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

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 me Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 4 pm to 6 pm, for a Popsicle party at the school.

Also, on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 am to noon, please 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

Rosa Parks Launches Year-Round School

July 29, 2014
Rosa Parks celebrated its year-round school launch with a parade and a picnic. Rosa Parks students began a new year-round school schedule last Monday, July 21, part of a two-year pilot program to test and evaluate a year-round school schedule. 


Portland Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Wins Outstanding Administrator Award

July 29, 2014
Harriet Adair, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations and Support, recently received the President’s Award from the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. The award was announced at the organization’s annual conference in June by COSA President and Vernon Elementary School Principal, Tina Acker. [More]

PPS announces new principal assignments

July 25, 2014

New principal announcements for 2014-15 include Juanita Valder, a veteran PPS vice principal, as new principal of Franklin High School and Filip Hristic, principal at Creative Science School K-8, as new principal of Roosevelt High School. 


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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