Welcome to the RGS PTC Parent Pack!


If you want to submit an item for the weekly GS PTC newsletter, please email mailto:RGSParentPackSubmission@gmail.com by 5 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year.


Presentation on Anxiety In School

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Many kids experience anxiety at school. For those with special needs, this can be debilitating. Swindells Resource Center at Providence Health & Services is offering a free presentation and discussion around anxiety in the school setting on Thursday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Providence Portland Medical Center Social Room. To register, or for more information, click here.

Spring Cleaning With Booster Club

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Grab a bundle of discounted Kaady Car Wash gift cards and spiffy up your ride; proceeds benefit the RHS Class 2017’s graduation activities. While you’re at it, spring for some new Riverdale apparel.  Check out the new polo shirts and jackets! The next order deadline is Friday, 4/14.

Congratulations to all 5th/6th and 7th/8th Basketballers on a great season. Thanks to the many people who made this year a success: coaches, players, team parents and parent volunteers; the Riverdale Booster Club; and trainer Ryan Lockwood.  We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors:  Bonnet, Sky High Sports, Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC, and Hensleigh Appraisal Services.  Riverdale athletes appreciate your support!

Parent volunteers need badges, background checks

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Please remember that parents who spend time volunteering in the schools, classrooms, clubs, cafeteria, events or field trips must have a district-issued volunteer badge, which requires a volunteer application and background check on file. If you have not yet done so, please make sure you complete your application soon, as many volunteer opportunities pop up toward the end of the year and you’ll want to be ready.
Background checks and badges are good for a two-year period.

Book recommendations for spring break

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It’s so important to keep kids reading during breaks from school. Common Sense Media provides reviews and recommendations for books, movies, websites and apps.

Browse all lists or check out a few that Mrs. Becker suggests:

RGS Sports Wrap-Up

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Congratulations to all 5/6 and 7/8 Basketballers on a great season!  Thank you to the coaches, players, team parents and parent volunteers for all their time, energy and great sportsmanship.
A special thanks to the Riverdale Booster Club, which facilitated additional funding for our Certified OHSU Athletic Trainer to provide consistent trainer services during Fall, Winter and Spring sports seasons at RHS and RGS.
For information on Trainer Ryan Rockwood, click here.
An extra-special thanks goes to our generous Booster Club Sponsors for 2016-17:  Bonnet, Sky High Sports; Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC; and Hensleigh Appraisal Services.  Riverdale athletes appreciate your support!

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is Just Around the Corner

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We have lots of great things planned for the teachers and staff during the week of April 24 – 28th and could use a few helpers to really make the week meaningful and fun! If you’re interested in helping out (even if it’s just a couple hours at night or on a weekend), we would really love your help. Email Shannon Janoff (shannon.janoff@gmail.com) and/or Virginia Mulligan (vrrsweet1@gmail.com).

Spring Community School Classes

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Spring Community School classes are ready for sign up and we have something for everyone! You can find your old favorites like Clay, or try a new workshop-based class like Egg Decorating, Rock Painting or Fashion. For the budding engineer, we offer a Lego Starwars Robotics class and the science enthusiasts can explore all that happens in the school garden with the Secret Garden class.

Click here to check out all your options.

Family-Empowerment Speaker at RGS

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Do you have the courage and know-how to foster resiliency in your kids? Do you understand what it means to be truly compassionate, not only to others, but to yourself? Dr. Kathy Masarie, founder of the Family Empowerment Network, will speak at Riverdale Grade School on March 22 from 8:45 to 10:15 am about how we can support each other to build stronger families and communities. Learn what promotes a growth mindset, building “simplicity” into family rhythm and modeling authenticity, honesty and self-care in order to empower you and your kids. Kathy’s talk will cover the science behind maximizing learning and thriving in the modern world. A brief RGS PTC meeting will follow this presentation.

Thank You New PTC Sponsors!

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Please take note of the Riverdale Parent Teacher Clubs’ new sponsors listed below. These businesses generously provide funds to support PTC programs. Show your appreciation for their support by patronizing these business. Many thanks to:

  • D&C Motors
  • The Dischinger Team Orthodontics
  • DLR Nordic
  • Freeman Motor Company
  • Healthy Habits Catering
  • Hollywood Children’s Dentistry
  • Just Add Power
  • Magnum Opus Salon
  • Olson Pediatric Clinic
  • Oregon Reproductive Medicine
  • Propeller Consulting
  • SkyHigh Sports
  • Small Parts Manufacturing Co. Inc.
  • Starcycle

Auction A Huge Success: Thank You to All Contributors!

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On Saturday night, more than 300 people said “bon voyage” to their cares and enjoyed a festive, globally themed evening that allowed Riverdale School District to say “bonjour” to a night of fundraising that exceeded all expectations! Although exact figures are still being calculated, the paddle raises alone collected an impressive amount for PTC programs and Principals’ wish lists. More than 84 grade school and high school families raised their paddles at the auction and online, contributing $40,000 to RGS for outdoor learning and technology integration, and $40,000 to RHS for field studies.

Especially generous donations came from Just Add Power (Taft and Mina Stricklin); Oregon Reproductive Medicine (Jonathan and Amanda Hurliman); The Meier Family; Rob Lee and Tammi Dereiko; Nitin Khanna; Amber and Henry Hillman; Leslie and Mark Mahler; Adrienne and David Hill; Ajnya and Rakesh Pai; Leon Fabrycki and Staci Schwartz; and Jillian and Ron Cain. You have until Spring Break to join these families.

  • To donate, click here and select your school from the pull-down menu.
  • To view the fundraising video, click here for the RHS videoand here for the RGS video.
  • For more information on the Paddle Raise campaigns for both schools, click here.
  • For a listing of  PTC expenditures, programming and volunteer opportunities–the reason for the Auction!–click here.

A heartfelt graciasarigato and danke go out to the many attendees, donors, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers and everyone else involved in this annual fundraising event. We’ll be reporting on our overall numbers soon, but we are so pleased that we surpassed our fundraising goals and are thrilled with generosity, enthusiasm and support of the Riverdale Community. If you purchased items at the auction and forgot to pick them up on your way out, stop by the grade school office and speak to Suzanne. Missed out on the global glamour? Hoping for a chance at that giant family sing-along with Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini? Not to worry—all nine Party Packs are officially revealed and are now for sale online, though some have already sold out!

Register by April 3 for spring sports

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Be sure to sign up and pay your fees for spring sports by the start of practice on Monday, April 3. All registrants must be current on their physical exam. (Exams are good for two years.)

Marimba students enter the music biz

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As we recently shared in the Riverdale ReviewRiverdale’s marimba program has been such a hit at the grade school that we expanded it to the high school this year. Now, the high school marimba students have even more reason to celebrate. They received permission from music publisher Hal Leonard to publish an arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” they created with teacher Michael Smith. “Each arranger will share in the profits of the arrangement,” he says. “This will be a great lesson for the kids on the ‘music business.’ I’m pretty sure this will be the first time a high school music program has published students!! At least I have never heard of this!! I’m so excited.” Click link above to learn more about our Marimba program and see performance videos.

RHS Robotics finishes strong in first competition

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The Riverdale “Pandas” (Team Pandamonium #2915) had a great run at this weekend’s First Robotics Competition tournament in Wilsonville, finishing in 14th place overall (out of 40 teams). Throughout the competition, the Pandas competed in alliance teams of three in which they amassed points as they won matches. (See robot #2915 in action in this video) The team was even chosen for the final afternoon’s competitive alliance round, during which its alliance made it to the quarterfinals and finished as a top 10 team in offensive points. Our students are both happy and proud of their accomplishment, as are we. Now they turn their attention to the next competition on May 31-April 1. Read more about the team’s preparation for competition.

Learn about hosting exchange students on March 22

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Have you considered hosting a foreign exchange student? On Wednesday, March 22, you can hear from a parent who is doing so right now. You’ll also meet the director of the Ergon student exchange program, which provides your student with a trip to Italy when you host an Italian student. Ergon is now seeking host families for next school year. The informational event takes place at 7 p.m. at 01717 SW Radcliffe Rd, Portland. Please RSVP to lena@lenahyde.com.

May 15: Learn to prepare for an emergency

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Mercy Corps will present information to help prepare our community for an emergency. Plan to join us from 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, May 15, in the Riverdale Grade School Commons. Topics include the risk and impacts of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and what you can do to prepare yourself in your home: How to create a family plan, what supplies you should have and how to make your home safer. More information will be coming soon. Questions should be directed to Sarah Wright, who is helping to arrange the event.

Language ART brings another round of creative expression

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Thanks to the creative mind and generous time of Riverdale parent Heather Bogaty, 7th grade language arts students participated in the second annual Language ART day, a twist on the highly popular RGS Art Lit program. As part of their poetry unit, students studied Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” during instructional time with Ms. Light. After the analysis, Mrs. Bogaty led students in creating artistic representations of the poem over two days in February. The workshops included working with watercolors and acrylics, and required a lot of creativity and freedom of expression from students. In the end, each final piece was an original, representing the student’s individual understanding and interpretation of Frost’s poem. Many thanks to Heather Bogaty, along with parent volunteers Nancy Bignell, Melissa Dasker and Nif Lindsay, and teacher Shar Hunter for supporting the students during these class periods.

Rosemary Potato Jojos samples offered next week

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As announced last week, we’re introducing Harvest of the Month tastings at lunch over the next few months. The first is next Wednesday, March 15, when all kids will get to try Rosemary Potato Jojos. Ingredients include organic Klamath Pearl potatoes, olive oil, rosemary and sea salt. If your student is allergic to anything in the dish, please email Jessica Green and Principal Tobin, who will make sure they do not take a sample.

Tomorrow: Winter Concert, plus bonus science exhibit

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Join us tomorrow (March 9)
at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Room for MavROCK,
 as RHS musical groups perform classic rock from the 1950s through today.

Plus, as an added bonus you’ll be able to view interactive displays from students in the Investigating Careers in Wellness class.

Each student has created a display board with an interactive component for viewers based on an article about something new and intriguing in medicine, health or wellness. One example is a spotlight on face transplants (pictured here), including a viewing box that lets attendees see their eyes with different face. Junior Gillian Styring says, “I saw a documentary, a few years ago, about a French woman who was bitten by a dog in 2005, and was captivated by the fact that when you transplant a face, the result is not the face of the recipient or the donor, but a mix of the two. That is very interesting.”

Jazz Night is Monday, March 13

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Both high school and grade school jazz bands will perform music by Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Parker, Neil Hefty and more during a free 40-minute performance at Riverdale High School on Monday, March 13. Join us at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Room.