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

Successful Schools Survey Extended Through March 6

Successful Schools Survey: Thanks to the thousands of parents who have taken the survey! Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Student and staff surveys now underway. Staff: See PPS Inside banner for links.

Winter 2015

Welcome to Rieke!

 Thanks for a great Kinder Connect! If you need kindergarten information, please call!

Rieke Community,

We are well into a busy winter and I'm so proud of our students, staff and community.

Science Fair is Monday, Feb. 23 at OMSI and coming in March: Dr. Suess/Read Across America Day is March 2, March 6 is the Raise it for Rieke Benefit, March 12 is the PTA Community Dinner and March 20 is Spirit Day. 

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.

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!


Did you miss the Kindergarten Connection on February 11th?

No Worries! We are offering a make-up orientation with Principal Torres on Wednesday, March 4th in the Rieke Library from 9-10 AM. Principal Torres will discuss the Kindergarten curriculum, Rieke special programs like science, dance and technology and answer any questions that parents may have. Child care is not offered and there is no need for parents to attend if they were able to come to the orientation 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

PPS announces opening of first bond-funded elevators plus 27 more school projects

March 03, 2015
Event to announce a new elevator at James John School.

Portland Public Schools invites the media to attend the announcement of the next group of 27 schools that will receive improvements and upgrades this summer. 


Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday

March 02, 2015
Timber Joey charmed Llewellyn students with his reading of a Dr. Seuss classic. Schools across the district celebrated the national Read Across America day on March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday, with special guests and activities. At Jason Lee School, the day launched a school-wide readathon.


Buckman art show celebrates 25th year

February 27, 2015
The 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell is March 7-8, 2015. The beloved Southeast Portland tradition, the Buckman Art Show & Sell, returns March 7-8. 


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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