The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

Hello from the principal's desk!


Hello all! We just had our first PTA meeting of the year last night, and let me say, I am IMPRESSED! Our PTA board is excellent, and should be applauded for their dedication to improving our school. I also must applaud the turnout from our general membership. Although there are probably a lot of other things to do with your Tuesday night, it is great to know that so many of you prioritize your child's school with your precious time! Please see their note lower in The Star for ways you can help in the upcoming Fun-a-Thon. Lastly, we have 96 members for PTA, we are 4 away from the goal we set earlier in the year to get 100 families. P L E A S E, join. They do such good work for our school!

I have a big ask. Please take literally 1 minute and take this survey to nominate our School Site Council (SSC) parents. The SSC makes important decisions about our school goals and funding. Our first meeting is coming up next week, you are welcome to sit in and observe if you'd like. Please take the survey here.

In other news - Mr. Lundholm made a gif of me dancing. This was after hours, so not to worry that we were being silly while school was in session.

With gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Help fund some school projects!

Please throw these links out on your Facebook page, Nextdoor app, or just throw a couple of your own hard earned dollars towards them. We could really use the help!

Abbie Rockwell - Ruby Bridges Music teacher

Shoshie Kupferman - Ruby Bridges Special Education Preschool teacher


STEAM Lab flexible seating


Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

9/26 - SSC (School Site Council) 3:30 - 4:30

Make sure to vote for positions above!

9/28 - ELAC (English Language Acquisition Committee) 8:30 - 9:30 rm 403

10/6 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day!

10/9 - No School, District Professional Development

10/14 - Fun-A-Thon 9:30 - 12:00

10/27 - Minimum Day - TK/K out at 11:40, 1st - 5th out at 12:30

We need your help!

Please email Mr. Woodward ( if you are able to help in any way!

  • Lunch supervision - Let's see how else I can say this to get some more folks to agree to help... hmmm... I have paid positions for grandmas and grandpas, aunts or uncles, big brothers or big sisters who want to be here at school and participate in the lunch time fun! It doesn't pay much, but it pays something and it is a job if someone is looking for one. I can be an awesome reference if you put in some good time with us! Maybe you just want to come in and volunteer when you have time? That works too. Your kids will love to see you here on campus! Come help!

Hello from STEAM Lab

WOOHOO! Our flex seating project for the Studio (401) on Donors Choose was fully funded! I am so ecstatic with the BIG NEWS! Providing students with a variety of seating options is one huge part of the shift to student autonomy in the Studio that I will be striving for. In other news, the LAB (402) has been completely overhauled with the HUGE helping (and strong) hands of Ms. Furuichi-Fong in moving all the furniture with me! Our backs are sore but it was well worth it! Also, a big shout-out to Mr. LaBarre for moving over many of the FOSS kits for easier teacher setup for coming lessons, as well as to Mr. Manalisay, as he puts some finishing touches on the LAB by carving out display space for each grade level. The LAB will be set to open for teachers on 9/26 to teach Mystery Science, FOSS, STEAM lessons, or do other kinds of experiments! That’s all for now J

Hello from the Ruby Bridges PTA

Join the PTA and have fun while helping your kids and your community. Our students need us!

The PTA plans to spend on average $15 per student for field trips this year. Help us make this possible by donating to and/or joining the PTA.

Come out and have fun wiht your kids while raising money for our school! Our 3rd annual Fun-A-Thon will be held at Ruby Bridges Elementary on October 14th from 9-12. Kids will have a chance to win prizes including Amazon Kindles, scooters, and Target gift cards. Admission is free for Ruby Bridges students and $10 for non-Ruby Bridges students. Come out and have some fun with us!
We need your help to make the Fun-A-Thon run smoothly! Please sign up for a spot to help out on the day of the event. Some spots require you to come early (8-830 am) and some spots require you to stay after the day is over (1 pm). Sign up using this link:
To donate visit us here:

5th grade Science camp

It is NOT too early to start thinking about the amazing opportunity that is the 5th grade Science camp, coming up March 28 - 30th. ALL 100 of our 5th graders are expected to go on this 3 day, 2 night excursion out into the woods of Santa Cruz for this incredible and immersive Science opportunity.

Alas, this trip is expensive! We are asking each 5th grade family to pay $280 for the trip. As you may know, this cost can be prohibitive for some of our families. We will offer scholarships as needed, and fundraising opportunities will be available to participate in if your family is unable to contribute financially

PTA is going to hold the money for us, so cut your checks now - payable to Ruby Bridges PTA, with Science camp and your child's name in the Memo line. It would be amazing if you also included a few extra dollars to help us with the scholarship costs. Let's make this once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids a reality, and ensure we do this for future classes.


The 5th grade team (Mr. Landers, Ms. Farrell, Mrs. Figueroa and Mrs. Watty) & Mr. Woodward

STAR rotations - where every Star gets to shine!

We are starting rotations early in October, where we will be homogeneously grouping our students in grades 1-5. Every day, M/T/Th/F for around 45 minutes, we will be regrouping our kids into Academic Reading groups and English Language Development groups. Our students who speak another language and are not yet fluent in English will be grouped by their English fluency. Our English only speaking students will also be grouped, by their reading levels. Those who need the most help with their reading will get to go to our Reading Lab with Mrs. Furuichi-Fong, our Title 1 Reading Interventionist and team of Reading tutors. We will make other groups, all the way up to our students at the far end of the expectations, who may be reading two or even more grade levels above their grade level. These groups will have dynamic and exciting lessons and curriculum, perfectly designed to meet the needs of students in them.

Please note, these Reading and English Language rotations are not new, these programs have been in place at Ruby Bridges since we opened 11 years ago. We can always use an extra set of hands, so if you are interested in volunteering your time to work with a small group of kids during this time, please let me know.

I am very excited to see these groups get started early next month!

Jesse Woodward


Have you noticed any strange numbers sending you texts from school? That is our new Remind notification system! You can download their app from the app store - when school started they were the #1 app in iTunes! The app scrambles our numbers, so we aren't sharing our personal numbers with you all. But it allows us to easily send texts, pictures and even call you if we need to. It is pretty cool, and certainly makes it easier for us to share information with you all.

We automatically add direct family members to our Remind app text communication. However, anyone can get my updates! Just text @rbstars to the number 81010 and you will join our group.

Ruby Wrap

Another one of my favorite videos. Do you know Kid President?

Do it for Kid President. Do it for your kids! Do it for Ruby!!! #BeAwesome

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!