Rieke Rapper, October 26

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

 It's time to start planning for the Oregon Battle of the Books!

The OBOB is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints.

OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

This book list for grades 3-5 includes:

  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

  • George by Alex Gino

  • Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine

  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton

  • Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

  • Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater

  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale

  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

  • Ugly by Robert Hoge

  • Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker

  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

  • A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner

  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

  • Wish by Barbara O’Connor


OBOB requires a large parent volunteer commitment to be a successful and fun event.

We need parents to:

  • Work as coaches

  • Organize the battle

  • Run the tournament

  • Provide access to books and available practice questions

  • Offer support to the teams

We are looking for a new OBOB Committee to organize this event. The OBOB cannot move forward without this team in place. We are planning an informational meeting for November 27th. If you are interested in learning how you can help now, please email comm@riekepta.org.

Rieke Chess Club Starts November 5th!

Starting November 5th, the Rieke Elementary Chess Club will meet every Monday from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the Rieke Library. The club offers lessons (from basic to advanced), work on some chess problems, and plenty of opportunities to play chess!

Whether your student is just learning, or if they're interested in playing in tournaments and working toward qualifying for the State Championship in April, there is room for them in Chess Club. Not only will they learn the rules of chess, but they'll learn how to think more carefully, to win and lose more gracefully, and to have fun in friendly competition. 

Meetings will continue on every Monday that school is in session through April 15th. We ask that parents of students in second grade and under (or as otherwise needed) stay for the full meeting to help keep kids focused. You'll learn something about chess, too!

If you have any questions, please email Jeff Schlimgen at schlimgn@gmail.com or Annette Dietz at acdietz@yahoo.com.