Your Redwood Highlights Newsletter
Mon, Sep 17 10:13pm
Redwood Heights Elementary

Good Evening Redwood Heights Community,

Here is your dose of PTA news! Go ahead and take this to bed as your evening digest... Or save this newsletter to go with your morning coffee. There is a lot of exciting information coming to you, as we are entering hyper-speed into the Fall. So many great community events for the children and parents to enjoy... So, be ready for the news as it comes. We will try not to blow up your inboxes with our excitement!

And with that said,  please enjoy the Redwood Highlights, September Edition!

As you’ve probably heard, the Auction is the biggest fundraiser for our school, with the signature event happening on November 3, at Mills College. SO, SAVE THE DATE!

The event is from 5:30pm - 10:00pm with delicious food, entertaining music, amazing company, and so much more!

Our goal is to raise $80,000 this year!

Some of the things it will help pay for include:

  • Group Specialists that help in the classrooms
  • Art and Garden programs
  • HUGS (Helping Us Grow Stronger) to support social and emotional wellness
  • Replacing and updating the iPads, Chromebooks and other technology in classrooms
  • And much, much more!

Auction Parties

These parties, donated by our RHS community, are the hottest items at the Auction. Parties can be kid-only, for families, or adult-only and can be for 4 to 100 people, you are the host and can set all of the details!   For more information about parties, ideas from past years, and things to consider when donating/planning a party, check out our helpful hints: 

We’re trying to make the submission process easier than ever. If you would like to host a party please submit the details via this Google form, Auction Party Donation Form, by October 15!

The earlier you submit your form the better the chance you’ll get the date that you want. We will do our best to not have overlapping events.

Still have questions about hosting a party?  Contact Jen Schneider at and let her help.

 There are many ways to have fun supporting Redwood Heights School as part of the Auction “season”; the Bar Hop, the Raffle, Auction Parties and the Auction Celebration itself! But for those of us that love a good deal, the ONLINE Auction that precedes the event is the place to go! 

The Auction Committee has been busy soliciting donations from local businesses, but to make it even more amazing, we would love to include donations of gift certificates, items or services from the parent community.
Some ideas to spark your creativity:
~Gift certificate to your business (or a family member or friend’s business)
~Behind the scenes tour
~Time at your family's vacation home or AirBnB
~Homemade dinner for 4 delivered to a fellow RHS family (Make it a theme dinner! Italian, Cajun, Chinese, Vegetarian, Paleo, Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean, whatever you love to cook!
~Sport tickets
~Cake/Cookie/Pie every month for 6 months
Have something to donate? Fill out this simple form: Auction Item/Service Donation Form
The deadline is October 1, 2018. Your donation may be tax-deductible. Questions regarding donations or how you can help, Contact Jill Oringer at
We are also asking the RHS community to donate unopened bottles of wine or liquor ($15 value or more) for the Auction. Start stockpiling and keep an eye out in October for drop off instructions.
TODAY, your child brought home his/her RAFFLE TICKETS books. Please support RHS by helping your child to sell these tickets to your extended families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. AND there are two great perks to selling more tickets:
1)   COMPLIMENTARY TICKET TO THE AUCTION: Sell 40 raffle tickets (4 books) and receive 1 FREE ticket to the Auction (a $50 savings). Deadline to receive a free ticket is October 26th
2)   The TOP STUDENT SELLER wins $100 cash!!!
FIRST COLLECTION DATE is Friday, September 21st. Look for the collection volunteers at morning drop off! Or give the envelope to your teacher, and we will collect from the classroom.
Contact Kala Renz at to answer any question regarding Raffle Tickets.


Dear Parents/Caregivers,
Welcome!  Please feel free to attend our first meeting of the year.  Come get to know the whos (the PTA Board and other PTA members), the whats (what is it that we do in the PTA), and the whys (why we do what we do and why we need you).  This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the PTA and the many layers of involvement you can choose to help better the school life of your children and all children at RHS.  Dinner and child care provided.
Hope to see you there,
Edmund Chun, RHS PTA President and
Dad to a fourth and a second grader
6:00-6:30 -- Dinner (kids eat free and $5 suggested donation for adults)
6:30-6:35 -- Welcome & introductions
6:35-6:50 -- PTA's role and explanation of programs and staff we fund
6:50-7:00 -- Treasurer's report/budget amendments (vote required)
7:00-7:10 -- Fundraising report
7:10-7:15 -- Membership report
7:15-7:30 -- Auction kickoff and report
***PTA general meetings are held on the third Thursday every month (except Nov and Dec).  Childcare and dinner are always provided (kids eat free and $5 suggested donation for adults).  Dinner is at 6:00, and the meeting starts promptly at 6:30. 
Questions?  Contact Edmund Chun, PTA President & parent of 4th and 2nd graders, via Konstella
One of the Redwood Heights School Site Council (SSC) goals for 2018-19 is to create stronger school/family partnerships for student success, as defined by families' understanding of grade-level expectations throughout the school year.  In a survey the SSC conducted last year, parents said they understand the expectations "fairly well," which gives room for improvement.  When asked what kind of school/family partnerships you'd ideally want to develop, and how you want to engage in your child's learning and academic success, the majority of respondents expressed wanting:
*Academic progress updates / help at home / learning strategies
*Special programs and events, such as the Art Night or Engineering Night, or a family buddy system
If you have input to share or want to get more involved in planning future Parent Education Nights for the year ahead, please let the SSC know (message Monica Lin, Chair, via Konstella) and also mark your calendar for the first PTA General Meeting on Thursday, 9/20 (6:30-7:30 pm) when the PTA Board will be soliciting ideas for family engagement from all attendees.

Becoming a member of the RHS PTA is easier than ever! You can now signup and pay your annual membership dues online from the comfort of your own computer or smartphone. Simply click this link to sign up: No more filling out a form, gathering your cash or writing a check and then making sure you turn everything in to the right person. Save paper and time while taking a simple yet effective step in making RHS a better place for our kids to learn, grow and thrive.  Being a member of the PTA is a great way to not only support and guide your child's education, but to also help build the school community of guardians, parents and volunteers. You'll also have access to discounts from partners like Hertz, Quicken Loans and MetLife. So what are you waiting for? Join the RHS PTA now by clicking here: Have questions or want to join the old-fashioned way? Contact Tarita Whittingham, PTA Membership Co-Chair at ... or find her at the General PTA Meeting.

Looking for the newest RHS swag? You'll have a chance to buy t-shirts and hats at the PTA General Meeting on September 20th. And we as the Dad's Club Spaghetti Feed!



There are more awesome events coming up!

The moment you have waited for: GS WARRIORS vs. ORLANDO MAGIC

November 26th @ 7:30pm (Oracle Arena, Oakland)

$90.00/ ticket  includes:

• All participants (14 and under) will be entered into a raffle to stand on the court during the National Anthem and be alongside NBA Players.
• All participants (18 and under) will be entered into a raffle high-five the players as they enter the court.
• The first 10,000 fans to enter the arena will receive a Splash Brothers Limited Edition Bobblehead!
***A limited number of tickets are available. Enjoy Exclusive savings and pay NO taxes, surcharges, or fees. 

Please read the carefully all the information on the webpage, then fill out the sales form and then pay online via PayPal (all regular credit cards accepted!).

Here is the link:

Please email Scott Akemon ( for specific questions. But the sale this year is JUST online!

Please come join us at the annual Fall Spaghetti Feed, sponsored by the RHS Dad's Club.  The event is Thursday, September 27, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, in the RHS multi-purpose room.  (Please note that this was a date change, as Friday 9/28 is no school due to a Staff Development Day for teachers).
We'll be serving spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, plus a small dessert treat.  The recommended donation is $4 per person, and we encourage people to bring your own plates and silverware to go green.
Bring your family and join with friends for what is always a great evening of building our school's community!
Interested in helping out: SIGN UP HERE!



Reunification Drill: Wednesday, October 17th from 1-1:30PM. The Student/Caregiver Reunification Procedure used by RHS during an emergency or crisis is a systematic process to assist the school in effectively and efficiently reuniting students and caregivers. The drill is an opportunity to pick up your child by practicing the systematic process. You will benefit from becoming familiar with the procedure during a drill rather than in the aftermath of an emergency. Picking your child up by using this process is voluntary on the day of the drill. This drill does not affect after school programs or plans. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out on the Konstella calendar to sign up and be a part of this very important emergency drill! Not only will we need caregivers to pick up their children through the process, we need parents to volunteer to help facilitate the drill.

COMFORT KITS: If you haven't already, please create a comfort kit for your child to bring to class. The following items in a single Ziploc Bag (size 1-2 gallon) labeled with your child's name, child's teacher, and room number:

  • A note and/or family photo to provide comfort to your child in a highly stressful situation where he or she may be separated from family for an extended period of time.
  • Non-Perishable Snacks EXCLUDING nut products (ex. 2 granola bars/2fruit roll ups) important if your students are in a lockdown situation and 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. Thin base layers work best.
  • Travel Pack of Hand Wipes to reduces spreading communicable diseases.
  • A Small Flashlight w/ Fresh Batteries, making it easier to use the toilet facilities following a major earthquake which would likely lead to power failure. 

 *** At a minimum, please include the note/family photo, which is the MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT of your child's comfort kit, as it cannot be provided by anyone else but you!

FIRST 3 classes to have a complete set of comfort kits will win a PIZZA PARTY hosted by the DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & CRISIS RESPONSE COMMITTEE! 

Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 27th, during the Zombie Apocalypse at the Dad's Club Carnival. Stay Tuned for more details or on how to get involved,

or join the DPCR Committee on Konstella. 

The best news of all for our Reaching New Heights Campaign...

we EXCEEDED our goal by raising over $54,000 in 3 weeks!!!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all families and friends that have contributed to our school :)  We are so fortunate to have such an amazing community around our children. 

The Popsicle Parties will continue from now until the end of the school year, so please continue to contribute to the Campaign!


Help the 4th Grade Class go on their "rights of passage" sleep away camp to Nature Bridge!

The next two Fridays, September 21st and October 5th, they will be selling a variety of popsicles after school until the sell out. What a great way to end the week of school & start the weekend fun! Bring $2 to enjoy a cool treat! 

Salutations! My name is Emily Akemon and I am excited to serve as the new Redwood Heights Library Clerk. You may know me already because my daughter, Mary, is a fourth grader in Ms. Ashufta’s class. You may be familiar with me as the director of the Dad’s club Variety Show for the past five years. Or you may have just seen me helping around school. I have been a part of the community since my older daughter, Chloe, attended RHS.

I hold a secondary teaching credential as well as a masters in education. Before I became a mother I taught middle school in Alameda. I taught Drama and eighth grade History/ELA at a Lincoln Middle School in Alameda. I loved leading a group of middle school learners through the story of America and working with young thespians on drama productions. I especially enjoyed bringing the story of history to life for the students with dramatic presentations and field trips.

My love of experiential learning extends to the library. Every week our students get to go on a mini field trip to the school library where they browse through books and take their selection home. What a tactile treasure in our high tech world. I am honored to have the opportunity to share my love of books and learning with the students at RHS. I look forward to inspiring your child to love the library, too!

Please look for ways to be a part of our library. Book drives, inventory, the Scholastic book fair and other special events will bring our library back to life. Volunteers are always welcome. Become a member of the Konstella Library Committee for upcoming opportunities to join in the fun!

See you in the library!

September 28th: NO SCHOOL!

October 5th: 1st Friday Coffee. Bring your mug and hang out with your awesome RHS community during drop off!

October 6th: Pre-Auction Fall Bar Hop. SOLD OUT EVENT! Thank you to all that have purchased tickets... 

October 12th: Nature Bridge Benefit: Parent's Night Out! Drop your kids off and enjoy a date night for a fee! (More information to come)

October 19th: NO SCHOOL!