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Month: January 2013

Mid-Week Reminders

Wednesday, January 30reminder
Don’t forget that the Restaurant Fundraiser at Pasta Pomodoro  (490 El Camino Real) is today. Roosevelt will receive 20% of sales. Don’t forget to bring your flyer!

Thursday, January 31
Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks at 8:00am in Room 1. 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, February 1
Free Dress Friday

Saturday, February 2
Early Kindergarten registration from 9:00am – 1:00pm for the 2013/2014 school year

Paper Product Supplies Needed…
The 6th graders are still making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and they need more sandwich bags, paper plates, paper towels and plastic knives, and also some antibacterial kitchen wipes. Any donations are appreciated and can be dropped off in the school office.

Week of Jan 28 – Feb 1

Jan 28Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, January 28
PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).The PTA will be discussing upcoming events and looking at where we stand with 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)

Wednesday, January 30
Benchmark Awards for students who scored at proficient or gained 10%. Grades 6 & 7 – 8:05am, Grades 2 & 3 – 9:00am, Grades 4 & 5 – 9:30am

Restaurant Fundraiser – Pasta Pomodoro at 490 El Camino Real – All Day. Roosevelt will receive 20% of sales. Look for the flyers to come home with your student.

Thursday, January 31
Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks at 8:00am in Room 1. 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, February 1
Free Dress Friday

Saturday, February 2
Early Kindergarten registration from 9:00am – 1:00pm for the 2013/2014 school year

Important Dates…
February 11 – Site Council Meeting at 6:30pm
February 13 – Spring Picture Day
February 15 – President Lincoln’s Birthday Observance – No School
February 18 – President’s Day Holiday – No School
February 25 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 28 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
March 1 – Free Dress Friday

Trivia Question…
In honor of Thursday morning’s coffee with Ms. Girardi, let’s see if you know how Ms. Girardi likes her coffee:

a. black
b. with cream
c. with sugar
d. with cream and sugar
e. none of the above

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

Substitute Principal…
Substitute principal Diane Kizler will once again be the substitute principal on the Roosevelt campus on 1/29, and 1/31. Ms. Girardi has some required work/meetings to attend to on those days that can’t be interrupted. Ms. Kizler will be handling the day to day operations on our campus.

PTA Pledges…
Reminders were sent home for all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Please remember to send in your money. Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation. You may use the envelope that was sent with the reminder to send back your payment so that it can be credited to your family.

If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, you can still do so. There’s still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. Please also include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.

Thank you for your generosity!

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just go to www.rooseveltparents.com and select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

After School Sports…
The Parks & Recreation Department has some after school winter sports activities that are being offered to Roosevelt students.

Winter Indoor Soccer for ages 8 -14 – Registration Deadline February 8

For more information, go to www.teamsideline.com/redwoodcity/ and select the Winter Sports tab.

Bookmark our Parent Blog…
For the most current school information as well as classroom newsletters and pictures, make sure to check out our parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com

“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…
cups_of_coffeeThe correct answer is e. none of the above. Even though Ms. Girardi hosts a monthly morning coffee meeting, she doesn’t actually like coffee. In fact, you’re more likely to find her drinking a Diet Pepsi. Does she like anything made with coffee? Coffee flavored ice cream? Tiramisu? Coffee cake? Come to the Thursday morning coffee with Principal Girardi to find out! There will be coffee made for the coffee drinkers to enjoy and a tasty treat or two to eat. This is a very informal gathering and a great way to get to know Ms. Girardi and other Roosevelt parents. Hope to see you all on Thursday morning at 8:00am in Room 1!

Have a great week!

Week of Jan 21 – Jan 25

Jan 21

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

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School

Wednesday, January 23
AR party at 12:00 for students who made their reading goals for the first goal period

Important Dates…
January 28 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
January 30 – Benchmark Awards, Grades 6 & 7 – 8:05am, Grades 2 & 3 – 9:00am, Grades 4 & 5 – 9:30am
January 30 – Restaurant Fundraiser – Pasta Pomodoro – All Day
January 31 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
February 1 – Free Dress Friday
February 2 – Kindergarten registration from 9:00am – 1:00pm for the 2013/2014 school year
February 11 – Site Council Meeting at 6:30pm
February 13 – Spring Picture Day
February 15 – President Lincoln’s Birthday Observance – No School
February 18 – President’s Day Holiday – No School
February 25 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
February 28 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am

Trivia Question…
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., what is his actual birth date?

a. January 15, 1929
b. January 21, 1929
c. February 1, 1929

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

In the News…
In case you missed the San Mateo Daily Journal on Friday, some of Roosevelt’s 6th graders were featured on the front page for their work with Street Life Ministries. You can see the full article at http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=1761731&title=Making+a+change%2C+one+sandwich+at+a+time#.UPuE0aMdbEh.email

The 6th graders need more sandwich bags, paper plates, paper towels and plastic knives, and also some antibacterial kitchen wipes. Any donations can be dropped off in the school office.

1st Grade News…
First grade teacher, Rebecca Valdez, will be on medical leave through the end of the school year. Ms. Girardi and the 1st grade team has been interviewing teachers and are happy to announce that  a new teacher has been hired for the remainder of the school year.  The new teacher will start as soon as the district has processed all of the needed paperwork. Ms. Girardi is anticipating that the new teacher will be in place the week of January 28.

Substitute Principal…
There will be a substitute principal (Diane Kizler) on the Roosevelt campus on 1/23, 1/25, 1/29, and 1/31. Ms. Girardi has some required work/meetings to attend to on those days that can’t be interrupted. Ms. Kizler will be handling the day to day operations on our campus.

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just go to www.rooseveltparents.com and select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

Roosevelt Snack Shack…
The snack shack has now been up and running for a few weeks and the 5th graders are really learning a lot! They’ve been tracking their profits and expenses and learning how to make change, track inventory, and fill out deposit slips.

They have made a rule that students cannot buy more than $5.00 worth of snacks per day. The 5th graders want to make sure that parents don’t get upset with the amount of money being spent in the snack shack. So please don’t send your child to school with $20 bills.

The 5th grade parents are supervising the 5th grade students in the snack shack 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  All profits made from the snack shack help to fund the 5th graders trip to Outdoor Education in May.

After School Sports…
The Parks & Recreation Department has some after school winter sports activities that are being offered to Roosevelt students.

Winter Indoor Soccer for ages 8 -14 – Registration Deadline February 8

For more information, go to www.teamsideline.com/redwoodcity/ and select the Winter Sports tab.

Lost & Found…
The Lost & Found in the office is bursting with jackets and sweaters so please take a look in it if your child has lost anything. Also, please make sure to put your child’s name on the tag inside of jackets and sweaters and on lunchboxes so that the item can be returned to his/her classroom.

Bookmark our Parent Blog…
For the most current school information as well as classroom newsletters and pictures, make sure to check out our parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com

“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 a. January 15, 1929. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. MLKIt celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.

Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill was introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. It was endorsed in 1976. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single “Happy Birthday” and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000.

Have a great week!

Making a change, one sandwich at a time

Making a change, one sandwich at a time

January 18, 2013, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal

Few students stick around after the last bell but Sarah Coyle has a full classroom at Roosevelt Elementary School on Mondays after 2:20 p.m.Screen shot 2013-01-19 at 9.31.47 PM

In fact, the Redwood City classroom is buzzing with sixth graders working together to make sandwiches. Jars and tubs of peanut butter, jelly and butter are shared by the students who also share loaves of breads. Using plastic utensils, the children create sandwiches that are then bagged. Some of the kids put little notes inside the bag.

Eleven-year-old Rosa explained she likes to write: “Made it with peanut butter, jelly and love.”

The children stay after class every Monday since October making sandwiches that, later that same evening, will be distributed to local homeless people who take part in Street Life Ministries in Redwood City. The ministry offers service four nights a week at the Redwood City and Menlo Park train stations. Each evening starts with service at 7:30 p.m and food is served starting around 8 p.m.

There’s no requirement to participate in the religious aspect to get food, said Executive Director David Shearin. By taking the program to those who are homeless, it’s an opportunity to meet with people and get to know what they need.

“It’s about building a sense of community. Helping people on the streets and helping them turn their lives around,” he said, adding another element is having the greater community share in that work.

Shearin doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but he can reach out for help if he knows what’s needed. And that’s the goal when meeting people.

The idea started 11 years ago when a local pastor and a group of interns encountered homeless people living by the Menlo Park train station. Food was purchased and shared while they talked. It became a weekly activity through the summer internship. Realizing the excitement and growing relationship, it was decided that this could be a bigger weekly event. Shearin was introduced to the organization four to five years later. He was encouraged to drop by after attending an AA meeting.

“I went down there thinking I would fix everybody,” he said, but soon realized he had lots to learn.

Shearin took over the ministries when the founder welcomed his first child. In recent years, the organization has grown to offering dinner and service four nights a week, gained nonprofit status and has seen a growth in support from other local congregations — both in terms of money and volunteers. Now the challenge is meeting the needs of those they meet like sleeping bags, fresh socks and dental care.

A recent revamping of the website is a step toward helping the public stay involved, said Duncan McNamara, who handles public relations for Street Life. For example, the group is making an effort to include daily statistics about how many people served, the number of sleeping bags handed out and what’s needed for the next evening.

The group sees an attendance of 30 to 40 on colder evenings and up to 120 on summer nights, said Shearin. Families donate time, food and food preparation skills to make it happen. Shearin tells volunteers to only make food they would serve their family. He wants nothing less.

Money, of course, is always in need. The team can leverage it to buy more food — like basics for the Roosevelt kids to use when making sandwiches — and sleeping bags at cost. Volunteers are needed for serving the occasional dinner but also for ongoing jobs like sorting through clothing donations each week or driving to pick up and drop off the prepared food, said Shearin. He’s often looking for partnerships. The local Chipotle, for example, donates more than 100 pounds of meat each week to support the dinners.

Offering services like health or dental checkups can result in someone having the confidence to take the next steps to make a change, said Shearin.

Overall, the goal is that the community helps those within it. The beauty of the goal is that anyone can help — even kids.

Coyle introduced the idea of making sandwiches on Mondays earlier this school year. Her hope was for students to get a better understanding of the world around them. Parents had to sign permission slips for her to keep students after school for the 20 to 30 minutes it takes to get the sandwiches made but students seem to be enjoying the opportunity to get involved.

On a recent Monday, 11-year-old Ryan and 12-year-old Robert debated how much jelly a sandwich should have so it could really be good. Sebastian, 12, said he likes knowing that he’s helping someone get dinner. His opinion was shared by most the students. Perla, 12, explained she had family members who were previously homeless. She didn’t want to see others struggle that way.

For more information visit www.streetlifeministries.org. Those interested in volunteering should contact David Shearin at david@streetlifeministries.org. Service of food, prayer and friendship is held 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Redwood City train station, 1270 Marshall St., and Tuesday and Thursday at the Menlo Park Train Station, 1120 Merrill St.

Heather Murtagh can be reached by email: heather@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.

via Making a change, one sandwich at a time.

Week of Jan 14 – Jan 18

Jan 14

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

Monday, January 14
Site Council meeting at 6:30pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). On the agenda for this month’s meeting: Student and Staff Safety (gates and drop off) and the  School Safety Plan.  All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available. (Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Important Dates…
January 14 – Site Council Meeting at 6:30pm
January 21 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School
January 28 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
January 31 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
February 1 – Free Dress Friday

Trivia Question…
How many years have schools in San Mateo County been participating in Outdoor Education?

a. 52
b. 47
c. 44
d. 34

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

Science Links for Kids & Adults
Foothill College does an annual Physics Show geared towards kids to make science fun. Tickets for this year’s show are already sold out, but I recommend that you sign up for their email alert for next year’s show. In the meantime, they have a list of links for kids and adults of fun and educational science websites and activities.  www.thephysicsshow.com

After School Sports…
The Parks & Recreation Department has some after school winter sports activities that are being offered to Roosevelt students.

Winter Indoor Soccer for ages 8 -14 – Registration Deadline February 8

For more information, go to www.teamsideline.com/redwoodcity/ and select the Winter Sports tab.

Lost & Found…
The Lost & Found in the office is bursting with jackets and sweaters so please take a look in it if your child has lost anything. Also, please make sure to put your child’s name on the tag inside of jackets and sweaters and on lunchboxes so that the item can be returned to his/her classroom.

Roosevelt Snack Shack…
The 5th grade parents are supervising the 5th grade students in the snack shack 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  All profits made from the snack shack help to fund the 5th graders trip to Outdoor Education in May.

“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…
Outdoor Ed 1The correct answer is c. 44 years. (But if you answered b. 47 years, you are partially correct)

The beginning of Outdoor Education for San Mateo County Schools dates to the summer of 1965 when Gus Xerogeanes, a natural sciences teacher for the San Bruno Park School District, took a group of 6th grade students on a weeklong summer school adventure to the YMCA Camp at Jones Gulch.

A district-wide program for San Bruno Park Schools was started in the spring of 1966 with only 60 students each week due to limited space at the site. In the fall of 1966, more districts began participating in the program, which continued to be run by the San Bruno Park School District. A pilot Outdoor Education program was approved in 1968 and began with 650 pupils. For more information about the Outdoor Education program, go to www.smcoe.k12.ca.us/outdoored/smoe/001/About.html

Outdoor Ed 2It costs approximately $250 per student to attend a week of Outdoor Education. Roosevelt’s 5th graders are scheduled to go the week of May 6 – 10 this year and they have to raise about $15,000 for all of them to go. Please help keep this tradition alive for our 5th grade class by supporting our school’s snack shack! The snack shack (The Roosevelt Canteen) is open for an hour every day after school and is located in the PTA room at the bottom of the main hallway. Snack items are priced at $.50 to $2.00.

Have a great week!

Week of Jan 7 – Jan 11

Jan 7Happy New Year!

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

Monday, January 7
Welcome Back! Classes Resume

Tuesday, January 8
Free dress for students that performed for WinterFest

Important Dates…
January 14 – Site Council Meeting at 6:30pm
January 21 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School
January 28 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm
January 31 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am
February 1 – Free Dress Friday

Trivia Question…
In honor of the new year, let’s see how much you know about the history of New Year’s Day:

January 1 has always been considered the first day of a new year.

a. True
b. False

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

Pictures Needed…
If anyone has any pictures of the choir singing at WinterFest, please send some to our choir teacher Emily Kaltenbach at emily.a.kaltenbach@gmail.com. She has to put a package together for her AmeriCorps supervisor to show the work she has been doing and she wants to add pictures of her choir performing at WinterFest.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary…
When the children of Sandy Hook Elementary go back to school, the National Parent Teacher Association wants them to be greeted by a winter wonderland. You and your child can help welcome the students back to school, which will be in a new building, by making unique snowflakes! The snowflakes are due by January 12. Please send them to:

Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

The Roosevelt PTA will also be happy to collect and mail any snowflakes. Please drop off your snowflakes in the school office on Tuesday, January 8. (Please drop them off no later than 9:00am so that they can be sent out in the morning mail.) Some classrooms already made and mailed in their snowflakes before the start of winter break, but all are welcome to participate and make as many as you like.

After School Sports…
The Parks & Recreation Department has some after school winter sports activities that are being offered to Roosevelt students.

Winter Wrestling for grades K – 8 – Registration Deadline January 8
Winter Indoor Soccer for ages 8 -14 – Registration Deadline February 8

For more information, go to www.teamsideline.com/redwoodcity/ and select the Winter Sports tab.

Roosevelt Snack Shack…
The 5th grade parents are supervising the 5th grade students in the snack shack 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

“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…
new-year-imageThe correct answer is b. False.

The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year. They marked the occasion with a massive religious festival called Akitu.

Throughout antiquity, civilizations around the world developed increasingly sophisticated calendars, typically pinning the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with the annual flooding of the Nile, which coincided with the rising of the star Sirius. The first day of the Chinese new year, meanwhile, occurred with the second new moon after the winter solstice.

The early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and 304 days, with each new year beginning at the vernal equinox; according to tradition, it was created by Romulus, the founder of Rome, in the eighth century B.C. A later king, Numa Pompilius, is credited with adding the months of Januarius and Februarius. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and in 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar decided to solve the problem by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time. He introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today.

As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties. In medieval Europe, Christian leaders temporarily replaced January 1 as the first of the year with days carrying more religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation); Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year’s Day in 1582.

Have a great week!

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