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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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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!



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Week of May 7 – May 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th Graders return from Outdoor Ed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week of April 30 – May 4

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 2
Last day of CST Testing!

Friday, May 4
Free Dress Friday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week of April 23 – April 27

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

Tuesday, April 24 – Friday, April 27 — California Standards Testing (CST) for grades 2 – 6

Monday, April 23
Artist Elizabeth Gomez from last month’s Author Night will be teaching art to the 4th grade students in Room 10(She will be teaching the 4th graders in Room 13 on April 30)

Tuesday, April 24
6th Grade GATE students will have their CST testing in the morning and then will be transported at 10:30 by a PCC van to their GATE class at Selby. Please pick up your child at Selby at 2:30 as usual. The PCC van will not be bringing the students back to Roosevelt at the end of the day.

PTA meeting at 5:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Items to discuss – Upcoming rummage sale, board members for next year, field trips, budget update, etc. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is also available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room. (Please note: this is an earlier start time due to CST testing)

Wednesday, April 25
Restaurant Fundraiser at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway Street. 15% of the sales from that evening will be donated back to Roosevelt. Flyers went home in last Thursday’s folder. Additional flyers are available in the school office.

After dinner at Margaritas, come to the District Office at 7:00pm to show your appreciation and support for Roosevelt’s Office Manager, Gwen Thomas, as she receives recognition for 25 years of service. There will be a recognition ceremony followed by a reception before the beginning of the regular board meeting.

If you stay for the School Board meeting, Superintendent Jan Christensen will be discussing issues from last week’s special board meeting about grade configuration, enrollment and boundaries.

Important Dates…
April 30 – Artist Elizabeth Gomez teaching art to Room 13
May 4 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in the Library (attending parents will participate in the Fire Drill)
May 4 – Fire Drill at 8:05am
May 4 – RCEF benefit at Pacific Shores Center
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration / Rummage Sale
May 7 – Last Site Council / ELAC meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
May 7 – May 11 – 5th graders at Outdoor Education
May 9 – Teachers Appreciation Lunch at 11:00am
May 10 – Parcel Tax Phone Banking – 5:30-8:30pm
May 15 – Last PTA Meetting at 6:00pm in Room 14 (Note: date changed from May 22)
May 21 – Kent Awards Ceremony
May 22 – SMCRA Literacy Award Ceremony for Kinder Team
May 23 – School play “The Effect” at 6:00pm
May 24 – Open House / PBL Fair 5:30-6:30, Bingo 6:30pm
May 28 – Memorial Day – No School
May 29 – 6th Graders Instrumental Music Performance at Sequoia High School
June 6 – Minimum Day
June 7 – Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00

CST and Benchmark Testing…
Testing time is here! CST Testing begins this week for grades 2 -6 and other students will be taking Benchmark tests. Please make sure your child is on time each day. Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each day as well. They’ll be testing in the morning, so a good breakfast will help them concentrate. Talk about the importance of doing their best and remind them to take their time and check their work. Make sure they go to bed on time – 8:30pm at the latest! Students do better when they are fully rested. Have your child relax each day after school. Finally, give them encouragement to do their best!

Roosevelt Expansion Update…
The district’s Grade Configuration Committee has voted and given their recommendations to the Superintendent and the School Board. The committee voted 20 to 5 in favor of Roosevelt becoming a K – 8 school offering Project Based Learning. Next, Superintendent Jan Christensen will give her recommendations to the school board and then the school board will vote on this as well as other recommendations that were put forth by the grade configuration committee. At last Wednesday’s board meeting, the school board expressed concern over the impact on programs at Kennedy since Henry Ford is requesting to add 6th grade and Taft is requesting K-8. The meeting was heavily attended by Kennedy parents and staff expressing their concern over Kennedy’s future. If you would like to address the board, you may do so at Wednesday’s board meeting. The school board vote is tentatively scheduled for the May 9 board meeting. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.

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

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

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

Box Tops…
We have one more Box Tops Contest running this year – you have raised almost $800 for our school, just by turning in BoxTops!

We are hoping for some small prize donations for our last contest of the year.  We are going to offer raffle tickets for every 5 box tops that are turned in, and that raffle ticket will allow the child to win a prize.  We are hoping to collect some prizes from our parents – movie tickets, small gift cards to Corner Yogurt or Jamba Juice, Target, Lego sets, cool books in English and Spanish – be creative!  If you have a prize you can donate, please send an email to megan.goulden@gmail.com.

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

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

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

Ballot Initiative…
Elections are coming up and I’ll pass along anything related to education funding as I get information so that we can all make informed decisions.

The first one I’ll pass along is a ballot initiative called Our Children, Our Future. This ballot initiative is supported by the California State PTA. If passed, this measure proposes to raise $10 to $11 billion annually in new revenue through a sliding scale income tax increase that varies with taxpayers’ ability to pay. Organizers are in the process of collecting signatures to put it on the ballot, so take a look at their website for more information — www.ourchildrenourfuture2012.com

Have a great week!

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Week of April 16 – April 20

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

Wednesday, April 18
The District’s Grade Configuration Committee and Superintendent Jan Christensen will be presenting their recommendations to the school board at 6:00pm at the District Office. One item under consideration is Roosevelt’s request to become a K-8 school. This meeting is open to the public and anyone that would like to speak before the school board is welcome to do so. Spanish translation is available.

Important Dates…
April 24 – May 2 – CST Testing
April 24 – PTA meeting at 5:30pm in Room 14 (Note: earlier start time due to CST testing)
May 4 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in the Library
May 4 – RCEF benefit at Pacific Shores Center
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration / Rummage Sale
May 7 – Last Site Council / ELAC meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
May 7 – May 11 – 5th graders at Outdoor Education
May 15 – Last PTA Meetting at 6:00pm in Room 14 (Note: date changed from May 22)
May 24 – Open House / PBL Fair 5:30-6:30, Bingo 6:30pm
May 28 – Memorial Day – No School
June 6 – Minimum Day
June 7 – Last Day of School! — Super Minimum Day — All grades dismissed at 12:00

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted pictures from Ms. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade class — a field trip to see a play at the Veteran’s Center, an art project called “Signs of Spring” and the 3rd graders receiving dictionaries from the Rotary Club.  I’ll also be posting any updates from the District Grade Configuration Committee meetings.

Snacks for the CST and Benchmark Testing…
It’s testing time! Some students will begin testing this week and for grades 2 -6, the California Standards Test begins on April 24 and ends on May 2. The 1st graders will also be taking their final benchmark test of the year. The PTA would once again like to put together snacks for the students taking the test to give them a little bit of much needed energy and also show them support and encouragement. The PTA is asking for donations of snack items – pretzels, Cheerios, Chex, goldfish crackers, popcorn, etc. that can be put into baggies for each student for each day of testing. The note that went home in Thursday’s folder gave Friday the 13th as the day to turn in snack donations, but you can still turn them in. (Some snack items were needed this week for those testing early.) Any snack donations may be brought to the office.

Monthly Pledges…
Reminder notices for April are being sent home this week to those who wanted to make a small monthly donation to the PTA. As with any other donation to the PTA, this money is being spent on P.E. for all grades, art, music, field trips, assemblies, etc. Please make sure to put your child’s name and room number on the envelope so that your account can be credited. As always, the PTA appreciates your support! If you have any questions, please contact Guy Taylor at guytaylor123@yahoo.com

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

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

Box Tops…
We have one more Box Tops Contest running this year – you have raised almost $800 for our school, just by turning in BoxTops!

We are hoping for some small prize donations for our last contest of the year.  We are going to offer raffle tickets for every 5 box tops that are turned in, and that raffle ticket will allow the child to win a prize.  We are hoping to collect some prizes from our parents – movie tickets, small gift cards to Corner Yogurt or Jamba Juice, Target, Lego sets, cool books in English and Spanish – be creative!  If you have a prize you can donate, please send an email to megan.goulden@gmail.com.

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

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

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

Document Shredding Event for Redwood City Residents…
Bring your personal documents* for safe and secure on-site shredding – for FREE!

Saturday, April 21st 9 am – 3 pm
Redwood City Public Works Parking Lot
1400 Broadway, Redwood City

No need to worry about paper clips or staples. *Limit of 3 (three) boxes (10”x12”x15”) worth of materials per household.
Please be prepared to show proof of Redwood City residency.

For more information contact the Redwood City Public Works Department at 650-780-7464 or Recology San Mateo County at (650) 595-3900

Ballot Initiative…
Elections are coming up and I’ll pass along anything related to education funding as I get information so that we can all make informed decisions.

The first one I’ll pass along is a ballot initiative called Our Children, Our Future. This ballot initiative is supported by the California State PTA. If passed, this measure proposes to raise $10 to $11 billion annually in new revenue through a sliding scale income tax increase that varies with taxpayers’ ability to pay. Organizers are in the process of collecting signatures to put it on the ballot, so take a look at their website for more information — www.ourchildrenourfuture2012.com

Have a great week!

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Week of March 5 – March 9

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

Monday, March 5
Begin Boys vs Girls Box Tops contest! Send in those Box Tops!

Tuesday, March 6
CST Writing Exam for 4th graders. If you have a 4th grader, make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep!

Important Dates…
March 12 – 16 – Parent / Teacher conferences
March 12 – 16 – Book Fair
March 12 – Site Council / ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 14
March 21 – Family Author Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
March 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
March 30 – Minimum Day / Begin Spring Break
April 2 – April 6 – Spring Break – No school

Drop off and Pick up News…
The City painted the curb on Vera on Friday for the new drop off zone on Vera, but they listed the drop off times as 7:30am to 8:30pm. This is incorrect and will be fixed. 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. The curb on Euclid will also be painted white and drop zone signs added in the coming weeks. A letter will be going home with your student this week explaining the new drop off procedure.

Book Fair…
The Spring Book Fair will be held during Parent / Teacher Conferences from March 12 – March 16. Kindergarten parents are asked to help with the Book Fair during lunch hours and after school. Please contact your child’s teacher or our librarian Paulette Elliott at pelliott@rcsdk8.net with any questions, or to help out. If there aren’t enough volunteers, Paulette won’t be able to have a spring Book Fair.

Family Author Night…
On Wednesday, March 21, Roosevelt is hosting a Family Author Night. An author is coming to read her book to students and will also have a presentation and raffle. Dinner will be served and 2nd grade families are being asked to help with the food service before the presentation begins. Please contact Bonnie Courtney – Rodriguez at BCourtney-Rodriguez@calcas.com to volunteer. More information about this event will be coming home this week.

See’s Candies Fundraiser…
Your child should have brought home a flyer for the See’s Candy fundraiser in the Thursday folder. This is a fundraiser to raise money for the PTA. You may send your order forms with your child or turn in your order forms to the school office until Wednesday, March 21. Please make any checks payable to “Roosevelt PTA” and please put your child’s room number next to your child’s name on the order form. Thanks for your support!

Box Tops…
It’s time for another Box Tops contest! This one is Boys vs. Girls and the winners will win an extra recess! The contest starts Monday, March 5 and ends on Friday, March 16. Box Tops may be turned in to the Boy or Girl boxes in the school office. Look for Box Tops on products such as Kleenex, Cheerios, Hefty, Ziploc, Huggies, etc.

On the Parent Blog…
I’m posting the class newsletters for March as I receive them and I’ll be posting pictures of the 6th graders reading to students to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday last week. And I’ll be posting pictures of Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd graders and their biomes projects as they work on them before their presentation on Friday. And for those that didn’t get the latest issue of the school newspaper, I’ll post that as well.

Monthly Pledges…
Reminder notices for February were sent home last week to those who wanted to make a small monthly donation to the PTA. As with any other donation to the PTA, this money is being spent on P.E. for all grades, art, music, field trips, assemblies, etc. Please make sure to put your child’s name and room number on the envelope so that your account can be credited. As always, the PTA appreciates your support! If you have any questions, please contact Guy Taylor at guytaylor123@yahoo.com

Save the Date…
Our Rummage Sale’s rescheduled date has been confirmed and it will now be combined with a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5, 2012! Our PTA president, Aurora Gallardo needs help sorting and pricing the donated items that have been stored in the PTA room and selling booth space. Parents are also needed to help cook a Mexican meal for the festivities. — Carnes asada, frijoles (beans), arroz (rice), elote (corn) and nachos

If you can help, please contact Aurora at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Grade Configuration Committee News…
Here is your chance to be heard by the district! The district’s Grade Configuration Committee has asked the district to survey families within the district about current grade configurations and programs. The committee will use the responses they get from this survey when they give their recommendation to the board about future programs and grade configurations in the district. On the list of things this committee is looking at is Roosevelt’s request to expand to a K-8 school. We would love to get as many Roosevelt families as possible to fill out the survey, so the computer lab will be made available for parents in the weeks ahead. Look for information about that in your Thursday folder.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Take Survey

Tomar la encuesta

Have a great week!

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Friday Reminders!

Friday, March 2
Free Dress Friday! All children may wear free dress.

Last day for animal shelter toy drive by Room 2. Send any new or gently used animal toys or supplies to school with your child.

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

There will be a Lockdown Drill at 10:00am.

Grade Configuration Committee News…
Here is your chance to be heard by the district! The Grade Configuration Committee has asked the district to survey families within the district about current grade configurations and programs. The committee will use the responses they get from this survey when they give their recommendation to the board about future programs and grade configurations in the district. On the list of things this committee is looking at is Roosevelt’s request to expand to a K-8 school.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Take Survey

Tomar la encuesta

Drop off and Pick up News…
The City has installed the signs for the drop off zone on Vera, but they listed the drop off times as 7:30am to 8:30pm. This is incorrect and will be fixed. The drop off zone times will be 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Until the curb is painted white, you will still be able to park in this area during drop off and pick up times. Hopefully the City will give adequate warning of when the curb is scheduled to be painted.