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Oct. 8 Riverdale School District News

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Friday, Oct. 8

Riverdale School District News

School Board Meeting Monday
The Riverdale School Board will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. via GoToWebinar. Community members who would like to speak on items not on the agenda will have that opportunity at the beginning of the meeting. In addition, community members who would like to speak on agenda topics will be given an opportunity to do so after the board discusses that particular topic. There are two options for submitting public comment: Use the “raise hand” feature to then be unmuted to read aloud your comment, or email your comment to Chrisie Patrick, and she will read it. 
Board meeting agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. To access agendas, click the dark blue button at the top of the page "VIEW BOARD MEETING MINUTES AND AGENDAS HERE," which will direct you to Boardpaq. Previous Meeting agendas are shown on the homepage, so to view upcoming meeting agendas, click Future Meetings on the right of Previous Meetings. 
By registering in advance, GoToWebinar will send a reminder email with the access link 1 day as well as 1 hour before the meeting begins.
Register here for the GTW Board Meeting

Covid Screening Testing Update

There will be a separate communication to families who have opted into the program with more information on how screening testing will be completed. We currently have about 140 students signed up at the high school and about 250 students at the grade school. 
If you missed the Oct. 4 deadline and would like to opt in for the next round of screening testing, please email You will later be sent an Adobe Sign form to complete in order to enroll in the program. 
View Program FAQs here
If you missed this announcement, you can read all of the information from the eblast here. 

Equity & Inclusion Corner

Holidays and Celebrations 

October 11th is Coming Out Day, which celebrates LGBTQIA2S+ people being open about their identity.
October 11th is also Indigenous People’s Day, which has been a state holiday in Oregon since 2017. Some states refer to it as Columbus Day. Learn more about the conversation about the holiday in this article.
October 13th is National Stop Bullying Day.
To our Hindu community, we hope you have a lovely Dussehra/Dassera.
October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  
To our Muslim community, we hope you have a celebratory Mawlid Al-Nabi/Milad Al-Nabi. 

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th- October 15th

As Hispanic Heritage comes to a close, I wanted to share some resources/events where you can celebrate and learn about Hispanic Heritage.
Hispanic Heritage Booklist is a great compilation of booklists for children and young adults.
Hispanic Heritage Month Slideshow is a resource for students I developed with equity staff in the Corvallis School District. This has been shared in K-8 classrooms at Riverdale Grade School.
Latino Network is a Portland based organization that holds events and celebrates Latino/Latina/Latine/Hispanic Heritage year-round.
Moles and Stews Festival at Portland Mercado is happening this Saturday, October 9th. Head out to SE Foster for some delicious food!
National Hispanic Heritage Month Website has virtual exhibitions, collections, audio, video, and images where you can learn more about this community.

In the Mood to Include - a monthly opportunity for community learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion

We had a great first session in September! I will be repeating the same content for our second session in October for those who missed the previous one.
Our second session: Wednesday, October 20th, from 5-6:30 p.m.  
The topic: Language Around Race
Session summary: Language is always evolving. Words that may be commonly used at one point in time may be considered a slur at another point in time. It is important to keep up on language so that we are not causing unintentional harm. In this session, you will learn contemporary language around race, such as: what acronyms mean, what words to use when, and how to use person-first language.  
Who: This content of this session is appropriate for all adults and for students who are in 3rd grade and up.
How to join: Register here to receive the Google Meet link

Youth4Youth iSummit October 14th & 15th

LookUp is a “by youth for youth” 501(c)(3) social venture dedicated to helping young people thrive in the digital world. They are holding a virtual summit on October 14th and 15th (when students are out of school due to conferences) for young people and adults to hear from speakers and discuss our current digital culture. 
-Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion

Athletic Highlights

Come support the RHS Boys Varsity Soccer team as they play Horizon Christian tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Lewis and Clark. Proof of vaccination is required to attend. 
Monday, 10/4
  • 7/8 Boys soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School - 9-2 loss
  • 7/8 Girls soccer vs. Catlin Gabel School - 5-1 win
  • Varsity soccer vs. Trout Lake - 7-1 win
Tuesday, 10/5
  • JV Boys soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School - 4-1 win
  • JV volleyball vs. De La Salle Catholic - 2-0 win
  • Varsity volleyball vs. De La Salle Catholic - 3-0 win
Wednesday, 10/6
  • 7/8 Boys soccer vs. Catlin Gabel School - 4-4 draw
  • 7/8 Girls soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School - 2-1 loss
Thursday, 10/7
  • JV Boys soccer vs. Horizon Christian - 3-3 draw
  • Varsity volleyball vs. Horizon Christian - 3-0 loss
  • RGS Cross Country boys placed 5th at Archers Invitational Meet

Important Dates

  • Monday, Oct. 11 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Thursday & Friday, Oct. 14 & 15 - Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • Monday, Oct. 25 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.