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Ruby Bridges Elementary- Where the STARS come to shine!

The 2019-20 School Year- WOW and Happy Summer on the Horizon!

Dear Ruby Stars,

What memories, what resilience, and what flexibility you have shown this year! I write with reassurance and hope that we can be together again soon. As this school year comes to a close, I want you to know that despite circumstances, we are Ruby Strong! Not only did we have a dynamic year, full of fun memories- monthly celebrations, Dance a Thon/Halloween, Spirit Days, and fun Zoom sessions to name a few, we had a year that showed the strength of a community that supports and cares for one another.

Reflecting on the periods of success and growth this year, I am reminded of a quote by Dr. Steve Maraboli, “Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient," and it encourages me look forward to our future journey together.

So, until we meet again, remember the 4Bs, remember our practice of the life-skills and Toolbox, and remember that you are a Ruby Star. Make sure to read, write, and practice your math skills over the summer. Your teachers will also be proud of the many experiments and STEAM projects you engage in.

To our Stars that are moving on to new places and horizons, once a Ruby Star, always a Ruby Star! May you carry with you the Ruby chant and Ruby love that has been shared with you. You will be missed!

Stay safe, enjoy the summer, and look forward to better times ahead. XOXO

Ms. Kim and Mrs. Pharr-Matthews

Community Collaborations May 29th and June 1

Dear Families,

On Tuesday, May 26, AUSD sent a survey to all families about their thoughts and preferences for next year. I do hope you’ve had a chance to take the survey - spending five to ten minutes on it will help the district immensely with its planning. (Please note that translations should be coming out by the end of this week.) Your responses will be captured and sent to the district’s Redesign Task Force, which is working on the planning for how instruction will be provided next year.In order to get more feedback from families, each school will also be holding a “Community Collaboration” Zoom meeting. During that meeting, I will ask a series of questions of parents/guardians

We have two meeting dates and Zoom links have been shared with all grade levels.

Grades 3rd-5th- Friday, May 29th, 3-4 pm During this session we will share and collect ideas, questions, and concerns for the upcoming 20/21 school year. Participants will meet as a whole group and then participate in breakout sessions to share feedback, ideas, and questions.

TK-2nd Grades- Monday, June 1, 3-4 pm, During this session we will share and collect ideas, questions, and concerns for the upcoming 20/21 school year. Participants will meet as a whole group and then participate in breakout sessions to share feedback, ideas, and questions.

Kinder Celebration and 5th Grade Promotion

Kinder Celebration

I write very excited about the upcoming Kinder celebration this FRIDAY, and Fifth Grade Promotion, next TUESDAY! Our scholars have worked very hard this year!

On Friday, May 29, 2020, 10 -11 am, Kinder teachers will celebrate our stars in a virtual celebration that includes well wishes and appreciations from administration and a teacher, followed by a slideshow and a dance party. Students are welcome to dress up for the occasion. Zoom invite has been sent to you.

Fifth Grade Promotion

June 2nd, 10-11 am- Fifth grade virtual promotion commences. While not traditional, we are excited to present a memorable ceremony that will bring many smiles. Students are welcome to dress for the occasion! Students will aslo be able to drive by the beautiful 5th grade banner that will be posted on the playground gate- rear driveway. Zoom invite has been sent to you.

Summer Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge! This free program starts Monday, June 1st. Read for 12 hours and complete 12 activities between June 1 and July 31. The more challenges you complete, the more prizes you could win!

This year's challenge will be a little different. After completing Level 1 and Level 2, you'll be entered into a raffle where, if we draw your name, you could win a pretty cool prize (yes, Tucker's Ice Cream is still a prize!). Everyone who completes all three challenges will get to choose their very own book that they get to keep forever!

To get ready, update or register for your Beanstack account here:

Then start logging your reading on Beanstack on or after June 1st to participate!

Check our website throughout the summer for updates, access to digital resources, and to find information about lots of fun virtual events for the whole family:

Find us on Instagram @alamedafreelibrary for story times and more throughout the summer.

Send any questions to

Imagine YOUR story!

Andie Cultrera (She/Her)

School Resource Services Librarian

Alameda Free Library

Alameda, CA

(510) 747.7708

Thank you Ms. Weber for sharing!


As of today, ESY for SPED dates are 7/7 to 7/31. ESY will be a virtual format after talking with Alameda County Health. More communication here:

May 15, 2020

Dear Parents or Guardians,

We hope that you and your families continue to be well. On 5/1/2020, a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document was sent to parents and guardians via Aeries. If you need to refer back to letters sent to parents and guardians since the suspension of in-class instruction, please refer to the "COVID-19 Resources for Special Education Families" on the Special Education website under “Departments” on the AUSD website. A few updates follow:

Distance Learning Plans (DLPs)

Parents and guardians should have received DLPs from their student’s case manager. These tailored plans are written with a student’s IEP areas of need in mind, and have been in place since Distance Learning began on April 6th. DLPs will continue until the suspension of in-class instruction concludes. If you have questions regarding your student’s DLP or wish to provide further input, please contact your case manager teacher.

Virtual IEP Meetings

The Special Education Leadership team also worked as quickly as possible to develop training and guidance for staff and administrators. All staff have now been trained on holding virtual IEP meetings. Additionally, the coordinators are working with school sites to hold transition IEP meetings for those students who are transitioning or matriculating to the next grade span. If you have questions regarding when your student’s IEP can be held, please consult your case manager. IEP meetings are being held in chronological order and may need to be held next school year. IEP’s are addressing goals, accommodations and modifications, services, and placement for when in person instruction resumes.

Extended School Year

As mentioned in the FAQ, ESY dates have been moved to July 7th through July 31st. The Special Education Department is waiting for directives from the Alameda County Public Health Department and other educational agencies to determine how ESY will be delivered. Students may or may not be able to return to in-class instruction at that time. If Distance Learning must continue, Education Specialists and Related Services providers will work from 8:30 to 12:30 daily to support students via Zoom meetings and consultations to families and students. Parents whose students qualify for ESY through an IEP process will receive a letter with information soon. Again, please reach out if you have further questions. We wish to answer any questions that arise during these unique times. In the meantime, do take good care of yourself and families.


Pamela Kazee

Director of Special Education

CC: Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi

Kirsten Zazo, Chief Officer of Student Support Services

ASES/ELD Distance Learning Summer School:

July 13-31


Lead Teacher: Kristin Furuichi-Fong

Invitations: Translated invitations will be sent out via AERIES communication.

Criteria: Multiple reference points considered for invitation

Online learning platforms to be used:

ELD: EL Achieve

Math: ST Math

Reading: Fountas and Pinnell LLI

SEL: Inner Explorer (Mindfulness)

EDMO :Enrichment opportunity offered (3 weeks prior to summer school)

Assessment:STAR Renaissance (entry and exit assessment)

Program details/rationale:

  • Instead of providing traditional in-person summer program that usually occurs starting in June and runs through mid-July, we are hoping to provide enrolled SS students with a 6 week program - three weeks of enrichment and three weeks of academic support.

  • Moving summer program to mid-July will provide students with a summer-intensive/boost that will help prepare them for fall instruction