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.


Lunch Volunteers Needed

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Did you know that the PTC coordinates all aspects of the Riverdale lunch program?  We hire vendors and coordinate daily volunteers to serve lunch to our children.  We have contracted for a second year with Healthy Habits, a local catering company who creates fresh, healthy, tasty food for our children. We need volunteers for lunch shifts for the first week of school and beyond. The volunteer shift is 11:15-1:15, weekly, every other week or monthly.

If you are new to Riverdale, or have not previously volunteered, you will need to complete a simple background check and complete food handler training.  We will provide instructions for both after you sign up to volunteer.

For lunch program questions, please contact the PTC Lunch Chair, Reagan Nauheim, at nauheims@gmail.com.



RGS Registration Fair

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Thursday, Aug. 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Registration Day at the grade school is an opportunity to pick up important forms and information from both the school and our Parent Teacher Club, including student handbooks, immunization information and more. You will also have the chance to pay required fees and learn more about bus route options.

For those families not able to attend Registration Day, you will be able to pick up forms and information the following week.

Your $50 PTC Fee, separate from school district fees, can be paid online here.

PTC Ladies’ Stag Hike and Lunch

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Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We’ll meet in front of Chuck’s Place at 9:15 a.m.
148 B Ave Lake Oswego
Wear good walking shoes

Lunch at Baird’s on B
485 on 2nd Street Lake Oswego  (above Chuck’s)
At approximately 11:30 a.m.

Join us for the hike or lunch ($25) or both

For more information, contact Niki Seawright: nicole.seawright@gmail.com

Click Here to Register

PTC Ladies’ Stag Cocktail Party

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After the summer break, enjoy an evening with fellow Riverdale ladies in the home of Darris and Adria Cassidy, welcoming the newest members of our community while reconnecting with old friends.

Address: 02406 SW Greenwood Road, Portland

New Guard: $25 each (new to Riverdale/Dunthorpe community)
Established Guard: $50 each

Ticket includes appetizers and drinks

Attire: Casual

For more information, contact Adria Cassidy at adriacassidy@gmail.com

Register HERE by September 21st

2018 PTC Auction: Save the Date

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 will be a fun-filled, swanky night on the town, with cocktails, dinner, music, Party Pack sign-ups, auction items, paddle raise, and a spotlight on Riverdale student artwork. Join community members at Left Bank Annex for an evening out under the “City Lights” while you support our children’s education in this exceptional district.


Help Wanted: Gearing Up for 2018 Auction

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The PTC is currently recruiting volunteers for next year’s Auction Committee. The annual Auction is the PTC’s biggest fundraiser, which provides financial support for many activities and programs that help make a Riverdale education excellent (such as teacher grants, classroom support, field trips and field studies resources, teacher enrichment, college planning activities and student financial assistance). We need help in many areas, from managing aesthetics to communications to crunching numbers. If you would like to help on the Auction Committee, please contact RGS parent Carrie Spurlock.

$177K Raised in 2017 Auction

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On March 11, 2017, 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! $177,000 in net income was raised! 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 $44,000 to RGS outdoor learning and technology integration, and $44,000 to RHS for field studies.

  • 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 are so pleased that we surpassed our fundraising goals by reaching $177,000 in net income and are thrilled with generosity, enthusiasm and support of the Riverdale Community. There are still a few Party Packs for sale online!

Thank You 2017 Corporate Sponsors and Patrons

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We would like to say THANK YOU to some great people and businesses for supporting the Riverdale PTC Auction. Below is a list of Sponsors and Patrons as of Feb. 15.  If you have sponsor suggestions, please contact Sarah Wright.

Corporate Sponsors
Rob Lee and Tammi Dereiko
The Meier Family
Taft and Mina Stricklin – Just Add Power
Amanda and Jonathan Hurliman – Oregon Reproductive Medicine
Keith Bailey – Taylor Metals
Bill and Kari Lynn Dischinger – The Dischinger Team Orthodontics
Eric and Jenny Freeman – Freeman Motors
Joe and Shar Hunter – Magnum Opus
Sheena Kansal and Krista Badger – Hollywood Children’s Dentistry
Elizabeth Kramer and Keith Oelrich – Sky High Sports
Erin Moone – StarCycle
Duncan and Katie Roberts – DLR Nordic
Amy and Ryan Weeden – Propeller
Shelly Morris – Healthy Habits Catering
Mert Romney – Small Parts Manufacturing
Daniel and Domnika Crainic – D&C Motors


Patron Passport Holders

Joe Andrews, Sharie Andrews, Jillian Cain, Ron Cain, Adria Cassidy, Darris Cassidy, Kristine Collins, Josh Collins, Amy Coulter, Melissa Dasker, Dale Dasker, Wendy Domreis, John Domreis, Will Forney, Terese DeManuelle, Tamra Dereiko, Andrew Gilligan, Milana Gilligan, Rainer Grosskopf, Alexia Halen, Paul Halen, Michelle Janke, Olaf Janke, Melanie Khanna, Sally McGuire, Eric Meier, Shelly Morris, Ajnya Pai, Rakesh Pai, Jennifer Rabb, Tony Rabb, Sarah Remy, Chris Remy, Deepak Sawhney, Anita Scarlett, Sinclair Sawhney, Ashley Semler, Matt Semler, Mary Steinberg, Lance Steinberg, BB Veverka, David Veverka, Ken Wightman, Patty Wightman, Jennifer Wilcoxon, Julian Wilcoxon, Paige Witte, John Wooldridge

2017 Paddle Raise

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Raise a Paddle to Our Future


RIVERDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT – This year’s auction theme, “Passport to Our Future,” is the perfect way to spotlight the March 11 event’s paddle raise request. With a focus on innovation and exploration, the paddle raise seeks to generate between $40,000-$60,000 to fund important initiatives both in the grade school and the high school.

New this year will be a dual paddle raise format, allowing bidders to designate their support to either school’s initiatives.

1. Grade School Paddle Raise (video)

The grade school is asking for your support in sustaining and expanding two areas. First, Riverdale’s Outdoor Learning Program seeks continued funding to ensure we can maintain, expand and educate students about what it means to truly “go green.” The outdoor learning space is used 20-40 hours a month by teachers in all grades and subject areas, with a new outdoor learning specialist to assist them with curriculum integration. In addition, paddle raise funds will support purchasing a variety of interactive technology for preschool-8th grade classrooms. Funds will also be used to ensure professional development by enrolling six educators at IntegratED 2018, a two day teaching and learning conference focused on technology integration in the classroom and beyond.

Outdoor Garden image RGS Classroom Technology image


2. High School Paddle Raise (video)

The high school Field Studies program is a cornerstone of every student’s educational career. Trips not only promote enriched learning, but also serve as important team-building exercises and life experiences. The high school paddle raise will allow the program to continue to support current Field Studies options and add new destinations. Last year’s introduction of the extremely popular San Juan sailing trip is a prime example of how these funds expand experiential learning opportunities for our students.

RHS Field StudiesDCIM101GOPROGOPR1891.


These enriching initiatives will continue to provide a multifaceted, high-tech educational environment for our children to grow, learn and thrive, both inside and outside their classrooms. Click here for more information on field studies at both schools.


Lunch Program Update – August, 2017

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Healthy Habits Catering is returning with expanded service at Riverdale Grade School. In addition to last year’s hot entree and salad bar, they will be offering a sandwich sack lunch, a la carte items, and snacks on a daily basis.

There are a lot of (good!) changes to be aware of:

  • Milk:  Healthy Habits will take over Milk distribution from the Riverdale School District. You can order milk on a daily basis (from the a la carte menu for $0.26) or for the entire year from the “Milk” menu for $40.
  • Ordering Forms:  This year, the menus will offer “Monthly” and “Daily” ordering. The “Monthly” ordering form works exactly like last year and will include all items offered by Healthy Habits (hot entrée, salad bar, sack lunch, a la carte items and snacks). The order form will be open between the 1st and the 20th of the ordering month and payment is due on the 20th of the ordering month. The “Daily” ordering forms will open AFTER the “Monthly” ordering form closes and will allow you to order a salad bar, sack lunch, a la carte items and snacks up until the night before. The “Daily” form can be accessed multiple times during the month (since each ordering form is for one day), but they ask that you settle your account on the 20th of the month (same time as the monthly form) in order to make sure they have payment in a timely manner but also to ensure that you are only charged one processing fee per month.
  • Pricing:   The processing for sack lunch items increases when the items are ordered off the “Daily” menu because of the “on the fly” ordering and reporting challenges. For this reason, sack lunches on the “Monthly” menu are $4.50 and sack lunches on the “Daily” menu are $5.00. We’d like to encourage you to order the sack lunch items off the “Monthly” menu when possible but realize the benefit to last minute ordering as well. Reduced pricing is still offered to all Riverdale School District employees and their families on most items. If you qualify for staff pricing and do not see the appropriate pricing reflected in your order, please contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com. If you would like information about free and/or reduced price lunch options, please contact the Riverdale District Office.
  • Monthly Ordering Periods:   There will be six “Monthly” ordering periods during the 2017-2018 school year. The combined months allow you to order in advance, avoid shorter ordering periods, and avoid ordering periods that end when school is not in session. Please settle your account on the 20th of each month BUT when there are multiple ordering months, you are welcome to spread the payments out across the months. In other words, October ordering covers three months; you could pay 1/3 of your balance in October, 1/3 of your balance in November, and 1/3 of your balance in December. If you have any questions about the payment process, you can contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com OR contact the District Office for free and/or reduced pricing lunch options.

The ordering periods for this year will be:

  • August Ordering:           August & September Meals
  • September Ordering:   October Meals
  • October Ordering:        November, December and January Meals
  • January Ordering:       February Meals
  • February Ordering:       March & April Meals
  • April Ordering:             May & June Meals

As you explore the menu, we hope you are as excited about the new item offerings as we are. Please feel free to contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com (if you have any questions about the ordering process) or Shelly Pascoe at shellypascoe@icloud.com (if you have any questions about the menu items, ingredients or preparation process) and we’re looking forward to a terrific 2017-2018 school year!



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Every year we ask families to pay a one-time fee to support classroom activities. This fee goes towards classroom parties organized by Room Parents for Halloween, Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day and end-of-year celebrations. Additionally, our teachers use the funds to purchase supplies and books for their classroom throughout the year. The PTC Fee enables reimbursement for those expenses for Principal-approved items up to $400 per year per full-time returning teacher, and up to $600 for a new teacher.




After Care & Early Drop Off

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RIVERDALE AFTER SCHOOL (RAS) program offers before and after-school care to all Riverdale families needing child care outside of regular school hours. The program is conveniently located inside Riverdale Grade School and provides quality care in a safe environment. To have your child attend simply register on our website.

RAS follows the Riverdale School District calendar. We are open before and after school everyday school is in session during the following times:

7:30 – 8:20am before school  

3:20 – 6:00pm after school

2:20 – 6:00pm on Wednesdays

Monthly passes and drop-in care are available. To register and to find out more information about our

program, visit our website at: http://www.riverdaleafterschool.com


Thank You From the PTC

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The PTC board would like to recognize and thank outgoing president, Jen Wilcoxon, for her outstanding work, leadership and friendship this past year.  Jen oversaw all of the PTC events, including a hugely successful auction, with level-headedness, good humor and an unwavering commitment to make RGS an amazing place to educate our children.  Jen, you made PTC fun and you will be missed next year!

We would also like to take moment to thank every parent who volunteered on a PTC committee, at lunch, Carnival, Auction, Field Day or any other PTC event throughout the year.  If every mom and every dad continues to sign up for just one volunteer opportunity throughout the year, the PTC will have another great year next year.

– Kira, Paige, Jenny, Margaret, Carrie, Allison and Stephanie

Spark Creativity Over Summer Break

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Do your little artists need a project this summer?  Keep the creative energy going while school is out by crafting for the Holiday Art & Craft Fair.  Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Craft Fair so grab your supplies, plan your booth and craft away over the summer.  Children as young as 7 can participate and students receive discounted space fees.

We are beginning to sign artists up NOW.  Vendors must fill out this form and submit it to Michaela Houston for review.  Michaela is also the contact person for any questions or suggestions.  Contact her at michahouston@comcast.net.

Save the Date: 2017-2018

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  • New Family Lemonade – August 6, 2017
  • Back To School Coffee – August 28, 2017
  • Ice Cream Social – September 7, 2017
  • Harvest Party Pack – September 9, 2017
  • RGS Back To School Night – September 13, 2017
  • Hootenanny Party Pack – September 22, 2017
  • Ladies’ Stag – September 28, 2017
  • Holiday Craft Fair – December 2, 2017
  • Riverdale Auction 2018 – February 24, 2018

School Supplies orders due Tuesday, June 13

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Everyone’s favorite program is returning to Riverdale: School Supply Packs!  The last thing you want to be doing in August is running all over town looking for sold-out school supplies.  Enjoy your last few days of summer and let us take care of the details.  Our amazing, pre-packaged supplies are specifically designed for your student’s grade.  Click here to order your pre-packaged school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year.  The last day to order is June 13.

The RGS PTC is thrilled to offer this convenient program to parents; cost savings, consistency of supplies in the classroom and fewer to-dos on your back-to-school list are a few of the many benefits.

Questions about school supply packs? Please contact Erin Moone at erinreneemoone@me.com
Happy Shopping!

Thank You From the PTC

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The PTC would like to extend a special thank you to volunteers who made two wonderful events possible: Field Day and 8th Grade Promotion.

Sarah Wright and Stefanie Lamb organized an outstanding Field Day.  Thank you, also, to all the parent volunteers who pitch in to continue to make Field Day a stand-out event for our students, year after year. We could not do it without you.

Suzi Maddocks and Michelle Janke made 8th Grade Promotion very special for all families involved this year.  Another BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the parent volunteers who helped make this year’s event a great success. One person in particular the chairs would like to recognize is Wanda Dawson, the 7th & 8th Grade Activities Treasurer for the last two years. She has done much more than just accounting and keeping track budgets. Thank you Wanda, you have been invaluable to our school.

Open Call For Volunteer Lunch Servers

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The lunch volunteer sign up sheets for next year are NOW LIVE.  Volunteering at lunch is a great opportunity to see your child at school with their friends and to have a great time with other parents.  Grab a group of your friends and be the core crew on certain days, or get on the sub list if you are only able to pop in occasionally.  We are 100% volunteer based; our kids need you to make sure our lunch program runs successfully.

The shifts are organized by day of the week and number of that day in a month and you can sign up in a variety of ways.  For example:

  • If you want to sign up for one recurring shift:  “1st/3rd/5th Monday” refers to the first, third and fifth Monday of each month.
  • If you want to sign up for multiple shifts:  Signing up for 1st/3rd/5th Monday and 2nd/4th Monday would land you on the volunteer schedule every Monday.
  • If you want to volunteer only once per month: Please identify the day you want after your first name. For example, to sign up for the 1st Monday of each month, click “1st/3rd/5th Monday” and enter into the first name field “Reagan (1st Monday)” and “Nauheim” in the last name field.
  • Or, get on the sub list

If you have any questions about volunteering for lunch, the sign up process, or anything else lunch-service related contact   reagan.nauheim@gmail.com.  Lunch ordering information will be out soon.  Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Riverdale Directory 2017-18

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The Directory is the Riverdale Community Phone Book, updated each year and made available to Grade School and High School families and the Riverdale Community. The 65th Edition for 2017-2018 will be available for purchase in the High School and Grade School offices in October. Watch the Parent Pack emails in the fall for ordering information.

You will soon be receiving an email with your family’s listing information that will go into the new Directory.  New school families will be asked to create their record.  It is important you do this without delay when you get the email so we can list your information correctly.  If you have questions about updating your contact information, contact Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

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 Maya Klein at mayanw@comcast.net or Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

To pre-order your directory, which will be delivered to your youngest student in early October, click here.

Cub and Boy Scout Info Night, June 13

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Why consider Scouting?

  • FUN with friends:  Meet several times a month to do fun activities and go on great outings while learning
  • GET OUTDOORS:  Learn camping and outdoor activity skills; enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders; build self-sufficiency
  • LEADERSHIP and character development:  Develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime; give back to our community
  • Cubs spend QUALITY TIME with mom and dad:  Both moms and dads are encouraged to participate; go on fun outings like Mom and Me, Dad and Lad; siblings can tag along

Do you have a son who will be in 1st grade or above next year and want to learn more?  At this information session, we’ll answer all your questions and help get your son signed up!
Join us on Tuesday June 13th, at 7 p.m. in the Riverdale Grade School Commons.

Boy Scouts of America staff and local Scouting parents will be available until at least 8:30 p.m., or whenever the last questions are answered.

RSVPs to jon.spurlock@gmail.com are encouraged, not required.  Activities to entertain small siblings will be available.
For a good look at Riverdale Boy Scouts, check out boyscouttroop110.org.

Holiday Art & Craft Fair

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Calling All Artists and Crafters
Planning has started for the Second Annual Riverdale Holiday Art & Craft Fair, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2. Although December is still many months away, organizers would like to give students and parents the opportunity to participate in this year’s show by using summer break to come up with ideas and start creating. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to participate and need the vendor agreement with all important facts sent to you, contact Holiday Fair committee chair Michaela Houston.

Summer Sports Camps

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  • RHS Boys’ Soccer Skills Workshop (incoming 9th-12th graders): June 20-23, daily 10 a.m. to noon on the Riverdale Grade School field. Workshop directed by RHS Varsity Head Coach, Roberto Curilovic. No registration necessary.
  • Riverdale Girls’ Basketball Skills Camp (incoming 6th-12th graders): July 17-19 at Riverdale Grade School (Learn more and register.)
  • Summer Runs: Mr. Johnson will be leading some summer runs to get fit for the upcoming year. This is not exclusive to those planning to participate in Cross Country next year. Anyone can participate! If you’re interested, reach out to Mr. Johnson at mjohnson@riverdale.k12.or.us.