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    Adults are back for a “normal” week of work after last week’s power outage. However, your child’s anxieties and fears may still be heightened from the power outage and for some members of our Moraga community, the wildfire evacuation last week.

    Children react in a variety of ways to situations they are not in control of, although it is different for each individual. Some possible reactions in elementary students can include irritability, aggressiveness, clinginess, nightmares, school avoidance, poor concentration and/or withdrawal. It could also be possible that your child is not exhibiting any of these behaviors. Even if that is true, it may still be beneficial for them to discuss last week’s events with a loving parent or caregiver.

    Some suggestions for helping your family should emphasize teaching effective coping strategies; fostering supportive relationships and helping your children understand their reactions.

    Please encourage your children to talk about the wildfire or event. Children need an opportunity to discuss their experiences in a safe and accepting environment. You can also provide activities that enable your children to discuss their experiences. This may include a range of methods (both verbal and nonverbal) and incorporate varying projects (drawing or stories).

    A child’s ability to cope is highly influenced by their parents and/or guardians’ reaction. Parents and/or guardians are the most important source of security for their children. Therefore, you may need to do some self-care in ways for you to cope with the evacuation so that you can help your child manage these reactions.

    Normalizing and validating a child’s reaction is also important.  You can do this by reflecting back to your child their statement and including a feeling word. For example, “I hear that you felt scared and worried when I woke you up suddenly in the middle of the night to leave the house”.

    Promoting problem-solving skills in your child is also an important step when they are ready.  Create and review your family safety plan.  Talk about what went well during your evacuation or power outage and how you can take steps to improve your plan.  The purpose of problem-solving is to let your child know that they will be safe in the future if a situation occurs. Talk about the coping skills your child used during the event when they felt worried or anxious and praise them for their efforts during this stressful time.

    Please know that it is typical if reactions to an event like a wildfire, evacuation or power outage may continue to cause a child to experience anxiety for a few weeks. If there are more power outages occurring this fall, expect your children to reflect back onto our experiences from last week. 

    Please feel free to reach out to your school counselor if reactions to the event continue after a few weeks or are affecting your child’s learning at school.

    Posted 10/15/19
    October 10, 2019 Governing Board Meeting Canceled

    Due to the potential power outage, the Governing Board meeting, scheduled for October 10, is canceled and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  Please contact Jennifer Baier if you have any questions, 925-377-4101 or

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month
    Anti-Bullying Text
    The Moraga School District Governing Board passed Resolution 20-29 at the September 10 Board meeting proclaiming October as National Bullying Prevention Month.
    September Board Meeting
    Rheem Elementary Students
    Rheem students share how Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) outlines behavior expectations for all settings at school and rewards students who continually meet expectations.
    Moraga Rotary Club Donation to MSD
    Rotary Check Donation
    Members of the Moraga Rotary Club donated a check to the Moraga School District for emergency  radios for all classrooms. 



    Governing Board and CCCOE Approved 

    2017-2020 LCAP 

    The MSD Coordinating Council, which oversees the monitoring and annual development of the LCAP, meets at 3:30 PM at the JM Library on  9/20/18, 11/7/18, 2/27/19 and 3/27/19. Students, staff, parents and community members are welcome to attend Coordinating Council meetings and are also welcome to speak to the LCAP at any regular Board meeting. Annual LCAP updates will be presented to all site PTAs and School Site Councils in the fall.  LCAP feedback and comments may be emailed to  A draft LCAP will be presented to the MSD Governing Board on June 4, 2019, and a public hearing will be held.  The Board will take action to approve the LCAP on June 11, 2019.

    Current Board Meeting Agenda

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    School Calendars

    School Year 2019-2020

    Board Adopted:
    Mar. 12,2019


    About US

    The Moraga School District is located in Moraga, California, beyond the Oakland hills and east of San Francisco.  Our students consistently score advanced and proficient on California standardized tests while excelling in art, music, technology, physical education and a variety of intermediate school electives.  The Moraga School District values the involvement of Moraga parents and families, our PTAs, the Moraga Education Foundation, and local businesses.  Together we deliver to our TK-8th grade students a first class education addressing the academic, social and emotional needs of our students to succeed in a diverse global world.

    Nondiscrimination Policy: MSD prohibits unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, and Title IX, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any District program or activity that received or benefits from state financial assistance, including athletic programs. Complaint information is available at the MSD District Office, 1540 School Street, CA, 94556.  For further information, call 925-376-5943