February 2020


Roosevelt Ravens Review

February 2020 


Chess Club

Session 2 of the Roosevelt Chess Club starts Monday, February 24th, 2020. Classes run from 3:32-4:45. This session is open to students in grades 2-5 and can accommodate a maximum of 24 students. The club will meet on the following dates: 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30. If you are interested in signing up for the chess club, please follow this link to complete the permission form. First come, first served. Contact Spencer Olmsted with any questions regarding chess club.

Early Release and No School Days in February

Early Release Days: February 12th, 19th, and 26th
No School Days: February 17th and 18th

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 13th and return on Friday, May 15th. Paperwork will come home with students soon, please be watching for it.

All paperwork (permission slips and medication authorization forms) must be returned no later than Friday, March 27th. Payments can be made through Skyward Family Access or 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 31st. 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.




Sit Together and Read Night (S.T.A.R.)

Roosevelt’s annual family reading celebration, STAR Night, will be happening on Thursday, March 5th from 6:00-7:30. As always, we will have our free book giveaway, Distinguished Guest Readers, a bookmark making station, a visit from the Berenstain Bears, the South Sound Reading Foundation (with more free books), and the Parade of Book Characters. Children are encouraged, but not required, to dress as their favorite book character. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Hope to see you there!

If you are able to volunteer for a 45-minute shift, please contact our Librarian, Ms. Schuna. Thank you!

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books (4th & 5th grades) is in full swing. The books are flying off the library shelf. We have done our first practice battle and are now working on team posters. Ask your child to tell you about the BOB book they are reading - it’s a great way to review the story in preparation for the battles ahead. The date for the final battle will be set soon. The date will be announced in the next newsletter and on the school website, as well as in messages home in Monday Folders. Good luck to all of our teams!

School Improvement Plan Update:

This year, our school improvement plan has been directly aligned to the OSD Student Outcomes that were adopted by the Board of Directors in the Spring of 2019. Below is a summary of what we are working on in regards to our school improvement plan:

Outcome 1: Be Compassionate and Kind:

  • Social skills lessons are taught every week. We will measure how students are feeling by giving them an elementary survey at the end of the year.

Outcome 2: Have the academic and life skills to pursue their individual career, civic and educational goals

  • We are using the ReadWell curriculum at kindergarten and first grade. This is intended to help improve basic reading skills.
  • The Daily 5 framework in reading/writing and Concept Quests in math are being used to help meet individual needs of kids.

Outcome 3: Advocate for the social, physical and mental wellness of themselves and others and be hopeful about the future

  • Restorative practices framework being used at every grade level. Students are learning how their behavior impacts others and are learning to repair harm when it is done. Teachers are working on building strong communities in their classrooms.  

Outcome 4: Have the skills, knowledge and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic and social bias.

  • Teachers are engaged with book studies this year. They have read and discussed White Fragility and So You Want To Talk About Race.
  • The MLK assembly this year served as a vocabulary activity to get us started on learning around equity, social justice, and systemic racism.
  • Teachers are working to build thematic units and lesson plans aligned to social justice themes that will be taught in every classroom.
  • Teachers are being trained in and are learning the Since Time Immemorial curriculum this year.
  • Our Roosevelt Equity Council is meeting every month. This group of parents is working to find non-traditional ways for families to be involved in the school.

Outcome 5: Discover their passions, be curious and love learning

  • This year, in coordination with the PTA, we brought in art instructors to teach thematic art lessons to every student during the school day.

Outcome 6: Be critical thinkers who contribute to and collaborate with local, global and natural world

  • Teachers have been trained in the use of Concept Quests, which provide real-world problems related to the units of study in Bridges (our math curriculum). These materials are intended to help students work in collaborative teams and develop critical thinking skills.


Upcoming Events

February 11th PTA Mtg. in Roosevelt Library @ 6:30 PM
February 12th Walk and Roll @ 8:35 AM
February 12th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
February 14th Report cards go home
February 17 – 18 No School-Mid Winter Break
February 19th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
February 26th Early Release @ 2:42 PM
March 6th and 7th Wizard of Oz Play Performance



Olympia Junior Programs

Olympia Junior Programs permission slips are rolling in! Thank you so much! If you have not turned in a permission slip, please do so as soon as possible. We must have a parent signature so that students can attend.

If you would like to be a Parent Volunteer/Usher for upcoming OJP performances, please fill out the Volunteer Usher form that went home. There are extras in the office. Questions? Please contact Jen Jaeger.

All Volunteers must go to the OSD website and complete the background check form.


Roosevelt families, please make sure your students are tracking their daily reading and initial each day’s total on the Readathon Calendar. Turn blue slips in on Fridays. Let’s try and beat last year’s total of 180,000 minutes read by the whole school and $9,000 raised for the PTA! Thanks for supporting this fun, educational fundraiser! Questions? Contact Jim.

School Play

We are excited to bring you the school play again this year! This year's production will be The Wizard of Oz Jr. Rehearsals started Monday, February 3rd and we’re gearing up for a great play this year! The performances will take place on March 6th @ 7:00pm and March 7th @ 2:00pm. Tickets will be available online for $5 for Standard Seats or $10 for VIP Seats (first 3 rows) Questions? Contact Ashley.

Tacoma Defiance Game

Roosevelt PTA is excited to host our first Tacoma Defiance game on Sunday, March 22nd @ 1:30pm. Join your friends from Roosevelt Elementary for a day of food, fun, and Tacoma Defiance soccer at Cheney Stadium! Want to sit with another family? Share the link you receive after checkout with anyone you wish to sit with. This is a fundraiser for the Roosevelt PTA! Click here to get your tickets! Questions? Contact Ashley.

Walk N Roll

It’s time to Walk N Roll to School! Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites all students and families to join in the fun on February 12th.

Choose from two meeting locations:
8:35 A.M at Bigelow Park
8:35 A.M. at Olympia Little Theater


There’s still time to get your yearbook! Yearbooks cost $15 and are available for online order through April 30th, 2020. Ordering instructions are available on the Roosevelt PTA website. Questions? Contact Aniysa.