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.

Parent Book Club – March 2021 – Leave The World Behind

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Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older black couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.

Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another? 

Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam’s third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

Please email Amber.Hillman@yahoo.com if you would like the zoom link.

Healthy Habits Lunch Delivery

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News, Lunch (RGS).

Check out the new menu items starting in the New Year:

  • Sweet and sour chicken on white or brown rice
  • Chocolate pudding gluten-free and naturally flavored
  • Clam chowder with saltine crackers
  • Tomato basil soup with a grilled cheese

Order at www.orgsonline.com. School code is 213RGSOROR. You do not have to be a current GS or HS family to order — simply add whoever would like to order as a student. Delivery area is a 2 mile radius from Riverdale Grade School.

February 2021 Parent Book Club – Caste

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, a novel by Isabel Wilkerson, for our discussion on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Host, Amber Hillman, hopes to find a way for us to gather, socially-distanced, at her home. If this is impossible due to Covid restrictions, the book club will convene virtually. 

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. 

Riverdale Tutoring Program 2021

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Riverdale High School students are providing free tutoring/reading services to grade school students virtually. This will carry on the Riverdale tradition of having an older buddy in higher grades and also help the high school students earn service hours.

We expect parents to observe the session(s), so you can provide constructive feedback to the high school tutor. Please be kind and understanding!

RHS Speaker Series Presents

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              Virtual Parent Speaker Series  

February 3rd 2021


with Denise DeRosa

With flying fingers propelled with emotion, need-to-stay current, or fear of rejection, we often hit send before processing ramifications. Help your kids get back in control and make the most of social media and technology, rather than allowing addictive apps, predators, bullies, and corporate profit to overtake their lives. COS presenters are high-energy, fountains of information and captivating communicators. We share real-life stories, so no one thinks, “It won’t happen to me.” We combat technology risks by addressing the physical, social, and emotional consequences of social media. Help your children build extraordinary reputations and respectable digital dossiers. We address cyber-civility, the concept of a “digital dossier,” sexting, hate speech, anonymity, and more. 

Denise DeRosa

 Ms. DeRosa has a Master’s Degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and 15 plus years of media experience at AOL, VH1 and Comedy Central. Her understanding of the cultural and societal impacts of communication technologies along with her experience as a mom inspired the development of her first workshop on parenting in the digital age. Denise founded Cyber Sensible in 2015 to provide online safety and digital citizenship advice to organizations, families, parents, youth and schools. She believes in the importance of digital literacy education for all. She is dedicated to empowering her clients with the tools needed to embrace digital technologies in meaningful, creative, and positive ways. Denise focuses her discussions on practical ways to both manage and capitalize on technology with internet safety tips, lessons in healthy tech habits, social media strategies and digital reputation management. Click here to register

RHS Gingerbread House Contest

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Start decorating! The Maverick Club is hosting a student Gingerbread House decorating contest. There are 5 categories and there will be a gift card winner for each one: 

  1. Neon/Festive/Colorful/Creative: go crazy with candy & frosting!
  2. Sports or Games: show your team colors or represent a favorite game (ex. Chess-themed house, Rubik’s cube house)
  3. Book/TV/Movie: pick a scene or a whole theme
  4. Maximum Holiday: any holiday for the house! (ex. Hanukkah house, July 4 house, Halloween house, Santa’s house)
  5. Teamwork: work with sibling(s) or friend(s) to make a coordinated theme—send in your photos together if you are working remotely.

RGS 8th-graders are invited to participate and will be judged within their own category.

Purchase a pre-made kit or make your own. The contest ends on December 17 and the winners will be announced on December 18. Send in photos to the student instagram @riverdalemavsspirit or rhsmavsyearbook@gmail.com

RHS Speaker Series Presents

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Building Resiliency & Instilling Self-Confidence 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
featuring  Wanda Scott

More than ever before, young people live in an almost constant state of stress brought on by a combination of lack of sleep, heightened expectations, and over-exposure to endless stimuli from every direction. Turn challenges into success with skill and strategy for your children.  Learn how to help kids thrive and operate at full capacity.  Our presenters bolster your own resiliency and teach how to role model the skills needed not just to survive the brutal reality of gossip, ratings, likes and posts; but to thrive and rise above.

Wanda L. Scott is a former college professor and an accomplished author of multiple books.

Minted Holiday Cards Fundraiser

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Order Minted Holiday Cards and Support Riverdale!


Check a task off your To-Do list and help raise funds for Riverdale at the same time.  Order your holiday cards from Minted and you will save 20% off your purchase and Minted will donate 15% to the Riverdale PTC.

At Minted, you’ll find the perfect holiday card format to suit your style with their unique designs, which are freshly sourced from independent artists through curated competitions.  Check out THE 2019 MINTED HOLIDAY CARD GUIDE to view all the options.

RHS Speaker Series starts October 28

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Conversations of Courage 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
featuring  Ms. Katie Koestner


  • Understand teen climate around achievement and success
  • Understand the importance of speaking out and speaking up with difficult situations
  • Understand how to initiate and engage in “Courageous Conversations”
  • Gain Communication Skills

Ms. Koestner is a national expert on harassment, student safety and technology issues. She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs.

Via GoToWebinar link will be available next parent pack

Riverdale Directory Foundation Gift 2020-21

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News, Riverdale Directory.

This year the Riverdale Foundation is donating a directory for every family to help build community during this time of separation.

We are offering two contact-free drive thru pickups:

  • At the Grade School on Wednesday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the main parking lot; and,
  • At the High School on Wednesday, October 7, from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Please bring a face mask. If you would like to have a friend pick up your free directory, please email Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com by October 6.  If you can’t make it on October 7, don’t worry! The Foundation still has a directory for you and we’ll be in touch after the drive thru with additional delivery or pickup options. Purchase additional directories for $10.

We could use more help with putting the binder and stickers on the directories. Please contact Anita at if you would like to help.

October 2020 Parent Book Club – American Dirt

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American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins

We are going to pivot to a different book this month. Burnt Sugar is not out until the Spring so we are going to pick up American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Amber Hillman will be our generous hostess under a covered patio on Thursday October 29th at 5:00pm. Seats 6ft apart and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Please wear a face mask and email Carla (carlambunting@gmail.com) if you are planning to attend.

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side too, there are dreams.

Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic,” American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Lydia Quixano Perez runs a bookstore in the Mexican City of Acapulco until one violent day changes everything. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia―trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place they might feel safe. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. A page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page, it is a literary achievement. It is one of the most important books for our times.

About The Author

Jeanine Cummins is the author of four books: the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, and the novels The Outside Boy, The Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Riverdale Directory 2020-2021

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For this school year, the Riverdale Foundation is donating a directory for every family to help build community during this time of safe social distancing. If you have any questions about your listing and what it looks like, please contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com asap. We’re hoping it will be ready for distribution in early October. 

Looking for a family project? The directory is here for you! We’d love to get some help adding the privacy binding and a sticker to the Riverdale Directories. Take a box of 50, apply the binding and sticker, return the box, but keep YOUR donated directory from the Riverdale Foundation. Be the first on the block to have one of the coveted directories and help get them ready for distribution! Contact Anita Scarlett atxagsx@hotmail.com if you’re interested.

RHS Back-to-School Night (Virtual)

Posted by & filed under 12th-Grade Activities, High School News.

Parents of all grades are invited to join us virtually for this opportunity to experience a snapshot of your student’s life at Riverdale High School and see what’s to come in the year ahead. 
Begin the evening by watching a short video from Mr. Flannery in first period, followed by a chance to visit your student’s classrooms and meet their teachers. Look for more details next week on how to access each class period. 
Here is the evening’s schedule:

Welcome Video & Period 16:30 – 6:55 p.m.
Period 27 – 7:05 p.m.
Period 37:10 – 7:15 p.m.
Period 47:20 – 7:25 p.m.
Period 57:30 – 7:35 p.m.
Advisory/Period 67:40 – 7:45 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you!

Riverdale Directory Cover Art Contest 2020-2021

Posted by & filed under Back to School (RGS), Grade School News, High School News, Riverdale Directory.

The theme is “Peace within a Pandemic”: masks are not required in the design, but we’d like something that reflects peace during this historical time. The drawings should be positive and can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Pencil or black marker work well, keeping in mind that the cover will be a color and the artwork will be printed in black.

If you cannot scan your artwork yourself, please feel free to contact Maya directly and we can help you get it submitted. Also, please hold on to the original because we may need it if your artwork is selected. 

Please submit your original artwork electronically to Maya Klein at mayanw@comcast.net by September 8th.
Calling all GS and HS artists — we’d love to see your drawing on the front or back cover of this year’s Riverdale Directory!
There will be one GS and one HS piece selected.
Please let Maya know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing your submissions!

Riverdale Directory Committee 

September 2020 Parent Book Club – Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

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Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights
by Dovey Johnson Roundtree
and Katie McCabe

We are so excited for our 2020 book selections! We hope to learn and grow through getting to know our community members, mostly talking about books.

This year because of COVID-19 we cannot meet at school. We will change the location of our discussion each month to a driveway or yard as long as weather permits. 

Please join Carla Bunting on Thursday, September 24 from 3:00-4:00pm. Seats 6 feet apart, hand sanitizer, and bottled water will be provided. Please wear a face mask. Email Carla Bunting if you plan to attend September Book Club for her address and/or if you would like to host the month of October!  carlambunting@gmail.com

2020-2021 RHS PTC Back-to-School Packet

Posted by & filed under Back To School (RHS), High School News, New Families (RHS).

A warm welcome to the new school year!  Click here for a soft copy of the 2020-2021 RHS PTC Back-to-School Packet. The packet provides information about:

  • PTC Greeting and overview
  • PTC sponsored events
  • Book Club
  •  Maverick Club
  • Booster Club Membership
  • Volunteer screening and sign-up sheets
  • Riverdale School Foundation Greeting
  • Due to COVID-19 a number of events cannot be confirmed at this time; therefore, a consolidated annual school event calendar with HS & PTC event information, teacher workdays and school holidays has not been included in the packet this year. For the most current and complete district event calendar, click here.

RHS PTC Speaker Series: History

Posted by & filed under High School News, New Families (RHS).

The PTC is committed to partnering with the school district in supporting families and offering opportunities for connection and education. Below is a list of recent PTC-sponsored speakers and events brought to the Riverdale community.

  • Shelley Campbell : Developing Brains: The Impact of Alcohol and Marijuana and Vaping
  • Gabriele Ross: Interrupting Hate in Schools
  • Doreen Dodgen-Magee: DEVICED! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World
  • Dr. Barbara Tint: Dialogue and Conflict Transformation: A Talk for our Times.
  • Howard Hiton: Healthy Masculinity
  • Dave Mochel: Applied Attention and Mindful Self-Regulation
  • BJ Park, a Deputy District Attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office: how to talk to kids about the Internet and social media, with practical recommendations on how to help ensure kids stay safe.
  • Viewings of acclaimed documentary film, Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety followed by discussion with a local expert.
  • Stuart Watson: Empathetic Listening
  • Kevin Ashworth of the NW Anxiety Institute: Parenting Kids With Anxiety
  • Dr. Amelia Wilcox: The Neuroscience of Social Media & Technology Devices

The parent coffees and PTC meetings schedule for 2020-2021 will be sent out in the weekly parent pack once dates are confirmed. If you have ideas for or connections to great speakers on relevant topics, please contact Mary Potter.

RHS PTC Parent Coffees & Speaker Series 2020-2021

Posted by & filed under Back To School (RHS), Community Building Events, High School News, New Families (RHS), Riverdale PTC Overview (RHS).


**Building Resiliency & Instilling Self-Confidence**
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
featuring Wanda Scott. Click here to register.

Digital Citizenship & Social Media with Denise DeRosa February 3, 2021. Stay tuned for information on this event. 

Conversations of Courage
Wednesday, October 28, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
featuring Ms. Katie Koestner  

Welcome Back/Riverdale 101
Thursday, September 10, 9:00 a.m.

Featuring Principal Flannery, Registrar Cheryl Wright, Counselor Kelsey Kaul, College Counselor Robert Lovvorn, and Librarian Sarah Hansen as well as the HS PTC Board

Parent coffees are publicized in the PTC Parent Pack and service to discuss general PTC updates and may feature guest speakers. Once it is safe to meet in person, the meetings will resume in the RHS Gym Lobby. Until then we will plan to meet virtually.The parent coffees and PTC meetings schedule will be sent out in the Friday’s PTC Parent Pack newsletter once dates are confirmed. If you have ideas for or connections to great speakers, please contact Mary Potter.

Until we are meeting in person, the Zoom link for the general meetings will be sent to families in the weekly parent packs or in a email e-blast. 

RHS Senior Class Fundraiser–Kaady Cards

Posted by & filed under 12th-Grade Activities, Grade School News, High School News, Store.

Dirty Car? Riverdale Class of 2021 is running a “waterless carwash” to raise funds to put towards graduation events and activities.

Now offering both types of Kaady cards:  ADVANCED and ULTIMATE PROTECTION!

  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ADVANCED cards for $45.00. One drive-up Advanced Wash at Kaady is $9.00, so you’re saving $1.50 per trip!
  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ULTIMATE PROTECTION cards for $62.00. One drive-up Ultimate Protection Wash at Kaady is $12.00, so you’re saving $1.66 per trip!

Support the Senior Class Fundraiser, save money, and clean your ride by purchasing your cards now!

You will be notified when your cards are available to arrange for delivery or for pick-up at a designated time/location.

PTC Fundraiser – Piano!

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

What’s the best way to leverage your spare time this year?  Maybe start to play piano!  Or is there a talented pianist in your family/circle of friends who is looking for an exceptional piano? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE to own a Steinway piano for a good cause.

A Riverdale Grade School parent, Lisa Greenleaf,  generously donated her 1903 Steinway baby grand to the RGS PTC to fund the Riverdale School District music program with an emphasis on marimbas. The piano was completely rebuilt in 2008 with ivory and ebony keys and is in immaculate condition.  

All reasonable offers will be considered.  

Please email us at rgsparentpacksubmission@gmail.comyu.zhu@me.com 

Update: PTC Sponsored Events & Activities

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Please be advised, that as a result of the state mandated COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings most of our PTC Events & Activities have been postponed, cancelled or are in flux. 

Party Packs and other PTC events are a vital part of the Riverdale PTC’s fundraising.  We appreciate all of those who have supported the PTC’s school enrichment activities by participating in these events. We hope that you are well and know that we will get you more specific information about rescheduling these activities, as we all learn timelines for when school and social activities are able to resume.  

April 2020

  • Special Friends Day – Cancelled
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Remote/Electronic Format
  • Studio 54 Party Pack – Postponed
  • Silcox Hut Party Pack – Postponed
  • Movie Night – Cancelled
  • Sky High Jump Around Party Pack- Postponed
  • Garden Planting Party Pack- Postponed

May 2020

  • Pitch Paine Style Party Pack – To Be Determined
  • Yacht Wrecked Party Pack – To Be Determined


  • RGS Field Day – To Be Determined

A Note From Your PTC Board

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First, we want to say we hope everyone is safe and healthy during this unprecedented time in our community and country.  Secondly, we want to let you know your board is still working and we are trying to determine the best way to handle all PTC sponsored events and programs during this time.   As the situation and timeline of how long our community will be impacted becomes more clear, we plan to communicate which events are being postponed, canceled or being offered in an alternative way. 

Our thoughts are with all of you right now – stay well!

Adria, Courtnee, Judy, Shelyea, Alexia & Heather

Jennifer, Mary, Wendy, Suzanne, Jenny Ko, Kelly, Tanya, Susan

College Counselor Coffee Presentation

Posted by & filed under College Readiness, High School News.

At the virtual parent coffee “Riverdale 101” we were introduced to the RHS college counselor, Robert Lovvorn. He spoke of how COVID has impacted the college application process and standardized testing. Here is the presentation the counselor gave in person last year. Ten Things to Keep in Mind About College Admissions. Please contact him directly if you have any questions.

Visit RHS College Planning for more information on the Riverdale School District website.