The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

March 3, 2018

Hello all! This is the week of Spring Conferences - mostly for kids who are performing below grade level expectations, but can be requested by any family who wants to meet with their teacher. I hope you are getting what you need!

Spring has definitely sprung, albeit, with a splash - with more rain to come. I am enjoying the later days, just need some dryer and hotter weather and I will be all set :). Today we had the Alameda County Safe Routes to School's Bike Mobile on campus after school. They fixed up well over 20 bikes. It was fun to see the kids interacting with the mechanics... the one complaint they had was that almost NONE of the kids had helmets. Come on folks! Get helmets on those kids!

Some fun field trips coming up include a 5th grade class trip to Rhythmix Cultural Works music showcase, MOCHA for a 3rd grade class, 2nd grade to the Exploratorium and our 5th grade Science Camp at the end of the month! There are a lot of really awesome opportunities for learning here at Ruby Bridges! Thanks to all the staff for organizing these worthwhile, yet exhausting, "ed"ventures for our kids, and to the volunteer parent chaperones that help out.

One last note - special thanks to ALL the kids and staff who chose to Walk, Roll or Carpool to school over the last two weeks. Our Golden Sneaker contest was a HUGE success! We know whose class did the best job of walking, rolling and carpooling - (drum roll please...) and the winner is...

Mr. LaBarre's 3rd grade class! Woohoo!! Congratulations! They are going to win a special prize, more to come.

Head over to our Twitter feed and like a Tweet! Also check out the newest podcast down below... meet the student of the week, Nigel!


With joy and gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

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Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

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 :)

March 27 - SSC, 3:15

April 11 - PTA general meeting, 6:15 Media Center

April 2-6 - Spring Break

April 20 - STEAM Auction, 6:15 - 8:00pm

Trait of the month

The trait for the month of March is Self-Reflection. We want kids to be able to look at themselves as learners and analyze how they are doing achieving their goals in the classroom, on the playground and at home. Learners will ask themselves - How am I doing?

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!

Ruby Wrap

Do you know about the color factory? It is a super cool pop up art exhibit in SF. Tickets are all sold out now, but if you sign up, you will get alerts when they go back on sale. 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!