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What To Expect at the Auction

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Please join us at the Riverdale PTC’s Annual Dinner and Auction, “Passport to Our Future.”

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

The The Portland Hilton (Grand Ballroom), 921 SW 6th Ave

The same excitement you feel before embarking on a journey will greet you at the door of the Hilton on March 11th. You’ll be swept into a ballroom where dancing, dinner, drinks and delight await you!

6:00 pm – During this cocktail hour, buy a Chance Balloon, pop it and win valuable prizes such as restaurant, spa and wine-tasting gift certificates. Sign up for the 2017 Party Packs!

7:00 pm – Dine on international cuisine with your friends. This is a sit-down event and our goal is to fill 26 tables with 10/per table. Consider rallying your friends as a Table Captain!

8:00 pm – Live auction with Ken Ackerman, Auctioneer. Play a game of Heads or Tails and win big! Raise your paddle in support of the RGS outdoor classroom and technology, and RHS field studies.

9:00-11:30pm – Dance to the Northwest’s Premier Dance Band, Hit Machine!

Click here to purchase tickets!

Auction Volunteer

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Consider donating your time before or on auction day! You can spend a few minutes right now as a Table Captain to gather 10 friends to sit at the same table. You can assist one of the committees (Communications, Signage, Procurement, Chance Balloon) or sign up to assist with set up or clean up on the day of the event. We also need help during the event with check-in, spotters, recorders and assisting with the fun Heads or Tails game!

Click here to volunteer, or contact one of the committee chairs directly.

Coffee & Pastries With The PTC

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Grab a coffee and a pastry with the PTC Board at our next general meeting on February 22nd at 9:00 a.m. in the Commons.  Want to know what’s going on with auction planning, our annual musical, or field day?  Want to warm up with a tasty treat after drop off?  Please join us! As always, all are welcome and we’d love to see new faces and hear your ideas for how we can continue to serve our students and the greater Riverdale community.

We are currently building our team for next year.  If you’ve been wondering how to get involved, this will be a great chance to hear from our chairs and sign up for volunteer opportunities for this year and next.  We hope to see you there.

Agenda Items Will Include:  School Supply Program, Teacher Appreciation Week, Movie Night, Book Fair, Booster Club, Website Team Update, Drama Club Update, Auction, Volunteer Openings and more. View the complete agenda here.

Your Riverdale PTC Board,
Jen Wicoxon, Beth Johnston, Kira Donohoo, Paige Witte, Jenny Ko, Margaret Pederson, Carrie Spurlock, Allison Williams and Stephanie McCleery

Special Friends Day 2017 – April 14

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Special Friends Day for PreK-4th grade is coming on Friday, April 14th from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  This is a chance for your PreK-4th grade student to show off his/her teacher, friends and classroom to someone special.  This someone special could be a grandparent, a neighbor or family friend, a coach, an older sibling or even a parent.  Please register your student’s Special Friend by February 22nd at https://www.riverdaleptc.org/special-friends-day-2017/ .  We will be decorating invitations in the classroom over the next few weeks and mailing them out on March 20th.  Thank you for your help with this annual tradition!
Questions? contact Nif at riverdalesfd@gmail.com

Party Pack 2017 Preview

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Curious about the 2017 Party Packs? Mixology, Silcox Overnight, Drop It Like It’s Yacht, and Hootenanny! Get an early look at a few of the coming year’s Party Packs; with the full reveal coming on March 11th at the PTC Auction. Online ticket sales are only open through next week, so get your ticket now!

Thank You 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. Remember you still have time to sign up as an Auction Patron yourself! Patron Passport ticket holders ($250 each) will enjoy a dedicated Patron Bar, express check-in and check-out, and Uber rides to and from the event. For more information about becoming a Patron, contact Kris Collins. To purchase a Patron Passport, click here. If you have sponsor suggestions, please contact Sarah Wright.

Corporate Sponsors
Rob Lee and Tammi Dereiko
Eric Meier
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

Patron Passport Holders
Jillian Cain, Ron Cain, Adria Cassidy, Darris Cassidy, Kristine Collins, Josh Collins, Amy Coulter, Melissa Dasker, Dale Dasker, Wendy Domreis, John Domreis, Will Forney, Rainer Grosskopf, Michelle Janke, Olaf Janke, Shelly Morris, Jennifer Rabb, Tony Rabb, Sarah Remy, Chris Remy, Deepak Sawhney, Sinclair Sawhney, Ashley Semler, Matt Semler, Mary Steinberg, Lance Steinberg, BB Veverka, David Veverka, Ken Wightman, Patty Wightman, Jennifer Wilcoxon, Julian Wilcoxon, Paige Witte

StudentVUE account access change

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To streamline the management of student account credentials and minimize password- and account-related issues, students will now access their StudentVUE accounts using the same username and password they use for their Riverdale Google accounts. Students won’t have to do anything to make this happen; the automated process will create a dynamic link between their account credentials for both systems. In addition, any changes made to a student’s Riverdale Google account password will also update their StudentVUE password automatically (effective the next school day). Note for parents: ParentVUE accounts will be unaffected.

A day at the symphony

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Classroom Enrichment (RGS).

Our 6th Grade Band students joined others from Portland and beyond at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last week for an Oregon Symphony concert performed just for them. The entire orchestra, along with associate conductors and narrators, gave young listeners a memorable musical experience by combining the expansive emotions of classical music with historical and social concepts that relate to their lives today. The 6th Grade Band experienced engaging music from Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, John Williams and more. The concert wrapped up with a live performance of the Star Wars theme. This was a unique opportunity for students to experience the arts firsthand, while learning about music.

Dine Out and Support RHS Model UN

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Plan now to eat out on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when Aladdin’s Arabian Nights restaurant will donate a portion of that night’s profits to the RHS Model United Nations Club. Support the RHS Model U.N. while you enjoy delicious Middle Eastern (Halal/Kosher) cuisine. Arabian Nights is located at 15630 Boones Ferry Road, Suite 3C, in Lake Oswego. More information to come.


Special Friends Day 2017: April 14

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Craft Fair Recap

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We are happy to share that our first Holiday Art & Craft Show was a success! We raised $2049 to support our Riverdale community.  Over 31 fabulous artists and artisans joined our event along with several students who offered hand-made creations. Additionally, Lori Peterson and her leadership class sold student art to benefit Africa Bridge and were also on hand for gift wrapping. The booster club raised additional funds by selling snacks and refreshments on site.

Thank you to all who helped make this event a success, including vendors, shoppers, our student musicians, and volunteers who helped set up, clean up and keep things running smoothly. A hearty thanks goes to Michaela Houston who created and organized this beautiful event.  We are already taking suggestions for the winter 2017 show. If you have thoughts or questions, please feel free to contact Michaela at michahouston@comcast.net.

Hot Lunch Ordering Open for March AND April

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Hot Lunch ordering will be open on Friday morning for MARCH and APRILat www.orgsonline.com and will close for BOTH months on February 20th. We are combining the months due to the timing of Spring Break.  It also means one less convenience fee when you order! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com.

In addition, everyone who ordered lunch on Monday, January 9th will be credited. In general, we cannot credit for snow days but, in this instance, Pizza Schmizza had enough notice to cancel the order so we are pleased to be able to pass the credit back to you.

RGS PTC General Meeting: Coffee & Pastries

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Coffee & Pastries With The PTC
Grab a coffee and a pastry with the PTC Board at our next meeting on February 22nd at 9:00 a.m.in the Commons.  Want to know what’s going on with auction planning, our annual musical, or field day?  Want to warm up with a tasty treat after drop off?  Please join us! As always, all are welcome and we’d love to see new faces and hear your ideas for how we can continue to serve our students and the greater Riverdale community.  We are also looking to build our team for next year.  If you’ve been wondering how to get involved, this will be a great chance to hear from our chairs and sign up for volunteer opportunities for this year and next.  We hope to see you there.

Your Riverdale PTC Board,

Jen Wicoxon, Beth Johnston, Kira Donohoo, Paige Witte, Jenny Ko, Margaret Pederson, Carrie Spurlock, Allison Williams and Stephanie McCleery


5-8 Winter Band Concert, Feb. 23

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Students are busy preparing for the 5-8 Winter Band Concert on Thursday, Feb. 23. Parents are encouraged to adhere to the timeline for dropping off students to avoid congestion in the music building and keep the performance on schedule.

RGS’s Spring Play is Announced: Seussical

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SuessicalJrJoin the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters in Riverdale Grade School’s production of Seussical. The Riverdale spring play is a wonderful community tradition, now under the direction of Lakewood Theater, with volunteer support by all participating families.  Rehearsal for the May 20th show will be held at the Grade School two to three times a week beginning March 15th.

For more details, and to register your child’s interest in participating click here.

Riverdale High School Skybox Social

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Those attending the Skybox Social on Friday, January 27th, from 5-7 p.m. will be able to plan their next big night out: The 2017 Riverdale PTC Passport to Our Future” Auction.  Skybox Social attendees will be able to purchase their tickets onsite at the Skybox Social.  In addition, anyone signing on to serve as a Table Captain (committing to encourage enough other attendees to fill a10-person table) will be able to purchase their auction ticket at the “First-Class First Timer” rate.  This is a reduced-rate ticket normally limited to those who have never attended a Riverdale PTC auction.  Pay less and still enjoy all the great benefits of the standard ticket: Dining, dancing and bidding!  Click here for more information about the auction.

How Can We Help Others This Winter?

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blanket2Many RGS students have been asking this very question and taking action.  A few Riverdale middle schoolers have teamed up with other teens in the area for a spontaneous blanket drive to benefit those in need during this cold winter.

Your donations of new and gently used blankets will be donated to the Clackamas Service Center.  Please drop blankets off in labeled bins in the foyer by February 3rd.  

Additionally, Ms. Barron’s 2nd grade class decided to make care packages for the homeless in lieu of their holiday party.  Each student assembled and took home five complete kits to pass out to shelters or individuals. The students made great connections to Martin Luther King Jr., delving into how our kind actions make positive ripples in our community.

Great work!

Girls on the Run

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girlsontherunRiverdale is excited to announce our new partnership with Girls on the Run! GOTR is a positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade.  The program will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. from March through May.  Girls on the Run teaches life skills and self-confidence through an interactive curriculum and physical activity.  Registration opens on Wednesday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m.  Financial assistance is available through online registration.  For more information about GOTR, participation fees, scholarship assistance and how to register, click here or contact mckenzie.miller@girlsontherun.org.

The Green Schoolhouse Summer Camp

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greenschoolhousecampThe Green Schoolhouse is excited to present a summer camp experience at Riverdale Grade School!  This summer, join us as we explore the garden and all the magic it has to offer.  Each week follows a theme and within the theme your camper can expect to: grow, prepare, and eat tasty treats; find real magical potions in the plants around us; go on an adventure with dragons, fairies, and gnomes; become scientists in the field; and so much more!  Our early registration is underway and ends March 1st (early registration is only $250 per week).  We keep our camp numbers very small to ensure your camper has a unique experience as they are encouraged to meet new people, take calculated risks, try new tastes, and engage with an entire day outside.  There are still a number of spots available in most weeks, but they won’t last long. Check out a full description of our camps here and register here.