Roosevelt Parents

School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: November 2012

Week of Nov 26 – Nov 30

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

Benchmark Testing This Week: Some classes will be taking or finishing benchmark testing this week (others finished or did some before the Thanksgiving break).

Monday, November 26
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).The PTA will be discussing upcoming events and looking at the budget for enrichment programs for this year. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.(Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Thursday, November 29
Free Dress for Parent/Teacher Conference Attendance (If you met with your child’s teacher for P/T conferences, your child may wear free dress)

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.

Saturday, December 1
Hometown Holidays Parade! Come and walk with Roosevelt in the parade! Walking in the parade counts toward your 40 hour time commitment (More Details Below)

Important Dates…
December 3-7 – Holiday Gift Store (6th Grade families volunteering)
December 7 – Free Dress Friday
December 18 – WinterFest! Grades K, 2 & 6 at 5:30pm — Grades 1 & 7 at 7:00pm
December 19- WinterFest! Grades 3, 4 & 5 at 6:00pm
December 21 – No School – Begin Winter Break
December 24 – Jan 4 – No School – Winter Break
January 6 – Classes Resume

Trivia Question…
An easy one this week! Mele Kalikimaka is a phrase you will hear in Hawaii during the Christmas season.

a. True
b. False

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

Hometown Holidays Parade…
Roosevelt will once again be walking in Redwood City’s Hometown Holidays Parade on December 1 at 4:30pm. This year, Roosevelt’s theme will be Christmas in Hawaii. Both Kindergarten and 2nd grade have been assigned to help with this event, but families from other grade levels are also welcome to help and participate in the parade. Parents and children are needed to walk in the parade and Mrs. Torres is working with Kinders to teach them a short hula dance for the short stop during the parade. Roosevelt’s parade organizer would like 10 students from each grade level to walk in the parade. If you want to participate, please contact Brandi Sevudredre at blkchrry@hotmail.com Glow in the dark lei head adornments are being ordered and two parents are needed to hold tiki torches in the parade.

This is such a fun event for everyone and at the end of the parade there is the tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall and a big fireworks show in front of the main library!

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 in 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.

Online Shopping to support Roosevelt…
If you’re planning on doing any online shopping for the holidays (and all year) here’s an option that will support Roosevelt:

Check out 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! You can also download their “Auto Earn” application and it will automatically donate money to our school from participating vendors as you shop online so that you don’t have to go through the escrip.com site first. (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).

YMCA Holiday Camps…
For the December holiday break, the YMCA is offering a holiday camp. The camp is available for Grades K-8 (Ages 5-13) from 7:30am – 6:00pm. Weekly and Daily fees are available. For more information, please contact the YMCA at 650-368-4168 or contact Veronica Vega at vvega@ymcasv.org or call 650-257-0119

WinterFest!…
WinterFest! will be on December 18th and December 19th this year and will be held at Penninsula Covenent Church (PCC) at 3560 Farm Hill Blvd. Because Roosevelt now has over 550 students, WinterFest! is going to be held on two dates and at two different times on December 18th to accommodate everyone. December 18 at 5:30 will feature performances by grades – Kinder, 2 and 6 and and December 18 at 7:00 will feature performances by grades – 1 and 7. WinterFest! on December 19 at 6:00pm will feature performances by grades 3, 4 & 5.  For those that don’t know what WinterFest! is, it’s Roosevelt’s annual holiday performance. The children in each grade will be practicing a song or skit over the next weeks to perform on their assigned night of WinterFest!

Please note: Volunteers are needed at each WinterFest! event to hand out programs as families are walking in and pass out candy canes as families are leaving. About 6 volunteers are needed for each time slot. For the December 18th 5:30 performance Kinder families are being asked to volunteer. For the December 18th 7:00pm performance, 7th grade families are asked to volunteer and for the December 19th 6:00pm performance, 3rd grade families are asked to volunteer.

On the Parent Blog…
A lot of pictures will be going up on the blog from almost every grade level over the coming week, so be sure to keep checking this week for updates to your child’s grade level page. If you have any pictures or student work that you’d like to send in to be posted on the blog let us know. And don’t forget, for the most accurate information throughout the week, check out the parent blog. www.rooseveltparents.com

Holiday Gift Store…
The holidays are just around the corner and this year we’re trying something new – a Holiday Gift Store! This will be run much like the book fair. An outside company will be coming in with items that will be set up in the Holiday Store. Students (and parents) will be able to shop for gifts for family members and friends for the holidays. More information will be coming home in this week. 6th grade families and Ms. Viera’s SDC class parents have been assigned to help with this event, so look for sign up sheets.

Box Tops Contest…
We ended our contest and are turning in 3196 Box Tops to to General Mills – for a total of $319! Keep Collecting those Box Tops through the holidays and beyond! The next contest will be held in spring 2013 so tell family and friends to collect Box Tops for you. Ms. Casale’s class won the contest with 459 boxtops – the runners up were Ms. Boone’s class with 393, Mr. Williams’ class with 347, and Mrs. Novikoff’s class with 303 and Mrs. Washburn’s class with 240. The students in Ms. Casale’s class won an ice cream party.

“Like” us on Facebook…
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 and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is a. True.  And while we’re at it, here’s some more trivia for you: The Hawaiian people did not celebrate Christmas prior to the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778. It was, however, the protestant missionaries from New England who first arrived in 1820 who first introduced Christmas to the Hawaiian people. The missionaries reduced the Hawaiian language to written form, enabling the Hawaiian people to read and write in their own language. Many words for which there were no clear Hawaiian language equivalents were translated phonetically.

Let’s look at some key phrases that you may hear in Hawaii during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday season.

Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas. The words “Mele Kalikimaka” are a phonetic translation. When the missionaries and other Westerners first brought the custom of Christmas to the islands the Hawaiians had difficulty pronouncing Merry Christmas and turned it into words that rolled more easily off their tongues.

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Happy New Year. The western Christmas and New Year fell during this same time of the year that the Hawaiians traditionally honored the earth for giving them plenty to eat. This period of resting and feasting was called Makahiki (mah-kah-HEE- kee). It lasted for 4 months, and no wars or conflicts were allowed during this time. Because makahiki also means “year”, the Hawaiian phrase for “Happy New Year” became “Hau’oli (happy) Makahiki (year) Hou (new)”(how-OH-lee mah-kah-hee-kee ho).

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mahalo Nui Loa – Thank you very much. When you receive a nice gift or are treated to a special meal or beautiful song, you’ll want to express your appreciation for the kindness.

Make sure to come and participate in the Hometown Holidays parade as Roosevelt does it Hawaiian style! Mahalo Nui Loa!

Have a great week!

Giving Thanks at Roosevelt

It was a busy week at Roosevelt leading up to the Thanksgiving break – parent/teacher conferences, some classes doing benchmark testing, and Thanksgiving projects.

Many of the 6th graders spent their lunch recess making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless. For weeks, 6th grade students have been volunteering their time  once a week after school to make the sandwiches for Street Life Ministries, an organization that serves the homeless population in Redwood City. The students make the sandwiches in Ms. Coyle’s 6th grade classroom and participation is completely voluntary. Ms. Coyle said that in the first weeks, there were just a handful of students making the sandwiches, but now it has grown so much that she has a classroom full of 6th graders after school and even more are asking if they can participate too.

The bread, peanut butter and jelly are all donated. The students make as many sandwiches as they can, but typically it’s between 100 and 200 sandwiches. For Thanksgiving, the students were asked if they could make 400 sandwiches for a Thanksgiving lunch sponsored by Street Life Ministries and PCC. The smell of peanut butter was thick in the air of Room 17 on Friday afternoon, but they managed to make their goal of 400 sandwiches. Ms. Coyle also reached out to the Roosevelt parent community and asked for homemade cookies to be included with the sandwiches and she was rewarded with a table full of cookies!

Many, many thanks go out to all involved, but especially the 6th graders that participated in this huge undertaking!

If you, or anyone in your family would like to volunteer for the Street Life Ministries/PCC Thanksgiving lunch, please read the message below from event coordinator Tony Gapastione for what you need to do:

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day November 22nd between the hours of 11:30am-2pm
(arrival times vary based on role) at Peninsula Community Church.

“My favorite memory of a PCC Thanksgiving is one our long time Street Church members stopping me at the end of the lunch as we were cleaning up. She grabbed my arm and was gushing over the fact that she got to eat on a real plate for Thanksgiving. She said something like, ‘Thank you so much for making us feel so welcomed and treating us like family.'”

In our tenth year of serving the community through Thanksgiving lunch,

I invite you to pass this opportunity on to your friends, neighbors, and ministry connections. As of right now, we really need food donations, decorators, and clean up. Our servers and cookers are limited, so sign up ASAP>

Our PCC Thanksgiving lunch is a great way to serve our community, eat a great meal, and/or serve as a family.

Volunteers are needed to greet guests, serve kids (bouncehouses), cook food, serve food, decorate, work in our clothing closet (Spanish Speakers needed), donate fixings, or simply come and enjoy!

Watch last year’s video to get a glimpse of the experience. http://vimeo.com/32692424

Sign up here: http://wearepcc.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-at-pcc-112212/

Cookies Needed for this Friday!

Our Roosevelt 6th graders have been making peanut butter sandwiches every week for a group called Street Life Ministries that serves the homeless population in Redwood City.

They are going to be making 400 sandwiches this Friday, November 16 for a Thanksgiving lunch being sponsored by PCC and Street Life Ministries.

The students need to include 2 cookies with each sandwich as a Thanksgiving treat. So, Ms. Coyle and her 6th graders need other Roosevelt families to help out and make cookies. The cookies need to be homemade and not store bought.

If you can help out and make cookies, PLEASE let us know ASAP! We need 35 people to make a dozen cookies each. You can send an email to trishreillytaylor@gmail.com or contact the school office.

Cookies may be dropped of in the school office on Friday morning.

Thanks for your help!

Week of Nov 12 – Nov 16

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

NOTE: The Book Fair is in the School Library all week. If you are a 4th Grade parent and haven’t signed up to help, please do so ASAP! This event is in danger of being canceled due to lack of volunteers. (See below for more information.)

Monday, November 12
Veterans Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, November 13
Book Fair in the Library

Wednesday, November 14
Book Fair in the Library

Book Fair Cookies & Cocoa Night from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Thursday, November 15
Book Fair in the Library

Friday, November 16
Book Fair in the Library

Banana Slugs Band – Assemblies for K-5 in the cafeteria.

Minimum Day – All Kinders on Early Bird Schedule / Grades 1-3 Dismissed at 1:00 / Grades 4-7 Dismissed at 1:20

YMCA Family Night Potluck at 6:00pm

Important Dates…
November 19-20 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
November 21 – 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 26 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
November 29 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 2
December 1 – Hometown Holidays Parade – Downtown RWC (Kinder & 2nd Grade families volunteering)
December 3-7 – Holiday Gift Store (6th Grade families volunteering)

Trivia Question…
If you or your child were to read all 7 books in the Harry Potter series in 30 days, approximately how many pages would you have to read every day?

a. 100 pages per day
b. 125 pages per day
c. 140 pages per day

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

Book Fair…
Attention 4th Grade Parents! Your help is needed at this week’s Book Fair. This event helps raise much needed money to purchase more books for our school library. If you are coming to school this week for a Parent/Teacher conference, please consider helping out at the Book Fair for the hour before or after your assigned conference time. Paulette also needs help with Cookies & Cocoa night on Wednesday from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Paulette also needs donations of cookies, cocoa powder and marshmallows. Please contact Melissa Bryant at 650-364-1689 or leafblessings@gmail.com ASAP and let her know what dates/times you can help out.

YMCA Family Potluck night…
The YMCA will be kicking off National Family Week with a potluck dinner in the YMCA Room on Friday, November 16 at 6:00pm. Please contact  Veronica Vega at vvega@ymcasv.org or call 650-257-0119 to RSVP and sign up for a dish to bring.

Parent/Teacher Conferences…
Teachers have been sending home schedules for Parent/Teacher conferences. Please make sure that you’ve signed up for a time and if you haven’t, please contact your child’s teacher. Parents attending a conference will be given a district survey to fill out. Students that return the survey will be given Free Dress on Thursday, Nov 29.

YMCA Holiday Camps…
For the week of Thanksgiving, as well as the December holiday break, the YMCA is offering a holiday camps. All camps are available for Grades K-8 (Ages 5-13) from 7:30am – 6:00pm. Weekly and Daily fees are available. For more information, please contact the YMCA at 650-368-4168 or contact Veronica Vega at vvega@ymcasv.org or call 650-257-0119

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted pictures of Mrs. Torres’ Kinders in a Music for Minors class, the 4th graders working on their California Regions Books, Room 10’s November newsletter and Room 23’s November newsletter.  The 5th graders in Room 13 had an inauguration party for their class election and had some very special guests. Pictures from that will be posted this week.  If you have any pictures or student work that you’d like to send in to be posted on the blog let us know. And don’t forget, for the most accurate information throughout the week, check out the parent blog. www.rooseveltparents.com

Hometown Holidays Parade…
Roosevelt will once again be walking in Redwood City’s Hometown Holidays Parade on December 1. This year the theme will be Christmas in Hawaii and volunteers are needed. Both Kindergarten and 2nd grade have been assigned to help with this event, but families from other grade levels are also welcome to help and participate in the parade. Parents and children are needed to volunteer for ideas, decorating, walking in the parade and anyone that would like to perform a short hula dance for the short 3 minute stop during the parade. Roosevelt’s parade organizer would like 10 students from each grade level to walk in the parade. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Brandi Sevudredre at blkchrry@hotmail.com

Holiday Gift Store…
The holidays are just around the corner and this year we’re trying something new – a Holiday Gift Store! This will be run much like the book fair. An outside company will be coming in with items that will be set up in the Holiday Store. Students (and parents) will be able to shop for gifts for family members and friends for the holidays. More information will be coming home in the coming weeks. 6th grade families have been assigned to help with this event, so look for sign up sheets soon.

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast…
Adelante Spanish Immersion School and San Carlos Children’s Theater invite all families to come and see a fun mini-musical “Sleeping Beauty and the Beast”. Adelante students from all grades will entertain you with singing, dancing and much laughter in this lively, funny show. Prince Charmless is on a valiant quest to save Princess Rose from a wicked Faerie’s curse and meets an adventurous Puss ‘n’ Boots, a snarling Snow White, a helpful Headless Horseman and a very lonely Beast. December 7 & 8 at 7pm and December 9 at 1pm at McKinley Middle School, 400 Duane St, Redwood City. Tickets $8-15 available at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com

Job Opportunity…
The school district currently has openings for Instructional Assistants for Special Education. Please contact the district’s HR department at 423-2200 for an application. http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/174

“Like” us on Facebook…
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 and pictures from school events in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c. 140 pages per day. According to Scholastic Books, the U.S. version of the book series has a total of 4,224 pages! The U.K. series has a total of 3,407 pages, so children in the U.K. only have to read 114 pages a day to finish the series in 30 days. Also according to Scholastic, the number of hardcover sales in the U.S. in the first 24 hours of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,”  was 8.3 million. That’s a lot of reading!

Make sure to check out our school’s Book Fair this week for the Harry Potter series as well as some other great books!

Have a great week!

Friday Updates!

Just a couple of quick updates…

Join Us at Johnny Rockets Tonight!…
It’s a Friday restaurant fundraiser! Today, Johnny Rockets in Sequoia Station will donate 20% of net sales back to Roosevelt. Please remember to bring the flyer that came home in last Thursday’s folder. Extra flyers are available in the school office. We hope to see you there!

Book Fair Next Week…
Come and support the school Book Fair next week – November 13 to November 16 with the Cookies & Cocoa Night on Wednesday, November 14 from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  If you are a 4th grade parent, make sure to volunteer for a time slot during the Book Fair. Please contact our Librarian Paulette Elliott at pelliott@rcsdk8.net and let her know your availability.

Job Opportunity…
The school district currently has openings for Instructional Assistants for Special Education. Roosevelt school has 2 openings and substitute aides are needed throughout the district. The salary is $14.84 per hour and a high school diploma or GED is required. Applicants must also pass a test given by the district office. Please contact the district’s HR department at 423-2200 for an application. http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/174

No School Monday…
Don’t forget that this Monday, November 12 is a school holiday in honor of Veterans Day.

Have a good three day weekend!

Week of Nov 5 – Nov 9

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

NOTE: Daylight Savings Time ended on Saturday night/Sunday morning, so you should have turned your clocks BACK by one hour.

Monday, November 5
Box Top Contest Begins! (See below for more information)

Coin for a Day Challenge Begins! Bring in your Pennies!

Power of One Anti Bully Assembly grades 4-7 at 8:15 – 8:55, grades K-3 at 9:00-9:40

ELAC Meeting at 1:30pm

Site Council meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Note that the meeting time is changed for this meeting from th usual 6:30pm to 6:00pm. Come and hear the latest district and school news. All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available. (Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Tuesday, November 6
Election Day! – Don’t forget to get out and Vote!

Coin for a Day Challenge – Bring in your Nickels

Wednesday, November 7
Kindergarten Tour Night at 6:30pm for parents enrolling their child in Kindergarten for the 2013/2014 school year. (See below for more information)

Coin for a Day Challenge – Bring in your Dimes

Thursday, November 8
Coin for a Day Challenge – Bring in your Quarters

Friday, November 9
Box Tops Contest Ends!

Coin for a Day Challenge – Bring in Any Coin!

Restaurant Fundraiser! Johnny Rockets in Sequoia Station will donate 20% of net sales back to Roosevelt. Please remember to bring the flyer that came home in last Thursday’s folder. Extra flyers are available in the school office.

Important Dates…
November 12 – Veterans Day – No School
November 13 – 16 – Book Fair (4th grade families providing volunteers)
November 14 – Cookies & Cocoa Night at the Book Fair from 4:00pm-7:00pm (4th grade families providing volunteers)
November 19-20 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
November 21 – 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 26 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
November 29 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 2
December 1 – Hometown Holidays Parade – Downtown RWC (Kinder & 2nd Grade families volunteering)
December 3-7 – Holiday Gift Store (6th Grade families volunteering)

Trivia Question…
There used to be a 2 cent coin produced by the US Mint.

a. True
b. False

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

Candy sale update…
There are still some families that haven’t yet turned in money owed for the World’s Finest Chocolate Sales. Our PTA had to pay World’s Finest for all of the boxes that were taken out, so please send your money in so that the PTA may be reimbursed and that money can then be used for programs for the students.

Coin for a Day Challenge…
Roosevelt is participating in a coin drive challenge to raise money for books for our library as well as each classroom library. Please bring in your coins this week and lets see how much we can raise for books! (Pennies on Monday, Nickels on Tuesday, Dimes on Wednesday, Quarters on Thursday and any coin on Friday) The class that raises the most money will win a pizza party!

Box Tops Contest…
It’s time for the first Box Tops Contest of the year and this one is by classroom! The class that brings in the most Box Tops will win an ice cream party!  Box Tops may be turned in to your child’s classrom. Look for Box Tops on products such as Kleenex, Cheerios, Hefty, Ziploc, Huggies, etc. Every box top the school collects gives 10 cents back to our school! So tell your family and friends to start collecting those box tops. (Once this contest ends, don’t stop collecting – there will be another contest in the spring!)

Help Needed…
Ms. Girardi needs help with getting the word out about our Kindergarten Tour Night on Wednesday so we need people to help distribute the flyers at various preschools and businesses around town. If you can help, please stop by the school office to pick up some flyers to drop off at the libraries, local businesses such as Bayshore Elite and Creative Learning Loft in Roosevelt Plaza as well as any preschool that you may have attended with your child. There will be a list of locations that will need flyers to be dropped off and you can sign up to drop off flyers at as many places as you’d like. Thank you for your help.

Looking for a Tree Stump Grinder…
The school’s garden committee is looking for anyone that has access to a root grinder or chainsaws or anything that can help to take out the giant tree stump that’s in our school garden. Right now it makes using the storage shed in the garden almost impossible, and so any help or leads would be appreciated. Please contact Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com

Parent/Teacher Conferences…
Teachers have been sending home schedules for Parent/Teacher conferences. Please make sure that you’ve signed up for a time and if you haven’t, please contact your child’s teacher.

On the Parent Blog…
Pictures from the Halloween Parade have been posted as well as pictures from Ms. Mallari’s class and Mrs. Torres’ class.  The 5th graders in Room 13 have been campaigning for class officers and you can see some pictures as well as link to Mr. Williams’ blog to see the campaign speeches. The 4th graders in Room 10 have been learning how to play their recorders and more pictures have been added of the 1st graders working on their American Symbols PBL unit. Kinder and middle school tour season is starting early, so more pictures of what’s happening in our classrooms are desperately needed. If you have any that you’d like to send in, let us know. And don’t forget, for the most accurate information throughout the week, check out the parent blog. www.rooseveltparents.com

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 November 7 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information, go to the School Tours section of the parent blog or call the school office at 369-5597.

Hometown Holidays Parade…
Roosevelt will once again be walking in Redwood City’s Hometown Holidays Parade on December 1. This year the theme will be Christmas in Hawaii and volunteers are needed. Both Kindergarten and 2nd grade have been assigned to help with this event, but families from other grade levels are also welcome to help and participate in the parade. Parents and children are needed to volunteer for ideas, decorating, walking in the parade and anyone that would like to perform a short hula dance for the short 3 minute stop during the parade. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Brandi Sevudredre at blkchrry@hotmail.com

Holiday Gift Store…
The holidays are just around the corner and this year we’re trying something new – a Holiday Gift Store! This will be run much like the book fair. An outside company will be coming in with items that will be set up in the Holiday Store. Students (and parents) will be able to shop for gifts for family members and friends for the holidays. More information will be coming home in the coming weeks. 6th grade families have been assigned to help with this event, so look for sign up sheets soon.

Job Opportunity…
The school district currently has openings for Instructional Assistants for Special Education. Please contact the district’s HR department at 423-2200 for an application. http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/174

“Like” us on Facebook…
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 and pictures from school events in your news feed. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is a. True. The United States two cent coin was produced from 1864 to 1873. It was made of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc and is a little bit smaller than the quarter we know today. No one knows for sure why a two cent piece was introduced, but it is possible that it was an effort to return some coins to circulation.

Around the time the two cent piece was introduced, the Civil War was in its third year and people began to worry about what was going to happen. It had been believed that it would be a very short war.

Worried about the economic future of the United States, they started stashing away coins for the hard times they feared were coming. First they began hoarding gold and silver coins, but eventually all coins disappeared from circulation. So, when the two cent piece was first released to the public, it appeared that it would be accepted. People were using it regularly for their day to day purchases. Later, however, it was determined that the only reason people accepted the coin was because of the shortage of circulating coins caused by the Civil War.

When the war ended and people began using their silver coins once again, the two cent piece fell out of favor. So, the two cent coin became one of the shortest lived issues of United States Coinage.

So, if you come across one when looking under your couch cushions or at the bottom of your purse for coins this week for the Coin for a Day Challenge, you’re in luck! A 2 cent piece from 1872 is worth about $1,400 today.

Have a great week!

Room 10 CST Celebration!

Last May, Ms. Vawter and Mr. Anderson challenged the 4th graders in Room 10 to do their best on the CST and if they did, she would reward them with a surprise.

On Saturday, November 3, Ms. Vawter and Mr. Anderson were true to their word and rewarded their hard working class from last year with a pancake party at the Red Morton Community Center. And Mr. Anderson even brought along two special guests!

Roosevelt Halloween 2012!

On Wednesday, October 31, the school halls were full of witches, pirates, doctors, raccoons, golfers and lego pieces. And that was just the teachers, who, as usual, brought their Halloween spirit to school!

Students, teachers and staff 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, best makeup, best pair and best overall costume.

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