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Oct. 29 Riverdale School District News

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Friday, Oct. 29

Riverdale School District News


Trick or Treat with the Riverdale Foundation

Things are looking pretty spooky around our schools recently - in all the best ways, of course! The most spine-chilling Halloween thought of all is what Riverdale School District would be like without the support we receive from families and community members during the Annual Campaign year after year. We rely on you to help keep class sizes small and to provide an integrated curriculum that includes art, music, technology, libraries, a range of electives at the high school and much more. Give your students an extra treat this weekend and donate or pledge today
If you are planning to attend the PTC Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, please stop by the Riverdale Foundation-sponsored donut truck and say “boo!” to Allison Williams and Adria Cassidy at the Foundation’s tent from 3-5 p.m. They might look witchy but they want to chat and not cackle. While you’re there, be sure to have your kids check their cauldron for an extra thrill.  
Have a safe, festive and happy Halloween!

Equity & Inclusion Corner

Holidays and Celebrations 

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. See below for details about how to learn and honor this month.
November is National Adoption month, which is a time to learn about adoption and celebrate adoption practices.
We hope that our Christian community has a lovely All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
We hope that our Mexican community has a wonderful Dia de Los Muertos.
Happy Bandi-CChor Diwas to our Sikh community.
Happy Diwali to our Hindu community.

November is National American Indian Heritage Month

Here are some resources and events where you can celebrate and learn about Native American Heritage:
Broken Treaties, an Oregon Experience is a one-hour documentary about the experience of Native Americans in this region.  It is free to stream on the OPB website.
Gather, a documentary about Indigenous food sovereignty, is streaming on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes starting on November 1st. 
Kids and Teens Books by Indigenous Authors and Writers from Seattle Public Library is a great compilation of booklists for children and young adults.
Native American Indian Heritage Month website has virtual exhibitions, collections, audio, video, and images where you can learn more about this community.
Native American 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.
Venture Portland has a list of local Native American owned businesses you can check out this month and patronize in the future.

Oregon Senate Bill 13: Tribal History/Shared History

From the Oregon Department of Education: “In 2017, the Oregon Legislature enacted Senate Bill (SB) 13, now known as Tribal History/Shared History. This law directs the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to create K-12 Native American Curriculum for inclusion in Oregon public schools and provide professional development to educators. The law also directs the ODE to provide funds to each of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon to create individual place-based curriculum.”
For the 2021-22 school year, all public schools are required to implement the Tribal History/Shared curriculum developed by the ODE in 4th grade, 8th grade, and 10th grade.  Please go to this link to learn more and view lesson plans: Tribal History/Shared History.
-Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion

Athletic Highlights

High School

  • 10/22 - Varsity girls soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School 3-2 loss
  • 10/23 - Varsity boys soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School 2-1 win

Grade School

  • 10/25 - Girls soccer vs. Catlin Gabel 4-0 win
  • 10/25 - Boys soccer vs. Catlin Gabel 6-4 win
  • 10/26 - Cross Country Districts: Boys Varsity - Justin 1st place, Girls Varsity - Ellie 4th place. Boys JV - Haigo 3rd place, Girls JV - Willa 1st place, Alexis 2nd place.
  • 10/27 - Boys soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School 4-0 loss (MCL league runner-ups!)
  • 10/27 - Girls soccer vs. Oregon Episcopal School 1-0 loss (MCL league runner-ups!)


Winter sport registration is open, and you can find further details on the district athletics website. The 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. 

Girls Varsity Soccer League Playoffs - Saturday, Oct. 30 at Lewis & Clark

Admission will be charged for all spectators in attendance at Saturday's girls league playoff home game against Westside Christian. The athletic department has transitioned to cashless ticketing for our events and the game on Saturday will be our first event to utilize a digital ticket! Tickets can be purchased online through the following link:
As a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, there will be no cash transactions for tickets at the gate.
The price is $5 for adults and $2 for students (excluding processing fees). Riverdale students will be granted free admission to the game by entering the passcode GOMAVS when selecting their ticket:
To ensure quick entry on Saturday evening, it is strongly encouraged that tickets are purchased prior to your arrival at the stadium.

Important Dates

  • Sunday, Nov. 7 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • Monday, Nov. 8 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day (No School)
  • Nov. 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break