Spotlight on Learning: 10/01/18
Mon, Oct 1 8:03pm
Redwood Heights Elementary

Friendly Reminder: Upcoming Teacher Planning Minimum Day: TUE, October 30th, 2018 




Listening Tool: I listen with my ears, eyes and heart. 

Listening with one's heart is the key to strong relationship and conflict resolution, leading us to empathy.  When we breathe from a quiet place inside, the ability to listen to what we are saying to ourselves and each other becomes easier.


The Empathy Tool: I care for others. I care for myself.

Empathy is noticing how another person is feeling and being able to understand what they might be feeling. Empathy is caring about someone else. Empathy is the root of tolerance, kindness, and forgiveness. Turned inward this becomes care and understanding for oneself.


Dear Redwood Heights Families,


Our team of educators has selected practices that support all students’ social and emotional success. By now most of our families have received:

The RHS Consequences Matrix

RHS Sammy Style Expectation Matrix

The Behavior Response Flowchart

The Redwood Heights School Three-Way Pledge

Please review the documents and return the Redwood Heights School Three-Way Pledge to your teacher of the front office. If you need a copy  speak with your teacher or print the attached copy.  Our primary purpose of engaging our RHS families with these documents is to build awareness of the school’s behavioral expectations, teaching strategies and supports, and to ensure we are all aligned and using the same language. Together we can minimize levels of problem behavior, improve academic outcomes, and non-classroom management and continue to promote an overall positive school climate.  

Currently, the teachers are teaching our students the English Language Arts Standards (ELA): Reading: Literature Common Core Literacy Strand:Key Ideas and Details

Review the Common Core Literacy Strand:Key Ideas and Details. by grade level and the articles below about helping your child retell stories:

Kindergarten: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

First Grade:Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Second Grade: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

Third Grade: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

Fourth Grade: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Fifth Grade: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions - An article by Reading Rockets

Inferences are what we figure out based on an experience. Helping your child understand when information is implied (or not directly stated) will improve her skill in drawing conclusions and making inferences. These skills will be needed for all sorts of school assignments, including reading, science and social studies.

Retelling can improve your child's reading comprehension

You've just finished reading a story with your child. One of the best ways to check comprehension and boost his understanding of the story is by asking him to retell it. Retelling a story requires your child to think about the details and decide what's really important.   Give your child these three rules for retelling a story:

1. Tell what's important.

2. Tell it in a way that makes sense.

3. Don't tell too much.

Your child should be able to tell you what happens at the beginning, the middle and the end of the story. S/he should also be able to name the main characters. You can prompt your child by asking open-ended questions, such as, "What happened next?" It's okay if your child doesn't remember all the details. That gives you a chance to say, "Let's go back and look at that part of the story again." Revisiting parts of the story will show your child that s/he sometimes has to read things more than once to gain a thorough understanding. Studies show that this simple activity will help your child become a more thoughtful reader. S/he will start to pay attention to words whose meanings he doesn't know. S/he will focus on the story structure and pay more attention to important details. All of these things will improve your child's reading comprehension and make him/her a better reader--and a more successful student! 

from the February 2015 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) 



Thank you Dad's Club for all the wonderful work you did  this weekend at RHS. Our teachers are thrilled!
We are so happy to have our tables  and chairs assembled in our Teachers' Lounge too.:)!


Thank you for attending our Bullying Prevention Parent Ed Night on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 in the  Redwood Heights Cafetorium. We have received positive feedback about the presentation by Ms. Jennifer, our HUGS Counselor, and Ms. Bennet from the OUSD Behavioral Health Department. Attached is the RHS Bully Prevention Google Slide Presentation many requested.  


  Shoo the Flu will be at our school on Tuesday, October 9th. The flu vaccine will be given at school, during school hours by trained nurses and supervised nursing students. Participation is optional. If you want your student to receive the flu vaccine at Redwood Heights complete the consent form that was distributed by your teachers. Please submit the completed form to our front office or to your teacher. If you need a form or have more questions, please see Ms. Margaret in the front office.