The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

March 3, 2018

So it looks like this newsletter is starting to come out on the weekends instead of the middle of the week - is it still working for you? Can you "like" it when you read it, just so I know it isn't going out with NOBODY reading it?

Some questions for you... did you also like the PTA Facebook page? DO IT!!! Please :) Joe Golling, the Ruby Bridges PTA social media manager and photographer has some adorable pictures up from Crazy Hat day last Friday... go check 'em out! I put a couple down below. Thanks Joe!

We also have a couple of early release days coming up - make sure you put them on your calendars!

  • Friday, March 9th for Teacher collaboration

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

  • Wed, March 14th for Spring conferences

TK released at 11:40, Kinder released at 12:30, 1st - 5th released at 1:20 (like regular)

  • Thur, March 15th / Fri, March 16th for Spring conferences

TK released at 11:40, Kinder released at 12:30, 1st - 5th released at 1:50

Please check the calendar below for some really cool events coming up soon! Also, we are in the last week of the Golden Sneaker class contest. Let's see which class has done the best job of walking, rolling or carpooling to school during these two weeks. I am sure the class that wins will get a cool prize!


With joy and gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

March 8 - 8:30 ELAC - English Language Advisory Committee

March 9 - Early release for teacher collaboration

TK: 11:40, Kinder - 5th 12:30

March 14 - Bike Mobile at Ruby to fix and tune up bikes for free! They will set up after school on the black top, around 2pm. BRING YOUR BIKES!

March 14 - 16 Early release for Spring Conferences

March 14 - TK: 11:40, Kinder: 12:30, 1st - 5th: 1:20

March 15, 16 - TK: 11:40, Kinder: 12:30, 1st - 5th: 1:50

March 17 - PTA parents night out, more info to come

March 23 - 6:00ish MOVIE NIGHT at Ruby Bridges! Our Media Lab has been working on making their own movies! We will blend some original content with some digital shorts, maybe some cat movies. It should be a really cool event. I hope you can make it :)

STEAM Studio

A Special & Free Opportunity!

Self-eSTEM!—an Oakland-based non-profit organization—promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to young minority girls and women, and builds their self-esteem through the exposure to hands-on and interactive learning activities in the Bay Area. Self-eSTEM!’s vision is to create future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) leaders and eliminate the critical shortage gap of STEM professionals by building a diverse, inclusive and sustainable workforce pipeline comprised of minority young women and girls. Self-eSTEM! is now accepting applications for their annual STEM Exploration Camp on July 16—21 at West Oakland Middle School. This camp is for young girls, ages 7-17 only (or high school seniors). THIS CAMP IS FREE!!! To sign-up your kiddo, visit

The sign-up deadline: Saturday, April 28th.

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Add yourself to my Remind text group

Do you get my texts about important school events? Want to? 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. You will now get my text message updates!
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Safe Routes to Schools - Golden Sneaker Contest

Lace up those shoes, dust off those bikes, or get ready to share your ride! The Safe Routes to Schools Golden Sneaker Contest is coming to your school.

From February 26 to March 9, students in participating classrooms will work together to reduce car trips by using active and shared transportation options such as:


  • Biking, Skateboarding, using a scooter, or any other human-powered wheels
  • Riding the school bus
  • Using public transit such as AC Transit or BART
  • Carpooling with other families

The Golden Sneaker Contest offers a chance for every student to participate. If you live too far from school to walk or roll, you can:

  • Park a few blocks away and walk
  • Meet up with friends who live close to school and walk or roll as a group
  • Start a carpool
  • Take the school bus or public transit to school

Students will track how they get to school each day. The classroom with the highest percentage of these healthy travel choices will win a Golden Sneaker Trophy and celebration.

Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools program, sponsored by the Alameda County Transportation Commission, is a comprehensive, proven approach to getting more kids walking and biking safely to school. For more information, visit

To find out more details or to get involved contact Jesse Woodward at

SBAC notification

We will be starting the state mandated testing for ALL students in grades 3 - 5 starting in May. Please read the letter below to get more information about the testing.

SARC info

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) are now available on-line at This link can be reached through the ‘schools’ drop-down from any page within the AUSD web site. Hard copies of SARCs are available upon request at each school’s office.

Ruby Wrap

I may be pushing my luck here... but there has been a lot of talk lately in AUSD about homework policies. The district has started a group to advise the board on making changes to the established policies. Here is an article from Edutopia on their thoughts about homework... check it out!

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!