Thursday Notes 
The Raskob Parent Association Weekly Newsletter
August 15, 2013
Welcome to the first edition of the Raskob Parent Association's (RPA) newest incarnation of Thursday Notes. As the title suggests, you should find a copy of this newsletter in your Inbox on Thursdays throughout the school year.  As this year's RPA VP of Communications, I along with parent volunteers, have taken time this summer to redesign Thursday Notes in an attempt to make it as user friendly and helpful as possible. This is still a work in progress so please bare with me as we work out a few kinks and try new elements along the way.
In addition to the new newsletter design, we are currently working to update and renovate the RPA section of the school website (not currently accessible) in order to provide you with up-to-date information about the RPA and the comings and goings of school activities.  We are also hoping to use the RPA section of the school website as a place where you can submit various forms, submit items for this publication, access archived Thursday Notes, find volunteer opportunities and RPA officer contact information and so much more. Please stay tuned for more information as the website updates become complete. 
Lastly, if you have any feedback or would like to help with our communication efforts please contact me at

Here's to an informative and successful school year.

Bridget Rivezzo
Mom of Blake - 7th grade

RPA Activities
 First Day of School Welcome Tea
On Wednesday, August 21, please join the Raskob Parent Association (RPA) for their annual Welcome Tea where you will have the opportunity to be welcomed by Head of School Edee Ben Ari and new RPA president Marianne Mitosinka meet parents, sign-up for car pools, learn more about the RPA and much more.

Wednesday, Aug. 21
HNU Market Place
(in the building across from the front office)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Plan to meet in the Raskob School Lobby if you need help finding the Market Place.

Raskob Parent Association--Your Participation is Needed

All Raskob parents and guardians are an automatic member of the RPA, it the membership dues that are voluntary. The RPA Board has set a 100% participation goal for the collection of dues this school year. Use this link to download your Raskob Parent Association Membership Form, so you can fill it out and turn in on the first day of school.

Lake Temescal Park Map (click to see larger image)
Back To School BBQ

Saturday, August 24
4:00-7:00 PM
Lake Temescal Park
(Broadway side entrance)

Spend a few hours getting to know new Raskob families or reconnecting with old friends. The RPA will have the grills ready so please bring your own food to grill and a dish or beverages to share. Sign-up for what you are bringing to share here.

Please note: We will be at the picnic area next to play structure on the Broadway entrance side with the large parking lot that runs parallel to HWY 24.. East Bay Regional Park District does charge $5 for parking on the weekends. For questions please contact Noel Hansen at
Other optional items to bring: balls, Frisbees, stomp rockets, etc. 

School Activities
New Family Lunch 

Tuesday, August 20
12:00-1:00 PM
HNU Public Market
(Please meet in the Raskob School Lobby by Noon)
RSVP to Jessica Baiocchi at by Monday, Aug. 19.

All new families (parent and students) please join us for lunch and enjoy this opportunity to meet each other as well as Raskob Administration and RPA Board members. 
Welcome Back Walk-Through for Everyone

Tuesday, August 20
1:00-2:00 PM
Raskob Classrooms

Immediately following lunch students and parents new and returning are invited to stop by the classrooms where you will have the opportunity to chat with teachers, visit the classrooms and get reacquainted with the school.

Parent Education Workshop

"ReSETTing the Framework for Considering Assistive Technology"

Presented by Assistive Technology Specialist  from  Center for Accessible Technology  Jennifer McDonald-Peltier, MS, ATP.


Two opportunities to attend the discussion/workshop for parents and guardians on campus:  

Tuesday August 27th  9-10:30am

Wednesday August 28th 6:30-8pm


If you would like to attend please email or call Marlen Valle in the Raskob front office - or 510-436-1275. 

In This Issue
Quick Links and Resources

A website founded by the authors of the book with the same title dedicated to "Unleashing the power of the dyslexic mind."
Parents Education Network (PEN)
A coalition of parents, educators and students working to provide education and information that empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.
The Center focuses on helping people with disabilities gain access to computers and technology.

Parking Permit Application Form
Summer Mailing Forms

Important Dates
 Aug. 26

After School Program begins

Sept. 2
School Holiday--Labor Day

Sept. 4

RPA Meeting
California Room
8:30-10:00 AM

Sept. 11

Back to School Night
6:00-7:30 PM

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