Roosevelt Parents

School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: November 2015

Week of November 30 – December 4

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

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Monday, November 30
Student of the Month Assemblies

PTA Meeting at  6:00pm in Room 14. The PTA will be announcing the winners of the 100%er Raffle 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.

Tuesday, December 1
Reading Fair Pizza & Prep Night at 6:00pm in the cafeteria! Have some FREE pizza for dinner and find out about Roosevelt’s award winning Reading Fair (to be held on January 26). Families that attend Pizza and Prep Night will be able to pick up a Starter Kit which includes a tri-fold presentation board!

Wednesday, December 2
Expert Visiting 3rd grade: Mr. Ring, a Builder and Structural Engineer will visit rooms 5, 6 and 4 from 9:00am to 11:00am to add to their PBL Unit – “Surviving Mother Nature” – How do humans reduce the impact of natural hazards on their lives?

Thursday, December 3
All Kinders on Early Bird schedule for teacher PBL training

Friday, December 4
First Friday of the Month – Free Dress Friday!

iSing concert in the cafeteria at 2:30pm. (This is our new after school girls choir group.)

Important Dates…
December 7 – SPARK Night
December 9 – WinterFest – Rooms 5 & 20, 23 & 8, 28 & 19, 27 & 17 at 5:30pm
December 9 – WinterFest – Rooms 13 & 30, 6 & 18, 24 & 9, 6a, 4 & 16 at 7:00pm
December 10 – WinterFest – Rooms 29 & 11, 22 & 10, 21 & 2, 3 & 26 at 6:00pm
December 14 – Limo ride for Chocolate Sales
December 17 – 3rd grade traditonal feast
December 17 – 8:20am Natural Disaster PBL Presentations rooms 4, 5 and 6
December 18 – 8:20am Kindergarten PBL Physics Fair
December 18 – Room 6 field trip to the Wood Side Store
December 18 – Super Minimum Day – All classes/grades dismissed at 12:00pm

BoxTops Challenge!…
Start turning in your BoxTops for the next challenge – Boys vs Girls! Who will rule the school? Each BoxTop is worth 10¢ and they add up fast! Look for the challenge form in the Thursday folders or stop by the office and look for the Boys or Girls box to add your BoxTops.

Superintendent’s Advisory Council of Parents…
Superintendent Dr. John Baker is forming a Superintendent’s Advisory Council of Parents to provide him with information about important issues facing the district.  The group will be comprised of up to 2 parents from each school in the district, and will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month from January-May, 2016. As of November 18, the district hadn’t received any applications from Roosevelt parents. Applications are due by December 18. If you’re interested, go to http://bit.ly/21nzNLw

“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 Second Harvest Food Bank, will accept donated food in place of overdue book fines over the month of December as part of  their “Food for Fines” program.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library during regular business hours. The higher the amount of your unpaid fines, the more food you can donate.

“Like” us on Facebook…
We’ve been posting a lot more content on our school’s Facebook page so 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 November 16 – November 20

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:

calendariconPlease note: Many classes are finishing PBL units and the presentation dates and times are listed if we’re given the information to post. Anyone is welcome to attend any PBL presentation and not just the ones in your child’s classroom. One of the requirements of PBL is to present to an outside audience so more audience members are always welcome.

Monday, November 16
Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Room 1. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with other parents and Principal Girardi on Monday morning!   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!

Tuesday, November 17
Picture Make-up day. Students having their picture taken may wear free dress.

Grades 3-8 will take part in a program offered by Google called Google Expeditions. Students will have a virtual reality experience in the classroom thanks to Google. Be sure to ask your child what they were able to see – the pyramids of Egypt?, the Great Barrier Reef? the surface of Mars?, ancient ruins?

Book Fair begins! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times. Come to our Kick-Off Event from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate! (If you can donate cookies for the event, please drop them off in the school office on Tuesday morning)

Wednesday, November 18
Literacy Workshop for Kindergarten & 1st grade

Book Fair! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times and again from 2:00-3:30pm.

Thursday, November 19
2nd Grade – Rooms 23 & 24 PBL Science Presentation at 8:15am – What events change the earth very slowly?
What events change the earth quickly?

Book Fair! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times and again from 2:00-3:30pm.

Friday, November 20
Rooms 16 & 17 PBL Presentation at 8:15am & 9:10am – “Medieval Ages” – Were the Dark Ages Really Dark?

1st Grade “Thankful Feast” at 11:00am

5th grade – Rooms 11 & 13 at 8:30am –  Colonies PBL presentation- Why would the colonists sacrifice everything & risk their lives to immigrate to the New World? & How can we understand the development of this new nation through different perspectives?

4th grade – Rooms 2, 3 & 10 Goldrush Presentations at 8:30am – “Gold Rush” – How did the Gold Rush impact the economy and population of California?
Last Day of the Book Fair! The book fair will be open at morning and lunch recess times.

Important Dates…
November 23 & 24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School (Please check and see if your child’s teacher has sent home a Parent/Teacher Conference appointment time
November 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 30 – Student of the Month Assemblies
November 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
December 1 – Reading Fair Pizza & Prep Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria
December 3 – All Kinders on Early Bird schedule for teacher PBL training
December 4 – iSing concert in the cafeteria at 2:30pm
December 7 – SPARK Night
December 9 – WinterFest – Rooms 5 & 20, 23 & 8, 28 & 19, 27 & 17 at 5:30pm
December 9 – WinterFest – Rooms 13 & 30, 6 & 18, 24 & 9, 6a, 4 & 16 at 7:00pm
December 10 – WinterFest – Rooms 29 & 11, 22 & 10, 21 & 2, 3 & 26 at 6:00pm

“Like” us on Facebook…
We’ve been posting a lot more content on our school’s Facebook page so 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!

Veterans Day 2015

On this Veterans Day, Roosevelt honors those that have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans_Day_2015

Each year, Roosevelt honors veterans serving our country by sending letters to those serving overseas. One such letter was sent in 2010 by a Roosevelt second grader to Army Specialist Jesse Snow who was killed in action before he could receive the letter. We honor his memory each Memorial Day and continue to send letters overseas each Veterans Day.

Want to know more about Veterans Day? Here are some facts:

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919 to honor those who died in World War I.

A Congressional Act approved on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”  Office of Veterans Affairs

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law on May 26, 1954 to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I.

Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day ever since.

While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Web site states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.” Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Week of November 9 – November 13

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

Monday, November 9
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.

Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day – No School

Friday, November 13
Reminder – Free Dress for students that sold 4 boxes or more of World’s Finest Chocolate. These students are allowed free dress every Friday for the rest of the school year

Lock Down Drill in all Roosevelt classrooms

Important Dates…
November 16 – Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Rm 1
November 17 – Picture Make-up Day
November 17 – 20 – Book Fair!
November 18 – Literacy Workshop for 1st grade
November 19 – Rooms 23 & 24 PBL Science Presentation – “Wearing Away” at 8:15am
November 20 – Rooms 16 & 17 PBL Presentation – “Medieval Ages” at 8:15am & 9:10am
November 20 – 1st Grade “Thankful Feast” at 11:00am
November 23 & 24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
November 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
December 1 – Reading Fair Pizza & Prep Night at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria

Pictures…
There were a so many great costumes this year for the Halloween parade that we couldn’t possibly post them all on our Facebook page. Please take a look at our Flickr page to take a look at the Halloween festivities as well as pictures from the classrooms.  As always, a big thank you to those who have submitted pictures – especially Joanne Dunbar, Nick Justice and Betsy Snow.  www.flickr.com/photos/rooseveltelementary/

BoxTops…
Watch for your Thursday folders for the next BoxTops contest! Each BoxTop earns 10¢ for our school, so keep collecting them throughout the year so that you’re ready for the contests. www.boxtops4education.com/

“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!

 

Reminders for Friday, November 6!

Free Dress Friday…reminder
Friday, November 6 is the first Friday of the month and Free Dress Friday for all students!

100%er Raffle…
Friday, November 6 is the last day to get your $150 in to be entered into the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund Raffle! Are you in…to WIN? Families that have turned in their $150 donation to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund are entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini or have one of the school hallways named after your family! If you are making monthly payments and you pay your $150 pledged amount by Friday before 2:00pm, you will be entered into the raffle. Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can pay by credit card in the school office. Will you be one of the lucky winners?

AR Goals…
The first Accelerated Reader (AR) goal period ends next Friday, November 13! Students must have met their 1st reading goal by the end of the school day on Friday the 13th to qualify for the first AR party hosted by our school librarian, Paulette Elliott. Students who have made all three goals for this school year will be invited to the AR Banquet in the spring.  (Students who are reading at a level 10 and up have been assigned an AR goal.)

You can view you child’s Accelerated Reader progress online! Renaissance Home Connect is a tool that allows parents to log in to a Web site and view a snapshot of their child’s Accelerated Reader progress. That progress includes average percent correct on quizzes, number of points earned, and results on the last quiz. In addition, parents can view all the Accelerated Reader quizzes their child has taken, and can access an online search tool, AR Book Finder, to search for books using various criteria, including author, subject, or reading level. To receive an email when your child has completed an Accelerated Reader Quiz, click the Email Setup link and enter your child’s name and up to six email addresses to receive updates.

To log on, go to https://Hosted122.renlearn.com/278977/HomeConnect That will open up a page requesting your child’s User Name and Password. Letters went home to parents with this information, but if you don’t have it, have your child enter the information. Once you are in the system, you will be able to see the books your child has read and what their progress is towards their point goal. Please note: If the site isn’t working for you on your browser, try viewing it on Safari.

Happy reading!

Week of November 3 – November 6

Mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt:calendaricon

NOTE: Daylight Savings Time ended on Saturday night/Sunday morning, so you should have turned your clocks BACK by one hour.

Tuesday, November 3
Moving on Up to Middle School – an information night for 5th grade parents at 6:30pm (more information below)

Thursday, November 5
Kindergarten Tour Night at 6:30pm for interested parents of incoming Kinders (more information below)

Friday, November 6
Free Dress Friday!

Last Day to get your $150 in to be entered into the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund Raffle! Are you in…to WIN? Families that have turned in their $150 donation to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund are entered into a drawing on November 6 for an iPad Mini or have one of the school hallways named after your family! If you are making monthly payments and you pay your $150 pledged amount by the 6th, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the raffle prizes. Checks can be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can pay by credit card in the school office. Will you be one of the lucky winners?

Important Dates…
November 9 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
November 11 – Veterans Day – No School
November 16 – Parent Coffee at 8:00am in Rm 1
November 17 – Picture Make-up Day
November 17 – 20 – Book Fair!
November 23 & 24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
November 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
November 30 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14

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 request 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!

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