Welcome to the RGS PTC Parent Pack


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.

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FieldFest: Live Music & Food

Posted by & filed under FieldFest, Grade School News, Store.

June 5 – Live Music and Food at the RGS Commons for Everyone 3:00–7:00 PM  

Musical Performance by Collective Nation, a 6-piece Top 40/Pop Dance cover band. Food provided by Mando’s Food Truck(@mandospdx1) Voted Top 3 Food Cart/ Truck and Top 5 Burger Spot by Willamette Week – There will be hamburgers, chicken strips, salad, yakisoba noodles and fries to choose from. The Riverdale Foundation will be hosting Trophie’s Elephant Ears truck.  

  • Music Tickets plus Food* are $25/Adult and $15/Child (ages 10 and under). Food sales closed 5/21.
  • Music tickets only (no food) are $10/Adult and $5/Child (age 10 and under).

*All Food tickets need to be pre-purchased and will only be sold until May 21. Food will not be available for purchase at the event.  You will receive a wristband if you purchase food, and will be able to order your choice of food at the event.

FieldFest: Dance for 6th, 7th & 8th Grades

Posted by & filed under FieldFest, Grade School News, Store.

June 3 – FieldFest Dance 7:00-9:00 PM

FieldFest Dance is back this year!

Calling all 6, 7 & 8 graders… Don’t miss this opportunity to join your friends at the FieldFest Dance and buy your tickets now.

  • Where: RGS Gym
  • When: Friday, June 3
  • Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Ticket Price: $10.00

*** Parents: Please sign up to volunteer***

Ticket Buyers (updated 6/3 10:00 am)

Elizabeth A Opdahl,  Chie Alleman,  Adon Arnett,  Donna Avedisian,  Courtnee Averskog,  Lawrence Azar,  Maryam Bolouri,  Elene Brenneke,  Elene Brenneke,  Heather Burton,  Kimberly Capobianco,  Natasha Carmichael,  Adria Cassidy,  Maggi Cassie,  Madeline Chan,  Judy Chang,  Timothy Cupp,  Tim Cupp,  Katie Deming,  Jeff Dominiy,  Alexandra Donnelly,  Kira Donohoo,  Karli Engblom,  Ileana Esquivel,  Nita Gibson,  Andrew Gilligan,  Alicia Green,  Lisa Greenleaf,  Kirsten Griffith,  Helene Gross,  Ruth Heller,  Jennifer Henderson,  Katie Higgins,  Josh Hoffman,  Michaela Houston,  Weili Huang,  Shar (Vivian) Hunter,  Corinne Jarvis,  Katie Johnson,  Beth Johnston,  Janis Jones,  Sheena Kansal,  Laura Keldorf,  Rishel Kerr,  Jenny Ko,  Tanya Kraus,  Erin Britt Kummer,  Paul Langley,  Totie Laurent,  Kim Mauer,  Aryn Mayor,  Colleen McCarthy,  Lyndsey McCartney,  Amber Moore,  Amber Moore,  Virginia Mulligan,  Sarah Mutal,  Margaret Pedersen Mainzer,  Amy Prouty,  Jennifer Rabb,  Brian Ragel,  Maricela Rassouli,  Scott Rector,  adam Reiter,  Natasha Rinard,  kathryn roberts,  Kate Robinson,  Louise Rosen,  Michele Rosenbaum,  Michele Rosenbaum,  Jean Schnadig,  Saloumeh saghafi,  Staci Schwartz,  christi Somera,  Elisabet Spaulding,  Anne Stone,  Mina Stricklin,  Mary Theodore,  Mary Theodore,  Rebecca Tuski,  Lisa Vasanth,  miranda wellman,  Michael Wilson,  John Wooldridge

Frozen Jr. Performances

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

Join us on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 for
Riverdale Grade School’s Frozen Jr.

Two performances, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.,
at Lakewood Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $12 (Adult) and $7 (Youth).

The seating is unassigned and every individual must have a ticket to enter.

Lakewood Center for the Arts requires proof of vaccination for 12 and over or negative test.
Masks are not required but strongly encouraged.

Plan to purchase tickets early before they sell out.
Cash only at door, if tickets are available.

2022 Paddle Raise

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

Each year, our principals submit their wish list for a special purchase or specific need and we ask our community at auction night to raise their “paddles” to support their ask.  Unlike other funds raised at auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is ear-marked for this request. 

This year the PTC Paddle Raise goal is to provide much-needed technology hardware and A/V upgrades to ALL our classrooms across the district.

Our goal is to raise $86,000 — that’s $2,000 per classroom for both schools.  


The fundraising for this project will: 

  • Increase the reliability of network connectivity 
  • Replace outdated technology
  • Provide every classroom with wireless projectors
  • Equip classrooms with streaming devices allowing access to educational content 
  • Allow students and teachers to connect with one another seamlessly and easily
  • Set up our classrooms for the future

Paddle Raise Extended Until April 30

It’s Not too Late to Donate!

We have raised $76,000, just $10,000 short of our $86,000 goal to upgrade every classroom’s Audio/Visual capabilities — with everyone’s contribution big or small, we can ensure our kids and teachers have what they need to share, connect, and learn.  

Let’s set up our high school classrooms for the future and upgrade this much needed equipment.

Thank you to all who have donated so far!

The Paddle Raise donation campaign has been extended and will stay online through next Saturday, April 30.

Thank you to Lucas Spaulding  for creating the hilarious and fun Paddle Raise video for us this year!  If you haven’t watched it yet, please check it out.

Watch our Paddle Raise video here! 

Healthy Habits Catering – May/June 2022

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

Last menu ordering period of the year at orgsonline.com. Orders for May and June will close April 20.

For Grade School parents/caregivers: There are some 4th through 8th grade field trips scheduled for May and June. Please be mindful of field trip dates when ordering.

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

PTC Playground Playdate Series 

Posted by & filed under Grade School News.

The RGS Parent Teacher Club is happy to introduce our Playground Playdate Series for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

The playdates will be Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Riverdale Grade School playground. There will be light snacks and beverages provided by the PTC.

April 10 – 1st grade 
April 24 – 2nd grade

May 1 – Kindergarten
May 15 – 1st grade 
May 22 – 2nd grade 

For any questions, please email Ashley Eil at ashbert01@gmail.com

Spring Book Fair 2022: Schedule and Sign-up Info

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

Get ready to let your imagination grow! Our book fair will be a wonderful place full of irresistible books kids can’t wait to read so their imaginations can grow!

Volunteers needed! We are looking for parent volunteers to be friendly Book Fairies who are willing to help set up and pack up the fair, as well as parents to help sell the books during the fair. Please sign up HERE.

We have asked for high quality, award-winning books and a limited amount of toy products. That said, we’ll put out the lion’s share of the toys on Thursday morning for parents to purchase during our early-morning parent event.

Book fair dates and hours:

  • Monday,  Apr. 11 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday,  Apr. 12 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday,  Apr. 13 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday,  Apr. 14 – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pastries and Coffee for parents and caregivers)
  • Friday,  Apr. 15 – 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All for Books has been a success and we will continue with this program, so save your spare change. This program is an easy and effective way to unite the school community and provide more books for kids and teachers. All funds collected through All for Books are used to buy more books from the book fair. Scholastic then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to $1 million in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need through a variety of organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact our parent volunteer coordinators, Tanya Steele and Kira Donohoo.

Parent Book Club- March 2022 – Good Talk

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

Please join the Riverdale PTC Book Club in March as we discuss Good Talk by Mira Jacob. Good Talk is Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2022 selection. https://multcolib.org/everybody-reads

The meeting will be on March 8 at 9:00 am at the Mitsky residence. This will be an indoor meeting. 

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Mitsky at elizabethmitsky@gmail.com.

Frozen Jr. Drama Workshop

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

Do you want to build a snowman?! Calling all Riverdale Performers: Frozen Jr. is coming to RGS this spring!

The Grade School Drama Workshop is returning and ready for a fantastic Spring of acting, singing and dancing.

Audition dates:
March 8th, 9th and 10th

Performance date:
May 17th at Lakewood Centre for the Arts in Lake Oswego

March 29th to May 17th
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm
Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm

$275 per student. Grade 3-8. Limited to 30 students.

Registration closed on February 28.

If you have questions, please contact Alexandra Donnelly or Virginia Mulligan.

Healthy Habits Catering – March/April 2022

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

The March AND April Full Menu / monthly ordering forms are now available at orgsonline.com. Ordering will close on February 23. This is a double month because of the timing of spring break. 

As a reminder, there are two ways to order:

  1. The Full Menu / Monthly ordering route. On this menu, you order by day and can order the rotating hot entrée, other daily entrees, salads, sandwiches, fruits and vegetables, and a variety of add on items and beverages. Ordering is done on this menu during the prior month (so now for March and April). Ordering on this menu gives you access to all of Healthy Habits Catering items AND helps us keep our costs down. With soaring food prices and increased lunch volume at the GS and the HS, we’re encouraging you to order off this menu when possible.
  2. The Limited / Daily ordering route. On this menu, you also order by day, but the rotating hot menu item is not available. You can order up until the night before (at the GS) and up until two days out (at the HS). We encourage you to use this menu for last minute orders when needed. We may need to increase prices on this menu in the future in order to cover the increased food and labor costs associated with these orders.

*** For our High School families: Each day, there are extra smoothies, lattes, hot entrees, pizza slices, and other snacks and drinks available for purchase on site. Ordering off the online menus is still the fastest way to get your food and the only way to guarantee your selection, but we want to offer items for staff and students who just need more flexibility. These purchases must use a PIN. ***

As for payments: we ask that you settle your accounts once and only once per month. You incur fees AND we incur fees every time you pay. So, if you are ordering more than once per month, please don’t feel the need to pay every time. If you are ordering once per month, when you order is a good time to pay. Please be careful when you make your payments that you are using a valid payment method; we do need to charge a $25 fee for returned payments. If you have any questions about ordering, please let me know. If you have any questions about menu items or ingredients, please contact Shelly at shellypascoe@icloud.com.

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

Art Show/Competition RGS

Posted by & filed under Grade School News.

The PTC is delighted to partner with RGS art teacher Torrie Fox to host an art show and competition the week of February 28 – March 4, inspired by the whimsical and iconic art of William Wegman.

Help your students dress up your dogs, cats, bunnies, goats, or stuffed animals; snap a photo; and create a masterpiece!  More information on how to enter will be provided closer to the date.

For the safety of our pets and children, we ask for adult supervision in the creation of any art involving actual, live animals. 

Photo credit: MTAPhotos @ Creative Commons

National School Counseling Week

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

School counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success. They enhance students’ academic, career and social/emotional development, and work with teachers and other educators to help students realize their potential.

Riverdale is fortunate to have a talented counseling staff, and we would like to recognize them and send them our gratitude during National School Counseling Week.

Thank you to the RSD staff responsible for advising and guiding our students, especially Heather Johnston, Megan Lenard, and Abby Rotwein.

Clover Dash

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

Get Your Green On!

On March 13, 2022, the PTC will host a fun run for families beginning at the Riverdale Grade School. Walk, jog, or run together with classmates and families and celebrate the start of Spring (rain or shine). Both high school and grade school families are invited to participate. 

We will have two routes and three runs: K-2 students are invited to run a half-mile (2 laps) around the RGS track; K-4 students are invited to run a mile (4 laps) around the RGS track; and everyone is invited to run a route through the neighborhood. Events will have staggered start times, with the first event starting at 10am. Younger children tackling the longer route will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Starlight Gala Auction

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

The Riverdale PTC Presents
Starlight Gala Auction

Join us on Saturday, April 9th at the Ironlight!

Your 2022 Auction Committee is so excited to welcome you all safely back
for this annual community event!

We will be celebrating a night under the stars together,
and return to an in-person event at The Ironlight in downtown Lake Oswego.

When: Saturday, April 9th at 6:00 pm
Where: The Ironlight, Lake Oswego

Ticketing: Coming Soon! 


Do you have connections within the community for one-of-a-kind experiences?

  • Concerts, museums, or sporting event tickets
  • Airline Miles
  • Hotel Points
  • Gift Certificates
  • Vacation homes
  • A specialty wine, beer, whiskey/spirit item

Do you know someone with behind-the-scenes access to something awesome?

Please let us know!  We’d love to hear your ideas for amazing auction packages that are sure to grab attention!  

Contact Emily Imperiale at: auction@riverdaleptc.org and let’s talk!

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.

8th Grade Promotion Brunch

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.

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! Limited quantities available at current pricing. Prices will increase in 2022.


  • 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.