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Week of Feb 25 – Mar 1

Feb 25Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday , February 25
End Box Tops Contest — Boys v. Girls — Turn in your Box Tops!

Student of the Month Assemblies:
8:05am – 6th & 7th
9:00am – 2nd & 3rd
9:30am – 4th & 5th
10:30am – 1st
11:40am – Kinder

PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).The PTA will be discussing upcoming fundraising events and looking at where we stand with the budget for enrichment programs for this year. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room. (Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Tuesday, February 26
Caroll Webster, the Redwood City children’s librarian, is coming to Roosevelt to read stories and talk to the Kindergarten students about the Kindercard program and Super Saturday at the Main Library.

Wednesday, February 27
7th Grade Field Trip to Stanford University

6th Grade Teacher Sarah Coyle being Honored at 17th District PTA luncheon

12:00-2:00 Volunteers needed to weed the area in front of the office (more information below)

Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese (2541 El Camino) from 3:00pm – 9:00pm. Chuck E Cheese will donate 15% of sales back to Roosevelt. Invite friends and family and help raise more money for Roosevelt!

Thursday, February 28
Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks at 8:00am in Room 1. Hear first hand about district and school news, talk about any issues or concerns you may have or just come for the coffee. This is also a great opportunity to meet other Roosevelt parents! This is a very casual meeting so if you can only drop in for a few minutes, you’re still welcome to attend. Spanish translation is available for those that need it. If you have a younger child, you are welcome to bring him/her.

School visit by School Board Trustee Dennis McBride at 9:00am

Principal’s Winter Reading Club Party

Friday, March 1
Free Dress Friday

Important Dates…
March 5 – 4th & 7th Graders – CST Writing Test
March 6 – Candy sale order forms due
March 15 – March 21 – Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule
March 15 – March 22 – Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes
March 18 – Entry Forms Due for RWC Art Contest “My Redwood City – Places, Faces & Events”
March 22 – Minimum Day – Begin Spring Break
March 25 – April 5 – Spring Break – No School
April 8 – End Spring Break – Classes Resume
April 12 – Movie Night! – Wreck-it Ralph at 6:15pm

Trivia Question…
Black History month is coming to an end, so let’s see how many of you know which amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery:

a. 7th Amendment
b. 12th Amendment
c. 13th Amendment
d. 19th Amendment

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

Recycling Fundraiser…
Bring in your bottles and cans to help raise money for Roosevelt. Recycling donations can be dropped off all this week!

Jiji Math for iPad/Kindle Fire/Android Tablets…
Roosevelt has purchased the license for activation of JiJi on iPads (it will not work on iPods or iPhones), Kindle Fires and Select Android Devices. The home activation instructions can be found on the parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com The app is free in the app stores but they need to have the activation code for it to work.

Candy Fundraiser…
The World’s Finest Chocolate Spring/Easter candy fundraiser has begun! Additional flyers and order forms are available in the school office. Orders are due on March 6. Orders will be distributed the week of March 11.

Candy Fundraiser Volunteers Needed…
3rd Grade Parent Patty Lineras has generously volunteered to run the World’s Finest candy fundraiser, but she needs some help! If you can volunteer a few hours of your time to help count orders or put orders together to send out, please contact the school office or contact Patty Lineras at pattyl1968@gmail.com

Weeding Help needed…
We need volunteers from 12-2 on Wednesday, February 27 to weed the front beds near the office. We will have volunteers from PCC too.
Megan Goulden will bring cold drinks; everyone should bring gloves and weeding tools if they have them. You don’t have to stay the whole time- even 25 minutes would help! Contact Megan Goulden for more information at megan.goulden@gmail.com

PTA Pledges…
Reminders were sent home for all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Please remember to send in your money.

If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, you can still do so. There’s still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. Please also include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.

Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation. Please use the envelope that was sent with the reminder to send back your payment so that it can be credited to your family. You can also pay via Credit Card or bank transfer using the PayPal Donate button on the parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com

Thank you for your generosity!

After School Sports…
Registration is now open for Ready, Set, Run! for boys and girls age 8-14. This after school running program will train the students to run in the Redwood City 4th of July Fun Run. Participants will receive 12 weeks of running instruction, a training manual, t-shirt and and enrollment in the RWC Fun Run. Students will learn about proper physical training and nutrition, goal setting, confidence, peer pressure, self esteem and respecting authority. Cost $50. Registration deadline: March 1, 2013. Registration forms are available at Red Morton Community Center (1120 Roosevelt Avenue)

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just go to www.rooseveltparents.com and select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed.

If you’ve liked our page, but don’t see any updates in your news feed, it’s because Facebook has been using a formula that hides posts for pages that don’t pay for sponsored placements. What can you do? Go to our Facebook page and hover your mouse over the Liked box. Then make sure Get Notifications and Show in News Feed are checked. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c. 13th Amendment. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. blackhistory1It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on January 31, 1865, and adopted on December 6, 1865. On December 18, Secretary of State William H. Seward proclaimed it to have been adopted. It was the first of the three Reconstruction Amendments adopted after the American Civil War.

There is a temporary Black History Museum set up in the old McWhorter’s site next to Lucky’s in Woodside Plaza. The 11,000-square-foot space is full of exhibits honoring African Americans’ contributions to history. Visitors can see photos, memorabilia and reading material illustrating important moments in black history.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.Admission is free, but donations are suggested in the amount of $5 for adults, and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Have a great week!

 



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Recycling Fundraiser! (Feb 25 – Mar 1)

Bring in your empty bottles and cans to help raise money for Roosevelt!
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State releases district breakdowns under school funding formula | EdSource Today

State releases district breakdowns under school funding formula | EdSource Today.

Gov BrownDistricts and charter schools now know how they’d make out under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula, his plan for sweeping school finance reform. The state Department of Finance posted the long-awaited district-by-district breakdown and a two-page overview Wednesday. The 80-page chart calculates districts’ base per student funding for 2011-12 as a comparison and lists funding for the next two years and full per student funding in seven years – if projected state revenues hold up.

Brown outlines increases in education spending in a news conference last month.

Brown’s proposed formula promises to simplify and rationalize the state’s idiosyncratic and irrational funding system, with its complex rules governing dozens of “categorical” programs with funding designated for special purposes. Starting off with what districts now receive in base funding (known as “revenue limit” funding), it would create a new financing system as additional money becomes available from increased revenues generated by an improving state economy, and past debts that the state owes to schools are paid off.

Brown’s plan would provide additional funds to districts having to meet the extra costs of educating economically disadvantaged and other high-needs students. There would be a “phase in” period, with annual funding increases, leading to full funding. The Legislature, which reacted cooly last year to an earlier version, must now consider whether to approve or change it.

Under the plan, no district would receive less than they receive this year in state support, and “the vast majority” – 1,700 districts and charter schools – will get unspecified “moderate to significant” funding increases over the next five years, according to the overview. During this time, the average per-student funding under Proposition 98 is projected to rise $2,700 per student.  Receiving little or no increase in money would be 230 charter schools and districts – among them “basic aid” districts that already receive more in funding from property taxes than they would be entitled to in state funding.

The formula would work this way:

  • Every district would receive a base grant for every student – an average of $6,800 when fully funded, with more for high schools and less for elementary schools. The base  grant would include restoring the dollars the state owed to districts from past years’ budget cuts and unpaid cost-of-living increases. It would not include money for special education and a few other categorical programs that would be funded outside of the formula. No district, including basic aid districts, would receive less than they get today. Schools would get an extra $700 per student in grades K-3 for smaller classes, though districts could spend the money otherwise.

Districts with disadvantaged students – low-income students, English learners and foster youth – would get additional dollars:

  • A supplement of $2,385 per student, which is equal to 35 percent of the base grant for every disadvantaged student in the district.
  • An additional grant for those districts in which high-needs students comprise 50 percent or more of students, reflecting the need for additional money to counteract the demands on districts with a high concentration of poor children. Districts with 60 percent high-needs students would get 38.5 percent more revenue per high-needs student ($2,624); a district in which every child is an English learner or low-income student would get a maximum of 52.5 percent more ($3,578) in per-student funding than a district with no high-needs children.

Looking at  how the formula will play out  in Orange County (pages 39-40):

  • Magnolia Elementary School District in Anaheim has 6,142 students, 73 percent of whom are low-income students and 49 percent of whom are English learners. Its base grant of $6,122 last year would rise to $11,190 per student when fully funded by the state as projected in seven years.
  • Los Alamitos Unified, with 9,343 students, got about the same base grant last year as Magnolia: $6,132. But, with only 12 percent low-income students and 2 percent English learners, its funding would rise to only $8,616 per student at full funding, $2,574 less than in Magnolia.
  • Laguna Beach Unified, with 2,878 students, is a “basic aid” district, with enough income from property taxes from high-priced homes to generate an enviable $13,362 per student without any additional support from the state. It wouldn’t lose any money under Brown’s formula, but it wouldn’t gain any either.

Although the formula for when the plan is fully implemented is pretty straightforward and simple, determining funding during the  phase-in period would be anything but. That’s because each district’s starting point is different, reflecting differences among districts’ current revenue limit funding and funding from categorical programs. The rate of yearly increases, to get to the fully-funded target amount, would be quicker for low-funded districts and slower for those already getting above-average funding.

A comparison of Los Angeles Unified (page 23) and Fresno Unified (page 10) is illustrative. Based on Department of Finance calculations, Fresno, the fourth-largest district in the state, received $6,547 per student in the equivalent of base funding under the formula last year. Los Angeles Unified got $7,509 in base funding, nearly $1,000 more per student than Fresno, because of funding from a categorical program – desegregation money now called TIIG (Targeted Instructional Improvement Block Grant) – that Fresno never got, and Los Angeles will continue to receive, even though they serve roughly the same proportions of high-need students. At full funding, both Los Angeles Unified and Fresno Unified would get close to the same amount: $11,635 for Fresno, $11,993 for Los Angeles. Over the next two years, Fresno would get $968 more per student; Los Angeles would get $830 more per student.

The Department of Finance overview doesn’t detail the formula for determining the amounts that districts will get each year as this plan is phased in: it’s complex. Consult your district’s chief finance officer or, if you’re ambitious, it’s spelled out in the 500-page trailer bill on Brown’s proposed funding formula.



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Week of Feb 18 – Feb 22

Feb 18Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday – Friday –  Benchmark Testing! Make sure your child gets plenty of rest!

Monday , February 18
President’s Day Holiday – No School

Friday, February 22
SPARK Assembly for Middle School grades at 1:15. SPARK Apprenticeship program approved at Roosevelt for 2013/2014 school year. www.sparkprogram.org

Important Dates…
February 25 – End Box Tops Contest — Boys v. Girls
February 25 – Student of the Month Assemblies
February 25 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 27 – 7th Grade Field Trip to Stanford University
February 27 – 6th Grade Teacher Sarah Coyle Honored at 17th District PTA luncheon
February 27 – Restaurant Fundraiser – Chuck E Cheese
February 28 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
February 28 – School visit by School Board Trustee Dennis McBride
February 28 – Principal’s Winter Reading Club Party
March 1 – Free Dress Friday
March 5 – 4th & 7th Graders – CST Writing Test
March 6 – Candy sale order forms due

Trivia Question…
If every family that pledged a monthly donation to the Enrichment Fund at the beginning of the year turned in their payment, how much would be earned each month?

a. $3,250
b. $4,868
c. $5,765
d. $6,233

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

Have You Seen the Thermometers?…
You should have received a flyer in the Thursday folder about the current status of the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Thermometers are also going up around campus as well. We need to raise $65,000 this year and we are short of our goal. Currently, less than 25% of families have contributed to the fund and we need 100% from each family to come close to our goal. That’s .55 per day that your child is in school. What does the fund pay for? The Enrichment Fund pays for Art, Music (grades K & 1), Field Trips, Educational Assemblies, Classroom Visitors, $100 for each teacher for classroom supplies, support for After School Enrichment (dance, art, music, drama, etc.), Outdoor Education, Family Fun Nights, and much, much more! Please make your donation today so that these programs can continue this year. For your convenience, we’ve added a PayPal donate button on the parent blog so that you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. (www.rooseveltparents.com) Every Family Contributes. Every Child Benefits.

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  ends on Monday, February 25. 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. Look for the flyers that came home in last Thursday’s folder!

Candy Fundraiser…
The World’s Finest Chocolate Spring/Easter candy fundraiser has begun! Flyers and order forms came home in last Thursday’s folder. Orders are due on March 6. Orders will be distributed the week of March 11.

Parent Volunteers Needed…
3rd Grade Parent Patti Lineras has generously volunteered to run the World’s Finest candy fundraiser, but she needs some help! If you can volunteer a few hours of your time to help count orders or put orders together to send out, please contact the school office.

Paper Product Supplies Needed…
The 6th graders are still making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and they need more sandwich bags, paper plates, paper towels and plastic knives, and also some antibacterial kitchen wipes. Any donations are appreciated and can be dropped off in the school office.

On the Parent Blog…
Two articles were posted this week. The first is about how walking or biking to school can increase a student’s concentration for up to 4 hours in the morning. The second is a short YouTube video from GreatSchools.org on how to look deeper at school test scores. And the PayPal Donate button is now live! Pictures are always wanted for each grade’s blog page. If you have one or two to share, please send them in!  www.rooseveltparents.com

Willy Wonka Junior…
Come enjoy Willy Wonka Junior proudly presented by Clifford School and San Carlos Children’s Theater. This stage production is a delightful musical based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. You can sing along with the young voices belting out the oh-so-popular Oompa Loompa “jingle,” while a crew of squirrels and other characters take care of business. Soak up the antics of Mr. Wonka’s invited guests, including Charlie & his grandfather. Show times: Friday, Feb 22, 7PM; Saturday, Feb 23, 7PM; Sunday, Feb 24, 1PM. Tickets start at $10. Performances: Mustang Hall, Central Middle School, 828 Chestnut Street, San Carlos. Tix available at the school office, 225 Clifford Ave, RWC, and online, http://www.CliffordSchoolPTO.org/WillyWonka.

After School Sports…
Registration is now open for Ready, Set, Run! for boys and girls age 8-14. This after school running program will train the students to run in the Redwood City 4th of July Fun Run. Participants will receive 12 weeks of running instruction, a training manual, t-shirt and and enrollment in the RWC Fun Run. Students will learn about proper physical training and nutrition, goal setting, confidence, peer pressure, self esteem and respecting authority. Cost $50. Registration deadline: March 1, 2013. Registration forms are available at Red Morton Community Center (1120 Roosevelt Avenue)

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just go to www.rooseveltparents.com and select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is b. $4,868. If we had collected that pledged amount each month, the Enrichment Fund would have already received $34,076. In actuality, the total amount collected so far from monthly pledges is $5,765 since August. sadmoneyThe Enrichment Fund received $6,970 in one time donations for a grand total donation to the Enrichment Fund so far of $12,735. That means that we are $52,265 short of our goal. Just over 100 families said that they are not willing to donate at all to the enrichment fund which is an additional loss of $10,000.

What does that mean for your child? Well, it could mean canceled field trips, art, assemblies, and all of the other things that PTA has budgeted for this year based on expected donations. Please put some money towards the Enrichment Fund today and save these programs! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA (please include your child’s name and room # on the memo line), or use the PayPal donate button on the parent blog.

Have a great week!



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The secret to comparing schools based on test scores

How did Roosevelt do? Look for yourself on Greatschools.org

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The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration

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Every day outside my son’s Brooklyn school, no matter what the weather, you will see a distinctive pale blue bicycle locked to the rack. It belongs to a 7th-grade girl from a Dutch family whose members have stuck with their traditional practice of riding to school each day, despite finding themselves in the not-so-bike-friendly United States for a few years. This lovely blue city bike was a gift from the parents to their eldest child, who is now almost as tall as a grown woman. She has graduated from riding with her parents, and deserves a first-class vehicle to get to class each day. She is fiercely proud of it.

According to the results of a Danish study released late last year, my Dutch friends are giving their daughter a less tangible but more lasting gift along with that bicycle: the ability to concentrate better. The survey looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that kids who cycled or walked to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration, such as solving puzzles, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school.

Read the Full Article at:

The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration – The Atlantic Cities.

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Week of Feb 11 – Feb 15

Screen shot 2013-02-10 at 4.28.44 PMMake sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday , February 11
Site Council meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Please note the new start time of 6:00pm for Site Council Meetings. On the agenda for this month’s meeting: McGarvey Parking Lot issues, Measure W update and the School Safety and Discipline Plan.  All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available. (Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Tuesday, February 12
Begin Spring/Easter Candy Sale Fundraiser – Order forms sent home

Wednesday, February 13

Spring Picture Day – Free Dress

Thursday, February 14
Valentine’s Day – check with your child’s teacher for any Valentine’s Day celebration plans

Friday, February 15
President Lincoln’s Birthday Observance – No School

Important Dates…
February 18 – President’s Day Holiday – No School
February 25 – End Box Tops Contest — Boys v. Girls
February 25 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 27 – Restaurant Fundraiser – Chuck E Cheese
February 28 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
March 1 – Free Dress Friday
March 6 – Candy sale order forms due

Trivia Question…
In honor of Valentine’s Day, what percent of people celebrating Valentine’s Day show their affection by giving a card?

a. 40%
b. 50%
c. 60%
d. 70%

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

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 this week and ends on Monday, February 25. 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. Look for flyers to come home this week!

Candy Fundraiser…
Another candy fundraiser is coming your way this week. Instead of See’s Candy, the PTA has decided to use World’s Finest Chocolate for the Spring/Easter candy fundraiser. Flyers and order forms will be coming home this week with more information about the products being offered. Orders will be due on March 6. Orders will be distributed the week of March 11.

Parent Volunteers Needed…
3rd Grade Parent Patti Lineras has generously volunteered to run the World’s Finest candy fundraiser, but she needs some help! If you can volunteer a few hours of your time to help count orders or put orders together to send out, please contact the school office.

Parent Education…
Parents and students are invited to join Peter D. Lee from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) San Francisco Community Outreach division for a free open community conversation on digital/cyber-safety and awareness hosted by Sequoia High School. This event is being held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School.

The program promotes cyber citizenship and awareness by helping parents and students learn how to safely and responsibly use the Internet. The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program emphasizes the importance of cyber safety topics such as password security, smart surfing habits, cyber bullying, online predators, social networking sites, and the safeguarding of personal information. Peter Lee will also discuss the appropriate use of cell phones and gaming devices.

Register at:http://sequoiacybersafety.eventbrite.com/

Paper Product Supplies Needed…
The 6th graders are still making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and they need more sandwich bags, paper plates, paper towels and plastic knives, and also some antibacterial kitchen wipes. Any donations are appreciated and can be dropped off in the school office.

On the Parent Blog…
Have you checked out the Fundraising tab on the Parent Blog yet? There are so many websites out there that make fundraising really easy and earn much needed money for our enrichment fund, so be sure to take advantage of some of them. www.rooseveltparents.com

Willy Wonka Junior…
Come enjoy Willy Wonka Junior proudly presented by Clifford School and San Carlos Children’s Theater. This stage production is a delightful musical based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. You can sing along with the young voices belting out the oh-so-popular Oompa Loompa “jingle,” while a crew of squirrels and other characters take care of business. Soak up the antics of Mr. Wonka’s invited guests, including Charlie & his grandfather. Show times: Friday, Feb 22, 7PM; Saturday, Feb 23, 7PM; Sunday, Feb 24, 1PM. Tickets start at $10. Performances: Mustang Hall, Central Middle School, 828 Chestnut Street, San Carlos. Tix available at the school office, 225 Clifford Ave, RWC, and online, http://www.CliffordSchoolPTO.org/WillyWonka.

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just go to www.rooseveltparents.com and select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is d. 70%. happyvalentinesdayResearch shows that 70% of people celebrating Valentine’s Day give a card to their Valentine. 49% make a telephone call, 48% give a gift, 37% plan a special dinner, 33% give candy, 30% have a meal in a restaurant and 19% give flowers.

Show some love for our 5th graders and pick up a Valentine’s Day card in the snack shack this week! Cards are being sold for .50 each.

Have a great week!

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Week of Feb 4 – Feb 8

Feb 4Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Thursday, February 7
Multiplication Marathon for students in Grades 3 – 6 at 8:30am. Students will have a chance to show how many of their multiplication tables they know by answering 100 multiplication facts in 5 minutes. Students that score 90% or better will be awarded a prize. So get your student practicing! Pull out those flash cards and get them to memorize their math facts!

Immediately following the Multiplication Marathon, students in Grades 6 & 7 will participate in a Square Root Challenge!

Important Dates…
February 11 – Site Council Meeting at 6:30pm
February 13 – Spring Picture Day
February 15 – President Lincoln’s Birthday Observance – No School
February 18 – President’s Day Holiday – No School
February 25 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 28 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
March 1 – Free Dress Friday

Trivia Question…
In honor of Thursday morning’s Multiplication Marathon, how many students in grades 3 – 6 won the challenge last year?

a. 57
b. 74
c. 93
d. 112

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

Parent Volunteer Needed…
The 7th Grade teachers need a volunteer (or volunteers) to come and enter the books from their new class library into the Accelerated Reader system. It’s just easy data entry, but it needs to be done so that the books from the classroom library can be counted towards their AR goals. Please let me know if you’d be willing to help with this and I’ll connect you with our 7th grade Language Arts teacher, Ms. Smith.

Parent Education…
Parents and students are invited to join Peter D. Lee from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) San Francisco Community Outreach division for a free open community conversation on digital/cyber-safety and awareness hosted by Sequoia High School. This event is being held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School.

The program promotes cyber citizenship and awareness by helping parents and students learn how to safely and responsibly use the Internet. The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program emphasizes the importance of cyber safety topics such as password security, smart surfing habits, cyber bullying, online predators, social networking sites, and the safeguarding of personal information. Peter Lee will also discuss the appropriate use of cell phones and gaming devices.

Register at:http://sequoiacybersafety.eventbrite.com/

Paper Product Supplies Needed…
The 6th graders are still making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and they need more sandwich bags, paper plates, paper towels and plastic knives, and also some antibacterial kitchen wipes. Any donations are appreciated and can be dropped off in the school office.

PTA Pledges…
Reminders were sent home for all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Please remember to send in your money. Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation. You may use the envelope that was sent with the reminder to send back your payment so that it can be credited to your family.

If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, you can still do so. There’s still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. Please also include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.

Thank you for your generosity!

Valentines Day Cards…
The 5th graders will be selling Valentines cards in the snack shack for .50 each.

Text Messaging…
The school district has now implemented a system called SMS Blackboard to send text messages and alerts to parents. On Monday, Feb 4 at approximately 6pm, you should receive a text message from the new system. You have the option to unsubscribe by replying STOP RCSDTXT.

On the Parent Blog…
Have you checked out the Links for Kids tab on the Parent Blog yet? There are so many websites out there that make learning fun, so be sure to take advantage of some of them. The Links for Kids page also has links to Jiji Math, Accelerated Reader, Khan Academy and I’ve just added a grammar practice website for 6th graders.

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just go to www.rooseveltparents.com and select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c. 93. Lets see if we can blow that number out of the water this year! IMG_1675

Learning multiplication tables can be hard until you figure out your child’s own personal style of memorizing. Some people learn by just looking, some by listening, some by writing over and over. Do you know how your child learns best?

You can make or buy flash cards, look for online math games or apps such as Math Bingo and Timez Attack to name just a few. But whichever method you use, it comes down to practice, practice, practice!

Have a great week!