Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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.
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join us at Luscher Farm for Riverdale’s Annual Ladies Stag Lunch & Hike
125 Rosemont Road, West Linn
We’ll meet at 10 sharp under the beech tree. Wear walking shoes. Lunch will be served at the Farm at 11:30.
Join us for the hike or lunch ($25) or both!
High school practice starts Aug. 13
Middle school (5-8th) practice starts Aug. 27
In order to participate on the first day of practice, you must complete your online registration and pay the athletic fee by Aug. 9 (high school) or Aug. 21 (grade school).
The Athletic Department will reopen on Aug. 8 to receive forms and checks. Questions? Email Rob Pridemore, athletic director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Harmony Carson, athletic coordinator, at email@example.com, or call the athletic office at 503-262-4848.
Learn more about the athletics program at RiverdaleSports.com.
The Riverdale Directory is the Riverdale community phone book, produced and updated each year by the PTC. The directory is available for pre-order here by grade school and high school families and the Riverdale community.
New families should go to www.riverdaledirectory.org to enter your information for the 2018-2019 Riverdale Directory. (If for some reason, you experience a pop-up message asking you to select a certificate, please click “cancel.” It seems to only happen to a few random people!)
Note for out-of-district families: If you’re interested in carpooling options, please be sure to indicate that when you complete the directory form.
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 Allison Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any trouble with the website, need a pin number, or have any questions about your information, please contact Anita Scarlett at email@example.com. Information is entered by household, so if your student is part of two different households, feel free to enter each household separately.
The Grade School Registration Fair, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018, helps streamline the process of registering your student. Parent/guardian signatures will be required to complete the registration process and fees will be collected. Students may attend with their parents or guardians if they choose, but it is not required. More details will be sent out in August, including any forms you’ll need to download and bring with you. If you are out of town on these dates, alternate directions will be provided.
The first annual Riverdale Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Riverdale Athletics, will be on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Eastmoreland Golf Course. In addition to putting on a fantastic community-building event, we are hoping to raise money from sponsorships, entry fees and other generous donations. Funds collected from sponsorships, entry fees and other generous donations will be used to support essential athletics expenses, including coaches, buses, referees, facilities and equipment.
How can you participate?
PLAY GOLF: Riverdale Parents, Community Members, Teachers, Coaches, Colleagues, Friends and High-School Athletes are welcome to participate! $150/individual, $600/foursome. Click here to print out and submit registration form.
BE A SPONSOR: There are many opportunities–big and small–for helping underwrite event costs, from “Cart” sponsors to the “Hole in One” main event sponsor. Thank you to our initial “Birdie Sponsors” contributing $1500, Sky High and Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC, Taylor Metal Products and Bridgewell Resources; and our “Par Sponsors” contributing $1000: Johnson Controls, PDX Sliders and Kontra, LLC. Click here to see all the sponsorship options.
DONATE: We welcome donations of cash to help with costs, as well as coveted prizes for our Raffle and Silent Auction. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and questions.
JOIN US FOR LUNCH: Not a golfer? Join us for lunch and silent auction! Check back here for information.
- Grades 1-8 begin school on Monday, August 27.
- Preschool and kindergarten students will start on Tuesday, September, 4.
- Note: All 8th graders moving on to Riverdale High School will begin school on Friday, August 24. This special first day will be full of information and activities designed to acquaint all new students with the school and each other. You’ll receive more information from the high school this summer.
- First days of school: Monday, Aug. 27 (1st-8th grades and returning 10th-12th grades), Friday, Aug. 24 (9th graders and all new high schools students in any grade) and Tuesday, Sept. 4 (preschool and kindergarten)
- Thanksgiving break: Nov. 19-23, 2018
- Winter break: Dec. 24, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019
- Spring break: March 25-29, 2019
- Last day of school: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thanks to Dr. Kathy Masarie for her informative presentation sponsored by the PTC on Wednesday, March 21. Key takeaways include the notion that it takes five positive interactions to overcome one negative – this aligns with the RGS approaches to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and when we as adults do not know what to say, we can focus on empathy with the phrase: “I don’t know what to say right now, but I’m glad you told me.”
Here are some additional resources from Dr. Masarie and others that you may consider viewing during any downtime you have during spring break:
- Louise Evans’ Ted Talk on owning your behaviors: “We’re making choices about the behaviors we bring into the world. And the choices that we make have a direct impact on the conversations that we have, the relationships that we form, and the quality of our lives in general.”
- Brene Brown’s TedTalk on the power of vulnerability: In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
- The Center for Nonviolent Communication: “NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies – whether verbal or physical – are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.”
- Unhooking from video games, including Fortnite: This third-person shooter game is the latest video game craze that has kids struggling to control the amount of time they spend playing. It’s up to parents whether to allow games like this in their homes and, even more importantly, how to set limits and have discussions with their children.