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Week of Feb 27 – Mar 2

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

Monday, February 27
Return order forms for Spring pictures. You should have received a picture proof on the order form last week. If you want to buy any pictures, please send your order forms and payment with your child on Monday.

Tuesday, February 28
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Items to discuss – Parcel tax PTA donation, upcoming fundraisers, field trips, budget update, etc. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is also available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Wednesday, February 29
Restaurant fundraiser! Come and enjoy dinner at Pasta Pomodoro while helping Roosevelt raise money for important programs like P.E., art, music, field trips, etc.

Friday, March 2
Free Dress Friday!

Last day for animal shelter toy drive by Room 2. Send any new or gently used animal toys or supplies to school with your child.

Coffee with Principal Girardi in the school Library at 8:00am. Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee. Hear first hand about district and school news, talk about any issues or concerns you may have or just come for the coffee or to meet other Roosevelt parents! All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. If you are a Kindergarten parent with a Later Gator or have a younger child, you are welcome to bring your child.

Lockdown Drill at 10:00am.

Important Dates…
March 6 – 4th Grade CST Writing Exam
March 12 – 16 – Parent / Teacher conferences
March 12 – 16 – Book Fair
March 12 – Site Council / ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 14
March 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
March 30 – Minimum Day / Begin Spring Break
April 2 – April 6 – Spring Break – No school

Drop off and Pick up News…
So, for some reason, the staff parking spaces were not painted as promised last weekend, but it is supposed to be done soon. The office is still waiting for confirmation from the City on when the drop off zone curbs will be painted. Again, the city’s plan is to paint drop off zones on the curb beside the lower playground on both Vera and Euclid. Letters will be sent home before the curb painting is done.

Book Fair…
The Spring Book Fair will be held during Parent / Teacher Conferences from March 12 – March 16. Kindergarten parents are being asked to help with the Book Fair during lunch hours and after school. Please contact our librarian Paulette Elliott at pelliott@rcsdk8.net with any questions, or to help out.

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted pictures from last week’s Happy Birds assembly and from Friday night’s movie night! I’ve also posted Roosevelt’s math score gains since starting Jiji Math. And on the 4th grade page, you can see Ms. Vawter’s class working on Project iRead with their iPods. Thanks to Dora Bejarano for the pictures from movie night! Take a look around on all of the classroom pages on the blog and you’ll see some really cool stuff happening!

Toy Drive for Homeless Animals…
As part of their PBL study of how ordinary people have changed the world, the 2nd graders in Room 2 have chosen to organize a toy drive for the animals that are brought to Animal Services. The students are looking to donate gently used or new animal toys or supplies to the shelter. If you want to participate, please send your donation to school with your child. The 2nd graders will be putting collection bags in each classroom. The last day to donate is Friday, March 2.

Monthly Pledges…
Reminder notices for February are being sent home this week to those who wanted to make a small monthly donation to the PTA. As with any other donation to the PTA, this money is being spent on P.E. for all grades, art, music, field trips, assemblies, etc. Please make sure to put your child’s name and room number on the envelope so that your account can be credited. As always, the PTA appreciates your support! If you have any questions, please contact Guy Taylor at guytaylor123@yahoo.com

Save the Date…
Our Rummage Sale’s rescheduled date has been confirmed and it will now be combined with a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2012! Our PTA president, Aurora Gallardo needs help sorting and pricing the donated items that have been stored in the PTA room and selling booth space. Parents are also needed to help cook a Mexican meal for the festivities. — Carnes asada, frijoles (beans), arroz (rice), elote (corn) and nachos

If you can help, please contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Have a great week!



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Roosevelt Celebrates Mardi Gras and Carnival!

Roosevelt celebrated Mardi Gras and Carnival first with an assembly by Happy Birds. The students got a chance to see Cockatoos, Macaws and Amazon Parrots. In addition to seeing the birds tricks such as singing, skateboarding and riding a bike, the students learned about the different types of parrots, where parrots live all over the world, how and why they talk, what they eat, what makes parrots different from other types of birds and what they can do with their beaks.


And on Friday night, it was a full house for another family fun movie night with the movie Rio! Families came with their pillows and blankets for a night of fun. Parent volunteers served up pizza, popcorn and candy and then everyone settled in to watch the movie. Rio themed prizes were raffled off during intermission. It was a great ending to a great week!


A big thanks to Kim Schiff for organizing the Happy Birds assembly and movie night!




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Another Jiji Success Story!

A school in Nevada made the news for their use of Jiji math and their increase in scores.

Roosevelt’s math scores have also shown improvement since implementing Jiji. Second grade scores went up by 26% from 2010 to 2011, 5th grade scores went up by 18% since 2009.

Scores in the different subgroups at Roosevelt have gone up bringing up the percentage of students that are scoring proficient or advanced:

Latino students
% Proficient in 2010 – 39.8%
% Proficient in 2011 – 50.8%
Students with Disabilities
% Proficient in 2010 – 13.3%
% Proficient in 2011 – 29.4%
English Language Learners
% Proficient in 2010 – 35.7%
% Proficient in 2011 – 50.3%
Economically Disadvantaged
% Proficient in 2010 – 37.7%
% Proficient in 2011 – 49.2%

Why does Jiji work? The Jiji Math representative in the video said it best when he said, “They believe video games can be beaten, so they believe that this math game can be beaten.”

Don’t forget – your child can log in to Jiji Math at home! Your child can log into his/her Jiji Math account and complete any assigned homework added by your child’s teacher. Go to www.stmath.com, click on Jiji and enter homework activation code: ROO79A-HS9-ZE-TRG. Your child will then be directed to enter their password.



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Week of Feb 20 – Feb 27

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

Monday, February 20
President’s Day – No School

Tuesday, February 21
Beginning of animal toy drive by Room 2. Send any new or gently used animal toys or supplies to school with your child.

Wednesday, February 22
Happy Birds assemblies. Leading up to Friday night’s showing of the movie Rio, there will be an assembly at Roosevelt featuring Amazon parrots, Macaws and Cockatoos. The students will all learn about the different types of parrots, where parrots live all over the world, how and why they talk, what they eat, what makes parrots different from other types of birds and what they can do with their beaks.

Friday, February 17
Student of the Month Assemblies

Movie Night! The PTA will be presenting the movie Rio! Doors open at 6:30, movie starts at 7:00pm. Wear your pajamas and bring your blankets and pillows and enjoy the show! More details below…

Important Dates…
February 28 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 29 – Restaurant fundraiser – Pasta Pomodoro
March 2 – Free Dress Friday
March 2 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
March 2 – Lockdown Drill at 10am
March 2 – Last day for animal toy drive
March 12 – 16 – Parent / Teacher conferences

Drop off and Pick up News…
At last Monday’s Site Council and ELAC meeting, we received the plan for drop off zones from the district’s facilities manager and Redwood City’s traffic department. The city’s plan is to paint drop off zones on the curb beside the lower playground on both Vera and Euclid. At this time, we’re not sure when that will be done. We’ve been told that in addition to the drop zone curb painting, the city will be repainting the staff parking spaces and making them diagonal so they will only be accessible by driving down Vera from Alameda de las Pulgas. They will be repainting the staff parking spaces over this long weekend, so please be aware that you will not be able to make a left turn into one of the parking spaces in front of the school if you drive up Vera from Upton on Tuesday. We’ll let you know when the official drop of zones are going to be painted.

On the Parent Blog…
A lot has been happening all over Roosevelt! I posted pictures from Ms. Paulette’s Accelerated Reader goal party in the library, the 4th grade field trip to Ano Nuevo, a 2nd grade Art in Action lesson, the 6th graders making models of the Nile River, Valentine’s Day celebrations, and the 4th graders starting to practice their word fluency with iPods. Take a look around on all of the classroom pages on the blog and you’ll see some really cool stuff happening!

Movie Night!…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be celebrating Mardi Gras and Carnival on Friday, February 24 by presenting the movie Rio! So come and enjoy the fun! Doors open at 6:30pm for popcorn, candy and hot chocolate and the movie begins at 7:00pm. Movie nights are always so much fun and a great way to end the week! If you can help with any part of the evening, please contact Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net

She needs:
1 volunteer to start popcorn machine at 5:30pm.
2 volunteers set-up at 6:00pm-7:00pm
4 volunteers to sell concessions 6:50-8pm
Volunteers to help clean up 8:30-9pm.

Jiji Math at Home…
Don’t forget – your child can log in to Jiji Math at home! Your child can log into his/her Jiji Math account and complete any assigned homework added by your child’s teacher. Go to www.stmath.com, click on Jiji and enter homework activation code: ROO79A-HS9-ZE-TRG. Your child will then be directed to enter their password. If you want to know how effective Jiji is for math scores, here’s another Jiji Math success story from a school in Nevada – http://youtu.be/ViG8bzmoqa0 Roosevelt’s math scores have also shown improvement since implementing Jiji. Second grade scores went up by 26% from 2010 to 2011, 5th grade scores went up by 18% since 2009. The Jiji Math representative in the video said it best when he said “They believe video games can be beaten, so they believe that this math game can be beaten.”

Toy Drive for Homeless Animals…
As part of their PBL study of how ordinary people have changed the world, the 2nd graders in Room 2 have chosen to organize a toy drive for the animals that are brought to Animal Services. The students are looking to donate gently used or new animal toys or supplies to the shelter. If you want to participate, please send your donation to school with your child. The 2nd graders will be putting collection bags in each classroom. Toys can be donated starting Tuesday, Feb 21 and ending Friday, March 2.

Save the Date…
Our Rummage Sale’s rescheduled date has been confirmed and it will now be combined with a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2012! Our PTA president, Aurora Gallardo needs help sorting and pricing the donated items that have been stored in the PTA room and selling booth space. Parents are also needed to help cook a Mexican meal for the festivities. — Carnes asada, frijoles (beans), arroz (rice), elote (corn) and nachos

If you can help, please contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Do You Have a Smartphone?…
Keep up to date about what’s happening at Roosevelt on your smartphone. Make sure to bookmark our parent blog on your phone and then you can check out what’s going on anytime! www.rooseveltparents.com

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4th & 6th Graders Participate in Project iRead

Ms. Vawter’s 4th grade class in Room 10 and Ms. Coyle’s 6th grade class in Room 17 have started using iPod touches for word fluency as part of a program called Project iRead. Ms. Vawter and 6th grade teacher Sarah Coyle were chosen by Patricia McCrae (only 4 teachers in the entire district were selected) to pilot this program, geared to helping with fluency.

The students read a passage in their book out loud using the voice recorder on their iPods to record their speech. Then they pause and listen to their recording while reading along listening to their own voice. This lets them hear how they are saying the words and which areas they need to correct. Other schools using this method have seen remarkable gains in word fluency.




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6th Graders Flood the Nile!

Ms. Coyle’s 6th grade Social Studies class is currently studying Ancient Egypt. As part of that lesson, the students are learning about the Nile River and the Egyptian’s dependance on the Nile for fresh water and agriculture. The class was tasked with building a model of the Nile that they would then flood to show how the yearly occurrence in Egypt was beneficial to the survival of the Ancient Egyptians.

The models consisted of the river bed, fertile soil planted with papyrus seeds, the desert sands and rocks to represent the mountain ranges. After building their models, the students flooded their rivers so they could see how the annual flooding gives much needed water to crops along the shore and how the desert sands act as a natural break to the flood waters.

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Happy Valentine’s Day – Roosevelt Style!

The entire staff of Roosevelt wishes all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

The candy grams were a huge hit! Thanks so much to Valerie Romero for organizing it, Joanne Dunbar, Victoria Amrein, Meghan Goulden and Lorena Mello for putting them all together. They were delivered to all of the classrooms before lunch and the students were all so excited to get their candy grams!

And finally, the parents decided that the teachers and staff needed to be shown a little love too!

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Ms. Paulette’s AR Goal Party!

On February 9, our fantastic librarian Paulette Elliott treated the students in grades 2 – 6 that met their Accelerated Reader goals with a party.

How did the students meet their goal?

All students in grades 2-6 take a computer-based test at the beginning of the school year to determine their reading level.  (Some of the first graders start using Accelerated Reader later in the year.)  Once that level is determined, each student is assigned a color coded section of the library. When your child says they are “Green Up” or “Yellow Down” that is the reading level that the test has determined is the  an appropriate reading level for that student. Your child must read three books at that level and then pass an Accelerated Reader comprehension test on the computer before being moved up to the next level. This test makes sure that the students really understand what they’ve read.

Ms. Paulette takes each student’s test data, enters how many minutes of reading per day each student should do and gets a point goal that is individualized for each student. So, one student may have a goal of 50 points while a classmate may have a goal of 100.

Why can there be such a big difference between classmates?

The Accelerated Reader program has determined the optimal reading levels and amounts for each student. Every book has a point number that is earned when a student has finished a book and passed the comprehension test. The points and reading levels are entered and each student’s points are tracked on a chart in the library so they can see what they have to do to reach their goal.

The students that were able to participate in Thursday’s party all met or exceeded their reading goals for the 6 week period. In addition to lunch, the students also received balloons and were able to pick out a book to bring home.

Roosevelt and Henry Ford are the only two schools in the district that have Accelerated Reader and Ms. Paulette can be credited for bringing Accelerated Reader to both libraries.

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Week of Feb 13 – Feb 17

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

Monday – Thursday
Benchmark testing for students in 1st – 6th grade

Monday, February 13
Last day to buy Valentine’s Day Candy Grams. They can be purchased in the school office before and after school. If you want to buy one, but are unable to come to the office, you can send your money in with your child. Candy Grams are $1 each. Please be sure to include a note with with the following: who the Candy Gram is for, the room # and who the Candy Gram is from. The Candy Grams will be delivered to the classrooms on Tuesday.

Site Council / ELAC meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Come and hear the latest district and school news. All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, February 14
Valentine’s Day! Check with your child’s teacher to see if anything is scheduled for your child’s class on that day. Instead of sending candy with your child’s valentine’s, consider sending erasers, pencils, etc. to keep the sweet treats to a minimum.

Wednesday, February 15
Spring Picture Day – Free Dress!

Friday, February 17
Lincoln’s Birthday – No School

Important Dates…
February 20 – President’s Day – No School
February 22 – Happy Birds Assembly
February 24 – Student of the Month Assemblies
February 24 – Movie Night at 7:00pm – Rio!
February 28 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 29 – Restaurant fundraiser – Pasta Pomodoro
March 2 – Lockdown Drill

In the News…
As you all know, the news story about the Special Ed Preschool teacher’s arrest is still in the news and it has been incorrectly reported that 8 Roosevelt teachers were put on administrative leave. Once again, the Special Ed Preschool is not a part of Roosevelt and Roosevelt teachers were not put on leave. The special ed preschool merely uses classroom space on our campus just as the Rainbow preschool and CDC preschools do. This has been really hard on the teachers and staff and they are not allowed to say anything to defend themselves. I’m asking that we all try to spread the word of this error via social media. Please go to our blog and select the post about the news story error, at the bottom of the post select one of the share buttons to add it to your Facebook page, Twitter feed, etc. I feel that if we all spread the word about the inaccuracy of this news report, we can overcome it. Update: News Reports About Special Ed Preschool Teacher

Keep in mind that this has been very stressful for the teachers and staff and a kind word goes a long way to show that we support them.

On the Parent Blog…
Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade TIG group held a debate in their class on the book James and the Giant Peach. The students read the book and watched the movie and debated which was better. I also have pictures from the Kinder classes doing their All About Me presentations, as well as other Kinder activities. I have a lot to post on the blog and I admit I’m behind, but will have it up this week (AR Goal party, 4th grade field trip to Ano Nuevo, 6th Grade TheatreWorks presentation, Mr Williams TIG group, 2nd grade Art in Action, Jiji Math in the news, etc.) The 6th grade is studying Ancient Egypt and will be flooding the Nile (I’m not sure what that is, but I’ll take picutures!) and they’ll also be creating their own mummy. Lots of great things are happening in all of the classrooms! I wish I could be in all of the classrooms taking pictures, but there’s only 1 of me and over 20 classrooms, so send me pictures if you have any!

Movie Night!…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be celebrating Mardi Gras and Carnival on Friday, February 24 by presenting the movie Rio! So come and enjoy the fun! Doors open at 6:30pm for popcorn, candy and hot chocolate and the movie begins at 7:00pm. More details to come about activities that will be happening during the week leading up to movie night but mark your calendars now. Our movie nights are always so much fun and a great way to end the week! If you can help with any part of the evening, please contact Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net

She needs:
1 volunteer to start popcorn machine at 5:30pm.
2 volunteers set-up at 6:00pm-7:00pm
4 volunteers to sell concessions 6:50-8pm
Volunteers to help clean up 8:30-9pm.

Jiji Math at Home…
Don’t forget – your child can log in to Jiji Math at home! Your child can log into his/her Jiji Math account and complete any assigned homework added by your child’s teacher. Go to www.stmath.com, click on Jiji and enter homework activation code: ROO79A-HS9-ZE-TRG. Your child will then be directed to enter their password.

Other Links for Kids…
There are a lot of great online educational games and resources for kids out there. I’ve put some links on our parent blog under the tab Links for Kids. There are also some great apps out there as well. I have Math Bingo, Word Bingo and Brain Pop on my iPhone and I’m sure there are many others. If you have any that you recommend, let me know and I’ll add it.

Save the Date…
Our Rummage Sale’s rescheduled date has been confirmed and it will now be combined with a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2012! Our PTA president, Aurora Gallardo needs help sorting and pricing the donated items that have been stored in the PTA room and selling booth space. If you can help, please contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Do You Have a Smartphone?…
I was able to make a smartphone friendly version of the blog for anyone logging in via a smartphone. So make sure to bookmark our parent blog on your phone and then you can check out what’s going on anytime!

Have a great week!

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Update: News Reports about Special Ed Preschool Teacher

There still seems to be a lot of misinformation circulating out there and, as parents, we want to know what’s going on. So, here’s what we know so far:

Many of the news outlets are still reporting that the Special Education Preschool teacher that was arrested on Saturday, February 4 is/was a Roosevelt teacher. As of this morning (Friday, February 10) eight district employees were put on administrative leave while the district investigates what happened. Because the news media is still working with inaccurate information, many news stories are saying that the employees put on administrative leave were Roosevelt teachers. That is why the news trucks were in front of the school this morning and at dismissal time trying to talk to Roosevelt teachers and parents.

Roosevelt teachers are not part of this and our Roosevelt teachers were not put on leave. If your child had a substitute teacher on Friday, it was for teacher training or an absence due to illness. It is probably safe to assume that the district employees that were put on leave were directly associated with the special ed preschool class, but their names have not been released.

Again, the Special Ed Preschool uses three classrooms on the upper campus but has not been under the authority of Ms. Girardi. They are under the Special Education department at the district office.

As parents, we all feel for the preschoolers involved in this situation and hope that if the allegations against that teacher are true, that justice will be served.

We hope that the wrong information will be corrected soon so that our children and teachers will be able to go to and from school without reporters and news trucks bothering them.

In the meantime, if you want to see some of the fantastic things going on in Roosevelt’s SDC classrooms, then take a look at their page – Roosevelt SDC

 

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The Great Debate! James and the Giant Peach: Book vs Movie

Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade TIG reading group read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and watched the movie adaptation by Tim Burton. The students then chose to either be on the Book team or the Movie team and they were then divided up into groups to debate the following categories: Setting, Character, Action & Adventure and the Overall Message.

SETTING
Opening – Book:
The cloud men setting is better in the book than in the movie because the cloud men make rainbows.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree because they have a ladder in the peach.

Opening – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because inside the peach they make peach juice.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The cloud setting is better in the book because the cloud men make snow balls.

New Argument – Book:
There is more excitement in the setting of the book than the movie because the peach goes to a lot of different places.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree because James scoops a piece of the peach to make a hole.

New Argument – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because they have stairs on the side of the peach.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The peach is better in the book than the movie because the peach goes to the ocean and they tie the peach to some seagulls.

 
CHARACTER
Opening – Book:
The characters are better in the book than the movie because Centipede makes more jokes.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree. Centipede is a little nicer and a little grouchy in the movie.

Opening – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because Centipede knows they’re going to New York City

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree because Centipede is bossier than in the movie

New Argument – Book:
James is better in the book than in the movie because he is more curious

Rebuttal- Movie:
I disagree. James is better in the movie because he fought dead pirates

New Argument – Movie:
James is better in the movie because he is more clever.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree because James wants to learn more in the book than the movie.

ACTION & ADVENTURE
Opening – Book:
The book is better than the movie because it has Cloud Men.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree because the movie is better than the book because Centipede and Miss Spider fights the skeleton pirates and has more adventure.

Opening – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because it has more adventure and James and his friend plan to go to New York City

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The book is better than the movie because the cloud Men are better than the pirates because the Cloud men go through clouds

New Argument – Book:
The book is better than the movie because it has more adventure.

Rebuttal- Movie:
I disagree because in the movie the robot shark has more action and details

New Argument – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because the Centipede puts something in the robot shark and it exploded.

Rebuttal – Book
I disagree. The James and the Giant Peach book is better than the movie because they don’t know where they’re going

OVERALL MESSAGE
Opening – Book:
The book is better than the movie because the message tells more of what James wants. James wants to get away from Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree that the book is better because James wanted to go to New York City.

Opening – Movie:
James parents’ dream is to go to New York City because they will be together in his heart.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The book is better than the movie because the message tells more about why James is lonely. Because he has no friends.

New Argument – Book:
The book is better than the movie because the message tells why James wants to have fun And to have fun James made friends with insects

Rebuttal- Movie:
I disagree that the book is better because the movie has more messages than the book

New Argument – Movie:
They want to go to New York City because the parents promised James they would go together.

Rebuttal – Book
I disagree. The book is better than the movie because the message is that James does not like working for Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge


 

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What’s Happening in Kindergarten?

There’s always a lot happening upstairs with the Kindergarteners and this time of year is no exception!

The Kindergarteners have been working hard on their first PBL lesson – their “All About Me” presentations. The students are given their posters to bring home to add pictures, artwork and list interesting facts about themselves. The students then have to schedule their presentation date. If they sign up for a day that doesn’t work for their parents, they learn how to reschedule their presentation. Before scheduling, they also have to decide if they want to be first, last or somewhere in the middle and the class talks about that. The children all learn what it means to be a “Super Speaker” and a good audience. Each child presents their poster to the class and the parents in the audience and then answers questions from classmates. The class is then asked what they have learned about the speaker from the presentation. This helps the students start to learn how to be good presenters and good audience members.



The Kindergarten classes have all been participating in Music for Minors, learning basic music concepts like beat and tempo.


And finally, the Kindergarten classes are beginning to learn how to write stories using a method called “The Write Tools”. The lesson shown is an introduction to Number Notes which teaches story sequencing. The students are writing about the three things they like to do on the playground.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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Media Error about Arrested Special Ed Preschool Teacher

Unfortunately for Roosevelt, the Saturday morning news story about the Special Ed Preschool teacher’s arrest was picked up by every news outlet in the Bay Area. All of the papers and TV news stations incorrectly list this teacher as a Roosevelt teacher and used footage of our school in their news reports.

The Special Ed Preschool is NOT a part of Roosevelt School and Principal Girardi, the Roosevelt staff and teachers have no involvement with their program or employees. The special ed preschool merely uses classroom space on our campus just as the Rainbow preschool and CDC preschools do. The Special Ed Preschool is an entity of the Redwood City School District, but again, not Roosevelt School.

Apparently the Police Department and media outlets didn’t verify their facts before publishing this report and now the misinformation is circulating in our community.

This is such a disappointing blow for our staff, teachers and parents since everyone has been working so hard to show other families in the district what a great school Roosevelt is. More than half of the 300+ purple sheets that were turned in by our parents listed their child’s safety as one of the reasons they love Roosevelt, and that is still true.

 

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Week of Feb 6 – Feb 10

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

Friday, February 10
Last day to turn in any candy donations for the Valentine’s Day Candy Grams. Please make sure the candy is individually wrapped. Candy may be turned in to the school office.

Candy Gram assembly after school! Parents will be assembling the Candy Grams after school. If you would like to help, contact Valerie Romero romero.valeriagomez@gmail.com

Important Dates…
February 13 – Site Council/ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm
February 15 – Spring Picture Day
February 13 – 16 – Benchmark Testing for grades 1-6
February 17 – Lincoln’s Birthday – No School
February 20 – President’s Day – No School
February 24 – Student of the Month Assemblies
February 24 – Movie Night at 7:00pm – RIO
February 28 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 29 – Restaurant fundraiser – Pasta Pomodoro
March 2 – Lockdown Drill

In the News…
Unfortunately for Roosevelt, the news story about the Special Ed Preschool teacher’s arrest was picked up by every news outlet in the Bay Area. All of the papers and TV news stations incorrectly list this teacher as a Roosevelt teacher and they used footage of our school in their news reports. In case you didn’t read my email update yesterday, the Special Ed Preschool is NOT a part of Roosevelt and Ms. Girardi has no involvement with their program or employees. The special ed preschool merely uses classroom space on our campus just as the Rainbow preschool and CDC preschools do. This is such a disappointing blow for our staff, teachers and parents since everyone has been working so hard to show other families in the district what a great school Roosevelt is. More than half of the 300+ purple sheets that were turned in listed their child’s safety as one of the reasons they love Roosevelt, and that is still true. For the past two years, I’ve been speaking about the school to organizations, parents in the district, preschools, etc. and for me personally, this is definitely a disappointing setback, but I feel that if we all spread the word about the inaccuracy of this news report, we can overcome it.

Valentine’s Day Candy Grams…
The PTA will be selling Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day! The Candy Grams will be sold before and after school for $1 each until Monday, February 13. Any Candy Grams purchased will be delivered to the classrooms on Tuesday, February 14. Candy Grams may be purchased by students for other students, teachers, parents, grandparents, etc.

Parents can participate in the fun too! If you would like to purchase a Candy Gram to be delivered to your child’s classroom on Valentine’s Day, come by the school office before or after school or fill out the order form that will come home with your child in next Thursday’s blue folder. (If you buy your Candy Gram in the school office, you will be able to add a personal message!)

To cut down on costs, the PTA is asking for candy donations to put in the Candy Gram boxes. If you would like to contribute some candy, the PTA is asking for bags of Hershey’s kisses, wrapped chocolates or lollipops, etc. (Please make sure any candy donated is individually wrapped) Any candy donations can be brought to the school office and should be turned in by Friday, February 10.

Also, PTA co-president Valerie Romero is looking for volunteers to help assemble the Candy Grams on either Friday, February 10 or Monday, February 13 after school. If you would like to help, please contact Valerie at romero.valeriagomez@gmail.com

On the Parent Blog…
Last week I posted pictures from a lesson in Sarah Coyle’s 6th grade class. As a tie in to their PBL study of Ancient Egypt, the children were learning to draw an Egyptian hieroglypic. I also posted the second issue of the school newspaper “The Roosevelt Writer” which is being published by the 6th grade Newspaper Club. I didn’t realize that the lower grades do not receive copies, so I wanted to make sure that you all get a chance to see it. I’ll be posting pictures and perhaps video from last Friday night’s TheatreWorks performance by the 6th graders on plate tectonics. I’ve also been posting the class newsletters and PBL project newsletters as I receive them, so look for those too.

Monthly Pledges…
It’s never too late to send in your pledge money! Our PTA would love to do so many things for the students, but they can’t do it without your help! If you would like a receipt for any monetary donations made to the PTA since August, please send a request to Guy Taylor at guytaylor123@yahoo.com

After School Art Class…
Thanks to our PTA’s grant writer, Tammy Cattarin, Roosevelt has received a grant for Mrs Tsuchiyama to offer an 8 week art class for students in grades 3-6 on Wednesday afternoons starting on February 22. Flyers went home in last Thursday’s folder. Space is limited to 30 students, so sign up right away if you’re interested in this wonderful opportunity.

Movie Night!…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be celebrating Mardi Gras and Carnival by presenting the movie RIO! So come and enjoy the fun! Doors open at 6:30pm for popcorn, candy and hot chocolate and the movie begins at 7:00pm. More details to come about activities that will be happening during the week leading up to movie night but mark your calendars now. Our movie nights are always so much fun and a great way to end the week! If you can help with any part of the evening, please contact Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net

Please Drive Safely…
Unfortunately, parents are still behaving badly at drop off and pickup. Please remember to use extra caution when driving around the school. Make sure to look carefully and proceed slowly before pulling out of a space or before passing another car that has pulled to the curb for drop off. Have your children only get out of the car on the passenger side – not into the street. Have your children use the crosswalk to cross from the Rite Aid parking lot or cross with the crossing guard in front of the school on Vera. Above all, allow yourself extra time in the morning. The school is looking for volunteers to help supervise morning drop off. If you are interested, please contact the school office at 369-5597.

Save the Date…
Our Rummage Sale’s rescheduled date has been confirmed and it will now be combined with a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2012! Our PTA president, Aurora Gallardo needs help sorting and pricing the donated items that have been stored in the PTA room and selling booth space. If you can help, please contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Do You Have a Smartphone?…
I was able to make a smartphone friendly version of the blog for anyone logging in via a smartphone. So make sure to bookmark our parent blog on your phone and then you can check out what’s going on anytime!

Have a great week!

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Friday Reminders and Valentine’s Day Candy Grams!

Reminders for tomorrow…
Friday, February 3 is a Free Dress Day!

Come have coffee with Principal Girardi in the school library from 8:00am-9:00am. Hear first hand about district and school news, talk about any issues or concerns you may have or just come for the coffee. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. If you are a Kindergarten parent with a Later Gator, or if you have a younger child you may bring your child with you.

As part of a PBL Science unit, the 6th graders have been working with TheatreWorks on a skit about plate tectonics. They will be giving a performance on at 6:00pm for their families in the Cafeteria. All are welcome to attend.

Valentine’s Day…
The PTA will be selling Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day! The Candy Grams will be sold before and after school for $1 each until Monday, February 13. Any Candy Grams purchased will be delivered to the classrooms on Tuesday, February 14. Candy Grams may be purchased by students for other students, teachers, parents, grandparents, etc.

Parents can participate in the fun too! If you would like to purchase a Candy Gram to be delivered to your child’s classroom on Valentine’s Day, come by the school office before or after school or fill out the order form that will come home with your child in next Thursday’s blue folder. (If you buy your Candy Gram in the school office, you will be able to add a personal message!)

To cut down on costs, the PTA is asking for candy donations to put in the Candy Gram boxes. If you would like to contribute some candy, the PTA is asking for bags of Hershey’s kisses, wrapped chocolates or lollipops, etc. (Please make sure any candy donated is individually wrapped) Any candy donations can be brought to the school office.

Also, PTA co-president Valerie Romero is looking for volunteers to help assemble the Candy Grams on Monday, February 13 after school. If you would like to help, please contact Valerie at romero.valeriagomez@gmail.com

Happy Friday!

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The Roosevelt Writer – Volume 1, Issue #2