The Riebli Record

John B. Riebli Elementary Newsletter--September 20, 2018

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Walk-a-thon update!

Walk-a-thon is coming up next week! Friday Sept. 28th. Please be sure students are collecting their sponsors. All money is due on the walkathon day.

99 Pledges link:

Please sign up to volunteer that day, or donate snacks/water. We also need to borrow pop-up tents!

Principal's report

Walk-a-thon is only 1 week away. Please help your students determine how THEY are going to help raise money for the school. We are almost at $25,000... halfway there!

Thank you to Tiffany Chelsey for hosting the art docent parent training on Wednesday night. If you are interested in being an Art Docent, please contact your student’s teacher. If you need help with the lessons, please contact Tiffany at

This week we started a coding club at Lunch for 5th and 6th graders. If students are interested, they need to see Mrs. Todd for more information. Student Council is also starting this Friday. 5th and 6th graders interested in running for office should attend a meeting at lunch on Friday.

We are also working on a school wide event for October 9. “Regrow, Rebuild, Remember, Riebli” is designed to have students reflect on the regrowth and rebuilding that has occurred since the fire. We will have arts and crafts, stories, reflection, paying it forward to a school in North Carolina that was damaged by Hurricane Florence and more. We will need lots of parent volunteers that day. Be watching for more information.

Wednesday, September 19, you may have seen some Sheriff officers on campus. They were doing a safety walk through on the campus. They are providing us information about what is working and what we need to improve on. I will share more information about their report when I receive it. THANK YOU SONOMA SHERIFF FOR THE HELP!

Animals on Campus

Riebli School is fortunate to have a service dog on campus. This dog is specifically here for a student to help keep them safe.

Only service animals are allowed on campus. If your student would like to bring an animal for class, they need to clear it with their teacher and fill out the permission form in the office. Then, Mrs. Todd will approve.

If you need to bring your pets for pick up or drop off, they MUST STAY IN YOUR CAR.

Thank you

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TOOLBOX™ Parent Education Webinar A world of kind, connected human beings.

We know children are more successful using TOOLBOX when all the adults in their lives—at school and at home—are using TOOLBOX. The TOOLBOX™ Parent Webinar is for parents/caregivers from schools currently using TOOLBOX so that you may better understand and use the 12 Tools when challenges arise at home.

Topics include:

  • The experiential practice of the 12 Tools
  • How the Tools can help when challenges arise
  • How the Tools are being used school-wide
  • Ways parents/caregivers at home can align with the child’s school experiences.

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time: 6pm

Click here to register.

Easy, Free Browser Hacks to Make the Internet Safer for Your Kid Create a more kid-friendly online experience with smart tweaks to your internet browser.

If you're wondering which parental controls to install on your desktop, laptop, or tablet, the answer might be right at your fingertips -- literally! The top three internet browsers -- Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari -- each offer settings and add-ons to help make your kid's online experience more age-appropriate. With a few tweaks, you can block sites, filter search results, and even create a white list of sites that are OK for your kid.

As helpful as they are, though, parental control settings are just one piece of the keeping-kids-safe-online puzzle. And the settings will require tweaks as your kids get older. You'll probably want stricter settings when your kids are just starting to go online and gradually ease up as your kids need fewer protections. Most importantly, talk to your kids about responsible online behavior -- and model it, too. Together, explore ways to customize the tools your kids use for school, entertainment, and socializing. Learning how to use technology appropriately and discovering how to make it work for your needs are key to getting the best out of technology -- while minimizing risks. (Learn more about setting parental controls.)

Set up Google SafeSearch
SafeSearch filters out the most sketchy websites and images, and it's a good first step in keeping the web a safe place for kids to explore. You'll need a Gmail account and be logged in to set up SafeSearch, and you'll need to set it up for each browser and device you use. Make sure each browser uses Google as its search engine; follow the instructions below to check.

In Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu (at the top right of your browser window, the Menu usually appears as three parallel lines; it should say "Customize and control Google Chrome").
  • Click Settings, then scroll down to Search.
  • Under where it says "Set which search engine is used when searching from the omnibox," the drop-down should say Google.

    Next, click on your account (the icon on the top right). Click on My Account, then click on Personal Info and Privacy. Under Your Personal Info, scroll down and click on Search Settings. Under SafeSearch filters, select Turn on SafeSearch and then Lock SafeSearch. Here, you can password-protect the SafeSearch setting.

In Apple Safari

  • In the Settings menu, click on Safari.
  • Click on Search Engine and select Google.

    Next, click on your Safari icon and go to Scroll to Settings and select "Search settings." Under SafeSearch Filters, select "Filter explicit results." Tap Save. Tap the question mark icon next to SafeSearch Filters to enable that setting for all your devices.

In Mozilla Firefox

  • Click on Menu (at the top right of your browser window, the Menu usually appears as three parallel lines; it should say "Open menu").
  • Click Options, then click on Search.
  • Under Default Search Engine the drop-down should say Google.

    Next, go to Scroll to Settings, then select "Search settings." Under "SafeSearch filters," click on "Turn on SafeSearch" and lock it by typing in your password.

Swap out the search engine for a kid-friendlier one
Kid browsers or search sites offer an extra layer of protection for kids roaming the internet, because they come with built-in parental controls and can be easier for younger kids to use.

In Google Chrome

  • Click the Menu icon and click Settings. Scroll down to Search. Click on "Manage search engines." At the bottom of the new window that opens, you'll see a box that says "Add a new search engine." Here, you can put in any kid-friendly search you like -- for example, one of these. Once you've added the URL, click on "Make default."

In Apple Safari

  • In Settings, click General and scroll down to Restrictions. You can turn off many features in Restrictions, but for now simply disable Safari. Next, go to the App Store and do a search for "search engines for kids" or "browsers for kids." Choose and install a new search engine based on the description and reviews. Whenever you want Safari back, just re-enable it by going back into Restrictions, and the Safari icon will reappear.

In Mozilla Firefox

  • Click the Menu icon and click Options. Select Search. At the bottom of the page, click "Add more search engines." On the Add-on page, click More at the top of the page, and under Search Providers, click Kids. Here, you can choose from a wide range of kid-friendly search engines. Follow the steps to add to Firefox. Go back to the Search page under Options and select the new kid's browser as the default search engine.

Customize your browser
Each browser offers unique features to prevent kids from stumbling onto age-inappropriate content.

In Google Chrome

  • Create a supervised user account. Click on Menu, select Settings, and scroll down to People. Click Add Person. Here, you can add a user, such as your kid, whom you can supervise by clicking "Control and view the websites this person visits when they use your browser." You'll get a dashboard where you can set up search filters to block unwanted content.
  • Make your Chrome browser off-limits. Also under People, deselect Enable Guest Browsing and "Let anyone add a person to Chrome." These two settings prevent others from using your browser.
  • Turn off images. On the Settings page, click "Show advanced settings." Under Privacy, click "Content settings." Under Images, click "Do not show any images."

In Apple Safari

  • Set up additional content filters. Also in Restrictions, scroll down to Allowed Content. Here, you can set age restrictions for downloadable content and websites. Under Websites, check Limit Adult Content. Next, you can add websites to the Always Allow and Never Allow lists.

In Mozilla Firefox

  • Install add-on parental controls. Go to the Menu and click Add-ons. Click on the Search icon and type in the kind of feature you would like to add, such as "parental controls" or "search filter." Choose an add-on based on the features and reviews. You can experiment with different ones because they're easy to add and remove. Usually, the add-on's icon will appear at the top of the screen so you know it's working. Test it by searching for something it's supposed to filter. If it doesn't work, click on Extensions to troubleshoot.


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Library News


We're in full swing in the Library! It's wonderful to see so many children so excited about checking out their next book. Parent volunteers are a giant help in the Library. Parent volunteers assist the children in following the Library Rules, as well as assisting those that need a little extra help finding a book. Many thanks and appreciation go out to:

Room 1: Chad, Melissa, and Tyler. Room 3: Jenny. Room 5: Melanie & Angela. Room 6: Miss Nadine. Room 11: Mary. Room 13: Monica & Kristen. Room 15: Miss Nora & Sonia.

Room 20: Amy. Room 22: Courtney. Room 23: Steve. Room 24: Adrian. Room 27: Mandy. Room 28: Joanne.

If you don't see your child's classroom represented in this list and have some time to offer, I would love to have you join us and add you to our volunteer list.

Many thanks,

Miss Denise

Riebli Librarian

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6th grade corner

It's never too early to start thinking about your options for middle school. Mark West Charter is holding a series of information nights for parents and students interested in learning more about our program.

Please join us for one of our hour long information sessions to learn about our program as well as meet the Vice Principal, teachers, and parents.

4600 Lavell Rd

(Mark West Elementary Campus South of the Multi-purpose Room)

October 3rd at 5:30pm

November 14th at 5:30pm

Applications will be available in the MWCS office and online ( beginning October 1st.

Please call the Mark West Charter School office at 707-524-2741 with any questions.

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Save the Date for Regrow, Rebuild, Remember, Riebli! Parent help is needed. More information to come

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We are looking for "Tubbs Fire Heros" to come and read to students on October 9. Please have the heros email Mrs. Todd.

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