eNews 08/27/2021


It has been wonderful welcoming your children back to our classrooms. The first week was full, getting to know your children, and building classroom communities. There were lots of smiles and new learning routines.

One of those routines is drop off and pick up, which can be a challenge at Riverdale Heights. A few reminders as we move to week 2:

  • Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:00am.

  • At 8:00am, students have 3 options:

  1. Students may enter through the main entrance for breakfast

  2. Students may wait at their grade level entrance door

  3. Students may participate in our Fit 4 Life Program

  • Fit 4 Life is supervised by Riverdale Heights staff from 8:00am - 8:15am daily. Students will gather on the playground to walk laps around the playground, socializing with friends. On inclement weather days, students will be allowed to enter through the main entrance to walk laps in the hallways. Movement can be a great way for students to start their day!

  • Students need to be picked up by 3:15pm each afternoon.

  • Please do not block or park in bus lanes. It is important to keep the outside lane open for buses to access the parking lots.

  • Please have your child's name visible on the passenger side window to help our staff call for your student. This helps traffic move more efficiently. Remain in your vehicle and plan to have children enter and exit the vehicle on the right hand side of your car.

We have several new families to Riverdale Heights each year. Be patient with one another as everyone learns how it all works.

Thanks for your time and attention to these reminders. Have a wonderful weekend!

Jennifer Richardson Riverdale Heights Elementary School - Principal richardsonjennifer@pleasval.org


Early Out Themes: Each early out this school year, we will have a theme day to promote a love of reading in our building. Our first early out will be this Wednesday, September 1st. Our first theme will be "S.U.R.F.s up!" (Silent Uninterrupted Reading Fun) and students are encouraged to wear their summer/beach gear to school! We're excited to see all of the fun we can have while reading!

Curriculum Overview Night: We’re putting plans together for a virtual curriculum classroom overview the week of September 7. We won’t be hosting an onsite meeting as in years’ past, rather teachers are working on fun surprises and resources to send your way. We’ll have more information for you next week!

Friday night Football at Spartan Stadium: All seats in front of the press box are reserved. Take advantage of reserving your seats for football at Spartan Stadium by purchasing a Century Club membership. Century Club membership is available to any current or former families in the Pleasant Valley Community School District. If you have a student or students participating on multiple athletic teams, it would be a financial savings for you to be a Century Club member. Century Club membership gets you into all home athletic events except for state tournament/postseason games. Seats are going fast so take advantage NOW! Please click on this link for additional information or call 563-332-5151 with questions. Let's GO Spartans!

Spartan Store Sale: The Spartan Store will be having a sale this Saturday (8/28) from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will be located near the Spartan Store trailer in the football stadium behind the high school. Come stock up on PV apparel for the 21-22 school year. Visit our website at https://pvspartannation.myshopify.com/ to check out our selections.

PV Special Olympics Web Store: Click here to get your Spartan Special Olympics gear!

PV Platinum Driveway Painting: Are you interested in adding PV spirit to your driveway? The PV Platinum Dance Team is coordinating driveway painting throughout this fall! For $25 per painting, Platinum Dancers will paint the PV logo or the Spartan Head on your driveway. Scheduling requests must be received prior to September 24th and all the driveways will be completed by the end of October (weather permitting). Please contact Sarah Butcher with PV Platinum at sbutcher2588@yahoo.com for scheduling or for more information.

Run with Carl: This race is back! Join us on Labor Day, September 6 for the Kids 1/2 mile, Kids 1 mile, 5k and 5 mile! Sign up for the race now here or volunteer for the race by clicking here. Proceeds support the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation’s scholarship program.


August 30 FAST Testing Begins September 1 Early Dismissal, 1:30pm September 6 No School September 6 Run with Carl - Register here. September 9 Homecoming Parade September 10 Homecoming Game September 13 MAP Testing Begins


Clubs: Kindergarten, First, Fourth and Fifth grade parents – mark your calendars! There are two clubs opening up on Monday, August 30th at 5:30 PM to register your students for if they are interested. They are FALL Kindergarten/First Grade LEGO Club and FALL Fourth/Fifth Grade French Club. Club registration is first come first serve with payment and registration taken on our website at: www.riverdaleheightspta.com/book-online. A BIG THANK YOU from our PTA to the parents that have agreed to volunteer and coordinate these clubs. We can only have clubs when we have volunteers to lead them! If you have an interest in hosting a club for our Riverdale Heights students or would like to learn more, please e-mail us at RiverdaleHeightsClubs@gmail.com.


PV Robotics – FLL Explore: This informative and fun program for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders is looking for coaches and participants. Please email Robotics Coordinator Varsha Saroha at sarohavarsha@pleasval.org. She needs a firm commitment from at least two coaches before we can register teams.

Pleasant Valley Girls Youth Basketball Competitive AAU Program: If you have a daughter between 2nd-6th grade in the Pleasant Valley School District that is NOT on a competitive AAU team for basketball please fill out this google form, if you have ANY interest in having your daughter involved. If you have any questions please email Coach Goetz at goetzjennifer@pleasval.org. This form is due by Monday, September 10th, 2021. Thanks!

Pleasant Valley Girls Basketball Saturday Youth Clinics: Saturday Morning Youth Clinics Are Back! Please click here for information about our fall youth girls basketball clinics. If you have any questions PLEASE email Coach Goetz at goetzjennifer@pleasval.org

The PV Platinum Kid's Clinic: We are so excited to welcome our future Platinum dancers back on the field with us to perform some sunshine-filled routines at half-time of the sophomore PV football game on Friday, September 3rd. The clinic will be held on August 29th from 1-4pm at the Riverdale Heights gym. The clinic costs $30 and includes an adorable shirt, photo, and dancer entrance into the game on 9/3. Dancers can buy a poster for $5 that our Platinum dancers will sign on the day of the clinic. Our days are brighter knowing we will get to dance with you soon! Click here to Register. Contact hugheselizabeth@pleasval.org with questions!


Bike Safety Fest: The Bettendorf Trails Committee and the Tangled Wood are teaming up to host a Bike Safety fest. Bring your bikes and helmets to be checked for common safety features and fittings – plus live music and raffle prizes. Learn more here.

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