January 9, 2022 • Updates from Roosevelt Elementary

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Our website is being updated, with buttons that are easier to navigate and information that is easier to find. Our website is still at the same location ( You can still find Bear Tracks on our website—look for the Bear Tracks button. We'll also have better translation, more photos, and cleaner design. Please call 509-573-1700 if you need help finding something on our new website. Thanks!
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Q: How can I prepare my child for cold winter weather on school days?

A: Make sure your student has warm winter clothing including a coat, hat, gloves, and winter shoes/boots. Waterproof pants and boots help your child stay dry when playing in the snow at recess. Students play outside for recess when the windchill is above 20 degrees. If you need help with winter clothing, please let us know by calling (509) 573-1700.

Q: If school is closed due to winter weather, does my child have online school that day?

A: No. This year, any snow days would mean that school is closed. Remember that your child can always log into his/her online learning websites to practice reading, math, or language at home. All links can be found on our Roosevelt website. Experts recommend 20 minutes of reading every day, plus 20 minutes on programs like Freckle Math, iStation, and Imagine Learning.

Q: Where can I find information about weather closures or delays?

A: Find information at these outlets:

  • Yakima School District's website:

  • YSD's Facebook page:

  • ParentSquare

  • Local Media—including TV channels 23, 29, 35, and Univision, FM and AM radio stations, and the Yakima Herald Republic

  • Snow Line: 509-573-7000, PRESS 1 and listen for message (AFTER 6:00 a.m.)

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Each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day serves as an opportunity to unify our community around his messages of freedom, equity, justice, and love.

On January 17th, the 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will take place in downtown Yakima. The celebration will include a peace march and a celebration at the Yakima Convention Center. The march begins at 12:00 noon at 5th Ave & MLK Blvd, ending at the Convention Center with a program from 1-2 pm. We'd love to see many Roosevelt staff and family members at the march!

  • The Yakima School District is offering shuttle transportation to the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March.
  • The shuttle will pick up families at 4 schools—Barge Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Washington MS, and Lewis and Clark MS—and transport them to Solarity Credit Union (6th Ave/MLK Blvd) where the march starts.
  • Solarity Credit Union will host a free hot cocoa booth.
  • Shuttles will return families from the Convention Center back to each school pickup location.
  • The Yakima Schools Foundation will give celebration day masks to all YSD riders.
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This week, your child will continue practicing how to name and manage emotions. These lessons come from Second Step® Elementary, a research-based social-emotional learning program that builds children’s social-emotional skills.

Check out this chart to learn more about this week's Second Step lesson, PLUS a skill that you and your child can practice at home!

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Beginning this month, your child's student laptop will be updated to a newer version of Windows. This will occur automatically through Windows Update. If your child receives an update message while using his/her laptop, please allow the update to install and then restart when prompted. You can continue to work while Windows updates are downloading and restart later.

It's always a good idea for students to turn their computers on at home, connect them to the internet, and allow them to update on a regular basis. If you experience any issues after the update, please contact our help desk.

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New car tags were sent home last week, so please look in your child's bag for a new green (Grades K-1) or pink (Grades 2-5) car tag. Car tags help our parking lot run faster and smoother, especially in bad weather, so please help everyone out by displaying your car tag during after-school pick-up. If you don't receive one, or if you need an extra, please call 509-573-1700 for assistance. Thank you!
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YSD is offering FREE rapid COVID 19 testing at the district Student and Family Center (104 N 4th Ave at the corner of 4th Ave and West A Street). Testing is open from 1-5 pm on Mondays—Fridays.

Please be sure that your child has a well-fitting mask to wear every day. Please place an extra in his/her backpack.

Stay home if you have any of these symptoms:

    • Sore throat
    • Fever or chills
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Muscle or body aches
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Fatigue

    Students may return once they are fever-free for more than 24 hours (without use of medication) AND have other symptoms resolved.
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    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.
    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.
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