The Riebli Record

March 19, 2021

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A message from Mrs. Todd

What a year it’s been! As we look to the future, and the gradual return to pre-pandemic normalcy, it’s important to note that even positive transitions come with the possibility of stress, worry, confusion, and apprehension. In kids, these feelings can present in a myriad of ways, including tearfulness, anger, regression, bad dreams, irritability, challenges with focus, etc. Each child is unique, and will process their emotions in their own way. There is no “right” way to feel, and no “one way” to move through these feelings. It may seem counter-intuitive that children might experience challenging emotions about something that so many of them have been looking forward to for so long...the return to in-person school, connection with peers, and seeing their teachers in real life. And while some kids might ride through this transition with confidence and pure excitement, some may feel differently, and that’s OK. The following points are suggestions for how to support your child(ren) through transitions:


  • Guide your child(ren) through what the changes might look like. Start having conversations about the upcoming transition so that your child(ren) know(s) what to expect (the structure of their new school day, pick up/drop off plans, before/after school care, etc.).

  • Stick to a routine. Keep as much of their daily routine as consistent as possible (including bedtime, meals, homework/chores, family and play time, etc.). Maintaining a routine can help to mitigate confusion and stress.

  • Make time for fun. Spend time engaging your child(ren) in fun activities, especially those that incorporate helpful coping strategies (exercise, fresh air, cooking/healthy food, games/quality family time).

  • Talk about feelings. Take the time to listen to your child(ren)’s emotional experience of the transition. They may feel worried, nervous, excited, confused, etc. Remind them that whatever they’re feeling is OK, and that you are there to support them.


Team Riebli is ready to help ease this transition as much as we can. Our success is greater when we come together as a community to support students, and each other. Our counseling is available to consult, provide resources, referrals, suggestions, book recommendations, etc. Please feel free to reach out if needed. Let your child(ren)’s teacher(s) know if you’d like to connect or access resources, or you can email me directly at etodd@mwusd.org.


XO, Emily

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Please review the Drop off and pick up map! Email Mrs. Todd questions.

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Parents, you should have picked up a magnet that looks like the image below. You need to review it daily. If you answer yes for your student to any quesiton, THEY NEED TO STAY HOME. THE ONLY WAY WE STAY OPEN IS IF EVERYONE IS CAREFUL.

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Travel and Hybrid

There has been a lot of questions about this. THINGS WILL CHANGE. Here is the current guidelines as on 3/3/21:


On January 6, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued an updated travel advisory recommending the following restrictions for those who engaged in non-essential travel, defined as travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature:


“Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence, or to other states or countries.” It goes on to say that if people stay in California, while travel over 120 miles is discouraged, they are not required to self-quarantine."


"Quarantine Post-Travel: All persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries, should self-quarantine for 10 days [ii] after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this recommendation does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders for essential travel [iii]."




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Help keep music in our schools! The board positions for president and treasurer still need to be filled for the Mark West Education Foundation to continue. Please contact the Foundation at mwef@mwusd.org if you are interested or have any questions.


As the district prepares to switch to a hybrid learning model, music instruction at all grade levels will continue to be provided solely through distance learning through the end of this school year, due to safety protocols and scheduling.



Students who will be on campus for hybrid learning in a few weeks can keep an eye (and ear!) out for Mrs. Kaufman who will be visiting the campuses on occasion during recess to play some live music! Song requests welcome!