The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Feb 8, 2018

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School has been busy these last few weeks! We had 2018-19 Kindergarten info night, a PTA meeting, Room Parents meeting, and now coming up tomorrow, Ruby's Got Talent! WOW!!! I can't wait to see all the amazing talent we have on display, it is going to be a great night, MC'd by none other than Mr. Lundholm and myself! Special thanks goes out to the amazing team of teachers putting on the show, auditions, etc, of Mr. LaBarre, Susan Maiden and Carolyn Newberg. I am sure there are others helping out, but these folks are giving up HOURS of their evenings to put this on, so say THANKS when you see them! Also, we are going to be selling pizza ($1 a slice) and water ($1 a bottle) until we run out. Get there early to get a seat!

Please see below for an exciting book talk coming to Alameda Free Library, a great article on parenting tips from the Greatschools website, and cool flyers designed by our 4th/5th grade Media Lab kids.

Lastly, I wanted to send a shout out to Linda Mauldin, a 5th grade parent who organized a fundraiser for our Science Camp. She and her team of volunteers and donors were able to raise a whopping $3,200 for Science Camp scholarships. WOW!!!

All for now. Don't forget about our Twitter feed, go look through some of the fun stuff going on at our school!


With joy and gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

We are so excited to welcome Mitali Perkins to the Alameda Free Main Library on Tue. Feb. 27 from 3:30-4:15

The Author:

Ms. Perkins is an engaging speaker and will discuss two of her award winning books, Rickshaw Girl, chosen as one of the 100 Great Children’s Books of the last 100 years by the New York Public Library and You Bring the Distant Near, a young adult novel nominated for the National Book Award.

The Books:

  • Rickshaw Girl, a moving story of Bangla culture and customs that highlights changing attitudes and times. This lively story, chosen as a must-read global title for children by the Cooperative Center for Children’s Books, was also performed by the Bay Area Children’s Theater.
  • You Bring the Distant Near, has received an equally high level of praise. The Washington Post cheers, “This touching, intricately layered novel follows an Indian American family who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s as it adjusts to life here and faces both opportunities and struggles over time ... Accomplished storytelling, vividly drawn characters…broaden this vibrant book’s appeal beyond its target audience. Readers across the generations will take it to their hearts.”

A book sale and signing will follow.

This is a free event and seating is limited. Reservations are available at
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Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

Feb 9 - 6:30pm Ruby's Got Talent

Feb 12 - 8:30am Coffee With The Principal - 403

Feb 16 & 19 - NO SCHOOL

Feb 21 - 8:40am Cultural Voices Assembly in MPR

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Add yourself to my Remind text group

Do you get my texts about important school events? Want to? Text the message @rbstars to the number 81010 to add. You will be prompted to download the Remind app from the app store, you can but don't have to. You will now get my text message updates!

Student Council corner...

Now that January has come to a close, our Pennies for Patients fundraiser has ended. Please send your student collection boxes filled with change to school by this Friday. Student Council officers will be collecting classroom collection boxes early next week. Stay tuned to find out how much our school raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

February is here and this is the month where we SHOW LOVE TO OUR COMMUNITY OF ALAMEDA! We will be doing a canned and dry food drive to support the Alameda City Food Bank. Our Student Council members set a goal to collect 2018 items during the drive! Please support our community and families of Ruby Bridges who rely on our city’s food bank for food support. Please donate non-perishable items including: cereal, canned food such as vegetable and fruit, instant noodles, canned tuna, bags of dry beans, rice, etc. Food can be brought directly to the bins in the front office or to classrooms. Let’s show our neighbors that we care and help us reach our goal!

Ruby Bridges Annual Cultural Voices Assembly

Families and community members are invited to attend our schoolwide assembly on Wednesday, February 21st at 8:40 in the Multipurpose Room as all classes will be celebrating the diversity of our Ruby Bridges students through music and poetry! All students from preschool and TK through 5th grade will come together in unity and we hope you will join us! Seating will be limited so plan to arrive early.

Ann Martin Center parent education classes

Please see the link below for FREE parent education classes offered in Emeryville. This great resource sent to us by our School Psychologist Camilo Garcia. He is amazing!

Safe Routes to Schools - Golden Sneaker Contest

Lace up those shoes, dust off those bikes, or get ready to share your ride! The Safe Routes to Schools Golden Sneaker Contest is coming to your school.

From February 26 to March 9, students in participating classrooms will work together to reduce car trips by using active and shared transportation options such as:


  • Biking, Skateboarding, using a scooter, or any other human-powered wheels
  • Riding the school bus
  • Using public transit such as AC Transit or BART
  • Carpooling with other families

The Golden Sneaker Contest offers a chance for every student to participate. If you live too far from school to walk or roll, you can:

  • Park a few blocks away and walk
  • Meet up with friends who live close to school and walk or roll as a group
  • Start a carpool
  • Take the school bus or public transit to school

Students will track how they get to school each day. The classroom with the highest percentage of these healthy travel choices will win a Golden Sneaker Trophy and celebration.

Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools program, sponsored by the Alameda County Transportation Commission, is a comprehensive, proven approach to getting more kids walking and biking safely to school. For more information, visit

To find out more details or to get involved contact Jesse Woodward at

Please read the letter below!

This is the newest Superintendent's letter to the community that explains some of the context for the current budget concerns, as well as an overview of the process going forward.

AEF Enrichment classes start soon!

Alameda Education Foundation After School Enrichment classes start soon!

Enrichment classes start the first week of February. An exciting range of classes are offered across elementary schools in Alameda. To see the complete listing for your school, please go to:

Scholarships are available. Please email to apply.

To register please go to and click on the blue “enrichment” button.

Ruby Wrap

Did you know has a parenting-help arm of their company? They even have a service that will text families every week to give them activities to help their kids! We are piloting it - it is called FASTalk in our Kinder classes here at Ruby. Here is an article from their site on how to help kids say sorry... and mean it!

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!