February 2019

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Lifeskills and Positive Behavior Supports 

On Wednesday of last week, Captain Lifeskill (Mr. Shaughnessy) visited every classroom and had the opportunity to celebrate individual students who really stood out in their ability to show empathy towards others.  Having empathy means having the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes.  It involves talking to and paying attention to other people so that we get to know people for the individuals that they are.  Having empathy allows us to approach and support other people in a kind and respectful way.


In February, we are going to shift our attention to the Lifeskill of kindness!  Kindness fits perfectly with February and Valentine’s Day.  Showing kindness for others also requires students to know and understand empathy.  To kick off our month of kindness, we are having a Lifeskill assembly at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 6th.  As with all of our assemblies, this one is open to anyone who wants to attend.  We always love seeing our parents!


No School Days and Early Release in February


  • February 6th:    Early release at 2:42 PM
  • February 13th:  Early release at 2:42 PM
  • February 18th:  No School-President’s Day
  • February 19th:  No School-Mid-Winter Break
  • February 20th:  Early release at 2:42 PM
  • February 27th:  Early release at 2:42 PM          


Walk and Roll

It is almost time to Walk and Roll again.  This month, we will host our 5th Walk and Roll event on Wednesday, February 13th.  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!



Upcoming Events

February 6th                                                                Early release @ 2:42 PM

February 6th                                                                Lifeskill assembly @ 2:00 PM

February 9th                                                                Learn All About Kindergarten Event

February 11th                                                               PTA Meeting at 6:30 PM

February 13th                                                              Walk and Roll @ 8:35 AM

February 13th                                                              Early Release @ 2:42 PM

February 15th                                                              Report Cards Go Home

February 18th and 19th                                               No School-Mid-Winter Break

February 20th                                                              Early Release @ 2:42 PM

February 27th                                                              S.T.A.R. Night @ 6:00 PM

February 28th                                                              Read-A-Thon Ends

March 1st                                                                    Movie Night @ 6:15 PM


Measles outbreak in Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in all Washington counties in response to confirmed cases of measles in the state. While there are no confirmed cases of measles to date in the Olympia School District, we encourage families to learn about this highly contagious infectious disease. The Washington State Department of Health urges everyone to check their immunization records to verify they are fully immunized.  For more information, please visit the measles page on the OSD website.



Learn All About Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration begins on Monday, March 4th for the 2019-20 school year.  In preparation for registration, incoming families are invited to join us to learn all about kindergarten on Saturday February 9th from 10:00-11:30 AM at Capital High School (2707 Conger Ave. NW, Olympia).  The event begins at 10:00 AM with a welcome presentation by Olympia School District Superintendent Patrick Murphy.


An information fair follows in the school Commons where parents/guardians can meet staff from elementary schools around the district.  The event is also a chance to learn about registering for kindergarten, using Skyward Family Access, riding the bus, alternative kindergarten options, before and after school child care, and community partner services.


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 the Roosevelt 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.


Attendance Matters

This is the time of the year that so many of us, adults and students alike, struggle with being sick. While the Roosevelt community strives for excellent attendance, that message is tempered with a reminder to strive for good health as well. At school we take extra precautions to keep our classrooms sanitized and the nursing staff monitors the health symptoms presented to them in the health room. At home parents can help by making sure their child gets enough sleep, eats healthy meals and exercises regularly in order to stay in good health and boost their resistance to disease.


Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and may not be a reason to keep them home. If a child seems anxious about going to school, seek out support from the school. Whenever possible, try to arrange medical appointments outside of the school day. If your child has a chronic disease, make sure the school staff is aware. We understand that children get sick, and when they do, please keep them home and let them get fully better, for their health and the health of others. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help your family get back to good health. The message we want you to hear is that we are here to support you and your family in working towards excellent attendance as well as good health!


5th Grade Camp CISPUS

The time is fast approaching where our 5th grade students will get to travel to camp CISPUS for three days of adventure.  We will leave on Wednesday, May 8th and return on Friday, May 10th.  Information packets go home on Monday, February 4th in the Monday Folders. 


All paperwork (permission slips and medication authorization forms) must be returned no later than Friday, March 22nd.  Payments can be made through the main office at Roosevelt.  If you need assistance with tuition, please make sure to indicate the need for scholarship on the registration form. 


Spring Conferences

Spring conferences will occur during the week of March 25th.  We will once again be using Skyward Family Access for scheduling.  More information will follow in March regarding specifics of registration.  For now, please make sure that you are able to access Family Access through the Skyward App.  Contact the main office with questions.


Library News


STAR Night

Mark your calendars! Roosevelt’s annual STAR Night (Sit Together and Read) will once be held at Roosevelt on the evening of Wed, Feb. 27th, from 6:00-7:30. Guest readers, bookmark making, the parade of characters, and the ever-popular book giveaway will once again delight students and parents. Children are invited (though not required) to dress as their favorite book character. All children who attend will receive a free book. This is a family event; all children must be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you there!


(Volunteers are still needed for several jobs. Please contact Jean Schuna at 360-596-6702 if you are available to help.)


Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books (BOB) is in full swing! Books are flying in and out of the library at a brisk pace. Kids are reading books they might not otherwise choose and finding new authors and genres that they love! Due to the upcoming closure and rebuilding of the cafeteria, we have moved the final battle up to Friday, March 22. The battle will take place in the gym starting at 2:15 PM. Parents are invited to attend. Seven teams (one from each class in 4th & 5th grades) will vie for medals in an exciting competition. There will be one winning team from 4th grade and one from 5th grade.


Author Visit

One of the favorite authors in the Roosevelt Library is coming to Lacey. Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet series, will be at River Ridge High School on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm. This free event is sponsored by the Timberland Regional Library as part of their Lacey Loves to Read 2019 program.


PTA News

PTA Meeting, Monday February 11th 6:15pm to 7:30pm in Roosevelt’s Library

Come learn more about the upcoming and ongoing events at Roosevelt!  Open discussion from 6:15 to 6:30, followed by PTA business from 6:30 to 7:30. There will be snacks!  There will be childcare!  There will be…no reason not to join us!  We hope to see you there!

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

Roosevelt Elementary’s First Annual Yearbook is now available for purchase online and the early Raven gets the worm! For just $10, you can preserve the many magical memories made at Roosevelt with a beautiful yearbook.  To place your order, go to myrooseveltpta.org, click on the Upcoming Events tab, and follow the instructions.  Place your order by February 28th to get the early bird price of $10! Contact Aniysa Zuchowski at [email protected] with any questions. 

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser, throughout the month of February

February is Read-A-Thon month! This is a great way to encourage a love of reading and raise money for our amazing school!  Participants can be entered into raffles for fun prizes throughout the month.  Each student was sent home with a Readathon packet containing the rules for the event, a sponsor sheet, and the minute tracking calendar page.  Please sign off on your child’s at-home reading on the calendar page as well as the three Weekly Check-In slips they will receive, which will say when they should come back. The Weekly Check-in slips not only help with the bar graph kids will watch grow on the PTA bulletin board, they also enter your child into the weekly raffle drawing for participating! On Friday, March 1st, please return all their Readathon paperwork and the sponsor money they’ve collected, so they can be eligible for fun prizes. Grand prizes of a $75 gift card will be awarded to the top reader in the three grade groups (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5) as well as the top fundraiser for the school.  The awards assembly will be the morning of March 8th. Thanks for your help fostering a strong love of reading in all Roosevelt students.

Roosevelt School Play, March 8th and 9th Tickets on sale now!

We are excited to bring to you Annie Jr. as our school play this year. Students begin rehearsals Monday, February 4th and our final performances will be on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th. Tickets are $10 for VIP Seats (first 3 rows) or $5 for Standard Seats. Concessions will be available at intermission for $1 (cash only) Buy your tickets here: https://squareup.com/store/roosevelt-pta.  Contact Ashley Otheim with questions. [email protected]