2014 Summer Play Dates

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Summer Play Dates!  Stay tuned for more information….

Kindergarten – Saturday, August 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – noon, ROE Playground

First Grade – Sunday, August 17th, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., location TBA

Second Grade -Saturday, August 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Ervan Chew Splash Park (4502 Dunlavy)

Third Grade – Saturday, August 2nd (location and time TBA)

Fourth Grade – Sunday, August 24th (location and time TBA)

Fifth Grade – Tuesday, August 19th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Ervan Chew Splash Park (4502 Dunlavy)


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.


Online Auction


The Online Auction results are in!  Look at the Final Auction Bids for a detailed listing by item number to see which items you purchased, or to see who signed up for a party you are hosting.  


ROE Parent Education Event

Back to Basics: How You Can Help Your Child be a Successful Learner. Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 – 7:30pm.  For more information, view the flyer. This is not a PTO event — please direct all questions to Dottie Lawrence.


PTO General Meeting — October 23, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Please join us in the cafeteria on Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 – 7:30 pm for the fall PTO General Meeting.


Announcing our new SDMC Parent Representatives

Congratulations Toby Fullmer and Kimberly Dolibois, our new parent representatives on SDMC.  They join Margaret Young and Christine Rodriguez, who are finishing their 2nd year of a 2-year term.


Movie Night – Friday, October 4

ROE Movie Night

At this year’s Family Movie Night, we will be showing “Finding Nemo.”  Dive into this delightful journey to self-discovery for a risk-taking clownfish and his nervous dad, both of whom learn that no fish swims alone. 

Friday, October 4th
Event begins at 6:45 pm
Showtime at 7:15 pm
On ROE playground
Sponsored by:

Movie Night combined


Attention Parents of Kindergartners

Ballots for the Kindergarten Representative election have been sent home!  Please vote for one candidate by circling their name on your original ballot.  Completed ballots can be returned to school with your child or placed in the ballot box located in the front office.  Ballots are due by 4pm on Wednesday, September 11. The elected representative will serve with Jacqualin Seely, who was slated last spring with the rest of the PTO Board.   Candidates are:

Helen Chang - I Love to interact with kids and I was a teacher (teaching Chinese) for the toddler and kinder class during weekend. I like to achieve tasks with highest efficiency if possible. Love to learn new things and learn them quickly. I like to make new friends, making my friends happy. I like to involve kids in physical activity with green earth in mind. I also try to minimize waste and recycle as much as I can.

ReBecca Dominguez Former elementary teacher/administrator now a stay at home mom of four that loves to spend time with family and volunteer. Active in various civic groups and at SJD parish.

Nichole Pruitt - retired from Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) in 2011, where she had been the Director of Education since 2001, to take care of her daughter Phoebe.  Prior to SPA, she served as an event coordinator/account executive in the sales and marketing division at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the City of Houston. Nichole also worked as program coordinator for Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Nichole is a graduate of the University of Houston where she received her Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction and her B.A. in art history with a minor in history. Nichole has written critical reviews of local art exhibitions published inArtsHouston magazine. For the past nine years she has been appointed Art Judge for Harris County Department of Education’s Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. Nichole currently serves on the Board of the Education Foundation of Harris County, Board of Directors for Society for the Performing Arts, and as a Docent at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, MFAH.

Susannah Watt - Susannah Watt is a kindergarten mom brand new to ROE.  Her son Finley is in Mr. Ponder’s class, and Susannah is very excited to become involved in the ROE community.  While Finley was at St. Luke’s Day School, Susannah was a room parent and served on the Parent Advisory Council for 3 years, co-chairing the Parenting Center events for one year and chairing the Day School’s awesome, four day, on-site Book Fair for two years.  Susannah’s other volunteer activities over the past few years include being a library volunteer at Yellowstone Academy and being a tutor in the adult education program at SEARCH, an organization which provides services to homeless clients.  She is a “recovering” attorney as well as a former Special Education teacher.  Finley is Susannah and her husband Chris’ only human child, but they also have two dogs and two cats. 


Fall PTO Social, Sponsored by Heritage Texas Properties

Join us on Saturday, September 7 from 6:30 – 9:30pm at Beck’s Prime in Memorial Park to renew ROE friendships, welcome new parents and kick off another great year at ROE.  Admission is free!  Food and drinks (including beer & wine) are available to purchase.  Kids are optional.  To RSVP, visit https://roekickoff.eventbrite.com.  For more information, click here.

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PTO Summer Letter

Dear ROE Families:

I hope you and your families are having a wonderful summer break and are ready for the new school year. Many thanks to Madhuri Chilakapati, VP of Internal Relations, as well as all of our Grade Representatives for planning our summer playdates. Please visit the PTO website for a full calendar of events for the remainder of the summer as well as the school year. If you did not receive Dr. Fovargue’s summer mailer, it is available on the school’s website (click here).

Huge thanks go to all those parent and community donors who supported the PTO this past year. We are thankful to Compass Bank, Greenwood King and Frost Bank for sponsoring our major events, but are equally appreciative of our very generous parents. The money donated to the PTO supports the essential needs of our school. In May, the PTO Board approved a budget for the coming year of approximately $140,000. These funds will be used to pay for staff development, teacher appreciation, field trips, traffic & safety, IB annual fee, First in Math subscription, student productions/recitals, technology, community-building events, Odyssey of the Mind, and 5th grade graduation. Please know that budget and financial information is available to PTO members at any time upon request. Email roe_pto_treasurer@yahoo.com for more information.

Last year, the PTO tried a new fundraising model, replacing our gala-type auction event with an online auction, and adding an annual fund. We originally expected the online auction and the annual fund combined to make up for the lost profits from the auction event. Indeed, last year’s online auction was tremendously successful, netting over 75% of the previous year’s event. With only a soft launch of our annual fund, we were able to raise the funds we needed to cover our budget. The online auction had the added benefit of attracting a record number of bidders, as well as a record number of purchasers. Greater community participation, as well as reduced volunteer hours! This year, the auction will be online once again, and we will continue with our annual fund.

But we know a fall parent social event was missed. So, NEW THIS YEAR, on September 7, Becks Prime in Memorial Park will host a PTO social from 6:30 to 9:30pm. No tickets required, and no cover charge. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase. While children are welcome to attend, parents are responsible for supervising their own children. Mark your calendars now, as this event is just around the corner! We hope you will join us in re-uniting with old friends and welcoming new friends to our community.

Fundraising is important, but the PTO also wants to continue to develop our sense of community. Plan to join us for ROE movie night on the blacktop at ROE, as well as the always-popular Fun Run. We plan to host our first ever (NEW THIS YEAR) Bingo Night this coming winter, and will of course direct the ROE Family Carnival, as well as an Earth Day celebration, in the spring.

Our volunteers are also busy at work coordinating the marquee, school supplies, school pictures, spirit store, ROE News, website, yearbook, affinity programs, and hospitality. There’s always room for more volunteers, though, and we need people with a wide range of skillsets. We have immediate needs for financial, organizational and technical skills. Please email Kathryn Hensey and Tina Salem, our Volunteer Coordinators at volunteer@riveroakspto.org to find out more about how you can help! As required by HISD, please go to the HISD website (www.houstonisd.org/vipslogin) and complete the VIPS volunteer process application in order to serve as a parent volunteer at ROE.

Now for some back-to-school items. Don’t forget to check out our 2nd annual “Roadrunner Rally,” our one-stop PTO information station where you can purchase spirit items, pay for school supplies (if you haven’t already done so), submit information for the Directory, as well as learn how you can support the school by volunteering, participating in our affinity programs, or making financial contributions. Roadrunner Rally will be conducted during the Meet & Greet on Thursday, August 22, as well as during the back-to-school coffee after drop-off of the first day of school.

If you have not yet purchased your school supplies for next year, please contact PTO School Supply Chair-Maria Marini at school-supplies@riveroakspto.org or you may Click Here. 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 Graudation caps (May event).

Please help us create a complete directory this year for our ROE family by submitting your directory contact information to our directory team. Spirit ads and business ads are a wonderful special touch to our directory. Please contact Jennifer Farnell at directory@riveroakspto.org for assistance. Please also visit our PTO website for more information regarding business ads http://roepto.org/activities/directory/directory-ads/.

Per the PTO Bylaws, one Kindergarten Representative was elected to the Board in May. Jacqualin Seeley has worked solo to plan the summer playdates and communicate 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 Jacqualin as the Kindergarten Grade Representative, please let me know by August 30th (president@riveroakspto.org).

Please feel free to email me at president@riveroakspto.org if you would like to learn more about PTO or have any questions. We look forward to another outstanding year together at ROE and hope to see you at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please stop by the PTO tables to learn more, and visit the food trucks onsite.

Liz Palmer

ROE PTO President


2013 Summer Play Dates

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Summer Play Dates!

Kindergarten – August 3, 10am – noon, Pumpkin Park (3600 Locke Lane)

First Grade – July 20, 3 – 5pm, Ervan Chew Park (4502 Dunlavy)

Second Grade -July 27, 9:30 – 11:30am, Ervan Chew Park (4502 Dunlavy)

Third Grade – August 24, 9 – 10:30am, Ervan Chew Park (4502 Dunlavy)

Fourth Grade – August 18, 3 – 6pm, Dairy Ashford Ice Skating Rink (1820 S. Dairy Ashford)

Fifth Grade – August 11, 10am – noon, Speedy’s Fast Track (11440 Hempstead Road), $8 per child

For more information, view the flyer




The teachers, staff and administration of River Oaks Elementary have ONCE AGAIN done the REMARKABLE! Read the rest of this entry »


Announcing the 2013-2014 PTO Board

Introducing 2013 – 2014 PTO Board of Directors:

  • President: Liz Palmer 
  • Past President Paul Heyburn
  • 1st Vice President Kara Richardson
  • Secretary Chiarra Stratton
  • VP – Internal Relations Madhuri Chilakapati
  • VP – Public Relations Toby Fullmer
  • VP – Development Bob Casey
  • VP – Finance Charles Koerth
  • Budget & Finance Director Lisa Thompson
  • School Life Liz Daniel
  • Ways & Means Travis Crabtree
  • Specialist Relations Stephanie Slobin
  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Amie Canfield and Margaret Young
  • Volunteer Coordinators Kathryn Hensey and Tina Salem
  • 5th Grade Representatives Nicole Caver, Christine Rodriguez, Michelle Taylor
  • 4th Grade Representatives Shenequa Animashaun, Linda Flores Olson
  • 3rd Grade Representatives Sara Bloome and Eddie Sikes
  • 2nd Grade Representatives Laurel Agris and Chaunacey Broberg
  • 1st Grade Representatives Regina Ibarra and Allison Rudin
  • Kindergarten Representative Jacqualin Seely



As we approach Thanksgiving, the parents of our PTO have much of which to be thankful and the teachers, administrators, and students of River Oaks Elementary (“ROE”) have much of which to be proud. ROE was one of the first schools in Texas to be authorized as an International Baccalaureate (“IB”) Primary Years Program campus and is a leader in IB education. ROE has hosted numerous site visits for existing and prospective IB programs across the country. Our teachers and administrators are consulted for best instructional practices by the entire district. Read the rest of this entry »


Introducing the Annual Fund!

This year, we are kicking-off a new program called the ROE Annual Fund. The Annual Fund will make it easy for all members of the ROE family to participate and support the exciting things happening on campus, including.  Your tax-deductible contributions will support:

  • Our terrific IB program
  • Technology in our classrooms
  • Field trips at every grade level
  • Teacher training and appreciation
  • A variety of student enrichment opportunities
  • Parent community events

Click here for more information.


Interested in volunteering?

Make sure you are registered with HISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program.  For more information, or to register, click here.