Welcome to the RGS PTC Parent Pack!


If you want to submit an item for the weekly GS PTC newsletter, please email mailto:RGSParentPackSubmission@gmail.com by 5 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year.


Save the Date: 2017-2018

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  • New Family Lemonade – August 6, 2017
  • Back To School Coffee – August 28, 2017
  • Ice Cream Social – September 7, 2017
  • Harvest Party Pack – September 9, 2017
  • RGS Back To School Night – September 13, 2017
  • Hootenanny Party Pack – September 22, 2017
  • Ladies’ Stag – September 28, 2017
  • Holiday Craft Fair – December 2, 2017
  • Riverdale Auction 2018 – February 24, 2018

Open Call For Volunteer Lunch Servers

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The lunch volunteer sign up sheets for next year are NOW LIVE.  Volunteering at lunch is a great opportunity to see your child at school with their friends and to have a great time with other parents.  Grab a group of your friends and be the core crew on certain days, or get on the sub list if you are only able to pop in occasionally.  We are 100% volunteer based; our kids need you to make sure our lunch program runs successfully.

The shifts are organized by day of the week and number of that day in a month and you can sign up in a variety of ways.  For example:

  • If you want to sign up for one recurring shift:  “1st/3rd/5th Monday” refers to the first, third and fifth Monday of each month.
  • If you want to sign up for multiple shifts:  Signing up for 1st/3rd/5th Monday and 2nd/4th Monday would land you on the volunteer schedule every Monday.
  • If you want to volunteer only once per month: Please identify the day you want after your first name. For example, to sign up for the 1st Monday of each month, click “1st/3rd/5th Monday” and enter into the first name field “Reagan (1st Monday)” and “Nauheim” in the last name field.
  • Or, get on the sub list

If you have any questions about volunteering for lunch, the sign up process, or anything else lunch-service related contact   reagan.nauheim@gmail.com.  Lunch ordering information will be out soon.  Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Thank You From the PTC

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The PTC board would like to recognize and thank outgoing president, Jen Wilcoxon, for her outstanding work, leadership and friendship this past year.  Jen oversaw all of the PTC events, including a hugely successful auction, with level-headedness, good humor and an unwavering commitment to make RGS an amazing place to educate our children.  Jen, you made PTC fun and you will be missed next year!

We would also like to take moment to thank every parent who volunteered on a PTC committee, at lunch, Carnival, Auction, Field Day or any other PTC event throughout the year.  If every mom and every dad continues to sign up for just one volunteer opportunity throughout the year, the PTC will have another great year next year.

– Kira, Paige, Jenny, Margaret, Carrie, Allison and Stephanie

Spark Creativity Over Summer Break

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Do your little artists need a project this summer?  Keep the creative energy going while school is out by crafting for the Holiday Art & Craft Fair.  Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Craft Fair so grab your supplies, plan your booth and craft away over the summer.  Children as young as 7 can participate and students receive discounted space fees.

We are beginning to sign artists up NOW.  Vendors must fill out this form and submit it to Michaela Houston for review.  Michaela is also the contact person for any questions or suggestions.  Contact her at michahouston@comcast.net.

School Supplies orders due Tuesday, June 13

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Everyone’s favorite program is returning to Riverdale: School Supply Packs!  The last thing you want to be doing in August is running all over town looking for sold-out school supplies.  Enjoy your last few days of summer and let us take care of the details.  Our amazing, pre-packaged supplies are specifically designed for your student’s grade.  Click here to order your pre-packaged school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year.  The last day to order is June 13.

The RGS PTC is thrilled to offer this convenient program to parents; cost savings, consistency of supplies in the classroom and fewer to-dos on your back-to-school list are a few of the many benefits.

Questions about school supply packs? Please contact Erin Moone at erinreneemoone@me.com
Happy Shopping!

Thank You From the PTC

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The PTC would like to extend a special thank you to volunteers who made two wonderful events possible: Field Day and 8th Grade Promotion.

Sarah Wright and Stefanie Lamb organized an outstanding Field Day.  Thank you, also, to all the parent volunteers who pitch in to continue to make Field Day a stand-out event for our students, year after year. We could not do it without you.

Suzi Maddocks and Michelle Janke made 8th Grade Promotion very special for all families involved this year.  Another BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the parent volunteers who helped make this year’s event a great success. One person in particular the chairs would like to recognize is Wanda Dawson, the 7th & 8th Grade Activities Treasurer for the last two years. She has done much more than just accounting and keeping track budgets. Thank you Wanda, you have been invaluable to our school.

Riverdale Directory 2017-18: Get One for Home, Car, and Office!

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The Directory is the Riverdale Community Phone Book, updated each year and made available to Grade School and High School families and the Riverdale Community. The 65th Edition for 2017-2018 will be available for purchase in the High School and Grade School offices in October. Watch the Parent Pack emails in the fall for ordering information.

You will soon be receiving an email with your family’s listing information that will go into the new Directory.  New school families will be asked to create their record.  It is important you do this without delay when you get the email so we can list your information correctly.  If you have questions about updating your contact information, contact Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

If you know of new families, with or without school-age children, who moved into the neighborhood in the last year, please ask them to contact Maya Klein at mayanw@comcast.net or Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

Cub and Boy Scout Info Night, June 13

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Why consider Scouting?

  • FUN with friends:  Meet several times a month to do fun activities and go on great outings while learning
  • GET OUTDOORS:  Learn camping and outdoor activity skills; enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders; build self-sufficiency
  • LEADERSHIP and character development:  Develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime; give back to our community
  • Cubs spend QUALITY TIME with mom and dad:  Both moms and dads are encouraged to participate; go on fun outings like Mom and Me, Dad and Lad; siblings can tag along

Do you have a son who will be in 1st grade or above next year and want to learn more?  At this information session, we’ll answer all your questions and help get your son signed up!
Join us on Tuesday June 13th, at 7 p.m. in the Riverdale Grade School Commons.

Boy Scouts of America staff and local Scouting parents will be available until at least 8:30 p.m., or whenever the last questions are answered.

RSVPs to jon.spurlock@gmail.com are encouraged, not required.  Activities to entertain small siblings will be available.
For a good look at Riverdale Boy Scouts, check out boyscouttroop110.org.

Holiday Art & Craft Fair

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Calling All Artists and Crafters
Planning has started for the Second Annual Riverdale Holiday Art & Craft Fair, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2. Although December is still many months away, organizers would like to give students and parents the opportunity to participate in this year’s show by using summer break to come up with ideas and start creating. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to participate and need the vendor agreement with all important facts sent to you, contact Holiday Fair committee chair Michaela Houston.

High School Co-Chair Needed for 2018 PTC Auction

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We have a Co-CHAIR, a DATE, and a VENUE; all that we’re missing is YOU! Are you passionate about doing what it takes to support our schools? Are you a great organizer or leader? Someone who can keep the balls rolling? Interested in helping throw a great party that also happens to generate much-needed funds for PTC programming?

Then sign on to…

  • …partner with Awesome Auction Co-Chair, RGS Parent Kristen Best
  • …benefit from the wisdom and guidance from last year’s Auction Co-Chair, Ken Wightman
  • …be surrounded and supported by an experienced and energetic Auction Committee that’s already raring to go!
  • Let us know if you’re interested or have any questions! Contact Martha Rainey or Sinclair Sawhney

Summer Sports Camps

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  • RHS Boys’ Soccer Skills Workshop (incoming 9th-12th graders): June 20-23, daily 10 a.m. to noon on the Riverdale Grade School field. Workshop directed by RHS Varsity Head Coach, Roberto Curilovic. No registration necessary.
  • Riverdale Girls’ Basketball Skills Camp (incoming 6th-12th graders): July 17-19 at Riverdale Grade School (Learn more and register.)
  • Summer Runs: Mr. Johnson will be leading some summer runs to get fit for the upcoming year. This is not exclusive to those planning to participate in Cross Country next year. Anyone can participate! If you’re interested, reach out to Mr. Johnson at mjohnson@riverdale.k12.or.us.

RHS Top scholars announced

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Last week, Riverdale High School announced the top academic scholars (4.0 GPA) for the class of 2017. Congratulations to Dimitra Fellman (Valedictorian), Tim Gentry (Salutatorian), Lilah Abrams, Simon Chuang, Nikolet Kostur, Allison Molinari, Jack Reamy and Ben Richmond for their hard work throughout their years at Riverdale.

Riverdale Jazz Night

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Come out to the RGS Plaza at 7 p.m., Monday, June 5, to enjoy the sounds of the high school and grade school Community School Jazz Bands and Jazz Lab, under the direction of Tim Bryson. Music will include Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Qunicy Jones, Toots Thielemans and more. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, your favorite snacks and enjoy a great evening of jazz. (Seating provided as well.)

Open Mic Night Fundraiser

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6 p.m., RHS Maverick Room
To support education for Tibetan refugees in India
We’re squeezing in a last minute Open Mic Night this Friday, May 26! Students, sign up to perform! Parents and students, plan to be in the audience! Let’s start the weekend off in a fun way for a good cause. The event will benefit Tibetan refugees helped by the Lha Charitable Trust – an award-winning, non-profit, grass-roots organization and Tibetan social work institute where our students volunteered during the 2016 India trip. Suggested contribution is $5 to attend. Checks can be made payable to Lha Charitable Trust, or donations can be made onlineahead of time.

PTC Incorporation Status Update

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The Riverdale Grade School and High School PTCs are incorporating this year.  Both PTC Boards have reviewed and approved the proposed RSPTC Inc. Bylaws and are posting them here for review by the community:  RSPTC Proposed ByLaws and RSPTC Bylaws.TableofContents.   Please email Nicole Grayson at nicolegrayson@comcast.net or Mary Brazell at mbrazell@earthlink.net with any comments or questions you may have.  Comments and questions will be accepted through Friday, May 26th. In addition, all Riverdale community members can join us at the May 23rd RHS PTC meeting.  We will be discussing the new bylaws at 9:00 a.m., and we welcome questions or concerns from all.

Summer Reading Challenge Starts June 16

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The Multnomah County Library will have a new teen summer reading program with new challenges and high school-only prizes, combining digital and other literacies with reading—see the whole list here. Designed with input from teens through surveys and prototype sessions, the High School Challenge offers prizes like Chipotle meals, Dutch Brothers drinks, and chances to win $100 gift cards for Powell’s Books, Wunderland Games, or a $250 shopping spree. Besides supporting reading, the Summer Reading program includes free workshops, maker sessions, and camps for teens hosted at local libraries. Workshops include building your own skateboard, creating comics, 3-D printing, cooking and more! Summer Reading runs June 16 to August 31.

Help Wanted: Gearing Up for Auction 2018

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The PTC is currently recruiting volunteers for next year’s Auction Committee. The annual Auction is the PTC’s biggest fundraiser, which provides financial support for many activities and programs that help make a Riverdale education excellent (such as teacher grants, classroom support, field trips and field studies resources, teacher enrichment, college planning activities and student financial assistance). We need help in many areas, from managing aesthetics to communications to crunching numbers. If you would like to help on the Auction Committee, please contact RGS parents Allison Williams or Carrie Spurlock.

Spring Concerts

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Finish out the month with a bang by attending the last two concerts of the school year. Plan to join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, for a joint RGS/RHS Marimba Concert in the Riverdale Grade School Gym, and then again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, for the RHS Spring Concert in the Maverick Room.

Summer sports camps: Girls’ Basketball Skills Camp

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Riverdale girls (and their Lake Oswego or Portland pals) in grades 6-12 can sign up for this summer basketball camp to improve fundamental skills such as footwork, passing, ball-handling and shooting. Camp costs $125 and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 17-19, at Riverdale Grade School. It’s directed by Joe Schaumburg, in conjunction with Riverdale basketball coaching staff. Learn more about summer camps and how to register on the Riverdale Athletics website: RiverdaleSports.com/hq/sports-camps/.

Thank You from the PTC!

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Thank you to everyone who made Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you and we know the teachers and staff appreciated the week and all of your efforts. A big thank you to Shannon Janoff and Virginia Mulligan, who did a great job organizing a fun and well-received event. Thank you, ladies, for making sure our teacher and staff know how much they mean to us.