Raccoon News

April 19, 2018

Roosevelt Weekly Parent Info

Happy April! Here are a few reminders for the week:

Get On The Beam: The Roosevelt Student Council is again sponsoring Get On The Beam, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Students who contribute a $1 or more can sign their name on the beam, which is located in the Roosevelt Office. If you send a check, please make it payable to Habitat for Humanity. Your child's signature will become a permanent reminder of your contribution to a Habitat for Humanity home.

Peacemaker Applications: Applications for Peacemakers will presented to 3rd and 4th graders this Friday. Peacemakers are peer mediators who volunteer on the playground during recess and help students solve problems in a respectful, peaceful manner. If your student is interested in being a Peacemaker, they are to fill out the application and return to the Roosevelt main office by Wednesday, April 25th at 8:30AM. This year, in addition to the paper application, qualified candidates will also be interviewed for a spot on the selective Peacemaking team. Please read the linked application and parent letter that will be given to students Friday for more information!

• Carnival Volunteers: The Roosevelt carnival will be here before you know it (May 17 from 5:00-7:00), and the Roosevelt PTO is in need of volunteers. Last year we had a hard time filling all of the spots, so please think about volunteering for one of these open time slots:

If you are able to volunteer at the carnival, please contact Marissa Geerdes at geerdes920@gmail.com. Let her know your preferred time when you contact her. These are the options:

3:15 – 4:00 (set-up)

4:00 – 4:45 (set-up)

4:45 – 5:30 (games, food)

5:30 – 6:15 (games, food)

6:15 – 7:00 (games, food)

7:00 – 7:30 (clean-up)

OR you can let Marissa know that you are available to work any of the shifts.

Educare: Taste of Spring: The Roosevelt PTO is putting together our annual Educare Silent Auction donation item. This year we are planning on doing a Gift Card Collage!

Educare Foundation is a nonprofit that benefits Mankato Area Public Schools beyond normal operating budgets. All dollars raised stay 100% within Educare and fund Mankato Schools only.

If you are able to donate a gift card to the collage, it will help make our school's donation that much stronger! The school whose donation raises the most money on the auction will receive a $500 grant. We are asking our awesome parents to donate new gift cards (for anywhere). Gift cards can be delivered to the office anytime before April 26! Please make sure gift cards are marked "Educare" and a dollar amount is noted. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who have donated--we are well on our way to a fabulous silent auction item. Your generosity is appreciated! And, it's not too late--we'd love to have more!

Thank you for your help! Any questions please contact Marissa Geerdes; geerdes920@gmail.com

Parents may wonder how students are placed in classrooms. As a staff we fully understand the importance of assigning students to homeroom teachers and that endeavor is taken very seriously. Grade level teams, special education staff, counselors and specialists work diligently to develop the schedule. The goal of the placement process is to create heterogeneous class units. This requires balancing the unique needs of each child with the overall school need for cohesive homeroom and classroom sections. There are several items taken into account when creating class lists, such as ratio of boys to girls, students’ educational and behavioral needs to name only a few. We believe that if we are successful in creating balanced homeroom situations, all students in each class will have the best chance for learning and success. In early spring, staff begins to develop the school’s schedule for the 2018-19 school year.

If you feel your child has an educational need which should be considered when we place students, please make that request in writing to Mrs. Haggerty on or before May 4, 2018. Only requests focused on educational need will be considered.

MCA Testing is upon us. As a district, there have been some technical difficulties with testing. We are hopeful that these will be resolved very soon. Classroom teachers will be in communication with families regarding specific testing rescheduling.

The following ideas may help your child have a strong test day:

  • Get plenty of sleep 8-10 hours (not only the night before the test)

  • Daily exercise

  • Eat a balanced diet

  • Eat a good breakfast the morning before the test

  • Showering and dressing for success the morning before the test (builds confidence)

  • Positive conversations about doing their best on daily work, tests, engagement and focus during the school day

  • Encouraging your child to ask clarifying questions during class discussion

As always, thank you for supporting our work!

Ann Haggerty

Roosevelt Principal