New Year, New Highlights
Thu, Jan 17 11:24am
Redwood Heights Elementary
Have you missed your Highlights Newsletter? Well, you're in luck! Here it is! Happy New Year... We will be speeding through this second half of the school year! And there is plenty of events to attend and plenty of fun to be had! So, here are some major events, save the dates, and notes of gratitude to take note of.
ONE IMPORTANT EVENT, being tonight...

In our PTA general meeting TONIGHT, Oakland Education Association (OEA) members and RHS teachers Anna Fisher and Amanda Harris will provide an overview of the ongoing negotiations between OUSD and OEA.  As you know, LA Unified teachers have just gone on strike.

Here's hoping that Oakland can avoid that! 


As always, RHS Swag will be on sale... Quantities are limited! Get your gear before they sell out!

Child care and dinner provided!


Agenda Item


Dinner (kids eat free and $5 suggested donations for adults)


Welcome & introductions


OEA Presentation by Ms. Anna and Ms. Harris w/ Q&A


Treasurer’s Report /  TACLE & Chromebook ask (vote required)


Fundraising Report 

 HOPE TO SEE YOU TONIGHT! #WeStandwithOaklandTeachers
To those that attended the Dad's Club Pancake Breakfast this past weekend! Hope you had full tummies and a great time with your fellow RHS families.
Other Dad's Club Events Coming up:
The Variety Show on March 8th. Which is always a blast of entertainment to watch! 
Also, SAVE THE DATE for the 6th Annual Golf Kart Rally for the Arts on April 19th!
Join the Dad's Club for what is sure to be a great afternoon and evening at Metropolitan Golf Links.

This 6th annual golf kart rally is a very important fundraiser for our public elementary school, as it raises funds for extracurricular activities for all of our arts programs. The funds from this tournament will go directly to help in supporting teachers and community members who provide these services.

Tournament Challenges

Putting contest (before tournament begins) 

Longest drive (holes #3 and #10)

Closest to the pin (#5, #7, #12, #15)

Team skins game (optional): $60/team

Dinner, Auction & Awards Ceremony scheduled for 6:30 pm.
Cowboy Barbeque Cookout Buffet. Cash bar.

Please wear appropriate golf attire:
Collared shirt and soft spikes required. NO jeans or tank tops.



Questions or Information contact Rod Heisler: rod(at)rodheisler(dot)com 
Rod Heisler, Tournament Chair - 415 706 5070




There are still some great parties for kids or adults to attend.

What better way to support RHS & have fun!


There is still space available for:

Beer Flight Tasting at Federation Brewing
Date: Thursday Jan. 17 2019, Time: 7:30pm Location: 420 3rd St, Oakland
Hosts: Ute & Jim Dawe, Jenny & Dru Krupinsky
Cannabis Course at Oaksterdam U
Date: Friday, January 18 2019 Time: 7:00-9:30pm Host: Dale Sky Jones Location: 1734 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (next to BART!)
AND SO MANY OTHERS... just click the link to view!



Rather than waiting until May, and overwhelming families with Walkathon, Staff Appreciation Week, and the end of the school year...


THE PTA BOARD decided to celebrate our teachers and staffs a bit earlier...



And what better month to show them our appreciation for all they do, than the month we celebrate LOVE!


Please save the date for:

February 11th - February 15th!

Further details will be provide shortly.

The Redwood Height's Dad's Club Variety Show needs you!
Can you juggle or tell a joke? Do you know how to play an instrument, do magic or tricks with a soccer ball? Maybe you are really good at story telling or balancing plates on your head?
Be a part of history and audition for the 71st Annual RHS Dad's Club Variety Show.
Get together with other students, family or community and make it a GROUP ACT!
Auditions are coming up on February 1st, 2019.
Audition forms went out this week with every student.
If you need an extra form, the link is included.
Have fun planning and rehearsing your act and REMEMBER: there is a TWO minute time limit for all acts in the final show. We would love to have your music before auditions. Please forward your music file to our Sound Master at
Have fun and see you on February First!
Parents and Theatre Geeks! We need your help! Every year a dedicated group of volunteers gets the chance to make memories and the students sparkle up on our Variety Show Stage.
It only "costs" three Friday evenings and you can be a part of this special team.
Do you have experience running lights or sound? Moving sets or settling down excited, nervous student performers? Maybe your specialty is ushering or setting up the house.
Experienced or not, we need you. Please reach out and let me know if you want to help.
It is so much fun, you won't be disappointed!
Emily Akemon, Variety Show Lead
Thank you to all who came out to support the Scholastic Book Fair last month!
Between our wonderful team of volunteers and supportive customer base the library made $10,763.31 in total sales and $5381.66 in Scholastic Dollars. Wow! Look for all of the NEW BOOKS coming into our collection.
The California Young Reader Nominees for 2019 hit the shelves last week and the refreshed graphic novels will be followed by the new nonfiction and Scholastic titles. Our young readers will have new choices to read and enjoy!
The Library Poster Raffle has begun! Each check in is an entry into our monthly poster raffle. No form necessary, simply return any library materials to receive an entry. Winners will be chosen monthly from each homeroom and will get to choose a Scholastic poster to take home WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. In an effort to encourage students to RETURN OVERDUE BOOKS and SHARE LIBRARY MATERIALS WITH THE COMMUNITY we ask that all books be returned to our collection after a two week checkout period, with an option of a one time renewal. Please reach out if this four week lending time is not enough. Redwood Heights is a sharing community and returning library books in a timely matter is at the heart of our values. Thank you.
Speaking of Sharing, THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who come in and share their time to help run circulation in the library. What a beautiful group of generous people! Students love to see your faces and it makes the library a community gathering point in a meaningful way. Look for your opportunity to join in the fun and sign up on Konstella to help - or just drop by on a Monday or Thursday if you have some time. There are all sorts of projects for all skills and interests.
See you in the Library! Emily Akemon, RHS Library Clerk & Guardian of the Books
Science Alliance is a great opportunity for the students to have fun with experiments. Its a great event that get the students excited for their individual science fair projects.

This year the Lawrence Hall of Science will bring a really engaging engineering festival, called "Build, Engineer, and Invent" for our kids. ON FEBRUARY 22nd, the students visit different stations in a free-choice environment, where they can go through a design cycle of building, testing, and iterating. 


However, we need your help! Please sign up to run a station!
No experience required. Instructions are available.
And the children will LOVE you for it!

Please sign up to help our kids build, engineer, and invent stomp rockets, marble roller coasters, giant geometric structures, and more.

Yummy treats, coffee, and tea provided for all volunteers.

We might even be able to get you some family passes to Lawrence Hall of Science. 



Drop Off Lane Duty Goes To:
Week of January 22: 5th Grade
Week of January 28th: 4th Grade
Week of February 4th: 3rd Grade
Week of February 11th: 2nd Grade
Week of February 19th: 1st Grade
Week of February 25th: Kindergarten