Cultural Night

River Oaks PTA will be hosting the first annual cultural night on April 16, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and they need YOUR help! To make this an amazing and diverse event, they need to put our efforts together to create a memorable night for our students, families and staff. There will be FREE food, music and entertainment!

We want to create a gallery walk/exhibit showing different countries. Each family can create a display board, bring food and/or artifacts that represent a country and share its interesting cultural facts. You can even represent a country that you’re not from.

In addition, every grade level will be assigned a continent and every class will represent a country. Your child will be part of a class project in which they will conduct research and learn about the assigned country. Come see their work!

It doesn’t stop there! We will also have a fashion show where students and parents can show off the cultural wear. Clothing must be school appropriate.

But wait! Do you own instruments and want to sign/perform in front of the school to represent your country? Do you know how to do Henna Tattoos? Please call Ms. Sandi at 313-827-6750 for more information.

To participate in this event, please fill out the form coming home soon and return to the school by Friday January 24th. We will contact you on the phone number below for further questions.

We need parents to bring in food to taste from your country.. Please help us to make this a great family event.

4th Annual Winterfest

Thursday January 30, 2020 is our scheduled Family Fun Night. Tickets are on sale now. The date is Thursday January 30th, 5:30 – 7:30. Cost is $20.00 per family. This price includes Games, Pizza, Water, Chips, prizes and more. Please purchase your tickets in advance. Cash Only. A note will be coming home in the next day or two. Please be sure to fill it out and return to school ASAP. Due to the number of students event is only for River Oaks families. Sorry no other relatives may attend.


Please see the flyer and return it to school with your $20.00 CASH

Do not miss out on this Fun Family Event

Games will include: Face Painting, Craft Table, Bowling, Cookie Walk, Musical Chairs, Plinko, Candy Cane Fishing and Photo Booth.

Basket Raffle – Staff donates lots of different baskets. Raffle will be held at 7:00 p.m. that evening

NWEA/MAP Testing

Starting January 7th your child will take the NWEA/MAP test. The results of this test are/and will be used to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. Each test will take approximately 40 – 60 minutes to complete and will be administered on different days. Measurements of Academic Progress(MAP) tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s appropriate level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward school. The MAP test is administered 3 times a year; fall, winter and spring. For more information on resources for parents, download the parent Toolkit at Please talk to your child to take her/his time and do his/her best. On the NWEA/MAP students will be tested in the following subjects: Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade students are tested in Math and Reading. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are tested in Math, Reading, Language and Science.

Drop Off Lane

Please remember to pull forward up to the flag pole when dropping your child off. Stopping before the flag pole is creating a traffic jam behind you and is causing cars to move around other cars that are waiting. Please stay in one line and move forward when possible. You should not be stopping at the door your child enters to let them out. Please pull up to the flag pole. Ms. Sandi and Mr. Martin will be directing you to move forward.

January Events

January 9th – 10:00 PTA Cultural Night planning meeting

January 9th – 5:30 PTA Meeting and Cultural Night discussion

January 10th – PTA Bake Sale

January 17th – Half Day – 11:45 dismissal

January 20th – No School

January 21st – Half Day – 11:45 dismissal

January 22nd – Coffee with the Principal – 2:00

January 30th – Winterfest – 5:30 – 7:30 watch for more information coming

When to keep your child home from school Illness

When to Keep Your Child Home from School Illness What to do?

 Chickenpox Keep child home until they have no new sores for 24 hours AND all sores are dried and crusted. **During an outbreak of chickenpox, children who are NOT vaccinated for chickenpox (Varicella) and have been in close contact with someone sick with the infection will not be allowed at school for 21 days after they were last exposed to chickenpox, even if they are not sick.

 Diarrhea that cannot be controlled and/or with a fever. Keep child at home. Fever with temperature 100° or higher and not feeling well enough to participate in class. Keep child home until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medicine such as Motrin or Tylenol.

Flu-like symptoms with fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, tiredness; may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Keep child home until symptoms are gone. Head lice If lice are first found at school, child may stay until end of the day but may not return until treated and all live lice are gone. Impetigo Keep child home until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started.

 MRSA Keep child home if sore is draining and cannot be covered with a clean, dry bandage. Keep child home if they cannot keep from picking at sore. Rash Keep child home until seen by a doctor and treated if needed. The school may request a doctor’s note to return to school. Strep throat Keep child home until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started.

 Pink eye with discharge Keep child home until seen by a doctor and 24 hours after first dose of medicine, if prescribed.

 Ringworm If ringworm is first found at school, child may stay until end of the day if it can be covered. Child may not return until treatment has been started. Area must remain covered until completely healed.

 Scabies Child must stay home until after treatment is started. Vomiting 2 or more times.

Morning Supervision

Morning Supervision:                                                                                                                                          

As a reminder, River Oaks students are not to arrive to school until 8:10 a.m for breakfast.  We do not have supervisors available to monitor students who come in before that. Students will be required to stand outside unless it is raining, snowing, or below 20 degrees. We want to remind parents they are not permitted to walk children into the building to their classroom.  We want to help our students build independence.   

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 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.

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.

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