Have a Great Summer!

Thanks everyone for another great year at Roosevelt!happy-summer2

In 2013/2014 we celebrated:

* 2013 Golden Bell Award by the California State School Boards Association
* 2014 All-Star Teacher Nomination for Sarah Coyle
* 2014 J. Russell Kent Award for Pencil Box News
* Roosevelt’s first ever 8th Grade Graduating Class!
* An API score of 801 (passing the state’s goal of a score of 800 for all schools)
* 9/10 in the API Similar Schools Rank awarded by the California Department of Education

More to come in 2015!

School Supplies for the 2014/2015 School Year…
The following lists are the school supplies requested by each grade level for the 2014/2015 school year. Watch for sales on supplies at Target, Kmart, Office Max, etc. before the crowds!

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Principal’s Reading Club…
Make sure your child is reading for 30 minutes EVERY day during the summer break! Reading Club fliers went home on the last day of school. If all of the pictures are colored in to indicate 30 minutes of reading each day,  your child will earn a prize when school is back in session. Please make sure the forms are turned in on August 25.

Reading Lists…
Keep your child reading this summer! The Redwood City Public Library has a Summer Reading Club and has summer reading lists for children of all ages and reading levels. If you sign up and read this summer, you can win some great prizes.

Links for Kids…
Don’t forget to include some educational (but fun!) computer screen time this summer. Links for Jiji Math, typing programs and others can all be found on the parent blog under the tab Links for Kids, so check it out!

The following uniform color choices are part of the uniform dress code for 2014/2015:

Dress code for grades TK-5:
Navy or Khaki – pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, etc
White or Navy – collared shirts/tops, sweaters, jackets

Dress code for grades 6-8 ONLY:
Black, Navy or Khaki – pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, etc
White, Black or Navy – collared shirts/tops
Black, Navy or White – sweaters, jackets.

School spirit t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants are also considered part of the dress code for grades TK-8. Roosevelt logo polo shirts, t-shirts, jackets and sweatpants will also be sold at MAZE day, so you can stock up. 

Important Dates for the 2014/2015 School Year…
August 19 – MAZE Day for students with last names A-L from 5:00-7:00pm*
August 21 – MAZE Day for students with last names M-Z from 4:00-6:00pm*

The first day of school for the 2014/2015 school year will be Monday August 25.

* Parents and students are always needed to help out at MAZE Day with collecting and stamping forms, selling spiritwear and welcoming new families to Roosevelt. If you would like to help out, please contact our PTA Treasurer, Guy Taylor at

Have a great summer!

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Golden Bell Award!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week of November 18 – November 22

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendar_Clip_Art

Monday, November 18
Second Harvest Food Drive – bring in your canned goods or non-perishable items for donation (hosted by Student Council)

PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14 – this will be the drawing for the iPad Mini and other prizes! 1st grade students performing

Tuesday, November 19
Second Harvest Food Drive – bring in your canned goods or non-perishable items for donation (hosted by Student Council)

Chess instruction offered during lunch recess for grades 2 – 8 in the YMCA room

Student Council Meeting after school

RCSD Local Control Funding Formula meeting at 7:00pm in Roosevelt’s cafeteria (more info below)

Wednesday, November 20
Second Harvest Food Drive – bring in your canned goods or non-perishable items for donation (hosted by Student Council)

Thanksgiving Box Tops sheets due! Roosevelt gets 10¢ for every Box Top, so get those turkey sheets in!

5th grade field trip to Sacramento – depart Roosevelt at 6:00am and return at 6:30pm

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

Thursday, November 21
Second Harvest Food Drive – bring in your canned goods or non-perishable items for donation (hosted by Student Council)

4th/5th Grade Choir practice after school

Friday, November 22
Second Harvest Food Drive – bring in your canned goods or non-perishable items for donation (hosted by Student Council)

Yearbook Cover Contest entries due (more info below)

Student of the Month Assemblies – contact your child’s teacher for the correct time

Important Dates…
November 25 – 26 – Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
November 27 – 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
December 4 – Hearing testing for grades K, 2, 5, 8, SDC and RSP
December 7 – Roosevelt receiving CSBA Golden Bell Award in San Diego
December 7 – Hometown Holidays Parade in downtown Redwood City – walk with Roosevelt in the parade!
December 9 – Winterfest for Grades K-2 at 5:30pm, and grades 3-5 at 7:00pm at PCC
December 10 – Winterfest for Grades 6-8 at 6:00 at PCC
December 11 – Roosevelt presenting to Redwood City School District at Board Meeting at 7:00pm
December 11 – 18 – Roosevelt Holiday Shop (8th grade families hosting – please look for sign up sheets)
December 13 – Holiday Movie Night at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria (Holiday Shop will also be open)

Last chance to win an iPad Mini!…
Are you in…to WIN? The drawing for the iPad Mini (1 winner), Razor scooter (1 winner), navy logo zippered hoodie (1 winner), movie tickets (2 winners) and logo t-shirts (4 winners) will be held on Monday, November 18th at 6:00pm. If you’ve turned in your $100 donation to the PTA, but haven’t turned in your raffle ticket, please do so before the end of the day on Monday. If you are making monthly payments and you pay your $100 pledged amount by the 18th, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the raffle prizes. Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can pay by credit card in the school office. Will you be one of the lucky winners?

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

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

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

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

Yearbook Cover Contest…
The Yearbook Club, lead by 5th grade teacher Mr. Williams, is having a cover contest for this year’s yearbook. Students may submit their cover idea to Mr. Williams or their teacher by November 22. Submissions must be done on white paper and must include the Roosevelt mascot (raccoon), the school year (2013/2014) and a colorful original design. The winner will receive a free yearbook!

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

Local Control Funding Formula Meeting…
The district will be presenting the budget for this year based on the Local Control Funding Formula that was signed into law by Gov Brown last spring. The superintendent and school board members will be explaining this new formula and what it means for Redwood City schools. A big part of this new funding formula is community input, so parents and community members are asked to attend. Your child/children will receive a free dress pass if you attend this meeting.

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

Go to:

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

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

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

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

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

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page

Have a great week!

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Roosevelt Wins the 2013 CSBA Golden Bell Award!

Golden Bell AwardWe are thrilled to announce that Roosevelt’s Project Based Learning program has been awarded the 2013 Golden Bell Award  by the California School Boards Association.  These awards are given to outstanding programs that promote excellence in education in California schools. The CSBA received 220 nominations this year from school districts throughout California. Roosevelt was one of only 59 programs chosen for this year’s Golden Bell Award.

As the only school in the Redwood City School District that has integrated PBL into all classrooms benefiting all students, we are elated to see our hard work recognized by the esteemed members of the CSBA.

We would like to thank our dedicated teachers, staff and parents who work tirelessly to make Roosevelt’s PBL program a leader in California,  San Mateo County and the Redwood City School District!

Superintendent Jan Christensen, Principal Patricia Girardi, Assistant Principal Tracy DaCosta, 1st grade teacher Sharon Tsuchiyama, Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Torres and Roosevelt parent and PTA representative Trish Taylor will be traveling to San Diego on December 7, 2013 to attend the CSBA Annual Education Conference. There they will present our PBL program to California’s top educators, school board officials and national education experts. The Golden Bell Award will be presented to Roosevelt’s delegation during the conference awards luncheon.

Congratulations to everyone that helped to make this award possible!


Week of September 23 – September 26

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: Mark Your Calendar

Monday – Friday — teachers working on data analysis of benchmark tests. Your child may have a substitute teacher for all or part of the school day.

Monday, September 23
Roosevelt School Garden Receiving a City Beautification Award at 6:30pm at City Hall (details below)

Dance classes with Danny G begin at 2:50 for the students that are registered for the class. Please make sure to bring your $45 fee for the 10 weeks on Monday. If you are unsure if your child is in the class or on the wait list, contact the school office.

Tuesday, September 24
Reviewer for the CSBA Golden Bell Award on campus – Roosevelt is a finalist! (details below)

PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14 (date changed due to the awards ceremony on 9/23) PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). The PTA will be discussing the status of current fundraisers and direct donations fundraising 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.

Friday, September 26
Earthcapades Assembly for grades TK – 5

Last day to pick up boxes of chocolate from the office (all money due by October 3)

Important Dates…
September 30 – Music classes for grades 1 – 5 begin this week
October 3 – Last day to turn in money from chocolate sales
October 4 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1 (date changed due to room availability)
October 12 – rcef OctobeRun (more information below)
October 14 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
October 21 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
October 25 – Teacher Training Day – No School
October 25 – Spooktacular Bingo at 5:30pm (2nd grade families volunteering)
October 30 – Picture Make-up Day
October 31 – Halloween Parade at 8:15 – Downstairs Playground

Beautification Award Winner…
The annual Mayor’s Beautification Recognition Program highlights the best projects from throughout the community of Redwood City. A panel of volunteer judges screened the entries, and the final selection process included a site visit to all the entries. This year’s winners will be honored at a special reception and ceremony at a City Council meeting on September 23, at 6:30pm. Roosevelt is being given a Beatification Award for the School Garden. Lead garden volunteers Megan Goulden and Suzanne Buerchner, Roosevelt teacher Mary Washburn, Principal Girardi and Roosevelt students will be at the ceremony to receive the award for Roosevelt. If you haven’t done so already, take a walk by the school garden and see the results of their hard work!

Megan can always use more garden volunteers to weed or water over the weekends and school holidays or help with classes using the garden during the school week.  If you want to be added to the list of volunteers, contact

World’s Finest Chocolate…
You can sign out a box of fundraising chocolate at any time by returning the order slip to your child’s classroom or stopping by the office. 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. Selling tips: Do not send your child to sell door to door without an adult. If selling in front of Lucky’s, Safeway, banks, etc. it really helps to make a sign indicating that this is a Roosevelt school fundraiser and your child can wear a school logo shirt to help buyers see that it is for our school. Make sure to check in with the store manager to see if the space has been previously reserved. Each candy bar sells for $1 and this year there are a total of 60 bars in each box. Students selling 8 cases of chocolate (12 cases for families of 2 or more) will win an event at Pump It Up!

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards…
Each year, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) recognizes programs throughout California that promote excellence in education with the Golden Bell Awards. Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools said, “It’s like the Academy Awards of education,” when a program in his county won last year.

This year, CSBA received more than 220 entries and Roosevelt’s Project Based Learning (PBL) program is one of the finalists. The application review committee will be on the Roosevelt campus on Tuesday morning to meet with Principal Girardi, and visit some classrooms to observe Roosevelt’s PBL program in action. The awards ceremony is in early December in San Diego, so keep watching the blog for an update!

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

Go to:

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

School Site Council…
Applications went home in the Thursday folder for School Site Council. This is the parent, staff and teacher group that meets once a month to review school safety plans and spending of Measure W funds. If you’re interested, please fill out the application and return it to school with your child. If you don’t want to serve on Site Council, all parents may attend the meeting. Only Site Council members can vote, but all families are welcome to come and ask questions or speak up about any issues.

Do you want to have a say in how the PTA spends your money? Then send in your membership form with your yearly dues ($5 for individual or $8 for family). Members will have voting rights at PTA meetings and general PTA assemblies. Come to the first PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 and if you’ve paid your membership dues, you can vote on the budget items for this year!

Roosevelt Enrichment Fund Reminders…
Are you in — to win? Anyone that gives $100 will get a gift bag and a chance to win an iPad Mini! The drawing will be held at the November PTA meeting so make sure to get your donation in soon! Donations to the PTA pay for our art program, music, field trips, drama, outdoor education,  assemblies, classroom supplies, after school clubs, after school classes and various needed items and supplies for this school year. Reminders were sent home for all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Please remember to send in your money. Please include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.

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

Thank you for your generosity!

Once again the Redwood City Education Foundation (rcef) is sponsoring a 1/2 Marathon and two 5K races on October 12 in downtown Redwood City. The second 5K race is a “Kolor Run” – at each 1K point, runners will be blasted with non-toxic colored powder. Participants can run or walk in any event.

Spooktacular Bingo…
Mark your calendars for Roosevelt’s 4th annual Spooktacular Bingo Night!  Friday Oct. 25th from 5:30-8:30. Doors open at 5:30, with our Pumpkin/cake walk beginning at 5:30.  Come in your favorite Halloween costume!  Pizza, popcorn, water for $1.00 each. 2$ for candy. Bingo will begin at 7pm.  .50cents per game. Pumpkin/cake walk, face painting, and Bingo with fabulous prizes!

If you are a 2nd grade parent, make sure you’ve signed up to help with this event.Please contact Kim Schiff at if you can help, Thank you!

“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.

Have a great week!