Thursday Notes 
The Raskob Parent Association Weekly Newsletter
February 26,  2015                                                                                       Volume 2   Issue 24
Message from RPA President

I hope everyone had a nice break. I have packed a great deal into this message, so please take a moment to read.

Our next RPA meeting will be on Wednesday, March 4 from 8:30-9:30 in the Raskob Library.  We will discuss final preparations for the Raskob Social and vote on fundraising objectives.  

Speaking of the Raskob Social (our biggest social and fundraising event of the year!), thank you to those who have informed of us of their attendance. If you have not had a chance to respond yes or no, please do so by March 6. And if you have not been able to access the Evite, please go ahead and email Wanda Cole-Frieman at directly. This is a great chance for Raskob parents, guardians and faculty to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere with great food and beverages. Click here for event details. 

We are busy recruiting board members for next year. Most of our current board is comprised of eighth grade parents and we really need parents/guardians of students in the lower grades to step up and fill the positions being vacated by our graduating families. It is important that parents/guardians have time to learn the job before all of the existing board members have graduated with their students. Below is a listing and description of the available roles on the RPA Board.

A note about RPA meetings, their day and time. Traditionally, RPA meeting have been the first Wednesday morning of each month right after drop-off. In the past, we have tried evening meetings, but it was very difficult to get parents to drive back to Raskob at night. We have also tried conference call meetings at night, but participation was negligible.  We discussed meetings coinciding with afternoon pick-up, but know this is difficult for those with children in multiple schools and children participating in after school activities. As you can see there is no one size fits all solution, however, as the parent population changes schedules change and another morning could be a better fit. It is possible to conduct a survey to see if preferences have changed. If you are a parent looking to fulfill your required volunteer hours and would like to help conduct a survey in order to provide information for the 2015-2016 school year, please let us know by contacting me at

Best Regards,
RPA News and Announcements
Raskob Parent Social
Saturday, March 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
Home of Wanda & Karl Cole-Frieman

5786 Balmoral Dr

Oakland CA 94619


Please tell us if you will or will not be attending 
by Friday, March 6 by responding to the Evite 
or by emailing hosts at
Open Positions On The Raskob Parent Association Board

President: The president organizes and schedules the RPA and
RPA Board meetings, prepares the agendas, leads the meetings,
maintains frequent communication with the Raskob and HNU
administration, is an ex officio member of all committees, oversees
governance issues and provides leadership to the group as a whole.

Secretary: The secretary keeps, posts and updates the minutes of
each meeting of the RPA, attends to the correspondence of the
RPA and maintains files of such correspondence.

VP Fundraising: The VP of Fundraising works with the RPA to
set the fundraising priorities and goals, sources and evaluates new
fundraising opportunities, and helps to coordinate the fundraising
efforts with various project and event committees.

VP Academic Resources: The VP of Academic Resources
coordinates activities, events and projects among parents to enrich
their children's experience at Raskob and works with the Raskob
faculty to optimize collaboration between parents and staff.  The
VP oversees the following areas: room parents, staff appreciation,
hospitality and book fair, which are each run by a committee chair.

VP Communications: The VP of Communications coordinates
the communication streams among parents and between parents
and the school administration. The VP oversees the writing and
distribution of the weekly Raskob Notes, oversees the master RPA
calendar on the RPA website, and assists with any other RPA

Please note that the positions of Treasurer, VP of Family
Resources and Support and Past President have already been
filled for the 2015/16 school year.

Contact Marianne at if you are interested in any of these positions.
In This Issue
Quick Links


School Google Calendar 


Raskob Spirit Wear Store

Shop Amazon and Support Raskob

Volunteer Hours Tracking Form
Important Dates
Feb. 26
Basketball Game vs. Park Day School

March 4
RPA Meeting
Raskob Library

March 6
Middle School Dance
McElroy Room

March 9
Middle School Field Week Studies Parent Information Night
Raskob Library

March 14
Raskob Social
Home of Wanda & Karl Cole Frieman
Workshops, Seminars and Speakers
Parent Education Network Presents: Less Struggle, More Success: An Overview of Technology for Learning and Executive Function Challenges with Shelley Haven, ATP, RET
Sat. March 14