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March 30 Riverdale Grade School News

Wednesday, March 30 

Riverdale Grade School News



English Language Arts Curriculum Adoption K-8 Parent Survey

A committee is reviewing and revising the English Language Arts curriculum at Riverdale Grade School. Members of the committee request that you complete this survey to provide them with input for their consideration during this process. Committee members will review feedback from this survey and other sources, examine field research, and review the Common Core State Standards as they develop a recommendation for program refinement that will be recommended to the School Board. Please complete this survey by Friday, April 1. 
RGS English Language Arts Curriculum Adoption K-8 Parent Survey


Upcoming Middle School Assembly with Karen Gaffney

An incredible guest speaker is coming to Riverdale Middle School on Friday, April 8th. Her name is Karen Gaffney, and her bio is below:


Karen has been a life long advocate, role model and standard bearer that proclaims DOWN SYNDROME IS A LIFE MEANT TO BE LIVED! And, as she often says, DOWN SYNDROME IS A LIFE MEANT TO BE SAVED!
Karen graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon and earned a two-year Associates of Science degree from Portland Community College. She successfully swam the English Channel as part of a six-person relay team. She also swam 9 miles, non stop straight across the width of Lake Tahoe, in 59-degree water to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Congress and to show the world that people with Down Syndrome are more alike, rather than different, from everyone else. She has countless open water swims on her athletic resume, including swimming 8 miles across Lake Champlain for the North County Down Syndrome Association and 5 miles from Molokini to Wailea Beach in Maui for Best Buddies of Hawai’i.
Karen travels the country speaking to a wide range of audiences about overcoming limitations and about what can be accomplished with positive expectations. Karen tackles any challenge she faces with determination and commitment, knowing she has limits, but not allowing them to limit her drive to succeed.
You can learn more about Karen at her website, Karen Gaffney Foundation. I encourage you to check out her TEDxPortland talk and the video of her swimming across Lake Tahoe. The links are below:

Community Resources

Anytime we learn of new and exciting activities happening outside of school and in our local community they will be listed under this community Resource section. We hope our students will take advantage of these opportunities!
  • Lake Oswego Farm Saturdays - Spend Saturday morning at the Farm. Create seasonally themed crafts and partake in fun farm activities while learning about organic gardening.


Scholastic Book Fair

Our fun-filled Scholastic Book Fair will take place on April 11-15 in person! More details to come.


Order your yearbook now!

If you haven’t already ordered your yearbook, use the code 14220522 to order yours on today! The order deadline is Monday, May 2.


Bus Route Changes

As of Monday, March 28, our bus 84 route is discontinued. This means that bus 83 routes have changed slightly.

Important Dates

  • April 11-15 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, April 22 - Teacher Inservice Day (No School)
  • Wednesday, May 11 - District Arts Night at RHS from 6-8 p.m.