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Sept 9 - Riverdale School District Enews

September 19-24

RSD Homecoming Week

Who’s got spirit!? For the first time ever, our Homecoming Week is districtwide! Students at both schools have the same dress up days and are encouraged to attend each other's sporting events. On Thursday, Sept. 22, RHS students will come down to the grade school for another first: a district-wide pep assembly! Read the attached slideshow prepared by our 7/8 Leadership Team to learn more about what’s taking place September 19-24. 

Parent-Teacher Conference Survey

The district would like to hear from our community on the format they prefer for upcoming conferences with their student’s teachers. Please complete this quick survey to inform our decision. 
Take the survey here


Updating Strategic Plan 

School leadership collaboratively coalesced around 5 general areas of focus for the district - these would be the district priority foci. Now, we would like the community to help us define what goes in each of these buckets of work (priorities). Please read through each priority area (described on each ThoughtExchange button link) and list potential initiatives you would like to see at Riverdale.
The district will be asking for your input over the next month through ThoughtExchange surveys, later sharing out the results of what we’ve learned. There are five separate exchanges that we’re asking our entire community to complete during the month of September.
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Campus Safety & Design
  • District Identity & Sustainability
  • Community & Belonging 
  • Communication & Connection
We hope to have at least 75% participation from our community, and will be asking students to participate during the school day. More information on how ThoughtExchange works is described below. These exchanges will close on Friday, Sept 30.
Superintendent Russo shares why everyone's participation is so important and how results will be shared out. 
Participate in the Learning & Instruction ThoughtExchange here
Participate in the Campus Safety & Design ThoughtExchange here
Participate in the District Identity & Sustainability ThoughtExchange here
Participate in the Community & Belonging ThoughtExchange here
Participate in the Communication & Connection ThoughtExchange here

Why is Riverdale using ThoughtExchange?

More and more school districts are utilizing ThoughtExchange to gather input from families in a fast and equitable way. Riverdale will be using ThoughtExchange to inform us of the topics that matter most and give us insight into differing perspectives to aid the district in decision making. While ThoughtExchange is completely anonymous, please remember to be kind and courteous in your submissions, as they will be monitored and removed if necessary.
Within an exchange, we like to keep the conversation flowing and allow a good dialogue to continue. Unlike a traditional survey, participants can keep coming back to read and rate what others think, and share additional thoughts of their own. Your shared thoughts are saved when you move to the Star step, and all of the ratings you provide are saved instantly and automatically.
There are two ThoughtExchange format options that you may be asked to participate in:
  • a live ThoughtExchange where thoughts are shared and then rated in real time during a set time limit. 
  • an asynchronous ThoughtExchange where you first share your thoughts and then come back to the exchange later (maybe a day or two) to rate others’ thoughts, and you can share more thoughts as well. 

How does ThoughtExchange work? 

  • Participants are asked an open-ended question
  • You can then submit as many thoughts as you'd like
  • Once you have shared your thoughts, you then go to the “star” phase where you can rate each other's thoughts (again, all anonymous) from 1 to 5. Five is strongly agree and one is strongly disagree. Participants can rate as many thoughts as they have time for 
  • You do not need to make an account to participate in ThoughtExchange 

Enrollment Information

The district will be providing a quarterly enrollment update for both of our schools. Our administration feels it’s important that all of our community is aware of our current enrollment as it is fluid and especially fluctuates around the start of every school year. In an effort to be as transparent as possible and address community questions/concerns, we are sharing our current enrollment by grade level and school as of Sept. 9.
We look forward to sharing more information about enrollment events coming up in the near future, such as hosting a fall Open House for prospective high schoolers on Thursday, Nov. 3. Stay tuned for more information regarding RHS Shadow Days returning for 8th grade students! After the Sept. 19 school board meeting, the enrollment section of our website will be updated to reflect our openings for the 2023-24 school year. Currently, we are accepting students in select grades at the high school for the 2022-23 school year. Should you have any enrollment questions, please reach out to Enrollment Coordinator Hilary Chandler.

Changes to the OHSU COVID Screening Testing Program

We are partnering with OHSU again this year to offer free, weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Participation in this program is completely optional and offered regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will collect their saliva “spit” in tubes at school each week, whether they have symptoms or not. Many aspects of the screening program will remain the same, with a few changes to make it easier for parents and students.

What’s new?

  • Starting today enroll your kids through a convenient online portal. If you cannot enroll for any reason, please call OHSU support at (503) 418-8500. All students must enroll even if they participated in last year's program 
  • When the test results are available you will receive an email telling you to log into the online portal to view the result

What stays the same?

  • No cost to you
  • Highly accurate molecular testing, known as PCR
  • Test kits used in year 1 may be used again this year
  • Student demographic labels will be sent to schools after parent enrolls their student(s)
  • Students will bring their sample to school on collection day
  • OHSU nurses will call the parents of all students who test detected or inconclusive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Student Testing

Students may collect their saliva “spit” tests beginning the week of Sept. 26. Riverdale Grade School and High School will collect samples on TUESDAYS. 

Program Information

LabFinder enrollment and results portal: 
Website with supporting documents, FAQs, and instructional videos: 
  • Program overview
  • Saliva test instructions
  • LabFinder instructions
If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the OHSU support team at or (503) 418-8500.
RHS cross country ran the annual muddy Ultimook race last weekend.

Sports Scores

Riverdale Grade School

Volleyball B team vs. Portland Christian 0-2
Volleyball A team vs. Portland Christian 0-2

Riverdale High School

Girls soccer vs. King’s Way 3-0
Volleyball vs. Banks 0-3
Girls soccer vs. Tillamook 5-1
Boys soccer vs. Delphin 4-1
Volleyball vs. Corbett 0-3
Girls soccer vs. Seton Catholic 2-6

Dunthorpe-Riverdale Playgroup Returns

After taking a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, Playgroup is back! If you have kids who aren’t yet school age (birth - 5ish), join the playgroup to connect with other parents of little ones. Traditionally, this group has met weekly and rotated through member homes, both in and out of district. The group is open to Dunthorpe residents and younger siblings of all Riverdale families. Please contact Shaina Weinstein, Playgroup Coordinator at to sign up or get involved, and please share with other new community members who may not be on our email list. 

Important Dates

  • Monday, Sept. 19 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Friday, Oct. 7 - Teacher Inservice day (no school)
  • Oct. 13-14 - Fall Conferences (no school)