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.


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 The novel’s vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author’s lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s.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!

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Garden Education.

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

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Back to School (RGS).

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)

Volunteer at the Carnival

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

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.

Ladies’ Stag Cocktail Party

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October 3, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Join the women of Dunthorpe/Riverdale for an enjoyable evening of conversation, food and drinks at the home of Josh & Kristine Collins on Greenwood Road.  This tradition brings together women who are new to the community ($25) with those whose families are already established ($40).  It is open to all women in the Dunthorpe/Riverdale community. 

Registration is now closed, please plan to join us next year!

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 TBD: Riverdale Holiday Express – Family winter fun

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

RHS Senior Class Fundraiser–Kaady Cards

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Dirty Car? Riverdale Class of 2020 is running a “waterless carwash” to raise funds to put towards graduation events and activities.

Now offering both types of Kaady cards:  ADVANCED and PREMIUM!

  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ADVANCED cards for $40.00. One drive-up Advance wash at Kaady is $8.00, so you’re saving $1.33 per trip!
  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady PREMIUM cards for $50.00. One drive-up Premium wash at Kaady is $10:00, so you’re saving $1.66 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.