Newsletter 2017-04-05

Thursday, April 6, 2017
** Next week is SPRING BREAK! No school from Mon., April 10 through Mon., April 17. We look forward to seeing everyone rested and refreshed on Tues., April 18. **
Field Study
  • Fri, Apr 7, K-1, AM Cascade Theater for Tarzan
  • Fri, Apr 7, 2-4, PM Clover Creek (MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - look for updates from your child’s teacher)
School News
  • Ms. Corinne, Ms. Beth and Ms. Sabrina (and several of our students) donned lipstick and puckered up to kiss a goat on Wednesday as part of the exciting grand finale of our penny drive. Thank you to all families and kids who gave generously to the school (and to Corinne, Beth and Sabrina for being such great sports!)
  • As the weather warms, it’s time for a dress code reminder: Please NO flip flips, tops with shoulder straps less than 1 inch wide, or shorts or skirts shorter than where fingertips touch the thigh. Dr. Irene is happy to loan a t-shirt or baggy pants to kids that need a change for the day.
  • A big congratulations to our 5th grade girls for their highly successful, completely student-organized fundraiser benefitting UCSF Children’s Hospital! To support their enthusiasm, we permitted trading cards (mostly Pokemon) for a short time on campus. Now that the fundraiser is over, please keep cards, games and toys at home so that they aren’t lost or damaged.
  • And a final reminder… Talent Show forms are past due and any accompanying CD’s were supposed to be turned in on 3/27 to Miss Cheri — make sure those have been turned in. Please be practiced and ready for tryouts during the week of April 18th-21st for your homeroom class.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Friday, May 26

    Orders and final payments are due by Friday, April 21st. If you have reserved tickets, it is now time to give checks to Brenda for the full amount of $30 per ticket for either Julius Caesar or Unison.

    Also, It was mentioned that Unison might be an R-rated performance. We got the following email message from the festival today. "Our ‘Unison’ suitability suggestions are changing significantly, now that the show is in rehearsal. Word from the rehearsal space is that the show is suitable for all ages." If any of you saw the movie, Fences, you know how powerful August Wilson was with words. Hopefully this world premiere of his poetry will be thrilling. Let Brenda know if you want tickets for that 8 PM performance.

Volunteer Opportunities
Have you completed your 40 hours for the year? If not…
  • Ms. Melissa is looking for anyone with sewing skills to help with making costumes for the talent show performance from her theater elective.
  • Parent Club is looking for helpers for Teacher Appreciation Week — a time when the parents shower the teachers with love.  

Community News

REDDING, California to host local March for Science on April 22, 2017 in support of evidence-based policy, continued investment in scientific research and education. The local March joins in solidarity with marches held in 427 US and international cities. Marchers will gather at the south end of the downtown Redding Promenade from 10-10:30am. The 1.5 mile march will begin at 11am and end at the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival in front of City Hall. March for Science organizers will be staffing a booth at the festival with information on what you can do to support science in our community, our state, and our country.

The organizers of the Redding, California March for Science warmly welcome scientists, science enthusiasts, and members of the public to come together in recognition of all the ways science touches our lives and betters our communities. Organizers of the national March for Science tout the event as, “a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community...we are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities...What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone”. The Redding March for Science strives to celebrate diversity of opinion, experience, and interest in the sciences and invites you, the reader, to join us for an afternoon of conversation and comradery.

Participants are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to the event. Water bottle refill stations will be available at the festival. Parking is available in the California Street parking lot and shuttle buses will be running from City Hall to the downtown RABA bus terminal all day, making it easier to return to your vehicle after the event.

More information and updates will be posted to the event’s Facebook page at, and website

Love and Logic

When it comes to sibling conflict, it’s common for all of us to focus on the wrong problem: Their relationship with each other rather than our relationship with them.

Healthy parent-child relationships are characterized by two things: First, the child feels unconditionally loved. Second, the child sees the parents as the undisputed authority figures in the home.

People who care enough to study Love and Logic materials… such as this tip… rarely have an issue with the “love” part of this equation. It comes naturally! The part they struggle with… and so do I… is the authority part.

Perhaps it’s helpful to remember that when we provide strong leadership… not just friendship... we see:

  • Happier kids who tend to get along far better with us.•  More secure kids who have fewer conflicts with each other.•  Kids who respect us enough to stop arguing with each other when we ask, “Guys? Will you stop that, please?”  
  • When we display relational weakness, chronic sibling conflict is a sure result.
  • Kids almost always fight with each other more when they lack consistent and loving limits.

Too frequently, all of us slip into the habit of addressing symptoms rather than core causes. When we do so, we find ourselves endlessly spinning our wheels, dealing with recurring symptoms, as well as ones that continuously erupt in new and unpredictable ways.

Real and lasting solutions to recurring family issues involve taking strategic steps toward reestablishing loving authority in the home. The first step involves asking the following questions:

  • Are we setting enough limits that we can actually enforce?•  Are we enforcing these limits with empathy and logical consequences rather than trying to do so with empty threats and lectures?•  Are the kids able to manipulate us… their parents… against each other?
  • Are we trying too hard to be their friends rather than focusing on remaining friendly authority figures? 

After asking these questions, review my audio, Sibling Rivalry: Strategies for Teaching Your Kids How to Get Along. If it doesn’t change your life, I’ll buy it back.

Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.

Dr. Charles Fay

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