eNews 10.08.2021


Dear Riverdale Heights Families,


As we kick off October, we have put a spotlight on bullying prevention. We thank our Riverdale Heights and other elementary school PTAs as well as Modern Woodmen of America for sponsoring the Ballet Quad Cities performance of Dorothy Goes to Oz: A Story of Acceptance and Teamwork, which happened today in the Riverdale Heights Gym and/or via livestream. This performance is sure to engage students with a unique learning experience reinforcing our Riverdale Heights bully prevention statement, which is listed below:

At Riverdale Heights Elementary, We will not bully others, We will try to help others who are bullied, We will include everyone, If we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home right away.

We define bullying as "repeated and/or target acts of disrespect towards another person or their property.” Please reinforce this message at home and thanks again for helping make Riverdale Heights a safe and respectful place for all learners in our community!


Jennifer Richardson Riverdale Heights Elementary School - Principal "At Riverdale Heights families and teachers value each other and work together, because YOU matter." #YOUmatterRVDH


#WeArePV: What makes you proud to be a Spartan? So many great things are already happening this year. Watch this quick video to see our #PVPride! Let us know what makes you proud! Post your pictures and messages to our facebook page or send your good vibes to pvweb@pleasval.org. Let’s celebrate what matters most – our kids!

Elementary Conferences: The window for elementary conferences opens on November 1. We will offer both virtual and in-person conferences this year. The scheduling link will open on October 15 and remain open until October 29. More detailed information to follow next week.

Halloween Parties will be at the end of the day on Friday, October 29. We will limit in-class visitors to the two PTA room parents. However, all families are invited to our outside parade at 2:10 pm – weather permitting. Details regarding the parade will be shared as we get closer to Halloween. As a reminder, please have your child choose a costume that brings out the best in them. No weapons or articularly gory costumes. We can't wait to see your creativity!

Elementary Winter Program Announcement: We are excited to share our plans for our elementary musicians this winter. We will be delaying our traditional, all-school program to the Spring. We know our K-6 Winter Programs are well-attended, and we are not yet at the point to fill our elementary gymnasiums with families and friends supporting our students. Look for more information in the Spring regarding an all-school program.

We WILL be holding a 6th Grade Band and 5/6th Grade Chorus Concert at the end of November. On November 30 at 6:00pm, the Riverdale Heights 6th Grade Band and 5/6th Chorus will perform. Two individuals per family will be able to attend this concert in our gymnasium. These concerts will also be recorded and posted to PV's youtube page and website. Thank you for understanding these changes and we look forward to November's concert and the Spring's all-school program!

Flu Shot Clinics: Genesis Flu Free Quad Cities is holding a free flu shot clinic for PV elementary schools. We have scheduled Riverdale Heights Elementary school for Wednesday, October 13 at 8:30 am. If you are interested, please fill out this form 2 days prior to the event to give parental consent.

Health Screenings: The following health screenings will take place at school:

  1. Vision- 1st and 5th graders

  2. Blood Pressure- 6th graders

  3. Hearing- The AEA will conduct Hearing Screens for K, 1st, 2nd, 5th graders and all new students to the district.

You will be notified of any concerns resulting from these screenings. These screenings should NOT replace regular checkups with your pediatrician. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school. You can notify the school in writing if you wish to opt out of these screenings. As a reminder, all kindergarten students are required to provide a vision and dental screening to the school. All 3rd grade students are required to provide a vision screening to the school.

National School Lunch Week: Next week we celebrate our food service staff and all they do to keep our kids safe and healthy. Send your THANK YOUs to pvweb@pleasval.org or post them on our facebook page!

Our Hunger Drive collection is off to a great start. The week of October 11 is Protein Week. Let’s see what grade level classes can bring in the most peanut butter, canned meat, and tuna. #PVSTRONG


Walk-A-Thon: Thank you to all of our generous donors! Due to record breaking participation we are finalizing the Walk-A-Thon total. Prizes are going home today with the students who donated over $50. Stay tuned for another announcement next week!

The Teacher Appreciation Committee is currently collecting items for Stock the Teacher Lounge. For more information or to sign up click here.

Portillo's Dine and Donate is October 13th! Just show them your Facebook message about the event or mention Riverdale Heights at check out and PTA gets 20% back! 5-8pm.

Trunk or Treat: Register today for your FREE Trunk or Treat parking spot for October 15th at Riverdale Heights. For more information about trunk or treating and to register for your FREE parking spot visit our website at:www.riverdaleheightspta.com/about-6 .

PTA Reflections: Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, I Will Change the World by…calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. All PTA Reflections program entries are judged on 3 criteria: Interpretation of Theme (40 points), Creativity (30 points) & Technique (30 points). Each student may enter up to 4 entries per arts category.

Please click this link for information on how to enter, official rules and entry form. Reflections projects are due before school on October 27th and 28th. A Reflections chairperson will be at a PTA table outside the main office of your school those mornings to collect all projects. For inspiration, please visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships. Questions? please email: pvreflectionsprogram@gmail.com.


PV Girls Basketball Gear: Click the link below if you want some awesome PV girls basketball gear!! If you have any questions please email Coach Goetz at goetzjennifer@pleasval.org

Pleasant Valley Wrestling Club registration will be Thursday, October 14th in the High School commons from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm. Please click the link and fill out the registration form for registration. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Larsen at larsenjacob@pleasval.org.

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