Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Every Child. Every Day. Every Classroom.

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

New Principal for 2016-2017

 May 2016

Dear Rieke Community,

I am pleased to announce that Sarah Lewins, currently Principal at Roseway Heights K-8 School, will become Rieke’s principal July 1, succeeding Principal Rebecca Torres.

Ms. Lewins brings deep teaching and leadership experience in best practices and effective curriculum and instructional strategies serving a wide range of student learning needs. She began her education career in Gaston, Ore. in 1990 as a Special Education and elementary school teacher before becoming first a teacher on special assignment and then a director overseeing the Talented and Gifted Program, Special Education and Title I federal anti-poverty programs.

PPS brought Ms. Lewins to the district in 1998 as an assistant supervisor and then a supervisor of Special Education programs serving Cleveland, Franklin, Grant, Lincoln and Wilson cluster schools over the course of five years. In 2003, she became Principal at Edwards Elementary (closed in 2006 in Southeast Portland) and then Markham Elementary in Southwest. For the last five years, she has led Roseway Heights K-8 School in Northeast.

Ms. Lewins is especially proud of the strides that she and her teacher and staff team made in creating inclusive opportunities for all students. Under her leadership, Roseway Heights has become a model for inclusion practices. She also fostered an arts and enrichment program, including music, art, technology, Right Brain Initiative and a strong SUN Schools partnership, as well as the first Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion program in the state and a partnership with Concordia University and Lewis & Clark College to bring in student teachers.

Ms. Lewins is a relationship-based leader. She is looking forward to bringing to Rieke her practices 
of knowing every student by name, connecting with and engaging all families and forming a strong partnership with the staff to support and celebrate the school’s strong community. She is also an avid outdoorswoman – including mountain climbing – and is excited about Rieke’s focus on sustainability and viewing the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Lewins and in thanking Principal Torres for her service.

Carole Smith


School News & Announcements

Summer Play Dates for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Welcome to Rieke!  If you are in receipt of this email, you likely have one or more children who will be starting kindergarten this fall.  We have scheduled a few opportunities for students to meet one another before the new school year.  These play dates are very informal, so drop by and leave at your convenience!  Here's the schedule:

Sunday, June 26th, 3pm at DeWitt Park

Sunday, July 24th, 3pm at Gabriel Park (near play structures)

Sunday, August 21st, 3pm at Custer Park

Support the Rieke PTA Imagine Campaign

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!


Daily Schedule

8:35 a.m. First Bell
8:45 a.m. Class Begins
3:00 p.m. Dismissal for  Students





Bus Routes



Cafeteria Lunch Money Accounts



Free and Reduced Lunch Services


Rieke before and after school care is available through Vermont Hills Family Life Center

Vermont Hills Family Life Center

P.P.S. Calendar

Upcoming Rieke Events

Enjoy a wonderful summer break!

PPS News

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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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