Last week, the Middle School Drama Department treated families and friends to three amazing performances of the Fall play, Cloudy With A Chance of Foul Play.Cloudy With A Chance of Foul Play is an original murder mystery written and directed by Middle School Drama Teacher, Vince Faso.
Our faculty and staff work hard to remain at the cutting edge of their craft, continually learning, stretching and growing to provide the most dynamic learning environments for our students. In addition to the Parent Guardian Association Summer Grants provided by the PGA, Redwood Day supports robust professional development throughout the year. Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with some of our faculty and staff to hear about what they learned on their summer professional development adventures. In a two-part series (this week and next), I’ll be sharing some highlights from our faculty and staff.
by Selma Quemada-Valenzuela, 1st-grade Teacher (1B)
Many Mexicans families believe that death is just a rite of passage. The Day of the Dead, el 'Dia de los Muertos,' is 4,000 year-old tradition celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd each year. This is a celebration deeply rooted in the ancient history of Mexico. It is tradition that the celebration of Dia de los Muertos begins at home with the creation of an altar-ofrenda, which means the offering.
We did it! We reached 100% participation in the Annual Fund from our faculty/staff. Thank you to this incredible team for leading the way and kicking off the Annual Fund. Stay tuned for how you too can make an impact.
This year's Fall Festival was a huge hit! Members of our community came out in big numbers to enjoy the incredible weather, good food and each other. There was something for everyone- from bouncy houses, a rock wall and face painting to a dunk tank, tug o war and a photo booth.
KA and KB are getting familiar with Redwood Day and one another through hours of X-Care activities and enrichment. Each day, we take time to expand our movement with teamwork games and free play, nourish our bodies with a variety of snacks, explore Barbara's garden...
The new members of the Redwood Day staff were joined by others throughout the Bay Area for an enriching weekend of Positive Discipline curriculum to best create a tight "knit" network of instructors throughout the Bay Area
Benny and Bebe's Magic Circus entertained our students during assembly this morning. Magic Circus is a San Francisco-based educational and entertainment theatre company performing primarily in Northern California.
Last spring, the Redwood Day Drama Department put on a successful production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof. At the end of the play the community of Jews are forced out of their home and must look for a new place to live. They have become refugees, and acknowledge that they will soon become strangers in a strange new land. As this is still an unfortunate reality of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, the Redwood Day Drama Department decided to donate the proceeds from their concessions sales to the organization 1951 Coffee in Berkeley.
Thank you to the Redwood Day community members who marched with us at the Oakland Pride Parade on Sunday, September 9! This was our biggest contingent yet, with over 100 students, parents, guardians, friends, faculty, staff and alumni coming out to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! We’re all excited to kick off the new school year with you and your family on Wednesday, August 29!
In the meantime, I want to fill you in on what we’ve been up to this summer. There are three major areas that we have been focusing on in preparation for the coming year: Campus, Curriculum, and Faculty.
On behalf of the Redwood Day Parent Guardian Association (PGA), I would like to extend a warm welcome to both our returning families and our new families as we enter the 2018-19 school year.
I would also like to highlight how spectacular our new Lower School playground is! The project wouldn't be possible without the hard work of the entire Redwood Day community. The PGA had a banner fundraising year last year (especially the auction!) and contributed $80,000 toward our new playground! I cannot wait to see the students' eyes light up when they walk on to the yard on their first day of school.
Thank you for making a gift to this year's Annual Fund. As a community, we raised $400,000! The Annual Fund enables the School to offer unique programs, retain and develop our outstanding faculty and staff, and ensure a robust tuition assistance program.
We’re thrilled to announce that we will put the shovel in the ground for our new Lower School playground on June 11th! Over the past year, we gathered ideas and feedback from our faculty/staff, parents/guardians, and most importantly, from our students! The playground will be an amazing addition to our campus, and we look forward to watching our students explore and play when school begins in late August.
This past Saturday, family and friends came out to have fun at our PGA-sponsored Spring Festival. There was great food, music and fun for all who attended! Scroll through carousel to enjoy some pics from the day.
On January 11, we announced the hire of our new Lower School Director, Johanna Aeschliman. Johanna will join the Redwood Day community on July 1, and we all look forward to welcoming her! Recently, I was able to connect with Johanna for a brief Q & A to get to know her better. I hope this short piece helps you to get to know Johanna a bit more before she starts this summer.
Over the past school year, 6th grade students learned about the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. During our Founders unit, students were asked to apply their knowledge by creating civilizations of their very own.
Today, our 8th-grade students performed monologues in front of our school community. These monologues were based on a character from a novel they chose. The students are charged with reading their chosen novel, identifying a character within that novel, and writing a monologue from that character’s perspective.
Tomorrow, from 10:00-10:17 a.m. students in Grades 5-8 will have an opportunity to participate in the National School Walkout to protest gun violence. Students will have a choice as to whether or not they would like to participate and there will be ample adult supervision.
Ms. Camacho-Lovell and 6th grade Spanish want to thank all who came out to Redwood Day last Saturday in support of the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief fundraiser. The fundraiser was a tremendous success with the 6th grade raising a total of $1,355.33, all while having a lot of fun playing sports and eating pastries from the bakesale.
Last night, our Assistant Head of School, Cheryl Ting facilitated a powerful panel presentation on Multiracial Identity Development as part of the Parent Education series at Redwood Day. Panelists shared personal stories about their experiences and perspectives around being multiracial from the earliest recognition of their race to where they are today.
During today's assembly, we honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the power of oration during our 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival. This year's theme is, Where Do We Go From Here?: Continuing the Legacy 50 Years Later. The assembly opened with the famous, "I Have a Dream" speech...
I'm excited to announce the official close of the Here We Grow Campaign! The Campaign raised $4.25MM and represented an incredible community-wide effort to transform our campus, elevate our facilities, and continue to provide an exceptional program for students today and into the future. We are grateful to all of our families, alumni, friends, and foundations who made it possible to bring our vision to reality.
We are thrilled to announce that Johanna Aeschliman will join Redwood Day as our next Lower School Director beginning July 1, 2018. Johanna has a wealth of experience as a teacher and administrator in independent schools, and we are excited to welcome her to our community
The middle school (grades 6-8) was treated to a very special assembly titled, Nightmare on Puberty Street, put on by the Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Company. This performance helps students navigate through adolescence and wrestle with the age-old question, “Am I normal?”