Newsletter January 2021
Roosevelt Elementary School
Home of the Roosevelt Roadrunners
910 N. Sawyer Street
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Principal: Mrs. Kristin Burgert
A Note from the Principal
Dear Roosevelt Families,
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2021! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyable break with your family and friends. Just a reminder that classes resume on Monday, January 4th and all students will attend virtually from the 4th-8th. There are no in person services that week.
The Roosevelt staff is so excited to be returning to Model 3: Hybrid Learning with you all on January 11th! In this model, your student will be coming to school two days a week depending on their group. Group A students will attend in person on Tuesdays and Fridays, while virtual on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Group B students will attend in person on Mondays and Thursdays, while virtual on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All students attend virtually on Wednesdays. See the graphic below for a helpful visual:
On the days your student is in person, please remember we must follow the same safety procedures as the beginning of the year. A few key reminders to remember when we return on the 11th:
There is no breakfast before school (all students will have the option for breakfast in the classroom after the school day starts) and the district has requested that children arrive at school right at the start of the school day. All students should arrive at the back blacktop area between 7:35 and 7:40. Due to the large number of children in one space at a time, we will not have recess in the morning before school. Students will line up by classroom on the blacktop area, so look for a sign with your child’s teacher’s name on it for their line up space like we did in September.
Children should be wearing masks when entering the building and maintain distance from other students.
Check out the Back to School Information from the beginning of the year as a reminder of various procedures and expectations as those have stayed the same.
As we start back at school in the hybrid model and with our long winter months ahead, please be sure to review your PBIS family handbook to help us reinforce our PBIS philosophies at school and follow the Roosevelt Way: Be Respectful, Responsible and Safe. Students will be participating in a PBIS booster (reminder) of expectations, appropriate winter recess behavior and much more during our first weeks back in person.
The week of January 18-22 is Wisconsin Crossing Guard Week. Please join all of us at Roosevelt in thanking our crossing guard, Ron, for all that he does to keep our students and families safe! If you have been at Roosevelt for a while or driven by in years past, you know he is the best around, always waving at cars, has a smile on his face, and once in a while even dresses up as a traffic cone :) We are so lucky to have him as part of our Roosevelt Family!
Looking ahead… our next school parent/teacher conferences will take place on February 4th and February 9th after school hours. These will be individual scheduled virtual conferences, so keep your eye out in the weeks to come on how to sign up for these conferences with your child’s teacher.
PBIS...Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
"The Roosevelt Way" Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe"
Monthly Social Skill
December’s social skill emphasis was on whole body listening. In or out of the school building, good listening skills are important because active listening creates deep thinkers and strengthens relationships. Teachers used whole body listening posters and discussions to help students understand that being active listeners requires students to pay attention to how they listen.
Just like with anything else, if we practice listening with a still body, thinking brain, and caring heart, it becomes a positive habit.
Classes revisited their behavior matrices and highlighted active listening expectations. Families can use the poster and practice these strategies at home to develop strong listening skills together.
Golden Roadrunner Feathers
Teachers are coming up with creative ways to celebrate when their classes win the Golden Roadrunner award!
Feathers are earned for whole-class achievement of goals related to expectations. The classroom with the most feathers earned for the week is awarded the Golden Roadrunner and the students receive a reward. Virtual incentive possibilities include playing a game, doing a craft, or changing the meeting background.
Student of the Month
Here are the names of the students who earned the student of the month award for the month of November. These students followed the Roosevelt Way expectations and are role models for our school. Winners are announced in a video and receive a certificate and either a water bottle or a hat. Congratulations to November’s winners!
Elena, Nora, Payton, Kylie, Milania, Haleigh, Zackary, Rimsha, and Mason
We want to thank you for completing the Roosevelt Parent Survey for Virtual Learning. We received many responses and appreciate the feedback. While we received many requests to open schools for in-person learning, please know the Oshkosh Area School District makes those decisions as a whole. We acknowledge the challenges with at-home learning and we all look forward to being back in hybrid Model 3 on January 11th.
Basic Needs: We had many families indicate that they had needs for basic needs (i.e. food, hygiene products, clothing, etc.) If your family is in need of any of these supplies, please contact Rebecca Holmes, School Social Worker - Phone: (920)424-0411 Ext. 5547 or Voicemail Ext 6070 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology Support: Other families reported problems with technology (internet, Chromebooks, etc.). Please contact your child’s classroom teacher. From there, your child’s classroom teacher can help problem solve or get you in touch with the appropriate person.
School Pictures: Some families had questions about school pictures. With returning to Model 3, we were able to just secure our new picture day. Picture day will be January 14th and 15th.
We understand that many families have concerns regarding their children’s academic success and learning. Staff are continuously reviewing the academic growth of our students. If at any time you are concerned about the rate in which your child is growing, please contact your child’s teacher. We appreciate all you are doing at home to support your child's learning and growth. We value working together with you as a team to help your child succeed.
The PBIS Tier 2 Team
School Meal Details
OASD Free School Meal Distribution During Model 3: Hybrid Learning
Following the OASD’s Winter Break (December 23 - January 1), Free School Meal Distribution will resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
While the OASD is in Model 3: Hybrid Learning school meals (for virtual learning days, eAcademy students, and anyone age 18 and under) will be distributed as follows:
Meal Distribution During Model 3: Hybrid Learning: Meal distributions will continue to occur on Wednesdays ONLY at the following locations and times:
North High School (circle drive in front of school) from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
West High School (in front of door 20) from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
West High School (in front of door 20) from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
North High School (circle drive in front of school) from 5 - 6 p.m.
NOTE: No school meals will be sent home with students at the end of their in-person learning days at this time. Families looking for additional school meals for virtual learning days are asked to visit the distribution sites on Wednesdays to receive those meals.
Meal Distribution Details:
Meals will be distributed for five days at a time and will include a breakfast, lunch, and supper for each day.
Milk will be offered with all meals.
Meals are available and are free to anyone age 18 and under.
Children do not need to be present to receive free meals, a parent/guardian or sibling may pick up meals.
Children do not need to be enrolled in the Oshkosh Area School District to receive free meals.
The winter season is underway so please make sure your child(ren) is dressed appropriately for school. All students should be wearing a winter coat, hat, gloves, snowpants and winter boots because we are outside 30 minutes for lunch recess. If you need help with any of these items, please let us know.
As part of our Roosevelt Way “Being Responsible” please encourage your child to pick up their belongs so nothing is left on the playground or is lost. Please label all your child’s clothing especially since we see quite a few black snowpants! Thank you!
*Please remember to contact the office at 424-0411 or email Mrs. Arneson at email@example.com prior to school starting at 7:45 a.m. if your child is ill or going to be out for the school day. Otherwise, they are marked unexcused absent until we hear from a parent or guardian as to why they are absent.
*If your child is having issues with their Chromebooks, our staff is working hard to make sure your child is able to continue their learning on their virtual days. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Media Specialist, Media Assistant or Technology Coach:
Tracy Crowley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Neuser - email@example.com
Matt Callahan - firstname.lastname@example.org
*Office Hours are 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. If at any time you have questions, please contact Mrs. Arneson at email@example.com.
It will be so wonderful to have students in our building once again. We have missed them so much. Happy New Year!
Please continue to contact the office, or our nurse Katie Draxler, if your child or someone in your family is exposed to COVID-19 or has COVID-19. We share this information with county health officials and also use that information when decisions are being made to move from one model to the next. The office is open from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day. The phone number is 424-0411.
Winter Safety at Roosevelt
Safety is important in the winter, especially on the playground at school. Please take some time to review with your child a few of our playground rules for winter:
Boots and snow pants MUST be worn to play in the wood chip area or on the field.
Snow is NEVER to be thrown. (NO exceptions)
No sliding on the ice is allowed. The threat of injury is too great.
The slide must be used one child at a time, feet first. Ice can accumulate on the slide so children should always be careful while using them in the winter.
No tunnels or snow forts with roofs will be allowed on the playground. The danger of collapsing on top of the children is also too great. Please respect the “creations” of other students and leave their forts and large snow boulders intact. (This means “DO NOT” knock over someone else’s fort.)
No climbing on snow hills.
If you need help in getting your child a hat or mittens, please notify the school office.
We want our winter fun at school to follow the Roosevelt Way, “Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe.”