Week of April 30 – May 4

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

Monday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 2 — California Standards Testing (CST) for grades 2 – 6

Monday, April 30
Artist Elizabeth Gomez from last month’s Author Night will be teaching art to the 4th grade students in Room 13.

Wednesday, May 2
Last day of CST Testing!

Friday, May 4
Free Dress Friday!

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.

Fire Drill at 8:05am. Please make sure your child arrives on time. (Note: Parents attending the coffee with Principal Girardi will also participate.)

Box Tops Raffle at lunch! 5 Box Tops = 1 Raffle Ticket!

RCEF benenfit at Pacific Shores Center at 5:30pm.

Saturday, May 5
Rummage Sale! 9:00am – 3:00pm

Important Dates…
May 7 – May 11 – 5th graders at Outdoor Education
May 9 – Teachers Appreciation Lunch at 11:00am
May 10 – Parcel Tax Phone Banking – 5:30-8:30pm
May 12 – Bring in Box Tops for lunchtime raffle! 5 Box Tops = 1 Raffle Ticket!
May 15 – Last PTA Meetting at 6:00pm in Room 14 (Note: date changed from May 22)
May 21 – Kent Awards Ceremony
May 22 – SMCRA Literacy Award Ceremony for Kinder Team
May 23 – School play “The Effect” at 6:00pm
May 24 – Open House / PBL Fair 5:30-6:30, Bingo 6:30pm
May 28 – Memorial Day – No School
May 29 – 6th Graders Instrumental Music Performance at Sequoia High School
June 6 – Minimum Day
June 7 – Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00

CST Testing…
This is the last few days of CST Testing! Please make sure your child is on time each day. Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each day as well. They’ll be testing in the morning, so a good breakfast will help them concentrate. Talk about the importance of doing their best and remind them to take their time and check their work. Make sure they go to bed on time – 8:30pm at the latest! Students do better when they are fully rested. Have your child relax each day after school. Finally, give them encouragement to do their best!

Rummage Sale…
Our Rummage Sale will also be 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 food for the festivities. 10×10 foot stalls are also available to rent by anyone that wants to sell at the rummage sale so ask family and friends if they want to rent a stall.

For more information, please contact Aurora at

Roosevelt Expansion Update…
At last Wednesday’s School Board Meeting, the school board listened to more discussion about Roosevelt expanding to a K-8 as well as other programs throughout the district that are asking to expand (Taft to K-8, Henry Ford adding 6th grade, etc.) Some parents that filled out cards to speak were unable to do so because they had to get their children home for an early bedtime for CST testing. If you would like to send your comments to the school board, you may do so via email or mail to the District office. For the list of current board members, go to If you send a letter to one Trustee, they will make sure it is forwarded on to the others. The next school board meeting is on May 9, but it’s unclear whether a vote for Roosevelt’s expansion request will scheduled for that meeting or not. If you have any questions about what is happening, I’d be happy to answer them. Contact

Box Tops…
We have one more Box Tops Contest running this year –and there’s more prizes!

Bring in 5 Box Tops, and win a chance to choose a prize! Box Tops volunteers will collect Box Tops at lunch time in front of the office on Friday, May 4th and 12th. For every 5 Box Tops, your child will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including gift cards, movie tickets, books, and toys.

Thank you to the families that have donated gift cards and new DVDs – we can still use more, so if you could donate movie tickets, small gift cards Lego sets, cool books in English and Spanish, small board games –we would really appreciate it. There is a Prize Donation box in the office on top of the mail boxes. Contact Megan Goulden at with any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon…
Show your appreciation for the staff of Roosevelt school! The PTA is hosting a potluck lunch for the Roosevelt staff on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00am in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Please bring one of your favorite dishes to share with our teachers. You can drop off your dish the morning of the luncheon or just before the luncheon at 11:00am. If you are contributing food, and need your dishes returned, please label everything with your name and your child’s name and room number.

Escrip / Safeway Club Card…
At last week’s PTA meeting, it was brought up that some families are still unaware of Escrip for fundraising. If you haven’t already, sign up now! This fundraiser couldn’t be easier! Participating businesses contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards (i.e. Safeway Club Card), credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Roosevelt.

Register your Safeway Club Card, debit and credit cards on the eScrip website. Participating merchants will make contributions to Roosevelt based on purchases made by you just by using the cards you have registered. To register your cards and see a list of participating stores, go to the eScrip website at

On the Parent Blog…
I will be posting the list of winners from the Multiplication Marathon. I also have pictures from Room 10’s visit from artist Elizabeth Gomez. The teachers have been sending me their PBL Newsletters and Monthly Newsletters and I’ll post them to their pages as soon as I can.

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 second scheduled Phone Bank night is Thursday, May 10 from 5:30-8:30pm. Send an email to Dave Goulden at or go to to sign-up directly on the website. To read the latest on Measure W go to Redwood City Community for Better Schools.

RCEF Benefit…
There are still a few tickets available for the RCEF’s Benefit for a Brighter Future to be held on May 4, 2012 at 5:30pm at the Pacific Shores Club. For more information about the event, go to To learn more about what the RCEF does for our schools, go to

Homework Help from the Redwood City Public Libraries…
A fun and supportive place to do homework and skill building activities for grades 1 – 5.
Downtown Library: Monday through Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Redwood Shores Library: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 3 – 6 pm & Wednesday 1 – 6 pm
Schaberg Library: Monday through Wednesday 2 – 5 pm & Thursday 1 – 5 pm

Free online help from EXPERT tutors now available every day from 1 – 10 pm, visit for details.

Roosevelt Facebook Page…
The district has created Facebook pages for each school in the district. The district wants to use these pages to get important school and district information out to families. The address for the district’s Roosevelt page is If you “like” the page, you will automatically get any updates.

Have a great week!





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