Parent University

BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Parents and Children (ages 6 months—4 years old)

are invited to join us on:

Friday, October 25th at 8:45 am at

River Oaks Elementary for a birthday party!

Cupcake Decorating!

Free Birthday Gift!

Free Mystery Prize!

Join us to celebrate our birthday and learn about helping young children develop pretend play skills. 

Children, Parents and Staff will sing, play and engage in activities together from 8:45-10:00am.

Please call or email to reserve your free materials! 

(313) 827-4616  bassj@dearbornschools.org

Chatting with the Superintendent

Chatting with the Superintendent events scheduled

Gatherings allow informal conversations with the Superintendent and his administrative team.

Parents, community members, and school district staff are invited to chat about Dearborn Public Schools with Superintendent Glenn Maleyko during informal meetings at several schools this year.  Chatting with the Superintendent gatherings are less formal than School Board meetings, providing an opportunity for interactive conversation on a variety of school-related topics.

“I appreciate the opportunity to talk with our community and provide individuals with the big picture story of our district, to listen to their thoughts and comments, and hopefully to answer any questions they may have for me or our administrative team,” said Dr. Maleyko.  “Three years ago, we discovered this relaxed setting allows for good conversations, the sharing of ideas, and a platform that encourages open dialogue. I’m looking forward to this year’s Chats.”

The meetings are open to all community members, district staff, students and parents.  Parents are welcome to attend any of the Chats, even if their child attends a different school.  This year’s schedule starts Oct. 21, 2019 at Fordson High School and ends March 2, 2020 at McDonald Elementary.

Chatting With The Superintendent- Schedule of Meetings

  • Oct. 21, 2019 – Fordson High School, staff at 2:25 p.m., community at 5:45 p.m.
  • Nov. 25, 2019 – Woodworth Middle School, staff at 3:05 p.m., community at 5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 27, 2020 – Becker Elementary, staff at 3:45 p.m., community at 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 24, 2020 – Long Elementary, staff at 3:50 p.m., community at 5:30 p.m.
  • March 2, 2020– McDonald Elementary, staff at 4 p.m., community at 5:30 p.m.

The conversations will be driven by those in attendance and focus on topics related to individual schools or the District as a whole.  Parents who want to discuss an individual student or staff member should arrange to meet privately with the school principal or the child’s teacher.

Possible topics at this year’s chat could be the BRICS Bond proposal for this fall and the District’s ongoing infrastructure needs.  Other topics could include the upgraded school lunches in the district, Read by Third Grade legislation, high graduation rates, the School Improvement Process, or the budget.  Cabinet members from both the instructional and non-instructional side of the school District’s operations will be on hand to assist in answering questions.

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.

Sincerely, 

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!!!!!!

PLEASE SIGN UP BY COMPLETING THE FOLLOWING STEPS

Step 1. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com

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!

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.

Respectfully,

Mr. Joe Martin

River Oaks Principal

BRICS Bond Informational Sessions Scheduled

Dearborn Public Schools is planning a series of informational sessions this fall to let residents and families know more about the BRICS Bond. A question on the Nov. 5 ballot will ask residents to approve a new $240 million bond for the district. The new bonds will not increase the current tax rate because it is replacing other bonds that are expiring. So while residents would not see their tax rate increase, the district could make some much needed repairs and upgrades. BRICS is a nickname the District gave the bond to help residents understand that the money will be used for mostly brick and mortar needs. The acronym stands for Buildings, Renovations, Infrastructure, Capacity and Safety. About $194 million would go to buildings, renovations and infrastructure. Capacity would account for about $22 million, technology $14 million, and security $12 million. The need for a bond began with discussions almost two years ago to address overcrowding at two of the District’s high schools. That conversation led to the creation of a Citizens Infrastructure Task Force, which presented its findings to the Board of Education last October. The task force reported that infrastructure, capacity, and safety most needed to be addressed, but it also included air conditioning as a separate item for consideration. All the BRICS Bond informational meeting dates will also be posted on the District’s bond website at https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/bond/. The District expects more meetings to be scheduled. Residents and families are invited to attend whatever meeting fits their schedule. A general meeting for the community is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette St. A complete building-by-building list of planned projects is being developed. Once the list is finalized, each meeting will include a list of planned bond projects for that school. The full list will also be posted on the bond site. Every school would see some benefits from the bond. The bond’s main focus will be infrastructure including boilers and related equipment, restrooms, roofs, flooring, doors, windows, LED lighting, paving, and sidewalks. Some buses and technology needs will also be purchased. Capacity issues addressed under the bond would include additions at a few elementary level buildings and constructing special education classrooms. The district is also looking at acquiring two buildings on the Henry Ford College campus, an ideal site to accommodate the expanding Early College programs and the growing Adult Education program. The Early College programs also help relieve overcrowding at the traditional high schools. Moving Adult Education out of the Dearborn Heights Campus is part of a plan to add more space to the Michael Berry Career Center. Those career programs also help relieve crowding at the traditional high schools of Dearborn High, Edsel Ford and Fordson. Security and safety changes in the bond proposal include improving how visitors can access schools. In some cases that may mean remodeling or moving the main office closer to the front doors for better control and monitoring of who enters the building during the school day. Many schools are also adding more security card readers.

The current meeting schedule includes: · Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette St., Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. · Becker Elementary, 10821 Henson, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. · Bryant Middle, 460 N. Vernon, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. · Dearborn High, 19501 Outer Drive, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. · DuVall Elementary, 22561 Beech, Dearborn, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. · Edsel Ford High, 20601 Rotunda, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. · Howard Elementary, 1611 N. York, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. · Howe Montessori and Elementary, 22586 Ann Arbor Trail, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. · Lindbergh Elementary, 500 N. Waverly, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. · Long Elementary, 3100 Westwood, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. · Lowrey School, 6601 Jonathon, Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m. · Maples Elementary, 6801 Mead Street, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. · McCollough Elementary, 7801 Maple, Oct. 16 at 9:30 a.m. · McDonald Elementary, 10151 Diversey, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. · Miller Elementary, 4824 Lois, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. · Nowlin Elementary, 23600 Penn, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. · Oakman Elementary, 7545 Chase Road, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. · River Oaks Elementary, 20755 Ann Arbor, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. · Salina Elementary, 2700 Ferney, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. · Salina Intermediate, 2623 Salina, Oct. 23 at 8:15 a.m. · Smith Middle, 23851 Yale, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. · Snow Elementary, 2000 Culver, Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m. · Stout Middle, 18500 Oakwood, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. · Unis Middle, 7801 Maple, Oct. 16 at 9: 30 a.m. · Whitmore Bolles Elementary, 21501 Whitmore, Oct. 7 at 6· William Ford Elementary, 14749 Alber, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. · Woodworth Middle, 4951 Ternes, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

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