Principal's Message, September 20

Dear Rieke community,

Thank you to everyone who came out for our TAG information night and Back to School Night last night. I apologize for the failure of our technical systems in the gym but thank you for being patient and helping maintain the space to allow everyone to hear. Our teachers and staff felt strongly about the connections they were able to make with their parent community. I hope you were able to add clarity and depth of understanding towards the learning taking place in your child’s classroom. I have added our current TAG plan to our website.

I need to share a disturbing incident that occurred in our community on Wednesday afternoon. A bus riding student was approached by a man in a vehicle after getting off the bus. The student was alone but luckily made good safe decisions and was able to leave the area. This incident was traumatic for this family, luckily it was not tragic. The police were notified and they are pursuing the matter. Sadly, these type of incidents remind us of the perils of the modern day, where we have teach our children how to respond to potential threats and predators. Speaking to your child about how to respond in such a situation is scary but essential. Notifying authorities and the school in any such incident is important. Together we must remain vigilant to ensure the safety and security of every student every day. Please let us know further concerns.

We thank the PTA for their continued help getting us needed volunteers. Lunch recess duty remains a time where we always could use more eyes and ears on the students to help problem solve and keep students safe and responsible. I am still looking to hire two more lunch assistants to bolster our supervision and sustainability. If you are interested, email me at jjeans@pps.net.

One of the Foundation’s largest fundraiser, the Run for Rieke, is coming soon, October 4th. The pledge forms and information was sent home. Pledges and volunteers are ever needed to support the Foundation and the student runners!

Jon Jeans

Principal, Rieke Elementary