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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Rieke's Happenings

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  • Office Notes

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    Deadline is October 31st! 

    Sept 28th: PTA's Back to School Picnic, 5pm

    Our lovely PTA is hosting a family back-to-school picnic. We look forward to seeing you all there! Visit the PTA's website for more information.

    Oct 4th: Walk and Ride to School Day!

    We would love to see our bike racks full! 

    We are looking for Lunch/Recess volunteers. If your background check is complete, come between 11:25am -12:15pm. We appreciate your support!

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Principal's Message

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  • Principal Message

    Dear Rieke Rocket community,

    We have a number of celebration events this week and we would love to see everyone coming together to support our fantastic young people. Tomorrow, Thursday is the PTA sponsored Welcome Back Family picnic at Rieke from 5-7 PM under the covered area and on the playground. There will pizza and drinks for suggested donations to the PTA. Our 5th graders will also host a bake sale to raise funds for their end of the year activities and celebrations. Please join us and bring friends!

    In addition this Thursday, we are celebrating our collective student reward for earning 1000 rocket fuel with a school wide Pajama Day. What a great day for our students to be all cozy in their favorite PJ’s! On Friday at 8:55, we will have an all school assembly to celebrate and honor some students with Rieke Way awards for demonstrating the important skill of listening. All are welcome but some of you will get special invitations, hint hint.

    Immediately following the assembly our instructional coach Nicki McNutt will lead any interested parents/community members through a volunteer training from 9:15-10:00. This will primarily focus on how volunteers can support student learning in the classroom during literacy and math times. In addition, we expect many of our community Reading Buddies to join the training as they learn more about this program, where adults work directly with students in discovering the joys of reading together. If you are interested in being a reading buddy please email our parent coordinator Josie Parker at josie.d.parker@gmail.com. We always welcome parent volunteers. To get a background clearance and get more involved follow this link https://www.pps.net/domain/66


    Our weekly Rieke Video News show should be ready by Friday. One great way to remember to check out the show each week is by subscribing to our YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews I am looking forward to a visit next week from PPS communications as we try to further our outreach, potential, and skill in providing an entertaining student centered show each week at Rieke.


    ART from Ms. Jill:

    Over the next few weeks, we will be working on our school-wide collaborative project. This year, we are making "Community Wish Flags" based on the idea of Tibetan Prayer Flags. As the threads of these flags unravel, the wind spreads their good wishes and positive messages across the community. The students will be designing flags with their own wish for the community--school, family and friends, Portland, or the World. Once they are done, we will string up the flags and hang them in the breezeway.

    Next Wednesday 10/4 is international bike and ride to school day. Rieke is participating and we would love to see full racks of bikes and helmets and happy smiling faces as students and families walk and/or ride together to school. 



    Jon Jeans-Principal


  • Principal's Message

    Dear Rieke Rocket community,

    It was wonderful to see so many of you last night at Back to School Night. I know it is a challenge for everyone when we have evening events that do not provide child care. I would welcome ideas on how we might offer childcare next year. But, I felt a great sense of support from the community, and a great sense of pride in the work of the staff, Team Rieke. Here is the link to the slide show I shared last night. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bV60jq9Diibis6QNl-tDaVi8ncI6NoMMboQ4AphhD3w/edit?usp=sharing

    Our latest episode of the Rieke Video News is up for viewing on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews  Please subscribe to our channel. Thank you to our cheerful 5th grade anchors and our new editor Zach! We are always looking for talent show (RATS-Rieke Artistic Talent Show) submissions. Email pictures/videos of student art, athletics, music performances to me at jjeans@pps.net


    Office notes: If your student is taking the bus this year, please opt in to Rieke's bus parent roster. If a bus is more than 15 minutes late or experiencing other important changes, we will email the families who are riding that specific route.  https://forms.gle/tbctaVQNeFcMRgGG8 

    Please update any pertinent information in parent-vue so our office has all the most current information for your student and family. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/PXP2_Login.aspx 


    The PTA Welcome Back Picnic is coming soon on the evening of September 28th here under the covered area and in the playground. Imagine the gaga ball game potential, try out the new triple toss, or play some hoops on the lower 8 foot hoops. Beware of a bumpy ride on the Orb Rocker. Seriously, it will be a blast and there will be pizza and drinks for donations. Thank you to the PTA for all the continued support of our students and school. Join and find more details at www.riekepta.org


    The students are already getting time in our core enrichment classes, art, PE, Media/Library, and technology. Check out the attached art flier from Ms. Jill.

    We always welcome parent volunteers. To get a background clearance and get more involved follow this link https://www.pps.net/domain/66 On Friday, the 22nd, we will offer volunteer training in room 11 from 9:00-9:45. This training will provide parents and community volunteers an opportunity to learn some basics of our core curriculum and strategies to support student learning in the classroom. This will be led by our instructional coach Nicki McNutt nmcnutt@pps.net.



    Jon Jeans-Principal


    Art Parent Letter 2023-24.pdf 

  • Principal's Message

    Dear Rieke Rocket community,

    What a fun week we have had here with the students at Rieke. Not only are students learning together in their grade level classrooms with their friends, they have also been able to start their core enrichment classes of PE, Art, Library (Media), technology, and counseling. The playground has been a joyous place, a place that will be even more fun once we install the gaga pit on the new rubberized tile surface. We are planning on setting up the pit this coming Tuesday 9/12 after school. If you are able to help out we will welcome any people to our installation team! It really is rather light and easy and fun work.

    Tuesday the 12th is also our school picture day. Flyers were sent home in the back to school packet. We will have extra flyers in the office on that day if needed. We will also have a picture make-up day later this fall.


    Next Thursday, 9/14, is our annual Back to School Night event. This is an informational night for the adults, we ask you to please leave students at home. We will start at 6:00 in the gym with a brief presentation about the state of the school and some sharing from some of our main community partners like the PTA and Champions. Around 6:30 parents will move to classrooms to hear from the teachers about the learning taking place at each grade level. There will be a second brief presentation by teachers at 7:00 for those of you who have multiple students. We plan to wrap up at 7:30 so the custodial staff can then clean the building for the next day.

    Our newest Rieke Video News episode is up on our YouTube channel. Thank you to our new editor Zach! We have returned to 5th grade talent as the hosts. If you have any talent videos to share please email me at jjeans@pps.net. Check out the show and subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews

    Thank you to the Rieke PTA for providing iced coffee this week for our kindergarten families. It was lovely to see our community continue to grow together. There are so many volunteer opportunities here at Rieke. We need lunch/recess helpers, office and classroom supports, and we are getting ready to bring back classroom and hallway parent volunteers. You can find some volunteer opportunities at www.riekepta.org. You can also just reach out to teachers or our office to see how you can be of assistance. To become an official cleared volunteer please go to https://www.pps.net/domain/66

    This Sunday there is a great community event, Sundays Parkways, in the neighborhood. There will be music and entertainment, fitness classes, food vendors and arts and crafts as streets are closed to cars so we can bike, walk, roll and play together. Details are on the PTA website, www.riekepta.org


    We have many fun after school enrichment opportunities at Rieke. See the growing list of options and programs on our website at https://www.pps.net/domain/5692

    MUSE Band Classes will be starting up soon and we need to get the word out to parents that band class is available to their children, grades 4 and 5. On eway to learn more about this program is at the MUSE Band Instrument Petting Zoo!

    The M.U.S.E. Instrumental Program will be offering students an opportunity to try out instruments that they might like to play in the band. This is a great way to help ensure that the instrument that they want to play suits them. There will be M.U.S.E. staff there to assist them. You can also rent an instrument that day through a company we use called N.E.M.C. We will be doing these two events on back to back Saturdays 9/9 and 9/16 at St. Clare school 1807 SW Freeman St. Come anytime between 10-1. Please R.S.V.P. if you are coming:  The link is: https://forms.gle/TSDsoR1xNKNKC1jN6

    Finally, please help us keep our parking lot for our students during arrival and dismissal by only parking in designated parking spots. Please do not park in the roundabout as that is needed to be open for a safe flow of traffic.

    I hope to see everyone at Back to School Night on the 14th! 

    Gaga ball!


    Jon Jeans-Principal

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