2016 ROE Fun Run: Saturday, October 22


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 – 8:30 – 11:00 am

Join us for this annual tradition on the ROE Playground!  Fun Run will feature a competitive race for each grade level and races for younger siblings and parents/adults.  Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers, and all participants will receive a finisher medal.  We will also have an inflatable slide, an obstacle course, face painters, a balloon twister, breakfast snacks, and a DJ! Don’t miss out on the fun!!

To register for Fun Run, please go to by Monday, October 10.  We will accept registrations after October 10 and on the day of Fun Run, but late registrations will not be guaranteed a t-shirt.  Your registration fee includes a t-shirt and participation in Fun Run activities.

VOLUNTEERS  ARE NEEDED!! We need your help! Sign up to volunteer before, during, and after the event by emailing

ROE Alumni Picnic – Following the conclusion of our ROE Fun Run, there will be an ROE Alumni Picnic held on the playground.  All current families are encouraged to attend after the Fun Run.  Come join ROE Alumni for a picnic and hear stories about life at ROE in the 1960s!







ROE Dad’s Club


Exciting plans are in the works for our ROE Dads Club this year.  If you were not able to sign up for Dads Club at Meet & Greet in August and would like to be included on the Dads Club email distribution list, please email with your contact information.  News about the first event will be coming in the next few days!!

Questions?  Email Chris Watt at


Yearbook Cover Artwork Contest – Deadline September 19!

Yearbook Cover Artwork Contest

Deadline: Monday, September 19th

Win a free personalized yearbook!

We have a full-color cover and we want to display your artwork on it!

ROE’S 2016-17 Yearbook Theme:

ROE’s IB Survival Guide

We want a fun “cover art” for our yearbook that is designed by one of our many talented 5th grade students at ROE. The winner will be chosen by a committee.


Here are the rules:


  1. Your drawing must be on an 8.5 X 11 sheet of WHITE COPY paper.
  2. It must be in PORTRAIT layout (the landscape layout will not fit properly).
  3. It must be completed in COLOR. You may use paint, color pencils, or crayons. You may use markers to outline only.
  4. This contest is open only to 5th graders at River Oaks Elementary.
  5. It must be the student’s original artwork (no clip-art, traced art, parent’s art, etc.).
  6. Please return the artwork to Ms. Lieber no later than Monday, September 19th. Sorry, no late entries will be accepted.
  7. Please make sure the student’s name is PRINTED on the back of the artwork along with his or her 5th grade teacher’s name.


Purchase a Directory Business Ad


Purchasing a Business Ad in our print directory is a fantastic way to advertise your business and support ROE!

Cardstock Tab Divider (Full Page size – 7 available): $250*

Full Page (up to 7.5″H x 6″W – portrait):  $175

Half Page (up to 3.5″ H x 6″W – landscape):  $100

Third Page (up to 2″H x 6″W – landscape):  $75

* Premium placement ads are limited and reserved on a first paid basis.

To purchase a business ad, please go to:

Deadline:  September 23, 2016 

You may also download the Business Ad form at  Please return this form, your artwork and check (payable to ROE PTO) to ROE Directory Business Ads, 2008, Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77018 or drop it in the front office by September 23, 2016.


ROE Yearbooks for the 2016-2017 School Year

Yearbooks are on sale now at the lowest prices of the year!  Keep memories at your fingertips at the lowest price possible!  Take advantage of our early bird back to school pricing of $28.00 when you order your yearbook by September 30, 2016.  (Personalization available for an additional cost & if you purchase during the back to school promotion, you get FOUR icons free with personalization!)  Order now at

Share your pictures with the Yearbook Committee! The yearbook staff invites students, parents, teachers, and staff to submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great photos of school events, we’d like to see them. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

NOW LOOKING FOR BACK TO SCHOOL PICTURES (grade level play dates, Roadrunner Rally, Meet & Greet, and First of School). Deadline to submit back to school pictures is September 30, 2016.

  • GO TO:
  • 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 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.

The yearbook staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used in the book.

For more information regarding the yearbook, go to


PTO Back-to-School Kickoff Party

Join us at Beck’s Prime-Memorial Park for the PTO Back-to-School Kickoff Party.

Friday, September 9, 6:30-9:00 pm.

Food, drinks, beer & wine will be available for purchase.  Beck’s Prime is generously donating a percentage of the sales at this event back to ROE.

Children are welcome!

Many thanks to our host, Heritage Texas Properties.

RSVP here:



For the first time this year, our volunteer sign-ups will all be online!  Please click on the link below to go directly to the sign up.



Meet & Greet/Roadrunner Rally – August 18

Our annual Meet & Greet and Roadrunner Rally will be held at the school on August 18, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Frost Bank is generously providing Kona Ice snow cones again this year.  The James Coney Island Coney Cruiser will also be there so that you may purchase food and enjoy some fellowship with other families after you meet your teacher(s).



Summer play dates for each grade have been scheduled.  Formal invitations from your grade level reps will be emailed to grade level families, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars:

  • Kindergarten play date – August 20 at 9:30 am – ROE Playground
  • 1st grade play date – August 13, 3-5 pm – ROE Playground
  • 2nd grade play date – August 21, 4-6 pm – Ervan Chew Park (4502 Dunlavy St.)
  • 3rd grade play date – August 11, 5-6:30 pm – Discovery Green splash pad
  • 4th grade play date – August 20 at 5 pm – Pumpkin Park Playground
  • 5th grade play date – August 18, 4-5:30 pm at the Rivera residence (2215 Chilton) – bring swimsuit




SDMC Elections

Nominations for our 2016-2017 SDMC (Shared Decision Making Committee) have been submitted.  The following candidates have been nominated for this principal advisory committee.   We are seeking one magnet parent and one neighborhood parent.

Andy Aston

Andy Aston is father to two daughters at ROE.  He is keenly involved and interested in his children’s education and building supporting learning communities.  Andy has experience of IB schools globally having lived in Australia and Singapore prior to Houston.  He is a strong advocate of the IB program and the holistic learning opportunities it provides. As Senior Vice President of Turner and Townsend in Houston, he has extensive business experience and has previously served in a voluntary capacity on the Indigenous engagement committee in Australia.  As testament to this philosophy of giving back to the community, the Aston family have provided temporary foster care for children in Singapore.

Susana Boker- Magnet Representative

Susana Boker has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and earned an MBA from Rice University.   She has spent more of her career life in Finance and Strategy.  While working for the BMW Group she was responsible for launching the MINI Cooper business line, managed the day to day operations for the brand, and developed its long term plan.  Susana was also a member of the Executive Board of BMW Mexico.  Previously, as the controller at BMW, she developed and managed the company’s yearly budget.  After joining Exterran Holdings, Susana was responsible for developing the 10-year strategic plan.  She has also evaluated and recommended numerous capital expenditure projects.

Susana has a son who is a magnet student at ROE and will be attending second grade in school year 2016-17.  Susana is very impressed and thankful for the education her son is receiving at ROE and would like to contribute through the SDMC to the further development of this great school.

Molly Hale  – Magnet Representative

I was a teacher in HISD from 2003-2008.  My last four years I was on the River Oaks campus as the Special Education Chairperson and one of the campus Dyslexia Specialists.  I served on the Shared Decision Making Committee all four years at ROE.  My last two years at River Oaks, I served on the administration team and as one of the campus test coordinators.

I have an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Administration course work.  I believe my previous teaching experience and educational background will be beneficial when collaborating with faculty on the School Improvement Plan, budgeting, staffing, curriculum, and other areas addressed by this committee.  I have served on the committee from 2014-2016.  I would like to continue serving on this committee as a magnet representative.

Alexandra M.  (Sasha) Van Nes – Magnet Representative

My name is Sasha Van Nes, and I would like to serve on the Shared Decision Making Committee.  I am a magnet parent of Henry Smith, who is currently completing kindergarten.  I am a native Houstonian, educated by HISD (Bellaire High School), and a graduate of Cornell College.  I also have extensive graduate level course work and experience in non-profit management.  I currently work as a realtor with Greenwood King.

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