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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.


Elect 2017-18 RGS PTC Board and Vote on Budget

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Come join us for the last PTC General Meeting of the year at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd in the Commons.  This is our Annual Meeting where we will vote on the new budget and vote in PTC  officers for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will share updates on the lunch program, Field Day, the drama program, Teacher Appreciation and more.  We are always interested in finding volunteers to help out with PTC programs throughout the year, so please come if you are interested in getting involved for the 2017-18 school year!

Click here to see the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year.

Here is the proposed slate of officers for the 2017-2018 school year:

President: Kira Donohoo
President Elect: Allison Williams
Co-VP: Carrie Spurlock
Co-VP: Michelle Prats
Co-Treasurer: Stephanie McCleery
Co-Treasurer: Adria Cassidy
Co-Communications: Elizabeth Mitsky
Co-Communications: Suzanne Zurasky
Secretary: Dimati McPherson

We hope you will join us!

RHS Drama: Festival of One Act Plays

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7 p.m., May 8, 9 and 10 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Tickets: $5 at the door
Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego
This year’s Festival of One Act Plays is a collection of one act plays by the American playwright David Ives, called “All in the Timing,” which was written between 1987 and its Off-Broadway premiere in 1993. The acts include: “Sure Thing,” “Words, Words, Words,” “Seven Menus,” “The Universal Language” and “A Singular Kind of Guy.” The short plays are almost all comedies (or comedy-drama), focusing mainly on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, and the complications involved in romantic relationships. The production features 16 student actors.

Earthquake Preparedness Presentation

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Monday May 15th, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., the Commons

Please join us for a presentation by Mercy Corps and NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) about preparing yourself, your family, and your community for a Cascadia earthquake. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • The risk and impacts of a Cascade Subduction Zone earthquake
  • What you can do to prepare yourself in your home: How to create a family plan, what supplies you should have, how to make your home more safe
  • How to work with the school to be better prepared
  • How to prepare your community: How to join NET, map your neighborhood, and access other resources

There will be time for Q and A but if you have specific questions you would like to have addressed, please email Sarah Wright in advance of the meeting and she will pass them along.

Field Day 2017 – #♥rgsfieldday

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Saturday, June 3rd at 8:30 a.m.
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.Please note Field Day is a family and community event. Parents must be present and supervising their children throughout the day. Please leave pets at home.Schedule of Events

Friday, June 2nd:
1:40 – 3:15 p.m. – K to 6th grade class relays and 7th and 8th grade kickball tournament on the RGS athletic field.  Note: Times vary according to grade – more information coming soon.
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – 6th, 7th and 8th grade dance

Saturday, June 3rd:
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Family Fun Run (1 mile loop within the neighborhood)
9:10 – 9:25 a.m. – Field Day Parade
9:25 – 9:35 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
9:40 – 12:00 p.m. – Field Events
10:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Clean Up

Registration is open now through May 26th. You must register your child by May 26th for him/her to participate.

Use the links below to register your child, sign-up to volunteer, and/or buy a Field Day t-shirt. It takes a village to run Field Day, so we are counting on everyone to volunteer!

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 at diane.moran@comcast.net 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 Ynhi Le at ynhi_le@yahoo.com with any questions about volunteer registration.

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

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

Field Day T-Shirts:
#rgsfieldday t-shirts are available for sale now through May 9th on the PTC website.  Youth and Adult sizes are available and cost $13.50. Show your support for Field Day and buy one today by clicking here!
We are looking forward to another fun and exciting Field Day! Please contact Sarah Wright at swright@indigocontracting.com or Stefanie Lamb at stef.lamb@gmail.com with any general questions on Field Day.

RGS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

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April 24-28th we will be celebrating all of our wonderful staff and teachers. Here’s what’s in store:

Monday, April 24th:  Coffee Delivery.  Can you help us out by making a Starbucks run that morning?  If so, let us know here.

Wednesday, April 26th:  Cards for teachers and staff. You should have received more details from your room parents this week.  Each class is giving thank you cards to specific faculty/staff members.  Please contact your room parents if you need more details about your class’s assignment.  And feel free to spread the love and give cards to anyone else you appreciate!

Friday, April 28th:  Taco Bar lunch.  Please signup to volunteer here.


Here’s your chance to dole out those much-coveted Falcon Feathers. All week long the kids (and parents, too, if they want) will have the opportunity to fill out “reverse” Falcon Feathers for the teachers and staff of RGS. There will be a drop box in the lobby at the end of each day where the Falcon Feathers can be dropped off. Bus riders can take blank Falcon Feathers home to complete and turn in the following day. The submission deadline will be noon on Friday. We will have a drawing at the end of the week for some fantastic prizes!

School Supplies

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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 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!

RHS PTC Parent Coffee Tuesday: Teen Health

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Plan to attend the next Parent Coffee meeting (and final speaker of the year) on Tuesday, April 25, when our topic will be “Teens Staying Healthy.” Trainer and public speaker Diana Del Garbino from Muscles in Motion will share tips for helping teens (athletes and non-athletes) make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives, including exercise, nutrition and sleep. How can parents encourage and continue to build healthy habits in their teens that translate into creating a healthy lifestyle? Join us and find out!  RGS Parents are welcome!

Host a Foreign Student This Summer

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Host a student from France, Spain, or Japan for two to four weeks in July, August, or September and build connections across the world through friendship! International students come to share cultures, practice speaking English, and become part of an American family. Some students will be taking English classes at Portland State University, while others will be immersed in their host families’ daily lives and will not have any scheduled program obligations. Students bring their own spending money and are covered by comprehensive medical and accident insurance. Families receive orientation materials, 24/7 support, and a small hosting stipend. ANDEO is a local nonprofit that has been connecting families and students since 1981. Apply here, or contact Irene Malarkey for more information.

Wildlife assembly next week for K-4 students

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On Thursday, April 20, our K-4th grade students will be treated to a special Oregon Zoo wildlife assembly from 9-9:45 a.m. This interactive assembly ties in with our 3rd grade curriculum and showcases a dynamic selection of exotic and native birds, mammals and reptiles. Students will get an up close look at the animals, while learning about their behavioral, biological and adaptive traits. They’ll also discover some of the amazing ways that animals survive and thrive in their wild habitats around the globe. If you would like your student to sit out the assembly, please contact their teacher.

Quite a field trip for 7/8th Advanced Band

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Last Friday, our 7th/8th Advanced Band students took part in a jam-packed day of music – starting with the annual Portland Public Schools Band Festival and concluding with a field trip up to Seattle. Students participated in an adjudicated student performance and a clinic by a professional conductor at the festival, and then experienced an interactive music and arts experience at the Museum of Pop Culture and a live concert by the Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band at Benaroya Hall.

Making the most of Math Fest

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Last weekend, teacher Nancy Fowler and a team of Riverdale Grade School students attended Math Fest 2017, a fun and free event hosted by Portland Community College to engage students in mathematics. Our students enjoyed competing against other schools in a variety of math activities. Congratulations to 8th grader Zoe R. for placing second in the geometry category.

The return of Camille Bloom’s songwriting workshop

Posted by & filed under >GS News, Classroom Enrichment (RGS).

Tomorrow and Friday, our 4th and 8th grade classes will once again welcome Camille Bloom for an interactive songwriting workshop. Bloom, a professional touring musician and experienced educator, uses original music as a vehicle to connect with kids all over the nation. Her workshop combines a live performance with a demonstration of the elements of strong songwriting, followed by in-class writing activities. Take a look back at Riverdale’s first songwriting workshop with Ms. Bloom in this article to see what’s in store for our students.

Collecting dog toys for ‘superhero’ dogs

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Riverdale is so appreciative of our Read to the Dogs partnership with DoveLewis, we couldn’t resist this opportunity to give back. Our students are helping the animal hospital with its Superhero Toy Drive. Donations of new dog toys will go to “superhero” canines – dogs who donate blood to support the DoveLewis Blood Bank. If you’d like to contribute, please bring in toys (in original packaging for larger breed dogs – 55lbs. or more) by April 24. Collection bins are located in K-4th grade classrooms.

District Arts Night is April 26

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This is one of Riverdale’s most festive annual events. Where else can you see and hear K-12 arts come alive in one place? Join us from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at Riverdale High School to celebrate the arts. Learn more.

Volunteers needed: Parents, if you are interested in helping Liz Randall prepare for District Arts Night (labeling and mounting art), please email her to help out!

Outdoor learning, and spring cleaning in the garden next week

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Last month, several of our teachers and parents (pictured here) attended a symposium on expanding students’ nature experience, creative ways to sustain outdoor spaces and optimizing creative play. Following that, the Outdoor Learning Committee has now met twice and is discussing how to support teachers and students in accessing the school grounds for learning opportunities and curriculum tie-ins. We sincerely appreciate of all of the auction success and contributions made by the community toward this endeavor. Currently the committee needs more helping hands with small, ongoing projects.

We hope you’ll consider joining us for a spring cleaning work party at 2:45 p.m. next Wednesday, April 19, in the garden area, in honor of Earth Day the following weekend.

The committee also has larger projects and goals for the creation of an outdoor classroom – adding fencing to preserve the garden space (shelter from deer), and potentially adding playground shade trees. Your participation on the committee is welcome, as are all helping hands for the spring cleaning event next week.

Cub Scouts clean up RGS campus

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Speaking of cleaning up… On Sunday, the kids from Riverdale Grade School Cub Scout Troop 110 dedicated their community service activity to cleaning up our school grounds. A parent accompanying the group shared that while the grounds were “already in pretty fine shape, the kids combed over the school and a section of Military Avenue with a fine-tooth comb and managed to clear a good bit of debris away. They all felt good about giving back to a place that gives so much to them.”

Kudos to these young boys for taking pride in their community, and helping to keep our school looking its best.

Collecting sports balls for Special Olympics

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The 7th grade Leadership class asks for your help with its sports ball drive to benefit Special Olympics. Grade school students are being encouraged to bring in basketballs and size 5 soccer balls now through April 21. Each classroom will have a collection bucket, and at the end of the drive the class that collected the most sports balls will receive a special prize.

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off

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On Monday, we kicked off our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser with an assembly for K-4th grade students. This American Heart Association event teaches students the importance of heart health and also raises money to help others. Throughout April, students will learn jump rope skills and tricks in PE, and also learn about various ways to keep their hearts healthy through physical activity and healthy eating. Each grade level will also have a special PE class where students from the entire grade will participate in fun jumping stations and other PE activities.

Parent volunteers are needed for each grade level. Please email Heidi Bader if you can pitch in.

The times are:

  • Kindergarten: Tuesday, April 25, 12:44-1:34 p.m.
  • 1st grade: Tuesday, April 25, 2:30-3:10 p.m.
  • 2nd grade: Monday, April 24, 12:44-1:34 p.m.
  • 3rd grade: Tuesday, April 25, 10:21-11:11 a.m.
  • 4th grade: Tuesday, April 25, 11:14 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.

Students brought home informational packets on Monday, to inform parents of the ways to donate. Online donation is easy – visit www.heart.org/jump, then select Oregon and find Riverdale Grade School. After that you can join our school’s team and begin to collect donations.

Presentation on Anxiety In School

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Many kids experience anxiety at school. For those with special needs, this can be debilitating. Swindells Resource Center at Providence Health & Services is offering a free presentation and discussion around anxiety in the school setting on Thursday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Providence Portland Medical Center Social Room. To register, or for more information, click here.

Spring Cleaning With Booster Club

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Grab a bundle of discounted Kaady Car Wash gift cards and spiffy up your ride; proceeds benefit the RHS Class 2017’s graduation activities. While you’re at it, spring for some new Riverdale apparel.  Check out the new polo shirts and jackets! The next order deadline is Friday, 4/14.

Congratulations to all 5th/6th and 7th/8th Basketballers on a great season. Thanks to the many people who made this year a success: coaches, players, team parents and parent volunteers; the Riverdale Booster Club; and trainer Ryan Lockwood.  We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors:  Bonnet, Sky High Sports, Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC, and Hensleigh Appraisal Services.  Riverdale athletes appreciate your support!

Parent volunteers need badges, background checks

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Please remember that parents who spend time volunteering in the schools, classrooms, clubs, cafeteria, events or field trips must have a district-issued volunteer badge, which requires a volunteer application and background check on file. If you have not yet done so, please make sure you complete your application soon, as many volunteer opportunities pop up toward the end of the year and you’ll want to be ready.
Background checks and badges are good for a two-year period.

Book recommendations for spring break

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It’s so important to keep kids reading during breaks from school. Common Sense Media provides reviews and recommendations for books, movies, websites and apps.

Browse all lists or check out a few that Mrs. Becker suggests:

RGS Sports Wrap-Up

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Congratulations to all 5/6 and 7/8 Basketballers on a great season!  Thank you to the coaches, players, team parents and parent volunteers for all their time, energy and great sportsmanship.
A special thanks to the Riverdale Booster Club, which facilitated additional funding for our Certified OHSU Athletic Trainer to provide consistent trainer services during Fall, Winter and Spring sports seasons at RHS and RGS.
For information on Trainer Ryan Rockwood, click here.
An extra-special thanks goes to our generous Booster Club Sponsors for 2016-17:  Bonnet, Sky High Sports; Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC; and Hensleigh Appraisal Services.  Riverdale athletes appreciate your support!