• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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Rieke Elementary School

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  • Principal's message 3/12/21


    Dear Rieke Rocket community,

    What a week of emotions this has been! Today marked the one year date from when we had to close PPS (and all Oregon) schools. We had a wonderful time working with 45 students in LIPI this week! And now we are being tasked with a state wide plan to return to in person learning starting as early as March 29th. Thank you all for answering our Rieke hybrid survey! Our response rate within 36 hours has been incredible, giving us so much information. Our amazing office team is diligently and thoughtfully organizing this information as quickly as we can. I am submitting the Rieke hybrid plan to PPS by the end of today. We are in process of creating AM and PM cohorts for each grade and teacher as well as making plans for CDL cohorts. This is requiring the shift of some staff roles as well as finding a few more staff who can support these efforts. My hope is we can release the AM/PM and CDL cohort plans to staff and families early next week. But in first draft your input helped us make decisions we believe will best support families, students, and staff in their unique needs. I realize families and staff need to adjust their own schedules and lives to accommodate these new plans.


    This is the information I shared in my survey:


    “Hybrid: PPS is moving all K-5 schools for hybrid instruction to set times, which are different than current Rieke school hours. The hybrid model has us splitting the attending students into smaller cohorts, with one cohort attending in the AM and one the PM. The AM cohort time frame for students is from 8:00 to 10:15. The PM cohort time frame for students is from 12:15-2:30. Transportation can be provided for students in our attendance area not within walking distance. The focus for in person instruction during hybrid will be on literacy, math, and Social Emotional Learning. The other portion of the student hybrid day will be asychronous learning with a focus on Social Studies, Science and specials. For example, a student in the AM cohort would have in class instruction from 8:00-10:15, then do asycnhronous work in the afternoon from home while the teacher teaches the PM cohort in person. There will not be lunch time at school for either group. In choosing hybrid, most students will remain with their current teacher though that may not be possible for all. But it is a goal of ours.


    CDL: For students choosing to remain in CDL, I am working with PPS leadership to provide a program similar to what now exists. But since most Rieke teachers will be teaching hyrbid in person there is only a small possibility students in CDL will remain with their current teacher. CDL teachers may be from Rieke staff, or from designated substitutes. It depends on the numbers of students remaining in CDL in each grade level and at the school. But teachers teaching two hybrid in person cohorts (AM and PM) will not be CDL teachers. We still await better guidance from the state and district on these issues.”


    Here is the link to the PPS site of FAQ about hybrid: https://www.pps.net/Page/17260


    Our latest Video News show is up and ready for lunch time viewing! I had hoped we would get more great student pajama pictures and videos than we did but it still is a fun show featuring a short virtual PJ party and one of my new songs (recording from my band FIR) Steppin’ Into the Good Life. It also has a wonderful art segment featuring our K-3 students’ art of welcome doors. They really are interesting interpretations of the theme. Here is a link to our YouTube channel  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtz33pibHegKxZKsWHotgkJWdJqJbP2Os

    Next week we will do our final tribute to the best things from our year in CDL. Jordann Kearns is setting up a flip grid portal for students to share their reflections. We also will share videos demonstrating details of the upcoming hybrid procedures. More details soon!


    The parking lot is nearly complete! They are finishing the paving but still need to add speed bumps and the parking stripes before the area will be opened to the public. I am hopeful that will be just prior to the PPS hybrid start!


    Thank you for continued patience, support and feedback. I know how challenging this year has been on our children and ourselves. And it seems every time we think it will get easier and clearer the world continues to throw us more uncertainty and difficulties. We have one week of dedicated CDL remaining before spring break, a needed and well deserved break for us all. By that time we should have clarity about our impending return to in person learning at Rieke and PPS. Please continue to reach out to me as I realize there remain more questions than answers. Cheers?


    Jon Jeans-Principal

  • Technology information

    Dear Families,
    As we are starting the school year online this year, access to virtual classrooms is essential. Now is the time to check that your student's login is working well for the year ahead.
    For students who are in grades K-2 we have sent via post mail a QR code badge that students can hold up to the camera to log on with a chromebook or home computer. We also sent a brochure that can help explain the login process. These were recently sent so if you do not receive this by Wednesday 9/2 please call and let the office know. This badge is new this year and makes logging in easier for our younger students. 

    For all students K-5 -Here is how to log into the school online system:
    Student Log in is:  first letter of first name, last name, last four digit of student ID number@pps.net
    Student password: student birthday month (2 digits) birthday (2 digits) 
    Example log-in: lgordon1234@student.pps.net 
    Example password: 1112
    The student's ID can be found in parent vue on the main page or you can call the Rieke office.
    PPS District is offering all families to visit pps.net/fall2020 to access a full set of orientation videos and other resources, translated into our district-supported languages, to help you better understand the learning platforms students and teachers will use this fall. You will also find information on how to log on to the platforms, how to connect to the internet and other helpful tips. 

    If you or your student is still struggling with any of the aspects of learning technology, we hope you will call the PPS Technology Help Desk, which is open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on school days. We will answer your questions and share information and helpful tips about anything related to distance learning technology. The Technology Help Desk is available in all PPS-supported languages. Email support@pps.net or call us: 

    • English: 503-916-3375
    • Español: 503-916-3582
    • 中文:503-916-3585
    • Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
    • Soomaali: 503-916-3586
    • Русский: 503-916-3583
    Are you still needing a chromebook? We are having another distribution day tomorrow at Rieke from 11am-2pm. Please email Anne to reserve your device: aeddy1@pps.net
    Thank you parents. We know this can be challenging so please reach out to your teachers or the office if you need any help this fall.
    Jon Jeans

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