November Update: Good Things Are Happening at Rio!

Every 15 Minutes
A Sobering Event for Rio Students

This week PTSA sponsored an educational program called Every 15 Minutes. The focus of the program stresses that the decision to consume alcohol can affect many more people than just the one who drinks and drives. This very emotional and heart-wrenching event illustrated to students the potentially dangerous consequences of their use of alcohol while driving, regardless of how casual they believe their use is.

This elaborate school-wide event included pulling “DUI victims” out of class by CHP and the reading of their obituaries, grave stones in the quad, a realistic crash scene attended by our local police, fire, and rescue personnel, ambulance, Life-Flight helicopter ride, and trip to jail for the “crash victims,” victims parents being visited at home and work by police chaplains to be informed of their child’s “death,” and a tear-jerking “memorial” with a moving recounting of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving by Rio’s own, school secretary Karen Cassady.

If your children haven’t talked to you about Tuesday and Wednesday’s events, please ask them about and its impact on them.

(crash “victims”)

This amazing program for our students was made possible by a community of people who’ve been working on this since last year (including Rio’s graduating class of 2016). The great amount of fundraising and coordination was led by Beth McClure, the E15M Committee Chairwoman and PTSA Special Programs Chair. Working with PTSA president, Laurie Baker, and Rio & Beyond Director, Anne Del Core and the CA CHP Rio was able to bring this sobering illustration of the dangers of drinking (and distracted) driving to Rio students in hopes of inspiring good choices of saving lives.
Just another example of #GreatThingsHappeningAtRio

Rio Movie Night Friday 11/18
Chaperones Needed!

If you would like to chaperone the Jr/Senior Movie Night Fundraiser tomorrow, Friday 11/18 in the small gym from 7:15 to 9:30pm please respond to this with CHAPERONE in subject (and then show up at that time).  Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 7:30 and the movie begins at 8. Tell your students to bring a chair, blanket, and pillow.  Candy, popcorn, and sodas will be sold.

There is also a Chipotle fundraiser before the movie…  Visit the Chipotle at 2517 Fair Oaks Blvd. anytime between 4 and 8pm, and tell them you’re supporting the Safe and Sober Grad Night and 50% of your order will go to the fundraiser.  Unfortunately, because food is being sold at the movie, food cannot be brought into the movie.

Support Safe and Sober Grad Night and spend some nice time with your friends before the week off!


Measure P Passes!
San Juan Unified School District and Facilities Director, Frank Camarda, have a Master Plan in place and are ready to expedite facilities improvements to Rio Americano including athletic facilities upgrades with the $750 million bond measure that was approved by voters. Stay tuned for where and when we will see the first in $80 million slated for Rio improvements! #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio


The Grad Night Chairs will be selling Grad Night Tickets on Friday, December 2 during lunch by the stage.  Students can bring checks for $75 and their completed green Grad Night Ticket Form and waiver.  Click HERE for the forms.

Rio’s Jack Scott Basketball Tournament
Dec. 1-3

Make sure to come support the kick-off to Rio’s basketball season with this exciting school tradition! Games start at 4pm in large gym. Tix $6 for adults, $3 for students & seniors. Under 5 Free.
Thank you to everyone who supported our 2016 Rio Wreaths FUNdraiser! We met our goal of raising over $1,000 toward starting a new tradition at Rio: Senior Pool Party & BBQ. The fresh evergreen products will be available for pick-up the week after Thanksgiving (purchasers will be notified by email of exact dates and times).

Students are invited to join Rio Independent Living Skills students on Tues.,Dec. 5 in the ILS classroom at lunch to assemble fresh wreaths for the residents of Sunrise Assissted Living Facility of Carmichael. Students are also welcome to help deliver the wreaths on Wednesday, December 6. More details to follow.

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