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.


The Lion King JR. Interest/Pre-registration starts Monday, February 12

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Let out your inner animal with an unforgettable cast of characters as you journey through the “Circle of Life” in Riverdale Grade School’s production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. The Riverdale spring play is a wonderful community tradition under the direction of Lakewood Theater with volunteer support by all participating families.

Participation is for grades 3 – 8. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12, interested students in grades 3 – 8 will have 7 days to complete the interest form until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19.

The musical will be performed at Lakewood Theater on Saturday, May 19th at 12:30 and 3:00 pm.

READ MORE about the registration process.

Or contact Michelle Gutman or Virginia Mulligan with any questions.

2018 Auction Tickets

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Tickets for Riverdale’s PTC 2018 “City Lights” Auction are now available online. Worried about where to sit? Purchase an 8-person Patron Table and fill it with your closest friends and neighbors. Otherwise, indicate the name of a couple of your favorite party goers or a category of people you would enjoy sitting with (example: “4th grade parents”) and the PTC auction committee will make every effort to fulfill your request. If you’ve never been to a Riverdale PTC Auction before, you’re in luck, as we are bringing back our wildly successful “First-timer” ticket category again this year. This ticket offers a discount for those new to Riverdale or our auction experience.

  • PATRON TICKET $250 (Uber transport, Patrons-only check-in, Patrons-only hosted bar, blinky swag)
  • Out-of-Town/Optional Donation: any amount welcome to hep us make our great auction packages exceptional!  Tax-deductible
  • RAFFLE TICKETS $10 (You are not required to be at the auction to purchase these tickets. Click here for more details)

All attendees will enjoy complimentary beer, wine and sodas (while they last) thanks to generous donations.

Cocktails available for purchase with cash or credit.

Click here to join us under the “City Lights.” Registration closes Monday, February 19th.

2018 Paddle Raise

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Raise Your Paddle at the City Lights Auction

Each year, after much thought and consideration, Riverdale principals submit their priority wish lists to their PTC boards. Unlike other funds raised at auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is used solely to fund these very specific requests. This year, paddle raise funds will be spent on updating technology and purchasing emergency communication radios, backpacks and other emergency preparedness and safety supplies.


Technology is an integral part of learning at Riverdale, putting real-world learning tools and curricular resources into the hands of our students. Technology must remain current for students to be academically competitive.  Updating computer equipment and programs is an ongoing necessity and cost. This is especially important given the age of our current Chromebooks and Google’s policy to discontinue updates to these machines after five years.  Our Chromebooks are rapidly becoming obsolete. Paddle raise funds will be used to upgrade equipment in the High School computer lab and purchase additional Chromebooks at both schools. Contributions of any amount are gratefully welcomed online. If you are able, please consider purchasing a new Chromebook for our schools.

Donate Here


Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Supplies are vital to keep students safe during a disaster. To improve preparedness at Riverdale, the administration has come up with some essential items that would benefit both schools in the event of an emergency. In this initial phase, the funds will be used to purchase radios to facilitate communication between the two schools and emergency services, upgraded first aid kits and emergency backpacks for each classroom. These packs will be filled with Mylar blankets, flashlights, safety goggles, protein bars, directories and other items to help students during the first hours of an emergency. If you are unable to attend the auction, but are able to support the emergency preparedness goal, please consider purchasing a backpack/emergency kit.

Donate Here



2018 Auction Catalog

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LIVE AUCTION ITEMS (click here for details):

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (Pre-K)
Skyscraper Dreams (5/6)
Soar Over the World (7/8)

Click here for images of all the wonderful grade school artwork

Down to the Delta
California Dreaming
Hood to Coast
City Lights in NYC
Luxurious Lake Tahoe

Kicks in the City
Rip City Celebration

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS (click here for details):

  • BLAZERS vs. UTAH JAZZ 4/11
  • “IMAGINED CITIES:  NIGHTTIME” 3rd-grade art project
  • “IMAGINED CITIES:  DAYTIME” 4th-grade art project
  • “HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW” K-2 art project

Auction 101

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What is auction?  Every year, the Riverdale Grade School and High School host a fundraising auction.  This is the PTC’s biggest fundraiser.  The format may vary year to year, but events typically include games, silent and/or live auction, a paddle raise and, of course, food, cocktails and FUN.
Why do we have an auction?  We have an auction to raise money to support the PTC.  The PTC funds and runs dozens of programs at the grade school and high school, including athletics, art literacy, field day, carnival, lunch, community school, field studies, field trips, guest speakers, teacher grants for technology and school supplies and much, much more.  The auction is the single largest source of revenue for the PTC and as such, we depend on our community to show up and be part of this community event.
How can I be involved in auction?  You can be involved in so many ways.  If you would like to donate a gift card for businesses/services valued at $50 or more, or you would like to donate a bottle of wine/spirits valued at $25 or more, please contact Allison Williams at allisonleodler@gmail.com.  If you would be interested in being a corporate sponsor of our event (there are great perks!) contact auction@riverdaleptc.org.  If you are interested in volunteering to help on the night of, please contact auction@riverdaleptc.org.  The most important way you can be involved with auction is simply to buy a ticket and come.  To read more about being involved click here.
Are kids involved in auction? Auction is an adult-only event.  Although, if your kids have a little allowance money laying around, they can ask you to purchase raffle tickets for a 4-pack of one day park-hopper passes to Disneyland!  The passes are valued at $675, but raffle tickets are priced at only $10.  To purchase raffle tickets click here.  You may not even know it, but grade school kids have already played a major role in this year’s auction.  All of the grade school students worked on collaborative art pieces that will be auctioned off in the silent or live auction and the 7/8 leadership students stuffed, sealed, stamped and labeled YOUR auction invitation!  For a sneak peek click here   I wonder which class parent will be lucky enough to go home with your student’s art…
How can I attend auction?  Buy a ticket to auction here.  Note that first-timer ticket is only $95.  Or, go for the extra perks and buy a patron ticket or a patron table.
Where will I park at auction?  There is limited parking available near our venue, the Leftbank Annex, but it would probably be easier to get a ride.  Don’t forget, patrons enjoy free Uber and Lyft on auction night.
What goes on at auction?  You’ll want to show up at 6pm sharp because the events and the fun begin immediately.  When you show up, cocktail hour will be in full swing with glasses of passed bubbly, fun games like Chance Balloons, silent auction items to bid on and party packs to sign up for.  This year, we are thrilled to be showcasing original art pieces by 13 talented RHS students.  These pieces will be available in the silent auction.  After the cocktail hour, we will fill our plates and find our seats for the live auction.  Live auction prizes are experienced-based packages.  We haven’t announced them quite yet, but if you love skiing, wine, music, the beach, the woods or shoes… you’re in luck.  The evening concludes with dancing so don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes!
What is a party pack?  Party Packs are another important PTC fundraiser.  These parties are hosted throughout the year by small groups of parents.  The hosts cover the costs of the party and all the proceeds from the ticket sales are donated back to the PTC.  Some are adult-only, some are kid-focused and some are fun for the whole family.  There is truly a party for everyone.  The parties are revealed during the cocktail hour of the auction.  Sign up sheets will be available and some parties will sell out at auction.  You MUST be present to sign up for a party.  Only parties that do not sell out will be opened up to general sales after the event.  Come early to get your tickets.
What is a paddle raise?  Each year, our principals submit their wish lists and we ask our community to raise their paddle to support these needs.  Unlike other funds raised at auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is ear-marked for very specific requests.  This year’s paddle raise will focus on emergency preparedness supplies and technology upgrades.
Who will I sit with at auction?  The only way to guarantee your table mates is to purchase a patron table for 8.  If you buy tickets individually, as you click though the ticket purchase site  you will see a box that allows you to fill in your table-mate preferences.  You can specify individual names, or you can make new friends by indicating something like, “5th grade parents.”  The auction committee will make every effort to seat you accordingly.  Did something go wrong with your purchase?  Don’t worry, email auction@riverdaleptc.org.  A really nice person actually checks this email every day and will get back to your right away.
What is a Patron?  Patrons choose to pay a little extra for their auction tickets.  In addition to being recognized at the event, they get express check-in, free drinks and free rides to and from the event.  To see all the ticketing option details click here
What do I wear?  This year’s auction theme is “City Lights” so dress to impress for a night out on the town.  We will have more ideas coming out in future parent packs so stay tuned.  Attire-wise, a little bit of everything can be seen at auction.  However, generally speaking, most women will wear something along the lines of cocktail attire and men are a split 50-50 between those who wear suits and those who wear jeans with blazers.  This year’s auction is not a costume event.  
How will I pay for things at auction?  You can choose to pre-register your card when you purchase your auction tickets.  This will make registration on the night of the event simpler.  When you check in to the auction, we will need a credit card (if you haven’t pre-registered it) and that card will be associated with your assigned bidder number.  Chance Balloons, silent auction, live auction, paddle raise and party pack sign-ups will all be done with your bidder number.  You will get one bill at the end of the night.  Bring cash or card for the bar unless you bought a patron ticket.
What if I can’t go?  If you can’t attend auction, we would still love (and need!) your financial support.  Please click here to purchase raffle tickets and make a tax deductible donation to our event.  If you get your heart set on one of the fantastic silent or live items (once we reveal them!), you can enlist a proxy to bid on AND PAY FOR your item if you win…but it’s better to be there!

City Lights Sponsorship

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Thank you for your consideration of corporate sponsorship for the upcoming “City Lights” Auction.  Your generous support enhances our children’s education through the Riverdale PTC and its programming.  If you have questions about sponsorship, or to send and image of your company’s logo, please contact Sarah Wright.


Click here to register to be an auction sponsor. Commit to your Corporate Sponsorship by Tuesday, February 6th, and your logo will be front and center on the banners that will be hanging at the auction and displayed at both schools after the event.


SILVER – $1000

  • 2 Patron tickets
  • Name/logo in weekly Parent Pack, on banners and on PTC website for the whole year
  • 2 ‘Heads and Tails’ tickets (a $100 value)
  • Car service to and from the event for 2 people

GOLD – $2500

  • 2 Patron tickets
  • 2 General tickets
  • Half-page color advertisement in auction program
  • Logo on back of all bid sheets (first committed)
  • Car service to and from event for 4 people
  • 2 ‘Heads and Tails’ tickets
  • All advertising as listed in Silver

PLATINUM – $5000

  • 1 table comprised of 2 Patron tickets and 6 General tickets
  • 2 ‘Heads and Tails’ tickets
  • Car service to and from the event for 8 people
  • All advertising as listed for Silver and Gold levels
  • ‘See your name in lights!’ Have your logo projected in multiple locations throughout the duration of the event
  • 1 Party Pack ticket of your choice


Riverdale Lacrosse Club Spring 2018

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Registration is now open for boys and girls spring lacrosse.  Riverdale lacrosse is open to 1st – 8th graders.  Register now!  Fees go up after February 15th.  Click here for more information on how to register.

Valentine’s Day Workshop at Community School

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Secret crush?  Want to make something nice for a friend?  Show your parents how much you love them? Need inspiration for making all your class valentines?  Come join me and we will create something sweet and memorable to make them all feel special!

The instructor will have all kinds of materials and tools on hand for you to use and will provide you with many samples of finished work to inspire you!  This class is open to parents!

Date: Thursday 2/1/2018 (one class), Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Grades: K-8

Register here.  Please contact Catarina Hunter with any questions.

Riverdale Spring Drama Production

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Let out your inner animal with an unforgettable cast of characters as you journey through the “Circle of Life” in Riverdale Grade School’s production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. The Riverdale spring play is a wonderful community tradition under the direction of Lakewood Theater with volunteer support by all participating families.

Registration is for grades 3 – 8 and will open at 9:00 am, Monday, February 12th through the Community School website. It will remain open until the first day of auditions on Monday, March 3rd or until the class is full.

The musical will be performed at Lakewood Theater on Saturday, May 19th at 12:30 and 3:00 pm.  Please contact Michelle Gutman or Virginia Mulligan with any questions.

Paddle Raise Donations at Work – Tech and the Garden

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In her latest blog, Principal Joanna Tobin gives an update on how your generous contributions to last year’s auction paddle raise are in use every day in the form of technology and outdoor learning in the garden. See how our students are benefitting from garden improvements and new technology, and the ongoing necessity of keeping our inventory up-to-date to maintain a seamless learning environment for students. Click here to read her full message on the Principal’s Blog.

Cub Scouts and Pinewood Derby

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The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that girls will be able to join Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) effective immediately and Boy Scouts (grades 6+) next year. If your daughter is interested in becoming a Cub Scout, please let us know. We’re happy to include her!

Mark your calendars for the Pinewood Derby, a highlight of the Cub Scout year, on Sunday, January 28th. We welcome involvement from all community members at our event, either as a racer or a spectator. Please let us know now if you would like to participate, and we can provide instructions on obtaining a kit and racing your car.

Please contact Cubmaster Ravi Chandra for further information.

Neighborhood Ski Bus – Sign up Now

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The dates for Ski Bus are the following Saturdays: January 6, 13, 20, and 27.  Registration is now open.
Ski bus if for Snoblasters (1st-5th grade), Trailblazers (6th-8th grade) and High School/Adults.  Please note, the ski bus is not a Riverdale PTC sponsored event.


  1. Go to www.skihood.com/GO
  2. Enter GO Code 1019094
  3. Select products
  4. Check out
  5. Go to www.skihood.com/about-us/downloads and print (i) Providence MountainEmergency Services Consent to Treat Form, and (ii) Rental Consent Form if needed
  6. Mail completed forms to Janine Hume, 1330 Oak Terrace, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


  • Bus loads at 6:20 a.m. at Riverdale Grade School
  • Bus leaves for the mountain at 6:45 a.m.
  • Bus returns to Grade School at approx. 5:30 p.m.

Questions: Call Janine at (503) 819-6409

Gratitude from the Foundation and the District

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Thank you to the 75 percent of enrolled families who came together during this year’s Riverdale School Foundation Annual Campaign to raise $1,198,295 for Riverdale students. If you have not yet made your contribution, there’s still time. Visit RiverdaleFoundation.org to add your donation or pledge of any amount. Donor lists will be published in January, so make your contribution today! It means so much to have high levels of participation from our families.

RGS 7/8 Winter Formal – Feb 10th

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Roll out the red carpet for your 7th and 8th graders who will be attending the Riverdale Winter Formal, “Hollywood-style!” This year’s theme is LIGHTS…CAMERA…YOU!

This is a dance for the entire 7/8th grades! It is not a date-dance or a Sadie Hawkins dance. All are welcome to come and have fun.

When: Saturday, February 10th, 5-9PM

Where: The Evergreen, 618 SE Alder St

What: Dinner and Dancing in your formal dancing school attire

Bus transportation will be provided from the grade school, leaving at 5:00 pm and returning by 9:00 pm.

  • An evite was sent prior to the holiday break. If you did not receive the evite, please email Karen Chong to let her know.
  • Waiver and fee information, click here.
  • Please fill out the permission slip here.
  • To pay your winter formal and other 7/8 fees click here.

Holiday Art & Craft Fair on December 2nd

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Come join us for this new tradition at Riverdale Grade School: our 2nd annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair!  It will take place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in and around our Commons Building.

We will have over 40 fabulous local adult artists and student artists assembled.  The outside vendors are all professional artists, who will be carefully selected to provide patrons with high quality handmade products in many categories, such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, photography, 2D and 3D art, ceramics, natural cosmetics, holiday decorations, home goods, candles, greeting cards, and many more.  And our little creators have been busy making very charming creations for you.

To round out the festivities, we will have live student musical performances, Lori Peterson’s leadership class will offer fun activities for the kids such as cookie decorating and for your convenience also gift wrapping, the Booster Club will have refreshments and food concessions on hand, and, as usual, you will find lots of the Riverdale spirit of community!  We are working hard to make this a fun and enjoyable event for all, big and small!

This is an important fundraiser for PTC!  Money will come in from the table fees that the vendors will pay to participate, and 10% of all sales will go to PTC.

So please take the time and come join us and get your holiday shopping done while supporting the education of our kids and your local artisans!!

When you buy local and handmade, you not only get a well thought-through product, you also get a bit of someone’s heart and soul!

And the more generously you shop, the more our school will benefit!

If you have questions or would like to participate, contact Michaela Houston.


Auction Art 2018 Calendar Preview

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Riverdale student artwork will feature prominently at the 2018 Riverdale PTC Auction. Our “City Lights” art contest entries, as well as paintings and photos submitted by high school students during the Fall trimester, have been used to create gorgeous and gift-worthy calendars.  Pick yours up at the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 2, or at your school’s main office before Winter Break. Take a peek at some of the artwork above and purchase your calendar today.



Parent Education Events Update – November, 2017

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Coming up…

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m., RHS Maverick Room – Kevin Ashworth, MA, presents Parenting Kids With Anxiety and how to use Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to understand and communicate more effectively with your child.

If you missed it…

October 31st RHS Coffee PTC Speaker – Dr. Amelia Wilcox presented “The Neuroscience of Social Media & Technology Devices” and how teens’ screen time impacts their neurobiology. Here are the notes.

November 8th RGS PTC Speaker – Amy Lang, MA, presented Sex, Tech and Kids: Raising Informed Kids in the 21st Century. We learned how to make sure we (and not the internet!) are their go-to birds and bees expert! Use these links for the meeting notes and Amy’s informational handout.

November 11th Presenter – Kevin Ashworth, MA, held a clinic on Parenting Kids With Anxiety Workshop. To learn more about the NW Anxiety Institute click here.


Free Technology Event for Girls ages 13-18

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Former super model and entrepreneur, Kathy Ireland, is cohosting a free event with Amazon and ChickTech: One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly.  This is to promote and engage teen girls to pursue careers in technology tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 11 at 1 pm at Pure Space in Downtown Portland. Brand ambassadors will work directly with local teens in hands-on activities including creating an Alexa skill, building soft circuit bracelets, designing vision boards and video games.  Space is limited so register now.  Also, girls interested in media/journalism/broadcast, can attend and interview Kathy for their school newspapers or podcasts.

New RHS Lobby Furniture

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Parents, do you have contacts with architecture or design firms or doctor or attorney offices? Often businesses like these replace their office furniture before it is very worn. The RHS PTC is hoping to replace the lobby furniture in the high school by the end of the year for students to study and lounge on during breaks and lunch.  If you have any information about possible furniture donation or deals, please contact RHS PTC president Martha Rainey.

Book fair is coming…December 4 – 8, 2017

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Saddle up and get ready! Our book fair will be here before we know it!

Volunteers needed! We are looking for a posse of 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. Please sign up here.

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. 4 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Donuts for Dads – early opening)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7 – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Muffins for Moms – early opening)
  • Friday, Dec. 8 – 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 coordinator, Sarah Wright.