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.

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.”

Parent Survey

River Oaks Elementary is using this Parent Survey as a means to elicit your beliefs and opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective. The online survey will be available until 11/15/19. In order to complete the survey, please click on this link: Parent Survey Dearborn Schools Fall 2019

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and your honest opinions are appreciated. Thank you in advance for supporting our improvement efforts.


Joe Martin, Principal

أولياء الأمور الكرام ، 

مدرستنا وجميع مدارس ديربورن في عملية تطوير و تحسين مستمرة و دائمة ،يعتبر خلالها الأهل  والأوصياء جزء لا يتجزأ و جوهري لسيرها. نستخدم استطلاع رأي متطور و خاص بالأهالي كوسيلة للاطلاع على آرائهم التي من شأنها المساعدة في استهداف المناطق الفعالة والمؤثرة على سير العملية التطويرية للمدرسة. رأيك مهم بالنسبة لنا،لذا نرجو منكم الاجابة على الاستطلاع  لإتمام هذه الدراسة. يتوفر استطلاع الرأي عبر شبكة الإنترنت. من أجل إكمال الدراسة، يرجى الضغط على الرابط التالي: 

استطلاع رأي الأهالي والمجتمع في مدارس

نؤكد أن مشاركتكم و اجاباتكم حول هذا الاستطلاع سرية ولن يتم معرفة شخصية من قام بالاستطلاع، و أن آرائكم الصادقة هي موضع تقدير. إذا كان لديكم أي أسئلة حول هذا الاستبيان، يرجى الاتصال بمكتب المدرسة. شكرا لكم مقدما على مساندتكم ودعمكم  لعملية تطوير و تحسين المدرسة. سيكون الاستبيان عبر الإنترنت متاحًا حتى 11/15/19

نقدر تعاونكم ودعمكم في إكمال هذا الاستطلاع و لكم جزيل الشكر.

Parent University

Join us for a series of interactive parent/child sessions for parents and children from birth to age four. FREE books.

6 week Series – Friday 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Fall Session: Fridays: Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov. 1,8,15, 22

Spring Session: Fridays: Feb 28th, March 6,13,20,27 and April 3rd

Sessions will be held at these Dearborn Public Schools:

William Ford, Nowlin Elementary, Maples Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Salina Elementary. McDonald Elementary (Fall only), Lindbergh Elementary ( Spring only)

For more information please call 313-827-6150

Bring your infants and toddlers to these free classes to learn together and prepare your child for success!

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.

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.

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



The entry bell will sound at 8:35 AM and classes will begin promptly at 8:40 am. Students will be marked tardy when coming to school after that time. Students are to line up at their assigned door, with their class. Students are not to come early, breakfast starts at 8:10.  Students arriving after 8:40 must sign-in at the office so that their attendance can be changed from absent too late. Regular school attendance is in your child’s best interest. There is a clear correlation between good attendance and academic achievement. Students need to attend school to fully maximize their educational opportunities. In addition, the law in Michigan governing compulsory attendance requires a parent, legal guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child age six to sixteen, shall be required to send such child, to the public school during the entire school year except under limited circumstances.

Starting the summer vacation before the end of the school year or taking a vacation in the middle of the school year is not in your child’s best educational interest. Therefore, this is considered an unexcused absence. River Oaks School has a procedure in place for addressing excessive absences/tardiness. After any student has shown a pattern of unexcused absences, parents will be contacted to discuss the issue. If absences continue, a letter will be sent to the parent/guardian. The letter will be a gentle reminder of the importance of regular school attendance. Subsequent letters will be sent for additional absences. All of these contacts are to assure that home and school are working together on the issue of attendance. One outcome of numerous absences, even if they are excused, is for the school to require a doctor’s excuse for each absence. This is an extreme measure used only in extreme situations. In addition, unexcused absences can lead to a truancy referral to Student Services. Please call 827-6750 to report your child’s absence during the year. We are looking forward to a great school year!

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