Principal's Message, Oct 11

Friday October 11th

Enjoy the long weekend of hopefully beautiful weather! After such a strong start I believe our students (and their parents!) need a little extra rest to restore health and strength.

Our newly created student video news is on our web site. Please check out episode 1 at https://pps.net/rieke. We are filming on Monday mornings if you would like to volunteer any technical skills. Our editor, Ian, is an 8th grader at Gray Middle School who is involved in their media production. Thank you Ian!


Here are some quick reminders. There is no school Friday, October 11th. It is a statewide in-service day. Champions is not open that day either. One activity available is Wilson Cheer camp at Wilson High School. The Lost and Found closet is overflowing. Please check out the Lost and Found and claim your child’s missing items. Our goal is to keep the items until Parent Teacher Conferences in November but we may need help in figuring out new ways to store these belongings. Picture retake day is coming soon, October 22nd. This is the day they will take class photos as well.

The second Rieke Service Club project of the year is coming up next week - the Annual Book Harvest. This project collects books to benefit the Children's Book Bank ( www.childrensbookbank.org ). Please look high and low on your bookshelves to help us collect gently used or new books appropriate for babies, toddlers, early elementary students through grade 3 and bring them to Rieke starting Monday, October 14th through October 25th.  There will be boxes for collection at the school entrance and in each teacher's classroom.  Please contact Jeni Meurer at jenimeurer@gmail.com for questions or more information. 

The next general PTA meeting is Tuesday October 15th from 6:00-8:00 at Casa Colima. Childcare will be provided at Rieke in the gym during that time. Come have fun with your fellow parents and let your voice and perspective be part of the PTA.

On October 21st in the morning, all second grade students will take the TAG screening test. These tests should only take 30 minutes for students to complete. Attendance that day is important to give each student the opportunity.

Our school Site Council will have its first meeting Tuesday October 29th from 3:15-4:30. The purpose of this leadership group is to gather ideas from our parents, share the instructional work at Rieke, and work together to create a targeted school improvement plan that we can act upon. If you are interested please let me know via email, jjeans@pps.net. It requires some commitment to meetings at least quarterly. Thank you for the handful parents who have already expressed their interest!

Our new PPS security system Raptor has been installed and is active. This system requires all volunteers to show a valid ID the first time you volunteer. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we add this important security feature to PPS campuses.

Cheers!

Jonathan Jeans  

Principal's Message, October 4

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Thank you to all the volunteers who have made the Scholastic Book Fair, the Run for Rieke, and our new art mural project so successful! This continued demonstration of your commitment to the students and staff at Rieke creates a community spirit that makes new ideas possible. If you have not yet seen the video of the art mural that PPS communications made and shared in the PPS Pulse, here is the link. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK1NE3R9qgo

Here are some quick reminders! There is no school next Friday, October 11th. It is a statewide in-service day. Champions is not open that day either. One activity available is Wilson Cheer camp at Wilson High School. The Lost and Found closet is overflowing in the hallway by the gym. Our goal is to keep the items until Parent Teacher Conferences in November but we may need help in figuring out new ways to store these belongings. Picture retake day is coming soon, October 22nd. This is the day they will take class photos as well.

The next general PTA meeting is Tuesday October 15th from 6:00-8:00 at Casa Colima. Come have fun with your fellow parents and let your voice and perspective be part of the PTA.

On October 21st in the morning, all second grade students will take the TAG screening test. These tests should only take 30 minutes for students to complete. Attendance that day is important to give each student the opportunity.

Our school Site Council will have its first meeting Tuesday October 29th from 3:15-4:30. The purpose of this leadership group is to gather ideas from our parents, share the instructional work at Rieke, and work together to create a targeted school improvement plan that we can act upon. If you are interested please let me know via email, jjeans@pps.net. It requires some commitment to meetings at least quarterly.

Our new PPS security system Raptor has been installed and is active. This system requires all volunteers to show a valid ID the first time you volunteer. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we add this important security feature to PPS campuses.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you again for your part in making Rieke such a magical place. Cheers!

Jon Jeans, Principal

The Backpack Program Needs Your Help

This important program supports about 10 families each weekend by providing non-perishable food items in backpacks every Friday. Rieke is the only Portland Public School who offers a backpack program based on donations from our families for our families.  
 
There are many ways to donate!
 
You can bring food in and put it in the cart outside the office. We emptied the pantry at the end of last year, so we need help filling it back up again! 
 
We are always in need of the following items. Please remember, the food is going into backpacks, so Costco sized items are too big. Bolded items are what is currently needed the most.

  • Peanut butter

  • Mac & cheese

  • Canned tuna

  • Canned chicken

  • Canned fruit or applesauce (cups, squeezy, or jars)

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned beans

  • Canned soup

  • Chili & spaghettio's

  • Pasta sauce

  • Instant oatmeal packets (no large containers of oatmeal please)

  • Bisquick

  • Pancake mix

  • Hamburger helper

  • Syrup

  • Jelly

  • Small boxes of cereal

  • Snacks, like granola bars, Z-bars, fruit leathers, fruit chews, small bags of chips, cheese crackers, nuts

You can also make a check payable to Rieke PTA and designate “backpack program” on the note line. We also accept gift cards in an envelope marked “backpack program.” These monetary donations allow us to fill in where we have donation gaps and are very helpful. Please drop them off at the office.
 
We are very proud of this program, and it couldn't happen without your generous support. Thank you! 

Principal's Message, September 27

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Thank you to all the volunteers who helped our art teacher Jill Mitchell, artist John Stommel, and ALL of our students create and paint the new Rieke ground mural. Thank you to the PTA for their support and funding, and to Sherwin Williams for the donated paint. The mural is nearly complete now. If you have not checked it out yet please do so soon!

Next week is our first Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair, organized by the PTA, is open every day for families to shop from 8:30-9:00 AM and then again after school from 3:00-5:00. On Tuesday it will stay open later until 6:30. Help support the Rieke PTA, library, and your child’s love of books.

The ever increasing amount of parent volunteers has been wonderful. It is a sign of our community commitment to our children. If you have yet to volunteer this year please check and make sure you have a current background check. Links for the process are at https://www.pps.net/domain/66

Our Lost and Found is already starting to overflow. Remind your child to stop and look for their items. The items are all stored outside the gym in a closet across from the art room.

Walk to School Day is a great event that is set for October 2nd. Join your friends and neighbors that day as a sign of wellness and health.

Every school in PPS conducts a series of scheduled drills throughout each academic year. Tomorrow our staff and students will participate in the first of two mandatory Lock Down drills for the year. Teachers will use age-appropriate language to prepare and debrief students about the drill. Since we understand the emotional nature of these drills, I wanted to make sure that you also know is this happening. Participating in drills helps our team improve practices so that if there were ever a need for us to follow these procedures in a real situation, we are able to do so in the safest way possible. Our ultimate goal is that students are safe at school and know how to respond in an emergency. If you have questions or concerns about the drill, please feel free to reach out.

Remember October 11 is a state-wide in-service day and there will be no school that day. If you are looking for a fun activity that day, see the attached flyer from the Wilson Cheer team.

Cheers!

Jon Jeans

Principal's Message, September 20

Dear Rieke community,

Thank you to everyone who came out for our TAG information night and Back to School Night last night. I apologize for the failure of our technical systems in the gym but thank you for being patient and helping maintain the space to allow everyone to hear. Our teachers and staff felt strongly about the connections they were able to make with their parent community. I hope you were able to add clarity and depth of understanding towards the learning taking place in your child’s classroom. I have added our current TAG plan to our website.

I need to share a disturbing incident that occurred in our community on Wednesday afternoon. A bus riding student was approached by a man in a vehicle after getting off the bus. The student was alone but luckily made good safe decisions and was able to leave the area. This incident was traumatic for this family, luckily it was not tragic. The police were notified and they are pursuing the matter. Sadly, these type of incidents remind us of the perils of the modern day, where we have teach our children how to respond to potential threats and predators. Speaking to your child about how to respond in such a situation is scary but essential. Notifying authorities and the school in any such incident is important. Together we must remain vigilant to ensure the safety and security of every student every day. Please let us know further concerns.

We thank the PTA for their continued help getting us needed volunteers. Lunch recess duty remains a time where we always could use more eyes and ears on the students to help problem solve and keep students safe and responsible. I am still looking to hire two more lunch assistants to bolster our supervision and sustainability. If you are interested, email me at jjeans@pps.net.

One of the Foundation’s largest fundraiser, the Run for Rieke, is coming soon, October 4th. The pledge forms and information was sent home. Pledges and volunteers are ever needed to support the Foundation and the student runners!

Jon Jeans

Principal, Rieke Elementary

Principal's Message, September 13

Dear Rieke Rocket families,

What a wonderful picture day we have had! It is always interesting to see the children in their unique picture day styles and smiles. In case you missed it today, or in the end want pictures redone, our retake date is October 22nd. We will do class photos that day as well.

We hope to see you tonight at the Rieke family picnic! This fun annual community event starts at 5:30 pm and runs until 7:30 pm. Come say hi to friends young and old, watch the kids play together, and bring a picnic to share. I will be here, please say hello and introduce yourself.

Next Thursday evening, 9/19, is our Back to School Night. It starts at 6:30 pm. Prior to 6:30 pm start I will host a TAG and ELD information night in the cafeteria from 6:00 pm-6:30 pm where I will share the district and building plans for these embedded educational programs. At 6:30 pm I will start the Back to School event with introductions of our stellar staff and give a brief state of the school presentation. The evening’s events are for parents, not students. We realize this can be burden but believe it provides us a better environment to clearly communicate the learning taking place in our Rieke Way classrooms.

The Run for Rieke is coming soon, October 4th on the Wilson track. Details and fundraising forms will be coming home soon.

We welcome volunteers! If you have time to help in classrooms, library, at lunch recess, or in the office let us know. One specific need would be for someone to help answer phones around 1:00 pm -1:30 pm while Lynda takes her well-deserved lunch break! I plan on offering a classroom volunteer training soon to offer strategies for helping students with literacy and math work. In addition, our Green Team is growing and developing. I am still seeking two lunch EA’s to join the team, so if you have some time during the middle of the day to work with us, please let the office know.

Cheers!  Jon Jeans, Principal 

Principal's Message, September 9

Dear families of Rieke Rockets,

Thank you again for all your support and enthusiasm in starting our year so well! It is joyous to work here with such wonderful staff and families. Truly.

We continue to develop our Rieke website to include more information about our staff, updated calendar, and resources for families, students and families. Please use the website and we welcome any feedback/suggestions for improvement.

This Friday 9/13 is school picture day for students. Please return completed forms and any forms of payment to your student’s teacher, not the office. We have scheduled class photos and individual photo retake day for October 22.

We are always looking for volunteers at lunch recess. What a fun time to contribute and be part of the social learning of our students! We have other volunteer needs that be accessed through the Rieke PTA website. https://riekepta.membershiptoolkit.com/Open_Forms

Our back to school night is Thursday, September 19th from 6:30-8:00. In addition we will present a TAG and ELD information night in the cafeteria from 6:00-6:30 before the Back to School Night event begins. We hope everyone can join us to hear more about the exciting things happening in our classrooms.

The PTA and I all hope you can make it this Friday night to the Rieke Family Picnic! Here are details shared by the PTA in their weekly newsletter The Rapper.

The Back-to-School Picnic is this Friday!
Join us for the celebration!

The annual picnic is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and learn more about the Rieke school community.

The Details

  • Date: Friday, September 13th

  • Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00

  • Place: Rieke playground

We’ll have tables set up by grade, and additional activities include art stations, music, and some science activities for kids. We will also be selling spirit wear. 

You can pack your own picnic dinner, or you can grab food at the event. This year we’ll have pizza, salad, drinks, and popsicles.
 
The PTA depends on support to fund our community activities. In order to make this year’s picnic accessible to everyone, we are trying something new. Instead of charging for food, we are asking families to consider making a $10 donation per person. You can do so at the picnic, either through cash, check, credit card, or Venmo. If you can donate more, please do! If you have to donate less or can’t donate at all, that’s okay too! 

The picnic is much more than a fundraiser, it’s a chance for us all to come together as a community and celebrate the launch of another great school year.

If you have any questions, please email events@riekepta.org.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone at this great community building event! Cheers!

Jon Jeans, Principal

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New Online Family Directory

New Online Family Directory

This year, the Rieke PTA is launching a new platform that will make being an active member of our school community easier than ever: an online directory of parents and students, controlled completely by you! 

To access the online directory, you first need to create an account. This can be done HERE

Questions or concerns? Send them to comm@riekepta.org

membership toolkit

Welcome Back Community Picnic!

The Back-to-School Picnic is this Friday!
Join us for the celebration!

The annual picnic is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and learn more about the Rieke school community.

The Details

  • Date: Friday, September 13th

  • Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00

  • Place: Rieke playground

We’ll have tables set up by grade, and additional activities include art stations, music, and some science activities for kids. We will also be selling spirit wear. 

You can pack your own picnic dinner, or you can grab food at the event. This year we’ll have pizza, salad, drinks, and popsicles.
 
The PTA depends on support to fund our community activities. In order to make this year’s picnic accessible to everyone, we are trying something new. Instead of charging for food, we are asking families to consider making a $10 donation per person. You can do so at the picnic, either through cash, check, credit card, or Venmo. If you can donate more, please do! If you have to donate less or can’t donate at all, that’s okay too! 

The picnic is much more than a fundraiser, it’s a chance for us all to come together as a community and celebrate the launch of another great school year.

If you have any questions, please email events@riekepta.org.



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Principal's Message, August 27th

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Dear Rieke Rocket community,

We are so excited for 1st to 5th grade students to return to school on Wednesday. Our staff has been working very hard to prepare for your arrival. I hope many of you can stay after school starts and visit during PTA’s coffee social out in the foyer. I look forward to meeting more of you! The first bell rings at 8:35, if students and families arrive early they will need to wait outside. School supplies can be brought to the classroom after the bell where they will be added to classroom shared materials. Dismissal is at 3:00. Please have a clear plan with your students for pick-up.

Back to school packets will go home on the first day. They include our handbook, cafeteria calendar menu, PTA membership form, walking field trip form, new procedures for volunteering and student safety, and your child’s registration form. Please check over the registration page, make any necessary changes and return to school. Bus tags went home with teacher placement letters. We have a calendar fix to mention from handbook, the teaching planning day in November is on the 1st, not the 8th.

Thank you to everyone who came out on community care day. The school grounds are much improved and safety increased. Thank you!

Our staff is nearly complete now. We have enough kindergarten students to keep our 3 classes which preserves other staffing. The office staff is now complete and ever getting trained up, principal secretary Lynda Gordon has been amazing! Anne Eddy is our new school secretary and happily learning all her new responsibilities. Even I am ever learning new things and getting up to speed. Thank you for your patience! In addition, we have hired a sustainability coordinator as an EA. She will also support primary grade literacy before lunch. We will be looking for a few last lunch EA positions. If you are interested please contact Jon Jeans at jjeans@pps.net.

There are many volunteer opportunities and we welcome any assistance you can provide. Check with the office or your child’s teacher to see how you best can help. We are also looking for lightly used games for our resource rooms.

Rieke lost 2 teacher positions this year compared to last year. As a result our class sizes are rather large across the board. And we are popular, more kids keep coming. While this dynamic will impact teachers and students, we do have the staff (Team Rieke) to adapt and excel. Our aim is to be the best elementary school in PPS despite these growing pains. We are adding some support people to address student needs. I expect fully we will continue to grow and next year be prepared to grow as the new state budget revenues are put into Oregon education.

We continue developing our web site to be more robust and offer better insights into the why and what of our efforts. The green team is being built. New common language expectations for students are developed and we are working on new posters students can understand. I have a plan to meet and learn every students’ name by the end of this week. Parents will be next. Cheers!

Jon Jeans

Principal