January 17, 2022 • Updates from Roosevelt Elementary

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From Tuesday, January 18th—Monday, January 24th, Roosevelt students will learn online. At Roosevelt, we are READY to support you and your child through this transition to ensure that learning continues.

Here's some important information to help you and your child prepare:

  • School starts at 8:45 every day on Google Meet.
  • Please choose a workspace where your child can focus (quick video for helpful tips). Headphones help in noisy situations. For privacy, aim the laptop camera toward a wall instead of into the room.
  • Please help your child follow the schedule (see below). Using a timer is a huge help!
  • Each morning at 8:45, your child should log into Google Meet to start a full day of online learning. Your child's teacher will share his/her Google Meet code.
  • Please connect on ParentSquare with your child's teacher. Turn on notifications. If you haven't already, download the ParentSquare app for a better experience.
  • Please review the BEAR Expectations for Distance Learning with your child to help him/her succeed at online learning.
  • Roosevelt's self-contained special education classes and transitional kindergarten class will remain in-person.
  • There WILL BE online school on January 24 to make up a snow day.
  • We hope to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 25.
Grab-and-go meals (5 breakfast and 5 lunches) will be available for pickup at eleven school locations on January 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Meals should be ordered online by 9:00 p.m. on January 18.

For more information about remote learning, visit

Your child's teacher sent home a personalized schedule on Friday with Google Meet codes and specific times and classes. Call our office at (509) 573-1700 for help, or contact your child's teacher for more details. Click here (or see below) for directions on logging into Google Meet and more.

  • Morning classes happen at 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am with short breaks in between.
  • Lunch is from 11:45 am-12:15 pm.
  • Afternoon class is at 12:15 pm.
  • Office hours for teachers to help your child are in the afternoon—Grades K-3 from1:00-1:30 pm; Grades 4-5 from 1:30-2:00 pm.
  • Specialist classes (library, music, and PE) happen between 1:15-3:15 pm.

Click to open Logging In instructions.


  • Username: Gmail address (Contact your child’s teacher or call 573-1700 for Gmail address)

  • Passwords:

  • For Grades K-3: 1234

  • For Grades 4-5: Elem1234


  • Double-click on Chrome browser to launch internet.

  • Go to Google homepage (

  • Click on blue SIGN IN button in top right corner and enter account info.


  • Look for waffle in top right corner (9 squares in a grid)

  • Click on waffle and a drop-down menu appears.

  • Scroll down to click on icons for Google Meet or Google Classroom.


Where Do I Find Things on the Updated Website?

Our website is still located at

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Our website was just updated last week, and some of the links have moved. Here are the best links to use to find helpful information for you and your child. The "FIND IT FAST" should always be your first click because we update that area frequently with current information.

Visit the YSD Student Resources page for information and links to help your child connect to the internet from home. Resources include:

  • Check-out of hotspot devices from Student Tech Support ((509) 573-7120 or
  • USAC Affordable Connectivity Program
  • Spectrum wifi hotspots
  • Cell phone provider information
Parents Guide to Google Meet - May 2020 Update
Here's a parents' video tutorial for Google Meet.

  • Every staff member at Roosevelt has a unique 7-letter Google Meet code.
  • Your child must be logged into his/her Google account in order to use Google Meet (see logging on directions or scroll up for more info).
  • Type the teacher's code in the box that says ENTER A CODE OR LINK.
  • Click the JOIN button.
  • A preview screen will launch.
  • Click on the microphone and camera icons to turn the microphone and camera on or off. Also, check what's in the background of your video to maintain your family's privacy. Have your child use headphones if he/she is in a noisy area.
  • Click JOIN NOW.
  • If your child is trying to log in before the teacher has started the class, an error code will appear. For example, "The Meet code you're using doesn't match a call you can join." If that happens, wait a few minutes and try again.

If you have questions about using Google Meet, please call us at (509) 573-1700 for help.
During remote learning, your child will have approximately 4 1/2 hours of live instruction on Google Meet with certified teachers and veteran paraprofessionals (see schedule above).

In addition, during independent learning time, your child should continue practicing reading, math, and language skills.! Visit our website ( or your child's Google Classroom for links to all of our digital programs. During remote learning, your 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.

For help with Freckle, click here for a special family guide to Freckle Math!

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Our Roosevelt BEAR Expectations help us be great learners at school. At home, our BEAR Expectations for Distance Learning help your child keep learning online. Please review these expectations with your child to ensure the best possible learning experience. Thank you!

Changes have been made to our school calendar because of snow days last week:

  • For January 3, the make-up day is Monday, January 24, which will be a full day of remote learning.
  • For January 6, 2022, the make-up day is Wednesday, June 15 which will now be a full day of school.
  • For January 7, 2022, the make-up day is Thursday, June 16.
  • Our last day of school will now be a half-day on Friday, June 17.
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As a convenience to YSD staff, students, and members of their households, the Yakima School District has coordinated vaccine clinics (see dates/times below) at school sites. The vaccines that will be available at the clinics are—

  • COVID-19 first, second, and booster
  • First vaccines for children age 5-11 (parent/guardian must be present).

We will host vaccine clinics during the following dates/times.

  • January 26 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Washington Middle School
The pre-registration link is posted online at You do not have to pre-register but it does save you time to do so in advance.

Roosevelt Appreciates our School Board!

Aplauso de oso para nuestra junta escolar! Con gratitud del personal y los estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Roosevelt Mes de reconocimiento de la junta escolar

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Congratulations to Mrs. Debbie Blodgett-Goins, Roosevelt's fantastic 4th-grade teacher! Mrs. Goins was awarded our staff rotating award, the Spirit of the Bear Award, for the week of January 17th.

Here's what Ms. Jackie Silva wrote when nominating Mrs. Goins:

  • I am very happy to pass along the Spirit of the Bear award to Debbie Goins. Debbie is such a blessing to our Roosevelt community. I was extremely lucky to work with Debbie in the special education inclusion program earlier this year, and I enjoyed working so closely with her to support our students. Our inclusion program takes a lot of collaboration and passion, Debbie has been so dedicated to our students. During our time together, I could count on her to support, co-teach, or lead instruction, and I enjoyed working with her to support our students.

    Not only that, she unexpectedly stepped in to teach 4th grade earlier this year and showed immense compassion and support to her students during that transition—and she continues to do so! With only a week to get ready to teach a new class, she pulled it off and adapted to the many changes to her professional life. She has an amazing work ethic, and I've learned a lot from her this year.

    Debbie, I admire you so much. You are a wonderful colleague, teacher, mother, and friend. Thank you for everything you do to support our Roosevelt Bear family.

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