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TheatreWorks Assembly in the News – Oskar and the Last Straw

Today, TheatreWorks brought the production “Oskar and the Last Straw” to Roosevelt.

“Oskar and the Last Straw” is just one of three plays offered by TheatreWorks that teaches students how to cope with life’s stresses. Two years ago, the production came to Roosevelt to teach the students about bullying. “Oskar and the Last Straw” teaches children how to cope with being overwhelmed.

As with other TheatreWorks productions, the students had fun and learned a lot!

ABC7 News was at today’s assembly and interviewed some Roosevelt students and Ms. Girardi, so check it out!



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SMARTer Learning

The 4th graders in Room 10 have been working hard on their Rocks & Minerals science PBL Unit in preparation for their presentations and they’re also using their classroom’s SMART board.

Using a SMART board has proven to increase a student’s engagement in the learning process. It infuses technology throughout the curriculum and increases support for visual learners.

The students love to interact with these boards, whether it be writing on them, watching their teacher use them, interacting with them by moving objects or clicking on interactive links, etc. This raises the interest level for each and every subject.

The teachers are able to compose lessons dynamically on these boards, never needing to “erase” what was written, allowing for time savings, consistency of delivery of information and more.

Currently Roosevelt has four SMART boards in classrooms with one SMART board in the auxiliary computer lab that can be used by any class. Roosevelt’s PTA is raising money to buy more SMART boards every year.

 



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Week of Mar 26 – Mar 30

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

Monday, March 26
Reclassification ceremony at MIT at 5:00pm for all ELL students that passed the CELDT and are now classified as English proficient. 33 Roosevelt students are being reclassified at Monday night’s ceremony

Rummage Sale Planning Meeting at 6:00pm in the faculty lounge – Room 14.

Tuesday, March 27
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Items to discuss – Parcel tax PTA donation, upcoming rummage sale, field trips, budget update, etc. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is also available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Friday, March 30
Drop off your plastic bottles and cans at Room 19 for the 5th grade fundraiser!

Minimum Day – Begin Spring Break

Important Dates…
April 2 – April 6 – Spring Break – No school
April 9 – Site Council/ELAC meeting at 6:30pm
April 24 – PTA meeting at 6:00pm

Drop off and Pick up News…
The new drop off zone on Vera Avenue is starting to ease drop off and pick up traffic.  Please pay attention to the new loading zone areas and drive down Vera from Alameda de las Pulgas to use the drop zones. The drop off zone times are 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Students are to be dropped off and picked up in this area. The curb on Euclid will also be painted white and drop zone signs added after approval from the city. The staff parking spaces will be repainted when the weather clears up. If you normally drive up Vera, you need to drive up Madison and make a Left on to Winslow and then a left on to Vera to use the drop zone.

5th Grade Recycling Fundraiser…
The 5th graders are trying to raise some money for their week at Outdoor Education and are holding a recycling fundraiser. If you’d like to participate, please bring smashed plastic bottles and cans to school on Friday, March 30 and leave them outside Room 19. The 5th graders thank you for your support!

On the Parent Blog…
Two 4th graders wrote entries for the blog this week. One post is about Saturday Academy and the other is about the Art Club. I’ve posted pictures from the 2nd graders’ People Who Make a Difference presentations,  and the 1st graders working on their Me On the Map projects and their field trip to the Geological Survey Dept. If your child wants to write something about what’s going on in their classroom or an after school activity, please let me know and I’ll be happy to post it.  As always, check out the parent blog to see these pictures and more. www.rooseveltparents.com

Spring Drama Camp…
TheatreWorks is offering a drama camp for students in K-6 during Spring Break week (April 2 – April 6). Students will get to experience drama, music, movement, puppetry, juggling, singing and acting! The camp is being offered at a reduced rate of $190 for the 9am-3pm camp. To register or get more information, call 650-463-7146 or email dramaschool@theatreworks.org or visit their website at www.theareworks.org/learn

Rummage Sale…
Our Rummage Sale will 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 come to the planning meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14) or contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Parcel Tax Phone Banking…
The parcel tax committee has assigned Roosevelt to 2 phone bank nights for Measure W (the parcel tax).   We need 20 people per night and they are fun and easy.   All we do is call people to understand whether they are supporters or not.   No convincing required!

Our scheduled Phone Bank nights are scheduled for Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, May 10 from 5:30-8:30pm.   Send an email to Dave Goulden at  dave.goulden@gmail.com  or click here to sign-up directly on the website.  To read the latest on Measure W go to Redwood City Community for Better Schools.

Lice…
Just thinking about it makes me itch, but it’s important that we all know what to look for and how to treat it to keep any outbreak at school to a minimum. If your child has been exposed to lice, put on a pair of disposable gloves and place your child’s head under a bright light for examination. Start at the base of your child’s neck, behind the ears, then along the forehead, and at the crown. Lift small sections of hair in your fingers and work your way methodically around the entire head. You’ll want to look out for adult lice and nits, which are egg sacks. Live lice are about the size of a sesame seed and are grayish-white or tan. Nits are tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots that look a lot like dandruff and are usually located, at most, a few inches from the scalp. If you’re unsure, try flicking the hair — if it moves, it’s dandruff; if it doesn’t, it’s a nit. Scrape it off with your fingernails, look for more, and start thinking about treatment. For more information about ways to treat and prevent lice, here’s an article that my pediatrician recommends with some good tips — How To Treat Head Lice Or take a look at this page from Kids Health — Head Lice

Volunteering…
On the purple sheets that were turned in about what all of you loved about Roosevelt, parent after parent responded that they love the Roosevelt community. Ms. Girardi and the PTA want to make our community even stronger by asking for help with specific events by grade level. You may have noticed that this has started already.  Kinder parents were asked to help with the Book Fair and this week 2nd Grade parents were asked to help with Author Night. This is not only a way to make sure that the same people are not being called upon to volunteer for every event, but it’s also a way for you as parents to meet and get to know the other parents in your child’s class and grade. Every grade has at least 60 families that can potentially help with each event and if every family committed to helping out just once during the year, the PTA could do amazing things for the students at Roosevelt!

Have a great week!



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Saturday Academy

by Maya R. – 4th grade

Today was the last day of Saturday Academy and I really liked it. I’ve been going to Saturday Academy since February 18 in Ms. Vawter’s class. We had Saturday Academy every Saturday from 8:30am to 11:30am.

We would read passages from the test practice standard workbook and then we would answer questions about what we read. Today we read passages about The Beatles and the Mississippi River. First, we would read the questions and then read the passage. Doing it this way makes it easier for us to answer the questions.

We played Grammar Ninja on the SMART board. It’s a lot of fun and I learned a lot from it.

We practiced math problems with fractions and decimals and we got to do Jiji Math at the end of the day. I liked doing Jiji the most because I got to increase my score. When I started, I was at 34% and now I’m at 45%!

If I get invited to Saturday Academy next year, I want to go! And I think anybody that gets invited to Saturday Academy should go because it’s fun and it helps you get ready for the CST.

Ms DaCosta’s 3rd graders:

Ms. Vawter’s 4th graders:

[Editor’s Note: Ms. DaCosta and Ms. Vawter started working with the 3rd and 4th graders on Saturday, Feb.18th. They wanted to provide support for students that in January, after the 2nd benchmark, were almost proficient. Over the last 6 weeks they have had a consistent 9-10 students in each class attend. They provided both language arts and mathematics standards support. They  looked at the standards data and targeted their instruction on standards that these students still found tricky to master. In addition, they included 30 minutes of JiJi math practice.  According to Ms DaCosta, “All of the students were such troopers. They worked very hard every Saturday and rarely complained to us about being at school on a Saturday. Many of these students were students that received awards for making either the proficient level or higher on Benchmark 3 for ELA and/or Math or showing 10+% growth. In addition, a few of our students have either reached 100% on JiJi or are in the high 90’s (98% and 99%). These students did a great job this past month!”]

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Art Club!

by Caroline T. – 4th grade

In art club, I’ve learned how to create art in a lot of different ways.

Our club meets every Wednesday after school and we have a lot of fun. I’m really happy that my friends are there too.

So far, we’ve learned about horizon lines, landscapes, and painting with dots like an artist named Monet. We’ve learned a lot about other artists too. We’ve drawn landscapes, made clay sculptures that express our feelings and learned how to copy a drawing using grid lines.

I think Mrs. Tsuchiyama is the nicest teacher ever and she makes everyone feel good about their art.

We will be showing our art on April 11 if you want to come.

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Week of Mar 19 – Mar 23

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

Monday, March 19
Last Day for the Book Fair in the school library

Tuesday, March 20
Rummage Sale Planning Meeting at 6:00pm in the faculty lounge – Room 14.

Wednesday, March 21
See’s Candy orders due.

Family Author Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria. Dinner will be served by 2nd grade families starting at 5:00.

Thursday, March 22
Free Dress day for students whose parents attended Parent/Teacher conferences

Important Dates…
March 26 – Reclassification Ceremony at MIT
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
April 9 – Site Council/ELAC meeting at 6:30pm
April 24 – PTA meeting at 6:00pm

Volunteering…
On the purple sheets that were turned in about what all of you loved about Roosevelt, parent after parent responded that they love the Roosevelt community. Ms. Girardi and the PTA want to make our community even stronger by asking for help with specific events by grade level. You may have noticed that this has started already.  Kinder parents were asked to help with the Book Fair and this week 2nd Grade parents are being asked to help with Wednesday’s Author Night. This is not only a way to make sure that the same people are not being called upon to volunteer for every event, but it’s also a way for you as parents to meet and get to know the other parents in your child’s class and grade. Every grade has at least 60 families that can potentially help with each event and if every family committed to helping out just once during the year, the PTA could do amazing things for the students at Roosevelt!

Drop off and Pick up News…
The new drop off zone is in effect for Vera Avenue.  Please pay attention to the new loading zone areas and drive down Vera from Alameda de las Pulgas to use the drop zones. The drop off zone times are 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Students are to be dropped off and picked up in this area. The curb on Euclid will also be painted white and drop zone signs added in the coming weeks. The staff parking spaces will be repainted when the weather clears up. If you normally drive up Vera, you need to drive up Madison and make a Left on to Winslow and then a left on to Vera to use the drop zone.

Family Author Night…
On Wednesday, March 21, Roosevelt will be hosting a Family Author Night. An author is coming to read her book to students and will also have a presentation and raffle. Dinner will be served and 2nd grade families are being asked to help with the food service before the presentation begins. If you are a 2nd grade parent and haven’t had a chance to volunteer for a school activity yet, here’s your chance! Please contact Bonnie Courtney – Rodriguez at  bejrodriguez@yahoo.com to volunteer. Flyers for this event will be coming home on Monday or Tuesday.

See’s Candies Fundraiser…
Your child should have brought home an order form for the See’s Candy fundraiser.  You may send your order forms with your child or turn in your order forms to the school office until Wednesday, March 21. Please make any checks payable to “Roosevelt PTA”. Thanks for your support!

On the Parent Blog…
There’s a lot going on at Roosevelt! I’ve posted pictures from the 3rd graders’ Biomes presentations,  2nd graders’ People Who Make a Difference presentation, and Room 23’s PBL Unit on Anthropology. As always, check out the parent blog to see these pictures and more.

Spring Drama Camp…
TheatreWorks is offering a drama camp for students in K-6 during Spring Break week (April 2 – April 6). Students will get to experience drama, music, movement, puppetry, juggling, singing and acting! The camp is being offered at a reduced rate of $190 for the 9am-3pm camp. To register or get more information, call 650-463-7146 or email dramaschool@theatreworks.org or visit their website at www.theareworks.org/learn

Rummage Sale…
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 come to the planning meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14) or contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

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Reminders for Friday, March 16

Box Tops…
Friday is the last day for the Boys vs Girls Box Tops contest! The winners will win an extra recess! Box Tops may be turned in to the Boy or Girl boxes in the school office. Look for Box Tops on products such as Kleenex, Cheerios, Hefty, Ziploc, Huggies, etc.

Grade Configuration Committee Survey…
Friday is the last day to turn in your survey! Here is your chance to be heard by the district! The Grade Configuration Committee has asked the district to survey families about current grade configurations and programs. The committee will use the responses they get from this survey when they give their recommendation to the board about future programs and grade configurations in the district. On the list of things this committee is looking at is Roosevelt’s request to expand to a K-8 school. We would love to get as many Roosevelt families as possible to fill out the survey, so make sure you either take the survey on line or turn in the paper survey that came home in last week’s Thursday folder.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Take Survey

Tomar la encuesta

Second Grade Families…
Next Wednesday, Roosevelt is hosting a Family Author Night. An author is coming to read her book to students and will also have a presentation and raffle. Dinner will be served and 2nd grade families are being asked to help with the food service before the presentation begins. Please contact Bonnie Courtney – Rodriguez at  bejrodriguez@yahoo.com to volunteer.

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Week of Mar 12 – Mar 16

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

Reminder! Sunday night was the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Make sure all of your clocks were moved FORWARD one hour!

Monday, March 12
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day

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, March 13
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day

Wednesday, March 14
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day

Thursday, March 15
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day

Friday, March 16
Last day to turn in your Box Tops for the Girls vs. Boys contest!

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day

Important Dates…
March 21 – Family Author Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
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…
You should have received a letter from Redwood City’s traffic department in last Thursday’s folder about the new drop off zones. Please pay attention to the new loading zone areas and come down from Alameda de las Pulgas to use the drop zones. The drop off zone times are 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Students are to be dropped off and picked up in this area. The curb on Euclid will also be painted white and drop zone signs added in the coming weeks.

Book Fair…
The Spring Book Fair is scheduled to be held this week in the library. (I didn’t receive any confirmation of the days or hours, but if I do, I will post it on the parent blog.) If you are a Kindergarten parent, make sure you’ve signed up for a time slot to help with the Book Fair during lunch hours and after school. Please contact your child’s teacher or our librarian Paulette Elliott at pelliott@rcsdk8.net with any questions, or to help out.

Family Author Night…
On Wednesday, March 21, Roosevelt is hosting a Family Author Night. An author is coming to read her book to students and will also have a presentation and raffle. Dinner will be served and 2nd grade families are being asked to help with the food service before the presentation begins. Please contact Bonnie Courtney – Rodriguez at  bejrodriguez@yahoo.com to volunteer.

See’s Candies Fundraiser…
Your child should have brought home an order form for the See’s Candy fundraiser. This is a fundraiser to raise money for the PTA. You may send your order forms with your child or turn in your order forms to the school office until Wednesday, March 21. Please make any checks payable to “Roosevelt PTA”. Thanks for your support!

Box Tops…
It’s the last week for the Boys vs Girls Box Tops contest! The winners will win an extra recess! The contest starts Monday, March 5 and ends on Friday, March 16. Box Tops may be turned in to the Boy or Girl boxes in the school office. Look for Box Tops on products such as Kleenex, Cheerios, Hefty, Ziploc, Huggies, etc.

On the Parent Blog…
Did you know that Mr Williams’ 5th graders are producing a news show vlog? You can check out their first episode on the parent blog. There’s also a Girls Running Club club for girls in grades 3-5. They are training after school twice a week and will be entering the Lollipop Family Fun Run on May 9. One of the girls will be posting about the club this week. Mrs Tsuchiyama received a grant to teach art on Wednesdays after school and will be hosting an open house to show off their work on April 11. Take a look at the parent blog for pictures and updates about this club as well. www.rooseveltparents.com

Grade Configuration Committee News…
Here is your chance to be heard by the district! The district’s Grade Configuration Committee has asked the district to survey families within the district about current grade configurations and programs. The committee will use the responses they get from this survey when they give their recommendation to the board about future programs and grade configurations in the district. On the list of things this committee is looking at is Roosevelt’s request to expand to a K-8 school. We would love to get as many Roosevelt families as possible to fill out the survey, so make sure you either take the survey on line or turn in the paper survey that came home in last week’s Thursday folder.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Take Survey

Tomar la encuesta

Spring Drama Camp…
TheatreWorks is offering a drama camp for students in K-6 during Spring Break week (April 2 – April 6). Students will get to experience drama, music, movement, puppetry, juggling, singing and acting! The camp is being offered at a reduced rate of $190 for the 9am-3pm camp. To register or get more information, call 650-463-7146 or email dramaschool@theatreworks.org or visit their website at www.theareworks.org/learn

Rummage Sale…
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

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The 5th Grade Presents — Pencil Box News

 

During their class study of current events, Mr Williams’ 5th graders decided to create a news show called Pencil Box News which covers local, national and world news.

 

 

 

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Roosevelt Students in the News!

After multiple summers in France with his parents, artfully twirling the batter spreader for his crepe de frutas is second nature to Leo Dupuy, 11, of Adelante Immersion School. The only difference? This one’s made with whole grains.

Dupuy and eight other Redwood City School District students are not only competing in the Future Chefs contest to have the tastiest, most creative dish, it has to be healthy too.  Each year, Sodexo, an international food and management services company that the districts contracts with, teaches children how to cook as well as expose them to healthier recipes.

“It’s a huge problem that we need to address with students as well as their parents,” said Child Nutrition Services Director Anna Lague of the lack of nutrition education. “Many students grow up eating convenience food.”

See the full article on Patch.com

Here are some of the Roosevelt students that participated in this event:


 

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Week of March 5 – March 9

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

Monday, March 5
Begin Boys vs Girls Box Tops contest! Send in those Box Tops!

Tuesday, March 6
CST Writing Exam for 4th graders. If you have a 4th grader, make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep!

Important Dates…
March 12 – 16 – Parent / Teacher conferences
March 12 – 16 – Book Fair
March 12 – Site Council / ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 14
March 21 – Family Author Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
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…
The City painted the curb on Vera on Friday for the new drop off zone on Vera, but they listed the drop off times as 7:30am to 8:30pm. This is incorrect and will be fixed. The drop off zone times are 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Students are to be dropped off and picked up in this area. The curb on Euclid will also be painted white and drop zone signs added in the coming weeks. A letter will be going home with your student this week explaining the new drop off procedure.

Book Fair…
The Spring Book Fair will be held during Parent / Teacher Conferences from March 12 – March 16. Kindergarten parents are asked to help with the Book Fair during lunch hours and after school. Please contact your child’s teacher or our librarian Paulette Elliott at pelliott@rcsdk8.net with any questions, or to help out. If there aren’t enough volunteers, Paulette won’t be able to have a spring Book Fair.

Family Author Night…
On Wednesday, March 21, Roosevelt is hosting a Family Author Night. An author is coming to read her book to students and will also have a presentation and raffle. Dinner will be served and 2nd grade families are being asked to help with the food service before the presentation begins. Please contact Bonnie Courtney – Rodriguez at BCourtney-Rodriguez@calcas.com to volunteer. More information about this event will be coming home this week.

See’s Candies Fundraiser…
Your child should have brought home a flyer for the See’s Candy fundraiser in the Thursday folder. This is a fundraiser to raise money for the PTA. You may send your order forms with your child or turn in your order forms to the school office until Wednesday, March 21. Please make any checks payable to “Roosevelt PTA” and please put your child’s room number next to your child’s name on the order form. Thanks for your support!

Box Tops…
It’s time for another Box Tops contest! This one is Boys vs. Girls and the winners will win an extra recess! The contest starts Monday, March 5 and ends on Friday, March 16. Box Tops may be turned in to the Boy or Girl boxes in the school office. Look for Box Tops on products such as Kleenex, Cheerios, Hefty, Ziploc, Huggies, etc.

On the Parent Blog…
I’m posting the class newsletters for March as I receive them and I’ll be posting pictures of the 6th graders reading to students to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday last week. And I’ll be posting pictures of Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd graders and their biomes projects as they work on them before their presentation on Friday. And for those that didn’t get the latest issue of the school newspaper, I’ll post that as well.

Monthly Pledges…
Reminder notices for February were sent home last 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

Grade Configuration Committee News…
Here is your chance to be heard by the district! The district’s Grade Configuration Committee has asked the district to survey families within the district about current grade configurations and programs. The committee will use the responses they get from this survey when they give their recommendation to the board about future programs and grade configurations in the district. On the list of things this committee is looking at is Roosevelt’s request to expand to a K-8 school. We would love to get as many Roosevelt families as possible to fill out the survey, so the computer lab will be made available for parents in the weeks ahead. Look for information about that in your Thursday folder.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Take Survey

Tomar la encuesta

Have a great week!

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Friday Reminders!

Friday, March 2
Free Dress Friday! All children may wear free dress.

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.

There will be a Lockdown Drill at 10:00am.

Grade Configuration Committee News…
Here is your chance to be heard by the district! The Grade Configuration Committee has asked the district to survey families within the district about current grade configurations and programs. The committee will use the responses they get from this survey when they give their recommendation to the board about future programs and grade configurations in the district. On the list of things this committee is looking at is Roosevelt’s request to expand to a K-8 school.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Take Survey

Tomar la encuesta

Drop off and Pick up News…
The City has installed the signs for the drop off zone on Vera, but they listed the drop off times as 7:30am to 8:30pm. This is incorrect and will be fixed. The drop off zone times will be 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Until the curb is painted white, you will still be able to park in this area during drop off and pick up times. Hopefully the City will give adequate warning of when the curb is scheduled to be painted.

 

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Update!: News Media on Campus Again

There have been some new developments in the district’s investigation of the special education preschool teacher that was arrested on February 10.

The news trucks have once again descended on Roosevelt for two reasons:

 

1.   The district released a statement about the results of their internal investigation of the alleged abuse that happened in the district’s Special Ed preschool classroom that uses space on the Roosevelt campus. The investigation found that as many as six employees may have known about the abuse and not reported it.

and

2.   The teacher that was arrested is being arraigned this morning, Thursday, March 1.

The district also said the following in their press release:

“Our internal review showed that the alleged abuse was limited to one special education preschool classroom housed at Roosevelt School. We found no evidence that the Roosevelt principal, any Roosevelt K-6 teachers or any staff member from the Child Development Center, a district-run preschool housed at Roosevelt School, had any awareness of the alleged abuse.”

However, it looks as though the news media still thinks it’s far more interesting to have video of our campus, students, parents and teachers in their reports, so that’s why the trucks are at our campus. The district has sent out employees from the district’s facilities department to make sure that the students can get on campus without being bothered by the reporters, so if you see those men standing around the entrances to school, that’s why they are there.

I’ve included the press release by the district below.

Dear RCSD Community,Nothing is more important to us than protecting our students and keeping them safe at all times.  Parents entrust their children to us; we have a moral, ethical and legal obligation to ensure that all staff maintain the highest standard of behavior toward students at all times.  Further, if any staff member ever suspects that any student is being abused in any way by anyone, including by fellow staff members, they must immediately contact Child Protective Services (CPS) personally.   Every staff member who is hired by our district signs a statement acknowledging that they understand the legal responsibility they have to report any suspected cases of child abuse to a child protective agency as soon as practically possible. (See attached – Child Abuse Reporting)When an instructional aide made allegations on February 1, 2012, that a special education teacher physically abused students under her care in a special education pre-school class, we took immediate steps to ensure the safety of our students:•    We immediately placed the teacher on paid administrative leave so that we could look into the matter further.  Administrative leave is a procedure that is used to protect the rights of everyone involved when allegations are made; it ensures that facts are determined before any conclusions are reached.•    We reminded the instructional aide of her legal obligation to report the matter immediately to Child Protective Services (CPS), which she did.  CPS instructed the aide to contact the Redwood City Police Department, which she also did.

•    When law enforcement became involved in the case, we cooperated fully with the police investigation.

•    We interviewed all staff connected with the situation to determine what happened, and whether all proper reporting procedures had been followed.

•    Our internal review showed that the alleged abuse was limited to one special education pre-school classroom housed at Roosevelt School.  We found no evidence that the Roosevelt principal, any Roosevelt K-6 teachers or any staff member from the Child Development Center, a district-run pre-school housed at Roosevelt School, had any awareness of the alleged abuse.

•    After our internal review suggested that proper reporting procedures may not have been followed, eight additional employees were placed on administrative leave on February 9. An independent investigator conducted a thorough review of the matter to determine when employees first learned of possible abuse and whether they acted according to legal and district procedures.

That review has now been completed and indicates that six employees knew of possible abuse and did not meet their legal obligation to report it.  As a result, the district will proceed with appropriate disciplinary action for these employees.  At this point, we have no conclusive evidence that any other employees knew of the alleged abuse and failed to report it.   If at any time we have clear evidence that any other employee knew of child abuse and failed to report it, I will recommend strong disciplinary action.

In addition, we have increased the resources available to all staff regarding mandated child abuse reporting.  All new employees will now be required to complete an approximately 45-minute online training that has recently become available to districts.   All administrators will also take this training, as will all current staff members. www.mandatedreporterca.com

The events surrounding the alleged abuse in this case raise important issues for anyone working with children.  Our obligation to protect children under our care is our most serious responsibility. Any time RCSD staff become aware of or have reason to believe that something might be wrong, they have not only a moral and ethical responsibility to report it to CPS, but a legal obligation to do so.

We are committed to following the highest standards of safety in the Redwood City School District.  If you have questions about the policies we have in place to keep your students safe, I encourage you contact me at any time, jchristensen@rcsdk8.net, 650-423-2230 or talk to your school principal.

Sincerely,
Jan Christensen
Superintendent


Estimada comunidad del Distrito Escolar de Redwood City:

Nada es más importante para nosotros que proteger a nuestros estudiantes y mantenerlos seguros en todo momento.  Los padres nos confían a sus hijos; nosotros tenemos la obligación, moral, ética y legal de asegurar que todo el personal mantiene el más alto estándar de conducta hacia los estudiantes en todo momento. Además si cualquier miembro del personal en cualquier momento piensa que cualquier estudiante está siendo abusado de alguna manera por cualquier persona, incluyendo por sus compañeros de trabajo, tiene que contactar inmediata y personalmente los Servicios de Protección Infantil (CPS por sus siglas en inglés).  Cada miembro del personal que haya sido contratado por nuestro distrito firma una declaración reconociendo que entiende la responsabilidad legal que tiene de reportar cualquier caso sospechoso de abuso infantil a una agencia de protección infantil tan pronto como sea posible. (Ver adjunto – Child Abuse Reporting).

Cuando una ayudante de instrucción hizo alegaciones el 1 de febrero de 2012 que una maestra de educación especial había maltratado físicamente a estudiantes a su cargo en una clase preescolar de educación especial, nosotros tomamos medidas inmediatas para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes:

•    Nosotros colocamos inmediatamente a la maestra en licencia administrativa para poder ver el asunto más a fondo.  La licencia administrativa es un procedimiento que se utiliza para proteger los derechos de todos los involucrados cuando se hacen alegaciones; esto a segura que los hechos son determinados antesde que se alcancen las conclusiones.

•    Le recordamos a la ayudante de instrucción su obligación legal de informar inmediatamente el asunto a los Servicios de ProtecciónInfantil (CPS) lo cual hizo.  CPS instruyó a la ayudante que se pusiera en contacto con el Departamento de Policía de Redwood City, lo cual también hizo.

•    Cuando la policía se implicó en el caso, nosotros cooperamos plenamente con la investigación policial.

•    Entrevistamos a todo el personal relacionado con lasituación para determinar lo sucedido y si todos los procedimiento adecuados dereporte habían sido seguidos.

•    Nuestra revisión interna reveló que el presunto abuso selimitaba a un salón de educación especial preescolar localizado en la Escuela Roosevelt.  Nosotros no encontramos evidencia de que ni la directora de Roosevelt, ni los maestros de Kinder a sextogrado de Roosevelt o cualquier miembro del personal del Centro del Desarrollo Infantil (CDC por sus sigla es n ingles) un preescolar dirigido por el distrito localizado en la escuela Roosevelt, tuvieran ningún conocimiento de los presuntos abusos.

•    Después de nuestra revisión interna sugiriese que los procedimientos apropiados de reportar podrían no haber sido seguidos, ocho empleados adicionales fueron colocados en licencia administrativa el 9 defebrero.  Un investigador independiente llevó a cabo una revisión a fondo de la cuestión para determinar cuando se habían enterado por primera vez los empleados del posible abuso y si habían actuado deacuerdo a los procedimientos legales y del distrito.

Dicha revisión ha sido completada eindica que seis empleados sabían de los posibles abusos y no habían cumplido suobligación legal de reportarlos.  Como resultadode esto, el distrito procederá con la acción disciplinaria apropiada para estosempleados.  En este momento, no tenemos ninguna evidencia concluyente de que ningún otro empleado supiera el supuestoabuso y no lo hubiera reportado.  Si encualquier momento tenemos evidencia clara de que cualquier otro empleado sabíade los abusos y no lo reportó, yo recomendaré una acción disciplinaria fuerte.

Además, hemos aumentado los recursos disponibles para todo el personal enrelación al reporte obligatorio del abuso infantil.  Todos los empleados nuevos ahora necesitaráncompletar una capacitación de aproximadamente 45 minutos en línea querecientemente les ha sido facilitada a los distritos.   Todos los administradores también tomarán esta capacitación al igual que todos los miembros del personal.  www.mandatedreporterca.com

Los acontecimiento que rodean al supuesto abuso en este caso plantean cuestiones importantes para todos los que trabajan con niños.  Nuestra obligación de proteger a los niños a nuestro cuidado es nuestra responsabilidad más importante.  Cada vez que un miembro del personal del Distrito Escolar de Redwood City se entere de o tenga razón para creer que algo podría estar mal, el o ella no solo tiene la responsabilidad moral y ética de reportar el caso a CPS si no también la obligación legal de hacerlo.

Estamos comprometidos a seguir los más altos estándares de seguridad en el Distrito Escolar de Redwood City.  Si tienen alguna pregunta acerca de las políticas que hemos implementado para mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros, les animo a que se pongan en contacto conmigo en cualquier momento
jchristensen@rcsdk8.net, 650-423-2230 o hablen con el director o directora desu escuela.

Atentamente,
Jan Christensen
Superintendente