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 PTC Auction: Save the Date

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 will be a fun-filled, swanky night on the town, with cocktails, dinner, music, Party Pack sign-ups, auction items, paddle raise, and a spotlight on Riverdale student artwork. Join community members at Left Bank Annex for an evening out under the “City Lights” while you support our children’s education in this exceptional district.


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.

Help Wanted: Gearing Up for 2018 Auction

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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 parent Carrie Spurlock.

$177K Raised in 2017 Auction

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On March 11, 2017, more than 300 people said “bon voyage” to their cares and enjoyed a festive, globally themed evening that allowed Riverdale School District to say “bonjour” to a night of fundraising that exceeded all expectations! $177,000 in net income was raised! The paddle raises alone collected an impressive amount for PTC programs and Principals’ wish lists. More than 84 grade school and high school families raised their paddles at the auction and online, contributing $44,000 to RGS outdoor learning and technology integration, and $44,000 to RHS for field studies.

  • To view the fundraising video, click here for the RHS videoand here for the RGS video.
  • For more information on the Paddle Raise campaigns for both schools, click here.
  • For a listing of  PTC expenditures, programming and volunteer opportunities–the reason for the Auction!–click here.

A heartfelt graciasarigato and danke go out to the many attendees, donors, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers and everyone else involved in this annual fundraising event. We are so pleased that we surpassed our fundraising goals by reaching $177,000 in net income and are thrilled with generosity, enthusiasm and support of the Riverdale Community. There are still a few Party Packs for sale online!

Thank You 2017 Corporate Sponsors and Patrons

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We would like to say THANK YOU to some great people and businesses for supporting the Riverdale PTC Auction. Below is a list of Sponsors and Patrons as of Feb. 15.  If you have sponsor suggestions, please contact Sarah Wright.

Corporate Sponsors
Rob Lee and Tammi Dereiko
The Meier Family
Taft and Mina Stricklin – Just Add Power
Amanda and Jonathan Hurliman – Oregon Reproductive Medicine
Keith Bailey – Taylor Metals
Bill and Kari Lynn Dischinger – The Dischinger Team Orthodontics
Eric and Jenny Freeman – Freeman Motors
Joe and Shar Hunter – Magnum Opus
Sheena Kansal and Krista Badger – Hollywood Children’s Dentistry
Elizabeth Kramer and Keith Oelrich – Sky High Sports
Erin Moone – StarCycle
Duncan and Katie Roberts – DLR Nordic
Amy and Ryan Weeden – Propeller
Shelly Morris – Healthy Habits Catering
Mert Romney – Small Parts Manufacturing
Daniel and Domnika Crainic – D&C Motors


Patron Passport Holders

Joe Andrews, Sharie Andrews, Jillian Cain, Ron Cain, Adria Cassidy, Darris Cassidy, Kristine Collins, Josh Collins, Amy Coulter, Melissa Dasker, Dale Dasker, Wendy Domreis, John Domreis, Will Forney, Terese DeManuelle, Tamra Dereiko, Andrew Gilligan, Milana Gilligan, Rainer Grosskopf, Alexia Halen, Paul Halen, Michelle Janke, Olaf Janke, Melanie Khanna, Sally McGuire, Eric Meier, Shelly Morris, Ajnya Pai, Rakesh Pai, Jennifer Rabb, Tony Rabb, Sarah Remy, Chris Remy, Deepak Sawhney, Anita Scarlett, Sinclair Sawhney, Ashley Semler, Matt Semler, Mary Steinberg, Lance Steinberg, BB Veverka, David Veverka, Ken Wightman, Patty Wightman, Jennifer Wilcoxon, Julian Wilcoxon, Paige Witte, John Wooldridge

2017 Paddle Raise

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Raise a Paddle to Our Future


RIVERDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT – This year’s auction theme, “Passport to Our Future,” is the perfect way to spotlight the March 11 event’s paddle raise request. With a focus on innovation and exploration, the paddle raise seeks to generate between $40,000-$60,000 to fund important initiatives both in the grade school and the high school.

New this year will be a dual paddle raise format, allowing bidders to designate their support to either school’s initiatives.

1. Grade School Paddle Raise (video)

The grade school is asking for your support in sustaining and expanding two areas. First, Riverdale’s Outdoor Learning Program seeks continued funding to ensure we can maintain, expand and educate students about what it means to truly “go green.” The outdoor learning space is used 20-40 hours a month by teachers in all grades and subject areas, with a new outdoor learning specialist to assist them with curriculum integration. In addition, paddle raise funds will support purchasing a variety of interactive technology for preschool-8th grade classrooms. Funds will also be used to ensure professional development by enrolling six educators at IntegratED 2018, a two day teaching and learning conference focused on technology integration in the classroom and beyond.

Outdoor Garden image RGS Classroom Technology image


2. High School Paddle Raise (video)

The high school Field Studies program is a cornerstone of every student’s educational career. Trips not only promote enriched learning, but also serve as important team-building exercises and life experiences. The high school paddle raise will allow the program to continue to support current Field Studies options and add new destinations. Last year’s introduction of the extremely popular San Juan sailing trip is a prime example of how these funds expand experiential learning opportunities for our students.

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These enriching initiatives will continue to provide a multifaceted, high-tech educational environment for our children to grow, learn and thrive, both inside and outside their classrooms. Click here for more information on field studies at both schools.


2017/2018 RHS Registration Fair

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RHS Registration Fair is Tuesday, August 15!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the RHS Registration Fair from 3 to 6 pm. 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. Download printable order form 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!

2017 RHS PTC Back-to-School Packet

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A warm welcome to the new school year!  Click here for a soft copy of the 2017-2018 RHS PTC Back-to-School Packet. The packet provides information about:

  • Party Pack parties
  • Ladies’ Stag events (brunch/hike and evening soiree)
  • Senior graduation activity fees
  • Hot lunch
  • Booster Club Membership
  • Consolidated annual school event calendar with HS & PTC event information, teacher workdays and school holidays. For the most current and complete district event calendar, please visit https://www.riverdaleschool.com/Page/10.

Winner of Auction Art Contest

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Congratulations to incoming 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!

Riverdale Directory 2017-18

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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.

To pre-order your directory, which will be delivered to your youngest student in early October, click here.

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.

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.

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!