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

No School Friday for Most Schools

Friday, Jan. 30: Schools are closed Friday for a teacher planning day. Exceptions are: Metropolitan Learning Center, Rosa Parks Elementary and most charter and alternative schools, which will have a regular school day. If you are uncertain, please call your school.

Please Take the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 - Feb. 28

Successful Schools Survey: Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Survey for staff and 5th, 7th and 10th grade students launches Feb. 2.

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

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!


Battle of the Books Schedule

 Rieke Battle of the Book Schedule – 2015       


*Battles will occur in the library unless otherwise noted

 Wednesday, February  4

1:00                  Dirty Blondes                         vs.                  Quack-a-Doodle

1:30                  Jello Fellows                          vs.                  The Reading Chocolate Bunnies

2:00                  Moustache Piggies                vs.                  Chocolate Brownies

2:30                  Micro Managers                     vs.                  TBD


Friday, February 6

1:00                  Vanilla Beans                         vs.                    Flaming Meatballs

1:30                  Pink Peach Readers                vs.                  Reading Moustaches

2:00                  Canadian Bacon Spaghetti  Marines          vs.         Hooting Owls

2:30                  Moustache Kittens           vs.     Outrageously Awesome Moustache Unicorns


Wednesday, February  11

1:00                  Quad Ding Dongs          vs.           Reading Rockets

1:30                  The Stars                      vs.            Rainbow Awesome Gluten Free Waffles

2:00                  The Fab Five                 vs.             Tridents

*In Room 3

1:00                  Jello Fellows                  vs.                   Vanilla Beans

2:00                  The Reading Chocolate Bunnies              vs.           TBD

2:30                  Moustache Piggies         s.                   Micro Managers


Thursday, February 12

1:00                  Pink Peach Readers           vs.                  Dinomite Team

1:30                  Reading Moustaches           vs.                   The Stars

2:00                  Canadian Bacon Spaghetti Marines         vs.       Reading Rockets


Friday, February 13

1:00                  Moustache Kittens           vs.         Rainbow Awesome Gluten Free Waffles

1:30                  Hooting Owls                   vs.          Quad Ding Dongs

2:00                  The Thinkers                  vs.          Cookie Monsters

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

Budget work launches for 2015-16

January 30, 2015

PPS launches its public budget-crafting process for 2015-16 in February as the Oregon Legislative Session convenes.


Memory brings Grammy-level jazz to King

January 30, 2015

Grammy winner Thara Memory formed a band with fellow musicians at King PK-8 School, adding jazz to the school's flourishing art scene. The just-released federal Turnaround Arts Report reviews the impact of a federal arts grant at King. 

Learn about and impact issues of race

January 30, 2015

Portland Public Schools welcomes documentarian Le Mun Wah among opportunities in February to delve into issues of race and change, including the launching of community forums with Portland Police. 


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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