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.

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

Family-Empowerment Speaker at RGS

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Do you have the courage and know-how to foster resiliency in your kids? Do you understand what it means to be truly compassionate, not only to others, but to yourself? Dr. Kathy Masarie, founder of the Family Empowerment Network, will speak at Riverdale Grade School on March 22 from 8:45 to 10:15 am about how we can support each other to build stronger families and communities. Learn what promotes a growth mindset, building “simplicity” into family rhythm and modeling authenticity, honesty and self-care in order to empower you and your kids. Kathy’s talk will cover the science behind maximizing learning and thriving in the modern world. A brief RGS PTC meeting will follow this presentation.

Two PTC Parent Coffees in April

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We have two fabulous parent coffees planned for April, so mark your calendars and plan to attend! Both meetings are in the gym lobby from 9 to 10:30 am.

  • Tuesday, April 4, “Summer Plans”Service hours, internships, summer school classes, jobs? It’s that time of year when parents wonder how to make the most of their kids’ summer hours. Bring your questions, ideas and experiences to share. Don’t miss this great opportunity to share ideas and learn from other parents in the RHS community.
  • Tuesday, April 25, “Teens Staying Healthy”—Healthful choices about exercise, nutrition and sleep are not just for teen athletes. How can parents encourage and continue to build healthy habits in their teens that translate into creating a healthy life style? Trainer and public speaker Diana Del Garbino from Muscles in Motion will share tips for helping teens (athletes and non-athletes) to make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives.

Terrific Volunteer Opportunities for Parents

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College Counselor and Service Learning Coordinator Kathleen Reid needs one or two parents to help input data on the community service learning page in the college section of the RHS website. Also she is in the beginning stages of planning a service learning fair scheduled in May and would love to have a group of parents who want to help her plan and run the fair. Students will also be involved with planning this activity. Please email Kathleen if you would like to input data or help with the service learning fair.

Help out our splendid librarian, Sarah Hansen, by covering the desk in the mornings, during lunch, or after school on Mondays and Wednesdays when she has staff meetings. The noon shifts are especially appreciated as this allows Mrs. Hansen to take a lunch break while the library stays open for students. You don’t need any special skills—she can show you the ropes at your first shift. Click here to sign up. Thank you!

April Parent Book Group

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Join us Friday, April 7, at 9 am, as we talk about Pulitzer-winning The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Oscar, a sweet, overweight New Jersey ghetto nerd, blames the fukú (a family curse) for keeping him from his dreams of being a writer and falling in love. While providing an insight into Dominican-American history, this book explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love. (Condensed from the Amazon.com description). Whether you’ve read the book or not, please join us for conversation and treats! Have a book you’d like to discuss? We’ll be taking suggestions for our next title at the April meeting, so bring your ideas for future book choices. We meet in the Maverick Room.

Outdoor Trips for High School Students

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Do you have a student who is looking for something exciting and truly meaningful to do during summer vacation? Check out the following outdoor trips run by Riverdale Outdoors, a city-wide outdoor adventure organization for high school students from throughout the Portland area. (Riverdale Outdoors is not affiliated with or sponsored by Riverdale School District.) Details about each trip and about how to sign up can be found here. A few trips this spring and summer include:

  • Rafting the Deschutes River, April 28 to 30
  • Rock climbing at Smith Rock, May 20 to 21
  • City of Rocks, Idaho, Rock Climbing Trip, June 16 to 21
  • North Cascades Backpack Trip, June 26 to 30

Thank You New PTC Sponsors!

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Please take note of the Riverdale Parent Teacher Clubs’ new sponsors listed below. These businesses generously provide funds to support PTC programs. Show your appreciation for their support by patronizing these business. Many thanks to:

  • 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

Auction A Huge Success: Thank You to All Contributors!

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On Saturday night, 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! Although exact figures are still being calculated, 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 $40,000 to RGS for outdoor learning and technology integration, and $40,000 to RHS for field studies.

Especially generous donations came from Just Add Power (Taft and Mina Stricklin); Oregon Reproductive Medicine (Jonathan and Amanda Hurliman); The Meier Family; Rob Lee and Tammi Dereiko; Nitin Khanna; Amber and Henry Hillman; Leslie and Mark Mahler; Adrienne and David Hill; Ajnya and Rakesh Pai; Leon Fabrycki and Staci Schwartz; and Jillian and Ron Cain. You have until Spring Break to join these families.

  • To donate, click here and select your school from the pull-down menu.
  • 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’ll be reporting on our overall numbers soon, but we are so pleased that we surpassed our fundraising goals and are thrilled with generosity, enthusiasm and support of the Riverdale Community. If you purchased items at the auction and forgot to pick them up on your way out, stop by the grade school office and speak to Suzanne. Missed out on the global glamour? Hoping for a chance at that giant family sing-along with Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini? Not to worry—all nine Party Packs are officially revealed and are now for sale online, though some have already sold out!

Marimba students enter the music biz

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As we recently shared in the Riverdale ReviewRiverdale’s marimba program has been such a hit at the grade school that we expanded it to the high school this year. Now, the high school marimba students have even more reason to celebrate. They received permission from music publisher Hal Leonard to publish an arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” they created with teacher Michael Smith. “Each arranger will share in the profits of the arrangement,” he says. “This will be a great lesson for the kids on the ‘music business.’ I’m pretty sure this will be the first time a high school music program has published students!! At least I have never heard of this!! I’m so excited.” Click link above to learn more about our Marimba program and see performance videos.

RHS Robotics finishes strong in first competition

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The Riverdale “Pandas” (Team Pandamonium #2915) had a great run at this weekend’s First Robotics Competition tournament in Wilsonville, finishing in 14th place overall (out of 40 teams). Throughout the competition, the Pandas competed in alliance teams of three in which they amassed points as they won matches. (See robot #2915 in action in this video) The team was even chosen for the final afternoon’s competitive alliance round, during which its alliance made it to the quarterfinals and finished as a top 10 team in offensive points. Our students are both happy and proud of their accomplishment, as are we. Now they turn their attention to the next competition on May 31-April 1. Read more about the team’s preparation for competition.

Learn about hosting exchange students on March 22

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Have you considered hosting a foreign exchange student? On Wednesday, March 22, you can hear from a parent who is doing so right now. You’ll also meet the director of the Ergon student exchange program, which provides your student with a trip to Italy when you host an Italian student. Ergon is now seeking host families for next school year. The informational event takes place at 7 p.m. at 01717 SW Radcliffe Rd, Portland. Please RSVP to lena@lenahyde.com.

May 15: Learn to prepare for an emergency

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Mercy Corps will present information to help prepare our community for an emergency. Plan to join us from 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, May 15, in the Riverdale Grade School Commons. Topics include the risk and impacts of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and what you can do to prepare yourself in your home: How to create a family plan, what supplies you should have and how to make your home safer. More information will be coming soon. Questions should be directed to Sarah Wright, who is helping to arrange the event.

RHS Staff Appreciation Luncheon and Donation

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On Friday, March 17, we will honor our wonderful Riverdale High School teachers, administrators and support staff with a lovely St. Patrick’s-themed lunch provided by the Sophomore class.  Each staff member will be choosing an item of Riverdale Spirit Wear as a gift.

Help the PTC with this effort by donating a suggested $5 (but feel free to be more generous!)

A surplus of donations will go toward the general classroom support that our teachers receive from the PTC throughout the year. 

Thank you for your donations. Please click here to donate now.

Tomorrow: Winter Concert, plus bonus science exhibit

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Join us tomorrow (March 9)
at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Room for MavROCK,
 as RHS musical groups perform classic rock from the 1950s through today.

Plus, as an added bonus you’ll be able to view interactive displays from students in the Investigating Careers in Wellness class.

Each student has created a display board with an interactive component for viewers based on an article about something new and intriguing in medicine, health or wellness. One example is a spotlight on face transplants (pictured here), including a viewing box that lets attendees see their eyes with different face. Junior Gillian Styring says, “I saw a documentary, a few years ago, about a French woman who was bitten by a dog in 2005, and was captivated by the fact that when you transplant a face, the result is not the face of the recipient or the donor, but a mix of the two. That is very interesting.”