Welcome to the RGS PTC Parent Pack!


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.


RHS Gingerbread House Contest

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

Start decorating! The Maverick Club is hosting a student Gingerbread House decorating contest. There are 5 categories and there will be a gift card winner for each one: 

  1. Neon/Festive/Colorful/Creative: go crazy with candy & frosting!
  2. Sports or Games: show your team colors or represent a favorite game (ex. Chess-themed house, Rubik’s cube house)
  3. Book/TV/Movie: pick a scene or a whole theme
  4. Maximum Holiday: any holiday for the house! (ex. Hanukkah house, July 4 house, Halloween house, Santa’s house)
  5. Teamwork: work with sibling(s) or friend(s) to make a coordinated theme—send in your photos together if you are working remotely.

RGS 8th-graders are invited to participate and will be judged within their own category.

Purchase a pre-made kit or make your own. The contest ends on December 17 and the winners will be announced on December 18. Send in photos to the student instagram @riverdalemavsspirit or rhsmavsyearbook@gmail.com

RGS Garden Update – November, 2020

Posted by & filed under Garden Education, Grade School News.

It’s been quiet for the Riverdale Garden.  After the smoke and fires forced an early dormancy on the food crops, all that was left to do was to clear them out and put the beds to sleep for the winter.  

Just like in the rest of our lives during COVID, I look forward to a Spring of new growth and possibilities.  While I’m not tending the garden directly during the Fall and Winter, I am working hard behind the scenes with planning crops for next year, ordering seeds, taking inventory, raising money to support the program and figuring out what the future might look like in 2021.  Thanks for your continued support and wish you all healthy and well.  

Michelle Greissinger

RHS Speaker Series Presents

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

Building Resiliency & Instilling Self-Confidence 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
featuring  Wanda Scott

More than ever before, young people live in an almost constant state of stress brought on by a combination of lack of sleep, heightened expectations, and over-exposure to endless stimuli from every direction. Turn challenges into success with skill and strategy for your children.  Learn how to help kids thrive and operate at full capacity.  Our presenters bolster your own resiliency and teach how to role model the skills needed not just to survive the brutal reality of gossip, ratings, likes and posts; but to thrive and rise above.

Wanda L. Scott is a former college professor and an accomplished author of multiple books.

Minted Holiday Cards Fundraiser

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Order Minted Holiday Cards and Support Riverdale!


Check a task off your To-Do list and help raise funds for Riverdale at the same time.  Order your holiday cards from Minted and you will save 20% off your purchase and Minted will donate 15% to the Riverdale PTC.

At Minted, you’ll find the perfect holiday card format to suit your style with their unique designs, which are freshly sourced from independent artists through curated competitions.  Check out THE 2019 MINTED HOLIDAY CARD GUIDE to view all the options.

Meet Stephanie Kendall – RGS Principal

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

The PTC would like to invite you to meet our new Principal, Stephanie Kendall, over a casual, outdoor, socially-distanced coffee.  We currently have two dates with 7 slots at each.  A virtual event is also in the works.  

Times: October 14th and October 26th, 9-9:30am.  
Place: 11740 S. Breyman (the McCartney residence, across the street from RGS).  
What: Coffee and individually-plated treats will be provided. Please bring your own mug and mask.  
How: Sign-up below.

PTC-related events follow Oregon Healthy Authority guidance applicable to Multnomah County.  This outdoor get-together will include seating at a distance of six-feet and contact-less serving. 

Go HERE to reserve your spot.

PTC Teacher Gifts supported by PTC Fee

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

Here is a glimpse of your annual PTC fees hard at work! The Riverdale Grade School staff received their 2019-2020 year-end appreciation gifts. The Board gave them each a personalized Yeti cup and a Starbucks gift card! The insulated, stainless Yeti cups come in handy for keeping our staff well caffeinated and hydrated during distance teaching days. Thank you all for supporting our teachers!

“…the PTC coffee cup gift was wonderful. Please send along my sincere thank you to everyone involved in getting those gift bags together. I love Yeti cups!” – Alison Barron – 2nd Grade Teacher

The annual $50 per student fee goes to not only teacher appreciation efforts like this one, but will go towards the many socially distanced classroom celebrations we are planning, as well as funding this school year’s teacher supplies.  Please pay your fee now

RGS Speaker Series starts October 22

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The PTC is proud to announce that it will be hosting a virtual speaker series this school year, focusing on content to help our families navigate distance-learning and the coronavirus pandemic.  Our first speaker event will be Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

We will be joined by Nichole Sage, Psy.D., and Michael Schwartz, Ph.D, from the Children’s Program, who will address “Understanding and Supporting Childhood Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  This presentation will be focused on helping parents gain a greater understanding of childhood anxiety and how symptoms of anxiety may have changed or increased as a result of the pandemic. It also aims to provide parents with actionable ideas and strategies to support child anxiety during times of distress, and will offer an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.  

To attend this free, virtual presentation, please email Alexia Bounds at alexiabounds@gmail.com; a conference link will be provided to attendees in advance of the presentation.

Halloween Car Parade October 30

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It’s spooky season and we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, but Halloween fun (and terror) is still possible!  PTC is planning a no contact car parade on Friday, October 30 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Decorate your car and join us with your costumes! 

Please email Event Chair, Ashley Eil, at ashleyeil0618@gmail.com if you would like to help.

Riverdale Directory Foundation Gift 2020-21

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News, Riverdale Directory.

This year the Riverdale Foundation is donating a directory for every family to help build community during this time of separation.

We are offering two contact-free drive thru pickups:

  • At the Grade School on Wednesday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the main parking lot; and,
  • At the High School on Wednesday, October 7, from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Please bring a face mask. If you would like to have a friend pick up your free directory, please email Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com by October 6.  If you can’t make it on October 7, don’t worry! The Foundation still has a directory for you and we’ll be in touch after the drive thru with additional delivery or pickup options. Purchase additional directories for $10.

We could use more help with putting the binder and stickers on the directories. Please contact Anita at if you would like to help.

October 2020 Parent Book Club – American Dirt

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American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins

We are going to pivot to a different book this month. Burnt Sugar is not out until the Spring so we are going to pick up American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Amber Hillman will be our generous hostess under a covered patio on Thursday October 29th at 5:00pm. Seats 6ft apart and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Please wear a face mask and email Carla (carlambunting@gmail.com) if you are planning to attend.

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side too, there are dreams.

Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic,” American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Lydia Quixano Perez runs a bookstore in the Mexican City of Acapulco until one violent day changes everything. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia―trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place they might feel safe. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. A page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page, it is a literary achievement. It is one of the most important books for our times.

About The Author

Jeanine Cummins is the author of four books: the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, and the novels The Outside Boy, The Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Riverdale Directory 2020-2021

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For this school year, the Riverdale Foundation is donating a directory for every family to help build community during this time of safe social distancing. If you have any questions about your listing and what it looks like, please contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com asap. We’re hoping it will be ready for distribution in early October. 

Looking for a family project? The directory is here for you! We’d love to get some help adding the privacy binding and a sticker to the Riverdale Directories. Take a box of 50, apply the binding and sticker, return the box, but keep YOUR donated directory from the Riverdale Foundation. Be the first on the block to have one of the coveted directories and help get them ready for distribution! Contact Anita Scarlett atxagsx@hotmail.com if you’re interested.

Lunch Program Update Sept. 7, 2020

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, Lunch (RGS).

Welcome Back

I would like to update everyone on how the lunch program will operate this year. You will have the opportunity to order lunch for your entire family — parents and siblings included — with service beginning September 14th!

I’m proud to offer a variety of sandwiches, bowls, salads, and a couple of our most popular entrees. 

As in the past all my produce is organic. The brown and jasmine white rice used in the bowls is also organic. All meats used are all natural and organic. ALL containers are biodegradable and compostable. 

Ordering is open now at www.orgsonline.com! Ordering closes at 9am on the preceding Friday morning (in other words, at 9am Friday, September 11th, for the week of September 14th). As always, you can go in and modify your order up until the menu closes — whatever you save last, is the order that will be placed. If you are ordering for multiple siblings or parents, go ahead and register each person as a “student” in orgsonline and place each person’s order individually.

You can choose to have your food delivered or you can do a curbside pickup (between 11 AM and noon). Curbside pickup is located at the bus drop off area out the back doors of the gym. If you are choosing delivery and have a K through fourth grader, that household will receive the lunches before 11 AM. All other grades will receive theirs before their lunch times. 

There is a $1 delivery charge per order and you can choose to have your order delivered to your home address or to an alternate address. Please verify with Anita (xagsx@hotmail.com) your student’s home address AND an alternate address if you have one. You can vary your delivery between home and the alternative address by day. Your order will automatically default to “Pickup” unless you choose “Delivery Options” at the bottom of the ordering form for each day.

We ask that you settle your accounts on the last day of each month. This way your account can stay current without incurring the additional service fees that you would have if you paid weekly.

Free & Reduced Price Lunches
Food assistance will be offered again this year. Suzanne Bevier has the applications in the front office for parents to pick up.

I look forward to providing lunch this year.

Thank you,

A Welcome Note From Your 2020-21 RGS PTC Board

Posted by & filed under Grade School News.

For more than 30 years, the Riverdale Parent Teacher Club (“PTC”) has had the happy job of welcoming new and returning families to our Grade School community each Fall.  This year, we do so again under unfamiliar circumstances.  Our district is known for its strong and involved parent community.  The pandemic has awakened us to the true essence of life.  Together we create the village that helps to raise our kids and strengthen our community.

We are focusing more than ever on our mission “to enrich Riverdale’s K-8 education by curriculum activities, encouraging parent involvement, supporting student participation, and fostering communication to strengthen our community.”

We are striving to fulfill this mission in new ways and continue the proud Riverdale traditions of community spirit, creativity, and excellence.  Right from the start, new families have many opportunities to connect with other parents and students in their child’s grade. Your PTC is busy planning safe and healthy programs, events, and activities to support our students, parents, and staff.  Like always, we look to you to help us along the way.

This year, electronic communications will be more important than ever to keep us connected, so please check your emails and the PTC website, www.riverdaleptc.org, for news about what we’re doing and what you can do to make us stronger.  We need your help in our community-building efforts and we encourage all families to be creative in staying connected to each other and our school.

We are so glad to have you with us and look forward to supporting your family and our school together.


Judy, Courtnee, Alexia, Shelyea, Michele, Shannon & Jon 

Riverdale Directory Cover Art Contest 2020-2021

Posted by & filed under Back to School (RGS), Grade School News, High School News, Riverdale Directory.

The theme is “Peace within a Pandemic”: masks are not required in the design, but we’d like something that reflects peace during this historical time. The drawings should be positive and can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Pencil or black marker work well, keeping in mind that the cover will be a color and the artwork will be printed in black.

If you cannot scan your artwork yourself, please feel free to contact Maya directly and we can help you get it submitted. Also, please hold on to the original because we may need it if your artwork is selected. 

Please submit your original artwork electronically to Maya Klein at mayanw@comcast.net by September 8th.
Calling all GS and HS artists — we’d love to see your drawing on the front or back cover of this year’s Riverdale Directory!
There will be one GS and one HS piece selected.
Please let Maya know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing your submissions!

Riverdale Directory Committee 

RGS Garden Update – Fall 2020

Posted by & filed under Garden Education, Grade School News.

Since I last saw you all the garden has also had lots of changes due to COVID19.   

No students in the garden meant the back beds were left to go wild, while the front beds grew beautiful tomatoes, squashes, corn, and cucumbers.    Stop by and grab a tomato, but please let the squash and melons continue to grow. 

As we transition into the new school year there are quite a few things needed in the garden too:

Tools— almost all of our tools were taken while school was closed.  We need shovels, rakes, loppers, to name a few. 

Adult volunteers— I would love to find a parent or community member who is an experienced flower gardener who wants to take on reclaiming and maintaining the rock border wall around the learning garden. 

Plants, seeds, cash donations— we need seeds and plants for the fall, winter, and spring. (Food, herbs and flowers).   Gift cards at nurseries are great—we stay local as much as possible, so a donation of a gift card from your favorite local nursery would be a special student, business and garden support during these strange times!

Email gardenrgs@gmail.com if you have any items to donate or to get in touch about being a special adult volunteer.   Also feel free to have students send garden stories or questions of their own to our own master gardener.

Happy Gardening!
Michelle Greissinger

September 2020 Parent Book Club – Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

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Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights
by Dovey Johnson Roundtree
and Katie McCabe

We are so excited for our 2020 book selections! We hope to learn and grow through getting to know our community members, mostly talking about books.

This year because of COVID-19 we cannot meet at school. We will change the location of our discussion each month to a driveway or yard as long as weather permits. 

Please join Carla Bunting on Thursday, September 24 from 3:00-4:00pm. Seats 6 feet apart, hand sanitizer, and bottled water will be provided. Please wear a face mask. Email Carla Bunting if you plan to attend September Book Club for her address and/or if you would like to host the month of October!  carlambunting@gmail.com

RGS PTC Back-to-School Packet 2020-2021

Posted by & filed under Back to School (RGS), Grade School News, New Families (RGS).

A warm welcome to the new school year!  The 2020-2021 RGS PTC Back-to-School Packet provides information about:

  • PTC Greeting and Overview
  • Back To School Tasks
  • Parent Pack Newsletter
  • Riverdale Directory
  • Booster Club Membership
  • Volunteering
  • PTC Supported Programs
  • School Lunch Program
  • Book Club
  • Playgroup

Due to COVID-19 a number of events cannot be confirmed at this time; therefore, a consolidated annual school event calendar with GS & PTC event information, teacher workdays and school holidays has not been included in the packet this year. For the most current and complete district event calendar, click here.

RGS PTC Fee 2020-2021

Posted by & filed under Back to School (RGS), Finance (RGS), Grade School News, Store.

Every Fall, the RGS PTC asks families to pay a one-time back-to-school fee per student. This one-time per-student back-to-school PTC Fee is separate from any fees paid to the school. Much of this fee goes to programs that directly show community appreciation for our teachers. For a breakdown of the activities this fee has supported historically click HERE. This year, the PTC Fee will support similar initiatives in different formats than years past.


RHS Senior Class Fundraiser–Kaady Cards

Posted by & filed under 12th-Grade Activities, Grade School News, High School News, Store.

Dirty Car? Riverdale Class of 2021 is running a “waterless carwash” to raise funds to put towards graduation events and activities.

Now offering both types of Kaady cards:  ADVANCED and ULTIMATE PROTECTION!

  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ADVANCED cards for $45.00. One drive-up Advanced Wash at Kaady is $9.00, so you’re saving $1.50 per trip!
  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ULTIMATE PROTECTION cards for $62.00. One drive-up Ultimate Protection Wash at Kaady is $12.00, so you’re saving $1.66 per trip!

Support the Senior Class Fundraiser, save money, and clean your ride by purchasing your cards now!

You will be notified when your cards are available to arrange for delivery or for pick-up at a designated time/location.

PTC Fundraiser – Piano!

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

What’s the best way to leverage your spare time this year?  Maybe start to play piano!  Or is there a talented pianist in your family/circle of friends who is looking for an exceptional piano? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE to own a Steinway piano for a good cause.

A Riverdale Grade School parent, Lisa Greenleaf,  generously donated her 1903 Steinway baby grand to the RGS PTC to fund the Riverdale School District music program with an emphasis on marimbas. The piano was completely rebuilt in 2008 with ivory and ebony keys and is in immaculate condition.  

All reasonable offers will be considered.  

Please email us at rgsparentpacksubmission@gmail.comyu.zhu@me.com 

Lunch Program Update July 20, 2020

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, Lunch (RGS).

Riverdale parents,
I hope everyone is healthy and appreciating the time with your family.  I have missed seeing all your children! I will be continuing Healthy Habits lunch program this next school year.  We will know more around the middle of August on how it will operate.

This is an update on the lunch program for RGS from last year. Your Orgs online account has a credit of ($75.00).  Payments made through Orgs online go directly into the bank for deposit; unfortunately, though, this means that Orgs online does not have a way to issue refunds from the site. We understand that our school closed early and have refunded ALL meal purchases for the closed days back to your Orgs online account; however, we also needed to add a fee (up to $50 and based on your usage of the lunch system) to cover the operating costs for the remainder of the school year, website and bank fees, personnel costs, and food that had already been purchased.  For those of you continuing at Riverdale next year, our preference would be for you to keep your balance on account and use it next year. If anyone is in need of a refund, please contact me at shellypascoe@icloud.com.

There have been several families inquiring about donating their balance which is very thoughtful in this time when there are so many in need. If this is something you would like to participate in, please email me at shellypascoe@icloud.com.  Options include covering the costs we incur when students forget their lunch, donating to a free and reduced lunch program at Riverdale for students needing food assistance, or donating to the Transition Projects.  Transition Projects have been recognized across the region for their work with veterans, women, people with disabilities, and other highly vulnerable groups.  They have been helping these people since 1969 to transition from being homeless to finding them homes as well as finding them homes and housing in between that transition.  At the end of this week, I will have provided 200 sack lunches to them so far.

Thank you for your understanding during this trying time.

I hope you all enjoy the summer and please stay safe.

Healthy Habits Catering

Update: PTC Sponsored Events & Activities

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

Please be advised, that as a result of the state mandated COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings most of our PTC Events & Activities have been postponed, cancelled or are in flux. 

Party Packs and other PTC events are a vital part of the Riverdale PTC’s fundraising.  We appreciate all of those who have supported the PTC’s school enrichment activities by participating in these events. We hope that you are well and know that we will get you more specific information about rescheduling these activities, as we all learn timelines for when school and social activities are able to resume.  

April 2020

  • Special Friends Day – Cancelled
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Remote/Electronic Format
  • Studio 54 Party Pack – Postponed
  • Silcox Hut Party Pack – Postponed
  • Movie Night – Cancelled
  • Sky High Jump Around Party Pack- Postponed
  • Garden Planting Party Pack- Postponed

May 2020

  • Pitch Paine Style Party Pack – To Be Determined
  • Yacht Wrecked Party Pack – To Be Determined


  • RGS Field Day – To Be Determined