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Red Oak Weekly Rattler

May 18, 2015

Rock Stars and Hollywood Stars! May seems to be the month of stars.


Thank you so much to Jennifer Julian and Miranda Taylor for making our teachers and staff feel like the rock stars that they are during Staff Appreciation Week! Jennifer and Miranda planned breakfast, lunch, and treats for the teachers and staff. Special thank you to Jill Rackow for her help with decorating and goodies. Our room parents did an amazing job decorating the classroom doors. I also want to thank all the Red Oak parents and students for making our teachers and staff feel special each and every day. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing group of people teaching our children and working at Red Oak. We truly appreciate all of our teachers and staff! 


The students had a blast at Friday night's Hollywood dance! The kids played games, danced, ate, laughed, and made memories. Thank you, Stephanie Love, for chairing the event and making it all happen! Thank you also to Lisa Stratton for securing the food trucks, DJ and creating the photo booth area. Lastly, thank you to the volunteers listed below who helped set-up, decorate, work at the event and/or clean-up. We know we can always count on you when we need help!

Lynn Edwards

Juli Harris

Olivia Tjahjono & 

Louis Indra

Shay & Abby Hass

Suzie & Michael Nicks

Laura & Rob Kunesh
Miranda & Tallulah Taylor John Love
Annapurna Nori
Maryam Salour
Eliane Valencia

MCMS/OPHS Student Helpers  


My Best,

Tracie Horstman

Red Oak PFA President

A Message from Principal Jon Duim 

On behalf of our Red Oak Staff, I want to thank all of our students and parents for showing appreciation for our staff last week during Staff Appreciation Week. Our staff felt honored and special. It is wonderful to work at a school where the community pulls together to work toward quality education for our students and values the work that our staff does to achieve that goal. Thank you for supporting our staff.


The street safety measures the school district has undertaken in cooperation with Ventura County appear to be working. Drivers seem to be driving more slowly around our school and are more aware of activities going on around them. On campus we have made some additional security enhancements. Our two campus security guards/supervisors now are equipped with Ipads. The Ipads run a program that gives them live feed from our security cameras. While they are securing one area on campus, they can also "see" what is going on in 13 other areas. We have identified 4 or 5 other areas that need cameras to get a better view of hard- to-see areas and we will have additional cameras installed in those locations over the summer.


Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students finished up with CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) on Friday, May 15. I'm proud of the effort that they put into doing a good job! The tests were long and challenging, but we expect to gain some detailed informative data about our students. This data should inform us about areas where we are excelling as well as where we need to improve instruction. We fully expect that these first-time scores in California will be low because the tests are new, the Common Core Standards on which the tests are based are new and we still getting used to requiring students to use their critical thinking skills and solve problems on their own. The state has stated that parents will receive the individual test results within eight weeks.

Open House: Wed. May 20 

Participate in Red Oak's Annual Chalk Walk at Open House. 
6:00-7:00 only $3.00 a square. 

May 3 
Appreciation Week
Walk for the Dogs
Spirit Day:
Character Day 

School Dance
Chorus Concert
6:30 pm 
Open House

3rd, 4th & 5th grades

DK, K, 1st & 2nd grades 

School Supplies 2015-16 
If you order your supplies by June 1, you will be entered in a drawing to win an Under Armour backpack that Rocky the Rattler was modeling at the morning assembly. A winner will be selected on June 8. Last day to order online is June 15. 


Back to school shopping for next year right now ... Are you kidding me? Let me remind you of the chaos that comes with last minute back to school shopping in the summer. Why not shopon-line with www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com versus in-line at Wal-Mart, Target or Staples. In just a few clicks, you will get the exact supplies your teacher requested without the hassle and aggravation that comes with shopping last minute at big box retailers.

Any questions please contact Olivia Tjahjono ( otjahjono@yahoo.com)  or Suzie Nicks (suzie.nicks@gmail.com

The Red Oak PFA Needs YOU!: 

The Red Oak Parent Faculty Association (PFA) is in the process of recruiting for next year's positions. We have some vacancies and are looking for some parents to volunteer! The PFA is a group of Red Oak parents who put on fundraisers and fun events for the school. The PFA supports many programs at Red Oak such as P.E., Music and teachers aides. Please look at the open positions below and mark off the ones that you are interested in. Please complete and return this form to the front office ASAP. If you have any questions please contact Andrea Klopert at 818.259.3327 orandreaklopert@yahoo.com  Click here to see an updated list of available positions. 


MOORPARK, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol's (CHP) Moorpark Area will be conducting specialized enforcement in Oak Park. "To further promote traffic safety in school zones, we are planning two days of specialized enforcement focusing primarily on motorists exceeding the posted speed limit in the Oak Park area." said Lieutenant Cohan, Commander of the CHP's Moorpark Area office. On the week of May 18-22 and May 25-29, 2015 motorists can expect CHP officers to be enforcing traffic laws in the Oak Park area.


To increase safety for children in school zones, many schools have assigned crossing guards to assist children when crossing the street. It is imperative motorists be aware of crossing guards and stop as required when signaled to do so. For the safety of everyone, motorists must also obey the 25 MPH speed limit in school zones.


The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California
Electronic Waste Disposal May 23 Red Oak 

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