April 2019

Roosevelt Ravens Review

April 2019


April Lifeskill Assembly


This month, we will hold our Lifeskill assembly on April 10th at 2:00 PM.  We try to link the assembly with dismissal to make it easier for interested parents to attend.  This month, we will focus on teaching the concept of integrity.  From a school perspective, having integrity means that we are doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking.  School staff will be watching for students who demonstrate integrity through the month of April.  Individual students will earn Lifeskill tickets for showing integrity.  Captain Lifeskill will return in late April to recognize individual students who stood out from the crowd in terms of their ability to demonstrate integrity. 


Talent Show


We are fast approaching my favorite day of the year.  Our annual talent show is the time where individual students have an opportunity to show off their unique abilities.  I look forward to singing, dancing, and even a few good jokes.  The Talent show will take place on April 25th.  On this day, we have two viewing opportunities.  The first one is during the school day and will begin at 2:00 PM.  The second will happen in the evening and will begin at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  I look forward to this fantastic event!


Parking Information


Due to construction progress, we are losing a significant portion of our parking lot for the duration of the school year.  It will be really important for everyone to demonstrate patience during drop-off and dismissal.  When it comes time for Spring performances, please give yourself extra time for parking.  It is going to be necessary to park on the surrounding streets and walk into the school.  Walking to school events is highly encouraged.


When using the traffic circle at the beginning and end of the day, please remember to pull forward as far as you can and remain in your vehicle at all times.  Drivers are not allowed to park and leave vehicles unattended in the traffic circle.  Thank you!


Walk and Roll


It is almost time to Walk and Roll again.  This month, we will host our 6th Walk and Roll event on Wednesday, April 10th.  Choose from 2 meeting locations:  Bigelow Park or the Olympia Little Theatre.  Both locations will gather at 8:30 AM and begin walking at 8:35 AM.  We will walk rain or shine.  Hope to see you all there!


Construction Update


The construction project at Roosevelt is about to enter its final phase.  Over spring break, the construction company will be finishing Pod A and will begin construction in the kitchen and part of the multipurpose room.  When we return in April, the movable wall partition between the cafeteria and gym will be removed and a temporary wall will be in place to separate us from the construction crew, who will be working to renovate the kitchen.  During this kitchen renovation,our students will have a smaller selection of salad bar choices. Our hot lunch selection will remain the same, and breakfast will also continue to be offered.  These changes will take place beginning on Monday, April 8th and will continue until the end of the school year.


As part of this project, the construction crew is also going to take over part of the parking lot.  The parking lot is necessary for them to be able to access the kitchen and have a space for construction materials.  They will also continue to make progress in the front of the school. 


A moving company will come to the school on April 26th to help us move everyone into Pod A.  This pod will be the permanent home to all of our special service providers in the building (resource room, LEAP, preschool, counseling, etc.) and is the final piece in the remodel of the main building.


Parenting Classes at Roosevelt!


Starting Wednesday evening April 10th from 5 to 6PM, Roosevelt Elementary is offering a parenting class for parents of Second and Third Grade students.  This eight-session event is being facilitated by Kevin Oiseau, School Counselor and Allison Archer, BHR therapist.


We will be learning together from the Second Step curriculum in tandem with our students.  We will be practicing the same skills and language the Second and Third Grade students are learning in their classrooms.


We will be reading together “The Whole Brain Child, 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind,” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.  Please consider purchasing a copy or Roosevelt has purchased a book set which can be checked out from our library.  Additionally, we will be using the workbook developed in tandem with “The Whole Brain Child.”  Copies of the workbook will be available for us to use together.


We will be supporting each other in problem-solving real-time issues using our collective wisdom.  Parents will be encouraged to anonymously submit situations they are dealing with and together we will work to brain storm ways to apply what we are learning directly to our lives.


Child care is provided on site with light snacks (apples, cheese sticks, and popcorn) and books and games.


If you are interested in attending please contact, Kevin Oiseau, school counselor, at 360 596 6723, or[email protected]  


Is Your Child Struggling in School?


If you ever find yourself in a position where you know your child is struggling with something in school and you feel like you need some help, please consider filling out our very simple help form.  You can access the help form from the home page of theRoosevelt website or by clicking on this link.  The help form can be used to access any form of help (from academic to social/emotional).  School staff check the help form regularly and have a goal of reaching out within 24 hours or receiving the request.  We hope this will help in situations where you do not know where to go for help.


5th Grade Parent Information Night


On Tuesday, April 16th, from 6:00-7:30 PM, parents will have the opportunity to visit Reeves to meet the principal, assistant principal, counselor, teachers and a panel of current Reeves Middle School students. Reeves is inviting you to see the school and meet the people who will be an integral part of your student’s lives for the next three years. They will share basic information, take you on a tour of the school and provide a short presentation by current RMS students.  The meeting is for parents only and will start in the RMS Library.


Help Needed! 


First, we need someone who has experience with woodwork.  In the front entry of the school, we would like to re-create the parent bench that existed before the remodel began.  The finished product will fit around a corner of the main office in the main hallway and will be made of solid wood.  If you have the ability to help with this project, please contact Mr. Shaughnessy.  Funding is available to pay for this project.


Second, we need someone to help with re-building the garden area at the front of the school.  At this point, we need someone to help with hardscaping.  We are looking to have a concrete path installed throughout the garden.  If you have the ability to build the path, please contact Mr. Shaughnessy.  Again, funding is available to pay for this project.


Upcoming Events


April 8th                                                                      PTA Meeting @ 6:15 PM

April 10th                                                                   Lifeskill Assembly @ 2:00 PM

April 10th                                                                   Early Release @ 2:42 PM

April 12th                                                                   Movie Night @ 6:30 PM

April 16th                                                                   Parent Night @ Reeves @ 6:00 PM

April 17th                                                                   Early Release @ 2:42 PM

April 19th                                                                   Battle of the Books @ 2:15 PM

April 24th                                                                   Early Release @ 2:42 PM

April 25th                                                                   Talent Show @ 2:00 and 6:30 PM

April 29th                                                                   Olympia Junior Program Grades 4-5

May 1st                                                                      Lifeskill Assembly @ 2:00 PM

May 1st                                                                      Early Release @ 2:42 PM

May 3rd                                                                     Movie Night @ 6:30 PM




The Battle of the Books final battle is coming! On Friday, April 19 at 2:15, seven teams (three from fourth grade and four teams from the ALPS and fifth-grade classes) will battle for their grade level championship. Parents are welcome to attend. All participants in the final battle will receive a ribbon and the members of the winning teams will receive a medal commemorating their success!


Roosevelt’s annual STAR Night was a great success. A record-setting 335 kids and family members attended. 185 kids received over 350 books; made bookmarks; listened to distinguished guest readers, including our own Corinna Luyken reading and giving away her books; and closed the evening with our favorite - the Parade of Characters. If you missed it, we hope to see you at next year’s event.

PTA News

School Directory


Hoping to connect with school friends over Spring Break?  Don't forget that we have an amazing online school directory for families to use!  If you haven't logged in yet, go to the following link for support: https://directoryspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205985235-How-do-I-log-in-Opening in a new windowOpening in a new window Any questions?  Contact Ashley Otheim at [email protected]Opening in a new windowOpening in a new window

PTA Meeting, Monday April 8th 6:15pm to 7:30pm

in Roosevelt’s Library

We’re springing right back into business with our next meeting on April 8th!  It’ll be a great way to get back into routine after Spring Break, so join us for some great discussion!  Snacks and childcare will be provided.  We hope you can join us!

Roosevelt’s Inaugural Yearbook available for purchase, now through April 22nd, 2019

We are still looking for 5th grade baby pictures. If you have them and would like to share, send them to Aniysa (address below).  

Roosevelt Elementary’s First Annual Yearbook is available for purchase online.  You can preserve the many magical memories made at Roosevelt with a beautiful yearbook for just $12.  To place your order, go to myrooseveltpta.org,and follow the instructions.  Contact Aniysa Zuchowski at [email protected] with any questions.  

April Movie Night FeaturingFriday, April 12th, 6:30pm

Join us at PTA Family Movie Night on Friday, April 12th, movie to be announced.  Doors open at 6:15 and the movie begins at 6:30. This free event is sponsored by the PTA. Bring cushions or blankets to sit on and enjoy free popcorn! Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the movie. Questions? Contact [email protected]Opening in a new windowOpening in a new window.

Olympia School District Night with the Rainiers, May 9th first pitch at 7:05pm

Join other Roosevelt and Olympia School District Families for a fun night of baseball!  Tickets on sale through April 12th.  Please check out the flyer at myrooseveltpta.org for more information!

6th Annual Roosevelt 5k and Free Kids Dash, Saturday, JUNE 1st, 2019

5K begins at 9am; Kid’s Dash begins at 10am

 Join us for our 6th Annual Roosevelt 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 6th Annual Roosevelt 5k or click on this link, (https://endurancecui.active.com/new/events/60802152/select-race?_p=2279937021201106)

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, Tyee Dental and Implant Center, McClanahan Moody Law, Olympia Federal Savings and the Hunter family.  Please make sure to thank our sponsors for their support.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Fabiana Eussen at[email protected].


5K Training Group


Our 5k training group is back again this year!  It will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays in May, starting Tuesday, May 7.  Each training will run from 3:35pm-4:15pm rain or shine.  I will send out permission forms with detailed information 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 me at [email protected].  

PTA Board Elections in May


Are you interested in bringing exciting opportunities to our students?  Want to help Roosevelt’s amazing staff?  The Roosevelt PTA is just the place for you!  The board member elections are happening in May and we’re looking for people who want to make a difference and be part of a great team.  Please check out our web page atmyrooseveltpta.com and come to the April 8th meeting to learn more about each board position. 

PTA is looking for a new Auction Committee

For the past three years, the PTA Auction Committee has done an amazing job of organizing a fantastic, fun night out for adults that has successfully raised thousands of dollars to support our students.  The committee members are stepping down next year, so we are looking for volunteers who would like to step up!  They’ve done a great job of paving the way, so we just need a new group to pick up the reins. If you would like to be involved in planning a fun party and a great fundraiser, please contact Elaine Tomita at [email protected].  We would like to thank the auction committee from the last three years for all of their hard work and success in bringing such a wonderful event to our community.  Thank you Fabiana Eussen, Ashley Otheim, Heidi Livingston, Amanda Mackison, Molly McClanahan, and Trixy Eichler!!