The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Volume 12, Issue 15

April 8, 2019

Hello Ruby Stars!

I hope you had a wonderful March! Realizing I didn’t send out a single weekly newsletter in March… did anyone notice we went a little silent? I sent out Remind messages about events, but didn’t write up a Star. My bad! I will try and do better this month.

We did have some awesome events in March starting with the Golden Sneaker, where we try to get kids and families to Walk, Roll or Carpool to school. It was tough though, as it was SO rainy! Big ups to Andrew LaBarre’s class who again brought home to trophy. We also loved Heritage Night, which was incredibly well attended. The potluck was delicious, the traditional clothing was amazing and the performance by the Filipino Dance and Music group (family from our TK class) was a perfect addition. Thanks also to the first graders and third graders who did Heritage projects to display in the MPR! Big thanks to Ms. Estioko, Mr. Lundholm and especially Ms. Noor for helping me get the event all set up and organized all night.

We also just got done with our annual Science Camp trip! Special thanks to the fifth grade teachers and chaperones who went on the three day, two night trip to make sure everyone had a safe and fun time. I am sure there were many memorable events on the trip. Check out the @RubyBridgesPTA Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed to see some awesome pictures. To our 4th grade families, get ready… you are up next!

There are TWO important surveys that I need you to take – one, to find out your overall satisfaction with our school ( and another from Safe Routes to Schools ( You can visit our webpage for the links, or look for them in the online version of The Star I will be sending out. Please take them, they will only take a minute of your time!

We start our annual, end of year state testing for students in 3rd – 5th grade next week! Check out for some practice questions so you can see what our students need to be able to do to be proficient on these exams!

All for now.

#WeAreRubyStars - Jesse Woodward, Principal and loving it

Did you know?

Did you know that schools are funded through student attendance? When your child comes to school for any or all of a day, the school district receives around $45 per day, per child. If they are absent, for any reason, we don't get funded for that day. We have on average 30 students out per day, more on a Monday or a Friday. We are losing major funds from chronic absences. Please get your children to school!!!

Look below for the academic losses due to absences. More to come on this...

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Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

Apr 10 – PTA meeting, 6pm

Apr 12 – Spirit Day, Sports Day

Apr 30 – School Site Council

May 2 - Alameda Ed Foundation "Salute to Education" at Rhythmix, 6pm.

May 9 – Open House, 6:15pm

May 23 – Art a la Mode, 6:15


Please take these surveys -

- to find out your overall satisfaction with our school (

- from Safe Routes to Schools (

Scholarships for summer camp available!!!

I only received one request for this last month... doesn't anyone want a free week of camp?

If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, and want your child to take an awesome science themed summer camp, email Mr. Woodward. We have a few scholarships available for both Galileo and for Camp EdMo this summer! See flyers below.

Trait of the month - SELF CONTROL

The trait for the month of April is Self Control.

Not to have control over the senses is like sailing on a rudderless ship, bound to break into pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.

Mahatma Gandhi

CAASPP testing

Important announcement for families of students in 3rd – 5th grade for end of year CAASPP (California Academic Assessment of Student Progress and Performance) test

The California Education Code Section 60615 states that parents/guardians may annually submit a written request to the principal of their student's school if they do not wish to have their student take any or all state tests. If a parent or guardian submits an exemption request after testing has begun, any test(s) completed before the request is submitted will be scored and the results reported to the parent or guardian and included in the pupil’s records. AUSD teachers and schools support students to do well on the tests and help them learn test-taking skills that will enable them to be successful throughout their school career and beyond. We encourage parents to contact their child's teacher or principal with any concerns they may have about the test before they request that their student be excluded from taking the test(s).

Lunch this week

Mon., Apr 8

Veggie Nuggets w/ Roll (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza

Tue, Apr 9

Chicken Patty w/ Bun

Grilled Cheese Sandwich (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders

Wed., Apr 10

Macaroni and Cheese (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets

Thur., Apr 11


Pancakes, Egg and Sausage

Pancakes, Egg and Veggie Sausage (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog

Fri., Apr 12

Pizza Pocket

Bean and Cheese Burrito (V)

Favorite - Burger

*A yogurt meal is available daily!

Alameda Soccer Club looking for players

Please check out Alameda Soccer Club - they are signing kids up for their Spring season. They let me know they have scholarships available for anyone who needs financial help to sign up. Please visit their website at to sign up and request a scholarship! Let's get some Stars on those teams!

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!