The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

September 21, 2018

Happy Friday!

I would like to take a second to thank members of the Ruby Bridges PTA for holding the second Parent Cafe this morning. We had about 30 parents hang out after drop off for a quick pastry, a cup of coffee, and a chat. Mr. Lundholm and I were both there, and really enjoyed hearing all the great things going on at our school! Please make sure to come to the next one, look for an announcement and a note in the paper copy of The Star going home next week.

Speaking of PTA, have you visited the PTA Facebook page? They have all the announcements, pictures of events, and our community there. Can you at least "like" the page and leave a nice comment? :)

In other news, we have an important election to make here at the school. I have been soliciting names for our School Site Council, and have a great group of people that have been nominated, or nominated themselves. What is School Site Council you might be wondering? SSC is half RBE families, half RBE staff, and is tasked with approving our overall school budget and setting goals for our school. Please take a quick second and vote for our parent leaders on School Site Council by going here - We have three open slots and three family members nominated. Perfect!

Also, do you have a company business that you would like to advertise? We are looking for sponsors for the PTA Dance-a-thon shirts. Corporate or family sponsors can get their names printed on the t-shirts for a sponsor fee. Look for paperwork coming out next week with more information. If you are interested in sponsoring the shirts, you can send an email to Mr. Woodward ( or Karen Bane PTA president (

Please scroll down through the rest of our newsletter! Check out the Friday video below that Mr. Lundholm and I make, a podcast with an awesome parent ed program, a flyer about an adult school class and so much more! I also have a contest that NO ONE entered the last time I sent this out. Trying again, please email me or text me through Remind!

With gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

9/25 - School Site Council, 3:15 in Media Center

9/28 - Minimum Day

TK released 11:40, K-5th released at 12:30

10/3 - Kaiser assembly, The Best Me

10/5 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day

10/10 - Walk and Roll to School Day

10/17 - Picture Retakes

10/18 - Great California Shakeout - practice earthquake drill

10/22 - 26 - Book Fair

10/24 - Kindergarten field trip to Safety Town!

10/24 - After school program Parent Advisory meeting - 5:00pm

10/26 - STEAM fair, 6:00pm

10/31 - Dance-a-thon fundraiser during the day

Morning supervision - gates open at 7:40

This is a note to let all families know that our gates will not open until 7:40 am for drop off. We do not have any supervision in the cafeteria until 7:40, and so we will not let kids on campus until that time. Please make sure that you do not drop your kids off earlier than that.

Weekly video


We have an active Twitter page that we use to share daily highlights. Have you visited it yet? Go to to see our page. If you don't want to create a Twitter account to follow us, you can just visit our webpage at We stream our Twitter feed right to the front page. We put up pictures, videos, links to great articles, etc. It is a great way to get a feeling for our school! We love when people interact with us on our Twitter page!

SEL programs at Ruby

We have done a TON of work getting a new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program off the ground here at Ruby Bridges, and we are STOKED! More to come in a future newsletter, but we have a new SEL curriculum called Toolbox that we are really excited about. Please watch the video below to learn more about it.
Remembering TOOLBOX™: Students Reflect Eight Years Later - 6:16
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Box Tops

Are you collecting those little BoxTops on the top of many different boxes? Those are worth $.10! If you can collect 50, that is $5! If everyone at school collected 50, it would be... drum roll please... $2,500! Please bring in whatever you have and drop off in the office. Have your neighbors collect them, and your grandparents too! It is easy money!

Have you applied for the Free or Reduced Breakfast and Lunch program?

Visit and create an account. Your application will be reviewed quickly and you will hear back about whether or not you were approved! It couldn't be easier, and is available in multiple languages.

Trait of the month

The trait for the month of September is Cooperation. Hopefully your student has been talking about this in their class. Ask them what cooperation means to them! Mr. Lundholm and Mr. Woodward will visit classes at the end of the month and give out some awards to students who exemplify this trait.
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Remind text group

We have started to auto-enroll the main guardians for all of our students into Remind. Remind allows us to easily text you information, announcements, updates, directly to your phone. We sent this newsletter to you via Remind! Others can add into Remind also, if they want to get the information. Anyone can 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. They will now get my text message updates!

Lunch next week

Sept 24 -

Meatless Monday - Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Croissant

FAVORITE - Cheese Pizza

Sept 25 -

Terriyaki Chicken over Brown Rice

Veggie Chicken and Rice (V)

FAVORITE - Cheeseburger Sliders

Sept 26 -

Chicken Pasta Alfredo

Veggie Chicken Pasta Alfredo (V)

FAVORITE - Chicken Nuggets

Sept 27 -

Fried Chicken w/ Sweet Corn

Grilled Cheese (V)

FAVORITE - Turkey Hot Dog

Sept 28 -

Turkey Empanada

Bean and Cheese Burrito (V)


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Amazon smile

Do you shop on Amazon? Go to and put Ruby Bridges PTA in the box. We will end up getting a small percentage of every dollar you spend!

Ruby Wrap

Watch the video above on Toolbox SEL curriculum and send Mr. Woodward a text using the Remind app by 9/24. Tell me what you are excited or concerned about with this curriculum coming to Ruby Bridges. Respondents will be entered into a drawing to win a free pass for 5 people to the Bay Area Discovery Museum!

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!