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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October Update + Action Items

Rio Wreaths is Back!

It’s our Fall FUNdraiser with easy online ordering! With every fresh from the Pacific Northwest holiday evergreen you buy up to 40% goes back to supporting Rio students and staff, beautification, and more! Don’t need another wreath? We’ll donate your purchase for the doors of residents at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility of Carmichael to be delivered by Rio students (click here and here for news coverage from last year’s delivery.)

Click here to visit our online store
to order this 22″ mixed evergreen wreath or this 12″ mixed evergreen centerpiece:
                  $30                                   $20

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). Please indicate in NOTES if you’re donating your wreath.

Don’t wait – Sales end November 6th!
For more information, product catalog and order forms for bulk sales, or other payment methods please contact Kelli Wheeler at OneRioAmericano@gmail.org

This Saturday, Oct. 15 6:30-10:30pm @ Sac State Alumni Center
Please join Rio parents, alumni, and community supporters at this fun, casual auction fundraiser. There are hundreds of amazing items up for auction including stays at homes in Tahoe, Mendocino, and Europe, plus VIP tickets to Dancing With the Stars! Proceeds benefit all Rio sports programs.Come and be a part of the inaugural year that everyone will be talking about. You won’t want to miss out on the great food from Don Quioxte, fabulous dessert auction, games, and fun music from Steve Buzzard.Buy your tickets today — $50 per person (you will be responsible for purchasing a parking pass when you arrive). Wear your favorite team jersey and bring your best cornhole partner!

Chaperones and Donations Needed
The first annual Rio Halloween Dance is happening on Sat.10/29. They need 5 more parent chaperones in order to hold the dance.Couples encouraged! If you’d like to chaperone please reply with Halloween Dance Chaperone in subject.They also need donations of:

  • wrapped candy (20 bags)
  • small bottled water (10 cases)
  • Halloween decorations

Please reply with Halloween Dance in subject and bring any donations to Room C10 between now and 10/28. (Can be ordered and delivered through Safeway!)

Friday Fall Festival
The first Friday Festival of the year isFriday, Oct 28 at lunch! We need 20 dozens of holiday cupcakes (nut-free) to give out to students wearing costumes or Rio gear. If you would like to donate please reply with Cupcakes in subject and drop off at Room C10 on 10/27 & 10/29. (Sam’s Club has best bulk value.)
We Choose Rio Student Club Donations Needed
The We Choose Rio Club (WCRC), a student school pride and spirit club, is looking for donations of the following items:
large cardboard boxes
individually wrapped granola bars
cases of water

These items are going to be used for our Raiders Swag Boxes for Rio’s athletic programs. Please drop donations at Attendance office (Attn: WCRC) or they can be dropped off at 4101 Puente Way. If you have any questions please text Lily Rosenblum at (916)769-0583. Thank you for supporting our Rio community and for your generosity. Go Raiders!
Last Reminders and Requests!

  • Civitas is having their International Dinner on October 21st. The dinner topic is refugees and the crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Jessica Allen, of the Civitas Charity Committee is looking for donations for Care Packages. For more info on how to get donations to Jessica, what they’re looking for or the International Dinner, please contact Jessica at jessica@allensite.com
  • Payton Norgaard, a Rio Junior, is looking for donations for Music for Memories a group that helps Alzheimer’s patients through music. She is looking for donations of old iPods, headphones, iTunes gift cards or money to buy these items. If you’d like to help Payton please email her at krnorgaard@mac.com
  • RIO BAND has 2 big events coming up! Playathon At The Movies – Sunday, October 30th @ noon at Esquire IMAX with proceeds benefitting Rio Band’s Playathon.  And the36th Annual Rio Playathon – Wild West — is Friday, November 4th featuring 17 hours of music and fun from 7am-12am! Visit Rioband.net for more info.
  • Thank you to Christy Thomas, Rio teacher and alumnus, who has stepped up to help organize the Alumni Database. PTSA is looking for 4 more people for a Data Entry Nightso we can start reaching out to our Rio Alumni. Please reply with Data Entry Night in subject if you’d like to help.
  • Thank you to Tom Nelson for securing RioAmericano.org and linking it to our Rio Americano website for easy navigation!
  • Thank you to teacher Joyce Dibble for adding plants to the Fern Grotto in front of the counseling office and to the counseling TA’s for watering our little landscaping project!
  • VOTE YES ON P to see continued improvements at Rio Americano! Rio is one of the first schools to be slated for long overdue upgrades if the bond passes with the potential to see $60 million in campus and athletic facility improvements!
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OneRio Update 9/14 Meeting + Calls to Action

Click picture to see time lapse construction of Rio PAC building

Measure P: SJUSD Facilities Bond
Phone Bank

The SJUSD has placed a $750 million general obligation bond on the November 8 ballot. If you would like to see continued improvements at Rio including classroom and athletic facilities upgrades Measure P needs to be supported. Rio will not see another penny if Measure P doesn’t pass.

Civitas students and Rio parents are participating in 3 phone bank nights to help educate voters and secure support. If you would like to volunteer for theRio phone bank night on Monday, Oct. 3 from 5:30-8:30 at a facility near El Camino and Eastern, please reply to OneRioAmericano@gmail.com subject PHONE BANK.

Please consider voting for Measure P and thank you to following phone bank volunteers who signed up at the PTSA/OneRio meeting:

Laurie Baker
Rob Kerr
Michelle Knepshield
Deanna Victor
Amy Salvatori
Beth McClure
Jennie Ellis
Tina Harris
Jennifer Mahoney
Laura Osecheck
Kelli Wheeler 

Found! Alumni List! (Sort of)

Our friend of Rio, Tracie Reed, who for many years worked valiantly to compile lists of alumni for the Rio Alumni Association, heard our SOS call and finally connected us to the last know resource of former Rio students.

Good News: We have somewhere to start to resurrect an alumni database and reestablish the Rio Alumni Association.

Challenging News: It is a bag of contact information in various forms that needs to be entered into a database.

Call to Action: Wanted! Alumni Chair and Committee to process and enter information. We have a great list of upcoming Rio Events and this would be a great opportunity to reach out to our alumni to reestablish Rio school pride and connection.

Opportunity: Could be a Civitas senior project to reestablish the Rio Alumni Association. We also have offers to pay student clubs for research and data entry.

If you would like to be a part of this valuable a necessary project please reply with Alumni in subject.

Thank you to Lily Rosenblum for establishing the WE CHOOSE RIO student club! As the student extension of OneRio devoted to building Rio school pride and spirit it promises to be a great way for students to show their Raider pride and have fun doing it! Club Rush Week is 9/26-30. Please encourage your students to stop by the WE CHOOSE RIO CLUB (WCRC) table and sign up to be a part of#GreatThingsAreHappeningAtRio!
Chaperones and Donations Needed
Class of 2019 is throwing the first annual Rio Halloween Dance as a fundraiser on Sat.10/29. If you’d like to chaperone please reply with Halloween Dance Chaperone in subject. They also need donations of:
  • wrapped candy
  • small bottled water
  • Halloween decorations
  • cardboard boxes

Please reply with Halloween Dance in subject and bring any donations to Room C10 between now (earlier the better) and 10/28.

Thank you to the following volunteers/donators signed up at the PTSA/OneRio meeting:

Amy Salvatori
Lara Anderson
Kelli Wheeler
Angela Glasgow
Laura Osecheck
Vita Wunschel
Water Donations Needed

Since the water fountain will be blocked off theHomecoming Committee is asking for 20 cases of mini bottled water to be donated to hand out to students. Please reply to this with Homecoming Water in subject and drop off to Room C10 as soon as possible — the Homecoming Dance is quickly approaching on Sat. 10/8.

Thank you to the follwing families who donated water to Back to School Night and College Night:

Ravera Family
Cooperman-Earl Family
Borg Family
Fun Fact! Thanks to Maria Ravera we found out you can order water online from Safeway and have it shipped to Rio Americano 4540 American River Dr, Sac 95864 Rm C10! Easy breezy!
Silent Auction Wrapping Materials Needed
The first annual Rio Sports Fall Fiesta, a night of adult fun and games, is Sat. 10/15 (buy tickets here). The Auction Committee is looking for donations of:
  • baskets
  • green and yellow ribbon
  • celophane
  • raffia
If you’d like to help outplease reply to this with Fall Fiesta and send donations into Janet Cutler at the Rio front office or drop off with Jennifer Duggan at 641 Fulton Ave, Suite 200A (916 550-5395).
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September Update and Call to Action

SEPT. OneRio MEETING WILL BE WITH PTSA: Wed. 9/14, 7pm in Library 

Call to Action

9/7 Back to School Night (ASB): Student government will be selling water and cookies to raise money for Associated Student Body (ASB) events. If you would like to help maximize their profits please send cases of water (10) and cookies (150) to Room C10 by 3pm Wed. 9/7
9/9 Back to School Dance (ASB): Student government needs cases of water (preferably small 4 oz size) to hand out to students at dance since access to the water fountain will be restricted. To offset costs and save money for other school projects Please send cases of water (10) to room C10 before 3pm Friday, 9/9
9/19 College Night (R&B): Junior Class will be selling water to raise money for Junior year events. If you would like to help maximize their profits please send cases of water (10) to Room C10 by 3pm Wed. 9/19 Each grade will be selling food/drinks so please consider eating at College Night to support their fundraisers.
9/23 Rio Cheer Pasta Feed (Cheerleaders): Please see Rio cheerleaders to purchase tickets to their largest fundraiser held in and outside the school caffeteria
9/26-30 Rush Week: Needed: Student(s) to establish the OneRio Student Cluband sign up members during Rush Week. Also need a teacher advisor. Club would work with OneRio as the student outreach to help Rio shine with school pride and spirit (already have student email database started). Looks great on college applications! Reply to this email if interested with OneRio Student Club in subject
9/28 Small Ensemble Night (Band) Come listen to our amazing internationally recognized small ensemble band at Rio from 7-9pm!

What’s Next for
Improvements at Rio?
The SJUSD has placed a $750 million general obligation bond on the November 8 ballot. If you would like to see continued improvements at Rio including classroom and athletic facilities upgrades Measure P needs to be supported. Proposition 51, the state schools bond, will only provide $50 million to San Juan if it passes with the district’s 2014 facilities master plan identifying more than $2.4 billion in repair and upgrade needs.Rio will not see another penny ifMeasure P doesn’t pass. We will still get our lockers, upgraded locker rooms, large and small gym improvements, and curb appeal enhancements as part of the $15.2 million in improvements ushered in with new Performing and Academic Center (PAC building) to be completed by next fall – but then all the progress you are seeing will stop.

Let’s make sure Rio stays at the front of the line for long-overdue and well-deserved campus improvements. Please consider voting for Measure P (see here for more info). If you would like to help fundraise and campaign for Measure P please reply to this email with Measure P in the subject.

What Has OneRio/PTSA Done For Rio Lately?

  • Rio branded polo shirts for all 120 staff to start the school year (modeled by Mr. Feld above)
  • Notice bleachers at the Rio football field this year? You can thank PTSA Director of Projects, Beth McClure, and her Fashion Show fundraising team for bringing back the expensive bleachers providing somewhere to sit at our freshmen football gamesand for our upcoming soccer season (moved to winter for boys and girls).
  • Flowers planted outside counseling office in the long empty planter box. Thanks Beth McClure!
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