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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.


2021 Paddle Raise

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Everyone can help support Riverdale — donate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) enhancements via our online paddle raise.

No amount is too small and all cash donations are fully tax-deductible.

The Riverdale School District is happy to share this PTC Auction Paddle Raise information that will benefit our schools. Unlike other funds raised at the PTC Auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is used solely to fund these school-specific requests.

Join us virtually on April 10 at the Unmasking the Possibilities Auction to participate in the Riverdale PTC’s largest fundraiser and raise your paddle for our students! Unable to attend the virtual event, or want to contribute now? Click to raise a virtual paddle and make your donation. On this bidding page, there is a Paddle Raise Button that you’ll be able to click and choose the amount you would like to give.

This year both schools have STEAM-related asks with a total goal of $70,000 to be split evenly between RGS and RHS. STEAM includes science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Riverdale Grade School is requesting:

The grade school is hoping to cell-ebrate adding more STEAM equipment. STEAM Makerspace carts, creating a robotics team, reinstating the Science Bowl and are on the wish list of staff. RGS staff would love to add STEAM Makerspace carts with one cart on the first floor and one cart on the second floor. These carts, geared toward 3rd – 8th grade students, allow the kids to take their projects home and include tons of ideas for students to design and build. These carts could serve the entire student population in a variety of ways. There are a number of teaching standards related to engineering that would be a great way to fulfill that (and have fun/be able to be differentiated for groups and grades). 

With additional funds, the grade school hopes to reinstate the Science Bowl team and create an RGS Robotics team. Grade school teachers are also interested in the Math Fest competition for 7/8th grade students, bringing in BIPOC speakers and investing more into outdoor learning.

Riverdale High School is requesting:

The high school has its ion upgrading cabinetry, furniture and equipment with particular needs identified in art and science. RHS science teacher Megan Mandel hopes to add additional biology equipment that includes more environmental science aspects, such as CHEMetrics Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrate, and Phosphate kits. With added Vernier technology, students would have several dissolved oxygen probes, CO2 probes, pH probes and temperature probes so that environmental data can quickly be obtained. This equipment matters in order for students to excel even more in these STEAM classes. 

With additional funds to go toward STEAM, art teacher Nate Orton is interested in purchasing a Roland BN 20 vinyl printer/cutter for the art studio. With this, students would have the opportunity to print and cut professional quality all-weather vinyl stickers as well as T-shirt heat transfers. Artwork from various studio classes–particularly drawing and printmaking–could be used for these art project applications.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors, Donors, & Patrons!

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  • Pam & Kevin Jagla
  • Nitin Khanna
  • Eric & Virginia Mulligan
  • Duncan & Katie Roberts
  • Bill & Kari LynnDischinger
  • Tanya Steele
  • SInclair & Deepak Sawhney
  • Emily Imperiale & Daniel Hagerman
  • Amanda & Jonathan Hurliman
  • Carrie & Jon Spurlock
  • Michele Rossolo
  • Joe & Shar Hunter
  • Magnum Opus
  • Taft & Mina Stricklin
  • Milana Gilligan
  • Brian Black
  • Eric Earle
  • Andy, The Facial Architect
  • Tutor Portland
  • Cascade Seismic
  • Tyler &Tanny Johnson
  • Love Teak
  • Ole & Caroline Olsen
  • Allison Smith Design
  • Holly Freres
  • Ali Lanenga
  • Jen Macdonald
  • Mathnasium
  • Angela Sun
  • Jonathan & Carrie Banks
  • Elisabet & Lucas Spaulding
  • Forêt Truffles
  • Freeman Motors
  • Urban Office
  • Jenny Freeman
  • Jen Wilcoxon
  • Florawood
  • Stacee Gravelle Lawrence
  • Lone Owl Farm
  • Workman Publishing
  • Minnie Bautista
  • Pop Goes the Pastry
  • Shelby Quintos
  • Shelyea Belfiore & Michael Griffin
  • Kim Namanny
  • Windowwall Salon
  • Michele & David Rosenbaum
  • Michaela Houston
  • Skyhook Ninja
  • Koida Greenhouse
  • Columbia River pressure wash and gutter clean
  • Columbia River Painting Company
  • StretchLab Lake Oswego
  • Diamond Aussies
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse
  • SP&B Printing
  • Elk Cove Vineyards

A special thank you to all the parents who donated to the Grade Level Gift Baskets!

Spring Car Parade – March 17

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Let’s usher in Spring with a fun car parade! 

Just like our Halloween parade, let’s get the kids out of the house and see their school, fellow classmates (from a distance), and kick-off Spring Break on St. Patrick’s Day.

When:  Wednesday, March 17 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm

So, start scheming how you and your kid(s) are going to decorate your car – think Spring or a St. Patrick’s day theme. What fun whacky, adorable decorations can you guys come up with?  We’ll be giving away prizes to the top 3 most creative cars.  

Stay tuned to future Parent Packs for details on logistics and timing.

RGS Garden School – Time to plant & prune – March, 2021

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This week, after working to recover the neighborhood after nature’s messy pruning job leftover from the ice storm, it’s time to human-prune fruit trees and woody shrubs.  Even If you’ve never pruned before, it’s easily learned from videos— Oregon State University’s Extension Service has produced great education materials about a number of gardening methods—you just need sharp pruners and a willingness to learn. My kiddo has been helping me prune our orchard since he could walk, and it’s a fun spring tradition.  

Even the littles can get involved by picking up branch whips.  Larger sticks and small branches can quickly be made into a teepee, and smaller whips can be woven into a rudimentary basket or plate.  It’s also time to plant fruit before the trees and shrub buds grow too big— I am rushing to put my budding new blueberry plants in this week after looking at them this morning.  If you don’t have any fruit in your yard you should consider getting some— there are awesome growers all around the Willamette Valley.  

Feel free to email me with any questions, and happy beginning of fruit season!

With joy,

Michelle Greissinger – RGS Garden Program Coordinator and Educator

Parent Book Club – March 2021 – Leave The World Behind

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Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older black couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.

Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another? 

Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam’s third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

Please email Amber.Hillman@yahoo.com if you would like the zoom link.

Healthy Habits Lunch Delivery

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Check out the new menu items starting in the New Year:

  • Sweet and sour chicken on white or brown rice
  • Chocolate pudding gluten-free and naturally flavored
  • Clam chowder with saltine crackers
  • Tomato basil soup with a grilled cheese

Order at www.orgsonline.com. School code is 213RGSOROR. You do not have to be a current GS or HS family to order — simply add whoever would like to order as a student. Delivery area is a 2 mile radius from Riverdale Grade School.

February 2021 Parent Book Club – Caste

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, a novel by Isabel Wilkerson, for our discussion on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Host, Amber Hillman, hopes to find a way for us to gather, socially-distanced, at her home. If this is impossible due to Covid restrictions, the book club will convene virtually. 

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. 

Riverdale Tutoring Program 2021

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Riverdale High School students are providing free tutoring/reading services to grade school students virtually. This will carry on the Riverdale tradition of having an older buddy in higher grades and also help the high school students earn service hours.

We expect parents to observe the session(s), so you can provide constructive feedback to the high school tutor. Please be kind and understanding!

Take a BOOK – Leave a BOOK

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Principal Kendall and Riverdale High School book club members would like to promote literacy and the love of reading by sharing books with our community.  Take a BOOK – Leave a BOOK bins will be in front of the grade school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on February supplies pick-up dates.

Please email carlambunting@gmail.com for any questions.

RGS PTC General Meeting includes Interim Principal Kendall – Feb. 10

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Do you have a question for the interim principal?
Join the PTC meeting or submit your questions.

February 10 @ 6pm

Please join the RGS PTC at its third quarterly general meeting for parents and community members on Wednesday, February 10th at 6 p.m. Here is the Agenda.

This virtual discussion of the RGS PTC’s activities will conclude with a special conversation with Interim Principal Stephanie Kendall.  We invite you to submit your questions for Ms. Kendall to our Vice President, Courtnee Averskog, at rgsvicepresident@riverdaleptc.org.

Zoom meeting details:
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RGS Garden Update – Winter, 2021

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OOOOOOOO it’s so cold out! We enjoyed the snow, if only for a brief moment and I hope you did too! With a break in the outdoor play, we are starting a few vegetables this week that can be planted out while it’s still cold (ish). Cold weather crops like lettuce, mizunas, mustards, and scallions can be started now in a south facing window or preferably with a grow light and a little extra heat from a growing mat, with the intention of growing them inside until the soil temperature is dependably above 35 degrees.

Kale, turnips, arugula, all kinds of other greens and broccoli are crops that do fine uncovered outside after a mild frost (30 to 32 degrees) and with protection during extremely cold weather (below 30). Give it a shot! As long as the plants have more than 9 hours a day of sunlight, they will start growing slowly.

Michelle Greissinger

RHS Speaker Series Presents

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              Virtual Parent Speaker Series  

February 3rd 2021


with Denise DeRosa

With flying fingers propelled with emotion, need-to-stay current, or fear of rejection, we often hit send before processing ramifications. Help your kids get back in control and make the most of social media and technology, rather than allowing addictive apps, predators, bullies, and corporate profit to overtake their lives. COS presenters are high-energy, fountains of information and captivating communicators. We share real-life stories, so no one thinks, “It won’t happen to me.” We combat technology risks by addressing the physical, social, and emotional consequences of social media. Help your children build extraordinary reputations and respectable digital dossiers. We address cyber-civility, the concept of a “digital dossier,” sexting, hate speech, anonymity, and more. 

Denise DeRosa

 Ms. DeRosa has a Master’s Degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and 15 plus years of media experience at AOL, VH1 and Comedy Central. Her understanding of the cultural and societal impacts of communication technologies along with her experience as a mom inspired the development of her first workshop on parenting in the digital age. Denise founded Cyber Sensible in 2015 to provide online safety and digital citizenship advice to organizations, families, parents, youth and schools. She believes in the importance of digital literacy education for all. She is dedicated to empowering her clients with the tools needed to embrace digital technologies in meaningful, creative, and positive ways. Denise focuses her discussions on practical ways to both manage and capitalize on technology with internet safety tips, lessons in healthy tech habits, social media strategies and digital reputation management. Click here to register

RHS Gingerbread House Contest

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Start decorating! The Maverick Club is hosting a student Gingerbread House decorating contest. There are 5 categories and there will be a gift card winner for each one: 

  1. Neon/Festive/Colorful/Creative: go crazy with candy & frosting!
  2. Sports or Games: show your team colors or represent a favorite game (ex. Chess-themed house, Rubik’s cube house)
  3. Book/TV/Movie: pick a scene or a whole theme
  4. Maximum Holiday: any holiday for the house! (ex. Hanukkah house, July 4 house, Halloween house, Santa’s house)
  5. Teamwork: work with sibling(s) or friend(s) to make a coordinated theme—send in your photos together if you are working remotely.

RGS 8th-graders are invited to participate and will be judged within their own category.

Purchase a pre-made kit or make your own. The contest ends on December 17 and the winners will be announced on December 18. Send in photos to the student instagram @riverdalemavsspirit or rhsmavsyearbook@gmail.com

RGS Garden Update – November, 2020

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It’s been quiet for the Riverdale Garden.  After the smoke and fires forced an early dormancy on the food crops, all that was left to do was to clear them out and put the beds to sleep for the winter.  

Just like in the rest of our lives during COVID, I look forward to a Spring of new growth and possibilities.  While I’m not tending the garden directly during the Fall and Winter, I am working hard behind the scenes with planning crops for next year, ordering seeds, taking inventory, raising money to support the program and figuring out what the future might look like in 2021.  Thanks for your continued support and wish you all healthy and well.  

Michelle Greissinger

RHS Speaker Series Presents

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Building Resiliency & Instilling Self-Confidence 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
featuring  Wanda Scott

More than ever before, young people live in an almost constant state of stress brought on by a combination of lack of sleep, heightened expectations, and over-exposure to endless stimuli from every direction. Turn challenges into success with skill and strategy for your children.  Learn how to help kids thrive and operate at full capacity.  Our presenters bolster your own resiliency and teach how to role model the skills needed not just to survive the brutal reality of gossip, ratings, likes and posts; but to thrive and rise above.

Wanda L. Scott is a former college professor and an accomplished author of multiple books.

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.

Meet Stephanie Kendall – RGS Principal

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The PTC would like to invite you to meet our new Principal, Stephanie Kendall, over a casual, outdoor, socially-distanced coffee.  We currently have two dates with 7 slots at each.  A virtual event is also in the works.  

Times: October 14th and October 26th, 9-9:30am.  
Place: 11740 S. Breyman (the McCartney residence, across the street from RGS).  
What: Coffee and individually-plated treats will be provided. Please bring your own mug and mask.  
How: Sign-up below.

PTC-related events follow Oregon Healthy Authority guidance applicable to Multnomah County.  This outdoor get-together will include seating at a distance of six-feet and contact-less serving. 

Go HERE to reserve your spot.

PTC Teacher Gifts supported by PTC Fee

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Here is a glimpse of your annual PTC fees hard at work! The Riverdale Grade School staff received their 2019-2020 year-end appreciation gifts. The Board gave them each a personalized Yeti cup and a Starbucks gift card! The insulated, stainless Yeti cups come in handy for keeping our staff well caffeinated and hydrated during distance teaching days. Thank you all for supporting our teachers!

“…the PTC coffee cup gift was wonderful. Please send along my sincere thank you to everyone involved in getting those gift bags together. I love Yeti cups!” – Alison Barron – 2nd Grade Teacher

The annual $50 per student fee goes to not only teacher appreciation efforts like this one, but will go towards the many socially distanced classroom celebrations we are planning, as well as funding this school year’s teacher supplies.  Please pay your fee now

RGS Speaker Series starts October 22

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The PTC is proud to announce that it will be hosting a virtual speaker series this school year, focusing on content to help our families navigate distance-learning and the coronavirus pandemic.  Our first speaker event will be Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

We will be joined by Nichole Sage, Psy.D., and Michael Schwartz, Ph.D, from the Children’s Program, who will address “Understanding and Supporting Childhood Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  This presentation will be focused on helping parents gain a greater understanding of childhood anxiety and how symptoms of anxiety may have changed or increased as a result of the pandemic. It also aims to provide parents with actionable ideas and strategies to support child anxiety during times of distress, and will offer an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.  

To attend this free, virtual presentation, please email Alexia Bounds at alexiabounds@gmail.com; a conference link will be provided to attendees in advance of the presentation.

Halloween Car Parade October 30

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It’s spooky season and we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, but Halloween fun (and terror) is still possible!  PTC is planning a no contact car parade on Friday, October 30 from 4 – 6 p.m.  Decorate your car and join us with your costumes! 

Please email Event Chair, Ashley Eil, at ashleyeil0618@gmail.com if you would like to help.

Riverdale Directory Foundation Gift 2020-21

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This year the Riverdale Foundation is donating a directory for every family to help build community during this time of separation.

We are offering two contact-free drive thru pickups:

  • At the Grade School on Wednesday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the main parking lot; and,
  • At the High School on Wednesday, October 7, from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Please bring a face mask. If you would like to have a friend pick up your free directory, please email Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com by October 6.  If you can’t make it on October 7, don’t worry! The Foundation still has a directory for you and we’ll be in touch after the drive thru with additional delivery or pickup options. Purchase additional directories for $10.

We could use more help with putting the binder and stickers on the directories. Please contact Anita at if you would like to help.