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.


A Note From Your PTC Board

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First, we want to say we hope everyone is safe and healthy during this unprecedented time in our community and country.  Secondly, we want to let you know your board is still working and we are trying to determine the best way to handle all PTC sponsored events and programs during this time.   As the situation and timeline of how long our community will be impacted becomes more clear, we plan to communicate which events are being postponed, canceled or being offered in an alternative way. 

Our thoughts are with all of you right now – stay well!

Adria, Courtnee, Judy, Shelyea, Alexia & Heather

Trina, Jennifer, Wendy, Sinclair, Suzanne, Jenny Ko, Kelly, Tanya, Susan

April 2020 Parent Book Club – City of Thieves

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Please note that a future meeting date will be announced once the school district is allowing parent groups to meet at the high school.

The Riverdale Book Club has selected City of Thieves by David Benioff for our next discussion.

4.30  ·   Rating details ·  105,786 ratings  ·  10,757 reviews

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

RHS PTC Coffee/Speaker – April 28

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9 to 10:30 am in the RHS Gym Lobby

How to Help Our Sons and Daughters
Be More Fully Themselves

Parenting provides many challenges. Please join the PTC and Adolescent expert and professional counselor Yshai Boussi to learn more about: 

How do we help boys step out of the gender straight jacket that says:

“You are superior to girls”, “sadness and fear are weak” or “instead of taking responsibility, just blame others, withdraw or say you were ‘just joking around'”.

Recent data on girls found that between the ages of 8 and 14, their self reported confidence drops by 30%. While many girls are receiving messages like you can do and be anything, they’re also internalizing messages of “be perfect” and “do more”.

Anxiety, depression and suicide keep going up and up for both boys and girls. We as parents and as a community need to continue to reflect and learn about how to change these disturbing trends.

During this workshop Yshai Boussi will answer some of these questions and we’ll discuss how we can all better address the needs of both boys and girls.

Topics included in the talk include:

        • Current data and trends regarding the state or our boys and girls.
        • Why both boys and girls need specific types of ongoing support to help them be their best selves.
        • Why boys, in some ways, need it even more.
        • New ways to think about and address social media for girls and gaming for boys.
        • Practical strategies and tools to help your son or daughter be happier and well rounded.
All of this will be done in an upbeat, safe and supportive space.

The PTC sponsors several parent coffees with speakers who are experts in various aspects of parenting teens throughout the school year. We hope you can join us for this fun and important morning.


Yshai Boussi is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working with youth and families for 20 years. He is the founder of Portland Family Counseling, a therapy practice that specializes in helping children,  adolescents, families and parents. His experience includes mentoring at risk youth, working in residential treatment facilities and leading intensive experiential workshops for at risk youth. As a systems trained family therapist since 2003, Yshai has worked extensively in community mental health settings as well as private practice. In addition to working professionally, Yshai also has personal experience as a foster parent and all of the blessings and challenges that come with that important role.

Yshai is also a popular speaker and trainer, providing informative, fun and inspiring workshops for adolescents, parents, teachers, therapists and others who want to improve their ability to connect with and help those lovable young people who bring so much joy and intensity to our lives. 

Learn more about Yshai and check out lots of free articles and tips for parents with adolescents.

Annie Jr. Registration Closes March 6

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The sun will come out in May!  Calling all Riverdale GS Performers!  The Grade School Drama Workshop is returning and ready for a fantastic spring.  The cost is $275 per student.  Open to all students, grades 3-8.  Registration date is Feb. 24.  More information coming soon!

Audition dates: 
March 10, March 11 & March 16

Rehearsal dates:
March 30 – May 17
Mondays and Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00 & Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:00

March 2020 Parent Book Club – City of Girls

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected City of Girls a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert for our discussion on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:00am-10:00am in the Maverick at Riverdale High School. Looking forward to seeing you! 

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. 

Special Friends Day 2020

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Special Friends Day for Pre-K through 2nd grade will be held Friday, April 10 from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.!  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 extended 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 the classroom. Please register your child’s special friend below BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28.

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 March 20. 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”