Important Information!

Important Information!

Important Reminder

August 15, 2019 by Sandra Merrow

New this school year, ALL student emergency cards are to be updated online through Parent Connect. You can access Parent Connect through the Dearborn Schools Website ( Parent Portal.

River Oaks will be open on Tuesday, August 20th from 12:30pm – 3pm for any parent that would like to stop by and use a computer. Staff will be available to assist with updating emergency cards. You cannot do updates on a cell phone or IPad.

Bond Information

Bond Information

Dearborn Schools seeking November bond vote
Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education recently approved language to be placed on a November 5th,
2019 ballot asking residents to approve a $240 million bond proposal for the district.
The $240 million is the amount of money that can be added to the current bond debt without increasing the
current millage rate of 4.82. If the bond is passed, residents would not pay more in taxes as the debt millage rate
will stay the same, but the district would be able to make many much needed infrastructure repairs and updates,
improve security and safety, and address other areas such as capacity.
The district has dubbed the bond BRICS for the areas it will target – Buildings, Renovations, Infrastructure,
Capacity and Safety. The main focus will be infrastructure including boilers and related equipment, restrooms,
roofs, exterior doors and windows, LED lighting, paving and sidewalks, and technology infrastructure. Some
buses and technology needs will also be purchased.
These focus areas were identified during several months of work by the Citizens Infrastructure Task Force.
The group presented its findings to the Board of Education in October 2018. 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.
Under the bond, capacity would include additions at a few elementary level buildings, renovating and creating
classroom space, 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.
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.
Every school building would see some improvement if the bond is approved. On average, each elementary
school would get $4 million in work, middle schools $8 million, and high schools $15 million.
The official language approved by the board in July says, in part,: “In the opinion of this Board it is necessary
and expedient to ask voters whether to approve a bond project consisting of erecting, furnishing, and equipping
additions to and remodeling, furnishing, and equipping and re-equipping existing school buildings and other
facilities; purchasing school buildings and related sites; acquiring and installing instructional technology in school
buildings; purchasing school buses; and erecting, furnishing, equipping, preparing, developing, and improving
playgrounds, playfields, athletic fields and facilities, and sites.”
The bonds would be issued in two sets. The first series would provide about $86 million in the first three
years. The second series would provide $154 million in years four through six. If the bond is approved
November 5 th , construction on the first projects could begin in the spring of 2020. The bond is expected to be the
only question on the November ballot.
Dearborn Public Schools includes 34 buildings and 3.2 million square feet of building space. The district has
20,700 students.
For more information about the bond, residents are encouraged to visit the District’s bond site at Information on the site will be updated as it becomes available. District
officials also plan to host a series of meetings at schools and with community groups this fall to inform residents
about the bond. A schedule of those meetings will also be available on the site as the dates are finalized.

Upcoming Important Dates!!!!!

Upcoming Important Dates!!!!!

June Events

June 3rd, 4th & 5th – No School. School reopens Thursday June 6th.

June 10th – Field Day for all grades, parent volunteers are needed

June 13th – 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Please remember no balloons should be brought into the school

June 14th – Last day of school, It is a half day of school with dismissal at 11:45. Please NO BACKPACKS on the last day of school. Fifth graders will celebrate the end of 5th grade with a sendoff breakfast.

Summer School – Tentative Dates for ACCESS Summer School are July 8th – August 1st. River Oaks Summer School is July 29th – August 15th. We have a limited number of spots and will contact families to sign your child up for summer school.

Lost and Found – Please come check out the lost and found box in front of the office. It is full of coats, lunchboxes, sweaters, sweatshirts and etc.


THANK YOU – Thank you to all the parents & community members that worked with us this year and all that demonstrated patience, understanding and cooperation with all the staff at River Oaks Elementary. Enjoy the summer with your children as they are playing in the yard or park. Make sure to take the time to read and play games with them. Have a safe and healthy summer vacation. We will see you on August 26, 2019 for the first day of school. Thanks for making it a great year.



Field Day

Monday June 10th is our annual end of the year Field Day celebration. We have obstacle course blow up and a bouncy house. Lots of fun games, Cotton Candy, Sno Cones and Popcorn. PTA is providing lunch for all students with pizza, chips and water. You can bring a lunch from home if you prefer.

Please put sunscreen and bug spray on at home. DO NOT send any sunscreen or bug spray to school. Students cannot use it at school.

Be sure to wear tennis shoes to school for field day. NO sandals, NO Flip Flops allowed.

Parent volunteers are needed to make this a success. Please call Ms. Sandi at 313-827-6750 if you can help out for a couple hours.

Sorry no siblings, only parents and students of River Oaks Elementary may attend Field Day


Preschool, Kgn, 1st & 2nd grade attend field day in the morning.

3rd, 4th, & 5th attend field day in the afternoon

Thank you in advance for helping during Field Day.. Without parent participation we could not have a successful field day…



Last PTA Meeting this school year!!!!

Last PTA Meeting this school year!!!!


PTA Meeting

Please join us for the last PTA meeting this school year.

Meeting will be Tuesday March 21st starting at 2:00 p.m.

On the agenda we will be discussing the end of the year Field Day. 5th Grade promotion and Breakfast send off.

Come help us celebrate another successful school year with the PTA.


Information on Preschool and Kindergarten Registration!!!!

Information on Preschool and Kindergarten Registration!!!!


Preschool & Kindergarten Registration

Preschool registration is open for enrollment for any child that is 4 years old by December 1st. Please stop by the office to pick up a registration packet. Must live in the River Oaks boundaries.


Kindergarten registration is also open for enrollment you child must be 5 by September 1st. Please stop by the office to pick up a registration packet. You must live in the River Oaks boundaries.

Mother’s Day Carnation Sale Information

Mother’s Day Carnation Sale Information

PTA Mother’s Day Carnation Sale

River Oaks PTA is selling carnations for Mother’s Day. They are $1.00 each. Your child will be coming home with a yellow flyer with all the information on it. Please fill out the form and send it back to school by May 8th with your child. Flowers will be delivered on Friday, May 10th. Please send in cash only.