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!




Rieke Elementary School

1405 SW Vermont St

Portland, OR 97219

Rieke Rapper, September 21

The first PTA meeting is Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30! Join us to learn what the PTA does and how you can be involved. 

The night will kick off with a potluck. Bring a dish to share, or simply come as you are. Free childcare is available. Please email to secure a spot.  

 Run to Raise Funds for Rieke! 

 The Run for Rieke raises money to hire additional support for the school. This helps ensure that all children have everything they need to help them succeed. Students and teachers will walk, jog, and run the Wilson track on Friday, September 28th.

Students brought home their purple pledge forms this past Friday. Please ask friends, relatives, and community members to sponsor your student. 

Pledge forms are due the week of September 24th, prior to the run.  

We need volunteers to make the run a successful event. Click HERE to sign up. 

Learn to Play the Guitar and Ukulele!

Do you have a child in grades 3-5 that wants to learn an instrument? The M.U.S.E. Instrumental Program is offering a guitar/ukulele class at Rieke starting in October. For more information on the related costs, schedule, and instruments, go to or call 503-296-7713. 

Add Some Extra Food to Your Shopping List!

If you're planning a trip to the grocery store this weekend, please keep the Backpack Program in mind. Add these helpful items to your cart and drop them off on Monday morning:

  • Pancake mix

  • Macaroni and cheese

  • Granola bars

  • Pasta and sauce

  • Peanut butter

You can learn more about the program and see a complete list of requested food HERE

The Backpack Program Needs Your Help

Food Donations Needed for the Backpack Program!

Did you know that Rieke is the only Portland public school offering a backpack program based on donations from our families for our families? Donations of non-perishable food items are collected throughout the week and sent home in backpacks every Friday. This year we are supporting 13 Rieke families, and we need your help now to make the program a success. 

How Can You Help?

There are many ways to donate—

  • Bring food in and put it in the trolley cart outside the office.

  • Make a check payable to Rieke PTA and designate “backpack program” on the note line. 

  • Donate gift cards in an envelope marked “backpack program.

Monetary and gift card donations allow us to fill in where we have donation gaps and are very helpful! Please drop them off at the office.

Food In High Demand

  • Mac & Cheese

  • Canned tuna

  • Canned chicken

  • Pasta

  • Pasta sauce 

  • Instant oatmeal (packets only)

  • Canned beas

  • Canned vegetables

  • Chili/Spaghetti O’s 

  • Bisquick/Pancake mix

  • Canned soup

  • Canned fruit/Fruit cups

  • Peanut butter

  • Rice/Pilaf mixes/Hamburger Helper

  • Snacks—Anything your kid likes! These yummy treats encourage the children to bring the backpacks home. Ideas include granola bars, pudding, fruit leathers, snack bars, fruit chews, and small bags of chips.

 This program depends on the generous support of people like you, and we thank you for it!


Run for Rieke, Friday September 28th

Our annual fundraiser, the Run for Rieke, is coming up really soon! Students and teachers will walk, jog, and run the Wilson track on Friday, September 28th.

K-2nd graders run first, starting around 1:15-1:30. The 3rd-5th graders follow, starting around 1:45-2:00. They are cheered on while they run, walk, or jog for a total of 30 minutes. Popsicles will be enjoyed after the run. Please remember to pack water bottles and comfortable athletic shoes for your child on this day.

 Students brought home their purple pledge forms this past Friday. Please ask friends, relatives, and community members to sponsor your student. Sponsors have the option of pledging per lap (1/4 mile) or a lump sum. Students usually run between 5 and 13 laps.

The money raised goes to the Rieke Elementary Foundation. The foundation raises funds that are used to hire additional support for the teachers. This helps ensure that all children will have more individualized attention and educational opportunities to help them learn and succeed. 

In the event of severe rain or weather, the rain date is Monday, October 1st.

Pledge forms are due the week of September 24th, prior to the run. We are seeing volunteers to make this a successful event. Click here to sign up. 

Principal's Message September 17

Dear Rieke Families,

The Run for Rieke pledge forms were sent home last Friday. Students have this week and next to collect pledges before our Run on Friday the 28th. All students K-5 will run/walk as many laps as possible in 30 minutes on the Wilson HS track. This event raises money for Rieke staffing by having it go through the All Hands Raised Foundation. This is the only way to provide additional funding in support of teachers and staff.

 It was great having so many of you at Back to School Night last week. Part of Rieke’s success is the strong school home partnership. If you have any questions please reach out to either your child’s teacher, myself or to our counselor Ian Johnstone.

 Tomorrow we will be having our first Lockdown drill. We do talk with the students about how we have to practice what to do if there is a threat inside the school. It’s a pretty serious topic and teachers discuss it in a way to help students take it seriously without causing fear or anxiety. We also have fire drills each month and next month as part of Earthquake Awareness month we will be participating in the Great Oregon Shakeout drill.

 We’re entering our 4th week of school and things seem to be going fairly smoothly. Routines are being established and everyone is getting into the swing of schedules and expectations. Teachers are really focusing on our new literacy program and it is exciting to see how well the students are responding.

 Hopefully you will be able to join us at the PTA’s first meeting of the year next week on Tuesday the 25th. Their meeting was moved due to the conflict with Yom Kippur. We will also be looking for volunteers to help with the Run on the 28th. We need lots of cheerleaders in addition to a few folks for each class checking off each runner’s laps.

 Have a good week,




Rieke Elementary School

1405 SW Vermont St

Portland, OR 97219