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.


Volunteer at the Carnival

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Lots of help is needed to make this fantastic October 22nd event happen!  


Please also make sure you’ve done a volunteer background check within the last year. Procedures are on the sign-up links below.

Volunteer for setup, cleanup and other important tasks!

Sign Up Here

Volunteer for a one-hour shift at the carnival on Sunday Oct. 22nd!

Sign Up Here

If you have questions, contact Carrie Spurlock.

Coming Soon: High School Musical

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Fall musical, Nov. 3-5

Get ready for Riverdale actors to bring Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical to life at the World Trade Center Theater in downtown Portland.
You’ll have four chances to see this year’s fall musical extravaganza:
  • 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3
  • 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5
Tickets will be available online and at the door (cash/check): $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Ordering details to follow in the coming weeks.

Athlete of the Week

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Congratulations to Riverdale senior Finn James, who was featured in the Portland Tribune’s Athlete of the Week section. The paper showcased how this cross country athlete ran a personal record of 16:51.1 at the Nike Portland XC Invite to crack the season top 10 for 3A/2A/1A.  His mom is RGS teacher, Barbara Lamb.

Riverdale Foundation Annual Campaign

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As you can tell from the signs posted around the neighborhood, the Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign kicked off this week. Money raised helps fill the gap between state funding and the exceptional Riverdale education we want for our children. Suggested giving levels are the same as last year. Resident and transfer families are encouraged to contribute $3,500 per child, and tuition families are encouraged to donate $500 per child. Families who meet suggested levels and give an additional $1,000 will be recognized as going the “extra mile.” Families have until Friday, Nov. 17, to make a donation or pledge (pledges must be fulfilled by April 30, 2018). Please help the Annual Campaign reach its goal so our students can reach theirs!

Riverdale Town Hall: Thank you and Recap

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The district, school board, foundation and PTC would like to thank all the parents who came out last night for our first Town Hall. In addition to the interesting information presented, the audience questions and the conversations that took place during the wine reception (courtesy of the foundation), we loved seeing so many people sharing what the heart of Riverdale means to them. This wall display will be up in the RGS Commons for a while longer, for those who would like to contribute.
Did you miss the event? Look for a summary of event highlights to be shared in the next Riverdale Review, scheduled to publish in November, or view the presentation slide deck. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the superintendent or a board member for clarification.

Order Your Riverdale Directory Today

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The 65th edition of the 2017-2018 Riverdale directory is still available.  You can order yours online through the PTC website for $10.30.  They are an invaluable resource throughout the year.  Print out your confirmation email receipt and bring to Suzanne at RGS or Brittany at RHS in exchange for your directory.

RGS Parent-Teacher Conferences, Oct. 12-13

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Have you scheduled your Parent Teacher Conferences?

Grade school teachers sent conference sign up links to parents last week. Be sure to follow the steps to schedule your time(s) for Oct. 12-13. If you did not receive an invitation, please reach out to the teacher directly.

Fire Prevention Week Oct.8-14

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Every second counts, plan two ways out

In a fire, seconds count – they can mean the difference between escaping safely from a fire or lives ending in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are some key messages shared by the Lake Oswego Fire Department:

  • Draw a map of your home, marking two exits from each room and paths outside.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year – once at night and once during the day.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Ensure your home’s street number is easily visible for the fire department.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave to slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Discover how Portland is preparing for a Cascadia earthquake

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The Collins View Neighborhood Association invites all Riverdale families to a community presentation at Riverdale High School at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The presentation will introduce the Oregon Resilience Plan, an innovative 50-year plan to prepare Oregon for a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, produced by the Oregon Seismic Policy Advisory Commission (OSPAC) with the help of 169 volunteers. You’ll hear from Jay Raskin, a local architect and OSPAC vice-chair, about what has been accomplished to date, and how Southwest Portland fits in with resilience efforts. He has over 20 years of experience working to help prepare Oregon and the Oregon Coast for a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

Holiday Art & Craft Fair 2017

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Did you or your little artists create any projects this summer you might like to sell at 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. Children as young as 7 can participate and students receive discounted space fees. The Craft Fair will be a mix of outside vendors and Riverdale students. Come ready to shop for Holiday gifts. The fair is on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sign Ups are now open. 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.

Join the Auction Committee

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Riverdale Parents, do you have a passion for Printing, Photography, or Procurement?  Whether you want your name in lights or prefer to work behind the scenes, you will shine brightly by helping with the Riverdale PTC Auction!
  • We are filling up our communications/publicity/visuals team and need help with invitations and flyers for our “City Lights” event.
  • Picture-takers and Instagram addicts?  Sign on to work your magic with the Auction slide show.
  • Generous donor, or awesome networker?  Assist with procuring items, big and small, for our Live Auction and popular “Chance Balloons”.
Click here to see where you can hang your hat and mark your calendar for our next Auction meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 7:00pm at RGS.
Questions?  Contact Kristen Best, Auction Chair, at auction@riverdaleptc.org.


Community Playgroup

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Do you have a baby or small child at home? If so, we hope that you will join us for playgroup!

Riverdale Playgroup is a long-standing community tradition and is a great way for parents, babies, preschoolers and kindergarteners to make friends in the neighborhood.

Playgroup is open to Dunthorpe families and all Riverdale students and siblings aged birth-kindergarten.
Older siblings are welcome.

We rotate through members’ homes and other fun locations around town.
Past events have included BBQs, berry picking, playground visits and more.

To join our email list, contact Elizabeth Mitsky at elizabethmitsky@gmail.com
or Brooke Finan at brookemarie@gmail.com.

You can also find us on Facebook at Dunthorpe & Riverdale Playgroup.

More Spots Added to Family Halloween Bash

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There are now 35 more spots available for the “Eat, Drink, and Be Scary” Family Halloween Bash, on October 29th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. It will be a Spook-tacular afternoon of eats, treats, drinks, and family-fun, including a photo booth and kids’ crafts – at the Collins home.

Click here to register.

Booster Club News

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Be on the look out for the new soccer goal on the RGS field due to the generous support of the Riverdale Booster Club. Thank you to the following grade school families who have contributed through GS and/or HS memberships: Cain, Capobianco, Chanti/Avedisian, Chong, Collins, Corvellis, Conte, Deming, Gingalewski, Glass, Hand, Janke, McGowan, Milla, Moran, Novack, Scott L (grandparent), Tolls, Wolfe/Frederickson-Baker as well as Corporate Sponsor, Milla and Associates.

Recent Booster Club expenditures at the grade school include gym floor resurfacing, new first aid kits for coaches, new soccer game balls, and basketball backboard bumpers. If you are interested in joining as a family member or corporate sponsor, click here.

Annual state testing notice

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Last year, our students took the Smarter Balanced assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics, which measures student progress on Common Core State Standards and their college- and career readiness. The test informs school and teacher practices as we strive to provide all of our students with a rigorous and quality education. This year, students will take the assessment in the spring. For more information about the test, why participation matters and how you can support your child, see Oregon Department of Education’s Annual Notice for Statewide Tests.

Town Hall #1: The Heart of Riverdale

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The Riverdale School Board invites the entire school community to the first of two Town Hall events this school year. What makes the Riverdale School District tick?

Tuesday, Oct. 3
7 p.m.
Riverdale Grade School Commons

Join us for an informational and interactive evening of community, conversation and questions. We’ll get straight to the heart of Riverdale with representatives from the School Board, District, Foundation and Parent Teacher Club. Then, we’ll encourage you to chime in to keep the discussion going.

What we’ll cover:

  • Starting the search for a new superintendent
  • School funding – where it comes from and what it covers
  • How Riverdale operates and how to get the most out of your Riverdale experience

Make your voice count by joining the dialogue. Your involvement is key to Riverdale’s continued success.

Stay for a wine reception, provided by the Riverdale School Foundation, and more conversation following the Town Hall.

Spirit Wear Display for Back-to-School Night

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Check out the display of Spirit Wear just in time for RGS Back To School Night!  Get an idea of  sizes, samples of new products and information about ordering.  See something you want?  Click here to purchase.  Orders submitted each month and delivered to the RGS Office within two weeks.  Questions, ideas or requests?  Contact Shelby Quintos.


Acting Fundamentals adds 4th Grade

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Fourth Grade students are now eligible to take Acting Fundamentals. The class is open to 4th through 8th graders on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00. We are offering acting class in response to the many requests for more drama activities.

The class will be taught by Camille Trinka, who choreographed the grade school musical last spring. Similar to her Northwest Children’s Theater school classes, she will be taking the kids through acting, singing, dancing and even auditioning skills for musical theater. This class would be a great introduction for anyone thinking about doing the school play next spring!

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Community School classes start next week!

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Have you signed your student up for Community School classes? Don’t let your student miss out on these fun opportunities.

Many of the workshops meet just a few days and other classes meet throughout the fall. 

We still have room in the following classes:

  • French class – Mondays, grades 1 – 5 (new date)
  • Fairy Tales in the Garden  Mondays, grades K – 5
  • Meet the Masters painting class – Tuesdays, grades 1 – 5
  • Scratch – Wednesdays, grades 1 – 5
  • Acting Fundamentals (New Grade Added)  Wednesdays, grades 4 – 8
  • Rock Painting Workshop  Thursday one time 9/21, grades 2 – 8
  • Imagination Yoga  Thursdays, grades K – 5
  • Collage & Decoupage  Fridays, grades K – 8
  • Seasonal Workshops – Natures Beauty, Halloween, Purses & Bags

For more information on specific classes and sign up click here.

Senior Class Car Wash Fundraiser

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Dirty car?  Riverdale’s Class of 2018 is running a “waterless carwash” to raise funds to put toward graduation events and activities.  Purchase SIX Kaady scrip cards for $40.00.  One drive-up wash at Kaady is normally $8.00 so you save over $1.50 per trip!

Support the senior class fundraiser, save money and clean your ride by purchasing your cards now.  Click here for a clean car.  You will be notified when your cards are available for pick-up at the front office of RGS or RHS.  Thank you for supporting our senior class.

Pay Your PTC Fee

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Every year we ask families to pay a one-time fee to support classroom activities.  This fee goes toward classroom parties organized by room parents for Halloween, Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day, the end-of-year celebration and the teacher appreciation lunches. Additionally, our teachers use the funds to purchase supplies and books for their classroom throughout the year.  The PTC provides up to $400 per year to each returning teacher, and up to $600 for each new teacher.

Please pay your annual PTC fee of $50 per student here or leave a check in the RGS office with PTC fee in the memo line.

Get Verified to Volunteer

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If you did not get verified to volunteer last year, or are new to the school, you will need to do so before volunteering at RGS in any capacity.  Verifications are good for two years.  Click here to submit your background application form.  You will need the following Good Deed code: y1s3uxl.