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 Green Schoolhouse Summer Camp Registration

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Good news, there’s still space with our summer camp experience, hosted by the Green Schoolhouse in your very own school garden. Teacher Lauren has had the best time spending time in the garden with your students from measuring the effects of companion planting with 3rd graders, building beaver dams with kindergartners, creating taste test kitchens with seventh grade leadership, and so much more!

This is an opportunity to invite your student to continue to build their school garden while connecting with friends, finding the magic of the outdoors, and eating the fruits of their labor.  This is our third summer, and it is sure to be the best yet.  We know that the cost of summer camps has been increasing and also understand that summer care is necessary for so many communities.  The goal of the Green Schoolhouse is to create an environment that welcomes all students to the outdoors with a sense of curiosity, adventure, and to build a passion for nature.  Scholarships available to those in need with no paperwork required. Please email Lauren for scholarship registration. Thank you for supporting the Green Schoolhouse and your students as we build our outdoor community.  Please register here.

Looking for PTC Website Helpers

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Would you like a flexible, behind-the-scenes role helping with communications, sign-ups, purchases, news & publicity via the PTC website? Shelby Quintos and Wendy Tolls are adding to their small team of volunteers to make sure the website’s functions are maximized, everything is current, and committee chairs & volunteers aren’t stretched too thin with coordinating an activity/event AND trying to figure out flyers/sign-ups/tickets/publicity. Your time commitment could be weekly, bi-weekly, “seasonal” or more frequent. It would be up to you and your available time. You don’t have to be a tech-savvy person or even creative—but if you are, we will welcome those talents. Interested? Contact Wendy or Shelby.

Key academic dates announced

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While the final academic year calendar is still being finalized, a few key dates have been announced:
  • 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

Register for Field Day by May 25th

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Don’t miss out on a Riverdale tradition that started in 1921. Riverdale’s annual Field Day competition is soon approaching! Please join us for this fantastic Riverdale tradition and community event. We invite and encourage all Riverdale students (preschool through 8th grade) to participate. Dunthorpe residents who attend other schools and siblings of out-of-district Riverdale students are also welcome to participate.

Registration is open now through May 25th. You must register your child by May 25th for him/her to participate.  T-shirts must be ordered by May 1st. 


Student Registration:

Students can register for up to four events. Click here to register your child. To view events by grade and time, click here. Please contact Diane Moran with any student registration questions.

Volunteer Registration:

We need volunteers for Friday’s class relays and Saturday’s field events, set-up, packet pick-up, etc.  If you are registering your child to participate, we expect that you will volunteer for a minimum of one shift. No experience necessary!  Please contact Diane Moran with any questions about volunteer registration.

To volunteer for Saturday’s Field Day events, click here.

To volunteer for other Field Day jobs (including Friday Class Relays, Medical, and Tear Down), click here.

Field Day T-Shirts/Sweatshirts:

The pre-order period for t-shirts and sweatshirts ended on May 1st but there may be a few extras. If you’d like to reserve an “extra” shirt, if available, contact Elizabeth Mitsky at elizabethmitsky@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to another fun and exciting Field Day! Please contact Sarah Wright with any general questions about Field Day.

Order 2018-19 School Supplies by June 1

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Everyone’s favorite program is returning to Riverdale: School Supply Packs!

These amazing grade-specific pre-packaged kits are ready for purchase. Click here to order your pre-packaged school supplies for the 2018-19 school year using school code RIV125. The sale closes June 1st and packs will be distributed to classrooms in the fall.

Riverdale is thrilled to offer this program as a convenience for parents, cost savings, continuity in products for teachers and overall ease at the beginning of the school year. Make your fall to-do list one item shorter and get your school supplies today!

Any questions about the school supplies, please contact Erin Moone at erinreneemoone@me.com

Happy Shopping!

ORDER NOW (use school code RIV125)

Be a Grade Connector

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Are you interested in welcoming families new to the Riverdale community? Do you like to plan get-togethers for your grade level? If so, please consider being a Grade Connector for the summer and upcoming school year. We are looking for three to four people per grade level to connect with new families and to help keep current students connected. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Grade Connector or have any questions about this opportunity, please email Nikki Brenneke.

Save The Date – May/June 2018

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  • Cinco de Derby Party Pack – Buy Tickets Here – May 5, 2018
  • Jump for Joy Party Pack – Buy Tickets Here – May 11, 2018
  • Disney’s The Lion King Jr School Play – May 19, 2018
  • Dunthorpe Garden Tour – May 20, 2018
  • Field Day Dance – June 1, 2018
  • Field Day – June 2, 2018
  • Hootenanny Party Pack – June 2, 2018 
  • 8th Grade Waverly Promotion Brunch – June 3, 2018
  • 8th Grade Clap Out – June 6, 2018 (Time TBD)
  • 8th Grade Promotion & Graduation Party – June 7, 2018
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Party Pack – June 8, 2018

Green Schoolhouse Summer Camp

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The Green Schoolhouse is excited to announce the return of their summer camp program here in the RGS garden.  Lauren, lead educator and founder, currently works with our students weekly bringing lessons and experiences outdoors.  During summer camp children will have the opportunity to create drinkable potions with medicinal plants, enjoy a feast from freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, go on quests to find gnomes and fairies, conduct scientific experiments, and much more.  For more information, camp descriptions, and registration, click here.

Please contact Lauren Rosenstein with questions.

Riverdale 2018 Field Day

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Don’t miss out on a Riverdale tradition that started in 1921.  Field Day will be held June 2nd from 8:30 – noon for all pre-k to 8th grade students.  The Field Day Dance for 6th – 8th graders is scheduled for Friday, June 1st from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the gym.  More information about event registration and volunteer signups will be coming soon.

Seeking Leaders for Emergency Preparedness

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Seeking neighborhood sector leaders for emergency preparedness


To prepare the Riverdale-Dunthorpe community for emergencies, such as an earthquake, ice-storm, gas leak or other catastrophic event, the neighborhood is being divided into sectors and leaders are being recruited for each sector. What is needed to best handle an incident: A web of connected, organized and prepared people. First and foremost, a leader’s job is to extend the web in their neighborhood, and help recruit neighbors to organize and educate each other. Leaders will be working with a team of other leaders in our community. Each sector will organize, prepare for and report in during and after an incident. Interested in becoming a leader? Attend an introductory meeting from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in RGS Commons.

District Arts Night is April 25th

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Get ready for District Arts Night, April 25th 

Every year, our district brings all of our PK-12th grade students’ art to life for one night at the high school. It’s a chance for all of us to get together and celebrate how important the visual and performing arts are to the Riverdale community. Please bring your whole family with you and join us from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, at Riverdale High School, to support our students’ artistic endeavors. Learn more.

The PTC hosts a refreshments table of lemonade, sparkling water and cookies at this yearly district-wide arts event held at the high school. We need parents to help keep the refreshment table stocked. Sign up for a 30-minute shift and then spend a little time enjoying the magnificent art produced by Riverdale students.

‘India Trip Returns’ share-out, April 19

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Eleven Riverdale students and two teacher chaperones spent 18 days in India for an extended Field Studies service learning trip. The group spent 18 days exploring Tibetan, Nepali and Indian cultures through city explorations and homestays in rural villages. They worked on village infrastructure projects, helped Tibetan refugees improve their English skills, bonded with their host families and heard from local poets, political activists and speakers. You can hear all about the trip and the students’ life-changing experiences at 7 p.m., next Thursday, April 19 in the RHS Library.

Parent Resources from Dr. Kathy Masarie presentation

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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.

Family-Empowerment Speaker at RGS – Wed, March 21

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Are you struggling with your child’s screen time?  Please join us for a brief PTC general meeting at 8:45 followed by an informative session with speaker Kathy Masarie, MD on Wednesday, March 21st from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.  Never before have parents faced the challenges they face today: a world of smart phones and social media, a culture filled with stress and media messages at odds with our values and what we want for our kids.  Come hear about how the “iGen” generation is suffering a mental health crisis, and how we can push back on screens, stressors, and focus on what matters most: authenticity, self worth, and compassionate connection within your family and those you care about.  Hear what we all can do to support today’s kids to be safe and to be resilient, empathic, connected, and healthy in their relationships.  Ingredients that lead to a future wholehearted life.

“City Lights” Auction Highlights

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The Riverdale Auction was a success!!!!

Thanks again to everyone who made “City Lights” a highlight of the year! Approximately $140K was raised and will go directly to PTC Programs at both schools and to the Paddle Raise initiatives, technology and emergency/safety initiatives.

Disney Raffle:  The Spurlock Family is going to Disneyland!  Congratulations on winning the Disney Park-Hopper raffle, which generated about $2000.

Heads & Tails:  Martha Rainey (RHS PTC President and mom of a senior!) was the last person standing and will win tickets to every Party Pack. Martha graciously donated her winnings back to the PTC auction proceeds.

Party Packs: Online sign ups are now open. There is something for everyone! Check out the ladies-only Bridesmaids Party on 4/5, Jump for Joy on 5/11, the Hootenanny Barn Burner on 6/2, and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Family Picnic on 6/8.  Read all about them here and then grab a ticket or 3.

Auction Photos: Kudos to photographer Brian Crippe for the amazing images, and thanks to everyone who joined us under the “City Lights.” Click here to see the photos.

Jazz Night on April 9

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Enjoy the sounds of the high school and grade school Community School Jazz Bands and Jazz Lab at 7 p.m., Monday, April 9 in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room. Music will include Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Edgar Winter and more.

7th/8th graders attend band festival

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Advanced Band students will attend the Portland Public Schools Band Festival from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. This event takes place during the school day, the day after the winter concert. What a fun and busy musical week for our students! It is very important that we have all students present. Students need to arrive in the RGS Band room by 8:30 a.m., dressed and ready in concert attire (all black, including socks!). See what to bring and what to wear.

Falcon girls advance to basketball semifinals

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Congratulations to our Girls’ 7/8 Basketball Team for advancing to the Metro Christian League semifinals! Riverdale will play at OES tomorrow, March 1, starting at 4 p.m. at 6300 SW Nicol Road, Portland. If our girls win this game, they will advance to the championship game on Tuesday, March 6. The location has not yet been determined.

Special Friends Day April 13th

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Special Friends Day for Pre-K through 2nd grade will be held in the morning on Friday, April 13th.  Please begin the conversation with your child now about whom they would like to invite for a short visit to their classroom.  A special friend can be a grandparent or other family member, a neighbor, a nanny, a coach, a Sunday school teacher, or even an older sibling or parent.  Later in February, students will decorate and add a salutation to pre-printed invitations for their special friend in class.  Parents are asked to “register” their child’s special friend via the PTC website here.

Spirit Wear Order Due March 2nd

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The next spirit wear order deadline is March 2nd so you have plenty of time to throw out your old t-shirts and pick out a new hoodie, jacket, or performance zip up for the spring season! Check out our apparel offerings here.