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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.

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.

Winner of Auction Art Contest

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Congratulations to incoming Riverdale High School senior, Louise Desmond, who is the winner of this year’s auction art contest. Her art work, representing the theme “City Lights,” was selected from amongst 8 high school student submissions. Thank you to all participants in this contest!

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
Sign up Information will be posted in the parent pack soon.
Available for RGS and RHS Students
STAY TUNED & LET IT SNOW!

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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JANUARYmarisa
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MARCH
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septemberkikiviews

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.

Calling All RHS Drama Parents

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Thank you to all of the parents who jumped into the High School Musical production this fall to help make it a success. So many of you helped with programs, costumes, set design, dinners, concessions, roses, stars and teddy bears, the cast party and more. The show could not go on without you. If your student is interested in drama this winter or spring trimesters, there will be an informational meeting Friday, Dec 1, at 4 pm in the Maverick Room to discuss how parents can support the drama program and organize a few student run fundraisers to support RHS drama. We need your ideas and energy. If you cannot make the meeting but are interested in helping out as a drama booster, contact Natasha Pereira or Sinclair Sawhney.

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.

Riverdale PTC: HS Involvement

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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!

RHS Information Day on Dec 3 – Cookie Donations Needed

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It’s time for the annual RHS Information Day where prospective families from the grade school as well as the larger Portland metro area attend the open house. Please help the RHS PTC with a donation one package of store bought COOKIES!!!!. Each year, our Information Day draws more families. Cookies can be left at the front desk with Brittany starting next week on November 6th and will be accepted until the end of the month.  Thank you in advance for your donation and help showing off our school.

RHS Fall Concert

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November 9, 2017 – November 9, 2017

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Maverick Choir and Experimental Band Perform

Support the arts! Take a break from studying for finals or shake off the work week blues and enjoy an inventive and lively evening of music with the Riverdale Maverick Choir and the Riverdale Experimental Band, Thursday, Nov 9th 7 pm. Admission is free.

Register

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.

RHS Field Studies

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This year’s options for Field Studies have been announced, and students will be able to rank their choices using a selection form that will go live at 6 p.m. this Friday. Students and parents will be emailed at that time with the link. Please take the time to review each option with your student and encourage them to sign up online on Friday. They will be asked to rank their choices on a scale of one to five. The deadline for selections is Nov. 8. Please direct all Field Studies questions to Laurie LePore.  Click here for info.
Thanks to Riverdale families for raising $40,000 at last year’s Auction Paddle Raise for Field Studies.  This money is being used to help with expenses for locations, transportation, equipment and supplies for the variety of amazing experiences in store for all of our high school students.

RHS Students Needed for Craft Fair

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SERVICE HOURS

Students can earn service hours for helping out at the Riverdale Holiday Craft Fair.Volunteers are needed for set-up on Friday, Dec. 1 (afternoon and early evening) to help carry tables and chairs, mark vendors spaces, secure protective covering on the gym floor, set up greenery and lights, and more. A few strong students are also needed the morning of the event, at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, to help with last minute tasks and assist some vendors with carrying in heavier stuff. Lastly, someone is needed to run errands and assist where needed during the event, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. If interested, please email Michaela Houston at michahouston@comcast.net.

RHS Athletes & Coaches: All-League Honors

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All-League team selections announced

Congratulations to the following students (and coach!), who were recognized with All-League honors in the Lewis & Clark League: 
Boys’ Varsity Soccer:
  • 1st Team: Glenn Sutter, 11
  • 2nd Team: Theo Salzberg, 12, and Brian LaFranchi, 12
  • Player of the Year: Glenn Sutter, 11
  • Co-Coach of the Year: Roberto Curilovic, Riverdale High School
Girls Varsity Soccer:
  • 2nd Team: Yvonne Vinceri, 9, and Zoe Zurasky, 11
  • Honorable Mention: Kathryn Andersen, 10
Volleyball:
  • 2nd Team: Carmen Quintos, 11
  • Honorable Mention: Nicola Wray, 9

Cross Country:
Congratulations to the Mavericks Boys’ Varsity Cross Country team for finishing in first place at the 3A/2A/1A SD 1 – District 1 Championships

Coach of the Year:  Michael Johnson, Riverdale High School