Welcome to the RHS Parent Pack!

If you want to submit an item for the Parent Pack, please send it to: rhsptc.communications@gmail.com by 5:00pm on Wednesday prior to the Friday you wish the information to appear.

2018 Paddle Raise

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Raise Your Paddle at the City Lights Auction

Each year, after much thought and consideration, Riverdale principals submit their priority wish lists to their PTC boards. Unlike other funds raised at auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is used solely to fund these very specific requests. This year, paddle raise funds will be spent on updating technology and purchasing emergency communication radios, backpacks and other emergency preparedness and safety supplies.


Technology is an integral part of learning at Riverdale, putting real-world learning tools and curricular resources into the hands of our students. Technology must remain current for students to be academically competitive.  Updating computer equipment and programs is an ongoing necessity and cost. This is especially important given the age of our current Chromebooks and Google’s policy to discontinue updates to these machines after five years.  Our Chromebooks are rapidly becoming obsolete. Paddle raise funds will be used to upgrade equipment in the High School computer lab and purchase additional Chromebooks at both schools. Contributions of any amount are gratefully welcomed online. If you are able, please consider purchasing a new Chromebook for our schools.

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Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Supplies are vital to keep students safe during a disaster. To improve preparedness at Riverdale, the administration has come up with some essential items that would benefit both schools in the event of an emergency. In this initial phase, the funds will be used to purchase radios to facilitate communication between the two schools and emergency services, upgraded first aid kits and emergency backpacks for each classroom. These packs will be filled with Mylar blankets, flashlights, safety goggles, protein bars, directories and other items to help students during the first hours of an emergency. If you are unable to attend the auction, but are able to support the emergency preparedness goal, please consider purchasing a backpack/emergency kit.

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2018 Auction Catalog

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LIVE AUCTION ITEMS (click here for details):

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (Pre-K)
Skyscraper Dreams (5/6)
Soar Over the World (7/8)

Click here for images of all the wonderful grade school artwork

Down to the Delta
California Dreaming
Hood to Coast
City Lights in NYC
Luxurious Lake Tahoe

Kicks in the City
Rip City Celebration

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS (click here for details):

  • BLAZERS vs. UTAH JAZZ 4/11
  • “IMAGINED CITIES:  NIGHTTIME” 3rd-grade art project
  • “IMAGINED CITIES:  DAYTIME” 4th-grade art project
  • “HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW” K-2 art project

Auction 101

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What is auction?  Every year, the Riverdale Grade School and High School host a fundraising auction.  This is the PTC’s biggest fundraiser.  The format may vary year to year, but events typically include games, silent and/or live auction, a paddle raise and, of course, food, cocktails and FUN.
Why do we have an auction?  We have an auction to raise money to support the PTC.  The PTC funds and runs dozens of programs at the grade school and high school, including athletics, art literacy, field day, carnival, lunch, community school, field studies, field trips, guest speakers, teacher grants for technology and school supplies and much, much more.  The auction is the single largest source of revenue for the PTC and as such, we depend on our community to show up and be part of this community event.
How can I be involved in auction?  You can be involved in so many ways.  If you would like to donate a gift card for businesses/services valued at $50 or more, or you would like to donate a bottle of wine/spirits valued at $25 or more, please contact Allison Williams at allisonleodler@gmail.com.  If you would be interested in being a corporate sponsor of our event (there are great perks!) contact auction@riverdaleptc.org.  If you are interested in volunteering to help on the night of, please contact auction@riverdaleptc.org.  The most important way you can be involved with auction is simply to buy a ticket and come.  To read more about being involved click here.
Are kids involved in auction? Auction is an adult-only event.  Although, if your kids have a little allowance money laying around, they can ask you to purchase raffle tickets for a 4-pack of one day park-hopper passes to Disneyland!  The passes are valued at $675, but raffle tickets are priced at only $10.  To purchase raffle tickets click here.  You may not even know it, but grade school kids have already played a major role in this year’s auction.  All of the grade school students worked on collaborative art pieces that will be auctioned off in the silent or live auction and the 7/8 leadership students stuffed, sealed, stamped and labeled YOUR auction invitation!  For a sneak peek click here   I wonder which class parent will be lucky enough to go home with your student’s art…
How can I attend auction?  Buy a ticket to auction here.  Note that first-timer ticket is only $95.  Or, go for the extra perks and buy a patron ticket or a patron table.
Where will I park at auction?  There is limited parking available near our venue, the Leftbank Annex, but it would probably be easier to get a ride.  Don’t forget, patrons enjoy free Uber and Lyft on auction night.
What goes on at auction?  You’ll want to show up at 6pm sharp because the events and the fun begin immediately.  When you show up, cocktail hour will be in full swing with glasses of passed bubbly, fun games like Chance Balloons, silent auction items to bid on and party packs to sign up for.  This year, we are thrilled to be showcasing original art pieces by 13 talented RHS students.  These pieces will be available in the silent auction.  After the cocktail hour, we will fill our plates and find our seats for the live auction.  Live auction prizes are experienced-based packages.  We haven’t announced them quite yet, but if you love skiing, wine, music, the beach, the woods or shoes… you’re in luck.  The evening concludes with dancing so don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes!
What is a party pack?  Party Packs are another important PTC fundraiser.  These parties are hosted throughout the year by small groups of parents.  The hosts cover the costs of the party and all the proceeds from the ticket sales are donated back to the PTC.  Some are adult-only, some are kid-focused and some are fun for the whole family.  There is truly a party for everyone.  The parties are revealed during the cocktail hour of the auction.  Sign up sheets will be available and some parties will sell out at auction.  You MUST be present to sign up for a party.  Only parties that do not sell out will be opened up to general sales after the event.  Come early to get your tickets.
What is a paddle raise?  Each year, our principals submit their wish lists and we ask our community to raise their paddle to support these needs.  Unlike other funds raised at auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is ear-marked for very specific requests.  This year’s paddle raise will focus on emergency preparedness supplies and technology upgrades.
Who will I sit with at auction?  The only way to guarantee your table mates is to purchase a patron table for 8.  If you buy tickets individually, as you click though the ticket purchase site  you will see a box that allows you to fill in your table-mate preferences.  You can specify individual names, or you can make new friends by indicating something like, “5th grade parents.”  The auction committee will make every effort to seat you accordingly.  Did something go wrong with your purchase?  Don’t worry, email auction@riverdaleptc.org.  A really nice person actually checks this email every day and will get back to your right away.
What is a Patron?  Patrons choose to pay a little extra for their auction tickets.  In addition to being recognized at the event, they get express check-in, free drinks and free rides to and from the event.  To see all the ticketing option details click here
What do I wear?  This year’s auction theme is “City Lights” so dress to impress for a night out on the town.  We will have more ideas coming out in future parent packs so stay tuned.  Attire-wise, a little bit of everything can be seen at auction.  However, generally speaking, most women will wear something along the lines of cocktail attire and men are a split 50-50 between those who wear suits and those who wear jeans with blazers.  This year’s auction is not a costume event.  
How will I pay for things at auction?  You can choose to pre-register your card when you purchase your auction tickets.  This will make registration on the night of the event simpler.  When you check in to the auction, we will need a credit card (if you haven’t pre-registered it) and that card will be associated with your assigned bidder number.  Chance Balloons, silent auction, live auction, paddle raise and party pack sign-ups will all be done with your bidder number.  You will get one bill at the end of the night.  Bring cash or card for the bar unless you bought a patron ticket.
What if I can’t go?  If you can’t attend auction, we would still love (and need!) your financial support.  Please click here to purchase raffle tickets and make a tax deductible donation to our event.  If you get your heart set on one of the fantastic silent or live items (once we reveal them!), you can enlist a proxy to bid on AND PAY FOR your item if you win…but it’s better to be there!

Join the High School Willamette Sailing Club

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You can do it for life! Join the high school race team/spring sailing at Willamette Sailing Club! We sail 420s/FJs at the Willamette Sailing Club off Macadam Ave. New sailors will most likely be on JV and will practice just Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-7:00pm. Varsity T, W, Th. The season runs from Feb 20th-May 24th. Mandatory new sailor orientation is Feb 19th 4-6:30PM. Regattas are on weekends and are optional. There is some gear required. Contact Riverdale parent Jill Corvelli if you have any questions. Register here ASAP—the roster always fills up!  Hope to see you on the water!

Join Lake Oswego Community Rowing (LOCR)

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Get fit and have fun rowing with other Portland area high school athletes by joining Lake Oswego Community Rowing (LOCR). Lake Oswego Community Rowing (LOCR) is looking for athletes interested in rowing with a nationally competitive team. Rowers new to the sport are considered novices during their first year and then advance to the varsity squad. Enjoy a spring rowing season filled with training and racing in the Northwest. We offer high energy and camaraderie with fellow athletes from around the area. Team practice is daily after school from 4:15-6:30pm and Saturday mornings from 7:30-10am. First day of practice begins Tuesday, February 20th.Questions? Contact head coach Todd Vogt or call (503) 765-6102.

Oregonian Cup: RHS Finishes in 3rd Place

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2017-18 Oregonian Cup: RHS finishes in 3rd place out of 41 3A schools

The Oregonian Cup recognizes overall excellence by schools in academics, activities and athletics, and honors a school’s students, teachers, coaches and the entire school community.

This year, Riverdale sports teams’ combined ranking jumped to 3rd place out of 41 3A schools (including private schools Oregon Episcopal School and Catlin Gabel). Our ranking last year was 11th place.

This year’s ranking shows we have extremely well-rounded athletic programs and athletes. The ranking formula also takes into account athletes’ GPAs and state playoff finishes – showing Riverdale students do well both on and off the field of play.

NASA STEM Program for Sophomores

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Sophomores: Spend three days with NASA scientists

Introducing the Western Aerospace Scholars Sophomore Program – a free NASA-designed science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program for Oregon high school students. Sophomores who complete an online distance-learning program in March will be invited to participate in a three-day summer experience with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators. The curriculum, developed with NASA and the University of Washington, focuses on NASA’s history and the space environment around the Earth, including its control by solar activity and the potential opportunities for human exploration of the solar system. There is no cost to participate in the online learning or summer experience. The online program runs March 6-April 3 with the three-day summer experiences being held at a variety of locations around the state. Find information and applications at www.museumofflight.org/WAS.

Announcing 2017-18 Scholastic Art Award Winners

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Riverdale High School is excited to announce our 18 Scholastic Art Award winners for this school year, winning 33 awards – including 12 Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys and 12 Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to this large group of student artists on your achievements! Click here to see the full list of award winners.


Field Studies Week Enhanced by Paddle Raise Funds

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Thanks to your generosity at last year’s auction, paddle raise funding has helped us maintain and enhance our Field Studies program at the high school. This year:

  • We were able to keep the student cost for Field Studies stable, despite the rising prices of certain programs and activities.
  • We were able to add a new five-day filmmaking workshop at the Northwest Film Center that includes writing, planning, filming and editing a live action film.
  • And, we were able to purchase many new “toys” for the Wildhorse Field Studies experience for freshmen and new students. Because we like to keep the mystery alive for new students each year, we’ll refrain from sharing more about these new items, but we’re sure the students will enjoy all that’s in store for them.

While Field Studies isn’t until March, students and staff are already excited for the adventures to come. Thank you for keeping this annual tradition alive and letting us provide great experiences for our students. For more information on last year’s paddle raise, click here.

2018 Auction Tickets

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Tickets for Riverdale’s PTC 2018 “City Lights” Auction are no longer available online, but you can still purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event.

  • Out-of-Town/Optional Donation: any amount welcome to hep us make our great auction packages exceptional!  Tax-deductible

All attendees will enjoy complimentary beer, wine and sodas (while they last) thanks to generous donations.

Cocktails available for purchase with cash or credit.

RHS PTC Celebrating Recent Funding Accomplishments

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  • Funding of the Zoo field trip for RHS juniors and their RGS buddies.
  • Funding the annual zoology students’ visit from Brad’s Reptile World to RHS.
  • Purchasing additional motors and controllers for the two robotics classes.
  • Purchasing an M Specter 360 digital inspection camera.
  • Paying student art submission fees to Scholastic art contest.
  • Supporting students and staff with funding for the Entrepreneurial Conference at PSU for all Seniors in the Economics class.
  • Supporting RHS Juniors at Lewis and Clark’s Junior Day.

PTC School Activity Scholarships

Students who qualify are reminded and encouraged to apply for financial aid from the PTC to offset the costs of participating in school activities such as sports, robotics, jazz or marimba band, senior activity fee, etc. All applications are confidential. Contact Cheryl Wright or Brittany Burgerfor more information. .

RHS PTC Coffee

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RHS Gym Lobby
8:45 social time, 9:00 short general meeting, 9:15 speaker
Please welcome the New Year with the PTC board and other Riverdale parents with our first 2018 PTC Parent Coffee. College counselor Kathleen Reid will here to jump start parent/student plans for summer. Crazy early? Not at all. Many summer internships have February and early March application deadlines. She will have information on potential summer internships and service learning projects. Be advised that students need 90 service learning hours to graduate; and preferably, those hours are earned through experiences with at least three different non-profit organizations. Parents, we’d love you to come prepared to share your students’ previous summer experiences with internships, jobs or volunteering.


Support the RHS Senior Class During Conferences

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While you are at conferences, you can also purchase Kaady carwash cards. You’ll save money, have a sparkling clear car and support graduation activities for the Riverdale senior class. Bring your checkbook or cash to purchase packs of six car washes for $40 and three car washes for $20. No debit cards or credit cards can be accepted, but click here to purchase online.


Free Lecture Series on Infectious Diseases in Feb 2018

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The Oregon National Primate Research Center invites our students to attend a series of free lectures focused on cutting-edge topics in the realm of infectious disease. Speakers are from OHSU’s West Campus, including the Oregon National Primate Research Center and the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute, and the talks are delivered in laymen’s terms – perfect for students. The lectures take place from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in February, at Portland Community College’s Willow Creek Campus. Click here to view lecture topics and details.

Neighborhood Ski Bus – Sign up Now

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The dates for Ski Bus are the following Saturdays: January 6, 13, 20, and 27.  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

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.

Join Us – Learn More About the RHS PTC

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The mission of the Riverdale PTC is to give parents the opportunity to support RHS students, faculty, and administration by working together to develop a sense of community, exchange ideas, and raise funds.

The PTC values and welcomes parent involvement at any level!  Check out opportunities here, or ask any of your PTC Board Members or Grade Connectors.  Wondering what your PTC has been up to since the beginning of the school year?
Here are a few recent PTC-related events and expenditures:

  • purchase of new graphing calculators for checkout from the library
  • purchase of wireless microphones AND new sound system (“Can you hear me now?”)
  • purchase of new, up-to-code garbage cans and recycling bins
  • purchase of new buzzer system for Science Bowl and classroom use
  • grant towards the venue rental for “High School Musical”
  • grant to the Riverdale Robotics Club
  • down-payments for the super-secret Prom and Grad Night venues
  • funding of OHSU Athletic Trainer services, through the Riverdale Booster Club
  • new soccer goal and new first-aid kits for all RGS & RHS coaches, through the Riverdale Booster Club
  • hosting the October PTC Coffee (“The Neuroscience of Social Media and Technology Devices”) with Dr. Amelia Wilcox.
  • sponsoring the upcoming PTC Coffee on 11/30 with NW Anxiety Institute’s Kevin Ashworth
  • the shoring up of funds for our amazing Field Studies Program, thanks to generous parent donations towards last year’s Paddle Raise.
Stay tuned for information on how you can be involved with the party of the year—the fundraiser that supports most of our PTC programming at the high school:   the Riverdale PTC Auction!


Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI)

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Attention sophomores and juniors! The Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) program introduces high school students to the scientific process and provides access to research scientists from OHSU, PSU and Legacy. This is a semester-long program with the opportunity to be paired with a mentor for a summer research experience. There is no cost to students. Meetings are at OHSU on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m., February-May. Students must submit an application and arrange for one recommendation to be sent by Jan. 1. View program details and application forms.

ASE Internships for RHS Students

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Is your student interested in a career as a scientist, doctor, engineer or technologist? If so, consider a summer internship with the Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering program. ASE matches scientists, engineers and technology innovators with interested students for 8-week internships. It’s a great way to improve your college application, earn school credit and a $1,000 stipend. Learn more at an informational session at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at Wilson High School’s library, 1151 SW Vermont St., in this flyer or online at www.saturdayacademy.org/ASE

RHS Students – Two Opportunities to Ski

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Go to Mount Hood Meadows after school on Wednesdays!

It’s time to sign up for the ski bus and ski team. The ski bus departs Wednesdays after school on: 1/10/18, 1/17/18, 1/24/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, 2/14/18, 2/21/18, and 2/28/18 and stops at Safeway in Sandy for dinner, and then continues to Mount Hood Meadows. Students ski and snowboard until 9:00pm, then the bus heads back to RHS arriving between 10-11PM.  Bus cost is based on how many students sign up. Parents are welcome to participate and ride for free if they chaperone. Each week three parent chaperones are needed, and chaperones can ski or chill in the lodge.

Questions? rhsskibus@gmail.com. The ski bus sign up is at Brittany’s desk. First come, first served. Sign ups close November 30th or when bus is full.

Saturday Riverdale Ski Bus
Saturdays: Jan 6, 13, 20 and 27
Available for RGS and RHS Students
Click here for details on how to register.

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.