RHS Spotlight: January 18, 2021

Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021

"Intelligence plus character, that is the true education."

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An article from Teaching Tolerance:

Teaching King’s Radical Approach to Social Justice

While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches and work are often sugarcoated, it’s important to teach that King championed economic justice and taught Black self-love while also pushing back against neutrality, imperialism and systemic racism.

Dear RHS Family,

Thank you for joining us at our recent Town Hall Meeting! I greatly appreciate collaborating with you and listening to your feedback. I am reviewing the questions and concerns documented during our session. I look forward to our next Town Hall meeting to continue the work of envisioning reopening plans together. Please keep in mind that we will not be able to implement or move forward with any reopening plans until the teachers and staff unions have negotiated their own agreements with the district.


We will continue our our conversation as partners to share, clarify and plan a potential school reopening.

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OUSD Reopening Info & Listening Sessions

Please join us for one of the many OUSD Reopening Info & Listening Sessions scheduled over the next few months. Upcoming dates include Jan. 21 and Jan. 25; all sessions begin at 5:30p.m. The information is below and also posed on the OUSD website.

Thank you RHS community! You have stood with us, and we will always be here for you.

I am currently away and don’t have access to my email. Feel free to contact me when I return on Monday, 1/25/21. If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact jenniferrhshugs@gmail.com and rebecca.weissman@ousd.org if you have questions, or call our ADMIN Team, Ms. E and Ms. K at 510-879-2148.

Warm Regards and Peace & Love,


Questions for the Redwood Heights Town Hall Survey

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

Presidential Inauguration Resources:

Below is an excerpt from Metro Family:

5 Inauguration Day Activities for Kids

  1. Recite the presidential oath – Take a deeper look at the responsibilities of the president, vice president and other elected officials by learning the oaths of office that have been used since 1884.
  2. For vice president, senators, representatives and other federal employees: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
  3. For the president-elect: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” — The Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 1
  4. Dear Mr. President – Write a letter individually or together as a family to the new president and his family. This can be a handy discussion tool to talk about important family values and/or goals you’d like to see achieved by the new administration. The conversation is a great way to let kids know that their words and beliefs matter.
  5. Research Trivia Firsts – Pursue past presidential inaugurations to find fascinating firsts and interesting facts to create your own Inauguration Day Did You Know talking points. For example, did you know that James Monroe was the first president to take the oath of office outdoors?
  6. Play “Inaugural I Spy” – Create a list of things you expect to see during the ceremonies and compare how that list matches up to real life.

For even more kid-friendly, educational activities, check out the Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids from ourwhitehouse.org.

Excellent Parent Letter about i-Ready

Hi K-2 Parents,

The Instructional Leadership Team and TSA Rebecca Weissman thought this was a helpful informational letter. If you have any questions please continue to communicate your student's teacher:

What is iReady?

i-Ready is an interactive online learning environment designed to assess students and provide individualized instruction based on student needs.

iReady Diagnostic

This week and next week your child will be doing the iReady assessment, called "iReady Diagnostic."

Purpose of iReady Diagnostic

The purpose of the iReady diagnostic that your child's doing this week is to know exactly what your child's needs are in phonics and phonological awareness so we can support each child strategically during this time of remote learning. It’s a tool that will tell us what your child knows and doesn’t know, so we can plan instruction accordingly.

Outcome of iReady Diagnostic

Getting the diagnostic finished means students will have access to the lessons on MyPath and teacher-assigned lessons, which are very valuable asynchronous activities at their specific level during remote learning.

What We Need From You

1. Before your child's assessment day, get your child logged into Clever and ready to click on the iReady icon. Please do not click on the iReady icon until they are on Zoom for their assessment time.

2. Sit with your child during the assessment time. (If you cannot be with your child during your child's assigned time this week, please let us know.)

3. Make sure your child remains muted on Zoom to help all students focus. If you run into a problem, you can send teachers a message in the chat or text me and we can go to a Breakout Room together to discuss.

4. You can help your child with any technical challenges such as logging into Clever; reminders about how to click, drag and drop; and making sure your child can see the iReady screen. DO NOT, however, give your child any hints, clues, or answers. If you do, your child's test results will result in designing a daily online program that is above their level, and subsequently cause ongoing frustration for them instead of positive productive and progressive learning.

iReady Diagnostic is Adaptive

iReady is adaptive. This means the questions change based on your child's answers to earlier questions. i-Ready is going to ask your child questions that your child does not know the answer to, because it wants the teachers to know what your child already knows how to do, and what we should work on next.

Don’t worry if your child gets a really hard question - that is supposed to happen. If your child asks for help, just say, “it’s okay to guess and move on.” The test will get easier if the child answers questions incorrectly. Again, please do not help your child so we get accurate data about what your child knows and doesn't know.

Devices Your Child Can Use

Your child can use a chromebook, an apple laptop, or a Windows laptop. An ipad is not recommended.

Skills Your Child Needs To Have for the iReady Diagnostic

Your child will need to know how to use a track pad. Check out this link for practice with clicking and drag and drop: https://mrststechnologyemporium.weebly.com/mouse-practice.html

Tips from First Grade Parents

  • "We had the Zoom screen in a vertical line all the way to the right on my child's screen. She could see it but was small enough that it wasn’t too distracting."

  • "There are three enforced mental breaks during the test. If I remember correctly, it was around the 25% progress, 65% progress and the 85% progress point. The break is enforced. It’s a kitty game and you can’t exit out of it. Breaks are also a good time for going to the restroom!"

  • "There is a “My Progress” button at the bottom of the test. Useful for the students and Learning Coaches to check when there’s confusion about whether they are “done” or not."

Additional Documents to Support You

Please take a moment to look through these easy-to-read attached documents:

1. Kindergarten: How to Open iReady app in Clever

2. Kindergarten: Cleveland Kinder i-Ready STUDENT FACING How-to-Take-the-Diagnostic

3. Kindergarten i-Ready_Getting_Student_Ready_Kinder

Thank you!

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.


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We DID IT! We have 24 orders so far. Redwood Heights School Library is excited to announce we will host popular HiLo author Judd Winick Friday, February 26th for a virtual author visit! Mrs. Dalloways is offering this visit, a local independent bookstore that supports our library. In order to invite him we need to sell at least 20 of his books at FULL PRICE with tax of $15.58/copy. Please consider ordering a few of his books to make sure we get a visit from this exciting author. Support his visit here. Additionally, we can SHARE! If you would like to sponsor a student reader who cannot afford a book please consider becoming an angel donor and order a second book. We are partnering with Greenleaf School to support their student readers with this effort. Of course if you know a Redwood Heights student who needs an angel please reach out to Ms. Akemon at emily.akemon@ousd.org.

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)

Read the Latest Connecting with Kyla: CLICK BELOW FOR THE LATEST MESSAGE.

Dear Oakland Community,

This pandemic has been difficult for all of us and especially hard on some families. It is vital that we hear from those most affected by this situation, namely our families and staff. We will be surveying our staff in the coming weeks.

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.