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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.

December 2018 – My Own Words

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Please join the Riverdale Parent Book Club Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9am at the High School upstairs in the Maverick Room for a lively conversation and yummy snacks.  All RGS and RHS parents are welcome!  Our next book selection is My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg which is a collection of her writings and speeches about topics such as: law, being Jewish, gender equality, the work ways of the Supreme Court and the US Constitution.

Here is a link to the book:


This podcast Interview with RBG is really interesting:



Please direct any questions to Danielle Anfuso.

Thanks from the PTC

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The first few weeks of school have been jam packed with wonderful events; and we would love to thank all the special volunteers who have helped make these programs and activities run!

  • PTC Secretary Marsha Lipets-Maser and the PTC organized the New Family Potluck.
  • Heidi Scrimsher and Katharine Murphy hosted the Ladies’ Stag Hike to Cook’s Butte and lovely lunch at Luscher Farm.
  • Kristen Kohnstamm opened up her home to a record-breaking number of community ladies for the Ladies’ Stag Cocktail Party.
  • Team Parents Mona Wray (Girls Soccer), Florence Nurse (Boys Soccer) and Shelby Quintos (Volleyball) are helping with communications and volunteers for their respective sports.
  • PTC VP Jennifer Novack, the Hospitality Committee and the Grade Connectors have been organizing and hosting the Grade Level Info Night socials, PTC Parent Coffees and Back-to-School Night.
  • Danielle Anfuso got our Book Club going again!
  • Many parents are helping out in the library during lunch; click here to join their ranks!
  • Wendy Domreis, Suzanne Zurasky, Susann Torvalds, Tanya Steele, Jennifer Novack and Michelle De Geest made sure our students enjoyed their CAKE after the pep assembly last Friday. THANK YOU!

Vendors and Student Artists Wanted for Craft Fair

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Do you or your young artists have any creations you might like to sell at the Holiday Art & Craft Fair?  Students are strongly encouraged to participate and will learn about entrepreneurship while having fun and earning a few extra dollars.  Parent creators are also very welcome to join us.  So, put on your creative hats, grab your supplies and craft away!

This year’s Holiday Fair will be held at Riverdale High School to generate more traffic and will again feature a mix of local vendors and Riverdale students.  This important PTC fundraising event returns 10% of all sales directly to the school.  Come ready to shop for unique holiday gifts and help support local kid and adult businesses, too!

The application deadline is almost here so submit your application now.  As a vendor, you’ll need to complete this form and submit it to our Holiday Fair Committee Chair, Michaela Houston.  You can also contact Michaela if you have any questions, suggestions, or need the vendor agreement emailed to you.  Thank you for supporting this event!

October 2018 Parent Book Club – The Hate U Give

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Our next read is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a recent National Book Award Longlist winner:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

This book is a young adult novel that follows events in the life of a black 16-year-old girl, Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend. The book was published in February 28, 2017 and opened at number one on the NYT Bestseller list, where it remained for 50 weeks, and the book has been made into a movie, which will be released next month.

This NPR piece was really interesting: https://www.npr.org/2017/02/26/517305270/the-hate-u-give-explores-racism-and-police-violence

Movie trailer:  https://youtu.be/3MM8OkVT0hw

Please join us (even if you havent read the book, no problem!) on Friday, October 19th at 9 am – Riverdale High School, in the Maverick Room for tasty snacks, coffee and a lively discussion!

Please direct any questions to Danielle Anfuso.


RHS PTC Parent Coffee: Date Change and Special Speaker

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We hope you can join us in the RHS Gym Lobby on Thursday, September 27, from 9:00am-10:30am.  Coffee and announcements to start, followed by our speaker, Meredith Goddard.

Beyond the K-16 System: The Future of Work

This talk will focus on the ways young people can set themselves up for success in the future workplace. Meredith will discuss the latest research on the expected economic impacts of the 4th Industrial Revolution, how young people might bridge the gap between school and the world, and how to thrive in an era of exponential change.

About Meredith:
After a decade in the classroom, Meredith decided to launch Five Years In, an initiative that creates programs, workshops, partnerships, and strategies to prepare young people for the future of work. Meredith is the founder and director of Portland’s largest entrepreneurship challenge for high school students, a work-based learning program in partnership with a farmer’s market and a platform to connect young people with leadership and learning opportunities in the community. She teaches workshops and classes on everything from personal finance, to the 4th industrial revolution, to innovation, to getting started in the gig economy. She loves building partnerships and learning from the future. She has written widely about the future of work and new models for work-based learning.

Audition for ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

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There will be two days of auditions for this year’s fall musical. Interested students should plan to attend BOTH days. (All are welcome to audition! No preparation necessary.)
  • Acting/Dancing Auditions: Thursday, Sept. 13, 4-6 p.m., Maverick Room – Come prepared to move, learn a quick dance combo and do cold reads of scenes
  • Music Auditions: Monday, Sept. 17, 4-6 p.m., Music Room – All music will be taught in the room

Homecoming and Fall Dance Details

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We hope to have a large crowd for the Homecoming Game, 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Join us for Boys’ Soccer at Lewis & Clark Stadium. The next day, students can celebrate at the “Night at the Beach” Fall Dance – 7:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Maverick Room. Doors close at 8 p.m. Students, be sure to pick up your Student Dance Agreements and Guest Pass Forms from the front desk and turn them in on time. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.




RHS Student Photos this Thursday, Sept. 13

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For students who missed taking photos at registration, Picture Day is this Thursday, Sept. 13. Students can pick up an order form at the front desk or parents can go online to mylifetouch.com and use the school ID: FO738191Q1.
(For students who are not satisfied with their photos, Retake Day will be Oct. 15.)

RHS Spirit Week

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Show your school spirit next week

Get ready to show your school spirit next week, Sept. 17-22, culminating with the Homecoming Game and “Night at the Beach” Fall Dance. Here are the week’s themes (be sure to adhere to the dress code):
  • Matching Monday (match a friend or group)
  • Tropical Tuesday (tourist/Hawaiian)
  • Wear Black Wednesday (all black)
  • Thleepwear Thursday (PJs)
  • Full-Color Friday (Seniors: White, Juniors: Blue, Sophomores: Red, Freshmen: Yellow, Staff: Purple)
In addition to dress-up days, there will be lunchtime activities and contests, prizes and raffles, home games, H2O awareness, pep assembly, class cakes and more.

Attention, Senior Parents

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Twelfth-grade parents work together to provide social and graduation-related activities and programs for the current graduating class. The PTC provides financial assistance to any student needing it for senior activities.

  • To pay the Senior Activities Fee, click here.
  • Click here to sign up to help with one or more of the senior activities. Also make note of the important dates listed, like Graduation on June 4!

For more information or if you’d like to help, please contact your Co-Chairs: Shelby Quintos and Jennifer Novack. Treasurer is Anita Scarlett.

September 2018 Parent Book Club – Educated

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Please join the Riverdale Parent Book Club this Friday, September 7, 2018 at 9am at the High School upstairs in the Maverick Room.  All RGS and RHS parents are welcome! Our book club will meet the first Friday of every month at 9 AM – please join us for lively conversation and yummy snacks. The first book that we will be discussing is Educated by Tara Westover, which is a poignant and inspiring memoir about a girl who was seventeen years old before she ever set foot in a classroom, but went on to study at Harvard and Cambridge. Haven’t read the book? No problem! Come and hear the buzz on this book (it has been hailed by everything from the NYT to Oprah as “outstanding”) and help us choose our next book. See you there! Thank you to Danielle Anfuso for facilitating this year’s Parent Book Club!

Riverdale Golf Tournament Recap and Kudos

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The First Annual Riverdale Golf Tournament was a huge success!  Here’s a “hole by hole” recap of the event this past Monday at Eastmoreland Golf Course.  Thanks to ALL who were involved!
  • 24 sponsors/donors underwriting the tournament, proceeds of which go to support Riverdale Athletics. Approximately $20,000 was raised, far exceeding our goals and expectations!
  • Nearly 100 participants:  golfers, lunchers and volunteers representing Riverdale parents, students, coaches, colleagues, friends & family members
  • 21 fantastic auction items generating $7000
  • The always generous and community-minded Freeman Motor Co. providing a hole-in-one car (alas, no winners!) and a Lotus on display
  • The 2nd Place “Best Attire” foursome was clinched by Riverdale teachers/parents!
Interested in helping out or participating next year?  Contact riverdalegolftournament@gmail.com.

American Family Insurance
Elizabeth Kramer-Sky High
Tom Larkin-Stewart, Sokol, Larkin LLC
Keith Bailey-Taylor Metal Co.
Patrick McCauley-Bridgewell Resources
Mark Scarlett-Northwest Investment Counselors
Soren Nielsen & Henrik Andersen-Kontra, LLC
Ryan Rollins-PDX Sliders
Paul Henderson-Johnson Controls
Freeman Motor Co.-Eric & Jenny Freeman
Chris & Susan McGowan
Bernice Cannastraci & Gilian Gandy
Tanya Steele     Yingqing Nielsen     Angela Zehava
Portland Trail Blazers
Reagan Nauheim- Lake Theater Café
Patty Hopkins- Premiere Property Group, LLC
Twisted Locks Salon        Sport Clips Haircuts
Dick Fluter-Pacific Sports Turf
Alison Joy-Roots of Joy Flowers
Shelly Pascoe-Healthy Habits Catering
Adelsheim Vineyards
Sam Gruner & Leslie Goss       Erin Moone
David & Adrienne Hill    Andrew & Erin Allen
Carl Pelz & Rosalie Sears Pelz
Michael & Mona Wray      Michelle & Olaf Janke
Fratelli Ponzi     The Dundee Bistro
Nick Ignelzi-LOBlue Printing
Claremont Golf Course    Lost Tracks Golf Course
Eastmoreland Golf Course


Ladies Stag Hike and Lunch

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Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join us at Luscher Farm for Riverdale’s Annual Ladies Stag Lunch & Hike

125 Rosemont Road, West Linn

We’ll meet at 10 sharp under the beech tree. Wear walking shoes. Lunch will be served at the Farm at 11:30.

Join us for the hike or lunch ($15) or both!

For more information, contact Heidi Scrimsher: heidigarden@msn.com or Katherine Murphy: kat.mcmur@gmail.com

Click Here to Register

Sports Registration is open – Fall, 2018

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High school practice starts Aug. 13
Middle school (5-8th) practice starts Aug. 27

In order to participate on the first day of practice, you must complete your online registration and pay the athletic fee by Aug. 9 (high school) or Aug. 21 (grade school).

All athletic registrations are done online. Learn more about registration, fees (brand new families will need to pay the first fees by check) and physical exam forms (good for two years).

The Athletic Department will reopen on Aug. 8 to receive forms and checks. Questions? Email Rob Pridemore, athletic director, at rpridemore@riverdale.k12.or.us or Harmony Carson, athletic coordinator, at hcarson@riverdale.k12.or.us, or call the athletic office at 503-262-4848.

Learn more about the athletics program at RiverdaleSports.com.

Riverdale Directory 2018-2019

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The Riverdale Directory is the Riverdale community phone book, produced and updated each year by the PTC. The directory is available for pre-order here by grade school and high school families and the Riverdale community.

New families should go to www.riverdaledirectory.org to enter your information for the 2018-2019 Riverdale Directory. (If for some reason, you experience a pop-up message asking you to select a certificate, please click “cancel.” It seems to only happen to a few random people!) 

Note for out-of-district families: If you’re interested in carpooling options, please be sure to indicate that when you complete the directory form.

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 Allison Fowler at allison.fowler@comcast.net.

If you have any trouble with the website, need a pin number, or have any questions about your information, please contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com. Information is entered by household, so if your student is part of two different households, feel free to enter each household separately.

Riverdale Golf Tournament

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The first annual Riverdale Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Riverdale Athletics, will be on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Eastmoreland Golf Course.  In addition to putting on a fantastic community-building event, we are hoping to raise money from sponsorships, entry fees and other generous donations. Funds collected from sponsorships, entry fees and other generous donations will be used to support essential athletics expenses, including coaches, buses, referees, facilities and equipment.

How can you participate?

PLAY GOLF:  Riverdale Parents, Community Members, Teachers, Coaches, Colleagues, Friends and High-School Athletes are welcome to participate!  $150/individual, $600/foursome.  Click here to print out and submit registration form.

BE A SPONSOR:  There are many opportunities–big and small–for helping underwrite event costs, from “Cart” sponsors to the “Hole in One” main event sponsor.  Thank you to our initial “Birdie Sponsors” contributing $1500, Sky High and Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC, Taylor Metal Products and Bridgewell Resources; and our “Par Sponsors” contributing $1000:  Johnson Controls, PDX Sliders and Kontra, LLC.  Click here to see all the sponsorship options.

DONATE:  We welcome donations of cash to help with costs, as well as coveted prizes for our Raffle and Silent Auction.  Contact riverdalegolftournament@gmail.com with ideas and questions.

JOIN US FOR LUNCH:  Not a golfer?  Join us for lunch and silent auction! Check back here for information.

RHS Fall Musical Announced

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Attention aspiring actors: The RHS fall musical will be “Bye Bye Birdie” and auditions will be held during the first few weeks of school. About the show: Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. The show features a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts and a hilarious script.

RHS First Days of School

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  • All 9th graders and those new to the high school in any grade begin school on Friday, Aug. 24. 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 in 10th-12th grades will start school on Monday, Aug. 27.

RHS Registration Fair: Aug. 15, 3-6 p.m.

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RHS Registration Fair is Wednesday, August 15, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday at the Riverdale High School registration fair. Be sure to stop by the Maverick Room where you can find out about upcoming Parent Teacher Club activities, see new Maverick Spirit Wear, support the Riverdale Booster Club and MORE!
  • Find out about volunteer opportunities with your Parent Teacher Club. Many smaller tasks exist, making the volunteer experience easy and meaningful!
  • Take your photo for the yearbook and school ID. Place your order online now or before 8/15 here.
  • Order Spirit Wear, sign up for Ladies Stag, remaining Party Packs, Booster Club and other upcoming programs and events here.
  • Get your car washed by hand! The RHS Volleyball Team is holding this fundraiser in the school parking lot. Donations of $5-10 cash are greatly appreciated!

For more information about what is required at registration, click here.



Save the Date: Riverdale Golf Tournament Aug. 20

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Mark your calendar and dust off your clubs for the 1st Annual Riverdale Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 20 at Eastmoreland Golf Course. This fundraiser for Riverdale Athletics will be a fun-filled day with food, drinks, contests, prizes, raffles and sponsorship opportunities (thanks to our initial Platinum level sponsors, Sky High and Stewart Sokol Larkin, LLC). Entry fees are $600 for a foursome or $150 for and individual. Questions about sponsorships or the event?

Email riverdalegolftournament@gmail.com. More details will be posted this summer on the Riverdale Golf Tournament page on the Riverdale Athletics website.

2018-19 RHS PTC Speaker Series Survey

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The PTC would like to get your input on what topics you are most interested in learning more about as a parent of a teenager. Please complete this short survey so we can better serve you! PTC provides parent education several times a year at our PTC general meetings on the last Tuesday of the month from 9am to 10:30am. This year we enjoyed:

  • Staff and faculty introductions and their different roles and responsibilities
  • The impact of technology use on teenagers’ attention and concentration;  as well as the neuroscience of distraction, sleep, emotions and downtime, presented by Amelia Wilcox, clinical psychologist,
  • RHS students shared information on the multitude of clubs offered-this was amazing and inspiring!
  • Kathleen, RHS college counselor, presented summer learning opportunities, internships and volunteering ideas to inspire our students
  • Summer reading/book recommendations by our own librarian, Sarah Hansen.

Occasionally, we will offer an evening speaker, such as Kevin Ashworth, Clinical Director and founder of NW Anxiety Institute, who spoke on anxiety disorders and teen angst. This was a very informative presentation, but unfortunately we had a low turnout for this event.

Key academic dates announced

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While the final academic year calendar is still being finalized, a few key dates have been announced:
  • First days of school: Monday, Aug. 27 (1st-8th grades and returning 10th-12th grades), Friday, Aug. 24 (9th graders and all new high schools students in any grade) and Tuesday, Sept. 4 (preschool and kindergarten)
  • Thanksgiving break: Nov. 19-23, 2018
  • Winter break: Dec. 24, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019
  • Spring break: March 25-29, 2019
  • Last day of school: Thursday, June 6, 2019