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Midweek Reminders!

BoxTops Challenge!…reminder
Don’t make Principal Girardi wear Henry Ford Mustang spiritwear! The last day for the Roosevelt/Henry Ford BoxTops Challenge is Friday, February 27 so send in those BoxTops! Principal Girardi has challenged Henry Ford’s principal and the school that has collected the most BoxTops for the month of February will be declared the winner and the principal of the losing school will have to wear the other school’s spirit wear every Friday for a month! Let’s make sure that Henry Ford principal has to show some Roosevelt Raccoon pride by collecting and turning in those BoxTops this Friday!

Princess Ball…
We’re in the final days of ticket sales for the “Under the Sea” Princess Ball!!! This will be a daughter/VIP dance to be held on March 7 at 6:30pm. Who or what constitutes a VIP? Girls may invite a father, grandfather, older brother, uncle, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, etc. — basically anyone that is a Very Important Person in her life.  Ticket sales have already begun, so fill out your ticket forms and return them to the school office or your child’s classroom by Monday, March 2. Cost is $5 per person and includes desserts, photo and a night of dancing. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door.

Volunteer sign-ups are posted around school, please sign up to help at the dance. Also, the organizers are in need of food donations for the dance. Please contact Karen Berg Smith by Friday to see what is needed if you can help. kazberg66@yahoo.com
(2nd grade parents are being asked to assist with this event, but help is needed from all grade levels).

Spring Chocolate Fundraiser…
The World’s Finest Chocolate Spring/Easter candy fundraiser is almost over! Flyers and order forms are available in the school office. Orders are due on Friday, February 27. Orders will be distributed the week of March 30.

Creative Writing Camp…
Attention incoming 5th-8th graders! Experienced writer and college writing instructor, Beth Harrison, is hosting a Creative Writing Camp at Roosevelt School on June 8 – 12 from 9am-4pm. Students will be writing fantasy stories about characters that have magical powers. The students will also design and illustrate their stories. Roosevelt School students are being offered scholarships. All students must pay a $25 registration fee. All other costs are covered. Please contact Beth at 650-743-1959 or beth@pwlp.org for more information.

Coffee with Principal Girardi Canceled…
Ms. Girardi has to attend a meeting on Friday morning and won’t be able to host Coffee with the Principal.

 



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Week of February 23 – February 27

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendaricon

Monday, February 23
PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14  The PTA will be discussing the status of current fundraisers and direct donations fundraising, looking at the PTA’s budget  for this year and looking for new board members! All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Tuesday, February 24
Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

FEI – Navigating Middle School/Teen Success (4th of 8 week series) at 6:00pm in Room 14 for parents of students in grades 5-8.  (Sponsored by Foothill College’s Family Engagement Institute)

Thursday, February 26
Principal for the Day – Pastor Gary Gaddini from PCC Church will be following our own Principal Girardi around campus and seeing what a day in the life of a RCSD principal is like.

PBL Presentations at 9:00am in Room 10.

Friday, February 27
Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee 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.

Last day to turn in your BoxTops for the Roosevelt vs Henry Ford Challenge! (more information below)

Last day to turn in order forms for The World’s Finest Chocolate Spring/Easter candy fundraiser!

8th grade field trip to the Tech Museum.

Deadline for 2nd AR Reading Goal (5th grade only)

Important Dates…
March 2 – Last day to turn in money and RSVP for the Princess Ball
March 3 – SPARK Match Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
March 4 – 8th grade PBL Presentations at 8:30am
March 6 – Free Dress Friday
March 7 – Princess Ball
March 9 – 13 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule) (Middle school students attend w/ parents)
March 9 – 13 – Book Fair (Kinder parents are being asked to volunteer)
March 12 – Rm 28 PBL presentation at 8:15am
March 13 – 8th grade Field Trip – College Bound! – Foothill College
March 16 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Rm 14
March 19 – Earthcapades Assembly for grades 1 – 5
March 20 – GATE testing for grades 3 – 5
March 25 – Spring Picture Day (Free Dress)
March 27 – Shakespeare Day for grades 7 – 8
March 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 20 – 24 – Spring Break

BoxTops!!…box tops
Principal Girardi DOES NOT want to wear Henry Ford spiritwear! The Roosevelt/Henry Ford BoxTops Challenge is in it’s last week! Please send in those BoxTops before 2/27! Each BoxTop earns 10¢ for our school, so sending them in will not only help to win the challenge, but we can earn money for our school! Principal Girardi has challenged Henry Ford’s principal and the school that has collected the most BoxTops for the month will be declared the winner and the principal of the losing school will have to wear the other school’s spirit wear every Friday for a month! Let’s make sure that Henry Ford principal has to show some Roosevelt Raccoon pride by collecting and turning in those BoxTops before February 27!

Yosemite…
6th grade families need to turn in their payments for this year’s Yosemite week scheduled for May 25 – May 29. Payments may be turned in to the school office. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Princess Ball…
The Under the Sea Princess Ball is almost here!!! This will be a daughter/VIP dance to be held on March 7 at 6:30pm. Who or what constitutes a VIP? Girls may invite a father, grandfather, older brother, uncle, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, etc. Girls may invite anyone that is a Very Important Person in her life.  Ticket sales have already begun, so fill out your ticket forms and return them to the school office or your child’s classroom by Monday, March 2. Cost is $5 per person and includes desserts, photo and a night of dancing. Tickets WILL NOTbe sold at the door. Volunteers are still needed, so if you would like to help make this a magical evening for the girls, please contact Nicole Lynch at lynch5600@aol.com  (2nd grade parents are being asked to assist with this event, but help is needed from all grade levels).

Mother/Son Event…
This year, in addition to the Princess Ball, Roosevelt will be hosting an event for the boys of Roosevelt on May 2. The 4th grade is responsible for this event. The event is a ticketed event for Roosevelt boys only (just as the Princess Ball is a girls only event), but any parent may volunteer to help.  If you are able to help in any capacity, please email Amber Moeckel at amberdawn519@yahoo.com  She is hoping to hold a planning meeting soon.  Thank you in advanced for your help making this a great event!

Spring Chocolate Fundraiser…
The World’s Finest Chocolate Spring/Easter candy fundraiser has begun! Flyers and order forms are available in the school office.  Orders are due on February 27. Orders will be distributed the week of March 30.

Khan Academy Math Challenge!…
Roosevelt’s 3 – 8th graders have been invited to participate in Khan Academy’s first ever LearnStorm. Until April 30th your child will be able to earn points and unlock prizes by practicing math skills on Khan Academy. The challenge is completely free for everyone – the more students that sign up and practice the better our school will do.

LearnStorm is a also designed to help you learn to learn. Throughout the challenge you will gain points for both achievement and for showing persistence and grit. Each week you will receive a fun optional challenge designed to help build a growth mindset.

Your challenge awaits! It’s time to defend Roosevelt’s school pride on the leaderboards! Sign up at www.khanacademy.org

Do You Have an iPhone?…
You can now add our parent blog as an app button on your iPhone to make accessing the blog even easier! On your phone, go to www.rooseveltparents.com. Then select the “share” button. Select “Add to Homescreen” then select “Add” – that’s it! You should now see a button with a raccoon on your phone’s homescreen. Selecting it will automatically open the parent blog!

Have a great week!



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Week of February 16 – February 20

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendaricon

Monday, February 16
No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday

Tuesday, February 17
Please Note: 5th grade will be leaving for Outdoor Ed and 4th grade has a field trip, so more cars will be parking and buses will likely be in the loading zones. Please allow extra time and drive with caution around the school.

5th grade students leave for Outdoor Education – Students need to bring all luggage to the cafeteria.

4th grade Field Trip to ExploratoriumPlease make sure your child arrives to school no later than 7:58 since the class will be leaving immediately.

Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

FEI – Navigating Middle School/Teen Success (3rd of 8 week series) at 6:00pm in Room 14 for parents of students in grades 5-8.  (Sponsored by Foothill College’s Family Engagement Institute)

Thursday, February 19
Coffee with Principal Girardi has been canceled due to a meeting at the District Office.

Friday, February 20
Deadline for 2nd Accelerated Reader (AR) Reading Goal – students meeting all three goals during the school year may participate in the AR Banquet at the end of the school year.

5th grade students return from Outdoor Education at approximately 1:00pm – Welcome Back!

YMCA Family Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria

Important Dates…
February 23 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
February 27 – Coffee with Principal Girardi in Rm 1 at 8:00am (To Be Confirmed)
February 27 – BoxTops Challenge Ends! (Roosevelt vs Henry Ford)
February 27 – Deadline for Spring/Easter Candy Sales
February 27 – Deadline for 2nd AR Reading Goal (5th grade only)
March 3 – SPARK Match Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
March 7 – Princess Ball
March 9 – 13 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule) (Middle school students attend w/ parents)
March 12 – Rm 28 PBL presentation at 8:15am
March 13 – 8th grade Field Trip – College Bound! – Foothill College
March 16 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Rm 14
March 19 – Earthcapades Assembly for grades 1 – 5
March 20 – GATE testing for grades 3 – 5
March 25 – Spring Picture Day (Free Dress)
March 27 – Shakespeare Day for grades 7 – 8
March 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 20 – 24 – Spring Break

Yard Duty Positions Available…
Roosevelt needs at least 2 people for regular or substitute yard duty. The hours are approximately 11:00am – 1:15pm. For more flexibility, you may sign up for just a few days per week or be available when a regular yard duty person is absent. The school pays $12 hour. If you are interested, please contact Gwen in the school office. You will have to fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted. Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

BoxTops!!…box tops
Start bringing in those BoxTops! Our challenge is with Henry Ford Elementary for the month of February.  Let’s see if we can collect more BoxTops than the parents at Henry Ford and make their principal wear Roosevelt spiritwear every Friday for a month! We won our last challenge with Adelante and we brought in just over $600 worth of BoxTops! Let’s see if we can top that with this next challenge!

On the Parent Blog…
If you didn’t get a chance to take a look at the January Wrap-Up over the weekend, now’s your chance! This is a great way to see what you can expect to see happening at Roosevelt as your child advances to each grade level. If you know of anyone that is interested in Roosevelt for their child, you can send them the link to get a good overview.

Yosemite…
6th grade families need to turn in their payments for this year’s Yosemite week scheduled for May 25 – May 29. Payments may be turned in to the school office. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Princess Ball…
We need your help! The Princess Ball is on March 7. If you are interested in helping with this event please let us know.  We need your help make this a successful night! (2nd grade families are being asked to help with this event) Questions? Contact Nicole at lynch5600@aol.com

Mother/Son Event…
This year, in addition to the Princess Ball, Roosevelt will be hosting an event for the boys of Roosevelt on May 2. The 4th grade is responsible for this event. The event is a ticketed event for Roosevelt boys only (just as the Princess Ball is a girls only event), but any parent may volunteer to help.  If you are able to help in any capacity, please email Amber Moeckel at amberdawn519@yahoo.com  She is hoping to hold a planning meeting soon.  Thank you in advanced for your help making this a great event!

Spring Chocolate Fundraiser…
The World’s Finest Chocolate Spring/Easter candy fundraiser has begun! Flyers and order forms are available in the school office.  Orders are due on February 27. Orders will be distributed the week of March 30.

Khan Academy Math Challenge!…
Roosevelt’s 3 – 8th graders have been invited to participate in Khan Academy’s first ever LearnStorm. Until April 30th your child will be able to earn points and unlock prizes by practicing math skills on Khan Academy. The challenge is completely free for everyone – the more students that sign up and practice the better our school will do.

LearnStorm is a also designed to help you learn to learn. Throughout the challenge you will gain points for both achievement and for showing persistence and grit. Each week you will receive a fun optional challenge designed to help build a growth mindset.

Your challenge awaits! It’s time to defend Roosevelt’s school pride on the leaderboards! Sign up at www.khanacademy.org

Do You Have an iPhone?…
You can now add our parent blog as an app button on your iPhone to make accessing the blog even easier! On your phone, go to www.rooseveltparents.com. Then select the “share” button. Select “Add to Homescreen” then select “Add” – that’s it! You should now see a button with a raccoon on your phone’s homescreen. Selecting it will automatically open the parent blog!

Have a great week!



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January Wrap-Up

januaryThe new year started with a bang at Roosevelt! Here’s just a sample of what was happening in just some of the Roosevelt classrooms:

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Kindergarten:
There’s always a lot happening upstairs with the Kindergarteners and this time of year is no exception!

The Kindergarten classes jumped right back in and started focusing ”L” and the sight word “is” the first week of January. In Math, the students are  working on addition and various strategies that can be used to solve word problems.

The Kindergarteners have been working hard on their “All About Me”  PBL presentations. The students were given their posters to bring home to add pictures, artwork and list interesting facts about themselves. The students then scheduled their presentation date. If they have signed up for a day that doesn’t work for their parents, they learn the real world skill of rescheduling their presentation.  The children all practice being a good speaker and a good audience. After each child presents their poster to the class and any parents in the audience, they have to answer any questions. The class is then asked what they have learned about the speaker from the presentation and create a mini book about each classmate. This helps the students start to learn how to be good presenters and good audience members.

The Kindergarten and 1st grade classes also had a visit from The Marine Mammal Center’s Sea to School program. More information about this visit can be seen under the 1st grade.

1st Grade:
In Language Arts, the 1st graders have been learning about reading and the sounds/letters: sh, th, wh, and ch. They have been introduced to the long a sound and CVCe words (long a, silent e words such as: gate, rake, name). In Math, they are currently working on subtraction.
(Parents, please make sure to encourage your students to practice their subtraction math facts at home. Remember the goal by the end of the year is for first grade students to know their addition and subtraction math facts to 20 fluently!)

Work is beginning on their PBL unit: “Me on the Map” in Social Studies. The students received a letter from Mrs. Girardi asking if they can help her by making a map of the school. The students quickly realized that the class has to learn about maps if they want to make a good one!

Room 30’s buddy class is the 5th grade class from Room 13. Both classes got together on January 26 to kick off the Kindness Challenge. Here are some photos of the 5th & 1st graders playing some games together (a rhyming word game & addition game).

And finally, Kindergarten and 1st graders had a Sea to School visit from The Marine Mammal Center. The visit included short stories, puppets, animal sounds and dress-up to help the students learn about a variety of marine mammals (including sea otters, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales). The students were able to examine specimens such as skulls, pelts and bones and they learned how the Marine Mammal Center cares for these animals.

 

2nd Grade:
In Language Arts, the 2nd graders have been learning about story summaries, suffixes(-s,-ing, and –ed).  The students continue to write plans and paragraphs. The 2nd graders are becoming very strong readers.  They are taking Accelerated Reading quizzes on a weekly basis.

In Math, the students are working on subtraction and geometry (3-d and 2-D shapes). They are also learning place value and writing numbers to 1000.  All second graders need to be able to count and understand numbers to 1,000.

In PBL, 2nd graders have started a World Changer Unit.  They have been studying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  They will continue learning about famous people who have changed our world.  The unit will culminate in March with all the students presenting on a famous person in history. 

In Art, 2nd grade did portraits of themselves as superheroes.

3rd Grade:
What are we learning in 3rd grade?

In Mathematics, the students are mastering the concepts of Division and learning Fractions (Reviewing, adding, subtracting, comparing fractions, and equivalent fractions).

In Language Arts, the students are continuing with their Literature Circles and independent reading. The students are also learning about Shades of Meaning. These are words that have similar meanings (such as small, little, tiny, teeny). Students learn to use context clues to decide which word should be used in a sentence. This helps to improve their writing.

The students are wrapping up their paragraphs on their New Year’s resolutions. Next, they will be working on writing summaries using a non-fiction Ohlone book.

For the 3rd grade PBL – Social Studies Unit, the driving question is “How have changes over time, in Redwood City, affected American Indian nations today?” To kick off this unit, the students are learning about who the Native Americans are and who were the tribes in the Bay Area including the Ohlone (the tribe that once occupied Redwood City). They have learned a lot about the natural resources of California and tribes’ dependence on them. In March, 3rd graders will be going on a Field Trip to the Redwood City History Museum for the Ohlone exhibit.

4th Grade:
January was an exciting month for fourth grade!  The 4th graders began the year with a study of elephant seals and a fantastic field trip to Ano Nuevo to watch the creatures in their habitat.

Students then engaged in a mini-PBL unit on Civil Rights and the Constitution.  They developed their own research questions and are currently researching and writing five paragraph essays on questions such as, “How have civil rights changed over time?” “How did regular people fight for civil rights?” and “Who were influential people in the Civil Rights movement?”  WeThe students are also working on their science PBL unit on Electricity and Magnetism.  Their driving question is, “How does our community benefit and depend on electricity?”  Students are learning about circuits and energy conversion, and will soon use their knowledge to develop their own inventions.  The 4th grade will have a field trip to the Exploratorium on February 17th, and the inventors of the product “Roominate” featured on the hit ABC show “Sharktank” will join the 4th grade classes as our outside experts in early March.

In Math and ELA, students are continuing with the same great work ethic and academic achievement they have shown all year. They are wrapping up their study of long division and are about to move on to fractions.  During their Reading Workshop, students learned to write summaries of fiction and nonfiction texts and have begun word study using the program “Words Their Way.”  Fourth grade has also been fortunate to have many teachers from the district visit and observe our Reading Workshop in action.

In other news, fourth grade led the school-wide Great Kindness Challenge during the last week of January.  The students enjoyed presenting to every class and leading the school in kindness activities.  Fourth Graders have already thought of ways to continue to be “Kindness Leaders” throughout the year.

 

Room 6B:
Room 6B’s Lego table continues to be the foundation of their classroom learning. In the beginning of the year, the students built a Lego community and discussed what a community is. The students talked about the different jobs and roles in a community. The students have now created two Lego communities in the classroom and they are learning about sharing human and material resources.

In Language Arts, the students are practicing speaking in complete sentences and working on individual speech and language goals. They are working hard at reading comprehension at individual levels and they are listening to fiction and non-fiction books on CD and discussing a variety of topics. The students now listen to a story in a group setting and then engage in a group discussion.

In Science, the students are reading and learning about the plant cycle with the book From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.

In Math, they are working on their IEP goals, which include word problems and math facts in a small group setting.


5th Grade:
The 5th graders are gearing up for their week in Jones Gulch for Outdoor Education.

In Math, the students are in Unit 4 on the district scope & sequence.  They’re working on multiplying whole numbers with decimals (example: 209 × 10.5) and dividing whole numbers with decimals, so moving away from long division (example: 175 ÷ 11).  The class is still refining long division and multi-digit multiplication in an algorithm as well as all skills within word problems.

In PBL the 5th grade is continuing the unit “WaterWise”.  The students are discovering lots of ways to conserve water and how to lessen our human impact on Earth.  As the unit continues, the students will get into small groups of 2 or 3 and create either a brochure or a 1minute commercial on water conservation.  They can’t wait to share them!

The 5th grade has recently had two wonderful assemblies – the Peace Signs Assembly, classroom workshop and family night – focusing on resolving conflict.

We had a water assembly for 5th grade which ties in perfectly with the PBL water unit, impact on the environment, and of course, outdoor ed. Room 11 decided as a class to enter the Rethink Waste recycled art project, so they are saving recycled materials in order to come up with an amazing piece of recycled art. This project will start in mid-February.

Not only do they go to the main computer lab twice a week to practice JIJI, take AR quizzes, and maybe some type to learn, they are also becoming proficient with Chromebooks. The students are doing Front Row math once a week,  have Google accounts, and we are becoming familiar with Newsela – the latest news at a variety of reading levels. At home, the students are using JIJI and Front Row math.

The 10 week D.A.R.E program has startedf which not only addresses alcohol and drug issues, but bullying, making the right choices, and being a good student. It ties in with the Peace Signs assembly. Officer Diana Villegas from the Redwood City Police Department is teaching the program.

 

6th Grade:
In 6th grade science the students just finished a unit on density and buoyancy. They measured the mass of objects on a triple-beam balance with accuracy to 0.1 gram. The students found the volume of regular solids by calculation, and irregular solids by placing them in a graduated cylinder filled with water. They placed a ball of clay into water and found that it sank, but when the clay was fashioned by students into a boat shape, it displaced enough water weight for buoyancy to lift the clay to the surface. They had an inter classroom contest to see which boat could hold the most paperclip ‘sailors.’ Finally, using a spring scale the students measured the weight of an object in and out of water to see where it would weight more. Most students were surprised to find that things weigh less in water.

The 6th graders are now in the midst of our map unit. Students have learned to read a road map and plan a mock trip, learned latitude and longitude and found worldwide cities, and have made topographic map contour lines from a model using increasing water height.

7th Grade:
The 7th graders are reading A Long Walk to Water in Language Arts and learning how to cite text-based evidence in support of their analysis of the characters.  It is a narrative non-fiction that chronicles the lives of two Sudanese children; one narrative takes place during the Sudanese Civil War in 1985 and the other narrative takes place in 2008.  Both stories highlight the struggles of refugees and survivors in third-world countries.

They are also studying the Republic of Mali in Africa for Social Studies.  Their PBL driving question is “What are the effects of the exchanges in Mali?”  Using curriculum from UC Berkeley, they are reading several source documents and learning why perspective is so important when studying history.  For example, which perspective would be a more accurate one to tell the history of the Malian culture, the Northern Arabs and Muslims who tried to convert all the West Africans to Islam, or the West Africans whose history was passed down over generations through storytellers who believed powerful kings used magic and sorcery?

In Writing/Grammar, the students just completed a cause/effect paragraph summarizing what they have learned, thus far, about the effects of the exchanges at Mali.  The class is also studying linking verbs and helping verbs, and how verbs can determine the tone of a piece of writing.

8th Grade:
Graduation planning has begun! There is a parent meeting on February 11 to discuss graduation events.

The 8th grade students have started their Chemistry Unit in Science, and are studying the atom, periodic table, and chemical compounds. As a part of their PBL unit, students are making Power Point slide shows to present on March 4th.  Please come and see them and help celebrate their achievements!

In Math, 8th graders are studying functions and equations.

As preparation for their next Science unit on force, velocity and distance, the 8th graders have a field trip to the San Jose Tech Museum on February 27. This is a really fun place to visit, and everyone is very excited.

Reading Fair:
The 2nd Annual Roosevelt Reading Fair was a tremendous success! The work turned in by the students was so impressive that the judges had a really hard time deciding the winners. A big thank you to our wonderful judges for taking the time to spend a morning judging all of the entries. If you see any of them around town, be sure to thank them for supporting our school!

School Board Trustees  – Dennis McBride, Hillary Paulsen, and Alisa MacAvoy
YMCA Program Directors –  Trenton Hill, Danny Koba and Julie Wesolek
Creative Learning Loft owner – Darlene Hampton
Spectrum Magazine Editor – Steve Penna
San Carlos School District Principal – Marie Crawford
Children’s Literature Book Reviewer – Sharon Levin
Retired Teachers – Mary Lou Holding and Mary Ann Clifford

Anti-Bullying:
Continuing Roosevelt’s anti-bullying campaign, the students in grades 3 – 5 participated in the Kaiser Permanente “Peace Signs Assembly” and workshops. The assembly and follow up workshops are designed to teach the students about conflict resolution, skills to respond to bullying, how to show empathy and respect for others and the importance of seeking help from trusted adults when faced with bullying and violence.

The 4th graders led the school in a Kindness Challenge. All Roosevelt students were challenged to perform as many kind deeds as they could.

 

 

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Week of February 9 – February 13

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendaricon

Monday, February 9
Site Council meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14.  On the agenda for this month’s meeting: measure W budget allocation, school safety and facilities updates (phone/data lines, paint and fencing). All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, February 10
Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Wednesday, February 11
Girls on the Run registration forms due (more information below)

Teddy Roosevelt Day!  (more information below)

8th grade Parent Meeting at 6:30 in Room 14 to discuss graduation events.

Thursday, February 12
Kindergarten on Early Bird Schedule (8:00am – 12:10pm)

100th Day of School (events planned for grades K-2)

Friday, February 13
No School – President Lincoln’s Birthday

Important Dates…
February 16 – No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday
February 17 – 5th grade students leave for Outdoor Education
February 17 – 4th grade Field Trip to Exploratorium
February 18 – Coffee with Principal Girardi in Rm 1 at 8:00am
February 20 – Deadline for 2nd AR Reading Goal
February 20 – 5th grade students return from Outdoor Education
February 20 – YMCA Family Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
February 23 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
February 27 – BoxTops Challenge Ends! (Roosevelt vs Henry Ford)
February 27 – Deadline for 2nd AR Reading Goal (5th grade only)
March 3 – SPARK Match Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
March 7 – Princess Ball
March 9 – 13 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (Minimum Day Schedule) (Middle school students attend w/ parents)
March 12 – Rm 28 PBL presentation at 8:15am
March 13 – 8th grade Field Trip – College Bound! – Foothill College
March 16 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Rm 14
March 19 – Earthcapades Assembly for grades 1 – 5
March 20 – GATE testing for grades 3 – 5
March 25 – Spring Picture Day (Free Dress)
March 27 – Shakespeare Day for grades 7 – 8
March 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 20 – 24 – Spring Break

Yard Duty Positions Available…
Roosevelt needs at least 2 people for regular or substitute yard duty. The hours are approximately 11:00am – 1:15pm. For more flexibility, you may sign up for just a few days per week or be available when a regular yard duty person is absent. The school pays $12 hour. If you are interested, please contact Gwen in the school office. You will have to fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted. Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Teddy Roosevelt Day!…theodore-roosevelt-photo
On Wednesday, February 11, the students of Roosevelt will be visited by our nation’s 26th president and our school’s namesake, Theodore Roosevelt!  Principal Girardi has arranged for a very special Teddy Roosevelt performer to come to our campus and visit each grade level. Roosevelt teachers have also been given books to share with their classes about Teddy Roosevelt.

Our visitor has also agreed to perform at the Redwood City main library at 6:30pm on February 10. If you want to see some of what he’ll be doing at Roosevelt on the 11th, you’re welcome to attend that performance. www.redwoodcity.org/LIBRARY/events.html

This event is not included in the PTA budget so the PTA is trying to raise the funds for this event and has created a GoFundMe account for donations. We are asking Roosevelt families to share the link of this GoFundMe effort on their own Facebook pages to get donations to this cause. Even if you cannot donate any money to the cause, please SHARE it on your Facebook page. The more exposure we are able to get on social media, the better chance we have of getting outside donations. Right now we’ve collected 45% of our goal! Here’s the link with some more information www.gofundme.com/rooseveltvisit

Girls on the Run…
Roosevelt is once again offering the Girls on the Run program to girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Led by 2nd grade teacher Maureen McPeek, the girls will play games to build fitness, work on self esteem and run in a 5K on May 9 with Girls on the Run teams from all over the Bay Area. Classes are held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Roosevelt lower campus. Flyers went home in the Thursday folder with information about the program including costs. Registration forms are due on February 11. There are only 16 spots available, so sign up right away!

BoxTops!!…
Start saving up those BoxTops again! Our next challenge is with Henry Ford Elementary. The challenge start date hasn’t been decided yet, but it will be February or March. Let’s see if we can collect more BoxTops than the parents at Henry Ford and make their principal wear Roosevelt spiritwear every Friday for a month! We won our last challenge with Adelante and we brought in just over $600 worth of BoxTops! Let’s see if we can top that with this next challenge!

Yosemite…
6th grade families need to turn in their payments for this year’s Yosemite week on May 25 – May 29. Payments may be turned in to the school office. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Raccoon Bucks!…
For those of you that still have Raccoon Bucks from the last movie night, your child can use them at the Snack Shack! Each Raccoon Buck is worth $1 and may be exchanged for any sold in the store. The store opens each afternoon at 2:20pm and is located at the bottom of the main hallway, just before the lower playground. Parents may purchase Raccoon Bucks at any time during the year in the school office.

Princess Ball…
We need your help! The Princess Ball is coming in March. If you are interested in helping plan this event please let us know.  We need your help make this a successful event! (2nd grade families are being asked to help with this event) Questions? Contact Nicole at lynch5600@aol.com

Khan Academy Math Challenge!…
Roosevelt’s 3 – 8th graders have been invited to participate in Khan Academy’s first ever LearnStorm. Until April 30th your child will be able to earn points and unlock prizes by practicing math skills on Khan Academy. The challenge is completely free for everyone – the more students that sign up and practice the better our school will do.

LearnStorm is a also designed to help you learn to learn. Throughout the challenge you will gain points for both achievement and for showing persistence and grit. Each week you will receive a fun optional challenge designed to help build a growth mindset.

Your challenge awaits! It’s time to defend Roosevelt’s school pride on the leaderboards! Sign up at www.khanacademy.org

AimHigh…
Applications are available for the AimHigh summer program for incoming and returning 5th and 6th grade students held on June 22 – July 24. Applications are due on April 3. Spaces fill up fast! Questions? Please talk to your child’s teacher or go to www.aimhigh.org for more information.

Do You Have an iPhone?…
You can now add our parent blog as an app button on your iPhone to make accessing the blog even easier! On your phone, go to www.rooseveltparents.com. Then select the “share” button. Select “Add to Homescreen” then select “Add” – that’s it! You should now see a button with a raccoon on your phone’s homescreen. Selecting it will automatically open the parent blog!

Have a great week!

 

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Reminders for Thursday & Friday!

Thursday, February 5reminder
If you didn’t get a chance to attend this morning’s community budget meeting, please try to attend the one tonight from 6:30-8:00pm at Garfield School, 3600 Middlefield Road. The Redwood City School District is asking parents to participate in these community budget meetings. The district is required to get input from the community to help the district prioritize spending for the Local Control Accountability Plan which gets turned in to Sacramento for approval.

Friday, February 6
Free Dress Friday!

Lockdown Drill (see letter in last Thursday’s folders)

BoxTops!!…
The next challenge has begun! Our next challenge is with Henry Ford Elementary. During the month of February, let’s see if we can collect more BoxTops than the parents at Henry Ford and make their principal wear Roosevelt spiritwear every Friday for a month! We won our last challenge with Adelante and we brought in just over $600 worth of BoxTops! Let’s see if we can top that with this next challenge!

Teddy Roosevelt Visit…
Our 26th president and our school’s namesake, Theodore Roosevelt, is coming to our school on Wednesday, February 11. He will be going into each classroom and giving presentations to help the students get to know the history of his presidency. Our visitor has also agreed to perform at the Redwood City main library at 6:30pm on February 10. If you want to see some of what he’ll be doing at Roosevelt on the 11th, you’re welcome to attend that performance. www.redwoodcity.org/LIBRARY/events.html

This event is not included in the PTA budget so the PTA is trying to raise the funds for this event and has created a GoFundMe account for donations. We are asking Roosevelt families to share the link of this GoFundMe effort on their own Facebook pages to get donations to this cause. Even if you cannot donate any money to the cause, please SHARE it on your Facebook page. The more exposure we are able to get on social media, the better chance we have of getting outside donations. Right now we’ve collected 34% of our goal! Here’s the link with some more information www.gofundme.com/rooseveltvisit

January Wrap-Up…
The January Wrap-Up will be posted this Sunday, so if you have any pictures or information to submit, please turn them in by this Saturday, February 7 to trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

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Week of February 2 – February 6

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendaricon

Monday, February 2
Arithmatickles Math Assembly for grades 5 – 8 at 1:15pm in the Cafeteria

Arithmatickles Family Math Night for grades K – 4 at 6:00pm

Tuesday, February 3
Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Navigating Middle School/Teen Success (2nd of 8 week series) at 6:00pm in Room 14 for parents of students in grades 5-8.  (Sponsored by Foothill College’s Family Engagement Institute)

Thursday, February 5
The Redwood City School District is asking parents to participate in one of the community budget meetings on Thursday, February 5.  The first meeting will be from 9 to 10:30 am at the District Office, 750 Bradford St. Or, you may attend from 6:30 to 8 pm at Garfield School, 3600 Middlefield Road. The district is seeking your input to help the district prioritize spending in key areas as we develop our Local Control Accountability Plan.

Friday, February 6
Free Dress Friday!

Lockdown Drill (see letter in last Thursday’s folders)

Important Dates…
February 11 – Teddy Roosevelt Day (more information below)
February 11 – Girls on the Run registration forms due
February 12 – 100th Day of School (events planned for grades K-2)
February 13 – No School – President Lincoln’s Birthday
February 16 – No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday
February 17 – 5th grade students leave for Outdoor Education
February 20 – 5th grade students return from Outdoor Education
March 12 – Rm 28 PBL presentation at 8:15am

Arithmatickles Math Night…
Students in grades K – 4 and their families are invited to the cafeteria on Monday, February 6 at 6:00pm for Arithmetickles Math Night! This show makes math cool and fun, not only for students, but also for teachers and parents. Come and enjoy the fun!

Raccoon Bucks!…
For those of you that have Raccoon Bucks from last Friday’s movie night, your child can use them at the Snack Shack! Each Raccoon Buck is worth $1 and may be exchanged for any sold in the store. The store opens each afternoon at 2:20pm and is located at the bottom of the main hallway, just before the playground. Parents may purchase Raccoon Bucks at any time during the year.

School Hallway Names…streetsign
The signs are up! The winning students have chosen the names for the hallways throughout the school. The main hallway is now April Lane, the YMCA/Cafeteria wing is Young Blvd, the 3rd/4th grade wing is Adam Street, the 5th/6th grade wing is Sienna Street, the 7th/8th grade wing is Batman Blvd and the Kinder courtyard is Hayes Street. Congratulations to all of the winners! And a big thank you to all of the families that contributed the $130 to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. You’re all making Roosevelt a better place for ALL of our students.

Girls on the Run…
Roosevelt is once again offering the Girls on the Run program to girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Led by 2nd grade teacher Maureen McPeek, the girls will play games to build fitness, work on self esteem and run in a 5K on May 9 with Girls on the Run teams from all over the Bay Area. Classes are held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Roosevelt lower campus. Flyers went home in the Thursday folder with information about the program including costs. Registration forms are due on February 11. There are only 16 spots available, so sign up right away!

Yosemite…
6th grade families need to turn in their payments for this year’s Yosemite week. Payments may be turned in to the school office. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Teddy Roosevelt Visit…
Principal Girardi is organizing a day for the students to honor and learn about our school’s namesake, former president Theodore Roosevelt. Ms. Girardi has arranged for a very special Teddy Roosevelt performer to come to our campus on February 11. This event is not included in the PTA budget so the PTA is trying to raise the funds for this event and has created a GoFundMe account for donations. We are asking Roosevelt families to share the link of this GoFundMe effort on their own Facebook pages to get donations to this cause. Even if you cannot donate any money to the cause, please SHARE it on your Facebook page. The more exposure we are able to get on social media, the better chance we have of getting outside donations. Right now we’ve collected 30% of our goal! Here’s the link with some more information www.gofundme.com/rooseveltvisit

Princess Ball…
We need your help! The Princess Ball is coming in March. If you are interested in helping plan this event please let us know.  We need your help make this a successful event! (2nd grade families are being asked to help with this event) Questions? Contact Nicole at lynch5600@aol.com

Khan Academy Math Challenge!…
Roosevelt’s 3 – 8th graders have been invited to participate in Khan Academy’s first ever LearnStorm. Until April 30th your child will be able to earn points and unlock prizes by practicing math skills on Khan Academy. The challenge is completely free for everyone – the more students that sign up and practice the better our school will do.

LearnStorm is a also designed to help you learn to learn. Throughout the challenge you will gain points for both achievement and for showing persistence and grit. Each week you will receive a fun optional challenge designed to help build a growth mindset.

Your challenge awaits! It’s time to defend Roosevelt’s school pride on the leaderboards! Sign up at www.khanacademy.org

BoxTops!!…
Start saving up those BoxTops again! Our next challenge is with Henry Ford Elementary. The challenge start date hasn’t been decided yet, but it will be February or March. Let’s see if we can collect more BoxTops than the parents at Henry Ford and make their principal wear Roosevelt spiritwear every Friday for a month! We won our last challenge with Adelante and we brought in just over $600 worth of BoxTops! Let’s see if we can top that with this next challenge!

Jiji Math at home…
Your child can log into his/her Jiji Math account  and complete any assigned homework added by your child’s teacher.

Your student will also have to enter the name of their school. ST Math will accept many variations of our school’s name. For example, Jiji Math will accept lots of different entries including “Roosevelt School”, “Roosevelt Elementary”.  Have your student click on the homework button and enter their 13-character picture password.

Kindergarten students who are still using 8 character passwords will not be able to access ST Math@Home until they learn their full password.

AimHigh…
Applications are available for the AimHigh summer program for incoming and returning 5th and 6th grade students held on June 22 – July 24. Applications are due on April 3. Spaces fill up fast! Questions? Please talk to your child’s teacher or go to www.aimhigh.org for more information.

Do You Have an iPhone?…
You can now add our parent blog as an app button on your iPhone to make accessing the blog even easier! On your phone, go to www.rooseveltparents.com. Then select the “share” button. Select “Add to Homescreen” then select “Add” – that’s it! You should now see a button with a raccoon on your phone’s homescreen. Selecting it will automatically open the parent blog!

On the Parent Blog…
We will be doing an end of the month wrap-up post each month. If you are taking pictures in the classroom while volunteering or if you are chaperoning on a field trip, please send in your pictures! I’ve heard from parents that they love getting a glimpse at what their child’s class is doing, and they like seeing what they can expect at each grade level. So, please keep that in mind through the month of January. Thanks! www.rooseveltparents.com

Have a great week!