The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Volume 12, Issue 11


Hello and happy Wednesday!


I hope January has been treating you and your family well. The rain has finally stopped, and the kids are loving being back outside... as are the teachers! There is so much going on over here, I really appreciate you all taking time to read through my bi-weekly newsletter, check out some pictures, find some events to attend, etc. I know you are all soooo busy!


First off, we are in the middle of visits by our prospective TK and Kindergarten families for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are reading this, then welcome to you all! Mr. Lundholm, Mrs. Machrus, our entire Kinder team and I all stayed late for the Kinder info night two weeks ago. We had an incredible turnout, thanks to everyone who showed up! Our Student Council students are leading families on tours through the best parts of our school - from our Music/PE/Media Center rooms to recess and the peace path to the Wellness Center/STAR Lab/STEAM Studio and finally to our amazing Kinder rooms and yard. The families without fail say that their favorite parts of the tour are the kids leading them, they are left with such a valuable impression of our school. Our school is composed of a diverse group of fascinating young people. I have to admit it is pretty fun to show it all off, and see it through the eyes of these 9, 10 and 11 year olds.


We went in front of the AUSD Board of Education last night for our annual highlight presentation. We talked about our Wellness Center, led by the intrepid Audrey Hyman, had student council students lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, thanks to Kristin Furuichi-Fong's leadership, and had gifts made by our STEAM teacher Mandie Cline. We also honored two employees, Glenda Machrus, our Office Manager and Zaby Bongiovanni, our Speech and Language Pathologist, for our Employee Spotlights. Thanks again to these two employees, who put students and families at the forefront of their lives. Many families and staff were in attendance, thanks to everyone for showing your support for our incredible school!!!


Tomorrow we kick off our School Smarts parent academy. School Smarts is a seven-week series of classes, one night a week. At Ruby, we are doing them on Thursday nights, from 6-8pm. See below for the flyer and more information. Our first class is tomorrow night! We may still have a slot or two available. Sign up by going to http://bit.ly/Register4SchoolSmarts, we offer classes in Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Spanish and English. Free dinner and childcare available!


#WeAreRubyStars - Jesse Woodward, Principal and loving it J

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

1/24 - 2019/20 TK/Kinder parent tours, 9am

1/24 - School Smarts starts! Look below for more information. This is an opportunity NOT to miss! 6:00-8:00

1/28 - 2/1 - The Great Kindness Challenge

1/29 – SSC, 3:15pm

1/31 - 100th Day (I think...)

1/31 - School Smarts

2/1 - Spirit Day - Dress up like your favorite character

2/6 - PTA meeting - we will be learning more about how families can support Toolbox curriculum at home.

2/7 - School Smarts

2/18-2/22 - No School - President's week

Upcoming Assemblies

We have three SUPER fun assemblies coming up in the next month!

Jan 24 (Tomorrow!) - EcoHero will be here.

Feb 4 - Alphabet Rockers will be here.

Feb 12 - Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy and Bean series will be here


Thanks to the Ruby Bridges PTA for helping bring these assemblies to our school!

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Trait of the month - OPTIMISM

The trait for the month of January is Optimism.


"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”


- Helen Keller

Lunch this week

Thur., Jan 24

Chicken Patty w/ Bun

Grilled Cheese (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog


Fri., Jan 25

Chicken Corn Dog

Bean & Cheese Burrito (V)

Favorite - Burger


Mon., Jan 28

Hummus Cup w/Cheese, Carrots and Chips (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza



Tue, Jan 29

Sweet & Sour Chicken over Rice

Veggie Chicken and Rice (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders


Wed., Jan 30

Macaroni & Cheese (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets


*A yogurt meal is available daily!

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!