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.

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.

Student Achievement: Young Historians

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Seven RHS students selected for Young Historians Conference

Riverdale’s acceptance rate for this year’s Young Historians Conference established a new school record. Seven of the 10 students (from our Western Civilization class – a college course offered through Portland State University) who submitted historical research papers were selected to present at this annual PSU conference. And senior Dimitra Fellman won second place for her paper. “I couldn’t be more proud of our students’ curiosity, dedication, and tenacity,” says teacher Laura Keldorf. “This is the culmination of rigorous student research and writing and a powerful testament to college readiness.”

  • Gabriel Abdellatif (unable to attend conference)
  • Lilah Abrams – “Using ‘Evil’ to Combat ‘Evil:’ The Regulation of Prostitution in Renaissance Florence”
  • Noa Cohen – “The Aristotelian Influence on Rabbi Moses Malmonides’ ‘Guide of the Perplexed’”
  • Dimitra Fellman – “To what extent were the authors of 1 and 2 Maccabees and the people portrayed in these books influenced by Hellenism in the late 2nd century BCE?”
  • Benjamin Goldberg – “The Communist Manifesto: A Case Study in the Class Politics of Industrialization”
  • Becca Lumbantobing – “The Escalation of Human Sterilization in the 1900s”
  • Isabel Pereira – “Athenian Women Through the Eyes of Sophocles (But Not Oedipus)”

RHS Student Achievement: International Bridge Building

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Another international bridge building win for Riverdale

Riverdale High School has once again claimed bridge-building victory! Congratulations to sophomore Glenn Sutter for earning 1st place in the 2017 International Bridge Building Competition, held April 22 in Dallas, Texas. His winning bridge had an efficiency of 3234, far ahead of the second place efficiency of 2855 and third place of 2356. In total, 62 bridges were entered in the contest. Riverdale has won four of the last five international contests. Kudos also to junior Fisher Ng, who placed 17th. 

Girl Up Leadership Summit on Saturday

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Riverdale High School’s Girl Up Club will be hosting “Hustle and Heart Will Set You Apart,” a Girls Leadership Summit at Riverdale High School, from 9-11 a.m. this Saturday, April 29. Girls will learn how to advocate, network, self-care, and defeat misogyny in competitive work environments. Riverdale parent Dr. Sally Segel will be giving a keynote speech about her own personal experience of identifying a passion, pursuing it and rising above prejudices. Admission is a $10 donation to Girl Up, and there will be a light breakfast and snacks included.

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.

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!

RHS PTC May Book Group

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For the next Parent Book Group on Friday, May 5, at 9 am, we’ll gather in the Maverick Room to discuss Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple. This is a darkly humorous novel of awkward interactions, strained relationships, and general mayhem in the life of Eleanor Flood, a well-intentioned mess of a person. Whether you’ve read the book or not, please join us for lively conversation!

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.

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!

RHS Student Achievement: BodyVox Performances in May

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BodyVox dance performance features two Riverdale students

Portland-based BodyVox is presenting its annual Junior Artist Generator performance May 19-21 with an outstanding cast of talented young dancers – including Riverdale sophomores Malaya Downey and Quincy Richeson. JAG is an elite training program that fosters the development of a new generation of performers giving young dancers the opportunity to work with renowned instructors and choreographers.

RHS Student Achievement: Stamps Scholarship at University of Oregon

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Congratulations to Riverdale Senior Noa Cohen, who is among five incoming freshmen from Oregon to receive the University of Oregon’s most prestigious and generous undergraduate scholarship. The Stamps Scholarship program at UO covers tuition and room and board for four years of undergraduate study, and provides up to $12,000 in enrichment funds that help students pursue study abroad, unpaid internships, research endeavors and other leadership experiences. She officially accepted the award during a Signing Day ceremony this afternoon, surrounded by her teachers and counselors, family, peers and University of Oregon representatives, including the famous Oregon Duck mascot.  To read more about Noa, click here.

RHS New Family Orientation–Help Out

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Please help with RHS New Family Orientation next Tuesday

Our school is hosting its New Family Orientation Night on Tuesday, April 18, welcoming our 8th grade students and those accepted through our enrollment lottery. The PTC provides refreshments and hospitality help so that incoming families feel welcome to our community. Please participate by signing up for a short hospitality shift or to contribute store-bought baked goods and beverage items.


RHS Prom 2017, ticket special tomorrow April 7th

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Prom ticket special in school this Friday. Online sales start next week.

The Riverdale All-School Prom, “Midnight at the Oasis” is on the (desert) horizon, taking place May 13 at the MJCC Stern Ballroom. Tickets will be available online starting next week, but you can take advantage of a “launch day” ticket special this Friday, April 7, before school and during lunch, where prom tickets will be $30 (cash or check only). Regular ticket prices will be $36 online, and $40 at the door. Be sure to pick up Student Permission Slips and Guest Pass Forms in the school lobby.

ACT Testing Wed, April 19th

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On Wednesday, April 19, Riverdale juniors will take the ACT plus Writing, while the freshmen and sophomores take the ACT Aspire test. On test day, students should arrive by 8:15 a.m. to allow time to check in. Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Late students will not be permitted to test. To learn more, and see what students should and should not bring with them, click this link.

Help Show Our Appreciation for RHS Teachers

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Last week parents of the Sophomore class treated our wonderful teachers, administrators and support staff to a lovely St Patrick’s Day themed lunch. As a sign of our appreciation, the PTC offered each member of this group the RHS spirit wear item of their choice. Your help is needed by donating a suggested $5 to go toward the cost of these items. A surplus of donations will go toward the general classroom support that our teachers receive from the PTC throughout the year. Please click here to donate today.

Please help by adding your name to this list of families who have already contributed:
Botney L., Davis, McLain, Quintos, Taylor C.

Field Studies Is Over—Now For Spring Break!

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Most of us have had quieter homes this week with our teens off on various Field Studies adventures. Even though there will be mountains of laundry and a few sleep-deprived kiddos, our RHS students will return with life-changing experiences and memories. At the recent PTC Auction, donors raised their paddles for Field Studies providing funds to support and grow this wonderful RHS program. Today is the final day to donate to this year’s Paddle Raise, so please consider making a donation now by clicking here. Many thanks to the families who have already made generous donations to RGS and/or RHS Paddle Raises. For a complete list of donors to date, please see below at the end of this newsletter.

Very special thanks to RHS parent Louisa Moutos and Matous Komers (RHS Class of 2016) for putting together this wonderful Field Studies video.

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!

Booster Club News

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We’d like to extend a special thanks to the Riverdale Booster Club, which enabled additional funding for our Certified OHSU Athletic Trainer to provide consistent training services during the 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!

PTC Positions Open for 2017-18

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Would you like to get a little more involved in the PTC as an executive board member or committee leader? We are recruiting for a few positions (president-elect, vice president, communications chair, co-treasurer, and hospitality leader, to name a few) for next school year. If you think you might be interested or have questions, please contact Sinclair Sawhney or Marci Davis, or you may also speak with any PTC board member at the next Parent Coffee on April 4