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eNews - Riverdale Heights Elementary - October 30, 2020

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

Riverdale Heights Families:

I want to thank each and every one of you for your partnership this school year.  Whether attending in our hybrid model or 100% online, we are excited to have your students back and engaged in learning for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  

Our teachers are looking forward to virtual parent-teacher conferences and I have encouraged them to make time to hear how your child's learning model is going (both onsite and at home), and what hopes you have for your child this school year.  Our hope is to engage in a bidirectional conversation, as we partner with you in the unique circumstances surrounding this school year.  

Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to visit classrooms, both onsite and online, and I wish I could paint a picture of the individualized approach teachers are taking to give each child what they need to advance their learning.  There is much to be proud of at Riverdale Heights.

I also want to take a minute to remind you that our book fair is virtual this fall.  Every purchase not only provides access to reading material for your child, it also puts books into our classrooms and library.  I am so grateful for the time and effort our PTA is putting forth to raise money for our school.  THANK YOU!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween weekend.  


Jennifer RIchardson

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

2nd Quarter Family Return to Learn Handbook: We have updated our Return to Learn Handbook and FAQ for the 2nd Quarter. Click here for new information.  Please email with any questions.

Term 2 Attendance Policies: As we continue to focus on rigorous learning opportunities for your student, we are reviewing our attendance policies as we start term 2. In our current attendance models, a teacher's record of student participation is a part of the attendance formula. How do we define "participation"?  


  • Participated: 

    • The student was present for each of the live synchronous lessons in a day

    • Student is staying on pace with the class

    • There is evidence of work attempted/completed while at home

  • Not-participated 

    • The student missed one or more live synchronous lessons in a day

    • There is little evidence of work attempted/completed while at home


  • Participated:

    • ​​​​​​​Student staying on pace with the class

    • There is evidence of work attempted/completed while at home

Conferences Reminder-Parent-Teacher conferences will be held virtually on the following dates:  November 2 - November 13, 2020, with NO conferences on Tuesday, November 3.  Look for the Zoom or Google meets link from your child’s teacher.  

Flu-Free Quad Cities Clinic: The flue clinic has been rescheduled for Thursday November 12th from 8:30am - 11:00 am. If you are a hybrid A student or 100% online, you may come any time from 8:30am -11:00am.  If your child was previously registered and has received a flu shot since then, please contact the nurse and she will remove your form.

October is Bullying Awareness Month. Please read this letter from Principal Jennifer Richardson.

Alumni Veteran Kiosk:  PVHS has a beautiful display honoring alumni who served in the military. If you are or know of an alumnus who served in the military, please let us know by clicking here. It doesn’t matter if you served overseas or here in the United States, we want to honor our alumni!

Conference Dinners: Please consider contributing to our teacher dinner on November 5th. Please have all monetary donations turned in by Tuesday, November 3 at 3:30 PM to the main office. You can register online at Online donations can also be made at

PTA Fundraiser: PTA will be selling Nothing Bundt Cakes as a fundraiser for our playground and library projects.  Sale will be open until 11/10 and we encourage families to order through our online store here: [] PTA will distribute cake order at the school from 4-6pm on Friday, 11/13 curb side.  Try the QCs newest bakery and get some sweet treats to support our school!   

Scholastic Book Fair: From November 5th – 18th, discover new books with your children. Bonus: Every purchase supports our school! Bookmark our shopping link to start shopping on November 5th.

PV Spartan Drama Virtual Haunted Theatre: For one group of classmates, a normal day in school becomes the scariest day of their lives. Heights, Spiders, Darkness; we all have fears, it's what you do when faced with them that decides who you are.   You choose your level of scare- easy, medium or major- and enjoy from the safety and comfort of your home!  Haunted theatre is available as a video on demand presentations.  You can find tickets at  The virtual presentation will be available from noon on Friday, October 29 through midnight on November 1.  All proceeds help to support the work of the PVHS Theatre Department.  

Girl Scouts is looking for volunteer troop leaders. Click here for more information.

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation: Paint & Create - Young Artists - Join us at Palmer Hills Golf Course for a gobblin’ good time as we learn to paint from the Quad City’s own Art with Kare! Registration includes all physically distanced paint supplies, as well as a hot dog, chips, and drink for each painter, provided by the Palmer Grill! Parents are welcome to stay for the paint party, and everyone is encouraged to wear a mask when not eating. The Palmer Grill will be open for any parents looking to snack while their artists are hard at work! Saturday, November 7, Doors open at 3:30pm, event runs from 4:00-6:00pm, Ages 7-14, Cost $40, Click Here to Register Today!

​​​​​​​Bettendorf Parks and Recreation: Junior Chefs Cooking Class - Thanksgiving Delights – Join us for this month’s hands-on cooking class at the Bettendorf Community Center! This month features Ants On A Log for appetizers, Monkey Bread Muffins for your out of town guests’ breakfast, and Apple Turkeys for the centerpiece to celebrate this marvelous, grateful holiday! Parents/Guardians, please join your Junior Chef for the last 15 minutes to sample their creations!  Monday, November 16, 4:15-5:45pm, Ages 7-12, Cost $35, Click Here to Register Today!

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