Roosevelt Reader

December 20, 2018


Dear Parents,

I want to take a moment to celebrate the many exciting activities we experienced at Roosevelt this school year. Students have been experiencing the new Units of Study reading program that teaches explicit reading skills, using a reading workshop model. Teachers are using classroom libraries to encourage students to read independently.

Each week students have been visiting our Technology Lab during recess to practice computer coding and utilizing various Maker Space items. Further, many students are participating in our school chess club that meets every Tuesday.

Roosevelt prides itself on being a caring, friendly school community that feels small, but both inspires and challenges our students. So far this school year, teachers and staff recognized over 1,350 students and their classes for great behavior.

Our Roosevelt school community continues to express its caring spirit. This year we hosted over twenty five veterans on Veterans Day, and each classroom collected toys for needy children in the area through the UCAN Project.

I want to thank you for support and your partnership with our Roosevelt PTO. Together we raised over $40,000 for improvements to the primary playground. In January, we will celebrate our 90 years as an elementary school by inviting former teachers and staff to Roosevelt to share their memories and stories with our students.

May you enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Dwyer

Inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve, and care.


The Cultural Awareness Committee will be hosting cultural dancing during Roosevelt's Open House on Thursday, January 24th.

We are looking for students interested in participating in either the

cultural dances or the cultural dress parade. There will be two dance performances at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. If your child would like to wear an outfit representing his/her cultural heritage, we will have children in their cultural dress parade through the auditorium after the dancing. Children do not need to participate in dancing to participate in the parade.

Click here to sign up!


Contact committee chairs Sarah Chacko or Serena Legatos-Coines


Thanks to all the amazing parents that have volunteered on Wednesdays to serve pizza!

We greatly appreciate your time and support!


Cold Weather Guidelines at Roosevelt

During the cold weather months, we will implement several measures to keep students warm and safe. Below are some guidelines we will be following:

Inside During Arrival:

If the temperature feels like 10 degrees or colder…Beginning at 8:30am students will wait inside until the bell rings to go to class.

Inside During Grade Level Recess:

If the temperature feels like 10 degrees or colder…Each grade level team will decide if they go outside for a ten minute recess or remain inside.

Inside During Lunch Recess:

If the temperature feels like 0 degrees or colder….Students will remain inside for the 30 minute recess lunch period.


Put Your Child’s Name on Everything!
As winter approaches, students are bringing more clothing items to school each day. Write your child’s name and teacher’s name on hats, gloves, coats, lunch bags, boots, backpacks, and all other items. This will avoid your belongings being placed in our lost and found.


Be a Safe Driver!

· Park legally – don’t block crosswalks or double park

· Respect school neighbors – please do not park in or block their driveways.

· Parents and children should not use the Staff parking lot

· Do not make U-turns or turn around in driveways.

· “Attended” parkers must stay in their vehicles at all times.

· Obey “kiss ’n go” zones on Prospect Avenue

Acts of Kindness for Holiday Break!

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Thanks to the Kindness Committee, the Kindness Elves can come to your home during the holiday break! Who are the Kindness Elves? They bring kind messages that your kids can personalize and distribute, and they also offer acts of kindness ideas that kids can do themselves!

CLICK HERE for a message from the elves

CLICK HERE for beautiful cards with messages

CLICK HERE for beautiful cards without messages

CLICK HERE for acts of kindness to be used by kids

We have printed up a stack of these documents and have made them available in the front office for your convenience! Please stop into the office to help yourself. There is a limited supply, so if needed, you can use the above attachments to print at home.

Have a kind and happy holiday!

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Important Message from D64 School Health Services

As we near winter break, family schedules become even busier, with holiday celebrations, travel, and more opportunities for children to play with one another. Please take the time to check your child’s head for the presence of head lice and nits (eggs) now, during break, and prior to return to school in January. If nits or live lice are found, all household members should be examined and treated if needed.

If your child has an active infestation (live lice), you should notify parents of your child’s playmates, so that steps can be taken to prevent further spread. In addition, please contact the health office at your child’s school.

Head lice are spread most commonly by head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact with someone who already has head lice, and less frequently by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice may have crawled.

Prevention Measures:

  • Avoid head-to-head contact during play (sports activities, sleep-overs).

  • Do not share items such as hats, caps, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair accessories, combs, brushes, or towels.

  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice.

  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that the person with head lice wore or used during the 2 days before treatment, using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.

  • Vacuum the floor and furniture. However, spending much time and money on house cleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.

For more information, please visit the District website at Just scroll down to the section “Head Lice.”

Margaret Temari, R.N., M.Ed.
Facilitator, School Health Services

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