Opening celebrations set Positive Tone for 2016-2017
On Monday, August 22nd, the Rheem teachers and staff welcomed a record-breaking 412 students back to school (the highest enrollment since I became principal 20 years ago!). The first full week of school included lots of activities to become reacquainted, to meet and make new friends, and to focus on classroom, lunchroom and playground procedures so that all students would feel “in the know.”
“Rules Assemblies” were held for both upper and primary levels on Tuesday, August 23rd. In addition to reviewing school, playground, and classroom expectations, the students learned that just one word and three rules are the focus at Rheem. The one word is RESPECT. The three rules are 1) Be safe; 2) Be kind; and 3) THINK! Students also reviewed the “De-bugging” steps as well as the “Stop-Breathe-Think” routine – both good strategies for promoting good decision making.
A fun-filled “Welcome Back Spirit Assembly” was held on Friday, August 26th for all students (K – 5). Students and staff were all smiles and in exceptional good voice as they sang the “Rheem Team Song” to welcome our kindergarten and new student guests. Our other school songs, “Roadrunner Pride” and “Rheem Rocks” were led by the teachers, who were also given an opportunity to show their “Rheem Team Know-How” by answering questions regarding Rheem Team rules for some unique prizes (where else might teachers win a 75ft. roll of waxed paper or a set of sporks?) Other highlights of the assembly included teachers and staff introducing themselves after an impressive hustle into alphabetical order, proving once again that Roadrunners are both fast AND smart!
As a traditional highlight, one student was chosen at random from each class to spin the wheel for a prize. Another random drawing found “homes” for the Roadrunner mascots who are now happily residing in Ms. Strohmeyer’s 1st grade and Ms. Drury’s 4th grade classrooms until the next class competition (Which class can bring in the most Box Tops?) takes them elsewhere.
Spirit Assemblies will be held periodically throughout the year as a way of coming together to introduce and review school-wide programs, to celebrate our accomplishments, and simply to have some fun together as a community of learners. Parents are always welcome at these fun-filled events! The next Spirit Assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9:00 a.m. (3rd – 5th) and 10:00 a.m. (K – 2nd). Rheem ROCKS!