No February PTSA Meeting & OneRio Updates

No February PTSA meeting! See you in March!
You are the gainer in our swimming pool of life. Keep making a splash!
Love, Mom & Dad

Senior Showcase Ad Copy Due Friday!

Don’t forget to submit a picture and ad copy by this Friday! (Sample above)
FULL PAGE AD – $500 (4.75” x 7.7”)
HALF PAGE AD – $250 (4.75” x 3.85”)
1/4 PAGE AD – $125 (4.75” x 1.9”)
1/8 PAGE AD -$75 (2.375” x 1.9”)

Click HERE to pay for ad online

Complete Order Form and email ad pic and copy or own design in PDF form to:


That’s right.  If you are a high school senior and are planning on attending college this fall, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application is a must.

By completing the FAFSA Application, you can make yourself eligible for Cal Grants, Pell Grants, Work Study and subsidized student loans.  And beginning this year, the Middle Class Scholarship is being fully funded and will reduce your CSU and UC tuition costs by 40% if your family’s adjusted gross income is below $162,500!

There is no guarantee that you will earn FREE MONEY if you complete the FAFSA . . . but there is a 100% guarantee that you WON’T receive any free grant money if you DON’T complete the FAFSA.  And many merit-based scholarships now mandate that a FAFSA Application be on file to be considered for their awards as well.

RIO & Beyond is hosting a FAFSA Workshop on February 15th from 6-8 p.m. in the Library.  There will be a host of counselors and financial aid experts there to help you complete this application.

You are encouraged to bring your lap tops to this event because we only have access to about 15 computers.  You will also need to bring the following information:

Your social security numbers (student’s and at least one parent’s).
Your completed income tax returns from 2016 (both student’s and parent (‘s).
Records of your untaxed income.
Records of your cash, savings, and checking account balances, including stocks and bonds that aren’t part of a qualified retirement plan.

You will also need to create a Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSA ID) for both the student and at least one parent.  These FSA ID’s are used for you to electronically sign your FAFSA Application.  You can complete this at the workshop but our encouraged to create one beforehand.  Visit to find information on how to create your FSA ID number and to read more about how the FAFSA Application can help you finance your college investment.

For more information, please contact Joe Gomes at

The RIO & Beyond Team

Tell us your experiences so we can make our schools better!
Community Forum:
Discussion session – Parent Engagement
hursday, February 15, 2018 – in the Board Room at

6:00-7:15 pm

We encourage all parents to come to this special meeting.
You are welcome to listen or join in the Q/A.
We want to hear parent thoughts and ideas to make our schools more welcoming.
Meet the parents who serve on the District Parent Advisory Committee.
You comments and questions will help create us the annual District Plan!

  • Learn  about efforts to increase parent engagement
  • Strategize with students, parents, community members and staff how to get all families involved
  • Public comments invited!

More information is at :

Rio Winter Play “Alice In Wonderland Starts Today!
“Alice In Wonderland” runs February 7-10 in the Betty Miller Theater. Tickets available at the door for 7pm show times and in advance at the Rio Finance Office. Come support your Rio thespians!
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OneRio January Update

Next PTSA/OneRio Meeting: Wed. 2/7 7pm Rio Library

Group Effort Brings Vision of
Rio Print Shop to Life

What does your Rio PTSA membership go toward? What does your Duck Derby raffle ticket support? What do direct donations, SCRIP, Amazon Smile, and Senior Showcase profits support?

Staff Requests are one of the biggest beneficiaries of money raised by PTSA/OneRio because we want to make sure Rio staff has the resources to make sure your students are getting the best possible educational experience at our school.

This last meeting we reviewed the staff requests approved for the first half of the 2017/18 school year. Only two people (the same two people for most of this year’s meetings) beyond the 12 PTSA Executive Board volunteers showed up to see what we have been working on to make sure #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio for our 1,700 students, 120 staff members, and over 3,000 parents. Here’s what you missed:

  • Besides welding equipment for our amazing resurrected Engineering courses taught by Matt Cole and support materials for our Spanish, Math, Chemistry and PE programs, we have continued to fund a proposal put forth by Digital and Commercial Arts teacher Jonathan “Feezy” Feld that has brought Feezy’s vision of a Rio print shop to life.
  • Thanks to three print machines funded by PTSA/OneRio, the San Juan Education Foundation and Feezy himself over the last two years, students have been able to make tangible representations of their photographs, graphic designs, decals, stencils, graphic T-shirts and more created in class. Feezy is also able to accommodate printing requests for other students, staff, and parent support groups like PTSA, helping save time and costs by printing “in-house.”
  • Our fundraising efforts will continue to help keep this print shop running by meeting gaps in funding for support materials like ink, paper, vinyl, and t-shirts at huge cost-savings of sending it out while providing career-ready experience in digital and commercial design for our Rio students.
  • Besides missing an opportunity to hear the latest campus news from Principal Ginter himself and having a direct line to have questions/concerns addressed at every PTSA/OneRio meeting, Mr. Ginter is encouraging all parents to take the annual SJUSD  Parent Survey to give feedback on what is working or not working for your family at Rio. If Rio has the most surveys completed of other high schools we will get a monetary reward.
  • Please take note that the next two PTSA/OneRio meeting will be the FIRST (not second as usual) Wednesday of the month – because we know you were all planning on coming. But in case you weren’t, we’re sweetening the pot: There will be a door prize for anyone showing up to the February PTSA/OneRio meeting on Wed., 2/7 @ 7pm in the Rio Library. 
The Belgians are coming!
(And we  need your help).
The 2018 Exchange Program is in desperate need of host families for this March!  We have 63 Belgians arriving for 15 days on March 28th and need your help in securing more host families for them. While ideally we are looking for host families with high school-aged kids, given the large # of Belgians coming over any home, including empty nesters will work!
Requirements for hosting include driving to one of the coordinated activities (Yosemite, SF or Sacramento Day) and a $300.00 donation to cover the costs associated with overnight trips. The benefits are getting to know another culture and the opportunity to travel to Belgium in June. Our next meeting is February 7 at 7pm at Sutter Middle School – 3150 I Street in Sacramento.  If we can answer any questions please feel free to call or email Laurie or LesAnn at:

LesAnn Dorffler 916-834-0707
Laurie Earl 916-204-9055

Bad News: You’ve missed the deadline for early-bird ticket prices for Monte Carlo Night

Good News: There’s still plenty of room to join us for this new, fun whole-school event replacing the Baseball Crab feed!

Please join us Saturday, Feb. 3 5:30-10 at the La Sierra Community Center for a fun adult night out of “gambling,” dinner, and auction!
Get tix here

The Rio winter play, Alice in Wonderland, is February 7-10 in the Betty Miller Theater. Tickets available at the door for 7pm show times and in advance at the Rio Finance Office. Come support your Rio thespians!
Senior Jacob Osecheck’s Civitas project is bringing Congressman Amni Bera to our new PAC building for a Town Hall meeting Tuesday, 1/23 from 6:15-7:30pm.The Congressman will speak to the crowd briefly before opening up to audience questions. We can only seat 450 people for this great community opportunity so make sure to show up early to make sure you have a spot to get to know your local representative or have your question/concern heard.
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Rio Wreaths Are Here! Grad Night 2018! Boys Lacrosse!

Rio Wreath Pick-Up Tomorrow and Thursday after school!

Your Rio Wreaths Are Ready for Pick-Up!

If you ordered Rio Wreaths (and Centerpieces) they are here!! Come pick up your fresh evergreen WED. 11/29 between 2:45-5pm or THURS. 11/30 1:30-4pm at the front pick-up at Rio Americano (4540 American River Dr) in front of the Raiders wall logo.

If you ordered an evergreen to be delivered it should be shipped out this week or early next week.

If you want any extra evergreens or have someone you know who missed out, we have a limited supply of centerpieces for $22 available during pick-up.

If you have any questions or concerns, reply to this email (

Thank you for your support!

Rio Americano High School Graduation and Grad Night 2018!

From Rio Safe & Sober Grad Night Committee:
Dear Rio HS Seniors and Parents – Mark your calendars! Rio Seniors will graduate on Friday, June 1, 2018, 3-5pm at Cal Expo! More information about graduation will be coming out soon.

Grad Night will be held at Strikes Unlimited in Rocklin the evening of graduation from 10pm to 5 am. Students will meet at Rio at 9pm on June 1 and board buses to Strikes. Buses will bring students back to Rio by 5am on June 2.

This year’s grad night is sure to be an amazing evening for Rio graduates! Some of the exciting events planned for the evening include a live band, casino tables, boxer bingo, hypnotist, unlimited arcade play and glow bowling, pool table, party games, karaoke, photo booth, henna tattoo, and everyone’s favorite a cash cube! Plus so much more, including fabulous food!

We know students and parents are swamped right now with school, college applications and the holidays, so we have decided not to overwhelm you with Grad Night information just yet. More information about Grad Night and how to purchase tickets will be available after the Thanksgiving holiday break.

In the meantime, if you have any questions – or would like to volunteer (undergraduate parents needed, ESPECIALLY JUNIOR PARENTS) – please don’t hesitate to contact your Grad Night Chairs Tina Harris and Gayla Rios. Tina Harris –, Gayla Rios – For more information about Strikes Unlimited visit

Boys lacrosse is coming to Rio


Interested boys and parents are invited to attend the information meeting scheduled for

Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. 
in the Rio library

For more information about Boys Raiders LAX for the
Spring 2018 season, please contact:

Karen Walaitis                        Betsy Hargett       

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November Update: #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio

Thank you for your support of Rio Wreaths – another successful OneRio FUNdraiser! Your fresh evergreen purchase will be available for pick-up at Rio the week after Thanksgiving Break (3-5pm). As soon as the wreaths/centerpieces arrive we will notify you of the two pick-up days. Direct deliveries will be mailed last week of Nov. to first week of Dec. Any questions email

It’s Not Too Late for Senior Showcase!

(Late) Registration Forms Accepted Until November 30
Get Forms
 HERE (Return to Counseling Office)

Hello!Our names are Laurie Baker and Deanna Victor, and we are the chairs of this year’s Senior Showcase (formerly known as the RIO Fashion Show).  This is PTSA’s largest fundraiser …and we are hoping it will be BIG this year!  We thought it was time to modernize this event and get more seniors involved that reflect the diversity of student interests and talents at RIO. That is why I am reaching out to you for help in getting your senior student involved (and maybe even you involved 😊). In previous years, the seniors modeled clothes from local clothiers and performed choreographed dances.  We will continue to have this fashion piece (we currently have 3 choreographers lined up with professional experience) but will also be adding senior art gallery (where student work will be sold in a silent auction format) and a variety of student acts such as singing, theater, and musical performances. The showcase will take place in Rio’s brand new Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 4, 2018.  

Important Dates & Reminders

  • Showcase performers must fill out a “Student Information/Permission Slip” as well as the “Interest Form” and turn it in to the counselor’s office by November 17.  A check for $30 should be attached made out to the RIO Americano PTSA.   This cost covers their t-shirt and food for the day of the event.
  • Senior artists must fill out the “Student Art Gallery” form.  (some may have received the form from Mrs. Worley – if not, please see attached document)  Return to Mrs. Worley or the counseling office as soon as possible.
  • All participating seniors must sign up on REMIND by texting the number 81010 and sending the message @rio2k18 (this will be our primary means of communication with the seniors)
  • If you are a senior parent and are interested in helping with this event, please contact the Senior Showcase chairs by emailing

We would love to get started on organizing the actual showcase so please remind your seniors to turn in those forms!   


~ Deanna Victor & Laurie Baker


  • Regional State Championships Boys Water Polo. Nov. 18 11:30am & 3:30pm @ Rio pool
  • Jack Scott Boys Basketball Tournament. Nov. 30 (6pm) -Dec. 2 (TBA). Rio gym
  • Rio Raider Round Up Girls Basketball Tournament. Dec. 8-9. Rio gym (TBA)
  • Incoming Frosh Tours (tell a friend) Dec. 5 & 6 8-11:45 am
  • Small Ensemble Night. Dec. 13 7pm @ PAC
RAAB’s next great FUNdraiser! Monte Carlo Night Sat. Feb. 3 @ La Sierra Community Center
Mark your calendars, make a donation, or buy tickets at!
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Last Days for Rio Wreaths!

Last Weekend to Purchase Your Rio Wreath!

It’s OneRio’s Fall FUNdraiser with easy online ordering!

With every fresh from the Pacific Northwest holiday evergreen you buy up to 50% goes back to supporting Rio’s Independent Learning Skills students and their 3rd annual making and delivery of fresh wreaths for the door of every resident of Sunrise Assisted Living community at Fair Oaks and Garfield.

To purchase the items below visit our online store 
to order this 22″ mixed evergreen wreath or this 12″ mixed evergreen centerpiece:

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(additional items available for direct delivery)

Don’t need another wreath? We’ll donate your purchase for the doors of residents at Sunrise of Carmichael to be delivered by the ILS class the first week of December.

Orders will be ready for pick-up the week after Thanksgiving. Or more selections available for Direct Delivery at our online store (shipped first 2 weeks after Thanksgiving).

Don’t wait – Sales end November 5th!

For more information, product catalog and order forms for bulk sales, or other payment methods please contact Kelli Wheeler at or 916 396-5223.

Homecoming Waters – MORE THANK YOU’S!

Thank you to these people/families who donated water to Homecoming – it was VERY appreciated (almost 1,200 water consumed and lots of recycling $!):
Stephanie Dallera
John Foderaro
Jill Zenti
Nicole Swanson
Tami Champayne
Patricia Maydahl
Kristy Wormald
Mary Dixon
Molly Sutherland
Kathleen Scura
Christian Norgaard
Tim Wanner
Paula Lawrence

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Rio Wreaths and Homecoming Help Needed

Rio Wreaths is Now Open!

Purchase your fresh from the Pacific Northwest holiday evergreen NOW through our online store:

 October 23 through November 4

Wreaths and centerpieces will be available for pick up after Thanksgiving (or if purchasing direct delivery, delivered first 2 weeks after Thanksgiving). If donating wreath please put that in NOTES during purchase.

Please support our goal to raise money for Rio’s ILS students and their 3rd annual making and delivery of fresh wreaths for the door of every resident of Sunrise Assisted Living community at Fair Oaks and Garfield.

Click HERE and HERE for news coverage of last year’s wreath delivery.

Contact Kelli Wheeler with any questions at or 916 396-5223


Please drop off cases of 8 oz waters to Rm C10 by FRIDAY for Rio Homecoming this Saturday! We have 1,200 students who will be hot and thirsty after a night of dancing at Homecoming! If delivery is a problem, leave it to Safeway! Please reply to this email if you are dropping off water.


Next meeting for hosting Belgian exchange students is Nov. 8 at Sutter Middle school Rm 111 on the corner of Alhambra and I Streets in East Sacramento. Meetings will start at 7pm and will last between 60-90 minutes.

Anyone interested in hosting a Belgian exchange student this spring?  (March 28 – April 12) It’s only two weeks and then your child has the opportunity to go to Begium this summer and stay with the family of the child you hosted! It’s minimal effort with maximum enjoyment for all involved.

Interested in Boys Lacrosse? Information regarding PE demonstrations and informational meetings coming soon.  Feel free to contact Karen Walaitis at if you or your son is interested in forming a team.
Upcoming Rio & Beyond Events

Financial Aid FAFSA Workshop
Thursday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. in library (Presented by Joe Gomes

Help with UC Personal Insight Questions or Private College Application Essays –

Thursday, November 2 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. in library
(Rio students only – Registration required.  With Educational Consultant, Margie Amott)

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Next PTSA/OneRio Meeting: Wed., Nov 15 @ 7pm in Rio Library

Couldn’t Make it to last night’s PTSA/OneRio Meeting? Here’s What You Missed:

  • Principal’s Message: Brian Ginter circulated the pictures of 3 former Rio students (one who has been expelled out of the district) who have been threatening a student and trying to come on campus to follow through. Extra security has been provided by the district and their Safe Schools patrols have been present. However, yesterday 911 had to be called in lieu of Safe School officers to expeditedly keep them off campus. One of the individuals ended up being arrested at Fair Oaks and Eastern after assaulting a peace officer. Please alert students to be on the look out for an older model white Mustang and Tony Lopez, Lake Degroot, or Jason Anderson. Report their presence immediately around any Rio function or on campus. Other news from Mr. Ginter can be found in the Principal’s Message/Weekly Bulletin found on the website.

    Monday, October 16, 2017
    7:00 – 8:30pm
    In the Library at Rio Americano

    Resilience: Enhancing Coping Skills
    and Stress Management for your Teenager

    Come join us and learn strategies for resilience
    and other important parenting issues, such as:

    • What parents can do: how to help your teen build resilience
    • Healthy habits for teens: learn some talking points for things your teenager can be doing to cope better with life’s stressors
    • Warning signs: what’s normal and what’s not normal in adolescence… how to tell, and what to do about it

    Presented by:
    Sue Goetz, LCSW and
    Steve DeBenedetti-Emanuel, LMFT

    Sacramento-area counselors for teens and families

Host Families Needed!
  • Immediate Action Needed! An exchange student from Denmark here at Rio has lost her housing and would love to stay through the end of the year. If anyone is interested in housing Emma from January until May through EF High School Exchange please contact Pat at 916 765-3223.
More about EF High School Exchange: Being a host family is as rewarding for you as it is for the exhange student. You learn about another culture, provide a once in a lifetime experience for a teenager from across the globe and you form a relationship that will stay with you and your family forever.
Any Rio sports team or school group that has a qualifying family that will host a student with EF for a school semester or a school year could earn $200 donation per qualifying family. This is a great way to earn money for your team or organization! (Students come with their own money and insurance.) Contact Pat 916 765-3223 or go to
  • Or how about a Belgian? Anyone interested in hosting a Belgian exchange student this spring?  (March 28 – April 12) It’s only two weeks and then your child has the opportunity to go to Begium this summer and stay with the family of the child you hosted! It’s minimal effort with maximum enjoyment for all involved.
          If you’re interested in finding out more, the next meeting is November 12 in Room 111 at Sutter Middle School on the corner of Alhambra and I Streets in East Sacramento. Meetings will start at 7pm and will last between 60-90 minutes. Click here for flyer.
Action Items: Help Needed!
  • Mini waters for Rio Homecoming on Oct. 28! They are expecting 1200 students to attend so please start dropping off cases of water to Room C10 or have Safeway deliver
  • SENIOR SHOWCASE volunteers. The Senior Fashion Show is expanding to showcase all sorts of talent (and untalent) from our seniors and staff this March! Come find out more about it and how you can help on Oct. 24 at 6:30p in the Rio Library
  • SAFE AND SOBER GRAD NIGHT shadowers. Grad Night this year will be after graduation on June 1 at Strikes in Rocklin. So what’s to do until then? Frosh, Soph, and Junior parents are neededto shadow this year’s chairs, Gayla Rios and Tina Harris took keep this great tradition going for every Rio graduating class. Stay tuned for next meeting on what comes next (hint: setting up Senior Parking Space Murals for Class of 2019 *gasp!*) Or call Gayla 916 217-0401 or Tina Harris 916 719-6636 to find out now how you can be involved in this fun event!
Make sure you order your fresh $30 everygreen wreath online! Will arrive week after Thanksgiving. Supports Rio’s Independent Learning Skills 3rd Annual Rio Wreaths delivery to Sunrise Assisted Living Facility so every resident has a fresh, wreath on their door!
The Rio Americano Athletic Boosters has a great event planned for this Sat. Oct. 14th from 6-10pm at the Duggan/Schinderles home in Arden Park.  Fabulous food by Greta Garverick and a variety of drinks and activities.  Enjoy time in the backyard and play some ping pong and corn hole for prizes. All proceeds will be donated to RAAB to support all the Rio sports teams.  Invite friends, it will be a fun time to hang out and enjoy some good food and drink.  Click here to register for tickets,
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