The STAR

October 19, 2020

October is Bullying Prevention Month

“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.”


"According to DoSomething.org, bullying occurs mostly in schools, on the bus, and in neighborhoods. However, bullying has reached beyond the traditional school grounds and now includes harassing or intimidating someone by text message, e-mail or posts on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. (DoSomething.org) For a child being bullied, it can be an intense and pervasive experience starting from walking to school in the morning and lasting until an electronic device is shut down before bedtime."


  • Bullying directly affects a student’s ability to learn. Students who are bullied find it difficult to concentrate, show a decline in grades, and lose self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.
  • Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students.
  • Students can be especially effective in bullying intervention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes.


At Ruby Bridges we are working to prevent bullying and we are practicing the 4 Be's:

We are Safe! We are Responsible! We are Respectful! We are Friends!

Even in our Virtual world!

We also use our Toolbox Tools and our monthly Life Skills to make good choices and be role models!

20/21 Theme- Being out best selves, being the best we can be!

Principal Pharr-Matthews


(stopbullying.gov;Pacer Center)

Filipino Heritage Month

Filipino American Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in the year 1988. In California and Hawaii, where a large number of Filipino Americans reside, Filipino American History Month is widely celebrated. Many Filipino American organizations in these states often initiate independent celebrations.


Yummy Filipino foods: adobo, pancit, lumpia, spaghetti, leche flan

Famous Filipino people: Bruno Mars, Manny Pacquiao, Vanessa Minnillo, Jake Zyrus


Visit: https://asianart.org/cultural-celebrations/celebrate-filipino-american-history-month/

Walk and Roll to School October 19-23rd

International Walk and Roll Week Website

From October 19 to October 23, students across the county are being encouraged to walk, bike, scooter, and skateboard in their communities (with masks and physically distanced, of course). The benefits? More exercise, less air pollution, fewer cars on the road, and the sheer fun of getting exercise outside! Families are encouraged to participate for as many days as they want.


For each daily bout of activity involving walking and rolling, or physical movement, please have students complete the passport inserted below. Remind students and families to submit passports at the end of the week by doing the following with your adult:



Please ensure that families and caregivers write out the name of the school and the school district instead of using acronyms.


One lucky Star may be the raffle winner for a scooter and helmet. Complete and submit those Walk and Roll passports!



Italian American Heritage Month

Italian-American Heritage Month- “was first celebrated in 1989 when it was proclaimed to honor the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. Italian-Americans have made many contributions to the U.S., especially in art, humanities, and sciences.” https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/italy/

Polish American Heritage Month


Polish American Heritage Month- is “an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. Polish or not, to celebrate this month and learn some more about this culture: Attend a Polish mass, learn some Polish dances (the polka is fun and very popular!), do some research about Polish literature and culture, find out if you have any Polish ancestors, cook! Try making some pierogi’s or kielbasa.” https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/poland/

Have you completed your 20/21 Free and Reduced Lunch Application?

Even if you think you don't qualify, please complete the included application here:

Lunch Application Here- CLICK


AUSD offers free or reduced-price meals to students whose families are low income. Under this program, which is subsidized by the National School Lunch program, students can receive breakfast for 30 cents (or free) and lunch for 40 cents (or free), depending on their family's income level. Information about which students participate in this program and their family's income is strictly confidential.

Your children also may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if:

  • Your family receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Your family receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Your family is homeless or has migrant workers or your child is a runaway
  • Your child is enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class
  • Your child is a foster child

Even if you think you don't qualify, please complete the included application here:

Lunch Application Here- CLICK

Upcoming Events


10/19- SSC Meeting 4 -5:15 pm Zoom link to be shared via Parent Square

10/21 ELAC Meeting 4-5:00 pm Zoom link to be shared via Parent Square

10/30- Juice with the Principal and Vice Principal 3-4 pm (3rd-5th grades)

10/2020 Read-a-Thon PTA Fundraiser (date TBD)

11/3-11/5 November Distribution Window

11/7- PTA Meeting 10:30-11:30 am (Sat.)