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Ruby Bridges 11th Annual Cultural Voices Oratorical-February 26, 2020

Dear Ruby Community,

I write to invite you to our upcoming 11th annual Cultural Voices Assembly, facilitated under the direction of our Title 1 Coordinator and Reading Interventionist, Kristin Furuichi Fong. Modeled after the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical in Oakland Unified, this is an all-school assembly where all of our classes celebrate our rich diversity by presenting a song, poem, or a dramatic reading – some grade levels even present altogether!

Our school day celebration will be held on Wednesday, February 26th in our multi-use room, and will begin at 8:45 am. It will run approximately 1 hour.

Also, on the evening of February 26th, Alameda Unified School District will host a Black History Month Program here at Ruby Bridges. We will open with dinner at 6:30 pm and and enjoy an evening of student presentations, guest speakers, and community acknowledgements. We invite our families and other community members to attend and celebrate our rich diversity here at Ruby Bridges. District Office representatives and School Board members will be in attendance.Thank you in advance to our student presenters and guests. Thank you teachers for working with our students.

Please click for flyer below.

AUSD Black History Month Celebration 2/26, 6:30 pm @ RB

AUSD Celebrates Black History Month When: Wednesday, 2/26/20 Time: 6:30-8:30 pm, Where: Ruby Bridges MPR, How: Student performances, guest speakers, community/student awards- All are welcome. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

The 2020 Golden Sneaker Contest is happening February 24th through March 6th, 2020.

We are getting excited for the 2020 Golden Sneaker Contest! The Golden Sneaker Contest is a fun way for schools in Alameda County to encourage students to choose healthy travel options to school for a couple of weeks!

The Golden Sneaker Contest is a two-week classroom competition that encourages students, parents, teachers and administrators to take the healthy route to school by choosing active or shared transportation options such as:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Skateboarding, or any other human-powered wheels!
  • Carpooling with other families at your school, or
  • Riding public transit — like the bus or BART

How Does the Golden Sneaker Contest Work?

Students in each class keep track of their active and shared travel to school each day with a simple tally chart. At the end of the two weeks, the class with the highest percentage of class participation will receive the Golden Sneaker Award — a trophy made from shoes donated by the Golden State Warriors — and a classroom prize.

Mr. LaBarre's 2018/19 class are our reigning champions and their trophy is on display in the office.

Who will take the trophy this year? My wheels are ready, are yours?

Trimester 2 Awards- February 27th and 28th!

Hooray! The time has come (again) to celebrate our hard work with ToolBox, the 4Bs, academics, and attendance! This Thursday and Friday many Ruby Stars will receive certificates and acknowledgements in the above areas. Families are welcome to join us in celebrating after signing in at the office. We will meet in the cafeteria at the following times:

Friday, February 28, 2020

Grades 1st-3rd: 8:40-9:20 am

Grades 4th-5th: 9:40-10:20 am

We will also acknowledge many of our Preschool, TK, and Kinder Stars on Thursday, February 27th, 2020.

Preschool: 9:30 (classroom)

TK: 11:00 (classroom)

Kinder: 10:15 (Kinder yard)

Black History Month

"Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history."

Please plan to join the Ruby Stars in celebration of Black History Month! Continuing this month and throughout the year, students will learn about the many cultures that make us fantastically diverse.

Also, mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Ruby Bridges Cultural Voices Assembly on February 26, 2020 at 8:45 a.m. Students have been working hard on presentations in tribute to African Americans and their many contributions to the United States and the world.

Read more at:

Heritage Night- 3/19/20 @ 6:15 p.m.- Sponsored by RB PTA

Save the date! Heritage Night will be on Thursday, March 19th 6:15 - 8:00pm in the Ruby Bridges MPR. This is a beloved Ruby Bridges tradition that celebrates our beautifully diverse community. Heritage Night is a pot-luck feast! To participate please bring a food dish from your culture, and come prepared to eat delicious food that others have brought to share. Families and students are encouraged to wear clothing that represents their heritage. If you signed up to volunteer at this event you will be receiving an e-mail soon. Special thanks to Ms. Noor, Stephanie C., Carmen S., and Lynette T. for serving on the planning committee.

Life Skill Focus for February: Forgiveness

"Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning."

-Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness for Kids

"The act of sincerely forgiving someone is a powerful choice that demonstrates self-love and empathy for others. It allows the person who chooses to forgive, the opportunity to release negative energy and not become overwhelmed by anger. The ability to manage emotions in a productive way doesn’t come easy for most. The act of forgiveness is an important skill that needs to be learned and regularly put into practice."

  • Recognize and support – Acknowledge instances that leave your child feeling angry. Don’t discredit your child’s feelings, kid’s need validation just like adults. Sometimes just the fact that you showed support and allowed your child to own their feelings can be enough to put the youngster at ease.
  • Let go of stress – Let your child release the feelings of frustration. There is nothing wrong with feeling angry. The buildup of such negative emotions will create stress for the child. When a difficult scene arises, shift your kid away to a place where the child can vent. Several minutes of screaming, stomping or pounding on something soft will release the bad energy and help restore calm.
  • Have a dialogue – When your child has regained composure, encourage a simple discussion with the person involved in the conflict. Teach them to speak their minds and stand up for themselves. Try to come up with forgiveness games for children as a way to lighten the mood.
  • Inspire empathy – Analyze and explain the situation in a way that allows your child to consider the other person’s feelings. Encourage activities to teach forgiveness and caring for others.
  • Say “I forgive you” aloud – Saying the words out loud will help rid the child of some negative feelings and help move the healing process forward. The goal is for the child to realize that relationships are important and that we all make mistakes. Forgiveness for kids can be learned and will become a rewarding habit.

What example of FORGIVENESS is in the video below?

Toolbox: Please and Thank You Tool- I treat others with kindness and appreciation.

Taking Time Tool-I take time-in and time-away.

Singa and the Kindness Cubbies (Ep 4) - Forgiveness

ELPAC Testing- February 2020

What is it?

The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten (K) through grade twelve understand English when it is not their primary language. Information from the ELPAC helps your child’s teacher provide support in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Who will be administered the ELPAC?

The Summative ELPAC is given to students who are identified as English learners.

When will it be administered for 2019/20?

February 2020- May 2020

How can I prepare my child?

  • Read to your child, or have your child read to you, on a regular basis.
  • Use pictures and ask your child to tell you what they see in the picture or what is happening in the picture.
  • Provide your child with opportunities to use language outside of school.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher about your child’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to help support your child’s progress.
  • Use the practice tests available at this link:

Who can I contact with questions?

Please contact your child's teacher or our VP, Ms. Kim, with questions. She can be contacted at:

More information about the ELPAC can also be found on the California Department of Education ELPAC web page at

CAASPP scores- State Testing Results

Parent/Caregiver information on CAASP Scores:

Parents and caregivers are likely receiving communications from Educational Testing Service to deliver videos explaining students CAASPP reports. Parents have reached out wondering what these are and if they are spam. They are not spam. They are helpful in understanding the reports. Please be sure to let your families know that these are helpful videos that can help them to better understand their children’s CAASP scores.

CAASPP Samples:








Feb.24th- Mar. 6th- 2020 Golden Sneaker Contest

Feb.25th - SSC meeting- Media Center- 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Feb.26th -11th Annual Ruby Bridges Cultural Voices Assembly- 8:45 a.m.

Feb.27th - 9 AM Lockdown Drill

Feb.28th - End of Trimester

March 11th-13th- Report card conferences- Minimum days

March 19th- Heritage Night @ 6:15 p.m.

March 20th- PTA Family Cafe- Room 301

March 25th-27th- Fifth grade Science Camp

March 30-April 3rd- Spring Break, No School

Ruby Stars show the 4 Bs- Be safe, be responsible, be respectful, be a friend!

Ruby Bridges students, faculty, and families believe all students can be STARS by following the 4Bs ! Following the AUSD Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) system, we strive to Be: Safe, Responsible, Respectful, and a Friend to All. These expectations are taught, modeled, learned, and practiced at Ruby Bridges.

School-wide PBIS focus areas and behavior expectations:

  • Arrival and Dismissal- walking to and from safely

  • Cafeteria/respect property- remain seated; clean behind self

  • Basic behavior- indoor voices, following the 4 Bs, waiting calmly

  • Courtyard/line- 3 point touch following recess; walk calmly to line

Acknowledgements for following the 4 Bs:

Star Cards and lunchtime drawings

Positive acknowledgement

Shout outs during morning announcements

Classroom incentives