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eNews 09.08.2023

Dear Riverdale Heights Families,


Thank you for a great first full week of school! It was so much fun having our kindergarten students join us! We are looking forward to having everyone with us on Tuesday, following the holiday weekend!


Dismissal Reminder: If you are picking up a car rider at the end of the day, please have a paper and/or visual with your student's name and classroom teacher to show staff on the right side car window. This allows staff an easy way to identify who you are picking up to help the process run smoothly!


Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


DON’T FORGET EARLY DISMISSALS!

PV schools will dismiss early on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Our first early dismissal is on Wednesday, September 6th. Next Wednesday September 6th is our first Early Out Reading Theme Day - "S.U.R.F.s UP!" Silent Uninterrupted Reading Fun. Students & Teachers are encouraged to dress in summer/beach attire!


Room Parent Sign Up: Are you interested in volunteering in your student’s classroom? The role of a classroom parent is to organize the three classroom parties, attend PTA meetings and pass along (via email) any pertinent PTA or classroom information to classroom parents. To learn more or to sign up today click on the link below. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4AADA82CA7FC1-202223#/


Donuts with Grown-Ups: Pre-order and plan to attend this NEW event on September 9th. All orders MUST be pre-ordered on or before August 31st. Orders may be placed on our PTA website. Donuts With Grownups | Riverdale Heights El (riverdaleheightspta.com)


Riverdale Heights T-Shirt: Order your student(s) 2023-2024 WILD About Riverdale Heights shirt and plan for them to wear it for Walk-A-Thon and the PV Homecoming Parade. The order link for shirts closes on September 5th. Riverdale Heights Elementary PTA Walk-A-Thon/Homecoming 2023 | Moments HQ | powered by OrderMyGear (itemorder.com)


Staff Appreciation: Our Riverdale Heights Staff is THE BEST! Help us celebrate them throughout this school year. Check out the plan to spoil our school staff this year and sign up to contribute where it works best with your schedule. Staff Appreciation | Riverdale Heights (riverdaleheightspta.com)


McTeacher Night: Already exhausted with the back-to-school routine? Make dinner easy on September 6th and enjoy McDonald’s on Middle Road. Plan to dine-in or the drive-thru, mention Riverdale Heights and a percentage of your food total will be donated to PTA. Easy!

PTA Reflections: The 2023-2024 PTA Reflections theme is "I am Hopeful Because..." Students are challenged to create entries with this theme in the categories of: Film Production, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Literature, and Photography. Keep your eyes open for the official entry forms and more information to be released in later enews. Entries will be due around the end of October. Learn more here.


Student arrival / departure information:

· Families should plan to drop children off between 8:00 - 8:15 each day, with pick up occurring from 3:00 - 3:15 in the afternoons. Staff is not available prior to 8:00 and after 3:15, and it is unsafe for students to be unsupervised. Please plan accordingly.

· Each family fills out a dismissal plan at the start of the school year, which is what our staff references when there are questions about dismissal. Please stick to dismissal plans and communicate changes in a timely manner so we can keep students safe and accounted for. Changes to dismissal must be shared through a note, email, or phone call to the office. Without family communication, students will not be allowed to change their dismissal plan.

· Students arriving between 8:00 - 8:15 will participate in our Fit 4 Life program or have the option to purchase breakfast. Fit 4 Life gathers on the playground. Students walk laps with friends as they prepare for the school day. At 8:15 students enter the building to head to classrooms. The school day begins promptly at 8:25.

· Please take time to review our Parking Lot Procedures. It is very important that families stay in their vehicle and follow procedures to ensure traffic moves smoothly. Staff will be positioned out front to guide students through procedures and call students to vehicles at the end of the day.

· We do not have the capacity to host guests for lunch during the school day. If there is a need to drop off a special lunch, or forgotten item, please place it on the table in the vestibule with a note, and our office staff will get the lunch and/or item to your student.

We are committed to keeping your child safe and ready to learn, and consistently reflect on our practices and procedures to best meet the needs of our students.


This year, ALL walkers and car riders will dismiss the building through our main entrance doors, keeping all other doors to the building locked at all times. Dismissal bells are as follows:

3:00 - Bus Riders and YMCA Kids Club students are called to the gym

3:03 - Walkers are dismissed through door S2 at the main entrance

3:05 - Car Riders / Daycare Vans through door S1 at the main entrance to gather in front of the building to be called to vehicles.


Football Game TONIGHT: It is game night at Spartan Stadium (9/1)! NO backpacks, NO large bags, NO outside food and drink. Century Club members and students with Activity Passes can use either pass gate. Admission is $7.00 for all. Pleasant Valley is hosting Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Sophomore start time is 5:00pm with varsity to follow around 7:30pm. WHITE Out is the theme. Let's GO Spartans!


PV Platinum Driveway Painting: Are you interested in adding PV spirit to your driveway? The PV Platinum Dance Team is coordinating the driveway painting fundraiser again this fall! For $30 per painting, Platinum Dancers and parent volunteers will paint the PV logo OR the Spartan Head on your driveway. All requests must be received prior to September 23th and all the driveways will be completed by the middle of October (weather permitting). Please CLICK HERE to fill out all the necessary information. We will send a follow up email with more information when we receive your request. If you have any additional questions, please contact Sarah Butcher with PV Platinum at - pvpdrivewaypainting@gmail.com. Thank you for your support. GO SPARTANS!!


Century Club Membership for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! Century Club Membership admits pass holders to regular season athletic contests, as well as band, choral, orchestra, and drama events (excluding improv night). It also includes the option to have reserved seats in our Century Club Reserved Seating section for Home Football games. This section is located under the press box. Learn more about the Century Club here! Thank you so much for supporting our activities programs, we truly appreciate you.

Pleasant Valley Girls Basketball Saturday Youth Clinics 2023: PVGBB Saturday Morning Youth Clinics--> Please see the form below for information about our fall youth girls basketball clinics. If you have any questions PLEASE email Coach Goetz at goetzjennifer@pleasval.org View the full clinic form here.


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 FORM, if you have ANY interest in having your daughter involved. More information is on the google form as well. This form is due by Monday, September 18th, 2023. If you have any questions PLEASE email Coach Goetz at goetzjennifer@pleasval.org


3rd Grade PV Girls Volleyball: Volleyball Open Gyms will begin September 6 for any girl with the birthdate July 2014-June 30, 2015 that is interested in playing volleyball. Open gym will run every Wednesday during the month of September at TBK from 4:30-5:30pm. *NOTE TIME HAS CHANGED - Please fill out THIS Google form if interested.


PV X-Plosion 6U Softball: Do you have a daughter born in 2017 that is interested in playing softball? Join us for PV X-Plosion 6U Softball Skill Sundays this fall! Sign up here by September 8!


8u X-Plosion Softball: We are looking for a few players to round out the 8u blue team for the 23/24 Season. All players must be born in 2015 or 2016 to be considered. There will be an open practice/tryout from 430 to 6 pm on Tuesday and Friday location TBD. Register at www.qcpvxplosion.com. Questions Email Lonnie at qcpvxplosion@gmail.com.

The 29th Annual Run with Carl needs you!

Are you a runner? A walker? A parent? Or a volunteer? Keep reading to find the appropriate information on how you can take part in this fundraising race.

All three options, Kids Fun Run, 5K run/walk and 5 mile run, take place on the morning of Monday, September 4th starting at 7:45 am. All promise to be a great time and raise money for Bettendorf!

Mondays in August at 6:00 pm meeting at the Middle Park Playground parking lot. Starting Monday, August 7th and continuing for the 4 Mondays in August join fellow runners for these free training events.

Run with Carl could not happen without the help of our volunteers. Packet pick-up on Friday and Saturday before the race or many opportunities on Monday the day of the race from setting up tables/tents to water stops along the course. High School students can earn service hours while volunteering.


We’re hiring! We are looking for great staff to join our growing team. To learn more about paraeducator, custodian, foodservice, coaching, and sub opportunities across the district, visit our employment page.


Bettendorf Soccer Association: Registration for BSA Academy for kids born in 2017 and 2018 is currently open for our fall sessions. BSA Academy is a great introduction to soccer, is child-centered, ball-focused and skill-oriented. There are no lines, no Laps and no Lectures. BSA’s Academy is five weeks long with Wednesdays being skill training and Fridays for games. Session begin Wednesday, September 6th. If you are interested in registering or need more information, please head to https://www.bsasoccer.org/academy-fall to register.


Hand In Hand October Rec Calendar: CLICK HERE to view the October Hand in Hand Rec Calendar. Parents can learn more and register students at https://www.handinhandqc.org/recre from September 1 – 15th.

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