The Roadrunner Report

All the Roberts News That's Fit to Print.

November 2020

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the second issue of the Roadrunner Report. We've officially made it through our first month of the school year! Can you believe it's already November?!

I love this time of year because I love nothing more than curling up under a blanket on my couch with my dog on my lap, reading a book and drinking coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.

Growing up, I always spent Thanksgiving with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Pennsylvania. It was the one time of year we could all be together. Thanksgiving holds a special place in my heart and is a time to think about everything and everyone I am fortunate to have in my life.

Even though Thanksgiving will look different this year, since I will be celebrating without my extended family and friends, I am still thankful that my family still has each other and our health.

What activities do you look forward to in the fall? What are you thankful for this year? I would love to hear from you! Send me an email and you might be featured in next month's newsletter. I miss you all!


Mrs. Rice

Roberts Librarian

Roberts Elementary School Website

Visit the Roberts Elementary website for virtual and hybrid learning information.

Roberts Middle School Website

Visit the Roberts Middle School website for virtual and hybrid learning information.

-- Important Information --

Every Student, Every Day!

We want Roberts to have the best attendance in the District!!

How can you help us do this? Log on to Teams meetings daily, complete online work or talk with your child's teacher.

Every student, every day!

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Roberts Virtual Support NIght

The Roberts team will be hosting a schoolwide conversation on Thursday, November 12th from 6-7pm. The topic will be "Working Together to Support all our Learners" and will provide information about different SCSD digital content programs.

There are three 20-minute sessions available: 6:00-6:20pm, 6:20-6:40pm, & 6:40-7:00pm. Each session will cover the same information.

For more information about how to register, connect with your child's teacher or visit the Roberts website.

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Marking Period 1 Ends

Can you believe we're already done with the first marking period of school? We're very proud of all of our students and families for the hard work they're doing to keep learning.

Students should be receiving their report cards soon. If your child received an 'Incomplete' in any classes, talk to your child's teacher about how to make up work and receive credit for the first marking period. You can also view your child's grades in SchoolTool.

Staying Healthy Together

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-- Celebrations --

IB Students of the Month

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Celebrating Halloween

Mr. Abbott and his 2nd grade students were able to safely have some Halloween fun with socially distanced games and activities! Happy Halloween!

Staff Spotlight - Meet Mr. Komarisky

Mr. Komarisky is an art teacher here at Roberts PreK-8.

His name is easy to say; it's pronounced like this: "comma-risky".

Here is a picture of his family! --->

He has been making art since he was able to handle a pencil. (Check out one of his masterpieces below.)

He also teaches chess, helps run the student government (selling ice cream 😉), and creates the yearbook!

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Superintendent Alicea Visits Roberts

At the end of October, Superintendent Jaime Alicea came to visit the students and staff at Roberts. It was great having you, Mr. Alicea!

Roberts Students Featured on SCSD Student Spotlight

Congratulations Aky!

We are so proud of the ways our students are taking initiative and persisting through the challenges of remote and hybrid learning! Roberts sixth grader Aky Odums was nominated as a standout student by his teacher, Ms. Doner.

See below for why Ms. Doner says Aky is an example of SCSD success!

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-- Family/Teacher Organization (FTO) Info --

November FTO Meeting

The next Roberts FTO meeting will be either Monday, November 23rd or Tuesday, November 24th. Please vote in the Facebook poll with which day would work best for your family.

Once a date is chosen, another poll will be posted to the Roberts Facebook Group in order to choose a time.

Meetings are being held virtually through Facebook Rooms until it is safe for us to all be together. Make sure to join the Facebook Group to stay up-to-date on all things FTO!

Fall Book Fair Goes Virtual

Our fall Scholastic Book Fair is online from November 9-22, 2020! Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

It's a new school year... let's instill a new-found love of reading!

Visit this link to shop all month long: J.T. Roberts PreK-8 School Book Fair

-- Community Resources --

Thanksgiving Meal Service

SCSD Food and Nutrition Services will be offering families 5-day meal kits for Thanksgiving Recess to be distributed on Tuesday, November 24th at all Grab & Go pick-up sites.

Each student qualifies to receive a meal kit. They would like to have as many parents pre-register as possible to determine how many meals they should prepare.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this service, please call 315-435-4207.

Grab & Go Meal Service Information

Please see below for more information regarding meal service on in-person and hybrid learning days.

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Central New York 211

Please use this website for services for you and your family around counseling, food and housing among many others.

Middle School Guidance

Ms. Griffin is here to help.

High School Choice Information

Attention 8th grade students and families! The High School Choice process, like everything else, will look different this year.

  1. Explore the options offered throughout SCSD's four high schools.
  2. Apply to your desired program(s) and rank your choices
  3. Interview with the high school/program(s) of your choice
  4. Receive acceptance into a high school program
  5. Roberts students who do not choose a specialized program will go to Corcoran High School for 9th-12th grades.

More details will be forthcoming from the district. Ms. Griffin is also here to help students throughout the process and will be attending 8th grade classes to provide more information as it becomes available.

CTE Program Information

Eighth-grade students may apply to a Career & Technical Education (CTE) program for high school. The district is hosting information sessions for CTE programs on the following dates/times to help students learn more about the different programs. All meetings are being held virtually:

P-TECH program information session

  • Thurs., Nov. 5th @ 6 p.m.

CTE program-specific Q&A and How to prepare for the CTE program interview
  • Tues., Nov. 10th @ 6 p.m.
  • Thurs., Nov. 12th @ Noon

Learn about the CTE program registration and selection process
  • Tues., Dec. 1st @ 6 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 3rd @ Noon

This information is also be posted on the SCSD CTE web page. The link to register for these sessions is:

-- Remote Learning Resources & Support --

Do You Need a Device at Home?

The Syracuse City School District will continue to provide computing devices to students in need and will be distributing hot spots to families without internet access. Computing devices and hot spots will be made available for pickup from schools.

Please contact the Roberts Main Office at (315)435-4635 to reserve a device and arrange for pickup.

SCSD Tech Workshops

The SCSD librarians are hosting virtual tech workshops to support students and families. In November, support will be provided for Teams and Office 365.

Teams workshops will be offered:

  • Wednesday, November 4 @ 6pm (Middle)
  • Thursday, November 5 @ 12pm (Middle)
  • Tuesday, November 10 @ 6pm (Elementary)
  • Wednesday, November 12 @ 12pm (Elementary)

Office 365 workshops will be offered:

  • Tuesday, November 17 @ 6pm (Middle
  • Wednesday, November 19 @ 12pm (Middle)

All workshops are being offered via Zoom web conferencing. Click the images below for more details.

Blended/Remote Learning Hub

Confused by Clever? Struggling with Seesaw? Visit the SCSD Family Blended/Remote Learning Hub for information, videos, and tutorials to help your child successfully find and use SCSD's digital learning tools.

Student/Family Tech Support

SCSD is offering 20-minute virtual support sessions for students and families that need technology help. These are one-on-one appointments with someone who can help you troubleshoot your district technology, access district resources, retrieve login information, and more. Please be sure to include a phone number when booking. Click the button below to schedule an appointment.
Roberts Facebook Group

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