• News of the Rieke Way 12/6/19

    December 6, 2019


    Dear Rieke Rocket community,

    Can you believe we are only 2 weeks, 10 school days, away from winter break? Thank you for all you do to support us here at Rieke! As we look to grow our community and position ourselves to increase staffing next year at Rieke please keep spreading the word of the positive learning environment we are continuing to grow at Rieke. We truly appreciate all the volunteer energy and spirit the community (and the kids!) provide to make this work so rewarding.


    Our Rieke Way theme for December is patience. This can be a challenging time of year for kids to be patient and wait to see the fruits of their hard work and kindness. But we all know they can be patient and learn its valuable lessons. We will have an all school assembly on 12/19 at 9:00 AM to celebrate some special patient students.


    We continue to work to provide some supervision for students who arrive early before school or stay later after school on our playground. But we are understaffed. I have decided to allow more access to students on fitness devices (scooters, bikes, skateboards) given certain parameters. All students on wheeled vehicles need helmets and should only ride in the covered area. From 8:25-8:40 and 3:00 to 3:15 we have many younger siblings in these shared spaces who need a safe place to play and wait. We are asking students to not ride around on wheels between 8:25 and 3:15 in any area.


    Are you interested in participating in the Rieke community equity committee? Here is the link to the Rieke equity  survey.  At your convenience please fill out this google survey regarding our successes and needs, in order to address equity issues within the Rieke community. We have scheduled our next community equity meeting for Wednesday 1/15 in the evening. Childcare will be provided.


    Our PTA sponsored garden education program has begun! Denise Manzi, our lunch sustainability coordinator (and literacy EA) is helping teachers teach gardening and natural art work! If you would like to volunteer to help, please let Denise (demisajo@yahoo.com) or your child’s teacher know. If you would like to join our Green Team please email jjeans@pps.net. Our recycling efforts at lunch in the café and in the building continue to expand as we welcome new ideas.


    We are supporting a group of Wilson HS students who are starting a tutoring/mentoring program here at Rieke. The group of 8-15 high school students will be here on Mondays in Room 21 from 3:00-400 to provide tutoring and cooperative game time. If you are interested in your child participating please email me jjeans@pps.net for more details.


    As winter approaches please send students to school with enough warm layers to keep them toasty and dry. In general, unless rain is heavy, students will spend time outside during the day at 2 or 3 recess times including lunch. Keeping an extra sweatshirt and/or hat in a backpack is a great strategy. If you write your student’s name on the item it is easy for us to return to them rather than place lost items in lost and found.


    This is an update from our school nurse regarding Immunizations for December. If your child is still incomplete in their immunizations, please make arrangements to obtain vaccinations and to provide this information to the school.  Exclusion day for state required vaccinations is Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until current immunization records are provided to school staff. Please contact the office with any questions.



    Jon Jeans-Principal