Principal's Message, May 6

Happy May even though it looks like it’s going to feel more like July this week!

Love all the kids participating in Walk, Bike, or Roll. Next Monday, May 13th all of our morning buses will drop students at Wilson so they can get the “walk” to school experience. We’ll have staff on duty where the buses will be dropping off (right by Wilson’s main entrance) as well as parent volunteers stationed along the sidewalk to make sure everyone gets down the hill to school safely.

I have attached a parent input form ( Confidential Placement Form 2019-2020.doc  ) so you have the opportunity to share the kind of learning environment you child does well in. The teachers in each grade level work together to make the class lists for next year. There will not be very much flexibility since we are moving to only two teachers at all grades with the exception of three at 3rd grade. This form is not to request a specific teacher. It is very helpful, however, for you to share if there are other students who your child would do well having a break from being in the same class. If you choose to complete the form please return it to the office or send me an email by Friday, May 17.

Remember no school this Wednesday due to the statewide day of action for school funding. We’re back on schedule on Thursday.

Next week is the Scholastic Bookfair. Thank you to Jenn McDonald for coordinating this event. The Bookfair will be open during our Art Night on May 16th.

We are also welcoming next year’s kindergartners at an Open House on Wednesday the 15th. We could really use more kindergartners as our enrollment numbers are VERY low. You can help by spreading the word to neighbors and friends of anyone with a child turning 5 years old on or before September 1 that they can register now for next year.

It was a lovely start to the week with all the flowers that arrived for teachers! Thank you PTA for this.

Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week

Rieke Team Appreciation Week: May 6th - May 10th

Let's show our gratitude and support for all the teachers and staff that make our school great!  We have created daily themes if you want some direction, and please check your child's backpack for a flyer.  Please deliver gifts to your teacher in their classroom, but also don't forget the entire support team!

Monday, May 6th

Build-A-Bouquet: Bring in a single flower from your yard or the store and add it to a vase in the classroom.

Tuesday, May 7th

Words of Gratitude: Make or buy a card; there is also a mad-lib on the back of the flyer. There will be a card making station during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup.

Lunch Potluck: Please help nourish this wonderful team with a homemade or purchased dish for lunch. Please sign up HERE

Wednesday, May 8th

Show Your Support: Join the educators on Tom McCall Waterfront Park at 11:00 am.

Thursday, May 9th

Treat Yourself Self: Give a sweet gift of chocolate, tea, coffee, or a gift card.

Breakfast & Sweet Treats: Help us provide some morning snacks and sweet treats to the team. Please sign up HERE

Friday, May 10th

A Token of Appreciation : Give a small gift or gift card, share a book or magazine, or give some classroom supplies.  

Principal's Message, April 22

Hopefully report cards made it home from last week. Our courier system is fairly reliable but sometimes things do go into the black holes of backpacks. If you did not receive a report card for your child please check with the teacher.

We have updated the Rieke calendar with adjusted dates given the new last day of school – Weds, June 12. Remember, the district has decided to close on May 8 due to the statewide school funding rally. Champions will be providing care on this date. Our Writer’s Tea will continue as planned on Thursday, May 9.

Our Read Across Rieke event last Thursday was a great success! Thank you to our special guest readers Jake Gartland, Cynthia Follansbee, Joelle Allen, Jim Meurer, Leah Klass, and Pepye Ladd. We also had several staff readers, as well as a special treat of some students from Robert Gray joining us to read. The students did really well and were very positive about it so we’re hoping it becomes a new Rieke tradition.

Happy Earth day and have a great week, hopefully with some sunshine!


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