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Red Oak Weekly Rattler

April 13, 2015

Dear Red Oak Families,


Welcome back from Spring Break!


The PFA has been very busy!  Although we have focused a lot of our attention on the Jog-a-Thon this past month, we had other exciting things going on as well.


Lexi Rohner worked hard to bring such a valuable learning experience to our children with the Ability Awareness Fair. It is so important that our children understand how to accept and love others. It wasn't easy to pull off this event when it requires a ton of volunteers. Thank you Lexi and all of the volunteers! Thank you also to Suzie Nicks for sharing your years of experience and help.


Women in History Week is informative and fun for the students! Recognizing the accomplishments of women leads to higher self-esteem among girls and greater respect among boys and men.It was quite the task to coordinate the week with different staff schedules, volunteer schedules and preferences of women. Thank you Lexi Bursin for taking it on for a second year! Thank you also to the women below that memorized scripts and dressed in costumes to bring the Women in History to life:


Women in History

Upper Grades

Lower Grades

Jane Goodall

Lexi Bursin

Lisa Perry

Wilma Mankiller

Cheryl Dunn

Ilana Sweet

Maya Angelou

Carol Henry

Carol Henry

Malala Yousafzai

Tracie Horstman

Tracie Horstman



Thank you to Jill Rackow for working with the organizers of the Great Race, and helping us earn extra money from the event! We are hoping Jill will be on the PFA next year!


The above are just a few of the exciting things we do in the PFA. Before break, a flyer was sent home regarding open PFA positions. These positions could be your opportunity to get involved at Red Oak.  We need more people like you to make Red Oak the wonderful place that it is! Click here for another copy of the flyer.   Please contact Andrea Klopert, PFA Parliamentarian, at andreaklopert@yahoo.com with any questions.


My Best,

Tracie Horstman

Red Oak PFA President

Restaurant Night 
Save the Date 
Restaurant Night at: 
Wed. April 22 11:00 am - 11:00 pm 
The Oaks Mall 
Click here for the flyer. 

Call  Ahead:  (805)  494-2530 if  you  would  like  to  put your  name  on  the  waiting  list  before  you  leave  home.
Walk to School day 

Restaurant Night Stacked 
Big Sunday Deadline 
May 1 

Math Science Olympiad: Help Wanted 

June 4, 2015 8:15-12:30


The Math/Science Olympiad is an event designed for our 4th and 5th graders to become actively involved in the discovery approach to "hands-on" scientific and mathematical investigations. This event provides real-life experiences of teamwork and creative problem solving while reinforcing the importance of a collaborative effort. The Olympiad requires parent volunteers as facilitators or docents in order for this event to be a success.


Facilitators (Teachers)

  • Teach the same 45-minute activity 4 times to different student groups.

         (Lessons and materials are provided and set-up for you.)


Docents (Chaperone)

  • Supervise a group of students moving from one activity to the next.   (You will need to assist the facilitators throughout the lessons.)

Click here for the sign up form.  

News from our School Counselor 
Click to read some important parenting articles from Deborah King. Topics include: attendance, athletes, dressing appropriately and diversity. 

Click here for the April Parent and Child Calendar
5th Grade Parents: 
Dear Parents of Incoming MCMS Students,

Now is your chance to get involved!
Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius and volunteer for a day or two at the MCMS Registration event at the beginning of August. When selecting a volunteer time, please keep in mind Red Oak's registration on Wed. Aug. 5. 

It's the best way to get involved from the very beginning at Medea Creek!
Also, if you know of any other that would like to volunteer, please forward them the link!

To sign up, go to:

This sign up is protected by an access code.  When prompted, enter the code "mcmsreg" for access.

Feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions at zamanimonay@yahoo.com orsoukthaly@yahoo.com. We appreciate your help.

Monay Zamani and Sue Inthavong
MCMS Registration Chair
Walk to School Wed. April 22 
Earth Week Walk to School Wednesday - the event that promotes healthy kids, cuts down on neighborhood traffic & pollution,and builds community spirit! 
Wednesday, April 22nd 7:45am 
International Walk to School 
Meet up with some of your favorite teachers & friends for the trek to school! 

Stay tuned for details on meeting locations! 
Big Sunday: May 3 
The Oak Park USD's Big Sunday Event registration is now open.  Join your friends, teachers, principals, administrators and fellow community members on Sunday, May 3rd as we Give Back and Clean Up our Community.  There are several projects at schools, hiking trails and in our creeks that are scheduled for completion.  Volunteers will meet at Oak Park High School for breakfast, receive a t-shirt and be a part of our group picture before moving on to their project.  Go to our webpage http://www.oakparkusd.org/Page/5135 for more specific information and to register today!  Deadline to register is Sunday, April 26th.  Community Service hours will be available for all students. 
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 by April 18th. If you have any questions please contact Andrea Klopert at 818.259.3327 or andreaklopert@yahoo.com  Click here to see a list of available positions. 

Real So Cal Tryouts 

real so cal soccerAre you interested in taking your child's soccer game to the next level?  Is your child ready to be surrounded by other highly talented players and receive top professional youth coaching?  Real So Cal, one of the most highly recognized club soccer programs in the country, is still hosting open tryouts for new teams that are being formed in the current girls U7 and U9 age groups.  Players for these age groups need to be born between these dates:
U7 (8/1/2007 - 7/31/2008)
U9 (8/1/2005 - 7/31/2006)

These teams are currently training on Monday and Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm in the Conejo Area.  If you would like to attend a training session and see if our program is a good fit for your daughter, please contact our Girls Program Coordinator, Andrew Montenegro, atandamo@verizon.net  or 805-701-8203
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Zen Garden Supports Red Oak
Earn Money For Red Oak at Zen Garden 
Chinese restaurant Zen Garden will generously donate 10% of your check back to Red Oak throughout the year.  Just mention Red Oak Elementary.  Zen Garden is located at the corner of Kanan and Lindero Canyon, in the Fresh & Easy shopping center.  Click here for the flyer.
Zen Garden
668 Lindero Canyon Rd, Oak Park
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. 
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