January 21, 2022 • Updates from Roosevelt Elementary

Haga clic para traducir / Bấm để dịch / 点击翻译

Click this button. Then, click the black Translate Newsletter button and choose any language.

Bear Tracks Update -January 21, 2022
BEAR CLAP! Thank you, Roosevelt families, for an amazing week of online learning! We know it isn't easy, and we truly appreciate the sacrifices that you are making to ensure your child's success. It takes teamwork, and you made it happen—getting your child online each day at 8:45, figuring out technical problems, calling to ask questions, and encouraging your child to keep going. On behalf of each Roosevelt staff member, THANK YOU!
Big picture
Click here to learn how to watch this video with captions in other languages.

Due to staffing shortages, Roosevelt and 7 other schools will continue with online learning for the week of Jan. 24-28: Hoover, McKinley, Roosevelt, Robertson, Lewis & Clark, Franklin, Washington, and Wilson. Roosevelt students will return to in-person learning on Monday, January 31.

Students should continue to log in every day at 8:35 am. Please see schedule, log-in, and Google Meet info below.

Special information for self-contained special education and transitional kindergarten:

  • Our transitional kindergarten class will continue in-person all week.
  • Our self-contained special education classes will be in-person on Monday and online on Tuesday-Friday.

From Jan. 24-28, Roosevelt students will learn online. Here's some important information to help you and your child succeed at online learning:

  • School starts at 8:45 on Google Meet. Your child's teacher has shared his/her Google Meet code.
  • Please help your child follow the schedule (see below). Using a timer is a huge help!
  • Please choose a workspace where your child can focus (quick video for helpful tips). Headphones help in noisy situations. For privacy, aim the laptop camera toward a wall instead of into the room.
  • Please connect on ParentSquare with your child's teacher. Turn on notifications. If you haven't already, download the ParentSquare app for a better experience.
  • Our BEAR Expectations for Distance Learning help your child succeed at online learning.

Your child's teacher sent home a personalized schedule with Google Meet codes and specific times and classes:
  • Morning classes happen at 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am with short breaks in between.
  • Lunch is from 11:45 am-12:15 pm.
  • Afternoon class is at 12:15 pm.
  • Office hours for teachers to help your child are in the afternoon—Grades K-3 from1:00-1:30 pm; Grades 4-5 from 1:30-2:00 pm.
  • Specialist classes (library, music, and PE) happen between 1:15-3:15 pm.

Call our office at (509) 573-1700 for help, or contact your child's teacher for more details. Click here (or see below) for directions on logging into Google Meet and more.

Order grab-and-go meals online by 9 pm on January 25. Use the QR code or visit to order.

If you order online, you can pick up a 5-day meal pack at 4 schools on January 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm.

Click to open Logging In instructions.


  • Username: Gmail address (Contact your child’s teacher or call 573-1700 for Gmail address)

  • Passwords:

  • For Grades K-3: 1234

  • For Grades 4-5: Elem1234


  • Double-click on Chrome browser to launch internet.

  • Go to Google homepage (

  • Click on blue SIGN IN button in top right corner and enter account info.


  • Look for waffle in top right corner (9 squares in a grid)

  • Click on waffle and a drop-down menu appears.

  • Scroll down to click on icons for Google Meet or Google Classroom.


Parents Guide to Google Meet - May 2020 Update
Click here to learn how to watch this video with captions in other languages.

Here's a parents' video tutorial for Google Meet.
  • Every staff member at Roosevelt has a unique 7-letter Google Meet code.
  • Your child must be logged into his/her Google account in order to use Google Meet (see logging on directions or scroll up for more info).
  • Type the teacher's code in the box that says ENTER A CODE OR LINK.
  • Click the JOIN button.
  • A preview screen will launch.
  • Click on the microphone and camera icons to turn the microphone and camera on or off. Also, check what's in the background of your video to maintain your family's privacy. Have your child use headphones if he/she is in a noisy area.
  • Click JOIN NOW.
  • If your child is trying to log in before the teacher has started the class, an error code will appear. For example, "The Meet code you're using doesn't match a call you can join." If that happens, wait a few minutes and try again.

If you have questions about using Google Meet, please call us at (509) 573-1700 for help.
Big picture

School will be in session on Monday, January 24. This day had originally been scheduled as a day off, but it is now an online school day to make up the snow day on Jan. 3.

Additional make-up days have been made to our school calendar because of snow days earlier this month:

  • For January 6, 2022, the make-up day is Wednesday, June 15 which will now be a full day of school.
  • For January 7, 2022, the make-up day is Thursday, June 16.
  • Our last day of school will now be a half-day on Friday, June 17.
Big picture

Parents & Guardians; We're Listening! Take our QUICK School Improvement Survey by Feb. 6th! This is the 3rd mini-survey in a series of 6.

In order for us to continue to improve our school district and our school, it is important for us to understand your experience about the job we are doing in providing a quality education for your children. The survey will take you only 1-2 minutes per child (please take one survey per child that you have in the Yakima School District). Your feedback is important and we want to know what you believe are our strengths and opportunities for growth. Thank you!

Roosevelt Appreciates our School Board!

Aplauso de oso para nuestra junta escolar!

Con gratitud del personal y los estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Roosevelt

Mes de reconocimiento de la junta escolar

Enero de 2022

Haga clic para ver la imagen en español.

Our website was recently updated, and some of the links have moved. Here are the best links to use to find helpful information for you and your child. The "FIND IT FAST" should always be your first click because we update that area frequently with current information. You can still find Bear Tracks on our website—look for the Bear Tracks button. Please call 509-573-1700 if you need help finding something on our new website. Thanks!
Big picture

Congratulations to Mrs. Brenda Rodriguez, one of Roosevelt's dedicated, talented paraprofessional educators! Mrs. Rodriguez was awarded our staff rotating award, the Spirit of the Bear Award, for the week of January 23rd.

Here's what Ms. Debbie Goins wrote when nominating Mrs. Rodriguez:

  • It is my pleasure to pass the Spirit of the Bear Award to the next very deserving member of our staff who shows excellence in all she does, Brenda Rodriguez. Brenda is a priceless addition to the Bear Team. Her gentle and quiet demeanor garnishes respect and compliance from our students. I've seen her "tame" the most fierce, angry students and guide them toward making wise decisions to grow both academically and socially. She's not afraid to tackle any challenge tossed her way with a positive and determined attitude. She joined our staff with a wealth of information about the programs offered in YSD, and her expertise has contributed significantly to the academic growth of our students. I feel so lucky that she is working with my struggling readers. She has demonstrated skill in helping them grow tremendously. Thank you for all you do, Brenda. You are amazing!

Congratulations to our 4th-grade teacher, Mrs. Debbie Blodgett-Goins for maintaining her National Board Certification! The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certifies a select number of teachers nationwide who have demonstrated that they teach to the highest professional standards. Nationwide, only 3% of all teachers hold National Board Certification! Congratulations, Mrs. Goins, on your well-deserved recognition!

Big picture
Practicing for just 20-30 minutes a day can give your child huge amounts of growth! Visit our website ( or your child's Google Classroom for links to all of our digital programs. You child can use Freckle Math to practice math, Imagine Learning to gain English-language skills, Epic for a huge library of books, and iStation to practice English/Language Arts. Clicking the links from our website or Google Classroom makes logging in faster and easier. Please contact your child's teacher or call (509) 573-1700 with any questions.
Big picture

As a convenience to YSD staff, students, and members of their households, the Yakima School District has coordinated vaccine clinics (see dates/times below) at school sites. The vaccines that will be available at the clinics are—

  • COVID-19 first, second, and booster
  • First vaccines for children age 5-11 (parent/guardian must be present).

We will host vaccine clinics during the following dates/times.

  • January 26 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Washington Middle School.

The pre-registration link is posted online at You do not have to pre-register but it does save you time to do so in advance.
Civil Rights and Equity

Promoting Educational Access & Excellence for All

Yakima School District encourages workforce diversity and complies with all state and federal laws prohibiting unlawful discrimination. Please read our full nondiscrimination statement for more information.