Rieke Elementary School

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1405 SW Vermont St.Portland, OR 97219Ph (503) 916-5768Fx (503) 916-2666

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  • Principal's message 11/18/22

    Dear Rieke Rocket community,


    I wish everyone a wonderful weekend and then Thanksgiving break. I know many families have been battling various illnesses. We all hope the break allows for health to return and for families to gather and give thanks for our abundance and generosity. For November we are focused on the skill of being responsible and the students are doing an amazing job. One of the ways they will be showing this skill is with our change to arrival procedures. Due to the cold windy weather I have asked teachers to bring students in earlier, between 8:35 and 8:40, so that our children are not waiting out in the cold. If a class has already entered we will have staff at the front and side door to let kids in. The school day starts at 8:45. In an effort to keep extra germs out of the building we ask parents to please just say goodbye to their children outside the building rather than having parents in the hallways. Thank you for your cooperation on this. We know our students are responsible enough to get to class on their own.


    Our latest Rieke Student Video News show is up on our YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/RiekeStudentNews    Check it out and share with loved ones to see the joys of the children at Rieke. We will not have an episode next week but we always welcome talent show submissions at Riekenews@gmail.com.


    Speaking of braving the cold for school spirit….After school today Friday, November 18 at the covered playground area at Rieke, the PTA is providing donut holes and cider to kids and grownups who are willing to brave the winds for the sake of sugar and community togetherness! All are welcome. Donations are optional. We hope to see you there!


    OHSU will be pausing Covid Test kit pickups next Tuesday due to Parent Teacher conferences. Families are encouraged to drop their kits off at the OHSU Primary Care Clinic near Gabriel Park. ( 4411 S. Vermont Street). 


    Parent Teacher Conferences: On Monday and Tuesday teachers will be meeting with parents/guardians to discuss student progress, goals, strengths and areas for targeted growth. This important piece of teachers and families working together to benefit students is so vital and we thank you in advance for being on time and respecting the teachers busy time frames on these days. We will be leaving the front door unlocked but monitored so parents can come in without delay. Please check the Lost and Found while here.


    Reading Buddies program returns: We are bringing back a fantastic community tradition at Rieke, our reading buddies program. We are seeking parent and community volunteers to read each week with a designated student. This relationship, based in literacy, between adults and children offer students another way to feel valued and understood here at Rieke. If you or someone you know is interested please email Josie Parker at josie.d.parker@gmail.com 


    From the Rieke Foundation: Mark your calendars! Our biggest fundraising event of the year, the Rieke Auction, will be held on March 11, 2023 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Save the date now and join our amazing school community for an evening of fun in support of Rieke. Many more details to follow in the coming months!




    Jon Jeans-Principal

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