Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:
Note: CST testing begins for all students in grades 2 – 7 (6th grade students will begin the week of May 6). The CST pep rally is each morning in the cafeteria at 8:00am. Classroom doors are LOCKED from 8:15am – 10:15am for testing. Late students will have to wait in the office, so please get to school on time! During the CST testing window, all students in grades 2-7 are invited to eat a complimentary breakfast in the cafeteria beginning at 7:45am.
Monday, April 29
Student of the Month Assemblies: 1:00pm for 1st – 5th grades, 1:45pm for 6th & 7th grades (Kindergarten will be scheduled for another date)
Wednesday, May 1
Kindergarten on Early Bird Schedule
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon at 11:30am in Rm 14. Please remember to bring in your contribution for the lunch! (3rd grade families and PTA are hosting this event. 3rd grade families need to sign up to help with set up, serving or clean up)
Friday, May 3
RCEF Benefit at Canada College at 5:30pm. (see below for more information)
May 6 – May 10 – Outdoor Education for 5th grade
May 16 – Common Core Standards Information Mtg at 7:00pm at the District Office
May 18 – Pancake Breakfast at Applebees
May 20 – Tickets for Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy at Stanford go on sale
May 20 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Rm 14 – Last Meeting of the Year!
May 22 – Common Core Standards Information Mtg at 9:00am at the District Office
May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday – No School
May 31 – School wide Talent Show at 5:30pm
June 6 – Kindergarten on Early Bird Schedule
June 6 – Open House/PBL Fair at 5:30pm – 7:00pm
June 10 – Kindergarten on Early Bird Dismissal for the remainder of the year
June 10-13 – Minimum Day Schedule for grades 1-7
June 13 – Kindergarten Promotion (TBA)
June 14 – Last Day of School – Super Minimum Day – 12:00 Dismissal
The California Standards Test (CST) for students in grades 2 – 7 has begun, so we’ll continue to test YOUR knowledge. Lets see if you can answer the following questions from CST tests from years past.
7th Grade Language Arts:
Egyptian carvings indicate that stones and other supplies were sent on Nile River barges to the construction site.
What part of speech is the underlined word as it is used in the sentence above?
3rd Grade Math:
Which statement shows twice as much as 8?
6th Grade Math:
A survey of 1000 registered voters revealed that 450 people would vote for candidate A in an upcoming election. If 220,000 people vote in the election, how many votes would the survey takers predict candidate A should receive?
Make your guesses and find out if you’re right at the bottom!
On the parent blog…
The site was down for most of the week, but it’s back up! So, I’ll be catching up on loading pictures this week.
Be On Time…
Each morning during CST testing, the students meet in the cafeteria at 8:00am for a pre-CST pep rally. After the rally, students will go to their classrooms to begin testing. Once testing has begun, late students WILL NOT be admitted to their classroom. Late students will have to wait in the school office until their class is done with testing. Late students will have to make up any missed test sections at another time.
The teachers and staff want every student to participate in the morning pep rallies to give them extra encouragement and confidence and they also want students to take the test with their classmates. Study after study shows that students perform better when they feel good about themselves and their abilities. Each morning, the students will chant the “CST Cheer”, go over test taking strategies, answer practice questions as a group and get encouragement from teachers and staff.
So, make sure to give yourself extra time in the morning to get your student to school early or on time for the CST!
PTA Enrichment Fund…
Pledge reminders went home last week for April. There are still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA still has to fund for this year and we need your support. If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, you can still do so. The more money our fund has, we can give the teachers the go ahead to schedule field trips and classroom visitors. The PTA would also like to purchase additional SMART boards for our classrooms. Please include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.
Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation. You can also pay via Credit Card or bank transfer using the PayPal Donate button on the parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com You can also pay by credit card in the school office. Thank you for your generosity!
Have you seen the new Raccoon Bucks which students can use to purchase items in the Snack Shack? Each Raccoon Buck costs $1 and is good for $1 worth of items at the Snack Shack. Now you be sure that your child is only buying our school’s healthier snack items instead of buying from the ice cream truck. Please note that if your child buys an item worth 50¢, they will not get change back. You can purchase Raccoon Bucks in the school office. You will also receive Raccoon Bucks once you fulfill your $100 PTA donation pledge.
Benefit for a Brighter Future…
The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is hosting it’s annual benefit to raise money for programs offered at all of the schools in the Redwood City School District. This year, the RCEF is celebrating it’s 30th birthday with a great show! Here’s your chance to get dressed up and rub elbows with others in the district that care about funding the arts in our schools. This year’s benefit is being held at Canada College on Friday, May 3 at 5:30pm. More information is available at www.rcef.org.
5th Grade Parents…
The PTA is still collecting the requested parent contribution of $160 for Outdoor Education. There’s only 8 days left before their scheduled week at Outdoor Education, so please get your contribution in to the office ASAP, so that we know if they will be able to go this year. You can bring your money to the office and you can pay by cash, check or credit card. Please Note: The district does NOT give our school any funding for this trip. The students can only go if we have enough money donated to PTA.
Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s…
Save the Date! Roosevelt will be hosting a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Redwood City on Saturday, May 18 from 8:00am – 10:00am. Roosevelt teachers are generously donating their time to be servers. This will be a fun family event! Invite friends, family and neighbors. Tickets will cost $5 each. Watch for more information to come home in the Thursday folders.
Earthquakes Soccer Game…
Roosevelt has once again reserved seats at the June 29 SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy soccer game at Stanford Stadium. Banners will be going up soon with information about upcoming ticket sales! All tickets cost $20 each. Tell your friends and family – this game was sold out last year and we were lucky enough to have an entire section! Ticket sales will begin the week of May 20.
Fundraise While You Shop…
Make sure to sign up for the Shoparoo app for your iPhone or Android smartphone. Every time you shop at a store that sells grocery items or pet food, take a picture of your receipt and submit it. You can view the school’s leaderboard and see who has the most points. This week, Elizabeth G has held on to the lead with 635 points. Let’s see if she can keep her lead for the third week in a row – or will someone else sneak in and take the lead?
Don’t forget to sign up on escrip.com to help earn money for Roosevelt at stores such as Safeway, Old Navy, Home Depot, etc. and always look for the Box Tops logo on anything you buy.
Speaking of Box Tops…
We are still collecting Box Tops! You can turn them in to the Box Tops box on the counter in the office or turn them in to your child’s teacher. Each Box Top earns 10¢ for our school. It may not sound like much, but the last batch of Box Tops that we turned in earned almost $450!
“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.
If you’ve liked our page, but don’t see any updates in your news feed, it’s because Facebook has been using a formula that hides posts for pages that don’t pay for sponsored placements. What can you do? Go to our Facebook page and hover your mouse over the Liked box. Then make sure Get Notifications and Show in News Feed are checked. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327
Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is D. preposition, C. 2×8 and D. 99,000. How did you do? For more practice questions, you can look at the California Department of Education website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/css05rtq.asp
To prepare your child for the CST, make sure they get to bed early and no electronics or tv in the hour before bed. Eat a good, healthy breakfast. Get to school on time. Also, talk to your child about the test and ask them to do their best. Remind them to take their time, read all directions, check their work, and watch out for the “tricksters” and “stinkers”.
To help your child relax while taking the test, have them practice any of the following techniques which are simple to do and can easily be done before entering the classroom or while sitting at their desk before and during the exam:
Sit up straight in your chair.
Place both feet on the floor, making sure they are flat.
Grasp the bottom sides of your chair with your hands.
At the same time, use your hands to pull up on the chair and push your feet firmly down onto the floor.
Hold this position while counting slowly to five (approximately five seconds).
Release the tension in your hands and feet and let your body relax while counting slowly to five.
Repeat the process several times before the test begins.
Inhale, taking a deep breath that fills your diaphragm as you push it down and outward. By moving your diaphragm your lungs can fully inflate.
Hold your breath as you slowly count to three.
Slowly release the air as you exhale.
Focus on the feeling of your diaphragm moving back inward.
Repeat the cycle five times.
Repeat if needed.
When it comes to reducing the stress of test anxiety, a visualization method known as “palming” is a popular choice. This visualization method is easy to perform while sitting at your desk before taking a test.
Close your eyes
Use the palms of your hands to gently cover your eyes, being careful not to touch your eyes with your hands. To do this, place your fingers on your forehead and your lower palms on your cheekbones.
Imagine a relaxing scene or a quiet place you love to go. The place you choose can be real or imaginary.
Imagine yourself at the relaxing, quiet place.
Begin practicing the palming method of visualization several days before the test date. The more you practice this technique, or any relaxation method, the easier it becomes.
Have a great week!