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.

Update: PTC Sponsored Events & Activities

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Please be advised, that as a result the statewide school closures until at least April 28, and Governor Brown’s “Stay Home” order 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.  


  • 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


  • 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

Trina, Jennifer, Wendy, Sinclair, Suzanne, Jenny Ko, Kelly, Tanya, Susan

April 2020 Parent Book Club – City of Thieves

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Please note that a future meeting date will be announced once the school district is allowing parent groups to meet at the high school.

The Riverdale Book Club has selected City of Thieves by David Benioff for our next discussion.

4.30  ·   Rating details ·  105,786 ratings  ·  10,757 reviews

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

RHS PTC Coffee/Speaker – April 28

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9 to 10:30 am in the RHS Gym Lobby

How to Help Our Sons and Daughters
Be More Fully Themselves

Parenting provides many challenges. Please join the PTC and Adolescent expert and professional counselor Yshai Boussi to learn more about: 

How do we help boys step out of the gender straight jacket that says:

“You are superior to girls”, “sadness and fear are weak” or “instead of taking responsibility, just blame others, withdraw or say you were ‘just joking around'”.

Recent data on girls found that between the ages of 8 and 14, their self reported confidence drops by 30%. While many girls are receiving messages like you can do and be anything, they’re also internalizing messages of “be perfect” and “do more”.

Anxiety, depression and suicide keep going up and up for both boys and girls. We as parents and as a community need to continue to reflect and learn about how to change these disturbing trends.

During this workshop Yshai Boussi will answer some of these questions and we’ll discuss how we can all better address the needs of both boys and girls.

Topics included in the talk include:

        • Current data and trends regarding the state or our boys and girls.
        • Why both boys and girls need specific types of ongoing support to help them be their best selves.
        • Why boys, in some ways, need it even more.
        • New ways to think about and address social media for girls and gaming for boys.
        • Practical strategies and tools to help your son or daughter be happier and well rounded.
All of this will be done in an upbeat, safe and supportive space.

The PTC sponsors several parent coffees with speakers who are experts in various aspects of parenting teens throughout the school year. We hope you can join us for this fun and important morning.


Yshai Boussi is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working with youth and families for 20 years. He is the founder of Portland Family Counseling, a therapy practice that specializes in helping children,  adolescents, families and parents. His experience includes mentoring at risk youth, working in residential treatment facilities and leading intensive experiential workshops for at risk youth. As a systems trained family therapist since 2003, Yshai has worked extensively in community mental health settings as well as private practice. In addition to working professionally, Yshai also has personal experience as a foster parent and all of the blessings and challenges that come with that important role.

Yshai is also a popular speaker and trainer, providing informative, fun and inspiring workshops for adolescents, parents, teachers, therapists and others who want to improve their ability to connect with and help those lovable young people who bring so much joy and intensity to our lives. 

Learn more about Yshai and check out lots of free articles and tips for parents with adolescents.

RHS Athlete Yearbook Photos Needed

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If you have a spring athlete, the Maverick Club yearbook team is calling for your to submit photos or practice or games because the yearbook deadline–APRIL 8–is before all team photos are taken. RHS teams include TENNIS, TRACK & FIELD and GOLF. Photos from club sports Lacrosse and Crew are also wanted. If possible, identify the athletes in the photos. You can submit photos Here. If you have trouble with the link, you can submit photos to Maverick Club advisor Shelby Quintos

RHS 2020 Yearbook Deadline is Now

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LAST ANNOUNCEMENT Did you miss the deadline to order the
2020 RHS Yearbook?

You’re not alone! You also have the opportunity to remedy the oversight and be a hero to your high-schooler. Orders have reopened online, but only for a couple of weeks. Order your student’s copy today, by clicking here. Not sure if you ordered?  Click the green “Find existing order?” button after you get past the homepage.

Yearbooks are $45; and any student needing PTC financial aid may inquire here

RHS Black & White Ball

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Co-sponsored by the Maverick Club & the Drama club this dance is for ALL RHS STUDENTS and will take place in the gym lobby that’s been transformed into a cool, clubby spot to listen to your favorite tunes, dance and kick it with friends. Dress up or dress down but wear anything black or white. Tickets will cost $10 in the Maverick Room during lunch (cash or check only) or $15 at the door. Signed permission slips are required. Get one here if your student forgot to bring one home.

Cap and Gowns for RHS Seniors

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We told you it would come crazy early! It’s only February, but it’s time to order your senior’s cap and gown. The pricing for the package is valid through March 20th. The company is Herff Jones. Order your cap and gown HERE. Gowns must be returned at the Lewis and Clark chapel following the graduation ceremony (and pictures of course) before students board the bus for grad night. Students can keep their cap and many students choose to decorate them for the big day. 

March 2020 Parent Book Club – City of Girls

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected City of Girls a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert for our discussion on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:00am-10:00am in the Maverick at Riverdale High School. Looking forward to seeing you! 

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. 

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!