Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt:calendar_Clip_Art

Monday, December 16
Pump-It-Up Party for students that sold 8+ boxes of chocolate. Permission slips need to be signed and returned on Monday morning or the student may not attend. Additional permission slips are available in the school office. (Please note: World’s Finest Chocolate is funding this event. The money raised for the PTA is not being used.)

Holiday Gift Store open from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in Room 20 (more information below)

Tuesday, December 17
Student Council meeting after school

LAST DAY!! – Holiday Gift Store open from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in Room 20 (more information below)

Wednesday, December 18
BizWorld luncheon and competition in San Francisco for Roosevelt’s 2013 BizWorld Challenge Champions

Friday, December 20
School Spirit Day – Pajama Day! Wear your pajamas to school!

Early Dismissal – Kinder Early Bird Schedule, Grades 1 & 2 – 1:00pm and Grades 3 – 8 – 1:20pm

Begin Winter Break!

Important Dates…
December 23 – January 3 – Winter Break – No school
January 7 – Classes resume
January 10 – School of Choice Applications Due (if you know someone that wants to attend Roosevelt, let them know!)
January 13 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
January 20 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School
January 25 – Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten pre-registration  9:00am – 1:00pm
January 27 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14

Holiday Gift Shop…
Don’t forget to stop by the Holiday Gift Shop in Room 20 after school. The gift shop will be open starting today until Tuesday, December 17  for two hours each day after school (and from 4:30 – 6:00 on Friday). The Gift Store volunteers will help the children purchase gifts within their price range. Grown ups are welcome to shop too! Items range in price from $1.00 to $15.00. (8th grade families have been assigned to help with this event. If you are an 8th grade parent in either Ms. Elmore’s or Mr. Baretto’s class and haven’t signed up for a shift in the gift store, please contact Tracy DaCosta at If you are not a parent in any of these classrooms, but would like to help out, you are also welcome to sign up.)

YMCA After School Program…
There is currently space available in Roosevelt’s onsite YMCA after school program. Parents interested in enrolling their child may contact Veronica Vega or stop by the Sequoia YMCA at 1445 Hudson Street and ask for an application for Roosevelt’s after school program.

Honey Bear Trees…
If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year or need a fresh wreath or garland, Honey Bear Trees in Redwood City on Woodside or in San Carlos on El Camino is donating a percentage of your purchase back to our school. Tell them you are from Roosevelt School at checkout and they will make sure Roosevelt gets a portion of your sale.

“Food for Fines” at the Redwood City Public Library!…
Do you have outstanding library fines? Well, this is your chance to clear your account by simply helping others.
The Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with the San Mateo County Library, San Mateo Public Library, Daly City Library and Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of “Food for Fines” – a program, in its fourth year of existence, that gives community members a chance to clear their overdue library account by donating food in place of fines.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library (or to any of the San Mateo County Library’s twelve branches, Daly City Library’s three branches or San Mateo Public Library’s three branches) during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

Donation letters…
The PTA has donation letters that you can use to ask for donations for a general PTA contribution, the 5th grade trip to Outdoor Education or the 6th grade trip to Yosemite. If you would like a hard copy of any of the letters, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you as many copies as you need. You can also download the letters here and print them out yourself: PTA_Donation, PTA_OE_Donation, PTA_Yosemite_Donation.

6th Grade Families…
If you haven’t done so already, please send in your $50 deposit and/or your next payment for the April Yosemite trip. Checks may be made out to Roosevelt PTA. You may also pay via credit card in the school office or with the Donate button on the parent blog.

5th Grade Families…
Please send in your first deposit for Outdoor Education in May. As with other field trips and events throughout the year, the PTA can’t fund the entire trip for the 5th grade so we need parent contributions  to make this trip happen.

Online Directory…
The 2013/2014 school directory is going green! We’ve switched to an online directory to save money on printing costs and to save paper. You will be able to access the directory from your home computer, smart phone or tablet starting in December. You can also update your family information any time during the year. The system will “graduate” your child every year, so you only have to enter the information just once. Each year you just need to verify that your information is correct.

Go to:

Fill out the information for each Roosevelt student in your family
In the “Family Display Note” please fill in any languages spoken at home
Hit Save  — You’re all done!

Shoparoo Holiday Bonus!…
For the first time ever, Shoparoo-ers will be able to earn donations from receipts outside the grocery world.  From now until the end of December, Roosevelt Elementary will get 20 Roo Points every time you snap a receipt from one of the stores below.

  • Macys, Kohls, JC Penney, Sears, Dillards, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Belk, Bon Ton, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Best Buy, GameStop, at&t, Verizon Wireless, apple, Radio Shack
  • The Home Depot, Lowes, Menards
  • Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax

All of your normal grocery-related receipts (including those from your favorite toy, pet, beauty, and baby stores) will still earn Roo Points like they always do.

Fundraise While You Shop…
Don’t forget to scan this week’s receipts for Shoparoo, check those Safeway receipts to make sure that Roosevelt is getting your escrip credits and look for Box Tops on anything you bought this week!

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page

Have a wonderful Winter Break!