November 2018

Roosevelt Ravens Review

Security Enhancements Take Effect Soon

New security enhancements have been installed this past week. Beginning soon, when you come to the school, you will be prompted to ring the doorbell right next to the front entrance. When the front office answers, you will be able to communicate through the video intercom. Please state your name and purpose at the school. At that point, you will be buzzed into the school. Once through the front door, you will check into the main office. Say hello to the office staff, sign in to get a badge, and then proceed into the school. I will send a message as soon as this function is operational.

In addition to the doorbell system, all of the main exterior doors have had card readers installed. All doors in the main building and mini building will be locked during the day. The only way to gain access will be through the keycard system. 

Please contact Mr. Shaughnessy with any questions or concerns regarding security enhancements at the building level.

Early Release in November

Thank you, once again, for allowing our teachers the opportunity to work together on Wednesday afternoons. We use this time to ensure that all classrooms at each grade level are aligned in regards to curriculum. This will help us to know that students move from one grade level to the next with a common set of experiences and knowledge. Early release dates will occur on the 7th, 14th, and 28th of November. School releases on each of these days at 2:42 PM.

Picture Re-Takes

Retakes have been scheduled for the morning of November 1st. 

Upcoming Events

November 1st Picture Re-Takes
November 2nd Movie Night @ 6:15 PM
November 7th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
November 8th Veteran’s Day Assembly @ 1:10 PM
November 12th No School-Veteran’s Day Observed
November 14th Walk and Roll @ 8:35 AM
November 14th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
November 17th PTA Auction @ 5:00 PM
November 19th Celebration of Life Mrs. Stewart @ 6:00 PM
November 20th PTA Meeting @ 6:15 PM
November 21st – 23rd No School-Thanksgiving Break
November 28th Early Release @ 2:42 PM

Veteran’s Day Assembly

Our annual Veteran’s Day assembly will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 1:10 PM in the Roosevelt Gym. On this day, the Reeves Middle School Band will be on-hand to play a variety of patriotic songs. If you are active duty, a veteran, or have a veteran in your family, please consider joining us for this event. 

Screenagers at Olympia High School

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. 
Come join fellow Olympia parents and kids for the special screening of SCREENAGERS (Growing up in the Digital Age) at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center on Monday, November 5th at 6:00pm. Free Admission.

Walk and Roll November

Students and parents are encouraged to Walk and Roll to school on November 14th. This month, we are going to try just two meeting locations. We will meet at Bigelow Park and the Olympia Little Theatre. Both locations will meet at 8:35 and begin walking to school at 8:40. Please consider joining us if you are able. The day in October was really a lot of fun.

Celebration of Life for Mrs. Stewart

The Roosevelt Staff is planning a celebration of life for Mrs. Stewart. The event will be held in the Roosevelt gymnasium on Monday, November 19th at 6:00 PM. All students and parents are welcome to attend. Please consider joining us as we celebrate the life of an amazing teacher who dedicated 29 years of her life to our school.

PTA Movie Night Friday, November 2nd 6:30 to 8:00pm

Join us at PTA Family Movie Night on Friday, November 2nd. 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. 

School Directory:

Don't forget to fill out the Directory form to have your student’s information included in our Online School Directory. You can fill out the form here. Please complete the form by Friday, November 2nd. Any questions? Contact Ashley Otheim 


Saturday, November 17 at the downtown Olympia Center 5-8pm
The Roosevelt PTA Auction is just around the corner and tickets are selling fast! If you’d like to buy your auction tickets online, click here or go to our Roosevelt PTA site at and click on Upcoming Events. Or, just fill out the blue ticket auction flier found in the office and return it to school. 

Here is a sampling of items donated

Silent Auction Items
American Girl Doll of the Year 2017 - Tenney
4 passes to the Pacific Science Center
Keurig Coffee System donated by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
A gift card to Leavenworth Outdoor Center for $100
Beautiful spa basket with a $250 gift card from Ballaura Wellness Spa
One session of youth sports at South Sound YMCA

Live Auction Items
Park Hopper tickets to Disneyland
Private tour and tasting at Sandstone Distillery, valued at $1,000
A vasectomy from South Sound Vasectomy, valued at $900
2 night stay at a 4 bedroom, 2 bath ocean front beach house in Gleneden Beach, OR, valued at $800
20 person wine tasting at Total Wine, valued at $500

Thank you to our primary sponsors, Capital Heating & Cooling, and the Robinson Family. A huge thank you to our gold sponsor, South Sound Vasectomy. Thank you to our additional sponsors, Elder Law with Care, Moody DDS, Ash Family Medicine, Murillo family, Reck family, Nems & Ash family, Bell family and LaForge family. We truly appreciate your sponsorship!

We are also still accepting donations for our silent auction. You can donate a gift card to a great local restaurant, a basket full of your favorite items or donate to your classroom theme basket. All items must be delivered to the school by Friday, November 2. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

November PTA Meeting

Tuesday November 20th 6:15-7:30pm

Please join us as we discuss new and ongoing activities in our school! Snacks and childcare provided!