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

Winter 2015

Welcome to Rieke!

Rieke Community,

We are breezing into spring and our students, staff and community are as busy as ever.

We're launching our big food drive - March 16-20 - to fill our food pantry and give any leftover to Neighborhood House. Remember to bring in family friendly non-perishable food and be part of keeping our community strong and healthy. We'll celebrate on March 20 with Spirit Day - also celebrating that the following week is Spring Break! 

Also on March 20, we will clean out the lost and found and donate unclaimed items. Be sure to look through lost and found before March 20. Thank you!

In April, we will be giving the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which replace the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills this year. A good way to prepare is to do a practice test with your child. I will let parents know specific testing dates so that together we can support our kids.

Thanks for all you do to support our students and school and have a great Spring Break!

Rebecca Torres-Wilhelm


Rieke Elementary

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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

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!


Did you miss the Kindergarten Connection on February 11th?

Incoming Kindergarten families should save the date for these following events:

Rieke Art Fair at Rieke on May 3 at 10-4pm

Welcome to Kindergarten on May 13 at 1-2pm. This is a fun open house designed for our incoming kindergarten students where they can tour the classrooms and meet the teachers.

Rieke Carnival at Rieke on June 8 at 6-8pm

 We look forward to seeing many new families at Rieke soon!

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



PPS News

Schools step up so no one goes hungry

March 20, 2015

From Sellwood Middle School to Rieke Elementary, many schools stepped up with food drives this month to support families over spring break and beyond. 


Mustang Readers inspire younger students

March 20, 2015
George students volunteer to read weekly to Sitton students as Mustang Readers, a literacy program that benefits both sets of students. The program brings George Middle School seventh and eighth student volunteers to Sitton Elementary School twice a week to read to kindergarteners and first and second graders. 


Salt & Straw asks students for flavor ideas

March 20, 2015
Salt & Straw ice cream maker Tyler Malek, who has made ice cream flavors with everything from olive oil to beer, asked Vernon students to help him come up with a new flavor. Popular ice cream makers Salt & Straw, a great local business partner to Portland Public Schools, on Friday launched the third year of a fun fundraiser for Vernon, Chapman and Abernethy schools. 


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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