RHS Spotlight on Learning: October 9th, 2017
Mon, Oct 9 1:36pm
Redwood Heights Elementary

Hello RHS Family - Below is important information about Teacher of the Year, Bully Prevention Month, Minimum Day Schedule Change and   2018 - 2019 New First Day of School 


And the Winner is.......

Congratulations to our 2017 Alameda County Teacher of the Year:

Stefanie Taymuree


On the evening of Thursday, October 5th, at the 28th Annual Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony, teachers Kevin Gorham of Alameda Unified School District and Stephanie Taymuree of Oakland Unified School District were selected to represent Alameda County to compete for the title of 2017-18 California State Teacher of the Year.  We were joined by RHS family and staff, and Ms. Taymuree's family. The pair were selected from the 18 Alameda County district winners, after submitting an extensive application for panel review.  We are so proud of Ms. Taymuree! We are inspired by her passion for excellent teaching, deep commitment to the students' success and her voice for social justice and equity in public education.

Mrs. Taymuree grew up in Altadena, CA. She attended Holy Names University in Oakland with a major in Speech Pathology and a minor in Music (Vocal Performance). She then went on to New Orleans and received a Masters of Science degree in speech pathology from Tulane University. Mrs. Taymuree is married and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren! Trained in speech pathology and music, Mrs. Taymuree believes that "the ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings is what makes us human ... my greatest accomplishment becomes evident when a child, who arrives in my class with no means of intelligible communication, becomes able to share his/her feelings, thoughts, experiences, knowledge and personality using all the multimodal tools, strategies, and equipment that have been carefully developed and mastered brings me great joy."


This month we will roll out a bullying prevention program called  Stop Walk and Talk to explicitly teach students how to treat each other respectfully and how students, including bystanders and the student who is bullied, should respond when peers are not being respectful. Below is an image of posters we will discuss with our students:

Also, important is how adults respond to bullying and they help to reduce peer verbal and physical aggression. On a regular basis, our teachers and staff members will teach students specific applications for these behaviors in different areas of our school.  We invite our caretakers to preview and the discuss the following resources at home:  OUSD Bully Prevention Department and OUSD Bully Prevention Resources for Families and Staff.

As we seek to fulfill our school vision to be "a community of academic excellence, kindness, and empathy," our work to provide all students a positive environment for learning is ongoing. Our Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program at Redwood Heights Elementary uses a combination of Restorative Justice practices and school rules to promote positive behavior throughout our building. Our three school rules -

Take Care of Ourselves

Take Care of Others

Take of Our School 

serves as a reminder to our students that they are to be responsible, excellent learners that are always respectful and kind. 


Dear Redwood Heights Community,

I have some important information to share with you about minimum days.  As with most things in life, it’s a mixed bag – a regrettable oversight and some good news. 

First the oversight.  There is a minimum day on Tuesday, October 31stThis is one of the minimum days we have every six weeks for planning purposes and it is crucial for ensuring that we’re on track to meet our goals. 

We forgot to include it in the list of minimum days we sent out before and we only just realized our error.  For those of you who do not have your students enrolled in Rockets, we know that any additional minimum day is a big deal and that the short notice makes it even more challenging.  I trust you know that we try our best.  Despite this, mistakes happen.  When we put out the schedule for next year we’ll have a few more sets of eyes review the list to check for accuracy.  If your student is enrolled in an enrichment class that day, Lisa Rothman, the enrichment coordinator (who also helped me write this letter – thanks, Lisa!) will make sure that the instructor tells you what is happening with class on that day.

 Now the good news.   With the exception of the minimum day on Wednesday, December 20th, we are eliminating all the other the minimum days the week prior to Winter Break:  December 18th, 19th, 21st, and 22nd. 

The teachers and I took to heart the concerns we heard from some families about the increased number of minimum days this school year.  We determined that with the family meetings happening in October and March, we can eliminate the minimum days before Winter Break without compromising the communication we need to have with you to ensure that your students are reaching their full potential.  If your student has an enrichment class that week, you will be hearing from the instructor about the timing of the class.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 


Cynthia Ellison and PTA Enrichment Coordinator Lisa Rothman

The first day of school for the 2018-19 School Year is August 13.    

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