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Week of April 25 – April 29

Welcome back!

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, April 25
Classes resume – normal schedule.

Tuesday, April 26
PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).  All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.  Free childcare is provided in the Champions room.

Thursday, April 28
Please turn in snack donations to the office.   STAR testing is beginning in the next week for 2nd – 5th graders and the school wants to provide a healthy snack for the test takers.  Donated snacks will be put into baggies for each student.  If you can donate a snack, please make sure there is enough for 30 students.  Items requested are: Cheerios, gold fish crackers, Chex or Life cereal, pretzels, popped popcorn, Pirate Booty, sandwich size ziplock bags.  If you can help put the snacks together, please come to the office on Friday, April 29 at 8:10am.

Fresh Choice restaruant fundraiser!  Please come and eat at Fresh Choice and they will donate 15% of sales back to Roosevelt.  Please present your flyer to the cashier so that Roosevelt can get the credit for your meal purchase.  Extra flyers are available in the office.

This week on the Parent Blog!
Unfortunately, there was an error with the blog’s server.  I’ve contacted the hosting site and they are working to resolve it.  I’m hoping that the site will be back up and running by Tuesday at the latest. I received pictures and videos from Ms. Mallari’s 1st grade class, Mrs Boone’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Tsuchiyama’s 4th grade class and Ms Bates class that I’m going to put up.  If you have pictures from the classroom or a school event that you would like to have posted, let me know. Also, if there’s ever anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to post it.

Expansion Committee Update…
Ms Girardi met with Mr. Parungao, the district’s Chief Business Officer, before Spring Break to go over our campus’ available space.  Superintendent Christensen is waiting for a report on space allocation for the entire district from Mr. Parungao and as soon as that is done, we hope to be added to a May board meeting agenda for a request to add 6th grade for the 2011/2012 school year.

PTA Pledges…
Many of you chose the option to pledge money every month to pay for our P.E. program. Unfortunately, sending out reminder bills has proven difficult. The PTA still needs your donations to support our P.E. program. Please stop by the office or send your pledge money in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs here at Roosevelt!

PTA Nominations…
Do you have great ideas for Roosevelt?  Do you want to get more involved? Do you want to meet more parents and feel part of something? The PTA needs you! They are actively seeking volunteers for next year’s PTA. If you’re interested, or want more information, please feel free to contact Aurora Gallardo or Bonnie Courtney-Rodriguez or attend the April 26 PTA meeting.

District Budget News…
Next year’s school budget is still unknown at this time. For those who would like to learn more about the effect of the state budget on the Redwood City School district, community budget forums have been scheduled:

Monday, May 2, Community Budget Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: John Gill, 555 Avenue del Ora
Tuesday, May 10, Community Budget Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Clifford School, 225 Clifford Ave

The budget update that was posted on the District website last month summarizes the three scenarios the district is considering. Plan A was dependent on a June election. Plans B and C provide a rough outline of what the district may have to cut if the governor now proposes closing the entire $24 billion deficit with spending cuts alone (e.g. an “all-cuts” budget).

Most of the cuts under plans B and C will be in the form of eliminating teacher work days (and corresponding pay) and reducing teacher salaries, based on the agreements that were reached with the union representing teachers last year. Under both plans, the school year would be reduced by 5 days for students. Additional budget cuts will also have to be made that have not yet been determined. The district issued 4 pink slips this year and notified 36 temporary teachers that their contracts would not be renewed next year due to the budget cuts.

The district would like to encourage you to attend one of the upcoming budget forums so that your questions can be answered. In addition, budget updates are given at each school board meeting.

Rally to Support Education Funding…
Educate Our State, a grassroots organization started here in Redwood City, will be hosting statewide rallies on May 24 to show that parents and citizens support quality education and to draw attention to the budget crisis affecting our schools.  More details will follow as I receive them, but please mark May 24 on your calendar so that you’re available to show your support.  For more information, go to the Educate Our State website www.educateourstate.org

Have a great week!



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Week of April 11 – April 15

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, April 11
Site Council Meeting at 6:30 in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).  Topics discussed include Expansion Committee update, district news, school safety and the principal’s report.  All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Budget Forum at the District Office at 7:00pm.  (There is a district PTA/PTO meeting afterwards, but all parents are welcome to attend the budget discussion)

Tuesday, April 12
Restaurant Fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese!  Come and join us at Chuck E Cheese anytime between 3:00pm and 9:00pm and Chuck E Cheese will donate 15% of sales back to Roosevelt!

Thursday, April 14
American Heart Association Assembly and Multiplication Marathon

Friday, April 15
Minimum Day schedule!  (Kindergarten classes all have Early Bird schedule – start at 8:00am with 12:10 dismissal time)

April 18 – April 22
Spring Break!  No classes this week.  Classes resume on Monday, April 25

Upcoming Dates to Remember…
Tuesday, April 12  at 7:00pm- Open Gate Nursery School is hosting a talk by Jim Lobdell of Challange Success.  He will be speaking about The Well-Balanced Child:  Avoiding Stress in a Fast Paced World.  The community is invited to attend.  The cost is $10 at the door.  Download a flyer at http://www.ogns.org/pdfs/jim_lobdell_CS_presentation.pdf .

This week on the Parent Blog!
I was able to tag along with Ms. Dragan’s 2nd grade class and Ms. Northen’s 3rd grade class when they had Jiji Math in the computer lab this week and I blogged about what I saw.  I also visited the 2nd grade classrooms this week and recorded a talk by beekeeper Wayne Pitts.  I’m currently editing the video, so look for that to be posted soon.  Our 3rd grade classes are beginning their Social Studies PBL unit and they had a field trip to the San Mateo History Museum to learn about the local Native American tribe of the Ohlone.  And, I also posted another TED Talk.  This one is from a middle school teacher in Philadelphia and she teaches using project based learning.   If you have pictures from the classroom or a school event that you would like to have posted, let me know. Also, if there’s ever anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to post it.  www.rooseveltparents.com

Expansion Committee Update…
Our 5th grade parents met with Superintendent Jan Christensen last Wednesday to discuss plans for next year.  At this time, there is no guarantee that we will be granted our request for expansion.  However, the Expansion Committee will be meeting with the district’s Chief Business Officer on Monday afternoon to go over our campus’ available space.  After that meeting, we’re hopeful that the Superintendent will recommend to the board that we add 6th grade for the 2011/2012 school year at the April 27 board meeting.

PTA Pledges…
Many of you chose the option to pledge money every month to pay for our P.E. program. Unfortunately, sending out reminder bills has proven difficult. The PTA still needs your donations to support our P.E. program. Please stop by the office or send your pledge money in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs here at Roosevelt!

PTA Nominations…
Do you want to get more involved? Do you want to meet more parents and feel part of something? The PTA needs you! They are actively seeking volunteers for next year’s PTA. If you’re interested, or want more information, please feel free to contact Aurora Gallardo or Bonnie Courtney-Rodriguez or attend the April 26 PTA meeting.

District Budget News…
Next year’s school budget is still unknown at this time. For those who would like to learn more about the effect of the state budget on the Redwood City School district, community budget forums have been scheduled:

Monday, April 11, PTA/PTO Roundtable with Superintendent Christensen and Chief Business Official Parungao (all parents welcome to come for budget discussion), 7-9 p.m., District Office, 750 Bradford St.
Monday, May 2, Community Budget Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: John Gill, 555 Avenue del Ora
Tuesday, May 10, Community Budget Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Clifford School, 225 Clifford Ave

The budget update that was posted on the District website last month summarizes the three scenarios the district is considering. Plan A was dependent on a June election. Plans B and C provide a rough outline of what the district may have to cut if the governor now proposes closing the entire $24 billion deficit with spending cuts alone (e.g. an “all-cuts” budget).

Most of the cuts under plans B and C will be in the form of eliminating teacher work days (and corresponding pay) and reducing teacher salaries, based on the agreements that were reached with the union representing teachers last year. Under both plans, the school year would be reduced by 5 days for students. Additional budget cuts will also have to be made that have not yet been determined. The district issued 4 pink slips this year and notified 36 temporary teachers that their contracts would not be renewed next year due to the budget cuts.

The district would like to encourage you to attend one of the upcoming budget forums so that your questions can be answered. In addition, budget updates are given at each school board meeting.

Have a great week!



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Week of April 4 – April 8

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, April 4
Reclassification ceremony for students that will be reclassified from English Language Learning to English Proficient.  26 Roosevelt students will be participating in the reclassification ceremony at the MIT Auditorium at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, April 6
Superintendent Jan Christensen will be meeting with the 5th grade parents at 2:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14) to discuss plans for next year.  Expansion Committee members, SIte Council , ELAC and PTA board members are also invited to attend.

ELAC Meeting at 5:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14)

Upcoming Dates to Remember…
Thursday, April 14 – American Heart Association Assembly and Multiplication Marathon
Friday, April 15 –  Last Day before Spring Break – Minimum Day
April 18 – April 22 – Spring Break – No School
Friday, May 13 – Gary Lapow Teasing/Anti-bullying Assemblies

This week on the Parent Blog!

After Wednesday’s meeting with Superintendent Christensen, I should be posting an update about our expansion proposal.  I’ll also be visiting the 2nd grade classrooms on Thursday when the students are visited by a bee keeper for their PBL Science unit on bees.  Thanks to Dora Bejarano for sending pictures from Friday night’s BINGO night!  If you have pictures from the classroom or a school event that you would like to have posted, let me know. Also, if there’s ever anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to post it. www.rooseveltparents.com

PTA Pledges…
Many of you chose the option to pledge money every month to pay for our P.E. program. Unfortunately, sending out reminder bills has proven difficult. The PTA still needs your donations to support our P.E. program. Please stop by the office or send your pledge money in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs here at Roosevelt!

PTA Nominations…
Do you want to get more involved? Do you want to meet more parents and feel part of something? The PTA needs you! They are actively seeking volunteers for next year’s PTA. If you’re interested, or want more information, please feel free to contact Aurora Gallardo or Bonnie Courney-Rodriguez or attend the April 26 PTA meeting.

Did You Know?…
68% of our Kindergarteners are Advanced or Proficient in English Language Arts and 84% are Advanced or Proficient in Math!

District Budget News…
Next year’s school budget is still unknown at this time. For those who would like to learn more about the effect of the state budget on the Redwood City School district, community budget forums have been scheduled:

Monday, April 11, PTA/PTO Roundtable with Superintendent Christensen and Chief Business Official Parungao (all parents welcome to come for budget discussion), 7-9 p.m., District Office, 750 Bradford St.
Monday, May 2, Community Budget Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: John Gill, 555 Avenue del Ora
Tuesday, May 10, Community Budget Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Clifford School, 225 Clifford Ave

The budget update that was posted on the District website last month summarizes the three scenarios the district is considering.  Plan A was dependent on a June election.  Plans B and C provide a rough outline of what the district may have to cut if the governor now proposes closing the entire $24 billion deficit with spending cuts alone (e.g. an “all-cuts” budget).

Most of the cuts under plans B and C will be in the form of eliminating teacher work days (and corresponding pay) and reducing teacher salaries, based on the agreements that were reached with the union representing teachers last year.  Under both plans, the school year would be reduced by 5 days for students. Additional budget cuts will also have to be made that have not yet been determined. The district issued 4 pink slips this year and notified 36 temporary teachers that their contracts would not be renewed next year due to the budget cuts.

The district would like to encourage you to attend one of the upcoming budget forums so that your questions can be answered.  In addition, budget updates are given at each school board meeting.

Have a great week!

Trish Taylor



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Week of March 28 – April 1

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday – Friday…
This is the last week of the  Punctuality Contest! The class with the most students on time will win a pizza party! All students must be in line (or in the classroom for those classes that don’t line up) by 8:00am. 8:01am will be considered late for this contest. If students arrive on time, our teachers are able to start classroom instruction right away.

Thursday, March 31
The See’s Candies orders are due!   All money earned from this fundraiser will support P.E., Music for Minors and field trips. The class that sells the most will earn a Pizza Party.

Friday, April 1
Free Dress Friday!

Bingo Night! Don’t miss Bingo Night this Friday, April 1st. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke! There will be lots of great prizes and fun for the whole family.  Please bring a plate of cookies to share. The cookie social starts at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-use room (coffee and hot cocoa will be provided by the Roosevelt PTA). You can bring your cookies to the event, or you can drop off cookies at the school office in the morning.  Then, get ready to bingo starting at 7 p.m.! Bingo cards will be on sale throughout the evening for 50 cents each. Great prizes available!

This week on the Parent Blog!
Last week I posted some great pictures and videos from Ms. Mallari’s 1st grade class from their PBL unit on community.  I will be posting an update from the Expansion Committee this week.  I also try to add links to articles or videos that are informative or inspiring, so be sure to check those out as well.  If you have pictures from the classroom or a school event that you would like to have posted, let me know. Also, if there’s ever anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to post it.

PTA Pledges…
Many of you chose the option to pledge money every month to pay for our P.E. program. Unfortunately, sending out reminder bills has proven difficult. The PTA still needs your donations to support our P.E. program. Please stop by the office or send your pledge money in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs here at Roosevelt!

PTA Nominations…
Do you want to get more involved?  Do you want to meet more parents and feel part of something?  The PTA needs you!  They are actively seeking volunteers for next year’s PTA.  If you’re interested, or want more information, please feel free to contact Aurora Gallardo or Bonnie Courney-Rodriguez or attend the April 26 PTA meeting.

Neighborhood News…
If you haven’t already done so, make sure to turn in your Speed Bump Survey Form. For the safety of our students, we would like to have speed bumps on Vera Avenue to force traffic to slow down. Please turn in your survey form ASAP. More survey forms are available in the school office.

District Budget News…
Next year’s school budget is still unknown at this time.  Right now, the district is hoping that the state legislature will put tax extensions on a June ballot.  Those taxes are due to expire in July.  If the tax extensions are put on the ballot and approved by the voters, there will be relatively no change to the district’s budget.  If the tax extensions don’t get put on the ballot or are not passed by voters, the district is looking at even more cuts to the budget which could mean even less school days next year.  The district is scheduling budget forums at different sites over the next few months to explain the situation. If you want more information about what is happening in Sacramento, be sure to check out www.educateourstate.org.

Have a great week!

 

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Week of March 21 – March 25

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, March 21
Coffee with the Principal.  Come and join Ms. Girardi at 8:00am in the Parent Room (Room 11). This is your chance to hear about school and district news and talk about plans for Roosevelt. All are welcome to attend. Ms. Girardi will be able to provide Spanish translation. If you have a younger child or a Kindergarten later gator, you still may attend. The Parent Room has a play area for younger children.

Tuesday, March 22
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14) Please come and find out what PTA positions are needed for next year’s PTA.  All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.  Free childcare is available in the Champions room.

Wednesday, March 23
Roosevelt needs your help!!  The Expansion Committee has made the presentation to the school board for the expansion of Roosevelt to a K-8 school and now we need you, the parents and students to come to the board meeting to show your support and if you want, speak to the board about why you would like Roosevelt to become a K-8.  The school board needs to see that the parents really want this and the Expansion Committee cannot do it alone.  Wear your school shirts, bring your children, make a sign! We need as many families as possible to attend.  The board meeting begins at 7:00pm at the District Office.  Please come and show your support!  If you are unable to attend, write a letter or send an email to the school board.  For more information, contact Aurora Gallardo (Spanish) or Trish Taylor (English).

This week on the Parent Blog!
Last week I posted a summary of the budget meeting I attended at the school district office.  Many classes are beginning new PBL units, so keep your eye out for more information from the different classrooms.  And continued thanks to some of the 2nd grade parents for their pictures of the 2nd grader’s Person In History presentations and science projects. If you have pictures from the classroom or a school event that you would like to have posted, let me know. Also, if there’s ever anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to post it.  These weekly emails are also posted to the blog, so in case you need to refer back to this week’s events, you can always check the blog.  www.rooseveltparents.com

Punctuality contest…
The Punctuality Contest is still going until the end of March. The class with the most students on time will win a pizza party! All students must be in line (or in the classroom for those classes that don’t line up) by 8:00am. 8:01am will be considered late for this contest. If students arrive on time, our teachers are able to start classroom instruction right away. There are about 180 days of instruction in a school year and if a child is 1 minute late every day, that equals almost an hour and a half of lost instruction time. Every minute counts!

Save the Date…

Family Fun Night – Bingo! – April 1 – Volunteers and Donations Needed
Mark your calendars for Bingo Night, coming to Roosevelt on April 1st! This exciting event will be fun for the entire family, with a chance to win lots of great prizes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a cookie social, followed by bingo at 7 p.m. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Coffee and hot cocoa will be provided by the Roosevelt PTA. Bingo cards will be available for 50 cents each.

We need volunteers to help make this event a success! If you can help in any way, please send an e-mail to Anneke Cole

Do you have something that would make a great bingo prize? We would love your donation! Please consider donating a gift card, unwrapped toy or art supplies (all items must be new and in original packaging). If you can help, please contact Kim Schiff

PTA Pledges…
Many of you chose the option to pledge money every month to pay for our P.E. program.  Unfortunately, sending out reminder bills has proven difficult.  The PTA still needs your donations to support our P.E. program.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge money in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs here at Roosevelt!

Free Tutoring Website…
I’ve found a free online tutoring website (right now it’s mostly Math and Science, but they are going to be adding all subjects over time). Kids can watch instructional videos and work on problems. They can earn points and badges as they progress through the levels. And like Jiji Math and Accelerated Reader, they can’t move on to the next level until they’ve mastered the level that they’re on. www.khanacademy.org

Fundraising…
The See’s Candies fundraiser forms were sent home last week. All orders are due on March 31. All money earned from this fundraiser will support P.E., Music for Minors and field trips. The class that sells the most will earn a Pizza Party.

Redwood City Art Contest…
Entry forms for the city wide art contest were sent home last week. The contest is open to all children in grades K-8. This year’s theme is “What Makes Me Smile”. The school with the most entries will win $100. Entries are to be turned in to the school office by Monday, March 21. Entry forms are available in the school office.

Neighborhood News…
There is an ongoing fight by some very involved neighborhood families for Schaberg Library.  Right now, the library is open Tuesday – Thursday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  However, there was a donation made to support the library of about $250,000.  Instead of using that money to increase or maintain Schaberg’s hours, that money has been allocated for special programs and for retired librarian Chuck Aston to be paid $45 per hour for storytelling.  Please keep your eye out for news on this issue.  Our neighborhood and the students of Roosevelt need this valuable resource.  Here’s an article that gives a brief overview of what’s going on http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_17650446?nclick_check=1

In last week’s Thursday folder you should have received a Speed Hump Survey Form.  For the safety of our students, we would like to have speed bumps on Vera Avenue to force traffic to slow down.  Please turn in your survey form ASAP.  More survey forms are available in the school office.

Have a great week!

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Week of March 14 – March 18

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Spring Forward!  Daylight Savings Time began this weekend, so you should have moved your clocks 1 hour forward.

Monday, March 14
School Site Council meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge – Room 14.  All are welcome to attend Site Council meetings.  Topics usually discussed include: Principal’s report, school safety, Expansion Committee updates and other district and school news.  Spanish translation is available.

Lock Down Drill Update…
Due to the tsunami warning last Friday, the Lock Down Drill was canceled.  It will be rescheduled and you will be notified of the rescheduled date.

Coffee with Principal Girardi…
Come and join Ms. Girardi on Monday, March 21 at 8:00am in the Parent Room (Room 11).  This is your chance to hear about school and district news and talk about plans for Roosevelt.  All are welcome to attend.  Ms. Girardi will be able to provide Spanish translation.  If you have a younger child or a Kindergarten later gator, you still may attend.  The Parent Room has a play area for younger children.

This week on the Parent Blog!
I attended a meeting last Friday at the district office about next year’s budget for our schools.  I’ll be writing a summary and posting it on the blog.  I also have some information to post from the Drug Awareness Night presentation that was held on February 28.  Pictures have been added from the 4th grader’s field trip to Ano Nuevo and the 5th grader’s field trip to Angel Island.  Also, I added a small sampling of pictures from the 5th grader’s Outdoor Education week.  (Thanks Ms Vawter and Mr Williams for the many pics!) And thanks to some of the 2nd grade parents for their pictures of the 2nd grader’s Person In History presentations.  If you have pictures from the classroom or a school event that you would like to have posted, let me know. Also, if there’s ever anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to post it.  www.rooseveltparents.com

Punctuality contest…
The Punctuality Contest is still going until the end of March.  The class with the most students on time will win a pizza party! All students must be in line (or in the classroom for those classes that don’t line up) by 8:00am. 8:01am will be considered late for this contest. If students arrive on time, our teachers are able to start classroom instruction right away. There are about 180 days of instruction in a school year and if a child is 1 minute late every day, that equals almost an hour and a half of lost instruction time. Every minute counts!

Save the Date…

Family Fun Night – Bingo! – April 1 – Volunteers and Donations Needed
Mark your calendars for Bingo Night, coming to Roosevelt on April 1st! This exciting event will be fun for the entire family, with a chance to win lots of great prizes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a cookie social, followed by bingo at 7 p.m. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Coffee and hot cocoa will be provided by the Roosevelt PTA. Bingo cards will be available for 50 cents each.

We need volunteers to help make this event a success! If you can help in any way, please send an e-mail to Anneke Cole

Do you have something that would make a great bingo prize? We would love your donation! Please consider donating a gift card, unwrapped toy or art supplies (all items must be new and in original packaging). If you can help, please contact Kim Schiff

Directories…
The directories were distributed last week to the families that turned in their contact information for the directory.  There are only a few extra copies available, so if you would a copy, you can pick one up from the school office.  Please, only one copy per family.

Free Tutoring Website…
I’ve found a free online tutoring website (right now it’s mostly Math and Science, but they are going to be adding all subjects over time).  Kids can watch instructional videos and work on problems.  They can earn points and badges as they progress through the levels.  And like Jiji Math and Accelerated Reader, they can’t move on to the next level until they’ve mastered the level that they’re on. www.khanacademy.org

Fundraising…
The See’s Candies fundraiser forms were sent home last week.  All orders are due on March 31.  All money earned from this fundraiser will support P.E., Music for Minors and field trips.  The class that sells the most will earn a Pizza Party.

Redwood City Art Contest…
Entry forms for the city wide art contest were sent home last week.  The contest is open to all children in grades K-8.  This year’s theme is “What Makes Me Smile”.  The school with the most entries will win $100.  Entries are to be turned in to the school office by Monday, March 21.   Entry forms are available in the school office.

Have a great week!

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Week of March 7 – March 11

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday – Friday…
Parent Teacher Conferences are this week. Please remember that grades 1 – 5 have Minimum Day schedule all week (Kindergarten has regular dismissal times). If you haven’t scheduled a conference time, contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Wednesday, March 9
There will be a guest principal on the Roosevelt campus – Lori Mirso.  Ms Girardi will be showing Ms. Mirso around the Roosevelt campus and they will be observing classroom instruction.

Expansion Committee at School Board Meeting  at 7:00pm – The Expansion Committee will be presenting before the School Board on March 9 to ask that Roosevelt become a K-8 school. All are welcome to attend and you may also speak before the board if you choose to do so.

Thursday, March 10
Restaurant fundraiser at Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Menlo Park (515 El Camino Real) from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Rubio’s will be giving Roosevelt 20% of total eat in or take out sales.  Make sure you present the flyer to the cashier so that Roosevelt gets the credit for your order.

Friday, March 11
Lock Down Drill – Sometime during the day, there will be a Lock Down drill.  Children will be gathered in a safe place with their teacher to practice what they would do in case of a real emergency.

This week on the Parent Blog!
I have been making some changes to the parent blog.  The major change is to the PBL in the Classroom tab.  I now have each grade listed separately so that you don’t have to scroll through the entire post if you’re looking for a specific grade.  I’ve also been adding pictures that I’ve been getting from the faculty and parents.  Some are under the Photo Gallery tab and others are with the specific grade level to show examples of the PBL lessons going on in the classrooms.  I’m a bit behind on loading the pictures, so expect to see more and more throughout the week.    I also posted 5th grader Angela Khov’s essay on Project Based Learning and her run for class president. If you have pictures from the classroom or a school event that you would like to have posted, let me know.  Also, if there’s ever anything you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to post it.    www.rooseveltparents.com

Save the Date…

Family Fun Night – Bingo! – April 1 – Volunteers and Donations Needed
Mark your calendars for Bingo Night, coming to Roosevelt on April 1st! This exciting event will be fun for the entire family, with a chance to win lots of great prizes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a cookie social, followed by bingo at 7 p.m. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Coffee and hot cocoa will be provided by the Roosevelt PTA. Bingo cards will be available for 50 cents each.

We need volunteers to help make this event a success! If you can help in any way, please send an e-mail to Anneke Cole at annekecole@gmail.com

Do you have something that would make a great bingo prize? We would love your donation! Please consider donating a gift card, unwrapped toy or art supplies (all items must be new and in original packaging). If you can help, please contact Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net

Directories…
The directories are finally done and will be distributed this week!

Have a great week!

Trish Taylor

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Week of February 28 – March 4

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, February 28
Punctuality contest begins!  All students must be in line (or in the classroom for those classes that don’t line up) by 8:00am. 8:01am will be considered late for this contest.

Drug Awareness Night – An officer from the Sherrif’s department will be coming to Roosevelt for a presentation on drug awareness from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please note: because the officer will be bringing items associated with drugs, this is an adult only event, but childcare will be available in the Champions Room.

Friday, March 4
Free Dress Friday!

Testing…
4th graders will be taking the State Writing Test on Tuesday, March 1.  Make up tests will be given on Wednesday, March 2.

This week on the Parent Blog!
I have included what I think are important links to Roosevelt parents on the blog.  On the right side, you’ll see different boxes.  The first is the Translate box.  For instance, if you click on Espanol, the blog will be translated into Spanish for you.  The next box lists the titles of recent blog posts.  Click on any title and that blog post will open.  Next is Important Links.  These are links to the school’s website, our Yahoo page, our Facebook page, etc.  Then there’s Other Roosevelt Links.  There you will find links to EZ School Pay to put money on your child’s cafeteria account, Jiji Math, Accelerated Reader and the Buck Institute which trains our teachers in PBL.  Then there’s Redwood City Links.  There you will find links to the RCEF, the Parks and Rec dept and a Yahoo group for parents in Redwood City.  If there’s another link you think Roosevelt parents should know about, let me know and I’ll add it to our blog.  www.rooseveltparents.com

Parent Teacher Conferences…
Conferences will be held the week of March 7 – March 11.  There will be Minimum Day schedule that week (except Kindergarten).  If you haven’t scheduled a conference time with your child’s teacher, make sure you do so this week.

Save the Date…

Expansion Committee at Board Meeting – March 9
The Expansion Committee will be presenting before the School Board on March 9 to ask that Roosevelt become a K-8 school. All are welcome to attend and you may also speak before the board if you choose to do so.

Family Fun Night – Bingo! – April 1
The PTA will be hosting a Bingo night on Friday April 1.  Look for more details to come over the next few weeks.

Fundraising…
You can donate your points in the Coke Rewards program to Roosevelt school. Roosevelt can then cash in points for items listed in the catalog for schools. Go to http://www.mycokerewards.com/schoolDetails.do?id=1056650985&x=67&y=21 to donate your points to Roosevelt!

Roosevelt is also participating in the Labels for Education program.  Labels for Education collects UPC labels for products such as Campbell’s Soup and Post cereals.  These can be turned into the school office.  You can also register your Safeway Club card on their website and points will automatically be given to the school when you purchase products participating in the Labels for Education program.  You can then turn also turn in the UPC labels and the school will get double points.  To register your Club card and for a list of participating products, go to http://www.labelsforeducation.com/MySchool/Default.aspx At this time, we don’t have a coordinator to collect labels that are turned in to the office.  If you would like to help out, please let me know.

Restaurant Fundraiser…
There is a restaurant fundraiser at Rubio’s in Menlo Park on March 10. So far, the restaurant fundraisers have earned over $2,000 for our school!

Volunteer Needed…
The district’s teacher’s union representatives would like to have a parent contact at each school site.  We need a Roosevelt parent to represent Roosevelt.  If you’re interested or have any questions, please let me know.  trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Have a great week!

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Week of February 14 – February 18

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Looks like there’s rain in the forecast for this week. So, just a reminder that if it’s raining in the morning, students are to go to their classroom instead of the school yard.

Monday, February 14
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 15
PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Room (Room 14). All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Childcare is provided in the Champions room.

Wednesday, February 16
Spring Picture Day!  This will be a free dress day for all students.

Friday, February 18
President Lincoln’s Birthday.  No school.

Benchmark Testing…
Grades 1 – 4 will be doing benchmark testing this week and 5th grade will test next week.

This week on the Parent Blog!
I’m hoping to post pictures and/or information about the 5th graders’ Outdoor Ed experience and I’ve been asking teachers to send me information about what’s going on in their classrooms.  As I receive information, I’ll be posting it.  www.rooseveltparents.com

Holidays ahead…
Monday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 22 are school holidays this year.

Punctuality contest…
A new contest will begin on Monday, February 28 through the end of March.  The class with the most students on time will win a pizza party!  All students must be in line (or in the classroom for those classes that don’t line up) by 8:00am.  8:01am will be considered late for this contest.  If students arrive on time, our teachers are able to start classroom instruction right away.  There are about 180 days of instruction in a school year and if a child is 1 minute late every day, that equals almost an hour and a half of lost instruction time.  Every minute counts!

Substitute Principal…
Ms. Girardi will be at a training February 21 – February 25.  There will be a substitute principal, Laura Hubbard, on the Roosevelt campus Wednesday, Feb 23 – Friday, Feb 25.

Save the Date…

Drug Awareness Night – February 28
An officer from the Sherrif’s department will be coming to Roosevelt for a presentation on drug awareness on Monday, February 28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please note: because the officer will be bringing items associated with drugs, this is an adult only event, but childcare will be available in the Champions Room.

Expansion Committee at Board Meeting – March 9
The Expansion Committee will be presenting before the School Board on March 9 to ask that Roosevelt become a K-8 school.  All are welcome to attend and you may also speak before the board if you choose to do so.

Neighborhood News…
Schaberg Library will be closed on Mondays but open on Saturdays.  The Homework Club is no longer available, but children can sign up for the after school program offered by the Parks and Rec department.  Applications are available at the Parks and Rec office (Red Morton Community Center – 1120 Roosevelt Avenue)

Restaurant Fundraiser…
There is a restaurant fundraiser at Rubio’s in Menlo Park coming up.  Look for more information to come.  So far, the restaurant fundraisers have earned over $2,000 for our school!

Have a great week!

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Week of February 7 – February 11

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, February 7
The School Site Council meeting will be at 6:30pm in the Faculty Room (Room14). Topics usually discussed include: school safety, Expansion Committee update, Principal’s Report, district news and school news. All are welcome and Spanish translation is available.

Wednesday, February 9
Board Meeting at District Office at 7:00pm.  Here’s the agenda for the evening http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/rcsd/icalSW/eventDetail.asp?DID=21627.  All are welcome to attend, and Spanish translation is available.

Friday, February 11
Friday is the final day of the Boys vs Girls Box Tops contest!  The winners will receive an extra recess on Monday, February 14.  So get those Box Tops turned in!

The Yahoo Group…
Since we now have the online blog, I’ve made our Yahoo group private.  What that means is that only members can see content that is posted.

Also, please ask other Roosevelt parents if they are signed up for the Yahoo group and if they are getting the weekly updates.  If you find out that someone is signed up, but not receiving these emails, let me know and I can fix their account.

Keep checking the Parent Blog!
Make sure to bookmark our blog – www.rooseveltparents.com. This week I’ll be posting more information from teachers on what is happening in their classrooms in the “PBL in the Classroom” section. If you have any pictures that you would like to have included on the blog, please send them to me and I’ll be sure to post them.

Holidays ahead…
A reminder that Friday, February 18, Monday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 22 are all school holidays this year.

Save the Date…

Drug Awareness Night – February 28
An officer from the Sherrif’s department will be coming to Roosevelt for a presentation on drug awareness on Monday, February 28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please note: because the officer will be bringing items associated with drugs, this is an adult only event, but childcare will be available in the Champions Room.

Expansion Committee at Board Meeting – March 9
The Expansion Committee will be presenting before the School Board on March 9 to ask that Roosevelt become a K-8 school.

Have a great week!

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Week of January 31 – February 4

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Tuesday, February 1
If you have a child that is eligible for Kindergarten next year and you didn’t attend Saturday’s pre-registration day, you must register during the month of February, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm in the school office.

Wednesday – February 2
Flyers for a Pasta Pomodoro fundraiser came home in last Thursday’s folder. Dine in or get a meal to go at Pasta Pomodoro all day on Wednesday and Roosevelt will get 20% of your bill back for our school! Extra flyers are available in the office.   Pasta Pomodoro is located at 490 El Camino Real (at Whipple and El Camino).  You must present the flyer to your server.

Friday, February 4
First Friday Free Dress Day!

Keep checking the Parent Blog!
Make sure to bookmark our blog – www.rooseveltparents.com. Last week I posted an update from the 6th Grade Expansion Committee as well as important information about Schaberg library’s Homework Club.  New pictures are also being added as I receive them.

Book Swap…
Ms. Tsuchiyama’s 4th grade class is still collecting books for their February Book Swap. Please bring in any used books (in good condition) to your child’s classroom and the 4th graders will take care of the rest!

Save the Date…
Drug Awareness Night – February 28
An officer from the Sherrif’s department will be coming to Roosevelt for a presentation on drug awareness on Monday, February 28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please note: because the officer will be bringing items associated with drugs, this is an adult only event, but childcare will be available in the Champions Room.

Expansion Committee at Board Meeting – March 9
The Expansion Committee will be presenting before the School Board on March 9 to ask that Roosevelt become a K-8 school.

Fundraising…
The Boys vs Girls Box Tops contest is underway!  Make sure to send in those Box Tops!

Be on time…
Monday is the last day for the  ELAC and PTA “Be On Time!” contest for the class who has the most students that arrive on time to school each morning through January 31st. The winning class will have a pizza party!

Have a great week!

Trish Taylor

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Week of January 24 – January 28

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, January 24
Box Tops Boys vs Girls fundraiser begins!

Reclassification writing test for 2nd and 3rd graders.  English Language Learners who were proficient or advanced on the CST and qualified on the CELDT exam will be given a writing test to determine if they can be reclassified.

Literacy Night from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. There will be a main presentation on ways to make your child a better reader and then there will be smaller workshops for the parents. This is an event for all Roosevelt parents. Workshops will be available in English and Spanish.

Tuesday – January 25
Reclassification writing test for 4th and 5th graders.  English Language Learners who were proficient or advanced on the CST and qualified on the CELDT exam will be given a writing test to determine if they can be reclassified.

Flyers for a Chuck E Cheese fundraiser came home in last Thursday’s folder.  Eat at Chuck E Cheese anytime between 3:00pm – 9:00pm and Roosevelt will get money back for our school!

PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Room (Room 14).  All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.  Childcare is provided in the Champions room.

Friday, January 28
Awards Ceremony in the MUR!  Students in grades 1-5, who made 10% growth or who were proficient on the December benchmark assessment will be receiving ribbons to recognize their hard work.  1st and 2nd grade at 1:00 and 3rd – 5th grade at 1:30.

Family Movie Night featuring “Toy Story 3”!  Bring blankets, pillows or sleeping bags to get comfortable on the floor in the multi-use room. You may drop off your items in the multi-use room as early as 6:15, but we ask that everyone waits outside till the doors open at 6:45. The movie will start at 7pm.

Please note that all children must be supervised by an adult. Admission is free but you may want to bring money for snacks. We’ll be selling bags of popcorn and bottled water for $1 each and big candy bars for $2. All proceeds support the Roosevelt PTA.

We have a New Teacher…
The district has provided us with a half time teacher to support student learning at Roosevelt. Ms. Girardi is going to use site funds to make this a full-time teaching position.  Roosevelt’s newest teacher, Sara Christensen, is now in Room 10 and will be helping with 1st grade reading and TIG groups and 4th and 5th graders with Math and Language Arts.

Keep checking the Parent Blog!
Make sure to bookmark our blog – www.rooseveltparents.com. This week I’ll be posting important information from the 6th Grade Expansion Committee.  I’m also trying to regularly update the “PBL in the Classroom” section on the blog.  Take a look at what all of the different grades are doing in their classrooms with PBL!  Please also check the “Volunteer Corner”.  We’re trying to recognize the hard work and dedication of Roosevelt’s volunteers so I’m adding names as I get them.

Book Swap…
Ms. Tsuchiyama’s 4th grade class is still collecting books for their February Book Swap.  Please bring in any used books (in good condition) to your child’s classroom and the 4th graders will take care of the rest!

Save the Date…

Drug Awareness Night – February 28
An officer from the Sherrif’s department will be coming to Roosevelt for a presentation on drug awareness on Monday, February 28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please note: because the officer will be bringing items associated with drugs, this is an adult only event, but childcare will be available in the Champions Room.

Be on time…
We’re in the last 6 days of the ELAC and PTA “Be On Time!” contest for the class who has the most students that arrive on time to school each morning through January 31st. The winning class will have a pizza party!

Have a great week!

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Week of January 17 – January 21

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – No classes

Wednesday, January 19
School Board meeting at the District Office.  Here’s a link to this week’s agenda.  http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/rcsd/icalSW/eventDetail.asp?DID=21624 All are welcome and Spanish translation is available.

Keep checking the Parent Blog!
Make sure to bookmark our blog – www.rooseveltparents.com. If you have anything that you would like to have posted on the blog, please let me know.  Make sure to check it regularly since the content there is updated frequently and sometimes a question will be posted to get your opinion on an issue.  If you have any photos or videos of activities and projects, send them to me and I’ll put them on the site. One feature that many of you will find useful is the Translate option. On the right hand side of the blog is a box that says “Translation”. Just click on the language of your choice and the entire blog will be translated into that language for you using Google translator.

Book Swap…
Ms. Tsuchiyama’s 4th grade class is still collecting books for their February Book Swap.  Please bring in any used books (in good condition) to your child’s classroom and the 4th graders will take care of the rest!

Save the Date…

“Toy Story 3” Coming to Roosevelt January 28
Don’t miss Family Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 28, featuring “Toy Story 3”! Bring blankets, pillows or sleeping bags to get comfortable on the floor in the multi-use room. You may drop off your items in the multi-use room as early as 6:15, but we ask that everyone waits outside till the doors open at 6:45. The movie will start at 7pm.

Please note that all children must be supervised by an adult. Admission is free but you may want to bring money for snacks. We’ll be selling bags of popcorn and bottled water for $1 each and big candy bars for $2. All proceeds support the Roosevelt PTA.

Hope to see you there!

Literacy Night – January 24
ELAC is sponsoring a school wide Literacy Night on Monday, January 24 from 5:00-6:30. There will be a main presentation on ways to make your child a better reader and then there will be smaller workshops for the parents. This is an event for all Roosevelt parents. Workshops will be available in English and Spanish. Look for more information to come in the following weeks.

Restaurant Fundraiser – January 25
Look for a flyer for a fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese on Tues, Jan 25!

Drug Awareness Night – February 28
An officer from the Sherrif’s department will be coming to Roosevelt for a presentation on drug awareness on Monday, February 28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please note: because the officer will be bringing items associated with drugs, this is an adult only event, but childcare will be available in the Champions Room.

Be on time…
I know that the cold and dark mornings are making it especially difficult to get out of the house on time, but the ELAC and PTA contest is still going for the class who has the most students that arrive on time to school each morning through January 31st. The winning class will have a pizza party!

Fundraising…
The Boys vs Girls BoxTops contest will be starting soon! The prize for the winners of this contest is an extra recess! Each Box Top that Roosevelt turns in earns $.10. So keep cutting out those Box Tops!

The Parent Room…
Thanks to the hard work of Lorena Mello, Letitcia Naranjo, Valerie Romero and Edith Alvarez, the Parent Room (Room 11) is looking great!  The bookshelves are full of wonderful parenting books on all sorts of topics – discipline, children’s self esteem issues, divorce, death, recipes for kids, pregnancy information, etc. as well as current magazines.  There’s also a children’s area with a play kitchen, books, games, puzzles and coloring books.  Please feel free to come on in and take a moment to read, have a cup of coffee or just relax!   Remember to be considerate of the classrooms around you and keep noise to a minimum.  And remember to clean up before you leave.

Have a great week!

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Week of January 10 – January 14

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, January 10
The School Site Council meeting will be at 6:30pm in the Faculty Room (Room14). Topics usually discussed include: school safety, 6th grade Expansion Committee update, Principal’s Report, district news and school news. All are welcome and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 12
The Roosevelt staff is scheduled for CORE training so be aware that the classes will have a substitute teacher on one of those days.

Thursday, January 13
Do you know anyone that has a child that will be eligible for Kindergarten next year? Or someone that is interested in learning about Roosevelt? If so, please let them know that Roosevelt is hosting a Kindergarten Tour/Open House for prospective families for the 2011/2012 school year on Thursday, January 13 from 7:00 – 8:00pm.

Friday, January 14
Ms. Tsuchiyama’s 4th grade class was recently inspired by a conversation that they had with the librarian, Ms. Paulette. The kids were saddened by the lack of access to the library because of Paulette’s limited schedule. She mentioned the words “book swap” and an idea was born! They will be collecting books on Friday, Jan 14 for a school wide Book Swap. Please bring in any used books (in good condition) to your child’s classroom and the 4th graders will take care of the rest.

We have a parent blog!
Our new parent blog is officially up and running! Check it out at www.rooseveltparents.com. All of the information that goes out in these weekly updates is also on the blog along with other school news and information about the PBL program. I would love to be able to put more photos or videos of activities and projects on the blog, so if you have any, send them to me and I’ll put them on the site. I would also welcome any submissions for content. One feature that I’m sure many of you will find useful is the Translate option. On the right hand side of the blog is a box that says “Translation”. Just click on the language of your choice and the blog will be translated into that language for you.

Volunteers Needed…
I’m helping with the organizing of the Kindergarten Tour/Open House and can really use help this week making the Parent Room (Room 11) look tidy and I will be hanging up examples of art projects in the Art in Action room (Room 12 and 13) on Thursday afternoon.

Also, if any current parents want to come that night to be able to help direct visitors or to answer questions about our school from the touring parents, the help would be very much appreciated. If anyone can help with any of those projects, please contact me at trishreillytaylor@gmail.com.

Save the Date…

“Toy Story 3” Coming to Roosevelt January 28
Mark your calendars for Family Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 28, featuring “Toy Story 3”! The movie will be shown in the multi-use room so bring blankets, pillows or sleeping bags to make yourself comfortable on the floor. Doors open at 6:45pm and the movie will start at 7. Admission is free; popcorn, candy and bottled water will be available for $1 each. Please note that all children must be supervised by an adult. Hope to see you there!

Literacy Night – January 24
ELAC is sponsoring a school wide Literacy Night on Monday, January 24 from 5:00-6:30. There will be a main presentation on ways to make your child a better reader and then there will be smaller workshops for the parents. This is an event for all Roosevelt parents. Workshops will be available in English and Spanish. Look for more information to come in the following weeks.

Drug Awareness Night – February 28
An officer from the Sherrif’s department will be coming to Roosevelt for a presentation on drug awareness on Monday, February 28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please note: this is an adult only event, but childcare will be available in the Champions Room.

Be on time…
I know that the cold and dark mornings are making it difficult to get out of the house on time, but the ELAC and PTA contest is still going for the class who has the most students that arrive on time to school each morning through January 31st. The winning class will have a pizza party!

Fundraising…
Box Tops! Look for another school wide contest beginning at the end of January. This time it will be Boys vs Girls! The prize for the winners of this contest is an extra recess! Each Box Top that Roosevelt turns in earns $.10. That may not seem like much, but if everyone is turning them in, it can mean hundreds of dollars for our school! So keep cutting out those Box Tops!

Have a great week!

 

 

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Week of Jan 3 – Jan 7

Happy New Year everyone!

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, January 3
Classes resume. Normal schedule.

Friday, January 7
Free Dress Friday!

Tell a friend…
Do you know anyone that has a child that will be eligible for Kindergarten next year? Or someone that is interested in learning about Roosevelt? If so, please let them know that there will be a Kindergarten Tour/Open House for prospective families for the 2011/2012 school year on Thursday, January 13 from 7:00 – 8:00pm. Flyers for the event will be available this week, so let me know if you would like one to pass along to a friend.

Be on time…
The ELAC and PTA contest is still going for the class who has the most students that arrive on time to school each morning through January 31st. The winning class will have a pizza party!

Fundraising…
Box Tops! The school wide Box Tops contest is over, but that doesn’t mean that the school still doesn’t want your Box Tops. Each Box Top that Roosevelt turns in earns $.10. That may not seem like much, but if everyone is turning them in, it can mean hundreds of dollars for our school! So keep cutting out those Box Tops!

School Uniforms! Did you know that if you purchase a school uniform through French Toast (www.frenchtoast.com) that they donate 5% of your purchase back to Roosevelt? Many uniform items are on sale right now, and they also have a clearance section. Their prices are comparable to what you would pay at other stores like Target. Make sure to use our school’s source code (QS46WJ9) to make sure that Roosevelt gets credit for your purchase. Also, for an additional fee, you can have the Roosevelt raccoon logo added to shirts or sweaters.

Have a great week!

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