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Month: January 2012

What’s Happening in Room 17?

As part of a Social Studies PBL Unit on Ancient Egypt, Ms. Coyle had her 6th grade students do a Directed Drawing exercise to draw a typical Egyptian hieroglyphic image. The students first practiced the basic elements of shape – dot, circle, line, curve, etc. and then they were shown how to break down the sample drawing of an Egyptian male into those basic elements and put it to paper.

After just 30 minutes, some amazing hieroglyphics were starting to emerge!

A big thank you to our “PCC Angels” for donating the Sharpie pens that you see being used by the students!




Week of Jan 30 – Feb 3

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

Friday, February 3
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.

As part of a PBL Science unit, the 6th graders have been working with TheatreWorks on a skit about plate tectonics. They will be giving a performance on Friday, February 3 at 6:00pm for their families in the Cafeteria. All are welcome to attend.

Important Dates…
February 13 – Site Council/ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm
February 15 – Spring Picture Day
February 17 – Lincoln’s Birthday – No School
February 20 – President’s Day – No School
February 24 – Movie Night at 7:00pm – RIO
March 2 – Lockdown Drill

On the Parent Blog…
I’m still posting some of the wonderful parent quotes (Ms. Girardi received over 300!), so see if yours has been posted yet! They’ve been posted in a ticker on the right side of the page. I also have pictures to post from last Friday’s awards assemblies, but I wasn’t able to attend all of the assemblies and some pictures that I do have are a bit blurry. If anyone has pictures that I can post, let me know so that I can add them.

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!

Monthly Pledges…
The January pledge reminders were sent out last week for January, so please send in your donations. Also, if you would like a receipt for any monetary donations made to the PTA since August, please send a request to Guy Taylor at guytaylor123@yahoo.com

After School Art Class…
Thanks to our PTA’s grant writer, Tammy Cattarin, Roosevelt has received a grant for Mrs Tsuchiyama to offer an 8 week art class for students in grades 3-6 on Wednesday afternoons starting on February 22. Flyers will be going home this week and space is limited to 30 students, so sign up right away if you’re interested in this wonderful opportunity.

Movie Night!…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be celebrating Mardi Gras and Carnival 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

Please Drive Safely…
There have been several near accidents around the school in the past few weeks, and the school is working with the district and city to create a drop off zone. The school is looking for volunteers to help supervise morning drop off. If you are interested, please contact the school office at 369-5597. In the meantime you can do the following to make it safer for everyone. Please remember to use extra caution when driving around the school. Make sure to look carefully and proceed slowly before pulling out of a space or before passing another car that has pulled to the curb for drop off. Have your children only get out of the car on the passenger side – not into the street. Have your children use the crosswalk to cross from the Rite Aid parking lot or cross with the crossing guard in front of the school on Vera. Above all, allow yourself extra time in the morning.

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

Volunteers Needed…
At Roosevelt, parents are asked to contribute 40 volunteer hours per year to the school. That is only 4 hours per month.

Who needs your help?

– Teachers in the classroom during the day or at home at night and for parties and on field trips
– PTA to sort items for the rummage sale and at the sale
– PTA to set up or clean up and sell food items at Family Fun Nights
– Garden Committee with the garden and flowerbeds
– Our librarian in the library, with EWASTE events or Book Fairs
– Other parents who help stuff the weekly envelopes

There are so many ways to help and these are just a few so just ask what you can do. We really need your help! And the more help we get, the more we can do for the kids!

Have a great week!

New Technology at Roosevelt!

As part of Roosevelt’s commitment to provide students with 21st Century Skills, Roosevelt’s computer lab has been updated with 32 all new iMacs. The new computers have been installed, the teachers have been trained and they are now ready for the students!

The “old” computers have been moved to the auxiliary computer lab in Room 19 and can now be used for research, Accelerated Reader and Jiji Math.

Ms Vawter’s 4th grade class and Ms Coyle’s 6th grade class will be participating in a program called Project iRead. Roosevelt has received iPods for the students in those classes and they will be practicing word fluency and vocabulary skills on the iPods. Here are two of Ms Vawter’s 4th graders with the iPod carts!

And three out of the four SMART boards have been installed in classrooms around campus. The SMART board in Room 19 can be used by all of the classes.

Week of Jan 23 – Jan 27

Before you start watching the Niners game today, make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Tuesday, January 24
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Items to discuss – Parcel tax PTA donation, upcoming fundraisers, etc. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is also available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Friday, January 27
Student of the Month Assemblies – times to be announced

Restaurant fundraiser at Johnny Rockets in Sequoia Station! Enjoy a meal at Johnny Rockets and they will donate 15% back to Roosevelt.

Saturday, January 28
If you, or someone you know has a child eligible for Kindergarten next year, let them know that they can bring their registration paperwork from 9am – 1pm to the school office. For more information, go to the district website – Kindergarten Enrollment

Important Dates…
February 3 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in the school library
February 3 – 6th Grade TheatreWorks performance at 6:00pm
February 13 – Site Council/ELAC Meeting at 6:30pm
February 15 – Spring Picture Day
February 17 – Lincoln’s Birthday – No School
February 20 – President’s Day – No School

On the Parent Blog…
I posted some of the wonderful parent quotes, so see if yours has been posted yet! I’ll also be posting pictures from Mrs. Herrera’s 2nd grade PBL unit on “People Who Make a Difference”. The students interviewed the head of Palo Alto’s Animal Services dept. I’ll also be posting some pictures from Mrs. Tsuchiyama’s 1st grade class. I got a sneak peek of the new computers in the computer lab and the newly installed SMART boards around campus, so I’ll be posting those pictures as well. And in case you missed it, I also did a write up on last Wednesday’s Casino Math Night.

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!

Please Drive Safely…
The winter weather has arrived, and there have been several near accidents around the school in the past few weeks, so please remember to use extra caution when driving around the school. Rain and fogged up windows make it harder to see, so make sure to look carefully and proceed slowly before pulling out of a space or before passing another car that has pulled to the curb for drop off. Please have your children use the crosswalk to cross from the Rite Aid parking lot or cross with the crossing guard in front of the school on Vera. Rainy days are especially crazy for morning drop off, so allow yourself extra time in the morning.

TheatreWorks…
As part of a PBL Science unit, the 6th graders will be working with TheatreWorks for the next two weeks on a skit about plate tectonics.  They will be giving a performance on Friday, February 3 at 6:00pm for their family in the Cafeteria.  All are welcome to attend.

Have a great week!

Math Night!

The students and their families at Roosevelt came out on January 18 to enjoy a night of math games.  Students played dominos, Yahtzee, dice games, computer games, and more to show them that math can be fun!  The children were all given balloons and gift bags with dice, chips, playing cards, a compass, a protractor, a clock and game instructions and ideas to play at home.

Thanks to our Roosevelt teachers for organizing this evening and for the families that came out for this event!

 

Week of Jan 16 – Jan 20

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

Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Day — No school

Wednesday, January 18
Students, families and friends are invited to come to Casino Night! in the school Cafeteria at 6:00pm. Come and see how much fun math games can be! Students will be able to take home a surprise gift bag.

The Kindergarten teachers will be hosting a Kindergarten Tour Night at 6:30pm. If you know anyone that has a child that will be entering Kindergarten next year, let them know about this event. For more information, contact rooseveltopenhouse@gmail.com or call the school office. To RSVP go to Kindergarten Tour RSVP

Important Dates…
January 24 – PTA Meeting – Room 14 at 6:00pm
January 27 – Restaurant fundraiser – Johnny Rockets
February 3 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in the school library

On the Parent Blog…
I need pictures! Kinder tour season has begun and there’s been a jump in views on the parent blog. I would love to have more pictures from all of the grade levels to show what’s going on at Roosevelt. So, if you have any pictures, please let me know so that I can post them on the blog.

Technology…
Last week Roosevelt received brand new computers in the computer lab! The older computers have been moved to the auxiliary computer lab in Room 19 so students will be able to use those for project research, Accelerated Reader, and Jiji Math. Also, SMART boards have been installed in 4 classrooms including one in Room 19 that can be used by all classrooms. The teachers have all received training on using the new SMART boards and they’re very excited about them! And finally, one 4th grade and one 5th grade class will also be using iPods for math skills and word fluency as part of a pilot program called Project iRead.

People are blogging…
Last month Ms Girardi gave a tour to an educator from Oregon that was interested in Project Based Learning while she was in Redwood City visiting her grandchildren who attend Adelante.  See what she had to say about Roosevelt on her blog http://meanderings.edublogs.org/2011/12/03/project-based-learning/

Have a great week!

Kindergarten Tour and Open House!

 

 

Announcing Roosevelt’s second annual Kindergaten Tour and Open House for prospective parents for the 2012/2013 school year!

 

 

Roosevelt’s Kindergarten team will tell you all about our Kent Award winning Kindergarten program and how Project Based Learning is incorporated into the standards based Kindergarten curriculum.

For more information and to register for this event, go to our Kindergarten Tour page.

Come and see for yourself the exciting changes happening at Roosevelt!

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If you missed our Kindergarten Tour Night on January 18, you can still schedule a daytime tour.  Please call the school office to sign up for the next available tour —  369-5597

Week of Jan 9 – Jan 13

Happy New Year!

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

Monday, January 9
School resumes

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.

Friday, January 13
Coffee with Principal Girardi in the Library at 8:00. 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.

Important Dates…
January 16 – Martin Luther King Day – No school
January 18 – Casino Math Night at 6:00pm
January 18 – Kindergarten Tour Night at 6:30pm
January 24 – PTA Meeting – Room 14 at 6:00pm
January 27 – Restaurant fundraiser – Johnny Rockets

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!

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 January 18 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information, contact rooseveltopenhouse@gmail.com or call the school office.

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

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted pictures of the food collected in December for Second Harvest by Ms. Washburn’s 2nd grade class. I’ve also posted a link to an article in Patch.com about Roosevelt’s presentation at the December 7 school board meeting. And in case you didn’t know, I also post the weekly email to the blog, so if you bookmark the blog page, you can access all of this information any time.

New Booster Seat Law…
As of January 1, 2012 all children under the age of 8 or under 4’9″ tall must be in a booster seat when riding in a car. If you are pulled over and your child does not meet either criteria, you will receive a $500 ticket and 1 point on your driving record. I’ve heard from several sources that there will not be any warnings or grace period for violating the new law.

Seussical the Musical…
The Redwood City Community Youth Theater, will be presenting a production of Seusical the Musical in March. They are looking for children age 6-14 to register to be a part of the production. Rehearsals begin this week at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center.

There is a FREE Open House on Monday, January 9 from 5-8pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, where kids can experience the joy of theatre games, learn about Seussical and families can meet the Directors! Go to (www.redwoodcity.org/adet.sdi?activity_id=24823).

Have a great week!

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