The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Nov 29, 2017


Hi all! We are back in action post Thanksgiving break. I hope you had a lovely time with family and friends, and had some delicious food. I certainly did!


We have a few important events coming up here between now and the Winter Break. Please look below at our calendar of events to make sure you can come to some or all of them! Winter Craft Night is next Friday, Dec 15th at 6:15 in the MPR. We are actually looking for a few more families to run craft tables at our Winter Craft Night. It is an easy gig, just help families get started on a craft project that we will design and get supplies for. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE volunteer your husband or wife or friend or older son/daughter to organize one of these tables. Email Mr. Woodward, jwoodward@alameda.k12.ca.us and let me know you will help out. We will also have a potluck and cookie exchange, and it is the same night as the last night of the Book Fair. This is one of those traditions that we've had here at Ruby Bridges since it opened 11 years ago. Let's continue to show that we have the parent volunteers to pull off community events like this.


In other news, we are short again for our lunch supervisors. We have lost two wonderful people over the last couple of weeks and need a few more good souls. I would love someone who could just organize a basketball game for two hours each day at lunch. The job is wonderful in that you are interacting with all of our kids on the recess yard. Come on, give us a few of your hours. Again, email me if interested.


We have the Fun-A-Thon this Saturday, Dec 2nd from 9:30 - 12:00. This is a major fundraiser for our school, and is SUPER fun for the kids! We are charging for non-Ruby Bridges kids, so please come with a few bucks to throw into the jar if bringing additional kids to the event. Please make sure you come out and have fun with us!


Lastly, I wanted to mention that ALL families from Kinder through third have access to RAZ kids, both at school and at home. RAZ kids is an online library of leveled books that will first read the book to you, then you read it, then last you answer some questions about the book. This website is an effective and engaging way to learn to read. The books are high interest, and are JUST RIGHT for each child. Please see your teacher if you have any questions.


I hope you had a good conference with your teachers. They have been staying late and working hard to prepare for all of these meetings. Consider sending them an extra special thank you for all the time and energy they are putting into your kids!


With gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

now - 12/15 - collecting toys for Alameda Fire Dept Toy program

12/1 - Spirit Day Wear polka dots/stripes

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

12/11 - 12/15 - Book Fair in Library

12/12 - Wood parent info night, 5:30

12/14 - Junior Jets parent info night, 6:30

12/15 - Winter Craft Night, 6:15

12/22 - 1/5 - No School!

Robotics Club mentor found!

We found our Robotics coach! Woot woot! Look out Alameda, the Ruby Robotics team is coming to town!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!!!

Winter Book Fair is coming Monday December 11 – Friday December 15th

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the Book Fair!

Hour of Code coming next week

As though we didn't have enough announcements in this newsletter, I also wanted to send a note that next week, December 4th through December 8th, is the official Hour of Code week. We are asking ALL students at Ruby Bridges to spend at least ONE hour doing some coding. Please watch the video below, seriously. It is awesome, and inspiring, and will make you want to jump onto code.org and get your certificate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc

STEAM Studio

Hello RB Community. We are still in need of some more basic LEGOS (used ones are fine!) and some Cleaning Wipes for tables, if you are able. Please drop them off in the office or bring them by the Studio, room 401! Also, I have had many families join me on REMIND to receive updates about all things STEAM. If you want to join to see your child’s grade level STEAM projects, text the number 81010 from your cell phone, then text the message below that goes with your child’s grade level:

@rbsteamk

@rbsteam1

@rbsteam2

@rbsteam3

@rbsteam4

@rbsteam5

@rbpstk

PS & TK families, please see the new code added at the bottom of the list for your classes. I will share photos and updates about the activities we do in each grade level. All photos will respect the photo releases that you signed at the beginning of the school year. Hope to see you on there!

Hello from the Ruby Bridges PTA

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

Upcoming events:

Fun-A-Thon THIS SATURDAY 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

Winter Craft Night and Cookie Exchange December 15th 6pm

Heritage night January 19th 6pm

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Ruby Wrap

An amazing podcast from @podcaststories about a superhero who has hung up his boots. Check it out!

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!