Week of May 23 – May 27

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

Please Note: The countdown is on and there are only 13 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 it often!calendaricon

Monday, May 23
6th grade students leave for their week in Yosemite – Have a great week!

5th grade field trip to Tech Museum

Spring Instrumental Music Concert at Sequoia High School (Carrington Hall) at 6:30pm

Kent Award Ceremony in Foster City. Roosevelt receiving the J. Russell Kent Award for our Reading Fair

Tuesday, May 24
Last Parent Coffee of the year at 8:00am in Room 1. Come to Room 1 and enjoy a cup of coffee with other parents and Principal Girardi!  Hear first hand about district and school news, talk about any issues or concerns you may have or just come for the coffee.

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.

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!

Wednesday, May 25
4th grade field trip to San Juan Bautista

Friday, May 27
iSing performance at 4:00pm

6th graders return from Yosemite

Important Dates…
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 – All Kinders on Early Bird schedule for the rest of the school year
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 – 2nd grade BBQ at Red Morton at 9:00am -12:30pm
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 –  5th grade “Westward Ho!” PBL presentations
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.

Outdoor Movie Night!…
Bring your blankets and chairs for a fun family school event- ROOSEVELT”S OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT presenting Inside Out!! The festivities begin on Friday, June 3 at 6:00pm. There will be a taco truck on site and water, slushies, popcorn and candy will be for sale in the cafeteria. All proceeds benefit Roosevelt school.

Movie will begin at sunset: approximately 8:30pm.inside-out-hero
Admission : FREE!

We can’t wait to see our Roosevelt Families there! Bring friends and enjoy a great evening under the stars for our last Family Fun Night of the school year!

At the end of the movie, we ask that you help to keep our school’s campus clean and pick up any litter. Thank you!

Please note: 6th grade families are asked to volunteer for this event. At the end of the movie, we ask that you help to keep our school’s campus clean and pick up any litter. Thank you!

BoxTops & Labels for Education…
Last call for any BoxTops or Labels for Education/Campbell Soup labels! Please turn in any that you have to your child’s classroom or the school office.  BoxTops and Labels for Education will be accepted until June 9.

“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.

Have a great week!

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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!

School Supplies
TK14_15 Supply List
K 14_15 Supply List
1st 14_15 Supply List
2nd 14_15 Supply List
3rd 14_15 Supply List
4th 14_15 Supply List
5th 14_15 Supply List
6th 14_15 Supply List
7th 14_15 Supply List
8th 14_15 Supply List


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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Awards & Nominations!

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Roosevelt’s School Garden Now an Official Wildlife Habitat!
Roosevelt’s hard working garden volunteers have been making big changes in Roosevelt’s school garden and it is now designated as an Official Wildlife Habitat™ site with The National Wildlife Federation.

The NWF certification involves building a habitat for wildlife including food, water, and shelter components.  So far, the volunteers have committed to gardening without toxic pesticides/fertilizers, added bird feeders, added flowering plants and herbs/vegetables, and they will be adding a few more water stations for butterflies, bees, insects, and birds.  Benches were also added so that the students have an area to sit and be able to write down their observations. After all of this work, they have even loftier goals. Take a look at a Georgia school’s habitat gardens for an idea of what our garden volunteers are imagining for Roosevelt –

A big thank you to the following people for their dedication to our school’s garden: Betsy Colby from the Master Gardeners and Roosevelt volunteers Megan Goulden, Suzanne Buerchner, Emmy Johnson, Kathy Kostas, Kristin Palmer and Howard Smith.

If you are interested in helping out with the garden, there will be “Open Garden” lunches on March 4, 18, and April 1st for parents to visit and work in the garden, or see what the volunteers are doing.  Volunteers will be helping out and working with small groups of students between 12:00-1:30.

If you would like to donate something to the garden, they are currently looking for donations of owl houses and bird houses, like this owl house.

For more information about volunteering or donating, please contact Megan Goulden at

 J. Russell Kent Award Nomination!
Jason William’s Pencil Box News program has been nominated for the San Mateo County School Boards Association’s 2014 J. Russell Kent Award! These awards are given to programs that are being implemented in a school district, county office of education, or in the community college district in San Mateo County.
In the coming weeks, someone from the SMCSBA Visitation Committee will be visiting Roosevelt to verify the program. Congratulations and good luck to Mr. Williams and his Pencil Box News students!

Comcast All-Star Teacher Award Nomination!
Congratulations to 6th grade teacher Sarah Coyle on being selected as one of five Bay Area finalists for the Comcast All-Star Teacher Award! Ms. Coyle has the chance to win $20,000 for Roosevelt! We will all have an opportunity to vote for Sarah Coyle between April 7 and June 1. When the voting period opens, we will send out instructions. Good luck Ms. Coyle!


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Roosevelt Kindergarten Team Wins SMCRA Literacy Award!

We are pleased to announce that the Roosevelt Kindergarten Team is receiving the San Mateo County Reading Association (SMCRA) Celebrate Literacy Award for their Targeted Literacy Instruction Groups.

SMCRA recognizes programs for their significant contributions to reading instruction and literacy projects in San Mateo County.

The teachers will receive the award on May 22nd at an Awards Ceremony.

The Targeted Literacy Instruction Groups program also received the coveted J. Russell Kent Award in 2009 from the San Mateo School Boards Association for program innovation and excellence.

Congratulations to our award winning Roosevelt Kindergarten Team!


Roosevelt Wins the J. Russell Kent Award!

We are proud to announce that Roosevelt’s Project Based Learning program has been awarded the 2012 J. Russell Kent Award by the San Mateo County School Boards Association. These awards are given to outstanding programs that are being implemented in a school district, county office of education, or in the community college district in San Mateo County.

As the only school in the Redwood City School District that has integrated PBL into all classrooms benefiting all students, we are thrilled to see such hard work recognized by the esteemed SMCSBA.

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