The Star

Read up on all the latest news at Ruby Bridges!!!

School is starting!

I can't believe that we are only 10 days away from school starting! I had a busy summer, most of it spent here in my new office at Ruby Bridges, getting to know my new staff and a couple of amazing families. Our VP and I created bios for ourselves on the webpage, if you want to read up to learn more about us. I look forward to meeting the rest of you soon. It is my goal to try and know all the students in school by the Winter break. Wish me luck!



To my new students, I hope you had a restful summer, because we have lots of work and fun ahead of us. Our very own Mandie Cline has left her Kindergarten classroom, and will be running our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) lab and Makerspace. Check out the STEAM section of our website here that has lots of info! We also have a new Language Arts curriculum that we are rolling out - and we are PUMPED! The curriculum is called Center for the Collaborative Classroom, or CCC. More info here. You are going to love it. Lastly, we are getting more Chromebook carts, and will be 1 to 1 in all 3rd - 5th grade classes. You will all have your own Chromebooks to use whenever you and your teacher want!


To the parents, you also have a big job ahead of you this year. I am going to need you to TURN OUT, and support us. You have many ways of supporting Ruby Bridges - join the PTA for starters, make a donation to the Science camp fund, or just to the PTA, volunteer for a job listed down below, in your child's classroom, or in our Reading lab. Engage with me on Twitter (@RB_Stars) and read my newsletters! We NEED your involvement this school year, and when we all work together and keep building our STAR community strong, we are going to see big things happen.


Much love and gratitude for allowing me to serve your children and families,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

Come find out who your teacher will be!!! Office will be open August 17 from 5 - 7pm, and August 18 7:45 - 4:30. PTA will here on Thursday night with some treats for the kiddos... bring them too! Oh, and come meet Mr. Woodward and Mr. Lundholm! :)


Kindergarten Meet & Greet - Meet your teacher, see your classroom and get to know the other kids and families in your class for the year! August 18 from 2:00 - 3:00


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! - August 21. School starts at 8:20. Don't be late!! Also don't forget we have early release for first three weeks for TK and Kinder, and one week for grades 1-5. Check out the calendar on our website, or with your teacher, to get exact pick up times.


Coffee with the principal - August 21st at 8:30. Drop the kids off and come say hi and have a cup of coffee with me and Mr. Lundholm.


Solar Viewing party - August 21st 9-11 or so. Ruby Bridges PTA bought solar glasses for all the kids in school. Wow! Come participate with us!


PTA sponsored Back to School BBQ - Date TBD. We need a big BBQ, do you have one that you can bring???


Garden clean up PARTAY!!! August 19th, 9:00 - 12:00. Come one, come all, this project is big! We have to clean out the garden between the 400 and 500 wings.

We need your help!

Please email Mr. Woodward if you are able to help in any way!

  • Lunch supervision - paid or volunteer. We need more adults during lunch to help keep our campus safe.
  • School Site Council - One of the most important groups on campus! The SSC meets 6 times throughout the year after school, and is composed of Ruby staff and parents. We set school budget, look at school goals, and do really important work. I think I need 2 or 3 more parents. Email me!
  • Garden clean up - We are partnering with Project Peace East Bay to get our garden in order. We then want to keep it up, build new planter boxes, and maybe get a program going. Do you have a green thumb and a desire to work with kids? Let me know!
  • Maybe you'd rather be in charge of our school sign out front? I need help updating the sign regularly. Maybe every other week put up new announcements?

Add the RB calendar to your phone

Copy the link below to add the Ruby Bridges calendar to your calendar on your computer and on your phone. You will automatically have all our updated events... as we update them! Go into Google calendar app and add a calendar using the link below.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/alameda.k12.ca.us_e5j7cavr1bh1mqpm4i8770ou2k%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics


You can also watch a tutorial HERE.

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!