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If you want to submit an item for the weekly Grade School PTC newsletter, please email RGSParentPackSubmission@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year.


December 2018 – My Own Words

Posted by & filed under >GS News, >HS News, Riverdale Parent Book Club.

Please join the Riverdale Parent Book Club Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9am at the High School upstairs in the Maverick Room for a lively conversation and yummy snacks.  All RGS and RHS parents are welcome!  Our next book selection is My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg which is a collection of her writings and speeches about topics such as: law, being Jewish, gender equality, the work ways of the Supreme Court and the US Constitution.

Here is a link to the book:


This podcast Interview with RBG is really interesting:



Please direct any questions to Danielle Anfuso.

Vendors and Student Artists Wanted for Craft Fair

Posted by & filed under >GS News, >HS News, Holiday Art & Craft Fair (RGS).

Do you or your young artists have any creations you might like to sell at the Holiday Art & Craft Fair?  Students are strongly encouraged to participate and will learn about entrepreneurship while having fun and earning a few extra dollars.  Parent creators are also very welcome to join us.  So, put on your creative hats, grab your supplies and craft away!

This year’s Holiday Fair will be held at Riverdale High School to generate more traffic and will again feature a mix of local vendors and Riverdale students.  This important PTC fundraising event returns 10% of all sales directly to the school.  Come ready to shop for unique holiday gifts and help support local kid and adult businesses, too!

The application deadline is almost here so submit your application now.  As a vendor, you’ll need to complete this form and submit it to our Holiday Fair Committee Chair, Michaela Houston.  You can also contact Michaela if you have any questions, suggestions, or need the vendor agreement emailed to you.  Thank you for supporting this event!

OBOB Info Sessions

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Oregon Battle of the Books.

Wondering what Battle of the Books is all about? Head over to the Grade School library to learn more and get excited about this awesome competition.

Info Sessions will be held on the following days:

  • Wednesday, September 26 @ 2:30
  • Thursday, September 27 @ 3:30

You only need to attend one session to learn about the program.

Can’t attend the session but are interested in participating? Contact Jean Schnadig

October 2018 Parent Book Club – The Hate U Give

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Our next read is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a recent National Book Award Longlist winner:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

This book is a young adult novel that follows events in the life of a black 16-year-old girl, Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend. The book was published in February 28, 2017 and opened at number one on the NYT Bestseller list, where it remained for 50 weeks, and the book has been made into a movie, which will be released next month.

This NPR piece was really interesting: https://www.npr.org/2017/02/26/517305270/the-hate-u-give-explores-racism-and-police-violence

Movie trailer:  https://youtu.be/3MM8OkVT0hw

Please join us (even if you havent read the book, no problem!) on Friday, October 19th at 9 am – Riverdale High School, in the Maverick Room for tasty snacks, coffee and a lively discussion!

Please direct any questions to Danielle Anfuso.


Interested in OBOB?

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Oregon Battle of the Books.

We are looking for parents and students interested in participating in OBOB teams at Riverdale. Opportunities exist to help organize teams, coach students, and be a competitor in this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) competition. We are excited to be a part of this awesome, statewide program!

Indicate your interest on the following form: I want to help with OBOB!

Or, you can email committee chair Jean Schnadig.

Fall Movie Night – Coco

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Back to School (RGS).

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Concessions/Pizza at 6:00 p.m. – Movie at 6:30 p.m.

Movie Night is BACK!! Bring your chairs and blankets, if you like, and join us for a showing of Coco under the covered play area or in the Commons, depending on the weather.  Suggested admission is $3/person or $10/family.  Come early to mingle and grab some pizza and other tasty movie treats (Cash only).


  • Pizza must be ordered in advance by Friday evening (9/14).
  • Pepperoni and cheese slices – $2.50 each
  • Email Sarah Wright to place your order

Please remember: No Pets Allowed, No Unattended Children*, and School Rules Apply

*All children must be accompanied by an adult and no adult may chaperone more than 5 children.  Parents of unattended children will be called to pick up their children.

September 2018 Parent Book Club – Educated

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Please join the Riverdale Parent Book Club this Friday, September 7, 2018 at 9am at the High School upstairs in the Maverick Room.  All RGS and RHS parents are welcome! Our book club will meet the first Friday of every month at 9 AM – please join us for lively conversation and yummy snacks. The first book that we will be discussing is Educated by Tara Westover, which is a poignant and inspiring memoir about a girl who was seventeen years old before she ever set foot in a classroom, but went on to study at Harvard and Cambridge. Haven’t read the book? No problem! Come and hear the buzz on this book (it has been hailed by everything from the NYT to Oprah as “outstanding”) and help us choose our next book. See you there! Thank you to Danielle Anfuso for facilitating this year’s Parent Book Club!

Updates from the Garden

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Educational Enrichment (RGS), School Garden.

2018 has been incredibly productive in our school’s garden classroom space. First of all, we were so incredibly fortunate to have a new, permanent shelter constructed to provide shade and protection from inclement weather. This beautiful addition was completed in May and was funded by the PTC (money from the paddle raise at last year’s auction was used for this purpose). Garden Education chair Paige Witte adds, “It will be used for teaching in a wide variety of ways and also serves as a community gathering space for class parties and celebrations. It also serves as an additional classroom outside of garden based education, as it has wifi access. Carrington Light used it last year as a place to breathe fresh air while students worked on English lit lessons on lap tops – a place were garden and technology clearly meet.”

Our school garden was also featured on the Dunthorpe Garden Tour, where it was visited by hundreds of attendees. Dietrich Nebert generously volunteered his time, sharing with the greater Portland community about how our garden supports curriculum goals and the benefit of hands-on project based learning. The Dunthorpe Garden Tour raises thousands of dollars for our school district. Awesome!

Check out the photos above of the new shelter and a few snapshots from the Garden Tour.

Riverdale Golf Tournament Recap and Kudos

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The First Annual Riverdale Golf Tournament was a huge success!  Here’s a “hole by hole” recap of the event this past Monday at Eastmoreland Golf Course.  Thanks to ALL who were involved!
  • 24 sponsors/donors underwriting the tournament, proceeds of which go to support Riverdale Athletics. Approximately $20,000 was raised, far exceeding our goals and expectations!
  • Nearly 100 participants:  golfers, lunchers and volunteers representing Riverdale parents, students, coaches, colleagues, friends & family members
  • 21 fantastic auction items generating $7000
  • The always generous and community-minded Freeman Motor Co. providing a hole-in-one car (alas, no winners!) and a Lotus on display
  • The 2nd Place “Best Attire” foursome was clinched by Riverdale teachers/parents!
Interested in helping out or participating next year?  Contact riverdalegolftournament@gmail.com.

American Family Insurance
Elizabeth Kramer-Sky High
Tom Larkin-Stewart, Sokol, Larkin LLC
Keith Bailey-Taylor Metal Co.
Patrick McCauley-Bridgewell Resources
Mark Scarlett-Northwest Investment Counselors
Soren Nielsen & Henrik Andersen-Kontra, LLC
Ryan Rollins-PDX Sliders
Paul Henderson-Johnson Controls
Freeman Motor Co.-Eric & Jenny Freeman
Chris & Susan McGowan
Bernice Cannastraci & Gilian Gandy
Tanya Steele     Yingqing Nielsen     Angela Zehava
Portland Trail Blazers
Reagan Nauheim- Lake Theater Café
Patty Hopkins- Premiere Property Group, LLC
Twisted Locks Salon        Sport Clips Haircuts
Dick Fluter-Pacific Sports Turf
Alison Joy-Roots of Joy Flowers
Shelly Pascoe-Healthy Habits Catering
Adelsheim Vineyards
Sam Gruner & Leslie Goss       Erin Moone
David & Adrienne Hill    Andrew & Erin Allen
Carl Pelz & Rosalie Sears Pelz
Michael & Mona Wray      Michelle & Olaf Janke
Fratelli Ponzi     The Dundee Bistro
Nick Ignelzi-LOBlue Printing
Claremont Golf Course    Lost Tracks Golf Course
Eastmoreland Golf Course


Ladies Stag Hike and Lunch

Posted by & filed under >GS News, >HS News, Ladies' Stag.

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join us at Luscher Farm for Riverdale’s Annual Ladies Stag Lunch & Hike

125 Rosemont Road, West Linn

We’ll meet at 10 sharp under the beech tree. Wear walking shoes. Lunch will be served at the Farm at 11:30.

Join us for the hike or lunch ($15) or both!

For more information, contact Heidi Scrimsher: heidigarden@msn.com or Katherine Murphy: kat.mcmur@gmail.com

Click Here to Register

Sports Registration is open – Fall, 2018

Posted by & filed under >GS News, >HS News, Back to School (RGS).

High school practice starts Aug. 13
Middle school (5-8th) practice starts Aug. 27

In order to participate on the first day of practice, you must complete your online registration and pay the athletic fee by Aug. 9 (high school) or Aug. 21 (grade school).

All athletic registrations are done online. Learn more about registration, fees (brand new families will need to pay the first fees by check) and physical exam forms (good for two years).

The Athletic Department will reopen on Aug. 8 to receive forms and checks. Questions? Email Rob Pridemore, athletic director, at rpridemore@riverdale.k12.or.us or Harmony Carson, athletic coordinator, at hcarson@riverdale.k12.or.us, or call the athletic office at 503-262-4848.

Learn more about the athletics program at RiverdaleSports.com.

Riverdale Directory 2018-2019

Posted by & filed under >GS News, >HS News, Store.

The Riverdale Directory is the Riverdale community phone book, produced and updated each year by the PTC. The directory is available for pre-order here by grade school and high school families and the Riverdale community.

New families should go to www.riverdaledirectory.org to enter your information for the 2018-2019 Riverdale Directory. (If for some reason, you experience a pop-up message asking you to select a certificate, please click “cancel.” It seems to only happen to a few random people!) 

Note for out-of-district families: If you’re interested in carpooling options, please be sure to indicate that when you complete the directory form.

If you know of new families, with or without school-age children, who moved into the neighborhood in the last year, please ask them to contact Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

If you have any trouble with the website, need a pin number, or have any questions about your information, please contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com. Information is entered by household, so if your student is part of two different households, feel free to enter each household separately.

Registration Fair (RGS): Aug. 13

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The Grade School Registration Fair, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018, helps streamline the process of registering your student. Parent/guardian signatures will be required to complete the registration process and fees will be collected. Students may attend with their parents or guardians if they choose, but it is not required. More details will be sent out in August, including any forms you’ll need to download and bring with you. If you are out of town on these dates, alternate directions will be provided.


Riverdale Golf Tournament

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The first annual Riverdale Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Riverdale Athletics, will be on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Eastmoreland Golf Course.  In addition to putting on a fantastic community-building event, we are hoping to raise money from sponsorships, entry fees and other generous donations. Funds collected from sponsorships, entry fees and other generous donations will be used to support essential athletics expenses, including coaches, buses, referees, facilities and equipment.

How can you participate?

PLAY GOLF:  Riverdale Parents, Community Members, Teachers, Coaches, Colleagues, Friends and High-School Athletes are welcome to participate!  $150/individual, $600/foursome.  Click here to print out and submit registration form.

BE A SPONSOR:  There are many opportunities–big and small–for helping underwrite event costs, from “Cart” sponsors to the “Hole in One” main event sponsor.  Thank you to our initial “Birdie Sponsors” contributing $1500, Sky High and Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC, Taylor Metal Products and Bridgewell Resources; and our “Par Sponsors” contributing $1000:  Johnson Controls, PDX Sliders and Kontra, LLC.  Click here to see all the sponsorship options.

DONATE:  We welcome donations of cash to help with costs, as well as coveted prizes for our Raffle and Silent Auction.  Contact riverdalegolftournament@gmail.com with ideas and questions.

JOIN US FOR LUNCH:  Not a golfer?  Join us for lunch and silent auction! Check back here for information.

First Days of School – Fall, 2018

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Back to School (RGS).

  • Grades 1-8 begin school on Monday, August 27.
  • Preschool and kindergarten students will start on Tuesday, September, 4.
  • Note: All 8th graders moving on to Riverdale High School will begin school on Friday, August 24. This special first day will be full of information and activities designed to acquaint all new students with the school and each other. You’ll receive more information from the high school this summer.

Key academic dates announced

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While the final academic year calendar is still being finalized, a few key dates have been announced:
  • First days of school: Monday, Aug. 27 (1st-8th grades and returning 10th-12th grades), Friday, Aug. 24 (9th graders and all new high schools students in any grade) and Tuesday, Sept. 4 (preschool and kindergarten)
  • Thanksgiving break: Nov. 19-23, 2018
  • Winter break: Dec. 24, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019
  • Spring break: March 25-29, 2019
  • Last day of school: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Parent Resources from Dr. Kathy Masarie presentation

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Thanks to Dr. Kathy Masarie for her informative presentation sponsored by the PTC on Wednesday, March 21. Key takeaways include the notion that it takes five positive interactions to overcome one negative – this aligns with the RGS approaches to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and when we as adults do not know what to say, we can focus on empathy with the phrase: “I don’t know what to say right now, but I’m glad you told me.”

Here are some additional resources from Dr. Masarie and others that you may consider viewing during any downtime you have during spring break:

  • Louise Evans’ Ted Talk on owning your behaviors: “We’re making choices about the behaviors we bring into the world. And the choices that we make have a direct impact on the conversations that we have, the relationships that we form, and the quality of our lives in general.”
  • Brene Brown’s TedTalk on the power of vulnerability: In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
  • The Center for Nonviolent Communication: “NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies – whether verbal or physical – are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.”
  • Unhooking from video games, including Fortnite: This third-person shooter game is the latest video game craze that has kids struggling to control the amount of time they spend playing. It’s up to parents whether to allow games like this in their homes and, even more importantly, how to set limits and have discussions with their children.