Rieke Rapper, October 19

Got books? The Children’s Book Harvest needs your help!

ALL children, regardless of means, should grow up surrounded by and experiencing books! So the Rieke Service Club is partnering with the Children’s Book Bank for the sixth annual Children's Book Harvest book drive.

Please bring in gently used or new books appropriate for babies, toddlers, and elementary age children. Drop off your books in the marked boxes, which will be in each classroom and in the entryway across from the office. We’ll be collecting books through October 31. Books featuring children of color and books in Spanish are greatly needed.

You can also make a cash donation, which allows the Children's Book Bank to purchase additional much needed books not generally collected in the drive. Families who wish to contribute cash may DONATE HERE.

To learn more about the program, click HERE. Questions? Please email Kerri Norman at kerri@thenormans.net.

November Service Club: Neighborhood House!

On Thursday, November 8th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Rieke students are invited to help in the Neighborhood House Pantry. We will help clients shop the pantry (choose items based on family size), and help stock shelves and break down boxes. Neighborhood House has the largest food pantry on the west side of Portland, serving between 500-600 families each month. This is a great opportunity for your child to help others in our own neighborhood!

Students must RSVP, because space is limited. Please email your RSVP to Kassie Hughes at kassiewhughes@gmail.com.

A Few More Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for a few more reading buddies for the following times:

  • 2:30 - 3:00 pm, any day

  • 12:15 - 12:45 pm, any day

  • 8:45-9:15 am, Thursday

We're all busy, but by setting aside thirty minutes a week you will help a child build a life-long love of reading. If you are available, email Melissa Light at lightfamily.or@gmail.com.  

Fall Scholastic Book Fair Results

The results are in! Thanks to all of you, the book fair brought in $6,345.90 in sales. That earned $1,586.48 for the PTA! Thank you to everyone for making this fundraiser such a success. Special thanks to Jenn MacDonald, Sarah Woodward, Janie Stone, Hannah Lauer, and Melissa Light for all their help during the book fair.

Order Your Holiday Wreaths Today!

Our annual wreath fundraiser has begun! Fliers are available in the office. All of the money raised will go to the Garden Education Program. More information can be found HERE.
Questions? Please email Cindy Devine at cindyldevine@yahoo.com

The Sixth Annual Children’s Book Harvest Book Drive Is Here

The Rieke Service Club is partnering with the Children’s Book Bank on the sixth annual Children's Book Harvest book drive. Why? Because ALL children, regardless of means, should grow up surrounded by and experiencing books! 

Bring in gently used or new books appropriate for babies, toddlers, and elementary age children. Drop off your books in the marked boxes, which will be in each classroom and in the entryway across from the office. We’ll be collecting books from October 15 through October 31.

Children's books featuring children of color and books in Spanish are greatly needed. Consider donating new books that reflect the wonderful diversity of the Portland community. Cash donations allow The Children's Book Bank to purchase book in Spanish and other much needed books not generally collected in the book drive. Families who wish to contribute cash to support the Children's Book Harvest may donate here

For more information, please email Kerri Norman at kerri@thenormans.net.

The Children's Book Harvest is an annual community-wide book drive that takes place each fall to help The Children's Book Bank gather and provide books to thousands of children in our community who might not otherwise have books of their own at home. Schools, businesses, congregations, and other organizations help build our book supply by organizing local book drives, making it easy for families to pass along the books their children have outgrown. Throughout the year, books gathered during the Children’s Book Harvest are cleaned, restored, and carefully curated and distributed to local area families.  Picture books are thoughtfully bundled into mini-collections to help Head Start families build regular reading habits. Books for school-age children are sorted by grade level and distributed each spring to high needs schools who then hold free books fairs. Thousands of books also find their way into homes of families desperately in need of them via food pantries, community health care clinics, and youth camps.

Principal's Message, October 15

Dear Rieke Families,

This week we have started the Children’s Book Harvest. We have both Rieke parents and Wilson students help coordinate this drive to collect books to donate to children in need. For the next two weeks each class will be collecting new or gently used books appropriate for babies, toddlers, and early elementary students through grade three. Children’s Book Harvest provides a list of desired books: https://www.childrensbookbank.org

I know many parents of 3-5th graders are wondering about whether there will be Oregon Battle of the Books competition for Rieke students this year. This event is coordinated by a parent or parents. The school will get a team registered for Rieke and we’ve ordered the list of books to have ready for readers in our library but we’re hoping there are some parents out there who would like to take the lead in helping coordinate everything.

Please keep checking the Lost and Found if you happen to be at school. We made a pretty good dent in it a few weeks ago but with our cold then warm weather it has refilled to overflowing!

Enjoy this lovely sunny weather!

Sarah

Principal's Message, October 8th

Dear Rieke Families,

I’m so sorry I missed the Run for Rieke, but heard it went well. Who knew we would be having a heat wave during the run (and hard to believe how much it’s changed just a week later!). Keep the pledges coming in. Every student who returns his or her pledge sheet (even if they didn’t collect any money) will receive a small prize. Checks should be made out to All Hands Raised. We then access those funds to use to support staffing at Rieke. Funds from last year are helping provide our technology instructor Jani Colasurdo this year.

As teachers are getting their classroom volunteers schedules in place I want to remind everyone of the high importance of keeping information confidential. We love having parents and other volunteers here helping, it makes a tremendous difference. But it is essential that information you learn about while volunteering is kept entirely confidential. That provides privacy for all of our students and keeps the integrity of our program. If you’re not sure how you could help but are interested please reach out to either your child’s teacher or Zac and Lynda in the office.

Picture retake day will be October 30th. If you prefer not to keep the first photo, bring it on the 30th to get a 2nd picture taken.

There is no school this Friday, the 12th. This is part of the statewide inservice day. Our Book Fair will run through this Thursday. It will be open every morning this week at 8:30 and after school until 5 pm, except until 6:30 pm on Tuesday. Scholastic donates a portion of the profits back to Rieke both in the form of books and in credit.

Have a great week!

-Sarah

 

Second Annual Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

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Enjoy the beauty and fragrance of Oregon evergreens throughout the holiday season, and help support the Rieke Garden Education Program while you do it! Our second annual wreath fundraiser—in partnership with local, family-owned business Farmington Gardens—starts Monday, October 15. Fliers are available in the office.

Available to order:

  • Merry Berry Wreath, $25

  • Mixed Wreath, $24

  • Alberta Spruce, $20

  • Candy Cane, $24

  • Cedar Garland, $34

Questions? Please email Cindy Devine at cindyldevine@yahoo.com.

Rieke Rapper, October 5

 

Looking for a Few Good Readers!

The Rieke Reading Buddy Program is designed to help K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students improve their literacy skills by giving them the opportunity to read aloud, one-on-one, to an adult volunteer. Volunteers model the joy of reading, while supporting the child's efforts to read independently. 

The Rieke Reading Buddy Program is seeking volunteers! This is the perfect opportunity for parents, grandparents, and neighbors. The time commitment is 30 minutes per week, and we can use volunteers at the following times:

  • Start of the school day: 8:45-9:15

  • Right after lunch: 12:15-12:45

  • End of the school day: 2:30-3:00

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Melissa Light at lightfamily.or@gmail.com and let her know the days and times you are available.

Did you know you could raise money for Rieke just by shopping? Below are three easy ways to make a difference with your dollars. 

Go to www.smile.amazon.com. Log in to your account and select Mary Rieke PTA as your charity. After you’ve done this, make all your Amazon purchases through www.smile.amazon.com, and 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to the PTA.

Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Mary Rieke PTA. Go to fredmeyer.com/communityrewards to learn. You can find the Mary Rieke PTA by our NPO number, 84772. You will still receive reward points, fuel points, and rebates, but your purchases will also help Rieke.

Box Tops are found on a variety of items that you buy at the grocery store—butter, dryer sheets, cereal, and more. Please look for brands that have Box Tops somewhere on the packaging. Cut out the Box Top portion of the packaging, making sure to not cut off the expiration date or value, and give them to your child's teacher. Find participating Box Tops products.

Playground Phase II Seeks New Committee

Last year we completed Phase I of the Rieke playground update. It was quite an accomplishment, and it happened because of the the hard work of a very committed group of parent volunteers. 

There is more to do, and we are seeking a new team of parents to lead the charge. If you are interested in joining the Playground Phase II Committee, please come to our first meeting on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Rieke Library.

At the meeting we'll discuss:

  • The projects already in progress

  • The number of people needed

  • The time commitment required

  • Ways the new committee can make the project their own 

The first 15 minutes will review what is involved with being a committee member. After that we will dive into where Phase I left off, and what still needs to be done. All ideas are welcome!

If you have questions, please contact Jim Meurer

The Scholastic Book Fair Runs from 10/8 - 10/11

The Book Fair is Here! 

The Fall 2018 Scholastic Book Fair is October 8th through the 11th in the school library. Come buy books and help support literacy. Every dollar you spend will also support the PTA! There will be books on hand for all reading levels, and there will be a selection of this year's Battle of the Books titles on hand.

  • Monday 10/8: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-5 pm

  • Tuesday 10/9: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-6:30 pm

  • Wednesday 10/10: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-5 pm

  • Thursday 10/11: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-5 pm

If you are unable to make it to the fair or want to shop from the entire Scholastic catalog, you can shop online from October 1-13 HERE.  
Interested in volunteering? Please contact Janelle Miratsky at janellemiratsky@gmail.com.  

Rieke Rapper, September 28

Everyone Is Welcome

Teachers and parents are invited to a monthly discussion focused on race and equity. We will come together as a community to discuss how to create a more equitable environment, and to learn how to act as allies. The first meeting is on Thursday, October 4th in the Rieke library from 6:30-8:00 pm. Forthcoming meetings will take place on the first Thursday of every month. Please email Mr. Swehla at eswehla@pps.net with any questions.

The Book Fair is Here! 

The Fall 2018 Scholastic Book Fair is October 8th through the 11th in the school library. Come buy books and help support the PTA! We’ll have a good selection of this year's Battle of the Books titles on hand.

  • Monday 10/8: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-5 pm

  • Tuesday 10/9: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-6:30 pm

  • Wednesday 10/10: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-5 pm

  • Thursday 10/11: 8:30-8:50 am and 3-5 pm

If you are unable to make it to the fair or want to shop from the entire Scholastic catalog, you can shop online from October 1-13 HERE. Interested in volunteering? Please contact Janelle Miratsky at janellemiratsky@gmail.com.  

 The PTA Clothing Center Needs Our Help

Monday October 8th is Rieke's day to send volunteers to the PTA Clothing Center. Located at Marshall (which is currently housing Grant High School), the clothing center offers age-appropriate clothing to kids that need them. By caring for the basic needs of our youth and allowing them to dress as their peers, the clothing center encourages positive self-esteem, academic success, and regular class attendance. This year an average of 50 students per day are accessing the closet. 

  • Who: We need six volunteers. 

  • When: Monday, October 8th from 9:30-1:30

  • Where: 3905 SE 91st Avenue, Room B-60

Volunteers should check in and out of the main office. Learn more about this important organization here

Join the Rieke Green Team!

Five years ago, Rieke was the first school awarded the Eco Flag in the entire state of Oregon. Although accomplishing this was an amazing feat, we have to constantly work towards being even more green. That’s exactly what the Green Team does.

Are you or your student interested in taking part? The first meeting is on Wednesday, October 3rd. We’ll meet in Room 11 from 3-4 pm. If you can’t attend this meeting but are interested in joining the team, email jenn.poulsen@gmail.com. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. 

 

 

Principal's Message, September 24

Dear Rieke Families,

This Friday is our Run for Rieke. Please send back your pledge forms as soon as possible this week so we can put in how many laps they run on Friday and then you’ll get them back next Monday and can start collecting funds. Remember to have checks made out to All Hands Raised where it will be deposited in Rieke’s foundation account. Looks like the weather will be perfect for this event!

Our Scholastic Bookfair is the week of Oct. 8-11. Yes, this does raise money for our school but the primary reason we have this is to provide a relatively easy and inexpensive way to get more books into the hands of our students. The more students read, the better they do in school.

Please make sure you have touched base with your child’s teacher about getting a conference time scheduled. Parent teacher conferences are Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20.

Please make sure anytime you stop by school to please check out the Lost and Found which is located across from rooms 14 and 15 outside the gym. This weather means it fills up quickly with the cool mornings and warm afternoons!

Thanks,

Sarah

Principal

Rieke Elementary School

1405 SW Vermont St

Portland, OR 97219