Roosevelt Parents

School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: September 2012

Week of Oct 1 – Oct 5

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

Monday, October 1
All money from candy sales due!

Wednesday, October 3
The SJ Earthquakes mascot and player Shea Salinas will be coming to Roosevelt for a “Get Fit” Demo from 10:30-noon.

Friday, October 5
Free Dress Friday!

Saturday, October 6
Beautification Day at Roosevelt from 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm

Sunday, October 7
Beautification Day at Roosevelt from 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm

Important Dates…
October 15 – Site Council Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 14
October 16 – Restaurant Fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese
October 22 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
October 25 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 2
October 25 – Picture Make Up Day for anyone that missed Picture Day in September
October 26 – Spooktacular Bingo (2nd grade families providing volunteers)

Trivia Question…
Just how many hours per year is your child at school?

a. Kinder = 970 hours, Grades 1-3 = 1,080 hours, Grades 4-7 = 1,140 hours
b. Kinder = 840 hours, Grades 1-3 = 1,034 hours, Grades 4-7 = 1,096 hours
c. Kinder = 780 hours, Grades 1-3 = 1,020 hours, Grades 4-7 = 1,078 hours

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

Dance Classes for grades 3 – 7…
An after school dance program is available for students in grades 3 -7. Classes will be held on Friday afternoons from 2:30 – 3:30. Boys and Girls are welcome to sign up. Students will learn dances from around the world – Bollywood, Egyptian, Salsa, Hip Hop and Western.  Registration is limited to 30 students so please turn in the green flyer that came home last Friday. Classes will meet on Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 30 & Dec 7, 14 with performances on Dec 1, 18 and 19..

Volunteers Needed…
Next week is Roosevelt’s Beautification Weekend! Wonderful community sponsors including Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) and 2nd Mile have planned some wonderful changes for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. We will need at least 200 volunteers on the weekend of October 6 and October 7 to make everything happen. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. You can sign up to help on either day and for either the 9:00-12:00 slot or the 1:00-5:00 slot. (Please note that the flyer that went home mistakenly listed the first time slot as 8:00-12:00) All students that volunteer will be given a special t-shirt that may be worn as a uniform shirt for the rest of the school year. All volunteers will also receive a t-shirt from 2nd Mile. Please turn in the yellow or green flyer that came home in last Thursday’s folder to let the organizers know if you will be volunteering and what size shirt your child wears. Childcare will be available during the event.

Escrip / Safeway Club Card…
If you haven’t already, sign up now! This fundraiser couldn’t be easier! Participating businesses contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards (i.e. Safeway Club Card), credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Roosevelt.

Register your Safeway Club Card, debit and credit cards on the eScrip website. Participating merchants will make contributions to Roosevelt based on purchases made by you just by using the cards you have registered. That’s it! Your contributions are made automatically when your cards are registered.  If you registered your Safeway Club Card last year, please note that you have renew it every year. To register or renew your cards and see a list of participating stores, go to the eScrip website at www.escrip.com

On the Parent Blog…
Stanford University is now requiring students to take Critical Thinking courses. A key component to PBL is critical thinking. Check out the article from The Almanac on our parent blog. I’ve posted some pictures from our 7th grade classes and the September newsletter from Ms. Krooss’ 4th grade class.  If you have anything you would like to see posted on the parent blog, please let us know! rooseveltblog@gmail.com

Spirit Wear and Bumper Stickers…
Both are available for purchase in the office year round. We just got some more navy zippered hoodies in, so get them while supplies last.

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

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.

Volunteer Timesheets…
Parents filled out a volunteer commitment form at the beginning of the year. Parents are asked to contribute 40 volunteer hours per year to support student achievement. Volunteer timesheets are available in each classroom as well as the school office. A parent has volunteered to track each family’s hours for the year. You can earn hours by attending school meetings, chaperoning on field trips, volunteering in the classroom, doing work at home for your child’s teacher or helping out with campus events such as the upcoming Beautification Day. If you volunteer regularly, you may fill out one timesheet each month instead of one each time.

Student Safety…
Please remember to use the white drop off zone on Vera Avenue for morning drop off and pick up. If you are driving on Upton, please turn on Madison and then make a left on Windsor Way and then make a left on Vera Avenue to access the drop off zone. Please do not drive up Vera Avenue or drop off your child in front of the staff parking area. Also remember to be courteous of the school’s neighbors and not block driveways or walk on grass or plantings. It is especially important to slow down in front of the school since the temporary speed bumps have been removed. They will be replaced by permanent speed bumps in the coming weeks.

For student safety, the school gates are closed during school hours and during the YMCA after school program. The school’s lower playground gates are locked at 8:30am and reopened at 1:00pm (12:30pm on Thursdays). The gates are then locked at 2:35pm and unlocked by YMCA at 5:00pm. The upper campus gates are locked at 9:30am and unlocked at 12:00pm to allow for Kinder early bird dismissal.

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

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is b. Kinder = 840 hours, Grades 1-3 = 1,034 hours, Grades 4-7 = 1,096 hours. That number doesn’t even include any time the students spend on campus after school at the YMCA after school program or participating in clubs. Since our kids spend so much time on the Roosevelt campus, it should look and feel as good as possible for them. So come to next weekend’s Beautification Weekend! So come and weed, sweep, clean windows, paint, build or just help serve food to other volunteers. Even if you can only spend an hour or two helping out, it can make a big difference!

Have a great week!

New Stanford Courses Stress Critical Thinking

New Stanford courses stress critical thinking

The more than 1,768 freshmen starting classes today (Sept. 24) at Stanford University will be the first class to undertake a new set of undergraduate requirements and courses, according to school officials.

The freshmen will be required to take “Thinking Matters” courses, multi-disciplinary courses organized around a single question, school officials said.

A total of 35 such courses are being introduced this fall with focuses including “Education as Self-Fashioning,” “The Science of MythBusters,” “Breaking Codes, Finding Patterns” and “Constituting Justice.”

The classes, part of Stanford’s new approach to undergraduate education, are intended to stress critical thinking rather than accumulation of knowledge through course content, school officials said.

Stanford is rolling out a number of new general education requirements over the next few years, based on the recommendations of a two-year study completed earlier this year.

The university also plans to add new breadth requirements for courses taken outside the major, effective for freshmen starting in 2013.

— Bay City News Service

http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=12090 

Week of Sept 24 – Sept 28

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

Monday, September 24
First PTA meeting of the year! Come to Room 14 at 6:00pm. The PTA will be voting in this year’s PTA officers, going over the budget for enrichment programs for this year and discussing upcoming events. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.

Thursday, September 27
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.

Friday, September 28
Last day to take out any more boxes of chocolate for the World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser.

Important Dates…
October 1 – All money from candy sales due!
October 5 – Free Dress Friday
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt – Volunteers Needed!

Trivia Question…
How much do you know about the president our school is named after, President Theodore Roosevelt? Which of the following facts are true?

a. He was the youngest president
b. He established America’s national parks, national forests, national monuments and national reserves
c. He won the Nobel Peace Prize
d. Teddy bears were named after Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt
e. Answers b and d
f. All of the above

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

Last Week for Candy Sales…
Students selling 5 cases will get free dress on every Friday for the rest of the year and they will have a movie/pizza day. (Families with two or more children must sell 8 cases) Students selling 8 cases will qualify for a limo ride to In-N-Out in Mountain View for lunch. (Families with two or more children must sell 12 cases) For a list of all of the prizes, please look at the purple sheet that came home with the order form. If you need additional boxes, please come to the office.

After School Art for grades 3 & 4…
An after school art program is being offered for students in 3rd and 4th grades on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30. Students will be learn many different art techniques. Registration is limited to 30 students so please turn in the orange flyer that came home in last Thursday’s folder. Classes will begin on 10/3.

Volunteers Needed…
We’re two weeks away from Roosevelt’s Beautification Weekend! Wonderful community sponsors including Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) and 2nd Mile have planned some wonderful changes for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. We will need at least 200 volunteers on the weekend of October 6 and October 7 to make everything happen. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. You can sign up to help on either day and for either the 9:00-12:00 slot or the 1:00-5:00 slot. (Please note that the flyer that went home mistakenly listed the first time slot as 8:00-12:00) All students that volunteer will be given a special t-shirt that may be worn as a uniform shirt for the rest of the school year. All volunteers will also receive a t-shirt from 2nd Mile. Please turn in the yellow flyer that came home in last Thursday’s folder and let the organizers know if you will be volunteering and what size shirt your child wears.

Escrip / Safeway Club Card…
If you haven’t already, sign up now! This fundraiser couldn’t be easier! Participating businesses contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards (i.e. Safeway Club Card), credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Roosevelt.

Register your Safeway Club Card, debit and credit cards on the eScrip website. Participating merchants will make contributions to Roosevelt based on purchases made by you just by using the cards you have registered. If you registered your Safeway Club Card last year, please note that you have renew it every year. To register or renew your cards and see a list of participating stores, go to the eScrip website at www.escrip.com

On the Parent Blog…
Want to see the view of the Space Shuttle Endeavor passing by Roosevelt last Friday? Thanks to Ms. Smith and Mr. Williams for sending pictures from this once in a lifetime event! I’ve also posted pictures from the 6th graders during their team building event. Thanks to Ms. Shamieh and Ms. Coyle for the pictures and student quotes. If you have anything you would like to see posted on the parent blog, please let us know! rooseveltblog@gmail.com

Bumper Stickers…
If you would like a Roosevelt bumper sticker for your car, they are now available in the school office for $1 each. Show your school pride all over town!

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

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is f. – All of the above! Get ready to learn a little bit about Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president.

a. In addition to holding elective office as a New York State Assemblyman, Governor of New York, Vice President, and President, he was also a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Colonel of the Rough Riders, all by the age of 42, at which time he became the youngest man ever to hold the office of President.

b. His specific achievements are numerous. Perhaps his greatest contribution was his work for conservation. During his tenure in the White House from 1901 to 1909, he designated 150 National Forests, the first 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 5 National Parks, the first 18 National Monuments, the first 4 National Game Preserves, and the first 21 Reclamation Projects. Altogether, in the seven-and-one-half years he was in office, he provided federal protection for almost 230 million acres, a land area equivalent to that of all the East coast states from Maine to Florida.

c. He negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War and thereby won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906

d. The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was “Teddy”. The name originated from an incident on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902. A suite of Roosevelt’s attendants cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. Later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.

Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read “Teddy’s bear,” after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

To learn more about President Theodore Roosevelt, check out www.theodoreroosevelt.org

Watching the Space Shuttle

Roosevelt 7th graders watching the Endeavor fly over the bay area. (Photo credit – Ms Smith)

(Photos courtesy of Mr. Williams)

Congratulations to Sarah Coyle – San Mateo County’s Teacher of the Year!

Roosevelt’s Sarah Coyle Named 2013 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year for Elementary School

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, Anne Campbell has announced that Sarah Coyle, a 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher at Roosevelt School in the Redwood City Elementary School District, is the 2013 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year for Elementary Education.

Superintendent Campbell remarked, “Ms. Coyle is a committed professional whose high expectations for her students result in their buoyed confidence and measurable academic growth. Her enthusiasm and creativity combine to produce a fun and adventurous learning environment.”

One of four teachers selected to participate in a pilot program for the use of iPods to build reading fluency and comprehension, Ms. Coyle is comfortable with innovation and embraces Roosevelt’s instructional model of interdisciplinary project-based learning. When her students studied Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” the class didn’t just read the work, but performed it for peers, parents, and the school community.

To support the needs of struggling learners, Ms. Coyle established an after school homework/tutoring club two days a week utilizing the talents of volunteers she trains herself. Students who participate in the tutoring club receive homework assistance and individual instruction as needed.

Ms. Coyle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from CSU Hayward and later earned her Multi-Subject CLAD Credential and a Master of Arts in English from Notre Dame de Namur University. She is also an effective teacher leader having served several terms on the Site Leadership Team. Ms. Coyle has been a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School since 1999.

http://www.smcoe.k12.ca.us/Superintendent/Documents/Press%20Releases/2012/No.%209%20-%202013%20Tchr%20of%20Year.pdf

 

Week of Sept 17 – Sept 21

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

Monday, September
17
Site Council meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Come and hear the latest district and school news. We will also be discussing the allocation of Measure W funds. All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Friday, September 21
Free Dress for students that turned in $50 toward the candy sale by last Friday, September 14.

Important Dates…
September 24 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
September 27 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
September 28 – Last day for candy fundraising
October 5 – Free Dress Friday
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt – Volunteers Needed!

Trivia Question…
The World’s Finest Chocolate Company was accepted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest chocolate bar. How big was the record breaking chocolate bar?
a. 9,700 lbs
b. 11,300 lbs
c. 12,290 lbs
d. 13,860 lbs

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

Care Bags Due…
Last call to turn in your child’s Care Bag to his/her teacher. These bags are stored in each classroom in case of an emergency situation. Please make sure each bag has some non-perishable snacks (dried fruit, crackers, juice box, granola bars, fruit roll ups, etc.) You can also include kleenex and a note and/or picture to reassure your child in the event of an emergency. The bags can just be a gallon sized ziploc bag. Each teacher has a supply of water for the class and one granola bar per child plus necessary first aid supplies. Everyone hopes that these bags will not be needed this year, but in case they are needed, it’s important that your child has something.

Candy Sales…
It’s that time of year again for our school’s biggest fundraiser – World’s Finest Chocolate candy sales! Students selling 5 cases will get free dress on every Friday for the rest of the year and they will have a movie/pizza day. (Families with two or more children must sell 8 cases)  Students selling 8 cases will qualify for a limo ride to In-N-Out in Mountain View for lunch. (Families with two or more children must sell 12 cases) For a list of all of the prizes, please look at the purple sheet that came home with the order form. If you need additional boxes, please come to the office.

Enrichment Program Donations…
Before next week’s PTA meeting, the donations and pledges will be calculated and the final decision will be made on which enrichment programs will be funded for the school year.  If the money necessary to fund everything isn’t received or pledged, programs will be cut. The programs on the wish list to be funded are the following: art instruction, music, drama, Accelerated Reader, after school clubs, field trips, educational assemblies, library books, outdoor education, jiji math, staff to tutor students that need extra help and so much more!

Roosevelt is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. To fund all of these programs, it’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt!

Save the Date…
We’re less than a month away from Roosevelt’s Beautification Weekend! Wonderful community sponsors including Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) and 2nd Mile have planned some wonderful changes for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. We will need about 200 volunteers that day to make everything happen. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. More details will follow as the date approaches, but please save October 6 & 7 on your calendars for this wonderful event/gift.

Box Tops…
Start collecting those Box Tops! A contest will be coming up soon, so get a head start now. Make sure to ask friends, family and neighbors to save them for you!

November Elections…
Meet the candidates running for state assembly and senate in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and hear their views regarding public education. Educate Our State is co-hosting a forum with the San Mateo County School Board Association on Monday, September 24th 6:30pm – 8:30pm at College of San Mateo Theatre (1700 West Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo) Doors open at 6pm.
http://www.smcsba.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/EOSSMCSBA-Candidate-Forum.pdf

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c – 12,290 lbs! In September 2011, the World’s Finest Chocolate company unveiled the record breaking candy bar that measured 3 feet tall and 21 feet long and 12,290 pounds! It included 1,200 pounds of almonds, 5,500 pounds of sugar, 2,000 pounds of milk powder, and 1,700 pounds of cocoa butter. It would take 209,000 candy bars to equal this world record breaking bar. Let’s see if we can break a record with candy sales!

Have a great week!

Award Nomination & Candy Sales

Two more announcements for this week:

Teacher of the Year Nominee…
Congratulations to 6th grade teacher Sarah Coyle, Nominee for the Teacher of the Year Award by the San Mateo County Board of Education! Ms. Coyle was nominated because she consistently sets high standards for her students, challenges each one to excel and provides the necessary support that they need to reach their goals.

On last year’s CST test, her 6th graders outperformed other 6th grade students in the district as a whole in English Language Arts (ELA). In the Redwood City School District, 54% percent of 6th graders scored proficient or advanced on the CST for ELA, but 64% of Roosevelt’s 6th graders scored proficient or advanced for ELA. That percentage includes the newcomer students that joined her classes late in the year. Her students from last year have taken the first benchmark test and the scores from that test show a high percentage of students are already scoring at or near proficient for 7th grade!

Congratulations again to Ms. Coyle and good luck!

Candy Sales…
The forms went home today for the World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Roosevelt. Last year, students sold over 40,000 chocolate bars which raised over $20,000 for programs at our school such as art and field trips. This year the goal is to raise $25,000!

Any family turning in $50 by this Friday, September 14 will be given Free Dress on Friday, September 21.

Students that sell 5 cases will earn Free Dress every Friday for the school year beginning on Friday, October 5. (Families with 2 or more students must sell 8 cases to earn Friday Free Dress passes.)

Students that sell 8 cases will earn a limo ride to In-N-Out in Mountain View for lunch. (Families with 2 or more students must sell 12 cases.)

Week of Sept 10 – Sept 14

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

Monday, September
10
Kindergarten Early Bird and Later Gator schedule begins

Free Dress for students whose parents attended Back to School Night

Wednesday, September 12
Picture Day! – Free Dress. Order forms went home in last Thursday’s blue folder

Important Dates…
September 17 – School Site Council Mtg at 6:30pm in Room 14
September 24 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
September 27 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt

Trivia Question…
How old was Pablo Picasso when he started painting?
a. 8
b. 10
c. 12

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

Care Bags Due…
Don’t forget to turn in your child’s Care Bag to his/her teacher. These bags are stored in each classroom in case of an emergency situation. Please make sure each bag has some non-perishable snacks (dried fruit, crackers, juice box, granola bars, fruit roll ups, etc.) You can also include kleenex and a note and/or picture to reassure your child in the event of an emergency. The bags can just be a gallon sized ziploc bag. Each teacher has a supply of water for the class and one granola bar per child plus necessary first aid supplies.

Enrichment Program Donations…
We still need donations from some families for this year’s enrichment programs at Roosevelt. Once the family donations are tabulated, a final decision will be made on funding enrichment programs for the school year.  At a budget meeting over the summer break, the PTA and Principal Girardi made a list of things that needed to be funded for this school year and prioritized them. If the money necessary to fund everything isn’t received, cuts will have to be made. The programs on the list to be funded are the following: art instruction, music, drama, Accelerated Reader, after school clubs, field trips, educational assemblies, library books, outdoor education, staff to tutor students that need extra help and so much more!

Roosevelt is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. To fund all of these programs, it’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt!

Save the Date…
We’re less than a month away from Roosevelt’s Beautification Weekend! Wonderful community sponsors including Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) and 2nd Mile. They have a lot of wonderful plans for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. We will need about 200 volunteers that day to make everything happen. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. More details will follow as the date approaches, but please save October 6 & 7 on your calendars for this wonderful event/gift.

Spirit Wear…
If you wanted to purchase spirit wear but didn’t get a chance to do so at Back to School Night, you can purchase it from the school office. The navy blue zip front hoodies in youth sizes are sold out, but another order will be placed this week, so please pre-order one from the school office if you want one. 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.

Box Tops…
Start collecting those Box Tops! A contest will be coming up soon, so get a head start now. Make sure to ask friends, family and neighbors to save them for you!

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is a – Pablo Picasso was 8 years old when he started painting, but his art lessons started at the age of 5. Will your child be the next Picasso? This year, the PTA is paying for a program called Art4Schools  A professional artist will be coming into each classrooms this year to teach art to Roosevelt students. For some grades, the art instruction may tie in with a PBL unit that the class is working on. All art classes teach a concept such as line, shape, color, and develop basic technical skills. At the end of the year, there will be an art exhibit of everything the students have worked on for the year.

Have a great week!

Back to School Night and Ice Cream Social!

Don’t forget to come to Back to School Night!

Come and hear what your child’s teacher has planned for the year!

The times for each grade level are as follows:

– Kindergarten – 3rd grade from 5:30-6:30
– 4th grade – 7th grade from 6:30-7:30

And yes, your children are invited to attend as well. There will be supervision on all of the playgrounds.

Then come and join us in the cafeteria for the Ice Cream Social!

The new spirit wear just arrived and will be for sale tonight with new pricing and some new colors:

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)

See you tonight!

Week of Sept 3 – Sept 7

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

Monday, September
3
Labor Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, September 4
Bring items to Room 1 for the Uniform Exchange from 1:30pm-3:00pm

Wednesday, September 5
Bring items to Room 1 for the Uniform Exchange from 1:30pm-3:00pm

Back to School Night for Mrs. Parkhurst’s 3rd grade class ONLY at 6:00pm

Thursday, September 6
Registration Deadline for Fall After School Sports Programs (more information below)

Uniform Exchange in Room 1 from 1:30-3:00pm

Back to School Night and Ice Cream Social
– Kindergarten – 3rd grade from 5:30-6:30
– 4th grade – 7th grade from 6:30-7:30

The Ice Cream Social will be held in the cafeteria beginning at 6:30!

Friday, September 7
Free Dress Friday!

Uniform Exchange in Room 1 from 1:30-3:00pm

Important Dates…
September 10 – Kindergarten Early Bird and Later Gator schedule begins
September 12 – Picture Day – Free Dress
September 17 – School Site Council Mtg at 6:30pm in Room 14
September 24 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
September 27 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
October 6 & 7 – Beautification Days at Roosevelt

Trivia Question…
How much did the PTA budget for field trips for the 2011/2012 school year?
a. $5,200
b. $7,500
c. $9,800

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

A Reminder for Drop Off and Pick Up…
The drop off zone times are 7:30am to 8:30am and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm on school days. Students are to be dropped off and picked up in this area. Please pull forward to allow for other cars to pull in behind you. You also must stay in your car in the drop off zone. You may not use this area to park during the drop zone times.

If you are driving from Upton, you need to drive up Madison and make a Left on to Winslow and then a Left on to Vera to use the drop zone. You may not make a U-turn on Vera and if you get caught, it is a very expensive ticket.

Please be courteous and respectful of our school’s crossing guard and of our neighbors and never park in front of driveways.

Yard Duty Positions Available…
The school still needs 3 or 4 people for yard duty this year. The hours are 10:50am – 1:10pm every day.  If you can only work a few days instead of the entire week, you can still apply. The school pays $12 hour. If you are interested, please let Gwen in the office know. You will have to get a TB test and fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted.

Care Bags Due…
Don’t forget to turn in your child’s Care Bag to his/her teacher. These bags are stored in each classroom in case of an emergency situation. Please make sure each bag has some non-perishable snacks (dried fruit, crackers, juice box, granola bars, fruit roll ups, etc.) You can also include kleenex and a note and/or picture to reassure your child in the event of an emergency. The bags can just be a gallon sized ziploc bag. Each teacher has a supply of water for the class and one granola bar per child plus necessary first aid supplies.

On the Parent Blog…
I would love to put up some back to school pictures, so please let me know if you have any you’d like to share. I’ll try to pop into a few classrooms this week for some pictures to start off the year. If at any time you’re volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning on field trips or helping out 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.  If you or your child would like to write something for the blog let me know. If you can send an email, you can write a blog post – it’s that easy! And remember, any school news is always posted to the parent blog, so please bookmark the page and check it often!

Enrichment Program Donations…
We still need donations from some families for this year’s enrichment programs at Roosevelt. Once the family donations are tabulated, a final decision will be made on funding enrichment programs for the school year.  At a budget meeting over the summer break, the PTA and Principal Girardi made a list of things that needed to be funded for this school year and prioritized them. If the money necessary to fund everything isn’t received, cuts will have to be made. The programs on the list to be funded are the following: art instruction, music, drama, Accelerated Reader, afterschool clubs, field trips, educational assemblies, library books, outdoor education, staff to tutor students that need extra help and so much more!

Roosevelt is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. To fund all of these programs, it’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt!

Donation Matching…
If you want to make a donation to Roosevelt (or have already made a donation), make sure to check with your company’s HR department to see if they offer donation matching to 501c non-profit organizations.

After School Sports…
The Redwood City After School Sports Program is a year-round, school-based sports program that is provided by the Redwood City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Activities League, the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, and supported by the Redwood City Police Activities League. This Thursday, September 6 is the registration deadline for sports offered this fall. The fall sports lineup includes:

Wrestling – grades K – 8
Tennis – grades 1 – 5
Girls Volleyball – grades 4 – 8
Street Hockey – grades 4 -5
Cross Country – grades 5 – 8
Football – grades 6 – 8
Paddling – grades 6 – 8
Youth Golf – ages 8 -15

For more information or applications, stop by Red Morton Community Center or go online to www.teamsideline.com/redwoodcity and click on “Fall Sports”

Save the Date…
Roosevelt is very fortunate to be the recipient of a Beautification Day (actually a weekend) by some wonderful community sponsors including PCC and 2nd Mile. They have a lot of wonderful plans for our campus, but they can only happen with the help of our families. There will be something for every skill level and ability and children are encouraged to help on that day as well. More details will follow as the date approaches, but please save October 6 & 7 on your calendars for this wonderful event/gift.

Spirit Wear…
More spirit wear will be available for purchase at Back to School Night. A list of available items and prices will be sent out before Back to School Night.

Box Tops…
Start collecting those Box Tops! A contest will be coming up soon, so get a head start now. Make sure to ask friends, family and neighbors to save them for you!

Khan Academy…
Back to School means back to homework. If your child is having trouble with homework, Khan Academy is a wonderful online resource to help. These are absolutely free video tutorials on a wide variety of subjects (and the list of subjects is growing every day).  A link to Khan Academy is also on the parent blog links section on the right hand side.

Don’t Forget…
Make sure to put your child’s name on any sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets that they bring to school.  The Lost and Found was overflowing with unmarked jackets and sweaters last year that could have been returned if they had a student’s name on the tag.

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c – $9,800. Last year, the PTA’s Enrichment Program donated $20 per student for field trips to each class. For some classrooms the $20 per student paid for a bus and for others it may have paid for an entrance fee. Enrollment for the 2012/2013 school year has increased to 535 students, putting this year’s current budgeted amount for field trips at $10,700.

Have a great week!

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