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Week of Oct 22 – Oct 26

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

Monday, October 22
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).The PTA will be discussing upcoming events and looking at the budget for enrichment programs for this year. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.(Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Thursday, October 25
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.

Picture Make Up Day for anyone that missed the September Picture Day. Free dress is allowed for students having their picture taken.

Friday, October 26
Spooktacular Bingo! Come and join in on the fun starting at 5:30pm in the Cafeteria. Pizza, cookies and popcorn will be available at $1 each. Pumpkin & Cake Walk for .50 per game. Bingo hosted by Mr. Williams and Mr. Anderson!

If you are a 2nd grade parent, make sure you’ve signed up to help with this event.

Important Dates…
October 31 – Halloween Parade in the morning on the lower playground
November 1 – Lockdown Drill
November 2 – Free dress Friday
November 5 – Site Council Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 14
November 6 – Election Day
November 7 – Kinder Tour Night at 6:30
November 12 – Veterans Day – No School
November 13 – 16 – Book Fair (4th grade families providing volunteers)
November 19-20 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
November 21 – 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 26 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
November 29 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 2

Trivia Question…
What is the biggest Bingo jackpot that has ever been won?

a. $664,000
b. $998,000
c. $1.6 million

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

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.

Spirit Wear & Bumper Sticker Sales…
Both will be available for purchase at Spooktacular Bingo. We just got some more navy zippered hoodies in, so get them while supplies last. The school’s grey and navy hoodies may be worn in the classroom as part of the uniform.

T-shirts – $8.00 each (pink, light blue, grey and navy)
Hoodie – $18.00 each (grey)
Zip front hoodie – $25.00 each (navy)
Hats – $10.00 each (khaki)
Bumper Sticker – $1.00 each

Spirit wear is also available year-round in the school office. 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. Also, if you are paying cash, please have exact change – the office is not allowed to hold cash to make change. Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA.

Funding Enrichment…
Pledge reminders will be sent out soon so please send in your donations. Roosevelt is asking for $100 per student for the year to pay for enrichment programs such as the dance class, the school wide art program by Art 4 All, the girls running club, field trips for all grades and hopefully much, much more! Please make checks out to Roosevelt PTA. Payments may be turned in to your child’s classroom or the school office. Make sure to include your child’s name and room # on the envelope or check memo line so that your family is credited with the payment. Thanks to our generous parents for making funding for these programs possible.

On the Parent Blog…
There’s lots going on all around our campus! I’ve posted pictures of Kinders hard at work during their TIG time, firefighters visiting 1st grade for their PBL Unit on community, the 1st and 7th graders measuring out the Statue of Liberty for the 1st grader’s PBL Unit on American symbols, the 3rd graders using their new SMART board, and 7th graders at the Renaissance Faire. I’ll also be posting pictures from the after school dance class and choir. Keep checking the blog for classroom newsletters. Kinder and middle school tour season is starting early, so more pictures of what’s happening in our classrooms are desperately needed. If you have any that you’d like to send in, let us know.

YMCA Job Opportunity…
The YMCA sports program is looking for someone 16 years or older to work in the after school sports program. Applicants must have an interest in sports. If you know of someone or want more information… please email Veronica, vega.veronica@gmail.com

Kinder Tour Night…
If you know anyone that has a child that will be entering Kindergarten next year, let them know that Roosevelt will be holding a Kindergarten Tour Night on November 7 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information, contact rooseveltopenhouse@gmail.com or call the school office.

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 school and district updates in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Volunteer Timesheets…
If you are volunteering any of your time for the school, don’t forget to fill out a Volunteer Timesheet so that your hours can be counted! Volunteer Timesheets are available in the classrooms and the school office. They may be turned in to your child’s classroom or the office.

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c. $1.6 million! In 2008, a house cleaner in Scotland won the world’s largest Bingo jackpot valued at $1.6 million US dollars. While you won’t win $1.6 million at Spooktacular Bingo on Friday night, you can win some great prizes and you will definitely have fun! Roosevelt’s Family Fun nights are always a a lot of fun and really shouldn’t be missed!

Have a great week!



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Roosevelt Kindergarten Team Wins SMCRA Literacy Award!

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to our award winning Roosevelt Kindergarten Team!



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Week of Feb 13 – Feb 17

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

Monday – Thursday
Benchmark testing for students in 1st – 6th grade

Monday, February 13
Last day to buy Valentine’s Day Candy Grams. They can be purchased in the school office before and after school. If you want to buy one, but are unable to come to the office, you can send your money in with your child. Candy Grams are $1 each. Please be sure to include a note with with the following: who the Candy Gram is for, the room # and who the Candy Gram is from. The Candy Grams will be delivered to the classrooms on Tuesday.

Site Council / ELAC meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Come and hear the latest district and school news. All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, February 14
Valentine’s Day! Check with your child’s teacher to see if anything is scheduled for your child’s class on that day. Instead of sending candy with your child’s valentine’s, consider sending erasers, pencils, etc. to keep the sweet treats to a minimum.

Wednesday, February 15
Spring Picture Day – Free Dress!

Friday, February 17
Lincoln’s Birthday – No School

Important Dates…
February 20 – President’s Day – No School
February 22 – Happy Birds Assembly
February 24 – Student of the Month Assemblies
February 24 – Movie Night at 7:00pm – Rio!
February 28 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 29 – Restaurant fundraiser – Pasta Pomodoro
March 2 – Lockdown Drill

In the News…
As you all know, the news story about the Special Ed Preschool teacher’s arrest is still in the news and it has been incorrectly reported that 8 Roosevelt teachers were put on administrative leave. Once again, the Special Ed Preschool is not a part of Roosevelt and Roosevelt teachers were not put on leave. The special ed preschool merely uses classroom space on our campus just as the Rainbow preschool and CDC preschools do. This has been really hard on the teachers and staff and they are not allowed to say anything to defend themselves. I’m asking that we all try to spread the word of this error via social media. Please go to our blog and select the post about the news story error, at the bottom of the post select one of the share buttons to add it to your Facebook page, Twitter feed, etc. I feel that if we all spread the word about the inaccuracy of this news report, we can overcome it. Update: News Reports About Special Ed Preschool Teacher

Keep in mind that this has been very stressful for the teachers and staff and a kind word goes a long way to show that we support them.

On the Parent Blog…
Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade TIG group held a debate in their class on the book James and the Giant Peach. The students read the book and watched the movie and debated which was better. I also have pictures from the Kinder classes doing their All About Me presentations, as well as other Kinder activities. I have a lot to post on the blog and I admit I’m behind, but will have it up this week (AR Goal party, 4th grade field trip to Ano Nuevo, 6th Grade TheatreWorks presentation, Mr Williams TIG group, 2nd grade Art in Action, Jiji Math in the news, etc.) The 6th grade is studying Ancient Egypt and will be flooding the Nile (I’m not sure what that is, but I’ll take picutures!) and they’ll also be creating their own mummy. Lots of great things are happening in all of the classrooms! I wish I could be in all of the classrooms taking pictures, but there’s only 1 of me and over 20 classrooms, so send me pictures if you have any!

Movie Night!…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be celebrating Mardi Gras and Carnival on Friday, February 24 by presenting the movie Rio! So come and enjoy the fun! Doors open at 6:30pm for popcorn, candy and hot chocolate and the movie begins at 7:00pm. More details to come about activities that will be happening during the week leading up to movie night but mark your calendars now. Our movie nights are always so much fun and a great way to end the week! If you can help with any part of the evening, please contact Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net

She needs:
1 volunteer to start popcorn machine at 5:30pm.
2 volunteers set-up at 6:00pm-7:00pm
4 volunteers to sell concessions 6:50-8pm
Volunteers to help clean up 8:30-9pm.

Jiji Math at Home…
Don’t forget – your child can log in to Jiji Math at home! Your child can log into his/her Jiji Math account and complete any assigned homework added by your child’s teacher. Go to www.stmath.com, click on Jiji and enter homework activation code: ROO79A-HS9-ZE-TRG. Your child will then be directed to enter their password.

Other Links for Kids…
There are a lot of great online educational games and resources for kids out there. I’ve put some links on our parent blog under the tab Links for Kids. There are also some great apps out there as well. I have Math Bingo, Word Bingo and Brain Pop on my iPhone and I’m sure there are many others. If you have any that you recommend, let me know and I’ll add it.

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

Do You Have a Smartphone?…
I was able to make a smartphone friendly version of the blog for anyone logging in via a smartphone. So make sure to bookmark our parent blog on your phone and then you can check out what’s going on anytime!

Have a great week!



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The Great Debate! James and the Giant Peach: Book vs Movie

Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade TIG reading group read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and watched the movie adaptation by Tim Burton. The students then chose to either be on the Book team or the Movie team and they were then divided up into groups to debate the following categories: Setting, Character, Action & Adventure and the Overall Message.

SETTING
Opening – Book:
The cloud men setting is better in the book than in the movie because the cloud men make rainbows.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree because they have a ladder in the peach.

Opening – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because inside the peach they make peach juice.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The cloud setting is better in the book because the cloud men make snow balls.

New Argument – Book:
There is more excitement in the setting of the book than the movie because the peach goes to a lot of different places.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree because James scoops a piece of the peach to make a hole.

New Argument – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because they have stairs on the side of the peach.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The peach is better in the book than the movie because the peach goes to the ocean and they tie the peach to some seagulls.

 
CHARACTER
Opening – Book:
The characters are better in the book than the movie because Centipede makes more jokes.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree. Centipede is a little nicer and a little grouchy in the movie.

Opening – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because Centipede knows they’re going to New York City

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree because Centipede is bossier than in the movie

New Argument – Book:
James is better in the book than in the movie because he is more curious

Rebuttal- Movie:
I disagree. James is better in the movie because he fought dead pirates

New Argument – Movie:
James is better in the movie because he is more clever.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree because James wants to learn more in the book than the movie.

ACTION & ADVENTURE
Opening – Book:
The book is better than the movie because it has Cloud Men.

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree because the movie is better than the book because Centipede and Miss Spider fights the skeleton pirates and has more adventure.

Opening – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because it has more adventure and James and his friend plan to go to New York City

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The book is better than the movie because the cloud Men are better than the pirates because the Cloud men go through clouds

New Argument – Book:
The book is better than the movie because it has more adventure.

Rebuttal- Movie:
I disagree because in the movie the robot shark has more action and details

New Argument – Movie:
The movie is better than the book because the Centipede puts something in the robot shark and it exploded.

Rebuttal – Book
I disagree. The James and the Giant Peach book is better than the movie because they don’t know where they’re going

OVERALL MESSAGE
Opening – Book:
The book is better than the movie because the message tells more of what James wants. James wants to get away from Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge

Rebuttal – Movie:
I disagree that the book is better because James wanted to go to New York City.

Opening – Movie:
James parents’ dream is to go to New York City because they will be together in his heart.

Rebuttal – Book:
I disagree. The book is better than the movie because the message tells more about why James is lonely. Because he has no friends.

New Argument – Book:
The book is better than the movie because the message tells why James wants to have fun And to have fun James made friends with insects

Rebuttal- Movie:
I disagree that the book is better because the movie has more messages than the book

New Argument – Movie:
They want to go to New York City because the parents promised James they would go together.

Rebuttal – Book
I disagree. The book is better than the movie because the message is that James does not like working for Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge