Parent Teacher Organization - NRCO

Crocodile holding sign that reads NRCO (Nancy Ryles Community Organization)

The Nancy Ryles Community Organization (NRCO) is the parent group for Nancy Ryles Elementary.

The NRCO's mission is to work to promote the total well-being of each student and to enhance their learning experience at school and at home.

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President - Jennifer Vondrachek

Jennifer Vondrachek, President

Vice President: Program Liaison - Amanda Cary

Amanda Cary, Vice President: Program Liaison

Vice President: Communications - Krissy Hires

Krissy Hires, Vice President: Communications

Treasurers - Lindsey Snodgrass and Caralen Law

Lindsey Snodgrass, Treasurer

Caralen Law, Co-Treasurer

Secretary - Adriane Driscoll

Adriane Driscoll, Secretary

Volunteer Coordinator - Erin Mills

Erin Mills

Historian - Jennifer Fossatti

Jennifer Fossatti, Historian

Fundraising Coordinator - Angie Kawaguchi

Angie Kawaguchi

Members at Large - Jill Rector, Keri Horst, Chrys Foster

Jill Rector

Keri Horst

Chrys Foster


Art Literacy is a highly successful art education program across the Beaverton School District that introduces students to various artists and their work, helping students to develop an understanding of art history and expand their creative abilities through hands-on art projects.

Each classroom has an Art Literacy volunteer who presents a pre-designed educational program to the class. Students learn general biographical information about a featured artist, learn about his or her work, and experience a hands-on art project.  You do not need to have any art or art history background to be an Art Lit presenter! Attend fun, interactive meetings (morning or evening, 5-6 times during the school year, about 1.5 hours in length) where you’ll receive training so you can present the artist to your students and lead them in hands-on production.

Chess Club meets after school. Students can come and learn the game, or sharpen their skills with other players. A short lesson is followed by practice playing games. Chess club needs volunteers to supervise small groups of students for approximately 1 hour after school. No experience with chess is needed, although experienced players are welcomed. As the club dates approach, a schedule will be made available.

Field trips add an important dimension to a child’s educational experience, and broaden their understanding of the lessons learned in the classroom. The NRCO funds field trips for all students, including transportation costs and admission fees.  Field trips vary from year to year, but in the past have included such locations as the Oregon Zoo, the State Capitol, a walking tour of downtown Portland, Children's Theater plays, World of Speed, Junior Achievement and BizTown.

Math 24 is a math game that reinforces basic arithmetic facts and is a lot of fun for kids. We would like to give all 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to participate in a lunch time club and tournament. We offer an optional club for practice during lunch recess. We need volunteers to supervise approximately 25 students for about one hour once per week, and also to help administer the tournament. A schedule will be made available during the school year.

Miles of Smiles is a volunteer-run program designed to increase physical activity and promote health and fitness for students. Students can run, walk, skip, or hop their way around the track during lunch recess on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As a new Miles of Smiles participant you will be required to complete a permission slip for your child. This permission slip will carry your student through their time at Nancy Ryles. If your student has any medical changes please contact the current team lead and they will update the permission slip and participation card. There are two sessions: the fall session begins in September and usually lasts through October; the spring session usually begins in April and lasts through early June. The program is cancelled on rainy days.

This program is supervised by parent volunteers who track each child's laps and cheer them on! Students have a lot of fun getting out their wiggles and running with their friends for prizes. As children accumulate miles, they earn rewards and watch as their progress is tracked on a bulletin board in the hallway.

Third, fourth, and fifth graders will be given the opportunity to join our voluntary reading competition. Students read books from a list, teams battle by answering questions about the reading, and possibly go on to compete with other schools.

This is the day students at Nancy Ryles have their school pictures taken and complete bus evacuation drills. This day takes plenty of helpers to help the children take a nice picture. Volunteers can choose a one or two hour time shift that’s convenient for your schedule. This also includes leading re-take day.

The Production Team works in the copy center/workroom to complete projects for teachers or staff. Projects may include photocopying, die-cutting, collating and assembling booklets, and more. Training will be provided. This program results in better use of copy machines, provides a generally available resource to teachers, and provides a volunteer opportunity for those who enjoy the camaraderie of being in the workroom with other parent volunteers.