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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.

Bring Your Manners to Auction!

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You’ll want to bring your very good manners to The Roaring Twenties Auction on February 29, especially at the dinner tables you’ll be sharing with old friends and new. Your auction invitation will arrive in your inbox tomorrow morning; and with it will be the link to ticketing, seating and eating. The elegantly decorated tables seat 10 people; so reach out to friends, same-grade parents, new families or anyone with whom you’d enjoy spending an evening in support of our children’s educational experience at Riverdale. You’ll be able to specify your seating requests or leave it to the committee to place you with a great group.  Appetizers, plated dinners and desserts provided by ChefStable catering; and complimentary beer, wine and cider courtesy of these generous Riverdale donors. Twenties-era cocktails will be available for purchase (cash or card) at the bar.

Would you be willing to spend a bit more to make our event extra special? With a Patron ticket, you can do just that! With Patron status, you’ll enjoy the following;

  • free transportation to and from the event
  • a VIP bracelet
  • access to your very own Patron bar from which you can order cocktails and dip the bill on us—no kale required! 
  • an extra treat at your table

Click the Patron option when purchasing your tickets this weekend. Questions? Contact auction@riverdaleptc.org or comment on the Riverdale PTC Auction Facebook page.

February 2020 Parent Book Club – The Testaments

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected The Testaments by Margaret Atwood the winner of the Booker Prize and New York Times #1 Best Seller. Our discussion will take place on Friday, February 7th from 9:00am-10:00am at Riverdale High School in the Maverick Room. 

The Testaments
The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia.  Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.

With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

Calling for RHS Artists

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Do you have an artist in your family? It’s traditional for the graduating senior class to gift the “senior shirt” to the juniors during the senior award ceremony, June 9th.  This year the design contest for the shirt is open to all RHS students. It should include a school appropriate image of the Maverick mascot, “Senior,” 2021, and a school appropriate slogan if wanted. Shirts will be white with blue ink and screen printed in art teacher Mr. Orton’s print making class. Designs can be submitted to Mr. Orton by Monday February 3rd. Students can contact Mr. Orton or parents Mona Wray or Sinclair Sawhney for more information.

The above image is last year’s design by Carmen Quintos (RHS 2019).

RHS Yearbook Pre-Orders

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CHECK IT OFF YOUR LIST:  ORDER YOUR STUDENT’S YEARBOOK TODAY! Maverick Club yearbook staffers have been hard at work creating Volume XXIV of the Riverdale High School yearbook. Order your student’s copy today, by clicking hereOrder code is 7489. Yearbooks are $45; and any student needing PTC financial aid may inquire here.  Yearbooks will be delivered before the end of the school year, for maximum exchanging/inscribing/laughing/reminiscing! Thank you!

Auction Sponsorship Opportunities!

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Happy Holidays from the auction committee!  Are you looking for a way to increase your company’s visibility and community involvement in 2020?

How about a Roaring 20s PTC Auction Sponsorship? There are several donation levels to choose from but the Platinum Level has never been seized: commit by January 2 and this will be the year that we send out invitations with a Presenting Sponsor! All sponsorship levels include tickets to this fun event as well as other perks, plus weekly publicity to over 1000 community members via the Parent Pack newsletter and e-blasts.

Check out all the sponsorship options. If you have any questions on how to help underwrite expenses for the February 29, 2020 auction or are planning on making a 2019 tax-deductible donation, contact Alicia Lopez. Thank you!

January 2020 Parent Book Club – Trust Exercise (Canceled)

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected Trust Exercise by Susan Choi the winner of the National Book Awards 2019 for Fiction.

Trust Exercise
A deliciously sharp and self-aware novel, Trust Exercise is set in the 1980s in a performing arts high school. Two students fall in love within the hermetically sealed world of the school and Susan Choi somehow makes out of that teenaged affair an ingenious and entertaining meditation on the ways memory and art can comfort and tragically mislead us.

PTC Speaker – Feb. 4 – RHS/RGS

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Tuesday, February 4
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

DEVICED! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World
with Doreen Dodgen-Magee

Riverdale High School Maverick Room

As part of our ongoing desire to bring you experts on relevant and timely topics, our next speaker is a co-sponsored event between RGS & RHS PTC organizations.  Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee is a psychologist, author, & speaker whose energetic, fast paced, research based talks inform and inspire. Her work addresses living healthy, embodied lives from a strong sense of self and a passion for encouraging connected community. Her book, Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital Age was awarded the 2018 Gold Nautilus Award for Psychology and has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington Post, the Utne Reader and many other media outlets.

As entertainment and education becomes increasingly driven by, and dependent upon, devices, children’s brains, relationships, and senses of self are short changed. Information regarding the neurological, social, and intrapersonal impact of technology-only entertainment will be presented and ideas given about how to enhance family relationships, minimize potential risk, and develop genuine and appropriate levels of self esteem and interpersonal relatedness in children. The impact of technology only entertainment and over-reliance on technology for adults will be addressed as well along with corresponding ideas regarding minimizing risk of dependence, addition, and other negative impacts. THIS IS NOT A TECHNOLOGY AVERSE PROGRAM. This is all about embracing the great parts of technology and moderating our use.  

Space for this program is NOT limited, but please RVSP to Jennifer Novak so we can make accommodations for all that wish to attend.

College Visits October, 2019

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RHS welcomes many college representatives to visit and meet with students to discuss the college and answer questions. It’s a wonderful opportunity for juniors and seniors (and some sophomores) to meet with a college rep and ask questions in a small group or one-on-one. A full calendar of visits will be available soon, and schools are often added. Visits are posted outside the college room and on a white board in the main lobby. Students will need permission to be excused from class to talk to the college representatives. Grace at the front desk will have the forms a student’s teacher must sign. Meet with the college reps in the college room. 

Upcoming visits include:
Mon 10/21  Tues 10/22     
Davidson     9:00                          Drexel     12:50

Wed 10/23                                 Thurs 10/24                            
U Colo Boulder     9:00                 Marymount CA    9:00            
Carroll College     9:55                 Whitman            11:35
Wentworth          10:50                Les Roches         1:25
Santa Clara         2:00                 Hosp. Mgmt (check time) 

Fri 10/25
Hawaii Pacific       12:50            

RGS Speakers Series – November 13 – Internet Safety

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.
Following PTC General Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
RGS Commons

Please join us for an informative talk on the dangers of the Internet and social media for our kids. BJ Park, a Deputy District Attorney with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, will provide parents suggestions on how to talk to their kids about the Internet and social media, and he will give practical recommendations on how to help ensure kids stay safe. BJ’s talk will draw from real world examples that he has seen as a prosecutor.

BJ currently prosecutes serious violent crimes. He specializes in cases involving child sex offenses and the Internet, technology, and social media.  BJ also is cross-designated as a federal prosecutor on these types of cases. He has been a prosecutor for more than 20 years, with his prior work including serving as a prosecutor in Chicago for 15 years and at the Oregon Department of Justice for 5 years.

Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign

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The Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign has kicked off! In order to raise $1.75 million, campaign captains are urging school families to contribute at the new Suggested Levels. The requested contribution for resident and transfer families is $4,000/per child and tuition families is $500/child. Families who meet Suggested Levels and give an additional $1000 will be recognized as going the “extra mile.” All families are encouraged to pursue employer matches; please check with employers to see if they participate in “Giving Tuesday” on December 3rd as multiplied matches may be available!

Families may pledge or donate until Friday, December 6, 2019 and pledges must be fulfilled by April 30, 2020. Money raised from this campaign goes directly to help bridge the gap between state and local funding and what it actually costs to provide a Riverdale Education. To make a donation or find out more, please go to RiverdaleFoundation.org. Help the Annual Campaign reach its goal so our children can reach theirs! 

Riverdale Directory – Get Yours Today!

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Riverdale Directory is the Riverdale community phone book, produced and updated each year by the PTC for purchase by grade school and high school families and the Riverdale community.  The information is provided solely for the use of the Riverdale community (to facilitate communication) and we do our best to keep the information private.

Directories are currently available to purchase in the school office with a personal check for $10 per directory (no cash please), payable to Riverdale PTC.  We will also have a supply available at the ticket line at Carnival

Get one for your home, car, and office!

Shop AmazonSmile and support Riverdale

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Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Riverdale PTC.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. 

The only difference is  that instead of shopping through the normal Amazon.com website, you shop through: smile.amazon.com and select “Riverdale Parent-Teacher Club”

RHS PTC Coffee/Speaker – Oct. 29

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October 29th 9-10:30am

Riverdale High School Gym Lobby

Parents of RGS and RHS students are all welcome to attend


Gabriele Ross and Interrupting Hate in Schools

Please join us for an interactive discussion about the rise of hateful incidents in schools, how to prevent them and how to respond when they do take place. We will explore concepts such as implicit bias, “micro” aggressions, white privilege and the difference between intent and impact in racially charged interactions. The conversation will be framed in the context of having difficult conversations with our youth and giving them tools to be “upstanders” versus passive bystanders.


Gabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. For the past 5 years she has worked as Restorative Justice Trainer and Coach with educators and others for Resolutions Northwest. Gabriele has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.

2019 Party Packs

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Party Packs first went on sale at the Casino Royale auction back on February 23, 2019, and any remaining spots are available to purchase here. 100% of Party Pack ticket sales go to fund enrichment activities through the Riverdale PTCs because parties are donated by the generous hosts. Below is a list of this year’s scheduled events. Click on the individual posts below to get party details and sign up!

Reminder: please check dates carefully, as we are unable to issue refunds for Party Packs.

April 19: Jump Around – Kids’ party at Sky High Sports

April 25: Silcox Hut Sleepover – Ladies-only retreat on Mt. Hood

May 9: Rose All Day – Ladies-only

May 31: Margaritaville – Adults-only post-field day celebration

Sept 21: Scavenger Hunt – Adults-only

December 4: Riverdale Holiday Express – Family winter fun

April 18, 2020:  NEW DATE – Studio 54 Party – Adults-only

RHS Senior Class Fundraiser–Kaady Cards

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Dirty Car? Riverdale Class of 2020 is running a “waterless carwash” to raise funds to put towards graduation events and activities.

Now offering both types of Kaady cards:  ADVANCED and PREMIUM!

  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ADVANCED cards for $40.00. One drive-up Advance wash at Kaady is $8.00, so you’re saving $1.33 per trip!
  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady PREMIUM cards for $50.00. One drive-up Premium wash at Kaady is $10:00, so you’re saving $1.66 per trip!

Support the Senior Class Fundraiser, save money, and clean your ride by purchasing your cards now!  Click here for a clean car.

You will be notified when your cards are available for pick-up at the front office of RGS or RHS.