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Month: December 2012

Week of Dec 17 – Dec 21

Dec 17Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Tuesday, December 18
WinterFest! Grades K, 2 & 6 at 5:30pm — Grades 1 & 7 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 19
WinterFest! Grades 3, 4 & 5 at 6:00pm

Friday, December 21
No School – Begin Winter Break

Important Dates…
December 24 – Jan 4 – No School – Winter Break
January 7 – Classes Resume
January 8 – Free dress for students that performed for WinterFest

Trivia Question…
In honor of the WinterFest concerts this week, here’s an easy one. In the popular Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, what new item was sent on the 12th day?

a. drummers drumming
b. geese a laying
c. lords a leaping

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

WinterFest!…
WinterFest! is being held at Penninsula Covenent Church (PCC) at 3560 Farm Hill Blvd. 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.

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.

Roosevelt Snack Shack…
Every year, the PTA hears complaints about the ice cream truck selling to the Roosevelt students every afternoon outside the school gate. Unfortunately, because the curb and sidewalk are public property, the ice cream truck has the right to sell at that location. BUT the PTA and 5th grade students have joined forces and are opening a snack shack after school. The 5th graders will be running the store under the supervision of Mr. Williams and Ms. Novikoff. The students will be responsible for selling the snacks, inventory, reordering items, etc. The snacks being sold fall within the dietary guidelines that have to be followed, but still appeal to the students. All items are priced at either $1 or $2. Soon we will offer tickets that parents will be able to purchase that the students can exchange for snack items in the snack shack so that you know that if you’re giving your child some money to spend that they can’t spend it at the ice cream truck. The snack shack will be open every afternoon for an hour after school in the PTA room which is located next to the YMCA room. All profits made from the snack shack will go towards the 5th grader’s Outdoor Education week in May.

Note: the 5th grade parents will be supervising the 5th grade students for the first 30 minutes each afternoon until Mr. Williams or Ms. Novikoff can take over after their classes are dismissed. If you are not a 5th grade parent, but you would like to help out and take on a 30 minute shift on a day that works with your schedule, please contact Mr. Williams at jwilliams@rcsdk8.net

Starbucks Gift Cards…
Our librarian Paulette Elliott cashed in the pennies from the coin drive last month for Starbucks gift cards. She has 14 $20.00 gift cards if anyone would like to buy them from her.  You can either stop by the library, or send her an email at pelliott@rcsdk8.net.

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).

On the Parent Blog…
I’ve posted pictures of the grade 3-7 Dance Around the World performance and I’ll be updating the blog as I get pictures and newsletters this week and over the break. 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

Food for Fines…
The Redwood City Public Library is once again offering their Food for Fines program. If you have unpaid library fines, you can bring in non-perishable food donations to any library branch, and they will erase your fines. For more information, visit one of the RWC libraries.

“Like” us on Facebook…

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…
kids-singing-christmas-carolsThe correct answer is a.drummers drumming. Here’s the full round up of the 12 days:
Twelve Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

The students have been practicing their performances for weeks so don’t forget to come and see them perform at WinterFest!

Have a great week and a wonderful Winter Break!

Dance Around the World!

After weeks of practicing, the Dance Around the World after school program for grades 3 – 7, gave a performance for friends and family.

The students showed off just some of the dances they learned – Egyptian, Salsa, Country Western and a 50’s dance.

The students will also be giving a performance at WinterFest on Wednesday, December 19.

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RWC Water Conservation Poster Contest Winners!

Watercontest1On December 3, 2012, three Roosevelt students were recognized by the mayor and city council for their artwork in the 2012 Water Conservation Poster Contest.

The winning posters will be displayed in the City Hall Lobby and on Redwood City’s website for the month of December. The school level winners will have their posters displayed at the Main Library in the Children’s section for the month of December and then the display will move to the Redwood Shores Library for the month of January.

Congratulations to the students at Roosevelt that won the City Wide Poster Contest:

Ryan B. – 1st GradeMia A. – 1st Grade
Kelsey E. – 4th Grade

And congratulations as well to the School Level Winners:
Shanna A. – 1st Grade
Nathalie V. – 1st Grade
Frida P. – 4th Grade
Vinny A. – 4th Grade
David D. – 4th Grade

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Week of Dec 10 – Dec 14

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

Important Update: Starting on Monday, December 10, 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades will be released at 1:56pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays instead of 2:00 and at 12:56 on Thursdays instead of 1:00 to comply with the teachers union contract.

Monday, December 10
2:00 – 3:00 Roosevelt Snack Shack opens! (More information below)

Tuesday, December 11
2:00 – 3:00 Roosevelt Snack Shack

Wednesday, December 12
2:00 – 3:00 Roosevelt Snack Shack

Thursday, December 13
1:00 – 2:00 Roosevelt Snack Shack

Friday, December 14
2:00 – 3:00 Roosevelt Snack Shack

Important Dates…
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…
This week we’re taking a look at the nutritional value information on a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos which is a hugely popular snack among Roosevelt students. So, just how many mg of sodium are in a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos?

a. 250mg
b. 437mg
c. 875mg

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

rcef Fundraiser…
Don’t forget – today, Sunday, December 9, a new restaurant next to the movie theater downtown is giving 100% of proceeds to the Redwood City Education Foundation (rcef). Please stop by any time from 11 am to 5 pm at 835 Middlefield Road and welcome The Melt, a new family-friendly restaurant in Redwood City. It’s a fun, easy, and delicious way to help our kids. In case you don’t know, the rcef pays for music programs at every school in the district, gives technology grants and so much more.

Roosevelt Snack Shack…
Every year, the PTA hears complaints about the ice cream truck selling to the Roosevelt students every afternoon outside the school gate. Unfortunately, because the curb and sidewalk are public property, the ice cream truck has the right to sell at that location. BUT the PTA and 5th grade students have joined forces and are opening a snack shack after school. The 5th graders will be running the store under the supervision of Mr. Williams and Ms. Novikoff. The students will be responsible for selling the snacks, inventory, reordering items, etc. The snacks being sold all fall within the dietary guidelines that have to be followed, but still appeal to the students. All items are priced at either $1 or $2. Soon we will offer tickets that parents will be able to purchase that the students can exchange for snack items in the snack shack so that you know that if you’re giving your child some money to spend at the snack shack, that they can’t spend it at the ice cream truck. The snack shack will be open every afternoon for an hour after school in the PTA room which is located next to the YMCA room. All profits made from the snack shack will go towards the 5th grader’s Outdoor Education week in May.

Note: the 5th grade parents will be supervising the 5th grade students for the first 30 minutes each afternoon until Mr. Williams or Ms. Novikoff can take over after their classes are dismissed. If you are not a 5th grade parent, but you would like to help out and take on a 30 minute shift on a day that works with your schedule, please contact Mr. Williams at jwilliams@rcsdk8.net

Starbucks Gift Cards…
Our librarian Paulette Elliott cashed in the pennies from the coin drive last month for Starbucks gift cards. She has 14 $20.00 gift cards if anyone would like to buy them from her.  You can either stop by the library, or send her an email at pelliott@rcsdk8.net.

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).

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…
I’ll be posting pictures from the 1st grade PBL presentation on Community, pictures of all of the students starting Art4All and pictures of our award winning student artists that won a city-wide Water Conservation Poster Contest. Three Roosevelt students were recognized at last Monday’s City Council meeting.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

Food for Fines…
The Redwood City Public Library is once again offering their Food for Fines program. If you have unpaid library fines, you can bring in non-perishable food donations to any library branch, and they will erase your fines. For more information, visit one of the RWC libraries.

“Like” us on Facebook…

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 c. 875mg. Most people think that a small bag is only one serving, but a grab bag size of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is actually 3.5 servings. 1 serving is only 21 Cheetos. So, while a single serving (21 pieces) has only 250mg of sodium, a full bag has 875mg of sodium. The recommended daily allowance for sodium is 1200mg for children aged 4 – 8 and 1500mg for people aged 9 – 50. One bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos also contains about 700 calories and 44 grams of fat. A school in Illinois eliminated Cheetos from their vending machines even though they used to sell about 150,000 bags each year! Frito Lay makes Cheetos and their response is that the company is “committed to responsible and ethical practices, which includes not marketing our products to children ages 12 and under.”

Some students may be upset that the snack shack won’t be selling Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (or Taki’s), but maybe they will find a healthier alternative that still tastes great! (And help the 5th graders raise money for their week of Outdoor Education too!)

Have a great week!

Week of Dec 3 – Dec 7

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

Monday, December 3
Limo Ride to In n Out in Mountain View for students who sold 8 cases of chocolate during the World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser (Families with two or more children had to sell 12 cases)

Holiday Gift Shop from 2:00 – 4:00

Tuesday, December 4
Holiday Gift Shop from 2:00 – 4:00

Wednesday, December 5
Holiday Gift Shop from 4:00 – 7:00 with Cookies & Cocoa

Thursday, December 6
Free Dress for students that turned in a completed school survey form

Holiday Gift Shop from 2:00 – 4:00

Friday, December 7
Free Dress Friday!

Holiday Gift Shop from 2:00 – 4:00

Important Dates…
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…
What’s the estimated amount Americans are expected to spend per household this holiday season?

a. $616
b. $770
c. $866

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

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 has brought in items for the Holiday Store. Students (and parents) will be able to shop for gifts for family members and friends for the holidays. A flyer and envelope was sent home in last Thursday’s folder. You can decide with your child how much money he/she can spend for each person and enclose the money in the envelope. The Gift Store volunteers will look at each child’s envelope and help them to purchase gifts within their price range. Items range in price from $1.00 to $15.00. A preview of some of the items that will be for sale can be seen on the parent blog www.rooseveltparents.com

6th grade families and Ms. Viera’s SDC class parents have been assigned to help with this event. If you are a parent in either 6th grade class or in Ms. Viera’s class and haven’t signed up for a shift in the gift store, please contact Bonnie Courtney-Rodriguez at bejrodriguez@yahoo.com. If you are not a parent in any of these classrooms, but would like to help out, you are also welcome to sign up.

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 went up on the blog (7th grade, 1st grade, 4th grade), so be sure to keep checking this week for updates to your child’s grade level page. Pictures were also posted from this weekend – Girls on the Run 5k in Golden Gate Park and the Hometown Holidays Parade. 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

Food for Fines…
The Redwood City Public Library is once again offering their Food for Fines program. If you have unpaid library fines, you can bring in non-perishable food donations to any library branch, and they will erase your fines. For more information, visit one of the RWC libraries.

“Like” us on Facebook…

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 b. $770.  U.S. consumers predict they will spend an average of $770 on Christmas gifts this year based on a November 2012 Gallup poll. That roughly matches the $764 they estimated at this time a year ago amid a fairly robust holiday shopping season, thus pointing to good, though not great, sales for holiday retailers in 2012. Source – www.gallup.com

So, while we’re not expecting sales of $770 from each Roosevelt family in our Holiday Gift Shop, we hope you’ll come on by and get some great gifts and help raise some money for Enrichment programs at Roosevelt at the same time!

Have a great week!

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 has brought in items for the Holiday Store. Students (and parents) will be able to shop for gifts for family members and friends for the holidays. A flyer and envelope was sent home in last Thursday’s folder. You can decide with your child how much money he/she can spend for each person and enclose the money in the envelope. The Gift Store volunteers will look at each child’s envelope and help them to purchase gifts within their price range. Items range in price from $1.00 to $15.00.

6th grade families and Ms. Viera’s SDC class parents have been assigned to help with this event. If you are a parent in either 6th grade class or in Ms. Viera’s class and haven’t signed up for a shift in the gift store, please contact Bonnie Courtney-Rodriguez at bejrodriguez@yahoo.com. If you are not a parent in any of these classrooms, but would like to help out, you are also welcome to sign up.

Take a look at just a few of the items that the students will be able to purchase:

Hometown Holidays Parade 2012

The 2012 Hometown Holidays Parade experienced a break in the storm that was pelting the Bay Area on December 1, 2012. Roosevelt students and their families donned their Hawaiian attire and represented Christmas in Hawaii in the parade.

Kinder students did a hula at one stop on the parade route, the choir sang Mele Kamikimaka at the next stop, and the third stand of judges was treated to Jingle Bells by one of Roosevelt’s saxaphone players.

Many thanks to Roosevelt parent Brandi Sevudredre for organizing this event and to all of the Roosevelt parents and students who braved the possibility of rain to show their Roosevelt holiday spirit! And thanks to Dora Bejarano for the pictures!

 

 

Girls on the Run 5K

A little rain didn’t stop Roosevelt’s Girls on the Run team from running in the Girls on the Run 5K through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on December 1, 2011.

The girls had been training for this run since September and they were ready to go! Every one of the Roosevelt girls finished the run and were all smiles at the finish line!

The Girls on the Run program is offered to girls in grades 3 – 5 and is paid for in part by the Girls on the Run scholarship program, a small fee paid by the participants and by a donation from Roosevelt’s PTA. For more information on this program, go to www.girlsontherun.org.

 

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