Founded in 1948, the Dads' Club at RHS has a long history of rich contributions to the school. The Dads' Club gives dads and other members of the community a chance to connect with the school in three ways:
- Learn about what's going on at school through discussions at the monthly meetings
- Meet other parents in a relaxed atmosphere either at meetings or working on events and projects
- Make a positive, physical contribution to the school through community events, fundraising and work days
Open to all interested parents and community members (not just dads!), the Dads Club sponsors many of the school's annual events including the Fall Carnival, the Variety Show, Spaghetti Feeds, the Annual Golf Tournament and more. We also partner with the PTA to support the Auction and Walkathon fundraisers. Funds raised by the Dads Club benefit the Art Program, Music program, classroom field trips, technology and facilities improvements, and welfare needs.
In addition to community events and fundraising, the Dads Club tackles many projects around RHS to improve our children's learning environment. Many of the structures around the school and in the classrooms (e.g., cubbies, bookcases, planter boxes, and wall hangings) were built and are maintained by the Dads Club.
Membership is very casual. If you want to see what we're up to, just drop in on our monthly planning meeting (usually the second Tuesday evening of the month). You can also join our e-mail list to receive announcements about club activities. And feel free to contact any of the officers listed below if you have any questions or suggestions.
Dad's Club President: Marcus Amaro
Christmas Tree Sale
Disaster Preparedness/Crisis Response Committee
Promote disaster and emergency preparedness and planning in the Redwood Heights School community. Provide educational activities related to preparedness, planning, response, and mitigation for parents, staff, and students. Improve the school community's resilience to all types of disasters.
Volunteers only need a desire to assist; professional disaster expertise is not required.
Emergency Preparedness Contact: Ben Galison
The RHS Field Science and Garden Program
The American Public Health Association urges schoolyards to include natural landscaping and school gardens. Why?
Garden based learning activities provide the following benefits:
- Higher academic achievement (better test scores) and improved attitudes toward education
- Increased physical activity, decreased stress, and better performance on tasks that require focused attention
- Improved immune system functioning (including lower levels of asthma)
- Healthier eating habits and better nutrition
RHS has had a strong commitment to outdoor education and that commitment has become stronger with the development of our new outdoor classroom and Living Laboratory for Learning.
Special thanks to Charles Smith and Leroy Stokes of OUSD, Sara Stone, Cynthia Bagby-Elliosn, Emily Fuentes, the California Native Garden Foundation, the City of Oakland, Waste Management, the RHS PTA, the RHS Dad's Club and the many, many parents and students for all of their volunteer hours!
There are many ways parent and kid volunteers can participate. For more information, please contact our teacher Emily Fuentes or parent volunteers Tom Branca or Staci Markos.
Garden workdays for 2015-2016 (9:30 AM- 12:30 PM), kids welcome!
- September 12
- November 7
- February 6
- March 20
- April 16
If you are a parent/caregiver of a student(s) that may present mild to moderate learning differences, sensory integration disorder or behavioral problems linked with ADD/ADHD - diagnosed or not, we would like to invite you to become a part of our support group. Here's an opportunity to meet other parents and talk through similar situations.
By working together with the parent and school community we have a chance to increase our understanding of similar problems, share resources, and develop educational strategies, thereby creating an academically and socially rich environment for all RHS learners.
Historically this parent group would meet in the RHS Library on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in being a part of this group or volunteering to lead this group, please contact Jennifer Wilson. (This parent group is actively seeking a new parent leader. If you are interested please contact Courtney Turk).
LGBTQ Affinity Group
The LGBTQ Affinity Group meets monthly to provide support to all LGBTQ parents, caregivers, and heads of household in the Redwood Heights School community and to advocate for inclusive policies, practices, and curriculum to advance equitable student achievement and to make RHS a safe and welcoming place for our students and for all students.
Historically this group has met monthly for 1-1.5 hours. This parent group is actively seeking a new parent leader. If you are interested please contact PTA Outreach Coordinator: Courtney Turk
Meeting times & location to be determined after a Parent Leader is identified.
The Library Committee supports the Redwood Heights Librarian and Library Aide by raising funds for books, coordinating volunteers to work in the library, and publicizing the work and needs of the library to the greater school community. The committee also organizes literary events throughout the year including author visits, the Scholastic Book Faire, the California Young Reader Medal reading and voting process, and featured author weeks.
The Library Committee meets monthly. Please contact Georgia Kolias if you are interested in serving on the committee.
- December 2-5 - RHS Scholastic Book Faire
- March 2 - Read Across America
- April 11-15 - National Library Week
Parent's Advancing Childrens' Achievement (PACA)
Established in 2010, Parent's Advancing Childrens' Achievement (PACA) was started to close the achievement gap at Redwood Heights. PACA supports our school and teachers by nurturing and fostering confidence in our children. PACA's objectives are centered on teacher and staff development, community awareness and enriching the whole child. This organized parent group provides a voice for our young scholars of historically oppressed races, ethnicities, and cultures. PACA events and meetings are open to the Redwood Heights community and we welcome new parents and teachers to attend.
This parent group is actively seeking a new parent/teacher leader. If you are interested please contact PTA Outreach Coordinator: Courtney Turk
Meeting times & location to be determined after a Parent Leader is identified.
Parent Fund Committee
What is the Parent Fund?
The Parent Fund is a nonprofit corporation established by parents to provide a way for tax-deductible donations to be made to the school.
The Parent Fund:
- Facilitates distribution of fundraising monies
- Monitors financial aspects of programs at Redwood Heights.
How do I know what the Parent Fund is doing?
- Meeting minutes will be posted in the PTA room.
- The Dads Club & PTA receive expenditure reports
Who are the voting members of the Parent Fund?
- PTA President
- SSC Chairperson
- PTA Treasurer
- Member at Large (Principal)
- Dads Club President
- Member at Large (Teacher)
- Dads Club Treasurer
Who chairs the Parent Fund Committee?
Each year the Chair of the Parent Fund Committee alternates between the Presidents of the PTA and Dads Club.
What did the Parent Fund support during the 2010-2011 academic year?
Allocated funds for classroom supplies, HUGS, library support, noon supervisors, and art and music programs.
Dedicated to advancing and supporting the thoughtful use of Technology for learning and communication, the Technology committee works together with the school leadership team to find the best ways to leverage technology to meet the needs of each student and create a more personalized education for students at RHS. Areas covered include:
- Supporting the implementation of education software in the classroom
- Providing support to staff members in implementing technology in the classroom
- Audio/Visual Equipment installation, support, and training
- Web site construction / maintenance
- Technology Planning
Please check the calendar of events for meeting times and location.
Current projects include:
- Supporting the school's move towards personalized learning
- Supporting the planning and rollout of the Next Generation Learning Challenge initiative
- Building and maintaining the school website
- Installing and maintaining printers and printer drivers
If you have technical skills, experience with ed tech, or interest in learning more please come to the meetings or get in touch with us through the PTA.
If you have any questions or suggestions, contact: Colleen Boston, this year's Technology Committee Chair.