Special Edition
Thursday Notes
The Raskob Parent Association Newsletter
November 29, 2017                                                Volume 7   Issue 5   

Presidents' Message
Dear Raskob Community,
Thursday's RPA newsletter comes early this week in anticipation of this week's BOOK FAIR! Tiffin Groff, VP of Academic Affairs who is organizing it would like to provide the following update:   
Volunteering 2017-2018
Volunteering your time is an important part of what makes Raskob great. Contributing your valuable time enhances our student's experience. From driving for field trips to helping on larger events; everything matters. You'll find out about opportunities to volunteer in three ways:
- Monday's notes from Marlen
- Thursday's RPA newsletter

- From a room parent or directly from staff

There are several larger events throughout the year where you can help:

- Staff appreciation breakfast: 3 per year

- Annual book fair: this week!

- Refreshments at the Science Fair, Open House, and
Awards Night

- Teacher Appreciation week (May 7-11th)

All of the above events help and appreciate our teachers and staff and make all of our events more special.
THE BOOK FAIR IS THIS WEEK, open Thursday and Friday 8 - 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the California Room, across from Raskob's office.  
The book fair contributes $750 in book value to help fill Raskob's classrooms and library.Once again, we're using Laurel Books, a local book seller in Oakland. This year, books will be on site for sale!
If you can't make it, order online at http://www.laurelbookstore.com/raskob-book-fair now through Monday Dec. 4th.
You can purchase books for yourself, as gifts, and also make donations to classrooms and for the library. Teachers have made book requests for purchase.
Thanks for your support and look forward to seeing you there!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tiffin Groff at tifgroff@gmail.com.
Mark Headley

Phil Wright
In This Issue

Important Dates
Nov. 30 - Dec. 1
Annual Book Fair
December 7
High School Panel
December 8
RPA Meeting
8:30AM, Library
December 8
Spirit Day Assembly
December 21
Winter Performance 10:00AM
December 21
Minimum Day (12:00 PM)  NO ASP
Dec. 22 - Jan. 5
Winter Break

Quick Links

High School Panel Discussion 
with Raskob Alumni Families
Join us for an evening of conversation.
A panel of Raskob graduates and their parents will share their experiences transitioning from Raskob Day School to their high school.  Invited panel participants will include families from high schools throughout the Bay Area. Represented schools will be announced soon!
Register by Sunday, December 3rd highschoolpanel.eventbrite.com
Thursday, December 7th
Time: Dinner will be served at 6:00pm, Panel will be from 6:30-8pm
Location:  California Room, across from Raskob

A Few Friendly Reminders
Please return the Raskob Pizza Order Form for December/January/February with cash only no later than by December 1st to ensure a smooth lunchtime pizza transition for your child.
The new round of pizza will begin on Wednesday , December 6th.
      When: Thursday, December 21 st
     Time: 7:55-8:30
     What: Yard Supervision

     Please contact Jessica at  Baiocchi@hnu.edu
     if you are available

Raskob's Annual Toy Drive through December 8th 
Please consider donating new, unwrapped, non-violent toys to "Toys for Tots."  
All toys dropped off in the front lobby will be delivered that weekend.    
Thank you in advance for your support.  
Additionally, each year Raskob chooses a complementary, adult-focused charity with which to partner around the holidays. Charities in the past have included St. Mary's Center of Oakland, Alameda Meals on Wheels, and local shelters.  
This year, please consider donating to Ruby's Place, a local non-profit dedicated to serving those who survive human trafficking and domestic violence.  Items should be new, unopened/unused, full-sized personal hygiene products like: shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper, and diapers (size 3-6). Please visit their website for more information, and thank you in advance for your generosity.  
Thank you to everyone who supported the See's candy.  Candy sales support the RPA and help the RPA achieve their annual fundraising goal.
Candy will be sent home with students on Wednesday, December 13th.