Spotlight on Learning: 10/28/18
Mon, Oct 29 10:49am
Redwood Heights Elementary

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

Halloween Parade @ WED, October 31st, 2018 -  12:45 to approximately 1:30--Parade!




Using Our Words Tool: I use the "right" words in the "right" way.

Careful use of words encourages understanding, connection, and intimacy. Careless or offensive words harm relationships. By learning the importance of words and how they impact relationships, the Using Our Words Tool gives us voice to ask for what we want an need. This is a skill we must learn. Using the 'right' words, at the "right" time, in the 'right" way, for the "right" reasons creates the possibility for deeper connections to self and others. Using Our Words well helps us with clarifying misunderstandings and conflict resolution.


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 an understanding for oneself.


Dear Redwood Heights Families,

Dear Teachers,

Pittsburg, Kentucky and the nation are in mourning following the mass shooting of worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the random killings of two African - American citizens at a store. These are moments when adults wonder how best to talk with children about these tragic events.  Teaching Tolerance has articles and lesson plans regarding hate crimes and how students “can take hold and what they can do to fight it”.  Below are tips from How to talk to your kids about the mass shooting in Pittsburgh:

  • If your child is age 8 or younger, and you are confident that they are not going to hear about this shooting somewhere else, Dr. G advises not bringing it up with such a young child. They will struggle to understand.

  • If they are going to hear about it or are older, the first step is to process your own emotions and experience away from your kids, if you can.

  • Then, for children 7 and under, it may be best to start with one small piece of information: “Some people died this weekend in Pittsburgh.” As they ask you follow-up questions, keep your answers brief and age-appropriate. It’s also very useful to ask your child what they know about the topic – what they’ve heard and what they think they know. Once you’ve discussed that, and they’ve stopped asking questions, she says, then you stop talking.

  • It is important to answer all questions that they ask. And give a value to the situation as you discuss it: “It’s sad,” or “We’re thinking about those families.”

  • Even as you are discussing something as painful as this subject, you can focus on the positive: Who are the heroes of the story? Take Mr. Rogers’ advice and “look for the helpers.”

  • For older kids, find out what they know and ask them how they feel about it. Get their opinions and give them yours. This is a chance to reinforce your values.

  • It’s best with younger children, Dr. G says, to avoid letting them see disturbing images of the shooting which can stick in their minds.

  • Validate their feelings. And be sure to check back in within a few hours and again in a day.

  • Choose action. Doing something makes us all feel better. Attend a vigil, donate to the synagogue, get together with friends to discuss.

  • And if your child is having a hard time over the coming days and weeks, keep validating their feelings and spend time doing good with them.

Additional article:

“We find children of all ages respond best to tragedy when they feel there’s something they can do to help,” -

After Pittsburgh shooting, Seattle synagogues work ‘to get people through this’



Thank you Dad's Club for another fun-filled RHS Carnival this past Saturday, 10/27/18. The children loved it! We appreciate you and your crew of dedicated volunteers that spent the long hours to set-up, attend to and break down the stations.



Thank you to ALL of the parent and staff volunteers for facilitating a Reunification Drill on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 1:05 - 1:30 pm.  It was a success and an opportunity for us to perfect the reunification process. These drills will become a regular practice at RHS