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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Duck Derby Results + Sept OneRio Update

Next PTSA/OneRio Meeting: Wed., 10/11 @ 7pm in Library

The 2017 Rio Duck Derby is in the books and was another Rio success story!

Preliminary numbers show our FUNdraiser brought in $21,480 with a profit of $16,000! We sold 1,408 ducks – over 500 more than the 2016 Duck Derby and it was an acutal race to the finish with the Freshmen class overtaking the Seniors on the last day earning $1,000 for their class!

Mr. Ginter made a splashing entrance in full suit and tie as their Duck Dunker picking these winners on Sept 22:

 $500 Grand Prize Winners 

Number          Name                     Student Seller

  1. 513        Karen Roberts       (Mari Zimmerman)
  2. 860        Megan McGlamery
$100 Bonus Winners 
  1. 38      Mary Dixon                (Mathew Dixon)
  2. 148    Mary Dixon                (Mitchell Dixon)
  3. 214    Larinda Lindholm
  4. 237    Christina Johnson   (Peyton Johnson)
  5. 377    G. DeLasse                (Gabby Klemmer DeLasse)
  6. 449   Pearl Osecheck         (Jacob Osecheck)
  7. 487   Madeline Heintz
  8. 533   Karrin Waldmire      (Johnathaan Waldmire)
  9. 563   Shannon Huddy       (Adeline Huddy)
  10. 636   Kent & Stacey Harrison  (Kellan O’Connor)
  11. 670   Laurie Earl                (Sam Cooperman-Earl)
  12. 862   Andy Oushakoff       (Sophia Oushakoff)
  13. 880  Marianne McMorris      (Julianna McMorris)
  14. 931   G. DeLasse                 (Maggie Klemmer DeLasse)
  15. 936  Jennifer Ellis
  16. 966  Carrie Engh               (Lilliana Dall’Era)
  17. 1033  Heather Waters      (Reagan Welch)
  18. 1056  Judy Morales          (Isabela Sue)
  19. 1075  Michelle Knepshield     (Ashley Knepshield)
  20. 1097  Pearl Osecheck       (Jacob Osecheck)
  21. 1319  Pearl Osecheck       (Eric Osecheck)
  22. 2492  Kelly Lewellen       (Catherine Mastronarde)
  23. 2621   Nan Mohrfeld       (Wyatt Mohrfeld)
  24. 2529  Lisa Calk                 (Victoria Calk)
  25. 2669  Heather Waters    (Reagan Welch)

The student who sold you your duck also wins a prize!  A FREE 2016 Rio Duck Derby T-shirt! (available for pick-up starting Monday, Sept. 25 in the Rio Attendance Office)


Moving the Duck Derby to September not only helped sales but also gave us great weather for the Drawing and Celebration. It was a festive atmosphere in the quad with music by Senior DJ Blake Harris, BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs sold by our Rio nutritionists, and a sell-out of Crazy for Yogurt!

Thank you to our 2017 Duck Derby sponsors for enabling the sale of our 1,408 ducks to be all profit!

Marquee Sponsor:
Quick Quack Car Wash

Premier Sponsors:
Niello Company
Courtney Way, Keller Williams Realtor

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:
Carmichael Roofing
Kyber Construction
Sutter Builders

Bronze Sponsors:
Jason Borg, Attorney at Law
Wunschel Bros, Inc.
London & Gonzalez Advocates
Crazy for Yogurt
Lesa Johnson, Coldwell Banker Realtor
John Foderaro, Guild Mortgage
Screaming Squeegee

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Wunschel Bros logo                Jason Borg, Attorney at Law

                            Lisa Johnston, Realtor             Jason Borg,
Attorney at Law


Gift Card Donors:

Vita Wunschel
Laura Osecheck
Summer Wright
Kelli Wheeler
Allison Allen

A special thanks to our Duck Derby crew, a great group of volunteers eager to work smarter not harder to help Rio shine:

Kelli Wheeler
Vita Wunschel
Summer Wright
Laura Osecheck
Tina Shaw
Tom Nelson
AJ Paulus
Mike Wright
Marin Wright
Karen Cassady
Bonnie Miller
Natasha Richards
Helena Vyvoda
Joe Raya
Shane Heskett
Debbie Desselle
Janet Shively
Trey Wheeler

Daily Duck Table
Linda Reed
Sadie Campbell
Eric Osecheck

See you next year at the 4th Annual Duck Derby, but in the meantime make sure to keep an eye out for all the great things happening at Rio thanks to proceeds from the 2017 Rio Duck Derby! #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio

Thank you so much for you support of Rio Americano High School!

Couldn’t make it to the RAAB Fall Social?
It’s not too late to join one or more of the Sign-Up Parties! Check out the fun upcoming events (below) and then go to to sign up. All proceeds direction benefit Rio sports!
Calling all Junior and Senior Parents!

If you’d like to be a part of Rio Safe and Sober Grad Night planning please come to the next Rio PTSA/OneRio Meeting – Wednesday, Oct. 11 @ 7p.m. in the Rio Library.Grad Night Chairs Gayla Rios and Tina Harris have gotten it off to a great start by already raising all the funds for the event at the Senior Picnic (did you see the painted reserved senior parking spaces?!). Come find out what’s next and how you can help make sure your student(s) have the best senior year ever!

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Ready, Set, Go! 2017 Rio Duck Derby
Sales Sept. 8-21

Drawing & Celebration 9/22

$10 Raffle Duck = Chance to win (2) $500 (25) $100

We had an amazing kick-off Friday, Sept. 8 to Rio’s 3rd Annual Duck Derby with a fun and energetic Duck Derby Rally hosted by social chairs Cade Johnson and Aiden Jang. Dressed as ducks they fired up our 2018-2021 classes to compete to sell ducks earning individual prizes, $1,000 for the class who sells the most ducks, and bragging rights for their Duck Dunker (Frosh – Principal Ginter, Soph – Mr. Korich, Jr – Mr. Asher, Senior – VP Snyder) to select the winning ducks on Friday, Sept. 22 at noon at the Rio pool. We also had Quackles the duck there from our Marquee Sponsor, Quick Quack Car Wash, handing out Duck Derby t-shirts and half-off car washes to the students!

 Here’s the 5 W’s and How:

WHAT: OneRio’s biggest FUNdraiser of the year! If we sell all 3,000 ducks that means we’ll raise $30,000 to keep supporting our students, staff, and our Rio commnity to keep #GreatThingsHappeningAtRio!

Ordering a $10 rubber duck through a student or online will enter you in a raffle for (2) $500 prizes or (25) $100 prizes and a Quick Quack car wash. The class who sells the most ducks will have their Duck Dunker jump into the duck-filled Rio diving pool to randomly select 27 ducks. Students who sold a winning duck get a free Duck Derby t-shirt.

There are prizes for students who sell the most ducks, $1,000 for the class who sells the most ducks, and free food and T-shirts for students who turn in order forms at the Daily Duck Table! (You can select which grade you want to receive credit for online duck sales.)

HOW: Order raffle ducks from your student or online at and and

WHERE: Your students should have brought home an order form.  They can get one from their teachers, the Attendance office or the Daily Duck Table at lunch in front of the library. Sales are also online at and The Drawing is at the Rio diving pool.

WHEN: Sept. 8 – 22. Rubber duck raffle sales are ongoing through students and online until Thursday, Sept. 21. On Friday, Sept. 22 the Duck Derby Drawing will be at noon at the Rio diving pool. Afterward is the Duck Derby Celebration a 1-hour lunch with $3.50 BBQ hamburger/hot dog meal, $3 frozen yogurt from our Duck Derby sponsor Crazy for Yogurt, and music by Rio senior, DJ Blake Harris.

WHO & WHY: Why should you, family, friends, co-workers, and anyone who is feeling lucky enter our drawing for 27 chances to win $3,500 cash prizes (and a free Quick Quack car wash)? Because thanks to our wonderful sponsors below, we already have covered our costs and have $2,000 toward Rio school pride and spirit events, projects, and support! That means ALL PROCEEDS from duck sales go back toward making #GreatThingsHappeningAtRio – like sponsoring the new senior tradition, Senior BBQ and Pool Party at Rio del Oro, sponsoring the Independent Living Skills garden and Rio Wreath delivery to Sunrise Assisted Living seniors, the new die-cut machine students are already using to print their digital art products in Mr. Feld’s class, Payday Perks for our staff, and more!

Thank you to our Sponsors who have already gotten the 2017 Rio Duck Derby off to a great start!


Quick Quack Car Wash


The Niello Co.
Courtney Way, Keller Williams Realtor




Carmichael Roofing
Sutter Builders
Kyber Construction


Wunschel Bros.
Jason Borg, Attorney at Law
London & Gonzalez Advocacy
Crazy for Yogurt
Lesa Johnston, Coldwell Banker Realtor
John Foderaro, Guild Mortgage
Screaming Squeegee

 PTSA/OneRio Meeting Wed., 10/11 @ 7pm Rio Library

Why should you come?

Because we’re a good time!

Like what you’re seeing at Rio? It didn’t happen all by itself.

But mainly, because PTSA stands for Parents, Teachers, Students (and I’m going to say the A stands for Adminsitration). It takes us all to make sure our Rio community is the best it can be. Coming to a PTSA/OneRio meeting is an opportunity to get involved, get informed, get answers, ask questions (Principal Ginter is at every meeting!), and be inspired.

We all have busy schedules. No one is looking for another meeting to attend. But is one hour one night a month too much to ask for and from our Rio students, staff, and parents? There are over 1,800 students in Rio right now – that’s heavy lifting if only our 12 PTSA executive board members and our principal shows up.

Many hands make light work and a high tide raises all boats – let’s rise together. #GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio

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August Update/Calls to Action

PTSA/OneRio Meeting Wed. 10/11 7 p.m. in Library


Welcome Back to School OneRio Resources!

Welcome new parents and returning parents! Isn’t it exciting to see the transformation of the Rio campus as part of our Rio Resources efforts?! In addition to the beautiful Performing Arts Center (PAC building) Rio also got new lockers, refurbished locker rooms, extensive new landscaping with upgraded signage, refurbished small gym, and new all-weather track and field to follow!

Great things are happening at Rio and we couldn’t do it without you! So if you’re looking to do your small part or leave your mark for our Rio community you’re with the right group! If you can’t make a PTSA meeting or just want to stay informed, you’ve also come to the right place! Make sure you check your In Box for monthly OneRio Updates post PTSA meetings (normally 2nd Wed of every month @ 7pm in Rio Library) or open to see what our Calls to Action are. Thanks for being a Rio Resource and supporting school pride and spirit programs, events and projects! It’s another reason why We Choose Rio!



Along with all the great facilities improvements to Rio we will be getting an all-weather track and field summer of 2018. With a student body of nearly 2,000 now, the 500 bleachers the district has allotted us isn’t sufficient.Our Field of Dreams Committee is looking to raise money for improved bleachers, sound system, and press box through brick sales, sponsorships and naming rights.Any money raised beyond the goal of $250,000 will go toward making sure all sports teams are able to host home games/meets with adequate facilities. Please visit or to contribute or get more info.
The 2017 Duck Derby raffle is Sept. 8-22.  Click HERE for more info or contact Kelli Wheeler at sponsors to made this year’s Duck Derby the best FUNraiser yet!

Quick Quack Car Wash

The Niello Company


Jason Borg Attorney at Law

Wunschel Bros.

London & Gonzalez

Crazy for Yogurt

(Hey, where’s all our realtors?!)


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