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Message from the Principal
It’s hard to believe we have just one more week of school before our two-week Winter Break! It’s an exciting time, and amidst all the hustle and bustle (and rain!), I’d like to extend a friendly reminder to continue practicing our safety rules – especially when it comes to dropping-off and picking-up students on Laird Drive. Please remember not to pass waiting cars into on-coming traffic or to use the red bus circle for drop-off. Parking lots are also off-limits for pick-up and drop-off. Let’s make sure our lifeskills of Caring, Cooperation, and Patience extend into our parking and traffic procedures.
Not even a downpour could dampen the holiday spirit of the 4th and 5th grade Winter Concert on Thursday, December 11. ALL of our 4th and 5th grade students performed in either their grade level choir, band, or orchestra. A standing-room-only audience of parents, staff, and 3rd graders also enjoyed the unique energy of our After-School Show Choir. This program would not be possible without the support (YOUR support!) of the Moraga Education Foundation. If you agree that it was a privilege to watch our budding musicians perform, please click HERE to donate any amount to MEF. You can even reference “Rheem’s 4th and 5th Grade Winter Concert” in the tribute space. Your contribution will show that you believe in high-quality experiences like these for your children and want to do what you can to make sure these opportunities continue.
Please note that Friday, December 19 is a minimum day for all students. On Friday, all students arrive at 8:25. Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:50 and 1st – 5th graders will be dismissed at 12:12. Remember, there is no lunch served on minimum days.
Thank you for your support!
We were pleased to welcome back Soul Shoppe to Rheem on Monday, December 8. All students participated in “Take Your Time” assemblies, led by our good friend Daniel, during which they learned powerful strategies to help manage anger/frustration and make better choices, including:
“Red, Orange and Green” -- a way of identifying one’s emotional “temperature”
“Stop and Breathe” – a specific tool to use to calm oneself in order to think through making the best choice possible. The strategy includes five parts: Stop, Breathe, Think, Choose, Act, Cheer.
All students received a bookmark with the above icons listed on either side. In times of stress, help your child identify whether they are in the Red, Orange, or Green zones and remind them to use a positive strategy to get calm, think about possible solutions, and act accordingly.
Did you know that you can even use technology to support a more mindful frame of mind? Click HERE to get the “Stop Breathe and Think” app!
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Gift-Giving with the Common Core in mind!
‘Tis the season to be shopping for what will make your child happy. So, think about what excites and interests them… Dinosaurs? Cooking? Sports? Crafts? Now, find a NON-FICTION book about that topic to delight and inspire your child. That’s shopping with the Common Core in mind!
The common core curriculum puts more emphasis on reading non-fiction. Why? Because research shows that non-fiction reading promotes student success. Nonfiction helps students develop their background knowledge and even “expertise” on a subject. Also, non-fiction often includes headings, graphs, charts and other text elements that promote organizational and complex thinking skills. Best yet, students are motivated to learn more about topics that interest them, so they become very engaged in high-interest non-fiction texts, often slowing-down or re-reading to fully comprehend the content. Remember, when it comes to reading, more is more!
To learn more about how non-fiction reading promotes student success, click HERE.
Keep in mind that the best non-fiction books to purchase are the ones that your child is most excited about. Also, keep in mind that non-fiction material comes in a variety of forms – consider magazine subscriptions, how-to books, and atlases. However, if you need some ideas, click HERE to see lists of non-fiction titles organized by topic and grade level.
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