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

Apply NOW for free or reduced-price school meals!

Apply NOW for free or reduced-price school meals!
Nutrition Services provides delicious, high quality, nutrient-rich meals to support learning.

Important Information for Fall 2014

 Student Supply Lists  2014

Kindergarteners first day is Friday the 5th but they will have an assessment

date and time on one of the three days prior to that (the 2nd, 3rd and 4th)

Introducing our new Principal

Excited to be a Rieke Rocket

Dear Rieke Community,

As your new principal, I want you to know how much I am looking forward to supporting such a strong staff and such active and engaged families.

Thanks to the many families and staff members who came by during my office hours July 22. Everyone was so kind and I left feeling truly excited about our year ahead.

At my former school, Beach K-8, I worked hard on partnerships that served our school and am looking forward to maintaining the strong partnerships at Rieke from the Lewis & Clark student teachers’ program to the Wilson High School teachers’ assistants to the work of PTA-supported Science Enrichment Coordinator Jamie Repasky and the Food Pantry/Back-Pack Program.

My goals are to be visible and accessible to students, staff and parents; do a lot of listening and tuning in to how I can keep a strong school running well, and communicate regularly and clearly with you.

Please join us Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 am to noon, bring your shovels and rakes to help spruce up our grounds on Community Care Day.

Have a great rest of the summer and I look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts on how I can best support a great school.

Rebecca Torres-Wilhelm
Rieke Elementary

More about Principal Torres


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

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PPS News

Year two summer work: on time, on budget

August 28, 2014

Bond-funded summer improvement work at 12 schools is being completed on time and on budget to welcome students back Sept. 2 to Arleta, Beach, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Chief Joseph K-3 Campus, Creston, Grout, Hosford, James John, King, Lane, Vernon and Woodlawn.


Help students who've left reconnect to school

August 26, 2014
Accelerating the increase in the graduation rate and getting all students to graduate prepared for college and career is a top priority for Superintendent Carole Smith. Now you can help. On Saturday Sept. 13 from 8:30 am to 1 pm, join PPS staff in visiting the homes of students who have left and help them Reconnect to Their Future. 

PPS greets more than 500 new educators

August 21, 2014

Portland Public Schools welcomed hundreds of new teachers Aug. 21 at New Teacher Orientation, where teachers met each other and district leaders and learned about everything from the Portland Association of Teachers to the student information system Synergy. 


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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