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School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: August 2013

And our new API Score is…

thermometerThe 2013 Academic Performance Index (API) scores have been released and Roosevelt made significant gains for 2013. Roosevelt’s score went up by 13 points from 788 to a score of 801. (Roosevelt’s score was readjusted from the initial report of 787 to 788.)

Congratulations to our students and teachers for such a wonderful achievement!

To see the API scores of all of the schools in the Redwood City School District, go to CA Dept of Education API/2013 – Redwood City

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Reminder! Thursday Minimum Day & Principal Coffee

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Just a reminder that tomorrow is the first Thursday Minimum Day Schedule of the school year for grades 1 – 8. (The Kindergarten classes and the TK class do not observe Thursday Minimum Day.)

Grades 1 – 3 are dismissed at 1:00pm

Grades 4 – 8 are dismissed at 1:20pm.

For families new to the district, this is the Thursday dismissal schedule each week. Typically, the school’s blue folder is sent home on Thursday. Please make sure to look through any papers in the blue folder for important school information.

 

Parents are invited to come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks at 8:00am in Room 1 (the room across the hall from the school office). cups_of_coffeeHear 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. Tell a friend!

 

Note: Yahoo groups experienced technical difficulties on Sunday, so some people may have received the weekly email more than once. Hopefully, those issues have been solved. In the future, if you don’t receive the email by Sunday evening, check the parent blog. The weekly email is always posted at the same time that the Yahoo group email goes out.

Week of August 26 – August 30

Welcome back everyone!backtoschool

Please note: If you are not returning to Roosevelt this year, you may remove yourself from the Roosevelt Yahoo group. Just send an email to rooseveltelementary-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com. You don’t have to put anything in the subject line or anything in the message. Yahoo groups will delete you automatically.

If you are new to Roosevelt and would like to join our Yahoo group, just send a blank email to rooseveltelementary-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You’ll then get a confirmation email from Yahoo groups. Just hit Reply and Send. That’s it!

Monday, August 26

First Day of School!

Classes start at 8:00am for grades K-7.
Classes start at 8:30am for Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

TK is dismissed at 12:30pm
Grades 1 – 3 are dismissed at 2:00pm
Grades 4 – 8 are dismissed at 2:20pm.

The First Day of School for Kindergarteners serves as a Parent/Student Info Day. Please note: Kinder Parents must attend the first day and must stay with their child until dismissal. Parents will meet the teachers, learn about pick-up and drop-off procedures, learn lunch and snack routines, give contact information, give Early Bird/Later Gator schedule preference, etc. on that day.  Kindergarteners will be dismissed at the end of orientation.

Tuesday, August 27
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:10.  

Wednesday, August 28
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:10. 

Thursday, August 29
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:10

Please come and meet with Principal Girardi over a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks at 8:00am in Room 1 (the room across the hall from the school office). 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.

Grades 1 – 8 Thursday Minimum Day Schedule — Grades 1 – 3 are dismissed at 1:00 and Grades 4 – 8 are dismissed at 1:20

Friday, August 30
Kindergarten classes will start at 8:00 and end at 12:10

Important Dates…
September 2 – Labor Day Holiday – No School
September 5 – Spark Mentoring Meeting for grades 7 & 8 at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria (www.sparkprogram.org)
September 5 – Back to School Night for grades 6 -8 at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria
September 6 – Free Dress Friday
September 9 – Kindergarten Early Bird and Later Gator schedule begins
September 9 – World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser begins
September 12 – Back to School Night for grades K – 2 at 5:30pm in the Cafeteria
September 12 – Back to School Night for grades 3 – 5 at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
September 16 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
September 23 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14

Be Safe for Drop Off and Pick Up…
Roosevelt’s official student drop off zones are on Vera Avenue at the white curb by the lower playground and on Euclid at the white curb just off of Upton. Please be courteous and do not park in the Principal, Assistant Principal, Office Manager or Staff parking spaces in front of the school.

Please allow extra time – everyone is very busy, but that’s no excuse to put our kids’ safety at risk – leave a few minutes early to allow ample time for drop off and pick up. Just a few minutes can make a great difference, and help to make the traffic circulation around our school more efficient for everyone.

If you want to escort your child onto campus, another option is to park in the Rite Aid parking lot and use the crosswalk to cross Euclid.

Please be courteous and respectful of our school’s neighbors and never park in front of or block driveways.

Reminder…
The school gates are locked at 8:30am and not unlocked until 1:55pm (or 12:55 on Minimum Days).  If you are coming on to the campus after 8:30am, you need to sign in at the office.

On the Parent Blog…
This year I would really love to show even more of the daily life at Roosevelt on our parent blog.  It’s difficult for the teachers to consistently take pictures since they’re busy with class instruction.  If you’re volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning on field trips or helping out on campus, please take a picture or two and send them to me.  I would also be happy to post any work by your child – artwork, stories, poems, etc.  If you or your child would like to write something for the blog let me know. If you can send an email, you can write a blog post – it’s that easy! And remember, any school news is always posted to the parent blog, so please bookmark the page and check it often! 

PTA…
If you didn’t turn in a donation or pledge form at MAZE day, you can still turn one in.  The PTA is asking each family to contribute $100 per child for the school year. You can sign up for a monthly contribution for as little as $10 per month. That’s about 55 cents for each day that your child is in school! Donations to the PTA support our art program, music, field trips, drama, outdoor education, library, assemblies, classroom supplies, after school clubs and classes and various needed items and supplies for this school year. Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA.  Please stop by the office or send your pledge forms in an envelope to school with your child. Thank you for supporting the extra curricular programs at Roosevelt! Anyone that gives $100 will get a gift bag and a chance to win an iPad Mini! The drawing will be held at the November PTA meeting so make sure to get your donation in soon!

Donation Matching…
If you want to make a donation to Roosevelt’s PTA (or have already made a donation), make sure to check with your company’s HR department to see if they offer donation matching to 501c non-profit organizations.

Art for this year…
We’re excited to announce that once again, the PTA is sponsoring art for all grades through a program called Arts4All. This program provides an art teacher to each class to teach lessons throughout the year. The students will be learning basic art techniques as well as studying art masters. This program wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations by our families to the PTA.

Don’t Forget…
Make sure to put your child’s name on any sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets that they bring to school.  The Lost and Found was overflowing with unmarked jackets and sweaters last year that could have been returned if they had a student’s name on the tag.

OktobeRun…
Once again the Redwood City Education Foundation (rcef) is sponsoring a 1/2 Marathon and two 5K races on October 12 in downtown Redwood City. The second 5K race is a “Kolor Run” – at each 1K point, runners will be blasted with non-toxic colored powder. Participants can run or walk in any event. Our wonderful P.E. teacher Mr. Nate is considering forming a Roosevelt team for the OktobeRun and possibly helping to train students at school. We’ll keep you posted with any updates. www.oktoberun.com

Fundraise While You Shop…
Do you have a smartphone? Take a picture of your weekly shopping receipts for Shoparoo points! If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, download the free Shoparoo app today. For the entire month of June, Shoparoo is doubling the points for every receipt scanned, so don’t forget to scan those receipts! www.shoparoo.com

Please don’t forget to also sign up on escrip.com and register your Safeway Club card, credit cards and debit to help earn money for Roosevelt at stores such as Safeway, Old Navy, Home Depot, etc. and rember to always look for the Box Tops logo on anything you buy. Each Box Top earns 10¢ for our school. We’ll be having Box Top contests throughout the year, so clip them and save them!

“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. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

Have a great week!

Join the Roosevelt Yahoo Group

yahoogroupslogoCan’t find that flyer that you just know was in the Thursday folder? Do you always wonder why some parents somehow always seem to know when it’s a free dress/crazy hair/spirit day? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to get an email every Sunday afternoon with all of the information you need for the coming week? Then make sure you’ve signed up for our Yahoo group or subscribe to our blog!

Signing up for our Yahoo group couldn’t be easier! Just send a blank email to rooseveltelementary-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You’ll then get a confirmation email from Yahoo groups. Just hit Reply and Send. That’s it!

To subscribe to our blog, enter your email address in the box under Subscribe on the right side of this blog and click on Subscribe. Couldn’t be easier! You’ll get an email whenever there’s a new post on the blog.

MAZE Day Information

NOTE: We need MAZE Day Volunteers!
If anyone can volunteer on either MAZE Day, your help would be greatly appreciated! Older students are also welcome to help with selling spiritwear, marking off forms or answering questions. Spanish speaking volunteers are needed as well.  If you can help, please contact trishreillytaylor@gmail.com or call the school office.

What are the correct dates for the MAZE days?maze
There was a typo in the letter from Principal Girardi in the MAZE day packet. The correct dates are:
August 20 – for students with last names A-L from 5:00-7:00pm
August 22 – for students with last names M-Z from 4:00-6:00pm

Who needs to attend MAZE day?
All Roosevelt parents, not just Kinder and new families, are asked to attend. This year Roosevelt also has a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class for young 5’s. TK parents do not attend MAZE day but are more than welcome to come and find out about volunteering, enrichment programs and ways to help fundraise.

I can’t come to my scheduled MAZE day. Can I go to the other one?
Yes. If the MAZE day date that was scheduled for your last name doesn’t work for you, please come to the other one.

I can’t come to either MAZE day. What do I do?
If you can’t attend either MAZE day, please come in to the office on Monday morning before school starts.

I didn’t get my MAZE day packet. What do I do?
The MAZE day packets were mailed to Roosevelt families on Wednesday, August 14, so check your mailbox for a big white envelope. There will be blank forms available for you at both MAZE days, so please come even if you didn’t receive a packet in the mail.

Do I have to be at MAZE day for the two hours that it’s open?
No. The scheduled times are just a window. You can come any time during the scheduled time.

What do I need to bring with me?
You need to fill out all of your forms before MAZE Day. (If you are having trouble with any of your forms, assistance will be provided during both MAZE days.) In addition to your completed forms, bring your checkbook, credit cards or cash for the enrichment fund and spirit wear. Once you’ve turned in all of your completed forms, you will receive your child’s teacher/class assignment and school supply list.

Why don’t the MAZE day packets go out earlier?
The paperwork doesn’t go out until just before school starts for many reasons:

1. The school office is closed and the staff is on vacation until the second week of August.
2. The office doesn’t receive the final enrollment list until the weeks before school starts, so even if the office was open, they wouldn’t have a complete list of addresses
3. PTA volunteers have to submit pieces for the packets
4. Everything has to be translated and then copies must be made.
5. One packet per student (almost 600 this year) has to be assembled by Gwen and Haley
6. A mailing that big has to be scheduled with the Post Office by Gwen

The packets cannot be mailed out much earlier than they are because it wouldn’t be possible given the above timetable and logistical constraints.

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