Roosevelt Parents

School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: April 2013

Mid-week Reminders & Updates!

reminderTomorrow, May 1
Don’t forget! Tomorrow is the Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon at 11:45 in Room 14. If you are bringing something for the luncheon, please remember to drop it off in the school office tomorrow morning or bring it to Room 14 by 11:30am. Please remember, we are unable to heat anything up, so if you are bringing an item that needs to be served hot, please bring it already heated at 11:30am. If you are unable to contribute food to the event, you can still send in $5 with your child to cover some of the cost of the food purchased by the PTA. Roosevelt’s 3rd grade families and PTA are hosting this event. Thank you to those that have volunteered to help! We can always use more help, so feel free to join us for set up at 8:00am, serving at 11:30am, or clean up at 1:00pm.

Kindergarten has Early Bird Schedule.

Thursday, May 2
Please join us for a Safe Routes to School – Walk & Bike Study from 7:30am-10:00am. We’ll meet promptly outside the main office to walk around the school and neighborhood with City staff and a consultant team to assess school commute conditions around Roosevelt School. Information gathered during this meeting will help develop Suggested Walking and Bicycling to School maps as well as develop recommendations to improve walking and bicycling conditions for students around schools.

Your participation will help to identify:

-Suggested routes for walking and biking to school
-How to improve safe school access for all children
-Ways to encourage more children to walk, bike or carpool

Friday, May 3
There are only about 60 tickets still available for the Redwood City Education Foundation’s (RCEF) 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

Testing Reminder…
CST testing has begun 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.

Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s…
The order forms will be coming home in this Thursday’s folder for Roosevelt’s 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 only cost $5 each.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Week of April 29 – May 3

April 29Make 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)

Important Dates…
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

Trivia Question…
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?
A. interjection
B. pronoun
C. adjective
D. preposition

3rd Grade Math:
Which statement shows twice as much as 8?
A. 2+8
B. 2−8
C. 2×8
D. 2÷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?

A. 44,500
B. 48,900
C. 95,000
D. 99,000

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!

Raccoon Bucks…
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 Relax

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!

Week of April 22 – April 26

April 24Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Note: CST testing begins this week for 5th grade students as well as students in other grade levels with special circumstances.

Monday, April 22
Reclassification ceremony at MIT at 4:30pm for all English Language Learner (ELL) students that passed this year’s California English Language Development Test  (CELDT) and are now classified by the state as English proficient. 25 Roosevelt students are being reclassified at Monday night’s ceremony.

PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).The PTA will be discussing upcoming fundraising events and looking at where we stand with the budget  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, April 24
Talent Show try-outs after school. Please make sure your child has signed up for a try-out time on the sign up sheet in the school office. Students must turn in a parent permission slip to try out.

Second Harvest Food Bank will be having CalFresh Sign Up Clinics for our families who are in need of assistance of food and food stamps. On Wednesday April 24th, at 5:30 there will be a presentation at Roosevelt for families to provide information about signing up.

Thursday, April 25
Coffee w/ Principal Girardi has been CANCELED. All of the extra classroom and meeting spaces around campus are being used for students that need to test with a small group.

Talent Show try-outs during lunch recess. Please make sure your child has signed up for a try-out time on the sign up sheet in the school office. Students must turn in a parent permission slip to try out.

Important Dates…
April 29 – Student of the Month Assemblies (times TBD)
May 1 – Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon (3rd Grade Families Organizing)
May 3 – Benefit for a Brighter Future – RCEF Benefit at Canada College at 5:30pm
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 22 – Common Core Standards Information Mtg at 9:00am at the District Office
May 31 – School wide Talent Show at 5:30pm

Trivia Question…
The California Standards Tests (CSTs) for students in grades 2 – 7 are coming up,  so we’ll continue to test YOUR knowledge. Lets see if you can answer the following questions from CST tests from years past.

4th Grade Language Arts:
Parting the clover, Grady discovered a cave opening just big enough to squeeze his body through.

In which sentence does the word squeeze have the same meaning that it has in the sentence above?
A. If you get frightened, just squeeze my hand.
B. I hope I can squeeze my car into that parking spot.
C. You must squeeze a lot of lemons to make good lemonade.
D. I have to squeeze every penny if I want to afford that vacation.

5th Grade Math:
Which expression shows the prime factorization of 48?
A. 6×8
B. 2×4×6
C. 2×2×2×6
D. 2×2×2×2×3

7th Grade Math:
Mr. and Mrs. Blank sold their house for $200,000 and needed to hire an attorney to handle the closing procedures. Attorney Mr. Gable charges a flat rate of $2500. Attorney Ms. Mandel charges 1 ½% of the cost of the house. Which attorney would be cheaper for Mr. and Mrs. Blank to use?

A. Mr. Gable
B. Ms. Mandel
C. Their fees would be the same.
D. cannot be determined from the information given

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

Snack Donations Needed…
It’s testing time! Some students will begin testing this week and all students in grades 2 – 7 will be taking the CST in the following weeks. The PTA would once again like to put together snacks for the students taking the test to give them a little bit of much needed energy and also show them support and encouragement. The PTA is asking for donations of snack items – pretzels, Cheerios, Chex, goldfish crackers, popcorn, etc. that can be put into baggies for each student for each day of testing. The note that went home in Thursday’s folder gave Friday the 19th as the day to turn in snack donations, but you can still turn them in. (Some snack items were needed this week for those testing early.) Any snack donations may be brought to the office.

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…
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, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, 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!

Autism Awareness…
It’s still Autism Awareness Month through April 30 at Roosevelt! Take a look around campus at all of the wonderful Autism Awareness posters made by all of the students at Roosevelt. Please help support Roosevelt students with Autism by donating $1.00 or more to help purchase supplies, iPad apps, equipment, etc.

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. 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 14 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 soon.

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!

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 with 415 points has bumped  2nd grade teacher Ms. Eakin out of the #1 spot. Let’s see if Ms. Eakin can retake the lead for this week! 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 and save them so you can turn them in when we have a Box Tops contest. Each Box Top earns .10 for our school.

“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 B. I hope I can squeeze my car into that parking spot. D. 2×2×2×2×3 and A. Mr. Gable. How did you do?test 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”.

Do you know Roosevelt’s CST chant?

We can beat the CST
If we take it seriously
Take your time and you’ll do fine
Get some rest and do not whine

Sound off
Sharpen your mind
Sound off
Be on time
Sound off
3-2-1 It’s TIME!

Have a great week!

Week of April 15 – April 19

April 15As the window for CST testing approaches, things are a little quieter at Roosevelt this week.

Friday, April 19
Movie Night! – Wreck-it Ralph at 6:15pm (4th Grade Families Volunteering) – see below for more information

Important Dates…
April 22 – Reclassification Ceremony at MIT at 4:30pm
April 22 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 22 – May 3 – CST Testing for grades 2-7
April 25 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1
April 29 – Student of the Month Assemblies (times TBD)
May 1 – Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon (3rd Grade Families Organizing)
May 3 – Benefit for a Brighter Future – RCEF Benefit at Canada College at 5:30pm
May 6 – May 10 – Outdoor Education for 5th grade
May 18 – Pancake Breakfast at Applebees
May 31 – School wide Talent Show (date to be confirmed)

Trivia Question…
The California Standards Tests (CSTs) for students in grades 2 – 7 are coming up,  so we’ll continue to test YOUR knowledge. Lets see if you can answer the following questions from CST tests from years past.

3rd Grade Language Arts:
What is the correct way to divide waterproof into syllables?
A. water–proof
B. wa–ter–pro–of
C. wa–ter–proof
D. wat–er–pr–oof

4th Grade Math:
The total length of a vehicle is 205.83 inches. What is the length of the vehicle rounded to the nearest whole number?
A. 200 inches
B. 205 inches
C. 206 inches
D. 210 inches

8th Grade History & Social Science:
It is visible from great distances. It is a reminder to all who see it of the wealth and power of the leader of the people who built it and of his glory and greatness as a god here on the Earth.

The speaker in the passage above is referring to the
A. Greek tyrant and the Parthenon.
B. Egyptian pharaoh and his pyramid.
C. Assyrian king and his lighthouse.
D. Hebrew king and the Temple.

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

Family Movie Night…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Friday, April 19th and presenting the movie Wreck It Ralph! So come and enjoy the fun! Doors open at 6:15pm for pizza, popcorn, candy and water. Bring pillows and blankets and let your kids come in their pajamas. The movie begins at 7:00pm. Movie nights are always so much fun and a great way to end the week! Our 4th grade families are being asked to volunteer for this event. Please look out for the sign up sheets. Parents are being asked to purchase food and drinks, pass out food and help with set up and clean up. If you have any questions, please contact the 4th grade parent coordinator Melissa Bryant at leafblessings@gmail.com or event coordinator Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net

PTA Enrichment Fund…
There are still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, 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!

Autism Awareness…
April is Autism Awareness Month at Roosevelt! Take a look around campus at all of the wonderful Autism Awareness posters made by all of the students at Roosevelt. Please help support Roosevelt students with Autism by donating $1.00 or more to help purchase supplies, iPad apps, equipment, etc. Students that donate $1.00 or more will receive a Free Dress Pass for April 18th.

Gardening Volunteers…
Are there any green thumbs out there? Or do you just like to pull weeds? One of our parents, Megan Goulden, would love some help with the planting areas around our campus. Most of these projects can be worked on by the whole family, or groups of friends and most of the projects won’t take very long. You can work in the gardens on any day or time that works with your schedule. Even an hour on the weekend would be a big help! We want to make sure that the landscaping that was put in for Beautification Weekend stays healthy and continues to grow. Contact Megan at megan.goulden@gmail.com or contact the school office.

Twinderella…
Did you know that Cinderella has a long lost twin brother named Bob living in the same kingdom with his own wicked step family? The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather (he ain’t no fairy!) and two enchanted gerbils to help wile their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze. Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy’s all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!

Don’t miss the students from Roy Cloud Elementary School in this fun and action-packed musical, sure to bring laughs and get the whole family singing! Performances are held April 19-21 at MIT auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at Roy Cloud School or online at roycloudtwinderella.eventbrite.com

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. 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.

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 soon.

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!

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. So far, 2nd grade teacher Ms. Eakin is in the #1 spot with 305 points. Let’s see if she can keep the lead for the rest of this month!

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 and save them so you can turn them in when we have a Box Tops contest. Each one earns .10 for our school.

“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 C. wa–ter–proof, C. 206 inches and B. Egyptian pharaoh and his pyramid. How did you do? Test 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

What can you do to get your child ready for the CSTs?
-Read nightly and make sure your child is taking their AR quizzes and meeting his/her goal.
-Do Jiji Math (grades 1 -5) or IXL (grades 6 & 7) at home. The goal by the CST is 75%.
-Memorize multiplication facts (grades 3 – 7) and Addition/Subtraction facts (grades 1 – 7)

Have a great week!

Friday Reminders

reminderJust a couple of things that you need to know:

NOT a Free Dress Friday…
Since tomorrow, April 12, is not the first Friday of the month, there is no free dress tomorrow.

5th Grade Parents…
Registration forms for Outdoor Education are due tomorrow, April 12! The PTA is still collecting the requested parent contribution of $160. You can bring your money to the office and you can pay by cash, check or credit card.

Autism Awareness…
April is Autism Awareness Month at Roosevelt! Take a look around campus at all of the wonderful Autism Awareness posters made by all of the students at Roosevelt. Please help support Roosevelt students with Autism by donating $1.00 or more to help purchase supplies, iPad apps, equipment, etc. Students that donate $1.00 or more will receive a Free Dress Pass for April 18th.

Gardening Volunteers…
Are there any green thumbs out there? Or do you just like to pull weeds? One of our parents, Megan Goulden, would love some help with the planting areas around our campus. Most of these projects can be worked on by the whole family, or groups of friends and most of the projects won’t take very long. You can work in the gardens on any day or time that works with your schedule. Even an hour on the weekend would be a big help! We want to make sure that the landscaping that was put in for Beautification Weekend stays healthy and continues to grow. Contact Megan at megan.goulden@gmail.com or contact the school office.

Thanks!

Week of April 8 – April 12

Apr 8Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Monday, April 8
Spring Break Ends – Classes Resume

ELAC Meeting at 1:30pm in Room 1

Site Council meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).  On the agenda for this month’s meeting:  Measure W update.  All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available. (Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Tuesday, April 9
GATE testing for students in grades 3 – 5 at 8:30am

Drama Classes Begin for 6th, 7th & 8th grades at 2:30pm in MUR

4th/5th Grade Choir begins at 2:30pm in Rm 25A

Wednesday, April 10
Roosevelt staff receiving lockdown training from the Redwood City Police Department. Office will be closed at 2:15 due to the training.

Important Dates…
April 19 – Movie Night! – Wreck-it Ralph at 6:15pm (4th Grade Families Volunteering) – note date change
April 22 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 22 – May 3 – CST Testing for grades 2-7
April 25 – Coffee with Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1
May 1 – Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon (3rd Grade Families Organizing)
May 3 – Benefit for a Brighter Future – RCEF Benefit at Canada College at 5:30pm
May 6 – May 10 – Outdoor Education for 5th grade
May 18 – Pancake Breakfast at Applebees
May 31 – School wide Talent Show (date to be confirmed)

Trivia Question…
The California Standards Tests (CSTs) for students in grades 2 – 7 are in just a few weeks, so until then, we’ll test YOUR knowledge. Lets see if you can answer the following questions from CST tests from years past.

2nd Grade Language Arts:
Many
years ago, the sun did not shine up in the sky.
Which word is an ANTONYM for many?
A. several
B. few
C. plenty
D. lots

3rd Grade Math:
How much is nine times four hundred fifty-eight?
A. 4042
B. 4122
C. 4311
D. 4589

5th Grade Science:
Which organ removes cell waste from the blood?
A. the large intestine
B. the small intestine
C. the kidney
D. the heart

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

Saturday School…
Saturday School (detention) is one Saturday per month from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Students that are missing homework, or class assignments or have severe behavior infractions are assigned to Saturday School. This is for students in grades K- 7 that are referred by their teacher.

Family Movie Night…
Roosevelt’s PTA will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Friday, April 19th and presenting the movie Wreck It Ralph! So come and enjoy the fun! Doors open at 6:15pm for pizza, popcorn, candy and water. The movie begins at 6:45pm. Movie nights are always so much fun and a great way to end the week! Our 4th grade families are being asked to volunteer for this event. Please look out for the sign up sheets. Parents are being asked to purchase food and drinks, pass out food and help with set up and clean up. If you have any questions, please contact the 4th grade parent coordinator Melissa Bryant at leafblessings@gmail.com or event coordinator Kim Schiff at kbschiff@sbcglobal.net

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.

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 are still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. The more money our fund has, we can give the teachers the go ahead to schedule field trips and classroom visitors. 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. Please use the envelope that was sent with the reminder to send back your payment so that it can be credited to your family. 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!

Twinderella…
Did you know that Cinderella has a long lost twin brother named Bob living in the same kingdom with his own wicked step family? The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather (he ain’t no fairy!) and two enchanted gerbils to help wile their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze. Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy’s all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!

Don’t miss the students from Roy Cloud Elementary School in this fun and action-packed musical, sure to bring laughs and get the whole family singing! Performances are held April 19-21 at MIT auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at Roy Cloud School or online at roycloudtwinderella.eventbrite.com

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. Here’s your chance to get dressed up and rub elbows with others in the district that care about funding the arts. 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.

Earthquakes Soccer Game…
Roosevelt has once again reserved seats at the June 29 SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy soccer game at Stanford Stadium. Watch for 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!

Green Kids Conference…
You’re invited to attend this fee event sponsored by Green Kids Now Inc. – a non-profit organization dedicated to raising kids’ awareness about the environment. This event will be held on Saturday, June 01, 2013 from 11 AM to 3:30 PM at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus (1065 La Avenida St, Bldg 1, Mountain View)

This is a conference dedicated for children ages 5 to 18 years. Come with your family and friends, explore your passion, and be inspired to take action! For more information or to register, go to http://GreenKidsConference.org

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just 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.

“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 B. few, B. 4122 and C. the kidney. How did you do? Exam 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

What can you do to get your child ready for the CSTs?
-Read nightly and make sure your child is taking their AR quizzes and meeting his/her goal.
-Do Jiji Math (grades 1 -5) or IXL (grades 6 & 7) at home. The goal by the CST is 75%.
-Memorize multiplication facts (grades 3 – 7) and Addition/Subtraction facts (grades 1 – 7)

Have a great week!

Roosevelt’s New School Sign

After more than 60 years, it is time to change out the Roosevelt School sign.

Roosevelt Marquee

Of special note: The new marquee was funded with donations made to the Roosevelt PTA. NO PUBLIC FUNDS in any way were used to pay for this sign and in addition to paying for this marquee, the PTA continues to fund Art, Theater, Music, Outdoor Ed, Field trips, Dance, technology for the classrooms, the homework club and more.

It has also been suggested that funds would have been better spent paying for more hours for our school librarian. In fact, it is a district policy that parent groups cannot pay for staff positions. Parent groups can only fund technology, enrichment programs, field trips, community building events, etc. It is our understanding that this policy was put in place to ensure that the resource gap between the have and the have-nots would not be widened.

Thanks to Redwood City’s passing of Measure W, our school was able to increase our librarian’s hours using Measure W  funds!

Many people in the neighborhood seem to be under the impression that the new Roosevelt marquee is like the ones installed at Woodside or Sequoia high schools, but that is not the case. The marquee Roosevelt’s PTA is trying to install is the same size as every other modern marquee in the district, with the school name and mascot on the top 3′ of the sign and a message space of 12″. One that is similar to Roosevelt’s was installed at Hoover School last year:

Hoover Marquee

In an effort to be a good neighbor, the PTA has established that the sign will only be activated during school days between the hours of 7:30am and 6:15pm. The sign will be turned off on weekends, school holidays and during the summer break.

Many have asked why the sign was not placed facing Key Market. In addition to the cost of the marquee, the cost to install it at that spot would be more than $24,000 because electrical conduit would have to be run out to that spot, and then a taller base would have to be installed to make it higher than the fence so that it could be seen. The School Site Council’s plans to make Euclid a second drop off zone for the school have been in the hands of the City Council for almost 18 months. Our Site Council and principal Girardi have contacted the City Council and Mayor and it has still not been approved. We are not sure if that spot will ever be approved as a drop off zone since we really don’t know why the City Council is sitting on this proposal. Even if a drop off zone is made on Euclid, the fact that people are making left hand turns on to Euclid, speeding to make the light at Roosevelt Avenue and other drivers are pulling out of the Key Market and Rite Aid parking lots, makes it a dangerous corner. Also, there isn’t a crossing guard at those crosswalks. The district’s crossing guard is helping students cross Roosevelt Avenue at Upton. This is another dangerous spot for students to cross, so relocating that crossing guard would not be an option. It would be up to the district to pay for an additional crossing guard for that site.

The site just before the drop off zone on Vera and Winston seemed to be the best choice for the marquee since it would only directly face one home and another home on Vera would only see the side of the sign. In accordance with a Redwood City ordinance, the marquee is set 15′ from the sidewalk and nestled in a grove of trees.

The PTA recognized that our school needed a new marquee. The current marquee on the corner of Vera and Upton is original to the school. Because it is the constant target of children that use the field on the weekends for baseball and soccer throughout the year, the letters fall off and it has become the least effective form of communication that Roosevelt has. Roosevelt already communicates with parents in a variety of ways both electronically and in traditional formats. The parents however, have requested the marquee as it is another visual reminder of a meeting or event.

The consensus of the PTA is that the current sign makes our school look antiquated and is not in line with the marquees at almost all of the other schools in the district. A non electronic sign costs almost the same amount as an electronic sign and the non electronic signs have to be updated manually by a staff member or volunteer, so the information may or may not be accurate at any given time whereas the electronic sign can be easily updated via computer.

The PTA let the district know last summer that they planned on purchasing a sign as soon as the money was in place. The PTA got the district guidelines as to placement and rules regarding informing the neighborhood. Since the Teddy Roosevelt mural that was proposed for the wall of the MUR was moved to another wall on campus due to the objection of one of our school’s neighbors during our school’s beautification weekend, the PTA made sure that every guideline was followed with the marquee installation.  As it turns out, the turnaround time for the sign fabrication took 8 weeks less than expected, so the sign was delivered just days before spring break. In addition, the district’s facilities department had time in their schedule over spring break to install it, but that is now at a standstill and the marquee is now sitting in the district’s facilities warehouse.

The neighbor that the sign faces had no objection to the sign, and because it is to be positioned at an angle, only one other neighbor on Vera Avenue would see the side of the sign. That neighbor has voiced an objection to the installation of the sign. The PTA has offered to pay for plants to screen his view, but as of Monday, we have not heard back from him.

The Roosevelt PTA has been trying to do everything to be good neighbors while trying to continue revitalizing the school. The PTA is really trying hard to work with everyone and come to a mutually acceptable result.

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