Candidates for 2015-2017 SDMC

Please watch in your child’s school folder for your 2015-2017 SDCM ballot.  Please indicate your vote for one (1) candidate from EACH list and return the Original Ballot either in your child’s green folder or you may deposit it in a ballot box located in the main office.   Ballots must be returned by 3:00pm on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Click on the names below to read the candidates’ bios: 

Neighborhood (choose one):

Jennifer Christensen

Stephanie Willis

Andrea Young 

Magnet (choose one): 

Ellecia Knolle

Liz Tharp


Deadline Extended! – Purchase Directory Ads Until Sept. 25

What are Spirit Ads and Business Ads?

Spirit and Business Ad sales underwrite the cost of printing directories for our school families and also raise funds for the ROE PTO that directly benefit ROE.

Spirit Ads: Families can purchase Spirit Ads in our print directory to show their school spirit or support for their children or teachers.

Your Spirit Ad can be a picture or text or both. Many people make their ad by cropping a favorite photo of their child and superimpose text by using photo editing software or Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. If you do not already have software that does this, a good suggestion is to use the free Picasa software by Google. You can download Picasa at

For more information on how to create a Spirit Ad, click the following link:  How To Make a Spirit Ad

To purchase a Spirit Ad, click: Purchase a Spirit Ad. For questions regarding Spirit Ads, email:

Business Ads: Businesses can purchase ads to promote their products or services in the print directory. Business Ads can be purchased online by clicking: Purchase a Business Ad. Premium Ad placements (tabs, back cover, and fly leaf) sell quickly so reserve your Business Ad early. For questions regarding Business Ads, contact

Directory Deadlines for Fall 2015:

August 28 – Contact Information due (new or changes since last year)

September 12 – Spirit Ads & Business Ads due

Mid-October – Directory (printed version) distribution via classrooms

For general questions about the directory, please email: 



Yearbooks Now on Sale!


The ROE yearbook is a hardcover photo book documenting the 2015-2016 academic year, including back to school events, work in the classroom, student portraits by class, field trips, electives, extracurricular activities like Odyssey of the Mind and Name That Book, and special events like the Fun Run, Movie Night, Book Fairs and many other fun events.


Please help us include every ROE child in a candid photo this year by submitting photos you take during class activities, field trips or other ROE events.  You may submit photos directly to the Jostens website at

  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload, click on “Select My Images.”
  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
  • Please include the names of the students in the picture, teacher, as well as grade level and the event where the photo was taken.
  • Click “Upload Chosen Images.” It’s that easy! Submit your photos today!

You may also email photos to

Whichever method you use to submit them, please be sure to provide the following information for the kids appearing in the photo – name(s), teacher, event/activity. That information will help us make sure we are including as many students as possible.

Ordering Calendar / Cost

The early bird gets the worm – or in this case, a less expensive yearbook chock full of ROE fun!

September 30, 2015 $28.00
December 31, 2015 $30.00
February 15, 2016 $35.00
  *Options for yearbook personalization offered at an additional cost.
Starting February 16th, the Yearbook Committee will not be able to guarantee the availability of yearbooks for purchase. If extra books are included in the shipment, we will start a waitlist and the price will increase to $40.


How To Order

Order Online:

Go to → Yearbooks → Find Your School or Group → Enter River Oaks Elementary School in Houston, Texas


Direct Link:

Ordering online allows you personalization and accessory options.

NOTE: Recognition/spirit ads are only available for current ROE 5th grade students.

Order by Check:

Although it is much easier for the yearbook committee if you order online, we will also accept orders by check.  Send an email to for detailed instructions on placing an order by check.

Reduced Price and Free Yearbooks Available for Qualifying Families:

Reduced price or free yearbooks are available for families on the free or reduced lunch program.  Email us at to make this request.  These requests MUST be received by February 15, 2016.

Donate a Yearbook:

Please consider donating a yearbook to other families at ROE.  Look for the donation option when ordering online or email for details.



All ad purchases support the PTO and allow us to provide yearbooks to qualified students as well as the ROE classroom teachers.

All Grades – Text Spirit Ads Available – $10 for 25 words

Please email if you would like to place a spirit ad – 25 words maximum, no images.  This is your opportunity to say thank you to ROE faculty and staff or cheer on your little Roadrunner.

5th Grade – Recognition/Spirit Ads – $30 for 1/8 page

This is a great opportunity for family, parents, guardians, and friends to honor their 5th grader, reflect on their years at ROE and wish them well as they move on to middle school. One-eighth page horizontal ads, including text and color photos, are available for $30. Due to the popularity of 5th grade recognition/spirit ads, class size, and limited space, these ads are limited to 1/8 page only.

Business Sponsorships Available

We are looking to sell a limited number of sponsorship pages that will appear at the back of the yearbook.  This is a special opportunity to let the ROE community know you support ROE.  The cost breakdown is as follows:

Back page $400
Full page $300
Half page $150
Quarter page $75

Please email if you own or represent a business that would like to sponsor a page.

Volunteers Needed

The ROE Yearbook Committee needs volunteers!!  Please email if you are interested in helping with photography, layout, accounting or distribution.


Please submit any questions to



Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Dear ROE Families –

The ROE Parent Teacher Organization welcomes you to the 2015-2016 school year!  I hope you and your families have had a wonderful summer and are ready for the new school year.  Many thanks to Amie Canfield, VP of Internal Relations, as well as all of our Grade Representatives, for planning the welcome back play dates.

The PTO is very excited about the upcoming school year and would like to pass along some important information to you regarding Upcoming Events, Directory/Email procedures, Volunteer Opportunities, and Fundraising & ROE Community Events. In addition to the information contained in this email, the PTO’s website ( is a great resource for up-to-date information and contains a calendar of events and links to purchase Spirit Store items, school supplies, and tickets to various PTO-related events. You can also follow us on Twitter ( Information regarding breakfast and lunch schedules, drop-off and dismissal procedures, the ROE After School Program (ROE Connections), faculty contacts, etc. can be found on ROE’s website:    (


 Meet & Greet/Roadrunner Rally – Thursday, August 20th

 The ROE PTO will host the annual Roadrunner Rally in the ROE Cafeteria during the Meet & Greet event this Thursday, August 20th, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Stop by our booths for information on the PTO’s various volunteer opportunities, fundraisers and other PTO sponsored events.  The ROE Spirit Store will also be open and offering a variety of new ROE gear for sale, and school supplies will be available for purchase as well.  If you are a new ROE family, be sure to come by the New Family booth!

Please note that this year’s Meet and Greet event is shorter than it has been in previous years – so be sure to arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m.  In addition to the Roadrunner Rally, the Kona Ice truck will be on site Thursday evening in the back circle drive – so come and enjoy a snow cone while visiting with new and old friends.

New Family Orientation/Mini-Roadrunner Rally – Saturday, August 22nd

New Family Orientation will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and will be followed by a Mini-Roadrunner Rally from 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  During this time, the ROE Spirit Store will be open and school supplies will be available for purchase as well.

First Day of School Coffee with the Head of School – Monday, August 24th

Please join us for Coffee with the Dr. Fovargue beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Cafeteria.  Stop by this parent-only event to visit with new and old friends, pick up Spirit Store items, purchase school supplies and learn more about our PTO.

PTO Back to School Social – September 11th

Mark your calendars for the PTO Back to School Social on September 11th at the Beck’s Prime in Memorial Park.  No tickets required. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase. Children are welcome to attend.  More information about this event will be coming your way in the next few days.

Developing our sense of community is an important part of the work of the PTO, we encourage you to check our website throughout the year for more information about Movie Night (October 2nd), Fun Run (October 24th), and ROE Family Carnival (April 24th), as well as the Earth Day Celebration in the Spring!

School Supplies

If you have not yet purchased your school supplies for next year, there is still time.  You may order them here: or at Roadrunner Rally.  All school supplies will be delivered to the classrooms before the first day of school. Please note that the Kindergarten school supplies includes the Kinder Field Trip t-shirt (green/white tie dye) and Kindergarten Graduation caps (May event).

 Email and Directory Procedures

Last year, ROE rolled out its new email and directory platform, My School Anywhere.  In addition to offering a print directory, this platform offers a secure, online directory in addition to a mobile app.  Even if you input your family’s information last year – you will need log in again this year to confirm your information.  If you are a returning family who had information in the 2014-2015 Directory, you should have received an email with a link to update your information.  If you have not received this email, please contact

If you are a new family, or did not have any information in the 2014-2015 Directory, click the following link to enter your information:

 Ways to Volunteer

 There are a wide variety of ways to get involved: from helping to plan parties and events, to entering data on your computer or updating the website; from selling ads to writing thank you notes;  from drafting blurbs for the ROE News to helping our Finance or Development team; from taking pictures to working in the Nature Center.  Whatever your skills, we have a place for you!  Stop by the Volunteer booth at the Roadrunner Rally or contact our Volunteer Coordinators at and let them know where your skills can help the PTO.

Per the PTO Bylaws, one Kindergarten Representative was elected to the Board in May. Liz Daniel has single-handedly put together the back to school play date and communicated with incoming Kindergarten families. But, as our Grade Representatives are shared positions, she needs some help! If you have an incoming Kindergartner this year, and would like to serve with Liz as the Kindergarten Grade Representative, please let me know by August 30th (

As required by HISD, all volunteers must be registered through the HISD VIPS process.  For more information, visit To begin the registration process, visit

Other Ways to Support ROE and the PTO

The PTO pays for teacher training, field trips, the IB annual fee, student enrichment opportunities, security officers, and teacher appreciation. We depend on parent contributions as well as local business contributions to meet our budget.  In addition to the Annual Fund, we have a Fall Online Auction, two Book Fairs, an Affinity Program and have numerous sponsorship opportunities.  Watch for emails and flyers from our Development Committee to learn more about how ways to give and support the school!

The ROE PTO is looking forward to a great 2015-2016 school year!  Please feel free to email me at if you would like to learn more about PTO or have any questions.


Chiarra Stratton
2015-2016 ROE PTO President



Thank You 2014-15 Neighborhood Donors!

The PTO would like to thank the following donors for supporting the PTO and River Oaks Elementary during the 2014-2015 Annual Fund Neighborhood Campaign!

Oak Tree Circle

John and Tama Klosek Family Fund


Marian & Tim Hilpert

Greenwood King Properties


Betty Ann Stedman

Ann & Johnny Johnson in honor of Ruth Gay Beery Class 5 Teacher

Janie & Wayne Patterson

Van Dyke Energy Company

Ginni & Richard Mithoff

Helen T. Vietor

Roadrunner Society

The Valdez Family


Lucho Rossman & Jessica Sheets

Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin G. Wells

The Frailey Family

Albert & Melissa Grobmyer

Caroline & Justin Simons

The Raine Family

Mary Ann Carrico

Oliver & Beverly Pennington

Randy & Kathy Lake

Will Noel

Karen Rose

Nancy & Clive Runnells

Martha Ann & Byron Snyder

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Beirne

J. Todd Shields

Eliza & Stuart Stedman

The Denton A. Cooley Foundation

Larry & Diane Mathis

Doctors Vicki and Cengiz Satir


Thank You 2014-15 Annual Fund Donors!

Oak Tree Circle

The Arnold Family

John & Tama Klosek Family Fund


Kirby Club

The Davis Family

Nina and David Karohl

Mark and Jenny Johnson

Mikail and Mischa Wijesekera



The Barr Family

Phoebe Bruchman’s Family

The Bruns Family

Tammy and Robert “Bob” Casey

The Fullmer Family

Tha Greenwald Family

The Gutierrez Family

The Hung Family

The Klaasmeyer Family

The Machon Family

The Morris Family

The Russell Family

Blaise & Susan St. Raymond

The Vogt Family



The Adachi Family

Victoria, Nathaniel, Amy, Joseph Allen

The Boylan Family

The Brennan Family

The Cao Family

The Carroll Family

Madhuri Chilakapati

The Clark-Desai Family

Kristin, Flynn and Keelan Collins

The Crabtree Family

The Donovan Family

The Green Family

The Hermes Family

The Hertzog Family

The Huang Family

The Ibarra Family

The Johnson & Tekle Family

The Laniyan Family

Matt, Julie, Josephine & Maxwell Law

The Mehos Family

The Meyer Family

The Perdue Family

The Pinglay Family

The Rhames Family

The Richard Family

The Richardson Family

The Sandill Family

The Shen Family

The Torres Li Ning Family

The Walker Family

The Young Family


ROE Alumni Website

Did you know that there is a River Oaks Elementary alumni website?   You can find the link to the Alumni website under Useful School Links in our sidebar.   If you have not visited the site recently, note that there is a lot of new content that has recently been added to it.  In the past, the emphasis has been on the 1960s and earlier.  Now, the alumni website includes more than 1,000 photos from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, including class photos, photos from all of kinds of school activities, and photos of teachers and other staff members.   There is also an ROE Alumni Facebook group, and you can find the link to the Facebook group on the ROE Alumni website.  Even if you are not yet an alumnus but are a current family at ROE, you may find it interesting to learn about our school’s past and the ROE legacy.