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May 31 2023 Riverdale Grade School News

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Wednesday, May 31  

Riverdale Grade School News



Hello Falcons,

May is the busiest time of the school year with celebrations, preparations for next year, special events, and the energy that comes with sunshine. With this busy time, comes so much joy as we create memories that will last a lifetime.

Last week, we watched many of our middle schoolers perform familiar songs on their band instruments, demonstrating how much they’ve learned this year. Second graders ventured to the beach and had fun learning more about tide pools and local creatures. We ended the week with Field Day during the school day for all students. Children got to run, throw pool noodles, play Hungry Hungry Hippos on scooters, and enjoy an afternoon popsicle. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this happen and a special acknowledgement to Nate Anderson, our PE teacher for his hard work and imagination to make the day such a success.

As we approach our last seven days of the 2022-2023 school year (but who's counting), my wish is for us to slow down, appreciate the moments, and cherish the time we have together to celebrate the growth we have made this year.

With appreciation,

Jen McDonald, RGS Principal 




Preschool Survey

Riverdale is exploring the option of starting a preschool (not to be confused with a daycare) for the 24-25 School Year. By filling out this survey, you would be helping us define the level of interest and any potential program design elements. Even if you do not have a child of preschool age, we would appreciate your input. Thank you.

Take the survey here



Communications Survey

Please take this survey to help us improve how we communicate with RSD families. Questions are related to communications during the 2022-23 School Year.
As a reminder, the district does not send the weekly Friday morning enews from the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). 
This survey is anonymous. Please complete before June 9.

Take the survey here


Water Drinking Fountain

Please remind your students that they should not be putting sand, gravel or anything into our outside water fountains. We've continued to have a problem with this and it is ruining our fountains. We appreciate your support in helping us make these fountains usable again.



Library News 

Friday, June 2 - All books due back and you will receive written overdue notices in Friday Folders as well as electronic notices sent through email.

Library book checkout is closed for this school year. 

If you have lost a book and need to pay for it, the office staff collect funds. The office staff will let Ms. Becker know and she will update your account.  


Book Lists

Check out a huge collection of book lists here.

Summer Reading Programs:

Multnomah County Summer Reading Program 

Clackamas County Summer Reading Program

OBOB Information and Sign up link: Get a head start on these titles!



OBOB Coaches Meeting

Tuesday, September 19th 2023 in RGS Library 3:30 PM


  • Coaches meet and share their team names
  • A Head Coach is selected to disseminate information to all coaches as Ms. Becker receives information from OBOB regional managers
  • $25 is collected from each team for registration and to offset costs of purchasing multiple copies of the OBOB books and to pay the registration fees for OBOB teams for our school. 
  • We set a spring date(s) to compete and set the brackets up. (Late Feb) This will determine which RGS teams go to regionals. Ms. Becker will contact the office and reserve the spaces for  our competitions. 
  • Hard copies of the coaches manual will be available. Coach's Guide
  • Questions answered

Join virtually

To learn more about OBOB and to sign teams up follow this link. 



2023-2024 School Supplies

Check one thing off your back to school to-do-list and order your teacher-approved school supply pack from EPI School Supplies by June 16th.

Packs will be delivered to school before the first day of school.

Order below using school code RIV125.

If you don't purchase pre-packed supplies through the PTC before the deadline, you’ll need this 2023-24 school supply list by grade to start your shopping. School Supplies info is available on the RGS website. 

Order here



RGS Closed Campus

If you come on the RGS campus before 3:10 p.m., you will be asked to sign into the front office. The grade school is a closed campus from 8:30 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. Thank you for your help with this. 



End-of-Year Reminders

Please collect any lost and found items before the end of the school year.

Don't forget to pick up your student's medication from the front office.

Also, make sure to search through your things for any Riverdale jerseys, singlets and library books. Please return any school-owned items before the end of the school year. Families will be charged for any lost items. 



Keep Your Info Updated

As we plan for the upcoming 2023-24 school year, please make sure you’ve let your school know if your address changes, you move out of the district and if your email or phone number changes, etc. In early August you will receive important information from your student's school on how to get ready for the 2023-24 school year. Any enrollment questions can be directed to Hilary Chandler.



Important Dates 

  • June 7 - Last day for 8th Grade/Award Assembly/Clap-Out
  • June 8 - 8th Grade Promotion
  • Friday, June 9 - Last Day of School

5th Grade Field Study at Mount St. Helens