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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. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

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Week of November 16 – November 20

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

calendariconPlease note: Many classes are finishing PBL units and the presentation dates and times are listed if we’re given the information to post. Anyone is welcome to attend any PBL presentation and not just the ones in your child’s classroom. One of the requirements of PBL is to present to an outside audience so more audience members are always welcome.

Monday, November 16
Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Room 1. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with other parents and Principal Girardi on Monday morning!   This is a very casual meeting so if you can only drop in for a few minutes, you’re still welcome to attend. Spanish translation is available for those that need it. If you have a younger child, you are welcome to bring him/her. Tell a friend!

Tuesday, November 17
Picture Make-up day. Students having their picture taken may wear free dress.

Grades 3-8 will take part in a program offered by Google called Google Expeditions. Students will have a virtual reality experience in the classroom thanks to Google. Be sure to ask your child what they were able to see – the pyramids of Egypt?, the Great Barrier Reef? the surface of Mars?, ancient ruins?

Book Fair begins! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times. Come to our Kick-Off Event from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate! (If you can donate cookies for the event, please drop them off in the school office on Tuesday morning)

Wednesday, November 18
Literacy Workshop for Kindergarten & 1st grade

Book Fair! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times and again from 2:00-3:30pm.

Thursday, November 19
2nd Grade – Rooms 23 & 24 PBL Science Presentation at 8:15am – What events change the earth very slowly?
What events change the earth quickly?

Book Fair! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times and again from 2:00-3:30pm.

Friday, November 20
Rooms 16 & 17 PBL Presentation at 8:15am & 9:10am – “Medieval Ages” – Were the Dark Ages Really Dark?

1st Grade “Thankful Feast” at 11:00am

5th grade – Rooms 11 & 13 at 8:30am –  Colonies PBL presentation- Why would the colonists sacrifice everything & risk their lives to immigrate to the New World? & How can we understand the development of this new nation through different perspectives?

4th grade – Rooms 2, 3 & 10 Goldrush Presentations at 8:30am – “Gold Rush” – How did the Gold Rush impact the economy and population of California?
Last Day of the Book Fair! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times.

Important Dates…
November 23 & 24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School (Please check and see if your child’s teacher has sent home a Parent/Teacher Conference appointment time
November 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 30 – Student of the Month Assemblies
November 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
December 1 – Reading Fair Pizza & Prep Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
December 3 – All Kinders on Early Bird schedule for teacher PBL training
December 4 – iSing concert in the cafeteria at 2:30pm
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

“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”.

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Week of November 9 – November 13

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, November 9
Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14. Please join us in Room 14 at 6:00pm.  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.

Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day – No School

Friday, November 13
Reminder – Free Dress for students that sold 4 boxes or more of World’s Finest Chocolate. These students are allowed free dress every Friday for the rest of the school year

Lock Down Drill in all Roosevelt classrooms

Important Dates…
November 16 – Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Rm 1
November 17 – Picture Make-up Day
November 17 – 20 – Book Fair!
November 18 – Literacy Workshop for 1st grade
November 19 – Rooms 23 & 24 PBL Science Presentation – “Wearing Away” at 8:15am
November 20 – Rooms 16 & 17 PBL Presentation – “Medieval Ages” at 8:15am & 9:10am
November 20 – 1st Grade “Thankful Feast” at 11:00am
November 23 & 24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
November 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
December 1 – Reading Fair Pizza & Prep Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria

Pictures…
There were a so many great costumes this year for the Halloween parade that we couldn’t possibly post them all on our Facebook page. Please take a look at our Flickr page to take a look at the Halloween festivities as well as pictures from the classrooms.  As always, a big thank you to those who have submitted pictures – especially Joanne Dunbar, Nick Justice and Betsy Snow.  www.flickr.com/photos/rooseveltelementary/

BoxTops…
Watch for your Thursday folders for the next BoxTops contest! Each BoxTop earns 10¢ for our school, so keep collecting them throughout the year so that you’re ready for the contests. www.boxtops4education.com/

“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”.

Have a great week!

 



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Week of September 21 – September 25

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Monday, September 21
Please come to the first PTA Meeting of the 2015/2016 school year at 6:00pm in Room 14. The PTA will be discussing the status of current fundraisers and direct donation 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. 1st graders will be performing at the beginning of the meeting.

Tuesday, September 22
Tuesday Chess Day is back! Free chess lessons are offered in the YMCA room each Tuesday during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8  (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Wednesday, September 23
Heals Farm Field Trip – 5th grade/Room 11

Friday, September 25
Put your dancing shoes on and come to the Family Dinner Dance at 5:30pm! (more information below)

Important Dates…
September 27 – End 1st BoxTops Contest!
October 1 – 5:30 SPARK Match Night (7th & 8th graders in the SPARK program will meet their Google mentors)
October 2 – Angel Island Field Trip – 4th grade

Back to School Family Dinner Dance…
Come and join us for our annual Dinner Dance on Friday, September 19 at 5:30pm!  Tickets cost $5 per person and include dinner (lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and a drink) and dancing to a DJ for the evening.  Tickets need to be purchased in advance. Please fill out the white form that came home to get on the entry list or put the following information on the front of an envelope along with your payment:  the number of tickets needed, your child’s name and classroom number. Make checks payable to Roosevelt PTA or send cash in a sealed envelope with your child to the school office. Please Note: 5th grade families are being asked to help out with this event.

Spirit Wear…
All sizes of Roosevelt spirit wear will be available the week of September 21. Those that pre-ordered spirit wear will be notified when your order is available for pick up. 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.

Win an iPad Mini!…
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”.

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!

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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 megan.goulden@gmail.com.

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:  https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=RooseveltSchool13838

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.

PTA…
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 www.rooseveltparents.com You can also pay by credit card in the school office.

Thank you for your generosity!

OktobeRun…
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.  www.oktoberun.com

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 kbschiff@sbcglobal.net 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. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

Have a great week!

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Roosevelt is now a K-8!

At tonight’s school board meeting they voted unanimously to make Roosevelt a K-8!

Roosevelt will add 7th grade for the 2012/2013 school year and then 8th grade for 2013/2014. All grades will offer Project Based Learning.

There are openings in the 6th and 7th grade classrooms, so tell any friends and neighbors that might be interested to apply!

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Open House / PBL Fair 2012!

Last night’s Open House / PBL Fair showed just how busy every classroom has been over the 2011/2012 school year! Every classroom was ready to display a year’s worth of Science, Art, English Language Arts and PBL Projects and Mr. Williams’ 5th graders held their Inventors Fair.

Take a look at some of the classrooms! (If you have pictures you’d like to share, let us know and we’ll add them!)

Kindergarten:

1st Grade:

2nd Grade:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

6th Grade:

Room 23:

Room 6A & 6B:

And The Inventors Fair:

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Week of May 14 – May 18

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Tuesday, May 15
Last PTA meeting of the year! PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Items to discuss – board members for next year, field trips, budget update, etc. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is also available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Wednesday, May 16
Last collection day for the last BoxTops Contest of the year. Bring in your Box Tops and get raffle tickets for wonderful prizes.
We have collected 1400 Box Tops in the last two weeks! Please bring them to the cafeteria this Wednesday at lunch – Mrs. Girardi will hold a drawing in late May, and there will be 20 winners! Any questions? Please contact Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com.

Friday, May 18
ELAC/PTA Dinner Dance. Come and enjoy this fun annual event! Bring a dish to share, eat, mingle, and get ready to dance! Watch for more details to come!

Important Dates…
May 21 – Kent Awards Ceremony
May 22 – SMCRA Literacy Award Ceremony for Kinder Team
May 23 – Shop at Whole Foods for RCEF’s Save Our School Music campaign
May 23 – School play “The Effect” at 6:00pm
May 23 – Restaurant Fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese
May 24 – Open House / PBL Fair 5:30-6:30, Bingo 6:30pm
May 28 – Memorial Day – No School
May 29 – 6th Graders Instrumental Music Performance at Sequoia High School
June 6 – Minimum Day
June 7 – Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00

Trivia Question…
What was the PTA’s most profitable fundraiser for 2011/2012?
a) World’s Finest Chocolate
b) Direct Donations
c) Pledged Donations (monthly payments)
d) Rummage Sale
Which one is the correct answer? Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom.

SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Soccer Game…
If you’re a soccer fan this event is for you! We will be selling tickets to the SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy match being held at Stanford on June 30 at 7:00pm. Tickets will be available for sale for $15 each (Retail cost $22)! Our students will be given the opportunity to walk on the field during the “Parade of Champions” and the student selling the most tickets will win a signed jersey. If our school sells 300 tickets, a player from the Earthquakes will visit our school for an assembly and practice soccer drills with our students! Flyers and order forms will be going home this week, so be sure to look for it! (The forms didn’t get translated until last Friday, so they didn’t go home last week)

On the Parent Blog…
A lot is happening! Watch for pictures from the 5th grade working on a chemistry unit in Science, the Girls Running Club running in the Lollipop Fun Run 5K race, the 4th graders field trip to Mission Santa Clara, and more!

Save Our School Music…
On May 23, 2012 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Redwood City’s Whole Foods Market is donating 5% of sales all day to the RCEF Save Our School Music campaign. Meet school and other community leaders throughout the day (especially 4:30-6 pm), enjoy a morning makeover and free coffee (10-12), listen to the Kennedy school band (about 5-6:30) while you shop after work, and take home dinner too! A special treat for kids of all ages: Marine Science Institute is bringing their shark tank between 4 pm and 7 pm! The Redwood City Education Foundation’s Save Our School Music campaign supports the middle school Instrumental Music Program. The RCEF supports all 9,200 students in the Redwood City School District. www.rcef.org/music.

Roosevelt Facebook Page…
The district has created Facebook pages for each school in the district. The district wants to use these pages to get important school and district information out to families. The address for the district’s Roosevelt page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327 If you “like” the page, you will automatically get any updates.

Family Event at the U.S. Geological Survey…
Please join us for this FREE public event on May 19 & 20. Scientists at the USGS Menlo Park campus are leaders in research on earthquakes, water quality, volcanoes, coastal and marine geology, mineral and energy resources, geography, and the San Francisco Bay ecosystem.

We hope that you and your family will take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with USGS scientists, enjoy hands-on exhibits, and gain a greater appreciation of our connection to the natural systems of our dynamic planet – Earth. For more information, go to http://openhouse.wr.usgs.gov/2012/index.html

Redwood City Public Library Launches “Discover & Go” Museum Pass Program…
The Redwood City Public Library is thrilled to announce a great new service, “Discover & Go,” which provides Redwood City library cardholders with FREE and discounted passes to local museums and other interesting and educational cultural institutions.

This unique program allows Library cardholders to make reservations online by date or by venue, and immediately print- out passes at home. Those with no Internet access can come to the Library and use the public computers to take advantage of this great new feature. Anyone without a library card can get one by visiting a library branch, or by going to www.redwoodcity.org/library and clicking on “Get a Card.”

Redwood City Library cardholders can reserve free and discounted passes from a growing list of destinations, including The Tech Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Discovery Museum, Exploratorium and many more! To learn more about Discover & Go, visit www.redwoodcity.org/library and click on the Discover & Go link.

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is a) The World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser which raised over half of the money the PTA needed to pay for P.E., music, art and field trips for this school year.

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Week of May 7 – May 11

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 11 – It’s Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

Monday, May 7
5th Graders leave for Outdoor Ed!

Free Dress for students scoring 90% or better on the Multiplication Marathon. The list of winners can be found on our blog:
http://rooseveltblog.ipage.com/wordpress/2012/05/06/multiplication-marathon-winners/

Wednesday, May 9
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14) at 11:00

Last day to purchase flowers for Mother’s Day. Flowers will be sold at lunch and after school. Cost = $1.50 (Flowers will be delivered to classrooms on Friday)

School Board Meeting at 7:00pm at the District Office.

Thursday, May 10
Phone banking for the Parcel Tax at 5:30pm (see below for more information)

Friday, May 11
Box Tops Raffle at lunch! 5 Box Tops = 1 Raffle Ticket!

5th Graders return from Outdoor Ed!

Saturday, May 12
3rd – 5th Grade Girls Running Club will be participating in a 5K run – The Lollipop Family Fun Run through Golden Gate Park.
http://www.gotrbayarea.org/programs/lollipop/index.asp

Important Dates…
May 15 – Last PTA Meetting at 6:00pm in Room 14 (Note: date changed from May 22)
May 18 – ELAC/PTA Potluck Dinner Dance
May 21 – Kent Awards Ceremony
May 22 – SMCRA Literacy Award Ceremony for Kinder Team
May 23 – School play “The Effect” at 6:00pm
May 24 – Open House / PBL Fair 5:30-6:30, Bingo 6:30pm
May 28 – Memorial Day – No School
May 29 – 6th Graders Instrumental Music Performance at Sequoia High School
June 6 – Minimum Day
June 7 – Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00

Trivia Question…
How much does it cost to rent a bus for a field trip to Pescadero State Beach?
a) $268
b) $405
c) $622
d) $702
Which one is the correct answer? Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom.

Roosevelt Expansion Update…
At the last School Board Meeting, the school board listened to more discussion about Roosevelt expanding to a K-8 as well as other programs throughout the district that are asking to expand (Taft to K-8, Henry Ford adding 6th grade, etc.) Some parents that filled out cards to speak were unable to do so because they had to get their children home for an early bedtime for CST testing. If you would like to send your comments to the school board, you may do so via email or mail to the District office. For the list of current board members, go to http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/17. If you send a letter to one Trustee, they will make sure it is forwarded on to the others. The next school board meeting is on May 9, and parents that want to speak may do so. We’re hoping that the school board will vote on our expansion at the last board meeting in May so that our families will know where they are going for the next school year. If you have any questions about what is happening, I’d be happy to answer them. Contact trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Box Tops…
Bring in 5 Box Tops, and win a chance to choose a prize! Box Tops volunteers will collect Box Tops at lunch time in front of the office on Friday, May 11th. For every 5 Box Tops, your child will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including gift cards, movie tickets, books, and toys.

Thank you to the families that have donated gift cards and new DVDs – we can still use more, so if you could donate movie tickets, small gift cards Lego sets, cool books in English and Spanish, small board games –we would really appreciate it. There is a Prize Donation box in the office on top of the mail boxes. Contact Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com with any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon…
Show your appreciation for the staff of Roosevelt school! The PTA is hosting a potluck lunch for the Roosevelt staff on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00am in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Please bring one of your favorite dishes to share with our teachers. You can drop off your dish the morning of the luncheon or just before the luncheon at 11:00am. If you are contributing food, and need your dishes returned, please label everything with your name and your child’s name and room number.

SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Soccer Game…
If you’re a soccer fan this event is for you! We will be selling tickets to the SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy match being held at Stanford on June 30 at 7:00pm. Tickets will be available for sale for $15 each (Retail cost $22)! Our students will be given the opportunity to walk on the field during the “Parade of Champions” and the student selling the most tickets will win a signed jersey. Flyers and order forms will be going home this week, so be sure to look for it!

Escrip / Safeway Club Card…
At last week’s PTA meeting, it was brought up that some families are still unaware of Escrip for fundraising. If you haven’t already, sign up now! This fundraiser couldn’t be easier! Participating businesses contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards (i.e. Safeway Club Card), credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Roosevelt.

Register your Safeway Club Card, debit and credit cards on the eScrip website. Participating merchants will make contributions to Roosevelt based on purchases made by you just by using the cards you have registered. To register your cards and see a list of participating stores, go to the eScrip website at www.escrip.com

Parcel Tax Phone Banking…
The parcel tax committee has assigned Roosevelt to 2 phone bank nights for Measure W (the parcel tax). We need 20 people per night and they are fun and easy. All we do is call people to understand whether they are supporters or not. No convincing required!

Our second scheduled Phone Bank night is Thursday, May 10 from 5:30-8:30pm. Send an email to Dave Goulden at dave.goulden@gmail.com or go to www.signupgenius.com/go/volunteer1271 to sign-up directly on the website. To read the latest on Measure W go to Redwood City Community for Better Schools.

Homework Help from the Redwood City Public Libraries…
A fun and supportive place to do homework and skill building activities for grades 1 – 5.
Downtown Library: Monday through Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Redwood Shores Library: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 3 – 6 pm & Wednesday 1 – 6 pm
Schaberg Library: Monday through Wednesday 2 – 5 pm & Thursday 1 – 5 pm

Free online help from EXPERT tutors now available every day from 1 – 10 pm, visit www.redwoodcity.org/library/kids for details.

Roosevelt Facebook Page…
The district has created Facebook pages for each school in the district. The district wants to use these pages to get important school and district information out to families. The address for the district’s Roosevelt page is www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327 If you “like” the page, you will automatically get any updates.

Family Event at the U.S. Geological Survey…
Please join us for this FREE public event. Scientists at the USGS Menlo Park campus are leaders in research on earthquakes, water quality, volcanoes, coastal and marine geology, mineral and energy resources, geography, and the San Francisco Bay ecosystem.

We hope that you and your family will take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with USGS scientists, enjoy hands-on exhibits, and gain a greater appreciation of our connection to the natural systems of our dynamic planet – Earth. For more information, go to http://openhouse.wr.usgs.gov/2012/index.html

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is $702! The PTA has budgeted $20 per student for field trips. So, the PTA paid $520 for Sandra Northen’s 3rd grade class to go to Pescadero State Beach. That’s just one of the many things that the PTA is able to pay for this year thanks to our generous parents!

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Week of April 30 – May 4

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 2 — California Standards Testing (CST) for grades 2 – 6

Monday, April 30
Artist Elizabeth Gomez from last month’s Author Night will be teaching art to the 4th grade students in Room 13. http://redwoodcity.patch.com/blog_posts/the-library-brings-art-workshops-to-roosevelt-school

Wednesday, May 2
Last day of CST Testing!

Friday, May 4
Free Dress Friday!

Coffee with Principal Girardi in the school Library at 8:00am. Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee. Hear first hand about district and school news, talk about any issues or concerns you may have or just come for the coffee or to meet other Roosevelt parents! All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. If you are a Kindergarten parent with a Later Gator or have a younger child, you are welcome to bring your child.

Fire Drill at 8:05am. Please make sure your child arrives on time. (Note: Parents attending the coffee with Principal Girardi will also participate.)

Box Tops Raffle at lunch! 5 Box Tops = 1 Raffle Ticket!

RCEF benenfit at Pacific Shores Center at 5:30pm.

Saturday, May 5
Rummage Sale! 9:00am – 3:00pm

Important Dates…
May 7 – May 11 – 5th graders at Outdoor Education
May 9 – Teachers Appreciation Lunch at 11:00am
May 10 – Parcel Tax Phone Banking – 5:30-8:30pm
May 12 – Bring in Box Tops for lunchtime raffle! 5 Box Tops = 1 Raffle Ticket!
May 15 – Last PTA Meetting at 6:00pm in Room 14 (Note: date changed from May 22)
May 21 – Kent Awards Ceremony
May 22 – SMCRA Literacy Award Ceremony for Kinder Team
May 23 – School play “The Effect” at 6:00pm
May 24 – Open House / PBL Fair 5:30-6:30, Bingo 6:30pm
May 28 – Memorial Day – No School
May 29 – 6th Graders Instrumental Music Performance at Sequoia High School
June 6 – Minimum Day
June 7 – Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00

CST Testing…
This is the last few days of CST Testing! Please make sure your child is on time each day. Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each day as well. They’ll be testing in the morning, so a good breakfast will help them concentrate. Talk about the importance of doing their best and remind them to take their time and check their work. Make sure they go to bed on time – 8:30pm at the latest! Students do better when they are fully rested. Have your child relax each day after school. Finally, give them encouragement to do their best!

Rummage Sale…
Our Rummage Sale will also be a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2012! Our PTA president, Aurora Gallardo needs help sorting and pricing the donated items that have been stored in the PTA room and selling booth space. Parents are also needed to help cook food for the festivities. 10×10 foot stalls are also available to rent by anyone that wants to sell at the rummage sale so ask family and friends if they want to rent a stall.

For more information, please contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Roosevelt Expansion Update…
At last Wednesday’s School Board Meeting, the school board listened to more discussion about Roosevelt expanding to a K-8 as well as other programs throughout the district that are asking to expand (Taft to K-8, Henry Ford adding 6th grade, etc.) Some parents that filled out cards to speak were unable to do so because they had to get their children home for an early bedtime for CST testing. If you would like to send your comments to the school board, you may do so via email or mail to the District office. For the list of current board members, go to http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/17. If you send a letter to one Trustee, they will make sure it is forwarded on to the others. The next school board meeting is on May 9, but it’s unclear whether a vote for Roosevelt’s expansion request will scheduled for that meeting or not. If you have any questions about what is happening, I’d be happy to answer them. Contact trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Box Tops…
We have one more Box Tops Contest running this year –and there’s more prizes!

Bring in 5 Box Tops, and win a chance to choose a prize! Box Tops volunteers will collect Box Tops at lunch time in front of the office on Friday, May 4th and 12th. For every 5 Box Tops, your child will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including gift cards, movie tickets, books, and toys.

Thank you to the families that have donated gift cards and new DVDs – we can still use more, so if you could donate movie tickets, small gift cards Lego sets, cool books in English and Spanish, small board games –we would really appreciate it. There is a Prize Donation box in the office on top of the mail boxes. Contact Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com with any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon…
Show your appreciation for the staff of Roosevelt school! The PTA is hosting a potluck lunch for the Roosevelt staff on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00am in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Please bring one of your favorite dishes to share with our teachers. You can drop off your dish the morning of the luncheon or just before the luncheon at 11:00am. If you are contributing food, and need your dishes returned, please label everything with your name and your child’s name and room number.

Escrip / Safeway Club Card…
At last week’s PTA meeting, it was brought up that some families are still unaware of Escrip for fundraising. If you haven’t already, sign up now! This fundraiser couldn’t be easier! Participating businesses contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards (i.e. Safeway Club Card), credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Roosevelt.

Register your Safeway Club Card, debit and credit cards on the eScrip website. Participating merchants will make contributions to Roosevelt based on purchases made by you just by using the cards you have registered. To register your cards and see a list of participating stores, go to the eScrip website at www.escrip.com

On the Parent Blog…
I will be posting the list of winners from the Multiplication Marathon. I also have pictures from Room 10’s visit from artist Elizabeth Gomez. The teachers have been sending me their PBL Newsletters and Monthly Newsletters and I’ll post them to their pages as soon as I can.

Parcel Tax Phone Banking…
The parcel tax committee has assigned Roosevelt to 2 phone bank nights for Measure W (the parcel tax). We need 20 people per night and they are fun and easy. All we do is call people to understand whether they are supporters or not. No convincing required!

Our second scheduled Phone Bank night is Thursday, May 10 from 5:30-8:30pm. Send an email to Dave Goulden at dave.goulden@gmail.com or go to www.signupgenius.com/go/volunteer1271 to sign-up directly on the website. To read the latest on Measure W go to Redwood City Community for Better Schools.

RCEF Benefit…
There are still a few tickets available for the RCEF’s Benefit for a Brighter Future to be held on May 4, 2012 at 5:30pm at the Pacific Shores Club. For more information about the event, go to www.benefitforabrighterfuture.org. To learn more about what the RCEF does for our schools, go to www.rcef.org

Homework Help from the Redwood City Public Libraries…
A fun and supportive place to do homework and skill building activities for grades 1 – 5.
Downtown Library: Monday through Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Redwood Shores Library: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 3 – 6 pm & Wednesday 1 – 6 pm
Schaberg Library: Monday through Wednesday 2 – 5 pm & Thursday 1 – 5 pm

Free online help from EXPERT tutors now available every day from 1 – 10 pm, visit www.redwoodcity.org/library/kids for details.

Roosevelt Facebook Page…
The district has created Facebook pages for each school in the district. The district wants to use these pages to get important school and district information out to families. The address for the district’s Roosevelt page is www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327 If you “like” the page, you will automatically get any updates.

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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!

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6th Graders Flood the Nile!

Ms. Coyle’s 6th grade Social Studies class is currently studying Ancient Egypt. As part of that lesson, the students are learning about the Nile River and the Egyptian’s dependance on the Nile for fresh water and agriculture. The class was tasked with building a model of the Nile that they would then flood to show how the yearly occurrence in Egypt was beneficial to the survival of the Ancient Egyptians.

The models consisted of the river bed, fertile soil planted with papyrus seeds, the desert sands and rocks to represent the mountain ranges. After building their models, the students flooded their rivers so they could see how the annual flooding gives much needed water to crops along the shore and how the desert sands act as a natural break to the flood waters.