The Riebli Record

September 20, 2019

Sign up to help at the October 22 science assembly

The Lawrence Hall of Science is bringing their science fun to Riebli School. On October 22 they will be doing their hands-on assembly, Solids, liquids, and gases, for all students. We need parents to help run the stations.

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Walk a thon Information

Walkathon is 2 weeks away! September 27th from 9:00am-11:30am


We are grateful to our awesome community of volunteers! The Walk-a-thon is a fun event to get to know fellow parents and meet your child’s friends too! There are many opportunities to help out so please join us for the day if you are able. If you can’t be there during the event, we also will need various food items to be donated as well as items such as pop-up tents to borrow for the day. Please see the Sign up Genius for Volunteer opportunities:


Donations are coming in on 99 Pledges

We will also accept cash and check donations. Look for a flyer coming home today with a log for cash/check donations. They can be turned into the office anytime. Those cash and check donations will appear on 99 Pledges under your students overall progress.

Thank you to our 2019 T-Shirt Sponsors!


Les Schwab Tires

Haley Skerrett





Amy Kramer

Extended Child Care

Jim Sansone

Streamline Painting

Exchange Bank

Advanced Auto Detail

Cornerstrone Vineyard

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A message from Mr. Calloway

Dear Families,

As we begin a new school year, student safety and comfort is a top concern. This is also fire season, and it is important that schools and families prepare for both wildfires and power outages. Anticipating these occurrences, we want to provide you with the following information to keep you informed about school safety protocols and to help you and your family prepare.


Ron Calloway, Superintendent

Wildfire Smoke

Please review the following link to understand the state guidelines for air quality safety, developed by the California Department of Education for school districts. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance as to how we can protect student health when air quality is poor due to wildfire or other disasters. More information and resources are also provided on the California Department of Education website,

Power Outages

As you may be aware, PG&E is prepared to implement Public Safety Power Shutoffs (also known as de-energization) when weather conditions put parts of our community at high risk for fire. This important precaution is meant to help reduce the risk of wildfires.

Guidelines for de-energization may include all of the following:

  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph, depending on location and site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain, and local climate
  • Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content)
  • On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E's Wildfire Safety Operations Center and field crews

For more information please visit

In the event of a planned PG&E power outage in which PG&E has identified that the Mark West area transformers will be “de-energized”, we will close the school. Our aim is to communicate our intent to close the school as soon as reasonably possible after receiving a notice of an upcoming power outage from PG&E. In the event of a PG&E de-energization and the need to close the school, official notification would be provided through the District School Messenger System, the District website and District Social Media platforms including Facebook and Instagram. In some cases, this may come on short notice. Please check the PG&E website for the most current information about your home and school. If a power outage occurs mid-day, we will handle closures on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as the anticipated length of the outage, temperature, weather, road conditions, and available transportation services. Under most conditions, we will continue our school day and plan for regular dismissal times. Families will also be able to access the school closure information through the Sonoma County Office of Education website

Guidelines for Re-Energizing:

After the weather has passed and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will work to visually inspect each mile of the impacted power lines to ensure they are free from damage and safe to energize.

Inspections will take place during daylight hours and, in most cases, they expect to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours after extreme weather has passed. However, depending on weather conditions or if any repairs are needed, outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours. For planning purposes, we suggest customers prepare for multiple-day outages. Students will be allowed to return when the process is complete. Notification of the ability for students to return will be managed through the same means of communication noted above.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the Mark West Union School District Office at 707.524.2972.

Additional resources include:

· Mark West Union School District website

· Mark West Union School District Facebook - @markwestusdofficial

· Mark West Union School District Instagram - @markwestusdofficial

· General Power-Outage Information I Fact-sheet on power outages for kids

· PG&E: Public Safety Power Shutoff (including resident alert notification instructions)

· Preparing for Public Safety Power Shutoff

· Power of Being Prepared Fact Sheet

· PG&E: Emergency Supply Checklist

· California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: Homeowner's Checklist

· PG&E: Community. Safety Measures

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Friendly Neighborhood reminder

Riebli Community, if you choose to cut through the nearby neighborhoods to please be respectful and SLOW down. This includes stopping at all stop signs too. There are more and more families returning weekly which means more and more kids walking and riding. On numerous occasions, neighbors have had to yell and wave at Riebli parents to slow down. Let's keep our kids safe!!!!!

Thank you

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Music News

The registration period for 4th-6th grade music classes is officially closed, with the possible exception of transfer students with previous experience on an instrument and students interested in chorus. Remember to bring instruments every Monday, and encourage music students to practice frequently. Youtube videos on how to play their instruments or how to sing may also help students stay motivated and remember what they learned in class. Help your children with the searches or email Mrs. Kaufman for suggestions at "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice." - Vladimir Horowitz (an extraordinary pianist)