Raccoon News

March 7, 2019

Roosevelt Weekly Parent Info

Hello Roosevelt families! A few brief reminders for the week--thanks for taking the time to stay in the know:

Family Reading Celebration: Thank you, thank you, thank you for joining us last week. Making literacy a priority in a fun way is more important than you might realize! Thank you for joining us!

Roosevelt Music Concert: Students are working furiously in preparation for this year's concert. Please mark your calendar...March 21, 2019. Each group will perform twice:

K-2 will perform at 8:30 and again at 12:15

3-5 will perform at 10:00 and again at 1:30

Please join us for one or both of these concerts. Coffee and bars will be served to parents in the Art Room in between the morning concerts (at about 9:15) and again in between the afternoon concerts (at about 1:00).

Schedule Changes: By now you have likely heard that District 77 has made some changes to the calendar due to snow days. The scheduled late starts on March 12, April 9, and May 14 will not occur, and we will be IN school on Monday, April 22. Your flexibility and understanding of this change is appreciated!

Order the 2018-19 Roosevelt Yearbook using this link. Yearbook ID: 368671or look up by state and city of Mankato. Order By: Thursday, March 21st. 5th graders get a free yearbook!!! If they want the add-on, they should pay by cash or check once the flyers/envelopes come home (which will be soon). Make sure they indicate their grade on their paperwork.

Rocky Time: Today we continued the theme of RESPECT & KINDNESS. We worked on what RESPECT looks like and sounds like. Next week, we will kick off our March celebration with JOY. This will be held during Rocky Time next week.

No School Friday, March 8 due to conference preparation day for teachers. Conferences will be held on March 11, March 14 and March 19. Here is the link to sign-up for conferences if you have not yet done so!

Online Safety: There has been quite the stir about the Momo challenge in the news lately. Rather than sharing warnings that perpetuate and mythologize the Momo story, a better focus is to teach students good practices online. We will continue to educate our students on good digital citizenship. It is important that our students know that they should not be trying to contact strangers online, regardless of method; we should ensure students understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know; we should remind them that no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do; and we should have a conversation around how important each and every child is and self-harm is not okay.

Parents can help the conversation by fostering an atmosphere of openness and transparency about online activity. If parents notice their children switching screens on their devices when approached or new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices, it is worth checking on them. Parents should keep video games and YouTube watching in shared family spaces. They can also set up restrictions on phones and video games around friends and turning on restricted mode on YouTube so any inappropriate or offensive content is not available to children.

Ann Haggerty

Roosevelt Principal