April 2018

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April 2018

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Volunteer Reminder

Please make sure to arrange volunteer opportunities with your child’s teacher in advance. It can be very difficult for the teacher to manage surprise guests during the day. The teachers want to make sure they are able to plan for meaningful and helpful volunteer opportunities. This is achieved by giving them time to plan in advance of your visit. The main office will maintain a spreadsheet that lists all of the pre-arranged volunteer visits. If you are not on the list, you may not be allowed to the classroom. All pre-arranged visits will be permitted. Thank you for pre-arranging your volunteer opportunities with the classroom teacher.

Compassionate Action Assemblies

The Heart Sparkle Players will continue their Compassionate Action Assemblies this month. These assemblies link directly to our social skills instruction that happens in the building every week through the year. The performances connect to the theme of empathy and are designed to help students see how the events in their lives are directly connected to compassionate action. Empathy, compassion, and kindness are the terms used during the performances, depending on the age of the class seeing the performance. These terms, along with improvisational theatre and direct instruction are being used to help create a warm, inviting, and supportive environment for students to learn in every day. Please help reinforce these concepts at home. It can be as simple as asking your children to share examples of things they have seen or done that demonstrate kindness for others.

Talent Show

The talent show is fast approaching. Dress rehearsals will occur during the school day on the 18th and 25th of April. The talent show itself will be performed for a student audience at 2:15 PM and for a parent audience at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 26th. Mark your calendars now. This will truly be an event to remember.

Roosevelt Remodel Survey

Please take a minute to complete the remodel survey, if you have not done so already. Within the survey, you will be indicating your preference for playground equipment, school colors, and a school mascot. The survey will close on Friday, April 13th. Here is the link to the survey.

Remodel Update

On the 16th and 17th of April, a moving company will come to move all teachers that are moving to the mini building. Here is a list of teachers who are moving: Berglund, Retherford, Adderley, Olmsted, Gentz, Nied, Hummel, Sherrell, Stenhjem. Berglund and Retherford will move temporarily until their pods are remodeled in the main building. 4th and 5th grade teachers will remain in the building long term.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On April 30th at 4:30, we will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mini-building. All parents and students are welcome to attend. In attendance will be Superintendent Murphy along with other district personnel, school board members, representatives from the architectural firm and construction company, and teaching staff. A short ceremony will kick things off. The building will be open for a tour after the ceremony and ribbon cutting. Please consider joining us for this exciting occasion.

Upcoming Events

  • April 9th School Resumes
  • April 10th Compassionate Action Assemblies Continue
  • April 11th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
  • April 13th OJP for Grades 1-3 @ 11:40 AM
  • April 16th and 17th Mini Building Move Begins
  • April 17th Site Council @ 5:30 PM (Mascot and Colors)
  • April 17th PTA Mtg. @ 6:30 PM
  • April 17th Reeves Parent Night at 6:00 PM
  • April 17th Battle of the Books @ 1:50 PM in Gym
  • April 18th Talent Show Dress Rehearsal @ 9:30 AM
  • April 18th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
  • April 19th Compassionate Action Assemblies Continue
  • April 20th Students Join Teachers in Mini Building
  • April 23rd Little Mermaid Practice Begins @ 3:45 PM
  • April 24th Compassionate Action Assemblies Conclude
  • April 25th Talent Show Dress Rehearsal @ 9:30 AM
  • April 25th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
  • April 26th Talent Show @ 2:15 PM & 6:30 PM
  • April 30th SBA Testing Begins
  • April 30th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @ 4:00 PM
  • May 2nd Early Release @ 2:42 PM
  • May 9th – 11th 5th Grade Camp CISPUS


Library News


National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! April is the month that we celebrate poetry and poets. Stop by the library and check out our poetry section. Read poems to your kids or have them read poetry to you. Better yet, write some poetry with your kids! Haiku is a simple, short (only 3 lines), and fun poetry structure to use. The first line is composed of words totaling 5 syllables. The second line is 7 syllables long and the third line is 5 syllables. Traditional haiku poems were written about nature, but you can have fun with it and write about anything!

Battle of the Books

Our final Battle of the Books (BOB) will be held Tuesday, April 17, at 1:50pm in the gym. Teams of four to six students in grades 4 and 5 have been reading like crazy and battling with their classmates to determine the top team from each class. These seven teams will be competing to see who the champions at their grade level will be. Parents are welcome to attend and watch the kids in this fun and suspenseful event as they think, recall, and strategize to get the right answers.

Library Remodel Update

With our remodel starting in May, April 20th will be the last day the library will be open. The movers will come in the next week to pack up and relocate most of the books while the library is completely rebuilt into a beautiful new space. However, students will continue to have access to a small collection of books as I come to classrooms for library classes and checkouts beginning on or around April 30th with my Bookmobile carts. The selection will be limited, so this is a great time to visit our local Timberland Library at 313 8th Ave SE (downtown Olympia) to choose some books and sign up for a free library card, if you don’t already have one.

Roosevelt PTA News


5th Annual Roosevelt Roadrunner 5K and Free Kids Dash

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

5K begins at 9 a.m.; Kid’s Dash begins at 10 a.m.

Join us for our 5th Annual Roosevelt Roadrunner 5K through Olympia's Northeast Neighborhood and Mission Creek Park. Money raised will go toward supporting our students and staff at Roosevelt Elementary School. To register for this PTA sponsored event, please go to Active.com and search for 5th Annual Roosevelt Roadrunner 5k or fill out the registration form that will be distributed in your student’s Monday folder after Spring Break.

A huge thank you to our primary sponsor: Capital Heating and Cooling!

Thank you to our additional sponsors: South Sound Vasectomy, Ellis Cove Construction, The Olympia Landscape Company, Tyee Dental and Implant Center, McClanahan Moody Law, Olympia Federal Savings, Karen and George Bray and the Zhou family. Please make sure to thank our sponsors for their support. If you have any questions, please contact Fabiana Eussen.

5K Training Group

Our 5k training group is back! It will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in May from 3:35pm-4:15pm rain or shine. I will send out permission forms with detailed information in mid-April. We only have spots for 25 students, so the first 25 students who turn in their signed permission slips can participate in the training group. Parents are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fabiana.

PTA Rummage Sale

Clear your clutter AND support our students! As you start your spring cleaning, keep in mind that the Roosevelt PTA will be holding a Rummage Sale on SATURDAY, JUNE 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please consider setting aside your CLEAN and GENTLY USED items for drop off on FRIDAY, JUNE 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Roosevelt Main Entrance and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on SATURDAY, JUNE 16 in front of the school. A truck can be made available for pickup if you have larger items you are unable to transport. Questions? Contact Heidi at 360.515.8181.

All School Party

Roosevelt PTA is excited to sponsor an all school party at Boom Shaka on Thursday, May 31st from 5-7pm. All Roosevelt Students are invited to jump! An email will be sent out on May 1st and you will be able to sign up for your jump time through that email. Jump time options will be 5-6pm or 6-7pm. ALL students are required to have a waiver signed through Boom Shaka (this waiver can be completed electronically on their website or can be completed at the facility). This is NOT a drop off event - all parents will need to stay with their children. Questions? Contact Ashley.

Pacific Northwest Theatre

We are SO excited about our upcoming production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. There are still a few spots left if your child would like to participate! You can pick up a registration form in the front office.

Rehearsals will begin April 23rd and run through May 17th. There will be 2 final performances. May 18th at 7:00pm and a matinee on May 19th at 2:00pm!

April PTA Meeting

Our April meeting will be held on April 17th from 6:30-7:30 in the Roosevelt Library. We hope to see you there! FREE Childcare will be provided!

PTA Board Elections

As you may know, Washington State PTA requires that board positions be replaced every two years. This means that all four PTA Officers will be transitioning out of their positions and we are looking for new leaders! There are 4 positions on the board:

President – Want to be involved in leading the way for our school? The President leads all monthly Board and PTA Meetings. The President formulates the agenda for each meeting and communicates with the committee leads each month. The President works with Mr. Shaughnessy to get PTA information into the Monthly Newsletter. The president also works with Mr. Shaughnessy on a wide variety of issues that emerge and are important to the community. As a signer on the bank account, the President also assists with signing checks for the PTA.

Vice President – Looking for a good way to get involved in PTA? The Vice President role is to support the President and lead PTA meetings if/when the President is absent. The Vice President also assists with securing Child Care for our monthly PTA Meetings. In addition, the VP is responsible for reviewing bank statements on a monthly basis.

Treasurer – This is an exciting position for anyone who loves numbers and budgets. This is a great budget to manage as we always have successful fundraisers and it’s so FUN to be able to give money back to the school and all of the important programs we support! The treasurer is responsible for managing PTA funds and reporting on the budget on a monthly basis. The treasurer pays all PTA bills, ensures taxes and reports are completed as required. The treasurer also leads the Finance committee to help make budget decisions.

Secretary – Are you a great note taker? This is a great position for you! The secretary takes notes at all Board and PTA Meetings and sends them to the webmaster to be placed on the PTA Website. The secretary also updates the website with Upcoming Events. As a signer on the bank account, the secretary also assists with signing checks for the PTA.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please let us know! You can email Ashley. Candidates will be announced in April and we will be electing all new officers at our May 15th PTA Meeting. Candidates must be members of the PTA, so if you haven’t joined yet, pick up an envelope in the main office!