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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  • Click Here to order a yearbook!

    Upcoming Events:

    May 19th: Rieke Art Fair and Student Art EXTRAVAGANZA, 9am-2:30pm

    May 20-24th: Read-a-Thon Week!

    May 23rd: Incoming Rieke Kinders School Visit, 12:30-1:15pm

    Another resource for Rieke events and activities is our PTA. Visit the Rieke PTA website!


    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

  • Dear Rieke Rocket community,


    Thank you for all the amazing gifts, flowers, cookies, bagels, cards, and love this week that continues to be shared with our staff this week! It really is amazing and brings so much joy to our team. This outpouring along with the return of the sun and warm days, students walking and biking to school, and a fun Rieke Video news episode makes me so happy to be here at Rieke on this lovely Friday.  ​​https://www.youtube.com/@RiekeStudentNews

    In addition you can always see fun daily snapshots into the Rieke Way on our Instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/riekeschool/  And thank you to everyone for their personal wishes for me to have a better week this week. It worked! What a great week.


    The end-of-the-year celebrations are right around the corner.  And with that, it’s time to order your child’s yearbook.

    As you select the quantity, please consider adding an extra to help pay for the staff and the backpack program’s yearbooks.  
    Yearbooks will be distributed by your child’s teacher during the last week of school.

    Successful Schools Survey-PPS has released its annual Successful Schools Survey. I know this can take some time and has so many questions, but your feedback is very important as we monitor our School Improvement Plan. Our goal remains to be a model of excellence in instruction, communication, and community. Our SCIP goals are around grade 3 reading, grade 5 math, and being a welcoming inclusive school community. To participate in the survey, “Families will select your site from the drop-down list at the following URL. Families with more than one student can respond for their eldest student or take the survey more than once.” https://surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/familyspring24/surveys


    Art Fair-The Rieke Art Fair and Student Art Extravaganza is back! Please come by Rieke on Sunday, May 19, between 9am-2:30pm. Our students’ amazing art will be on display in the halls while local artists will be showing and selling their art in the gym. There will be a scavenger hunt for the student gallery, and NEW this year is the CHALK  ART CONTEST. All ages are invited to participate. There will be multiple categories for winners. A Special thanks to our sponsors Dairy Hill and Baker and Spice for providing prizes, and the I.B. Wells Leadership class for helping out! It’s going to be a fun time. We hope to see all of you there!


    Kindergarten connect: On Thursday, May 24th, we are hosting an event for prospective incoming kindergarten students. Students and families are invited from 12:30-1:15 to an event where students get some time to explore our kindergarten classrooms and parents get to meet with Mr. Jeans and learn more Rieke and our kindergarten experience. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors with upcoming kindergarten age students.


    There is a renewal of the local PPS levy on the ballot. Attached is a PPS approved one-pager. Here is the link to information about the levy on the ballot: https://www.pps.net/Page/21879


    From the Rieke Foundation: 


    The first ever Rieke Read-a-thon is coming up from May 20-24!  This event is a fun and easy way to celebrate reading and literacy AND helps raise important funds to help keep our amazing Rieke Specials, like Library, Technology and Art, funded full time for next year.


    Here's how it works: If your child would like to participate, you can register and set up a personal page for them now at https://app.99pledges.com/fund/riekereadathon/addme


    On the website, students can track their reading throughout the week, see class standings and importantly, collect general donations from friends, family, neighbors and others. While donations are not required to participate, every dollar counts toward reaching our goal of $20,000 for Rieke specials!


    Individual reading, reading as a family, and in-class reading by your child’s teacher all count toward their goal. All students who register for the Read-a-thon will get a special Rieke bookmark and students who reach their goal will get a Rieke water bottle sticker. Finally, students who read the most from each grade will get a gift certificate to Annie Blooms Books.  


    If you have any questions about the Read-a-thon, please email Mollie Maughn at maughnkids@yahoo.com.



    Now playing at Ida B. Wells-Barnett HS: The Lightning Thief!

    As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly-discovered powers he can't control, a destiny he doesn't want, and a mythology textbook's worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus's master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure "worthy of the gods" (Time Out New York).


    The Lightning Thief performs May 10-12 and 16-18 on the Mainstage of the IBWHS Cosgrove Auditorium, and is appropriate for ALL AGES.


    Tickets are on sale at southweststageworks.com


    Ida B. Wells Modernization

    We are making a final push to get members of feeder school families to join the upcoming Ida B. Wells Modernization Design Advisory Group. This group will be involved in developing the design of the modernized Ida B. Wells High School by providing feedback on design details and options proposed by the project team.

    The deadline is next Thursday, May 16th, at midnight.

    Please encourage those folks to visit the IBW Modernization website for more information and to apply. https://www.pps.net/IdaBWellsbond.  

    Since you know your community best, we hope you can also identify and encourage a diverse range of engaged parents and students who you think can contribute to the Ida B. Wells Design Advisory Group.  We are especially interested in having typically underrepresented voices join the DAG. See attachment.



    Jon Jeans-Principal

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