Theodore Roosevelt School

February 2018

Update from the Principal

Here in our new and improved monthly newsletter, you will find grade level curriculum updates, important dates and school wide enrichment information. If you have any questions about what you see here or wish to see here, please contact your child's homeroom teacher or the main office. We truly value both parent and student feedback.

Important February Dates:

2/12 - 2/15: Random Acts of Kindness Week

2/13: Standards Based Report Card Presentation

2/16 & 2/19: School Closed (President's Day)

2/22: Boxtops are due.

2/23: Snowball Dance for Grades 5 & 6 (Sponsored by PTO)

Important March Dates:

3/2: Read Across America

3/14: PTO Meeting

3/20: TRS Art Show

3/23: Taste of Roosevelt

3/27: All District Concert

3/28: Boxtops are due.

3/29: One session day

3/30 - 4/9: Spring Recess

Update from the Nurse

Be assured that we are doing our best at TRS to keep all students healthy in this winter season by cleaning and disinfecting often and thoroughly.

Please keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
• Fever over 100 degrees
• Vomiting (even once)
• Diarrhea
• Chills
• Fatigue or muscle aches
• Frequent congested cough
• Heavy nasal congestion

Please review the following hygiene habits with your child:
• Wash hands frequently.
• Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth.
• Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Student Assessment Folders

Student assessment envelopes are being sent home every two weeks. These envelopes contain samples of student work from the different subject areas. This is to provide you with evidence of your child’s progress during his or her learning process.

Please use the code sheet on the outside of the envelope to find the corresponding standard that was covered on the enclosed student work. For example, if your child learned about the following math standard: Geometry-Categorizes shapes by their attributes, it will be noted on the student’s work as G1, which is the abbreviated code for that particular standard.

This will help you identify what specific standards are being covered during this trimester.

Our primary goal is for students to master all of the learning standards for their grade level by the end of the school year.

National History Day

Once again, all sixth graders will participate in National History Day. This year the fourth grade will join them as well. The theme this year is "Conflict and Compromise in History". Students have the choice to present their work in an historical paper, a website, exhibit, performance or a short documentary. They are off to a great start with their research. We are really looking forward to viewing their hard work in April!

The Arts

On March 27th, there will be an all district concert at Weehawken High School. Students from all three schools will participate. On 3/20, TRS will host an Art Show here in the auditorium. All students will participate by having at least one art project on display. The theme this year is Nature's Natural Wonders. Students are very busy preparing for both shows.

Spanish Class

Spanish teacher, Ms. Piniero, reported that her students love using the Middlebury Interactive Language program. This blended learning program combines good pedagogy and teaching methods that have been refined over decades. The program gives students real-world reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities to help them learn Spanish. Students with a talent for learning languages can move quicker through the program and receive more rigorous instruction allowing all students to move at the right pace.

ST Math

Have students been coming home talking about JiJi The Penguin? We are hearing about our little penguin friend all the time at TRS. JiJi The Penguin is part of our game-based, math program called ST Math. This personalized and very creative program allows students to complete math problems without ever receiving directions. Amazingly, the students are able to figure out what to do by trial and error and using deep thinking skills. Students mastering the math concept get it right and move on to more challenging problems allowing all students to move at a pace that works for their ability level. When students answer the problem correctly, the penguin appears!