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Next week will be an exciting one at Rheem, beginning with Spirit Assemblies on Monday, October 27.   In addition to singing school songs and drawing gold slips for the chance to “spin the wheel,” the students and I will review the important communication skills we are learning from “Soul Shoppe.”  Be sure to read the archives of “Mindset Matters” for information about how families can support our efforts to be “Big Hearted and Bully Free.” 


Then, all students will participate in the annual FUN(d) Run on Wednesday, October 29.    This is a great opportunity to promote healthy habits while supporting Rheem PTA at the same time. If you haven’t yet returned a pledge form for your child(ren), please click HERE to download, complete, and return to school on Monday.


Rheem’s annual Halloween Parade is set for 12:15 on Friday, October 31st. To accommodate the parade schedule, all K students will be “late birds” (9:25 – 1:02) and all 1st and 2nd graders will be “early birds” (8:25 – 1:55) on Friday.    I look forward to seeing everyone on the front blacktop for this not-to-be missed Rheem tradition!


Oh… and GO GIANTS!

Mindset Matters

Mindset Matters

October 24, 2014

Soul Shoppe was back at Rheem on Monday, October 20.  Joseph Savage, co-founder of Soul Shoppe, met with each individual grade level to show just how easy it can be to help each other solve our problems.  At the Respect workshops, we reviewed/learned:

  • Healthy ways to “empty your balloon” when it gets too filled with sad, mad, or other hurtful feelings
  • How to use the “I-Message” and “Clean-up” routines to work things out
  • How to sit in the “Chair of Respect” wherever you are!

Be sure to ask your child about how he/she is using the above strategies, and/or check out the Parent Information sheet about what was taught/learned.  


Click here to access "Mindset Matters" archives

Common Core-ner

Common Core-ner

October 10, 2014

At the Moraga School District’s Oct 2nd Parent Ed evening, over 200 parents learned about how we are working to support students to meet the new writing standards through a “Writers’ Workshop” approach.  The essential beliefs of a Writers’ Workshop include the following:

  • Writing can be taught
  • Writers create authentic texts
  • Writers need choice
  • Writers need feedback
  • Writers us a process

Parents also learned about the components of a Writers’ Workshop model (from “mini-lesson” to “celebration”) and what Writers’ Workshop looks like across a unit and across an entire school year.   Parents also had the opportunity to experience Writers’ Workshop for themselves!

Rheem’s Common Core-ner will provide information throughout the year on this topic as well as ideas of how parents can help their young writers at home.  To begin with, do you know what the writing standards are for your child at his/her specific grade level?  Click HERE to read the specific expectations for your child when writing opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts and narratives. 


Click here to access "Common Core-ner" archives