October 17, 2021 • Updates from Roosevelt Elementary

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This week, all 4th- and 5th-graders will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment state test in English/Language Arts, with Math next week.

  • October 20-21: English/Language Arts
  • October 27-28: Math

Please help by encouraging your child to try their best, to attend school on those 4 days, and to get a good night's sleep. Click here to access practice materials—no login needed. Please contact your child's teacher on ParentSquare or call 573-1700 if you'd like more information.

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Parents, please be aware that one of the top-promoted Netflix shows called Squid Games contains highly violent and sexual material not appropriate for children. It has bright colors and playground games that might appeal to children or give the impression that the show is child-friendly. In reality, the series is rated MA by Netflix(not suitable for people under 17). Common Sense Media rates the show as 16 and over and warns: "Parents need to know that the level of violence is very intense in Squid Game. Characters are systematically tortured and killed for the sadistic pleasure of a game master. Adults have sex, and there are threats of sexual violence: Women are grabbed by the hair and beaten." We are hearing students discuss the show at school, which is inappropriate and not allowed, and we wanted to share this important information. Thank you for your help.

Elementary Transfer Requests

October 28, 2021 will be the last day that elementary transfer requests will be accepted for the rest of the 2021-22 school year (OP 3131 2.5). This is the only time Admissions and Enrollment will offer this transfer for boundary change opportunity during the 2021-22 school year. Exceptions will be made based on special education offerings, district-determined placement, balancing enrollment of disciplinary or safety concerns (OP 3131 2.6). Individual Online ONLY transfer requests remain open due to COVID concerns until further notice. Transfer Request forms for Online are available at the YSD Student Family Center (105 N. 4th Ave), or click here for more information.

This year, we've asked you to keep your child home with a runny nose or a cough that would have been no big deal in the past. We know that attendance has been complicated this year—especially for families. We truly appreciate your help! Since we started the year with so many (necessary) absences, we need your help.

Absences add up for students and can make learning difficult. Starting in kindergarten, absences can cause children to fall behind in school. Missing just a 1-2 days of school each month delays reading and math skills.

Between now and Winter Break, let's make a push for strong attendance whenever possible.

  • Make sure your child is at school EVERY DAY unless quarantined/symptomatic, and please schedule appointments after 3:30 pm.
  • If symptom-free, get a free COVID test after 5 days to return to school faster.
  • If absent, send a ParentSquare message to the teacher to learn about make-up work
Congratulations to Mrs. Debbie McLean, our amazing kindergarten teacher! Mrs. McLean was awarded our staff rotating award, the Spirit of the Bear Award, for the week of October 18. Here's what colleague Mrs. Lupita Mason wrote when nominating Mrs. McLean:
  • I would like to give the Spirit of the Bear Award to Debbie McLean. Mrs. McLean is a talented teacher that makes learning exciting and fun. Debbie accelerates students' learning with her energetic teaching. Every student in her classroom is loved, appreciated, and valued. Ms. McLean gives herself to the students 110%. She is an exceptionally kind and giving individual.

Thanks Mrs. McLean for living out the Spirit of the Bear with your students every day!

Starting SOON at Roosevelt, your child can be tested for COVID-19 at no cost each week (informacion en espanol)! Every Thursday from 11 am - 12 pm, professionals from Premier Medical Group will give a rapid antigen test (shallow nasal swab). Results are texted to parents in 15 minutes.

  • Click here to register your child. Testing is optional and requires parent registration.
  • If you're sick and need a COVID test, go to the YSD Student Family Center Testing Site (105 N. 4th Ave on Mondays - Fridays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm).
  • All students and their family/household members can be tested for free at the YSD Student Family Center on Monday through Friday from 1-5 pm.
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This week, your child continues to learn from Second Step® Elementary, a research-based social-emotional learning program that builds children’s social-emotional skills. This week, your child is learning more about practicing and setting goals. Check out this chart to learn more about this week's Second Step lesson, PLUS a skill that you can try at home!

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