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Some Pre Winter Break Reminders, Information & News

Pajama Day Friday…Pajama Day
Tomorrow is Pajama Day at Roosevelt! Students may wear their pajamas to school.

Minimum Day Schedule…
Please remember that tomorrow, Friday, December 20 is Early Bird dismissal for all Kinders, 1:00pm dismissal for grades 1 -2 and 1:20 dismissal for grades 3 – 8.

YMCA After School Program…
There is currently space available in Roosevelt’s onsite YMCA after school program. Spaces are limited — first come first served. Please pickup a packet in the YMCA room. Contact Veronica Vega with any Questions, 650-257-0119, vvega@ymcasv.org

YMCA Job Openings…
The YMCA has openings for dedicated, committed Leaders for Roosevelt’s After School program.  Learn leadership, receive training, and develop transferable skills while you help others.  You will work with caring professionals, diverse in backgrounds and skills, who are committed to the community at large.  Multiple positions are available, shift is M-F 1:30pm-6pm (22hrs/week), starting pay is $12/hr+ DOE, receive a free Bay Area YMCA Membership. Must apply online at www.ymcasv.org/jobs, select After School Leader and specify “Sequoia YMCA” as a preferred location.  Questions? Contact Veronica Vega at 650-257-0119 or vvega@ymcasv.org. SHARE WITH A FRIEND OR ANYONE YOU THINK THAT MAY BE INTERESTED.

Yard Duty Substitutes Needed…
If you are interested in being a Yard Duty substitute, please stop by or call the school office at 369-5597.  The regular shift is from 11:10 – 1:10, Monday – Friday and pays $12 per hour. You will be called in the event one of the regular yard duty personnel needs to be absent.

Congratulations BizWorld Team!…
Roosevelt’s BizWorld Champions from last year competed again on Wednesday at BizWorld’s annual “Riskmaster” Luncheon in San Francisco. Our team competed against North Star Academy and St. Mary’s School of Los Gatos.

The three teams were challenged to sell their friendship bracelets to the attendees, answer questions by the event organizers to demonstrate their business knowledge, and show a short video/commercial about their team to persuade the attendees to vote for their team.

The winners were determined by the number of votes (donations to a particular team made via text) and by the amount of money collected from bracelet sales. Roosevelt’s team came in 1st place and was awarded a check for $1,000!

Congratulations to 5th grade teacher Jason Williams and team members Caroline T. (CEO), Maria C. (VP of Design), Araid B. (VP of Marketing & Manufacturing), Anthony C. (VP of Finance), and Hugo G. (VP of Sales)!

BizWorld 2013

BizWorld 2013



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Week of December 16 – December 20

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt:calendar_Clip_Art

Monday, December 16
Pump-It-Up Party for students that sold 8+ boxes of chocolate. Permission slips need to be signed and returned on Monday morning or the student may not attend. Additional permission slips are available in the school office. (Please note: World’s Finest Chocolate is funding this event. The money raised for the PTA is not being used.)

Holiday Gift Store open from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in Room 20 (more information below)

Tuesday, December 17
Student Council meeting after school

LAST DAY!! – Holiday Gift Store open from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in Room 20 (more information below)

Wednesday, December 18
BizWorld luncheon and competition in San Francisco for Roosevelt’s 2013 BizWorld Challenge Champions

Friday, December 20
School Spirit Day – Pajama Day! Wear your pajamas to school!

Early Dismissal – Kinder Early Bird Schedule, Grades 1 & 2 – 1:00pm and Grades 3 – 8 – 1:20pm

Begin Winter Break!

Important Dates…
December 23 – January 3 – Winter Break – No school
January 7 – Classes resume
January 10 – School of Choice Applications Due (if you know someone that wants to attend Roosevelt, let them know!)
January 13 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
January 20 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School
January 25 – Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten pre-registration  9:00am – 1:00pm
January 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14

Holiday Gift Shop…
Don’t forget to stop by the Holiday Gift Shop in Room 20 after school. The gift shop will be open starting today until Tuesday, December 17  for two hours each day after school (and from 4:30 – 6:00 on Friday). The Gift Store volunteers will help the children purchase gifts within their price range. Grown ups are welcome to shop too! Items range in price from $1.00 to $15.00. (8th grade families have been assigned to help with this event. If you are an 8th grade parent in either Ms. Elmore’s or Mr. Baretto’s class and haven’t signed up for a shift in the gift store, please contact Tracy DaCosta at tdacosta@rcsdk8.net. If you are not a parent in any of these classrooms, but would like to help out, you are also welcome to sign up.)

YMCA After School Program…
There is currently space available in Roosevelt’s onsite YMCA after school program. Parents interested in enrolling their child may contact Veronica Vega or stop by the Sequoia YMCA at 1445 Hudson Street and ask for an application for Roosevelt’s after school program.

Honey Bear Trees…
If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year or need a fresh wreath or garland, Honey Bear Trees in Redwood City on Woodside or in San Carlos on El Camino is donating a percentage of your purchase back to our school. Tell them you are from Roosevelt School at checkout and they will make sure Roosevelt gets a portion of your sale.

“Food for Fines” at the Redwood City Public Library!…
Do you have outstanding library fines? Well, this is your chance to clear your account by simply helping others.
The Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with the San Mateo County Library, San Mateo Public Library, Daly City Library and Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of “Food for Fines” – a program, in its fourth year of existence, that gives community members a chance to clear their overdue library account by donating food in place of fines.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library (or to any of the San Mateo County Library’s twelve branches, Daly City Library’s three branches or San Mateo Public Library’s three branches) during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

Donation letters…
The PTA has donation letters that you can use to ask for donations for a general PTA contribution, the 5th grade trip to Outdoor Education or the 6th grade trip to Yosemite. If you would like a hard copy of any of the letters, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you as many copies as you need. You can also download the letters here and print them out yourself: PTA_Donation, PTA_OE_Donation, PTA_Yosemite_Donation.

6th Grade Families…
If you haven’t done so already, please send in your $50 deposit and/or your next payment for the April Yosemite trip. Checks may be made out to Roosevelt PTA. You may also pay via credit card in the school office or with the Donate button on the parent blog.

5th Grade Families…
Please send in your first deposit for Outdoor Education in May. As with other field trips and events throughout the year, the PTA can’t fund the entire trip for the 5th grade so we need parent contributions  to make this trip happen.

Online Directory…
The 2013/2014 school directory is going green! We’ve switched to an online directory to save money on printing costs and to save paper. You will be able to access the directory from your home computer, smart phone or tablet starting in December. You can also update your family information any time during the year. The system will “graduate” your child every year, so you only have to enter the information just once. Each year you just need to verify that your information is correct.

Go to:  https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=RooseveltSchool13838

Fill out the information for each Roosevelt student in your family
In the “Family Display Note” please fill in any languages spoken at home
Hit Save  — You’re all done!

Shoparoo Holiday Bonus!…
For the first time ever, Shoparoo-ers will be able to earn donations from receipts outside the grocery world.  From now until the end of December, Roosevelt Elementary will get 20 Roo Points every time you snap a receipt from one of the stores below.

  • Macys, Kohls, JC Penney, Sears, Dillards, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Belk, Bon Ton, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Best Buy, GameStop, at&t, Verizon Wireless, apple, Radio Shack
  • The Home Depot, Lowes, Menards
  • Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax

All of your normal grocery-related receipts (including those from your favorite toy, pet, beauty, and baby stores) will still earn Roo Points like they always do.

Fundraise While You Shop…
Don’t forget to scan this week’s receipts for Shoparoo, check those Safeway receipts to make sure that Roosevelt is getting your escrip credits and look for Box Tops on anything you bought this week!

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

Have a wonderful Winter Break!



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Midweek Update & Reminders!

Just a few updates and reminders for this week:reminder

Holiday Gift Shop…
Don’t forget to stop by the Holiday Gift Shop in Room 20 after school. The gift shop will be open starting today until Tuesday, December 17  for two hours each day after school (and from 4:30 – 6:00 on Friday). The Gift Store volunteers will help the children purchase gifts within their price range. Grown ups are welcome to shop too! Items range in price from $1.00 to $15.00.

8th grade families have been assigned to help with this event. If you are an 8th grade parent in either Ms. Elmore’s or Mr. Baretto’s class and haven’t signed up for a shift in the gift store, please contact Tracy DaCosta at tdacosta@rcsdk8.net. If you are not a parent in any of these classrooms, but would like to help out, you are also welcome to sign up.

Roosevelt Board Report…
Tonight Principal Girardi will be presenting a report to the school board about Roosevelt’s program and achievements. Ms. Girardi will also be presenting certificates of appreciation to community members that have been instrumental in Roosevelt’s success. Parents (and students) are asked to come to this meeting at 750 Bradford Street to show your school pride and support for Principal Girardi. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Parents may leave at the conclusion of Ms. Girardi’s report (approx 7:30pm)

Family Movie Night…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Friday, December 13 and presenting the movie Arthur Christmas! So come and enjoy the fun! Doors open at 6:15pm for pizza, popcorn, candy and water. Bring pillows and blankets and let your kids come in their pajamas. The movie begins at 7:00pm. Movie nights are always so much fun and a great way to end the week! Our 4th grade families are being asked to volunteer for this event.  4th grade parents are being asked to purchase food and drinks, pass out food and help with set up and clean up. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 6:00pm. (All purchases will be reimbursed on Friday night.) If you can volunteer, please contact the school office at 369-5597 or email 4th grade parent trishreillytaylor@gmail.com



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Week of December 9 – December 13

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendar_Clip_Art

Monday, December 9
Please join us for Roosevelt’s annual WinterFest celebration at PCC – 3560 Farm Hill Boulevard. Grades K -2 at 5:30pm (please arrive at 5:00pm) and grades 3 -5 at 7:00pm (please arrive at 6:30pm)

Tuesday, December 10
Student Council meeting after school

Please join us for Roosevelt’s annual WinterFest Middle School Showcase at PCC – 3560 Farm Hill Boulevard. Grades 6 -8 at 6:00pm (please arrive at 5:30pm)

Wednesday, December 11
Holiday Gift Store open from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in Room 20 (more information below)

Roosevelt presenting to Redwood City School District at Board Meeting at 7:00pm (more information below)

Thursday, December 12
4th/5th grade choir – after school – closing party

Holiday Gift Store open from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in Room 20

Friday, December 13
Holiday Gift Store open from 4:30pm – 6:30pm in Room 20

Family Movie Night! — Arthur Christmas at 7:00pm (4th grade families need to volunteer)

Important Dates…
December 11 – 17 – Roosevelt Holiday Shop after school in Room 20
December 16 – Pump it Up party for students that sold 8+ boxes of chocolate
December 13 – Holiday Movie Night at 6:30pm (Holiday Shop will also be open) (4th grade families volunteering)
December 20 – Pajama Day!
December 23 – January 3 – Winter Break – No school
January 7 – Classes resume
January 13 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
January 20 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School
January 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14

WinterFest!…
Please join us for Roosevelt’s annual WinterFest celebration at PCC – 3560 Farm Hill Boulevard. Grades K -2 at 5:30pm and grades 3 -5 at 7:00pm on Monday, December 9. Grades 6 -8 at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 10.

Roosevelt Board Report…
Principal Girardi will be presenting a report to the school board about Roosevelt’s program and achievements. Ms. Girardi will also be presenting certificates of appreciation to community members that have been instrumental in Roosevelt’s success. Parents (and students) are asked to come to this meeting at 750 Bradford Street to show your school pride and support for Principal Girardi. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Parents may leave at the conclusion of Ms. Girardi’s report (approx 7:30pm)

Holiday Gift Shop…
The holidays are just around the corner and once again, Roosevelt will be opening a Holiday Gift Store! An outside company has brought in items for the Holiday Store. Students (and parents) will be able to shop for gifts for family members and friends for the holidays. A flyer and envelope was sent home in last Thursday’s folder. You can decide with your child how much money he/she can spend for each person and enclose the money in the red box that came home with the flyer. The Gift Store volunteers will help the children purchase gifts within their price range. Items range in price from $1.00 to $15.00.

8th grade families have been assigned to help with this event. If you are an 8th grade parent in either Ms. Elmore’s or Mr. Baretto’s class and haven’t signed up for a shift in the gift store, please contact Tracy DaCosta at tdacosta@rcsdk8.net. If you are not a parent in any of these classrooms, but would like to help out, you are also welcome to sign up.

On the Parent Blog…
Pictures have been posted from Saturday’s Golden Bell Award ceremony. If parents have pictures from the Hometown Holidays Parade, please send them in, so that they can be posted. trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Honey Bear Trees…
If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year or need a fresh wreath or garland, Honey Bear Trees in Redwood City on Woodside or in San Carlos on El Camino is donating a percentage of your purchase back to our school. Tell them you are from Roosevelt School at checkout and they will make sure Roosevelt gets a portion of your sale.

“Food for Fines” at the Redwood City Public Library!…
Do you have outstanding library fines? Well, this is your chance to clear your account by simply helping others.
The Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with the San Mateo County Library, San Mateo Public Library, Daly City Library and Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of “Food for Fines” – a program, in its fourth year of existence, that gives community members a chance to clear their overdue library account by donating food in place of fines.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library (or to any of the San Mateo County Library’s twelve branches, Daly City Library’s three branches or San Mateo Public Library’s three branches) during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

Donation letters…
The PTA has donation letters that you can use to ask for donations for a general PTA contribution, the 5th grade trip to Outdoor Education or the 6th grade trip to Yosemite. If you would like a hard copy of any of the letters, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you as many copies as you need. You can also download the letters here and print them out yourself: PTA_Donation, PTA_OE_Donation, PTA_Yosemite_Donation.

6th Grade Families…
If you haven’t done so already, please send in your $50 deposit and/or your next payment for the April Yosemite trip. Checks may be made out to Roosevelt PTA. You may also pay via credit card in the school office or with the Donate button on the parent blog.

5th Grade Families…
Please send in your first deposit for Outdoor Education in May. As with other field trips and events throughout the year, the PTA can’t fund the entire trip for the 5th grade so we need parent contributions  to make this trip happen.

Online Directory…
The 2013/2014 school directory is going green! We’ve switched to an online directory to save money on printing costs and to save paper. You will be able to access the directory from your home computer, smart phone or tablet starting in December. You can also update your family information any time during the year. The system will “graduate” your child every year, so you only have to enter the information just once. Each year you just need to verify that your information is correct.

Go to:  https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=RooseveltSchool13838

Fill out the information for each Roosevelt student in your family
In the “Family Display Note” please fill in any languages spoken at home
Hit Save  — You’re all done!

Shoparoo Holiday Bonus!…
For the first time ever, Shoparoo-ers will be able to earn donations from receipts outside the grocery world.  From now until the end of December, Roosevelt Elementary will get 20 Roo Points every time you snap a receipt from one of the stores below.

  • Macys, Kohls, JC Penney, Sears, Dillards, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Belk, Bon Ton, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Best Buy, GameStop, at&t, Verizon Wireless, apple, Radio Shack
  • The Home Depot, Lowes, Menards
  • Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax

All of your normal grocery-related receipts (including those from your favorite toy, pet, beauty, and baby stores) will still earn Roo Points like they always do.

Fundraise While You Shop…
Don’t forget to scan this week’s receipts for Shoparoo, check those Safeway receipts to make sure that Roosevelt is getting your escrip credits and look for Box Tops on anything you bought this week!

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

Have a great week!

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Golden Bell Award!

On Saturday, December 7, Roosevelt received the California State Board Association’s Golden Bell Award for our Project Based GoldenBellLearning program. We were told by others that this award is like the Academy Awards for education, and it definitely felt like it!  The following is the press release about the award from the district office and some pictures from the event.

Roosevelt School Receives Top Statewide Educational Honor
On December 7, Roosevelt School will receive a California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award at the CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Diego. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 34th year, recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students, and focus on meeting the needs of all students.Roosevelt pbl

Roosevelt won for its Project-Based Learning (PBL) program. PBL organizes curriculum, instruction and assessment around carefully crafted “problems” students are challenged to solve. Students gather and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines in their quest for solutions. This instructional practice is guided by instructors who act as cognitive coaches, teaching students critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills as they identify problems, formulate hypotheses, ask significant questions, conduct data searches, utilize powerful thinking, and formulate solutions to the problem.

“We are so proud of Roosevelt School for winning a Golden Bell award,” said Superintendent Jan Christensen. “Roosevelt piloted project-based learning in a few grades during 2008 and the program was so successful that the school board voted to adopt PBL school-wide in 2010.

PBL has been a very popular program since it was adopted at Roosevelt, and is drawing new families to Roosevelt School, an elementary school that offers transitional kindergarten through eighth grade classes.

“My children have benefited greatly from project-based learning and it’s so wonderful to see the dedication and hard work of Roosevelt’s teachers and staff being recognized with this incredible honor,” said Roosevelt parent Trish Taylor, who is traveling to San Diego to be present at the awards ceremony on Saturday.

Roosevelt was one of 59 schools to receive a Golden Bell award in 2013. Experts from school districts and county offices of education made up the 11-member judging panel that reviewed the written entries and made the initial recommendations for the awards. On-site validators assessed the programs in action. This year’s award will be given to school districts and county offices of education that are helping students achieve through after-school programs, mentoring, instructional interventions, scheduling changes, use of data and other innovations.

“Project-based learning is effective with all students,” said Roosevelt Principal Trish Girardi. “PBL is ideal for classrooms where students with mixed abilities can pool their talents collaboratively. Student engagement, motivation, improved attendance, increased class participation, higher-order thinking, skill development and improved communication are all benefits of using project-based learning in the classroom.”

Families who do not live in the Roosevelt boundary may apply to attend Roosevelt through the District’s schools of choice program. (http://www.rcsdk8.net/schoolsofchoice) Applications are due on January 10, 2014. For more information about Roosevelt School, please contact Principal Trish Girardi at 650-369-5597. Roosevelt School is located at 2223 Vera St, one block east of Alameda de las Pulgas.

CSBA is the non-profit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educaitonal agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards, and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children.

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Midweek Update & Reminders!

Some reminders and updates for you:reminder

Free Dress Friday…
First Friday of the month – Free Dress on Friday, December 6

Middle School Dance…
Middle School students are invited to attend the Winter Wonderland Dance at Clifford School (225 Clifford Avenue) on Friday, December 6 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 each and are available in the school office.

Students are asked to wear something white! Clothing needs to be school appropriate. This dance is only open to Clifford, Roy Cloud, North Star and Roosevelt Middle School students.

Hometown Holidays Parade…
Attention Roosevelt Families! It’s that time of year and once again, Roosevelt is participating in Redwood City’s Hometown Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 7th at 4:30pm in Downtown Redwood City. The parade line up is at Broadway and Arguello, so come and find the Roosevelt group!

We want to be the largest group participating in the parade this year!  We will need as many participants as possible to walk with us.  The theme this year is “Holiday in Lights”.  Bring along any light up gear, glow-in-the-dark accessories, and/or neon clothing.  You won’t want miss this event! (The Kindergarten parents that are organizing this event will also be purchasing glow-in-the-dark items to pass out to the parade walkers.)

Kindergarten students will stop to perform to a lively version of Jingle Bells during the parade! Immediately following the parade is the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on Middlefield and then a fireworks show – it’s such a fun way to start the season, so please mark your calendars to walk with Roosevelt!

WinterFest!…
Please join us for Roosevelt’s annual WinterFest celebration at PCC – 3560 Farm Hill Boulevard. Grades K -2 at 5:30pm and grades 3 -5 at 7:00pm on Monday, December 9. Grades 6 -8 at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 10.

Honey Bear Trees…
If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year or need a fresh wreath or garland, Honey Bear Trees in Redwood City on Woodside or in San Carlos on El Camino is donating a percentage of your purchase back to our school. Tell them you are from Roosevelt School at checkout and they will make sure Roosevelt gets a portion of your sale.

“Food for Fines” at the Redwood City Public Library!…
Do you have outstanding library fines? Well, this is your chance to clear your account by simply helping others.
The Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with the San Mateo County Library, San Mateo Public Library, Daly City Library and Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of “Food for Fines” – a program, in its fourth year of existence, that gives community members a chance to clear their overdue library account by donating food in place of fines.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library (or to any of the San Mateo County Library’s twelve branches, Daly City Library’s three branches or San Mateo Public Library’s three branches) during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

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Week of December 2 – December 6

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendar_Clip_Art

Monday, December 2
Welcome back! Classes resume

Tuesday, December 3
Student Council Meeting – after school

Wednesday, December 4
Hearing testing for grades K, 2, 5, 8, SDC and RSP

Thursday, December 5
4th/5th grade choir – after school

Friday, December 6
First Friday of the month – Free Dress

Important Dates…
December 7 – Roosevelt receiving CSBA Golden Bell Award in San Diego
December 7 – Hometown Holidays Parade in downtown Redwood City – walk with Roosevelt in the parade!
December 9 – Winterfest for Grades K-2 at 5:30pm, and grades 3-5 at 7:00pm at PCC
December 10 – Winterfest for Grades 6-8 at 6:00 at PCC
December 11 – Roosevelt presenting to Redwood City School District at Board Meeting at 7:00pm
December 11 – 18 – Roosevelt Holiday Shop (8th grade families hosting – please look for sign up sheets)
December 13 – Holiday Movie Night at 6:30pm (Holiday Shop will also be open) (4th grade families volunteering)
December 23 – January 3 – Winter Break – No school

Coin Drive for the Philippines…
The 6th graders in Room 10 are collecting change for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Please send any coin donations in with your child to bring to the office or give to their teacher. Thanks!

Hometown Holidays Parade…
Attention Roosevelt Families! It’s that time of year and once again, Roosevelt is participating in Redwood City’s Hometown Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 7th at 4:30pm in Downtown Redwood City.

We want to be the largest group participating in the parade this year!  We will need as many participants as possible to walk with us.  The theme this year is “Holiday in Lights”.  Bring along any light up gear, glow-in-the-dark accessories, and/or neon clothing.  You won’t want miss this event! (The Kindergarten parents that are organizing this event will also be purchasing glow-in-the-dark items to pass out to the parade walkers.)

Kindergarten students will stop to perform to a lively version of Jingle Bells during the parade! Immediately following the parade is the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on Middlefield and then a fireworks show – it’s such a fun way to start the season, so please mark your calendars to walk with Roosevelt!

Honey Bear Trees…
If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year or need a fresh wreath or garland, Honey Bear Trees in Redwood City on Woodside or in San Carlos on El Camino is donating a percentage of your purchase back to our school. Tell them you are from Roosevelt School at checkout and they will make sure Roosevelt gets a portion of your sale.

“Food for Fines” at the Redwood City Public Library!…
Do you have outstanding library fines? Well, this is your chance to clear your account by simply helping others.
The Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with the San Mateo County Library, San Mateo Public Library, Daly City Library and Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of “Food for Fines” – a program, in its fourth year of existence, that gives community members a chance to clear their overdue library account by donating food in place of fines.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library (or to any of the San Mateo County Library’s twelve branches, Daly City Library’s three branches or San Mateo Public Library’s three branches) during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

Donation letters…
The PTA has donation letters that you can use to ask for donations for a general PTA contribution, the 5th grade trip to Outdoor Education or the 6th grade trip to Yosemite. If you would like a hard copy of any of the letters, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you as many copies as you need. You can also download the letters here and print them out yourself: PTA_Donation, PTA_OE_Donation, PTA_Yosemite_Donation.

6th Grade Families…
If you haven’t done so already, please send in your $50 deposit and/or your next payment for the April Yosemite trip. Checks may be made out to Roosevelt PTA. You may also pay via credit card in the school office or with the Donate button on the parent blog.

5th Grade Families…
Please send in your first deposit for Outdoor Education in May. As with other field trips and events throughout the year, the PTA can’t fund the entire trip for the 5th grade so we need parent contributions  to make this trip happen.

Nutcraker…
Come see the Bay Area’s most family-friendly Nutcracker performance at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City on Friday, December 6th at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00pm. Ballet America’s show has it all: professional dancers, alongside 100 local performers, including Roosevelt’s very own Nicholas Schiff (2nd grade). Tickets range in price from $18-$39 and are available via the website: www.balletamerica.org. Get your tickets early before they sell out. See you at the ballet!

Online Directory…
The 2013/2014 school directory is going green! We’ve switched to an online directory to save money on printing costs and to save paper. You will be able to access the directory from your home computer, smart phone or tablet starting in December. You can also update your family information any time during the year. The system will “graduate” your child every year, so you only have to enter the information just once. Each year you just need to verify that your information is correct.

Go to:  https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=RooseveltSchool13838

Fill out the information for each Roosevelt student in your family
In the “Family Display Note” please fill in any languages spoken at home
Hit Save  — You’re all done!

Shoparoo Holiday Bonus!…
For the first time ever, Shoparoo-ers will be able to earn donations from receipts outside the grocery world.  From now until the end of December, Roosevelt Elementary will get 20 Roo Points every time you snap a receipt from one of the stores below.

  • Macys, Kohls, JC Penney, Sears, Dillards, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Belk, Bon Ton, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Best Buy, GameStop, at&t, Verizon Wireless, apple, Radio Shack
  • The Home Depot, Lowes, Menards
  • Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax

All of your normal grocery-related receipts (including those from your favorite toy, pet, beauty, and baby stores) will still earn Roo Points like they always do.

Fundraise While You Shop…
Don’t forget to scan this week’s receipts for Shoparoo, check those Safeway receipts to make sure that Roosevelt is getting your escrip credits and look for Box Tops on anything you bought this week!

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

Have a great week!