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May 13 Riverdale School District News

Friday, May 13  

Riverdale School District News

 
Dear Riverdale Community,
Over the past several weeks, Oregon health officials have determined that the transmission rate for COVID-19 has increased significantly in our communities as well as in our schools. This week, six counties (Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Benton, and Deschutes) have been identified as "Medium" by the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels.
In response to this increasing transmission, the local public health authority shared a renewed importance of mask wearing in schools in our region. Although masking remains optional, health authorities remind us that mask wearing helps maintain in-person learning and the successful return of normal school year events. 
How you can help:
  • If your child is sick with COVID-like symptoms, do not send them to school.
  • Please consider wearing a mask at school and at other indoor places. 
  • Continue to practice social distancing and best practices regarding hygiene.
  • Seek a COVID-19 test. Contact your school about a testing kit.
  • Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease.
Thank you for your support in helping us maintain in-person learning for all of our students and keep everyone healthy through the end of the school year. 
Sincerely, 
Dr. Jeff Harding, Interim Superintendent 
 

Remembering and Honoring Carson Bride

Hello All,
I am Sam Veverka and I’m a member of No Place For Hate, a student leadership group dedicated to improving the culture at Riverdale High School. I would like to inform the community about a couple of events we are coordinating alongside Lines for Life during the week of May 23rd - 27th in honor of Carson Bride, a senior who would be graduating this year who died by suicide. Lines for Life is a non-profit organization created to tackle teen suicide prevention and substance abuse. They have a team full of trained teens ready to help those calling. 

Donations Needed!

We are holding an auction and we need items to auction off! All proceeds of the auction will be donated to Lines for Life as this was a final request of Carson Bride. The goal of the auction is to make as much money as possible for Lines for Life. If you have anything you would like to donate personally or know someone who might have something to donate, let us know! Some ideas we have come up with include:
  • Gift Cards
  • Event Tickets (Timbers, concert, shows, movie passes)
  • Apparel (shoes, Nike gift card, employee store pass)
  • Fun experiences (cooking classes, creative classes, top golf, etc.)
  • Food (dinners, gift certificates, etc.)
  • Home Goods (plants, plant pots, nick-nacks, things that you would be willing to give away)
  • Self Care Basket Items (bubble bath, face masks, robes, etc…)
  • Adventure Goods (hydro flasks, backpacks, picnic blankets, etc.)
  • Private Lessons - Are you an expert in something that you would be willing to share?

Week of Events
Wednesday, May 25th - Assembly during Advisory

Lines for Life Presentation - A guest speaker from Lines for Life is coming in and talking to the school about the work they do and how we ourselves might utilize this support service.

Wednesday, May 25th - Tree Dedication and Remembrance Ceremony 3:30 - 4 PM

Tree Dedication and Remembrance Ceremony - Following school on the 25th at 3:30, there will be a tree-planting ceremony in memory of Carson Bride. The ceremony is open to anyone who wants to honor Carson and will be taking place in the front area of the high school.

Friday, May 27th - Afternoon Assembly

Fundraiser Auction
If you have any questions about a specific item you would like to donate or if you know of something you would like to donate, reach out to me via email. You can email me at samuelv22@riverdale.k12.or.us.
Thank you for your consideration and generosity,
Sam Veverka on behalf of No Place For Hate
 

Board Meeting Monday

The Riverdale School Board will hold an in-person regular board meeting on Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. that will be streamed via GoToWebinar. The board will adjourn to executive session using a private link and once finished, then return back to the same public meeting link to continue the meeting if all agenda items have not been addressed. Board meetings are now held in person in the grade school library and will continue to be streamed live simultaneously. 
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 is also an opportunity to speak to non-agenda topics. In either case, community members have two options for submitting public comment: Use the “raise hand” feature to then be unmuted to speak to the board, or email your comment to Chrisie Patrick before 4 p.m. on Monday, and she will read it on your behalf.  
 
Register here for the GTW Board Meeting
 
View the agenda here
 

Equity & Inclusion Corner

Holidays and Celebrations 

Happy Vesak/Buddha Day to our Buddhist community.
We hope our Jewish community has a wonderful Lag B’Omer.
May 21st is the World Day for Cultural Diversity, which celebrates “Equitable exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples and peace among nations.” (United Nations Website)
We wish our Bahá’í community a lovely Declaration of the Báb. 
Happy Ascension Day to our Christian community. 

Upcoming Cultural Events

Oregon Rises Above Hate on May 14, 2022 in Portland, Oregon
Join together to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the AANHPI (Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) community, its resilience, and commit to combat the continued rise anti-Asian hate. Cultural heritage institutions will be open for free to encourage exploration of AANHPI culture & history, including Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland Chinatown Museum, and others. Speakers, performances, and more in-person and livestream on https://oregonrisesabovehate.com/
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration, Sunday May 22nd, noon - 2:30 PM at Millenium Plaza in Lake Oswego
Come celebrate and enjoy entertainment and food demonstrations! Sponsored by the City of Lake Oswego, LO for LOve, and Respond to Racism.

REMINDER

Community Affinity Sessions

I am overjoyed to share that our Spring community affinity sessions will be held in person at Riverdale High School. It will be a great opportunity to connect with other caregivers. While I know mornings are not ideal for all, I try to alternate meeting times to provide opportunities for people with all kinds of schedules.
No need to RSVP. Please join us for coffee and pastries.
These sessions are only for caregivers, not for students.

Monday, May 16, 9-10 a.m. in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color: This meeting is for caregivers, parents, and guardians of students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Latine/Latina/Latino, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.

Thursday, May 19, 9-10 a.m. in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Aromantic, Pansexual, Non-binary or have their own label/non-label in regards to their gender or sexual identity. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.

Friday, May 20, 9-10 a.m. in the Riverdale High School Maverick Room

Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability: This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who have Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ED, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, any other categories under IDEA or a combination of these. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
- Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion
 
 

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 16 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Wednesday, May 18 - Second Budget Committee Meeting from 6-8 p.m. via GTW
  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)
  • Thursday, June 9 - Last Day of School