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Roosevelt’s Librarian Paulette Elliott Wins Excellence Award!

Library

Congratulations to Paulette Elliott, Winner of the 2016 Judy Moomaugh Award of Excellence For Exemplary Service by a Library Paraprofessional! Ms. Elliott was chosen from an extensive list of nominees throughout Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. On May 3, the award committee visited our campus and school library for final judging. She was one of only 4 finalists chosen in both San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.

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

In addition to all of the work that she does at Roosevelt’s library, Paulette also has been helping to set up the Accelerated Reader program district wide.

Congratulations Paulette!

 



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Week of May 17 – May 20

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

Please Note: The countdown is on and there are only 18 school days left of this school year! Events are constantly added to the list of Important Dates, so make sure you check each week. The most updated information can always be found on the parent blog, so check this page often!

calendariconTuesday, May 17
6th grade computer museum field trip 9:00-2:00

Heavenly Hats fundraiser sales after school! Heavenly Hats is an organization that donates brand new head wear to cancer patients and hospitals all around the United States. Roosevelt students will be able to buy tickets to wear a had or hoodie in class during Spirit Week in June. Student Council will be selling stickers for $1, after school in front of Rm 7, on Tuesday 17th, and 24th. Sticker sales are open to all grade levels and all money raised will go to the Heavenly Hats Foundation.

AR Banquet for students who made all three AR reading goals at 6:00pm

Spring Book Fair begins! During recess/lunch and after school until 4:00pm & from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, May 18
Kaiser “Best Me” Assembly for grades 1 – 3 at 8:45am

Art Show set up begins! 2nd grade parents asked to volunteer. Please contact Marlene Perez at marlenevperez@comcast.net

Spring Book Fair! During recess/lunch and after school until 4:00pm

Thursday, May 19
Art Show set up continues! 2nd grade parents asked to volunteer. Please contact Marlene Perez at marlenevperez@comcast.net

Spring Book Fair! During recess/lunch and after school until 4:00pm

Art Show – 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the YMCA room

Open House for all grades from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday, May 20
7 th grade Makers Fair field trip

School board trustee Janet Lawson on site

Last day of the Spring Book Fair! During recess/lunch and after school until 1:20pm

Important Dates…
May 23 – 6th grade students leave for their week in Yosemite
May 23 – 5th grade field trip to Tech Museum
May 23 – Spring Instrumental Music Concert at Sequoia High School (Carrington Hall) at 6:30pm
May 23 – Kent Award Ceremony in Foster City
May 24 – Last Parent Coffee of the year at 8:00am in Room 1
May 24 – Heavenly Hats fundraiser tickets sold after school in front of Room 7
May 24 – Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese

May 25 – 4th grade field trip to San Juan Bautista
May 27 – iSing performance at 4:00pm
May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
May 31 – Crazy Hair Day
May 31 – Last week of Snack Shack – all items 50% off!
May 31 – Talent Show at PCC at 6:00pm
June 1 – SJ Earthquakes v LA Galaxy ticket orders due!
June 1 – Twin Day
June 1 – Field Day (Need parent helpers)
June 2 – Pajama Day
June 2 – Uniform drop off at 8:00am
June 2 – Kinder field trip. Raising a reader blue bag field trip to Schaberg library
June 2 – TK field trip Palo Alto junior museum
June 3 – Kinder field trip to Happy Hallow
June 3 – 2nd Grade (Room 24) PBL Presentation – “The Buzz about Bees”
June 3 – 3rd Grade PBL Presentations – “Stayin’ Alive”
June 3 – Outdoor Movie Night! (6th grade families asked to volunteer)
June 6 – Minimum Day schedule begins
June 6 – 8th Grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 7 – 4th Grade Mission PBL Presentations
June 7 – 1st grade picnic at Red Morton
June 7 – 8th Grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 7 – Kindergarten “Farewell Festival” at 10:00am
June 7 – 8th Grade “Hall Walk” after Graduation rehearsal (approx 10:30am)
June 7 – 8th Grade Graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 7 – 8th Grade After Party/Dance at 8:00pm
June 8 – 8th Grade Pool Party at PCC
June 9 – 8th Grade Graduation Breakfast
June 9 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all grades released at 12:00 noon

SJ Earthquakes v LA Galaxy Tickets…
Roosevelt Elementary and the San Jose Earthquakes have paired up once again to get you an outstanding deal on one of THE biggest rivalries of the year — SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy!

The California Clasico at Stanford Stadium is THE California professional soccer showdown of the year. Bring your family and friends and join other Roosevelt families at what is always a sellout crowd at Stanford Stadium on June 25th at 7:00pm. Enjoy a nice summer night of professional Soccer with a fireworks show following the game.

Tickets are $25 each and a portion of that goes back to the school to help fund enrichment programs at Roosevelt. What better way to support your school then taking the family out for an awesome night of professional soccer? Sales start NOW so get your order forms in early as order forms are due on Wednesday, June 1. Turn your order forms in to your child’s classroom or the office. Extra order forms are also available in the office. Tickets will be available for pickup in the school office beginning on June 3.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

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Week of May 2 – May 6

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

Please Note: The countdown is on and there are only 6 weeks left of this school year! Events are constantly added to the list of Important Dates, so make sure you check each week. The most updated information can always be found on the parent blog, so check this page often!

SBAC Testing: SBAC testing continues for students in grades 3-8 until mid May. This is the state testing that students participate in each year. Make sure your student gets plenty of rest each night, a good breakfast, and BE ON TIME each morning!

calendariconMonday, May 2
AVID Meeting for Middle School students at 1:30pm

Tuesday, May 3
Judy Moomaugh Award committee visit – Our wonderful librarian, Paulette Elliott has been nominated for the Judy Moomaugh Excellence Award! On Tuesday, the award committee will be visiting our campus and school library.  She is one of 4 finalists chosen in both San Mateo County and Santa Clara County. The winner will be announced at the end of the month. Good luck Paulette!

Free chess lessons are offered in the YMCA room during lunch time recess every Tuesday for grades 1 – 8  (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Wednesday, May 4
Last day to turn in $5 donation for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

4th grade Field Trip to Red Morton for Make Time for Fitness

Thursday, May 5
6th grade (2nd period Social Studies) PBL Presentation – How do the elements of civilization determine the success of a dynasty?

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon at 11:30-1:30

Friday, May 6
Last day to turn in RSVP and money for the Mother/Son Event

6th grade (3rd period Social Studies) PBL Presentation – How do the elements of civilization determine the success of a dynasty?

Folk Dance Night in cafeteria (Ising) at 5:30

Saturday, May 7
Mother/Son Event

Important Dates…
May 10 – 5th grade (Room 13) Heal Farm Field Trip
May 10 – 1st grade field trip t0 SF Zoo at 8:00am (PBL Unit: Feathers, Fur & Scales – “How do plants and animals survive in their habitat?)
May 10 – 2nd grade field trip to Coyote Point at 8:30am (PBL Unit: The Buzz About Bees – “How are plants dependent on pollinators?)
May 10 – Heavenly hats fundraiser $1.00
May 10 – 8th grade Graduation Planning Meeting at 6:00pm
May 10 – Heavenly hats fundraiser $1.00.
May 11 – Student of the Month Assemblies
May 12 – Rooms 6A and 6B Special Olympics Field trip to Gunn High School at 8:30am
May 13 – Dare graduation at 8:30am
May 13 – RCEF Benefit at Canada College (more information below)
May 17 – 6th grade computer museum field trip 9:00-2:00
May 17 – AR Banquet for students who made all three AR reading goals
May 17 – 20 – Book Fair in Library (Kinder parents asked to volunteer)
May 18 – Kaiser “Best Me” Assembly for grades 1 – 3 at 8:45am
May 19 – Art Show – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
May 19 – Open House 6:00pm – 7:00pm
May 20 – 7 th grade makers fair field trip
May 23 – 6th grade students leave for their week in Yosemite
May 23 – Spring Instrumental Music Concert at Sequoia High School (Carrington Hall) at 6:30pm
May 23 – Kent Award Ceremony in Foster City
May 25 – 4th grade field trip to San Juan Bautista
May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
May 31 – Crazy Hair Day
May 31 – Talent Show at PCC
June 1 – Field Day. (Need parent helpers)
June 1 – Twin Day
June 2 – Pajama Day
June 2 – Kinder field trip. Raising a reader blue bag field trip to Schaberg library
June 2 – TK field trip   Palo alto junior museum

Boys Event…
Parents of boys – it’s time to buy your tickets! The Roosevelt Boys Event will be held on Saturday, May 7. This is a “Red Carpet” movie event so bring your blankets and enjoy some treats and enjoy the movie! We will be watching the movie “The Good Dinosaur”. Tickets are $5 per person. Look for the red flyer that came home. (More flyers are available in the office)

The Roosevelt Boys event is for Roosevelt Boys & their special person only, no child that is not a boy or Roosevelt student will be permitted.

5th grade parents are being asked to volunteer, but all volunteers are welcome!

The committee would appreciate donations of cookies, brownies and small sweet treats and bottled waters for the boys event.  Please contact Amber Moeckel if you can help out or help with waters or treats at amberdawn519@yahoo.com

RCEF Benefit…
Mark your calendars for the RCEF’s Benefit for a Brighter Future event on May 13 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. Early Bird tickets are available now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rcef-benefit-for-a-brighter-future-2016-tickets-22935883846

Art Show Help Needed…
The end of the school year is approaching and our Art teacher, Marlene Perez, has planning for the May 19 Art Show on her mind.  She will be needing volunteers on May 18 & 19  to prep, label, and install the art and then more volunteers on May 20 to take it all down. If you can staple, she needs your help! No other skills required!

2nd Grade parents are being asked to help with this event. Please contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

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 Wednesday, May 5 in the Staff Room. The PTA is asking for a donation of $5 per family to help pay for the caterer. Please check for flyers coming home with more information.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

Have a great week!



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And the Multiplier of the Year Award Goes to…

…Roosevelt’s Principal Girardi! Trish photo 11.30.15

Ms. Girardi was voted as the winner of The Multiplier of the Year Award sponsored by The Wiseman Group. She beat out education professionals nation wide and is now recognized as one of the world’s top leaders and “genius makers”.

Are you a genius or a genius maker? We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go off over people’s heads; ideas flow and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves and get more from other people. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them, especially now when leaders are expected to do more with less. – The Wiseman Group

Ms. Girardi was nominated for this award by our very own Jan Marsh (8th grade Math & Science). She wrote the following about Ms. Girardi:

Trish hires good people, deploys them where they can make their best contributions, and helps them find what they need for success. She shines a spotlight on the talent that she magnetically attracts to the school, giving ownership for end goals, challenging us to use our creativity and ingenuity in finding our way there. She creates an intense environment that requires our best thinking and work. API scores have increased, 119 points in 5 years. Her leadership has unlocked the genius in us all! Since she became Principal, Roosevelt has won the Russell J. Kent Award, 2009, 2012, and 2014, Boyajian Honored Teacher Award, 2011, PIA Hero Award 2010, SMCRA Celebrate Literacy Award, 2012, and in 2013, SMC Teacher of the Year, SMCRA Literacy Award, CSBA Golden Bell, and Biz World Champions.

Congratulations Ms. Girardi! This award and recognition is well deserved and the entire Roosevelt community is proud to have you as our leader!

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Week of January 11 – January 15

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, January 11
Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14.  On the agenda for this month’s meeting: school and district updates, enrollment, and school safety.  All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Water Conservation Poster contest awards at City Hall at 7:00pm. Congratulations to April Anderson, Valeria Cisneros, and Galilea Lopez on your winning submissions!

Tuesday, January 12
Outdoor Education Meeting for 5th grade parents at 6:00pm

Friday, January 15
Entries due for Future Chef competition (more information below)

Important Dates…
January 18 – Martin Luther King Day – No School
January 22 – Family Movie Night
January 25 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
January 25 – Reading Fair entries due
January 26 – Reading Fair Night at 5:30pm

Mother/Son Event…
The planning is well under way for this year’s Mother/Son Event. They are looking for a large popcorn machine for the event. If anyone has one or knows where they can get one, please contact Amber Moeckel at amberdawn519@yahoo.com

Yard Duty Position Available…
Roosevelt currently has a yard duty position open. The hours are approximately 11:00am – 1:15pm. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact Gwen in the school office at 369-5597 or gthomas@rcsdk8.net. You will have to fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted.

Reading Fair Kits…
If you and your child are interested in this year’s Reading Fair, you can still pick up a starter kit! The starter kit includes 1 tri-fold presentation board, 1 set of markers, glue, construction paper and Reading Fair instructions. Please have your student come to the office to pick up an application. All participating students must return a signed application to receive a starter kit.

All grade levels may participate! Students in the younger grades may work on this project with their families.

Reading Fair entries are due on Monday, January 25. Judging will be held on the morning of January 26. Ribbons and prizes for the winning entries will be given at the Reading Fair Reception on Tuesday, January 26 at 5:30pm in the Cafeteria.

Future Chef Competition!…
Students through 5th grade are invited to enter the Future Chef competition for the 2015/2016 school year. This year students can submit their recipes for their favorite healthy breakfast. Recipes will be collected through January 15, 2016. The contest will be held at Hawes Elementary School on February 25, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 pm. A finalist from each school will be selected to participate in the contest.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: Originality, Kid friendly, Ease of preparation, Healthy attributes, Plate presentation and Taste. All participants will receive a certificate, medal, embroidered chef coat, and chef hat. The winner of the event will then be entered into our National competition. Entry forms are available in the school office.

“Like” us on Facebook…
We’ve been posting a lot more content on our school’s Facebook page so be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed.www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

Have a great week!

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Week of December 14 – December 18

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

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Monday, December 14
Free Dress for students who attended last week’s WinterFest!

Limo ride to In-n-Out for students who earned it with he Worlds Finest Chocolate fundraiser

Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14.  On the agenda for this month’s meeting: Measure W allocation vote, school and district updates, enrollment, and school safety.  All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, December 15
Academic Probation meeting at 6:00pm for Middle School Parents in the  staff room

Thursday, December 17
8:20am Natural Disaster PBL Presentations rooms 4, 5 and 6

3rd grade Traditional Feast!

Friday, December 18
8:20am Kindergarten PBL Physics Fair

Room 6 field trip to the Woodside Store

Super Minimum Day – All classes/grades dismissed at 12:00pm (TK and students in the after school YMCA program will have lunch on Friday)

Important Dates…
December 21 – January 1 – Winter Break! – No School
January 4 – Teacher Training Day – No School
January 5 – Classes Resume

Supplies Request…
3rd grade is in need of some supplies for our PBL natural disaster structures we are building for our presentation
Please look for items that you may have around the house that you can donate to them. Please send any materials with your student on Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15. They can be dropped off in the office in care of 3rd grade.
Example items include – wooden blocks, legos (if your child no longer uses them), boxes, empty tin cans, aluminum foil, dixie cups, clean paper milk carton, straws, toilet paper or paper towel rolls (the cardboard core)

Vote for Principal Girardi!…
Ms Girardi is one of only five finalists in the nation for the “Multiplier of the Year Award”. The Multiplier of the Year Award is sponsored annually by The Wiseman Group to recognize the world’s top leaders and “genius makers.” Nominees are based upon their demonstrated ability to channel the intelligence, talent and creativity of their staff. You can vote for Ms. Girardi in the Education category which is located on page 2. Good luck to Principal Girardi!
(You only need to vote once. Their voting system will only count one vote per email address and computer/IP address. So, even if you have multiple email addresses, it will only record one vote if you’re voting using the same computer.)
http://multipliersbooks.com/vote-for-the-2015-multiplier-of-the-year/#.Vm0dq2SrQ_V

Spirit Wear…
All sizes of sweat pants and hoodies are now back in stock. Spirit wear may be purchased in the school office. Please be aware that the office is quite busy at the start of each school day and at dismissal, so please be patient with our office staff.

Handwriting After School Class…
Due to the elimination of handwriting from the state standards, students haven’t been taught handwriting for the past four years in California. Our PTA thinks that our students should still learn the fundamentals of handwriting so they have added a handwriting class to be offered starting in January after school. The class will begin on January 5 and will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays after school for 3 weeks. Students must be in 3rd – 6th grade and the class size is limited to the first 20 students that turn in their forms. Look for the flyer in last Thursday’s blue folder for more information.

BoxTops Challenge!…
Don’t forget to turn in your BoxTops for the next challenge – Boys vs Girls! Who will rule the school? Each BoxTop is worth 10¢ and they add up fast! Look for the challenge form in the Thursday folders or stop by the office and look for the Boys or Girls box to add your BoxTops.

Superintendent’s Advisory Council of Parents…
Superintendent Dr. John Baker is forming a Superintendent’s Advisory Council of Parents to provide him with information about important issues facing the district.  The group will be comprised of up to 2 parents from each school in the district, and will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month from January-May, 2016. Applications are due by December 18. If you’re interested, go to http://bit.ly/21nzNLw

“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 Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of  their “Food for Fines” program.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

Lost and Found…
Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found cart located in the school office before the holiday break! If your child has lost a sweater, jacket, or lunch box please stop by the office to take a look!

Future Chef Competition!…
Students through 5th grade are invited to enter the Future Chef competition for the 2015/2016 school year. This year students can submit their recipes for their favorite healthy breakfast. Recipes will be collected through January 15, 2016. The contest will be held at Hawes Elementary School on February 25, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 pm. A finalist from each school will be selected to participate in the contest.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: Originality, Kid friendly, Ease of preparation, Healthy attributes, Plate presentation and Taste. All participants will receive a certificate, medal, embroidered chef coat, and chef hat. The winner of the event will then be entered into our National competition. Entry forms are available in the school office.

“Like” us on Facebook…
We’ve been posting a lot more content on our school’s Facebook page so be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed.www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

Have a great week!

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Week of November 30 – December 4

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

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Monday, November 30
Student of the Month Assemblies

PTA Meeting at  6:00pm in Room 14. The PTA will be announcing the winners of the 100%er Raffle and looking at the PTA’s budget  for this year. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Tuesday, December 1
Reading Fair Pizza & Prep Night at 6:00pm in the cafeteria! Have some FREE pizza for dinner and find out about Roosevelt’s award winning Reading Fair (to be held on January 26). Families that attend Pizza and Prep Night will be able to pick up a Starter Kit which includes a tri-fold presentation board!

Wednesday, December 2
Expert Visiting 3rd grade: Mr. Ring, a Builder and Structural Engineer will visit rooms 5, 6 and 4 from 9:00am to 11:00am to add to their PBL Unit – “Surviving Mother Nature” – How do humans reduce the impact of natural hazards on their lives?

Thursday, December 3
All Kinders on Early Bird schedule for teacher PBL training

Friday, December 4
First Friday of the Month – Free Dress Friday!

iSing concert in the cafeteria at 2:30pm. (This is our new after school girls choir group.)

Important Dates…
December 7 – SPARK Night
December 9 – WinterFest – Rooms 5 & 20, 23 & 8, 28 & 19, 27 & 17 at 5:30pm
December 9 – WinterFest – Rooms 13 & 30, 6 & 18, 24 & 9, 6a, 4 & 16 at 7:00pm
December 10 – WinterFest – Rooms 29 & 11, 22 & 10, 21 & 2, 3 & 26 at 6:00pm
December 14 – Limo ride for Chocolate Sales
December 17 – 3rd grade traditonal feast
December 17 – 8:20am Natural Disaster PBL Presentations rooms 4, 5 and 6
December 18 – 8:20am Kindergarten PBL Physics Fair
December 18 – Room 6 field trip to the Wood Side Store
December 18 – Super Minimum Day – All classes/grades dismissed at 12:00pm

BoxTops Challenge!…
Start turning in your BoxTops for the next challenge – Boys vs Girls! Who will rule the school? Each BoxTop is worth 10¢ and they add up fast! Look for the challenge form in the Thursday folders or stop by the office and look for the Boys or Girls box to add your BoxTops.

Superintendent’s Advisory Council of Parents…
Superintendent Dr. John Baker is forming a Superintendent’s Advisory Council of Parents to provide him with information about important issues facing the district.  The group will be comprised of up to 2 parents from each school in the district, and will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month from January-May, 2016. As of November 18, the district hadn’t received any applications from Roosevelt parents. Applications are due by December 18. If you’re interested, go to http://bit.ly/21nzNLw

“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 Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of  their “Food for Fines” program.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

“Like” us on Facebook…
We’ve been posting a lot more content on our school’s Facebook page so be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed.www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

Have a great week!

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Veterans Day 2015

On this Veterans Day, Roosevelt honors those that have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans_Day_2015

Each year, Roosevelt honors veterans serving our country by sending letters to those serving overseas. One such letter was sent in 2010 by a Roosevelt second grader to Army Specialist Jesse Snow who was killed in action before he could receive the letter. We honor his memory each Memorial Day and continue to send letters overseas each Veterans Day.

Want to know more about Veterans Day? Here are some facts:

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919 to honor those who died in World War I.

A Congressional Act approved on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”  Office of Veterans Affairs

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law on May 26, 1954 to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I.

Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day ever since.

While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Web site states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.” Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Roosevelt Wins the SMCRA Celebrate Literacy Award!

SMCRA Award

We are pleased to announce that Roosevelt has received the 2015 San Mateo County Reading Association (SMCRA) Celebrate Literacy Award for the Reading Fair. The SMCRA recognizes programs for their significant contributions to reading instruction and literacy projects in San Mateo County.

The award was presented to Roosevelt’s Assistant Principal Tracy DaCosta and parent volunteer Trish Reilly Taylor for coordinating the event each year. We would like to extend our thanks to the parents and students of Roosevelt for producing wonderful Reading Fair boards each year, and to the judges that take the time out of their busy schedules to judge those boards.

Principal Girardi prepared the following speech for the awards ceremony:

How do you engage families in helping their children become better readers? At Roosevelt School, we believe that teachers and parents are partners in the education of their children and we are always looking for ways to involve our parents. We have family fun nights and parent/child educational nights that help to build a strong working partnership between the school and home.  Nevertheless, we were looking for a way to our parents and their children could improve literacy skills in a fun and interactive manner.

So, I was so excited when parent, Trish Taylor shared what she learned about Reading Fairs in the southern and eastern states. A Reading Fair would provide a way for our families, both English speaking and non-English Speaking, literate or not, to interact with their children around a text.  

Families could ask their children questions about the books they were reading and then create Reading Fair Boards together.

Our families were excited as we were and even though it was pouring rain that very first year, our cafeteria was packed with families for our Pizza and Prep Night.   (It seems to be pouring down rain every Pizza and Prep Night.) Parents learned how to participate with their child in creating a Reading Fair Board, how they would be judged and were given some basic supplies to get started.

So, what is a Reading Fair and what is a Reading Fair Board?  How do we start?  Each year the teachers read books with their classes and together they make a classroom board, which will later be submitted in the classroom board category. Students then select their own books to read. At home, they create a display depicting various aspects of either a fiction or non-fiction book. Boards may be submitted in the Individual Board, Group/Family Board, or Classroom Board category. Community members who have an interest in literacy and love of books, come and judge the boards in teams of two. Ribbons are awarded to all participants based upon a scoring rubric.  Grand Prize, Supreme, Excellent, Superior, Award of Merit. Participation ribbons are attached to boards before the evening reception begins. Students come to present their boards, demonstrating their knowledge and comprehension about the books they read.

Samples of some of our boards are around the room. I would like to now introduce you to the people who make our Reading Fair possible.  My Assistant Principal, Tracy DaCosta and parent Trish Reilly Taylor, who coordinate the event, my teachers who promote reading with their students and my Office Manager Gwen Thomas who processes all the orders for the supplies. Without them, our annual Reading Fair would not be possible.

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Week of September 28 – October 2

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, September 28
End 1st BoxTops Contest! The first BoxTops Challenge ends on Monday, September 28 so please send in those BoxTops! Each BoxTop earns 10¢ for our school, so sending them in will not only help to win the challenge for your student’s classroom, but we also earn money for our school.

Tuesday, September 29
Free chess lessons are offered in the YMCA room during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8  (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Students in grades 2, 5 & 7 will be visited by Compass Green Project – a farm truck on wheels. Your child may have seen them on Disney Channel’s  Pass the Plate. If anyone is interested in knowing more, they can contact Kristin Palmer, our school garden volunteer coordinator.

Thursday, October 1
5:30 SPARK Match Night (7th & 8th graders in the SPARK program will meet their Google mentors)

Friday, October 2
First Friday Free Dress Day!

Angel Island Field Trip – 4th grade

Important Dates…
October 7 – International Walk to School Day
October 12 – Teacher Training Day/Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
October 13 – Picture Day! – Free Dress Day
October 12 – Beautiful Day
October 20 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1
October 26 – PTA Meeting in Room 14 at 6:00pm
October 30 – Halloween Parade at 8:15am

Spirit Wear…
All sizes of Roosevelt spirit wear are back in stock! (For those that pre-ordered spirit wear, it will be sent home with your child.) Spirit wear may be purchased in the school office. Please be aware that the office is quite busy at the start of each school day and at dismissal, so please be patient with our office staff.

World’s Finest Chocolate…
This is our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps to pay for so many programs offered throughout the year, so we really need parent support! If every family sold just 1 box of chocolate, our school would earn almost $20,000 which would cover the cost of art or almost 2 Chromebook carts.
Please note: Once you sign out a box of chocolate, you are responsible for the full cost of the box. Partially sold boxes cannot be returned to the office! If you are having trouble selling your entire box, PLEASE come by the school office – there may be other families that are willing to purchase some of your chocolate to sell and you can be matched up with those families.

We’re getting there…
So far the Enrichment Fund has raised enough to pay for our school’s Art teacher, Marlene Perez, free chess lessons every Tuesday, the Girls on the Run program and SMART Boards in more classrooms. The PTA would still like to purchase more technology and have money to offer scholarships to Outdoor Ed for 5th grade and Yosemite for 6th grade and pay for the parent chaperones to Yosemite. In addition to new technology and the 5th & 6th grade trips, any money raised this year will also go towards field trips ($20 per student), supplies for teachers, after school Enrichment and much more!

You can still turn in your $150 donation to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund to have a chance to win an iPad Mini! The raffle will be held at the November PTA meeting.

Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA. The PTA also accepts credit cards. Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child.  Anyone that gives $150 will get a special green t-shirt that your child may wear as uniform, a gift bag and a chance to win an iPad Mini! (If you have turned in your $150 and have not received your raffle ticket, green shirt or bag, please contact the school office.)

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

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Reminders!

SPARK Info Night…reminder
If your 7th or 8th grade student is participating in SPARK this year, you need to attend tonight’s information meeting at 5:15pm in the Cafeteria. This program matches students with a mentor that they work with once per week. Students have an opportunity to work with mentors at companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, Franklin Templeton, Walmart.com, Sony, etc.

Text messages went out to all parents whose children have been invited to participate in SPARK.

Back to School Night…
Tonight is Back to School Night for grades 5 – 8 at 6:00pm.  Students whose parents attend will receive a free dress pass and a no homework pass!

Free Dress Friday…
Friday, September 4 is the first Friday of the month, so all students may wear free dress.
Please remember that all clothing worn must adhere to the uniform guidelines:
No vulgar or obscene logos, no spaghetti straps or halter tops, shorts and skirts must be fingertip length, etc.

Monday, September 7…
Don’t forget that Monday, September 7 is a Labor Day Holiday and all schools and school offices are closed. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 8. (Kindergarten students begin Early Bird/Later Gator schedule)

The weekly reminder email will go out on Monday evening.

Backpacks…
Roosevelt has received a donation of backpacks from PCC. If you need a new backpack for your child, please contact the office.

After School Sports Registration Deadline!…
Registration for Flag Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Street Hockey ends TODAY, Thursday 9/3!

Registration forms and complete registration information can be found at www.teamsideline.com/redwoodcity along with all of the information regarding After School Sports. You can register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/rwcpark or in person at the Red Morton Community Center – 1120 Roosevelt Avenue

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Roosevelt Remembers ~ Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow

On this Memorial Day, Roosevelt once again honors the memory of Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow and other military personnel that have been killed while serving our country.ARMY_PFC_JESSE_SNOW

We ask that all Roosevelt families take a moment today to remember the sacrifice that has been made by Jesse Snow and others that have died in service to our nation.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence.

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In November 2010, second graders at Roosevelt wrote letters to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The letter written by Kelsey E. to Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow arrived too late. Jesse was killed saving another soldier in his unit. Jesse’s father, John Snow of Fairborne, Ohio, received the letter with Jesse’s personal effects and contacted Roosevelt’s Office Manager, Gwen Thomas.

Dear Gwen,

It was kind of you to take my call today. I’ve attached Kelsey’s letter (to Jesse) for your information. I’m mailing out the 2 CDs; of Jesse’s life and of his return and funeral. There is nothing that is sad about any of these but you may want to review them if you decide to show them to the kids. You have permission to show them to whoever you’d like but all I ask is that they remember my brave son, Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow. I took a section out of his obituary so you’ll know a little about him.

Jesse, age 25, of Fairborn Ohio, was killed in action in the Kunar Province Afghanistan on Nov 14, 2010 when insurgents attacked their unit. Jesse was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division—”Screaming Eagles” (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. ARMY_PFC_JESSE_SNOWHe was born on April 18, 1985 at the former K. I. Sawyer AFB in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to CMSgt (USAF retired) John and Janice Snow. He is survived by both parents and brothers MSgt (OHANG) John Jr (Emily) of Xenia OH, Daniel of Columbus OH and brothers, Robert, Cadet Lt Col Alex, and sister Megan, all from Fairborn. Also the love of his life, his niece Amara Marie Snow and nephews Noah and Sam Lingerfelt and niece Brooke Lingerfelt.He was preceded in death by his paternal Grandmother Rose Snow. He is survived by his Paternal Grandfather MSgt (USAF retired) Wayne “Hank” Snow of Houghton MI, his Maternal Grandparents Joyce Lammi and Louis Munch of Calumet MI.He is also survived by 7 Uncles, 5 Aunts, and many cousins, all of whom loved Jesse very much. Most important, Jesse is survived by his “Band of Brothers” of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) who at this moment, are risking their lives daily, waging war in Afghanistan against enemy insurgents (note: they returned home on 21 Apr 2011). As a young boy, Jesse was active in Fairborn Weehawk football, Little League Baseball, basketball, and Babe Ruth baseball. He served as an Alter Boy at Mary Help of Christian Church of Fairborn where he made his 1st communion and confirmation. Jesse attended Baker Junior High where he played basketball and was a starter for the 8th grade football team which had the only undefeated season in school history.Jesse graduated in 2003 from Fairborn High School and was involved in various sports and a cadet in AF Jr ROTC.Jesse had a heart of gold and always considered the needs of others before himself. He did yard work for many of his neighbors and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton. While deployed, he often distributed candy, toys, and chap stick to the local Afghan children. Jesse believed that making a better life for these children was just as important as serving his country. Unit members said that he shared his last meal with a fellow hungry soldier. He is loved and missed by his family, friends, community, and 101st Airborne Brothers. Jesse will never be forgotten.

Gwen, I’ll be sending pictures via e-mail in small groups. Thanks so much and please let Kelsey know what her letter meant to me and our family. Feel free to contact me anytime if you need anything. God Bless you, your school staff, and your students.

Sincerely

John W. Snow

UPDATE: On October 28, 2011, the Silver Star Award was posthumously presented to Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow of the 101st Airborne Division at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Silver Star Award is the nation’s third-highest decoration for valor in the face of the enemy. According to the narrative accompanying the award, insurgents attacked the command post of Snow’s platoon with several rocket propelled grenades in a battle during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM on Nov. 14, 2010.111028-F-NV267-001

Snow’s weapon system was immediately destroyed. Without a weapon and with disregard for his own personal safety, Snow assisted the wounded by performing life-saving first aid. At the same time, he spotted targets for the machine gun team and secured more ammunition for them when they were running low.

As the fire fight became more intense, Snow continued to assist those who were injured. At one point Snow even used his own body to shield another soldier from incoming machine gun fire.

Eventually Snow was fatally wounded. However, his courageous and selfless actions that day saved the lives of three fellow brothers in arms and solely denied the enemy the ability to capture any American soldiers in the battle.

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Roosevelt continues to honor Jesse Snow’s memory by regularly sending letters and care packages to our troops serving overseas.

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Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

teacher-appreciationIt’s that time again when we say a big “Thank You!” to the wonderful, amazing and dedicated teachers and staff of Roosevelt School! This year the PTA and Principal Girardi has set aside the entire week to honor them.

Contributions to the Thursday luncheon are still being accepted! You can send in your $5 with your child, or drop it off in the school office! The PTA would like to thank our generous families for their donations to Thursday’s event.

Monday, May 4
Please bring a flower for your teacher

Tuesday, May 5
Please wear your teacher’s favorite color. Students wearing at least one item of clothing of a teacher or staff member’s favorite color may wear free dress.
Don’t know your teacher’s favorite color? Take a look at the list below.

Wednesday, May 6
Please bring a sweet treat for your teacher

Thursday, May 7
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon. The lunch is scheduled to start at approximately 11:30am in  the Staff Room (Room 14). If you would like to help out, the room set up will start around 11:00am and then clean up is at 1:30pm. Please contact Joanne Dunbar at dunbear@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.

Friday, May 8
Please bring in a thank you, drawing or poem to show your appreciation

Favorite Colors:
We’ve asked the teachers to let us know what their favorite color is. As we receive responses, their color preference will be added here.

Transitional Kindergarten:
Lisa Bamberger – green

Kindergarten:
Maya Mallari – green
Jennifer Torres – navy blue, brown or orange
Nu Tsutsui – blue

1st Grade:
Sara Christensen – magenta
Shari Tsuchiyama – blue

2nd Grade:
Deborah Hinojosa – blue
Mary Washburn – blue and green
Maureen McPeek – green

3rd Grade:
Whitney Eakin – purple
Ashley Litchenstein – light purple
Erin C. Weindel – orange or yellow

4th Grade:
Lydia Kroos – coral/salmon or yellow
Lindsay Gomez – turquoise

5th Grade:
Sue Novikoff – blue
Lily O’Connor – teal

6th Grade:
Jacqueline Le – yellow
Tony Barreto – blue
Chris Holm – green

7th Grade:
Julie Gordon – green
Sarah Coyle – purple

8th Grade:
Adam Weis – green
Jan Marsh – green

SDC:
Florence Srinivasan – green
Karen Bates – green
Mia Casale – yellow

Staff:
Patricia Girardi – red
Gwen Thomas – purple
Tracy DaCosta – cobalt blue
Paulette Elliott – turquoise or black
Nancy Stevenson-Smith – bright yellow
Vicki Benavente – purple
Heather Irani – green

 

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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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Reminders & Updates!

Since this is a short week, here’s another reminder for events this week, plus a few updates:

Coffee with Principal Girardi…cups_of_coffee
Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with the principal on Wednesday morning! Parents are invited to come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee and snacks at 8:00am in Room 1 (the room across the hall from the school office). 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 are 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. Tell a friend!

Spanish Class…
The after school Spanish class for Native Speakers starts on Wednesday.  There are still some spots available, so please turn in your form if you want your child to attend! This class is open to 4th -8th graders who are Native Speakers only.  Grammar usage and writing will be emphasized.  The 8-week session will run through early March and the cost is $40 per student. That’s only $5 per week! Maribel Prado will be teaching the class. Another Beginning Spanish class may be offered in the spring if there is interest.

Peace Signs Assembly and Dinner…
Parent Education Night for grades 3 – 5. Peace Signs Assembly and Dinner at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. This is a live performance about solving conflicts peacefully. Dinner (while supplies last) is being provided by Kaiser Permanente. Students who attend this evening event will receive a Peace Sign T-shirt which can be worn as a uniform

8th Graders attending Sequoia next year…
Calling all parents of incoming Sequoia High School 9th graders! Come join us and meet Sean Priest, the new Sequoia High School Principal at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 22 in the  Roosevelt Cafeteria

College Bound! Field Trip…
As part of the College Bound! field trip program, 8th grade students will have a field trip to Stanford University on Friday, January 23. The College Bound! program introduces 8th graders to different college options available after high school including community colleges, state colleges, public universities and private universities.

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

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Updates!

The Movie Selma…NewsLogoSmall
Were you planning take your 7th or 8th grader to see Selma?  There are free tickets available for 7th and 8th grade students to attend the screening of Selma at Century 20 in downtown Redwood City.  Students need to show their student id or a report card with this year’s grade level. This offer is only available while supplies last.

In an unprecedented effort led by a team of African-American business leaders in New York, organizations across the U.S. coordinated a massive national campaign to find African-American business leaders to underwrite free admission to the Academy Award-nominated film “SELMA” for students around the country. Due to the generous contributions by so many of the country’s most prominent African-American business leaders, more than 275,000 middle and high school students will experience the critically acclaimed film for free at participating theaters while supplies last.

Students can share their images and response to the film using #SelmaForStudents.

Martin Luther King Day…
Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, January 19 to observe Martin Luther King Day.

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. 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. The more exposure we are able to get on social media, the better chance we have of getting outside donations. Here’s the link with some more information www.gofundme.com/rooseveltvisit

Have a great weekend! The Weekly Update will go out on Monday.

 

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Week of January 5 – January 9

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendaricon

Monday, January 5
Last Day of Winter Break/Teacher Training Day – No School

Tuesday, January 6
Classes resume – Welcome Back!

New late policy begins! Students not in line with their class at 8:00am must get a late pass from the office. Please get your students to school on time. The morning bell rings at 7:58am.

Friday, January 9
Free Dress Friday! (Even though it isn’t technically the “First Friday”, Ms. Girardi has approved it as a Free Dress Day.)

Final Middle School tour at 9:00am for the 2015/2016 school year (if you know anyone with a 5th-7th grader that is interested in Roosevelt for next year, please have them call the office to join this tour)

Last day for priority registration for Kindergarten for the 2015/2016 school year (Parents with students entering Kindergarten next year need to complete their registration and, if they want to attend a school that is not their assigned neighborhood school, they need to fill out a School of Choice form. Last year 35+ students were on the waiting list for Kindergarten at Roosevelt, so this is a very important deadline!)

Last day for school of choice transfer applications for the February placement lottery for the 2015/2016 school year (this is for anyone with a student in grades K-7 that wants to transfer to another school in the Redwood City School District)

Important Dates…
January 12 – Reading Fair projects due! Drop them off in the cafeteria from 7:30-8:00am in the Office or 2:00-4:30pm in the Cafeteria
January 12 – Limo Ride to In-N-Out for students that sold World’s Finest Chocolate
January 12 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
January 13 – Reading Fair Reception! Come and see all of the entries at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
January 14 – 4th grade Field Trip to Ano Nuevo
January 15 – Kaiser Permanente “Peace Signs Assembly” for grades 3 – 5
January 16 – Peace Signs Classroom Workshops in grades 3 – 5
January 19 – School Holiday – Martin Luther King Day
January 21 – Parent Education Night – Peace Signs Assembly and Dinner
January 23 – 8th grade Field Trip — College Bound! – Stanford University
January 26 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
January 28 – Restaurant Fundraiser at Spaghetti Factory
January 30 – Family Fun Night – Movie Night (1st grade families asked to volunteer)

Reading Fair…
This is your last chance to pick up a free Reading Fair Kit! If you and your child are interested in this year’s Reading Fair, starter kits are still available! The starter kits include 1 tri-fold presentation board, 1 set of markers, glue, construction paper and Reading Fair instructions. Please have your student come to the office to pick up an application. All participating students must fill out an application and have it signed by a parent or guardian to receive a starter kit.trophy

Roosevelt will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Reading Fair! What is a Reading Fair? This is a chance for students to creatively share one of their favorite books to the rest of the school. Students will be able to show their knowledge of the parts of a book and the components of a story. Some classes have been working on their project boards as a class, but ALL students may enter the reading fair. Winning projects will receive prizes!  To see some examples online of reading fair projects, check out this link of some Reading Fair images. All entries will receive a ribbon and winning entries will receive a Grand Prize ribbon and a Barnes & Noble gift card, a NASA/Kennedy Space Center t-shirt, and more! Only ONE board will be designated as the Reading Fair Champion and will be awarded a trophy!

Reading Fair entries are due on Monday, January 12. Entries may be dropped off  from 7:30-8:00am in the Office or 2:00-4:30pm in the Cafeteria. Judging will be held on the morning of January 13. Ribbons and prizes will be given at the Reading Fair Reception on Tuesday, January 13 at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.

On the Parent Blog…
If you didn’t get a chance to take a look at the December Wrap-Up over the break, now’s your chance! More content was added even after it was posted last week so take a look! 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. www.rooseveltparents.com

Snack Shack…
The Snack Shack will be closed this week and will reopen on January 12.

Raccoon Bucks…
In addition to the ice cream truck that has parked next to Schaeberg Library every afternoon at dismissal time, there is now an ice cream cart at the Schaeberg gate. If you are giving your child money for the Snack Shack, they may be using it to buy from one of the two vendors on the street. If you would like to make sure that your child only buys snacks from the Snack Shack, you can purchase Raccoon Bucks that are acceptable currency for any item at the Snack Shack. Raccoon Bucks are available for sale at $1 each in the school office.

Accelerated Reader…
Attention parents of students in grades 2 -8: you can now view you child’s Accelerated Reader progress online! Renaissance Home Connect is a tool that allows parents to log in to a Web site and view a snapshot of their child’s Accelerated Reader progress. That progress includes average percent correct on quizzes, number of points earned, and results on the last quiz. In addition, parents can view all the Accelerated Reader quizzes their child has taken, and can access an online search tool, AR Book Finder, to search for books using various criteria, including author, subject, or reading level. To receive an email when your child has completed an Accelerated Reader Quiz, click the Email Setup link and enter your child’s name and up to six email addresses to receive updates.

To log on, go to https://Hosted122.renlearn.com/278977/HomeConnect That will open up a page requesting your child’s User Name and Password. Letters went home to parents with this information, but if you don’t have it, have your child enter the information. Once you are in the system, you will be able to see the books your child has read and what their progress is towards their point goal. Please note: This site currently doesn’t work on all browsers, but it does work on Safari.

Outdoor Education & Yosemite…
5th & 6th grade families are asked to please turn in their payments for this year’s Outdoor Education and Yosemite weeks. Payments may be turned in to the school office. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

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.

Fundraise While You Shop…
Shoparoo: Do you have a smartphone? Take a picture of your weekly shopping receipts for Shoparoo points! If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, download the free Shoparoo app today. **NEW THIS YEAR** — you can even scan your restaurant and department store receipts for points. For more information, go to www.shoparoo.com

Escrip: Please don’t forget to also sign up on escrip.com and register your Safeway Club card, credit cards and debit to help earn money for Roosevelt at stores such as Safeway, Old Navy, Home Depot, etc. and remember to always look for the Box Tops logo on anything you buy. Each Box Top earns 10¢ for our school. We’ll be having Box Top contests throughout the year, so clip them and save them! NOTE: You must renew your Safeway Club Card with Escrip each year. Please go to escrip.com and click on “Renew Your Safeway Club Card”

Target: Do you have a Target REDcard? Did you know that if you select Roosevelt School, Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases from Target stores and Target.com to Roosevelt. www.target.com/redcard

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

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

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Midweek Reminders!

Winter Raffle…reminder
Thursday, December 18 is the last day to turn in your raffle tickets for the REF Winter Raffle! For just $1 per ticket, you have a chance to win some AMAZING prizes!  1st prize is 4 Disneyland Park Hopper passes, 2nd prize is an iPad mini, 3rd prize is an XBOX One, 4th prize is 32″ LCD flat screen TV and there’s more! Other prizes include restaurant gift cards, RedBox gift cards, SJ Earthquakes gear, a Kindle and more! This is your chance to win a great prize and help our school! You can get more raffle tickets from the office and the tickets can be sold to friends, family, co-workers, etc.  The drawing will be held after school  so get your tickets turned in! (Winners will be contacted by phone on Thursday and Friday)

This is the last fundraiser until spring, so let’s make it count! Good luck!

Second Harvest Food Drive…
Friday, December 19 is the final day to bring in food items for the Second Harvest Food Drive sponsored by Roosevelt’s Student Council. Please donate canned goods and other non-perishable items from December 12-19th to help local families this holiday season! Your support will ensure that Second Harvest Food Bank has enough food to provide the 1 in 10 people it serves each month in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods for adults and children: No glass items please! Bring all food items to the Second Harvest bins located in the office, YMCA room and upper campus.

Reading Fair Kits…
If you and your child are interested in this year’s Reading Fair, pick up your starter kits before the Winter Break! The starter kits include 1 tri-fold presentation board, 1 set of markers, glue, construction paper and Reading Fair instructions. Please have your student come to the office to pick up an application. All participating students must fill out a signed application to receive a starter kit.

All grade levels may participate! Students in the younger grades may work on this project with their families.

Reading Fair entries are due on Monday, January 12. Judging will be held on the morning of January 13. Ribbons and prizes for the winning entries will be given at the Reading Fair Reception on Tuesday, January 13 at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.

Friday Early Dismissal…
Don’t forget! Friday is Early Dismissal Schedule – All Kinders on Early Bird Schedule (12:10 dismissal), 1st & 2nd grades dismissed at 1:00, Grades 3 – 8 dismissed at 1:20

End of Winter Break…
Classes resume on Tuesday, January 6

Have a great Winter Break!

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Week of December 15 – December 19

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendaricon

Monday, December 15
WinterFest at 5:30pm at PCC (TK, Rooms 6B & 31, Room 23 (Gr.2), and Room 8 (Gr. 6) Grade 8 (ALL Students) and ALL Instrumental Music Students

WinterFest at 7:00pm at PCC (Grade 1 (ALL Students), Room 5 & 6 (Gr. 3), Grade 5 (All Students), Room 10 (Gr. 6), & Room 17 (Gr. 7)

Tuesday, December 16
5th grade (Room 11) Field Trip to Recology

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

WinterFest at 6:00pm at PCC (Kindergarten (ALL Students), Room 4 (Gr. 3), Rooms 24 & 28 (Gr. 2), Grade 4 (ALL Students), Room 6A, Room 9 (Gr. 6), and Room 16 (Gr.7)

Wednesday, December 17
5th grade (Room 13) Field Trip to Recology

Thursday, December 18
Last day to turn in Winter Raffle tickets! (more information below)

Friday, December 19
Last day for Second Harvest Food Drive! (more information below)

Early Dismissal Schedule – All Kinders on Early Bird Schedule (12:10 dismissal), 1st & 2nd grades dismissed at 1:00, Grades 3 – 8 dismissed at 1:20

Important Dates…
December 22 – January 2 – Winter Break
January 5 – Teacher Training Day – No School
January 6 – Classes Resume
January 9 – Final Middle School tour at 9:00am for 2015/2016 school year
January 9 – Last day for priority registration for Kindergarten for the 2015/2016 school year
January 9 – Last day for school of choice transfer applications for the February placement lottery for the 2015/2016 school year
January 12 – Reading Fair projects due! Drop them off in the cafeteria from 7:30-8:00am in the Office or 2:00-4:30pm in the Cafeteria
January 13 – Reading Fair Reception! Come and see all of the entries at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
January 28 – Restaurant Fundraiser at Spaghetti Factory
January 30 – Family Fun Night – Movie Night (1st grade families asked to volunteer)

Winter Raffle…
It’s the final week for the REF Winter Raffle! For just $1 per ticket, you have a chance to win some AMAZING prizes!  1st prize is 4 Disneyland Park Hopper passes, 2nd prize is an iPad mini, 3rd prize is an XBOX One, 4th prize is 32″ LCD flat screen TV and there’s more! Other prizes include restaurant gift cards, RedBox gift cards, SJ Earthquakes gear, a Kindle and more! This is your chance to win a great prize and help our school! You can get more raffle tickets from the office and the tickets can be sold to friends, family, co-workers, etc.  The drawing will be held after school on Thursday, December 18, so get your tickets turned in! (Winners will be contacted by phone on Thursday and Friday)

This is the last fundraiser until spring, so let’s make it count! Good luck!

Second Harvest Food Drive…
The Roosevelt Student Council is sponsoring a Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. Please donate canned goods and other non-perishable items from December 12-19th to help local families this holiday season! Your support will ensure that Second Harvest Food Bank has enough food to provide the 1 in 10 people it serves each month in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods for adults and children: No glass items please! Bring all food items to the Second Harvest bins located in the office, YMCA room and upper campus.

Reading Fair Kits…
If you and your child are interested in this year’s Reading Fair, starter kits are still available! The starter kits include 1 tri-fold presentation board, 1 set of markers, glue, construction paper and Reading Fair instructions. Please have your student come to the office to pick up an application. All participating students must fill out a signed application to receive a starter kit.

Reading Fair entries are due on Monday, January 12. Judging will be held on the morning of January 13. Ribbons and prizes for the winning entries will be given at the Reading Fair Reception on Tuesday, January 13 at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.

Outdoor Education & Yosemite…
5th & 6th grade families are asked to please turn in their payments for this year’s Outdoor Education and Yosemite weeks. Payments may be turned in to the school office. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

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.

Raccoon Bucks…
In addition to the ice cream truck that has parked next to Schaeberg Library every afternoon at dismissal time, there is now an ice cream cart at the Schaeberg gate. If you are giving your child money for the Snack Shack, they may be using it to buy from one of the two vendors on the street. If you would like to make sure that your child only buys snacks from the Snack Shack, you can purchase Raccoon Bucks that are acceptable currency for any item at the Snack Shack. Raccoon Bucks are available for sale at $1 each in the school office.

Fundraise While You Shop…
Shoparoo: Do you have a smartphone? Take a picture of your weekly shopping receipts for Shoparoo points! If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, download the free Shoparoo app today. **NEW THIS YEAR** — you can even scan your restaurant and department store receipts for points. For more information, go to www.shoparoo.com

Escrip: Please don’t forget to also sign up on escrip.com and register your Safeway Club card, credit cards and debit to help earn money for Roosevelt at stores such as Safeway, Old Navy, Home Depot, etc. and remember to always look for the Box Tops logo on anything you buy. Each Box Top earns 10¢ for our school. We’ll be having Box Top contests throughout the year, so clip them and save them! NOTE: You must renew your Safeway Club Card with Escrip each year. Please go to escrip.com and click on “Renew Your Safeway Club Card”

Target: Do you have a Target REDcard? Did you know that if you select Roosevelt School, Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases from Target stores and Target.com to Roosevelt. www.target.com/redcard

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

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

Have a great week and a wonderful Winter Break!

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Update! 12/11 Classes Cancelled!

STORM UPDATE: CLASSES CANCELLED ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11weather_rain

After seriously considering the possible impact of tomorrow’s storm, we have made the decision to cancel all Redwood City School District elementary schools tomorrow, and all after school programs will also be cancelled.  Schools include:

  • Adelante Spanish Immersion School
  • Clifford School
  • Roy Cloud School
  • Fair Oaks School and Fair Oaks Child Development Center
  • Henry Ford School
  • Garfield School and Garfield Child Development Center
  • John Gill School and John Gill Child Development Center
  • Hawes School and Hawes Child Development Center
  • Hoover School and Hoover Child Development Center
  • Kennedy Middle School
  • McKinley Institute of Technology
  • North Star Academy
  • Orion School
  • Roosevelt School and Roosevelt Child Development Center
  • Selby Lane School and Selby Lane Child Development Center
  • Taft School and Taft Child Development Center

We have followed weather reports carefully and it is difficult to predict the impact in our area.  Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff; even if the storm is not as severe here as in other parts of the Bay Area, many of our staff members and parents will be affected as they travel to and from work tomorrow.

Many of our staff members, including teachers, commute considerable distances and we do not want to have inadequate supervision of students in the event that teachers are not able to get to work tomorrow.  We also do not want students to be anxious if parents are delayed trying to get back to Redwood City at the close of the school day.  In addition, power outages are likely at some schools due to high winds and possible flooding.  Without power, it will be nearly impossible to continue operations, including feeding students meals.

We plan to reopen on Friday, December 12, unless conditions force us to close again.  We will provide updates on our website and through our communication system.