September 15, 2020

Routines, Routines, Routines

Hello Star Families!

We are just about 5 weeks into our school year and WOW, our Stars are showing up in virtual class demonstrating responsibility and respect. Seeing their excited faces on Zoom reminds me of the joy that the school season brings. While things are certainly different this year, student excitement around learning should not be different. We want our Stars to feel welcome, safe, and a part of their own learning journey, even virtually. We also want to support parents in our partnership as it has truly been a shift for you and your household as well.

As mentioned in the title, routines will be important in this virtual learning moment. Families should discuss and plan a routine and stick to it, including a time for going to bed and getting up in the morning, personal hygiene, breakfast and other meals, and so on. In an effort to mirror school and set the tone for learning, the following suggestions should help:

Make space for learning- Your children will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable, and dedicated space that is strictly devoted to learning. This space should be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television.

Maintain breaks like snack and recess-Around break/lunch time, encourage them to get up, get some fresh air, go for a walk or bike ride, or have a snack so that they are not sedentary for the entire day.

Keep in touch with other parents-Each parent that has a child home is going to be going through a new experience. Check in with other parents to see what they’ve found effective, and ask if they need help as well.

Don't treat this time as vacation time-This time at home might feel like a vacation for your child, but it’s important to remind them that their education still comes first.

Schedule time for fun-While this is most certainly not a vacation, it’s important to have some fun with your children while they are at home- family card games, charades, or chess, or getting outside for a hike or walk together.

Keep a schedule/routine- A schedule, for your work and your child’s work, is extremely important. Having a clear vision of what is expected of your child will help them see that just because they are home does not mean they don’t have work to do. Experts recommend helping them prioritize and learn to create goals, tasks, and deadlines, just like adults do when they go to work.


20/21 Theme: Being our Best selves- Being the Best we can be!

Principal Pharr-Matthews

Back to School Business

Attendance- Daily attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to log in to a daily Zoom session where attendance will be counted. If you experience any trouble logging in, please email your teacher. If your student will be absent for the day, make sure to notify the attendance line by emailing Ms. Jones at

Schedules- Our school day begins at 8:30 a.m. daily. Students should be dressed, in a suitable learning environment, and ready to learn. For the first four weeks of school, an Equitable Start schedule has been shared. Following this four-week period, schedules and class assignment may be adjusted. Teachers will share final schedules following the Equitable Start.

Technology- If you are in need of a device or tech support please contact our Vice Principal, Ms. Kim, at

School supports and resources-Please contact Ms. Schmid, our Parent Liaison at

Afterschool enrichment- Camp EDMO director, Ms. Ortiz at

School business and site enrollment questions- Office Manager, Ms. Machrus,


Hispanic/Latin X Heritage Month

National Hispanic (Latinx) Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. It is a time when the history, culture, and contributions of Americans with Hispanic background are celebrated.

What does Hispanic (Latinx) mean? Hispanic describes Americans whose families come from Spain, Mexico, and Spanish speaking countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, communities have festivals, special events, and activities to celebrate Hispanic people and their important influence on American culture and history.

Ruby Bridges School Site Council- Informational Meeting

The School Site Council (SSC) is an group of teachers, parents, classified employees, and students who work with the principal to develop, review, and evaluate funds for school improvement programs.The SSC helps guide decisions about how state categorical funds will be spent.

Please join us at our upcoming informational session:

Who: Ruby Bridges Parents/Guardians

When:Monday, September 21, 2020 from 4-5 pm

Where: Via Zoom - Link to be emailed on 9/20/20

What: Learn about SSC at RB and how you can get involved.

We are seeking new SSC officers and participants for 20/21. Please email me with questions at:

Upcoming Events

9/23- PTA Meeting- General Assembly 6pm

9/21- SSC Informational Session- Link to be shared 9/20/20 via Parent Square

10/2- Virtual Awards Ceremony

10/12-10/14- Supplies and materials distribution

Thank you to our Community Partners

We have extreme appreciation for our community partners that have supported us in many ways:
  • Alameda Education Fund: Thank you for the GENEROUS donation of backpacks and supplies. Over 400 students were the recipients of these gifts.
  • Local Book Clubs- Donation of books for our Kindergarteners- Parker Looks Up
  • Children Rising- Donation of food vouchers/coupons
  • Community-Donations of PPE
  • All Good Living- Ongoing partnership and donation of items
  • RB PTA- Ongoing support for all Stars

The list goes on and on! Thank you for supporting Ruby Stars!