Principal's Message, April 9

Dear Rieke Families,

Welcome to the first week of the final quarter of this school year! This is the time of year when things really start speeding up with lots of events taking place, including many field trips. We will try and keep the calendar on the Rieke website updated with all events and any changes taking place.

For this week we have moved the Lost and Found into the front hall. Please stop by and take a look if you think you’re missing something. These will be donated to the PPS Clothes Closet at the end of the week.

If you happen to go by the Hillsdale library check out Rieke students’ art behind the check out desk. We will also have one student’s piece highlighted at the HeArt of Portland event at the Portland Art Museum where for a couple of weeks starting on April 16 they will have student work from a variety of PPS schools on display. It is a way of promoting the benefits the district and our students receive from the Portland Art Tax.Here is an important update regarding the 2018-2019 Yearbook:

Hello Rieke Families,

Neon pink yearbook order forms are coming home today! 

Yearbooks are $20 each.  Cash or check accepted.  Return them to the office by this Friday, April 12th.  There is a box on the counter in the office for you to place your order form and payment.

*5th graders will be gifted yearbook so they do not need to submit an order form.

We are in need of photos to put in the yearbook!  Please send some asap!

If you have photos from school events you would like to submit email them to

Please include a simple description of the photo and the grade the student(s) is in.  Such as "Fieldtrip/3rd grade".

Photos will be accepted from...

  • Fieldtrips

  • BOTB

  • The Green Team

  • Classroom activities/project

  • Dress Up Days

  • Recess and Lunchtime

  • P.E. / Art / Library / Technology time

  • Garden Club...

  • pretty much anything that is Rieke related.

Please do not send personal photos of holidays, vacations, birthday parties, club sports etc.  These will not be used.

Group photos are our favorite! 

Any questions?  Please email


Rieke Yearbook Team

Have a great week!


Slots still available for teacher parties!

Below is a list of teacher parties happening this month that still have slots available. All of the parties are happening at school. If you would like to send your child, you can pay with cash or check (made out to All Hands Raised) and bring payment to the party or put it into Melissa Light’s mailbox in the office. Questions? Contact Melissa Light. Scholarships to attend are also available. Please contact Melissa or talk with your teacher if needed.

1st-5th grade Clay Art Party with Ms. Mitchell and Mr. Swehla
Enjoy a 2 day party making musical instruments (ocarinas or rattles/shakers) from clay! Your child with create a beautiful take home piece of art. Please note this is a 2 day event. First date for clay construction and the 2nd for glazing. Ms. Mitchell and Mr. Swehla will provide a healthy snack before they create. 
Day 1: April 10, 2019, 3:00-4:30 pm
Day 2: April 25, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $40

5th Grade Miyazaki Film Festival
The featured films are Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service. The 5th graders can choose one movie to watch. Students can expect an after-school snack of ramen noodles and some Japanese treats. 
Date: Thursday, April 11th
Time: 3:15-5:15 pm
Cost: $25

4th Grade Party
4th graders will enjoy a movie night with treats and all of their friends!
Date: Friday, April 12th
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $25

3rd grade Pajama and Movie Night
Students should wear their favorite pj’s to the 3rd grade movie night! Yummy snacks provided too!
Date: April 19, 2019
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $25

2nd Grade Celebration with Ice Cream, Dance Party, Games, Etc!
2nd graders will walk to Dairy Hill for their choice of a single scoop. We will return to Rieke and open our classrooms for different activities including: Dance Party, Crafts, Games, Videos, Etc...
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 3-5 pm
Cost: $25

Principal's Message, March 18

What a wonderful evening at Saturday’s Auction! I’m so impressed with Melissa Light and her auction team for how well organized and fun the event was. I was touched by Jim Meurer’s kind words. It has truly been an honor for me to be at Rieke for the past three years and I will miss this community greatly. It also looks like the fund raising was quite successful. We won’t have the final totals until probably after spring break but it is clear the community was feeling very generous and supportive of our school – thank you so much!!!

Please be sure to check out the lost and found, it is now overflowing.

Next week is spring vacation. Students will return to a regular schedule on Monday, April 1 (no, it is not an April Fool’s joke!). Have a great break and hopefully the sun will continue to shine and the temperatures to warm.

Principal's Message

The Johnny Cheddars, a team of our 5th grade boys, won last Saturday’s regional competition for the Oregon Battle of the Books and will move on to the state level competition which is awesome, way to go!!

We are having a high number of students who are out sick. It is probably a good idea to remind your child to use good hand washing techniques along with cough-and-sneeze-etiquette to prevent the further spread of illness. If your child has a fever, he or she should not return to school until 24 hours have passed symptom-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication. I’ve attached a letter from the Multnomah County Health Department with some tips on ways to keep healthy.

Flu-like Illness Letter Revised_English.pdf 

I have attached next year’s PPS calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. There are no major changes so it will look fairly similar to this year’s calendar. We still have not heard about whether students will need to make up the two snow days from last month.

PPS 2019-20 school calendar.pdf 

It looks like perhaps we will finally be able to enjoy some warmer weather which will be very welcome!

I wanted to share how proud I was of the whole school coming together last Friday afternoon. One of our students lost a very expensive, critical piece of technology she requires throughout the day. Almost every student and many staff all were totally committed to helping try to find it, searching every inch of the playground, the bathroom and various other parts of the building. It was wonderful to see. And, we were successful in finding it which was a huge relief.

Rieke Spring Plant Sale

Get a jump on garden season and help support Rieke’s Garden Education Program at the same time! Click HERE to find the huge selection of plants available. Order forms are available to print HERE and are also available in the office.

Ordering is easy. Simply leave your completed order form with payment in the Rieke Office Plant Sale. All forms are due by end of day, Wednesday April 3rd.

Plants will be available to pick up at Rieke on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am to noon. Questions? Please contact Cindy Devine.

Science Fair Success!

The Rieke Science Fair was a huge success, and over 40 students submitted projects!

A big THANK YOU to all who volunteered & supported the science fair:

Chu Ai, Alicia Baker, Amanda Brohman, Willow Bolen, Bryan Danforth, Amelia Ellis, Lisa Greene, Julian Greene, Sherry Hastings, Anne Hill, Jason Krajewski, Marty Lafrenz, Christine Lafrenz, Ian Lafrenz, Sophie Lafrenz, Sarah Lewins, Kim Meyers, Bronte McKinnis, Brigitte Naslund, Chris Poulsen, Zach Prichard, Sylvio Redanz, Jocelyn Rice, Richard Richey, Julie Smith, Amy Vaughan, Chloe Unflat, Brian Unflat, Nate Wood, Roxy Wood, Electra Wood, and Alexandria Quan.

Thank you to the Wilson Robotics Club and Key Club for volunteering their time.

We are looking for a new co-chair for the science fair. Katie Unflat—the current chair who has done an amazing job!—has only one more year at Rieke, and we want to keep this amazing tradition going. If you are interested in helping, please email Katie at


Principal's Message, February 25

Congratulations to every single 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader who participated (or was part of a team) at Saturday’s Oregon Battle of the Books tournament! I am so impressed with how much our students knew, along with how wonderfully they demonstrated such great sportsmanship. Hats off, as well, to their coaches and parents for supporting them through this. We have eight teams in our final competition this coming Wednesday evening and the winner of that will represent Rieke at the Regional championship happening next month. It’s great that our top eight teams represent students from all three grade levels. Thank you Andra Carrick for your hard work in getting everything organized so that our students could have this opportunity.

The window for completing the Portland Public Schools’ Successful Schools survey has been extended until March 8th. We would love to hear from as many members of our community as possible. Use this link to give your input:

Last Thursday’s Science Fair was a great success! Congratulations to all of our budding scientists from Kindergarten through 5th grade who submitted projects. A big thank you to Katie Unflat for organizing this event for the past twelve years!!!! Thank you, too, to the many volunteers who helped judge the projects as well as helped students make oobleck and explore the sand geography table.

Our amazing first graders collected 320 pounds of food that will be handed out to Rieke families through our backpack program. Way to go!!!

We have run very short of spare clothes. If you happen to be going through closets and are finding clothes that no longer fit anyone in your household, especially boys’ pants, we could use them. We could also use hats and gloves that we give out to students who are without.

Have a good rest of the week and hopefully the weather will start settling down and not teasing us with threats of snow.

Principal's Message, January 28

While the sun is out this week the wind has returned which again makes for chilly recesses at school and means warm coats are really necessary. Although we certainly can’t complain compared to what the Midwest is expecting!

Please be sure if you are sending any medication for your child, whether over the counter or prescription, it needs to come in its original packaging and you must complete a form indicating when it is to be administered. This includes cough drops. Students are not allowed to self-administer anything without prior approval from our nurse.

Help us spread the word to families who may have a child turning five years old on or before September 1st which means he or she can start Kindergarten next Fall. Our Connect to Kindergarten information session is Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6:30-8 pm and we want to get the information out to as many families as possible. This is an evening geared for adults and we will not have childcare available. We will have another event in May where we will be welcoming our future K students.

Report cards should be coming home with your child this week, please keep an eye out for them in their backpacks.

Principal's Message, December 3

Today is the first day of our Right Brain art residency. Rieke has been participating in the Right Brain project for the past three years and PPS has been part of the Right Brain since it began back in the mid 2000’s. The goal of the residency is to use an artist expression integrated into an academic area, such as writing, social studies, math, etc., that through the creative thinking it fosters students’ ability to problem solve, innovate, and think critically. Our artist is Aaron Nigel Smith and he will be doing four 45-minute sessions with each class beginning this week and going through mid-January. Grades K-2 will be using bells and Aaron’s guitars and grades 3-5 will be using African drumming.

For more information on the Right Brain, here is the link to their website:

For families of students in grades 3-5 who want to participate in this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) team sign up forms are due this week. Students need to be part of a 4-person team. If your child is not yet part of a team and he or she would like to participate please have your child talk with Ms. Vaughan, our media specialist who can hopefully direct them towards an open spot on a team.

Please be sure to send your child with a warm winter coat this week and next. The students spend time every day outside even when the temperature is in the low 40’s, plus with the wind chill predicted later this week, it may feel even colder.