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eNews 09.29.2023

Dear Riverdale Heights Families,

Thank you for a wonderful Homecoming week! It was so much fun seeing the creativity, and kids enjoying the dress up days and festivities! Tuesday took me right back to the 80's!

As we head into the 2nd full month of school, I wanted to share a few reminders for our school community!

CELL PHONES/MOBILE DEVICES - Teachers may allow cell phones and headphones/earbuds into the class for academic reasons only. Taking any unauthorized photos, videos, or audio recordings within Pleasant Valley Schools without consent is strictly prohibited. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not to be used during class time without direct permission from their teacher. Any disruption by cell phones/mobile devices will result in discipline action and may result in parental involvement and the phone/mobile device being searched.

Examples of unacceptable use of cell phones/mobile devices includes but not limited to the following:

· Taking pictures in restroom or locker rooms with cell phones/mobile devices

· Taking any picture of a student/staff member without their knowledge and consent.

· Using the cell phone/mobile device to cheat on assignments/tests

· Using the cell phone/mobile device to harass another person

· Using a cell phone/mobile device during class time without the stated permission of the classroom teacher

· Using a cell phone/mobile device in any manner which is contrary to school rules and expectations

Disciplinary action for unacceptable use of cell phones/mobile devices may include detentions, suspensions, parental involvement and referral to the Scott County Sheriff Department. Prosecutors will charge individuals who secretly watch, photograph or digitally record others who are nude or partially nude with “invasion of privacy.” This violation is classified as a serious misdemeanor in a court of law.

This policy is being shared directly from our student handbook, and includes Smartwatches, in that they are considered mobile devices. Please remember ALL changes to dismissal plans should be communicated to both your child's teacher and the office by noon of the day of dismissal. Additionally, we ask that you please refrain from texting your child throughout the school day, as it causes disruption to the classroom.

DISMISSAL - Please be considerate as you park and/or wait on side streets, in our immediate neighborhoods at dismissal. Please don't block residents driveways, be respectful of one another as we navigate traffic flow. It takes teamwork!

PETS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS - With our large numbers of students arriving and dismissing at the beginning and end of the school day, I ask that you refrain from bringing pets with you on school grounds. We have had a few instances of pets growling at each other, along with it being prohibited per board policy. Please keep pets at home when you come to pick up your students.

Thanks for your time and attention to enews reminders. I appreciate it!


October 4 | Early Out Reading Theme Day - "Reading Knocks our SOCKS Off!"

October 10 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | We Are Riverdale Heights Night

We are so excited to be having our 4th annual We Are Riverdale Heights Night! Mark your calendars to join us on October 10th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, for an evening full of culture, music, food, fun, and friendship!

Let us know you're coming! Simply click on the YOU MATTER logo on this invitation and fill out the Google Form! Don't forget to bring your family's favorite dish to share!

Interested in sharing a little bit about your culture that evening?

We are looking for families and students to help make our event even better by showcasing our diversity! Click HERE to help create some "hands on" global learning!

Riverdale Heights is an AMAZING community and we believe every child, parent, family member, and community member is important to our success, because YOU MATTER! Let's CELEBRATE together!

Student Hunger Drive begins Monday, October 2nd. Pleasant Valley Schools will be collecting non-perishable food items (no glass jars please) to donate to the Riverbend Foodbank throughout the month of October. Families from around the community benefit from the donations collected at our school and other schools in the Quad City area. During this first week, grade levels will compete to bring in the most donations and earn an extra recess. We can’t wait to see what kind of impact our school can make for our community. GO RIVERDALE HEIGHTS!

Flu-Free QC: Pleasant Valley elementary schools are participating in the Flu-Free QC public health program. With your consent, your child(ren) may receive a free flu shot during the school day Tuesday, October 10 from a Genesis Visiting Nurse. The goal of the program is to protect your child from getting the flu and keep your family safe and healthy as well. View program and registration information here.

The Riverdale Heights School Store will be opening on Tuesday, October 3rd! It will be open in the atrium on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 - 8:25 in the morning. The school store sells items such as pens, pencils, erasers, spiral notebooks, and folders. Our biggest seller is SMENCILs! You can get your very own SMENCIL for only $1.25. The School Store is organized and worked by 5th grade students. Profits are used to buy flowers for the Butterfly Garden (in the back of the school near the Art Room). We also use the profits to donate to local families in need of assistance, as well as local charities.

Visiting Author Cynthia Lord Autographs: On Thursday October 26, Riverdale Heights Elementary has the exciting opportunity to welcome a real-life author! Newbery Honor winner, CYNTHIA LORD, has written many amazing books for kids ranging from kindergarten through upper elementary. Some of our favorite titles of hers include an everybody book series called Hot Rod Hamster and also the chapter books Rules and Because of the Rabbit. Her most recent titles include a non-fiction book about how her family fosters rabbits called Borrowing Bunnies and a new chapter book titled Home Away from Home. Riverdale Heights students are invited to purchase a copy of one of her books anywhere books are sold and send it into school to be autographed on the day of her visit. Books for signing need to be at school by October 19th. Please reach out to Mrs. Rokusek with questions.

Walk A Thon was so much fun last week! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our school despite the rainy weather. We are counting all of the donations and will announce the final total soon.

The students helped us raise $984.63 in the Grade Level Competition:

· Kindergarten $126.40

· 1st grade: $257.99

· 2nd grade: $116.02

· 3rd grade: $124.25

· 4th grade: $209.29

· 5th grade: $49.26

· 6th grade: $101.42

Congratulations to the 1st grade students and teachers. Each 1st grade class will get a treat and the teachers will get a $25 gift card donated by Kwik Star. Thank you!

We will continue to take WAT donations through MONDAY at 3pm so please consider donating if you haven't. We are SO CLOSE to meeting our goal!

Yearbook Photo Request: If you have photos from events at school, please send them to so we can potentially add them to our yearbook! If you sent, please include grade level and teacher with the group of kids in the photo.

Riverdale Heights will have visiting author Cynthia Lord on site 10/26! Students who bring a book of hers will have the opportunity for the author to sign their book. See Facebook for more details!

PTA Reflections: Click here to view PTA Reflections official rules and entry form for the 2023-2024 year.

Spartan Stadium reminders: No backpacks, No large bags, No outside food or beverage, No re-entry if you leave, no balls. Come out and support the Spartans!

First Lego League Explore: Pleasant Valley is looking for adults to coach First Lego League Explore for students in grades two, three, and four. No experience is necessary and everything you need is provided including plans for each meeting. Two or more adult coaches will work with up to six children. Teams will meet twice per week at school from 3:00-4:30pm beginning the week of October 15 and ending on November 11 meaning that coaching is only a three week commitment. The team meeting guide provides coaches with a guideline to facilitate meetings with the team. Please fill out the linked form to indicate your interest in coaching. Also, those that volunteer to coach will guarantee a spot on the team for their child even if demand exceeds the number of teams we are able to offer. Student sign up will follow once we determine how many teams we are able to offer based on coach sign up. Please indicate your interest in coaching no later than this Wednesday, October 4 so that we can get teams formed and get started!

Pleasant Valley Platinum Kids Clinic: Our current PVP dancers were once little campers excited to experience the Platinum magic. We want you to come dance with us & see what PVP is all about! Our October 8th Kids Clinic is open to grades K-8. Registration is LIVE on the PV parent portal. Email Coach Sammy at with questions.

Pleasant Valley Girls Basketball Saturday Youth Clinics 2023: Please see this form for information about our fall youth girls basketball clinics. If you have any questions PLEASE email Coach Goetz at

Pleasant Valley Wrestling Club boys and girls registration night will be Wednesday, October 11th from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm at the High School commons. Please click HERE to register.

7th and 8th Grade Girls Golf Camp: Hidden Hills, 4335 Indiana Ave, Bettendorf

Dates and Times:

  • Wednesday Oct 4th 2:30-5:00: Intro to PV Golf, Course Rules/Etiquette, Short game and Putting

  • Wednesday Oct 11th 3:30-5:30: Full Swing with Specialty shots (ie Bunkers, Uneven lies, etc)

  • Wednesday Oct 18th 2:30-5:00: Recap what we have learned, On Course Play in Team format

  • Make up date Wednesday Oct 25th

Limit of 12 participants. Must have own clubs. Casual sport/athletic attire. Sign up available in Infinite Campus under "school store". Cost: $40 For questions please contact Coach Kingery:

Click here to view community events and activities submitted by local organizations. ​​​​​​​

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