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Message from the Principal
Next week will be highlighted by several special events:
1)Wednesday, April 22 is EARTH DAY! In addition to participating in a “Campus Clean-Up” project with their buddy class, all students will be treated to a “Planet Green” assembly, during which they will learn ways to continue protecting our planet. Water conservation will be a special focus at this assembly, so be sure to ask your child what your family can do to save water at home.
2)Rheem’s annual SCIENCE FAIR is Thursday, April 23, beginning at 5:30 in the Multi-Use Room. Bring the whole family to see 3rd – 5th grade projects on display, demonstrations by the Campolindo High School Robotics Club, and exhibits by the Mr. Diablo Astronomical Society and PG&E. Also, our 5th graders will be selling PIZZA, beverages, and baked goods, so you can enjoy dinner at the event, too!
3)STATE TESTING begins next week for our 5th graders. Our 4th and 3rd graders will being their tests in the following weeks. Click HERE for information about this year’s testing program and schedule. Remember, the best at-home preparations for these tests are a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and a good attitude; however other test-taking tips (with a focus on managing stress) can be found HERE.
Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our hard-working school secretaries, Ms. Lisa Fitzinger and Ms. Linda Wu for the dedication and care they bring to our school every day. In honor of Administrative Professionals (Secretary’s) Day on Wednesday, April 22, I know the entire Rheem Team joins me in a heart-felt THANK YOU!
Rheem School is pleased to be the “host” site for the 3rd Cycle of the Writers’ Workshop Lab sessions. That means that the teachers from both Los Perales and Camino Pablo Schools join us at Rheem to work and learn with our students. All teachers at a specific grade level meet with our consultant, look at student work, discuss best practices, and problem-solve any areas of concern. The grade-level team also goes into a Rheem classroom to observe a writing lesson led by the consultant. This is an exciting opportunity for both the teachers observing and the students in the specific “lab” classroom.
The Unit of Study for each grade level and the specific Rheem Lab classrooms are listed below:
Kindergarten – Opinion Writing in Ms. Inzeo’s classroom
I had the privilege of sitting in on the first of these meetings (for 5th and 1st grade) on Tuesday, April 7. “Wow!” pretty much sums up my impression of this work. Teachers are highly engaged, consultants demonstrate successful writing lessons as well as great classroom practices, and our young learners get the benefit of “showing off” for teachers from around the district. I am very proud of our Rheem students and teachers.
Future lab dates at Rheem are as follows:
April 16 – K and 2nd grades
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It’s no secret that being physically active is an important part of living a happy, healthy life, and it’s never too early to start promoting healthy habits. To that end, Rheem students learned the “Gimme Five Dance” at the last Spirit Assembly, in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the “Let’s Move Campaign” promoted by First Lady, Michelle Obama. Check out the website www.letsmove.gov for lots of information and ideas about raising healthy kids!
Also, did you know that all Rheem students are receiving at least 100 minutes of Physical Education each week (in accordance with the Ed Code guidelines)? It’s important to note that physical education enhances short term memory, creativity, and boosts keys areas of the brain. The California Department of Education says:
In addition to the health benefits, there is growing evidence that regular physical activity enhances learning and school achievement. In the same way that exercise benefits the muscles, heart, lung and bones, it also strengthens key areas of the brain. Physical activity fuels the brain with oxygen, enhances connections between neurons and assists in memory. Children in daily physical activity have shown superior academic performance and attitude toward school. Exercise has been shown to improve scores on short-term memory, reaction time and creativity; and young persons who exercised daily outperformed other students on exams. Projects in Canada revealed that when physical education time was increased, academic scores went up (Jensen, 1998).
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