Redwood High Newsletter

October 2019

Upstanding


"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty… but the silence over that by the good people."

Martin Luther King, Jr.


As I mentioned in the September newsletter, the Redwood staff will continue our anti-racism, anti-hate and anti-bias work to make sure that Redwood is a school where diversity and a variety of experiences and perspectives are valued as beneficial to all of us in our learning community.


One of the key features of this work is upstanding. Upstanding is the opposite of bystanding. Upstanding is being active, not passive. Upstanding is standing up and saying something or doing something when we see or can prevent wrong or hurt. It is the opposite of "letting it go," "looking away" and "turning a blind eye." Upstanding is saying something when a racist, insensitive or stereotyping comment is made. Upstanding is helping someone who is being picked on or bullied or attacked. Upstanding is reporting a problem to an adult in our school or confidentially letting us know through our confidential tip line. Anti-racism, anti-hate and anti-bias work requires us to upstand if we are to make a positive difference to our school culture and community. If we want to appreciate each other and embrace and celebrate our differences, we need to upstand when we see or experience racism, hate or bias.


Upstanding is important in other areas as well as anti-racist work. It is important when we see sexual harassment, bullying and other mistreatment of others whether in person or online. Sometimes upstanding means saying something to others (always in a respectful and appropriate way). Other times, upstanding means sharing your concerns with a school staff member. Either way, the difference between upstanding and bystanding is the difference between doing something to make our school culture better for everyone at Redwood and ignoring the type of behavior that can hurt others, emotionally and/or physically.


Is it easy to upstand? Not always, but we know that some of our most important actions are not always easy. Put yourself in the shoes of others and, if you would want someone to upstand if you were in their shoes, then it's time to upstand.


Below are some resources related to upstanding you may find useful/interesting to discuss with your friends, students and parents.

Upstander Strategy List

6 Reasons Why Bystanders Choose Not To Intervene To Stop Bullying

Upstander Mini-Lessons

10 Ways to Be An Upstander

Collection of Upstanding Strategies


Thank you for your support. It is only through the work of each one of us that we can ensure Redwood is great for all our students, not just some of our students.


Thanks,

David

Club Days/Sign Ups

Club Days were very successful last week. Students who were unable to join a club can still do so. Check the Redwood website or Room 107 for a list of all the RHS clubs! Get involved, get to know others and have fun with one of your interests.

Stop The Bleed

We are excited to announce that we we will soon have Stop The Bleed bandage/tourniquet kits in each of our classrooms at RHS thanks to a Marin County Office of Education grant. Stop the Bleed is a national campaign (bleedingcontrol.org) to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Stop the Bleed kits provide us with the ability of stopping life-threatening bleeding in the event of serious injury. In the coming weeks, all staff will be trained to use the Stop The Bleed kits. Thank you, Marin County Office of Education!

Thanks, PTSA!

Thanks to our PTSA for donating bike racks to help us meet the demand of increasing numbers of students riding bikes to RHS. These new bike racks are providing the extra bike storage space we need as our enrollment continues to grow and more students look for alternative transportation to and from school. Thanks also to our student bike riders for helping reduce our impact on the environment, reduce traffic, exercising and helping with our limited parking!

TUHSD Budget Update

Please come to a forum on October 30 at 6:00 pm in the Redwood Library for a parent meeting with District CFO Corbett Elsen and Superintendent Tara Taupier to hear an update on District finances and a potential parcel tax renewal.

Upcoming Calendar/Schedule Items

  • Week of 9/30 - Minimum Day Wednesday
  • Foundation Kick Off Event, October 1, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, Marin Art and Garden Center
  • RHS Counselors Financial Aid Night, October 3, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Small Gym
  • Week of 10/7 - No School on Wednesday
  • Redwood Night Live - Dodgeball Tourney, October 11, 7:30 - 10:00 PM, Main Gym
  • Financial Aid Workshop, October 12, 9:00 AM - Noon, Library
  • Dance-a-Thon, October 12, 4:00 - 10:00 PM, Theater
  • PTSA Parent Ed - Executive Function Skill Building: How to Help Your Child Complete Tasks Independently, October 15, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • HIGH Free Community Event with Authors David and Nic Sheff, 7:00 PM, Angelico Hall at Dominican University
  • PSAT Exam, October 19, 7:45 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Homecoming Football Game, October 26, 2:00 PM
  • Homecoming Dance, October 26, 8:00 - 10:30 PM
  • Veteran's Holiday, Monday, November 11

Information/Announcements

Mental Health Wellness

In an effort to further increase awareness and understanding of mental health wellness, the Marin County Office of Education, in partnership American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is offering teachers, parents, and community members an opportunity to discuss this issue. The forums will address topics related to the causes and risk factors for suicide, detecting the warning signs of suicide, and strategies for suicide prevention. We believe suicide is preventable, and want to do all that we can to keep ourselves and loved ones well.

During the month of October and November, the following opportunities will be offered for free to all participants. Please see information below and flyer attached for more information specific to the event.

This Talk Saves Lives presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide.

For Educators: October 1, 2019, 3:30- 4:30 PM, Marin County Office of Education Register here

For Family and Community Members: October 30, 2019, 9:00 - 10:00 AM, Marin County Office of Education, Register Here

For Educators: November 12, 2019, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, Marin County Office of Education, Register Here


Resilient Families – Navigating Substance Use and Abuse During the Teen Years

October 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Kreps Conference Center

February 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Kreps Conference Center

There will be two presentations this year to introduce families to the landscape of teen substance use and abuse in Marin County (see attached flyer). These presentations are for parents/caregivers and teens.


Fentanyl Information for Parents

In an effort to keep our parents and community informed about the recent trend in overdoses related to Fentanyl in the Bay Area, including Marin County, please see the attached message. We are grateful to the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services efforts to keep our students, families and community safe.