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April 25 Riverdale School District News

Sunday, April 25

Riverdale School District News

Dear Riverdale Community, 
With this budget message I would first like to acknowledge and thank all members of the Riverdale School District Staff. You have endured a global pandemic. You all experienced a new Principal, a new Superintendent (Interim) and a profound abundance of change and turnover this year. The one thing that has become the norm is change. We started off the year with a launch into a more comprehensive and robust distance learning program, experienced wildfires just next door to our district, responded to; power outages, a hefty winter storm, endless executive orders and RSSL revisions and changes in response, and so much more. You have endured, innovated and persevered.  
To our parents, this has not been an easy year. You have made what would have been formerly unfathomable sacrifices, you have experienced a wide range of emotions, and as a district we have not always met your basic needs -- for your students to be inside the walls of the school. I acknowledge this and hope you too feel a sense of joy in what we have been able to provide as of late in the form of on-site learning and hybrid education. Thank you all for your flexibility, needed patience and communicative nature of holding us accountable to deliver what is best for our children.  
Our students have shown tremendous resiliency this year. Through adversity we grow. I believe we would be remiss to not acknowledge the new skills students have acquired and how they have evolved this year. Our students are setting a new standard of overcoming adversity, persevering and embracing change through a growth mindset. I believe our students will emerge with new skills propelling them forward in different ways. Without a doubt our students have kept us all determined to emerge from this challenging time, adjusting every step of the way to ensure the best possible outcome for our student community.   I
n August, the Riverdale School Board adopted an Anti-Racism Resolution in response to the need for growth in our immediate community as well as the elevated urgent need for change around us regionally and throughout our nation. We learned of harm and hurt, inclusive of families sharing their voices and an urge for racial justice. We have elevated Equity and Inclusion work with a priority of all students seeing themselves in our curriculum, conversations and our workforce in alignment with ODE’s All Students Belong initiative. We have positioned ourselves to receive SIA funding as a result of this hard work and have leapfrogged into action through establishing a new position, policy revisions and teamwork. 
We continue to wreal from the pain and loss of our high school student Carson Bride, who took his life in June of 2020. I am grateful to Kristin and Tom Bride for elevating communication around bullying and harassment policies. Thank you to Principal Brian Flannery and Restorative Justice/ Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Abby Rotwein for their work on launching the Compassion and Inclusion Week, upon our HS students’ return to on-site learning. This work matters. To our HS PTC, thank you for your contributions specifically to this effort. To our RGS and RHS PTCs, our community benefits significantly from your thorough support including the most recent auction effort toward Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Simply put, way to go.  
Riverdale School Board Members, what a year! You’ve been dealt a deck of cards that surely no one in their wildest imagination could have dreamt-up. Your volunteer service and dedication to the students of Riverdale is endless. This time-intensive position is certainly not for the faint of heart. We acknowledge your hard work once a year during Board Appreciation Month in January, yet perhaps need to more often as you contribute countless hours of volunteer service to the community.  
Lastly, but certainly not least, the Riverdale Foundation and all donors. Thank you for your patience amidst a very challenging budgeting year and this unpredictable global pandemic. There have been many uncertainties. This budget reflects the district emerging from a “cuts budget” that ultimately was unnecessary as I will elaborate upon in the budget process. We now have a windfall to utilize responsibly with long-term planning in mind. You have rallied the community to contribute amidst change and unknowns and I thank you for this. Your steady leadership in the Riverdale community has remained constant and is not only applaudable, but is deeply appreciated.  
“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.” - Mattie Stepanek
Take good care.
Joanna Tobin, Interim Superintendent

Monday Board Meetings

The next work study session is Monday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m, followed by a board meeting at 6 p.m. By registering using the GoToWebinar (GTW) link below, you will be sent a reminder with the access link before the meeting. The board meeting calendar and agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. Recordings are posted on the Riverdale Board Page. Public comment is scheduled into all regular meetings. The public may choose to either use the "raise hand" GTW feature and read their question aloud or email public comments to Chrisie Patrick. All written public comments will be taken until 12 p.m. Monday, April 26.
Register here for the Board Work Study
Register here for the GTW Board Meeting

Budget Committee Meetings

The first budget committee meeting is on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. via GoToWebinar. Members of the public may watch the budget meeting live. The next two meetings are on Wednesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Riverdale budget information can be found on our Budget/Finance page.
Register here for the April 28 Budget Meeting

Equity and Inclusion Corner 

Holidays and Celebrations 

We hope that our Buddhist community has a wonderful Theravada New Year on April 27th.

April 26-30: Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week

A separate email was sent earlier today to  the RHS community with the schedule and information for RHS Compassion and Inclusion week next week. A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PTC FOR THEIR GENEROUS FUNDING OF THESE EVENTS!!! Read for more information here.

April 20 Message from Colt Gill Director of the Oregon Department of Education

Read Colt Gill's important message to our Oregon education community regarding current events here.

High School Highlights

Cross Country State Results

Congratulations HS girls Cross Country Team for taking 5th at state. Freshman Zoe Rector finished 4th overall. The boys team had a strong district meet and competed hard at state. 
Congrats on your last XC season, Seniors!
  • Lyle McCaffrey
  • Ryan McGowan
  • Conrad Heyns
  • Benton Gunter
  • Matt Reamy
  • Ellie Steele
  • Zoe Reece
  • Thalia Coulter


  • Monday, April 26 - Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. via GTW
  • Monday, April 26 - Board Work Study at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Wednesday, April 28 - First Budget Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Wednesday, May 5 - Second Budget Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Thursday, May 6 - Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color from 6-7 p.m. Sign-up to participate here