Newsletter October 2020
Roosevelt Elementary School
910 N. Sawyer Street #920-424-0411
Principal: Mrs. Kristin Burgert
Interim Principal: Mr. Pete Schulz
Home of the Roosevelt Roadrunners
A Note from the Interim Principal
Thank you so much for your effort so far to be an active participant in your child’s education in these unprecedented times. While we know it has been new to everyone we are working together to make these transitions between models as smooth as possible for families. As your child shifts from the hybrid model to virtual model, we want to support you in understanding what to expect and how to proceed.
Using your child’s Chromebook, you can access your child’s Canvas for the “Week at a Glance” document that will let you know what is happening for the week. Teachers will post assignments, video links, and other important information to help your child continue to grow and learn during this uncertain time. Teachers will communicate with families through email, Canvas, or Infinite Campus. It will be important to check for communication frequently.
In order to support learning at home, your child’s teacher will be sending home curriculum materials. These materials are for the learning that will happen with the classroom teacher during a class, small group, or one on one meeting time scheduled by the teacher. These materials will also support the times your child is working on independent learning activities. Below you will find a quick reference of the basic materials designated by curriculum area. Your child’s teacher will provide additional materials as appropriate.
In these new and changing times, it is very important to keep the lines of communication open. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you need support in accessing the materials for learning or if you need clarification regarding schedules and activities. We want you and your child to feel engaged and supported in this new learning environment. We are here to help and do not want you to miss important learning opportunities.
Books for independent reading:
|Bridges Student Journal||Science Notebook||Materials depending on the unit.|
|Writing folders with extra writing paper/pencils/writing notebooks||Home Connections Journal|
Snap Word pouch/book
PBIS...Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
“The Roosevelt Way” Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! For those of you who are new to PBIS, it is a district-wide program to develop and sustain positive, desired behaviors. We identify and reinforce expectations, and reteach to change unwanted behaviors. We use common language across the school to provide consistent reinforcement and direction. Here is a link to the PBIS Parent Handbook for 2020-21. It explains expectations and positive reinforcement that are part of the program at our school.
We usually begin the year with an assembly and group rotations to review our expectations in different areas of the school. This year, classroom teachers went over the expectations posters with their students. Teachers also highlighted Covid-19-specific safety rules we set in place for different areas to keep everyone healthy. The posters hang in all areas of our school as reminders of what behavior should look and sound like. We will review the guidelines regularly during the school year.
Together, teachers and students created expectations for being respectful, responsible, and safe in their classrooms. Working on this together creates a sense of ownership and inclusion. The matrix is extended to expected behaviors during virtual learning. Behaviors may include taking turns, respecting different opinions, being on time, turning in work, using technology correctly, and using kind words. You can create your own matrix at home. Choose a few positive behaviors you expect in different areas of your home and post them as reminders for family members. Identify and praise expected behaviors you observe. A blank matrix is included at the end of the PBIS Parent Handbook.
Student of the Month
We celebrate students who demonstrate exceptional behaviors by highlighting students of the month. Students are nominated by staff members to receive the recognition for being behavior role models. Students’ pictures are posted on a bulletin board, their names are announced, and they receive a school-related reward. We plan to continue this routine with some adjustments based on our ability to be school building. We will announce September students of the month, and wait to see how much time we are in the school building in October. We encourage students to continue to practice respectful, responsible, and safe behaviors at home so they become automatic and transfer to school when we return.
Free School Meals
During district-wide Model 4: Virtual Learning, school meals will be provided in a grab-to-go format at four OASD school sites within the district. The meals will be distributed on Monday and Thursdays at the following locations and times.
- Jefferson Elementary (front main entrance) 10:30 - 11:30 am
- Webster Stanley Elementary (front main entrance) 10:30 - 11:30 am
- West High School (door 24) 12:15 - 1:15 pm
- North High School (circle drive in front of school) 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Parent/guardians or siblings may pick up meals for children at home. As announced on September 2, meals will be provided to all OASD students - as well as anyone 18 years old and younger - at no cost. The FREE school meals will be available until December 31, 2020 (or until federal funding is depleted).
Picture Days that were scheduled for September 24 and 25 have been postponed to a later date. As soon as those dates are confirmed with Network Photography - we will let you know. Any envelopes turned in to classroom teachers will be kept and distributed on Picture Days. Any payments made online are still honored for future Picture Days.
The November 3rd election is not just our next president and other leaders - it's also about whether the Oshkosh Area School District will receive continued operational funds and investments in our school buildings.
If voters approve question one, the district will be able to maintain academic programs, technology for learning and student support services - with no tax increase. If voters approve question 2, capital funds would be used to provide safe and accessible schools, flexible and collaborative learning spaces, and cost effective schools to maximize taxpayer investment. If the referendums are not approved, the district will face millions in budget cuts and continued maintenance of aging buildings without the benefit of important improvements.
Be sure to learn about the two referendum questions (visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/referendum) and vote on or before November 3rd. Everything you need to find out where, when and how to vote is on the MyVoteWisconsin.website.
Dear Roosevelt Elementary Parent, Guardian, and Student,
Things you should know to be successful on virtual learning days:
- Attendance - Please login to Infinite Campus to take attendance on virtual learning days. For help, please click on this link. Attendance should be take before 11:50 pm the day in which virtual learning occurred. If you forget to check in or take attendance, no worries, just try to reach out to your teacher and remember to do it the next time - we CANNOT fix it for you.
- Login to Canvas - Check teachers' announcements or home pages for daily expectations.
- Create a "to-do list" to check off, or check out the Canvas "to-do list" (as seen to the left) which appears on the right side of your Canvas dashboard.
- Take breaks - Stretch, walk around, go on a bike ride, etc.
- Time awareness - Be aware of the passage of time, so work can be completed in a timely manner.
- Distraction free - Find a quiet place where you can work.
- Ask for help - Your child may have questions for the teacher during virtual learning. Please remember that the teacher may not be able to answer questions until later in the day or the next day because they are busy preparing lessons.
- Assignment due dates - Please check the due date of the assignment to see when it needs to be turned in.
- Learning Experiences - Teachers have provided learning experiences for students to engage in on their virtual day. These experiences may look different than in the spring.
- Students are not on a "bell schedule" on their virtual learning day.
Chromebook Preventative Measures and Troubleshooting
Shutdown the device daily so that Chrome updates. This ensures that everything runs at maximum capacity.
Charge your Chromebook every night so that you're completely ready for in-person learning.
- If an app or program won't open or you cannot log in, shut down your device and clear your browsing history (cache and cookies). Also check that you're not logged into a personal Gmail account.
Becoming a Parent Observer
- Click on this link to become a parent observer in Canvas.