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Month: October 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Roosevelt Halloween 2011

Once again, Roosevelt celebrated Halloween in style!

Princesses, ninjas, skeletons, ghosts and other characters walked the halls of Roosevelt this morning.  Everyone came together on the lower playground for the annual Halloween Parade where students and teachers alike got to show their stuff!  Prizes were awarded for best costume – grades K-2, best costume – grades 3 – 6, best makeup and best overall costume.

 

Week of Oct 21 – Nov 4

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

Monday, October 31
Halloweeen Parade at 8:30am in the lower playground. Your child may come to school in costume for the parade, but please pack a uniform to wear for the rest of the day.

Friday, November 4
Free Dress Friday!

Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in the Parent Room (Room 11). 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! All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. If you are a Kindergarten parent with a Later Gator, you may attend with your child. Also, there are toys and activities in the room for younger children.

Important Dates…
November 7 – Site Council/ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 14
November 11 – Veteran’s Day – No School
November 16 – Restaurant Fundraiser – Chevys Fresh Mex
November 16 – 22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule
November 16 – 22 – Book Fair
December 3 – Hometown Parade

Spooktacular Bingo Thank You…
Thanks to all of our volunteers for Bingo/family fun night! The committee would also like to recognize Pastorino Nursery in Half Moon Bay for donating the pumpkins. Thanks to the teachers and parents who baked goodies for the cake walk. And a special thank you to our bingo callers Mr Andersen and Mr Williams! All of you made it a terrific event!

Roosevelt in the News…
In case you missed it, Patch.com came to Roosevelt to film the earthquake drill as part of California Shake-Out. The children in Mrs. Herrerra’s 2nd grade class were filmed during the drill and 4th grader Omar Bravo was interviewed. http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/video-roosevelt-students-survive-earthquake#video-8182294

PTA Pledges…
If you haven’t already done so, please remember to send in your pledge money. Checks may be made payable to Roosevelt PTA or include your cash donation. Please also include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family. Thank you for your generosity!

Halloween at Roosevelt…
Roosevelt celebrates Halloween every year with a costume parade on the lower schoolyard at 8:30am. Most classes will also be having Halloween or Harvest parties tomorrow, so don’t forget to bring food if you signed up to bring something or help with the class party. Also, please keep healthy snacks in mind for the kids – granola bars, fruit, yogurt, veggie sticks, breakfast burritos, etc.

On the Parent Blog…
I’ll be posting a video of the 5th graders Theaterworks presentation on the digestive system and respiratory system and pictures from Spooktacular Bingo night. Thanks to Dora Bejarano for sending in her pictures. If anyone else has pictures to send in from that night, please send them in! For those that missed it, Mr Nate and Mr Williams put on quite a show!

Pictures needed…
I would love to get more pictures of what’s going on in all of the classrooms at Roosevelt. If you have pictures from your child’s classroom while volunteering, pictures from a field trip or class party, please let me know and I’ll post them on the blog. If you take a picture of your child’s artwork or any project, I’d be happy to post that as well. trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Redwood City Hometown Parade…
Save the Date!  Roosevelt will be participating in the Redwood City Hometown Parade on December 3. We would love to have a car or flatbed truck to be part of our school’s parade entry, so if you have a convertible or have access to a flatbed truck that we can use, please let us know. Also, the dollar stores are starting to put out their holiday items, so if you see any santa hats, pick some up to wear for the parade. Contact trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

New booster seat law!…
On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 929 which takes effect on January 1, 2012. This law requires that children riding in any vehicle must be restrained in the back seat in a booster seat until their 8th birthday or until they reach a height of 4’9″ – whichever comes first. The current law states that children must be in a booster seat until they are 6 years old or 60lbs. After January 1, 2012, a violation of the new law will be punishable by a fine of nearly $500.00 and one point on your driver’s record.

Have a great week!

Spooktacular Bingo!

Top Bingo Callers

Friday, October 28 was a night of great fun at Roosevelt!  Families came together for a Pumpkin/Cake Walk and Spooktacular Bingo!

Thanks to all of our volunteers for Bingo/family fun night! The committee would also like to recognize Pastorino Nursery in Half Moon Bay for donating the pumpkins. Thanks to the teachers and parents who baked goodies for the cake walk. And a special thank you to Lisa Bamberger and her father for the face painting and to our bingo callers Mr Andersen and Mr Williams! All of you made it a terrific event!


 

Theatreworks Presentation by 5th Grade

On Thursday evening, October 27, the 5th grade class presented what they had learned about the respiratory and digestive systems to their parents. The 5th graders worked for two weeks with instructors from the Theatreworks program.

Roosevelt is one of only two schools in the district that offer the Theatreworks program. These programs strengthen standards-based learning through the integration of theatre.

Week of Oct 24 – Oct 28

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

Tuesday, October 25
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Room (Room 14). The 5th grade class will be making a presentation to the PTA at 6:00pm. Also, the grand total earned by the candy fundraiser will be announced, so come and find out how many bars of chocolate were sold! Spanish translation is available and free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Thursday, October 27
Outdoor Education orientation meeting for all 5th grade families at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. This will be followed by a Theaterworks presentation by the 5th grade class.

Friday, October 28
Student of the Month Assemblies – Kindergarten at 9:30am, Grades 1 – 3 at 1:00pm, Grades 4 – 6 at 1:30pm

Family Fun Night! Come to Roosevelt for a Pumpkin/Cake Walk, followed by Spooktacular Bingo! Events begin at 5:30 and you can buy pizza, corn and nachos for $1 each. Come and enjoy the fun!

Important Dates…
October 31 – Halloween Parade at 8:30am in the lower schoolyard
November 4 – Free Dress Friday
November 4 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 11
November 7 – Site Council/ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 14
November 11 – Veteran’s Day – No School
November 16 – Restaurant Fundraiser – Chevys Fresh Mex
November 16 – 22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule
November 16 – 22 – Book Fair

Free Dress for chocolate sales…
The teachers have all been sent the lists of students that sold 5 or more boxes of chocolate and now qualify for Free Dress Friday every Friday for the rest of the year.

Prize donations needed…
If you would like to donate a prize for Bingo night, please drop it off at the school office. Last year we had some great prize baskets with movie tickets, iTunes gift cards, puzzles, games, art supplies and more! If you have any questions, contact Valerie Romero at romero.valeriagomez@gmail.com

Volunteers needed…
Volunteers are still needed on October 28 for the Spooktacular Bingo night to set-up, serve food, run the music for Pumpkin/Cake walk, sell Bingo tickets and more! This is a great way to meet other Roosevelt parents and have fun too! Please contact Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net if you can help!

Raising a Reader…
Roosevelt was chosen to be awarded a grant by Target for the Raising a Reader program for our Kindergarten classes this year. Next year the grant will include Kindergarten and 1st grade. Each week, Kindergarteners will be given a book bag with five books to bring home and read during the week. The books were all delivered to our campus last week and volunteers are needed this Tuesday morning (Oct 25) for about an hour to help sort the books into the bags. Please contact Lisa Bamberger at lbamberger@rcsdk8.net if you would like to help.

PTA Pledges…
Reminders were sent home last week to all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the PTA. If you haven’t already don so, please remember to send in your money. Checks may be made payable to Roosevelt PTA or include your cash donation. Please also include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family. Thank you for your generosity!

Halloween at Roosevelt…
Roosevelt celebrates Halloween every year with a costume parade on the lower schoolyard at 8:30am. Most classes will also be having Halloween or Harvest parties that day, so please check with your child’s teacher to see if they need any help or food for the class. Also, please keep healthy snacks in mind for the kids – granola bars, fruit, yogurt, veggie sticks, breakfast burritos, etc.

Parking…
Parents are still using reserved parking spaces in the morning and at pickup. Please be aware that the parking spaces on Vera Avenue in front of the school have been reserved for Principal Girardi, office manager Gwen Thomas and Roosevelt staff. Parents visiting the school or dropping off or picking up their children should not park in these spaces. It is also illegal to park in the fire lanes or designated handicapped parking spaces – unless you have a handicapped license plate or placard. If you are parked illegally, your car may be ticketed or towed.

On the Parent Blog…
Thanks to Room 23’s teacher Emily Morgan for sending in photos from Room 23’s field trip to HEAL Farm with Ms Bacolini’s Room 24 Kindergarten class. I also have pictures from Tuesday’s Jiji Math Night and Literacy Night thanks to Ms Tsuchiyama!

Pictures needed…
I would love to get more pictures of what’s going on in all of the classrooms at Roosevelt. If you have pictures from your child’s classroom while volunteering, pictures from a field trip or class party, please let me know and I’ll post them on the blog. If you take a picture of your child’s artwork or any project, I’d be happy to post that as well.

Looking for a grant writer…
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 our PTA president Aurora Gallardo at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org or come to Tuesday night’s PTA meeting if you are interested or want more information.

New booster seat law!…
On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 929 which takes effect on January 1, 2012. This law requires that children riding in any vehicle must be restrained in the back seat in a booster seat until their 8th birthday or until they reach a height of 4’9″ – whichever comes first. The current law states that children must be in a booster seat until they are 6 years old or 60lbs. After January 1, 2012, a violation of this law will be punishable by a fine of nearly $500.00 and one point on your driver’s record.

School directories…
The school directory was sent home to the families that filled out the Communication Form and turned it in at MAZE day or during the first weeks of school. Please note that the information in the directory is for parents and students to contact other Roosevelt students for homework help, playdates, etc. Please do not share the directory information with anyone outside Roosevelt or use the information for commercial purposes. Also, every effort was made to ensure that your information was copied accurately to the directory form but if there is an error with your information, please let me know and I’ll correct the master copy. trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Have a great week!

Literacy Night!

Tuesday night’s Literacy Night was a huge success!  Roosevelt students at all grade levels came to the cafeteria in their pajamas to hear Roosevelt librarian Paulette Elliott read one of her favorite books.  Then the students were given the opportunity to hear books read aloud by local heroes in classrooms around the campus.  The evening ended with the students picking out a book to bring home, a cookie and a goody bag!

A big thanks to our wonderful readers:
AmeriCorp director, Pat McCormick
Wells Fargo representative, Brian Williams
Sequoia High School football coach,  Cameron Ferris
School Board Trustee, Maria Diaz-Slocum
Firefighters from RCFD
Post Master, Post Office Supervisor and Postal Carrier from the United States Postal Service

The event was organized by Principal Girardi and her Parent Education Team:
Maya Mallari
Jennifer Torres
Emily Morgan
Malina Herrerra
Jason Williams
Paulette Elliott
Tracy DaCosta

The Parent Education team was helped that night by teachers Shari Tsuchiyama and Mary Washburn and the goody bags were filled by Mr. Williams 5th grade class.

Thanks to all for a wonderful event!

 

Jiji Math Night

On October 18, Roosevelt parents were invited to the computer lab to try Jiji Math for themselves.  Fifth grade teacher Mr. Williams walked the parents through the steps to get logged in and showed everyone how fun and effective Jiji is at teaching the students math concepts.

 

In the weeks to come, teachers may be assigning your students Jiji “homework” so that they can practice at home.  Mr. Williams stressed that parents are not to help their child if they get stuck on a level.  The teachers will receive data about your child’s time online and it’s important for them to see if your child is struggling with a concept so that they can give them extra help at school.

If you have internet access and your child receives a Jiji homework assignment, please make sure that they log on.  Jiji Math can be done on both PCs and Macs.

Instructions:

1. Enter stmath.com in the address line of your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari are recommended).
2. Click on JiJi, the penguin.
3. Only if this is the first time logging in at home, you will be asked to enter this homework activation code:
ROO79A-HS9-ZE-TRG
4. Click “I agree.”
5. Click “Allow local data storage.”
6. Your student will then see the familiar screen with JiJi. He or she needs to click JiJi and enter the password exactly as in school. If there are no unplayed games visible, click the button at the bottom of the screen with the green cones to access games previously passed.
7. After playing, the student should always use the back-arrow button on the bottom-left of the screen (just like at school) to exit the program and ensure that progress is saved.

If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact your school or teacher for assistance. MIND Research Institute is not responsible for technical support of the home use component.

 

Week of Oct 17 – Oct 19

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

Tuesday, October 18
Please note:  Jiji Math night is now open to parents of children in grades K-5!
Jiji Math Night in the school computer lab for parents of students in grades K-5. Come and see what your kids are talking about when they say they had Jiji Math that day at school! (Kindergarten will be starting Jiji in November) There will be 2 sessions. The first session is from 6:00-6:45 and childcare is provided in Room 11. The second session is from 7:00-7:45. No childcare is provided for the 2nd session, but your child may attend literacy night in the cafeteria. Space is limited to 28 parents per session, so please call the school office to reserve a space – 369-5597.

Literacy Night in the school cafeteria for all Roosevelt students and parents at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria. Come in your pajamas and listen to local heros read their favorite books aloud. Children can earn a book to take home.

Wednesday, October 19
Picture Make Up day. If your child missed picture day in September, you child can have a school picture taken.

Important Dates…
October 25 – PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Room 14
October 27 – Theaterworks presentation by 5th graders at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
October 28 – Family Fun Night — Spooktacular Bingo!
October 31 – Halloween Parade at 8:30am in the lower schoolyard

World’s Finest Chocolate…
If you still have not done so, please turn in your money for all boxes of chocolate that you took home to sell. Please remember that if you signed 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. 369-5597

Free Dress for chocolate sales…
The teachers have all been sent the lists of students that sold 5 or more boxes of chocolate and now qualify for Free Dress Friday every Friday for the rest of the year.

Volunteers needed…
At least 12 helpers are needed on October 28 for the Spooktacular Bingo night to set-up, serve food, run the music for Pumpkin/Cake walk, sell Bingo tickets and more! This is a great way to meet other Roosevelt parents and have fun too!  Please contact Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net if you can help!

Site Council / ELAC applications due…
If you are interested in signing up to be a voting member on Site Council / ELAC, please turn in your forms to your child’s teacher or to the school office. If you need a new form or want more information, please contact the school office.

Halloween at Roosevelt…
Roosevelt celebrates Halloween every year with a costume parade on the lower schoolyard at 8:30am. Most classes will also be having Halloween parties that day, so please check with your child’s teacher to see if they need any help or food for the class. Also, please keep healthy snacks in mind for the kids – granola bars, fruit, yogurt, veggie sticks, breakfast burritos, etc.

Rummage Sale Donations…
Even though the Rummage Sale has been postponed until the spring, you can still donate items for the sale. Any items donated between now and the rescheduled date can be dropped off in the school office and they will be stored in the PTA room. For more information, contact aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org

Parking…
Parents are still using reserved parking spaces in the morning and at pickup. Please be aware that the parking spaces on Vera Avenue in front of the school have been reserved for Principal Girardi, office manager Gwen Thomas and Roosevelt staff. Parents visiting the school or dropping off or picking up their children should not park in these spaces. It is also illegal to park in the fire lanes or designated handicapped parking spaces – unless you have a handicapped license plate or placard. If you are parked illegally, your car may be ticketed or towed.

Pictures needed…
I would love to get more pictures of what’s going on in all of the classrooms at Roosevelt. If you have pictures from your child’s classroom while volunteering or pictures from a field trip, please let me know and I’ll post them on the blog.

Escrip and Safeway Club Card…
Please make sure that you register your Safeway Club Card with Escrip and designate Roosevelt as your school. When you purchase items at Safeway using your registered Club Card, Roosevelt will automatically receive a contribution from participating products. If you registered your Safeway Club Card last year, please be aware that you have to renew it every year. To renew your registration or learn more, go to www.escrip.com

Looking for a grant writer…
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 our PTA president Aurora Gallardo at aurora.gallardo@star-vista.org if you are interested or want more information.

School directories…
The school directory has been finished and is being sent home this week to the families that filled out the Communication Form and turned it in at MAZE day or during the first weeks of school.  If there is more than one Roosevelt student in your family, the directory will be sent home with your oldest child.  Please note that the information in the directory is for parents and students to contact other Roosevelt students for homework help, playdates, etc.  Please do not share the directory information with anyone outside Roosevelt or use the information for commercial purposes.  Also, every effort was made to ensure that your information was copied accurately to the directory form but if there is an error with your information, please let me know and I’ll correct the master copy.  trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Have a great week!

Jiji Math at Home!

Dear Roosevelt Parents or Guardians:

Your student has been using the ST Math software program at Roosevelt Elementary. In ST Math, students play visual math games designed to teach math concepts. Thanks to the homework feature, selected games are also available at home or on any other computer with Internet access.

In addition to assigned games from your student’s teacher, he or she will always have access to the games already passed. Encourage your student to play those games from home to review concepts and practice skills he or she has learned in ST Math. Your student will access the program just as he or she does at school.

Please make sure only the student with the ST Math account plays the games.

Your student is used to the ST Math method, which involves solving often complex puzzles. The games start at very simple levels, which gradually get more difficult. Students may get temporarily “stuck” at a level. This is normal, and the classroom teacher can monitor whether he or she is stuck for too long. When they reach a learning hurdle, they should try to reason their way to a solution. The software gives constant instructive feedback to show why any answer is right or wrong. Your student should use this visual feedback to help figure out how to successfully solve the problems. Students should not be given the ‘right’ answer just to pass a difficult level.

Instructions:

1. Enter stmath.com in the address line of your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari are recommended).
2. Click on JiJi, the penguin.
3. Only if this is the first time logging in at home, you will be asked to enter this homework activation code:
ROO79A-HS9-ZE-TRG
4. Click “I agree.”
5. Click “Allow local data storage.”
6. Your student will then see the familiar screen with JiJi. He or she needs to click JiJi and enter the password exactly as in school. If there are no unplayed games visible, click the button at the bottom of the screen with the green cones to access games previously passed.
7. After playing, the student should always use the back-arrow button on the bottom-left of the screen (just like at school) to exit the program and ensure that progress is saved.

If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact your school or teacher for assistance. MIND Research Institute is not responsible for technical support of the home use component.

 

Queridos Padres:

Su niño ha estado usando el programa de ST Math software en la escuela Roosevelt Elementary. En el program de ST Math, los estudiantes juegan los juegos de matemáticas visuales diseñados para enseñar conceptos de matemáticas. Gracias a nuestro atributo de tarea, juegos seleccionados están también disponibles en casa o en cualquier otra computadora con el acceso de Internet.

Los estudiantes siempre tendrán acceso a los juegos que ellos ya han completado. Anime a su niño a jugar los juegos en la casa para repasar conceptos y habilidades de práctica que él/ella ha aprendido en ST Math. El maestro de su niño es capaz de asignar juegos adicionales. Su niño tendrá acceso al programa, igual que en la escuela. Ellos tendrán que jugar ‘y ganar’ los juegos ellos mismos para beneficiarse de las matemáticas.

Por favor asegúrese que sólo el estudiante con la cuenta de ST Math juege los juegos.

Su niño está acostumbrado al método de ST Math, que implica solucionar rompecabezas dificiles. Ellos comienzan en niveles muy simples, que poco a poco se hacen más difíciles. Ellos pueden ser temporalmente “atrapados” en un nivel. Esto es normal, y el maestro puede supervisar si ellos estan pegados por mucho tiempo. Cuando ellos alcanzen una barrera de aprendizaje, ellos deberían tratar de razonar una solución. El programa demuestra constantement porque la respuesta es correcta o incorrecta. Su niño debería usar esta informacion visual para ayudar a contestar nuevos rompecabezas y entender como solucionar con éxito los problemas. No deberían darles la respuesta sólo para pasar un nivel difícil.

Instrucciones:

1. Ponga stmath.com en la línea de dirección de su navegador de web (Explorador de Internet, Firefox o Safari son recomendados)
2. Apunte al JiJi (el pingüino) y haga clic
3. Sólo si esta es la primera vez usando el programa en casa, le pedirán entrar el código de activación de tarea:
ROO79A-HS9-ZE-TRG
4. Apunte “estoy de acuerdo” y haga clic
5. Apunte “Permite el almacenaje de datos locales” y haga clic
6. Su niño verá entonces la pantalla familiar con JiJi. Ellos tienen que hacer clic en el pingüino y entrar en su contraseña exactamente como en la escuela. (Si no hay ningunos juegos visibles, haga clic al botón en el fondo de la pantalla con los conos verdes para tener acceso a juegos ya completados).
7. Después de jugar, el estudiante siempre debería usar el botón de la fleche hacia atras al fondo de la pantalla (justo como en la escuela) para salir del programa y asegurar que el progreso sea salvado.  MIND Research Institute no es responsable del apoyo técnico del componente de uso de casa.

Si usted encuentra dificultades técnicas por favor póngase en contacto con su escuela o maestro para la ayuda.

Reminder: Site Council / ELAC Meeting 10/10/11 at 6:30pm

Just a reminder that tonight is the School Site Council/ELAC meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Some of the items on the agenda for discussion: safety concerns with traffic on Vera during pickup and drop-off, revision of the school’s Single Action Plan for Achievement (SPSA), etc.

Applications to join Site Council went out in last week’s Thursday folder, so if you’re curious about what School Site Council does, come to tonight’s meeting to check it out.

All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available.

 


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