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.


Bring Your Manners to Auction!

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You’ll want to bring your very good manners to The Roaring Twenties Auction on February 29, especially at the dinner tables you’ll be sharing with old friends and new. Your auction invitation will arrive in your inbox tomorrow morning; and with it will be the link to ticketing, seating and eating. The elegantly decorated tables seat 10 people; so reach out to friends, same-grade parents, new families or anyone with whom you’d enjoy spending an evening in support of our children’s educational experience at Riverdale. You’ll be able to specify your seating requests or leave it to the committee to place you with a great group.  Appetizers, plated dinners and desserts provided by ChefStable catering; and complimentary beer, wine and cider courtesy of these generous Riverdale donors. Twenties-era cocktails will be available for purchase (cash or card) at the bar.

Would you be willing to spend a bit more to make our event extra special? With a Patron ticket, you can do just that! With Patron status, you’ll enjoy the following;

  • free transportation to and from the event
  • a VIP bracelet
  • access to your very own Patron bar from which you can order cocktails and dip the bill on us—no kale required! 
  • an extra treat at your table

Click the Patron option when purchasing your tickets this weekend. Questions? Contact auction@riverdaleptc.org or comment on the Riverdale PTC Auction Facebook page.

February 2020 Parent Book Club – The Testaments

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected The Testaments by Margaret Atwood the winner of the Booker Prize and New York Times #1 Best Seller. Our discussion will take place on Friday, February 7th from 9:00am-10:00am at Riverdale High School in the Maverick Room. 

The Testaments
The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia.  Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.

With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

8th Grade Promotion 2020

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Eighth graders celebrate the end of their grade school experience with a long standing tradition—”Promotion”. This is a big deal at Riverdale Grade School. Their final day of grade school is capped off by a beautiful and touching promotion ceremony.

Pay your fee for Promotion by January 25. This fee covers the cost of the 8th grade promotion ceremony events and an after-party on June 10, 2020.

8th Grade Promotion Lunch 2020

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The 8th grade lunch is one of the most cherished traditions associated with 8th grade promotion.  Each 8th grader and his/her parents are invited to this event held on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. for special recognition, a delicious lunch, and a chance to sign each other’s memory books at the Waverley Country Club.

There is a cost of $40 per person for the 8th grade student, and each of their parents.  There is a limit of 3 per family total, including the student.

Due to limited space, we can only accommodate 8th graders and their parents.  Please, this is NOT an event for siblings or grandparents to attend.

If you have any questions about the lunch or who can attend, please contact Suzi Maddocks.

Auction Sponsorship Opportunities!

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Happy Holidays from the auction committee!  Are you looking for a way to increase your company’s visibility and community involvement in 2020?

How about a Roaring 20s PTC Auction Sponsorship? There are several donation levels to choose from but the Platinum Level has never been seized: commit by January 2 and this will be the year that we send out invitations with a Presenting Sponsor! All sponsorship levels include tickets to this fun event as well as other perks, plus weekly publicity to over 1000 community members via the Parent Pack newsletter and e-blasts.

Check out all the sponsorship options. If you have any questions on how to help underwrite expenses for the February 29, 2020 auction or are planning on making a 2019 tax-deductible donation, contact Alicia Lopez. Thank you!

Community School – Winter, 2020

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RGS Community School Winter Term Open for Enrollment!
Wondering how to keep your children busy in the New Year?  Register for the Winter term of Community School!  Classes begin the week of January 13, 2020.  The winter term offers a wide array of classes, including: Imagination Yoga, Spanish, Basketry, Kids Chemistry and Cheerleading. Please email communityschool@riverdaleptc.org with any questions. 

January 2020 Parent Book Club – Trust Exercise (Canceled)

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected Trust Exercise by Susan Choi the winner of the National Book Awards 2019 for Fiction.

Trust Exercise
A deliciously sharp and self-aware novel, Trust Exercise is set in the 1980s in a performing arts high school. Two students fall in love within the hermetically sealed world of the school and Susan Choi somehow makes out of that teenaged affair an ingenious and entertaining meditation on the ways memory and art can comfort and tragically mislead us.

PTC Speaker – Feb. 4 – RHS/RGS

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Tuesday, February 4
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

DEVICED! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World
with Doreen Dodgen-Magee

Riverdale High School Maverick Room

As part of our ongoing desire to bring you experts on relevant and timely topics, our next speaker is a co-sponsored event between RGS & RHS PTC organizations.  Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee is a psychologist, author, & speaker whose energetic, fast paced, research based talks inform and inspire. Her work addresses living healthy, embodied lives from a strong sense of self and a passion for encouraging connected community. Her book, Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital Age was awarded the 2018 Gold Nautilus Award for Psychology and has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington Post, the Utne Reader and many other media outlets.

As entertainment and education becomes increasingly driven by, and dependent upon, devices, children’s brains, relationships, and senses of self are short changed. Information regarding the neurological, social, and intrapersonal impact of technology-only entertainment will be presented and ideas given about how to enhance family relationships, minimize potential risk, and develop genuine and appropriate levels of self esteem and interpersonal relatedness in children. The impact of technology only entertainment and over-reliance on technology for adults will be addressed as well along with corresponding ideas regarding minimizing risk of dependence, addition, and other negative impacts. THIS IS NOT A TECHNOLOGY AVERSE PROGRAM. This is all about embracing the great parts of technology and moderating our use.  

Space for this program is NOT limited, but please RVSP to Jennifer Novak so we can make accommodations for all that wish to attend.

RGS Garden Needs Tools!

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While our garden has grown over the years, the tool supply has sadly shrunk! We have so many students eager to be in the garden doing hard work this year, and not enough tools for them.  We are hoping some parents or community members have some lying around or are willing to purchase some tools to donate to us. Particular needs are: rakes, shovels, rakes, hand clipper, and loppers.  Please visit the RGS Garden Wish List to see the complete list of needs and help with a gift.

Email Michelle Greissinger with any questions.

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.

RGS Speakers Series – November 13 – Internet Safety

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.
Following PTC General Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
RGS Commons

Please join us for an informative talk on the dangers of the Internet and social media for our kids. BJ Park, a Deputy District Attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, will provide parents suggestions on how to talk to their kids about the Internet and social media, and he will give practical recommendations on how to help ensure kids stay safe. BJ’s talk will draw from real world examples that he has seen as a prosecutor.

BJ currently prosecutes serious violent crimes. He specializes in cases involving child sex offenses and the Internet, technology, and social media.  BJ also is cross-designated as a federal prosecutor on these types of cases. He has been a prosecutor for more than 20 years, with his prior work including serving as a prosecutor in Chicago for 15 years and at the Oregon Department of Justice for 5 years.

2019-2020 OBOB Teams Forming Now!

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Calling all 3rd through 8th graders!  We are gearing up for another exciting year of Oregon Battle of the Books.  OBOB is a statewide program where students read pre-chosen books and compete among teams. It’s a great way to improve reading, read different genres and work collaboratively.

Think about forming a team of 4 or 5 kids with a parent volunteer and get ready to read this fall. Riverdale teams will compete against each other to represent the school at the Regional tournament in early March.

Questions or to see the book lists? 

Go to http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/ or contact parents Jean Schnadig or Michelle Gutman.

Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign

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The Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign has kicked off! In order to raise $1.75 million, campaign captains are urging school families to contribute at the new Suggested Levels. The requested contribution for resident and transfer families is $4,000/per child and tuition families is $500/child. Families who meet Suggested Levels and give an additional $1000 will be recognized as going the “extra mile.” All families are encouraged to pursue employer matches; please check with employers to see if they participate in “Giving Tuesday” on December 3rd as multiplied matches may be available!

Families may pledge or donate until Friday, December 6, 2019 and pledges must be fulfilled by April 30, 2020. Money raised from this campaign goes directly to help bridge the gap between state and local funding and what it actually costs to provide a Riverdale Education. To make a donation or find out more, please go to RiverdaleFoundation.org. Help the Annual Campaign reach its goal so our children can reach theirs! 

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!

Tools needed in the garden!

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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

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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)

Carnival 2019 Entry Options

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We are excited to again offer an easy entry Carnival Wristband. The wristband will include entry to all activities except cake walk, which is ticketed. Students with a wristband enjoy entry to giant inflatable slide, climbing wall, Tuxedo Jimmy show, carnival games + prizes, balloon animals, face painting, double hoop basketball, video game truck, a family photo by Olivia Schelly of Yah Yah Photography and much, much more!

Pricing in advance (through Friday, October 18):

  • Wristband: $25 each (includes one (1) Cakewalk ticket)
  • Cakewalk tickets: $3 each or in a bundle–$10 for 5 tickets

At the door:

  • Wristband: $25 each (does not include Cakewalk)
  • Cakewalk tickets – $3 each

Purchased wristbands/tickets prior to October 18 will be available for pick-up during cake drop off on October 18 or at the will call table the day of Carnival in the main RGS lobby.

**Parents, and children 2 and under do not require a wristband

Volunteer at the Carnival

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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.