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Earth Week
April 18-22
Earth Week 2016 theme is: Beneficial Bugs
Beneficial Bugs are insects that help our food grow by eating pests on plants to
eliminate pesticide use and pollinating them at the same time. 
Grades K-2 
Will be focusing our education on ladybugs. 
Ladybugs love to eat pests like aphids and help fight plant disease. 
Grades 3-5 
Will be focusing on Bees. 
Bees, of course, make honey but 
they also pollinate 75% of food crops in the US. 
We can thank honeybees for one in every three bites of food we eat.
Earth Week activities planned for our students and parents:

* ALL WEEK: Participate in the "Coins for Change" drive to benefit the Bee Buffer Project. The classroom that donates the most money will get a classroom visit from Nature of Wild Works.

This year, the EEAC (Environmental Education and Awareness Committee) is coordinating an elementary Coin Drive for an organization called the Pollinator Partnership. The drive will be in effect during our school's Earth Week celebration April 18th – 22nd. Collection cans will be placed in your office cubbies on or before Friday, April 15th. On Friday, April 22nd, please return your can to the main office before lunch.
The Pollinator Partnership is the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Their mission is to both educate endangered communities and to create and fund programs that promote the health of pollinators critical to food and ecosystems through conservation and research. The funds we raise will be donated to their U.S. Bee Buffer Project. In many parts of the country, our current mono-crop farming conditions have pillaged the honey bee habitat. BeeBuffers seeks to: 1) create forage and habitat for honeybees in order to promote proper nutrition and health and to support populations; and 2) to monitor and research the foraging preferences of honey bees in agricultural settings in order to help with future management decisions and plantings. Please feel free to show your class the website with colorful video images and clips at www.beebuffer.com.
The winning class will receive a very special in-class interactive educational presentation with our friends at Nature of Wildworks(www.natureofwildworks.org). Nature of Wildworks is a non-profit organization that cares for non-releasable wild animals. Please feel free to explore their website with your class to learn more about their mission and meet the animals that are permanent residents of their facility through video and posted bios.

* WEDNESDAY: Walk to School with teachers on Wednesday, April 20th.
Walk to School with teachers on Wednesday, April 20th. There will be a pollinator friendly snack when they arrive to school. 
Meeting Locations:
- Rockfield and Lindero Canyon (Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Jones) - 7:45am
- Mareto Way and Hawthorne (Mrs. Merfeld and Mrs. Ewing) - 7:45am
- Hawthorne and Wiggin (Coach Webb and Mrs. Holland) - 7:45am
- Oak Hills Drive and Kanan (no teacher available to walk from this location) - 7:45am
- Beanscene (Mrs. Sloane) - 7:45am
*Students can choose to plant wildflowers in compostable pots they can take home and plant directly into the soil on Friday during lunch. These bee friendly plants are food for bees. Remember no pesticides!
* Experience special storybooks, lessons and activities about pollinators in classrooms. 
* Explore new library books about ladybugs, honey bees and other beneficial bugs.
* Have dinner discussions and watch movies about supporting Bees (panna.org)
Sign up to volunteer on Big Sunday and help to plant a pollinator garden.

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Oak Park and Support Big Sunday!

Registered Participants will receive a T-Shirt & Wrist Band

(we receive these from Big Sunday, sizes are not confirmed so come early to get your first choice of size). 
Walk-up volunteers day of event, will not receive a shirt.


Event begins with Check-in at 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Oak Park High School

Breakfast will be offered for free!

Group Photo taken at 8:20 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Projects begin. Day ends when your project is done or 12:00 noon, whichever comes first!




  • When you click on the registration button you will be asked to fill-out all family members volunteering. If you have more than 6 volunteers, please place one parent on one registration form, then come back and register the other parent with the rest of the members. If there is only one parent, put your name on both registrations that way we will be sure to keep the family together.

  • Parents please place your names in the first two volunteer positions.

  • If your last name is different from your child(s), please hyphenate so the names match.  This will allow us to keep families together.

  • All students 8th grade and below MUST have a parent/guardian with them during the entire event.



  • You will be asked for your school affiliation, this can be different for every family member depending on the school they attend.

  • If you are not affiliated with a school, click Community Member.


  • The first two volunteers will be asked Preferred Location. We will do our best to place you at our desired location.

  • All students 8th grade and below will be placed at the location their parent has chosen.


  • This year we have TWO FORMS, one is an online waiver and one is your Volunteer Authorization/Fast Pass.

  • You will receive a confirmation email immediately after you submit your registration online.  In that confirmation you will be asked to click a link for the forms.  First you will see the Big Sunday Waiver, please read it completely and when asked; Approve or Disapprove of the conditions.  NOTE: if you disapprove you will not be able to participate in the event.  On the bottom of that waiver form will be a link to the Oak Park Unified School District Volunteer Authorization Form./Fast Pass.

  • YOU MUST click on the link and download the form.  This Form is your FAST PASS through check-in just read, complete and print.  Bring the form with you to check in at the High School the morning of the event!  Only one form is required per family.  It's soEasy and Simple!

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School Supplies

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    Each year all students need to be restocked with a variety of individual school supplies as well as shared classroom supplies that are not provided by our school district. In order to provide the high quality of education that we have all come to expect here at Red Oak Elementary, we need you to do your part in fully participating in this program.  Please read the following carefully.

    Our Teachers and School Administrators work very hard to determine in advance what the needs at each grade level will be for the entire school year.  In order to best meet these needs and to help you understand your responsibility in meeting these needs, the program has been divided into two parts.  It is important that you contribute to both parts for each of your students attending Red Oak.

     1. Individual Consumable Supplies -https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/

     These supplies include items such as pencils, crayons and markers.  Scroll down to see a complete list for your grade level.  These supplies are to be delivered to your student’s classroom in a bag/container marked with your student’s name on the first day of school.  Do not mark the individual items.  Please note that our teachers are very experienced in which brands are the most effective- do not make substitutions.  All students will be expected to provide these supplies. https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/

    2. Shared Classroom Supplies - $50 Donation

     This shared classroom supplies includes such items as:

    • Copy Paper, Color Paper
    • Ink for Classroom Printers
    • Homework Folders, Pocket Folders
    • Poster Boards, Cardstock
    • Paper Towels,  Facial Tissues
    • Hand Sanitizer, Hand Soap

    Most of these items are less expensive when purchased in bulk.  Some are difficult to transport and some are too difficult to equitably request from each parent. Also, storage space in the classroom is limited and it is difficult and time consuming to collect and store a year’s worth of supplies during the first days of school.  Your $50 contribution will allow the school to purchase these items in the most efficient way and deliver the items to the classrooms on an as needed basis. You can pay online at https://redoakpfa.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/16847

     Your $50 Contribution would pay for:

     General Shared Classroom Supplies 

    • Copy Paper
    • Quart Baggies
    • Ink for Printers
    • Gallon Baggies
    • Liquid Hand Soap
    • Sandwich Baggies
    • Hand Sanitizer (7 oz. or larger)
    • Paper Towel Roll
    • "Green" Antibacterial Wipes
    • Facial Tissues Baby Wipes

    Lower Grades Shared Classroom Supplies / Upper Grades Shared Classroom Supplies 

    • Home School Folders
    • Assorted Poster Board
    • White Cardstock
    • Primary Composition Book
    • Three Prong and Pocket Folders
    • File Folders Labels
    • Foam Boards
    • Student Assignment Planners
    • Colored Cardstock

    Any request for supplies or donations toward the purchase of supplies, materials, equipment, field trips, programs, etc. is completely voluntary under the law in California public schools. Students may not be charged for participation in educational activities and may not be discriminated against or denied participation for not providing voluntary donations to the school.  Should any student or parent believe they were impermissibly charged a fee or required to provide materials or supplies that they would not have otherwise voluntarily paid or provided, an application for reimbursement may be filed with the District by calling (818) 735-3206.

    • Please bring all supplies to the classroom on the first day of school in bag(s) labeled with your child’s name for accurate inventory purposes. Do not label the individual items.
    • Our teachers are very experienced with what types, quantities and brands of products work best within their classrooms.  
    • Please do not substitute items. Your teacher may request additional items and/or donations once school has started.  





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