Newsletter October 2019
Roosevelt Elementary School
910 N. Sawyer Street #920-424-0411
Principal: Mrs. Kristin Burgert
Home of the Roosevelt Roadrunners
A Note from the Principal
Dear Roosevelt Families,
I hope you are all having a wonderful start to the school year! Our teachers and students are settled in, their routines and procedures in place, and have been working hard and learning so much in the first few weeks of school. A great topic to talk with your child about is our PBIS expectations throughout the school and what they look like and sound like in different areas of the building. We did an all-school roll out of our PBIS expectations in all areas of the school a few weeks ago! Keep an eye out each month for PBIS tips and information in this newsletter to continue to learn more.
On Monday, October 21st, Roosevelt welcome Baptiste Paul, a local children’s book author, to our school to work with our students! Kindergarten and 1st grade students will work with Baptiste on figuring out if something is fiction or nonfiction (which can be a bit tricky for young students!). In a game-like interactive presentation, students will have the opportunity to learn how to differentiate between the two. 2nd through 5th grade students will have the opportunity to learn how to use their 5 senses within reading and writing by exploring how using the five senses helped to craft Baptiste’s book, The Field. Seeing something, hearing a word or phrase, smelling a familiar scent…all have the power to evoke poignant memories and emotions — either happy or sad. Here is a link for more information about Baptiste Paul.
Our first school Family Night will also take place on Monday, October 21st from 5:00-6:30 at Roosevelt. You should have already received information and an invitation to RSVP in your child’s backpack. We will begin in the gym with a meal and then proceed with planned fun family events involving literacy and math. Please do not forget to RSVP if you are able to join us as we use these numbers to plan the meal and activities. We look forward to seeing you there!
October 2 Walk to School Day
October 4 Firefighter Visit in Kindergarten classes
October 9 Early Dismissal 12:30 pm
October 11 West Homecoming parade 5:30 pm
October 17 1st Grade Miravida visit 1 pm
October 21 Author visit 8:45-10:30 am
Family Night 5:00 pm
October 24 Picture Retake Day
October 25 No School
October 28 PTO Meeting 6:00 pm
October 31 Fall parade 1:55 pm with classroom parties to follow
PBIS...Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
“The Roosevelt Way” Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe
Welcome new and returning families! We are excited to begin the 2019-20 school year. Through PBIS, we encourage and support positive behaviors by clearly stating what is expected in order to help students, families, and staff feel safe, happy, and included. Each year, we explain and post school-wide expectations, and use common language to ensure everyone understands and models desired behaviors. The PBIS handbook explains expectations and positive reinforcement that is part of the program. Contact our school office if you did not receive a copy.
Our annual rollout was held the first week of school. We introduced or reviewed behavior expectations for each area of Roosevelt. Students traveled with their classmates to different areas of the school where teachers elaborated on the ways to be respectful, responsible, and safe in specific spots or times during the school day. In this way, we ensure we work together as a school family to make Roosevelt a great place to be!
Student of the Month
Each month, we will award Student of the Month honors to students who do an exemplary job of following the Roosevelt Way. Students who model being respectful, responsible, and safe, are nominated to receive the recognition. One student is recommended for each grade level, special (gym, music, and art), and Lighted School House. Honoree names are read during lunch, and students get their pictures taken and receive a certificate and water bottle. Their pictures are posted on a bulletin board next to the media center for a month to encourage others to follow the Roosevelt Way.
Social Skills Lessons
The objective for September’s social skills lessons was to create classroom expectations. We talked about what it means to be respectful, responsible, and safe, and brainstormed behavior examples. Each class created their own behavior matrix. They are hung in the classrooms and referred to frequently throughout the year.
Class families also decorated a roadrunner poster to place in the hallway. The poster is a collection space for feathers presented to the class. Classes earn feathers from staff members by demonstrating respectful, responsible, or safe behavior as a group. The class with the most feathers at the end of the week has the honor of having the Golden Roadrunner stand outside their classroom the following week.
One of our school traditions is the costume parade around the school. It is a special time for the children to model their costumes for a captivated audience! This parade includes all students grades K-5 and will be held on Thursday, October 31st at 1:55 pm. Students will parade in their costumes around the school block, walking on the sidewalk near the school. Parents are encouraged to come and watch the parade outside. If it rains, the parade will be held in the gym.
We do have some Halloween guidelines to keep the majority of the day focused on learning and still provide for a “spirited” Halloween celebration!
Children should NOT come to school in costume. Your child may bring a costume in a bag to wear for the parade later in the day. If they choose to participate. Around 1:45 pm students will be allowed to change into their costume. Please keep in mind that students will have only a few minutes to put on their costume with a bare minimum of adult help, so avoid any complex makeup or details. Students may wear masks as long as they are school appropriate.
Violent or scary themed costumes are not appropriate for school. This included any characters that may be violent or scary. If a costume is inappropriate for school, they will be asked to change back into what they wore to school.
Please remember that no weapons of any kind, even make believe, are welcome. Board policy clearly prohibits look alike weapons such as toy guns, knives, swords or other threatening objects. These items are not allowed at school for any reason and Halloween is not an exception.
A general rule with costumes is that if an accessory for the costume is not attached to it, please keep it at home. Children will not be allowed to have these in possession throughout the day and they often are lost or misplaced.
Following the Halloween parade, the classrooms will be having classroom celebrations until the end of the day. Enjoy the wonderful fall!