Wish Ms. K. a Happy Birthday Today!

RHS Spotlight: February 8th, 2021

Happy Birthday Ms. K! We love you.

Please take a moment to call Ms. K @ 510-879-2148 or send her an email @ adelma.killingsworth@ousd.org and wish her a birthday!




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Returning to In Person Instruction

OUSD will not begin the phased-in approach to reopening schools to in-person instruction on Jan. 25, 2021 as originally proposed. Read the full Dec. 14, 2020 update from the Superintendent: https://t.e2ma.net/message/lb8wud/xs1o57


Questions for the Redwood Heights Town Hall Survey

If you have a specific question you would like for us to address, complete the survey.

Due to the Alameda County Shelter in Place we are temporarily canceling our RHS TECH SUPPLY PICKUP HOURS on TUESDAYS

Due to the Alameda County Shelter in Place we are temporarily canceling our RHS TECH SUPPLY PICKUP HOURS. Instead, make arrangements by contacting the following people below if your child is in need of tech hardware:

Contact our TECH EXPERT: rebecca.weissman@ousd.org

Contact jenniferrhshugs@gmail.com, cynthia.bagby@ousd.org if you have questions.

For more information regarding the shelter in place, please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page

RHS Distance Learning, TECH, Clothing & Wellness Survey

HUGS Counselor Jennifer in partnership with the PTA is coordinating a food and clothing drive. Complete this new survey. and let us know how we can support you.

A Message from HUGS Counselor, Jennifer Wilson

Dear Redwood Heights Community,

I am writing to you with a full heart and abundant gratitude. I also want to honor and acknowledge the grief and sorrow some of us are carrying right now.

Gratitude goes out to our RHS community, the PTA membership and Board, the Redwood Heights Neighborhood Association (RHA), staff and family members of RHS, and to everyone who has donated food in the Food Drive bin outside school.

Over the course of these last few months, the RHS community and beyond has stepped up and stepped in to support members of our community:

  • The RHA chose RHS as their end of year fundraiser and raised $4500 which includes matching grants by their Board and an angel donor!
  • The RHS PTA Board and membership voted to direct money to support the RHS Cares campaign.

And, it doesn't stop there!

  • We have RHS families who are adopting families in our school community during the holidays!

While we have been committed to ensuring no child or family has to worry about having food on the table, having a place to live, and having their basic needs met, we know that the pandemic has created and exposed long term, systemic challenges in our society.

To date, we have distributed:

  • $7400 in cash assistance
  • 60 vegetable boxes
  • 10 turkeys
  • 5 hams
  • 20 bags of food from the food drive
  • $1,500 worth of groceries.

I am humbled to be a part of this effort. I am frequently brought to tears by our families.

As we move into winter break, some thoughts from Institute of Child Psychology :

  • Give Your Child the Gift of Your Undivided Attention
  • Cultivate Holiday Rituals that Foster Connection
  • Discuss with your Child ways of Giving
  • This is a Year to be Grateful for Everything we Have, Not Receive Everything we Want
  • Be Aware of How Other Families are Struggling

May we all create time for connection, giving and gratitude this holiday season.


Author Judd Winick, Virtual Author Visit, Friday, February 26th

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We DID IT! We had over 40 orders total, including 12 Angel Book Donations - WOW! Redwood Heights School Library is excited to announce we will host popular HiLo author Judd Winick Friday, February 26th from 9-9:45 am for a virtual author visit! Mrs. Dalloway’s is offering this visit, a local independent bookstore that supports our library. In order to invite him we needed to sell at least 20 of his books at FULL PRICE with tax of $15.58/copy. We accomplished that and much MORE! Thank you to everyone. It’s not too late to order a signed copy of his new book. Support his visit here. We are partnering with Greenleaf Academy to support their student readers with this effort.

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Exciting news! OUSD got a HUGE Cares Act grant for our virtual library at the very end of 2020 earmarked for SORA! What does that mean? Our Cares Act Grant means we can fill our virtual library NOW! Books students want to read - “All Killer, no Filler” is the motto of the collection development team. We are continually working to improve the OUSD collection. Check back often (daily) and watch the selections grow. Haven’t heard of Sora yet? Sora is how students access our new digital library. Students learned how to access Sora in Library classes in January and I put together this video to explain how to log on the first time. Here is another flyer about Sora, with links to learn more.

Do you want to volunteer? OUSD Distance Learning Protocols

Here are some relevant updates regarding virtual parent volunteering. The Oakland Ed Fund parent/guardian webpage is here where you can find a new parent/guardian FAQ for virtual volunteering towards the bottom of the page.


The way that OUSD legal has outlined virtual volunteering, I've interpreted as follows:

  1. Guardians can become Zoom Assistants, joining educator's zoom lessons. Breakout groups are OK so long as the educators can pop in anytime, it is considered supervised. We would prefer that these volunteers register as supervised with our system (above) so that we can clear them on Megan's law.

  2. Guardians can become 1:1 Virtual Tutors. This requires registration on our website as well as fingerprinting clearance and a parent/guardian waiver through the Oakland Public Education Fund. In this situation, the educators would need to submit a request for individual students to be tutored here.

So far, we are sharing the following information with volunteers that's unique to virtual volunteering:


Due to current Shelter-in-Place orders, we no longer have set open times to come to the school for Chromebook pickup. Please email rebecca.weissman@ousd.org if you need a Chromebook and we will arrange it.


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Hi Redwood Heights Families,

I am sending you the Spanish Version of this form which I received last month.

I sent out the English version earlier this school year.

The Health Education and Attendance for Life document (HEAL) produced by the Alameda County Public Health Dept. and Center for Healthy Schools and Communication. It's a flyer that is for parents, first page is about COVID which I think most parents are aware of by now. However, the second page has a list of symptoms and illnesses on the first column and the second column has general guidelines that are in blue which refers to distance learning or learning at home ( whether a child should participate or not in distance learning). Please note these are guidelines and there will always be personal circumstances that have to be considered.

Avelina S. Buijs BSN, RN, PHN

(She, Her, Hers)

New Jabber System Phone # for Redwood Heights: 510-879-2148

Every school has been issued a new main phone number. Our new number is 510-879-2148. This will be our primary number during distance learning. This number is also located on the home page of the Redwood Heights Website. 510-879-2148 will directly connect you with ADMIN, Ms.K and Attendance Clerk, Ms. Eve.

We have therabands available for our kiddies:). Contact Ms. Jennifer or Ms. Bagby if interested.

These can help relieve tension and are usually wrapped around the legs of students chairs as a sensory tool.

Help students wiggle while they work.

Can help student release extra energy and anxiety to increase focus and be more productive.
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Redwood Heights FOOD DRIVE!!!

Hello RHS Community!

I first of all want to say thank you to all of you who have supported the GoFundMe campaign for our families.

Many of you have asked if there are other ways to support families and the answer is “Yes”!

WHAT: Redwood Heights FOOD DRIVE!!

WHEN: On going

HOW: Every Tuesday and Thursday, between 8:30 am -

12:00 pm, there will be bins at the main front

entrance to the school at 4401 39th Ave. You may drop off

food in the bins. Please do not leave food at other times unless you have

arranged it with Ms. Jennifer or Principal Bagby.

WHO: Everyone! Anyone can donate.

We are accepting all non perishable foods. If you want to donate flour or sugar, please make sure it is in secure packaging.

If you want to donate fruits or vegetables, we will make sure these get quickly distributed.

If you have other items you want to donate, please contact: jenniferrhshugs@gmail for further information.

If you are food insecure, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Jennifer who will arrange a pick up or drop off time.

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RHS Cares gofundme Opportunity

RHS CARES gofundme

During this time of shelter-in-place due to COVID, some Redwood Heights families have been severely impacted and unable to pay rent or buy food. Some are unable to leave their homes to access food banks or other resources due to medical reasons, lack of safe transportation, or other obstacles.

We have been able to provide some cash assistance through our PTA; however, we have realized that the needs are greater than what the PTA is able to provide on its own.

We have been working with RHS parents who need immediate cash assistance to support their families and avoid falling through the cracks.

This cash support will be a lifeline for these parents, allowing them to feed their children, stay in their homes, pay for medical costs, and maintain their utilities. They are so grateful and frequently in tears upon receiving help from the community.

We can all really make a difference here! We are fortunate to have a generous, caring community.

All funds raised from this campaign will go directly to RHS families in need of financial support during this time.

Thank you for supporting these families and showing up in community!


Jennifer Wilson

HUGS (Helping Us Grow Stronger) Update

HUGS (Helping Us Grow Stronger) Update

Greetings Redwood Heights Community.

We have just finished our sixth week of school. For some of us it may feel like six months due to the enormity of what we are experiencing right now. Here at RHS we have been assessing the needs of families and students over the past 6 weeks. We have been talking with caregivers during coffee chats, surveys, Back to School Night, parent/teacher virtual home visits, and 1:1 conversations. Our COST (Care of Services Team) has been meeting weekly to create systems of support and to discuss how we can best support students and families during this distance learning time.


We are thrilled that once again we will have two HUGS interns. Cierra and Logan, will facilitate small groups and provide 1:1 support to students and families. The interns are eager to get started in getting to know the RHS community.

  • Due to distance learning, the interns will be offering “Lunch Bunch” small groups for all grades. Initially, they will be starting with Kindergarten. The goal is to bring students together to get to know others in a fun, easy going and connecting manner. Each group will meet for 3 weeks and will have 3 students in each group. A separate email will be sent to Kindergarten families.

  • Additionally, Cierra and Logan will be inviting 4th/5th graders to participate in a group with 6-8 students. These groups will last 8-10 weeks and rotate through the school year. The goal of these groups is to provide community, support and connection for students outside of the academic Zoom calls. This is our attempt to be proactive regarding what we know about the social emotional development of this age group. We know that for some students it is especially challenging during distance learning and we want to support all students.


  • Covid - 19 Related Support Group

This is a group for caregivers who have been personally impacted by a positive COVID 19 test, yourself or family member, and/or experienced a death in their family due to COVID 19. Please join us for this confidential and supportive forum. This is an opportunity to receive support and offer support to others.

  • Parenting during COVID

Join other parents in supporting each other and learning ways to navigate this challenging time. This group is for caregivers who are feeling stressed as distance learning continues, as smoke from California fires envelopes us and as challenging life situations unfold. Please join us for this confidential and supportive forum.

Day and time to be determined by interested parties. Ms. Jennifer will be facilitating the group. Please email Ms. Jennifer at: jenniferrhshugs@gmail.com for more information, questions and to sign up.

HUGS Intern: Cierra Ivey

My name is Cierra Ivey. I was born and raised in Oakland, CA.I am 36 years old pursuing my degree in social work at California State University EastBay. I have my bachelors degree in social work, which I received in 2014 from Sacramento State University. I have volunteered with several non profit organizations throughout Oakland, CA. Throughout my years of volunteering, I have helped children and learned so much from them as well. I love children of all ages and am excited to be a part of the Redwood Heights community.

HUGS Intern: Logan Moody

Logan Moody is currently studying Drama Therapy at CIIS in San Franciso. They are excited to be part of the RHS community this year while working as an intern in the HUGS program. They graduated in 2018 from UC Berkeley with a degree in theater and performance studies. Their love for theatre and seeing how it can have a therapeutic effect lead them to their current graduate studies. Their focus both academically and personally has been in social justice art and community building. They hope to bring art, compassion, respect, and a deep sense of community to their work in the HUGS program and school and look forward to learning and growing alongside the kiddos every day.


  1. Recording of Class on Zoom by Student or Family Member. Under Education Code section 51512, Students and family members may only take an audio or video recording of a class (or any parts of a class) on Zoom if they have first obtained written permission to do so from both the teacher and the principal.

  2. Interactions with Teacher/Other Students during Class. Family members may observe their own child during a class on Zoom from off screen and are asked to inform the teacher if possible. However, family members should not interact with the teacher or other students, except to briefly address time-sensitive technical issues, and only where not disruptive. Any concerns regarding a teacher’s teaching or student’s learning must be raised outside the Zoom class.

  3. Familial Support for Children during Class. Family members may support their own child during a class on Zoom provided that such support does not take their child away from instruction, and so long as the support is not otherwise disruptive of how the teacher is teaching the class.

Coronavirus FAQS

For more information on the novel Coronavirus, please see the Coronavirus FAQS posted on our Alameda County Public Health Department website www.acphd.org

RHS Cares gofundme Opportunity

Click to go to the page. This cash support will be a lifeline for parents, allowing them to feed their children, stay in their homes, pay for medical costs, and maintain their utilities. All funds raised will go directly to RHS families in need.