September Highlights
Fri, Sep 6 1:24am

Hello Redwood Heights Family!

We hope the school year is off to a great start for you and yours.

Our first PTA General Meeting will be held on Thursday September 19th.

The PTA Board will provide a potluck dinner for the adults and pizza for the kids at 6pm.

The meeting will begin at 6:30pm.

Speaking of kids, childcare will be provided on site!

An invitation to which you can RSVP will be coming soon.

We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones, so please join us!

Warmly, Stacey Foster Martz & Amy Skonieczny PTA Co-Presidents

 

POPSICLE SALE AFTER SCHOOL... for the next 4 FRIDAYS (until October 4th!)

Don't be left alone in the ICE... Kick off the weekend with a refreshingly COOL treat!

Bring your $2.00 to Aliso Yard and grab a popsicle while they last from 3pm to 4pm!

Proceeds go towards covering the tuition for 4th Grade NatureBridge Sleep-away Camp!  

Are you a part of our private RHS Community: Redwood Heights School Community Group on Facebook?

Please join the campaign and share with us the reasons why you give via pictures!

And add the hashtag #RHSwhyIgive and #ReachNewHeights to your photos or comments.

I heard from the grapevine that the Kindergarten classes got NEW Chromebooks 

ALL THANKS to PTA funds and Dad's Club!

Did anyone capture the excitement and joy when they got to use them recently?

 

Do you know people (like Grandparents) who want to help? Does your company match?

There will be a public link provide in your Room Parent Memos

when the classroom challenge begins!

Be sure to SHARE that link with all your family and friends!

 

Speaking of our AWESOME RHS Community!

“It takes a whole community to raise a child.”

– adapted from an ancient African saying

When we work together on common goals that focus on the learning and wellbeing of our children such as closing the achievement gap and creating a safe, respectful environment, we begin to see that our community is our greatest asset!

As advocates for children, PTA is most effective when we:

  • Understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals.
  • Include in our active membership a representation of all stakeholders including families from the multitude of ethnic, cultural, family, religious, economic and social backgrounds residing in the community.
  • Identify and break down barriers that impede children from learning, or families from their full involvement in their children’s education.
  • Create and work together on common goals that focus directly on the needs of the community.
  • Build a volunteer base that is representative of the diversity of the community, encompassing all languages and customs.
  • Work to build representative leadership and voice – support the democratic process!

And what better way to participate than with a little friendly competition and some sweets!

If you used your smartphone to open your camera to take a photo, your phone will recognize the Website QR Code and take you straight to the RHS link at Jointotem.com.

Registration is only $10.00. And gets you all the benefits of being apart of our RHS community!

You can even sign up for auto-renewal for July, so you can set it and forget it.

Don't forget to add your student (as a non-member) so that we can identify which family has joined and be counted towards the CUPCAKE PARTY! 

 

 

Another way to participate as an active member of our PTA, is to Volunteer!

 

Volunteers are vital to our students’ success, to our school culture, and to fundraising.  Here is what you need to know to get started: 

Clearance Requirements (please read carefully):

  • ALL volunteers must *register online with the Oakland Public Ed Fund (OPEF) before submitting TB results or getting fingerprints scanned. 
    • *To register with OPEF, log on to oaklandedfund.org. 
    • Click on the “Join us” tab. 
    • Click on “Volunteer in a school”. 
    • Follow the prompts to register.  Registration takes 5 minutes. 

Please do not get fingerprinted before you register!

  • ALL volunteers must submit a negative TB scan or Risk Screening to volunteer in any capacity.
  • Field trip drivers and/or chaperones must also be fingerprinted in addition to the requirements above.  Please pick up a “request for live scan service” form from the office.  We recommend Red Tomatoes in Oakland for fingerprinting services. 
    • They will be at RHS the evening of our First General PTA Meeting! From 6pm - 8pm.
    • A sign up sheet on Konstella will be available shortly. 

NOTE:  Please allow 2 weeks for fingerprint results to arrive at OPEF, and 3 days for the TB process. 

 

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE FOR FIELD TRIPS UNTIL ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE ON FILE WITH OPEF, including the liability waiver required by OPEF. 

 

Contact information: 

Margaret Moulding in the RHS office at 531-6644, Margaret.moulding@ousd.org

or Lilly Smith at 221-6968 x708, lilly@oaklandedfund.org

 

Now that school is back in full swing, we need your help on the playground and in the lunchroom!  The staff at Redwood Heights works hard every day to make recess/lunch flow smoothly for our children. It’s a huge job to orchestrate the comings and goings of more than 370 students in K–5th grade during these periods.

The goal of the recess/ lunch volunteer program is to provide a higher adult to student ratio both outside for recess and inside for lunch.  Therefore, we need at least 2-3 parents to help by being extra sets of eyes and hands to ensure a smooth operation.  Being on the playground during recess and helping out in the lunchroom is a great volunteer opportunity -- come get to know your child’s friends and classmates and see how our students interact with each other in an informal, energetic setting. 

Recess/ Lunch is when we require the most help. Requests for coverage will be sent out by grade, on a weekly rotating basis (similar to Drop Off Lane Duty).  However, ANY volunteer may sign up for as many shifts, as often as he/she wishes.  All help is appreciated!

 

Recess/ Lunch Shifts

Time

Grade

 

12:00 – 12:40

K through 2nd

Recess & Lunch

12:20 –  1:00

3rd through 5th

Recess & Lunch

 

Sign up link on Konstella will be available soon.

 

Time

Grade

 

9:40 –   10:00

Kindergarten

Recess (and Snack)

10:15 – 10:30

1st through 5th

Recess (and Snack)

  1:25 -    1:40 (*)

Kindergarten

Recess

  1:50 -    2:00 (*)

1st through 3rd

Recess

Also- got a few minutes mid- morning or early afternoon to help with the short recesses? We’d love the help then too!   No sign-up necessary for these; just sign in at the Front Office, grab a vest and head out to the yard! 

 

(*) except minimum days.

NOTE:  All Volunteers for Recess and/or Lunchtime need “Supervised Volunteer” clearance through the Oakland Ed Fund.  This only requires submission of a TB clearance.  You can find more info here  https://www.oaklandedfund.org/volunteer/

 

The Walkathon is RHS' second biggest fundraiser of the year!  We gather as a community on the last Saturday in April to walk, enjoy music and food, and celebrate our school community. Our committee has several graduating 5th graders and some are already off to middle school, and we are looking for new parents to take over key positions: chair, collections, food, t-shirt coordination, volunteer coordination/command post (need 2), and prizes/medals.  We would love to have you shadow, participate, and learn this year with our veterans before we turn it over next year.  We begin planning in January, and we have robust resources and records from the past several years to get us started. 
 
Please contact Katie Lewis at kathrynconner@gmail.com for more information.
 
Save the Date for an amazing evening of food, dancing, drinking, and bonding with fellow parents!
This event will be held in November.
If you are interested in helping out...
The Auction Committee is heavily at work securing auction donations.
 
Join the Auction Committee on Konstella or email Darren Raveneau at dcrav17@gmail.com
to learn about more ways you can help make our Signature Fall Fundraising Event a success.

 

SEPTEMBER is National Preparedness Month!! Are you Prepared?

 

At School:  Please bring in your Comfort Kit! REMEMBER there is a chance for your class to win a pizza party! 

The first three classes to have a complete set of comfort kits by the end of Preparedness Month (September 30th) win a pizza party hosted by the Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response Committee!  Plus, ALL OTHER CLASSES that have a complete set by September 30th will receive a special sweet treat!

 

What’s a comfort kit? One Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name, child’s teacher, and room number, containing:

  • Most important!  A note and/or family photo provides comfort to your child while separated from family.  Even if you cannot complete the list, this item is something ONLY YOU can provide for your child and will count as a complete kit on the deadline of September 30th.
  • Non-perishable snacks EXCLUDING nut products (ex. 2 granola bars/2 fruit roll-ups) provide familiar snacks during a lockdown in which students are confined to the classroom away from their lunch boxes.
  • One change of clothing, underwear and socks in case children are unable to return home for several days. Keep it compact!
  • Travel pack of hand-wipes to reduce spreading communicable diseases.
  • Small flashlight with fresh batteries in case of power failure following something like a major earthquake.
  • Please NO WATER !!!  We have it covered.

At Home:  Communicate, plan and practice emergency drills!  Store an emergency kit with water, food, clothes and supplies in an accessible location.

 

TIP #1 FAMILY COMMUNICATION

 

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.

Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase, etc. Additionally, complete contact cards for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.

 

RHS DPCR

(Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Response Committee)

Mission:  To prepare the school and staff to be able to keep your children safe at school following a disaster.

 

What is DPCR?

DPCR was written into RHS PTA bylaws in 2013, founded by a father and firefighter in the RHS community who recognized the lack of safety support at our school and was called into action!  Due to the hard work of DPCR we now have:

  • safer classrooms
  • a reunification plan to reunite students with their families in the aftermath of a disaster
  • a container that has enough food, water, shelter and first aid supplies to cover the first three days after a disaster
  • “Columbine locks” on classroom doors

 

Sign up for DPCR on Konstella and come to our next meeting!

 

Commitment requirements:

  • weeknight meeting every other month
  • 3 Saturday morning workdays at school to secure classrooms and organize container
  • help out during school safety drills