The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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First off, translations to The Star are now available! Go down to the bottom of this newsletter and pick your language! Happy reading!

Hello from the principal's desk!

April 25,

Hello all, happy Wednesday! A couple of important things to mention, please read for school updates.

A 12-member team of families and staff were assembled to look at two different after school programs for next year. LEAPS and Camp EdMo both applied, and after watching the presentations and going back and forth about the merits of both companies, our team selected Camp EdMo to run the after school program for next year. Camp EdMo runs summer camps and after school programs all over the Bay Area. They teach STEAM and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) components in their programs, and have won numerous awards for their program over the 15 years that they have been providing services to kids. You can visit their website here - to learn more about them. You can also read the FAQ posted right below this article that the school put together to explain more about why the change took place. We are grateful for the work that LEAPS has done over the years of providing education and love to our kids, and thank them for all they have done! Preference will be given to current LEAPS families to continue in our aftercare program for next year. There will be no additional costs for the program beyond what is currently asked, and scholarships will be available. The coverage will remain the same. Applications for new enrollments will be given out in May. Stay tuned for more information.

Last Friday was the STEAM fair and auction. We had STEAM inspired booths from LEAPS, Galileo, Girls' Inc, Google X's Makani, and our own RBE STEAM program. We had a huge auction too, with tons of goodies from companies all over the island. Our PTA made almost $7,000! Special thanks to Mandie Cline, Cindy Wu, Glenda Machrus, Kate Ortiz, Tamara Centeno and MANY more for all their hard work putting the show together. It was a blast!

We are going to be walking and wheeling to school on Wednesdays. Can you try and commit to doing this AT LEAST once a week, on Wednesdays? We started today with a Walking School Bus from Coast Guard housing at 8:00. It was fun!

Lastly, we start our SBAC testing next month! Please check with your child's teacher about when they are taking their test. Please also talk with your child about how important these opportunities are to demonstrate their learning! Students will be asked to take tests like these their entire academic careers - from the end of year assessments to AP tests and the EAP. Set goals for your kids to show off their learning! We are considering doing some silly stuff if we can get 100% of our kids to give their best effort. Maybe Mr. Woodward will have to shave his head like Mr. Lundholm?

Lastly lastly, I put in a last little tidbit at the bottom of this newsletter... I called it the Ruby Wrap. There are great little treats down there if you can make it that far. Please check today's, which is a repeat from my last newsletter. You and your kids will love it on your next long drive!

With love and gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

April 25 - First Walk and Wheel Wednesday! Students are encouraged to Walk and Wheel to school on Wednesdays. We also have a Walking School Bus from Mosley and Stargell ave. See map below.

April 25 - Ruby Bridges ALCANCE, Spanish speaking parent meeting 1:20pm

April 27 - Alameda Ed Foundation event, "Salute to Education" We will be honoring Karen Bane, PTA president and SSC member, as our volunteer of the year, along with Kristin Furuichi-Fong and her team of educators from the Title 1 Reading Star Lab! Please join us! Buy tickets here -

May 3 - ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) / Title 1 family event - Special presentation by JCL (Jewish Coalition for Literacy) on preventing the summer slide for learners. Open to ALL families. 8:30am

May 4 - Spirit Day, Career Day

May 5 - PTA planning session - Dreamers and Doers, 9:00-12:00

May 10 - Bike to School Day!

May 10 - Open House, 6:15 - 7:45

May 12 - Bike Rodeo at RBE, 12:00 - 4:00pm

Free swimming lessons for Kinders?

Do you know about the Kinder swim program at Franklin and Lincoln pools? They will teach your Kindergartners how to swim... for FREE! The program starts April 23, and runs every day from 3:15 - 4:00. Adults are required, and will be asked to get in the pool with your kids to help. Register at the entrance, it is TOTALLY FREE! No older or younger siblings allowed. Let's go swimming!

Parent information event

Thursday, May 3rd 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM in Room 403

Joint ELAC Meeting and Title 1-sponsored Literacy Workshop – ALL Families Welcome and Encouraged to Attend!

Presented by the Jewish Coalition on Literacy and the Alameda Free Library

The topic is "Stride Ahead: Avoid the Summer Reading Slide". This topic will focus on summer activities and reading to maintain interest in language and reading in order to provide stimulation and avoid potential reading loss over the summer.

Check out our weekly video from last week...

Walking School Bus

We are starting a couple of different Walking School Buses to school this month! Please read the graphic below, and print out the file below that if interested in helping. This will be a great way to reduce traffic and congestion around the school and improve safety for ALL of our kids. Special thanks to Alameda County Safe Routes to School for helping us organize these events!
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City-Wide Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo

Saturday, May 12, 12-4pm

351 Jack London Avenue

Hosted at Ruby Bridges Elementary

Festival Website:

Pre-Festival Free Bicycle Education Classes

Family Cycling Workshop 9:30am-12:00pm

Learn to Ride Class 10:00am-12:00pm

Pre-Registration links on Festival website

Festival activities include:

· free bicycle tune-ups with the BikeMobile

· a bike rodeo to practice skills and drills

· a helmet and bicycle decoration station

· helmet fittings and giveaways

· safety equipment giveaways (bells, lights, reflectors)

· a chance to learn how to use the AC Transit bus racks

· bike-blended smoothies

· a bicycle Trivia Wheel

· taco truck

· free raffle prizes

· and a whole lot more to inspire, educate and encourage bicycle riding in Alameda

This festival is a project of Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools, the Alameda Safe Routes to School Task Force in partnership with Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Recreation and Parks, the City of Alameda, Kiwanis Club of Alameda and the Alameda Elks Lodge.

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Trait of the month

The trait for the month of April is Self-Control. We want kids to be able to handle their emotions if they start to get out of control, either being too silly or the other end, getting too mad or sad. What can kids do if they need to take a break? What sorts of calming strategies are they learning at school or at home? Let's talk about it!

Summer Learning Websites and Programs

(Note: AUSD recommends the free versions of programs. Use at your discretion.)

Also look at your school’s Library/Media Center webpage for recommended learning sites.





Multiple Subjects

Alameda Library Summer Reading Challenge (All ages) June 1 – July 31

A variety of great prizes can be earned. Family Fun day is June 2 at the Main Branch.

AUSD Math Tournament with Prodigygame (Gr. 1-8)

Earn A’s Tickets in their Mathletics program (Gr. 1-8)

Earn tickets to Cal games

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Add yourself to my Remind text group

Do you get my texts about important school events? Want to? Text the message @rbstars to the number 81010 to add. You will be prompted to download the Remind app from the app store, you can but don't have to. You will now get my text message updates!

SBAC testing opt-out

The California Education Code Section 60615 states that parents/guardians may annually submit a written request to the principal of their student’s school if they do not wish to have their student take any or all of the tests. If a parent or guardian submits an exemption request after testing has begun, any test(s) completed before the request is submitted will be scored and the results reported to the parent or guardian and included in the pupil’s records. AUSD teachers and school's support students to do well on the tests and help them learn test-taking skills that will enable them to be successful throughout their school career and beyond. We encourage parents to contact their child’s teacher or principal with any concerns they may have about the test before they request that their student be excluded from taking the test(s).

Ruby Wrap

I just started listening to the BEST kid podcast! It is a story, probably most appropriate for middle school kids, but my third grader listened to it and loved it. Check it out, it is the Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, and you can find it here It's free!

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!