End of School Year Information

Dear parents,

I can’t believe the year is almost over! It is a bitter-sweet moment when the school year is wrapping up. It was a pleasure working with you and your child. I am proud of the hard work your child has achieved this year. Remember, every year will get harder. It is important to show your child the importance of school and the reasons why. It is never too early to start talking about future goals. If you would like to send me a message with some pros and cons for this year that would be great! As an educator, I like to reflect on my teaching and communication. Any feedback will allow me to grow as a teacher and person 🙂

Just a few reminders for the upcoming weeks:

-NWEA testing is complete.

-This will be the last week for spelling test and the test will be Friday, May 31st.

– Science study guide will go home Tuesday and the test will be Thursday May 30th.

-Homework from now until the last day of school is reading for 20 minutes and working on math facts. IXL is a great resource to use as well.

-The following week: June 3, 4 and 5 will be off. School resumes June 6. It is important that your child attends school until the very last day. We will continue teaching until the last day.

-Field day is June 10th and if it rains, the make-up will be June 12th. We NEED parent volunteers. If you would like to volunteer let me know or call Ms. Sandi at 313-827-6750. For field day, students don’t need lunches because the school will provide lunch. Make sure students are dressed according to weather. Students need to bring a bag with a change of clothes and towel, in case they get too wet from the water activities.

-The last day of school will be Friday, June 14th which is a half day. Dismissal is at 11:45. If you are traveling earlier than June 14th, please let me or the office know.

-3rd grade team decided to send summer packets so students can maintain their learning stamina. Students will bring a folder filled with many scholastic magazines to read and answer comprehension questions. In addition, we sent a math packet with a calendar of daily activities. Students will receive a plastic sleeve and erasable marker so they can practice their fluency on multiplication and division. Since the students made so much growth, we didn’t want them to regress (back slide) with their multiplication facts. As you know, this is a lifetime skill that needs to be mastered! Taking your child to the library to check out books is another activity.

If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please email me at alsaidn@dearbornschools.org

Thank you for being a great support for your child’s learning and enjoy the summer break 🙂


Ms. Alsaidi

Thursday, April 18th, Clean Up Parade for Earth Day and At-Home Project

Dear Parents,


River Oaks Clean Up Parade will be Thursday, April 18th at 2:00 p.m to celebrate Earth Day!! Weather permitting, students and staff will be parading around our school property perimeter (not into the neighborhood).

To prepare for the parade, please have students dress in BLUE or GREEN. Also, third grades theme is recycling. Students will work on an at-home project. They will create a hat made of recyclable items. Students will wear their hats during the parade.  Teachers showed students a few examples.

BE CREATIVE and HAVE FUN! The hats will be due Thursday 🙂


Thank you,

Third Grade Team

Lansing Field Trip is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9, 2019!!!




River Oaks Elementary School

3rd Grade Trip to Lansing

Dear Families,

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 your child will have the opportunity to go on an exciting field trip to our state capitol. Please note that the field trip will be the second day back from spring break. This trip is offered as enrichment to our social studies curriculum. As part of our study this year, we have been learning about Michigan’s history and our Federal government. While in Lansing, we will tour both Capitol and the Michigan Historical Museum.

Due to the travel time needed to get to Lansing, we will leave school around 7:20 amand return at 3:15 pm, in time for regular dismissal. You need to provide transportation to school. Please have your child at school no later than 7:00 am. We will be traveling on buses with bathrooms.

Students and parents who join us will need to bring a bagged lunch that day. We hope that many parents will be able to chaperone. The tours ask us to have a chaperone for every five students, so about 4-5 chaperones per class. If you are a chaperone you must be registered with the school office and background check all cleared. The process takes 2 weeks. Please call Ms. Debbie, if you have any questions about the process.

Students are able to bring disposable cameras, if they choose. But they may not bring iPods, iPads, video games, cell phones, etc. Cameras that are part of cell phones are not allowed. Also, please do not send snacks for the bus ride.

Please return the attached permission slip by March 22, 2019. If your child is unable to attend, please write, “My child will not be attending the field trip” on the permission slip, sign and return. Students must follow the River Oaks expectations and core values to be part of this exciting opportunity. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Ms. Alsaidi

Mrs. Attia

Mrs. Wetter

Spring Celebration!!!!

PTA present their annual Spring Celebration

Friday April 12th – 4:30 – 6:00

Special guest DJ

Cost is $6.00 per person includes, Pizza, Juice and Chips

Celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m.sharp, no food will be served after 5:00

Extras will be sold at the celebration: Cotton Candy, Bake Sale, Popcorn

Watch for a blue flyer going home today. Tickets are on sale now.This event is for River Oaks School students only, sorry no other siblings or relatives may attend.

Michigan Museum Web Pages!

Please join us Thursday, March 28th at 2:45pm for the third grade presentation of their Michigan Museum web pages! All parents and interested adults are invited! The presentations will take place in the River Oaks computer lab. Hope to see you there!

Promoting Online Safety

February 28, 2019

Dear Parents,

Technology, the internet, and social media have become a big part of all of our lives. From the moment we wake in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we can be overwhelmed with technology.  That’s why I wanted to take a moment to share with you information about a social media trend that regrettably seems to be reaching elementary age children.

Over the past several years, a common trend on social media or through text messaging is to pose a “challenge” to the viewer of the video or reader of the text message.  Perhaps you may recall the “ice bucket” challenge that was popular a few years back and helped to raise funds for ALS or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Most of the time, these “challenges” are done with the best intentions.

Unfortunately, there are those who choose to create and post “challenges” that can be dangerous and physically harmful.  There have been news stories about the dangerous “challenges” that ask the viewer to consume certain products such as large amounts of cinnamon or even as outrageous as washing machine detergent. I have recently been told there is another one of these “challenge” videos going around that ask the viewer to perform acts of violence to others or to themselves. This is very distressing, especially to know that children as young as elementary age are being exposed to this type of disturbing behavior.

I’m sharing this information with you today not to alarm, panic, or spread of any rumors.  Rather, I share this with you to communicate information that may be helpful to you as parents. I would also like to pass along a few simple tips that all parents can use when helping children safely navigate the internet and social media.

Basic guidelines for parental supervision:

  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center,  friends’ homes, or any place where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange

We know our students are safe at home and we pride ourselves on creating a safe environment for your children when they are here at school.  By working together we can ensure that our school will always be a safe place for learning.




River Oaks Staff

Social Studies Assessment- Tuesday, February 12

Students will have their Growth of Michigan assessment on Tuesday, February 12th.  Students have completed a Growth of Michigan review in their Social Studies notebooks.  Please use this as their study guide at home.  Students will also practice within the classroom on Friday and Monday.

STEAM- Arcade Games in 3rd Grade ART

Hello Families of River Oaks Third Grade Students!
Our classes are making Arcade Games out of cardboard and recycled materials. We are in the planning stage right now, but we are in need of supplies and are wondering if any of you have stuff we can use. Nothing needs to be new, we are trying to use things that would otherwise be thrown out or recycled! If you have things like: cardboard tubes- a variety of sizes are needed, clothespins, thick paper plates, solo cups, large boxes, Popsicle sticks and/or tongue depressors, clean soup or vegetable cans, dowels, ping pong balls, small balls- soft….. We are in NEED! Items can be dropped off to the art room. Our students are making this Arcade to coincide with a district initiative to provide a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experience at every school. Our big opening will be in May. Please look for more information to come AND thanks in advance for helping out with our request!