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!

October 1, 2018

This newsletter is also being sent home hardcopy via backpacks also as a way to make sure it reaches as many families as possible. It has a calendar on one side that you can post up on your fridge! Enjoy!

So much to write about here! Let’s see if I can squeeze it in…

The PTA is working hard on the upcoming Dance-a-thon to raise some significant resources to support our Library, Garden and STEAM programs. We are using a new program called pledgestar to organize donations to our fundraiser. Create an account at and get started sending letters and emails out to family members, neighbors, work colleagues… we can really use your help raising some serious money! If you visit the site you can see that different classes are already taking over the leaderboard – as of now Mrs. LaBarre is leading with $360 already raised! If we get to our goal, which is $15,000, Mr. Lundholm will shave my head. Not sure how we came up with that prize, or why me again, but oh well! I am in if we can raise the funds! Watch the awesome promo video on our webpage, Twitter feed or PTA Facebook page!

Please participate in the Walk and Roll to School Day on October 10th. We will have representatives from Alameda USD, and maybe even the Alameda City Council on hand to pass out gifts to students and families who are walking and rolling to school.

3 reasons to walk or roll to school – 1. Safety 2. Earth’s health 3. Healthier bodies!

Special thanks to Alameda County Safe Routes to School that coordinate these fun activities for us!

The Welcome Back to School reception for the Alameda Special Education Parent Support Group is holding its first meeting on October 3rd at Franklin Elementary from 6:30-8:30pm. Superintendent Sean McPhetridge and Special Education Director Victoria Forrester will be presenting. Free childcare will be offered.

Camp EdMo is putting together a parent advisory group to help guide the first year here as our after care provider. The advisory group will learn more about enrollment numbers, program costs and more about the curriculum being used in the program. If you are interested, the first meeting is on October 24th at 5:30pm. Email Ms. Helena at if interested in joining.

We are looking for a member from our English Learning community – i.e. students that are learning English in addition to another language at home, to join our School Site Council. If you are a family member looking for a leadership role here at school, please email Mr. Woodward at Our next ELAC (English Learning Advisory Council) meeting is on October 19th at 8:30.

See the other side of this newsletter? It has a calendar for your refrigerator! You will notice the event called The Great CA Shakeout on 10/18. Learn more about the event and earthquake preparations at We will do a whole school evacuation, practice setting up our Search and Rescue, First Aid, Counseling, and Student Release stations. The whole event should take no longer than 20 minutes, but give us good practice at saving lives in the event of an actual large earthquake here in the Bay.

Lastly, we are looking for a few more girls to add to our Girls Inc, GEMS (Girls. Empowerment. Mentors. Support.) group. See flyer on our website.

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.


Jesse Woodward, Principal and loving it J

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

10/3 - Kaiser assembly, The Best Me

10/5 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day

10/10 - Walk and Roll to School Day

10/17 - Picture Retakes

10/18 - Great California Shakeout - practice earthquake drill

10/22 - 26 - Book Fair

10/24 - Kindergarten field trip to Safety Town!

10/24 - After school program Parent Advisory meeting - 5:00pm

10/26 - STEAM fair, 6:00pm

10/31 - Dance-a-thon fundraiser during the day

Morning supervision - gates open at 7:40

This is a note to let all families know that our gates will not open until 7:40 am for drop off. We do not have any supervision in the cafeteria until 7:40, and so we will not let kids on campus until that time. Please make sure that you do not drop your kids off earlier than that.

Weekly video

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Have you applied for the Free or Reduced Breakfast and Lunch program?

Visit and create an account. Your application will be reviewed quickly and you will hear back about whether or not you were approved! It couldn't be easier, and is available in multiple languages.

Trait of the month - COMPASSION

The trait for the month of September is Compassion. The quote we used on our hard copy of The Star was "Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Remind text group

We have started to auto-enroll the main guardians for all of our students into Remind. Remind allows us to easily text you information, announcements, updates, directly to your phone. We sent this newsletter to you via Remind! Others can add into Remind also, if they want to get the information. Anyone can 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. They will now get my text message updates!

Lunch this week

Mon., Oct 1

Garden Veggie Burger (V)

Tues., Oct 2

Pizza Pocket

Grilled Cheese (V)

Wed., Oct 3

Macaroni & Cheese (V)

Thurs., Oct 4

Chicken and Cheese Nachos

Cheese Quesadilla (V)

Fri., Oct 5

Chicken Corn Dog

Bean and Cheese Burrito (V)

*A yogurt meal is available daily!

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Amazon smile

Do you shop on Amazon? Go to and put Ruby Bridges PTA in the box. We will end up getting a small percentage of every dollar you spend!

Ruby Wrap

We have a lot of FREE books in the office. Stop by at pickup or drop off and help yourself. We need folks to take some off our hands!

Also, the lost and found is totally out of control. We have like 3 bins full of sweaters and jackets that will be needed once it starts getting chilly. Come get your stuff, and remember to put your names inside them!

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!