Roosevelt Parents

School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: May 2015

Week of June 1 – June 5

This is it! The last week of school and the final weekly update for the 2014/2015 school year! Mark your calendars for the following events:calendaricon

Monday, June 1 – Thursday, June 4
Minimum Day dismissal schedule – Kinders on Early Bird, Grades 1 & 2 – 1:00 dismissal, Grades 3 – 8 – 1:20 dismissal

Monday, June 1
7th Grade field trip to Marine Science Institute (meet carpools at Roosevelt at 7:15 or at MSI dock at 7:30am – parents must arrange for transportation or carpools)

Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo

8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45

Tuesday, June 2
PBL Presentation in Room 13 at 8:30am – What would you bring with you on the Oregon Trail? Come and see Room 13’s covered wagon! (Please note: this is the rescheduled presentation date)

2nd grade picnic to Red Morton

6th grade field trip to Computer History Museum

8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45

Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016

Wednesday, June 3
Kindergarten PBL Presentations at 8:00am followed by a Cereal Reception

4th Grade PBL Presentation – California Missions! at 8:30am

Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am

Final 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
*Please note: When the 8th graders return at approximately 11:00am, all grades will be lining the main hallway to cheer for the graduating class.

8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm – Congratulations to Roosevelt’s Class of 2015!

Thursday, June 4
PBL prsentations in 3rd grade classrooms (Rooms 4, 5 & 6) at 8:20 – How the environments of the 7 biomes are changing/affecting animals’ adaptations in those regions.

Field Day!

8th grade Pool Party at PCC

Friday, June 5
Free Dress Day!

Last Day of School! Super Minimum Day – all grades dismissed at Noon

Library Books…
Parents, please ask your students if they still have books checked out from the library that need to be turned in.  Notices have been sent home all this week and last week. We still have 267 books out that need to find their way back.  That averages about to about $4,000 worth of books, so please follow up with your child about this.

When the students get all books turned or book fines paid, they will get their report cards and library card.

SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy Soccer Game Tickets…
If you purchased tickets for the June 27 soccer game, please come to the office to pick them up. The PTA would like to thank you for your support and we’ll see you at the game! Contact Guy Taylor guytaylor123@yahoo.com or call/text 650-380-3886 if you have questions or need more information.

Lost and Found…
This is your last week to claim items from the Lost & Found cart in the office! If your child has lost a sweater, jacket, or lunch box please stop by the office to take a look!

Fundraise While You Shop…
Over the summer break, don’t forget to scan your 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 buy to clip and save for next year’s contests! (A note about Shoparoo: there are other Roosevelt schools in the area – one in Burlingame and one in San Leandro. Please make sure that your points are going to the correct Roosevelt School.)

Have a great week!

Week of May 25 – May 29

Please Note: There are just 2 weeks left of this school year! Events may get added to the list of Important Dates, so make sure you check throughout the week. The most updated information can always be found on the parent blog, so check www.rooseveltparents.com often!

Mark your calendars for the following events:calendaricon

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day – No School

6th graders leave for Yosemite at 7:45am – Enjoy your week! Parents can see updates on the Roosevelt School at Yosemite Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rooseveltatyosemite

Tuesday, May 26
Free dress for students who visited their Buddy Classroom at Open House last Thursday night and filled out the information form.

Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Last PTA Meeting of the Year at 6:00pm in the Staff Room (Room 14)! 1st Graders will be performing. Please come and welcome special guest Alisa MacAvoy, one of the RCSD school board members. On the agenda: a summary of the year’s events and a final budget update. If you have any ideas for next year, please come and share. FREE childcare is available in the YMCA room.

Wednesday, May 27
Open Garden at Lunch Recess (volunteers needed – See below for more information)

SJ Earthquakes v LA Galaxy tickets will be available for pickup in the school office for anyone that turned in their order form last week.

Thursday, May 28
PBL Presentation in Room 13 – What would you bring with you on the Oregon Trail? Come and see Room 13’s covered wagon!

Friday, May 29
5th grade DARE Graduation at 8:00am

Rm 6a, 6b and Rm 31 picnic at Red Morton

6th graders return from Yosemite – Welcome back!

Important Dates…
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule (all Kinders on Early Bird Schedule)
June 1 – 7th Grade field trip to Marine Science Institute (meet at MSI dock at 7:30am – parents must arrange for transportation)
June 1 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 1 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 2 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 2 – 6th grade field trip to Computer History Museum
June 3 – Kindergarten PBL Presentations at 8:00am followed by a Cereal Reception
June 3 – 4th Grade PBL Presentation – California Missions! at 8:30am
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – Final 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon
June 8 – Peninsula Writers Camp begins
June 15 – Y Reader Program begins
June 22 – AIM High Summer School begins

School Garden…
Looking for a way to get outside and help our kids get back to nature at the same time? Please join the garden volunteer group.  We really need more volunteers to get the students out into our newly remodeled garden. We need help with our Open Garden lunch session on Wednesday, May 27 and/or tending the garden during the summer break.  It will only take a couple of hours a month.  Or, come up with your own volunteer garden ideas for next year and we’ll help you make it happen.   email Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com for more information.

Have a great week!

Roosevelt Remembers ~ Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow

On this Memorial Day, Roosevelt once again honors the memory of Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow and other military personnel that have been killed while serving our country.ARMY_PFC_JESSE_SNOW

We ask that all Roosevelt families take a moment today to remember the sacrifice that has been made by Jesse Snow and others that have died in service to our nation.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence.

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In November 2010, second graders at Roosevelt wrote letters to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The letter written by Kelsey E. to Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow arrived too late. Jesse was killed saving another soldier in his unit. Jesse’s father, John Snow of Fairborne, Ohio, received the letter with Jesse’s personal effects and contacted Roosevelt’s Office Manager, Gwen Thomas.

Dear Gwen,

It was kind of you to take my call today. I’ve attached Kelsey’s letter (to Jesse) for your information. I’m mailing out the 2 CDs; of Jesse’s life and of his return and funeral. There is nothing that is sad about any of these but you may want to review them if you decide to show them to the kids. You have permission to show them to whoever you’d like but all I ask is that they remember my brave son, Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow. I took a section out of his obituary so you’ll know a little about him.

Jesse, age 25, of Fairborn Ohio, was killed in action in the Kunar Province Afghanistan on Nov 14, 2010 when insurgents attacked their unit. Jesse was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division—”Screaming Eagles” (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. ARMY_PFC_JESSE_SNOWHe was born on April 18, 1985 at the former K. I. Sawyer AFB in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to CMSgt (USAF retired) John and Janice Snow. He is survived by both parents and brothers MSgt (OHANG) John Jr (Emily) of Xenia OH, Daniel of Columbus OH and brothers, Robert, Cadet Lt Col Alex, and sister Megan, all from Fairborn. Also the love of his life, his niece Amara Marie Snow and nephews Noah and Sam Lingerfelt and niece Brooke Lingerfelt.He was preceded in death by his paternal Grandmother Rose Snow. He is survived by his Paternal Grandfather MSgt (USAF retired) Wayne “Hank” Snow of Houghton MI, his Maternal Grandparents Joyce Lammi and Louis Munch of Calumet MI.He is also survived by 7 Uncles, 5 Aunts, and many cousins, all of whom loved Jesse very much. Most important, Jesse is survived by his “Band of Brothers” of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) who at this moment, are risking their lives daily, waging war in Afghanistan against enemy insurgents (note: they returned home on 21 Apr 2011). As a young boy, Jesse was active in Fairborn Weehawk football, Little League Baseball, basketball, and Babe Ruth baseball. He served as an Alter Boy at Mary Help of Christian Church of Fairborn where he made his 1st communion and confirmation. Jesse attended Baker Junior High where he played basketball and was a starter for the 8th grade football team which had the only undefeated season in school history.Jesse graduated in 2003 from Fairborn High School and was involved in various sports and a cadet in AF Jr ROTC.Jesse had a heart of gold and always considered the needs of others before himself. He did yard work for many of his neighbors and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton. While deployed, he often distributed candy, toys, and chap stick to the local Afghan children. Jesse believed that making a better life for these children was just as important as serving his country. Unit members said that he shared his last meal with a fellow hungry soldier. He is loved and missed by his family, friends, community, and 101st Airborne Brothers. Jesse will never be forgotten.

Gwen, I’ll be sending pictures via e-mail in small groups. Thanks so much and please let Kelsey know what her letter meant to me and our family. Feel free to contact me anytime if you need anything. God Bless you, your school staff, and your students.

Sincerely

John W. Snow

UPDATE: On October 28, 2011, the Silver Star Award was posthumously presented to Army Specialist Jesse Adam Snow of the 101st Airborne Division at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Silver Star Award is the nation’s third-highest decoration for valor in the face of the enemy. According to the narrative accompanying the award, insurgents attacked the command post of Snow’s platoon with several rocket propelled grenades in a battle during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM on Nov. 14, 2010.111028-F-NV267-001

Snow’s weapon system was immediately destroyed. Without a weapon and with disregard for his own personal safety, Snow assisted the wounded by performing life-saving first aid. At the same time, he spotted targets for the machine gun team and secured more ammunition for them when they were running low.

As the fire fight became more intense, Snow continued to assist those who were injured. At one point Snow even used his own body to shield another soldier from incoming machine gun fire.

Eventually Snow was fatally wounded. However, his courageous and selfless actions that day saved the lives of three fellow brothers in arms and solely denied the enemy the ability to capture any American soldiers in the battle.

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Roosevelt continues to honor Jesse Snow’s memory by regularly sending letters and care packages to our troops serving overseas.

Midweek Reminders!

Parent Coffee!…reminder
You are invited to attend the last Parent Coffee of the school year at 8:00am in Room 1 with special guest Trustee Hilary Paulson from the Redwood City School Board.  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 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.

Art Show Help Needed…
It’s not too late to lend a hand preparing for the Thursday Art Show! If you can help with the prep, labeling or installing, on Wednesday, May 20 or on May 22 to take it all down, please come to the YMCA room just off of the lower playground. Artistic ability is NOT needed, but you will have to know how to use a stapler! The art work has to be stapled to display boards and tables need to be covered. The students have been working hard all year on their artwork, so please come and help to get it looking it’s best!  For more information contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

Art Show & Open House…
It’s time to see what the students have been working on all year! Please come to your child’s class on Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 to see their amazing work. And don’t forget to stop by the Art Show in the YMCA room to see some wonderful art! The art classes and Art Show are made possible by the generous donations of parents to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Thank you for supporting this program.

BoxTops Challenge!…
Friday, May 22 is the last day to turn in BoxTops for the classroom BoxTop Challenge! This is the last BoxTops Challenge of the year! Bring in your BoxTops between April 27 and May 22. Make sure you let us know what Room # gets the credit for your entry. The classroom that has collected the most BoxTops will win a prize! Good luck!

SJ Earthquakes v LA Galaxy Tickets…
Order forms are due on Friday, May 22 for THE biggest soccer rivalries of the year — SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy!

The California Clasico at Stanford Stadium is THE California professional soccer showdown of the year. Bring your family and friends and join other Roosevelt families at what is always a sellout crowd at Stanford Stadium on June 27th at 7:30pm. Enjoy a nice summer night of professional Soccer with a fireworks show following the game.

Tickets are $25 each and a portion of that goes back to the school to help fund enrichment programs at Roosevelt. What better way to support your school then taking the family out for an awesome night of professional soccer? Turn your order forms in to your child’s classroom or the office. Extra order forms are also available in the office. Tickets will be available for pickup in the school office beginning on Tuesday, May 26.

Week of May 18 – May 22

Please Note: There are just 3 weeks left of this school year! calendariconEvents are constantly added to the list of Important Dates, so make sure you check each week. The most updated information can always be found on the parent blog, so check www.rooseveltparents.com often!

Mark your calendars for the following events:

Monday, May 18
Instrumental Music Festival at Sequoia High School – Carrington Hall – at 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 19
3rd grade virtual field trip with California Academy of Science

Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

AR Blast Off! Banquet at 6:00pm for students that made their 3 AR goals during the school year (more information below)

Wednesday, May 20
You are invited to attend the last Parent Coffee of the school year at 8:00am in Room 1 with special guest Trustee Hilary Paulson from the Redwood City School Board.  THear 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.

Art Show Set-up begins – Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)

Thursday, May 21
8th grade Amusement Park Physics PBL presentation at 8:30am

4th Grade field trip to Red Morton Park for Make Time for Fitness event

Art Show & Open House at 5:30pm

Friday, May 22
Last day to turn in BoxTops for the classroom BoxTop Challenge!

Last day to turn in order forms for SJ Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on 6/27 (more information below)

Art Show take down — Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)

Important Dates…
May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
May 25 – 6th graders leave for Yosemite
May 26 – Last PTA Meeting of the Year at 6:00pm! 1st Graders performing
May 27 – Open Garden at Lunch Recess
May 29 – 5th grade DARE Graduation at 8:00am
May 29 – Rm 6a picnic at Red Morton
May 29 – 6th graders return from Yosemite
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule (all Kinders on Early Bird Schedule)
June 1 – 7th Grade field trip to Marine Science Institute (meet at MSI dock at 7:30am – parents must arrange for transportation)
June 1 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 1 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 2 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 2 – 6th grade field trip to Computer History Museum
June 3 – Kindergarten PBL Presentations at 8:00am followed by a Cereal Reception
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – Final 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon
June 8 – Peninsula Writers Camp begins
June 15 – Y Reader Program begins
June 22 – AIM High Summer School begins

AR Banquet…
What is the AR Banquet? Who is invited to attend?  The AR Banquet is for students in grades 2-8 who have met their Accelerated Reader goal all three times during the year. (Students in Kinder and 1st grades begin the AR Reading Program as soon as they reach Level 10 in Reading.) The reading goals are determined after each student takes an assessment test to determine both a reading level and a points goal. Each book in the school library and in the classrooms has been leveled and assigned points as determined by the Accelerated Reader system. Students must read books at their level and take online quizzes. Once a quiz is passed, the student earns points associated with that book title. The Accelerated Reader computer system keeps track of each student’s progress. Roosevelt’s librarian and teachers are able to see how each student is doing towards their individually assigned goal. Students that make their AR goal are rewarded at the end of each goal period and all students that make their goal for all three goal periods are invited to attend the AR Banquet that is hosted by Principal Girardi, Assistant Principal DaCosta and the Roosevelt teachers.

Art Show Help Needed…
The end of the school year is approaching and our Art teacher, Marlene Perez, has planning for the May 21 Art Show on her mind.  She will be needing volunteers before the event to prep, label, and install the art and then more volunteers on May 22 to take it all down. If you can staple, she needs your help! No other skills required! Please return the volunteer form that came home in Thursday’s folder or contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

School Garden…
Looking for a way to get outside on one of  these beautiful sunny days and help our kids get back to nature at the same time? Please join the garden volunteer group.  We really need more volunteers to get the students out into our newly remodeled garden. We need help with our Open Garden lunch sessions and/or tending the garden after school, on weekends or during school breaks.  It will only take a couple of hours a month.  Or, come up with your own volunteer garden ideas and we’ll help you make it happen.  Please return the volunteer form that came home in Thursday’s folder or email Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com for more information.

SJ Earthquakes v LA Galaxy Tickets…
Roosevelt Elementary and the San Jose Earthquakes have paired up to get you an outstanding deal on one of THE biggest rivalries of the year — SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy!

The California Clasico at Stanford Stadium is THE California professional soccer showdown of the year. Bring your family and friends and join other Roosevelt families at what is always a sellout crowd at Stanford Stadium on June 27th at 7:30pm. Enjoy a nice summer night of professional Soccer with a fireworks show following the game.

Tickets are $25 each and a portion of that goes back to the school to help fund enrichment programs at Roosevelt. What better way to support your school then taking the family out for an awesome night of professional soccer? Sales start NOW so get your order forms in early as order forms are due on Friday, May 22. Turn your order forms in to your child’s classroom or the office. Extra order forms are also available in the office. Tickets will be available for pickup in the school office beginning on Tuesday, May 26.

BoxTops Challenge!…
This is the last BoxTops Challenge of the year! This challenge is between Classrooms! Bring in your BoxTops between April 27 and May 22. Make sure you let us know what Room # gets the credit for your entry. The classroom that has collected the most BoxTops will win a prize! Good luck!

Have a great week!

Week of May 11 – May 15

Please Note: The countdown is on and there are only 4 weeks left of this school year! calendariconEvents are constantly added to the list of Important Dates, so make sure you check each week. The most updated information can always be found on the parent blog, so check www.rooseveltparents.com often!

Mark your calendars for the following events:

Monday, May 11
PBL Tour Day – Roosevelt’s PBL lessons are being observed by SMCOE (San Mateo County Office of Education) and Castro School in Mountain View

Tuesday, May 12
1st grade field trip to SF Zoo

Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Restaurant Fundraiser! McDonalds on Chestnut Street

SPARK Discovery Night for SPARK students and their families at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria

Wednesday, May 13
Last day to RSVP for the AR Blast Off Awards Banquet!  If your child made all 3 AR reading goals this year, you should have received an invitation to the May 19th Banquet. Please turn in the RSVP form that came home with your child. (more information below)

4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista

6th grade Orientation at 6:00pm for 5th grade parents and their children entering 6th grade next year

Friday, May 15
Bring your blankets and chairs for a fun family school event- ROOSEVELT”S 2nd ANNUAL OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT presenting Big Hero 6!! The festivities begin at  6:00pm. There will be a Food Truck on site and snacks will also be for sale by PTA. All proceeds to benefit Roosevelt school. Movie will begin at sunset: 8pm approx.  Admission : Free!

We can’t wait to see our Roosevelt Families there! Bring friends and enjoy a great evening under the stars for our last Family Fun Night of the school year!

Please note: At the end of the movie, we ask that you help to keep our school’s campus clean and pick up any litter. Thank you!

Important Dates…
May 18 – Instrumental Music Festival at Carrington Hall – Sequoia High School at 6:00pm
May 19 – 3rd grade virtual field trip with California Academy of Science
May 19 – AR Blast Off! Banquet at 6:00pm
May 20 – Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Room 1
May 20 – Art Show Set-up begins – Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)
May 21 – 8th grade Amusement Park Physics PBL presentation at 8:30am
May 21 – 4th Grade field trip to Red Morton Park for Make Time for Fitness event
May 21 – Art Show opens at 5:30pm & Open House
May 22 – Last day to turn in BoxTops for the classroom BoxTop Challenge
May 22 – Art Show take down
May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
May 25 – 6th graders leave for Yosemite
May 26 – Last PTA Meeting of the Year at 6:00pm! 1st Graders performing
May 27 – Open Garden at Lunch Recess
May 29 – 5th grade DARE Graduation at 8:00am
May 29 – Rm 6a picnic at Red Morton
May 29 – 6th graders return from Yosemite
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule (all Kinders on Early Bird Schedule)
June 1 – 7th Grade field trip to Marine Science Institute (meet at MSI dock at 7:30am – parents must arrange for transportation)
June 1 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 1 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 2 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 2 – 6th grade field trip to Computer History Museum
June 3 – Kindergarten PBL Presentations at 8:00am followed by a Cereal Reception
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – Final 8th grade graduation practice at MIT at 9:45
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon
June 8 – Peninsula Writers Camp begins
June 15 – Y Reader Program begins
June 22 – AIM High Summer School begins

Meet RCSD…
If you haven’t “Liked” Roosevelt’s Facebook page then you might have missed Roosevelt’s librarian, Paulette Elliott on a segment called Meet RCSD! https://youtu.be/qNyuL7s3IrA

The district has recently launched a video series called “Meet RCSD” which showcase teachers, staff, parents and students. Several interviews were done at Roosevelt, so keep a look out for those. If you like Roosevelt’s Facebook page, you’ll see all of them or you can subscribe to the district’s YouTube channel.
Roosevelt Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool
RCSD YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwgOZXTj1Vl1Ef6RHpm7Uw

Outdoor Movie Night!…
Come and join the fun of watching Big Hero 6 under the stars on an outdoor movie screen on Friday, May 15. The food truck will arrive at 6:00pm and the movie will start when the sun goes down (approximately 8:00pm). The movie is FREE and food and snacks will be available for purchase. Please bring camping chairs, blankets and warm clothes. 1st grade families are asked to volunteer for this event. Currently, help is needed with the food truck. Please contact Melanie Centeno at melanieandrodney@yahoo.com

AR Banquet…
What is the AR Banquet? Who is invited to attend?  The AR Banquet is for students in grades 2-8 who have met their Accelerated Reader goal all three times during the year. (Students in Kinder and 1st grades begin the AR Reading Program as soon as they reach Level 10 in Reading.) The reading goals are determined after each student takes an assessment test to determine both a reading level and a points goal. Each book in the school library and in the classrooms has been leveled and assigned points as determined by the Accelerated Reader system. Students must read books at their level and take online quizzes. Once a quiz is passed, the student earns points associated with that book title. The Accelerated Reader computer system keeps track of each student’s progress. Roosevelt’s librarian and teachers are able to see how each student is doing towards their individually assigned goal. Students that make their AR goal are rewarded at the end of each goal period and all students that make their goal for all three goal periods are invited to attend the AR Banquet that is hosted by Principal Girardi, Assistant Principal DaCosta and the Roosevelt teachers.

Art Show Help Needed…
The end of the school year is approaching and our Art teacher, Marlene Perez, has planning for the May 21 Art Show on her mind.  She will be needing volunteers before the event to prep, label, and install the art and then more volunteers on May 22 to take it all down. If you can staple, she needs your help! No other skills required! Please return the volunteer form that came home in Thursday’s folder or contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

School Garden…
Looking for a way to get outside on one of  these beautiful sunny days and help our kids get back to nature at the same time? Please join the garden volunteer group.  We really need more volunteers to get the students out into our newly remodeled garden. We need help with our Open Garden lunch sessions and/or tending the garden after school, on weekends or during school breaks.  It will only take a couple of hours a month.  Or, come up with your own volunteer garden ideas and we’ll help you make it happen.  Please return the volunteer form that came home in Thursday’s folder or email Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com for more information.

BoxTops Challenge!…
This is the last BoxTops Challenge of the year! This challenge is between Classrooms! Bring in your BoxTops between April 27 and May 22. Make sure you let us know what Room # gets the credit for your entry. The classroom that has collected the most BoxTops will win a prize! Good luck!

Have a great week!

Week of May 4 – May 8

It’s Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!  Please take a look at the ways you can contribute this week to show your thanks to the hard working and dedicated teachers and staff at Roosevelt.

Mark your calenders for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, May 4
Please bring a flower for your teacher

Renaissance Day for 7th graders! You may think you are seeing things on the lower field on Monday morning at drop off time. It’s time for the 7th grade to go back in time to the days of the Renaissance! The Renaissance Institute (the people in the costumes that you will see) are at Roosevelt for a day of Renaissance games and crafts.

Tuesday, May 5
Please wear your teacher’s favorite color! Students wearing at least one item of a teacher or staff member’s favorite color may have free dress. Don’t know what their favorite color is? Check out the full list on the Parent Blog

2nd grade field trip to CuriOdyssey

Free chess lessons during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8 (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Wednesday, May 6
Please bring a sweet treat for your teacher

Middle School Honor Roll Assembly at 8:00am in the Cafeteria

Open Garden during lunch recess – Volunteers Needed! (See below for more information)

Thursday, May 7
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch (See below for more information)

Friday, May 8
Please bring in a thank you, drawing or poem to show your appreciation

Saturday, May 9
Girls on the Run 5k race at Golden Gate Park

Important Dates…
May 11 – PBL Tour Day
May 12 – 1st grade field trip to SF Zoo
May 12 – Restaurant Fundraiser! McDonalds on Chestnut Street
May 12 – SPARK Discovery Night for SPARK students and their families
May 13 – 4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista
May 13 – 6th grade Orientation at 6:00pm for 5th grade students entering 6th grade next year
May 15 – Outdoor Movie Night
May 18 – Instrumental Music Festival at Carrington Hall – Sequoia High School at 6:00pm
May 19 – 3rd grade virtual field trip with California Academy of Science
May 19 – AR Blast Off! Banquet at 6:00pm
May 20 – Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Room 1
May 20 – Art Show Set-up begins – Volunteers needed! (See below for more information)
May 21 – 8th grade Amusement Park Physics PBL presentation at 8:30am
May 21 – 4th Grade field trip to Red Morton Park for Make Time for Fitness event
May 21 – Art Show opens at 5:30pm & Open House
May 22 – Last day to turn in BoxTops for the classroom BoxTop Challenge
May 22 – Art Show take down
May 25 – Memorial Day – No School
May 25 – 6th graders leave for Yosemite
May 26 – Last PTA Meeting of the Year at 6:00pm! 1st Graders performing
May 27 – Open Garden at Lunch Recess
May 29 – 5th grade DARE Graduation at 8:00am
May 29 – Rm 6a picnic at Red Morton
May 29 – 6th graders return from Yosemite
June 1 – Begin Minimum Day schedule (all Kinders on Early Bird Schedule)
June 1 – 7th Grade field trip to Marine Science Institute (meet at MSI dock at 7:30am – parents must arrange for transportation)
June 1 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT
June 1 – Kindergarten field trip to Happy Hollow Zoo
June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Meet & Greet event at 3:00pm for incoming Kinders for 2015/2016
June 2 – 2nd grade picnic to Red Morton
June 2 – 8th grade graduation practice at MIT
June 2 – 6th grade field trip to Computer History Museum
June 3 – Kindergarten PBL Presentations at 8:00am followed by a Cereal Reception
June 3 – Kindergarten Farewell Festival at 10:00am
June 3 – Final 8th grade graduation practice at MIT
June 3 – 8th grade graduation at MIT Auditorium at 6:00pm
June 4 – Field Day
June 4 – 8th grade Pool Party at PCC
June 5 – Last Day of School! – Super Minimum Day – all classes released at 12:00 noon

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon…
It’s that time again when we say a big “Thank You!” to the teachers and staff of Roosevelt School! The luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 in the Staff Room (Rm 14). The PTA is asking for a donation of $5 per family to help pay for the caterer and for volunteers to help with picking up decorations, set up and clean up. Please contact Joanne Dunbar at dunbear@sbcglobal.net

Outdoor Movie Night!…
Come and join the fun of watching Big Hero 6 under the stars on an outdoor movie screen on Friday, May 15. The food truck will arrive at 6:00pm and the movie will start when the sun goes down (approximately 8:00pm). The movie is FREE and food and snacks will be available for purchase. Please bring camping chairs, blankets and warm clothes. 1st grade families are asked to volunteer for this event. Currently, help is needed with the food truck. Please contact Melanie Centeno at melanieandrodney@yahoo.com

Art Show Help Needed…
The end of the school year is approaching and our Art teacher, Marlene Perez, has planning for the May 21 Art Show on her mind.  She will be needing volunteers before the event to prep, label, and install the art and then more volunteers on May 22 to take it all down. If you can staple, she needs your help! No other skills required! Please contact Marlene at marlenevperez@comcast.net

School Garden…
Looking for a way to get outside on one of  these beautiful sunny days and help our kids get back to nature at the same time? Please join the garden volunteer group.  We really need more volunteers to get the students out into our newly remodeled garden. We need help with our Open Garden lunch sessions and/or tending the garden after school, on weekends or during school breaks.  It will only take a couple of hours a month.  Or, come up with your own volunteer garden ideas and we’ll help you make it happen.  Email Megan Goulden at megan.goulden@gmail.com for more information.

BoxTops Challenge!…
This is the last BoxTops Challenge of the year! This challenge is between Classrooms! Bring in your BoxTops between April 27 and May 22. Make sure you let us know what Room # gets the credit for your entry. The classroom that has collected the most BoxTops will win a prize! Good luck!

SBAC Testing…
The new testing system for Common Core standards has begun. Because the students have to use Chromebooks or iPads for testing, students in grades 3-8 will not be testing at the same time/days as they did for the STAR tests in the past. The SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) results may be released to the school within one month and to parents sometime in late summer. As of March, the state had decided to not release overall school scores to the public. The SBAC score information will look very different than the STAR test results that parents used to receive. For more information on the new test scoring format, go to EdSource – For parents, a new way to view test scores Want to see the test for yourself? Log in to the practice test and see how you do! Smarter Balance Practice Tests

Do You Have an iPhone?…
You can now add our parent blog as an app button on your iPhone to make accessing the blog even easier! On your phone, go to www.rooseveltparents.com. Then select the “share” button. Select “Add to Homescreen” then select “Add” – that’s it! You should now see a button with a raccoon on your phone’s homescreen. Selecting it will automatically open the parent blog!

Have a great week!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

teacher-appreciationIt’s that time again when we say a big “Thank You!” to the wonderful, amazing and dedicated teachers and staff of Roosevelt School! This year the PTA and Principal Girardi has set aside the entire week to honor them.

Contributions to the Thursday luncheon are still being accepted! You can send in your $5 with your child, or drop it off in the school office! The PTA would like to thank our generous families for their donations to Thursday’s event.

Monday, May 4
Please bring a flower for your teacher

Tuesday, May 5
Please wear your teacher’s favorite color. Students wearing at least one item of clothing of a teacher or staff member’s favorite color may wear free dress.
Don’t know your teacher’s favorite color? Take a look at the list below.

Wednesday, May 6
Please bring a sweet treat for your teacher

Thursday, May 7
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon. The lunch is scheduled to start at approximately 11:30am in  the Staff Room (Room 14). If you would like to help out, the room set up will start around 11:00am and then clean up is at 1:30pm. Please contact Joanne Dunbar at dunbear@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.

Friday, May 8
Please bring in a thank you, drawing or poem to show your appreciation

Favorite Colors:
We’ve asked the teachers to let us know what their favorite color is. As we receive responses, their color preference will be added here.

Transitional Kindergarten:
Lisa Bamberger – green

Kindergarten:
Maya Mallari – green
Jennifer Torres – navy blue, brown or orange
Nu Tsutsui – blue

1st Grade:
Sara Christensen – magenta
Shari Tsuchiyama – blue

2nd Grade:
Deborah Hinojosa – blue
Mary Washburn – blue and green
Maureen McPeek – green

3rd Grade:
Whitney Eakin – purple
Ashley Litchenstein – light purple
Erin C. Weindel – orange or yellow

4th Grade:
Lydia Kroos – coral/salmon or yellow
Lindsay Gomez – turquoise

5th Grade:
Sue Novikoff – blue
Lily O’Connor – teal

6th Grade:
Jacqueline Le – yellow
Tony Barreto – blue
Chris Holm – green

7th Grade:
Julie Gordon – green
Sarah Coyle – purple

8th Grade:
Adam Weis – green
Jan Marsh – green

SDC:
Florence Srinivasan – green
Karen Bates – green
Mia Casale – yellow

Staff:
Patricia Girardi – red
Gwen Thomas – purple
Tracy DaCosta – cobalt blue
Paulette Elliott – turquoise or black
Nancy Stevenson-Smith – bright yellow
Vicki Benavente – purple
Heather Irani – green

 

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