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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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Week of April 11 – April 15

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, April 11
Classes resume. Welcome back!

Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14. On this month’s agenda: safety, staffing and Measure W spending. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, April 12
Fire Drill at 10:15

Author Lauren Tarshi, author of the “I Survived” series of books visits grades 4-7 at 10:30

GATE testing

8th Grade Graduation planning meeting at 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 13
4th grade (Rooms 4 & 5) Virtual Field Trip – Animal Adaptation at 9:20am

Thursday, April 14
5th grade Student of the Month Assembly at 10:00

Friday, April 15
8th grade Field Trip – Exploratorium

1st grade Wildcare Nature Van at 9:20

Important Dates…
April 18 – Reclassification ceremony at MIT at 7:30pm
April 19 – 7th grade field trip to the historical buildings at 9:00
April 19 – Cursive class begins after school at 2:30pm
April 20 – Animal Adaptation virtual field trip room 6
April 22  – Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Room 1
April 22 – TK field trip Common Ground Gardeners
April 22 – Ising Open House – first grade girls attend and 2/3 Ising girls
May 7 – Mother/Son Event (Please Note: the date on the yellow parent calendar is incorrectly listed as May 2)

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.

Boys Event…
Parents of boys – Save the Date! The Roosevelt Boys Event will be held on Saturday, May 7. 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. Tickets will go on sale at a later date, each ticket will be $5 per person.

5th grade parents are being asked to volunteer, but all volunteers are welcome! Please contact Amber Moeckel if you can help out at amberdawn519@yahoo.com

This is a “Red Carpet” movie event so bring your blankets and enjoy some treats and enjoy the movie! We will need help with the photo booth, which already has an attendant but we’d like someone to help with props. We need help serving Sweet treats and with the  popcorn machine. Volunteers are also needed with setup & cleanup.

“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 March 7 – March 11

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, March 7
Kent Award Committee site visit. Roosevelt has once again been nominated for the J. Russell Kent Award! This time it’s for our Annual Reading Fair. Someone from the Kent Award committee will be visiting Roosevelt to talk to some students, teachers and Tracy DaCosta about our Reading Fair.

Thursday, March 10
Spring Raffle begins! (more information below)

Friday, March 11
3rd Grade Ohlone Museum

TK Math Literacy Lab Workshop in the Library

Important Dates…
March 17 – Happy St Patrick’s Day! Wear green! (Students wearing something green may have free dress)
March 17 – 1st grade PBL Presentation – Me on the Map — How do we make a map of the school?
March 14 – March 18 – Parent Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule
March 23 – Spring Picture Day
March 25 – No School
March 28 – 5th Graders leave for Outdoor Education Week
April 1 – Free Dress Friday!
April 4 – April 8 – Spring Break — No School
April 11 – Classes Resume

Parents Needed…
The PTA is looking for officers for next year – Secretary, President, Treasurer, etc. All positions will be termed out this year by the current board.  (Positions may be shared by more than one person.) Please contact Principal Girardi if you are interested in any position by calling the office at 369-5597 or pgirardi@rcsdk8.net

Spring Raffle…
The REF Spring Raffle begins this Thursday! Watch your Thursday folders for more information. For just $1 for each ticket, you have a chance to win some AMAZING prizes!  1st prize is 4 Disneyland Park Hopper passes! Other prizes include an XBOX One, 13″ Chromebook, restaurant gift cards, RedBox gift cards 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 on Thursday, March 24, so get your tickets turned in!

All proceeds benefit the students of Roosevelt school.

Boys Event…
Parents of boys – Save the Date! The Roosevelt Boys Event will be held on Saturday, May 7. The Roosevelt Boys event is for Roosevelt Boys & their special person only, no child that is not a boy or Roosevelt will be permitted. Tickets will go on sale at a later date, each ticket will be $5 per person.

5th grade parents are being asked to volunteer, but all volunteers are welcome! Please contact Amber Moeckel if you can help out at amberdawn519@yahoo.com

This is a “Red Carpet” movie event so bring your blankets and enjoy some treats and enjoy the movie! We will need help with the photo booth, which already has an attendant but we’d like someone to help with props. We need help serving Sweet treats and with the  popcorn machine. Volunteers are also needed with setup & cleanup.

“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 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”.

Have a great week!

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Week of May 18 – May 22

Please Note: There are just 3 weeks left of this school year! calendariconEvents 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 www.rooseveltparents.com often!

Mark your calendars for the following events:

Monday, May 18
Instrumental Music Festival at Sequoia High School – Carrington Hall – at 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 19
3rd grade virtual field trip with California Academy of Science

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

AR Blast Off! Banquet at 6:00pm for students that made their 3 AR goals during the school year (more information below)

Wednesday, May 20
You are invited to attend the last Parent Coffee of the school year at 8:00am in Room 1 with special guest Trustee Hilary Paulson from the Redwood City School Board.  THear first hand about district and school news, talk about any issues or concerns you may have or just come for the coffee. This is also a great opportunity to meet other Roosevelt parents! This is a very casual meeting so if you can only drop in for a few minutes, you’re still welcome to attend.

Art Show Set-up begins – Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)

Thursday, May 21
8th grade Amusement Park Physics PBL presentation at 8:30am

4th Grade field trip to Red Morton Park for Make Time for Fitness event

Art Show & Open House at 5:30pm

Friday, May 22
Last day to turn in BoxTops for the classroom BoxTop Challenge!

Last day to turn in order forms for SJ Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on 6/27 (more information below)

Art Show take down — Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)

Important Dates…
May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
May 25 – 6th graders leave for Yosemite
May 26 – Last PTA Meeting of the Year at 6:00pm! 1st Graders performing
May 27 – Open Garden at Lunch Recess
May 29 – 5th grade DARE Graduation at 8:00am
May 29 – Rm 6a picnic at Red Morton
May 29 – 6th graders return from Yosemite
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule (all Kinders on Early Bird Schedule)
June 1 – 7th Grade field trip to Marine Science Institute (meet at MSI dock at 7:30am – parents must arrange for transportation)
June 1 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 1 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 2 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 2 – 6th grade field trip to Computer History Museum
June 3 – Kindergarten PBL Presentations at 8:00am followed by a Cereal Reception
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – Final 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon
June 8 – Peninsula Writers Camp begins
June 15 – Y Reader Program begins
June 22 – AIM High Summer School begins

AR Banquet…
What is the AR Banquet? Who is invited to attend?  The AR Banquet is for students in grades 2-8 who have met their Accelerated Reader goal all three times during the year. (Students in Kinder and 1st grades begin the AR Reading Program as soon as they reach Level 10 in Reading.) The reading goals are determined after each student takes an assessment test to determine both a reading level and a points goal. Each book in the school library and in the classrooms has been leveled and assigned points as determined by the Accelerated Reader system. Students must read books at their level and take online quizzes. Once a quiz is passed, the student earns points associated with that book title. The Accelerated Reader computer system keeps track of each student’s progress. Roosevelt’s librarian and teachers are able to see how each student is doing towards their individually assigned goal. Students that make their AR goal are rewarded at the end of each goal period and all students that make their goal for all three goal periods are invited to attend the AR Banquet that is hosted by Principal Girardi, Assistant Principal DaCosta and the Roosevelt teachers.

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

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

SJ Earthquakes v LA Galaxy Tickets…
Roosevelt Elementary and the San Jose Earthquakes have paired up 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 27th at 7:30pm. 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 Friday, May 22. 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 Tuesday, May 26.

BoxTops Challenge!…
This is the last BoxTops Challenge of the year! This challenge is between Classrooms! Bring in your BoxTops between April 27 and May 22. Make sure you let us know what Room # gets the credit for your entry. The classroom that has collected the most BoxTops will win a prize! Good luck!

Have a great week!

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Week of May 11 – May 15

Please Note: The countdown is on and there are only 4 weeks left of this school year! calendariconEvents 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 www.rooseveltparents.com often!

Mark your calendars for the following events:

Monday, May 11
PBL Tour Day – Roosevelt’s PBL lessons are being observed by SMCOE (San Mateo County Office of Education) and Castro School in Mountain View

Tuesday, May 12
1st grade field trip to SF Zoo

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

Restaurant Fundraiser! McDonalds on Chestnut Street

SPARK Discovery Night for SPARK students and their families at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria

Wednesday, May 13
Last day to RSVP for the AR Blast Off Awards Banquet!  If your child made all 3 AR reading goals this year, you should have received an invitation to the May 19th Banquet. Please turn in the RSVP form that came home with your child. (more information below)

4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista

6th grade Orientation at 6:00pm for 5th grade parents and their children entering 6th grade next year

Friday, May 15
Bring your blankets and chairs for a fun family school event- ROOSEVELT”S 2nd ANNUAL OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT presenting Big Hero 6!! The festivities begin at  6:00pm. There will be a Food Truck on site and snacks will also be for sale by PTA. All proceeds to benefit Roosevelt school. Movie will begin at sunset: 8pm approx.  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!

Please note: 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!

Important Dates…
May 18 – Instrumental Music Festival at Carrington Hall – Sequoia High School at 6:00pm
May 19 – 3rd grade virtual field trip with California Academy of Science
May 19 – AR Blast Off! Banquet at 6:00pm
May 20 – Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Room 1
May 20 – Art Show Set-up begins – Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)
May 21 – 8th grade Amusement Park Physics PBL presentation at 8:30am
May 21 – 4th Grade field trip to Red Morton Park for Make Time for Fitness event
May 21 – Art Show opens at 5:30pm & Open House
May 22 – Last day to turn in BoxTops for the classroom BoxTop Challenge
May 22 – Art Show take down
May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
May 25 – 6th graders leave for Yosemite
May 26 – Last PTA Meeting of the Year at 6:00pm! 1st Graders performing
May 27 – Open Garden at Lunch Recess
May 29 – 5th grade DARE Graduation at 8:00am
May 29 – Rm 6a picnic at Red Morton
May 29 – 6th graders return from Yosemite
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule (all Kinders on Early Bird Schedule)
June 1 – 7th Grade field trip to Marine Science Institute (meet at MSI dock at 7:30am – parents must arrange for transportation)
June 1 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 1 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 2 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 2 – 6th grade field trip to Computer History Museum
June 3 – Kindergarten PBL Presentations at 8:00am followed by a Cereal Reception
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – Final 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon
June 8 – Peninsula Writers Camp begins
June 15 – Y Reader Program begins
June 22 – AIM High Summer School begins

Meet RCSD…
If you haven’t “Liked” Roosevelt’s Facebook page then you might have missed Roosevelt’s librarian, Paulette Elliott on a segment called Meet RCSD! https://youtu.be/qNyuL7s3IrA

The district has recently launched a video series called “Meet RCSD” which showcase teachers, staff, parents and students. Several interviews were done at Roosevelt, so keep a look out for those. If you like Roosevelt’s Facebook page, you’ll see all of them or you can subscribe to the district’s YouTube channel.
Roosevelt Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool
RCSD YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwgOZXTj1Vl1Ef6RHpm7Uw

Outdoor Movie Night!…
Come and join the fun of watching Big Hero 6 under the stars on an outdoor movie screen on Friday, May 15. The food truck will arrive at 6:00pm and the movie will start when the sun goes down (approximately 8:00pm). The movie is FREE and food and snacks will be available for purchase. Please bring camping chairs, blankets and warm clothes. 1st grade families are asked to volunteer for this event. Currently, help is needed with the food truck. Please contact Melanie Centeno at melanieandrodney@yahoo.com

AR Banquet…
What is the AR Banquet? Who is invited to attend?  The AR Banquet is for students in grades 2-8 who have met their Accelerated Reader goal all three times during the year. (Students in Kinder and 1st grades begin the AR Reading Program as soon as they reach Level 10 in Reading.) The reading goals are determined after each student takes an assessment test to determine both a reading level and a points goal. Each book in the school library and in the classrooms has been leveled and assigned points as determined by the Accelerated Reader system. Students must read books at their level and take online quizzes. Once a quiz is passed, the student earns points associated with that book title. The Accelerated Reader computer system keeps track of each student’s progress. Roosevelt’s librarian and teachers are able to see how each student is doing towards their individually assigned goal. Students that make their AR goal are rewarded at the end of each goal period and all students that make their goal for all three goal periods are invited to attend the AR Banquet that is hosted by Principal Girardi, Assistant Principal DaCosta and the Roosevelt teachers.

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

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

BoxTops Challenge!…
This is the last BoxTops Challenge of the year! This challenge is between Classrooms! Bring in your BoxTops between April 27 and May 22. Make sure you let us know what Room # gets the credit for your entry. The classroom that has collected the most BoxTops will win a prize! Good luck!

Have a great week!

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Week of April 13 – April 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do You Have an iPhone?…
You can now add our parent blog as an app button on your iPhone to make accessing the blog even easier! On your phone, go to www.rooseveltparents.com. Then select the “share” button. Select “Add to Homescreen” then select “Add” – that’s it! You should now see a button with a raccoon on your phone’s homescreen. Selecting it will automatically open the parent blog!

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Week of October 13 – October 17

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, October 13
Middle School Student of the Month Assembly at 1:15pm

Site Council meeting in Room 14 at 6:00pm.  On the agenda for this month’s meeting: guest Anna Lugue, Child Nutrition Director, to discuss school lunch menus. All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, October 14
Picture Day! Free Dress

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

Open Garden at lunch recess. Students may go to the school garden to help with weeding, planting, harvesting and other projects. Any parents that would like to volunteer to help are welcome! Please contact Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com

Navigating Middle School/Teen Success (5th of 8 week session) at 6:00pm for parents of students in grades 5-8. Students whose parents attend will earn a free dress pass and are entered into a raffle for prizes! If you haven’t attended the other sessions, you are still welcome to join in. (Sponsored by Foothill College’s Family Engagement Institute)

Wednesday, October 15
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’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!

1st grade field trip to DeAnza College Planetarium

After school Spanish classes for grades 4-8 begin at 2:30. There are only 3 spots left! Cost is $40 for the 8-week session and the class is being taught by Maribel Prado, a local Spanish teacher and tutor. The first 3 students that turn in their payments will get the remaining spots. Checks may be made out to Roosevelt PTA and turned in to the school office. Please email Megan Goulden megan.goulden@gmail.com or Maribel Prado maribelprado84@gmail.com with any questions.

Thursday, October 16
California Great Shake Out – Earthquake Drill

Middle School Report Cards sent home

Friday, October 17
3rd grade Lawrence Hall of Science Workshop

Saturday, October 18
Once again Peninsula Covenant Church is generously sponsoring a Beautification Day at Roosevelt School to be held on Saturday, October 18. Our teachers have submitted their wish lists and projects that they would like completed in their classrooms (i.e. cleaning shelves, organizing books, etc.) as well as other small projects all over the Roosevelt campus. Roosevelt families are invited to participate in this community event. To learn more and to sign up to volunteer, please go to  http://www.peninsulacommunitycenter.com/beautiful-day-october-18/

Important Dates…
October 20 – TheatreWorks instruction begins for 5th grade – “Systems of the Body”
October 21 – Navigating Middle School/Teen Success (6th of 8 week session) at 6:00pm
October 23 – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:00pm at MIT for parents registering for the 2015/2016 school year
October 24 – Family Fun Night – Spooktacular Bingo! at 6:00pm (6th grade parents asked to volunteer)
October 26 – Garden Beautification Day (Sponsored by Building Together)
October 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
October 28 – Open Garden Day at Lunch Recess
October 28 – Navigating Middle School/Teen Success (5th of 8 week session) at 6:00pm
October 30 – Halloween Parade at 8:15am – lower playground
October 30 – Last day to turn in $130 for PTA donation to be entered into the raffle (more information below)
October 30 – End Roosevelt vs Adelante BoxTops Challenge!
October 31 – Teacher Training Day – No School

Box Tops Challenge!… box tops
Principal Girardi DOES NOT want to wear Adelante spiritwear! The Roosevelt/Adelante BoxTops Challenge is in it’s 2nd week! Please send in those BoxTops before 10/30!  Each BoxTop earns 10¢ for our school, so sending them in will not only help to win the challenge, but we can earn money for our school!  Principal Girardi has challenged Adelante’s principal – the school that has collected the most BoxTops for the month will be declared the winner and the principal of the losing school will have to wear the other school’s spirit wear for a day. Let’s make sure that Adelante’s principal has to show some Roosevelt Raccoon pride by collecting and turning in those BoxTops before October 30!

Candy sale update…
If you haven’t already done so, please turn in your money for the World’s Finest Chocolate Sales. Our PTA has to turn in the money to World’s Finest for all of the boxes that were taken out. Free dress Friday begins on October  for any student that sold 5 or more boxes of chocolate (or 8 for families with 2 or more students). Teachers have the list of students that qualify for free dress.The limo ride to In N Out hasn’t been scheduled yet. The final numbers need to be calculated and permission slips will be sent home with your student when it is scheduled.

Garden Beautification Day…
We are pleased announce that Roosevelt School was chosen as a recipient of a  Rebuilding Together Peninsula project on October 26th, 2014.  Their sponsor, the Carey School of San Mateo, will be working with RTP to provide upgrades to our garden space and surrounding area. They will be creating new, moveable benches, creating a more functional composting area, adding organizational structures to our tool shed, and creating more informative and pretty signage around the garden to highlight the wildlife habitat aspects.  They may also add asphalt art outside of our special education classrooms to enhance that area for our students.
They will provide 100 volunteers and some of our students will be asked to be the ambassadors for our school during the project.

Spooktacular Bingo…
Our next big Family Fun Night is Spooktacular Bingo on October 24! There will be games, food, bingo and fun for the whole family! Come as you are or in costume! 6th grade parents are being asked to help with this event. Please contact Aurora Gallardo at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org or Valerie Romero at (650)346-2445.

iPad-MiniLast chance to win an iPad Mini!…
Are you in…to WIN? Families that have turned in their $130 donation to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund are entered into a drawing on October 30 for an iPad Mini or have one of the school hallways named after your family! There will also be other wonderful prizes that you can win. If you’ve turned in your $130 pledge to the PTA, but haven’t turned in your raffle ticket, please do so before October 30. If you are making monthly payments and you pay your $130 pledged amount by the 30th, 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?

Did you already pay the $130 pledge but haven’t received your goody bag, raffle ticket and green shirt? Please contact our PTA treasurer Guy Taylor at guytaylor123@yahoo.com

Kindergarten Information Night…
Do you or someone you know have a child that is eligible for Kindergarten for the 2015/2016 school year? If so, the district is holding a Kindergarten Information Night on October 23 at 6:00pm (English w/ Spanish translation) or 6:30pm (Spanish w/ English translation) at the MIT auditorium located at 400 Duane Street. Attendees will hear about the registration deadlines and new School of Choice procedures for this year. Spread the word!

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. Checks and credit cards are accepted.

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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MAZE Day Information & YMCA After School Program

NOTE: We need MAZE Day Volunteers!
If anyone can volunteer on either MAZE Day, your help would be greatly appreciated! Older students are also welcome to help with selling spirit wear, marking off mazeforms or answering questions. Spanish speaking volunteers are needed as well.  If you can help, please contact guytaylor123@yahoo.com or call the school office.

What are the dates for the MAZE days?
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*

Who needs to attend MAZE day?
All Roosevelt parents, not just TK, Kinder or new families, are asked to attend.

I can’t come to my scheduled MAZE day. Can I go to the other one?
Yes. If the MAZE day date that was scheduled for your last name doesn’t work for you, please come to the other one.

I can’t come to either MAZE day. What do I do?
If you can’t attend either MAZE day, please come in to the office on Monday morning before school starts.

I didn’t get my MAZE day packet. What do I do?
The MAZE day packets are being mailed to Roosevelt families on Thursday, August 14, so check your mailbox for a big envelope after the 14th. There will be blank forms available for you at both MAZE days, so please come even if you didn’t receive a packet in the mail.

Do I have to be at MAZE day for the two hours that it’s open?
No. The scheduled times are just a window. You can come any time during the scheduled time.

What do I need to bring with me?
You need to fill out all of your forms BEFORE MAZE Day. (If you are having trouble with any of your forms, assistance will be provided during both MAZE days.) In addition to your completed forms, bring your checkbook, credit cards or cash for the enrichment fund and spirit wear. Once you’ve turned in all of your completed forms, you will receive your child’s teacher/class assignment and school supply list.

Why don’t the MAZE day packets go out earlier?
The paperwork doesn’t go out until just before school starts for many reasons:
1. The school office is closed and the staff is on vacation until the second week of August.
2. The office doesn’t receive the final enrollment list until the weeks before school starts, so even if the office was open, they wouldn’t have a complete list of addresses
3. PTA volunteers have to submit pieces for the packets
4. Everything has to be translated and then copies must be made.
5. One packet per student (over 600 this year) has to be assembled by the office staff
6. A mailing that big has to be scheduled with the Post Office by Gwen

The packets cannot be mailed out much earlier than they are because it wouldn’t be possible given the above timetable and logistical constraints.

YMCA After School ProgramYMCA-logo
There are a limited number of spaces available for the YMCA After School program starting August 25th.  Spaces are available on a first come-first served basis and will fill quickly.  The YMCA program for Grades K-8 operates 5 days a week from the release of school until 6pm.  Students receive homework help, healthy snacks, physical education and academic enrichment daily.  The program is grant-funded and requires participants to attend all 5 days for a minimum of 3hrs each day; students may attend parallel programs (after school sports, tutoring, art, music, etc.) and be enrolled in the YMCA After School Program.  For more information and to confirm space for your child, please contact the Site Director, Alyce Rivas, at 650-257-0119 or alyce.rivas@ymcasv.org.  Registration packets are available in the school office and at MAZE days.

 

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Week of April 21 – April 25

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt: calendar_Clip_Art

Please Note: There are only 7 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!

Vote!: Don’t forget to vote everyday for Roosevelt teacher Sarah Coyle at www.csnbayarea.com/allstarteacher (more details below)

Monday, April 21
Classes resume

5th Grade DARE graduation

PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14. The PTA needs officers for next year. If you are interested or have someone to nominate, please come to the meeting or contact the school office. The PTA needs a new Co-President, Secretary, Family Fun Night Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, and Communications Director as well as other positions. You can serve in a position alone or as a team with another parent. Other items to discuss will be the upcoming event calendar, fundraisers and budget.  All are welcome and free childcare is available in the YMCA room.

Thursday, April 24
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’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!

8th grade Parent Volunteer Planning meeting for the graduation events at 6:30 p.m

Important Dates…
April 28 – STAR Testing
April 29 – Family Science/Literacy Night: “Oh Seuss!”
April 30 – Last day to order Yearbook for $25
April 30 – Games 2 U van arriving for students with highest candy sales for the Spring/Easter fundraiser
May 2 – 8th grade field trip to The Tech Museum
May 7 – Teacher Appreciation Lunch
May 12 – Reading Fair entries may be dropped off
May 13 – Reading Fair entries due! Presentation boards may be dropped off from 7:45-8:00am in the cafeteria
May 13 – Roosevelt’s Reading Fair at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
May 16 – Outdoor Movie Night!
May 19 – 5th graders leave for Outdoor Education
May 19 – Kent Award Dinner – Mr. Williams receiving 2014 Kent Award from San Mateo County School Boards Association
May 20 – Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi coming to Roosevelt for the Kinder & TK Raising a Reader event (date to be confirmed)
May 20 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14 — Last PTA meeting of the year!
May 26 – Memorial Day Holiday – No School
May 29 – Open House / Art Show
June 1 – Last day to vote for Sarah Coyle for the All-Star Teacher award (details below)
June 2 – 5 – Last week of school – Minimum Days
June 5 – 8th grade graduation at MIT
June 6 – Last Day of School! Super Minimum Day – all grades dismissed at 12:00

Vote for 7th grade teacher Sarah Coyle…
Congratulations Roosevelt 7th grade teacher Sarah Coyle who has been nominated as one of only 5 Bay Area teachers for an All-Star Teacher award!  If Sarah wins, Roosevelt will receive $20,000!  The winning teacher is the one who receives the most votes.  Sarah is an exceptional teacher and truly an asset to Roosevelt. She has given her all to her students and now we have a chance to show her some support.

You can support Sarah and Roosevelt by voting once per day until June 1 at:

– Visit www.csnbayarea.com/allstarteacher
– Fill out the information in the VOTE NOW box and press Submit
– You are allowed to vote once per day!
– Students may also vote, but they need parent permission

Note: Unfortunately, voting is not supported for smartphones.

This is posted this on Roosevelt’s Facebook page — www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool – PLEASE share it on your own Facebook page and ask for friends and family to help with voting.

Reading Fair…
Families that attended the Pizza & Prep Night on April 1 found out about an exciting event happening on May 13. Roosevelt will be hosting it’s first ever 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. Grades K – 2 have been working on their project boards as a class, but ALL students may enter the reading fair. Winning projects will receive prizes! If your child would like to enter, please stop by the office to pick up a FREE starter kit — instructions, tri-fold presentation board, glue, markers & construction paper. There are only a few free starter kits left, so pick yours up before they’re all gone! To see some examples online of reading fair projects, check out this link of some Reading Fair images.

5th Grade Families…
The week of Outdoor Education is almost here! Please send in your payments now for the week 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.

Fundraising…
If you have already donated your $100 per child to the PTA, you will be entered into another raffle offering an AMAZING prize! Here’s a hint: “warm sandy beaches”… What could this prize be? Details will be coming soon!

If you haven’t already paid your $100, it’s not too late! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you may pay by credit card in the school office or use the Donate button on the parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com

The PTA would once again like to extend their heartfelt thanks to those families that have already contributed $100 and to those that have been making regular payments on their pledged amounts.

The PTA Needs YOU…
This year, the PTA was able to provide Art, Music, Field Trips, after school Spanish classes, lunch time chess, after school dance classes, Family Fun nights, and so much more! Our PTA board has served the maximum number of terms and so we need people to step up to be the new Roosevelt PTA! This is your opportunity to make a difference at Roosevelt! You can take on one of the board positions alone or with a partner to share the work. This is a great way to get involved and meet other parents at the school.  Please come to Monday night’s PTA meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14 to hear more. You may also contact the school office and they will put you in touch with someone from PTA to talk about next year.

Yearbooks…
The school yearbook is now available for pre-purchase! Mr. Williams’ after school yearbook club has been working on the yearbook for most of the year and it will be filled with lots of pictures of all of the activities throughout the year.  The yearbooks are full color and available for only $25 each if ordered before May 1. After May 1, the cost for each yearbook will be $30. Please make checks payable to Roosevelt PTA.  Return your order form with your payment to your child’s class or bring it in to the school office. Extra order forms are available in the school office.

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! (A note about Shoparoo: there are other Roosevelt schools in the area – one in Burlingame and one in San Leandro. Please make sure that your points are going to the correct Roosevelt School.)

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

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Week of May 6 – May 10

May 6Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Note: CST testing continues for all students in grades 2 – 7. (5th grade students have finished testing.) The CST pep rally is each morning in the cafeteria at 8:00am. Classroom doors are LOCKED from 8:15am – 10:15am for testing. Late students will have to wait in the office, so please get to school on time! During the CST testing window, all students in grades 2-7 are invited to eat a complimentary breakfast in the cafeteria beginning at 7:45am. Makeup tests will also be given this week.

Monday, May 6
5th Graders leave for Outdoor Education at 8:00am

Friday, May 10
5th Graders return from Outdoor Education at 12:30pm

Important Dates…
May 16 – Common Core Standards Information Mtg at 7:00pm at the District Office
May 18 – Pancake Breakfast at Applebees
May 20 – Tickets for Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy at Stanford go on sale
May 20 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Rm 14 – Last Meeting of the Year!
May 22 – Common Core Standards Information Mtg at 9:00am at the District Office
May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday – No School
May 31 – School wide Talent Show at 5:30pm
June 6 – Kindergarten on Early Bird Schedule
June 6 – Open House/PBL Fair at 5:30pm – 7:00pm
June 10 – Kindergarten on Early Bird Dismissal for the remainder of the year
June 10-13 – Minimum Day Schedule for grades 1-7
June 13 – Kindergarten Promotion (TBA)
June 14 – Last Day of School – Super Minimum Day – 12:00 Dismissal

Trivia Question…
This is the last week of the California Standards Test (CST),  so we’ll continue to test YOUR knowledge. Lets see how many of you are smarter than an 8th grader:

8th Grade Language Arts:
Which word is derived from the Latin root word meaning to cut?
A. contract
B. partial
C. section
D. junction

8th Grade Science:
Which characteristic of motion could change without changing the velocity of an object?
A. the speed
B. the position
C. the direction
D. the acceleration

Make your guesses and find out if you’re right at the bottom!

Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s…
Roosevelt is hosting a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Redwood City on Saturday, May 18 from 8:00am – 10:00am. Roosevelt teachers are generously donating their time to be servers. This will be a fun family event! Invite friends, family and neighbors. Tickets will cost $5 each. Order forms came home in last Thursday’s folder. Fill out the order form and return it to your child’s classroom or bring it in to the school office.

Art Show Set Up…
Help is needed throughout the day on June 6th to get our students’ art displayed for Open House that night. Artistic ability is not needed, but you will have to know how to use a stapler! The art work has to be stapled to display boards and tables need to be covered. The students have been working hard all year on their artwork, so please come and help to get it looking it’s best! Help will also be needed on June 7th to take all of the artwork down. If you can only help for an hour or two, it will be appreciated! Please contact Marlene Perez at marlenevperez@comcast.net to help out.

PTA Enrichment Fund…
We’re in the final stretch for the year! Pledge reminders were sent out two weeks ago and if you think that the PTA doesn’t need any more money this year, you’re wrong!  Teachers are now turning in their requests for field trip funding from the PTA and we need to collect your pledged money to make those field trips happen!  If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, you can still do so. We want to give the teachers the go ahead to schedule those field trips and classroom visitors. The PTA would also like to purchase additional SMART boards for our classrooms. Please include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family. Each family that contributes $100 in either a direct donation or fulfills their pledged donation of at least $100 will receive free Raccoon Bucks which the students can use at the Snack Shack!

Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation.  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!

Volunteer from Home…
Do you want to help out, but just can’t be on campus to do it? Our PTA is looking for anyone to volunteer as a grant writer to help secure additional fundraising money for our school. You don’t need any special training and you will be given all of the information you need to apply for grants. This is a job that can be done on your own time from home. Please contact Ms. Girardi at pgirardi@rcsdk8.net if you are interested or want more information.

Looking forward…
At the last PTA meeting of the year, we’ll be discussing ideas that might be budgeted in for next year. We need to know what YOU want to see at Roosevelt next year. Last year it was a parent that came to the PTA with the proposal of using Art4All instead of Art in Action. The PTA agreed that it was a great program and so it was made it a budget priority. If you have ideas to share, you can attend the final meeting on May 20 at 6:00pm or you can email your ideas and suggestions to trishreillytaylor@gmail.com (English) or Lydia Hernandez at lyhernan2002@gmail.com (Spanish)

Raccoon Bucks…
Have you seen the new Raccoon Bucks which students can use to purchase items in the Snack Shack? Each Raccoon Buck costs $1 and is good for $1 worth of items at the Snack Shack. Now you be sure that your child is only buying our school’s healthier snack items instead of buying from the ice cream truck. Please note that if your child buys an item worth 50¢, they will not get change back. You can purchase Raccoon Bucks in the school office. You will also receive Raccoon Bucks once you fulfill your $100 PTA donation pledge.

Earthquakes Soccer Game…
Roosevelt has once again reserved seats at the June 29 SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy soccer game at Stanford Stadium. Banners will be going up soon with information about upcoming ticket sales! All tickets cost $20 each. Tell your friends and family – this game was sold out last year and we were lucky enough to have an entire section! Ticket sales will begin the week of May 20.

Fundraise While You Shop…
Reminder – 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. Every time you shop at a store that sells grocery items or pet food, take a picture of your receipt and submit it. You can view the school’s leaderboard and see who has the most points. It’s a new month with a brand new leaderboard, so it’s anyone’s to win! This week Joanne D has taken the lead with 280 points, but Guy T is close behind with 240 points. Let’s see who’s going to be in the lead next week!

Please don’t forget to also sign up on escrip.com to help earn money for Roosevelt at stores such as Safeway, Old Navy, Home Depot, etc. and always look for the Box Tops logo on anything you buy.

Speaking of Box Tops…
We are still collecting Box Tops! You can turn them in to the Box Tops box on the counter in the office or turn them in to your child’s teacher. Each Box Top earns 10¢ for our school. It may not sound like much, but the last batch of Box Tops that we turned in earned almost $450!

Have you read everything?
Let’s see how many of you are reading the ENTIRE weekly update! The first 10 people that send an email to trishreillytaylor@gmail.com that says “I read it!” will receive a free Raccoon Buck!

“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. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is C. section, and B. the position. How did you do? For more practice questions, you can look at the California Department of Education website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/css05rtq.asp persevere

To prepare your child for the CST, make sure they get to bed early and no electronics or tv in the hour before bed. Eat a good, healthy breakfast. Get to school on time. Also, talk to your child about the test. Remind them to take their time, read all directions, check their work, and watch out for the “tricksters” and “stinkers”.

The students have been working hard all year, so let’s help them to do their best and let’s see if Roosevelt can get an API score of 800 or more!

Have a great week!

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Week of Sept 24 – Sept 28

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

Monday, September 24
First PTA meeting of the year! Come to Room 14 at 6:00pm. The PTA will be voting in this year’s PTA officers, going over the budget for enrichment programs for this year and discussing upcoming events. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Thursday, September 27
Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks at 8:00am in the Parent Room (Room 2). Hear first hand about district and school news, talk about any issues or concerns you may have or just come for the coffee. This is also a great opportunity to meet other Roosevelt parents! This is a very casual meeting so if you can only drop in for a few minutes, you’re still welcome to attend. Spanish translation is available for those that need it. If you have a younger child, you are welcome to bring him/her.

Friday, September 28
Last day to take out any more boxes of chocolate for the World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser.

Important Dates…
October 1 – All money from candy sales due!
October 5 – Free Dress Friday
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt – Volunteers Needed!

Trivia Question…
How much do you know about the president our school is named after, President Theodore Roosevelt? Which of the following facts are true?

a. He was the youngest president
b. He established America’s national parks, national forests, national monuments and national reserves
c. He won the Nobel Peace Prize
d. Teddy bears were named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt
e. Answers b and d
f. All of the above

Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom!

Last Week for Candy Sales…
Students selling 5 cases will get free dress on every Friday for the rest of the year and they will have a movie/pizza day. (Families with two or more children must sell 8 cases) Students selling 8 cases will qualify for a limo ride to In-N-Out in Mountain View for lunch. (Families with two or more children must sell 12 cases) For a list of all of the prizes, please look at the purple sheet that came home with the order form. If you need additional boxes, please come to the office.

After School Art for grades 3 & 4…
An after school art program is being offered for students in 3rd and 4th grades on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30. Students will be learn many different art techniques. Registration is limited to 30 students so please turn in the orange flyer that came home in last Thursday’s folder. Classes will begin on 10/3.

Volunteers Needed…
We’re two weeks away from Roosevelt’s Beautification Weekend! Wonderful community sponsors including Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) and 2nd Mile have planned some wonderful changes for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. We will need at least 200 volunteers on the weekend of October 6 and October 7 to make everything happen. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. You can sign up to help on either day and for either the 9:00-12:00 slot or the 1:00-5:00 slot. (Please note that the flyer that went home mistakenly listed the first time slot as 8:00-12:00) All students that volunteer will be given a special t-shirt that may be worn as a uniform shirt for the rest of the school year. All volunteers will also receive a t-shirt from 2nd Mile. Please turn in the yellow flyer that came home in last Thursday’s folder and let the organizers know if you will be volunteering and what size shirt your child wears.

Escrip / Safeway Club Card…
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. If you registered your Safeway Club Card last year, please note that you have renew it every year. To register or renew your cards and see a list of participating stores, go to the eScrip website at www.escrip.com

On the Parent Blog…
Want to see the view of the Space Shuttle Endeavor passing by Roosevelt last Friday? Thanks to Ms. Smith and Mr. Williams for sending pictures from this once in a lifetime event! I’ve also posted pictures from the 6th graders during their team building event. Thanks to Ms. Shamieh and Ms. Coyle for the pictures and student quotes. If you have anything you would like to see posted on the parent blog, please let us know! rooseveltblog@gmail.com

Bumper Stickers…
If you would like a Roosevelt bumper sticker for your car, they are now available in the school office for $1 each. Show your school pride all over town!

Roosevelt’s Facebook Page…
The district created a Facebook page for every school in the district. Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get regular school and district updates in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is f. – All of the above! Get ready to learn a little bit about Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president.

a. In addition to holding elective office as a New York State Assemblyman, Governor of New York, Vice President, and President, he was also a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Colonel of the Rough Riders, all by the age of 42, at which time he became the youngest man ever to hold the office of President.

b. His specific achievements are numerous. Perhaps his greatest contribution was his work for conservation. During his tenure in the White House from 1901 to 1909, he designated 150 National Forests, the first 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 5 National Parks, the first 18 National Monuments, the first 4 National Game Preserves, and the first 21 Reclamation Projects. Altogether, in the seven-and-one-half years he was in office, he provided federal protection for almost 230 million acres, a land area equivalent to that of all the East coast states from Maine to Florida.

c. He negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War and thereby won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906

d. The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was “Teddy”. The name originated from an incident on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902. A suite of Roosevelt’s attendants cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. Later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.

Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read “Teddy’s bear,” after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

To learn more about President Theodore Roosevelt, check out www.theodoreroosevelt.org

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Week of Sept 17 – Sept 21

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

Monday, September
17
Site Council meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Come and hear the latest district and school news. We will also be discussing the allocation of Measure W funds. All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Friday, September 21
Free Dress for students that turned in $50 toward the candy sale by last Friday, September 14.

Important Dates…
September 24 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
September 27 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
September 28 – Last day for candy fundraising
October 5 – Free Dress Friday
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt – Volunteers Needed!

Trivia Question…
The World’s Finest Chocolate Company was accepted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest chocolate bar. How big was the record breaking chocolate bar?
a. 9,700 lbs
b. 11,300 lbs
c. 12,290 lbs
d. 13,860 lbs

Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom!

Care Bags Due…
Last call to turn in your child’s Care Bag to his/her teacher. These bags are stored in each classroom in case of an emergency situation. Please make sure each bag has some non-perishable snacks (dried fruit, crackers, juice box, granola bars, fruit roll ups, etc.) You can also include kleenex and a note and/or picture to reassure your child in the event of an emergency. The bags can just be a gallon sized ziploc bag. Each teacher has a supply of water for the class and one granola bar per child plus necessary first aid supplies. Everyone hopes that these bags will not be needed this year, but in case they are needed, it’s important that your child has something.

Candy Sales…
It’s that time of year again for our school’s biggest fundraiser – World’s Finest Chocolate candy sales! Students selling 5 cases will get free dress on every Friday for the rest of the year and they will have a movie/pizza day. (Families with two or more children must sell 8 cases)  Students selling 8 cases will qualify for a limo ride to In-N-Out in Mountain View for lunch. (Families with two or more children must sell 12 cases) For a list of all of the prizes, please look at the purple sheet that came home with the order form. If you need additional boxes, please come to the office.

Enrichment Program Donations…
Before next week’s PTA meeting, the donations and pledges will be calculated and the final decision will be made on which enrichment programs will be funded for the school year.  If the money necessary to fund everything isn’t received or pledged, programs will be cut. The programs on the wish list to be funded are the following: art instruction, music, drama, Accelerated Reader, after school clubs, field trips, educational assemblies, library books, outdoor education, jiji math, staff to tutor students that need extra help and so much more!

Roosevelt is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. To fund all of these programs, it’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt!

Save the Date…
We’re less than a month away from Roosevelt’s Beautification Weekend! Wonderful community sponsors including Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) and 2nd Mile have planned some wonderful changes for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. We will need about 200 volunteers that day to make everything happen. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. More details will follow as the date approaches, but please save October 6 & 7 on your calendars for this wonderful event/gift.

Box Tops…
Start collecting those Box Tops! A contest will be coming up soon, so get a head start now. Make sure to ask friends, family and neighbors to save them for you!

November Elections…
Meet the candidates running for state assembly and senate in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and hear their views regarding public education. Educate Our State is co-hosting a forum with the San Mateo County School Board Association on Monday, September 24th 6:30pm – 8:30pm at College of San Mateo Theatre (1700 West Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo) Doors open at 6pm.
http://www.smcsba.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/EOSSMCSBA-Candidate-Forum.pdf

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c – 12,290 lbs! In September 2011, the World’s Finest Chocolate company unveiled the record breaking candy bar that measured 3 feet tall and 21 feet long and 12,290 pounds! It included 1,200 pounds of almonds, 5,500 pounds of sugar, 2,000 pounds of milk powder, and 1,700 pounds of cocoa butter. It would take 209,000 candy bars to equal this world record breaking bar. Let’s see if we can break a record with candy sales!

Have a great week!

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Week of Sept 10 – Sept 14

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

Monday, September
10
Kindergarten Early Bird and Later Gator schedule begins

Free Dress for students whose parents attended Back to School Night

Wednesday, September 12
Picture Day! – Free Dress. Order forms went home in last Thursday’s blue folder

Important Dates…
September 17 – School Site Council Mtg at 6:30pm in Room 14
September 24 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
September 27 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt

Trivia Question…
How old was Pablo Picasso when he started painting?
a. 8
b. 10
c. 12

Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom!

Care Bags Due…
Don’t forget to turn in your child’s Care Bag to his/her teacher. These bags are stored in each classroom in case of an emergency situation. Please make sure each bag has some non-perishable snacks (dried fruit, crackers, juice box, granola bars, fruit roll ups, etc.) You can also include kleenex and a note and/or picture to reassure your child in the event of an emergency. The bags can just be a gallon sized ziploc bag. Each teacher has a supply of water for the class and one granola bar per child plus necessary first aid supplies.

Enrichment Program Donations…
We still need donations from some families for this year’s enrichment programs at Roosevelt. Once the family donations are tabulated, a final decision will be made on funding enrichment programs for the school year.  At a budget meeting over the summer break, the PTA and Principal Girardi made a list of things that needed to be funded for this school year and prioritized them. If the money necessary to fund everything isn’t received, cuts will have to be made. The programs on the list to be funded are the following: art instruction, music, drama, Accelerated Reader, after school clubs, field trips, educational assemblies, library books, outdoor education, staff to tutor students that need extra help and so much more!

Roosevelt is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. To fund all of these programs, it’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt!

Save the Date…
We’re less than a month away from Roosevelt’s Beautification Weekend! Wonderful community sponsors including Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) and 2nd Mile. They have a lot of wonderful plans for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. We will need about 200 volunteers that day to make everything happen. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. More details will follow as the date approaches, but please save October 6 & 7 on your calendars for this wonderful event/gift.

Spirit Wear…
If you wanted to purchase spirit wear but didn’t get a chance to do so at Back to School Night, you can purchase it from the school office. The navy blue zip front hoodies in youth sizes are sold out, but another order will be placed this week, so please pre-order one from the school office if you want one. If you’re stopping by the office in the morning, please be patient with Gwen, Haley and Lorena. There is always a lot going on in the mornings, so it may take a while for them to get the chance to retrieve the items for you from the storage room.

Box Tops…
Start collecting those Box Tops! A contest will be coming up soon, so get a head start now. Make sure to ask friends, family and neighbors to save them for you!

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is a – Pablo Picasso was 8 years old when he started painting, but his art lessons started at the age of 5. Will your child be the next Picasso? This year, the PTA is paying for a program called Art4Schools  A professional artist will be coming into each classrooms this year to teach art to Roosevelt students. For some grades, the art instruction may tie in with a PBL unit that the class is working on. All art classes teach a concept such as line, shape, color, and develop basic technical skills. At the end of the year, there will be an art exhibit of everything the students have worked on for the year.

Have a great week!

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Week of Sept 3 – Sept 7

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

Monday, September
3
Labor Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, September 4
Bring items to Room 1 for the Uniform Exchange from 1:30pm-3:00pm

Wednesday, September 5
Bring items to Room 1 for the Uniform Exchange from 1:30pm-3:00pm

Back to School Night for Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade class ONLY at 6:00pm

Thursday, September 6
Registration Deadline for Fall After School Sports Programs (more information below)

Uniform Exchange in Room 1 from 1:30-3:00pm

Back to School Night and Ice Cream Social
– Kindergarten – 3rd grade from 5:30-6:30
– 4th grade – 7th grade from 6:30-7:30

The Ice Cream Social will be held in the cafeteria beginning at 6:30!

Friday, September 7
Free Dress Friday!

Uniform Exchange in Room 1 from 1:30-3:00pm

Important Dates…
September 10 – Kindergarten Early Bird and Later Gator schedule begins
September 12 – Picture Day – Free Dress
September 17 – School Site Council Mtg at 6:30pm in Room 14
September 24 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
September 27 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt

Trivia Question…
How much did the PTA budget for field trips for the 2011/2012 school year?
a. $5,200
b. $7,500
c. $9,800

Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom!

A Reminder for Drop Off and Pick Up…
The drop off zone times are 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Students are to be dropped off and picked up in this area. Please pull forward to allow for other cars to pull in behind you. You also must stay in your car in the drop off zone. You may not use this area to park during the drop zone times.

If you are driving from Upton, you need to drive up Madison and make a Left on to Winslow and then a Left on to Vera to use the drop zone. You may not make a U-turn on Vera and if you get caught, it is a very expensive ticket.

Please be courteous and respectful of our school’s crossing guard and of our neighbors and never park in front of driveways.

Yard Duty Positions Available…
The school still needs 3 or 4 people for yard duty this year. The hours are 10:50am – 1:10pm every day.  If you can only work a few days instead of the entire week, you can still apply. The school pays $12 hour. If you are interested, please let Gwen in the office know. You will have to get a TB test and fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted.

Care Bags Due…
Don’t forget to turn in your child’s Care Bag to his/her teacher. These bags are stored in each classroom in case of an emergency situation. Please make sure each bag has some non-perishable snacks (dried fruit, crackers, juice box, granola bars, fruit roll ups, etc.) You can also include kleenex and a note and/or picture to reassure your child in the event of an emergency. The bags can just be a gallon sized ziploc bag. Each teacher has a supply of water for the class and one granola bar per child plus necessary first aid supplies.

On the Parent Blog…
I would love to put up some back to school pictures, so please let me know if you have any you’d like to share. I’ll try to pop into a few classrooms this week for some pictures to start off the year. If at any time you’re volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning on field trips or helping out on campus, please take a picture or two and send them to me.  I would also be happy to post any work by your child – artwork, stories, poems, etc.  If you or your child would like to write something for the blog let me know. If you can send an email, you can write a blog post – it’s that easy! And remember, any school news is always posted to the parent blog, so please bookmark the page and check it often!

Enrichment Program Donations…
We still need donations from some families for this year’s enrichment programs at Roosevelt. Once the family donations are tabulated, a final decision will be made on funding enrichment programs for the school year.  At a budget meeting over the summer break, the PTA and Principal Girardi made a list of things that needed to be funded for this school year and prioritized them. If the money necessary to fund everything isn’t received, cuts will have to be made. The programs on the list to be funded are the following: art instruction, music, drama, Accelerated Reader, afterschool clubs, field trips, educational assemblies, library books, outdoor education, staff to tutor students that need extra help and so much more!

Roosevelt is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. To fund all of these programs, it’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt!

Donation Matching…
If you want to make a donation to Roosevelt (or have already made a donation), make sure to check with your company’s HR department to see if they offer donation matching to 501c non-profit organizations.

After School Sports…
The Redwood City After School Sports Program is a year-round, school-based sports program that is provided by the Redwood City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Activities League, the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, and supported by the Redwood City Police Activities League. This Thursday, September 6 is the registration deadline for sports offered this fall. The fall sports lineup includes:

Wrestling – grades K – 8
Tennis – grades 1 – 5
Girls Volleyball – grades 4 – 8
Street Hockey – grades 4 -5
Cross Country – grades 5 – 8
Football – grades 6 – 8
Paddling – grades 6 – 8
Youth Golf – ages 8 -15

For more information or applications, stop by Red Morton Community Center or go online to www.teamsideline.com/redwoodcity and click on “Fall Sports”

Save the Date…
Roosevelt is very fortunate to be the recipient of a Beautification Day (actually a weekend) by some wonderful community sponsors including PCC and 2nd Mile. They have a lot of wonderful plans for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. More details will follow as the date approaches, but please save October 6 & 7 on your calendars for this wonderful event/gift.

Spirit Wear…
More spirit wear will be available for purchase at Back to School Night. A list of available items and prices will be sent out before Back to School Night.

Box Tops…
Start collecting those Box Tops! A contest will be coming up soon, so get a head start now. Make sure to ask friends, family and neighbors to save them for you!

Khan Academy…
Back to School means back to homework. If your child is having trouble with homework, Khan Academy is a wonderful online resource to help. These are absolutely free video tutorials on a wide variety of subjects (and the list of subjects is growing every day).  A link to Khan Academy is also on the parent blog links section on the right hand side.

Don’t Forget…
Make sure to put your child’s name on any sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets that they bring to school.  The Lost and Found was overflowing with unmarked jackets and sweaters last year that could have been returned if they had a student’s name on the tag.

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c – $9,800. Last year, the PTA’s Enrichment Program donated $20 per student for field trips to each class. For some classrooms the $20 per student paid for a bus and for others it may have paid for an entrance fee. Enrollment for the 2012/2013 school year has increased to 535 students, putting this year’s current budgeted amount for field trips at $10,700.

Have a great week!

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Week of Aug 27 – Aug 31

Welcome back everyone!

Monday, August 27

First Day of School!

Classes start at 8:00am for grades K-7.
Grades 1 – 3 are dismissed at 2:00pm and Grades 4 – 7 are dismissed at 2:20pm.
Kindergarteners will be dismissed at the end of orientation.

The First Day of School for Kindergarteners serves as a Parent/Student Info Day. Please note: Kinder Parents must attend the first day and must stay with their child until dismissal. Parents will meet the teachers, learn about pick-up and drop-off procedures, learn lunch and snack routines, give contact information, give Early Bird/Later Gator schedule preference, etc. on that day.

Tuesday, August 28
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:40.  

Wednesday, August 29
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:40. 

Thursday, August 30
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:40

Grades 1 – 7 Minimum Day Schedule.  Grades 1 – 3 are dismissed at 1:00 and Grades 4 – 7 are dismissed at 1:20

Friday, August 31
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:40

Important Dates…
September 3 – Labor Day Holiday – No School
September 5 – Back to School Night for Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade class
September 6 – Back to School Night and Ice Cream Social
September 10 – Kindergarten Early Bird and Later Gator schedule begins
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt

Be Safe for Drop Off and Pick Up…
Roosevelt’s only official drop off zone is on Vera Avenue at the white curb by the lower playground. Speed bumps have been installed in front of the school to slow traffic. Please be courteous and do not park in the Principal, Office Manager or Staff parking spaces in front of the school.

To access the drop off zone, drive down Vera from Alameda de las Pulgas. The drop off zone times are 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Students are to be dropped off and picked up in this area. Instead of driving up Vera, you need to drive up Madison and make a Left on to Winslow and then a Left on to Vera to use the drop zone. You may not make a U-turn on Vera and if you get caught, it is a very expensive ticket.

Do not use the school’s bus loading zone at the top of Vera in front of the school library – this zone is for school buses only, and dropping kids off at this location is not only dangerous, it also slows down the flow of all the other cars, and any buses coming in.

Please allow extra time – everyone is very busy, but that’s no excuse to put our kids’ safety at risk – leave a few minutes early to allow ample time for drop off and pick up. Just a few minutes can make a great difference, and help to make the traffic circulation around our school more efficient for everyone.

If you want to escort your child onto campus, another option is to park on Euclid Avenue or in the Rite Aid parking lot.

Please be courteous and respectful of our school’s neighbors and never park in front of driveways.

YMCA Job Opportunity…
The YMCA after school program is looking for one staff person. The hours are 2:00pm – 6:00pm M,T, W, F and 1:00pm-6:00pm on Thursdays. The pay is $12 per hour.  If you know of someone… please email Veronica,  vega.veronica@gmail.com

Yard Duty Positions Available…
The school needs 3 or 4 people for yard duty this year. The hours are 10:50am – 1:10pm every day. The school pays $12 hour. If you are interested, please let Gwen in the office know. You will have to fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted.

Reminder…
The school gates are locked at 8:30am and not unlocked until 1:55pm (or 12:55 on Minimum Days).  If you are coming on to the campus after 8:30am, you need to sign in at the office.

On the Parent Blog…
This year I would really love to show even more of the daily life at Roosevelt on our parent blog.  It’s difficult for the teachers to consistently take pictures since they’re busy with class instruction.  If you’re volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning on field trips or helping out on campus, please take a picture or two and send them to me.  I would also be happy to post any work by your child – artwork, stories, poems, etc.  If you or your child would like to write something for the blog let me know. If you can send an email, you can write a blog post – it’s that easy! And remember, any school news is always posted to the parent blog, so please bookmark the page and check it often! 

PTA…
If you didn’t turn in a donation or pledge form at MAZE day, you can still turn one in.  The PTA is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. That’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Donations to the PTA support our art program, music, field trips, drama, outdoor education, library, assemblies and various needed items and supplies for this school year. Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt!

Donation Matching…
If you want to make a donation to Roosevelt’s PTA (or have already made a donation), make sure to check with your company’s HR department to see if they offer donation matching to 501c non-profit organizations.

Art for this year…
We’re excited to announce that this year, the PTA is sponsoring art for all grades through a program called Arts4All. This program provides an art teacher to each class to teach lessons throughout the year. The students will be learning basic art techniques as well as studying art masters. This program wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations by our families to the PTA.

Save the Date…
Roosevelt is very fortunate to be the recipient of a Beautification Day (actually a weekend) by some wonderful community sponsors including PCC and 2nd Mile. They have a lot of wonderful plans for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. More details will follow as the date approaches, but please save October 6 & 7 on your calendars for this wonderful event/gift.

Spirit Wear…
More spirit wear will be available for purchase at Back to School Night. A list of available items and prices will be sent out before Back to School Night.

Don’t Forget…
Make sure to put your child’s name on any sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets that they bring to school.  The Lost and Found was overflowing with unmarked jackets and sweaters last year that could have been returned if they had a student’s name on the tag.

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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Week of June 4 – June 7

This is it! The last “This Week at Roosevelt” for the 2011/2012 school year!

Monday, June 4
Room 12 PBL Presentation at 8:30am

Rooms 15 & 18 Red Morton Pool Party

Kindergarten Student of the Month Assembly at 10:00am in the YMCA Room

Tuesday, June 5
It’s election day — don’t forget to Vote!

Room 15 PBL Presentation

Room 10 PBL Presentation at 9:00am

1st and 2nd Grade Picnic at Red Morton

Rooms 8 & 9 Field Trip to the San Mateo Historical Museum

Wednesday, June 6
Minimum Day

5th Grade Field Trip to Heals Farm

Thursday, June 7
Free Dress Day!

Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00noon

Important Dates…
June 13 – Important School Board Meeting – Roosevelt’s Expansion to become K-8 will be voted on
August 21 – MAZE Day
August 23 – MAZE Day
August 27 – First Day of School!

Trivia Question…
Which teacher has taught at Roosevelt the longest?
a) Tracy DaCosta
b) Sandra Northen
c) Sigrid McCarthy

Make your guess and find out if you’re correct at the bottom!

PTA Pledges…
You should have received a letter home about the shortfall of money pledged to the PTA this year that helps pay for so many things for the students at Roosevelt. The PTA board will be meeting in a few weeks to go over the budget for next year and will be making decisions about what programs or expenses will have to be cut from the budget. If you would like to make a donation to the PTA to help save our programs, please send in your donations this week. Checks need to be made to Roosevelt PTA and can be given to your child’s teacher or dropped off at the school office.

SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Soccer Game Tickets…
If you purchased tickets for the June 30 soccer game, please come to the office to pick them up. Tickets will be available for pick up before and after school. We sold over 400 tickets so we earned a visit from a SJ Earthquakes player in the fall! Congratulations to Valerie Romero for winning the signed Earthquakes shirt. She sold 93 tickets! The PTA decided to purchase a few extra tickets and as of today, there are only 19 left. They will be available for sale in the office ($15 per ticket), but once they’re gone, that’s it. The PTA would like to thank you for your support and we’ll see you at the game!

On the Parent Blog…
4th Graders Maya R. and Caroline T. wrote a blog post about Gold Rush visitor Oh Susannah! to their classroom, so check it out! Also, many, many thanks to Joanne Dunbar for taking so many wonderful pictures of last Thursday’s Field Day! If I receive any pictures from any PBL presentations or field trips this week, I’ll be sure to post them. I’ll also be posting the summer reading lists and class supply lists, so make sure to check for those.

Congratulations to Librarian Paulette Elliott…
Our wonderful librarian, Paulette Elliott has been nominated for the 2012 Judy Moomaugh Award of Excellence For Exemplary Service by a Library Paraprofessional.

This annual award is given 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.

Congratulations to Paulette and good luck! To see the full nomination, go to Librarian Paulette Elliott Nominated for Excellence Award

June 13 School Board Meeting…
This is it! The decision will be made at the June 13th school board meeting to determine whether Roosevelt will become a K-8 school or not. This has been a very long journey and for those keeping track, it started back in 2007 with the Roosevelt Revitalization Committee. We all realize that this vote comes after school is out for the summer, but this is an extremely important meeting and your presence is appreciated. If you think Roosevelt should become a K-8, we need you to come and show your support! Because the board is expecting a lot of people to attend, it will be held at McKinley Auditorium (400 Duane Street) at 7:00pm.

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.

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is b – Sandra Northen. She has taught at Roosevelt for 23 years! Thank you Ms. Northen for all of your years at Roosevelt!

Have a great summer!

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Field Day 2012!

It was a beautiful day for Roosevelt’s 2012 Field Day!

The students were all divided into teams and played games all over the field – relay races, tug o’ war, sack races, balloon toss and more!

Thanks to Mr. Nate Anderson for organizing this year’s event and to the parent volunteers at each station.

The day ended with a fun game of kickball pitting teachers and staff against the 6th graders!

Thanks to Joanne Dunbar for the wonderful pictures from the day’s activities.

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Week of May 28 – June 1

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

Monday, May 28
Memorial Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, May 29
RCSD Presents 6th Grade Instrumental Music performance at 6:30pm – Sequoia High School Carrington Hall

Wednesday, May 30
SJ Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy ticket orders due! (see below for more information)

Thursday, May 31
Field Day! (Volunteers needed: see below for more information)

Friday, June 1
Free Dress Friday!

Kindergarten graduation at 10:00am in the cafeteria

Important Dates…
June 4 – Room 12 PBL Presentation
June 4 – 5th grade Red Morton Pool Party
June 5 – Room 15 PBL presentation
June 5 – Room 10 PBL presentation
June 5 – 1st and 2nd Grade picnic at Red Morton
June 5 – Rooms 8 & 9 field trip to the SM Historical Museum
June 6 – Minimum Day
June 6 – 5th grade field trip to Heals Farm
June 6 – Kinder field trip to Schaberg Library – Raising a Reader Program
June 7 – Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00
June 13 – Important School Board Meeting – Roosevelt’s Expansion to become K-8 will be voted on

Trivia Question…
Which president is our school named after?
a) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) – president #32 from 1933-1945
b) Theodore Roosevelt – president #26 from 1901-1909

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 are selling tickets to the SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy match being held at Stanford on June 30 at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at $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 were sent home so be sure to look for it. Extra forms are available in the school office.! Order forms are due on Wednesday, May 30. Tickets will be distributed on Monday, June 4. Click here for a copy of the order form.

Field Day Volunteers Needed…
It’s time for the annual day of games and for everything to happen, volunteers are needed for the different activities. For those not familiar with Field Day, the students are all separated into teams and play games on the field with their team: tug of war, three leg races, etc. The kids have so much fun and so do the parents! If you can help out for a few hours that morning, please let your child’s teacher know.

On the Parent Blog…
I posted pictures from the Open House/PBL Fair. As you can see, a lot of class field trips and PBL presentations are coming up so watch for those pictures!

Parcel Tax (Measure W)…
The Yes on W campaign wants to get the message out to more voters before June 5th. They are looking for people to phone bank and/or precinct walk. Below find the sign up link to volunteer. Spanish speakers are needed! They have a list of Spanish speaking homes that need to be called!
http://www.betterrwcschools.org/Better-RWC-Schools/GetInvolved-BetterSchools.html

Kandil Family Update…
The Roosevelt family that lost their home to a fire has been in a hotel but they were scheduled to move into a house on May 26th.

1. For cash donations, please donate to Wells Fargo Bank donation account #3141234918 (under the grandfather’s name: Jose Linares)
2. To contact the family directly, email the parent, Wendy Kandil, at wendykandil1@yahoo.com
3. The family is still in great need of gift cards to Target, Safeway, Old Navy. They can be dropped off in the Roosevelt Office M-F 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.–please label for Kandil Family.

June 13 School Board Meeting…
This is it! The decision will be made at the June 13th school board meeting to determine whether Roosevelt will become a K-8 school or not.  This has been a very long journey and for those keeping track, it started back in 2007 with the Roosevelt Revitalization Committee. We all realize that this vote comes after school is out for the summer, but this is an extremely important meeting and your presence is appreciated. If you think Roosevelt should become a K-8, we need you to come and show your support! Because the board is expecting a lot of people to attend, it will be held at McKinley Auditorium (400 Duane Street) at 7:00pm.

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.

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is b – our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. And for a piece of bonus trivia, our school mascot used to be the Rough Rider! For more information about our school’s namesake, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/theodoreroosevelt

Have a great week!