Roosevelt Parents

School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: September 2011

Week of Sept 26 – Sept 30

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

Note: Grades 2 – 6 will be doing Benchmark testing this week.

Tuesday, September 27
PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge. This is the first PTA meeting of the year so they will be discussing this year’s budget and how to best spend fundraising dollars. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Spanish translation is available and free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Wednesday, September 28
Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese in Redwood City. Chuck E Cheese will give back 10% of sales to Roosevelt. Flyers will be sent home with your child.

Friday, September 30
Last day to turn in Box Tops!

CST Awards Assembly at 1:00. Students in grades 3 – 6 who scored Proficient or Advanced on last spring’s CST will be awarded medals.

Important Dates…
October 7 – Morning coffee with Principal Girardi
October 15 – Rummage sale
October 15 – RCEF Octoberun Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk
October 28 – Family Fun Night — Spooktacular Bingo!
October 31 – Halloween Parade

Box Tops…
This is the last week to turn in your Box Tops for this month’s contest! Look for them on different items you buy at the grocery store. The class that has collected the most Box Tops by this Friday, September 30, will win an ice cream party! To get more information about Box Tops and see a list of products, go to www.boxtops4education.com

Labels for Education…
Turn in those Labels for Education labels! The upper and lower grade classes that collect the most labels by Sept 30 will win a Free Dress Monday. For a full list of products that qualify, go to www.labelsforeducation.com

World’s Finest Chocolate…
The World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser is officially underway! Last year, this was the most successful fundraiser for the school, bringing in approximately $17,000! That money helped pay for our wonderful P.E. teacher, Nate Anderson so that every child at school had weekly P.E. The PTA would love to do even more for the students this year, so remember that Roosevelt gets to keep $25 for each box of chocolate sold. Please keep in mind that if you sign for a box of chocolate to sell, you are responsible for the entire box. You may not return any unsold chocolate back to the school. For more information, contact the school office.

A Note about PTA…
In previous years, voting at a PTA meeting required that parents paid membership dues. The PTA executive board voted to pay the membership fee for all Roosevelt families to make sure that every Roosevelt parent would feel that they had a voice in the PTA. So, come to a PTA meeting this year and hear about the programs that the PTA wants to fund and give them your vote. All meetings offer free childcare in the YMCA room and Spanish translation is gladly given for anyone that needs it.

Rummage Sale…
It’s time to gear up for the 2nd annual Roosevelt Rummage Sale on October 15. The PTA is ready to receive any donations you can give to sell at the sale. Space will also be available to rent if you want to sell, so let friends, neighbors and family members know. Flyers for the rummage sale will be coming home soon. For more information, contact aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

On the Parent Blog…
Do you have any homework tips or tricks that work for your family? I want to put together a list of things that make homework easier or even more fun in your house that we can pass along to everyone. So, let me know what works for you and I’ll post it on the blog – trishreillytaylor@gmail.com And remember, if you have any pictures or content you’d like to submit, let me know.

Calling all runners…
On October 15, the RCEF is hosting OctobeRun — a Half Marathon Race and a 5K Run/Walk. All proceeds from this event go to the RCEF for school programs in our district. We are hoping to get a team of runners or walkers to represent Roosevelt at this event and also a Roosevelt team leader. For more information, go to the event website at www.oktoberun.com If you are interested, please contact trishreillytaylor@gmail.com and I’ll put you in touch with anyone else that is interested in participating.

School t-shirts and sweatshirts…
For those that pre paid for school t-shirts or sweatshirts at MAZE day, the orders are in and are waiting to be picked up in the office. For those still wishing to purchase t-shirts or sweatshirts, all sizes are now available — Youth XS through Adult 3XL. Please stop by the office to pick up an order form. T-shirts are $10 and hoodies/sweatshirts are $20. Both are considered part of the school uniform.

District News…
As of October 1, 2011, the price of school lunches will increase to $2.25 and breakfast will cost $1.25. To see the full bulletin about the fee increase go to the district’s website www.rcsd.k12.ca.us

Have a great week!

Week of Sept 19 – Sept 23

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

Monday, September 19
World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser kick-off

Friday, September 23
6th graders will have a guest speaker at 10:00 talking about earthquakes for their PBL unit

Important Dates…
September 27 – First PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge
September 28 – Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese
September 30 – CST Awards Assembly
October 15 – Rummage sale

Box Tops…
Keep clipping your Box Tops labels! Look for them on different items you buy at the grocery store. The class that has collected the most Box Tops by September 30 will win an ice cream party! To get more information about Box Tops and see a list of products, go to www.boxtops4education.com

Labels for Education…
Start looking for those Labels for Education labels on products! The upper and lower grade classes that collect the most labels by Sept 30 will win a Free Dress Monday. For a full list of products that qualify, go to www.labelsforeducation.com

World’s Finest Chocolate…
Monday is the kickoff for the World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser. Last year, this was the most successful fundraiser for the school, bringing in approximately $17,000. Please remember that if you sign for a box of chocolate to sell, you are responsible for the entire box. You may not return any unsold chocolate back to the school. More information will be coming home with your child on Monday.

Rummage Sale…
It’s time to gear up for the 2nd annual Roosevelt Rummage Sale on October 15. The PTA is ready to receive any donations you can give to sell at the sale. Space will also be available to rent if you want to sell, so let friends, neighbors and family members know. Flyers for the rummage sale will be coming home soon.

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted pictures of last Tuesday’s dairy cow assemblies. Don’t forget to check out the Activities and Links section on the blog. There are some really great educational (and fun) websites listed.

School t-shirts and sweatshirts…
For those that pre paid for school t-shirts or sweatshirts at MAZE day, the orders are in and are waiting to be picked up in the office. For those still wishing to purchase t-shirts or sweatshirts, all sizes are now available — Youth XS through Adult 3XL. Please stop by the office to pick up an order form. T-shirts are $10 and hoodies/sweatshirts are $20. Both are considered part of the school uniform.

Emergency kits…
If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to turn in an emergency kit for your child. It should contain some snacks that will be able to be stored until June – fruit roll ups, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc. (Please include a spoon if one of the food items requires a spoon.) You can also include tissues, a note, a picture, etc. We hope that once again the kits will not be needed, but in case they are, please send in a kit so that child will have one.

District News…
As of October 1, 2011, the price of school lunches will increase to $2.25 and breakfast will cost $1.25. To see the full bulletin about the fee increase go to the district’s website www.rcsd.k12.ca.us

Have a great week!

 

Dairy Council of California Assembly

Did you know that cows have four stomachs and chew their cud to get the most energy out of their food?  Chances are your child does after Tuesday morning’s assembly!

On Tuesday, September 13, Roosevelt students were visited by the Dairy Council of California Mobile Classroom.  Our students got to meet a holstein cow named Electra (Ellie)  and a calf named Della.  The students learned about the anatomy of a cow, what a dairy cow eats & drinks and how milk gets from the cow to the milk containers in their homes.

All of the students got a chance to pet the calf, and some lucky students got a chance to feed her from a bottle.

Week of Sept 12 – Sept 19

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

Monday, September 12
School Site Council / ELAC meeting at 6:30pm in the faculty lounge (Room 14). All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, September 13
Dairy cow assembly! A dairy cow from the Dairy Council of California is coming to Roosevelt to help students learn about the anatomy of a cow, what a dairy cow eats & drinks and how milk gets from the cow to the milk containers in their homes.

Wednesday, September 14
RCEF fundraiser at Whole Foods. 5% of sales go towards the RCEF’s Save Our School Music campaign which provides instrumental music for grades 6 – 8 at all of the schools in the district. (Additional information below)

Important Dates…
September 19 – Worlds Finest Chocolate fundraiser kick-off
September 27 – First PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge
September 28 – Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese
September 30 – CST Awards Assembly

Box Tops…
Keep clipping your Box Tops labels! Look for them on different items you buy at the grocery store. The class that has collected the most Box Tops by September 30 will win an ice cream party! To get more information about Box Tops and see a list of products, go to www.boxtops4education.com

Labels for Education…
Start looking for those Labels for Education labels on products! The upper and lower grade classes that collect the most labels by Sept 30 will win a Free Dress Monday. For a full list of products that qualify, go to www.labelsforeducation.com

Kindergarten Parents…
Volunteers are needed for the Music for Minors program. You don’t have to play an instrument or have any music background. All training is provided. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested or want more information. You can also take a look at the Music for Minors website to learn more about the program at www.mfm.org

Principal’s Summer Reading Club…
On Friday, the students that participated in the Summer Reading Club got to have lunch with the principal. Ms. Girardi bought McDonald’s happy meals for the students and each received a bookmark and a certificate.

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted an article from CNN.com titled “What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents” that I felt was an interesting read. Also, I’ll try to post pictures after the Tuesday dairy cow assemblies.

Art in Action…
Art in Action teachers (docents) are still needed for all grade levels. If we don’t have a volunteer for each class or grade level, your child’s class may not have Art in Action this year. All training is provided, but training classes are happening soon. If you don’t want to teach Art in Action but still want to be involved, you can also sign up to be a helper. Please contact your child’s teacher or the school’s Art in Action coordinator kazberg66@yahoo.com

Volunteering…
If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for anything at Back to School Night, please contact your child’s teacher for volunteer opportunities or come to a Site Council/ELAC meeting or PTA meeting. With all of the budget cuts, we need parent help more than ever!

RCEF fundraiser…
Support the RCEF’s Save Our School Music Campaign. Just shop at the Redwood City Whole Foods Market on Wednesday September 14, 2010. 5% of all sales, all day, go to keep instrumental music education for our kids. Last year’s event raised $5,200!

9 am to 11 am — Stop by the RCEF table by the cash registers and meet some our local education leaders over a free cup of coffee and pastry. Make a contribution to help us reach our $10,000 challenge grant – only $3,000 to go! Free Morning Makeovers for Mom and face painting and balloons for children.

4:30 pm to 6 pm Enjoy musical entertainment by the Sequoia High School band, featuring some of our talented RCSD alumni. Pick up a roasted chicken family meal deal to take home for dinner (until supplies run out). Free face painting and balloons for children.

The Save Our School Music Campaign supports the middle school Instrumental Music Program. The RCEF supports and advances education opportunities for the 9000+ students in the Redwood City School District. Learn more at: www.rcef.org/music

School t-shirts and sweatshirts…
For those that pre paid for school t-shirts or sweatshirts at MAZE day, the orders are in and are waiting to be picked up in the office. For those still wishing to purchase t-shirts or sweatshirts, all sizes are now available — Youth XS through Adult 3XL. Please stop by the office to pick up an order form. T-shirts are $10 and hoodies/sweatshirts are $20. Both are considered part of the school uniform.

Emergency kits…
If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to turn in an emergency kit for your child.  It should contain some snacks that will be able to be stored until June – fruit roll ups, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.  (Please include a spoon if one of the food items requires a spoon.)  You can also include tissues, a note, a picture, etc.  We hope that once again the kits will not be needed, but in case they are, please send in a kit so that child will have one.

District News…
As of October 1, 2011, the price of school lunches will increase to $2.25 and breakfast will cost $1.25. To see the full bulletin about the fee increase go to the district’s website www.rcsd.k12.ca.us

Have a great week!

What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents – from CNN.com

The following article by Ron Clark appeared on CNN.com and it’s worth reading.

Editor’s note: Ron Clark, author of “The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck — 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers,” has been named “American Teacher of the Year” by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” He founded The Ron Clark Academy, which educators from around the world have visited to learn.

(CNN) — This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.

I screamed, “You can’t leave us,” and she quite bluntly replied, “Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can’t deal with parents anymore; they are killing us.”

Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list “issues with parents” as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges.

So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand?

For the full article, go to www.cnn.com

Week of Sept 5 – Sept 9

Monday, September 5
Labor Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, September 6
Box Tops Contest Begins!

Wednesday, September 7
Picture Day! (Free dress day) Please send your child to school with a completed order form or prepay for your child’s pictures online at www.lcsp.net Go to Order Online and enter access code rooserc11rt

Thursday September 8
Back to School Night begins at 5:30pm. Come and see what your child’s teacher has planned for the year. Students whose parents attend Back to School Night will receive a Free Dress Pass for Friday.

Ice Cream Social begins at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. See old friends and meet new ones! School spirit t-shirts and sweatshirts will also be available to purchase.

Important Dates…
September 12 – First Site Council/ELAC meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge
September 14 – Shop at Whole Foods to earn money for the RCEF
September 27 – First PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge
September 28 – Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese

Box Tops…
Start clipping your Box Tops fundraising labels! Look for them on different items you buy at the grocery store. I’ve clipped them from Cheerios boxes and Juicy Juice packs, but they’re on a lot of different products. Tell your friends, family and neighbors to give you any that they have too! You just need to clip the actual Box Tops logo (fyi, some of them are really small), and send them to school with your child. The class that has collected the most Box Tops by September 30 will win an ice cream party! To get more information about Box Tops and see a list of products, go to www.boxtops4education.com

On the Parent Blog…
Thanks to Mrs. Torres for sending in pictures of the Kindergarteners working in her classroom. If you’re volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning on field trips or 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. And remember, this weekly update as well as any school news are always posted to the parent blog, so please bookmark this page and check it often!

Volunteering…
At Back to School Night, please think about signing up to volunteer in your child’s classroom or talk to one of the PTA members at the Ice Cream Social about volunteering opportunities in the evenings or on weekends. If every parent donated just one hour of their time each month, we could do AMAZING things at Roosevelt! Study after study shows that children whose parents are involved at school earn higher grades, do better on tests, have lower absenteeism, complete more homework, demonstrate better behavior at school, graduate from high school at a higher rate and go on to college. So, a small investment of your time now can have a huge impact over your child’s lifetime!

RCEF fundraiser…
Support the RCEF’s Save Our School Music Campaign. Just shop at the Redwood City Whole Foods Market on Wednesday September 14, 2010. 5% of all sales, all day, go to keep instrumental music education for our kids. Last year’s event raised $5,200!

9 am to 11 am — Stop by the RCEF table by the cash registers and meet some our local education leaders over a free cup of coffee and pastry. Make a contribution to help us reach our $10,000 challenge grant – only $3,000 to go! Free Morning Makeovers for Mom and face painting and balloons for children.

4:30 pm to 6 pm Enjoy musical entertainment by the Sequoia High School band, featuring some of our talented RCSD alumni. Pick up a roasted chicken family meal deal to take home for dinner (until supplies run out). Free face painting and balloons for children.

The Save Our School Music Campaign supports the middle school Instrumental Music Program. The RCEF supports and advances education opportunities for the 9000+ students in the Redwood City School District. Learn more at: www.rcef.org/music

PTA Pledges…
If you turned in a PTA pledge form and chose to donate an amount each month, your reminder will be sent home with your child by the beginning of next week.

Updates to the school uniform policy…
All students must wear khaki or navy pants, skirts or shorts and a navy or white collared shirt (i.e. polo shirt). Students may also wear a school spirit t-shirt or sweatshirt. In the colder months, if children need layers to be worn in the classroom, the Roosevelt sweatshirts are permitted as well as navy or white sweaters. Plain navy or white long sleeve shirts or t-shirts may be worn under their uniform shirts. Socks should be white or navy. For safety reasons, all students must wear tennis shoes.

Have a great week!

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