Thursday Notes 
The Raskob Parent Association Weekly Newsletter

March 27, 2014                                                                                       Volume 1   Issue 29
Message from RPA President

Dr. Michael Tompkins, an expert on childhood anxiety, is speaking tonight from 7 to 8:30pm in the California Room across the road from Raskob.  We are expecting a large turnout as he will focus his remarks on children with learning differences.  Thank you to Marjorie Stamper-Kurn for coordinating this event.

Our next RPA meeting will be on Wednesday, April 2 from 8:30 to 9:30am in the California Room.  We will discuss and vote on allocating the proceeds of the Raskob Social and other fundraising activities.  We will also begin to discuss board and committee positions for next year.

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to the Raskob Parent Association this year.  We will provide an update as to how the funds are being spent and what great things that Raskob is able to purchase for our children in the near future.  If you would still like to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated.  You can send in your donation using the envelope included in our fundraising letter dated March 10th or you can drop off a donation with Marlen in the Raskob office. 


Best Regards,


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An Important Message from Edee 
Reprinted from her email sent to the entire Raskob community earlier this week. 


Dear Raskob Families,

Below is a letter that was sent out to Corpus Christi and Julia Morgan parents this past weekend regarding an online predator. Please read and speak with your children regarding the importance of online safety!  


I know that you support Raskob in reminding our students to be careful about who they are communicating with online.  We, too, had Officer DeWarns present to Raskob parents and students earlier in the year, but it is an ongoing and team-effort in supervising appropriate online and multi-media communication.  Please make sure that you monitor all of your children's online activity.


Thank you,


"Dear Parents,

We learned this week of an online sexual predator who is targeting young girls, pretending to be a celebrity. One of our girls thought she had "won" a celebrity's phone number through Vine. The celebrity in this case was Nash Grier. The predator enticed the girl, step by step, into sending him more and more explicit photos, asking questions considered textbook for someone trying to glean information for prurient reasons.


A police report has been made; and since this specific predator has a Virginia address, the FBI have also been notified. In terms of where the girl lives or goes to school, the texting stopped with the predator knowing the girl had a 510 area code, and nothing beyond that.


It is another reminder that girls during middle school years are not yet developmentally ready to make this kind of discerning choice. And why wouldn't a middle school girl want to directly communicate with a celebrity she likes? The Internet and various media expose the girls to so many positive opportunities, but the girls need guidance, support, and oversight by the adults in their lives as they make choices in an online adult world.


Before this incident came to light, this girl thought Officer Steve DeWarns, who presented to girls and parents in the fall regarding media safety, and her teachers were just overstating the warnings about giving out information online or via text, etc. She simply did not believe it. This is not an atypical viewpoint for students who are of middle school age.


Please check in with your daughters [children] so we can partner in preventing them from falling not only into this particular scheme, but also other media schemes that put them in harm's way."

In This Issue
Quick Links

School Google Calendar 

School Notes

Room Parent List

Raskob Spirit Wear Store

Shop Amazon for Raskob
Important Dates
Swimming: All Grades

March 27
Parent Ed Night

Michael Tompkins 
HNU California Room

April 2
RPA Meeting
HNU California Room

April 6
Raskob Campus Spring Clean up Day

April 14-18
Spring Break

Now located on the RPA website under Resources

Workshops, Seminars and Speakers
APPlications for the iPad in Education with Jan Tuber - April 5

Parent Education Network EdRev - May 3
AT&T Park

Raskob Clinic Summer Day Program - 
June and July

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