PTA – Cultural Night

PTA is excited to be planning our first Multicultural Night on April 16, 2020. We hope all River Oaks Families will join us as we learn about different cultures represented at River Oaks. Wherever your family is from Africa, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and whatever your traditions are; we all want to learn from you as we celebrate diversity!

WHAT WE NEED: Families that are interested in Cultural Night and willing to share with us the customs, native clothing, artifacts, music and food of their home countries and/or from different states in the US. Speaking English is not a requirement. If you or your family member would like to participate in this event please come to the planning meeting.

FOOD: A highlight of Cultural Night is the chance to taste foods from around the world!

WHAT WE NEED: Any families who are interested in bringing food to share! Bring a dish that reflects your ethnic or cultural background, county of origin or one of your family’s favorite recipes. anything is welcome, from snacks to main courses, appetizers to desserts! Be thinking about what specialties you might like to share with the River Oaks community. We also need some entertainment. Does anyone in your family have a dance or do Henna tattoos, Drumming and etc.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW: Plan on attending the Informational Parent Meeting on January 9, 2020. The meeting will be offered at two times: 10:00 and then at 5:30 p.m. Important information will be given out at the meeting, we highly encourage your attendance.

Girl Scouts

Toni Naves from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan is looking to have a Family Informational Meeting in January here at River Oaks. They are looking to recruit parents to be leaders and girls to join the scouting program. Watch for more information coming home in January. If you are interested in becoming a girl scout leader please contact Toni at or call her at 313-870-2512.

PTA Meeting and Bake Sale

PTA meeting is on Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:00. On the agenda will be the upcoming Holiday Shop and Bake Sale. Also they will be discussing an upcoming cultural night to be held in April. Please come to hear what is going on in your child’s school.

PTA is having their monthly bake sale this Friday, December 6th. They are asking for donations of, cookies, cupcakes, fruit snacks, Little Debbie treats and etc. Please drop off all donations on or before Friday December 6th.

PTA Holiday Shop

River Oaks PTA will be having their annual Holiday Shop. This is an opportunity for the students to purchase a holiday gift for family members. All gifts will be $2.00 each. This is a cash only sale, no checks or credit cards. Please be sure to put your child’s money in an envelope with their name on it. Kids love to shop for Mom and Dad, Grandparents, siblings and other relatives. Shopping days will be December 10th, 11th, & 12th. Please watch for a flyer coming home by the end of the week.

Parent volunteers are need to help the students shop and wrap the gifts. If you are interested in helping please let Ms. Sandi in the office know. The hours will be 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

PTA is looking for donations of wrapping paper, scotch tape and some gift bags. If you have any extra and would like to donate some please drop it off in the school office. Thank you in advance.

Battle Against Hunger Update

Battle Against Hunger gathers tons of food for the community

Sixteen district schools participated in food, money collection to help local organizations
Sixteen Dearborn Public Schools stepped up this year to participate in the fifth annual Battle Against Hunger.
Fordson High School was the largest collector, gathering more than 15,000 food items. They were followed by
Dearborn High and Edsel Ford High. Collections mirrored enrollment, with each high school gathering about six
items per student.
Together, the district gathered the equivalent of more than 59,000 food donations!
The food items were given to Zaman International. Cash donations will go to Amity Foundation. Both are local
organizations that help those in need in our community. For the sake of the high school competition, a $1
donation was calculated as three food items.
Battle Against Hunger ran from Nov. 18 to 24. In 2018, Dearborn Schools donated almost 12 tons of food to help
those in need in our community.
The Battle began in 2015 as a friendly off-field competition between rivals Dearborn and Fordson high schools.
Edsel Ford High School later joined the food drive, and it was opened for the District’s elementary and middle
schools to participate. Local Realtor and former Dearborn School Life editor Raad Alawan came up with the
Superintendent Glenn Maleyko said, “It is wonderful to see how our high school students and the now younger
students come together as one District to help others in our community. The generosity of our students and
families will have a positive impact for those in need in our area.”

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