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.


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

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.

8th Grade Promotion 2021

Posted by & filed under 7th/8th Grade Activities (Archive), 7th/8th Grade Activities 2020/21, Grade School News, Store.

Eighth grade students celebrated the end of their grade school experience with a long standing tradition—”Promotion”. It looked a little different this year. Thank you to all that helped coordinate a very special day for our 8th graders, especially interim Principal Mrs. McDonald.


The Waverley Brunch is Sunday August 29th at 11:30am

Please register here by Saturday, August 7th. Parents are invited to attend with their student.

Any questions/comments or concerns please send an email to: rgspromotion2021@gmail.com

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.


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!

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

Amazon Smile Donation to Riverdale

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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!

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  • 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!

All Kinder families – thank you!


Smith (Olive’s family)
Smith (Ozzie’s family)





All 7th-grade families – thank you!

Da Silva Corsi

High School



Spring Car Parade – March 17

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Let’s usher in Spring with a fun car parade! 

Just like our Halloween parade, let’s get the kids out of the house and see their school, fellow classmates (from a distance), and kick-off Spring Break on St. Patrick’s Day.

When:  Wednesday, March 17 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm

So, start scheming how you and your kid(s) are going to decorate your car – think Spring or a St. Patrick’s day theme. What fun whacky, adorable decorations can you guys come up with?  We’ll be giving away prizes to the top 3 most creative cars.  

Stay tuned to future Parent Packs for details on logistics and timing.

RGS Garden School – Time to plant & prune – March, 2021

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

This week, after working to recover the neighborhood after nature’s messy pruning job leftover from the ice storm, it’s time to human-prune fruit trees and woody shrubs.  Even If you’ve never pruned before, it’s easily learned from videos— Oregon State University’s Extension Service has produced great education materials about a number of gardening methods—you just need sharp pruners and a willingness to learn. My kiddo has been helping me prune our orchard since he could walk, and it’s a fun spring tradition.  

Even the littles can get involved by picking up branch whips.  Larger sticks and small branches can quickly be made into a teepee, and smaller whips can be woven into a rudimentary basket or plate.  It’s also time to plant fruit before the trees and shrub buds grow too big— I am rushing to put my budding new blueberry plants in this week after looking at them this morning.  If you don’t have any fruit in your yard you should consider getting some— there are awesome growers all around the Willamette Valley.  

Feel free to email me with any questions, and happy beginning of fruit season!

With joy,

Michelle Greissinger – RGS Garden Program Coordinator and Educator

Parent Book Club – March 2021 – Leave The World Behind

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

Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older black couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.

Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another? 

Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam’s third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

Please email Amber.Hillman@yahoo.com if you would like the zoom link.

Healthy Habits Lunch Delivery

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

Check out the new menu items starting in the New Year:

  • Sweet and sour chicken on white or brown rice
  • Chocolate pudding gluten-free and naturally flavored
  • Clam chowder with saltine crackers
  • Tomato basil soup with a grilled cheese

Order at www.orgsonline.com. School code is 213RGSOROR. You do not have to be a current GS or HS family to order — simply add whoever would like to order as a student. Delivery area is a 2 mile radius from Riverdale Grade School.

February 2021 Parent Book Club – Caste

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

The Riverdale Book Club has selected Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, a novel by Isabel Wilkerson, for our discussion on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Host, Amber Hillman, hopes to find a way for us to gather, socially-distanced, at her home. If this is impossible due to Covid restrictions, the book club will convene virtually. 

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. 

Take a BOOK – Leave a BOOK

Posted by & filed under Grade School News.

Principal Kendall and Riverdale High School book club members would like to promote literacy and the love of reading by sharing books with our community.  Take a BOOK – Leave a BOOK bins will be in front of the grade school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on February supplies pick-up dates.

Please email carlambunting@gmail.com for any questions.

RGS PTC General Meeting includes Interim Principal Kendall – Feb. 10

Posted by & filed under Grade School News.

Do you have a question for the interim principal?
Join the PTC meeting or submit your questions.

February 10 @ 6pm

Please join the RGS PTC at its third quarterly general meeting for parents and community members on Wednesday, February 10th at 6 p.m. Here is the Agenda.

This virtual discussion of the RGS PTC’s activities will conclude with a special conversation with Interim Principal Stephanie Kendall.  We invite you to submit your questions for Ms. Kendall to our Vice President, Courtnee Averskog, at rgsvicepresident@riverdaleptc.org.

Zoom meeting details:
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RGS Garden Update – Winter, 2021

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

OOOOOOOO it’s so cold out! We enjoyed the snow, if only for a brief moment and I hope you did too! With a break in the outdoor play, we are starting a few vegetables this week that can be planted out while it’s still cold (ish). Cold weather crops like lettuce, mizunas, mustards, and scallions can be started now in a south facing window or preferably with a grow light and a little extra heat from a growing mat, with the intention of growing them inside until the soil temperature is dependably above 35 degrees.

Kale, turnips, arugula, all kinds of other greens and broccoli are crops that do fine uncovered outside after a mild frost (30 to 32 degrees) and with protection during extremely cold weather (below 30). Give it a shot! As long as the plants have more than 9 hours a day of sunlight, they will start growing slowly.

Michelle Greissinger