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.

Join the Party Planning!

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“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 

Join us on Wednesday, December 4, from 9:00am-10:30am for an Auction Committee gathering, and help us plan the largest party of the year: a Roaring 20s-themed gala on 2/29/20! 
 Anyone wanting to be involved is welcome. No matter your interest or availability, you can play a part in the Riverdale PTC fundraiser. From bite-sized tasks to committee chairs, from behind-the-scenes work to helping at the event, there is a role for you. Please respond to Auction Chair Emily Imperiale or host Adria Cassidy if you plan on attending. 

02406 SW Greenwood Rd., Portland, 97219. 

Thank you!

December 2019 Parent Book Club – The Water Dancer

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected a The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Our discussion will take place on December 6th from 9:00am-10:00am at Riverdale High School in the Maverick room. 

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

RHS Students Present: SNOOPY

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PDX World Trade Center Theater
November 8, 7 pm
    November 9, 2 & 7pm

Tuneful! Charming! Hilarious! Yes, SNOOPY!!! – the musical sequel to YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN – deserves each of its three exclamation points. Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the show sparkles with wit and warmth as it depicts life as seen through the eyes of Schulz’s unforgettable characters. Musical numbers include “Just One Person,” “Poor Sweet Baby,” “Don’t Be Anything Less (Than Everything You Can Be),” “Edgar Allen Poe” and “Daisy Hill.”

Tickets will be sold at the door  (cash or check only)

  •    Adults $15                                              
  •     RHS  Students & Seniors $12
  •     RSG Students $10

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! 

Auction Planning – November 5 – We Need YOU!

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Each year the Riverdale PTC hosts our annual auction gala.  It is our biggest fundraiser of the year!  As you can imagine, planning the auction is no small feat but it means so much to our school district that we all band together every year to make this event a success.

For this year’s “Roaring Twenties” Auction, the planning process has already begun!  We are, however, still looking for one or two individuals to serve as chair(s) for this important event.  The PTC promises you lots of willing and able volunteer support! 

  • Are you passionate about doing what it takes to support our schools?
  • Are you a great leader or organizer?

If so, we NEED YOU!  Please step forward to help us throw a great party and raise the much-needed funds that the Riverdale schools count on!  

For more information, join us at the Oregon Wine Reserve on the evening of November 5.  Please contact Adria Cassidy with questions.

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!

November 2019 Parent Book Club – The Master and Margarita

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The Riverdale Book Club has selected a Russian Classic, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, for Novembers Book Club discussion. I hope to see you all at the High School Maverick room on November 1st from 9:00am-10:00am


The first complete, annotated English Translation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s comic masterpiece.

An audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. The novel’s vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author’s lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. Its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common Russian speech.

One hot spring, the devil arrives in Moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a beautiful naked witch and an immense talking black cat with a fondness for chess and vodka. The visitors quickly wreak havoc in a city that refuses to believe in either God or Satan. But they also bring peace to two unhappy Muscovites: one is the Master, a writer pilloried for daring to write a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate; the other is Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him. What ensues is a novel of in exhaustible energy, humor, and philosophical depth, a work whose nuances emerge for the first time in Diana Burgin’s and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor’s splendid English version.

Paperback, First Vintage International Edition (US / CAN), 335 pagesPublished March 1996 by Vintage International (first published 1967)

Auction Brainstorming Party Sept. 30

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Riverdale’s auction is always one of the funnest and biggest fundraisers of the year. The funds raised through the auction, paddle raise and party packs benefit Riverdale students at the grade school and high school. Everyone is invited to a fun and casual social on Monday, 9/30 at the Oregon Wine Reserve. There is no obligation to be involved, but we welcome your ideas and input. Questions? Contact auction@riverdaleptc.org

This year’s auction will be held on February 29, 2020, at The Redd on Salmon! The theme will be The Roaring Twenties, and it will be a lovely night that includes dinner, dancing, gaming, auction items, student artwork, party packs and more!  We can’t have a successful event without the help of RHS and RGS parents! Please join us, make some new friends and lend your help to create another festive and triumphant fundraiser for the enrichment, extracurricular activities, mini grants, scholarships and community-building activities for Riverdale students of all ages. 

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.