ROE Reading ROE-DEO is Coming Soon! Purchase Tickets Now!

 Book Fair ROE DEO


Come shop with your cowpoke during their lunch period or after school beginning Tuesday, February 17th through Friday, February 20th (see the schedule below for times).  You will also have the opportunity to purchase teacher-selected books for your child’s classrooms.

Unable to make it to school to shop with your cowpoke?  No problem, pardner!  This year, the Book Fair is excited to offer Gift Certificates for purchase.  Gift Certificates are an easy way to allow any ROE student, teacher or specialist to purchase books at the upcoming book fair. Gift Certificates will be delivered to the child’s classroom prior to the Book Fair and may be used to purchase items sold in the Book Fair on any day of the Book Fair, including Family Night. See the link below to purchase Gift Certificates.

Also, please join us on Friday, February 20th for FAMILY NIGHT featuring:




You may also pre-purchase Dinner Tickets and Activity Tickets for Family Night using the link below. Dinner Tickets are $5 per person and include one Goode Co. BBQ sandwich, chips and a drink. Activity Tickets are $1 each for the following activities:

♦Children’s mechanical bull ride – all the fun of a real bull ride with a soft landing!

♦ROE-DEO themed photo booth – take home a memento featuring your favorite cowpoke!

♦Sno cones – the perfect finish to your BBQ dinner!

Also, come test your luck at Chicken Poop Chance!  Buy a ticket and draw a number…if the Chicken chooses your number, you win a prize!  Adult tickets are $5 per play and child tickets are $2 per play.

Please click the following link to purchase Gift Certificates, Dinner Tickets and Activity Tickets:


We also need Volunteers to help work the Book Fair and Family Night.  Please consider signing up for a shift or two by clicking the following links to Sign-Up Genius:

General Book Fair Volunteer sign up link:


Family Night Volunteer sign up link:


Book Fair Hours:

TUESDAY, FEB. 17                                          9:30 – 4:15

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18                                    8:30 – 2:00

THURSDAY, FEB. 19                                       8:30 – 4:15

FRIDAY, FEB. 20                                              8:30 – 7:00

Questions?  Email book-fair@riveroakspto.org



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The 2014 – 2015 ROE Yearbook is NOW on sale!!

The ROE Yearbook is NOW on sale!  The Yearbook Committee is hard at work putting together a great book of memories for our Roadrunners. Here’s a sneak peek of this year’s book:


Volunteers Needed

The ROE Yearbook Committee needs volunteers!!  Please contact yearbook@riveroakspto.org if you are interested in helping with photography, layout, accounting or distribution.

Ordering Calendar / Cost

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

September 30, 2014 $28.00
January 15, 2015 $30.00
January 31, 2015 $35.00
Beginning February 1, 2015 $35.00 – wait list only

Ordering Information

There are several options available to make it as easy as possible to order your yearbook.

Order Online:

Go directly to www.jostens.com  → Yearbooks → Find Your School or Group → Enter River Oaks Elementary School in Houston, Texas

Ordering online allows you personalization and accessory options.

Order by Check:

Although it is much easier for the yearbook committee if you order online, we will also accept orders by check.  Personalization is not available when paying by check.

Make check out to “ROE PTO” and place it in the yearbook locker in the kindergarten hallway.  Write your child’s name and teacher on the check and “yearbook” in the memo line. Send an email to yearbook@riveroakspto.org letting us know you have ordered a yearbook using this method so that we can be on the lookout for it. Sometimes orders don’t make it to us for various reasons.

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 yearbook@riveroakspto.orgto make this request.  These orders MUST be received by January 20, 2015.

Donate a Yearbook:

Please consider donating a yearbook to other families at ROE.  Look for the donation option when ordering online or drop off a check with “yearbook donation” in the memo line.


Please help us include every ROE child in a candid photo this year by submitting photos you take during class, field trips or other ROE events.  You may submit photos directly to the Jostens website at www.images.jostens.com, enter login: 401853555. You may also email them to yearbook@riveroakspto.org. 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.


Your purchase of a 5th grade spirit ad supports the PTO and allows us to provide free yearbooks to qualified students as well as the ROE classroom teachers.

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

Please email yearbook@riveroakspto.org 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.  Write out your ad and submit it to the yearbook locker in the kindergarten hall, along with a $10 check made out to “ROE PTO” with the phrase “yearbook spirit ad” in the memo line.  Deadline is January 23, 2015.

5th Grade Spirit Ads – $30

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 spirit ads, class size, and limited space, size is limited to 1/8 page only. The deadline to purchase is January 23rd.

Purchasing and creating your ad is easy!

  • Go to www.JostensAdService.com
  • Select “Order Now” under Order a Student Ad
  • Select River Oaks Elementary, Houston, TX
  • Sign in or create an account (If you have previously ordered a yearbook or plan to order one this year, you will have an account or will need one anyway.)
  • Select your ad layout
  • Add photo(s) and text
  • Preview your ad
  • Complete your purchase

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 follows:

Back page $350 – sold for 2015
Full page $275
Half page $150
Quarter page $80

Please email yearbook@riveroakspto.org if you own or represent a business that would like to sponsor a page.  Deadline is January 23, 2015.


Please submit any questions to yearbook@riveroakspto.org


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.



ROE Fun Run


SAVE THE DATE for the ROE Fun Run!!

When: Saturday, October 11 at 8:30 am

Where: ROE Playground

The Events: (1) a family run/walk earning all participants finisher medals and (2) competitive races, for each grade, younger siblings and for parents.


The Annual Fun Run is a tradition at River Oaks Elementary for students and families. Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners AND finisher medals for all other participants.  In addition, we have two bounce houses, potato sack races, an obstacle course, fantastic breakfast items and fun music provided by a rockin’ DJ. A great time is guaranteed!


How do I register?

Option 1: Register with the paper form included in your child’s green folder this week. Please return your completed form along with cash or check made payable to “ROE PTO”, to your child’s teacher, no later than September 24. This will ensure your family registration and t-shirt order.


Option 2: You can also register by clicking https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/roe-fun-run-registration-2014/ or by visiting www.roepto.org and clicking on the “Fun Run” option under the “Order Now” tab.  (You may also register the day of the race between 8-8:30, but you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt.)


Watch the ROE News for more FUN RUN information in the coming weeks and mark your calendars. This is one ROE event you won’t want to miss! If you want to volunteer & become part of the Fun Run tradition, please contact the Fun Run team at fun-run@riveroakspto.org.

Martha Turner Frost



ROE PTO Social – September 19th!!

 Join us on September 19th at Beck’s Prime – Memorial Park for our Back to School Kickoff Party!

Click invitation below for more information!  RSVP to https://roekickoff.eventbrite.com

Beck's Prime Invitation


Important Directory & Email Instructions for the 2014-2015 School Year

The ROE PTO is pleased to roll out our new online directory and email platform, My School Anywhere.  But we need your help to make sure transition to the new system is successful!

This new system will allow the ROE community to have access to a secure, online directory in addition to the traditional printed directory. In addition to online access, My School Anywhere provides a handy mobile app which is downloadable to most mobile devices.  This platform will also serve as the primary means of communication between ROE families and ROE and the ROE PTO. In order to make the transition to this new system successful, we need your help to ensure that your family’s information is collected and accurate.

Procedures for Collecting Information:  

If you are a returning family who had information listed in the 2013-2014 Directory, you should have already received an email with a link to update and confirm your directory information.  If you did NOT receive this email, please contact directory@riveroakspto.org .

If you have a new student attending ROE this year or if you did not have any information listed in the 2013-2014 Directory, enter your information using the following link:  http://bit.ly/ROENewStudent

If desired, you may choose to block some or all of your contact information from being published in the print and/or online directory.  If you do not submit your contact information, your directory listing will be blank, although your child’s name will still be listed in the directory with their class.  In order to continue to receive emails from ROE, you must ensure that your preferred email address is input into the new online system (you will have the option to keep your email address private).

Accessing the Online Directory:

After we have received, reviewed and compiled all of the information from the ROE community, we will send an email to each family with log-in instructions to access the directory (we are hopeful that this will occur the first or second week of school).  The online directory will NOT be available to the general public.  All data is stored behind secure firewalls and can only be accessed by authorized users with a validated username and encrypted password.  All data is viewed and passed using SSL encryption.

What are the advantages of My School Anywhere?

  • Access to all directory information is at your fingertips via the My School Anywhere mobile app or via the internet at https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/
  • Create customized lists of frequently called ROE friend and family
  • The ability to search by student first or last name, grade, teacher or family name.

Spirit Ads and Business Ads:

The ROE Directory is published by PTO Volunteers and funded through the sale of Spirit Ads and Business Ads which appear in the printed version of the Directory.  Spirit Ads are ads that are purchased by families and typically depict a picture of their child with a motivational message.  To purchase a Spirit Ad for your child, click here:   Spirit Ad Orders   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 Picassa software by Google. You can download Picassa at http://picasa.google.com/

Local businesses may purchase ads in our Directory as well.  To purchase a Business Ad, click here:    Business Ad Orders  Premium Ad placements (tabs, back cover, and fly leaf) sell quickly so reserve yours soon!

Directory Deadlines for Fall 2014:

September 11 – Contact Information due (new or changes since last year)

September 12 – Spirit Ads & Business Ads due

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


2014 Summer Play Dates

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Summer Play Dates!  Drinks and light snacks will be provided by the PTO.

Kindergarten – Saturday, August 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, ROE Playground (bring scooters and/or bikes) – Questions?  Email kindergarten@riveroakspto.org

First Grade – Sunday, August 17th, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm, Ervan Chew Splash Park (4502 Dunlavy) – Questions? Email first-grade@riveroakspto.org

Second Grade -Saturday, August 23rd, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Ervan Chew Splash Park (4502 Dunlavy) – Questions?  Email second-grade@riveroakspto.org

Third Grade – Saturday, August 2nd,  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Ervan Chew Splash Park (4502 Dunlavy) – Questions? Email third-grade@riveroakspto.org

Fourth Grade – Sunday, August 24th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ROE Playground – Questions? Email fourth-grade@riveroakspto.org

Fifth Grade – Tuesday, August 19th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Ervan Chew Splash Park (4502 Dunlavy) – Questions? Email fifth-grade@riveroakspto.org


ROE Family Carnival


Carnival combined






SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 11am – 3pm

ROE Playground

Click here for underwriting opportunities.

Click here to order tickets / T-shirts.


Frenemies Presentation

Please join us on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 – 7:30pm in the ROE Cafeteria for a presentation by the DePelchin Center’s Dr. Oscar Bukstein. The topic is Frenemies: Recognizing Toxic Relationships and Building Healthy Friendships.  This session focuses on helping your child to develop healthy friendships and learn to set boundaries with peers.



Nacho Average Book Fair

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February 11 – 14

Family Night: February 14 , featuring Tacos A Go Go

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For more information, click here.

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