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.

Rieke Rapper, November 30

We've Got Spirit! Yes, We Do!

Brand new Rieke spirit wear is available to purchase! You can buy them over the next two weeks, both before and after school on Fridays, as well as other select days. In addition to t-shirts, we have youth and adult hoodies, winter beanies, and long-sleeve shirts. All proceeds go to help the Rieke Playscape Project.

Join the Equity Team

Teachers and parents are invited to a monthly discussion focused on how we as a school can create a more equitable environment, and how we can learn to act as allies. The Equity Team meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Rieke library. Please email Mr. Swehla with questions.

December Equity Team Meeting Details

  • Date: 12/6/2018

  • Time: 6:30 pm

  • Where: Rieke Library  

 Return 'em for Rieke - Keep Up the Great Work!

Thanks to you and your thirsty friends and family, the Thanksgiving kick-off of the Return 'em for Rieke returnables drive was a huge success! We brought in over $500 for the Rieke Playscape Project.
Please keep the returnable glass/plastic/and aluminum beverage containers coming! You can pick up more blue bags in the office or at the spirit wear table from this Friday through the beginning of winter break. E-mail playground@riekepta with any questions or to request blue bags or bag pickup.

Jola Café Event on 12/6

Come to Jola Café on Thursday 12/6 from 5-8 pm for drinks and shopping with local vendors! Munch on complimentary snacks made by Rieke-parent and Chef Pascal Chureau. Local wines, beers, specialty cocktails and menu items available. All sales benefit Rieke!

  • Tastings!

  • Complimentary treats!

  • Shop local artisans and vendors!

  • $10 raffle for 2 Field & Vine farm-to-table dinner tickets!

  • All food, drinks, and sales benefit Rieke!

Donate to the Educator's Fund!

The end of the year is a great time to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to All Hands Raised. The money raised is used to make up for staffing shortfalls. Please consider making a one-time, or recurring, donation to All Hands Raised today. 

As an extra incentive, fellow Rieke parent and owner of local favorites Le Pigeon and Little Bird restaurants has generously offered an incentive for your donations.

  • The first five donations of $1,000 or more will receive a $100 gift certificate to Le Pigeon

  • The first 10 donations of $500 or more will receive a $50 gift certificate to Little Bird.

You can learn more about All Hands Raised and the Educator's Fund HERE



Principal's Message, November 26

It is a busy time of year but our focus remains on learning and growth, while taking into account all the distractions the holidays can bring. There is also time for celebrations, one of which is our first Writer’s Tea of the year. We have three Writer’s Teas throughout the school year with the first two being for grades 1-5 and our final one in May, adding Kindergartners to the event. Each teacher selects a writer from their classroom and tries to ensure it is someone who has not been selected previously. Thanks to parent Katie Unflat who makes our library transform into a Tea Room where guests are invited to hear each student read his or her piece and made to feel a little special during this time. The Tea is Thursday, Dec. 6.

At Rieke, we work to help our students demonstrate compassion and generosity to others. As adults, we can lead by example in helping out families in need this winter. This week, we will be posting some holiday gift requests from families needing the most help this winter. If you are interested in helping, please take an ornament from the bulletin board by the Rieke main office or signing up online. Details about the online option will come out in a school-wide email this week.  These ornaments contain anonymous wishes from actual Rieke community members. Please take an ornament, shop for the item, and return it to Mr. Johnstone unwrapped with the ornament attached by December 11th. These acts of selflessness make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors and teach our kids to have each other's back. Please contact me should any questions arise. Thanks for all you do for our kids.

If your child is still incomplete in their immunizations, please make arrangements to obtain vaccinations and to provide this information to the school.  Exclusion day for state required vaccinations is Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until current immunization records are provided to school staff.  

Principal's Message, November 8

We have recently had a couple of close calls of cars turning and not paying attention to pedestrians with the right of way in the crosswalk at the intersection of Vermont and Bertha. The solution being proposed is requesting the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) install a left turn and a right turn signal at the intersection. This will enable students and adults to cross the road safely.

We are urging anyone who would like to promote a safer crossing for pedestrians to complete this survey for PBOT. The survey deadline is Nov. 10.

Raise a (Returnable) Beverage for Rieke!  

The Rieke Playground Committee is working hard on plans for exciting playscape improvements. You can help by participating in our Thanksgiving returnable drive. Simply pick up a blue plastic bag, fill it with returnable cans and bottles from those delicious holiday beverages, and return the full bag to Rieke after Thanksgiving. Pick up a bag in the front office or the Playground Committee's table outside of school on November 15 from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Email with any questions.  

Rieke Rapper, November 9

Save the Date for the Next PTA Meeting!

Join us Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 in the Rieke cafeteria. This will be the last meeting before the end of the year. We have a packed agenda, including important votes on how to spend some of our cash reserves.
Make your voice heard! All PTA members in good standing can vote. Not a member yet? You can join at the meeting, or register here. Drinks and dessert will be available. Free childcare is available. Email Amanda to secure a spot. 

Raise a (Returnable) Beverage for Rieke!  

The Rieke Playground Committee is working hard on plans for exciting playscape improvements. You can help by participating in our Thanksgiving returnable drive. Simply pick up a blue plastic bag, fill it with returnable cans and bottles from those delicious holiday beverages, and return the full bag to Rieke after Thanksgiving. Pick up a bag in the front office or from the Playground Committee's table outside of school on November 16th from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Email with any questions.  

Extra Wreath Inventory Available!

Enjoy the beauty and fragrance of evergreens this holiday season while supporting the Rieke Garden Education Program. Due to the nature of ordering in bundles, we have limited inventory still available for purchase:

  • 2 mixed wreaths ($24 each)

  • 2 candy cane wreaths ($24 each)

  • 4 strands of 15" cedar garland ($34 each)

Please email Cindy Devine if you are interested.

Yearbook Photos Wanted

If you have photos from school events, please submit them to We are looking for photos from events like:

  • Field trips

  • Oregon Battle of the Books

  • Science fair

  • The green team

  • Classroom activities/project

  • Dress up days

  • Recess and lunchtime

  • P.E, art, library, and technology time

  • Garden club

Do not send personal photos. Please include a simple description of the photo and the grade the student(s) is in. Group photos are our favorite! 
Questions?  Please email


Principal's Message, November 5

We’re off to a great start this week. I appreciated the fact the rain held off until close to the end of the day – after 3 would have been more ideal but we did get through most of recesses without the wet.

It’s great that we have lots of students riding their bikes to and from school but we need your help in reminding them they need to not be riding around on the blacktop or near the main entrance right before school or immediately after dismissal. If they are riding home on Vermont, they also should walk their bikes if there are still a lot of students and adults walking towards the buses and the parking lot. We’ve had a few close calls with riders almost hitting walkers. Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe!

You can keep turning in Run for Rieke pledge forms. Students receive a small prize for the return of the form as a way of confirming that families were aware of it. They do not need to bring money in with the form to get a prize. If you have pledges being given online, that’s great and you can still send in the pledge sheet even with no money attached.

As part of the Harvest Book Collection our students brought in over 1,000 books that will be given to local families who are not as fortunate to have lots of books in their homes. Thank you to all who made this possible!

Next Monday we do celebrate the Veteran’s Day Holiday. The reason November feels like there’s no school is having two holidays plus the end of the first quarter, along with parent teacher conferences. We’ll try and pack as much instruction in as we can!

Rieke Rapper, November 2

The Next PTA Meeting is 11/13

Please join us on Tuesday, November 13 for the next PTA meeting. It is an important one, as we'll be voting on how to spend some of our cash reserves. 

  • Where: Rieke Cafeteria

  • When: Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 pm

If you aren't a member, you can still attend, but you can't vote. If you would like to become a member, you can do so here or at the meeting. 

Free childcare will be available. Please email to secure a spot. 

Fundraiser Update

The Run for Rieke has raised $30,000 so far! We are still accepting pledge forms. Please bring them to the office. 

Join the PTA Board!

Are you looking for ways to be more involved? There is an open position for the PTA Board: Volunteer Coordinator.

This position is dedicated to organizing parent volunteers for events throughout the year. Joining the PTA Board is a two-year commitment, and a wonderful experience. If you are interested in learning more, please email Kirk at

The OBOB Needs Your Help!

The OBOB depends heavily on parent volunteers to be a success. We need volunteers to work as coaches, organize the battles, run the tournament, provide practice questions, and offer support to the teams. You can read more about the program here and here.

This is a great opportunity for parents of kids in grades 3-5. But anyone can help! If you’re interested in volunteering, please email

November Service Club Event: Collecting Costumes for Head Start

From November 1st-9th, we are collecting costumes and dress-up items for six Head Start classes in the area. Five of the classes are for ages 3-5, and one is for ages 0-3. In addition to full costumes, they are looking for hats, capes, aprons, skirts, vests, and scarves. The items can be placed in the boxes and bags that will be put out across from the office. Questions? Contact Melissa Light.

Fill Up Your Cart!

The Backpack Program is flush with mac & cheese! But if you’re planning a shopping trip this weekend, we could use the following items:

  • Peanut butter 

  • Oatmeal

  • Pasta

  • Canned chicken

  • Canned tuna

  • Bisquick/Pancake mix