May 27, 2020
Dear Rieke Rocket community,
We hope everyone is healthy and enjoying this unbelievable weather! We are busy still as Team Rieke, teaching from a distance while making plans to close up the building and creating a transition plan for next year. I eagerly await news about next fall, as do all of you, but for now we wait.
Next week June 2-4 we will be distributing student belongings to families here at Rieke. Teachers have put student belongings from the classroom, best we could, in labeled bags. In addition, Ms. Mitchell has student art portfolios. We will have a small team of staff here to hand off items to families during their grade level time windows. If you drive, please park in Wilson lot near the paving construction fences. The entrance from Vermont is closed. Then walk down the paved path west of the gym to the covered area, where we will be handing you student bags. People can then exit via the main stair case. If you have library books we will have a drop off cart, and we will have the lost and found items out if you want to look through. Please follow current social distancing guidelines. We have to be done daily by 2:00, as that is when the building is locked up.
The schedule for student belonging pickups:
Tuesday June 2
11:45-1:45 Grade 1
Wednesday June 3
9:00-11:00 Grade 5
11:45-1:45 Grade 2
Thursday June 4
9:00-11:00 Grade 3
11:45-1:45 Grade 4
If you have kids in multiple grades we will do our best to accommodate to save you from multiple trips. Stuff not picked up will be stored in classrooms until next year.
Our newest video news show is still under construction. I will let you know when it is ready. In addition we are working on plans for the “new” last week of school, June 8-10. As those plans are ready to release, I will communicate those plans. Hang in there, be kind, care for each other with grace, and know we miss you all!
Dear Rieke rocket community,
I hope everyone is healthy and at least finding some ways to enjoy the beautiful weather. As an educator in my 29th year I can honestly, and obviously, say I have never faced such a challenge. I continue to try and stay calm and adapt and I hope somehow you all can too. I want everyone to know that the entire staff, Team Rieke, misses your children and deeply cares for their well-being and success. I am planning to continue the video news soon with updates and some musical interludes at www.pps.net/rieke.
For the time being Rieke will be used for childcare for OHSU first responders and their family needs. The custodial staff is busy deep cleaning and the teachers have come and cleaned up their rooms. Thank you in advance for supporting this endeavor.
We are waiting for a district level plan regarding any plan for instruction and curriculum resources. As details emerge I expect PPS to notify families and then we will message how that plan may look like from Rieke. But at this point, we ask for your patience. There are curriculum materials available at the PPS meal sites. On the west side this is at Markham Elementary.
Please continue to follow PPS communications and stay safe. Please follow the Oregon governor’s guidelines around exposure and personal/community safety. We are all in this together even if we are doing it from a distance.
March 6, 2020
Dear Rieke Rocket community,
Thank you very much to everyone for all the great donations last week! The staff now has a new working microwave, the prize box is restocked at no cost to the school, and we now have a changing pad and table in the bathroom in the café/gym. If you have such a need with very little ones visiting with you, we hope the new changing area will be helpful.
Please join us March 14th for the Rieke auction, The Rieke Galaxy Gala. The classroom art projects are being brought in and they look amazing! We hope to have some on display to preview in the main hallway soon. There are only a very limited number of tickets left for the event at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center from 6-10 PM. This is a wonderful event and time to connect with our friends and neighbors while supporting staffing efforts at Rieke. The money raised by Foundation allows us to fill in staffing holes and provide better student supports throughout their day. To buy tickets https://www.riekepta.org/news/2020/2/25/auction-update-feb-25
On March 11th we will have 2 assembly performances of our Peruvian dance artist in residence program. At 9:30 we will get to see the k-2 students perform, then at 10:30 grades 3 and 4 will perform. All families are welcome to watch in the gym/café.
Parents, our great volunteers are getting the yearbook together and they need your candid on campus or field trip pictures. If you have a great picture from Science Fair, OBOB, recess or anything school related please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank Bobbi Jo Rust and Jordann Kearns for organizing the yearbook this year.
Watch the Rieke Way video news show on our website each week. Share the link on the front page at https://www.pps.net/rieke. with friends and family.
As the information regarding the PPS plan and response to concerns about the coronavirus continues to evolve daily, please follow the PPS website and email announcements as needed. Our staff is doing all we can to provide opportunities for kids and adults to wash hands with warm soapy water, use hand sanitizer, and keep surfaces as clean as possible. The latest district flyer is attached.
Thank you for the continued support and appreciation for the great work Team Rieke is doing. It is really a joy to be here every day, cheers!
Dear PPS Families,
We hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy summer break. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the re-entry survey we recently sent to you. While there are still numerous details to finalize, we wanted to update you on where we are with our efforts to ensure healthy beginnings for the 2020-21 school year.
Dear PPS Families,
We want to make sure you are aware of a change in meal distribution. For this week only, sacks of breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Wednesday instead of the usual Monday through Thursday. Sacks of breakfast and lunch will be distributed outside 14 of our schools, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dear PPS Community,
We wanted to remind you about opportunities to provide feedback on the 2020 School Bond Renewal, including one that is now open. The 2020 School Bond Renewal Survey is now available. The survey, which will allow you to share your input on priorities and approaches to funding, will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3: