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Oct. 22 Riverdale School District News

Riverdale School District

Friday, Oct. 22

Riverdale School District News



By Jeff Harding, Interim Superintendent

My favorite COVID face mask reads “KINDNESS” across the front. I wear the KINDNESS mask to remind each person that I speak with that KINDNESS matters. I wear the mask to do my part to bring a bit of compassion to each person I meet. Each time I wear the KINDNESS mask, I want to combat the isolation that is inherent in our efforts to overcome COVID. And each time I wear the KINDNESS mask, I’m reminded that these are unprecedented times that will not last forever. 
The global pandemic has brought with it an onslaught of sociological consequences. Overcrowded hospitals, soaring murder rates, unprecedented teen depression. Every time I watch the news, I see overreaction and anger in unwarranted situations. At times, it seems like our culture is tearing itself apart with division. 
The impact of all this stress spills over into schools. I hear it from fellow superintendents; we’ve never witnessed so much displaced conflict and rage. Throughout the nation, anger fills our school board meetings and our parent/teacher conferences. Civil discourse has been replaced by screaming voices and pounded fists. Lawsuits and public record requests have inundated school leaders who no longer have time to focus on learning. And our children are watching….
A lack of kindness is also taking a toll on our educators. Nationwide, school leaders and teachers report heightened levels of anxiety and frustration. But this reality is also playing out locally, right here in Riverdale. Of course, it’s natural in these times of uncertainty and stress, to feel frustration and anger. However, our school community is stronger when we are unified. We have more in common than we have differences. We share a commitment: to our children, our schools and our community. We all want life to get back to normal. And we all want our students to have all the richness of the pre-Covid school experience.
Moving forward, let’s find ways to disagree respectfully while working toward common solutions. Write that angry email, but please don’t send it. Rather, let the email sit overnight, add some kindness, then send it. Everyone will be better off if you do.
One simple but powerful strategy I use is to always assume the best intentions of everyone I interact with, even those who express anger or opinions that I find offensive. I believe that every person I meet, regardless of their language or tone, wants the best for their children and this community.
Many of you in Riverdale share my belief in the power of kindness. I know from personal experience; I’ve been the recipient of many acts of kindness over the past two months. It felt so good to receive welcome cards or advice on the best restaurant for a night out with my wife. And I am grateful to everyone who’s shared a kind welcoming moment with me since I began here.
I came out of retirement to join the community at Riverdale. I am here because I want to be here, I want to make a difference, and I want to help instill a culture of kindness in our schools. I ask that each person in this special community join together in the spirit of kindness. The steps are easy: hug your children, smile at your neighbor, thank your child’s teacher for the gift they give to your family each day. Most importantly, forgive the person who caused you pain. Let go of the suffering from the last few years. Move on, move forward, and make this a better place for all of us to live, learn and work.
“Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.” - The Dalai Lama

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop

“Whatever point of view you have, there’s another.” - Jack Kornfield

“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.” - My Mother

School Board Meeting Monday

The Riverdale School Board will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, Oct. 25 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. 


The Oct. 25 Board Meeting agenda can be found here under “Future Meetings”.
Agenda Highlights: RHS Principal Bart Hawkins and District Business Manager Nicole Bassen will be introduced, Healthy Habits will be featured for our Mission Moment and our school-based mental health program will be discussed as well as other important initiatives.
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

The Riverdale School Foundation Annual Campaign is Underway!

The goal of the Riverdale School Foundation’s Annual Campaign is to fund the cost difference between the basic education provided by state funding and one that encompasses the many extras that are synonymous with an exceptional Riverdale education. After engaging in community dialogue and thoughtful discussion with Superintendent Harding, the Riverdale Foundation Board voted to approve a district fundraising ask that provides families with increased detail about where this year’s Annual Campaign donations will be spent. Put simply, state funding does not cover the cost of running a district that provides the many benefits listed in the Foundation Grant Proposal: small class sizes, availability of technology, art, music, electives and more.  
We hope you will join Dr. Jeff Harding, Riverdale School Board members and Riverdale Foundation Board members for a Zoom Q&A on Wednesday, October 27th, at 5 p.m., to learn more about the Annual Campaign and our funding initiatives. The money raised during the Annual Campaign benefits every Riverdale student and is critical to maintaining Riverdale School District’s standard of excellence.    
We ask every Riverdale family to come together as a community and contribute to our Annual Campaign at a personally meaningful level. Our community is our greatest asset and together we will achieve our goals.
Q&A Zoom Link

Covid Screening Testing Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first week of OHSU’s COVID screening testing. Should you have any questions about the program, many are answered on this document. Riverdale will be running this program in 4 week cycles with test turn ins on Wednesday mornings. If you missed the original sign up date, the next deadline to opt in is Oct. 27 with forms due before Nov. 1. Please email if you would like to opt in. If you opt in before Oct. 27, you will be sent an opt-in agreement form via Adobe Sign on Thursday, Oct. 28 to complete in order to enroll in the program. If you missed this announcement, you can read all of the information from the enews here.
View Program FAQs here.

RHS Senior Sports Nights

Join the celebration for our 20 seniors in volleyball, cross country and soccer TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT at Lewis & Clark’s Griswold Stadium. Soccer games start at 7:30 p.m. Proof of vaccination required for entry into the stadium.
All students in attendance will be entered into a prize drawing for some fun goody bags—both nights!
  • Girls Soccer + Volleyball Senior Night on Friday 10/22 during halftime of the varsity girls soccer game
  • Boys Soccer + Boys & Girls Cross Country Senior Night on Saturday 10/23 during halftime of the varsity boys soccer game
Thank you to the Booster Club and the athletic department for supporting Riverdale athletes and Senior Night.
Thank you to RHS parent Rowdy Webb for the phenomenal photos. 

Athletic Highlights

Congrats to the RHS volleyball team for the most wins in Riverdale history!

High School

  • 10/19 - Varsity volleyball league playoff vs. Horizon Christian 3-0 loss
  • 10/19 - Varsity boys soccer vs. Portland Adventist Academy 4-0 win
  • 10/21 - Cross country at Valiant Invitational no results available

Grade School

  • 10/18 - Girls soccer vs. Catlin Gabel 5-0 win
  • 10/18 - Volleyball vs. Oregon Episcopal School 2-0 loss
  • 10/20 - Boys soccer vs. Catlin Gabel 12-3 loss
  • 10/20 - Girls soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School 2-0 loss
  • 10/20 - Volleyball vs. Horizon Christian 2-0 win


Winter sport registration is open, and you can find further details on the district athletics websiteThe registration window will close at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 11. Sports offered during the winter season include:
  • Boys basketball (high school and grades 7/8)
  • Girls basketball (high school and grades 7/8)
  • Swimming (high school only)
  • Esports (high school only) - This will be the inaugural season for our esports team, and they will be competing in Rocket League! 
Please contact Michael Lady, athletic director, with any questions about these teams or the registration process.

Submit RHS photos for our new enrollment video

The district is looking for photos of students participating in the exciting things Riverdale High School has to offer. We’re ideally looking for photos without masks and of programs Riverdale still offers. Please contact Elizabeth Gibson if you'd like to share pictures in a different way or have any questions. 
Submit RHS Pics/Videos for Enrollment Video here

Important Dates

  • Monday, Oct. 25 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Sunday, Nov. 7 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day (No School)
  • Nov. 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break