February 2018

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February 2018

Roosevelt Roadrunners are always Respectful, Responsible, and Safe  

School Board Appreciation Month

January was school board appreciation month. The staff at Roosevelt Elementary School would like to thank the Olympia School Board for their service to our district.

Half-Day Release- Important
Friday, February 2nd is a half-day early release. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 PM. Teachers will be working to prepare report cards.


Report Cards

Report cards will go home with students on Friday, February 16th.  

Creating a Positive School Culture

Every day we talk with students about the importance of acting with kindness and compassion towards fellow students and adults at school. In the morning gym time, students have begun telling personal stories of things they are doing to show compassionate action towards others. This work will continue through the rest of the year and I need your help. 

When you are talking with your children in the evening time over dinner, or while playing a board game together, ask them about what they did to help make someone else’s day better today. If they can’t think of an example of something they did themselves, ask them if they witnessed an act of kindness around the school. Sharing personal stories and reflecting upon the good that was brought to their world, will help students internalize this very important message and be able to adopt new practices into their daily lives. Through the months of March and April, we will bring a series of small group presentations to each classroom. The performances will be delivered by the Heart Sparkle Players (a local improvisational theatre group). The focus of these performances will be to help students understand the power and importance of compassionate action.      

Roosevelt Science Fair

Mark your calendars now! The science fair will be held on March 22nd at 6:00 PM. More details to come. Deborah Nied is the science fair coordinator.  

When Should Children Stay Home?

As part of the Olympia School District's commitment to maintaining a healthy environment, the following guidelines are provided to assist you in determining when to keep your child at home.



When to keep your child home:               When to return to school

Fever over 100 degrees

No fever for at least 24 hours. Temperature under 100 degrees, without assistance of a medication, (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.)

Diarrhea or Vomiting

24 hours after diarrhea and/or vomiting stops.

Rashes with a fever or itching, (unless diagnosed by a physician)

Physician note and/or no longer present for at least 24 hours. No fever for at least 24 hours, (see above “Fever Over 100 degrees”).

Sore Throat

Recommend consulting a physician. Stay home at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. Stay home if uncomfortable.

Head Lice or Scabies

Head lice or scabies treated & Nits/Eggs removed (wait at least 24 hours and must be rechecked by the nurse or health room assistant upon return)

Cough with congestion or fever

Cough has lessened, or illness has been treated by physician (coughing can be a real distraction to the class and/or student if severe)

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is highly contagious

Physician note

Strep Throat

Diagnosed and at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

Chicken Pox

May return to school after all lesions have formed crusts, usually 5-10 days after start of rash.

Winter Weather

Brrrrrr. It is cold out there. Please make sure that students come to school with warm clothing. They spend about 45 minutes outside every day. Hats, gloves, and warm coats help the students play outside without being cold. Additionally, please make sure that you write your child’s name on the tag of all removable clothing (hats, gloves, coats, scarves, sweatshirts). I would love to be able to remove the lost and found from our school. If a name is written on the clothing, it will be returned to your child.


No School and Early Release Schedule

No School on February 19th and 20th for mid-winter break and President’s Day 
Early release on February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Release at 2:42 PM 

Olympia Junior Programs

The following is the schedule for our students to attend the Olympia Junior Programs at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Students will depart the school 30 minutes prior to show time and will arrive back at Roosevelt approximately two hours later. Please schedule appointments for after school time on these days!

Monday, Feb. 12th at 11:40 a.m. - Grades 4-5
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 11:40 a.m. - Grades 1-3
Monday, Mar. 19 at 11:40 a.m. - Grades 4-5
Friday, April 13 at 11:40 a.m. - Grades 1-3

Admission fee for 2 plays is $10.00. Please make sure you have signed and sent in the OJP envelope. The signed envelope is your student’s ticket into the performance. 

Fifth Grade Outdoor School

Our fifth-grade students will be attending Outdoor School at the Cispus Environmental Center in Randle, Washington, May 9th, 10th, and 11th. This will be a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday trip. The Center has been developed specifically for students’ environmental studies and has excellent facilities for both study and research. Cost is $150.00 per student. If you need to make payments or need financial assistance, please contact Kathy L. in the office to set up a plan. Also, if your student needs to take a prescription or over-the-counter medicine, you should begin having conversations with Elizabeth in the health room.

Roosevelt Talent Show

The Roosevelt talent show will be held on April 26th. One show during the day at 2:15. A night time show will also be held at 6:30 PM. Dave Marsh is the talent show coordinator. We changed the date recently so as not to conflict with the science fair.

Upcoming Events

January 31st Early Release @ 2:42 PM
January 31 Read-a-Thon Kick-off Assembly @ 9:05 AM
February 1st Read-a-Thon Begins!
February 2nd Half Day-Release @ 12:15 PM
February 7th Rosie the Riveter Assembly (Gr. 3-5) 1:30 PM
February 7th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
February 13th PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
February 14th Global Heat Assembly @ 1:40 PM
February 14th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
February 16th Report Cards Go Home Today
February 19th and 20th Mid-Winter Break- No School
February 22nd Olympia Junior Program (Gr. 1-3) @ 11:40 AM
February 26th School Board Meeting @ Roosevelt @ 6:30 PM
March 1st S.T.A.R. Night @ 6:00 PM
March 9th Read-a-Thon Celebration Assembly @ 9:10 AM

Learn All About Kindergarten Event set for February 10th

The Olympia School District will hold its annual "Learn All About Kindergarten" informational event from 10:00 - 11:30 am on Saturday, February 10th at Capital High School.

If you know of neighbors or friends who have a child entering kindergarten in the Olympia School District in the fall of 2018, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend this free event. Capital High School is located at 2707 Conger Avenue N.W. in Olympia.

The event begins at 10:00 am with a welcome by Superintendent Patrick Murphy. Families will then have until 11:30 am to visit school booths set up in the high school gym and learn about a variety of topics related to kindergarten and school in general.

Among other things, families may learn about kindergarten program options, riding the bus, how to register for kindergarten and how to use the district's Family Access student information system to stay updated on everything from grades to lunch accounts. The school district's Transportation department will also have a school bus on site for parents to learn about bus safety and rules, and to see the inside of the bus.

A reminder that children need to be 5 years old by August 31, 2018 to be eligible to start kindergarten in September 2018. The event is geared for adults of incoming kindergartners in the Olympia School District. Childcare is not provided.


Greetings from the library!

Battle Of The Books!

We are having a busy month, with the kickoff of our first ever BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (BOB). BOB is a reading incentive competition in which 4th and 5th graders work in teams of 4-6 students to read books from a pre-selected list, take notes, strategize, discuss the books with team members, and participate in "battles" to see which team can get the most correct answers to questions about the books they have read. In library classes we have been having lessons on elements of literature and developing comprehension in reading both fiction and nonfiction. We will have practice battles, classroom battles, and a final battle later in April (date and time TBA) where one team from each 4th and 5th grade class will battle for the championship. In the end we will have champions at the 4th and 5th grade levels. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, and parents, will be invited to attend the final battle. It should be an exciting event!

Sit Together And Read (STAR) Night

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Just in time for Dr. Seuss' birthday, Roosevelt's annual SIT TOGETHER AND READ (STAR Night), will be held Thursday, March 1 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. As in past years, this is a celebration of reading including: Distinguished Guest Readers, bookmark making, the Parade of Characters, and of course, a free book for each child attending. Sponsored by our generous Roosevelt PTA, this fun family event has a long history of happy readers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Giving Tree Success

Our Roosevelt community has once again shown its generosity by purchasing books for the library from the Giving Tree in the main hallway. Our hardworking and thoughtful Americorps volunteer, Rachel Larrowe, researched multicultural titles to find great books that are currently not in our library collection and listed the titles on the Giving Tree. Families have been taking the "leaves" and buying the books, dropping them off in the library. Thank you to Rachel and thank you to all the families who have so generously purchased the books for our students. If you have donated a book, please send me an email with your child's name and the title of the book, so I can write it on the inside cover.