eNews 10.28.2022

Dear Riverdale Heights Families,

Elementary Campus Parent Portal Accounts: During your scheduled parent-teacher conference, your student's teacher will review the Term 1 Progress Report with you electronically. Progress Reports will be released through the Campus Parent Portal on Tuesday, November 1. Families that do not yet have a Campus Parent Portal account should contact their building office ahead of November 1 to obtain one. Paper copies of the reports will not be mailed this year.

Conferences: If you have not already done so, please sign up for a conference. Elementary Conferences will be held Tuesday, November 1st - Friday, November 11th. November 3rd is set assign for all conferences to be at the school from 3:30pm - 8:00pm. If that date is not possible for your family to come to the school, please look at the registration link and choose another time your child's teacher is available.

Health Message: PV’s school nurses are seeing an increase in both gastrointestinal illness and upper respiratory illness, including strep throat. Please be mindful of our district protocol for keeping your children home sick:

  1. Fever - Keep them home if they have a temperature > 100 degrees. A child should be fever free without taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen for 24 hours before returning to school.

  2. Vomiting or diarrhea - The same 24 hour rule applies. Your child should tolerate a regular meal or two before they come back.

  3. Coughing that won’t stop or anything different about your child’s breathing - Severe coughing is exhausting for the child. Consult your doctor for persistent cough or breathing that sounds or looks different than usual.

  4. Severe sore throat - A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe one could be strep, even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep in children are headache and upset stomach. See your health care professional for a throat culture to determine if it is strep. If your child is diagnosed with strep, keep them home until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

  5. Uncontrolled pain- If your child has mild discomfort and is otherwise acting ok, you may want to give an over the counter pain reliever and send them to school. However if they are not able to participate in their normal school day, keep them home and call the doctor.

As always we encourage adequate rest, hydration, and proper hand washing to keep the germs at bay. For more information about how long an illness is contagious, contact your general practitioner or visit the CDC website.


Halloween Parties will be at the end of the day on Monday, October 31. We will limit in-class visitors to the two PTA parents. All families are invited to our outside parade at 2:15pm – weather permitting. As a reminder, please have your child choose a costume that brings out the best in them. No weapons, gory costumes or depictions of characters that harm children. We want everyone to have a fun time and not worry about being too scared. If you have any questions about costume choice, don’t hesitate to reach out. We can't wait to see your creativity.

Iowa Waiver Programs and Health Insurance Premium Program Presentation: Please join the Pleasant Valley Student Services Department and the Department of Human Services for an evening of information on the Iowa Waiver Programs and HIPP (Health Insurance Premium Program). This session will be November 17th at 6:00pm in the PVHS Theatre. The Iowa Waiver is not income based; it is about providing services for your student. Social interactions, respite for parents, and supported community living. Learn more about the presentation here.

Learn about PV’s Scholarship Program: Imagine if there were a scholarship for every PV student. There could be - and you could help make it happen. The Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation is hosting an informal workshop to discuss the scholarship program and the opportunities available to invest in PV’s students. Join us on November 16 at 6:30pm in the PVHS Commons. RSVP to Beth Marsoun at marsounbeth@pleasval.org.


October 31: Fall Classroom Parties November 1-11: Flex Schedule Elementary Conferences November 2: Early Dismissal, 1:30pm November 3: Set Night Elementary Conferences, 3:30pm-8:00pm November 3: Book Fair Open, 3:30pm-7:30pm November 11: Veterans Day Assembly


Fall Conference Dinner: please consider providing items for our chili and potato bar and support out teachers during the busy conference week! All items should be turned into the main office no later than 3:30pm on November 3. Sign up here.

Trunk or Treat: We look forward to seeing student costumes and decorated vehicle trunks TONIGHT (10/28) at the Riverdale Heights PTA Trunk or Treat! Trunk set up 5:30pm-6:30pm & then general trunk or treat starts at 6:30pm.

Scholastic Book Fair: It’s Scholastic Book Fair time! From November 1 - 3, discover new books with your kids. Bonus: Every purchase supports our school. Set up your student’s eWallet or preview the fair on-line today.

Amazon Smile: Remember to support Riverdale Heights PTA each time you purchase from Amazon.com; all it takes is starting at smile.amazon.com. Learn more here.


PV Football Playoffs: Pleasant Valley Football will be hosting WDM Valley in the 1st round of the football playoffs TONIGHT at 7:00pm. A digital ticket from hometown ticketing is REQUIRED and can be purchased at this link - https://www.iahsaa.org/tickets/ There will be QR codes located around the building and at Spartan Stadium. NO Cash, NO Century Club, NO Student Activity Pass. Get your ticket NOW and put on your favorite appropriate halloween costume (no masks/props) for Friday's game. Go Spartans!

Pleasant Valley Girls Basketball WINTER Youth Clinic- December 3rd Click here to learn about and sign up for the fall youth girls basketball clinics. If you have any questions PLEASE email Coach Goetz at goetzjennifer@pleasval.org

PV Wrestling Gear: Click here to order wrestling apparel for the 2022-23 season!

Student Hunger Drive: Help Spartan Assembly reach their goal of 100,000 lbs! Here are ways you can get involved.

  1. Donate cans or money to your classroom teachers

  2. Don’t like shopping, donate online using this LINK

  3. Attend the following event and bring donations:

  4. Powder Puff - Saturday October 29, 12 pm - 2 pm at the HS Football Field

  5. Teachers vs. Students Basketball - November 5th 3-5 pm in the HS ABC Gym

  6. Trick-or-Treat for Cans - Members of Spartan Assembly will be Trick-or-Treating for cans on Saturday October 29th and Monday October 31st from 4-8pm. If you have a donation and Spartan Assembly is unable to get to your house. Feel Free to contact Spartan Assembly at spartanassembly@pleasval.org.

Acre of Warmth: The Bettendorf Rotary is collecting blankets for non-profit agencies who serve homeless or low-income families. You can drop off new or gently used blankets (please wash and dry!) in the vestibule of your school. Just look for the collection box starting October 3 until December 2. Don’t have any spare blankets? You can make a donation at www.rotaryblanketdrive.org. ($30 will buy 4 new blankets)

Read United QC: The United Way is looking for volunteers to read to students once a week. Click here to volunteer.

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