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Wednesday, March 15 

Riverdale Grade School News



Our electronics policy has been updated to include smartwatches as many have the same capabilities as cell phones. Garmins/Fitbits and other watches that are electronic devices need to be used as watches only during school hours. Students will continue to be able to call home if necessary using the front office phone. Caregivers are encouraged to call the school office when needed.

Students who need electronic devices for medical reasons can contact the school.

Electronics Policy - UPDATED to include smartwatches

Cell phone, smartwatch, headphone, and AirPod use is prohibited during the school day. This includes in classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms, hallway, at lunch, and during recess. During the instructional day, all items listed above must remain in students' locker and in silent mode.

The only exception is if a teacher explicitly allows it for an assignment during their class period only or if a student has an accommodation to use electronics during class.

First and second offenses: The cell phone/device is taken by the teacher and placed in the office until the end of the school day. Students may pick up their device at the end of the school day.

Third offense: Referral; The cell phone/device is taken to the office by the teacher and a parent/caregiver must pick it up from the office. 



April Sessions

National Honor Society Tutoring for Grade School Students

Riverdale High School's National Honor Society chapter will host after school tutoring for 5-8th grade Riverdale Grade School students. 

The Riverdale District bus comes to the high school after it drops all the grade school students after their school day, which allows for easy convenient transportation to the high school.

Grade School students need to be picked up at the High School by a caregiver no later than 5 p.m. Please choose time slots using by clicking the green button. 

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Report Cards

Trimester 2 report cards are available in ParentVUE



Garden Clean Up

Come on Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help the Garden Committee and instructors Michelle and Colette get the RGS garden ready for Spring. 

Email your questions to

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Community Event


In grandma's roses, filmmaker Jordan Thierry explores the poignant life of his grandmother, and that of others, to reveal the complicated relationship America has with women’s love and labor.

MARCH 20, 2023

5:30 - 7:30 FILM AND Q&A



Attendance is free of charge.

Register here



Turkey and Syria Fundraiser

As many of you may know, there was a ginormous earthquake in Turkey and Syria. And when I heard about it watching the news I felt terrible for the people there, so I decided to do something myself. I have decided to raise money for the Oregon Turkish American Association, if you go to the website you can learn more about how they’re helping.

We are asking Riverdale families to bring coins or small bills to the front office and put them in the labeled jar. We are starting now until March 24. Thank you so much for taking the time to help.   

- Maxfield W.




Elementary Families

With Oregon weather comes damp and dirty clothing from recess activities, so we’re asking elementary students to have extra socks, pants and underwear stored in their cubby or backpack in case of emergency. 




March 16 Music Concert 

Join us in the RGS gym for a 1st and 2nd grade music performance on March 16 from 6-6:30 p.m.




Register for Spring Sports

Make sure to register through FamilyID, submit your athlete’s physical and pay the sport fee through SchoolPay. The deadline to register for RGS is Sunday, April 2 with the first practice for RGS on Monday, April 3.

All students MUST complete the FamilyID online registration, have an up-to-date sports physical and pay athletic fees by the deadlines in order to participate in school sports.

Find all registration information here




Claim Lost & Found Items

Please claim any lost and found items before spring break! The L&F rack is in the RGS main lobby under the stairs for easy collection access. We appreciate your help in clearing the rack. 




Input Needed: K-2 Curriculum Adoption at RGS

Riverdale Grade School has been involved in an extensive vetting process for instructional materials in English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum. K-2 is completing the adoption by piloting two programs that are aligned with brain science reading practices.

Here are the two programs we are piloting and reviewing for K-2:

We are seeking public input on EL Education/Imagine Learning and Wit and Wisdom/Geodes to help us finalize our decision. Please complete this Google Form before April 1

Take the survey here


Important Dates

  • Thursday, March 16 - 1st & 2nd Grade Music Performance at 6 p.m. in the RGS gym 
  • Saturday, March 18 - PTC Auction at The Foundry at 6 p.m.
  • March 27-31 - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 3 - RGS Spring Sports begin

View the 2023-24 School Year Calendar PDF on our website