Thursday Notes 
The Raskob Parent Association Weekly Newsletter
August 21, 2014                                                                                       Volume 2   Issue 1
First Day of School is Monday, August 25.
Message from RPA President

Welcome back everyone!  We especially want to welcome all of the new families who may be feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point.  The Raskob Parents Association (RPA) is here to help.  We can provide information and empathy as you try to figure out a new school, set up a carpool and deal with nervous kids.  

The first event at which several members of the RPA will be present to answer questions is the New Family Lunch on this Friday. This is a great place for the children to meet other students and parents / guardians to meet each other.  Several RPA members and their children will attend the lunch to answer questions and talk about their experiences at Raskob.

The second event is the Back to School Barbecue this Saturday. This is a fun event where all Raskob families can get together and share information while their children meet each other.  Please remember to sign up for a dish to share.

The third event is the Welcome Coffee on Monday, August 25.  This is the first RPA meeting of the year.  You will hear about what we accomplished last year, what we hope to do this year and you will have an opportunity to pay your RPA dues (check or credit card) and sign up to volunteer.  There will also be an opportunity to meet others who live nearby and establish carpools.

The RPA meetings normally take place on the first Wednesday of the month in the California Room and our next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, September 3 at 8:30am.  We will begin planning the year and setting dates for the fall events like parent education nights and the book fair.

Please don't panic about all of this information.  The RPA Thursday Notes are sent out each Thursday by our intrepid VP of Communications, Bridget Rivezzo.  Weekly information about the school is also sent out on Mondays by Marlen Valle who manages the Raskob office.  Edee Ben Ari sends out a Director's Letter on a monthly basis.  Throughout the school year, the RPA will also send out notices of upcoming events and your room parents will be communicating with you from time to time.  

Lastly, we will be sending out a ballot early next week, so you can vote on RPA officers.  Several of the officers have agreed to serve another year including Bridget Rivezzo, VP of Communications; Anne Schreiner, Treasurer; Marjorie Stamper-Kurn, VP of Family Resources and myself, Marianne Mitosinka, President.  There are several positions that remain unfilled:  Secretary, VP Fundraising and VP of Academic Affairs.  Please take a few moments to review the ballot, vote and possibly write yourself in to fill one of the open positions.

I look forward to seeing you at the various events during the next two weeks! 


Marianne Mitosinka, RPA President 

RPA Activities

Back To School BBQ


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 BBQ and a dish or beverages to share.


Saturday, August 23

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4:00-7:00 PM

Lake Temescal Park

(Broadway side entrance)

Click here for food category assignments and to sign-up for what you are bringing to share.


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, or you can park for free on the street.


For questions, please contact Anne Schreiner at or Karen Kelley at


Other optional items to bring: balls, Frisbees, gloves, etc. 



First Day of School Welcome Coffee


On Monday, August 25, please join the Raskob Parent Association (RPA) for their annual Welcome Coffee where you will have the opportunity to be welcomed by Head of School Edee Ben Ari and incumbent RPA president Marianne Mitosinka, meet parents, sign-up for car pools, learn more about the RPA and much more.


Monday, Aug. 25

HNU California Room

(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 California Room.



We are launching an RPA Google Group!

Our Google group forum is a listserve designed to simulate the playground of a neighborhood school at drop off and pick up hours. The forum is meant to facilitate communication within the Raskob parent community - a place to share ideas and resources and to otherwise feel connected on a regular basis.

You should have received an invitation to join the Raskob Parent/Guardian Google Group earlier this week. You simply need to accept the invitation to join.

If you did not receive the invitation and you have a Google Acct. click here to join.

For those who do not have Gmail or a Google account, simply send an email to
School Sponsored Activity

New Family Lunch 


Friday, August 22

12:00-1:00 PM

HNU Cafe

(Please meet in the Raskob School Lobby by Noon)


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.

In This Issue
Quick Links

RPA Dues Form

RPA Dues Credit Card Form
HNU Parking Permit Form

2014-2015 School Calendar

School Google Calendar 


Raskob Spirit Wear Store

Shop Amazon for Raskob

Volunteer Hours Tracking Form
Important Dates
Aug. 23
Back to School BBQ
Lake Temescal

Aug. 25
First Day of School Welcome Coffee
HNU California Room

Sept. 1
School Closed-Labor Day Holiday

Sept. 2
First Day of ASP

Sept. 3
RPA Meeting
HNU California Room
Workshops, Seminars and Speakers
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The deadline for submissions for Thursday Notes is Monday at 5pm.  

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