Rieke Elementary School

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

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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

  • 3-01-24

    Dear Rieke Rocket community,

     

    Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate The Rieke Way at our end of February assembly this morning. While I know we can only honor some students each month, I was so proud of the way ALL of our students behaved, cheered for others, and sang the Mary Rieke song together. Our theme for March is cooperation. I also want to thank our dedicated classified staff, Lynda Gordon, Kim Mathwes, Jani Colasurdo, Jared Myrha, and Stephen Ibarra. They do such amazing work here at Rieke! Next week is classified appreciation week and I encourage you to show your appreciation for all the love they add to Rieke.

     

    Thank you to Ellen Pederson for all her tireless effort in making the OBOB experience such a rewarding one for so many grade 3-5 students. The competition this past Wednesday night was intense and inspiring. 18 teams battled it out. That means 70 of our grade 3-5 students participated. That is incredible! Congratulations to the Floppers for their thrilling overtime victory. You can see some photo highlights in our newest (lengthy) episode of the Rieke Video News. https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews

    This episode features kindergarten hosts who helped hijack the show this week as we prepare for next week’s Connect to Kindergarten event. And check out our fun commercial for the upcoming Book Fair! We also always have some daily spotlight posts on our student Instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/riekeschool/ 

     

    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 

     

    Book Fair: Thank you to the Rieke PTA (www.riekepta.org) for hosting the Scholastic Book Fair in the Rieke Library during the week of March 11-15. The Book Fair will be open to students and families March 11-15.    We'll be open after school from 3:10-5pm, and before school 8:20-8:40 am from the 12th-15th.

     

    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 raise critical funds for beloved Rieke specials, including Art, Media and Technology.

    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


     

    PPS Climate team: PPS is working to make our buildings more climate friendly by lowering emissions and increasing health and comfort. To figure out how to prioritize this work, we need your help! We're asking families, students, and teachers from the Lincoln and Wells clusters to join us for public listening/input sessions on the district's decarbonization planning. We want to find out what and how we should prioritize this work to help give students and teachers the best possible experience they can have each day in PPS schools. Everyone from the community is invited to join for these 60 minute meetings. 

    • March 19, 5:30-6:30 PM -- Lincoln High School, Library Classroom (room 148), for all schools in the Lincoln and Wells clusters (all are welcome)

    • You can also attend the Franklin High School meeting on March 18, 5:30-6:30 PM @ Franklin HS if that date works better for you. 

    Please RSVP here

    If you have any questions, please email decarbonization@pps.net. If you cannot attend in person, you can also submit feedback through this online form.  

    At PPS, 90% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from our buildings! This is an amazing opportunity for the district to be part of a green future and to make our buildings more sustainable and comfortable for our community. 

    We appreciate you participating.

    Thanks so much, 

    The PPS decarb team

     

    Cheers!

    Jon Jeans-Principal

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  • 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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