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Red Oak Weekly Rattler

March 02, 2015

Jogathon is this Friday, 3/6

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Red Oak Wins When We Work As A Team!

It is going to be a fun and exciting day for all!
Signed Jogathon envelopes are due Tuesday, 3/3. 
We have exciting prizes this year!  The person who raises the most money will win a $100 gift card to Amazon.  We will have a special prize for the class that raises the most money.  And there will be raffle prizes too!
So keep working on your pledges!
If we all work together and raise $20,000, Dr Duim will spend recess and lunch on the roof.  AND he will dress up in costume and perform a dance of your choice.
And for our ultimate prize...if we raise $25,000, Dr. Duim will get SLIMED!!
So let's all work together...get your pledges and sponsorships in!
Principal Jon Duim's Message 
We have had two incidents recently involving cars and crossing guards at intersections near Red Oak. Our district has already communicated to our Oak Park Community one incident in which a crossing guard was stuck by a car near Red Oak. Just week or so ago a motorist got into an angry confrontation with a crossing guard because he refused to stop when the crossing guard was still in the street. This happened at Rockfield and Tuscany. Neither of these drivers were parents as far as we know, however our crossing guards have related to me that some parents are lax about strictly following the rules. For example, they jaywalk with their children. All adults should set good examples of safety and courteous behavior. Crossing guards are not school district employees. They are employed by a company with a contract from Ventura County. Nevertheless, they are devoted to seeing that our students and parents safely cross busy streets. The district has ordered portable signs that will be placed on the street reminding drivers of the law regarding crosswalks. Arrangements are being made to add additional police monitoring around OPUSD schools. When this occurs, tickets will be written without first giving warnings. Don't let it be you that receives a ticket. Tickets involving crosswalk violations are expensive and can't be taken off your driving record with attendance at Traffic School. The district is also looking into having a speed indicator device temporarily set up to inform drivers of their speed around the schools. Lets all work together to make sure our children are safe coming and returning home from school.
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Pledge Envelopes Due 




Typing Boot Camp starts 

12 13    
PFA Meeting 
8:30 am Library

Yearbook Deadline 

Spirit Day: Tourist Theme 
15    16
School Dismissed at 12:15 

Restaurant Night: Sea Casa 
School Dismissed at 12:15 
School Dismissed at 12:15
School Dismissed at 12:15
No School 
22  23
Ability Awareness Fair Starts

8:15-12:30: Mrs. Duffy Field Trip

Mrs. Sullivan Field Trip 
Mrs. Gregg Field Trip 

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31       April 1    2  3
No school and start of Spring Break 

Click here for upcoming PFA events. 
Restaurant Night: Sea Casa 
Come Join us for Restaurant Night on Monday March 16 at:
Sea Casa
1014 S. Westlake Blvd. (in Sprouts Center)
Westlake Village CA
5:00-9:00 PM
Click here for the flyer
Don't forget to order your yearbook! This year the Red Oak Yearbook will be in full color! The deadline is coming up fast. Make sure your order is in before March 13. Go to: 

Balfour.com and type Red Oak.  Purchase a yearbook on-line using a credit or debit card. 

Ability Awareness Fair March 23-25 
The Ability Awareness Fair is coming soon!  The Ability Awareness Fair promotes awareness a nd appreciation of people with differing abilities.  This event can't happen without parent volunteers.  Click here to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094da8a82ca7f49-2015 
Typing Boot Camp 
Typing Boot Camp is back starting March 10. Open first to 3rd graders then to 4th and 5th Graders. 

Click here for the flyer with more information. 

Click here to sign up. 

Please email Stephanie Sandler at ssandler@oakparkusd.org if you are interested in participating.

Student Council President: 

Hi! This is Rahul Naveen, 

The Student Council had a great time organizing activities for the school during the month of February. There is more fun in store for you in March!

Grade Level Color Day was a big success. This is the first time we have had Grade Level Color Day at Red Oak. Everyone participated and the students made our school look like a rainbow.

On Friday February 27th, we had Track and Field Day. 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had lots of fun participating in friendly competitions, such as the 100 meter dash, and Soccer Kick events. Every participant received a ribbon and enjoyed the event.

March is here, and Friday, March 6th is the Jog-A-Thon. The Jog-A-Thon is our biggest fundraiser. We are hoping that you will do your best to get sponsors to support our school. Stay hydrated and enjoy running at the Jog-A-Thon!

Tourist Day is on March 13th. Please wear something that symbolizes a place that you have visited. For example, if you have a shirt or hat from Hawaii, you can wear that. This is the day for you to show your friends, all the wonderful places you have been to.

Students, please remember to wear spirit colors on Fridays. Get ready to enjoy the activities planned for March!

Your Student Council President,

Rahul Naveen

Parent Volunteers Needed 

We need a volunteer(s) to supervise our students at our lunchtime for our new Book Cart and Lego Lair programs. The times for both days are 12:15 to 12:45 for 1st - 3rd grades and 12:45-1:15 for 4th -5th grades. We will offer Book Cart each Friday to both upper grades 4-5 and lower grades 1-3 in room A9. Students may bring their own books or select from over 100 of our books on the book cart. Our Lego Lair program will be on Mondays at lunchtime in the MPR for both lower 1-3 and upper 4-5 grades. We provide the Legos, the students provide the imagination and building (engineering) skills. With both Book Cart and Lego Lair programs, students eat their lunches first and then go to the program location. Please call our office at 818 707-7972 to volunteer.   Volunteer for all or part of the time and/or all or part of the two days. These programs foster reading and engineering skills and are meant as an alternative activity for the play period at lunch. Any assistance that you can give us would be greatly appreciated!

Big Sunday: May 3 
Save the Date! OPUSD's Community Outreach Committee is excited to announce Big Sunday's Day of Giving Event is scheduled on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  Join your friends, family and community members as we Clean-Up our Schools, our Trails and our Community!  More information coming in the near future!
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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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