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.

Riverdale Directory 2017-18: Get One for Home, Car, and Office!

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The Directory is the Riverdale Community Phone Book, updated each year and made available to Grade School and High School families and the Riverdale Community. The 65th Edition for 2017-2018 will be available for purchase in the High School and Grade School offices in October. Watch the Parent Pack emails in the fall for ordering information.

You will soon be receiving an email with your family’s listing information that will go into the new Directory.  New school families will be asked to create their record.  It is important you do this without delay when you get the email so we can list your information correctly.  If you have questions about updating your contact information, contact Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

If you know of new families, with or without school-age children, who moved into the neighborhood in the last year, please ask them to contact Maya Klein at mayanw@comcast.net or Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

Thank You Volunteers and PTC Sponsors

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A heartfelt thank you to the many RHS PTC Volunteers! Your help and support is necessary and so appreciated. A happy send off to our senior parents—we will miss you and are excited to hear of your children’s college and gap year adventures. We look forward to welcoming at least 70 new families to RHS next year.

Thank you also to this year’s PTC sponsors. Your generosity helps support the many school and classroom enrichment programs at RHS.

  • D&C Motors
  • The Dischinger Team Orthodontics
  • DLR Nordic
  • Freeman Motor Company
  • Healthy Habits Catering
  • Hollywood Children’s Dentistry
  • Just Add Power
  • Magnum Opus Salon
  • Olson Pediatric Clinic
  • Oregon Reproductive Medicine
  • Propeller Consulting
  • SkyHigh Sports
  • Small Parts Manufacturing Co. Inc.
  • Starcycle

Holiday Art & Craft Fair

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Calling All Artists and Crafters
Planning has started for the Second Annual Riverdale Holiday Art & Craft Fair, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2. Although December is still many months away, organizers would like to give students and parents the opportunity to participate in this year’s show by using summer break to come up with ideas and start creating. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to participate and need the vendor agreement with all important facts sent to you, contact Holiday Fair committee chair Michaela Houston.

High School Co-Chair Needed for 2018 PTC Auction

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We have a Co-CHAIR, a DATE, and a VENUE; all that we’re missing is YOU! Are you passionate about doing what it takes to support our schools? Are you a great organizer or leader? Someone who can keep the balls rolling? Interested in helping throw a great party that also happens to generate much-needed funds for PTC programming?

Then sign on to…

  • …partner with Awesome Auction Co-Chair, RGS Parent Kristen Best
  • …benefit from the wisdom and guidance from last year’s Auction Co-Chair, Ken Wightman
  • …be surrounded and supported by an experienced and energetic Auction Committee that’s already raring to go!
  • Let us know if you’re interested or have any questions! Contact Martha Rainey or Sinclair Sawhney

RHS Summer Reading

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Summer reading suggestions

Not only is it fun to read, Mrs. Hansen explains in her recent blog that there are huge academic and personal benefits to reading a few good books over summer break. No matter what part of town you live in, all Riverdale High School students are eligible for Multnomah County Library cards. Be sure to check out the Summer Reading High School Challenge, with lots of cool prizes.
Looking for a few good books? Check out Mrs. Hansen’s summer reading picks and the 2017-18 Oregon Battle of the Books list.

RHS Back-To-School Dates

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High School Registration Fair is Aug. 15

The registration fair, from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, is your opportunity to streamline the process of registering students. Parent/guardian signatures will be required to complete the registration process and fees will be collected. Students may attend with their parents or guardians if they choose, but it is not required. More details and forms will be sent out over the summer. If you are out of town on this date, directions will be provided. Upon completion of registration activities, the student’s first trimester schedule will be available to take with you as you leave.

First days of school

  • All brand new students (9th graders and those new to the high school in any grade) begin school on Friday, Aug. 25. This special first day will be full of information and activities designed to acquaint all new students with the school and each other.
  • Our returning students will start school on Monday, Aug. 28.

Summer Sports Camps

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  • RHS Boys’ Soccer Skills Workshop (incoming 9th-12th graders): June 20-23, daily 10 a.m. to noon on the Riverdale Grade School field. Workshop directed by RHS Varsity Head Coach, Roberto Curilovic. No registration necessary.
  • Riverdale Girls’ Basketball Skills Camp (incoming 6th-12th graders): July 17-19 at Riverdale Grade School (Learn more and register.)
  • Summer Runs: Mr. Johnson will be leading some summer runs to get fit for the upcoming year. This is not exclusive to those planning to participate in Cross Country next year. Anyone can participate! If you’re interested, reach out to Mr. Johnson at mjohnson@riverdale.k12.or.us.

2017 Prom Survey

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Important Athletic Dates

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  • Riverdale Girls’ Basketball Skills Camp: July 17-19 at RGS (Learn more and register.)
  • Moratorium Week for all high school athletes in Oregon: July 23-29
  • First day of RHS fall sports practice: Monday, Aug. 14
  • Athletic registration begins July 1 on Family ID for all fall sports.
  • Athletic fees and physical exams are required before a student may begin practice. No exceptions. Payments may be made online or by check, payable to Riverdale High School. Physical exams must be turned into Harmony Carson in the Athletic Office at RHS.

RHS Top scholars announced

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Last week, Riverdale High School announced the top academic scholars (4.0 GPA) for the class of 2017. Congratulations to Dimitra Fellman (Valedictorian), Tim Gentry (Salutatorian), Lilah Abrams, Simon Chuang, Nikolet Kostur, Allison Molinari, Jack Reamy and Ben Richmond for their hard work throughout their years at Riverdale.

Riverdale Jazz Night

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Come out to the RGS Plaza at 7 p.m., Monday, June 5, to enjoy the sounds of the high school and grade school Community School Jazz Bands and Jazz Lab, under the direction of Tim Bryson. Music will include Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Qunicy Jones, Toots Thielemans and more. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, your favorite snacks and enjoy a great evening of jazz. (Seating provided as well.)

Open Mic Night Fundraiser

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6 p.m., RHS Maverick Room
To support education for Tibetan refugees in India
We’re squeezing in a last minute Open Mic Night this Friday, May 26! Students, sign up to perform! Parents and students, plan to be in the audience! Let’s start the weekend off in a fun way for a good cause. The event will benefit Tibetan refugees helped by the Lha Charitable Trust – an award-winning, non-profit, grass-roots organization and Tibetan social work institute where our students volunteered during the 2016 India trip. Suggested contribution is $5 to attend. Checks can be made payable to Lha Charitable Trust, or donations can be made onlineahead of time.

PTC Incorporation Status Update

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The Riverdale Grade School and High School PTCs are incorporating this year.  Both PTC Boards have reviewed and approved the proposed RSPTC Inc. Bylaws and are posting them here for review by the community:  RSPTC Proposed ByLaws and RSPTC Bylaws.TableofContents.   Please email Nicole Grayson at nicolegrayson@comcast.net or Mary Brazell at mbrazell@earthlink.net with any comments or questions you may have.  Comments and questions will be accepted through Friday, May 26th. In addition, all Riverdale community members can join us at the May 23rd RHS PTC meeting.  We will be discussing the new bylaws at 9:00 a.m., and we welcome questions or concerns from all.

Summer Reading Challenge Starts June 16

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The Multnomah County Library will have a new teen summer reading program with new challenges and high school-only prizes, combining digital and other literacies with reading—see the whole list here. Designed with input from teens through surveys and prototype sessions, the High School Challenge offers prizes like Chipotle meals, Dutch Brothers drinks, and chances to win $100 gift cards for Powell’s Books, Wunderland Games, or a $250 shopping spree. Besides supporting reading, the Summer Reading program includes free workshops, maker sessions, and camps for teens hosted at local libraries. Workshops include building your own skateboard, creating comics, 3-D printing, cooking and more! Summer Reading runs June 16 to August 31.

RHS Parent Book Group Year-End Celebration

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Join us for our final meeting of the school year on Friday, June 9 at 1 pm. We will meet in the home of Mary Brazell at 11020 SW Esquiline Circus (enter from Palatine Hill Road, near the intersection with Military, just past Lewis & Clark College). We’ll talk books over a potluck lunch, so please contribute your favorite appetizer, light lunch item, or dessert to share; Mary will provide cold beverages. We’ll start with a discussion of Between the World and Me, a searing exploration of what it means to be black in America today by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Following that, we’ll toast and roast our past book selections, and discuss potential titles for the first three months of the next academic year, so come prepared with ideas! Also, if you are so inclined, bring some books to swap for summer reading. Whether you’ve come to none, some, or all of this year’s meetings, we’d love to see you there!

Help Wanted: Gearing Up for Auction 2018

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The PTC is currently recruiting volunteers for next year’s Auction Committee. The annual Auction is the PTC’s biggest fundraiser, which provides financial support for many activities and programs that help make a Riverdale education excellent (such as teacher grants, classroom support, field trips and field studies resources, teacher enrichment, college planning activities and student financial assistance). We need help in many areas, from managing aesthetics to communications to crunching numbers. If you would like to help on the Auction Committee, please contact RGS parents Allison Williams or Carrie Spurlock.

Spring Concerts

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Finish out the month with a bang by attending the last two concerts of the school year. Plan to join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, for a joint RGS/RHS Marimba Concert in the Riverdale Grade School Gym, and then again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, for the RHS Spring Concert in the Maverick Room.

Summer sports camps: Girls’ Basketball Skills Camp

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Riverdale girls (and their Lake Oswego or Portland pals) in grades 6-12 can sign up for this summer basketball camp to improve fundamental skills such as footwork, passing, ball-handling and shooting. Camp costs $125 and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 17-19, at Riverdale Grade School. It’s directed by Joe Schaumburg, in conjunction with Riverdale basketball coaching staff. Learn more about summer camps and how to register on the Riverdale Athletics website: RiverdaleSports.com/hq/sports-camps/.

State Track Meet

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Top finishes for track and field

The Riverdale Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field teams competed at the annual Lewis & Clark League District Track Meet on May 12-13. Sophomore Zoe Zurasky took away three first place finishes, set two personal records and was honored as the Female Athlete of the Meet. Junior Gillian Styring placed first in pole vault. Both girls will move on to the OSAA State Championships. Junior Finn James placed third in the 1500 meter race and junior Fisher Ng placed third in the 800 meter race with a personal record time. Read more details.

FINAL RHS PTC General Meeting and Parent Coffee

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Join us for the last PTC General Meeting of the year at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23 in the gym lobby.  This is our Annual Meeting where we will vote on the new budget and vote in PTC  officers for the 2017-18 school year.  Additionally, we will have information about next year’s PTC Fundraiser and other programs and activities.  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 RHS PTC budget for the 2017-2018 school year.

Click here to see the proposed Booster Club budget for the 2017-18 school year.

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

President: Martha Rainey
President Elect: Heather Bogaty
Vice President:  Jennifer Novack
Co-Treasurer: Adrienne Hill
Co-Treasurer: Marsha Lipets-Maser
Communications: OPEN
Co-Booster Chair: Shelby Quintos

Co-Booster Chair: OPEN
Secretary: Mary Krummel

We hope you will join us!

Your PTC Needs You!

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The mission of your Parent Teacher Club 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. Many parents participate in numerous ways, big and small and it’s incredible how much we accomplish together! With that in mind, please consider becoming a member of our executive board or a supporting committee. We are looking ahead to next school year and have these positions open:
Vice President
Communications Chair
Booster Team Members
Auction Co-Chair
Service Learning Assistant
Service Learning Database
Web Team Member

If you are interested in any of these positions or would like more information, please contact Marci Davis or Sinclair Sawhney.