• 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