Have a great summer!

Thanks everyone for another great year at Roosevelt! Have a great summer and we’ll see you at one of the MAZE Days on August 16 or August 18.

The first day of school for the 2011/2012 school year will be August 22.


Last Day to be a Fun Run Sponsor!

Today, June 9,  is the last day to have your name added as a sponsor to the 4th of July Fun Run t-shirts. Sponsorships cost $100.

Just a reminder that a year of funding for the instrumental music program in Redwood City costs $270 per child. If you’re thinking “I don’t have a 6th – 8th grader, so why should I care?” Well, if the program can’t be funded, it will disappear. And we all know that once a program disappears, it rarely returns — that’s why it’s important to keep it going.

To donate to the cause, ust go to, click on the “I Can’t Run But I Can Give” button and make a $100 donation, indicating “Parade Run Family Sponsorship” in the “Designation Field”.

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Mid-week Update: This Week at Roosevelt

Just a couple of things for the last days of school….

There will be one last restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese tonight. The students will be sent home today with stickers that they can turn in for free tokens.

The district board meeting to discuss next year’s school budget is tonight at 7:00 at the MIT auditorium (400 Duane Street). This is your chance to hear what cuts have been proposed for next year throughout the district.

The last day of school will be a Free Dress day!

Uniform Swap or Donation…
If you have uniforms that your child has outgrown, you can bring them in to the office and you will be given a voucher to use towards uniform items in larger sizes in the fall. Please make sure that any uniform items turned in are clean and gently used.

You may also just donate uniforms if you are leaving Roosevelt or don’t want to participate in the uniform swap.

Uniforms may be turned in to the office. If you are participating in the swap, make sure to get a receipt for your items.

End of the Year Class Parties…
Many classes are hosting end of the year class parties. Please make sure to check with your child’s teacher to see if they need food items or volunteers on Thursday.

I think that’s it!

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Week of June 6 – June 10

This is it! The last week of school!

Please note: If you will not be returning to Roosevelt next year, you may remove yourself from the Yahoo group. Just send an email to You don’t have to put anything in the subject line or anything in the message.

Monday – Wednesday
Last week of the Bake Sale! Members of our PTA have been hosting a daily bake sale each afternoon after school. All items cost $1. All proceeds will go towards technology upgrades at Roosevelt. The PTA would like to be able to purchase document cameras in 2 more classrooms, 2 more computers for the computer lab and cords to connect the document cameras to the teacher laptops. If you would like to contribute baked items, please drop them off at the school office.

Monday, June 6
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:10. Minimum Day Schedule for grades 1 – 5 (1:00 dismissal for grades 1 -3, 1:20 dismissal for grades 4 and 5)

Tuesday, June 7
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:10. Minimum Day Schedule for grades 1 – 5 (1:00 dismissal for grades 1 -3, 1:20 dismissal for grades 4 and 5)

School Board meeting at 7:00pm at the MIT auditorium at 400 Duane Street. The school board will discuss the proposed budget for the 2011/2012 school year. This meeting will determine what cuts will be made for the district next year. All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Wednesday, June 8
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:10. Minimum Day Schedule for grades 1 – 5 (1:00 dismissal for grades 1 -3, 1:20 dismissal for grades 4 and 5)

Thursday, June 9
Last Day of School! Super Minimum Day — all grades dismissed at 12:00.

Important Dates…
August 16th and 18th MAZE Day
August 22 first day of school

What’s New on the Parent Blog…
I’ll be adding summer reading lists as soon as I get them.  I added pictures from the Much Ado About Nothing production from last week and pictures from Friday night’s movie night. I want to thank Dora Bejarano for the pictures she took at all of the events this year! And I also want to thank the parents and teachers that sent in pictures for the blog. You made the blog come alive!

These are the last few days to turn in any donations or pledge money to the PTA. The PTA still needs your donations to support our P.E. program. Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA. 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 at Roosevelt!

Donation Matching…
If you want to make a donation to Roosevelt’s PTA, make sure to check with your company’s HR department to see if they offer donation matching to 501c 3 non-profit organizations.  For a partial list of corporations that offer donation matching programs, take a look at our Fundraising page.

Art in Action for next year…
Volunteers for Art in Action are needed for each grade level next year. You can sign up to be a teacher (docent) or assistant. If you are interested in being a docent, training is provided and you don’t need any previous art experience. Art is such a wonderful addition to our school’s curriculum and, like music instruction, develops areas in the brain that are responsible for creativity, critical thinking skills and language. The time commitment is about 1 hour per month. This is one of those volunteer opportunities that is a low commitment with big rewards! If you are interested, or have questions, please contact

The RCEF is once again trying to raise money to keep music education in our schools. At Roosevelt, the RCEF has paid for the Music for Learners program in grades 3 -5 and with our 6th graders next year, they’re hoping to keep funding instrumental music. It costs $270 per year per child for music instruction. Music has been proven to develop areas of the brain that increase a students ability to think creatively and solve advanced math problems. Any amount you can give gets them closer to their goal of funding music for ALL children in the district. For more information, or to make a donation, go to

The RCEF will also be hosting the July 4 Fun Run in downtown Redwood City. The RCEF needs volunteers, runners, and sponsors. Proceeds go to Save Our School Music. Contact event co-chair Tommy Vargas at Register for the event:

Volunteers needed…
The message boards on Vera/Upton and McGarvey need to be updated before the summer break.  Please contact the office if you’d like to help out.

Bake sale items needed…
Valerie Romero has been busy selling items for the bake sale after school. If you have any baked items that you would like to contribute, please drop them off in the school office. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Romero

Next year’s after school program…
Roosevelt is switching after school care providers next year. The new program will be offered by the YMCA. Applications are available in the school office.

Summer reading…
This workbook series helps students bridge from one grade to the next for the summer.

In case you missed it… did a feature on Roosevelt’s letter writing campaign to soldiers serving overseas and the letter that 2nd grader Kelsey Erickson wrote to Jesse Snow, a soldier serving in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, her letter arrived the day after Jesse Snow was killed trying to save another soldier in his unit.

That’s it for the year!  Have a great summer!

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Family Movie Night!


Friday June 3 was the last Family Fun Night of the year and the Roosevelt PTA hosted a movie night with the movie Tangled! Such a fun night!

Thanks to Kim Schiff, Dina Acreman and Anneke Cole for organizing a wonderful night.  And many thanks to the volunteers that helped with the food and ticket sales! And once again, thanks to Dora Bejarano for taking pictures.  It was another example of the Roosevelt community coming together to create a great night for the kids.

It was a great ending to a great year!


Much Ado About Nothing

On Wednesday, June 1, Sarah Coyle’s 4th & 5th grade TIG reading group presented scenes from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing under the direction of Broadway by the Bay’s Tony Gapastione.

The students worked so hard and pulled off a great show!

Broadway by the Bay also generously provided help with the cost of costumes and sound for the production.

Thanks as well go to Sarah Coyle, Emily Devitis and the parents for supporting this effort.  And once again, thanks to Dora Bejarano for documenting the presentation.


Field Day 2011

Field Day at Roosevelt was a gorgeous day and fun was had by all!  Many thanks to organizer Emily Devitis and the volunteers that came out to help.

Thanks to Gwen Hautefeuille for the picture of the teacher tug-o-war!