulating environment for all students. The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. We love meeting our new families and sharing stories with our returning families. The first week of school it is important to visit your child’s classroom and to establish a rapport with his or her teacher. We allow each parent to enter without signing in to visit your child’s classroom. Staring on September 3rd 2019 we ask that parents no longer enter our classrooms upon arrival. This allows student to build confidence with the routines and procedures of the classroom and to work on building independent skills. This also is for the safety and security of all of our students. Any adult/parent entering the building should enter through door one, sign in at the office and receive a visitor pass. The teachers will greet the students at their assigned door and parents we would like you to say good bye to your child at the door.

Each grade level receives 38 minutes for lunch. The lunch time is scheduled and split between eating and recess. As a reminder parents should not be in the lunch room. If you need your child during lunch time they will be called to the office. All lunches being brought to school need to be dropped off at the office. The office will make sure the lunch gets to the correct student. Students should either get lunch from school or bring it with them to school.

I want to thank all for helping make our school a safe and secure place where learning at high levels each day can happen.


Mr. Joe Martin

River Oaks Principal

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