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!

Jan 28, 2018

Hello on this beautiful Sunday! I hope your weekend has been wonderful, and that your kids are being kept busy playing and enjoying their break from school. We are excited to see them tomorrow!

We just finished our round of 2018-19 Kindergarten family interest sessions. We held the Kinder info night two weeks ago, and then brought families around on student council led tours. Our kids did such a wonderful job describing all the best parts of our school! Our new incoming families had many great questions, and were really excited to hear about our new STEAM program, Music/PE/Media Lab programs, coding, Kinder recess and classrooms, STAR lab time, etc. We had a really nice time bragging about our school :). I kept telling them - "just follow us on Twitter to see more!"

Please check out our very own Susan Jones-Szabo, who has been featured in a blog on the front page of the Code Combat website. This is a major computer programming educational website, and we couldn't be prouder for the well-deserved press she is getting. This is a BIG DEAL!!!!

Check out our new AudioBoom podcast featuring the "President of the school" Devin and the Commissioner of Spirit Ben down lower in the newsletter, as we discuss the different ways that we reward kids for making good choices at school. They are amazing kids!

Lastly, an Ultimate Frisbee clinic for girls is coming to the Bayport Park on Sunday, Feb 4th for girls as young as 6. Click this link to learn more - As an avid ultimate frisbee player myself, I couldn't say no to the chance to spread this game to more kids. I promise they will love it!

With joy and gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

Jan 30 - 3:15pm School Site Council

Jan 30/Jan 31 - 3:00 - 4:00pm Ruby's Got Talent auditions

Jan 31 - 6:00pm PTA Room Parents Meeting in Library

Feb 1 - 6:30pm Title 1 parent night

Feb 9 - 6:30pm Ruby's Got Talent

Feb 12 - 8:30am Coffee With The Principal - 403

Feb 16 & 20 - NO SCHOOL

LEAPS corner

Hello from LEAPS!

We would like to thank all of our friends and families who donated to support our families for the holidays! It was a huge success!

Our LEAPS program also participated in a march this month in memory of MLK Jr. Our program marched for freedom and equality around the neighborhood. Check out photos on our newsletter.

Reminder of an upcoming event: LEAPS Valentine's Day Dance

Wednesday February 14th @ 4:30pm MPR

Families welcomed! Come enjoy some music and treats!​​

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Ruby Bridges Title 1 Family Night

Ruby Bridges Title 1 Program Invites You:

~ Let’s Read at Home ~

A parent education workshop provided by the Jewish Coalition For Literacy


Title 1: Learn about our school-wide Title 1 program from Mr. Woodward and Mrs. Furuichi Fong.

Workshop Focus: Families will learn ways to read with children and how to have conversations with them about the book. Families can either read in English or their home language to help children develop thinking and language skills.


Thursday, February 1st from 6:15PM - 7:15PM in the Multipurpose Room


All Ruby Bridges families are invited and encouraged to attend. Arabic, Spanish, and Cantonese/Mandarin translators will be available and childcare will be provided.

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!

Student Council Corner

This week, our Student Council Officers and Class Representatives are distributing small collection boxes to every student. These boxes can should go home as we hope students, family member, friends, etc. will contribute their spare change to help find a cure for blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. Ruby Bridges has participated in this fundraiser for the past three years now and is particularly important and meaningful to our school community because two of our very own students have been affected by blood cancer. Both students are winning their fight against it!

Collections will continue until the end of January. When boxes are full, students should bring their change to school and add it to their large classroom collection box! Let’s see which grade level raises the most money! This is a Student Council sponsored initiative. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Furuichi Fong!

Ruby Wrap

Have you ever felt like the world is just against you? Like no matter what you do, your team always loses, or your boss always yells at you? Listen to this podcast from Freakonomics. I loved it, and felt like it validates some of what I try to do on a daily basis in that I work HARD to accentuate the positive, and deal with, but don't focus on, the negative.

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!