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May 11 Riverdale Grade School News

Riverdale School

Wednesday, May 11 

Riverdale Grade School News


Field Studies Fun

We are overjoyed to have students back on field trips this spring. Last week our 7th and 8th graders explored Indian Beach Trail, visited Portland’s OMSI & Oregon Jewish Museum and toured Lan Su Gardens. 
This week our 6th graders are on adventurous outdoor day trips to Mount St. Helens and Outdoor School at Camp Collins. Tomorrow they will view a hydro dam-created reservoir, hike to see a waterfall, and explore under the surface of the earth to see a 1900 year-old lava tube cave (the longest cave of its kind in the contiguous 48 states).

Special Education Meetup

Please join Principal McDonald and our special education staff on Tuesday, May 24 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to discuss our special education program as well as meet other families supporting children with disabilities. This meetup is for parents with children on IEPs, 504s, and those interested in knowing more about individualized learning plans. The event is hosted by Michele Rossolo at her home 1520 S. Mary Failing Drive.

Community Affinity Sessions

I am overjoyed to share that our Spring community affinity sessions will be held in person at Riverdale High School. It will be a great opportunity to connect with other caregivers. While I know mornings are not ideal for all, I try to alternate meeting times to provide opportunities for people with all kinds of schedules.
No need to RSVP. Please join us for coffee and pastries.
These sessions are only for caregivers, not for students.

Monday, May 16, 9-10 a.m. in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color: This meeting is for caregivers, parents, and guardians of students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Latine/Latina/Latino, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.

Thursday, May 19, 9-10 a.m. in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Aromantic, Pansexual, Non-binary or have their own label/non-label in regards to their gender or sexual identity. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.

Friday, May 20, 9-10 a.m. in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability: This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who have Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ED, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, any other categories under IDEA or a combination of these. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
- Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion

RGS Track & Field

Congratulations to the girls and boys track teams on a great season. Both teams scored 3rd place overall at their District Meet yesterday with many athletes making it onto the awards podium in their individual and relay events.

Claim Lost & Found 

Please claim lost & found items before Wednesday, June 8. All L&F items can be found on the large coat rack located in the commons or grade school entryway. Anything not claimed before the end of the school year will be donated to charity.


Riverdale Grade School Book Swap

Dear Riverdale Grade School Families,
We are excited to inform you about the upcoming Book Swap. It will be held at the RGS Library. Students will have the opportunity to bring in gently-used books to donate. We will also be collecting CD’s and adult books. For every three books a student donates, they get a ticket to get another book.
If you’re not able to bring in books you can purchase them instead. Paperbacks are fifty cents, and hardbacks are sold for one dollar. If you choose to buy a book, then the money collected will be donated to a local organization. The money will be also used to buy books and purchase classroom materials. 
The event will be from May 16th to the 20th. You can start to bring your books to the library to donate a week before the event. You can either bring the books before school, after school, and also during library time. Any leftover books after the book exchange ends will either be donated or distributed around the school.
This event should be very enjoyable for our students as well as beneficial for the RGS community! 
Thank you, 
7th Grade Leadership Club 


Grade School Dance

8th Grade Leadership is planning a school dance for 8th Grade students as a fundraiser for our promotion and class gift. 
The dance will take place on Friday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Riverdale Grade School Gym.
The dance costs $10 for each student. If your child needs scholarship funds in order to attend, that can be arranged. 
- 8th Grade Leadership


Jakob and Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition Awards

The annual Jakob and Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition for middle and high school students encourages youth to evaluate history, foster an awareness of the Holocaust, and broaden their minds in the areas of art, history, civics, sociology, and literature. For the competition, students are presented with a prompt that becomes their cue to create a piece of writing or a work of art. The prompts for the contest provide an opportunity for students to consider the circumstances in which a situation like the Holocaust can occur.
Congratulations to the following students on their awards:
  • Annie D. History Repeats Itself - Second Prize in the writing category
  • Everly M. - To the Moon and Stars and Back - Grand Prize winner in the art category
  • Kate V. - Reflection - First Prize in the writing category
  • Matt M. - No Escape - Second Prize in the art category
  • Stella G. - The Art of Repetition - Third Prize in the writing category


RHS New Family Information Night

In preparation for the upcoming school year, the high school will hold a New Family Night on TOMORROW, May 12 from 6-7 p.m. in person at Riverdale High School. Incoming RHS students will be able to meet their fellow classmates, tour the building, learn more about classes & activities and ask questions. 
Questions about the event? Contact Enrollment Coordinator Hilary Chandler at 503-262-4847 or by email.


Robotics Interest Meeting 

Please join us for a robotics informational meeting. 
Where: GS Commons 
Who: Incoming 5-8 families interested in participating in the First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team and parents interested in coaching.
When: Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Learn about Lego Robotics and the FLL League
  • Volunteer to be a coach or support a RGS team 
  • Talk to a coach from another district
The season kickoff is August 17 with tournaments held between December and April. This is an informational meeting before a team is formed.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, May 11 - District Arts Night at RHS from 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13 - Teacher Inservice Day (no school)
  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)
  • Thursday, June 9 - Last Day of School