• Coronavirus update: In-person classes canceled for rest of 2019 school year

    On April 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered that all in-person classes are canceled for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
    PPS will continue to teach with our home-based distance learning program, PPS-HD. More information and updates

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Rieke Elementary School

Every Child. Every Day. Every Classroom.

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

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    Don't have a computer?
    PPS has  devices available for students to borrow.
     
    Dear Rieke rocket community,

    I miss you all! I hope everyone is healthy and somehow finding some silver linings daily during this crisis. I empathize with the challenges of parenting at this time! Children run through a wide array of emotions throughout each day and week, as do we. Luckily, I have found many magical moments with my children (grades 2 and 4) and family as we experience life daily. I hope you are as well!

    The Rieke auction committee has decided to move our annual auction to an online auction. They will be sending out information at the end of this week. While we will miss the energy of the party we hope everyone can participate, have fun, and help Rieke continue to raise the money we need to hire support staff.

    A PPS email was sent to you on Friday outlining the plan PPS has developed for home-based learning while our schools are closed in Oregon. The email had a lot of information in it, so I thought it might be helpful to highlight some key elements that will directly impact Rieke students and staff.

    There is a district-wide plan for home-based learning. Over the last two weeks, paper copies of language arts and math materials have been provided to students who have gone to the schools providing breakfast and lunch. This continues, on the west side that site in Markham. In addition to these paper materials, our teachers will begin providing students and families with more clear online learning opportunities starting the week of 4/6. Some of the work students are given will be done independently and there will also be times when students can connect to their teachers and classmates virtually or by phone. While many of our students and teachers are already familiar with the online programs being used for this, some of the platforms are new to them. To give teachers time to learn how to best provide online learning opportunities and become familiar with these new resources, teachers and I will be engaged in professional development this week. Instructional curriculum, focused on reading, writing and math, then should begin next week. Thank you for continued patience!

    We are all facing unprecedented challenges because of the devastating impact of COVID-19. While we recognize that these online learning opportunities will not replace being in a classroom each day with a caring, competent educator, we know that social isolation can have an array of effects such as depression, anxiety, and loneliness especially on young children. To combat these issues, we are working hard to keep our children connected to their teacher and classmates through these difficult times by using online programs. While we believe that keeping the valuable connections students and teachers have made will help provide some stability to our children’s worlds, we also recognize that school may not be your primary focus at this time, and that is okay! We hope that you will do what you can to encourage your child to participate in some of the opportunities being provided and understand if they cannot do it all.

    If your child needs technology or Wi-Fi access to participate in online learning, please let me know as soon as possible. The district was overwhelmed by the response and is working hard to distribute requested devices this week to grade 4-12 students. They are working on the next stage of this technology roll out for younger students and those who requested but have been told they must submit again later.

    For more information about the district’s response to the coronavirus, please visit pps.net/coronavirus.

    Jon Jeans-Principal

     
    Ms. Jill Mitchell is adding art resources and projects for all students on our art Instagram account, follow her @art_rieke_elementary to engage your kids in some wonderful art enrichment activities during this mandatory break from school.
     
    Mrs C's Technology page bit.ly/mrscola is also available for students to discover online activities.
     
     
  • Champions will be new child care provider for Rieke

    For the 2018-19 school year, Rieke Elementary School will have a new child care provider – Champions. Champions will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country.
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  • Welcome back to the new world 3/30

    Dear Rieke rocket community,

    I miss you all! I hope everyone is healthy and somehow finding some silver linings daily during this crisis. I empathize with the challenges of parenting at this time! Children run through a wide array of emotions throughout each day and week, as do we. Luckily, I have found many magical moments with my children (grades 2 and 4) and family as we experience life daily. I hope you are as well!

    The Rieke auction committee has decided to move our annual auction to an online auction. They will be sending out information at the end of this week. While we will miss the energy of the party we hope everyone can participate, have fun, and help Rieke continue to raise the money we need to hire support staff.

    A PPS email was sent to you on Friday outlining the plan PPS has developed for home-based learning while our schools are closed in Oregon. The email had a lot of information in it, so I thought it might be helpful to highlight some key elements that will directly impact Rieke students and staff.

    There is a district-wide plan for home-based learning. Over the last two weeks, paper copies of language arts and math materials have been provided to students who have gone to the schools providing breakfast and lunch. This continues, on the west side that site in Markham. In addition to these paper materials, our teachers will begin providing students and families with more clear online learning opportunities starting the week of 4/6. Some of the work students are given will be done independently and there will also be times when students can connect to their teachers and classmates virtually or by phone. While many of our students and teachers are already familiar with the online programs being used for this, some of the platforms are new to them. To give teachers time to learn how to best provide online learning opportunities and become familiar with these new resources, teachers and I will be engaged in professional development this week. Instructional curriculum, focused on reading, writing and math, then should begin next week. Thank you for continued patience!

    We are all facing unprecedented challenges because of the devastating impact of COVID-19. While we recognize that these online learning opportunities will not replace being in a classroom each day with a caring, competent educator, we know that social isolation can have an array of effects such as depression, anxiety, and loneliness especially on young children. To combat these issues, we are working hard to keep our children connected to their teacher and classmates through these difficult times by using online programs. While we believe that keeping the valuable connections students and teachers have made will help provide some stability to our children’s worlds, we also recognize that school may not be your primary focus at this time, and that is okay! We hope that you will do what you can to encourage your child to participate in some of the opportunities being provided and understand if they cannot do it all.

    If your child needs technology or Wi-Fi access to participate in online learning, please let me know as soon as possible, jjeans@pps.net. The district was overwhelmed by the response and is working hard to distribute requested devices this week to grade 4-12 students. They are working on the next stage of this technology roll out for younger students and those who requested but have been told they must submit again later.

    For more information about the district’s response to the coronavirus, please visit pps.net/coronavirus.

    Please check our website www.pps.rieke for video updates and information. Cheers?

    Jon Jeans-Principal

  • Update

    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.

     

    Warmly,

    Jon Jeans-Principal

  • New Principal message 3/6/2020

    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 riekeyearbook@gmail.com. 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.

    https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/Coronavirus_Update-03.04.20.pdf

     

    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!

     

    Jon Jeans-Principal

  • News of the Rieke Way 1/17/20

    Dear Rieke Rocket Community,

    I hope everyone can find time to rest and reflect this weekend and on Monday as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. May his message of hope and call for social justice inspire all of us to help make our world a better and more equitable place for all.

    There is also no school Monday the 27th as teachers work on report cards and planning for the second half of the year. We will be sending home report cards at the beginning of the week of February 3rd.

    Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm as we all work together to raise and educate these fine children. Our volunteer numbers continue to grow and we are grateful. December was our best month yet with 112 volunteers giving 394 hours of their time. That was about 25% higher than November. Can we again grow by at least 10%? What a fun challenge!

    Here are some upcoming volunteer opportunities: The Science Fair will be held here on February 20th. We have Entry Forms in the office that help us know how many tables and volunteers we may need. The Oregon Battle of the Books is starting soon, the organizers are looking for volunteer moderators. We have four rooms of competition and need a moderator for each room. The first dates are Tuesday, February 4, and February 11, from 5-8pm.

    Our web site continues to slowly grow as a resource and source of useful information. Please check out Site Council notes and equity resources we have shared. Did you know you can watch the Rieke Way video news show on our website each week? Check it out on the front page at https://www.pps.net/rieke. We are happy it includes our first segment of Kindergarten Corner! We are having fun with the show and welcome ideas and feedback!

    On Friday January 24th at 9:00 we will host our next Rieke Way assembly to celebrate students demonstrating the trait of determination. We know school is great but it is also challenging and it is important to acknowledge how students rise above these challenges. Families of students being honored should get classroom invitations but all families are welcome to join us! Then stay to volunteer if you have time too!

    In February we will be hosting a Peruvian dance artist in residence. She will work with each class for four sessions over the month and then all students will have a performance. More details will come soon!

    With new state money entering PPS next year we are looking to best position ourselves to bring more families and students in so we can grow and lower class sizes next year. On this front there are some important events and dates upcoming. The PPS Enrollment and Transfer petition process opens February 5th and is open until March 6th. This is for families not living in our attendance area, those wanting to return to us as their neighborhood school, or to help with other hardships. If you know families looking to possibly transfer to Rieke we can certainly help with the process. On Wednesday, February 19th we are hosting a Connect to Kindergarten, the Rieke Way, an informational night here at the school. The event is intended for adults and runs from 6:30-7:30. We are asking for your help in getting the word out about this event (open to any possible incoming families) and the positive community spirit here at Rieke.

    Information from the nurse about immunizations:

    Exclusion day for state required vaccinations is Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  Letters will be mailed to parents whose children are not up to date or whose records are incomplete.  Should you receive a letter, please provide updated information to the school as soon as possible.  Children who are not current for vaccinations by February 19th will not be able to attend school until records are complete.  If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.

    The following is a message from Filip Hristic, Principal of Wilson High School:

    It is very important that Wilson High School is added to the November 2020 Bond. Please encourage your PTAs and parents to contact our school board with the following message: “The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.” And of course you can add modernizing and improvements to the Rieke community. Cheers!

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Jon Jeans-Principal

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