Roosevelt Register Newsletter

May and June 2021

A note from Principal Ronayne

A Special Thank you to the Roosevelt Family

The 2020-21 school year is my 15th year as your principal. I have been honored and humbled to be in this role for so many wonderful years. It is with mixed emotions that I am sharing with you that this year will be my last. I am retiring from the Roosevelt Principalship at the conclusion of this school year. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, the parents and students of Roosevelt, for making my time here a true blessing.

This is a very special place to me. Well before I was the principal here, I was a parent of three children who were educated by some of the most amazing and dedicated teachers here at Roosevelt. My children are all graduates of Faribault Public schools, and my wife, Renae and I could not be more impressed by the fantastic education our children received in our Public Schools.

Children at Roosevelt often comment on my graying hair and older appearance. I say to them that I earned each and every one of these gray hairs. I even tell them “If you look real closely you can see a child’s name on each of these gray hairs.” In all seriousness, I have always been aware that these students are your most precious gift. You are trusting the staff and myself to keep your child safe and to be partners with you in their development. I am happy for each gray hair on my head if it meant I could have even a little positive impact on your amazing children.

To the children of Roosevelt. THANK YOU!! Thank you for being the smartest, most extraordinary students in all of Minnesota. You bring a rich combination of cultures and traditions that make our school the best in all the land. Please always remember that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Dream big dreams! Strive to be the best you can be. Don’t ever forget, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Remember the “Power of Yet”. If you have a growth mindset, you can reach and grab the stars.


Terrance D. Ronayne


“Open your Eyes to the beauty around you.

Open your mind to the wonders of Life.

Open your heart to those who love you

And always be true to yourself.” Maya Angelou


Upcoming dates to note:

MAY 4th- May 13th: Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center (School Hours for Students)

MAY 11th - PTO Fundraiser Night @ A & W from 4-9 pm proceeds benefit Roosevelt school

MAY 18th - 5th Grade FIELD DAY

MAY 20th - LAST DAY OF FALCONS AFTER SCHOOL for this School Year

May 26th - The final day for 7-day meal packs will be Wednesday, May 26.

MAY 31st - NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day


iPad Turn in Date for Distance Learning Students


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FALCONS ONLINE ACADEMY-Enroll Now for Fall 2021

Falcons Online Academy - Enrollment is Open Now

Beginning this fall, all students in grades K-12 are invited to enroll in Faribault Public Schools through our new Falcons Online Academy.

Education is not one-size-fits-all and there are many paths to student success. The COVID-19 pandemic accentuated this as we saw some students who benefitted from face-to-face instruction and collaboration while others thrived when given more opportunities to learn through virtual options.

By establishing the Falcons Online Academy, we are responding to the needs of our students and families by providing an educational option that offers more flexibility and allows for a more customized learning experience.

Falcons Online Academy is not the same as the distance learning model. Additional staff and resources will ensure that each student has the support they need to be successful online learners.

Advantages of Falcons Online Academy:

  • Students in grades K-5 receive regular live, online interaction with a Faribault Public Schools teacher who has training and experience in teaching in schools and online.
  • Students in grades 6-12 have greater flexibility in a learning model that blends live teaching and independent work.
  • Students in grades 6-12 have more class choices through Edgenuity.
  • Students are supported by a team of teachers who are dedicated to online learners and act as mentors, coaches and facilitators.
  • Students are provided with an iPad and backed by a technology support system that gives them the tools they need to be successful.
  • Students have access to support services (RISE, social workers, counselors, EL services) to meet their individual needs.
  • Parents stay involved through regular, scheduled online check-ins with a teacher.
  • A quality education through Faribault Public Schools is available to anyone, anywhere.

Click here for more information and enrollment forms:

5th Grade Students & Parents - Sign up to Tour the Faribault Middle School

Fifth-graders at Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary are invited to join FHS STOPS (Students Together Offering Peer Support) students for a tour of Faribault Middle School. Tours are available at various times on Wednesdays throughout May. Contact Ms. McColley at 507-333-6312 to schedule your tour. Each tour will last 20-30 minutes.
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7-Day Meal Packs

The final day for 7-day meal packs will be Wednesday, May 26. Lunches will be available for pick-up daily through the end of the school year at Jefferson Elementary.

Summer Meal Information (June 14-Aug. 19)

STEAM programming at Jefferson Elementary and FMS will

have breakfast and lunch available. Meals will be handed out at Jefferson Elementary, Monday through Thursday from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Each meal handed out will include a breakfast and a lunch.

Meals handed out on Thursdays will include two breakfasts

and lunches, meant to be eaten on Fridays. These meals are free for anyone 18 and under.

Faribault School Board approves 3-year plan to accelerate learning, support students

At the April 26 school board meeting, our board approved the Falcons Forward - Vision 2024 plan. Falcons Forward is our district’s plan to accelerate learning and provide additional support for our students over the next three years, using the funds provided through the American Rescue Plan.

Falcons Forward focuses on addressing the following three strategies outlined in our strategic plan:

  • Focusing on the social and emotional well-being and safety of students and staff.

  • Providing a high-quality education for every student.

  • Addressing individual student learning in innovative and challenging ways.

To address these strategies, we’re allocating resources to three areas: Student support, online school, and facilities and accessibility.

Student Support

We will add one additional social worker at each school and one additional counselor at the middle school so every student and family can get the support they need to navigate the issues the pandemic has brought to their personal and academic lives.

We will add 11 teachers across the elementary schools and middle school, which will lower class sizes by an average of four students per class, allowing for more individualized instruction, personalized learning and interventions.

We will add two paraprofessionals to build relationships and help maintain a positive and safe culture at the middle school.

We will add an EL teacher at the Area Learning Center to provide on-site support for students and staff.

We will add two high school teachers in the areas of math/technology and FACS to meet the high demand for classes in those subject areas.

Falcons Online Academy

Online learning through the Falcons Online Academy will be an option for all K-12 students.

We will add an online learning coordinator and five K-12 teachers to serve as mentors, coaches and facilitators for our online learners.

Facilities and Accessibility

We will make upgrades to Jefferson Elementary that will create an enhanced learning environment.

We’ve hired multilingual office personnel to assist non-English speaking students and families at the district office.

We will provide additional bus routes so all high school students who live over one mile from school have access to transportation.

We will strengthen our early-childhood program by:

  • Updating the curriculum

  • Adding a multi-sensory room and equipment

  • Hiring an outreach professional to work with community partners and engage families.

In addition to the above additions that are part of Falcons Forward, we’ve also committed $1 million toward summer learning acceleration using previous COVID-19 relief funds. This will allow for enhanced Summer STEAM programming and credit recovery opportunities for secondary students.

School Lunch Hero Day

Friday, May 7, was School Lunch Hero Day. Thank you to the food service staff for all the hard work you do to provide nutritious meals for our students every day!

2021 Summer Camps-Faribault Boys Basketball


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How you can support Faribault students through FAPSETA and FEEP

The Faribault Area Public School Trust Association (FAPSETA), the Faribault Falcon Scholarship Fund, and the Falcon Educational Enrichment Program (FEEP) provide a source of funds to assist in meeting the ongoing educational goals of Faribault Public Schools students. Since 1986, the Faribault Falcon Scholarship Fund has awarded over $1.2 million to Faribault students. You can learn more about FAPSETA and how you can contribute here.

The Falcon Educational Enrichment Program (FEEP) is a subsidiary of FAPSETA. FEEP’s mission is to secure financial support for specific classrooms and learning opportunities that are beyond regular classroom support. Since 2019, FEEP has funded over $20,000 in grants that have enriched the educational experience for our students. They have funded grants that have supported projects focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), literacy, robotics, and cultural awareness.

You can support these projects with every Amazon purchase you make. All you have to do is go to, sign in, and select Faribault Area Public Schools Educational Trust Association as your charitable organization. For all future Amazon orders, go to the URL and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to FAPSETA.

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

Children turning 5 years old by September 1, 2021 can register for 2021-2022 Kindergarten.


You can register your child for kindergarten online by going to Once you start your application you will be given an application number. Please keep this number in the event you do not complete the application in one sitting. You will need it later to finish the application process. If you already have a parent portal account, you can register by logging in to the parent portal and clicking on Online Registration. If you have questions during the online registration process, please call 507-333-6067.

Summer STEAM Registration-NOW OPEN!

As we begin the new month of March it is time to begin planning for Summer. This summer students will have the opportunity to enroll in Faribault's Summer STEAM program. Summer STEAM will be a nine week camp focused on developing students’ skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost. The program will run Monday-Thursday from 8AM-3PM, June 14 through August 12. The deadline for guaranteed busing has passed, but it still may be possible to receive busing based on your address.

Click Here on this link to register your child.


Camp Invention is Back!

Join Us for the Best Summer Ever!

Camp Invention® is back with an all-new program: Recharge! Featuring take-apart microphones, robotic crickets, duck-launching devices and morphing vehicles, this summer is packed full of super fun, confidence-boosting STEM activities!

What could be better? This year, with our Peace of Mind Promise, your local camp is being offered in person and at home so your child can experience the fun of Camp Invention no matter where they are!

Jefferson Elementary School

8/2/2021 - 8/6/2021 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Biggest discount ever! Secure your spot today using ALUMNI40 to SAVE $40.

Contact Connie Hart for other discounts and scholarship opportunities:


Save Now

Discount ends 3/31/2021. Redeem online.

Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Parent Reminders

Masks Required

Please remember to make sure your child(ren) are wearing a clean mask to school each day. Masks are required for students riding the school bus also.

Parents and visitors are also required to wear a face mask when entering the building entryway and waiting outdoors for your child(ren).


When your child is absent from school (i.e. illness, late due to an appointment), please remember to call us. To ensure that our students are safe, the office staff will be contacting families, at home or work, when we do not receive a call. Messages can be left on our 24 hour voicemail any time of the day or night. Please call the attendance line by 8:30 a.m. at 333-6701.

School Delays or Closings

Decisions to close or delay schools will be made as soon as possible. Please look for announcements the day before a winter storm or by 6:00 a.m. the day of the closing or delay of school. Please refrain from calling the schools and check the notification sources below.

Weather related delay and closing information:

There are several methods of contact in place for notification of school delays or closings. Here are a few of them:

· Instant Alert System

· Emergency Hotline : 507-333-6057

· District Website:, Radio Stations: KDHL, 920 or Power 96

TV Stations: WCCO –4, KSTP – 5, and KARE 11, Fox 9

Early Dismissals-

In early dismissal situations, bus students will be transported home.

Parents of children who walk to and from school are requested to review with their children where to go when released early. Every family must have a written emergency plan on file with the classroom teacher. Parents may always use personal judgment in keeping students home or picking them up early in storm conditions