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.


Wine and Spirits Donations Needed for Auction

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Parents, “City Lights” Auction plans are underway, and we are looking forward to inviting you to the swankiest party of 2018.  Meanwhile, we need your help filing our Chance Balloons.  Please contribute one or two bottles of WINE or SPIRITS valued at $25 or more.  More coveted bottles may be bundled into a silent auction item.  DROP OFF YOUR BOTTLES right before the Winter Concert, between 6:15 and 6:45, on Thursday, December, 7th, at the home of Staci Schwartz.  Staci’s home is directly across the street from the Grade School at 11760 SW Breyman Avenue.  Look for the giant inflatable sky dancer.

Auction Artwork

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Riverdale Art Teachers David Schell and Liz Randall and the parents on the Auction Art Committee have been working behind the scenes to ready our fantastic student art pieces and classroom projects for the Auction spotlight.  Prepare to be dazzled, and think about where to install that one-of-a-kind piece you’ll be bidding on at the Riverdale PTC City Lights Auction.
For an affordable and immediate option—that gets you images of ALL the high school artwork–pick up a 2018 Auction Art Calendar. Thank you to SP&B Printing in Lake Oswego and Color Magic, Inc. in NE Portland for their beautiful printing of and generous discounts on these calendars.
We’re keeping you in the dark (for now!) about some of the fantastic items that will be up for bid at the Auction, but we CAN shed some light on one of the Live Auction items:  the 7th/8th-grade collaborative classroom project.  Breathtaking. Gorgeously framed by Macadam Frame Central and facilitated by Parent Donna Avedisian and Teacher Jeff Robinson, with a bit of help from 101 students.  You will see their handiwork on display before the Auction, but here’s a sneak peek! (Start saving up, 7/8 parents!) 

Gratitude from the Foundation and the District

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Thank you to the 75 percent of enrolled families who came together during this year’s Riverdale School Foundation Annual Campaign to raise $1,198,295 for Riverdale students. If you have not yet made your contribution, there’s still time. Visit RiverdaleFoundation.org to add your donation or pledge of any amount. Donor lists will be published in January, so make your contribution today! It means so much to have high levels of participation from our families.

K-4 Winter Concert, Dec. 7

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Join us for the K-4th Grade Winter Concert at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 7, in the gym. The students have been working hard to prepare for this concert – learning what a performer looks like, how to sing “loud and proud” and how important it is to show
teamwork and perform as a group. It is important that we have every K-4 student present because their classmates are counting on them. If you have a conflict or illness arise, please contact Mrs. Sandoval in advance. The students also look forward to having their family and loved ones there for support!

Click here to view concert timeline and details.

RGS 7/8 Winter Formal – Feb 10th

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Roll out the red carpet for your 7th and 8th graders who will be attending the Riverdale Winter Formal, “Hollywood-style!” This year’s theme is LIGHTS…CAMERA…YOU!

When: Saturday, February 10th, 5-9PM

Where: The Evergreen, 618 SE Alder St

What: Dinner and Dancing in your formal attire

Fees are now due for this event. Bus transportation will be provided from the grade school, leaving at 5:00 pm and returning by 9:00 pm.

To pay your winter formal and other 7/8 fees click here.

Holiday Art & Craft Fair on December 2nd

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Come join us for this new tradition at Riverdale Grade School: our 2nd annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair!  It will take place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in and around our Commons Building.

We will have over 40 fabulous local adult artists and student artists assembled.  The outside vendors are all professional artists, who will be carefully selected to provide patrons with high quality handmade products in many categories, such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, photography, 2D and 3D art, ceramics, natural cosmetics, holiday decorations, home goods, candles, greeting cards, and many more.  And our little creators have been busy making very charming creations for you.

To round out the festivities, we will have live student musical performances, Lori Peterson’s leadership class will offer fun activities for the kids such as cookie decorating and for your convenience also gift wrapping, the Booster Club will have refreshments and food concessions on hand, and, as usual, you will find lots of the Riverdale spirit of community!  We are working hard to make this a fun and enjoyable event for all, big and small!

This is an important fundraiser for PTC!  Money will come in from the table fees that the vendors will pay to participate, and 10% of all sales will go to PTC.

So please take the time and come join us and get your holiday shopping done while supporting the education of our kids and your local artisans!!

When you buy local and handmade, you not only get a well thought-through product, you also get a bit of someone’s heart and soul!

And the more generously you shop, the more our school will benefit!

If you have questions or would like to participate, contact Michaela Houston.


Auction Art 2018 Calendar Preview

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Riverdale student artwork will feature prominently at the 2018 Riverdale PTC Auction. Our “City Lights” art contest entries, as well as paintings and photos submitted by high school students during the Fall trimester, have been used to create gorgeous and gift-worthy calendars.  Pick yours up at the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 2, or at your school’s main office before Winter Break. Take a peek at some of the artwork above and purchase your calendar today.



Parent Education Events Update – November, 2017

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Coming up…

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m., RHS Maverick Room – Kevin Ashworth, MA, presents Parenting Kids With Anxiety and how to use Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to understand and communicate more effectively with your child.

If you missed it…

October 31st RHS Coffee PTC Speaker – Dr. Amelia Wilcox presented “The Neuroscience of Social Media & Technology Devices” and how teens’ screen time impacts their neurobiology. Here are the notes.

November 8th RGS PTC Speaker – Amy Lang, MA, presented Sex, Tech and Kids: Raising Informed Kids in the 21st Century. We learned how to make sure we (and not the internet!) are their go-to birds and bees expert! Use these links for the meeting notes and Amy’s informational handout.

November 11th Presenter – Kevin Ashworth, MA, held a clinic on Parenting Kids With Anxiety Workshop. To learn more about the NW Anxiety Institute click here.


Free Technology Event for Girls ages 13-18

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Former super model and entrepreneur, Kathy Ireland, is cohosting a free event with Amazon and ChickTech: One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly.  This is to promote and engage teen girls to pursue careers in technology tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 11 at 1 pm at Pure Space in Downtown Portland. Brand ambassadors will work directly with local teens in hands-on activities including creating an Alexa skill, building soft circuit bracelets, designing vision boards and video games.  Space is limited so register now.  Also, girls interested in media/journalism/broadcast, can attend and interview Kathy for their school newspapers or podcasts.

New RHS Lobby Furniture

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Parents, do you have contacts with architecture or design firms or doctor or attorney offices? Often businesses like these replace their office furniture before it is very worn. The RHS PTC is hoping to replace the lobby furniture in the high school by the end of the year for students to study and lounge on during breaks and lunch.  If you have any information about possible furniture donation or deals, please contact RHS PTC president Martha Rainey.

Book fair is coming…December 4 – 8, 2017

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Saddle up and get ready! Our book fair will be here before we know it!

Volunteers needed! We are looking for a posse of parents who are willing to help set up and pack up the fair, as well as parents to help sell the books during the fair. Please sign up here.

We have asked for high quality, award-winning books and a limited amount of toy products. That said, we’ll put out the lion’s share of the toys on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for parents to purchase during our early-morning parent events.

Book fair dates and hours:

  • Monday, Dec. 4 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Donuts for Dads – early opening)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7 – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Muffins for Moms – early opening)
  • Friday, Dec. 8 – 8 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. (ends after primary recess)

All for Books has been a success and we will continue with this program, so save your spare change. This program is an easy and effective way to unite the school community and provide more books for kids and teachers. All funds collected through All for Books are used to buy more books from the book fair. Scholastic then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to $1 million in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need through a variety of organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact our parent volunteer coordinator, Sarah Wright.

Get Ready for Basketball!

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Basketball is just around the corner! If you’re looking to freshen up your skills, consider attending an open gym. You can check the school calendar for any upcoming dates. Reminder: Any open gym sessions or out-of-season opportunities organized by coaches are optional.
Official 7/8 team practices begin Nov. 27. Make sure you are registered by that date. Registration for 6th graders must be completed early, by Friday, Dec. 8.

Parent Education Events – November, 2017

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On Wednesday, November 8, at 9:00 a.m., please join us in the RGS Commons, after a very brief PTC General Meeting, to hear Amy Lang, MA present Sex, Tech and Kids: Raising Informed Kids in the 21st Century. You will learn how to make sure you (and not the internet!) are their go-to birds and the bees expert!

On Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m., gather in the RHS Maverick Room for a presentation by Kevin Ashworth, MA about Parenting Kids With Anxiety and how to use Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to understand and communicate more effectively with your child. (Note: The time and location were updated as of 11/07/17)

Don’t wait until the end of the month…on Saturday, November 11, join Kevin Ashworth, MA for the Parenting Kids With Anxiety Workshop, which is a “5-hour crash-course on understanding your child’s anxiety”, at the NW Anxiety Institute in NE Portland. Click here for more information and to register.

If you missed….speaker Amelia Wilcox’s presentation at the RHS October coffee about how teens’ screen time impacts their neurobiology, you can read the notes.

Site Council Works to Engage School Community

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The RGS Site Council continues its work to further develop and support inclusive and community-focused practices in our school. As such, the council recognizes the resources we have within our community – every student and every family is valued and has many ways to contribute. Would you be interested and willing to be a classroom speaker or resource for our staff? We ask that you take a moment to fill out our Hopes and Dreams of Classroom Speakers Survey. This is an effort to support our teaching staff with more options, such as partnerships and experiences to enrich student-learning experiences, while engaging more intentionally as a school community.

Emergency planning

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Lewis & Clark College’s Safety Division invites the Riverdale community to an emergency planning panel discussion at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Templeton Campus Center – Council Chamber. Alice Busch, Division Chief of Operations for Multnomah County Emergency Management, and Erik Rau, Emergency Management Planner for Oregon Office of Emergency Management, will offer insights into Emergency Management efforts, the results from the recent Lewis & Clark all-campus Oct. 19 Great Oregon Shakeout earthquake drill, and a broader conversation about earthquake preparedness and resilience.

Get Your Tickets for High School Musical!

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Fall musical, Nov. 3-5

Get ready for Riverdale actors to bring Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical to life at the World Trade Center Theater in downtown Portland.
You’ll have four chances to see this year’s fall musical extravaganza:
  • 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3
  • 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5
Tickets are now available online and at the door (cash/check): $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.
Click here for tickets to the show!

Cereal Donations Needed

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Our 7th grade leadership students will be sponsoring a cereal collection for Portland’s Community Transition School, starting this coming Monday, Oct. 30 through Monday, Nov. 13. The school, which serves as a refuge for kids experiencing the trauma and hardships of poverty, serves breakfast and lunch daily. Currently, school personnel report that cereal supplies are low. Please help us nourish these kids in need by bringing in a box of cereal during the drive.

Help Inform Superintendent Search

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With Superintendent Brandon retiring in June, the Riverdale School Board is starting the search for a new superintendent. Your input is requested to help inform the search. There are two opportunities for input:
  • In person, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8 during a public meeting to discuss the desired qualities for a new superintendent – led by the search consultants in the RGS Commons.
  • An online survey open through Thursday, Nov. 9.
There will be additional meetings for key community groups and staff. The school board anticipates discussing the information at its board meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, where the public will have a final opportunity to offer comments before the board adopts the qualifications and begins the search.

Lunch Volunteers Still Needed

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Healthy Habits and our incredible group of about 75 volunteers served almost 6000 meals in September!  We are very grateful for our hard working parents, grandparents, family, and friends who have volunteered with smiles.  You are an energetic and kind group of people and our kids are very fortunate to have you help every day!  We still need a few volunteers.  Please consider helping the PTC with this important service for our kids and sign up here.  Some of the remaining shifts sound like a big commitment but actually only turn out to be only once or twice a month because of days off from school.  If you are available to take part of a shift, please contact Dimati McPherson.