February Restaurant Day
Dine at Palapas on Tuesday, February 3rd, 5-9pm, and support our school! Reservations are recommended. Please tell them you’re from Rio when paying for your meal.


Parent Alliance Board Job Descriptions

Many Parent Alliance Board positions will open for elections this May. Here’s a brief description of the duties of each Board position.

a. President presides at all meetings of the Parent Allianc and Executive Board and is a member ex-officio of all committees. She/He coordinates the appointment of the Chairperson of each Standing Committee as well as filling of all Executive Board vacancies.
b. Vice President acts as an aide to the President and assumes the President’s duties in his/her absence. The Vice President may advance to the Presidency in the second year of his/her 2 year-term. The Vice President receives and reviews all bank statements and forwards them to the Treasurer for reconciliation. The VP is responsible for making all banners needed by the Parent Alliance.
c. The Recording Secretary keeps an accurate record of proceedings of the Executive Board and the General Meetings, aas well as preparing a summary for the President of all unfinished business.
d. The Corresponding Secretary conducts all necessary correspondence of the organization and is responsible for sending out notices of the organization’s meetings and special events sponsored by the organization.
e. The Treasurer receives all moneys for the organization and makes bank deposits and keeps an accurate record of all receipts and disbursements. She/He presents a current statement of account at every regular meeting, and any time that this statement may be requested by the Executive Board.
f. The Classroom Volunteer Coordinator appoints and organizes volunteers for each classroom, including room parents, auction donation coordinators, yearbook page coordinators and photographers, and Parent Alliance Liaisons (PALS).
g. The Volunteer Coordinator distributes volunteer forms and collects volunteer information for all Standing Committees.
h. Hospitality Coordinator provides refreshments for the General Meetings and for childcare during meetings and will arrange for childcare for these meetings.
i. The Rio Minders Editor compiles information for and produces camera ready art for Rio Minders, the school newsletter, to be distributed online, monthly, during the school year and following the Parent Alliance

Next Parent Alliance Meeting:
Tuesday, February 10th, 6:30pm. Childcare and refreshments provided.
Current meeting minutes can be found on the RDM website, in the upper left corner, under the Parent Alliance tab, at

February Restaurant DayPalapas, date to be announced.
Bittersweet Bistro is March 3rd.

**Parent Alliance Board Member Elections are happening this May! This is a great way to become involved. A few of our current board members have volunteered to stay in their positions, but all positions are up for renewal. Due to by-law revisions, a few positions will be a 1 year term for 2009-2010, only. Please consider the following positions and contact any current board member for more information. Our blog, http://riodelmarpa.blogspot.com will have job descriptions posted soon.

President: 1 year term–current is Denise Russo.
Vice President: 2 year term –current is Gina Guhin.
Treasurer: 2 year term–current is Mimi Rudd.
Recording Secretary: 2 year term–current is Rebecca Jot.
Corresponding Secretary: 1 year term–current is Cindy Evans.
Rio Minders Editor: 1 year–current is Athena Wolfe.
Volunteer Coordinator: 2 year–current is Michelle Guzman. Next year will be Cindy Evans.
Classroom Volunteer Coordinator: current is Sheila Hurley.
Hospitality Coordinator: 1 year—current is Veronica Seitchick.

**Yearbooks will be on sale 1/16-2/20. The pre-sale, discounted yearbook price is $15 per book. The books are a beautiful memory of your child’s year at Rio. Pre-selling yearbooks helps to keep the cost down and guarantees to those children that they will have a book. Limited copies may be available in June for those who don’t pre-order and at the regular price of $20.
**The District Survey is coming out soon. All parents/guardians are encouraged to fill this out and return by the deadline

Welcome Back!

The next Parent Alliance meeting is this Tuesday, January 13th, 6:30pm in the Computer Lab. Childare is available and delicious refreshments are served.

Rio’s Big Yearbook Meeting for all Yearbook Page Reps and Photographers is this Friday January 16th at 9am in the Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria. Pages will be handed out and class page design begins! Finished pages are due Feb. 23

Yearbooks go on sale for a presale price of $15 on Friday Jan 16th through February 20th. The price goes up to $20 on February 21st. Be sure your child receives a yearbook, and order during the presale!

Sees Candy Fundraiser Thanks!!

A big thank you to all the students and families who participated in the See’s Candy Fundraiser.
Our top sellers were: Gabrielle Taulbeethe, the Sanchez Family, Skylar Seyffert, Austin Eaton, The Esche Family, The Chapa Family, The Hughes Family, Nick La Placa, and Heather Mapes.
Also, a HUGE THANKS to all of the helpers! Leslie Kootstra, Laura Matarazzo,Susan Nichols-Heffner,Cathy McMinn, Shanna deDiego, Liz Coniglio, Kristy Webster, Michelle Cecchini, Charlie Millar, Patti Long, Christy Florez, and Carole-Anne Byck-Kessler.
We truly appreciate your efforts and we couldn’t have done it without you!
**Michelle Chapa Chairperson**