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If you want to submit an item for the weekly Grade School PTC newsletter, please email RGSParentPackSubmission@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year.

 

The PTC is on Social Media

Miss something in our Parent Pack newsletters and can’t seem to find it in your ever-growing inbox?  Now you can get reminders on the latest and greatest happenings at both schools on Instagram and on Facebook. We’ll be posting about events and sharing photos, all while promoting and celebrating all that’s wonderful about our Riverdale school community.

Come follow us!

 

Healthy Habits Catering – February 2022

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, Lunch (RGS).

Lunch ordering for February is open until January 20.

Please note the February ordering period will run from January 31 until March 4. Payment is due on the 20th of each month. Please make sure you keep your account current so we can process all orders in a timely manner.

The Full Menus contain all available items and ordering must be done in the preceding month. We do have a Limited Menu available for last minute ordering which does NOT contain the rotating hot entrees. These are considered to be two separate menus within our ordering system – so, you will not see your Full Menu orders if you pull up the Limited Menu.

The best way to keep track of what you’ve ordered is to hold onto your confirmation email. In addition, if you ever have any questions, feel free to contact Anita Scarlett at xagsx@hotmail.com

Order at www.orgsonline.com. School code is 213RGSOROR.

7th/8th Grade Winter Formal 2022

Posted by & filed under 7th/8th Grade Activities 2021/22, Grade School News, Store.


The Winter Formal will be held on Friday March 11, 2022.

We will continue to watch the COVID-19 forecast and plan accordingly. 

Traditionally the Winter Formal Dinner and Dance was held in the neighborhood, dinner was hosted by a 7th grade and an 8th grade family followed by the dance at the RGS gym. Parent volunteers assisted with dinner service, clean up and shuttling the students to the RGS gym for the dance. We had a shift in this tradition in 2018 when the Huffman family donated The Evergreen Event Space for the winter formal.  

We are excited to be able to continue this wonderful tradition again this year after a tough hiatus. The Huffman’s have generously offered to host our students again at the Evergreen.

The winter formal fee ($60) pays for transportation, dinner and the dance.

Dress Code: Dress to impress/ semi-formal if you like. No gym shorts please!

Please contact co-chairs Jenn Rabb or Darcy Perry with any questions.

Registration opens on Monday, January 10.

Please register by February 1.

8th Grade Promotion Brunch 2022

Posted by & filed under 7th/8th Grade Activities 2021/22, Grade School News, Store.

The 8th grade brunch is one of the most cherished traditions associated with 8th grade promotion. Each 8th grader and his/her parents are invited to this year’s special event. (max 2 guests to each child)

When: Sunday, June 5 at 11:30am
Where: The Waverley Country Club
Cost:  $62 per person

Please register by Saturday, May 15, 2022

Due to limited space, we can only accommodate 8th graders and their parents.  This is NOT an event for siblings or grandparents / or relatives to attend.

If you have any questions about the brunch or who can attend, please contact Adria Cassidy.

PTC would like to thank Amber Moore, our Waverley member sponsor for this year’s brunch.

Riverdale Teachers and Staff Baby Photo Contest

Posted by & filed under Grade School News.

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Baby Photo contest! The winner of the contest is eighth grader, Sarp Erdem. Sarp correctly guessed the matching staff member for the most baby photos. Sarp is the winner of a gift card to the Lake Oswego Ice Creamery. To see your favorite Riverdale teachers and staff as babies and for the answers to the contest see below. Our staff is truly “one of a kind”.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to all Riverdale Grade School students. Limit 1 entry per person.. Contest ends on 12/14/21 at 3:30pm PST.

Morning Coffee Connect (RGS) – October 20

Posted by & filed under Grade School News.

Wednesday, October 20 – 8:30 am

Join us for a cup of coffee and treats! Chat with Principal McDonald, School Board Members, Foundation Members and fellow RGS parents/caretakers after drop-off. The PTC will be hosting a Morning Coffee Connect on October 20th at 8:30 am across the street from the school (in front of the Schwartz/Fabrycki house). Please be mindful of masks & social-distancing, as well as drop-off traffic.

This month will feature RGS principal Jennifer McDonald.

RGS PTC Fee 2021-2022

Posted by & filed under Back to School (RGS), Finance (RGS), Grade School News, Store.

Every Fall, the RGS PTC asks families to pay a one-time back-to-school fee per student. This one-time per-student back-to-school PTC Fee is separate from any fees paid to the school. Much of this fee goes to programs that directly show community appreciation for our teachers. For a breakdown of the activities this fee has supported historically click HERE. This year, the PTC Fee will support similar initiatives in different formats than years past.

PLEASE PAY YOUR ANNUAL PTC FEE OF $50 PER STUDENT TODAY!

2021 Ladies’ Stag Lunch & Hike

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News, Ladies' Stag.

October 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A beloved Riverdale tradition! The 2021 Ladies’ Stag Hike will be held at Fields Bridge Park in West Linn. This year we’ve added something NEW to the hike event…yoga!

  • Sunday, October 3rd from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • $30 per person: includes coffee, yoga with Isabel Allen, 1.25 mile walk along the Tualatin River, followed by bag lunch provided by Healthy Habits Catering
  • Lunch options will be emailed to attendees
  • Fields Bridge Park: 821 Willamette Falls Dr, West Linn, OR 97068.
  • Limit 25 attendees
  • Masks required if mandated by county and social distancing expected

RHS Senior Class Fundraiser–Kaady Cards

Posted by & filed under 12th-Grade Graduation Activities, Grade School News, High School News, Store.

Dirty Car? Riverdale Class of 2022 is running a “waterless carwash” to raise funds to put towards graduation events and activities.

Now offering both types of Kaady cards:  ADVANCED and ULTIMATE PROTECTION!

  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ADVANCED cards for $45.00. One drive-up Advanced Wash at Kaady is $9.00, so you’re saving $1.50 per trip!
  • Purchase a bundle of SIX Kaady ULTIMATE PROTECTION cards for $62.00. One drive-up Ultimate Protection Wash at Kaady is $12.00, so you’re saving $1.66 per trip!

Support the Senior Class Fundraiser, save money, and clean your ride by purchasing your cards now!

Your cards will be delivered or will be available for pick up at school after the school year begins.

Welcome from the Riverdale PTC

Posted by & filed under Back to School (RGS), Back To School (RHS), Grade School News, High School News.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Riverdale is truly a special place. We are a small district and a close community, and we work together to enrich our children’s education. Community volunteers and participants are critical for our schools’ success, through programs like art literacy and lunch service. And our fundraising translates into tangible benefits for our students: in recent years, the PTC has been responsible for upgrading both the HS and GS libraries, buying new vehicles, enhancing the playground, and providing grants for field trips, teacher trainings, and guest speakers. This year, we held our Annual Auction virtually, for the first time ever, and raised money to support both schools’ STEAM initiatives. We cannot wait to see how the teachers put these funds to good use for our kids.

Whether this is your first year or you are a long-standing member of this community, we are happy you are here! We look forward to returning to some in-person events and, if required, adjusting creatively to ensure the safety of our children and community as we continue to connect and keep our district strong and special.

With best wishes for an amazing year ahead,

Your Riverdale Parent Teacher Club

The Riverdale Parent Teacher Clubs at both schools strive to enrich our children’s education by enhancing curriculum and activities, encouraging parent involvement, supporting student participation, and fostering communication to strengthen our community.

RGS Garden School – Community Update- May, 2021

Posted by & filed under Garden Education, Grade School News.

Hi community!  We have had a lot of questions about the garden program for the last few months, so I wanted to reach out to everyone about the garden’s status and plans for the future.  At this point and for this year, because of many different factors including budget, COVID restrictions, and other much larger and more pressing priorities, the in-person garden program has been on a temporary hold.  While on hold, I have been working in the background in collaboration with acting principal Jen MacDonald on plans, curriculum, grant writing, and other administrative efforts, getting ready for the time when attention can be focused back on our garden classes and programs. We have some work to do to get there, but when it’s possible, I will update the community immediately and look for the support we need to restore a healthy and vibrant program.

Thank you so much for your continued interest, and have a healthy, happy and safe end of the school year.

Michelle Greissinger
RGS Garden Coordinator 

Parent Book Club – June 2021 – Of Women and Salt

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News, Riverdale Parent Book Club.

I have selected Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia, for our discussion on Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 5:30pm. Synopsis is below. The meeting will be held in person and may have attendance limitation due to Covid restrictions. The PTC has an official guide to hosting in-person and I plan to follow it for everyone’s safety during the discussion from 5:30-6:30pm. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available, along with individually packaged food and drink. The waiver to attend can be found here: https://riverdaleptc.org/liability-release-2020-2021/

Please email me if you would like to be added to the Riverdale PTC Book Club list @ amber.hillman@yahoo.com. Thank you so much. 

Of Women and Salt

In present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, must process her difficult relationship with her own mother while trying to raise a wayward Jeanette. Steadfast in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt.

From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia’s Of Women and Salt is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals–personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others–that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America’s most tangled, honest, human roots.

About Maverick Club

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

The Maverick Club, an official school club with PTC support for the advisor position, is for students leading in School Spirit, Student Activities and Yearbook. 

About 25 students in all grade levels are involved, meeting virtually nearly every week to brainstorm and plan activities such as a virtual pep assembly, community-building activities for advisory, welcome notes to new students, mid-term thank-you messages to RHS staff, @riverdalemavsspirit student Instagram and the 25th edition of the Riverdale High School yearbook. 

The Maverick Club is excited to plan a virtual Spring Spirit Week, for May 2-7. Students can check Community Meeting Announcements and @riverdalemavspirit for all the info.

  • Dress-up Days: Maverick Pride Monday, Class Color Wednesday, PJ Day Friday
  • Virtual Activities (for prizes!): Mask Photo contest, “May the 4th Be With You” Kahoot!, Senior Baby Photo Guessing Game

Feel-Good Activities: clothing and supply drive for Rose Haven, canned food drive for Neighborhood HouseStaff Appreciation Messages

Get Involved: RHS Booster Club

Posted by & filed under Athletics (RGS), Grade School News, High School News.

The Riverdale Booster Club partners with the District Athletic Department to provide a full athletics experience for all Riverdale student athletes.  The Booster Club fundraises to budget for the following expenditures, which are not covered by the general Athletics budget: 

  • Health & Safety
  • Basketball Tournament Hospitality
  • Banners, Plaques, Trophies & School Records Boards
  • Uniforms
  • Team Equipment & Supplies at both school
  • Coaching Clinics/Education at both schools
  • Senior Athlete Recognition
  • Coach Apparel
  • Gym Floor Resurfacing at both schools
  • Spirit Week & other promotions
  • and much more!

The RHS PTC is looking for a Booster Co-Chair and Booster Committee Members for the 2021-22 school year. If interested contact rhsptc.communications@gmail.com.

Additionally, here are some other ways you can be involved with the Riverdale Booster Club:

  • Purchase a Membership
  • Become a Sponsor
  • Volunteer with Concessions Sales
  • Purchase Spirit Wear
  • Volunteer at other Fundraising Events
  • Attend Games and cheer on the Mavericks and Falcons!

Click here to purchase a 2021-22 Corporate Sponsorship and promote your business while helping support Riverdale athletics.

Community Events: Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

We had an incredible film and speaker panel on Tuesday that has been recorded for viewing by our wider community.  Here is the link to the Upstanders online program.

The case-sensitive login to access the link is:
Login: riverdale@indieflix.com
Password: riverdale

The Q&A Panel can be found at the top of the “Additional Materials” section on the right.  Subtitles are included and can be turned on/off on the video player progress bar where it says “CC.”  Access to the film and panel link will end on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PTC FOR THEIR GENEROUS FUNDING OF OUR COMPASSION & INCLUSION WEEK EVENTS!!!

Healthy Habits Catering – May 2021

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, Lunch (RGS).

Lunch ordering menus for the rest of the year are now available at orgsonline.com

Ordering will continue to be week by week and ordering for the Full Menu (including the rotating hot entree) will close the at noon on the Friday before the lunches are to be served. If you would like to go ahead and place your orders, you can always change your order up until the menu closes (again, the Friday before) if something changes. Otherwise, the flexibility for ordering one week at a time is in place as well.

If you have any questions, again, please don’t hesitate to email me at xagsx@hotmail.com.

Thanks for all your orders!
Anita

Order at www.orgsonline.com. School code is 213RGSOROR.

Amazon Smile Donation to Riverdale

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News.

Do you shop on Amazon regularly?  A Prime Member possibly?

Did you know that the PTC could be earning .5% of all your Amazon purchases just by you signing up for the AmazonSmile program?  It’s free to you and all you have to do is select the PTC as your charity of choice.

Simply go to AmazonSmile, “Start Shopping” and make sure to select Riverdale Parent-Teacher Club as your charity of choice. 

You can also sign up for AmazonSmile via the Amazon app too.  In the app, select the bottom right menu option, scroll down to “Programs & Features” then select AmazonSmile and follow the prompts to select Riverdale Parent-Teacher Club.

We look forward to you signing up TODAY to start earning money!

PTC Policy Regarding Elections

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, Grade School PTC Overview (RGS), High School News, Riverdale PTC Overview (RHS).

The Riverdale PTC realizes our community has questions about the PTC’s position when it comes to this year’s school board elections and we want to be very explicit about the PTC’s function. 

The Riverdale PTC, as a 501(c)(3) organization, is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. It therefore does not endorse candidates for public office or engage in campaign activity, which means it does not express approval or disapproval for one or more candidates’ positions and/or actions or address issues raised as distinguishing candidates for a given office. While individual board members or volunteers may have personal preferences and can speak in a non-official capacity, such views do not represent the organization. 

The current school board election is no exception. The PTC commends all those in our community who wish to volunteer their time and energy to our schools. The all-volunteer Riverdale PTC remains focused on its missions: (1) at the Grade School, to enrich Riverdale’s K-8 education by enhancing curriculum activities, encouraging parent involvement, supporting student participation, and fostering communication to strengthen our community, and (2) at the High School,  to give parents the opportunity to support RHS students, faculty, and administration by working together to develop a sense of community, exchange ideas, and raise funds.  If you have specific suggestions on things we can do better in the future, we always welcome our community’s input. Please email your thoughts to: RHSPTC.communications@gmail.com (RHS) or rgscommunications@riverdaleptc.org (RGS).

Thank you!

Parent Book Club – May 2021 – Klara and the Sun

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News, Riverdale Parent Book Club.

I have selected Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, for our discussion on Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 5:30pm. I am hopeful that the governor’s restrictions will be lifted by then and we can gather in person indoors, or that the weather will be nice enough to favor an outdoor event. The PTC has an official guide to hosting in-person and I plan to follow it for everyone’s safety during the discussion from 5:30-6:30pm.   

Please email me at amber.hillman@yahoo.com if you would like to be added to the Book Club email list. A zoom link will be provided for anyone who would like to join the discussion.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The acclaimed Klara and the Sun is Ishiguro’s eighth novel – and his first since being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. The narrator is Klara, an “Artificial Friend” who observes the world around her with an android mix of intelligence and naivety. When she is chosen by a family to live with them, she must adjust her thinking – and the novel’s underlying theme of what it means to love is explored. The Observer says: “Ishiguro has written another masterpiece, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity”. 

Healthy Habits Catering – Important Update

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, Lunch (RGS).

As schedules have changed, we need to update our lunch plans for next week of April 12 – 15. Any lunches ordered for students who will be on campus in the morning (all grades except 6th and 8th), will be delivered to their classrooms, packaged to take home. If you would prefer to cancel, please email Shelly (shellypascoe@icloud.com) or Anita (xagsx@hotmail.com). Meals for 6th and 8th graders will automatically be removed and your account will be credited.

All lunches for Friday, April 16, will be canceled and your account will be credited.

Lunch ordering for students to eat on campus is open for the week of April 19th and we look forward to seeing your students! 

Order at www.orgsonline.com. School code is 213RGSOROR.

Parent Book Club – April 2021 – The Education of an Idealist, A Memoir

Posted by & filed under Grade School News, High School News, Riverdale Parent Book Club.

Our book pick for April is “The Education of an Idealist” by Samantha Power. Joins us on Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 p. m. Please email amber.hillman@yahoo.com for the Zoom link.

Tracing her distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official, Samantha Power’s acclaimed memoir is a unique blend of suspenseful storytelling, vivid character portraits, and shrewd political insight. After her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of Senator Barack Obama, he invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. When Obama won the presidency, Power went from being an activist outsider to serving as his human rights adviser and, in 2013, becoming the youngest-ever US Ambassador to the United Nations. Power transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy, offering a compelling and deeply honest look at navigating the halls of power while trying to put one’s ideals into practice. Along the way, she lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life, shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children, and makes the case for how we each can advance the cause of human dignity. This is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors, Donors, & Patrons!

Posted by & filed under Auction, Grade School News, High School News.

THANK YOU SPONSORS

THANK YOU DONORS

  • Pam & Kevin Jagla
  • Nitin & Laura Khanna
  • Eric & Virginia Mulligan
  • Duncan & Katie Roberts
  • Bill & Kari LynnDischinger
  • Tanya Steele
  • SInclair & Deepak Sawhney
  • Emily Imperiale & Daniel Hagerman
  • Amanda & Jonathan Hurliman
  • Carrie & Jon Spurlock
  • Michele Rossolo
  • Joe & Shar Hunter
  • Magnum Opus
  • Taft & Mina Stricklin
  • Milana Gilligan
  • Brian Black
  • Eric Earle
  • Tutor Portland
  • Cascade Seismic
  • Tyler &Tanny Johnson
  • Love Teak
  • Ole & Caroline Olsen
  • Allison Smith Design
  • Holly Freres
  • Ali Lanenga
  • Jen Macdonald
  • Mathnasium
  • Angela Sun
  • Jonathan & Carrie Banks
  • Elisabet & Lucas Spaulding
  • Forêt Truffles
  • Freeman Motors
  • Urban Office
  • Jenny Freeman
  • Jen Wilcoxon
  • Florawood
  • Stacee Gravelle Lawrence
  • Workman Publishing
  • Minnie Bautista
  • Pop Goes the Pastry
  • Shelby Quintos
  • Shelyea & Michael Griffin
  • Kim Namanny
  • Windowwall Salon
  • Linda Oji

  • Andy, The Facial Architect
  • Dr. Michael Kim
  • Michele & David Rosenbaum
  • Michaela Houston
  • Skyhook Ninja
  • Koida Greenhouse
  • Columbia River Painting Company
  • StretchLab Lake Oswego
  • Diamond Aussies
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse
  • Gigi’s Café
  • Chuckie Pies
  • SP&B Printing
  • Elk Cove Vineyards
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
  • The Trainer’s Club
  • Lake Oswego Parks and Rec
  • Skyhawks Sports Camps & Classes
  • Wishbone Home Decor & Design
  • TedX Portland
  • ChefStable
  • Andrew & Nita Gibson
  • Amy Zubko

A special thank you to all the parents who donated to the Grade Level Gift Baskets!

Kindergarten
All Kinder families – thank you!

1st
Bozorgchami
Bunting
DeMarco
Eli
Jewell-Larsen
Johnson
Kelly
Lassiter
Maxwell
Mojica
Omweg
Schwartz
Stone
Sung
Tibbs


2nd
Albert
Allen
Bedworth
Bounds
Chan
Francis
Harp
Johnson
Kansal
Machina
Maher
Mauer
McDowell
Merrill
Morrow
Palmer
Smith (Olive’s family)
Smith (Ozzie’s family)
Sperring


3rd
Arrowsmith
Blume-Marcovici
Bryson
Christensen
Decker
Hurliman
Jewell-Larsen
Johnson
Kerr
Meyer
Pruitt/LaVecchia
Vanberg


4th
Barrett
Bozorgchami
Brenneke
Gay
Gilligan
Harvieux
Mauer
Mayor
Milla
Spaulding
Steele
Stone
Sung
Tibbs
Williams

5th
Allen
Capobianco
Donohoo
Fabrycki/Schwartz
Gibson
Greissinger
Griffith
Hunter
Johnson
Kansal
Kerr
Ko/Chang
McCartney
Rabb
Raj
Reiter
Robinson
Rossolo/Johnson
Stricklin
VanHuis/Wanek
Wolf

6th
Adams
Alleman
Arrowsmith
Birkeland
Burton
Chang
DeManuelle
Gilligan
Houston
Janoff
Jarvis
Johnston
Mauer
Mayor
McCarthy
Pugliese
Rosenbaum
Schnadig
Stone
Vasanth
Vernick

7th
All 7th-grade families – thank you!

8th
Capobianco
Chang
Da Silva Corsi
Dasker
Dischinger
Domreis
Hand
Janoff
Jarvis
Lamb
McCarthy
Milla
Nordean
Paine
Roberts
Shell
Speare
Spellman
Stevens
Vasanth
Veverka
Zilberstein

High School

Bartlett
Bekooy/Khare
Cassie
Corsi
Corvelli
Daniels
DeLaczay
Domreis
Donohoo
Gay
Lamb
Lau/Peale
Leeper
Lovell
Lupton
Milla
Nielsen
Novack

Oh/Bong
Plummer
Pope
Potter
Redekop/Koski
Reece
Schallich
Seawright
Sinha
Stanton
Tripi
Veverka
Walker
Watnick
Weeden
Wright
Zurasky