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Oct. 6 Riverdale Grade School News

Riverdale School

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Riverdale Grade School News

Happy October,
With school in full swing and routines established, we are seeing wonderful academic growth in our students, new friendships being made and new interests being sparked. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with families during conferences to talk about the growth and goals of each student.
This week, our 6th grade class is participating in an outdoor school opportunity here on campus. As we all have experienced, things are being done a little differently due to COVID, but our traditional enriching programs continue. Partners from the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) are on campus working outdoors with students. Students are learning about natural science topics, such as seed dispersal, predators and prey, habitats and more. We hope that our students will be able to have an overnight experience in the spring if COVID safety protocols allow.
One of our goals as a staff this year is to focus on wellness. The last year has taken a toll on all of us, and together we want to model healthy behavior. Some teachers are committing to daily walks, while others are meditating. One staff member committed to baking for the staff once a month to fill our stomachs and souls. I am proud of the commitment our staff is showing to nurture the whole person and teach the whole child.
As always, I am here for any questions or concerns. 
Jen McDonald 

Oct. 14 & 15

RGS Conferences

Riverdale Grade School will be holding Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 15. Teachers have sent information through email and ParentVUE on how to attend virtual conferences this year. If you did not receive this information, please contact your teachers. Find specific information from specialists below.
Battle of the books

Register before Oct. 15

Oregon Battle of the Books 

OBOB is a parent-led after school group for grades 3-5 and 6-8. OBOB Registration has a team registration fee of $65 for the first team and $30 for each additional team. Please fill out this form, and once we know how many teams we have, we will average the costs and let team leaders know the amount by October 20th. RGS will send in one check to the Oregon Library Association. Please make sure to have your team's registration fee to our school's office by Oct 25th. Please see the OBOB Site for specific details. 
We will be sharing each leader's contact information with all team leaders, enabling teams to arrange local competitions. Ms. Becker will email team leaders by Oct 20th will average the costs and notify teams of registration costs by Monday, Oct 20th. 
Registration fees need to be in to the office no later than Monday, October 25th and Ms. Becker will register teams and be in contact with team leaders. 
Four copies of each 3rd-5th grade OBOB book have been ordered. Multnomah County Library has downloadable copies available. Ms. Becker will notify team leaders when the ordered books arrive. 
Register your team here


TAG Information Night

The first Talented and Gifted (TAG) information session of this school year will be on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. via Google Meet. Anyone interested in learning more about Riverdale Grade School’s TAG program is welcome to attend. More information on this session will be shared in upcoming eblasts. Following the presentation, there will be time to answer questions and the end.

Halloween Celebrations

RGS will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, Oct. 29. Teachers will be reaching out to provide more details about classroom activities and costume expectations.


Pick up lost and found items

There are many items located in the commons lobby that students can pick up at their convenience.

TOMORROW: K-4 Kimochis Kick-Off

Managing Emotions: How to Talk about Feelings so Kids will Talk about Feelings

We are excited to invite you to our Kimochis Kick-Off Virtual Parent Event on October 7, from 6-7 p.m. What are Kimochis? (Key.Mo.Cheez) means feelings in Japanese and is the social and emotional learning tool we are bringing to Riverdale to help create emotionally strong, connected, and compassionate kids. 
Come join Ellen Dodge, the founder and curriculum author of Kimochis and learn some fast, fun, and effective ways to make it easy for your kids to talk about feelings.
Parents will leave with effective communication tools to help your child manage feelings such as mad, sad, disappointment and frustration that can lead to BIG meltdowns, tantrums, shutdowns, and other challenging behaviors.
As a follow-up to this Kimochis Kick-Off event, be on the lookout in our “newsflash” for a Kimochis tool a month that will help give parents more communication tools that will help with the ups and downs with home life and school.
Join the virtual event here

Important Dates

  • Thursday, Oct. 7 - Kimochi K-4 Parent Meeting from 6-7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 8 - Teacher Inservice Day (No School)
  • Thursday & Friday, Oct. 14 & 15 - Teacher Conferences (No School) 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 - TAG Information Night at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day (No School)