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 Holiday Basketball Challenge

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Looking for something to do over the holidays?  Join us for the Riverdale Holiday Basketball Challenge, Dec. 27–28 — two great days of basketball that support our athletic program.  There will be four games per day starting at noon at Riverdale High School, two for girls and two for boys, with these participants: Riverdale, Portland Adventist Academy, St. Stephen’s and Southwest Christian. View schedule.

Admission: Adults $5, Seniors/Visiting Students $3.
FREE admission for all Riverdale students, Booster Club members and children ages 5 and under.  Concessions available from the Riverdale Booster Club.

Blazer’s ticket raffle: As a special bonus, the Riverdale Booster Club will be raffling off four tickets to the Dec. 30 Blazer’s game vs. the 76ers for $1/ticket.  Anyone can enter.

Thank You from the PTC

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The past month has been packed with wonderful activities and events and we would love to thank all the special volunteers that made them happen.
  • Domnika Crainic and Daniel Crainic for sharing their wonderful home with a sold-out crowd for the Hipster Brewhaha party pack.  Thanks also to co-host families: Allen, Hung/Dominitz, Hurliman, Schwartz/Fabrycki, Somera, and Wilt.
  • Shari Andrews, room parents, and 6th and 7th grade families for organizing and providing Teacher Appreciation meals during conferences.
  • Parents, students, Boy Scouts, and co-chairs Emily Imperiale, Christi Somera, and Carrie Spurlock for organizing and running a fantastic carnival.  The kids are still talking about the great time they had and we could not have done it without the support of so many wonderful parents.
  • Kris Vanberg coordinated the Original Works fundraiser for the Art Literacy program.
Thank you all for your contributions!

Minted Holiday Card Fundraiser

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Use code FUNDRAISERIVERDALE starting November 1

Check a task off your To-Do list and help raise funds for Riverdale at the same time.  Order your holiday cards from Minted during the month of November and you will save 15% off your holiday card purchase and Minted will donate 15% to the PTC.  You’ll definitely want to check out Minted’s fantastic 2018 Holiday Card Guide here.

Neighborhood Ski Bus – Sign up Now

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Sorry the Ski Bus is full for January, 2019.


The dates for Ski Bus are the following Saturdays: January 5, 12, 19, and 26.  Registration is now open.
Ski bus if for Snoblasters (1st-5th grade), Trailblazers (6th-8th grade) and High School/Adults.  Please note, the ski bus is not a Riverdale PTC sponsored event.


  1. Go to www.skihood.com/GO
  2. Enter GO Code 1019094
  3. Select products
  4. Check out
  5. Go to www.skihood.com/about-us/downloads and print (i) Providence MountainEmergency Services Consent to Treat Form, and (ii) Rental Consent Form if needed
  6. Mail completed forms to Janine Hume, 1330 Oak Terrace, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


  • Bus loads at 6:20 a.m. at Riverdale Grade School
  • Bus leaves for the mountain at 6:45 a.m.
  • Bus returns to Grade School at approx. 5:30 p.m.

Questions: Call Janine at (503) 819-6409

RGS PTC Special Speakers

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Click the links for detailed information on each speaker and topic.

Click here to see the PTC-sponsored speaker events at the high school.


NOVEMBER 14, 9:15-10:15am, RGS Commons

Erin Ruff:  Brains in Conflict: From Tots to Teens and Beyond


*** FREE:  TWO SPECIAL VIEWINGS of acclaimed documentary film,

followed by discussion with a local expert.***

FEBRUARY 12, 9:00-10:30am, RHS Gym Lobby

FEBRUARY 12, 7:00-8:30pm, RGS Commons

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety


MARCH 13, 9:15-10:15am, RGS Commons

Stuart Watson: Empathetic Listening

RHS PTC Parent Coffee Speaker Series

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Click the links for detailed information on each speaker and topic.

Click here to see the grade school speaker events.


OCTOBER 30, 9:00-10:30am, RHS Gym Lobby

Dr. Barbara Tint: Dialogue and Conflict Transformation: A Talk for our Times

Click here for a recap of and some takeaways from Dr. Tint’s excellent presentation.


NOVEMBER 27, 9:00-10:30am, RHS Gym Lobby

Howard Hiton: Healthy Masculinity


JANUARY 14, 9:00-10:30am, RHS Gym Lobby

Dave Mochel: Applied Attention and Mindful Self-Regulation


*** FREE:  TWO SPECIAL VIEWINGS of acclaimed documentary film, followed by discussion with a local expert.***

FEBRUARY 12, 9:00-10:30am, RHS Gym Lobby

FEBRUARY 12, 7:00-8:30pm, RGS Commons

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety


APRIL 30, 9:00-10:30am, RHS Gym Lobby

Stuart Watson: The Power of Empathy

December 2018 – My Own Words

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Please join the Riverdale Parent Book Club Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9am at the High School upstairs in the Maverick Room for a lively conversation and yummy snacks.  All RGS and RHS parents are welcome!  Our next book selection is My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg which is a collection of her writings and speeches about topics such as: law, being Jewish, gender equality, the work ways of the Supreme Court and the US Constitution.

Here is a link to the book:


This podcast Interview with RBG is really interesting:



Please direct any questions to Danielle Anfuso.

Interested in OBOB?

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We are looking for parents and students interested in participating in OBOB teams at Riverdale. Opportunities exist to help organize teams, coach students, and be a competitor in this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) competition. We are excited to be a part of this awesome, statewide program!

Indicate your interest on the following form: I want to help with OBOB!

Or, you can email committee chair Jean Schnadig.

Updates from the Garden

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2018 has been incredibly productive in our school’s garden classroom space. First of all, we were so incredibly fortunate to have a new, permanent shelter constructed to provide shade and protection from inclement weather. This beautiful addition was completed in May and was funded by the PTC (money from the paddle raise at last year’s auction was used for this purpose). Garden Education chair Paige Witte adds, “It will be used for teaching in a wide variety of ways and also serves as a community gathering space for class parties and celebrations. It also serves as an additional classroom outside of garden based education, as it has wifi access. Carrington Light used it last year as a place to breathe fresh air while students worked on English lit lessons on lap tops – a place were garden and technology clearly meet.”

Our school garden was also featured on the Dunthorpe Garden Tour, where it was visited by hundreds of attendees. Dietrich Nebert generously volunteered his time, sharing with the greater Portland community about how our garden supports curriculum goals and the benefit of hands-on project based learning. The Dunthorpe Garden Tour raises thousands of dollars for our school district. Awesome!

Check out the photos above of the new shelter and a few snapshots from the Garden Tour.

Riverdale Golf Tournament Recap and Kudos

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The First Annual Riverdale Golf Tournament was a huge success!  Here’s a “hole by hole” recap of the event this past Monday at Eastmoreland Golf Course.  Thanks to ALL who were involved!
  • 24 sponsors/donors underwriting the tournament, proceeds of which go to support Riverdale Athletics. Approximately $20,000 was raised, far exceeding our goals and expectations!
  • Nearly 100 participants:  golfers, lunchers and volunteers representing Riverdale parents, students, coaches, colleagues, friends & family members
  • 21 fantastic auction items generating $7000
  • The always generous and community-minded Freeman Motor Co. providing a hole-in-one car (alas, no winners!) and a Lotus on display
  • The 2nd Place “Best Attire” foursome was clinched by Riverdale teachers/parents!
Interested in helping out or participating next year?  Contact riverdalegolftournament@gmail.com.

American Family Insurance
Elizabeth Kramer-Sky High
Tom Larkin-Stewart, Sokol, Larkin LLC
Keith Bailey-Taylor Metal Co.
Patrick McCauley-Bridgewell Resources
Mark Scarlett-Northwest Investment Counselors
Soren Nielsen & Henrik Andersen-Kontra, LLC
Ryan Rollins-PDX Sliders
Paul Henderson-Johnson Controls
Freeman Motor Co.-Eric & Jenny Freeman
Chris & Susan McGowan
Bernice Cannastraci & Gilian Gandy
Tanya Steele     Yingqing Nielsen     Angela Zehava
Portland Trail Blazers
Reagan Nauheim- Lake Theater Café
Patty Hopkins- Premiere Property Group, LLC
Twisted Locks Salon        Sport Clips Haircuts
Dick Fluter-Pacific Sports Turf
Alison Joy-Roots of Joy Flowers
Shelly Pascoe-Healthy Habits Catering
Adelsheim Vineyards
Sam Gruner & Leslie Goss       Erin Moone
David & Adrienne Hill    Andrew & Erin Allen
Carl Pelz & Rosalie Sears Pelz
Michael & Mona Wray      Michelle & Olaf Janke
Fratelli Ponzi     The Dundee Bistro
Nick Ignelzi-LOBlue Printing
Claremont Golf Course    Lost Tracks Golf Course
Eastmoreland Golf Course