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Month: October 2015

Reminders for Friday, October 30!

Halloween Parade…Halloween
Roosevelt’s traditional Halloween Parade will begin at 8:15am! (Kinders are all on Early Bird Schedule) There has been a change for this year. Parents are asked to line up along the sides of the main hallway and the students will parade in their costumes down the hall. Students may come to school in their costumes. There are special activities in the school library during the parade for those students that DO NOT participate in Halloween celebrations, so please still send your child to school.

For those new to Roosevelt, you should know that Roosevelt LOVES Halloween and we go all out! Parents are welcome to join in the fun! Prizes are given in many different categories – best homemade, best makeup, best theme, etc.

Costume rules: no toy weapons and no gore.

Please remember that the students need to change back into their uniforms after the parade, so send them with a bag for their costume and pack a uniform if they are not able to wear it under their costume. Why do we ask students to change? Some costumes restrict mobility or vision which wouldn’t be safe. Also, we want to make sure that the costumes go home in the same condition that they were in the morning of the parade.

Class Parties…
Many classes/grades will be having Harvest themed parties at some point during the day. Please check with your child’s teacher to see if any food items or supplies are needed.

3rd Grade Field Trip…
Room 5 will be leaving soon after the parade for their field trip to Woodside Store.

Spooktacular Bingo!…
Don’t miss out! Come and join in the fun with a night of Spooktacular Bingo at 6:00pm. Our Bingo nights are always so much fun! Who will this year’s Bingo callers be? Will our Bingo callers carry on the tradition and come in costume? There’s only one way to find out! Come in your costumes or just come as you are – it’s a fun night for the whole familiy!

Food and beverages will be for sale during the event as well.

This event is sponsored by the Roosevelt PTA and made possible by contributions from our generous families to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund.

Please Note: 7th grade families are being asked to help out with this event. Please arrive at least 1/2 hour before the start of the event to help with set up or serving or stay at the end of the event to help with clean up. Call or text Valerie Romero at 346-2445 if you have any questions.

Week of October 26 – October 30

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, October 26
5th grade TheatreWorks Presentation in the Cafeteria at 8:30am

PTA Meeting at  6:00pm in Room 14. The PTA will be discussing the status of current fundraisers and direct donation fundraising and looking at the PTA’s budget  for this year. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room.
*8th graders will be demonstrating their “Amusement Park Science” PBL project at the beginning of the meeting.

Tuesday, October 27
Literacy Lab parent night at 6:15pm for TK parents. TK parents will be trained how to work with their children using math and language arts programs on a tablet; including two applications which will give students access to hundreds of books. Tablets will be sent home weekly as part of the Literacy Lab take home book bag program. Parents must attend the training before their child can borrow the tablets.

Thursday, October 29
Author Ian Lendler will bring the books The Stratford Zoo Mindnight Revue Presents Macbeth and The Stratford Zoo Mindnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet to Grades 4-6.

Friday, October 30
Halloween Parade at 8:15am on the lower playground! Students may come to school in their costumes. For those new to the school, you should know that Roosevelt LOVES Halloween and we go all out! The costume parade begins on the lower playground at 8:15am so that the students can show off their costumes. Parents are welcome to join in the fun! Prizes are given in many different categories – best homemade, best makeup, best theme, etc.  Costume rules: no toy weapons and no gore. Please remember that the students need to change back into their uniforms after the parade, so pack a uniform if they are not able to wear it under their costume.

Many classes/grades will be having Halloween or Harvest themed parties at some point during the day. Please check with your child’s teacher to see if any food items or supplies are needed.

3rd Grade, Room 5 will leave at 9:00am for their field trip to Woodside Store.

Don’t miss out! Come and join in the fun with a night of Spooktacular Bingo! at 6:00pm. Our Bingo nights are always so much fun! Will our Bingo callers carry on the tradition and come in costume? There’s only one way to find out! Come in your costumes or just come as you are! It’s a fun night for the whole familiy!

Please Note: 7th grade families are being asked to help out with this event. Please arrive at least 1/2 hour before the start of the event to help with set up or serving or stay at the end of the event to help with clean up. Call or text Valerie Romero at 346-2445 if you have any questions.

Important Dates…
November 3 – Moving on Up to Middle School – an information night for 5th grade parents at 6:30pm
November 5 – Kindergarten Tour Night at 6:30pm for interested parents of incoming Kinders
November 6 – Free Dress Friday!
November 11 – Veterans Day – No School

5th Grade Parents…
This year Roosevelt will be hosting Moving on Up to Middle School! on November 3 at 6:30pm in Room 8. This is an information night for parents of current 5th graders about the Middle School programs at Roosevelt. As your 5th grader is growing and developing academically, we want you to see how PBL grows with them in the Middle School grades. Students whose parents attend will receive a Free Dress Pass, 1 Raccoon Buck, a homework pass AND a chance to win a pair of Roosevelt sweatpants!

Parents of 5th graders not currently attending Roosevelt are also welcome to attend. Please call our school office to reserve a spot.

Kindergarten Tour Night…
Do you know anyone with a child that is eligible for Kindergarten next year? Once again, in addition to daytime tours, Roosevelt School is hosting a Kindergarten Tour Night to be held on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  Contact Roosevelt’s school office at 650-369-5597 to RSVP for this event and/or to schedule a daytime tour.

We always need help spreading the word about this event, so if you need flyers to bring to friends or your preschool, please call or stop by the school office.

Donors Choose…
There is still a Donors Choose requests out there for Roosevelt. Please share the link on your Facebook page, Twitter, or email to get the word out to fund these projects for our school:

Project Name: Help My 6th Graders Become Writers & Researchers! Ms. Kao has a Donors Choose request for Chromebooks for her 6th grade classroom. “With my own classroom set, my students will be able to consistently work on their projects and their writing, without me having to work around the needs of the other middle school teachers.” www.donorschoose.org/project/help-my-6th-graders-become-writers-and-r/1715116/

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

Have a great week!

 

Roosevelt Wins the SMCRA Celebrate Literacy Award!

SMCRA Award

We are pleased to announce that Roosevelt has received the 2015 San Mateo County Reading Association (SMCRA) Celebrate Literacy Award for the Reading Fair. The SMCRA recognizes programs for their significant contributions to reading instruction and literacy projects in San Mateo County.

The award was presented to Roosevelt’s Assistant Principal Tracy DaCosta and parent volunteer Trish Reilly Taylor for coordinating the event each year. We would like to extend our thanks to the parents and students of Roosevelt for producing wonderful Reading Fair boards each year, and to the judges that take the time out of their busy schedules to judge those boards.

Principal Girardi prepared the following speech for the awards ceremony:

How do you engage families in helping their children become better readers? At Roosevelt School, we believe that teachers and parents are partners in the education of their children and we are always looking for ways to involve our parents. We have family fun nights and parent/child educational nights that help to build a strong working partnership between the school and home.  Nevertheless, we were looking for a way to our parents and their children could improve literacy skills in a fun and interactive manner.

So, I was so excited when parent, Trish Taylor shared what she learned about Reading Fairs in the southern and eastern states. A Reading Fair would provide a way for our families, both English speaking and non-English Speaking, literate or not, to interact with their children around a text.  

Families could ask their children questions about the books they were reading and then create Reading Fair Boards together.

Our families were excited as we were and even though it was pouring rain that very first year, our cafeteria was packed with families for our Pizza and Prep Night.   (It seems to be pouring down rain every Pizza and Prep Night.) Parents learned how to participate with their child in creating a Reading Fair Board, how they would be judged and were given some basic supplies to get started.

So, what is a Reading Fair and what is a Reading Fair Board?  How do we start?  Each year the teachers read books with their classes and together they make a classroom board, which will later be submitted in the classroom board category. Students then select their own books to read. At home, they create a display depicting various aspects of either a fiction or non-fiction book. Boards may be submitted in the Individual Board, Group/Family Board, or Classroom Board category. Community members who have an interest in literacy and love of books, come and judge the boards in teams of two. Ribbons are awarded to all participants based upon a scoring rubric.  Grand Prize, Supreme, Excellent, Superior, Award of Merit. Participation ribbons are attached to boards before the evening reception begins. Students come to present their boards, demonstrating their knowledge and comprehension about the books they read.

Samples of some of our boards are around the room. I would like to now introduce you to the people who make our Reading Fair possible.  My Assistant Principal, Tracy DaCosta and parent Trish Reilly Taylor, who coordinate the event, my teachers who promote reading with their students and my Office Manager Gwen Thomas who processes all the orders for the supplies. Without them, our annual Reading Fair would not be possible.

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Week of October 19 – October 23

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, October 19
German exchange students visiting Rooms 5 & 23

Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14. Please join us in Room 14 at 6:00pm.  On the agenda for this month’s meeting: school and district updates, enrollment, and school safety.  All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available.

Tuesday, October 20
8th grade Field Trip to Levi Stadium

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

3rd Grade & Beyond! – Information Night for 2nd Grade parents at 6:30pm in Room 3 (more information below)

Wednesday, October 21
Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Room 1. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with other Roosevelt Parents and Principal Girardi! 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. Tell a friend!

Thursday, October 22
6th Grade Field Trip to Egyptian Museum

Roosevelt is receiving the San Mateo County Reading Association (SMCRA) Celebrate Literacy Award for our annual Reading Fair! The award will be presented to Principal Patricia Girardi, Assistant Principal Tracy DaCosta and parent volunteer Trish Reilly Taylor on October 22 at 4:00pm at Redwood Shores Library.

Friday, October 23
Compass Green Project visits 2nd, 5th & 7th grades (rescheduled from 9/29)

Important Dates…
October 26 – TheatreWorks Presentation in the Cafeteria at 8:30am
October 26 – PTA Meeting in Room 14 at 6:00pm
October 30 – Halloween Parade at 8:15am in Lower Yard
October 30 – Room 5 Field Trip to Woodside Store
October 30 – Spooktacular Bingo!  (7th grade families needed to volunteer)
November 6 – Free Dress Friday!

3rd Grade & Beyond!…
We know that transitioning to 3rd grade involves more than just moving downstairs for our current Roosevelt families! As your 2nd grader is growing and developing academically, we want you to see how PBL grows with them in the Intermediate grades. This is an evening where you will find out what PBL looks like in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Students whose parents attend this evening event will receive a Raccoon Buck and a Free Dress Pass. Students will also be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Roosevelt sweatpants!

Parents of 2nd graders not currently attending Roosevelt are also welcome to attend. Please call our school office to reserve a spot.

Donors Choose…
There are two more Donors Choose requests out there for Roosevelt. Please share the link on Facebook, Twitter, or email to get the word out to fund these projects for our school:

Project Name: Excitement in the Library! Our Librarian Paulette Elliott has a Donors Choose request for non-fiction books. “My students need genuinely interesting books on animals and plants, ecology, and history. These include Trying to Love Spiders, How Kids Lived (Egypt) and Water is Water.” Give to our Library by October 21, 2015 and your donation will be DOUBLED thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code SPARK on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).  www.donorschoose.org/project/excitement-in-the-library/1722429/

Project Name: Help My 6th Graders Become Writers & Researchers! Ms. Kao has a Donors Choose request for Chromebooks for her 6th grade classroom. “With my own classroom set, my students will be able to consistently work on their projects and their writing, without me having to work around the needs of the other middle school teachers.” www.donorschoose.org/project/help-my-6th-graders-become-writers-and-r/1715116/

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

Have a great week!

Week of October 12 – October 16

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, October 12
Teacher Training Day/Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 13
Picture Day! All students may wear Free Dress. Please bring your completed form to order pictures. If your child didn’t bring an order form home, you can stop by the office in the morning before the start of school OR you can place your order online at order.gsp-photos.com

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

Bring in your money from chocolate sales

Wednesday, October 14
2nd Grade Field Trip to Filoli at 9:00am

Thursday, October 15
Great California Shakeout Drill at 10:15am – “Drop, Duck, Cover & Hold!”

Tell your friends! Parents of children who will enter kindergarten in 2016 and parents of children not currently enrolled in Redwood City School District are invited to attend Meet RCSD Night, 6-8:30 pm on Thursday, October 15, MIT Auditorium, 400 Duane Street, Redwood City. Learn about options in the Redwood City School District. Meet principals and teachers from all RCSD schools.

Saturday, October 17
Beautiful Day at Roosevelt! Once again Peninsula Covenant Church is generously sponsoring a Beautification Day at Roosevelt School to be held on Saturday, October 17. Our teachers have submitted their wish lists and projects that they would like completed in their classrooms (i.e. cleaning shelves, organizing books, etc.) as well as other small projects all over the Roosevelt campus. Roosevelt families are invited to participate in this community event. To learn more and to sign up to volunteer, please go to  peninsulacommunitycenter.com/about/community/

Important Dates…
October 19 – German exchange students visiting Rooms 5 & 23
October 19 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
October 20 – 8th grade Field Trip to Levi Stadium
October 20 – 3rd Grade & Beyond! – Information Night for 2nd Grade parents (more information below)
October 21 – Parent coffee w/ Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1
October 22 – 6th Grade Field Trip to Egyptian Museum
October 22 – Roosevelt receiving the Literacy Award at Redwood Shores Library at 4:00pm
October 23 – Compass Green Project visits 2nd, 5th & 7th grades (rescheduled from 9/29)
October 26 – PTA Meeting in Room 14 at 6:00pm
October 30 – Halloween Parade at 8:15am

Yard Duty Position Available…
Roosevelt currently has a yard duty position open. The hours are approximately 11:00am – 1:15pm. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact Gwen in the school office at 369-5597 or gthomas@rcsdk8.net. You will have to fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted.

3rd Grade & Beyond!…
We know that transitioning to 3rd grade involves more than just moving downstairs for our current Roosevelt families! As your 2nd grader is growing and developing academically, we want you to see how PBL grows with them in the Intermediate grades. This is an evening where you will find out what PBL looks like in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Students whose parents attend this evening event will receive a Raccoon Buck and a Free Dress Pass. Students will also be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Roosevelt sweatpants!

Parents of 2nd graders not currently attending Roosevelt are also welcome to attend. Please call our school office to reserve a spot.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

Have a great week!

Midweek Update!

updateYard Duty Positions Available…
Roosevelt currently has a yard duty position open. The hours are approximately 11:00am – 1:15pm. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact Gwen in the school office at 369-5597 or gthomas@rcsdk8.net. You will have to fill out an application with the district and get fingerprinted.

Chocolate Money Due…
Friday, October 9 is the last day to turn in money from chocolate sales. Please send your envelopes with $60 per box of chocolate with your child or drop them off in the school office. Please turn in any money due ASAP to the school office. The PTA has to send the final payment for all boxes taken and the money needs to be in the bank account. Thank you!

Beautification Day…
Once again Peninsula Covenant Church is generously sponsoring a Beautification Day at Roosevelt School to be held on Saturday, October 17. Our teachers have submitted their wish lists and projects that they would like completed in their classrooms (i.e. cleaning shelves, organizing books, etc.) as well as other small projects all over the Roosevelt campus. Roosevelt families are invited to participate in this community event. To learn more and to sign up to volunteer, please go to  peninsulacommunitycenter.com/about/community/

Donors Choose…
A big thank you to our Roosevelt community! Ms. Knudson’s Donors Choose project, “Reading is Cool!” has been funded! The heaters/air conditioners are on their way to her classroom.

For more information about Donors Choose, go to www.donorschoose.org/about

Monday, October 12…
Don’t forget that Monday, October 12 is a teacher training day so there is NO SCHOOL for students!

Week of October 5 – October 9

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Tuesday, October 6
Free chess lessons are offered in the YMCA room during lunch time recess for grades 1 – 8  (Sponsored by Roosevelt PTA – thanks to parent donations to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund)

Wednesday, October 7
International Walk to School Day.

Friday, October 9
World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser Ends! Please turn in all money owed for chocolate.

YMCA Family Night

Important Dates…
October 12 – Teacher Training Day/Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
October 13 – Picture Day! – Free Dress Day
October 15 – Great California Shakeout drill at 10:15am
October 17 – Beautiful Day (sign up to help www.peninsulacommunitycenter.com)
October 19 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
October 21 – Parent coffee w/ Principal Girardi at 8:00am in Room 1
October 21 – 8th grade Field Trip to Levi Stadium
October 23 – Compass Green Project visits 2nd, 5th & 7th grades (rescheduled from 9/29)
October 26 – PTA Meeting in Room 14 at 6:00pm
October 30 – Halloween Parade at 8:15am

World’s Finest Chocolate…
This is the last full week for the World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser! If every Roosevelt family sells just 1 box of chocolate, our school would earn almost $20,000 which would cover the cost of almost 2 Chromebook carts. Please turn in your money by Friday, October 9.

Donors Choose…
Ms. Knudson, Roosevelt’s new 8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher has an active Donors Choose Project called “Reading is Cool!”  She has reached $220.93 out of the $1018 needed to purchase two air conditioners for her 8th grade classroom.  If your family can help out a bit, we could help her project succeed and bring these resources to our school.

Let’s show our support to one of our new teachers and welcome her to the Roosevelt community by helping her reach her goal! Go to www.donorschoose.org/project/reading-and-writing-are-cool/1705011/ to donate and be sure to share the link with friends and family.

For more information about Donors Choose, go to www.donorschoose.org/about

Direct Donations…
The monthly reminders will be going out soon to families for the $150 yearly pledge to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund.

Without parent donations, our PTA wouldn’t be able to support the wonderful enrichment opportunities available at Roosevelt such as Art 4 All, free weekly chess lessons, the Girls on the Run program, SMART Boards in more classrooms, field trip support, classroom supplies, school garden supplies, and more!

Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA. The PTA also accepts credit cards. Stop by the office or send your pledge in an envelope to school with your child and be sure to include your child’s name and room number.  Anyone that gives $150 will get a special green t-shirt that your child may wear as uniform, a gift bag and a chance to win an iPad Mini! (Drawing will be held at the November PTA meeting.)

The PTA would like to extend their thanks to the families that have already donated for this school year.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from the classrooms in your news feed. www.facebook.com/RooseveltElementarySchool

If you’ve liked our page but are not seeing any updates in your timeline, you need to start liking or commenting on occasional posts to have them show in your timeline regularly. You can also click on the “Liked” box and in the pull down menu select “Get Notifications”.

Have a great week!

 

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