Updates for March: Duck Derby Moved, Fashion Show, Hall of Fame

3rd Annual Rio Duck Derby Moved

to Sept 6-22

Thank you to our 2017 Duck Derby sponsors Quick Quack Car Wash, Niello Co., Wunschel Bros., Inc., London & Gonzalez Advocacy, Caltronics, & Jason Borg Attorney at Law who will be moving with us to our new date:

September 6-22, 2017

With so many great things happening at Rio, April was just too crowded with fun Rio events like the Fashion Show, Junior Prom, Spring Break, Innaugural Rio Athletic Hall of Fame, and 2nd Annual Rio Golf Tournament!

We’ll be back in the fall with better weather, new school year momentum, and 27 chances to win $3,500 in prizes while raising up to $30,000 for Rio school pride and spirit event and programs!

There will still be a Spring Fest on Friday, April 28 with a BBQ, Crazy for Yogurt, games, and music by Rio DJ’s Blake Harris & Brandon Collins so make sure to wear your Rio spirit gear and bring your school ID’s and/or money for this fun event at lunch!

Rio Fashion Show This Sunday!
April 2 – 2pm & 5 pm
The Center 2300 Sierra Blvd
$15 bleacher seating or $30 table seating
(students can get $10 bleacher seating Friday @ lunch)

Get your tickets at:

Why should you and your students support the Rio Fashion Show? A note from PTSA Special Projects Chair, Beth McClure:

The impact from the Every 15 Minutes program continues to ripple through the community. Even now, more than 4 months later. Schools such at El Camino, Vista Del Lago and others have called me to say that they want their programs to be as powerful as Rio’s. The Rio E15M YouTube video has reached 21,000 views! The students remain very close to Chad from CHP and others in the law enforcement community. PTSA is now planning a Distracted Driving program for Fall 2017 and a Personal Safety course for Seniors on April 25th which we hope to make a yearly program for each graduating class.

Rio Americano PTSA counts on a successful yearly Fashion Show in order to fund these and other vital programs. Many of our great E15M team members and their families are featured and volunteering in this year’s show and have been working so hard to make this a FANTASTIC SHOW for all the community to enjoy.  PLEASE come support the major Rio PTSA fundraiser and your E15M friends. There are two seatings for the show – 2 and 5 pm. Encourage your Rio students and their friends to purchase $10 bleacher seats on Friday. You may purchase seats at our beautiful tables with fabulous desserts from Cookie Connection, Cupcake Cravings and Nothing Bundt Cakes or comfortable bleachers seats with great views at: https://squareup.com/market/rio-americano-hs-ptsa 

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Innaugural Rio Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, April 22, 3:30 pm
The Center 2300 Sierra Blvd
$20 General Admission, $10 child/Rio Student
(Hurry! Tickets go up April 1)
Get Tickets at: http://www.riosports.org/hall-of-fame
2017 Inductees
Brad Bell, Gof ’79
Wileen Claugus, Track, ’72
Jerry Kaeser, Baseball, Coach
Trevor Matich, Football, ’79
Debbie Meyer, Swimming, ’70
Alycia Moulton, Tennis, ’79
Karen Smith, Basketball, ’80
Steve Smith, Basketball, ’68
Sasha Victorine, Soccer, ’96
1978-79 Girls Basketball Team

Fri. April 21, noon

Join us for RAAB’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Haggin Oaks.
12:00 pm shotgun start with games, awards and dinner to follow at 5:00.
If you can’t make it for the whole day, come join the putting competition at 3:30.
Register now at: http://www.riosports.org/rio-golf-tournament

For more information see the attached flyer HERE
TOMMORROW APRIL 28 , 3-9 pm Restaurant Night at Skips!

Juniors need about 250 more mini waters for JUNIOR PROM.Please deliver donations to Room C10 by April 7 or have delivered bySafeway.
Restuarant Night Tuesday, Apr 4! Mesa Mercado 
Milagro Centre
6241 Fair Oaks Blvd
Say you’re from Rio for 20% of proceeds to benefit our school!
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March Update – Duck Derby,GALA & Hoops 4 Hope

APRIL 7-28, 2017
Will you be the next winner of $500?
You can’t win if you don’t adopt a duck!
27 chances for $3,500 in prizes!

Duck Derby: How Can I Help?

  • Sponsorship. Thanks to our marque sponosr Quick Quack Car Wash and major sponsors The Niello Company, Caltronics, Jason Borg Attorney at Law, and Wunschel Bros., Inc (so far), prize money has been covered for the Duck Derby! But we’d like to see more Rio supporters on the backs of our 2016 Duck Derby T-shirts! If you’re interested in sponsorship or if you know someone who would be see here. Please contact Kelli Wheeler at OneRioAmericano@gmail.com to confirm sponsorship by MARCH 24 or turn in completed form and check to Rio front office ATTN Duck Derby/Rio PTSA.
  • Adopt Raffle Ducks! We will be selling raffle ducks starting at Open House Wednesday, April 5. Students will also bring home 2017 Duck Derby order forms Friday, April 7. Ducks are $10. Students will be competing to win $1,000 for their class as well as individual prizes for selling the most ducks (or just turning in order form/money). You can also adopt ducks online April 7 through April 27 from the Rio webiste or OneRio.org. The goal is to sell all 3,000 ducks for a $30,000 profit benefitting Rio school pride and spirit projects, events, and programs like PAYING $4,000 FOR CLASS OF 2016 BUSSES FOR SAFE AND SOBER GRAD NIGHT when they ran out of money (2017 Seniors – you will too! So sell those ducks to win the easy $1,000 for your class!).
  • Spread the world to adopt ducks! Remind people to adopt ducks. Send friends and family the link to adopt ducks starting April 7. Have people at work adopt ducks. Have local businesses adopt ducks (and if their duck wins a prize they can donate it back to the Rio class of their choice!). And like the CA Lottery – you can’t win if you don’t play! Two $500 prizes and 25 $100 prizes up for grabs!
  • Gift cards. We still need $5-10 gift cards (i.e. Chipotle, Starbucks, Crazy for Yogurt, Jamba, iTunes, etc) or money to buy gift cards from Rio SCRIPP for raffle prizes for turned in order forms and top sellers. Please contact Laura Osecheck (nklstnky@sbcglobal.net) if you’d like to donate or drop off to Rio front office ATTN: Duck Derby/Rio PTSA.
Hoops 4 Hope is FRIDAY, MARCH 17!
Rio vs El Camino staff charity basketball game
Benefitting Rio community member Mark Tannenbaum’s PALS 4 Life,
ALS Association Greater Sacramento
7pm @ Rio gym
Tickets $10 at door – come early it can sell out!

Ticket proceeds and direct donations go to medical equipment and care for area ALS patients.
Text Hoop to 41444 to donate
click HERE to donate

GALA IS THIS SATURDAY! Help is still needed!
Wanted: 4 Chaperones
20 cases of mini waters
Please drop cases off at room C10 or have delivered by Safeway
Please let us know at OneRioAmercano@gmail.com how you plan on helping make this a great event for our students!

It’s time to get your tickets to this year’s Fashion Show! Let’s help send our Seniors off in style at this fun, fabulous event that’s fun for all! Click HERE for more info.

*   This year’s CIVITAS students selected two charities to bestow a $10,000 donation. Receiving $5,000 each from the generous donation WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) and Francis House Center helping those suffering from homelessness and poverty.
*   For the second year in a row the Rio Action Civics team won a merit award from the State Dept of Education and Californai Judicial system for Civic education!
*   The Reverse Food Truck is  back on Campus for Open House! On Wed., April 5 please bring fresh food items and other foods the day and night of Open House. Cash donations are also welcome! Last year the Rio community helped CIVITAS fill the truck and rais $240!

*   The Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, May 6 and the Topic is Women’s issues – Girls with dreams, Women with Vision. There is a fabulous list of speakers from Non Profits Government and Business. Click HERE for more info.

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February Update

Thank you Brad Burgess and Rio alum Sophia Burgess for designing our 2017 Duck Derby logo!

2017 Rio Duck Derby Sponsors Wanted!

Last year’s Duck Derby was a great success – more than doubling our first year’s profits – thanks in part to our sponsors who covered costs. This enabled all ducks sold to be pure profit for supporting Rio school pride and spirit projects and events (biggest recipient: 2016 Seniors – busses for their Grad Night).

Our DD sponsors get great exposure on promotional banners, commemorative T-shirts, social media, and our website. Plus free raffle ducks and T-shirts depending on your sponsorship level! Please check out our tax deductable  Duck Derby Sponsorship packages and email Kelli Wheeler at OneRioAmericano@gmail.com or call 396-5223 to help make the 3rd Annual Rio Duck Derby our best FUNdraiser yet!

Hoops 4 Hope
Benefitting Rio community member Mark Tannenbaum’s PALS 4 Life,
ALS Association Greater Sacramento
Friday, March 17, 7pm
Rio gym
Rio vs El Camino staff charity basketball game
Ticket proceeds and direct donations go to medical equipment and care for area ALS patients.
Text Hoop to 41444 to donate
click HERE to donate
Please join us for Rio Americano’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame event
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3:30 pm
Located at The Center at the Mosaic Law Congregation
2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825
– $20 General Admission, $10 Child/Rio Students
– Admission price increases to $25 after April 1st and tickets will be sold at the door if seats available. All seating is theater seating
– Cash bar and light refreshments will be offered.
For more information, click hereTo purchase tickets, click here.
Rio AP Environmental Science Students win trip to Africa to deliver
Solar Suitcase to African students

Thanks to a PG&E renewable energy program and a winning video created by APES students Max Glenn and Matt Grossman, they and their teacher, Joyce Dibble, are currently on a 12-day trip to Kenya to deliver Solar Suitcases that the APES classes made to schools and community groups with the international nonprofit, WE Charity.

For more details on this amazing opportunity provided by PG&E and Mrs. Dibble click here. Congratulations!

Rio Jazz Band Headed to NY for Prestigious Charles Mingus Festival & Competition
Only 12 high school bands are invited to the annual Mingus music competition in NY and a group of music teacher, Josh Murray’s, musicians are going this month! Small jazz ensemble group Nick August, Brady Hegland, Timmy Voet, Duncan McElman, and Eric Treadwell were selected for the honor and will be performing Feb. 17-20. To see KCRA 3’s profile on these musicians, Mr. Murray’s program, and this honor click here.

The seventh annual 5K Race for the STARS run/walk/kids race takes place on Sunday, April 23 at Rio Americano. When you register for the race, Rio receive $10 for each adult and $5 for every student/child (plus a shirt!).

In addition to the 5K run/walk and kids races, there is a Family Festival with food, music, entertainment, prizes, raffles and activities for all ages.

Details and registration at www.raceforthestars.com.

San Juan Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that provides funding for innovative learning directly to San Juan Unified classrooms through teacher grants in the focus areas of Science, Technology, Arts and Reading (STARS).

Rio is looking for a STARS ambassador who will be the liason between the school and the foundations sharing news and info about grants, events, etc. available to the the Rio community. If you’re interested, please email OneRioAmericano@gmail.com Subject: STARS Ambasador

GALA and Junior Prom are almost here and our dancers still need mini-waters! Please drop off 8oz water bottles to Room C10 between now and March 10. Or order online from Safeway and have them delivered!
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January Update: FIELD OF DREAMS 2018!


Success! Rio Field of Dreams 2018

Thanks to our grassroots efforts, support of Measure P, leadership from Principal Ginter, and most of all SJUSD Facilities Director, Frank Camarda, who has worked with us to make sure Rio is seeing the facilities improvements it deserves Rio will finally be getting our all-weather track and field by the summer of 2018!

But our work isn’t done. The current plan has upgraded bathrooms but no bleachers. As we iron out what the district will be responsible for, the school has funds for, and what the Rio community can do to enhance the stadium it is understood that fundraising will be needed to give our student athletes the best facilities possible.

You have asked what you can do to be a resource for this goal and here it is: We will need a Rio Field of Dreams 2018 committee who will steer, tap resources, and fundraise for upgrades that would include a new scoreboard, sound system, bleachers and other identified needs toward the ultimate goal of hosting track meets, soccer games, lacrosse games, rugby games and football under Friday Night Lights.

Please respond to this email with Field of Dreams 2018 if you are interested in being on this committee.

If you haven’t been by Rio lately you should! The transformation continues with fences pushed back to reveal the new functional hardscape of our entry quad and leading to our school offices, a colorful mascot logo at the front of school and facing the interior quad, our shield logo embedded in a new large gym floor, refurbished baseball dugouts (and soon to be outfield wall with new logo), and upgraded breezeway between the gyms and the locker rooms continuing. (And the new drainage system effictively handling all the rain we’ve been getting!)
The PAC building is waiting on steel to finish framing the structure, we will still be getting new lockers, locker rooms, drought-tolerant landscaping, and new signage all to be complpeted this summer. We will even be getting new lighting for the pool area and new roofs on the small and large gyms with solar panels to make us more energy efficient. The band will also benefit from PAC money to outfit the building with equipement needed for its performance and academic needs.
Measure P money will be transforming the Rio campus in the coming years to a completely modern facility. Rumored plans to build a new school on the athletic fields have been set aside due to cost and wanting to more expediently improve our campus in the least disruptive way possible.
Rio Grad Night Fundraiser:
Pasta Night at the Clubhouse!
The Grad Night Committee continues to do a great job raising funds for the Class of 2017 Safe & Sober Grad Night! But they need your help! Please join us for a fun night of pasta and supporting our seniors on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6-9 pm. $11 per person with a dessert raffle. Click here to make your reservation (by January 20th) and for more details.
Water & Cookies Needed!

Juniors are raising money for GALA and Junior Prom! Please donate cases of mini waters for these dances (so they don’t have to buy them) to Rm C10 by January 30(or have them delivered bySafeway). They also are selling cookies at the boys soccer games. Cookie donations to Room C10 on January 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and February 6 & 7 would be greatly appreciated to maximize their profits!

Rio & Beyond Fundraiser
Not sure if the SAT or ACT is the best fit for your student? On Saturday, Feb 4 at 8 am @ Rio students can take a sampling of both these tests and get instant scores to help focus their preparation. The $25 test (click here to register) is also the biggest fundraiser for Rio & Beyond, a volunteer group working with school counselors in supporting Rio students with college and career information.
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See you Wed., Jan. 11, 7pm @ Rio Library
See Rio’s ILS class on ABC10 delivering wreaths to the residents of Sunrise senior living facility: Special Needs Students Bring Wreaths to Senior Living Community

Rio Wreaths Tradition Makes the News (Again)

Thank you to everyone who supported our Rio Wreaths FUNdraiser! We surpassed last year’s sales of fresh evergreen wreaths and centerpieces, making nearly $1,500 that will support Rio school pride and spirit projects and events like these:

OneRio supported Rio’s ILS (Independent Living Skills) class in a tradition started last year in conjuction with Rio Wreaths. The class made fresh swag wreaths with help at lunch from the Rio student body on December 6 during a holiday party. They then delivered 50 wreaths the next day for the doors of every senior resident at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility on Fair Oaks Blvd. The 2-day event was covered by ABC10 and shown on the 6pm news on Dec. 7. (Click HERE to watch.)

Thank you to Heather Ludwig, Wendy Finnecy, Jenie Sawyer, Kelli Wheeler and the ILS class for creating this wonderful holiday tradition of Rio students reaching out the community in another wonderful example of #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio

Rio Wrestlers Feed the Homeless
In another example of #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio here is a note from new wrestling coach, Rich Santana, on a great preseason bonding event:
As a Coach, I believe in giving back to the community. Our wrestlers will be working with the community throughout the year. After the experience, they were thankful for being able to feed the homeless, as most of them have never done anything like that before. Rio Wrestling will continue to be an extension into our community and represent Rio Americano as ambassadors of good will in the Sacramento region.
Who wants their company on the back of a really cool Duck Derby T-shirt this year?!
Duck Derby sponsorships will begin next month. With sponsorships starting at $300 if you step up now you will receive 10% off your sponsorship and double your raffle prize duck entrants! Just reply to this email with MORE INFO ON DUCK DERBY SPONSOSHIP in subject.
SMARTIES FOR SMARTIES will be given out Tuesday, December 20 at lunch as “brain food” for finals next week. Thank you to Rio Student Government for helping with this fun tradition started last year as a OneRio school spirit event.
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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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Rio Wreaths, Fall Festival and Dance, Crazy for Yogurt Fundraiser

It’s Time to Order Your Rio Wreath!

Rio PTSA is NOW selling
holiday evergreens through our online store:

Buy Your Wreaths Here

 October 24 through November 6

With every fresh from the Pacific Northwest holiday evergreen you buy up to 40% goes back to supporting Rio students and staff, the Senior Pool Party, and more! Don’t need another wreath? We’ll donate your purchase for the doors of residents at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility of Carmichael (Let’s do all 50 doors!).

Please visit our online store to order this 22″ mixed evergreen wreath:
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or this 12″ mixed evergreen centerpiece:
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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).

Hurry! Sales end November 6th! @ (sales closed)

*Please indicate in NOTES if you are donating your wreath

For more information, product catalog and order forms for bulk sales, or other payment methods please contact Kelli Wheeler at OneRioAmericano@gmail.org

Fall Festival Still Needs Cupcakes

Thank you to
Finneran, Carnefix, & Wright families
but we still need 14 more dozen cupcakes for students who wear costumes or Rio gear to
Friday’s Fall Festival!
Please reply CUPCAKES and drop them off Thursday 10/27 or Friday 10/28
Rio Grad Night Fundraiser
Thursday, Oct 27
11 am – 10 pm
5150 Arden Way
(Five Points Shopping Center)
25% of purchases that day will go toRio Safe and Sober Grad Night
Make sure to mention Rio – every family who makes a purchase will get Buy One Get One Free Card!

Thank you to our chaperones!
Lisa and Eric Acevedo
Gloria Wright
Kelli & Trey Wheeler
Amy Salvatori
          If you’d still like to chaperone the more the spookier! Just reply           CHAPERONE
Thank you to these people who have donated water, candy and decorations:
Lara Anderson
Kelli Wheeler
Angela Glasgow
Laura Osecheck
Vita Wunschel
Marianne McMorris
Lisa Keeney
Gloria Wright
Janice Finneran
BUT…More is still needed BECAUSE Homecoming had such a great turn out this year at the dance that they had to use the Halloween Dance water

If you think your kid might be thirsty or want candy at the dance please consider donating mini waters and bags of candy! They need more bags and 20 cases! If you’d like to help reply WATER or CANDY or DECORATIONS and drop off at Rm C10
Easy way to donate buy online and have deliveredy by Safeway online!

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