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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.

Coming Soon: High School Musical

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Fall musical, Nov. 3-5

Get ready for Riverdale actors to bring Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical to life at the World Trade Center Theater in downtown Portland.
You’ll have four chances to see this year’s fall musical extravaganza:
  • 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3
  • 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5
Tickets will be available online and at the door (cash/check): $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Ordering details to follow in the coming weeks.

Athlete of the Week

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Congratulations to Riverdale senior Finn James, who was featured in the Portland Tribune’s Athlete of the Week section. The paper showcased how this cross country athlete ran a personal record of 16:51.1 at the Nike Portland XC Invite to crack the season top 10 for 3A/2A/1A.  His mom is RGS teacher, Barbara Lamb.

RHS Winter Sports Registration Now Open

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 Swimmers and Basketball Players:
All students MUST complete online registration, turn in sports physicals and pay athletic fees by the first day of practice (Monday, Nov. 13) in order to participate. NO EXCEPTIONS. Athletic fees: $350 for high school sports. Register online at Family ID and pay using Riverdale’s online payment portal.  Financial aid for sports available through the Riverdale PTC.  Contact the District Office for information.

RHS Oregon Battle of the Books

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Ms. Hansen’s latest library blog is an invitation to students to participate in Oregon Battle of the Books. OBOB combines the best of book clubs and trivia; with students reading and discussing a variety of books, forming teams, practicing and competing in school battles. The winning school team will represent Riverdale at the regional tournament in March.  For information, click here.

Riverdale Foundation Annual Campaign

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As you can tell from the signs posted around the neighborhood, the Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign kicked off this week. Money raised helps fill the gap between state funding and the exceptional Riverdale education we want for our children. Suggested giving levels are the same as last year. Resident and transfer families are encouraged to contribute $3,500 per child, and tuition families are encouraged to donate $500 per child. Families who meet suggested levels and give an additional $1,000 will be recognized as going the “extra mile.” Families have until Friday, Nov. 17, to make a donation or pledge (pledges must be fulfilled by April 30, 2018). Please help the Annual Campaign reach its goal so our students can reach theirs!

Riverdale Town Hall: Thank you and Recap

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THANK YOU

The district, school board, foundation and PTC would like to thank all the parents who came out last night for our first Town Hall. In addition to the interesting information presented, the audience questions and the conversations that took place during the wine reception (courtesy of the foundation), we loved seeing so many people sharing what the heart of Riverdale means to them. This wall display will be up in the RGS Commons for a while longer, for those who would like to contribute.
Did you miss the event? Look for a summary of event highlights to be shared in the next Riverdale Review, scheduled to publish in November, or view the presentation slide deck. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the superintendent or a board member for clarification.

Reserve Your Conference Time

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It’s time to schedule your time slot for Parent Teacher Conferences, which are Oct. 12 and 13. Starting on Monday, Oct. 2, you may contact Brittany Burger in the school office to schedule your one-hour meeting time. Conferences are held in the Gym where families speak with each teacher for approximately 10 minutes per student during the scheduled hour. If you feel you will need more time, you may email teachers directly to set up an additional meeting time at a later date. Students do not have school those days but are encouraged to attend their conferences. Students can also catch up on work or study in the library.
NOTE to Junior Parents: It’s our turn to provide the Thursday evening conference meal for teachers! Please watch for an an email from your class connectors, Lisa Ortiz and Michelle Thoming with information and how to access the sign-up sheet to volunteer to bring food, set up or clean up. The evening meal is a wonderful gift for teachers to sit together, enjoy a healthy, home cooked meal and socialize before meeting with parents for the evening conferences. Teachers have been in conferences all day and most do not have time to get home during the short dinner break, so sign up to help if you can. Thanks!

College Financial Aid Night Oct. 2

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Parents of all grades are invited to College Financial Aid Night on Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 8:30 pm, in the Maverick Room. Our guest speaker will be Anastacia Dillon, director of financial aid at Lewis & Clark College. She will walk families through the details of the college financial aid application process. This will be especially important for families of seniors, as the FAFSA will open on Oct. 1.

Spirit Week and Homecoming Success!

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Kudos to Heidi Pierce, Cyndy Moehling and the Student Leadership Committee for pulling off a fantastic Spirit Week, Pep Assembly, Homecoming Game and the “Pajama Party” Homecoming Dance! With financial support from the Booster Club, contributions from parents Kathi Berensand Carrie Banks, and help from the PTC, this group of students and faculty advisors did an amazing job organizing the festivities and spreading Maverick Pride and Spirit.

Photos Needed of RHS Games and High School Musical

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Calling all parents of soccer and volleyball athletes and actors in High School Musical!  Do you have photos of games and performances that you can share for use in the RHS yearbook? Students will begin working on the yearbook winter and spring trimesters and will need photos of first trimester activities. (Coach Johnson supplies the yearbook with cross country photos.) Please email your game and performance images to yearbook adviser Holly Finnerty

Fire Prevention Week Oct.8-14

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Every second counts, plan two ways out

In a fire, seconds count – they can mean the difference between escaping safely from a fire or lives ending in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are some key messages shared by the Lake Oswego Fire Department:

  • Draw a map of your home, marking two exits from each room and paths outside.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year – once at night and once during the day.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Ensure your home’s street number is easily visible for the fire department.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave to slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Discover how Portland is preparing for a Cascadia earthquake

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The Collins View Neighborhood Association invites all Riverdale families to a community presentation at Riverdale High School at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The presentation will introduce the Oregon Resilience Plan, an innovative 50-year plan to prepare Oregon for a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, produced by the Oregon Seismic Policy Advisory Commission (OSPAC) with the help of 169 volunteers. You’ll hear from Jay Raskin, a local architect and OSPAC vice-chair, about what has been accomplished to date, and how Southwest Portland fits in with resilience efforts. He has over 20 years of experience working to help prepare Oregon and the Oregon Coast for a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

Riverdale’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Commended Students

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Riverdale senior Thea Klucznik is among the top 1,600 high performing semifinalists (out of 1.6 million applicants) who will be advancing to this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. Additionally, there were four commended students – Hugh Finnerty, Fisher Ng, Chloe Sellers and Gillian Styring, who were among the top three percent of students and are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Congratulations to all of these recognized students, and best of luck to our semifinalist as she competes for scholarship awards.

Join the Auction Committee

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Riverdale Parents, do you have a passion for Printing, Photography, or Procurement?  Whether you want your name in lights or prefer to work behind the scenes, you will shine brightly by helping with the Riverdale PTC Auction!
  • We are filling up our communications/publicity/visuals team and need help with invitations and flyers for our “City Lights” event.
  • Picture-takers and Instagram addicts?  Sign on to work your magic with the Auction slide show.
  • Generous donor, or awesome networker?  Assist with procuring items, big and small, for our Live Auction and popular “Chance Balloons”.
Click here to see where you can hang your hat and mark your calendar for our next Auction meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 7:00pm at RGS.
Questions?  Contact Kristen Best, Auction Chair, at auction@riverdaleptc.org.

 

RHS Volunteers Needed

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There are many ways to become involved as a Riverdale parent. It’s fun, and a wonderful way to connect with the school and other parents.

 

  • Lunchtime Help in the Library:  cover the desk so our librarian gets a lunch break.  Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly.
  • PTC President Elect: Want to get involved in the PTC, but not sure how it all works? President Elect gives you a year to learn more about Riverdale and the PTC and how you can contribute your energy and talents with no pressure. Want to find out more? Contact Martha Rainey.
  • PTC Website Team:  contact Heather Bogaty or Shelby Quintos if you’re interested in working behind the scenes.
  • Concessions Sales at Sporting Events:  selling snacks, no skills required!
  • Riverdale PTC Auction to be held February 24, 2018:  stay tuned for sign-ups, but contact Martha Rainey if you’re interested in helping out.
  • Hospitality Committee: helping out with social social events such as Open House, Sky Box Social, Teacher Appreciation Lunch, District Arts Night. For more information contact Jennifer Novack.

Our next parent coffee is Sept. 26, 9:00 a.m., in the gym lobby.  Watch the Parent Pack for more information, and feel free to reach out to any of the board members (see below) should you have any questions about the PTC or Riverdale.

Annual state testing notice

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Last year, our students took the Smarter Balanced assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics, which measures student progress on Common Core State Standards and their college- and career readiness. The test informs school and teacher practices as we strive to provide all of our students with a rigorous and quality education. This year, students will take the assessment in the spring. For more information about the test, why participation matters and how you can support your child, see Oregon Department of Education’s Annual Notice for Statewide Tests.

Seeking students and parents for Site Council

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We are currently seeking parent and student volunteers to join the RHS Site Council for the 2017-2018 school year. The Site Council is focused on creating improvement plans for the school year, and creating goals for the betterment of our high school. The council meets in the library from 4-5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning Oct. 10. Please talk to either Brittany Burger or Sarah Hansen if you are interested in joining.

Town Hall #1: The Heart of Riverdale

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The Riverdale School Board invites the entire school community to the first of two Town Hall events this school year. What makes the Riverdale School District tick?

Tuesday, Oct. 3
7 p.m.
Riverdale Grade School Commons

Join us for an informational and interactive evening of community, conversation and questions. We’ll get straight to the heart of Riverdale with representatives from the School Board, District, Foundation and Parent Teacher Club. Then, we’ll encourage you to chime in to keep the discussion going.

What we’ll cover:

  • Starting the search for a new superintendent
  • School funding – where it comes from and what it covers
  • How Riverdale operates and how to get the most out of your Riverdale experience

Make your voice count by joining the dialogue. Your involvement is key to Riverdale’s continued success.

Stay for a wine reception, provided by the Riverdale School Foundation, and more conversation following the Town Hall.

Senior Class Car Wash Fundraiser

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Dirty car?  Riverdale’s Class of 2018 is running a “waterless carwash” to raise funds to put toward graduation events and activities.  Purchase SIX Kaady scrip cards for $40.00.  One drive-up wash at Kaady is normally $8.00 so you save over $1.50 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.  Thank you for supporting our senior class.

RHS Back to School Night Sept. 14

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Thursday, Sept, 14, 7-9 pm is your opportunity to go back to school. See Riverdale through your student’s eyes as you follow their first trimester schedule, meet their teachers and learn about class curriculum and expectations. There will be social time and refreshments at 6:30 to catch up with parents you haven’t seen since last year. We hope to see parents of all grades! View Back to School Night agenda. Remember parking is challenging so carpool if possible and don’t park on neighborhood streets.

Student Seeking Medical Supplies Donations

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Riverdale senior Chloé Sellers is accompanying her mother on a medical mission trip to Ecuador in mid-September with the goal of opening a health clinic in a community impacted by last year’s earthquake. The team is seeking some basic supplies to take with them. If you’d like to contribute, click to view the supply list. Donations can be brought to the front desk, or handed directly to Chloé, by this Friday, Sept. 8.