The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

November 15, 2018

Volume 12 issue 8

Hello RBE community!

Editing this, now that we have closed school for tomorrow. Sorry all, it is just too smokey here at school. Stay safe.

First off, happy Ruby Bridges Day! We celebrated Ruby Bridges yesterday, as 58 years ago, on November 14th, 1960, Ruby Bridges had her first day at William H. Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana. We watched movies, read books, did coloring activities and even watched a video greeting from none other than the ACTUAL Ruby Bridges! She left us an inspirational message to rise up and meet our challenges with courage and calm resolve, and to have faith that as Martin Luther King Jr says, and more recently President Obama, "the arc of moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

It has been a smokey week over here at Ruby Bridges, as it has been at all AUSD schools. Really most of California is in the grips of these serious fires, spreading up and down the state. It is a sad time for many of our California brothers and sisters. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost their homes and possessions and to the fire fighters so bravely fighting to save lives.

Congratulations to the students who were brave enough to run for elected student council positions! It was so amazing to hear their well rehearsed speeches, delivered in front of the whole 3rd - 5th grade student body. At the end, we needed to have an election, which meant some won and others lost. However, I like to think we are all winners, as everyone who didn't win the election has been invited to be a Student Council representative. Congrats to the students below, elected to positions in our Student Council for the 2018-19 school year.

President - Makaela Hurst

Vice President - Catarina Golling

Secretary - Ujin Bolortoli

Commissioner of Spirit - Morgan Chen

I look forward to seeing what this year's Student COuncil representatives and leaders can do to help make Ruby Bridges and the city of Alameda a better place.

I have to send out a note about Winter Craft Night coming up. Special thank you to Christina Fine, a Coast Guard parent and mom of two RBE kiddos. She has taken over the planning and execution of the event, and I am really excited to see what she has in store for us. She is still looking for more volunteers to help her run many new stations. Please email Mr. Woodward at if you are available to help! Look below for the flyer for the event.

That is all for now. Have a great week everyone,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

11/14 - Ruby Bridges Day

11/14 - ELAC (English Language Advisory Council) 8:30

11/16 - School Closed!

11/19-11/23 - NO SCHOOL, Fall Break

11/26 - 11/30 - Early release for Fall parent conferences - TK: 11:40, Kinder - 5th: 12:30

11/27 - SSC, 3:15

12/3 - 12/7 - Hour of Code week (Check out the video below... SERIOUSLY!)

12/7 - Spirit Day - Stripes and Polka Dots

12/7 - Winter Craft Night, 6pm
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Tinker Bus at Alameda Free Library

Do you know a child who likes to tinker, play, and solve problems?

Climb aboard this Maker Space on Wheels! If you made it to Alameda's Mini Maker Faire this past July, you may have been lucky enough to experience the Tinker Bus first-hand! If you didn't, now's your chance!

Children in 1st-4th grades may sign up by calling or stopping by their local branch. Registration is required and space is limited. Register for one date only. There is room for children on the bus, no parents.

The Bus will be pulling into each branch:

Main Sat. Nov. 3 from 10:13-11:30ish call 510-747-7705

West End Sat. Dec. 1 from 10:30-11:30ish call 510-747-7767

Bay Farm Sat. Jan. 5 from 10:30-11:30ish call 510-747-7787

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Trait of the month - PATIENCE

The trait for the month of November is Patience.

"Things we want most are those which we will wait for." Jesse Woodward :)

"He that can have patience can have what he will." Benjamin Franklin.

Lunch this week

Thur., Nov 15

Sweet and Sour Chicken & Brown rice

Veggie Chicken & Rice (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog

Fri., Nov 16


Mon., Nov 26

Hummus cup - Cheese, carrots and chips (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza

Tue, Nov 27

Breakfast for Lunch!

Pancakes, Egg and Sausage

Pancakes, Egg Patty and Veggie Sausage (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders

Wed., Oct 28

Pasta with Meat Sauce

Pasta with Marinara (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets

*A yogurt meal is available daily!

Ruby Wrap

Check out a short video of the Hip Hop show that visited Ruby Bridges last week. Realize Anything is Possible or R.A.P. visited our cafeteria to deliver an inspirational message to everyone through the music of Hip Hop. We had a BLAST! Thanks to the Ruby Bridges PTA who sponsored the event!

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!