I hope this message finds the Rheem Team enjoying the last bits of an extended 4-day weekend in honor of Presidents’ Day! It may be a bit soggy out there, but it’s always nice to have some extra time for “PDF”: Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time.
The extended break was well-deserved after our students and staff celebrated the end of the Greatest Read-a-thon on Earth with a Crazy Circus Hair Day on Thursday, February 16. Unique and colorful hairstyles dominated campus, featuring sparking braids, sharp mohawks, and stylish do’s adorned with a wide variety of accessories, including pipe-cleaners, Starbucks cups, and even the Eiffel Tower! At lunchtime, I had a great time reading Crazy Hair Day to the students -- a story about a young boy who confused Crazy Hair Day with Picture Day! The happy ending brought into focus our current theme of being “allies” to one another, as this boy’s classmates s saved the day by helping him “fit in” to the class picture – can you guess how?
I am very proud of our students’ efforts over this 4-week focus on reading, and I look forward to sharing the total hours read and acknowledging those students who completed a “Feat of Daring” poster at our Spirit Assemblies on Monday, Feb. 27. Thanks to all the parent volunteers who tallied weekly hours for each class, and special thanks goes to Diane Johnson (Henry’s mom) for organizing this year’s Read-a-thon.
This Week at Rheem:
Monday, Feb. 20:
- No School – President’s Day Holiday
Tuesday, Feb. 21:
- Rheem Site Council Meeting, beginning at 3:15 in Room 25
- Superintendent Burns will attend to provide information and get input regarding the district’s LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)
- MSD’s Cultural Proficiency Committee Meeting, beginning at 5:00 in Room 25
Wednesday, Feb. 22:
- Safety Committee meeting, beginning 3:30 at CP (Rm. 7)
School News and Highlights:
- When the 3rd week Read-a-thon tallies were all counted, Rheem students had logged 7,393 hours --- 831 hours more than the end of the 3rd week time last year! WOW! Can’t wait to find out how many hours were read in all!
- Rheem’s School Site Improvement Plan was approved by the Moraga School Board at the February 14 meeting. This plan is developed and monitored by our School Site Council, and it features specific goals and action items in the areas of Math, English/Language Arts, and School Climate. This year’s School Site Plan can be downloaded from the “Quick Links” section of our website.
- Rheem students continue to use the “THINK” tool by asking themselves if their interactions are:
- Recycle Woman (in her human form, as “Jessica”) returned to Rheem’s lunchroom on Monday, February 13, to help our SWAT Team (Students Worried About Trash) conduct a second “waste audit” this year. The results of this audit will be shared with the students at our next Spirit Assembly to see if they’ve reduced their contributions to our landfills. Stay tuned for details
Rheem Elementary is a very special place that takes advantage of a “team” approach—teachers, students, and parents all joining together to promote a dynamic learning environment in which all students can thrive.
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