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!

December 3, 2018

Volume 12 issue 9

Hello RBE community!

Believe it or not, we are already getting started thinking about enrolling our new Transitional Kindergartners and Kindergartners for NEXT year! Look on our website HERE for more info and for important dates.

Friday is Winter Craft Night, a bunch of PTA folks (led by the fabulous Christina Fine) have put in a LOT of work. It is going to be super fun and crafty! See flyer below.

I hope you had GREAT conferences last week! Your teachers stayed extra late, and worked extra hard to make sure they met with as many families as possible. I hope you got all of your questions answered and learned some ways that you can help your student(s) do even better in their classes.

One way many of us can do better is by having our kids come to school more often. As of today, 18% (94 students) of our school is considered habitually absent from school, meaning they have missed more than 10% of the days of school. We have been in school for 67 days. Anyone who has missed 7 or more days is considered habitually absent. It turns out that attendance is a HUGE predictor of current and future success in school. Please, please, please get your kids here on a daily basis. If you need a ride, call me, I will come pick them up! Hopefully you got a letter in your conferences that spelled out your child’s attendance so far. Seriously, let us know if we can help. Look below in the "Ruby Wrap" for a video from Attendance Works. They have done a great job of explaining the problem and what we can do to fix it.

This week is the Hour of Code week. Schools all across the country are trying to get their codes to do at least ONE hour of coding. It turns out it is fun, educational, and where many jobs of the future will be. Google “What Most Schools Don’t Teach” to see one of my favorite YouTube videos - It is actually down below in this version!

Are you getting our Remind messages to your cell phone as a text message? If not, text @rbstars to the number 81010. I will be able to communicate directly with you through the Remind app. Has your cell number changed? You can log in and update all of your info.

Our last announcement is saved for a parent education program coming to AUSD – School Smarts. School Smarts is a product of the California PTA, and is designed to give parents very specific ways that they can understand the school system, and advocate for and help their child to be successful within it. Classes are Thursday nights, from 6:00 – 8:30, starting on Jan 24th AT RUBY BRIDGES. We have classes in English, Arabic, Spanish Childcare and dinner are available!

OK, that is all for now! Look for the digital versions of The Star to come the next few weeks via Remind, email, Twitter or posted to our website.

#WeAreRubyStars - Jesse Woodward, Principal and loving it J

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

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

12/24 - 1/4 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

1/11 - NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development

1/16 – TK info night for 2019-20 at Paden Elementary, 6:30pm

1/17 – Kinder parent info night for 2019-20 at each elementary school (including Ruby Bridges), 6:30pm
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Trait of the month - EMPATHY/KINDNESS

The trait for the month of November is Empathy & Kindness.

"Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” – Barack Obama.

Lunch this week

Mon., Dec 3

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Croissant (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza

Tue, Dec 4

Sweet & Sour Chicken over Rice

Veggie Chicken and Rice (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders

Wed., Dec 5

Macaroni & Cheese (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets

Thur., Dec 6

Fried Chicken w/ Corn

Bean & Cheese Burrito (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog

Fri., Dec 7

Chicken Corn Dog

Grilled Cheese (V)

Favorite - Burger

*A yogurt meal is available daily!

Ruby Wrap

Attendance Works is a non-profit out of San Francisco that works to improve attendance in schools. They have a ton of great videos, including the one below, that helps make attendance a priority for our families. Check it out when you have a moment, it is great!
original Bringing Attendance Home_ Parent Video

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!