RHS Spotlight: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

January 04, 2021

“Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all.” — Muhammad Ali

Dear RHS Family,


Welcome Back and Happy 2021!!!

We hope that you had an enjoyable winter vacation and had an opportunity to rest and reset for the coming months. This two week pause to breathe and refresh was MUCH needed so that we can continue to show up, support and serve our children.


RHS GENEROSITY

We are continuing to face a public health and economic crisis while also contending with the legacy of racial injustice. In spite of these trying times, I continue to be inspired by your strength, generosity and resilience. Because of you, the RHS Cares gofundme by Jennifer Wilson has almost hit the goal mark of $10,000. During the winter break we were able to provide families and children with gifts and food. Our SSC Chair, Oakland firefighter, Jason Nero, so generously provided children gifts as well.


RHS GENEROSITY DOES NOT END WITH THE WINTER HOLIDAYS

We will continue our RHS Cares gofundme and RHS Food Drive indefinitely in an effort to continue to support our families for the entire school year. For more information scroll below this message. Please contact jenniferrhshugs@gmail.com if you have any questions.


RHS COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND SAFETY

The RHS team is providing our children with the best academic program possible while also maintaining our commitment to doing everything in their power to end discrimination based on race, gender identity, disability, or expression at Redwood Heights School. Jennifer Wilson has been doing a thoughtful, excellent job planning and preparing safety systems and protocols to ensure we are all safe in the school building.


Join Us @ the VIRTUAL REDWOOD HEIGHTS TOWN HALL MEETING, TUE, 1/12/21@ 6:45 PM

We want to hear from our community. With all of the uncertainty of the pandemic and how it affects public education, we would love to hear from our Redwood Heights families. Not only do we appreciate you, but your feedback--directly--helps us improve our plans. We want to hear your thoughts, wishes, questions and concerns about COVID-19 school safety and possible school reopening. At the beginning of the town hall meeting, we will share RHS safety plans/protocols, proposed school hybrid models and the latest OUSD school reopening information. We look forward to being with you on ZOOM.

Join Zoom Meeting https://ousd.zoom.us/j/89384279229?pwd=dGRyVFdCOWl4WSt5U3p6WTB1b3dTUT09

Meeting ID: 893 8427 9229

Passcode: 961844

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

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

Questions for the Redwood Heights Town Hall Meeting Survey


“Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all.” — Muhammad Ali


Let's continue to live the word of Muhammad Ali and support each other and do what we have always done at Redwood Heights: Take care of each other:)!


Thank you RHS community! You have stood with us, and we will always be here for you. Email us: Contact our TECH EXPERT: rebecca.weissman@ousd.org or

Contact jenniferrhshugs@gmail.com, cynthia.bagby@ousd.org if you have questions. Call our ADMIN Team at 510-879-2148.


Peace & Love,

Cynthia

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 : TUESDAYS ONLY 8:30 - 12 noon. 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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Questions for the Redwood Heights Town Hall Survey

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

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.

Part 2: Mrs. Sanders' Distance Learning Work Space

This a second picture of Mrs. Sanders space. She updated her work space with her new OUSD monitor to enhance her distance learning home teacher studio. The extra monitor allows teachers to view all students on one screen and the instructional lessons on the other screen. Love the furry friend by her side:).

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LIBRARY SWAG

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.

https://www.oaklandedfund.org/programs/volunteer/


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:

MS. WEISSMAN'S TECH CORNER: CLEVER BADGES

CLEVER BADGES:

Students can now download their OWN Clever Badges from their Clever page!!!

Simply click on your child's name in the upper right hand corner of their Clever page and select "Clever Badge" from the dropdown menu. Woo hoo!!!!


MIC ISSUES ON CHROMEBBOOKS:

The OUSD Tech Department has discovered that students with distorted mic sounds have their mic setting up all the way. Reducing it just a bit, or down to 50% and the distortion/crackle goes away.

Video on how to change the setting: https://www.loom.com/share/77c8e5b2b50649b3bb0d190616efbdc0

FLU SHOT INFORMATION

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FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE Avelina Buijs

Hi Redwood Heights Families,


I am sending you 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 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!


Warmly,

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.


HUGS INTERNS

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.


SUPPORT for ADULTS


  • 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.

ZOOM LEGAL RULES for PARENTS


  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.