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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.

 

RGS Spring 2019 Musical Registration

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The scrumdidilyumptious adventures of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory will light up the stage this spring in Riverdale Grade School’s production of Willy Wonka Jr. The Riverdale spring play is a wonderful community tradition now under the direction of Lakewood Theater, with volunteer support by all participating families. Registration is open now to interested 3rd through 8th grade students.

REGISTER

Important Dates

Before spring break, all registered cast members to attend on:

Mon, 3/11     3:30 – 5:00  Commons (Parent meeting from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.)

Tue, 3/12       3:30 – 5:00  Commons

Wed, 3/13     2:30 – 4:30 Library

Tue, 3/19       3:30 – 5:00 Commons

Wed, 3/20      2:30 – 4:30 Library

Thurs, 3/21    3:30 – 5:00 Commons 


After Spring Break

April 2 – May 2: Rehearsals will take place in the RGS Commons Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Students will only attend when their scenes are being rehearsed.

May 7 – 9: All students required. Rehearsals will take place at Lakewood Theater Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

May 13 – 17: All students required. Rehearsals will take place at Lakewood Theater every day. On Monday/Tuesday/Thursday rehearsal will run from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., and on Friday from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

May 18: Shows at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Lakewood Theater

2019 Party Packs

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Party Packs will first go on sale at the Casino Royale auction on February 23, 2019, and any remaining spots will be available afterwards for purchase here. 100% of Party Pack ticket sales go to fund enrichment activities through the Riverdale PTCs because parties are donated by the generous hosts. Below is a list of this year’s scheduled events. Click on the individual posts below to get party details and sign up!

Reminder: please check dates carefully, as we are unable to issue refunds for Party Packs.

April 19: Jump Around – Kids’ party at Sky High Sports

April 25: Silcox Hut Sleepover – Ladies-only retreat on Mt. Hood

May 9: Rose All Day – Ladies-only

May 31: Margaritaville – Adults-only post-field day celebration

Sept 21: Scavenger Hunt – Adults-only

October 26: Studio 54 Halloween Party – Adults-only

December TBD: Riverdale Holiday Express – Family winter fun

March 2019 Parent Book Club – An American Marriage

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Please join us Friday, March 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the Riverdale High School gym lobby to discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This book will be a great one for discussion. It encompasses questions surrounding family, our legal/justice system, masculinity/gender, loyalty, race, empathy, marriage, education, symbolism, and culture. It was chosen as one of the top books for 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Oprah’s Book Club. It’s also a NYT bestseller and was on the 2018 National Book Award longlist. Listen to this B & N Podcast for an interview with the author (#79).

Special Friends Day April 12th

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Special Friends Day for Pre-K through 2nd grade will be held in the morning on Friday, April 12th.  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 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 class.  Parents are asked to “register” their child’s special friend via the PTC website here.

CASINO PRIZES

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CASINO PRIZES: Whether you’re a high rolling gamer or plan to dance the night away, you ALL have a chance at one of our 4 amazing Casino Prizes.  Winners at the game tables will cash their chips in for raffle tickets, and non-gamers can just buy the raffle tickets outright with their bid #. Everyone puts their raffle tickets in the drum of choice (all in one drum or distribute them), names drawn at the end of the night.

 

WHISKEY ENTHUSIAST’S BASKET
Take your love of whiskey to the next level with this “top shelf” sampling of spirits. Also included in this basket is “A Field Guide to Whiskey,” a perfectly “distilled” guide to all things whiskey.

Donors: Tyler & Tanny Johnson, Workman Publishing
Value: $375

 

HEAVENLY HOME AT LAKE TAHOE
This mountain-style luxury home can be yours for up to six nights this Spring or Fall. Take in the expansive lake view through double-story windows in this five bed, four bath home’s stunning living room. With 3,700 square feet on three levels, this retreat sleeps up to 14 guests. Enjoy the wood burning fireplace, jetted tub and steam shower, gourmet kitchen, huge round dining table, and deck with gas barbecue. The home is family friendly with amenities for kids and babies. VRBO#512064 but please contact owner for direct booking.

Donor: Tanya Steele
Value: $3,450

 

WINE TASTING: BURGUNDY OF THE NORTHWEST
Grab three of your best wine-loving friends and head to the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley where the four of you will enjoy seated wine tastings at Lingua Franca and Failla Wines Oregon wineries. Lingua Franca’s 2016 Bunker Hill Chardonnay is on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018 list. Failla Wines Oregon is Sonoma Valley winemaker Ehren Jordan’s expansion into the Pacific Northwest. This package also includes four bottles of Lingua Franca wines.

Donors: Lingua Franca & Failla Oregon Wines
Value: $596

 

PAMPERED & PRIMPED
With this package you’ll receive a $1,000 credit toward medspa services with Dr. Myriam Loyo, an OHSU facial plastic surgeon whose goal is to work with you to enhance your natural beauty and reduce signs of aging with natural looking results. The package also includes a $225 voucher for hair styling and coloring services at Windowwall Salon in Southeast Portland.

Donors: Dr. Myriam Loyo, Kim Namanny
Value: $1,225

 

***CASINO NIGHT WINNER BONUS***
Who knows, you could be the top winner of the night accumulating the most Casino Royale chips. If that’s you, you will be awarded this $200 gift card to dine at Bistro Agnes—Downtown Portland’s Parisian bistro with James Beard award winning chefs Greg and Gabi Denton. That’s Beard, James Beard!

Donors: Kurt & Heather Huffman
Value: $100

Special Friends Day April 12

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Special Friends Day for Pre-K through 2nd grade will be held Friday morning, April 12!  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 FEBRUARY 28

RGS PTC Board: Auction Funding Efforts Recap – January, 2019

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Dear Grade School Community,

Auction season is upon us and the PTC is thrilled to host this year’s Casino Royale Auction.  Attending Auction is the single most important thing you can do to support the Riverdale PTC.  We also hope that you will participate in our entirely-online silent auction (more details coming soon!), and that you will raise your paddle for or click to donate to our Grade School playground improvement initiative.The Grade School PTC runs and supports numerous programs at RGS.  In addition to maintaining these programs, we provide direct financial support to RGS in the form of approving grants designed to enrich curriculum.  Look below to see what we’ve been up to so far this year…

Grants Approved and Auction Funds Disbursement

  • Emergency Backpacks in Every Classroom
  • Safety Bearcom Radio at the Grade School
  • New Chromebooks
  • Scholastic and Time for Kids Periodicals – $1,128
  • Will Hornyak 2nd Grade Storytelling – $600
  • Mo Willems Author Study 1st Grade – $610
  • 1st and 2nd Grade Serravallo Training – $956
  • Teacher Site Visits – $5,500
  • NCTM Regional Conference – $772
  • World Council for Gifted and Talented Children – $6,200
  • STEM Grant to RGS – $ 3,000
  • Marimba/Computer software and equipment for composing – $1,300

Classroom Enrichment

  • Art Literacy program and Original Works fundraiser
  • $10,000 annual support of our Garden education

Extracurricular

  • Community School
  • Extended Care
  • Athletic Scholarships

Community Building and Fundraising

  • Back-to-School Coffee
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Ladies’ Stag
  • Carnival
  • Party Packs
  • Craft Fair
  • Book Fair
  • PTC General Meeting Speakers
  • Minted fundraiser
  • Coordinate Auction Planning and Paddle Raise Initiatives

Teacher Support

  • Grants for Teacher Education
  • Funds for Supplies in Classrooms
  • Teacher Appreciation Meals
  • Class Parties

RGS Support

  • School Lunch
  • Directory
  • Back-to-School Packet
  • Weekly Parent Pack Emails

Sincerely,

Allison Williams, Adria Cassidy, Carrie Spurlock, Heather Bogaty, Diane Moran, Heather DeCook, Judy Chang, Stephanie McCleery, and Elizabeth Mitsky

Your Grade School PTC Executive Board

Thank You, Casino Royale Donors!

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The PTC would like to recognize these businesses and individuals who have generously donated to our Online Bidding, Wheel of Fortune, Live Auction and Casino Prizes and other event elements. Thank you!

 

7 Dees

Old Spaghetti Factory

Zupan’s

Chuck’s Place

Chuckie Pies

Workman Publishing

Lace Nails

StarCycle

Whole Foods 365

New Seasons

Rovente Pizzeria

Lauretta Jean’s

Bairds on B

Nic & Fig’s
Healthy Girl Fitness

Nicoletta’s

Elk Cove Vineyards

Happy Cup Coffee

Harvest Wine Bar

Pronto Pup

Tanya Steele

Erin Moone

Nic & Fig’s

Generations Genealogy

Brian Black

The Dischinger Team Orthodontics

Bianchi Bicycles

Bob Rau

The Beat Coaching

Steve & Shannon Milla

Melanie Alemán de la Garza

Maya Klein

The Photo Artista

Freeman Motor Co.

Punchbowl Social

Jay & Christi Somera

The Lash Lounge

Adam Reiter

Willamette Shore Trolley

David Rosenbaum

Lingua Franca

Skyhook Ninja Fitness

Ken Fenton

Taft Stricklin

Stacee Gravelle Lawrence

Magnum Opus Salon

Riverdale Athletics

Mathnasium

Garnish Boutique

Tyler & Tanny Johnson

Sofie Ruse

Nikki Brenneke

Liz Randall

Nate Orton

Jennifer McDonald

Niki Seawright

Dave & Suzi Maddocks

White Rose Estate Winery

Angela Estate

Archery Summit Winery

Domaine Roy et Fils

L’Angolo Estate

Chris & Susan McGowan

Tim & Victoria Canfield

Ann & Pascale Hebert

Cristian & M. Regina Corsi

Carl & Karen Grebert

Jonathan & Carrie Banks

Mina & Taft Stricklin

Sabrina Oei & Chris Johnson

Matthew & Florence Nurse

Staci Schwartz & Leon  Fabrycki

Mike Jivanjee & Kyle the Goose

Henry & Amber Hillman

Donna Avedisian

Niki Seawright

Liz Randall

Jason & Elizabeth Mitsky

Mark & Blake Bruun

Tyler & Tanny Johnson

Tanya Steele

Lingua Franca

Failla Wines

Lash Lounge

Dr. Myriam Loyo Li, OHSU

Kurt & Heather Huffman

Windowall Salon- Kim Namanny

Sky High Sports

Luna Vineyards

A to Z Wineworks

10 Barrel Brewing

SP&B Reprographics (LOBlue)

The Children’s Museum

Express Wash

Bellagio’s Pizza

St. Honoré Boulangerie

Inside the Casino Royale

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A short guide to the gaming and the gala!

 

NIGHT AT THE CASINO ROYALE

At 6:00pm on Saturday, February 23, check in at The Redd and receive a bracelet with your bid number for easy purchasing and bidding all night long! Enjoy appetizers and a complimentary glass of bubbly from A to Z Wineworks–or bypass the bubbly and order the Vesper, Goldfinger or 007 cocktail at the bar. Then park yourself at a gaming table with your starter amount of casino money, sign up for Party Packs or take a spin at the Wheel of Fortune—$25 to spin, guaranteed to win! As cocktail time winds down, you’ll find your table and settle in to a lovely plated dinner, Live Auction and Paddle Raise to follow. After coffee and dessert, let your feet find the dance floor or your favorite casino table. Gaming will go uninterrupted for the duration of the evening, so come ready to roll!  Finally, enjoy a late-night snack while the casino winnings are tallied, with raffle tickets drawn for fantastic prizes in a fitting wrap up to the night.

 

CASINO GAMING

We are excited to have Wild Bill’s providing the action at our Casino Royale Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and 3-Card Poker tables.  Your auction ticket includes a starter amount of casino money to get you playing immediately; and our roving salespeople will make it easy for you to purchase more casino money with your bid number so that you can continue gaming.  Accumulated winnings will earn raffle tickets, which you’ll put in an end-of-the-night drawing for fabulous prizes. No actual money is being “won” at the casino, but all purchases of casino money contribute to the PTC fundraiser!

You do NOT need to be savvy casino players. Wild Bill’s expert dealer staff do a wonderful job teaching guests how to play and making sure everyone wins big and has a great time!

 

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

  • $25 per spin

Use your bid number to purchase a spin at our version of a prize wheel.  Bottles of wine, gift cards to retailers and restaurants, along with a handful of premium prizes will be available to spinners!

 

HEADS OR TAILS

  • $50 per chance
  • Winner gets 1 ticket to every Party Pack* AND half the collected Heads or Tails pot

Use your bid number to purchase $50 Heads or Tails necklaces from our roving salespeople during the cocktail hour. During dinner, everyone with necklaces will stand as Auctioneer Matthew DiLoreto leads the way.  Choose to put both hands on your HEAD or on your TAIL. and wait for the coin flip.  Sit down if the coin shows HEADS and you’re touching your TAIL (or vice versa).  Coin flips continue until the last participant is standing with their hands on their winning HEAD…or TAIL. (*one party excluded)

 

GOLDEN TICKET RAFFLE

  • $100 per ticket
  • Only 75 tickets available
  • Winner gets to choose a LIVE AUCTION ITEM before the LIVE AUCTION takes place

Use your bid number to purchase $100 Golden Tickets from our roving salespeople during the cocktail hour.  During dinner, our Auctioneer will draw the Golden Ticket winner.  Be ready to select your favorite from among our amazing Live Auction Items.

 

PARTY PACKS

Every year, our Party Pack Chairs plan an an exciting array of parties.  Family-friendly, women only, fun for kids, a night out for adults–these parties run the gamut!  But their common feature is that they are wonderful community-builders as well as fantastic fundraisers for the PTC: 100% of Party Pack ticket sales go to fund enrichment activities through the Riverdale PTCs because parties are donated by the generous hosts.  Sign-ups for Party Packs begin at the Auction, and many will sell out there.  Use your bid number to secure a spot (and no signing up friends who aren’t there:  you must be present to sign up).  If Party Packs do not fill up at the Auction, tickets to them will become available for online purchase.

 

PADDLE RAISE

The Paddle Raise is a simplified fundraiser dedicated to specific requests made by our school principals. The funds raised are restricted to those requests.  During the Paddle Raise, Auctioneer Matthew DiLoreto will invite guests to raise their paddles (big card with bid number) as he calls out increments of money.

ATTIRE INFO HERE.

INVITE FRIENDS AND PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE.

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

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*** FREE:  TWO SPECIAL VIEWINGS of acclaimed documentary film, followed by discussion with a local expert. PLEASE RSVP so that we can provide enough seating.***

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

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

RSVP: Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

  • Angst is appropriate for ages 10 and older (5th grade and up)
  • Kevin Ashworth, Clinical Director of NW Anxiety Institute, will facilitate the AM screening and the Q&A session that follows. We are hopeful that Cory Anton will be able to facilitate the PM event. Cory also came from the NW Anxiety Institute but is now in private practice.
  • Here are some free resources that Kevin has provided (your email is required before clickable link to download)

 

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!

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

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.