The Riebli Record

John B. Riebli Elementary Newsletter--October 4, 2018

Principal's report

Monday had our school full of guest teachers. Seven of our teachers (Ms. Ballard, Mrs. Gonyo, Mrs. Dyche, Mrs. Kneis, Ms. Bell, Mr. Detrick, and Ms. Farrell) attended the Applied Educational Neuroscience: Mindful Strategies to Promote Learning & Emotion Regulation. Teachers learned copious mindful strategies to regulate emotions as a whole class, small group or on an individual basis. Strategies for implementing brain-based models to foster positive learning environments, utilizing the research and science behind brain development to foster models for increased engagement, and the prevention of psychological stressors which impair student learning, as well as practical and innovative techniques that support a trauma-informed classroom. We can’t wait for them to present their learning to the other staff members.


Tuesday was our first rainy day! Students were able to dance and sing in the MPR before school. For morning recess, they were able to go outside and play. Ms. Bell’s class has been working on making Fairy houses in Art. They were interviewed by KGO radio about the project.


On Wednesday, in Mrs. O’Hare’s class, the students finished their Spooky Haunted House that they made. The purpose was to learn about and use 2-D and 3-D shapes. In Ms. Beseda’s kindergarten class, the students were learning about the parts of a spider.


5th grade was at the Sonoma County water agency on Thursday to learn about how we get our water. The Water Agency came last week and taught a pre-lesson to prepare the kids for this.


This month I am reading the book ONE, by Kathryn Otoshi. Here is a quick summary to discuss with your students. Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make every one count.



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App tip to help monitor your student's digitial footprint

The Zift App: Your Screen Time Parenting Ally


See how Zift provides visibility to and limits for your child's screen time activity:

  • Instant updates on online searches
  • Instant alerts on Porn, Drugs, Weapons, and Suicide
  • Updates on apps installed
  • Instantly & remotely pause child's device & turn off the Internet.


Go to https://wezift.com/ for more information.

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Garden News

We have found a parent to take the lead in bringing life back to the Riebli Garden. Currently, our garden needs irrigation ditches filled, and other minor refurbishing and maintenance done. If interested in helping, please contact Joel Arcila within the next week at 707/843-1544. He is a parent in Mrs. O'Hare's Kindergarten class and eager to embrace our Garden program and community. "Recover, Rebuild, Regrow."
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