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Message from the Principal

Hello Rheem Team Families!  Welcome to a new school year!  

 

I bet you can already feel it in the air -- that wonderful combination of excitement and anticipation as the first day of school approaches!  Most likely, you’ve seen the evidence on your expanding “To Do” lists – activities to celebrate the last days of summer alongside back-to-school preparations. You may even be wondering how it can all possibly get done.  Please let me reassure you, “Of course it will; it always does!” 

 

As I begin my 18th year as principal of Donald Rheem Elementary School, I feel confident knowing that our “team approach” can make all the difference.   As members of the “Rheem Team,” we take comfort and pride knowing that “we are all in this together” – staff, parents, and students!   Communication is key to our success, so be sure to let us know if you have any questions.  We’re here to help and support one another.  Now, onward!  

 

If you are reading this letter, you’re already off to a great start!  You have either received the first official “Enews” of the year (sent weekly, on Fridays, noting all the important school updates and events to stay informed), or you have found our school’s website (a great resource throughout the year).  The next step is to make sure you’ve taken the time to register for the year through both the Moraga School District and the PTA systems.  Click HERE for easy access to all of the important back-to-school information to check this requirement off your “To Do” list.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming over 400 students on Monday, August 25 (this number includes 57 new kindergartners and 31 new 1st – 5th graders (so far… that number increases daily).  In addition to the top-notch “usual” array of dedicated teachers and staff, the Rheem Team will also feature some new faces this year.  We are delighted to welcome Mr. Sekai Greer to our 5th grade team, who comes to us with several years of experience teaching 5th grade in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. (This “new” position is the result of Ms. Noyes and Ms. Cavallero joining forces to “team teach” one 5th grade class.)  Also, we are thrilled to welcome back Ms. Laurel Chee, who returns as a kindergarten teacher after taking a year off to spend time with her new son – just in time as we expand from two to three kindergarten classes this year. 

 

We also are pleased to welcome Ms. Sharon Gillbanks as our new school librarian (replacing Ms. Carl, who is now enjoying retirement) as well as Ms. Gillian O’Connell as our new computer teacher (replacing Ms. Hillhouse, who is busy expanding her college and career counseling business).  Also, while Ms. Rodrigues continues her maternity leave into mid-October, we are fortunate to have Ms. Capries Trunzo, school psychologist at Los Perales, filling in at Rheem.  Finally, we are in the process of hiring new Reading Tutors as well as several new teaching assistants.  All in all, it’s shaping up to be another fabulous Rheem Team.

 

This year, we will continue to dig deep into the Common Core Standards and will be launching a new district-wide K-6 writing initiative.  Also, thanks to successful MEF fundraising, we are looking forward to expanding our K – 1 music program as well as giving our K – 2nd grade students access to specialized technology instruction.  Our school-wide attention to “the whole child” through Mindset/Mindfulness practices will continue to be an important focus as we prepare our students to be successful in all aspects of life.  Stay tuned to hear more about our work in these areas as the year progresses. 

 

So, on behalf of the entire Rheem Team staff, welcome aboard!  We look forward to a wonderful school year working in partnership with parents to achieve the best for our children.  I encourage you to become an active participant in our efforts.  Rheem School is a very special place; when you get involved, I guarantee that you will experience our unique team spirit!

 

Elaine Frank

 

 

 

Mindset Matters & Common Core-ner

Beginning in January 2014, weekly articles were posted on the Rheem website regarding the transition/implementation of new Common Core standards as well as about our school-wide focus on "Mindset" and "Mindfulness".  All articles have been archived as a resource for parents and other interested stakeholders.

Click here to access "Mindset Matters" archives

Click here to access "Common Core-ner" archives