Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Welcome to the RHS Parent Pack!If you want to submit an item for the Parent Pack, please send it to: email@example.com by 5:00pm on Wednesday prior to the Friday you wish the information to appear.
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 ($25) or both!
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).
The Athletic Department will reopen on Aug. 8 to receive forms and checks. Questions? Email Rob Pridemore, athletic director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Harmony Carson, athletic coordinator, at email@example.com, or call the athletic office at 503-262-4848.
Learn more about the athletics program at RiverdaleSports.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and questions.
JOIN US FOR LUNCH: Not a golfer? Join us for lunch and silent auction! Check back here for information.
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.
- 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 is Wednesday, August 15, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.
- 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.
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?
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.
- 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
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.