Welcome Back 2018-2019!
Tue, Aug 14 7:44pm
Redwood Heights Elementary

Redwood Heights - a friendly, vibrant community where all students thrive.

Dear Redwood Heights’ Family,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  We are very excited to be back to school and looking forward to seeing and working with everyone.  We hope that you all had a relaxing, rejuvenating summer vacation filled with love, family and friends. We have been planning and preparing for the first day of school and we are excited to see your little ones.

We have great news to report. Redwood Heights’ Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC ) Assessment scores have been continuously growing for the past three years. Our school is displaying overall growth in a few categories in both ELA and Math. I encourage all of you to attend Back to School Night on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm to hear more details.  

Welcome New Staff

This summer we had the opportunity to hire several new staff...

2nd Grade Teacher  - Lauren Dascole

4th Grade teacher -  Fatima Ashufta

PE Teacher - Jason Cartwright (Coach C.)

Artist Educator - Hannah Klein

Garden Educator - Chelsea Royalty


“How do we prepare young people to become caring, ethical citizens?”

In the midst of our celebration of academic growth, we are continuously thinking about how to prepare our students for the 21 Century.  America is experiencing a rapid demographic diversification. Oakland is ranked as the most culturally diverse city in California, and amongst the top 10 in the United States. Redwood Heights is one of the most culturally diverse schools in OUSD. Our children have a golden opportunity to learn the importance of getting along with and collaborating with others that have different perspectives and backgrounds. Our job, here at RHS, is to ensure that we create a learning environment where all of our children feel valued. We want to nurture our students to be kind, thoughtful collaborators that celebrate and appreciate these differences. To promote a friendly school culture  and community that is positive, engaged and inclusive, we will study the research from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Project , and implement the program TOOLBOX and the 3 SIGNATURE SEL PRACTICES* FOR EVERYONE...EVERY DAY. Please take a moment to review the information below:


TOOLBOX is a research-based, community-tested Kindergarten through sixth grade social and emotional learning (SEL) program that strengthens children’s innate capacity for resilience, self-mastery and empathy for others through its curricula, methods, and practices. Check out  the short video: What is TOOLBOX?

This Summer Ms. Boston, Ms. Anna and Ms. Gravelle recieved TOOLBOX  training with Dovetail Learning and all teachers have since received a Toolbox Professional Development Training. ​


The three SEL practices listed below can be effective in creating positive and productive relationships throughout the day with everyone you encounter. We will teach and model these practices to our students. We invite all of the RHS parents and community members to practice these as well:


Greetings Designed for Inclusion  

We all want to be acknowledged and welcomed.


Eye Contact: When culturally appropriate, establish eye contact while listening and speaking. This means not looking at your cell phone or computer screen when engaged with another person even for a very short time.

Smile: 😀! If a smile is not appropriate assume a neutral facial expression.

Quick Greetings:

  • “Hi, [say person’s name].”
  • “Good morning (afternoon).”
  • “How can I help you?”
  • “Nice to see you.”







Attentive Listening

Adults and students want to know that they have been heard and seen every day.

DEMONSTRATE ENGAGEMENT even when time is tight


  • Offering a “High Five” a wave, a nod or other non-verbal acknowledgment.
  • Nonverbal cues – not looking at your phone.
  • Pausing your activity to acknowledge the other person.


  • “How are you doing?”
  • “What’s new?”
  • Asking a follow up question to their comment.


Reflections and Looking Forward  


  • “Is there anything else I can help you with?”
  • “Bye. See you later.”
  • “Thank you.”
  • “I appreciate you help (support, assistance) with _____.

*Adapted from the work of Ann McKay Bryson, CASEL SEL Professional Learning Consultant

Redwood Heights  takes great pride in creating an educational atmosphere where students can learn in a caring and creative environment. The staff and I are looking forward to an educationally rewarding school year with you and your children.

In Partnership,

Cynthia Bagby-Ellison