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eNews 10.20.2023

Dear Riverdale Heights Families,

I hope this finds you well and ready to enjoy the upcoming fall break, October 27th - October 30th! With a change in seasons, along with upcoming Halloween parties, please read through the following information to help you and your child be prepared.

HALLOWEEN - Halloween parties will be held in children’s classrooms following our Halloween parade. As we continue to keep the building as secure as possible during the school day, only 2 adult guests (the room parent and another parent helper, arranged with the room parent) will be allowed to be in classrooms from 2:00 - 3:00 to help prepare for the parade and help in facilitating the classroom party. Students should bring their costumes to school, as we will allow time for students to put their costumes on prior to the parade and classroom party. As a reminder, all snacks for the parties should be found on the Spartan Safe Snack List.

If weather permits, we will hold our Halloween parade on the soccer field where Walk-A-Thon is held each year. At approximately 2:10 our 4th - 6th grade students will form a large oval around the perimeter of the soccer field. At 2:15 our office staff will lead grades K-2 from the building around the perimeter of the soccer field, wrapping back to the building for classroom parties. Parents who would like to attend can come out to watch the parade portion of our festivities. We will also live stream the parade on our PTA Facebook page.

Please avoid parking in our pick up areas out front after the parade so that the parking lot is ready for student dismissal at 3:00.

  • Reminder: Costumes may not include any kind of toy weapon (knives, swords, etc.). They should not depict violent acts or the results of violence through the use of fake blood, etc. Please be mindful that our school community encompasses children of all ages and costumes should not be frightening to others.

DROP OFF - Please refrain from dropping students off prior to 8:00 each morning to ensure supervision. Children that arrive between 8:00 - 8:15 can either enter for breakfast or must participate in Fit 4 Life. Doors to classrooms open at 8:15 each morning.

WEATHER - As our temperature falls, please be mindful of weather conditions as your student dresses and arrives for school each day. We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is 0 or above. We want to make sure children are dressed appropriately to be outside.

Thanks for your time and attention to all of this information! Have a wonderful weekend!

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

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.

Trunk or Treat: We hope to see you tonight, Friday, October 20th, at Trunk or Treat in the school parking lot! If you plan on having a trunk, please arrive and plan to set up your space between 5:45-6:30pm. Trunk or Treating will take place from 6:30-7:30PM. Learn more about the event on our website at: Trunk or Treat | Riverdale Heights El (

Scholastic Book Fair: We are building our amazing volunteer team to help our Riverdale Heights community find their next favorite book. Please join us in volunteering during this amazing weeklong event. Without volunteers our book fair wouldn’t be possible. RH Book Fair: Scholastic Book Fair - November 2023 (

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

The Student Hunger Drive Officially kicked off Monday, October 2nd and will run through November 9th. PV's goal this year is 100,000 lbs and we are motivated more than ever after slightly falling short of this goal last year! Interested in donating online? Click HERE!

Hey Spartans! Want to get a sweet treat this weekend? Peachwave is partnering with Spartan Assembly to donate a portion of their profits to the Student Hunger Drive! It’s this Saturday, October 21, from 11 am - 4 pm. Just mention PV when ordering! We hope to see you there!

Trick or Treat?! The Student Hunger Drive is asking for your help!! On October 28th, 31st, and November 4th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Spartan Assembly members will be visiting PV neighborhoods asking for donations. This is your chance to help the Riverbend Food Bank feed hundreds of people, and help our school win the Student Hunger Drive for the 6th year in a row. Every contribution counts. We will be accepting cans, cash, and non-perishable food. Don't feel like shopping, donate online HERE!

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

Pleasant Valley Baseball: Winter apparel store is live! Get all your PV Baseball apparel for the holiday season here.

PVHS Choral Boosters Winter Greenery Fundraiser: This is a wonderful fundraiser with a high-quality product. Sales can be done online by using this link; delivery is done via direct shipment to you. We encourage you to obtain your fresh winter greenery by purchasing through the choir. They also make excellent gifts that can be shipped anywhere in the country! All proceeds go to the Pleasant Valley Choral Boosters, who support vocal music at all grade levels, district-wide. The sales period ends November 2.

PV Baseball Winter Camp is now open! Please join the High School Baseball Program for their annual winter baseball camp. Register through your child's infinite campus student portal.

Support PNB Aviation Club and look good doing it! Buy some cool merch to rep PNB Aviation to your friends. Webstore is open 10/19-10/26! Any money raised will support the aviation club!

Pleasant Valley Wrestling: Get ready for the PV Wrestling season! Order your PV Wrestling Apparel HERE!

PV Spartan Drama: This fall, the high school will be presenting the "tale as old as time", Beauty and the Beast, as our annual musical.

  • Performances are November 2 and 4 at 7pm and November 5 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

  • Enchanted Tea Party on Sunday, November 5th from 12:30-4:30pm. The event includes sweet treats, crafts, a meet and greet and photo op with Belle, and tickets (1 adult, 1 child) to the 2pm showing of Beauty and the Beast for students in grades K-8. Signups are available in the store on Infinite Campus.

  • Senior Citizen Open Dress Rehearsal Wednesday, November 1st, 1:30 p.m. RSVP to or 563-564-2971, no cost to attend.

The Day the Internet Died | Presented by PVJH Drama | October 20th and 21st at 7pm in the PVHS mainstage Theatre. All tickets are $5 and can be purchased at

Friday of Frights | Friday October 27th 1-4pm at PVHS. $3 admission (or 3 food items for the hunger drive) second time through $1 ( or 1 food item for the hunger drive) This event is a shared fundraiser for drama club and the student hunger drive.

Parent Consent - SAEBRS Survey: The Social Academic Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) screens students on 19 items that relate to their academic, emotional and social skills. Based on this data, our staff will be able to identify and address each student’s individual needs and help them grow. To be compliant with this new legislation, we ask that you give your consent for your student to complete this survey series if they are in grades Kg, 1, 2, 3, 5, or 6 by TODAY, October 20, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. in your Parent Portal. Only students who have written parent/guardian consent on this form will complete this survey series. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s School Counselor.

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