The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Nov 1, 2017

Good evening from RBE! We are having busy days over here. Today we did our behavior expectation review through our PBIS (Positive Behavior Incentive Systems) program at school. We clearly stated our expectations at various stations around campus - the office, the cafeteria, the playground, the bathrooms and hallways. Kids know what the 4 Be's look like in each of these places around campus. Ask your kids what they thought of our presentations!

Do you know the 4 Be's? Ask you kids... hopefully they know by now!


  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be a friend


I also have big news from the PTA board. We have a new president of the PTA, Karen Bane and a new secretary, Alyson Ferguson! Special thanks to all the members of our PTA board that give SOOOOOO much of their time and energy making our school a better place. Welcome to the team!


Check out the flyer at the bottom of this newsletter for FREE homework help at the Alameda Free library after school.


Last weekend, we had Project Peace team up with Ruby Bridges PTA to do some volunteer work here at the school. They rebuilt some garden beds, filled it with fresh dirt delivered from Waste Management, cleaned the school kitchen, and built a garden for Mr. Manalisay's class. Look below for some pictures. Thanks everybody who volunteered!


Next Tuesday, November 14th is Ruby Bridges Day here at school. November 14th is an important date because it was on this day in 1960 that Ruby integrated William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana. Here is her Wikipedia page to learn more about her. The ACTUAL Ruby Bridges comes to our school each year for events, I can't wait to meet her. We have many, many books for kids at every level of reading at school, ask your teacher what they are doing in their classes to celebrate!


We had our 5th grade Science camp parent night last week also. The turnout was incredible! We are asking each family to pay $250 for their child to attend camp. We know this is a lot of money for all families, prohibitively expensive for some. We are working with a company to sell chocolate, for students who need to raise some additional funds, or those looking to help raise more money. Students will also be able to apply for a full or partial scholarship if they need. We are really excited about this important educational, social and bonding event. More to come...



With gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

11/8 - PTA Executive Board meeting - 5:30

11/10 - No School - Veterans Day

11/14 - Ruby Bridges Day

11/15 - RBE Alcance (Spanish speaking parents) - 8:30

11/15 - Wood Middle School tour 10-11am

11/15 - Beyond Everyone Belongs Here - see below

11/16 - ELAC (English Language Acquisition Committee) 8:30 - 9:30

11/16 - Junior Jets info night and tour - 6:30

12/2 - Fun-A-Thon 9:30 - 12:00

Robotics Club mentor needed!

No answer to this last week... please help!


We have been selected to participate in the Alameda wide Robotics competition this year! We are looking for a mentor to lead our program. We will have two practices a week after school and a couple of Saturday build sessions. We will get started in February, and the competition happens Saturday, May 12th. Let's not only participate, but win this island wide competition! Reach out to Mr. Woodward if interested.
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STEAM Studio

STEAM fun continues as all classes rotate through the Studio and teachers start utilizing the LAB in 402. This round of classes, lower grade students are working on understanding the science behind Color and how they can create new colors with water and tissue paper. Mathematical concepts also review size, 2D & 3D planes, and shape. After completing the experiment, students are getting to engineer in small groups using many of the manipulatives we have received through Donors Choose!


In upper grades, we are exploring circuits and graphite conductors while working in teams based off of the NASA model of project management. We are exploring natural electrical circuitry using graphite, paper, 9v batteries, and singular LEDs. In teams of 3, students create a circuit shape and learn about Graphite as an electrical conductor! Because graphite is low in conductivity, the success of a circuit will depend on the length, thickness, and amount of graphite on the paper. Students explore varying lines to challenge their circuit strength.


Lastly, I want to thank AEF for working with the Graber Family, who adopted the Studio and donated $500 for supplies! Thank you, Mr. Graber! Thank you, AEF!!

Hello from the Ruby Bridges PTA

Join and support the PTA: http://rubybridgespta.wixsite.com/rbpta

Upcoming events:


Fun-A-Thon December 2nd 9:30-12

Please continue to help students complete the packets sent home for this event. The 2 classes that raise the most money this year will get a pizza and movie party, provided by the PTA!!!

Kids will have a chance to win prizes including Amazon Kindles, scooters, and Target gift cards. Admission is free for Ruby Bridges students and $10 for non-Ruby Bridges students. Come out and have some fun with us!

We need your help to make the Fun-A-Thon run smoothly! Please sign up for a spot to help out on the day of the event. Sign up using this link: http://signup.com/go/jGwFHtt


To donate visit us here: http://rubybridgespta.wixsite.com/rbpta

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Ruby Wrap

Does anyone remember Good Night Moon? Did you read that book with your little ones? I did, and was delighted to watch this satirical take on what we might say goodnight to these days...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ouOwpYQqic

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!