Have A Great Summer!

Thanks everyone for another great year at Roosevelt!

The class supply lists have been listed on each grade level page so that you can take advantage of the summer sales. Please note that there may be additional supplies requested by your child’s assigned teacher. You will receive a list of any additional supplies at MAZE Day.

Summer Reading lists have also been posted, so keep your child reading this summer!

Uniform Update!

The following uniform color choices are part of the uniform dress code for 2012/2013:

Dress code for grades K-5:

Navy or Khaki – pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, etc
White or Navy – collared shirts/tops, sweaters, jackets

Dress code for grades 6-8 ONLY:

Black, Navy or Khaki – pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, etc
White or Navy – collared shirts/tops
Black, Navy or White – sweaters, jackets.

A school spirit t-shirt or sweatshirt are also considered part of the dress code for grades K-8.

Don’t forget that you can order uniforms online from French Toast ( They have our school’s logo on file so for an additional charge, you can have the Roosevelt raccoon embroidered on shirts or sweaters. Use our school’s source code when you shop and Roosevelt gets 5% of your order: Source Code QS46WJ9. Over the summer they have a lot of sales, so keep checking their website for deals. (They don’t have the black option listed for our school yet, but should in the next few days)

Have a great summer and we’ll see you at one of the MAZE Days

August 21 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm  (last names beginning with M – Z)
August 23 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm  (last names beginning with A – L)

If you’re an incoming Kindergarten parent, don’t forget the Kinder Meet & Greet on August 23 from 3:00-4:00!

The first day of school for the 2011/2012 school year will be August 27.

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Summer Reading Lists!




























Roosevelt is now a K-8!

At tonight’s school board meeting they voted unanimously to make Roosevelt a K-8!

Roosevelt will add 7th grade for the 2012/2013 school year and then 8th grade for 2013/2014. All grades will offer Project Based Learning.

There are openings in the 6th and 7th grade classrooms, so tell any friends and neighbors that might be interested to apply!

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Reminder! School Board Meeting Wed, June 13

The school board will be making their final decision on Roosevelt’s request to add 7th and 8th grade at the Wednesday, June 13 school board meeting.

We are asking you to please attend this meeting and show your support for Roosevelt.


When:     June 13, 2012

Where:   McKinley Auditorium at 400 Duane Street in Redwood City.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Week of June 4 – June 7

This is it! The last “This Week at Roosevelt” for the 2011/2012 school year!

Monday, June 4
Room 12 PBL Presentation at 8:30am

Rooms 15 & 18 Red Morton Pool Party

Kindergarten Student of the Month Assembly at 10:00am in the YMCA Room

Tuesday, June 5
It’s election day — don’t forget to Vote!

Room 15 PBL Presentation

Room 10 PBL Presentation at 9:00am

1st and 2nd Grade Picnic at Red Morton

Rooms 8 & 9 Field Trip to the San Mateo Historical Museum

Wednesday, June 6
Minimum Day

5th Grade Field Trip to Heals Farm

Thursday, June 7
Free Dress Day!

Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00noon

Important Dates…
June 13 – Important School Board Meeting – Roosevelt’s Expansion to become K-8 will be voted on
August 21 – MAZE Day
August 23 – MAZE Day
August 27 – First Day of School!

Trivia Question…
Which teacher has taught at Roosevelt the longest?
a) Tracy DaCosta
b) Sandra Northen
c) Sigrid McCarthy

Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom!

PTA Pledges…
You should have received a letter home about the shortfall of money pledged to the PTA this year that helps pay for so many things for the students at Roosevelt. The PTA board will be meeting in a few weeks to go over the budget for next year and will be making decisions about what programs or expenses will have to be cut from the budget. If you would like to make a donation to the PTA to help save our programs, please send in your donations this week. Checks need to be made to Roosevelt PTA and can be given to your child’s teacher or dropped off at the school office.

SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Soccer Game Tickets…
If you purchased tickets for the June 30 soccer game, please come to the office to pick them up. Tickets will be available for pick up before and after school. We sold over 400 tickets so we earned a visit from a SJ Earthquakes player in the fall! Congratulations to Valerie Romero for winning the signed Earthquakes shirt. She sold 93 tickets! The PTA decided to purchase a few extra tickets and as of today, there are only 19 left. They will be available for sale in the office ($15 per ticket), but once they’re gone, that’s it. The PTA would like to thank you for your support and we’ll see you at the game!

On the Parent Blog…
4th Graders Maya R. and Caroline T. wrote a blog post about Gold Rush visitor Oh Susannah! to their classroom, so check it out! Also, many, many thanks to Joanne Dunbar for taking so many wonderful pictures of last Thursday’s Field Day! If I receive any pictures from any PBL presentations or field trips this week, I’ll be sure to post them. I’ll also be posting the summer reading lists and class supply lists, so make sure to check for those.

Congratulations to Librarian Paulette Elliott…
Our wonderful librarian, Paulette Elliott has been nominated for the 2012 Judy Moomaugh Award of Excellence For Exemplary Service by a Library Paraprofessional.

This annual award is given in memory of Judy Moomaugh, a librarian and dedicated supporter of libraries, who believed that a library paraprofessional could create and sustain a thriving school library environment that the entire learning community could be proud of. Judy encouraged all library paraprofessionals to read, do book talks, do story time, decorate, promote, and build a relevant and engaging collection. This award is presented to a library paraprofessional who goes above and beyond in the effort to support an outstanding school library program.

Congratulations to Paulette and good luck! To see the full nomination, go to Librarian Paulette Elliott Nominated for Excellence Award

June 13 School Board Meeting…
This is it! The decision will be made at the June 13th school board meeting to determine whether Roosevelt will become a K-8 school or not. This has been a very long journey and for those keeping track, it started back in 2007 with the Roosevelt Revitalization Committee. We all realize that this vote comes after school is out for the summer, but this is an extremely important meeting and your presence is appreciated. If you think Roosevelt should become a K-8, we need you to come and show your support! Because the board is expecting a lot of people to attend, it will be held at McKinley Auditorium (400 Duane Street) at 7:00pm.

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.

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is b – Sandra Northen. She has taught at Roosevelt for 23 years! Thank you Ms. Northen for all of your years at Roosevelt!

Have a great summer!


Field Day 2012!

It was a beautiful day for Roosevelt’s 2012 Field Day!

The students were all divided into teams and played games all over the field – relay races, tug o’ war, sack races, balloon toss and more!

Thanks to Mr. Nate Anderson for organizing this year’s event and to the parent volunteers at each station.

The day ended with a fun game of kickball pitting teachers and staff against the 6th graders!

Thanks to Joanne Dunbar for the wonderful pictures from the day’s activities.


Librarian Paulette Elliott Nominated for Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Paulette Elliott, Nominee for the Judy Moomaugh Award of Excellence For Exemplary Service by a Library Paraprofessional

Santa Clara County Office of Education
San Mateo County Office of Education

This annual award is given in memory of Judy Moomaugh, a librarian and dedicated supporter of libraries, who believed that a library paraprofessional could create and sustain a thriving school library environment that the entire learning community could be proud of. Judy encouraged all library paraprofessionals to read, do book talks, do story time, decorate, promote, and build a relevant and engaging collection. This award is presented to a library paraprofessional who goes above and beyond in the effort to support an outstanding school library program.

Award Nominee:  Paulette Elliott

How does the nominee demonstrate performance that exceeds expectations and sets a standard for excellence?

Our Library Media Technical Associate, Paulette Elliott is such an asset to our school. She joined our school in 2006. Paulette strives to help students to love books and become proficient readers. She works closely with me, and teachers to support literacy and student achievement. (Roosevelt School has 65% English Language Learners and 72% Free and Reduced Lunch.) Everything she does is to support student success and love for reading.

Paulette goes above and beyond her job description and the hours she is paid to work each and every week. Two years ago, her position at our school site was 37.5 hours and we had 380 students. Due to budget cuts, her position is now part-time, and only 18.75 hours per week and this year we have 485 students. By volunteering her own time, she provides the same quality program to our students, even with the addition of 135 students and the reduction of hours.

Paulette does the traditional library story time and book check out, but in addition to that, she promotes literacy through many different avenues.

Paulette sees classes weekly, and our 5th & 6th grade bi weekly. While her schedule was designed for her to meet with all classes back to every other week, she felt it was important for students to come weekly and has packed her schedule to see grades K-4 each week. During the read aloud time, Paulette covers the literacy and library standards for the grade level.

Read aloud stories are selected according to local and world events, such depending on tsunami’s and the Olympics as well as aligning with classroom standards. Each year our students participate in the California Young Reader Award. Nominated books in each category are read aloud and Paulette explains the voting process. Paulette uses the District’s Pacing Guides and she selects appropriate books for each grade level to further reinforce what is happening in the classroom.

Paulette’s energy and enthusiasm are not only seen at our school library, but also at another district library as well. Because of budget cuts, Paulette works at Adelante School Library. When she started there last year, there were over 800+ books not turned in from the previous year. After trying very hard for many months to get books back and/ or paid for, it became clear that the students needed some help, and she wanted them to take borrowing books seriously. She organized a See’s candy sale so that any student participating was able to have the lost book reordered with the See’s candy sale profits. It was hugely successful!

Librarian Technology Certificate
Paulette received her Certificate in Library Information Technology from City College in San Francisco in 2008. The coursework supports her as libraries and technology evolve.

Accelerated Reader Program
She operates the Accelerated Reader program through the library at our school. Roosevelt is one of three schools in Redwood City that have this program. Paulette brought the AR program to Roosevelt School in 2006. She leveled all the books in our library. This reading comprehension program begins with each student taking a reading pretest in order to get a reading range. Once the range is determined, the student can easily find books in our library.

All our library book levels are easily identifiable by the color-coded labels on the book spines. The color codes are aligned to the different readings levels. This helps students to select books to ensure their reading success. After a student reads the leveled book, a comprehension quiz is taken. Students earn points based upon the number of Points questions they answer correctly. This year rather than the number of books read, a point system was created. Students work towards their point goals during each AR.

During each AR reading cycle, students have goals to reach and there is a celebration to recognize student achievement. Students are invited to the celebration and receive books, bookmarks and certificates. Our last celebration was an AR luncheon where students feasted on hotdogs, fruit and cupcakes. Achieving reading goals was very important, and each student was given a balloon that said, “I met my AR goal. Ask me how.”

This year, she worked additional hours to operate the after school AR program. Students were invited to come three days a week to read and take their AR quizzes. Paulette monitors 50 students (25 in each session) so they may select books, read, and take quizzes as they work towards their AR reading goals. Our teachers love AR and rely on the data that Paulette is able to give them from the reading assessment and quiz portion of this program

Our library circulation numbers have doubled since last year due to Paulette’s energy and enthusiasm.

This program was never and is not part of her job description. She started it at Roosevelt to benefit the students and she willingly operates this program on her own time.

Book Fairs
Paulette coordinates our Book Fairs during the school year and is able to support classroom instruction by helping to provide teachers with their books on their wish lists. Paulette’s Book Fairs are exciting events. In addition to classroom preview days, she holds after school and evening events such as: Cookies & Cocoa and Popcorn & Punch days. Many times these were held on Saturday mornings evenings to accommodate working parents and their children.

Paulette wants all children to be able to have “new books in their hands” and we met to create a list of students who due to financial needs may not be able to purchase a new book. . She created the “Book Fair Dollars” to be given to these students so they may purchase books at the Book Fair. She has a creative process so students think they “won” these “Book Fair Dollars.”)

This year, through two donors and fundraising efforts, we were able to get four SMART BOARDS for the school. When Paulette learned how beneficial they were to interactive student learning, she investigated how she could provide more SMART BOARDS to she schools. She learned that she could purchase SMART BOARDS with Scholastic Dollars. As part of this year’s Book Fair campaign, we participated in the One For Books by doing a coin drive. This raised money to purchase SMART BOARDS and collected $1200 in coins. She enlisted help to count the many, many coins, but most were counted by Paulette, herself after hours in the library. Roosevelt School will be getting 2 more SMARTBOARDS through her Book Fair efforts.

How does the nominee use initiative and creativity to improve productivity and quality of work in the library?

Library Decorations
Upon entering our library, you are greeted with a large banner of cut out letters that Paulette made and decorated that reads “Welcome to the Library”. There is an eclectic mix of interesting items scattered through out the library. Upon first glance you might not realize that these items are indeed strategically placed to represent where their complementary books are. For example, a large Dinosaur Skeleton has been constructed on the shelf above the Dinosaur books. The Dinosaur is holding the Dewey Decimal number for Dinosaurs. A large dragon and puppet of Pinocchio are sitting above the Fairy Tales section and hold their Dewey number. Other items such as a stuffed dog, penguin, human skeleton, a solar system mobile, picture of the President, giraffes, insects, snakes, whales and many more things are all placed by their appropriate sections, with their corresponding Dewey Decimal number by them. This is done to make the non-fiction section more user-friendly while still having the Dewey Information posted.

Another thing Paulette has done is to place five clocks with different time zones on the library wall. She has Hawaii, San Francisco, Colorado, New York & Rome. When she put the clocks up, she read a book about the time zones and had students from each class be the sun and earth to depict how time zones work.

Our Library always has holiday decorations and highlights latest book releases placed in the center with corresponding holiday books displayed that students might check out.

With these monies, she is able to finance the AR parties and prizes. This is how she bought the pedometers for the school lunch walking program, and also scheduled and paid for an Accelerated Reader Webinar for our teachers to help them better understand the program.

This money also provides author visits to our site. Last year, author / Illustrator Steve Riley presented an exciting, funny and educational presentation on the writing process, the parts of a story, and his illustration techniques. Mr. Riley showed his original sketches for his first book, Little Ty Cooney and the Big Yosemite Race.

EWASTE monies were also used to buy high interest books for the students. Some of these purchased this past year, include non-fiction books ranging in topics from Animals to Muscle Cars.

Parent Education Team
Paulette participates on our Parent Education Team with both the planning and implementation of our education nights. Each year, we hold three evening trainings dedicated to educating parents about how to work with their children at home. Two are always literacy based. This year, our theme was “reading aloud to and with your children”. In October, we held our Community Members Read Aloud Night. We kicked off the evening with Paulette reading Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long aloud, to children sitting around her on the floor. Parents were seated on chairs around the room. Using a document camera and projector, she modeled how to read the book aloud and ask probing questions.

In addition to reading that night, Paulette participated in all stages of the Literacy Night events: planning, set up and ordering books for students to take home at the end of the evening.

Paulette has been our school’s coordinator for RIF books for the past five years. She has attended the County meetings for the program, selected books and implemented the distribution of these books. Our students look forward to receiving the books from her.







Oh Susannah! Visits 4th Grade






by 4th graders Maya R. and Caroline T.

On Friday during class, the door opened and a woman in a Gold Rush costume walked in. We were surprised and wondered who she was. She wore a long dress, apron and a bonnet on her head. Right away she asked Omar, Andi and Samir to put their desks together to hold her trunk and told Michelle and Max to get her things from the hall.

She introduced herself as Oh Susannah, but said we could call her Miss Susannah. She told all the girls that we shouldn’t be showing our ankles in public. Then the phone rang and we had to explain to her what a phone was. She thought the principal was on the roof talking into a cord that came into our classroom!

She told us a story about her travels across the country from Missouri. When she was 9, she traveled with her Pa, her Ma, her brother Thomas and her baby sister Mary. They left Missouri for California because they were poor and hoped to get more money in California. Miss Susannah told us that during their trip, one of their bulls got sick so they had to kill it because it would be cruel to let it suffer. When the bull was lying in the sun, his stomach swelled up and the boys came up with a game to run and jump off of the bull’s stomach. Then Thomas jumped so hard, he fell in to the bull’s stomach and his legs were sticking up and wiggling!

She told us that the wagon was 10′ x 4′ and held their house stuff and food for the trip. She had to walk next to the wagon and carried her baby sister because they all didn’t fit in the wagon. They traveled with two other families and the wagon holding her friend sank to the bottom of a river and another family was trampled by a herd of bulls.

We learned that they couldn’t stop along the way because it was just a long dusty trail.  They had to pull to the side of the trail at night to prepare their meals and to sleep. When they didn’t have wood they used bull chips to build a fire.

After they came to California, they were amazed by how big it was. She showed us real gold and fool’s gold and how her father would pan for gold. They would flatten the gold and put it in a bottle to carry. Her dad kept trying to find gold to get rich, but only found little pieces. He thought he was a fool for getting down on his knees looking for gold and breaking his back. Her mother didn’t want to leave their house and didn’t want Miss Susannah to leave either. Some of the women dressed like men to get more money from men’s work, but Miss Susannah’s mother started a laundry business to help pay for the family. She made $12 a day which helped a lot.

Miss Susannah told us that the Chinese men were treated badly. The tradition was for Chinese men to wear a long braid and people would cut it off.  Miss Susannah felt bad that the Chinese men were being bullied.

We liked having her in our classroom and we learned a lot about the Gold Rush!