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Month: December 2011

Second Harvest Food Drive

Mrs. Washburn’s 2nd grade class organized a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank.  The students created a flyer to go home in the Thursday folders, collected and decorated paper grocery bags, and collected all of the donations brought in by Roosevelt students in each classroom.

By Friday, December 16, over 40 grocery bags full of food had been collected by the 2nd graders to donate to Second Harvest.

Mrs. Washburn and her class would like to thank all of the families that made donations for making the food drive so successful.

Mrs. Washburn expressed how proud she is of her second graders for wanting to do the food drive.  “They understood the importance of feeding the hungry in our community.  I have a special thanks to my room mother, Melissa Bryant, for bringing the idea to the class and for working wit the Second Harvest Food Bank.  I hope this becomes and annual tradition at Roosevelt.”

 

 

Roosevelt on Patch.com!

Patch.com reported on Roosevelt Elementary’s  presentation to the school board on December 7, 2011.

Roosevelt Elementary’s Update
by Audrey Arthur

http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/reelected-school-board-officials-take-oath-of-office

With their new positions, the board heard a presentation made by Principal Patricia Girardi concerning the current status of Roosevelt Elementary School.

The school recently revised their mission statements to the succinct and powerful, “Dream it, believe it, achieve it!”

The elementary school attained major success in the 2010-2011 school year as students met 19 out of 21 Adequately Yearly Progress standards with a 10 percent increase in math scores.

The school’s goal for the 2011-2012 year is to increase test scores by 10 percent.

“We need to focus on student engagement, build relationships and maintain rigorous lessons,” Girardi said.

The school hopes the further attain academic achievement through the use of technology. Roosevelt currently utilizes Accelerated Reader, a literacy skills program, and Jiji Math.

Three Smart Boards, interactive whiteboards developed by Smart Technologies, were also delivered to the campus that day.

Girardi also presented the several creative outlets available for Roosevelt students.

“We’re not just all about core curriculum,” she said.

Students may participate in the Newspaper Club, three different art programs, music programs and theatre programs offered in part by Broadway by the Bay and Theatreworks.

“But most of all at Roosevelt school we play, learn and grow together,” Girardi said.

Week of Dec 12 – Dec 16

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

Monday, December 12
Last week of the Roosevelt Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring in your food donations! (Details below)

Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese from 3pm – 9pm. Eat at Chuck E Cheese and 15% of sales are donated to Roosevelt!

Wednesday, December 14
Last day to turn in food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank!

Friday, December 16
Last day of school before Winter Break – Minimum Day schedule for grades 1 – 6, Early Bird schedule for Kinder

Important Dates…
December 19 – January 6 – Winter Break – No School
January 9 – School resumes
January 9 – Site Council / ELAC meeting at 6:30pm
January 13 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
January 16 – Martin Luther King Day – No school
January 18 – Casino Math Night at 6:00pm
January 18 – Kindergarten Tour Night at 6:30pm

Volunteering…
In the coming months, the PTA will be trying different ways to communicate and organize their volunteer needs to all parents at Roosevelt. One way will be the use of online sign up sheets, so look for those in future emails about volunteer opportunities or look in the volunteering section on the parent blog. If every family committed to helping out just once during the year, the PTA could do amazing things for the students at Roosevelt! So consider adding volunteering to your New Year’s resolutions this year.

Food Drive…
Mary Washburn’s 2nd grade class decided to organize a food drive at Roosevelt for Second Harvest Food Bank. The students have created flyers, posters and decorated bags to hold the donated food items. They will be collecting any food donations from each classroom every day until this Wednesday, December 14. Please make sure any food donations are nutritious and non-perishable. Also, check to make sure that any food is not past it’s expiration date.

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted pictures from Winterfest on the blog as well as pictures from Ms Vawter’s classroom showing the installation of their new SMART board. I also posted a video from Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade class of them performing vocabulary word skits. Thanks to Dora Bejarano for pictures from Winterfest and to Ms. Vawter for pictures from her classroom!

Monthly Pledges…
Reminder notices for December 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 for the tax receipts to be sent out at the end of January. As always, the PTA appreciates your support!

Online Shopping to support Roosevelt…
If you’re planning on doing any online shopping for the holidays (and all year) there are two options that will support Roosevelt:

The first is Donate Portal at donateportal.com/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=95&Itemid=68 Click on any of the available stores and shop. Donate Portal will take care of the rest.

The second option is the eScrip Online Mall at www.escrip.com and in the upper right hand corner under Shop Today! click on At the Online Mall and it will direct you to their directory of participating stores. Then just shop! (And while you’re on their website, don’t forget to register your Safeway Club card and/or your credit cards and debit cards and designate Roosevelt as your school).

Honey Bear Trees…
If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year or need a fresh wreath or garland, Honey Bear Trees in Redwood City on Woodside or San Carlos on El Camino is donating a percentage of your purchase back to our school. Tell them you are from Roosevelt School at checkout and they will make sure Roosevelt gets a portion of your sale.

Casino Math Night…
Roosevelt will be having a Casino Math Night on January 18. It will be a night of fun games for the whole family that will help the students practice math skills. The teachers organizing the event need new or used Yahtzee games and new or used sets of dominoes. If you have games you’d like to donate, contact jtorres@rcsdk8.net

Have Library Fines?…
During the month of December, bring non-perishable food to any of the Redwood City public libraries and any fines on your account will be waived. The food donations will be given to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Have a great week!

 

WinterFest! 2011

Students in every grade practiced in the weeks leading up to WinterFest and on December 6 and December 8, they showed their stuff to a packed house at Peninsula Covenant Church.

It was a night of poetry, holiday carols, songs, music and drama performances.  Congratulations to all of the students on such wonderful performances!

Here’s the list of performances:

December 6

Fourth Grade (Ms. Vawter & Ms. McPeek) – Good News (recorders), Au Clair Du La Lune (recorders)
Fourth/Fifth Grades (Ms. Vawter & Mr. Williams) – Carol of the Bells (song), The Snowman and First Snow (poems)
Fourth/Fifth Grades (Ms. McPeek & Ms. Novikoff) – The Twelve Days of Christmas (song)
Fifth Grade (Ms. Novikoff) – Twas the Night Before Christmas (reading)
Fifth Grade (Mr. Williams) – My Hat Has Three Corners (song)
Kindergarten (Ms. Bacolini, Ms. Mallari, Mrs. Torres & Ms. Bamberger) – Must Be Santa, Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad, and All I Really Need (songs)

December 8

Sixth Grade (Mrs. McCarthy & Ms. Coyle) – Wind and Willow Flower (poem)
Third Grade (Ms. Northen, Mrs. Boone, & Mrs. Parkhurst) – I Love the Mountains and Biomes (songs) and December Celebrations (poem)
Second Grade (Mrs. Herrera & Mrs. Washburn) – A Secret (poem) and Jingle Bell Rock (song)
First Grade (Mrs. Brandt & Mrs. Tsuchiyama) – Frosty the Snowman and Over the River (songs) and The Chubby Little Snowman (poem)
Fifth/Sixth Grade Drama Club – Cause & Effect (scene)

Thank you to the students and teachers for organizing such wonderful performances.  Also, big thanks to Broadway by the Bay for their work with the Drama Club, music teacher Ms. Peggy, the PTA and of course to PCC for allowing us the use of their church and for providing the hot chocolate.

Breaking News! SMART Boards being Installed

The new SMART Boards that were generously donated by an anonymous donor are being installed in Room 10, 18 and 19. The old white boards are being taken down to prepare for the installation of the SMART Boards.

This is exciting, new technology that we are so excited to be getting in our classrooms!

 

Hometown Holidays Parade!

This is only the second year that Roosevelt has participated in the Redwood City Hometown Holiday’s Parade, but we pulled out all the stops!

This year we had a “float” and a great turnout of Roosevelt families.  A big thank you to Emily Devitis for getting the trailer and helping with the decorations.  Another big thank you to Michelle Wong, the Sevudredre family, and Melissa and Greg Bryant for helping with the trailer decorating before the parade.

Thanks as well to Shari Tsuchiyama for cutting out the poster children that we put up around the truck.

Because we were number 25 in the parade, we had a bit a of wait before it was our turn to walk the parade route, but once we got going, it was a lot of fun!

I have a feeling that next year will be even bigger and better!

 

Week of Dec 5 – Dec 9

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

Monday, December 5
Begin Roosevelt Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. (Details below)

Tuesday, December 6
WinterFest! at Peninsula Covenant Church at 6:30pm for Grades – Kinder, 4th, 5th. Please have your child arrive by 6:15.

Wednesday, December 7
Principal Girardi will be presenting a report about Roosevelt School at the Dec 7 School Board meeting at 7:00pm at the District Office. Ms Girardi will be presenting the schools accomplishments and goals and recognizing the many people that help make Roosevelt great and the 5th grade students will be reciting the Constitution’s Preamble. All Roosevelt families are encouraged to attend to show your support.

Thursday, December 8
WinterFest! at Peninsula Covenant Church at 6:30pm for Grades – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 5/6 drama group. Please have your child arrive by 6:15

Important Dates…
December 12 – Restaurant fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese
December 14 – End Food Drive
December 16 – Minimum Day – Begin Winter Break
December 19 – January 6 – Winter Break – No School

WinterFest! Volunteers Needed…
Volunteers are needed to help pass out hot chocolate at the end of each night of Winterfest. If you can help out, please fill out the following https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHZ1RlExRGtYd1NJbVppQWwtQmlsV0E6MQ or contact trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Food Drive…
Mary Washburn’s 2nd grade class decided to organize a food drive at Roosevelt for Second Harvest Food Bank. The students have created flyers, posters and decorated bags to hold the donated food items. They will be collecting any food donations from each classroom every day until December 14. Please make sure any food donations are nutritious and non-perishable. Also, check to make sure that any food is not past it’s expiration date.

On the Parent Blog…
I’ll be putting up pictures from Saturday’s Hometown Holidays parade. If you attended the parade and took pictures, I’d be happy to post them on the blog.

Monthly Pledges…
Reminder notices are being sent home around the 15th of each month 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 for the tax receipts to be sent out at the end of January. As always, the PTA appreciates your support!

Online Shopping to support Roosevelt…
If you’re planning on doing any online shopping for the holidays (and all year) there are two options that will support Roosevelt:

The first is Donate Portal at donateportal.com/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=95&Itemid=68 Click on any of the available stores and shop. Donate Portal will take care of the rest.

The second option is the eScrip Online Mall at www.escrip.com and in the upper right hand corner under Shop Today! click on At the Online Mall and it will direct you to their directory of participating stores. Then just shop! (And while you’re on their website, don’t forget to register your Safeway Club card and/or your credit cards and debit cards and designate Roosevelt as your school).

Honey Bear Trees…
If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year or need a fresh wreath or garland, Honey Bear Trees in Redwood City on Woodside or San Carlos on El Camino is donating a percentage of your purchase back to our school. Tell them you are from Roosevelt School at checkout and they will make sure Roosevelt gets a portion of your sale.

Casino Math Night…
Roosevelt will be having a Casino Math Night on January 18. It will be a night of fun games for the whole family that will help the students practice math skills. The teachers organizing the event need new or used Yahtzee games and new or used sets of dominoes. If you have games you’d like to donate, contact jtorres@rcsdk8.net

Have a great week!

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