Dear RHS Family,
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Thank You Redwood Heights Community!
Dear RHS Families,
There are multitudes of ways to say “Thank you!” but I thought a Zoom screenshot from us to you would be the most apropos. The intense, immense, gargantuan 19/20 school year has been challenging and daunting with glimmers of hope and silver linings. We appreciate the many expressions of gratitude and compassion. Your children are our daily inspiration and they bring us deep joy.
During this shelter-in-place, as loving human beings, it is more important than ever to stay connected, to check on each other and help each other. Remind the children of the Redwood Heights Sammy Style school rules: I take care of myself. I take care of others. I take care of the school. Encourage acts of kindness and thinking of others.
The classic and poignant song by the late Bill Withers, Lean On Me has been lingering in my mind:
Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on.
As I look to the 20/21 school year I hope that we can embody the spirit of these words to help balance the sometimes challenging circumstances that face us in the present and near future.
Throughout our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority and commitment have been the health, safety, and wellbeing of the RHS community- our students, faculty, and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID-19 – current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
Underlying that commitment remains our unending dedication to our academic mission. Check out the summer academic plans that teachers have created in the newly named section, Summer Learning and Ms.Jennifer’s SEL resources in the section called, Jennifer’s HUGS at Redwood Heights.org. Here is a great article that talks about summer planning during COVID -19: School's Out - Now what?
Planning for Fall
While we were able to shift quickly to virtual instruction this spring, we are committed to ensuring that our students this fall receive the highest quality learning experience. At last night’s school board meeting it was stated that 20/21 academic plans will be submitted to the superintendent by July 1st. As soon as Plans are confirmed you all will be the first to know.
While realities may allow a different result when the fall semester begins, we are creating RHS Sammy Safety Plans for our school with the support of our school’s Disaster Preparedness Crisis Response (DPCR) committee. However, we are urging all parents to review with your child/ren the following best safety practices that we know at this time:
- Proper and frequent handwashing @
- Social distancing@
- Kids wearing a cloth mask@
- Sneezing/coughing into the elbow
Our planning efforts go beyond instruction, and we will continue to inform the RHS community regarding the upcoming OUSD academic school year and necessary OUSD safety and sanitation-related changes to our physical campus. Likewise, we are closely monitoring developments related to state funding and carefully planning in regard to budgetary impacts from the pandemic. I will continue to provide regular updates on all of these matters via email and RHS Spotlight. Also, please continue to check the OUSD website.
Infinite “THANK YOU”s to RHS Team Excellence - our fabulous teaching and support staff - for their dedication, flexibility, and resilience in an effort to serve your children. Thank to ALL of our parent volunteers and to our hardworking PTA and SSC members.
Parents, I know how hard each of you has worked this spring under very challenging conditions. I appreciate your partnership, compassion, flexibility, and levity. This experience has tested our resolve and our resilience in countless ways. Let us grow through this. I know that with our collective commitment and partnership, we will deliver on our promise to our students.
Have a relaxing, enjoyable summer!
Let's continue to be guided by the Six Daily Questions:
1. What am I grateful for today?
2. Who am I checking in on, or connecting with, today?
3. What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
4. How am I getting outside today?
5. How am I moving my body today?
6. What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?
If you have any questions, compliments or concerns, email me at email@example.com.
Be Safe. Be Healthy.