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Clubs & Committees

Clubs & Committees

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: 

Garden & Field Science Program

The American Public Health Association urges schoolyards to include natural landscaping and school gardens.


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-Ellison, 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!

Committee Lead: Tom Branca (
Committee Lead: Staci Markos (
Garden Teacher: Chelsea Royalty (

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 academic year?

Allocated funds for classroom supplies, HUGS, library support, noon supervisors, and art and music programs.

Holland Group

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. Meeting times & location to be determined after a Parent Leader is identified.

Technology Committee

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.