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

Thanks, Rieke, for giving!

November/December, 2014

Rieke Community,

Thank you for being such a giving community.

The cart for our food pantry is often full with more coming each week. Holiday giving is underway for Rieke families in need. Clothing has been coming in for the PTA Clothing Closet, and Wilson High School will now be taking our long-unclaimed lost-and-found items to Community Transitional School for elementary-age students.

I also want to thank secretary Zach Prichard for his tireless work and our two veteran substitute secretaries Connie Marsden and Lynda Gordan, who will be with us at least through Winter Break. They - and great parent volunteers - are doing such an amazing job of keeping our office humming.

When I think about what makes a strong community, the ability to reach out and meet needs as they emerge is such a core piece.

I am humbled by and grateful for the Rieke community.

Rebecca Torres-Wilhelm


Rieke Elementary

More about Principal Torres

School News & Announcements

TAG applications: Next steps

Nominated students will be testing in December. If you have questions about services or nominations, contact TAG Coordinator and Principal Rebecca Torres (503-916-5768; 503-278-6397)

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!


Hour of Code


December 8th-19th Rieke students are participating in the  HOUR OF CODE

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. 

We are joining the mission to introduce 100m students to computer science.

In one week last year, 15 million students tried computer science! Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. President Obama, Shakira and Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. Over 100 partners came together to support this movement.

Now the Hour of Code movement is aiming for 100 million students. Rieke students will use their technology class time for an introduction to computer science. Coding will be taught through fun, easy interactive games and activites. Volunteers are welcome! Email me if you are interested 

Jani Colasurdo   jcolasur@pps.net

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

PPS What I Say: Kat Caskey, college grad

December 18, 2014
Kat Caskey’s story is one of perseverance and determination despite tall odds. [More]

Evaluation tool strengthens school leaders

December 18, 2014
Portland Public Schools is changing the way it evaluates and supports principals in an effort to ensure the best building administrators lead every school. 


You're invited: Special Education Forum

December 18, 2014

PPS Special Education is holding a series of community forums to hear the thoughts and ideas of family, student and community stakeholders. The next forum is Jan. 21. 


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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