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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.


Join the Party Planning!

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“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 

Join us on Wednesday, December 4, from 9:00am-10:30am for an Auction Committee gathering, and help us plan the largest party of the year: a Roaring 20s-themed gala on 2/29/20! 
 Anyone wanting to be involved is welcome. No matter your interest or availability, you can play a part in the Riverdale PTC fundraiser. From bite-sized tasks to committee chairs, from behind-the-scenes work to helping at the event, there is a role for you. Please respond to Auction Chair Emily Imperiale or host Adria Cassidy if you plan on attending. 

02406 SW Greenwood Rd., Portland, 97219. 

Thank you!

Arctic Adventure Book Fair 2019: Schedule and Sign-up Information

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A blizzard of books is headed our way! It’s Scholastic’s Arctic Adventure Book Fair: Snow Much to Read! Sending our school community on the coolest reading expedition ever and venture deep into the ice-cold, polar regions.

Volunteers needed! We are looking for parents who are willing to help set up and pack up the fair, as well as parents to help sell the books during the fair.

We have asked for high quality, award-winning books and a limited amount of toy products. That said, we’ll put out the lion’s share of the toys on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for parents to purchase during our early-morning parent events.

Book fair dates and hours:

  • Monday, Dec. 9 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10 – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Donuts for Dads – early opening)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Muffins for Moms – early opening)
  • Friday, Dec. 13 – 8 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. (ends after primary recess)

All for Books has been a success and we will continue with this program, so save your spare change. This program is an easy and effective way to unite the school community and provide more books for kids and teachers. All funds collected through All for Books are used to buy more books from the book fair. Scholastic then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to $1 million in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need through a variety of organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact our parent volunteer coordinators, Tanya Steele and Kira Donohoo.

December 2019 Parent Book Club – The Water Dancer

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected a The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Our discussion will take place on December 6th from 9:00am-10:00am at Riverdale High School in the Maverick room. 

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

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.

Movie Night Double Feature

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November 15, 2019
RGS Commons

Doors Open For Pizza/Concessions: 5:30 pm 
Home Alone: 6:00 pm
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off*: 8:00 pm

Make it family night!  Bring your chairs and blankets and join us for our first DOUBLE FEATURE Move Night featuring: Home Alone and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, so come early to mingle and grab some pizza and other tasty movie treats.  Suggested admission is $3/person or $10/family, cash only.

PRE-ORDER PIZZA – We will be offering pizza slices, beverages and popcorn!  Pepperoni and cheese slices are $2.50 each, cash only.  Please pre-order your pizza slices no later then Thursday evening by emailing Katherine Shell.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: No pets allowed, 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, and school rules apply.

*Please note Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a PG-13 rated film.  There may be some content that you may not be feel is appropriate for younger children.  We will rely on parental supervision to determine whether or not this movie is appropriate for the children they are responsible for.

RHS Students Present: SNOOPY

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PDX World Trade Center Theater
November 8, 7 pm
    November 9, 2 & 7pm

Tuneful! Charming! Hilarious! Yes, SNOOPY!!! – the musical sequel to YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN – deserves each of its three exclamation points. Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the show sparkles with wit and warmth as it depicts life as seen through the eyes of Schulz’s unforgettable characters. Musical numbers include “Just One Person,” “Poor Sweet Baby,” “Don’t Be Anything Less (Than Everything You Can Be),” “Edgar Allen Poe” and “Daisy Hill.”

Tickets will be sold at the door  (cash or check only)

  •    Adults $15                                              
  •     RHS  Students & Seniors $12
  •     RSG Students $10

RGS Speakers Series – November 13 – Internet Safety

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.
Following PTC General Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
RGS Commons

Please join us for an informative talk on the dangers of the Internet and social media for our kids. BJ Park, a Deputy District Attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, will provide parents suggestions on how to talk to their kids about the Internet and social media, and he will give practical recommendations on how to help ensure kids stay safe. BJ’s talk will draw from real world examples that he has seen as a prosecutor.

BJ currently prosecutes serious violent crimes. He specializes in cases involving child sex offenses and the Internet, technology, and social media.  BJ also is cross-designated as a federal prosecutor on these types of cases. He has been a prosecutor for more than 20 years, with his prior work including serving as a prosecutor in Chicago for 15 years and at the Oregon Department of Justice for 5 years.

2019-2020 OBOB Teams Forming Now!

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Calling all 3rd through 8th graders!  We are gearing up for another exciting year of Oregon Battle of the Books.  OBOB is a statewide program where students read pre-chosen books and compete among teams. It’s a great way to improve reading, read different genres and work collaboratively.

Think about forming a team of 4 or 5 kids with a parent volunteer and get ready to read this fall. Riverdale teams will compete against each other to represent the school at the Regional tournament in early March.

Questions or to see the book lists? 

Go to http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/ or contact parents Jean Schnadig or Michelle Gutman.

Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign

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The Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign has kicked off! In order to raise $1.75 million, campaign captains are urging school families to contribute at the new Suggested Levels. The requested contribution for resident and transfer families is $4,000/per child and tuition families is $500/child. Families who meet Suggested Levels and give an additional $1000 will be recognized as going the “extra mile.” All families are encouraged to pursue employer matches; please check with employers to see if they participate in “Giving Tuesday” on December 3rd as multiplied matches may be available!

Families may pledge or donate until Friday, December 6, 2019 and pledges must be fulfilled by April 30, 2020. Money raised from this campaign goes directly to help bridge the gap between state and local funding and what it actually costs to provide a Riverdale Education. To make a donation or find out more, please go to RiverdaleFoundation.org. Help the Annual Campaign reach its goal so our children can reach theirs! 

Original Works Fundraiser Fall 2019

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Begin Ordering Original Works Next Week

We have teamed up with Original Works again this year to offer a very special program. Next week at conferences, you will receive artwork created by your child that can be put on professionally made products like note cards, coffee mugs, mouse pads and phone covers. The artwork will be packaged with an order form that will need to be returned to the office by November 5th.

The products will be delivered to you prior to the holidays and make great gifts! All the proceeds from this fundraiser go to our Art Literacy program. This is the only fundraiser for the program, so please be sure to pick up your child’s packet at conferences. Please contact Kris Vanberg with questions.

Auction Planning – November 5 – We Need YOU!

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Each year the Riverdale PTC hosts our annual auction gala.  It is our biggest fundraiser of the year!  As you can imagine, planning the auction is no small feat but it means so much to our school district that we all band together every year to make this event a success.

For this year’s “Roaring Twenties” Auction, the planning process has already begun!  We are, however, still looking for one or two individuals to serve as chair(s) for this important event.  The PTC promises you lots of willing and able volunteer support! 

  • Are you passionate about doing what it takes to support our schools?
  • Are you a great leader or organizer?

If so, we NEED YOU!  Please step forward to help us throw a great party and raise the much-needed funds that the Riverdale schools count on!  

For more information, join us at the Oregon Wine Reserve on the evening of November 5.  Please contact Adria Cassidy with questions.

Riverdale Directory – Get Yours Today!

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Riverdale Directory is the Riverdale community phone book, produced and updated each year by the PTC for purchase by grade school and high school families and the Riverdale community.  The information is provided solely for the use of the Riverdale community (to facilitate communication) and we do our best to keep the information private.

Directories are currently available to purchase in the school office with a personal check for $10 per directory (no cash please), payable to Riverdale PTC.  We will also have a supply available at the ticket line at Carnival

Get one for your home, car, and office!

November 2019 Parent Book Club – The Master and Margarita

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected a Russian Classic, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, for Novembers Book Club discussion. I hope to see you all at the High School Maverick room on November 1st from 9:00am-10:00am


The first complete, annotated English Translation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s comic masterpiece.

An audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. The novel’s vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author’s lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. Its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common Russian speech.

One hot spring, the devil arrives in Moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a beautiful naked witch and an immense talking black cat with a fondness for chess and vodka. The visitors quickly wreak havoc in a city that refuses to believe in either God or Satan. But they also bring peace to two unhappy Muscovites: one is the Master, a writer pilloried for daring to write a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate; the other is Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him. What ensues is a novel of in exhaustible energy, humor, and philosophical depth, a work whose nuances emerge for the first time in Diana Burgin’s and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor’s splendid English version.

Paperback, First Vintage International Edition (US / CAN), 335 pagesPublished March 1996 by Vintage International (first published 1967)

Auction Brainstorming Party Sept. 30

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Riverdale’s auction is always one of the funnest and biggest fundraisers of the year. The funds raised through the auction, paddle raise and party packs benefit Riverdale students at the grade school and high school. Everyone is invited to a fun and casual social on Monday, 9/30 at the Oregon Wine Reserve. There is no obligation to be involved, but we welcome your ideas and input. Questions? Contact auction@riverdaleptc.org

This year’s auction will be held on February 29, 2020, at The Redd on Salmon! The theme will be The Roaring Twenties, and it will be a lovely night that includes dinner, dancing, gaming, auction items, student artwork, party packs and more!  We can’t have a successful event without the help of RHS and RGS parents! Please join us, make some new friends and lend your help to create another festive and triumphant fundraiser for the enrichment, extracurricular activities, mini grants, scholarships and community-building activities for Riverdale students of all ages. 

Tools needed in the garden!

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While the garden has grown over the summer the tool supply has sadly shrunk! We have so many students in the garden doing hard work this year, and not enough tools for them, and are hoping some parents or community members have some lying around to donate to us. Particular needs are:

  • rakes (metal or reed-type)
  • shovels (2-3)
  • hoes (2-3)
  • hand clippers (5-7)
  • loppers (3-5)

Email Michelle Greissinger to connect to do a donation.

Please feel free to donate whatever additional tools you think might be helpful!

Shop AmazonSmile and support Riverdale

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Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Riverdale PTC.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. 

The only difference is  that instead of shopping through the normal Amazon.com website, you shop through: smile.amazon.com and select “Riverdale Parent-Teacher Club”

RHS PTC Coffee/Speaker – Oct. 29

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October 29th 9-10:30am

Riverdale High School Gym Lobby

Parents of RGS and RHS students are all welcome to attend

Gabriele Ross and Interrupting Hate in Schools

Please join us for an interactive discussion about the rise of hateful incidents in schools, how to prevent them and how to respond when they do take place. We will explore concepts such as implicit bias, “micro” aggressions, white privilege and the difference between intent and impact in racially charged interactions. The conversation will be framed in the context of having difficult conversations with our youth and giving them tools to be “upstanders” versus passive bystanders.

Gabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. For the past 5 years she has worked as Restorative Justice Trainer and Coach with educators and others for Resolutions Northwest. Gabriele has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.

Library Volunteers Needed

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Regular weekly volunteers are needed in the grade school library to help out during class library time. Duties include: helping students find and check out books, assisting with assignments, re-shelving books, and behavioral assistance. Sign up now or during Back-to-School Night. Please sign up only if you can commit to a weekly time slot.

10:21-11:11    3rd    Whitehill   (1 volunteer)
12:04-12:44    Ist     McDonald    (2 volunteers)
12:44-1:34    Kinder    Wray        (2 volunteers)
1:37-2:27        2nd    Sager/Barron    (2 volunteers)
2:30-3:20        3rd    Howley                (1 volunteer)

11:14-12:04    4th    Hutchinson    (1 volunteer)

11:14-12:04    4th    Laskowski    (1 volunteer)
12:44-1:34    1st    Papke            (2 volunteers)

12:44-1:34    Kinder    Becker    (2 volunteers)

12:04-12:44    Kinder     Wray    (2 volunteers)
12:44-1:34    Kinder    Becker    (2 volunteers)
1:37-2:27    2nd    Hayes    (2 volunteers)

Carnival 2019 Entry Options

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We are excited to again offer an easy entry Carnival Wristband. The wristband will include entry to all activities except cake walk, which is ticketed. Students with a wristband enjoy entry to giant inflatable slide, climbing wall, Tuxedo Jimmy show, carnival games + prizes, balloon animals, face painting, double hoop basketball, video game truck, a family photo by Olivia Schelly of Yah Yah Photography and much, much more!

Pricing in advance (through Friday, October 18):

  • Wristband: $25 each (includes one (1) Cakewalk ticket)
  • Cakewalk tickets: $3 each or in a bundle–$10 for 5 tickets

At the door:

  • Wristband: $25 each (does not include Cakewalk)
  • Cakewalk tickets – $3 each

Purchased wristbands/tickets prior to October 18 will be available for pick-up during cake drop off on October 18 or at the will call table the day of Carnival in the main RGS lobby.

**Parents, and children 2 and under do not require a wristband

Volunteer at the Carnival

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We need a LOT of parent volunteers to make this fabulous event possible. Please sign up for a shift or two to set up, help during the event, and/or clean up.  New this year, set-up and clean-up volunteers receive 2 (two) Cakewalk tickets.  Please remember all volunteers need to get verified here in advance. 

Community School Starts September 16

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Are you looking for after-school enrichment and fun for your kids?  Community School registration is open and many classes still have openings.  Offerings range from Spanish to art to marimba and more.  Most classes start the week of September 16.  Register here.

2019 Party Packs

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Party Packs first went on sale at the Casino Royale auction back on February 23, 2019, and any remaining spots are available to purchase here. 100% of Party Pack ticket sales go to fund enrichment activities through the Riverdale PTCs because parties are donated by the generous hosts. Below is a list of this year’s scheduled events. Click on the individual posts below to get party details and sign up!

Reminder: please check dates carefully, as we are unable to issue refunds for Party Packs.

April 19: Jump Around – Kids’ party at Sky High Sports

April 25: Silcox Hut Sleepover – Ladies-only retreat on Mt. Hood

May 9: Rose All Day – Ladies-only

May 31: Margaritaville – Adults-only post-field day celebration

Sept 21: Scavenger Hunt – Adults-only

December 4: Riverdale Holiday Express – Family winter fun

April 18, 2020:  NEW DATE – Studio 54 Party – Adults-only