Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Rieke Rocket LogoRieke Elementary School

Every Child. Every Day. Every Classroom.

1405 SW Vermont Ave. | Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 916-5768 | Fax: (503) 916-2666

Introducing our new Principal

Dear Rieke Community,
I hope you’re having an excellent summer!
I’m writing to share the news that Rebecca Torres is the new principal at Rieke.
Rebecca and I have been principal colleagues for the four years I was at Rieke. I know her to be a dedicated and passionate educator who is committed to all students reaching their potential. I believe that her experiences as an administrator first at Sellwood Middle School and, for the past two years, at Beach K-8 School have made her a stronger leader and that she comes to Rieke ready to support and guide the good work our teachers and students are doing.
You are invited to a Popsicle party at the school to meet the new principal, Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 4 pm to 6 pm.
I know that adjusting to a leadership change can be challenging and that the late timing of the transition has not been ideal. But I am confident in Rebecca, I will assist in her transition and I know that she will build on the many things that make Rieke great.
District leaders and I met with Rieke teachers. They are supportive of Rebecca and ready to dig in when the school year begins. Leaders also met with the Rieke PTA board Wednesday and parents let me know that it was a constructive and helpful conversation.
I also am happy to tell you that the district is supporting the hiring of an additional school secretary so that there will be a full office team.
Please join me in welcoming Rebecca to Rieke.

School News & Announcements

Tools for Citizenship and Life

Rieke staff and students focus on the Tools for Citizenship and these Lifeskills through out the year. Each week we concentrate on a different theme.

There are five Lifelong Guidelines and 18 Lifeskills

Lifelong Guidelines: Personal Best, Trustworthiness, Truthfulness, Active Listening and No Put Downs

Supporting Rieke

The Rieke PTA Imagine Fund has a new way for families and community members to donate online. The Imagine Fund is used to pay for staffing and enrichments at our school. Thank you for your consideration!


End of the year video available at       https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qmuXQOwaw50

Our New Outdoor Mural

Daily Schedule

8:35 a.m. First Bell
8:45 a.m. Class Begins
11:20 am Dismissal for Half-Day Kindergarten 
3:00 p.m. Dismissal for Full Day Students

Rieke Calendar

view full size



PPS News

Portland School Board takes a stand on new test

July 23, 2014
The Portland School Board voted 7 to 0 July 22 on a resolution that calls upon state and federal education officials to delay the use of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment in teacher evaluation, provide the necessary funding to effectively implement the test and not use the test for punitive labeling of teachers, students or schools.

PPS leaders join 60 districts in pledging to improve achievement of young men of color

July 21, 2014

Sixty big-city public school districts from across the country,  including Portland Public Schools, released a pledge to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color the Council of the Great City Schools announced today at a White House event with President Obama.


Additional leadership news announced

July 16, 2014

Superintendent Carole Smith announced to the PPS staff on July 7 additional pieces of the school district's education leadership reorganization to best serve students and schools. 


More News RSS news feed Portland Public Schools Facebook page

Kindergarten Readiness


What is kindergarten readiness?

 You might think that it's most important for children to start kindergarten knowing their ABCS, numbers, shapes and colors. But there are equally, if not more, important skills that prepare your child for success in school.

Raising an eager learner is the goal, and it can be achieved  through play and day-to-day activities. Here are the top readiness skills that kindergarten teachers look for:

  • Excitement toward learning
  • Talking about thoughts and feelings
  • Listening to others
  • Desire to be independent
  • Playing well with others and taking turns
  • Following simple instructions
  • Ability to hold and use a pencil or crayon
  • Recognizing numbers and letters
For more information go to :
Portland Public Schools Kindergarten Readiness