Thursday Notes
The Raskob Parent Association Newsletter
March 1, 2018                                                Volume 7   Issue 10    

RPA Message

Dear Raskob Community,

We hope everyone had an excellent break and are ready for the last few months of the school year.  We have a lot coming at us - especially my fellow parents of 8th Graders who get to grind our teeth waiting for High School admittance notices!  

So be sure to come have fun at the March 24th Spring Social.  It is our BIG EVENT of the year and this will be another wonderful time.  If you have never fenced before - this is your chance - led by a real Fencing Master.  

Please don't forget to help your kids with Penny Plays - we take nickels, dimes and quarters too - last year it was a surprise hit in our fundraising efforts!  

We very much hope you can find time for this Friday morning's Tea with Mr D - it is an important effort that students, parents and the school will benefit from.

To wrap up, we have our monthly RPA meeting a week from Friday on March 9th at 8:30am.  We all learn a great deal about the school at these meetings.  This one will feature 5th Grade Teacher, Ms Higuera and we really hope you can join us.  If you have interest in joining the RPA Board we have roles that fit all sizes and shapes.  Having spent the last 3 years on the Board, I can tell you it has been a pleasure and an honor as I follow my daughter off to High School.

All the very best,

Mark Headley

In This Issue

Important Dates
March 2nd, 2018
Tea with Mr. D.

March 9th - 23rd 
Optional Parent Teacher Conferences Grades 3-7

March 9th - 23rd 
Optional High School Check-in for 8th Graders
March 24th, 2018
Raskob Social 

Quick Links

Tea with Mr. D. this Friday
Dear Raskob Families,
As I continue to watch and listen to how our country struggles with relating to one another and treating each other with respect and kindness, I am saddened for our innocent, young children. I am equally disappointed how the mistreatment of individuals have become normalized in our neighborhoods. Even though at Raskob, we have the most caring families, students, educators and supporters in the world, our kids are still exposed to music, technology, videos, sports, Hollywood, and other modalities that promote coldness and cruelty as the new normal.

Raskob r ecognizes that you must teach the skill before holding our students accountable. Even though, the students have heard and know how to be kind from home and school, we would like to turn the heat of 
Kindness  up this year. In fact, we are calling it the 
Kindness Campaign.  While the College world will be celebrating basketball during March Madness, we will be celebrating and using the month of March to launch our Kindness Campaign.
To the end, I would like to invite you to my first "Tea with Mr. D" on March 2nd at 8:30 am (meet in the lobby). We will have an open forum on discussing
 Kindness as well as exploring newer strategies on how home and school can work together intentionally as partners to help our students promote Kindness despite what our country is settling for.

Please join us to raise the bar on Kindness for many years to come.

In Partnership,
Mr. D.
Meet Raskob's Teachers:
Kaitlin Higuera

Where did you grow up?
What's your favorite movie?
That is hard to say but Elf is definitely on the top of my list.
What's your favorite food?
My comfort food is Mac and Cheese, but when it doubt, I will cook or go buy Thai food.
Why did you become a teacher?
I have always found myself working with kids from being a babysitter, running a summer camp, to now teaching. I always enjoyed every aspect of each job and it wasn't until my mom and a few old coworkers pointed me in the direction of Raskob that I felt like I truly found my place.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I would consider myself a very go with the flow person in the classroom who also looks for new and interesting ways to engage the students through units like PBL and Genius Hour. Allowing lessons to be led in the direction of student interest and questions is a large part of many lessons throughout the day. This is interesting because outside of the classroom, I would say that I am a pretty routine individual who doesn't do well with too much change.
What is your favorite thing to teach?
Interesting enough, math has become one of my favorite classes to teach. As a child, I did not enjoy math and struggled quite a bit with it. It may be this experience that makes me enjoy teaching math so much to make it more accessible and fun for students.
What makes Raskob a special place?
The community. Raskob is a safe place for students and families and it is this community that makes up the caring, hardworking, and special place we all call Raskob.

Raskob Social - March 24th
Mark Your Calendars!
Please RSVP by March 16 th. If you did not receive your Evite,  
please contact Christine Puccio at

More ways to help bring in money towards our 2017-2018 year goal.  Free money through Box Tops!   It's easy to find, in fact, you may have some in your home right now. Clip Box Tops from your  favorite products  and turn them in to the basket in the lobby!   Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they add up fast! 

Y ou can download the app from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.