Rieke Elementary School

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  • LUNCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    Upcoming Events:

    Feb 28th: OBOB Finals, 6pm, Pizza and Bake Sale too!

    Feb 29th: Leap Year Day!! 

    March 1st: Online Registration for 2024-25 opens

    March 6th: Kindergarten Connect

    March 14th: STEM Night, 6:30-8:30, Volunteers Needed!


    Another resource for Rieke events and activities is our PTA. Visit the Rieke PTA website!


    Updated District Calendar for 23/24 school year


    Reminder:

    The office is seeing an influx of forgotten items (backpack, coats, water bottles, homework, library books etc.). We are asking that unless it's an emergency*, please leave forgotten items at home. 

    It's a great way to help children learn (in a safe, low risk way) and we notice that they rise to the responsibility of being in charge of their school items.

    *Emergency scenarios would be forgotten medications, allergen friendly lunches, etc.  


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Weekly Principal Message

  • 02/23/24

    Feb 23, 2024

     

    Dear Rieke Rocket community,

    I want to start by sharing our experience here yesterday. Right after school we were faced with a medical emergency to an adult who teaches one of our after school enrichment classes. Team Rieke immediately went into a team response to help this individual. That is what we do. The Markham teacher Paula Weidner immediately radioed the office for support. Lynda Gordon ran out to the scene, assessed and called 911, while she and Paula delivered first aid. Chris Barrar took over the office for communication needs. Ellen Pederson helped move and supervise the impacted students in the library. Jani Colasurdo helped in the office to call families to pick up their children. Sean Pollock and Jill Mitchell helped deliver cell phones and radios to the medical scene to improve communication. A Rieke parent Kim Simmons arrived to pick up her daughter. She heard about the situation, and being a nurse she went to the scene and was an amazing help! Lynda Gordon remained on the scene administering first aid as we waited for the ambulance. Champions staff was notified and helped keep after school care students safe. Once the ambulance finally arrived, I was able to direct them to the scene where the individual could be helped by these medical professionals. He is ok while he continues being treated. I share this because I am so proud of the way our team handled this scary situation with such calm, adaptability, and dedication to keeping the situation safe for everybody. That is what we do.

     

    We have almost made it through February. This sunshine and warmer weather is surely a welcome addition at Rieke. But next week, it does look a little colder and wetter so please keep the layers coming. And check out the lost and found. There are some great news stories on our newest episode of the Rieke Video News on our YouTube channel  https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews And you can follow us on Instagram for some daily student highlights https://www.instagram.com/riekeschool/ We have many events coming up at Rieke:

     

    Wednesday 2/28  OBOB tournament 6:00 until we have a “champion”

    Friday 3/1  Rieke Way Assembly 8:50-9:10   All welcome but some will get “special” invitations

    Wednesday 3/6   Kindergarten Connect 6:00-7:00. 

    Thursday 3/14  STEM Night 6:30-8:00


     

    OBOB Night - with Pizza & Bake Sale! Wednesday February 28th

    The Rieke Oregon Battle of the Books competition will take place on 2/28 from 6-8PM. The PTA will be there with pizza from before of the competition, and also during the mid-competition break. Come hungry and support your readers.

    The 5th Grade BAKE SALE will also be taking place on OBOB night!

    Kindergarten Connect: As we move towards spring we have set a date for our Kindergarten Connect event on March 6th. This is an important event where we can share the wonders of the Kindergarten (and school) program at Rieke. Please help spread the word. I did a little Kindergarten Corner interview this week on the Rieke Video News https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews 

    STEM Night: Please come and participate in our 2nd annual STEM Night at Rieke. Ms. Jani Colsaurdo has again put together a fantastic set of family and student activities. These include Edison Bots for coding battles in the gym, programmable mice to drive through obstacles, 5th graders demonstrating dot and dash robots, creating bugs with 3-D pens, 3th and 4th grade games they programmed on Microsoft Arcade GameBoys, and use QR codes to link to student avatars and the digital books created by our 2nd graders. And more! Bring a phone for QR codes. And of course we need and welcome volunteers! To sign up go to www.bit.ly/riekestem


     

    From the Rieke Foundation: 

    Join us at the Rieke Auction! Tickets on sale now, and great new auction items

    The annual Rieke Auction is coming up on Saturday, April 20 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC). We hope you'll join us to support the Rieke community at our biggest fundraiser of the year. With your help, we can continue raise critical funds for beloved Rieke specials and support staff.

    This year, we have some great silent and live auction items including four nights in Sunriver during ski season, a weekend in Cannon Beach, a wine tasting for four at Amaterra Restaurant & Winery, a pickleball package from the People's Courts, a guest appearance on Fox 12's Good Day Oregon during Andy Carson's weather forecast and much more!

    The event will also feature great food, an open bar with beer and wine and live music. Get your tickets or purchase a table now: ourschool.auction/Rieke2024

     

    2024-25 Staffing update: As PPS has shared the central office and schools are facing some forms of cuts to enable PPS to meet its budget restraints. I continue to work with Human Resources and upper management to advocate for more staffing at Rieke. Once our situation becomes more fully clear at Rieke for next year I will share those details in a more transparent way. But for now, please know I am advocating for our school (and other schools), but that the auction fundraiser will again be a vital means of adding needed staffing to the program at Rieke to best support our wonderful students.

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  • Dear Rieke Rocket community,

    Thank you to all of our students (Rieke Rockets and Markham Eagles) for working so hard, being so kind and adaptable, and simply for being kids. It is an amazing responsibility to educate so many children, but the expanded Team Rieke continues to be a model of excellence. Our theme for The Rieke Way this month is empathy, and through this focus I can see students growing in their responsibility, their thoughtfulness, and their humanity. And of course their pure joy at celebrating together this past Wednesday with a school wide reward Pajama Day!

    For the foreseeable future Rieke will remain the temporary home to our 125 Markham 4th and 5th grade friends. And to their dedicated staff. PPS will continue to update families as more decisions are made that impact all of the host sites. I will as well though I generally get the same information at the same time as the community.

     

    Parking lot: We are continuing to take some steps to helping the dire parking situation at Rieke. Our expanded staff have Rieke Staff parking permits. We have been given permission to paint the letter R on all of our staff and visiting parking spots. PTA (www.riekepta.org) and I are working to get the volunteers, needed supplies, and then the proper weather and time to mark these spots. Ida B Wells has been communicating with their students, reminding them that students are not to park in our visitor spots. They have even stickered.ticketed student cars. But given all that, please be responsible and respectful as the adults in our parking lot. Please do not park in the roundabout or blocking the school lot entry. Do not double park. I know many of you now park in the neighborhood instead, and I thank you. Let’s all work safely together and remember that young children walk through our parking lot. The safety of our students is of utmost importance.


    Kindergarten Connect: As we move towards spring we have set a date for our Kindergarten Connect event on March 6th. This is an important event where we can share the wonders of the Kindergarten (and school) program at Rieke. Please help spread the word. I did a little Kindergarten Corner interview this week on the Rieke Video News https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews This week’s show will be posted over the weekend. Another great way to see daily learning and excitement at Rieke is through our student Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/riekeschool/ Please share these with media efforts with family, friends, and neighbors.

     

    Lunch reminders: Yes, all Rieke and Markham students do now get free breakfast and lunch. The Rieke students still need to use their lunch numbers though for tracking purposes for federal and state reimbursement to PPS Nutrition services. And of course this puts yet another strain on the lunch lines, so bringing lunch from home remains a helpful option.


    OBOB Night - with Pizza & Bake Sale! Wednesday February 28th

    The Rieke Oregon Battle of the Books competition will take place on 2/28 from 6-8PM. The PTA will be there with pizza from before of the competition, and also during the mid-competition break. Come hungry and support your readers.

    The 5th Grade BAKE SALE will also be taking place on OBOB night!

     

    STEM Night, Thursday, March 14th 6:30-8:00:

    Please come and participate in our 2nd annual STEM Night at Rieke. Ms. Jani Colsaurdo has again put together a fantastic set of family and student activities. These include Edison Bots for coding battles in the gym, programmable mice to drive through obstacles, 5th graders demonstrating dot and dash robots, creating bugs with 3-D pens, 3th and 4th grade games they programmed on Microsoft Arcade GameBoys, and use QR codes to link to student avatars and the digital books created by our 2nd graders. And more! Bring a phone for QR codes. And of course we need and welcome volunteers!

     

    Air quality in portables: After staff recently notified me of elevated CO2 levels in our portables, PPS facilities began to send out a variety of contractors and managers to investigate the situation. Then Markham was placed here and those extra bodies in the portables further exacerbated the problem, more bodies breathing out CO2 in "small" spaces. Classes have been leaving windows ajar to increase air flow, but investigation revealed needed repairs.

    One of the main problems the contractors discovered was that the motor for the air intake unit in 17-18 was not functioning properly. A replacement had to be ordered before it could be replaced. 

    Today I spoke with the electrical contractor here on site. The new motor arrived and he replaced that motor yesterday. In addition, he told me that the "squirrel trap" device that opens and closes to control the air flow in and out of the rooms was dirty (pollen, dust) and not properly adjusting. That also was cleaned and repaired. So as of today there is a new intake motor and the air trap cleaned and fixed. This of course should drastically help the situation.

    But the contractor also said that might not be the full solution they hope. They will continue monitoring air quality in those 2 portables 17-18 before doing potentially the same repair in portables 19-20. The system seems to be working efficiently in 21-22 (Sturges/Waters). But there may need to be a more modern solution to this problem (he said a new EVR system, I googled it) that would be more costly. Part of the reality is that we are looking at health problems better understood in 2024 than when these original buildings and systems were designed so many years ago. And the fact that PPS facilities budgets are simply not adequate enough to address these issues across 86 schools, especially given a time of trying to fix two broken schools.

    We are taking steps to address the situation through PPS facilities. We hope the new motor and repairs address the air quality to the degree needed. So far today, they are. PPS facilities are monitoring the situation and contractors are involved with expertise. 

    From PPS regarding school calendar 2024-25

    At the January 9th school board meeting, we presented the proposed draft 2024-2025 school year calendar. Our new contract with the Portland Association of Teachers led to several shifts between this year's calendar and next year's calendar. We wanted to make you aware of that and share the proposed calendar. I have attached it to this email. If you have questions or comments regarding our proposed calendar, we invite you to share them with us by visiting https://www.pps.net/contact

    Cheers!

    Jon Jeans-Principal

    File_  PPS_Calendar_2024-25_DRAFT.pdf 

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