March 2019

Roosevelt Ravens Review

March 2019


Now That Was a Lot of Snow Days

It sure was nice to get back to work this last week! Students were excited to be back to their routines and see their friends. We spent some time getting back into the swing of things last week by reviewing expectations and practicing routines. The students did a great job of working together to remember school expectations. As we move into our first full week of school, please help us by getting the kids to bed on-time and getting back into home routines. Routines and consistency are really important for our elementary age students because they reduce stress and help our students feel safe. These are prerequisite skills for learning. Thank you for all of your help getting back into the routine of school life. 

March Lifeskill Assembly

This month, we will hold our Lifeskill assembly on March 6th 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 respect. From a school perspective, being respectful means treating other people like you want to be treated, using good manners, not threatening, hitting, or hurting anyone, and dealing peacefully with anger and disagreements. School staff will be watching for respectful behavior through the month of March. Individual students will earn Lifeskill tickets for showing respectful behavior. Captain Lifeskill will return in late March to recognize individual students who stood out from the crowd in terms of their ability to demonstrate respectful behavior. I write about respectful behavior in the newsletter so that you can help us by reinforcing these concepts at home as well. 

Conference Week in March

March 26th through the 29th have been set aside for individual family conferences. To make this happen, we will be on a half-day schedule for each conference day and release students at 12:15 PM. 

For scheduling purposes, we will once again use Skyward Family Access. The conferencing tab in Family Access will be open for families with more than one child at Roosevelt from March 14 through the 15th. The conferencing tab will be open to everyone beginning on the 16th of March and will close down on the 22nd. Please make sure to use Family Access to schedule your time during the appropriate open window. We look forward to seeing everyone during conference week. 

Detailed instructionsOpening in a new window will be posted to our school website, along with other important information you might need for conferences. You will be able to access the materials by clicking on the link in the announcements section on the homepage of the Roosevelt website.

No School Days and Early Release in March

  • March 6th: Early Release @ 2:42 PM

  • March 13th: Early Release @ 2:42 PM

  • March 20th: Early Release @ 2:42 PM

  • March 26th – 29th: Conference Week. Dismissal @ 12:15 PM

  • April 1st – 5th: No School. Spring Break


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, March 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!

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 websiteOpening in a new window or by clicking on this linkOpening in a new window. 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.

Class Picture Day

March 20th is class picture day. Pictures will happen during the school day. This is a great day to send the kids to school looking sharp!

NOISE Opera Assembly:

On March 27th at 9:30 AM, students in third, fourth, and fifth grades will be visited by an opera group from Seattle. The NOISE opera group has been performing opera for elementary schools for over 30 years. Roosevelt is one of two schools in the district that will have the opportunity to see this show. This year, the opera company is excited to bring us one scene from Rossini’s delightful opera, The Barber of Seville. Opera is a wonderful form of storytelling that bring together elements of story, music, theatre, and visual art. This opportunity is made possible because of the Olympia School District Performing Arts Initiative and the Olympia School District Education Foundation. Thank you to everyone who helps contribute to these important organizations.

Olympia Junior Programs (OJP)

Every year, all elementary students in the Olympia School District in grades 1-5 have the opportunity to see theatre performances at the Washington Center for Performing Arts. This month, students in first, second, and third grades will see two different performances on March 5th and 19th. On these days, we will modify the schedule so that students have lunch before they go to the performance. Buses will leave at 11:40 and return by about 1:30.

Upcoming Events:



  • February 27th 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

  • March 5th OJP for Grades 1-3 @ 11:40 AM

  • March 6th March Lifeskill Assembly @ 2:00 PM

  • March 6th Early Release @ 2:42 PM

  • March 8th Read-A-Thon Assembly @ 9:10 AM

  • March 11th PTA Meeting @ 6:15 PM

  • March 13th Walk & Roll @ 8:30 AM

  • March 13th Early Release @ 2:42 PM

  • March 19th OJP for Grades 1-3 @ 11:40 AM

  • March 20th Class Pictures During School Day

  • March 20th Early Release @ 2:42 PM

  • March 26th-29th Conference Week. Dismissal @ 12:15 PM

  • March 27th NOISE Opera Assembly (3-5) @ 9:30 AM

  • April 1st-5th No School-Spring Break


Library News


STAR Night (Sit Together and Read Night)

STAR night is this Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Come join us for our annual celebration of reading! Listen to distinguished guest readers, make bookmarks, dress in the costume of your favorite book character (optional) then participate in the Parade of Characters, and get a FREE BOOK!! This fun, free family event is sponsored by our generous PTA. Hope to see you there! 

Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Battle of the Books

Due to snow days and late starts the Battle of the Books (BOB) Final Battle date has been changed. We are going to go back to our original date of April 19. Sorry for the change in plans, but the kids needed enough time check out books, read, and have practice and elimination battles before the big day.

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

With the cancelled meeting due to snow, there will be a lot of good stuff to catch up on for our March meeting, so please join us. Snacks and childcare will be provided. 

Readathon Fundraiser Wrap Up

The Readathon will end on February 28th. Families, please send your children to school with ALL of their Readathon paperwork on Friday, March 1st. This includes their Reading List and Readathon Calendar Sheet, as well as their Sponsor Sheet and any money they have raised. That way they can be eligible for the great prizes that will be handed out the morning of March 8th!! Thank you so much for all of your efforts to encourage your children to read, track their minutes, and collect sponsors to help out our school.

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

Roosevelt Elementary’s First Annual Yearbook is available for purchase online. As of March 1st, you can preserve the many magical memories made at Roosevelt with a beautiful yearbook for just $12. To place your order, go to the PTA websiteOpening in a new window, click on the Upcoming Events tab, and follow the instructions. Contact Aniysa Zuchowski at with any questions.

March Movie Night Featuring Inside Out, Friday, March 1st, 6:30pm

Join us at PTA Family Movie Night on Friday, March 1st to see Inside Out. 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. Please confirm that this movie is appropriate for your child. There are many good resources including Common Sense MediaOpening in a new window. Questions? Contact Maureen Lull.

Olympia Junior Programs Update

Olympia Jr Programs would like to inform 4th and 5th grade families that The One and Only Ivan was cancelled and unable to be rescheduled. Look in the weekly blue folder for information regarding options for reimbursement or donation.

Please make sure that you sign your child's permission slip for OJP performance field trips to the Washington Center. If your OJP permission slip has become misplaced, please contact Jen Jaeger.

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

The School Play is March 8th/9th and we need your help! Our concession stands need baked goods and volunteers to help at both performances. 

If you would like to donate baked goods, please contact Ashley Otheim. We will follow up with you and provide information on where to drop off baked goods. When you contact Ashley, please let her know how many items you plan to donate. Please click on either March 8thOpening in a new window or March 9thOpening in a new window to sign up for a concessions shift. And don't forget to buy tickets to the play! Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out! Buy your tickets hereOpening in a new window

Here's your chance to sponsor the 6th Annual Roosevelt 5k & Kids Dash!

We are looking for sponsors for this year’s Roosevelt 5K and Kids Dash.

Benefits can include:

  • Your business logo/name linked on our PTA website

  • Your business logo/family’s name prominently displayed on the official 5k shirt

  • Your business logo/family’s name prominently displayed on all marketing material

  • Your business/family’s name announced at the 5k run and Kids Dash


Click hereOpening in a new window for more information. Please contact Fabiana Eussen at with any questions.