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Jan. 5 Riverdale Grade School News

Riverdale School

Wednesday, Jan. 5

Riverdale Grade School News

Dear Families, 
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful break full of family and fun. 2022 is starting off strong as our students are happy to be back, and teachers are excited about projects and lessons planned for the new year. Yesterday, I was able to sit in on several classes and witness the high caliber of professionals we have educating our students. I am constantly in awe of the creative and thoughtful ways our teachers bring the curriculum to life while eliciting deep thinking.
Thank you, all, for the kind words, gifts, well wishes and gestures to celebrate the holidays. From the staff and I, we are grateful to have a community that appreciates and values our work and us as a staff. It has not been an easy few years, but we have made it this far together as a community, and the support has been essential and appreciated. Also, thank you to our wonderful PTC for the lovely lunch and gifts. Our hearts and tummies are full, and we are ready for the new year!
As we return, we recognize there is a lot of fear and uncertainty surrounding the new variant of COVID-19. We continue to follow strict protocols and safety measures to keep our students safe. Please continue to communicate and look for any illness that may pop up in your household. If you have any questions on the protocols we are following, please let me know. We are still guided by the current guidance from ODE and are continuously adjusting and watching as things change. Again, I wish you a Happy New Year and am grateful for your children who fill our lives with joy.
Jen McDonald

Shared by RGS Counselor Ms. Johnston

What Parents Need to Know About Setting Up New Devices for Children

During the holidays many children received new phones, tablets, computers or consoles. However, in the rush to let young ones enjoy their shiny gadgets, many parents neglect to set these devices up safely – increasing the chances of children going online and stumbling across adult content, making expensive downloads or installing unsuitable apps. A little time configuring the device properly can save a lot of anguish later. In the guide, you'll find tips, such as adjusting the screen time settings, setting windows limits and installing Xbox family settings.
View the Guide Here


A few of our middle school students are asking families to extend the season of giving in support of dogs in need at the Oregon Dog Rescue in Tualatin. Our students chose to support this small shelter after researching the care they provide to local dogs. We will be collecting donations of dog food, toys or supplies from Friday, January 7 to Friday, January 14.  All donations will be dropped off at Oregon Dog Shelter on January 14.
Possible Donations Include:
Nylabones, Kong dog toys, Costco Kirkland puppy food, adult dog food of any kind, treats, leashes, bath towels or new or used dog beds. A complete list of needed items can be found at, under “donate” / “wish list”.
We appreciate your support!

Important Dates

  • Friday, Jan. 14 - Teacher Inservice Day (No School)
  • Monday, Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King Day (No School)