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.

Looking for PTC Website Helpers

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Would you like a flexible, behind-the-scenes role helping with communications, sign-ups, purchases, news & publicity via the PTC website? Shelby Quintos and Wendy Tolls are adding to their small team of volunteers to make sure the website’s functions are maximized, everything is current, and committee chairs & volunteers aren’t stretched too thin with coordinating an activity/event AND trying to figure out flyers/sign-ups/tickets/publicity. Your time commitment could be weekly, bi-weekly, “seasonal” or more frequent. It would be up to you and your available time. You don’t have to be a tech-savvy person or even creative—but if you are, we will welcome those talents. Interested? Contact Wendy or Shelby.

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

Final RHS PTC General Meeting, May 29th

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The final PTC General Meeting of the year will be May 29 at 9 am in the gym lobby. Join us as we will be approving the PTC budget for next year and also electing new PTC officers. If you are interested in a board position for 2018-19 or would like to learn more about the PTC, please contact Martha RaineyJennifer Novack or Sinclair Sawhney. No experience required—just a passion to support RHS students, staff and administration. 

Seeking Leaders for Emergency Preparedness

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Seeking neighborhood sector leaders for emergency preparedness


To prepare the Riverdale-Dunthorpe community for emergencies, such as an earthquake, ice-storm, gas leak or other catastrophic event, the neighborhood is being divided into sectors and leaders are being recruited for each sector. What is needed to best handle an incident: A web of connected, organized and prepared people. First and foremost, a leader’s job is to extend the web in their neighborhood, and help recruit neighbors to organize and educate each other. Leaders will be working with a team of other leaders in our community. Each sector will organize, prepare for and report in during and after an incident. Interested in becoming a leader? Attend an introductory meeting from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in RGS Commons.

District Arts Night is April 25th

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Get ready for District Arts Night, April 25th 

Every year, our district brings all of our PK-12th grade students’ art to life for one night at the high school. It’s a chance for all of us to get together and celebrate how important the visual and performing arts are to the Riverdale community. Please bring your whole family with you and join us from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, at Riverdale High School, to support our students’ artistic endeavors. Learn more.

The PTC hosts a refreshments table of lemonade, sparkling water and cookies at this yearly district-wide arts event held at the high school. We need parents to help keep the refreshment table stocked. Sign up for a 30-minute shift and then spend a little time enjoying the magnificent art produced by Riverdale students.

RHS Parking Lot

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Traffic reminders for the high school:

  • Please make right turns only during drop off and pick up times (head to the roundabout at Lewis & Clark to reverse direction)
  • the front of the building at the main steps is the bus zone/ emergency zone
  • no staff or students can park on any neighborhood streets surrounding the high school
  • drive slowly and cautiously through our parking lot at all times.

‘India Trip Returns’ share-out, April 19

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Eleven Riverdale students and two teacher chaperones spent 18 days in India for an extended Field Studies service learning trip. The group spent 18 days exploring Tibetan, Nepali and Indian cultures through city explorations and homestays in rural villages. They worked on village infrastructure projects, helped Tibetan refugees improve their English skills, bonded with their host families and heard from local poets, political activists and speakers. You can hear all about the trip and the students’ life-changing experiences at 7 p.m., next Thursday, April 19 in the RHS Library.

Parent Resources from Dr. Kathy Masarie presentation

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Thanks to Dr. Kathy Masarie for her informative presentation sponsored by the PTC on Wednesday, March 21. Key takeaways include the notion that it takes five positive interactions to overcome one negative – this aligns with the RGS approaches to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and when we as adults do not know what to say, we can focus on empathy with the phrase: “I don’t know what to say right now, but I’m glad you told me.”

Here are some additional resources from Dr. Masarie and others that you may consider viewing during any downtime you have during spring break:

  • Louise Evans’ Ted Talk on owning your behaviors: “We’re making choices about the behaviors we bring into the world. And the choices that we make have a direct impact on the conversations that we have, the relationships that we form, and the quality of our lives in general.”
  • Brene Brown’s TedTalk on the power of vulnerability: In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
  • The Center for Nonviolent Communication: “NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies – whether verbal or physical – are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.”
  • Unhooking from video games, including Fortnite: This third-person shooter game is the latest video game craze that has kids struggling to control the amount of time they spend playing. It’s up to parents whether to allow games like this in their homes and, even more importantly, how to set limits and have discussions with their children.

“City Lights” Auction Highlights

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The Riverdale Auction was a success!!!!

Thanks again to everyone who made “City Lights” a highlight of the year! Approximately $140K was raised and will go directly to PTC Programs at both schools and to the Paddle Raise initiatives, technology and emergency/safety initiatives.

Disney Raffle:  The Spurlock Family is going to Disneyland!  Congratulations on winning the Disney Park-Hopper raffle, which generated about $2000.

Heads & Tails:  Martha Rainey (RHS PTC President and mom of a senior!) was the last person standing and will win tickets to every Party Pack. Martha graciously donated her winnings back to the PTC auction proceeds.

Party Packs: Online sign ups are now open. There is something for everyone! Check out the ladies-only Bridesmaids Party on 4/5, Jump for Joy on 5/11, the Hootenanny Barn Burner on 6/2, and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Family Picnic on 6/8.  Read all about them here and then grab a ticket or 3.

Auction Photos: Kudos to photographer Brian Crippe for the amazing images, and thanks to everyone who joined us under the “City Lights.” Click here to see the photos.

Jazz Night on April 9

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Enjoy the sounds of the high school and grade school Community School Jazz Bands and Jazz Lab at 7 p.m., Monday, April 9 in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room. Music will include Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Edgar Winter and more.

2018 Paddle Raise

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Raise Your Paddle at the City Lights Auction

Each year, after much thought and consideration, Riverdale principals submit their priority wish lists to their PTC boards. Unlike other funds raised at auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is used solely to fund these very specific requests. This year, paddle raise funds will be spent on updating technology and purchasing emergency communication radios, backpacks and other emergency preparedness and safety supplies. For an entertaining depiction of our paddle raise initiatives, click here.


Technology is an integral part of learning at Riverdale, putting real-world learning tools and curricular resources into the hands of our students. Technology must remain current for students to be academically competitive.  Updating computer equipment and programs is an ongoing necessity and cost. This is especially important given the age of our current Chromebooks and Google’s policy to discontinue updates to these machines after five years.  Our Chromebooks are rapidly becoming obsolete. Paddle raise funds will be used to upgrade equipment in the High School computer lab and purchase additional Chromebooks at both schools.


Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Supplies are vital to keep students safe during a disaster. To improve preparedness at Riverdale, the administration has come up with some essential items that would benefit both schools in the event of an emergency. In this initial phase, the funds will be used to purchase radios to facilitate communication between the two schools and emergency services, upgraded first aid kits and emergency backpacks for each classroom. These packs will be filled with Mylar blankets, flashlights, safety goggles, protein bars, directories and other items to help students during the first hours of an emergency.


Join the High School Willamette Sailing Club

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You can do it for life! Join the high school race team/spring sailing at Willamette Sailing Club! We sail 420s/FJs at the Willamette Sailing Club off Macadam Ave. New sailors will most likely be on JV and will practice just Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-7:00pm. Varsity T, W, Th. The season runs from Feb 20th-May 24th. Mandatory new sailor orientation is Feb 19th 4-6:30PM. Regattas are on weekends and are optional. There is some gear required. Contact Riverdale parent Jill Corvelli if you have any questions. Register here ASAP—the roster always fills up!  Hope to see you on the water!

Join Lake Oswego Community Rowing (LOCR)

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Get fit and have fun rowing with other Portland area high school athletes by joining Lake Oswego Community Rowing (LOCR). Lake Oswego Community Rowing (LOCR) is looking for athletes interested in rowing with a nationally competitive team. Rowers new to the sport are considered novices during their first year and then advance to the varsity squad. Enjoy a spring rowing season filled with training and racing in the Northwest. We offer high energy and camaraderie with fellow athletes from around the area. Team practice is daily after school from 4:15-6:30pm and Saturday mornings from 7:30-10am. First day of practice begins Tuesday, February 20th.Questions? Contact head coach Todd Vogt or call (503) 765-6102.

Oregonian Cup: RHS Finishes in 3rd Place

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2017-18 Oregonian Cup: RHS finishes in 3rd place out of 41 3A schools

The Oregonian Cup recognizes overall excellence by schools in academics, activities and athletics, and honors a school’s students, teachers, coaches and the entire school community.

This year, Riverdale sports teams’ combined ranking jumped to 3rd place out of 41 3A schools (including private schools Oregon Episcopal School and Catlin Gabel). Our ranking last year was 11th place.

This year’s ranking shows we have extremely well-rounded athletic programs and athletes. The ranking formula also takes into account athletes’ GPAs and state playoff finishes – showing Riverdale students do well both on and off the field of play.

NASA STEM Program for Sophomores

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Sophomores: Spend three days with NASA scientists

Introducing the Western Aerospace Scholars Sophomore Program – a free NASA-designed science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program for Oregon high school students. Sophomores who complete an online distance-learning program in March will be invited to participate in a three-day summer experience with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators. The curriculum, developed with NASA and the University of Washington, focuses on NASA’s history and the space environment around the Earth, including its control by solar activity and the potential opportunities for human exploration of the solar system. There is no cost to participate in the online learning or summer experience. The online program runs March 6-April 3 with the three-day summer experiences being held at a variety of locations around the state. Find information and applications at www.museumofflight.org/WAS.

Announcing 2017-18 Scholastic Art Award Winners

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Riverdale High School is excited to announce our 18 Scholastic Art Award winners for this school year, winning 33 awards – including 12 Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys and 12 Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to this large group of student artists on your achievements! Click here to see the full list of award winners.


Field Studies Week Enhanced by Paddle Raise Funds

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Thanks to your generosity at last year’s auction, paddle raise funding has helped us maintain and enhance our Field Studies program at the high school. This year:

  • We were able to keep the student cost for Field Studies stable, despite the rising prices of certain programs and activities.
  • We were able to add a new five-day filmmaking workshop at the Northwest Film Center that includes writing, planning, filming and editing a live action film.
  • And, we were able to purchase many new “toys” for the Wildhorse Field Studies experience for freshmen and new students. Because we like to keep the mystery alive for new students each year, we’ll refrain from sharing more about these new items, but we’re sure the students will enjoy all that’s in store for them.

While Field Studies isn’t until March, students and staff are already excited for the adventures to come. Thank you for keeping this annual tradition alive and letting us provide great experiences for our students. For more information on last year’s paddle raise, click here.

RHS PTC Celebrating Recent Funding Accomplishments

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  • Funding of the Zoo field trip for RHS juniors and their RGS buddies.
  • Funding the annual zoology students’ visit from Brad’s Reptile World to RHS.
  • Purchasing additional motors and controllers for the two robotics classes.
  • Purchasing an M Specter 360 digital inspection camera.
  • Paying student art submission fees to Scholastic art contest.
  • Supporting students and staff with funding for the Entrepreneurial Conference at PSU for all Seniors in the Economics class.
  • Supporting RHS Juniors at Lewis and Clark’s Junior Day.

PTC School Activity Scholarships

Students who qualify are reminded and encouraged to apply for financial aid from the PTC to offset the costs of participating in school activities such as sports, robotics, jazz or marimba band, senior activity fee, etc. All applications are confidential. Contact Cheryl Wright or Brittany Burgerfor more information. .

RHS PTC Coffee

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RHS Gym Lobby
8:45 social time, 9:00 short general meeting, 9:15 speaker
Please welcome the New Year with the PTC board and other Riverdale parents with our first 2018 PTC Parent Coffee. College counselor Kathleen Reid will here to jump start parent/student plans for summer. Crazy early? Not at all. Many summer internships have February and early March application deadlines. She will have information on potential summer internships and service learning projects. Be advised that students need 90 service learning hours to graduate; and preferably, those hours are earned through experiences with at least three different non-profit organizations. Parents, we’d love you to come prepared to share your students’ previous summer experiences with internships, jobs or volunteering.


Support the RHS Senior Class During Conferences

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While you are at conferences, you can also purchase Kaady carwash cards. You’ll save money, have a sparkling clear car and support graduation activities for the Riverdale senior class. Bring your checkbook or cash to purchase packs of six car washes for $40 and three car washes for $20. No debit cards or credit cards can be accepted, but click here to purchase online.