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Midweek Reminders!

Just a few reminders to finish out the week:reminder

Coffee with Principal Girardi…
Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00am in the Upper Staff Room (next to Room 26) 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.

Tickets for Raccoon Games…
The deadline to reserve tickets for Saturday’s Raccoon Games for the boys of Roosevelt has been extended to Thursday, April 30. Please make sure to turn in your forms and $5 per person by the end of the school day.

Free Dress…
Friday, May 1 is Free Dress Friday for all students

RCEF Benefit…
Benefit for a Brighter Future – RCEF Benefit at 5:30pm on Friday, May 1 at Canada College. Tickets are still available at www.benefitforabrighterfuture.org

2015 Raccoon Games…
2015 Raccoon Games begin at 3:00pm with a scavenger hunt! Then it’s time for Hamster Ball races at 3:30 followed by more fun and games until 6:00pm.  Only one  special guest per boy is permitted. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, so get your RSVP in by Thursday.  The 4th grade is responsible for this event but any parent may volunteer to help. Donations for food and drinks are needed.

If possible, please donate any of the following:
Hotdogs
Hotdog buns
Capri sun pouches or juice boxes
Snack size bags of chips
Fruit & Veggie platters
Plastic forks, knives & spoons
Ketchup, mustard & relish
Items may be dropped off in the office during the week.

If you are able to help in any capacity, please email Amber Moeckel at amberdawn519@yahoo.com   Thank you in advance for your help making this a great event!



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Week of April 27 – May 1

Welcome back! Believe it or not, but there are only 6 weeks left of the 2014/2015 school year and a lot gets packed into those last few weeks so be sure to check out the “Important Dates” section. Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Please note:
SBAC testing continues for students in grades 3-8 until the end of May. Please make sure your students get plenty of rest each night and a good breakfast in the morning. (More information below about the SBAC test)

Monday, April 27
RSVP deadline for the 2015 Raccoon Games! the Mother (VIP)/Son Event. Cost is $5 per person. Food donations are also needed. (more information below)

Armenian Assembly for grades 2, 5, 6, 8 and rooms 6b & 31 at 8:30am & 9:30am

PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14

Tuesday, April 28
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, April 29
Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee at 8:00am in the Upper Staff Room (next to Room 26)
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.

Student of the Month assemblies

Friday, May 1
Free Dress Friday for all students!

Kristi Yamaguchi Always Reading day for TK & Kinder via webcast at 9:00am

TK (Transitional Kindergarten) Tour for incoming students for 2015/2016 school year at 9:30am

Author Dan Gutman visit to grades 1-3 (author of the Weird School series – Miss Daisy is Crazy, Mr Klutz is Nuts, etc.)

Benefit for a Brighter Future – RCEF Benefit at 5:30pm at Canada College. Tickets are still available at www.benefitforabrighterfuture.org

Saturday, May 2
2015 Raccoon Games begin at 3:00pm with a scavenger hunt! Then it’s time for Hamster Ball races at 3:30 followed by more fun and games until 6:00pm.  (4th grade parents are asked to help with this event)

Important Dates…
May 4 – Renaissance Day for 7th graders
May 5 – 2nd grade field trip to CuriOdyssey
May 6 – 3rd grade virtual field trip
May 6 – Open Garden during lunch recess – Volunteers Needed! (See below for more information)
May 7 – Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch (See below for more information)
May 9 – Girls on the Run 5k race at Golden Gate Park
May 11 – PBL Tour Day
May 11 – Last Site Council Meeting
May 12 – 1st grade field trip to SF Zoo
May 13 – 4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista
May 15 – Outdoor Movie Night
May 18 – Instrumental Music Festival at Carrington Hall – Sequoia High School at 6:00pm
May 19 – AR Blast Off! Banquet
May 20 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1
May 20 – Art Show Set-up begins – Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)
May 21 – 8th grade Amusement Park Physics PBL presentation at 8:30am
May 21 – Art Show & Open House
May 22 – Art Show take down
May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
May 25 – 6th graders leave for Yosemite
May 29 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
May 29 – 6th graders return from Yosemite
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule (all Kinders on Early Bird Schedule)
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon

Raccoon Games! the Mother (VIP)/Son Event…
Make sure you turn in your RSVPs on Monday, April 27th for the Mother (VIP)/Son Event to be held on May 2. Tickets are $5 per person. Only one  special guest per boy is permitted. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, so get your RSVP in on Monday.  The 4th grade is responsible for this event but any parent may volunteer to help. Donations for food and drinks are needed.

If possible, please donate any of the following:
Hotdogs
Hotdog buns
Capri sun pouches or juice boxes
Snack size bags of chips
Fruit & Veggie platters
Plastic forks, knives & spoons
Ketchup, mustard & relish
Items may be dropped off in the office during the week.

If you are able to help in any capacity, please email Amber Moeckel at amberdawn519@yahoo.com   Thank you in advance for your help making this a great event!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon…
It’s that time again when we say a big “Thank You!” to the teachers and staff of Roosevelt School! The luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 in the Staff Room (Rm 14). The PTA is asking for a donation of $5 per family to help pay for the caterer and for volunteers to help with picking up decorations, set up and clean up. Please check for flyers coming home with more information.

Art Show Help Needed…
The end of the school year is approaching and our Art teacher, Marlene Perez, has planning for the May 21 Art Show on her mind.  She will be needing volunteers before the event to prep, label, and install the art and then more volunteers on May 22 to take it all down. If you can staple, she needs your help! No other skills required! Please contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

School Garden…
Looking for a way to get outside on one of  these beautiful sunny days and help our kids get back to nature at the same time?  Please join the garden volunteer group.  We really need more volunteers to get the students out into our newly remodeled garden.  We need help with our Open Garden lunch sessions and/or tending the garden after school, on weekends or during school breaks.  It will only take a couple of hours a month.  Or, come up with your own volunteer garden ideas and we’ll help you make it happen.  Email Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com for more information.

SBAC Testing…
The new testing system for Common Core standards has begun. Because the students have to use Chromebooks or iPads for testing, students in grades 3-8 will not be testing at the same time/days as they did for the STAR tests in the past. The SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) results may be released to the school within one month and to parents sometime in late summer. As of March, the state had decided to not release overall school scores to the public. The SBAC score information will look very different than the STAR test results that parents used to receive. For more information on the new test scoring format, go to EdSource – For parents, a new way to view test scores Want to see the test for yourself? Log in to the practice test and see how you do! Smarter Balance Practice Tests

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 April 13 – April 17

Believe it or not, but there are just over 30 school days left!  You’re going to start seeing a long list under the “Important Dates” section. The end of the school year is always very busy so mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Please note:
SBAC testing continues for students in grades 3-8 until the end of May. Please make sure your students get plenty of rest each night and a good breakfast in the morning. (More information below about the SBAC test)

Monday, April 13
Reclassification ceremony 4:30 at MIT Auditorium for ELL (English Language Learner) students that passed the CELDT (California English Language Development Test) and are now considered English Language proficient. Congratulations to the 84 Roosevelt students that will be reclassifying on Monday!

Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14.The Site Council will be discussing the allocation of Measure W funds for the 2015/2016 school year. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, April 14
7th grade The Epic of Sundiata PBL Performance  at 8:00am and 9:00am

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

Thursday, April 16
The 3rd Annual Roosevelt Talent Show at PCC! Doors open at 5:45 to buy pizza by the slice and the show starts at 6:30pm. Come and see Roosevelt students show off their talents!

Friday, April 17
5th grade PBL presentations at 8:30am

Minimum Day Schedule – Kindergarten on Early Bird schedule, Grades 1 & 2 dismissed at 1:00pm and Grades 3 – 8 dismissed at 1:20pm

Important Dates…
April 20 – 24 – Spring Break
April 27 – Deadline for Mother/Son Event RSVPs
April 27 – Armenian Assembly for grades 2, 5, 6, 8 and rooms 6b & 31 at 8:30am & 9:30am
April 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 29 – Coffee with Principal Girardi in the Upper Staff Room at 8:00am
April 29 – Student of the Month assemblies
May 1 – Kristi Yamaguchi Always Reading day for TK & Kinder via webcast at 9:00am
May 1 – TK Tour for incoming students for 2015/2016 school year at 9:30am
May 1 – Author Dan Gutman visit to grades 1-3 (author of the Weird School series – Miss Daisy is Crazy, Mr Klutz is Nuts, etc.)
May 1 – Benefit for a Brighter Future – RCEF Benefit at 5:30pm at Canada College
May 2 – Mother/Son Event (4th grade parents are asked to help with this event)
May 4 – Renaissance Day for 7th graders
May 5 – 2nd grade field trip to CuriOdyssey
May 6 – 3rd grade virtual field trip
May 9 – Girls on the Run 5k race at Golden Gate Park
May 11 – PBL Tour Day
May 12 – 1st grade field trip to SF Zoo
May 13 – 4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista
May 15 – Outdoor Movie Night
May 18 – Instrumental Music Festival at Sequoia High School
May 19 – AR Blast Off! Banquet
May 20 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1
May 21 – 8th grade Amusement Park Physics PBL presentation at 8:30am
May 21 – Art Show & Open House
May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
May 25 – 6th graders leave for Yosemite
May 29 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
May 29 – 6th graders return from Yosemite
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon

SBAC Testing…
The new testing system for Common Core standards begins on Tuesday, April 7. Because the students have to use Chromebooks or iPads for testing, students in grades 3-8 will not be testing at the same time/days as they did for the STAR tests in the past. The SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) results may be released to the school within one month and to parents sometime in late summer. As of March, the state had decided to not release overall school scores to the public. The SBAC score information will look very different than the STAR test results that parents used to receive. For more information on the new test scoring format, go to EdSource – For parents, a new way to view test scores Want to see the test for yourself? Log in to the practice test and see how you do! Smarter Balance Practice Tests

Mother (VIP)/Son Event…
The invitations for the Mother (VIP)/Son Event on May 2 are going home and posters are up all our campus to remind all of you to buy your tickets in advance! Only one  special guest per boy student is permitted. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, so get your RSVP in before the deadline.  The deadline to RSVP is April 27th. The 4th grade is responsible for this event but any parent may volunteer to help. Donations for food and drinks are needed. If you are able to help in any capacity, please email Amber Moeckel at amberdawn519@yahoo.com   Thank you in advance for your help making this a great event!

Art Show Help Needed…
Believe it or not, but the end of the school year is approaching and our Art teacher, Marlene Perez, has planning for the May 21 Art Show on her mind.  She will be needing volunteers before the event to prep, label, and install the art and volunteers on May 22 to take it all down the art show. If you can staple, she needs your help! Please contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

RCEF Benefit…
Mark your calendars for the RCEF’s Benefit for a Brighter Future event on May 1 at Canada College!

Benefit for a Brighter Future is the Redwood City Education Foundation’s premiere fundraising event, generating up to 30% of our annual income. We are fortunate each year to welcome an ever-growing number of Redwood City’s top educators, community members, and business leaders for an evening of inspiration, fun, and opportunity. If you would like to sponsor, help with the event, or just learn more, please contact us at: info@rcef.org or phone 650-269-0430. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 1.

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 April 6 – April 10

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Tuesday, April 7
SBAC Testing begins for grades 3-8 (more information below)

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

Family Science Night! Science Magic at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria

Wednesday, April 8
Spanish for Beginners class begins after school (more info below)

Friday, April 10
Kindergarten Field Trip to Hiller Aviation Museum

YMCA Family Night

Important Dates…
April 13 – Reclassification ceremony 4:30 at MIT Auditorium
April 13 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 14 – 7th grade The Epic of Sundiata  PBL Performance  at 8:00 and 9:00am
April 16 – Talent Show at PCC
April 17 – Room 13 PBL presentation at 8:30am
April 17 – Minimum Day Schedule
April 20 – 24 – Spring Break
April 27 – Deadline for Mother/Son Event RSVPs
April 27 – Armenian Assembly at 8:30am
April 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 29 – Coffee with Principal Girardi in the Upper Staff Room at 8:00am
April 29 – Student of the Month assemblies
April 30 – Restaurant Fundraiser at Chipotle
May 1 – Kristi Yamaguchi Always Reading day for TK & Kinder at 9:00am
May 1 – Author Dan Gutman visit to K-3 (author of the Weird School series – Miss Daisy is Crazy, Mr Klutz is Nuts, etc.)
May 1 – Benefit for a Brighter Future – RCEF Benefit at 5:30pm at Canada College
May 2 – Mother/Son Event (4th grade parents are asked to help with this event)
May 21 – Art Show & Open House

SBAC Testing…
The new testing system for Common Core standards begins on Tuesday, April 7. Because the students have to use Chromebooks or iPads for testing, students in grades 3-8 will not be testing at the same time/days as they did for the STAR tests in the past. The SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) results may be released to the school within one month and to parents sometime in late summer. As of March, the state had decided to not release overall school scores to the public. The SBAC score information will look very different than the STAR test results that parents used to receive. For more information on the new test scoring format, go to EdSource – For parents, a new way to view test scores Want to see the test for yourself? Log in to the practice test and see how you do! Smarter Balance Practice Tests

Spanish Classes…
The next after school Beginning Spanish classes for grades 4-8 starts on Wednesday, April 8. There are only 15 spots available. Cost is $30 for the 6-week session and the class is being taught by Maribel Prado, a local Spanish teacher and tutor. Checks may be made out to Roosevelt PTA and turned in to the school office (cash also accepted). Please email Megan Goulden megan.goulden@gmail.com or Maribel Prado maribelprado84@gmail.com with any questions.

Mother (VIP)/Son Event…
The invitations for the Mother (VIP)/Son Event on May 2 are going home and posters are up all our campus to remind all of you to buy your tickets in advance! Only one  special guest per boy student is permitted. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, so get your RSVP in before the deadline.  The deadline to RSVP is April 27th. The 4th grade is responsible for this event but any parent may volunteer to help. Donations for food and drinks are needed. If you are able to help in any capacity, please email Amber Moeckel at amberdawn519@yahoo.com   Thank you in advance for your help making this a great event!

Art Show Help Needed…
Believe it or not, but the end of the school year is approaching and our Art teacher, Marlene Perez, has planning for the May 21 Art Show on her mind.  She will be needing volunteers before the event to prep, label, and install the art and volunteers on May 22 to take it all down the art show. If you can staple, she needs your help! Please contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

RCEF Benefit…
Mark your calendars for the RCEF’s Benefit for a Brighter Future event on May 1 at Canada College!

Benefit for a Brighter Future is the Redwood City Education Foundation’s premiere fundraising event, generating up to 30% of our annual income. We are fortunate each year to welcome an ever-growing number of Redwood City’s top educators, community members, and business leaders for an evening of inspiration, fun, and opportunity. If you would like to sponsor, help with the event, or just learn more, please contact us at: info@rcef.org or phone 650-269-0430. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 1.

Speaking Benefit for a Brighter Future…
Over the years our marvelous BBF committee has dwindled as kids outgrew the district and volunteers moved their energy on to the next deserving project.  The committee is down to a skeleton crew and we need fresh blood, energy, and helping hands to make BBF 2015 as fabulous as in prior years.  The committee has already finished a lot of the early activities (did lot of work going after sponsors, the venue is set, marketing is going well) and now it’s fun for the party planning.  Decorations, kids’ activities (costumes, how they will interact with the guests, etc), catering, and so forth; it can all be fun if find a group to work on it together as a team.  Plus our theme is a tropical cruise — just think of the opportunities — shuffle board, islands named after sponsors, kids in sailor hats, this is a fun theme! If you’re interested in being a part of this effort, please contact Erika Pretell at erika.pretell@gmail.com

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!