The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

Translation available!

First off, translations to The Star are now available! Go down to the bottom of this newsletter and pick your language! Happy reading!

Hello from the principal's desk!

October 17, 2018

Volume 12 issue 5

Hello RBE community!

I am writing after spending both days of my weekend at the Fall CUE conference. I attended the conference with Mr. Lundholm, librarian Mrs. Jones-Szabo and our STEAM teacher Mrs. Cline. We learned A TON of stuff - new ideas to bring back to our school to enhance our instructional program. Ideas like getting kids to use Adobe Spark to create videos to show their learning, using Spheros to teach coding, and heard a presentation from Ronen Habib finding ways to take care of the emotional health of ourselves AND our kids. We had a great time know that we are working, even on our weekends, to be the best school for your kids.

Look below for an exciting announcement about our STEAM night coming October 26th. Ms. Cline has done an incredible job lining up different outside organizations to come and set up STEAM stations for our kids to explore in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Our own Camp EdMo will be here also, so come and check out their product if your kids don't already attend their aftercare program here on site.

The Scholastic Book Fair is also coming - Oct 22-26. Look for the schedule below. Please also visit and look for the teachers' wish lists - maybe pick up a book for them for their classes while you are here.

  • Monday, Oct 22 3pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 23 3pm-6pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 24 noon - 3pm
  • Thursday, Oct 25 3pm-6pm
  • Friday, Oct 26 3pm-8pm

I wanted to send out a thank you to Erin Karlsgot, a new member of the Ruby family, for volunteering to be our Walk and Roll to School family champion! She helped us set up and organize the Walk and Roll to School day we had last week. Thanks for all that you did to make the event come to Ruby Bridges! We want MORE kids and families to Walk, Roll and Carpool to school. Reducing car congestion around campus is good for us in three ways.

  1. Less cars = safer communities for pedestrians.
  2. Less cars = better for the environment
  3. Walking and rolling is good for growing bodies! Get more exercise!

Lastly, you may have heard that the AUSD board policy that restricted Halloween activities at school has been changed. The district is now leaving the decisions up to the sites to manage how they want to celebrate Halloween, including costumes, parades, etc. Our Leadership Team is discussing it and we will send out an update soon! We want to make sure that we are as inclusive as possible to all of our families, whether they celebrate Halloween or not.

That is all for now. Have a great week everyone,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

10/17 - Picture Retakes

10/17 - Alameda Ed Foundation fundraiser at Spin Pizza at Alameda Landing from 5:30 - 8:00

10/18 - Great California Shakeout - practice earthquake drill

10/19 - ELAC (English Language Acquisition Committee), 8:30am - WCDC portable on RBE campus

10/19 - Parent cafe - grab coffee and a pastry on blacktop by red tables, 8:30am

10/22 - 26 - Book Fair (see schedule above)

10/24 - Kindergarten field trip to Safety Town!

10/24 - After school program Parent Advisory meeting - 5:00pm

10/26 - STEAM showcase, 6:15pm

10/31 - Dance-a-thon fundraiser during the day

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Morning supervision - gates open at 7:40

This is a note to let all families know that our gates will not open until 7:40 am for drop off. We do not have any supervision in the cafeteria until 7:40, and so we will not let kids on campus until that time. Please make sure that you do not drop your kids off earlier than that.

Have you applied for the Free or Reduced Breakfast and Lunch program?

Visit and create an account. Your application will be reviewed quickly and you will hear back about whether or not you were approved! It couldn't be easier, and is available in multiple languages.

Trait of the month - COMPASSION

The trait for the month of September is Compassion. The quote we used on our hard copy of The Star was "Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Remind text group

We have started to auto-enroll the main guardians for all of our students into Remind. Remind allows us to easily text you information, announcements, updates, directly to your phone. We sent this newsletter to you via Remind! Others can add into Remind also, if they want to get the information. Anyone can text the message @rbstars to the number 81010 to add. You will be prompted to download the Remind app from the app store, you can but don't have to. They will now get my text message updates!

Lunch this week

Mon., Oct 15

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Croissant (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza

Tues., Oct 16

Sweet and Sour Chicken over Brown Rice

Veggie Chicken and Rice (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders

Wed., Oct 17

Chicken Pasta Alfredo

Veggie Pasta Alfredo (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets

Thurs., Oct 18

Pizza Pocket

Grilled Cheese (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog

Fri., Oct 19

Chicken Corn Dog

Bean and Cheese Burrito (V)

Favorite - Burger

*A yogurt meal is available daily!

Ruby Wrap

One of my favorites from last year... do you know the podcast The Unexplained Disappearance of Mars Patel? This podcast is a story, told over multiple episodes. My family and I LOVE this story. It really is more for upper elementary / middle school kids, but we have really enjoyed listening to it. Check it out here -

Social Media presence

We are going to really work hard to share all the wonderful things going on this year through our PTA Facebook page, PTA Instagram, and school Twitter. Please try and participate along with us! It is super fun when we can all enjoy the MANY positive events that happen here, even if we weren't there in person to see them!