Raider Reader -- September 20, 2023
News for September 20, 2023
First Day for ECFE Families!
Monday was the first day of ECFE for fall 2023! We enjoyed meeting families, introducing young learners to our classrooms, and playing together! (Credit: Megan Webb 🤗)
Elevating Our Students' Voices
I am so proud to work with the members of the Roseville Area School Board, who have made it a priority to expand opportunities for student voice not only in informing the board but also in our decision-making.
For example, invitations go out to students to present to the board about a number of topics including curriculum, projects, areas of interest and concern, and accomplishments. Next Tuesday, we are excited to welcome Coach Andrew Stephenson and members of the Roseville Area High School football team to come before the board to discuss their expanded community outreach and community service efforts. (See the quote below from a community member regarding a recent community service project!) In October, we will welcome Parkview Center School 1st grade teacher Jenny Eckman and some her students to talk about Eckman's recent research trip to Costa Rica and how her students are benefitting from the experience.
The school board meetings are just one place we are seeking to expand student presence and student voice. We have students serve on a variety of district hiring committees, three students spoke at our district's Welcome Back event for staff in August, and students were a part of last year's strategic planning events. While we know there will be additional ways we can elevate student voice in Roseville Area Schools (and welcome your suggestions!), we appreciate these students taking the time out of their busy schedules to support these important efforts.
District Honors Latine Heritage Month September 15-October 15
Roseville Area Schools is committed to seeing each of our students, families, and staff members. Teams of teachers and the Office of Educational Equity have prepared resources, slide decks, and connections for staff members to use to recognize Heritage Months throughout the year.
The purpose of recognizing each heritage month is to honor the fullness of our community members by sharing the stories, celebrations, challenges, and successes of many of the cultures present in our community. This work will challenge stereotypes, create a more inclusive curriculum, and address institutional racism. We know there are more cultures and communities that we will feature in the future. This year, we will all actively deepen our understanding of the cultures communities during these months: Note: In Roseville Area Schools, we acknowledge the use of multiple identifiers in referring to Latine Heritage Month. Staff members considered many alternatives and proposed Latine because it is gender neutral and refers to the broader Latin community, not just to those of European decent as Hispanic implies.
The purpose of recognizing each heritage month is to honor the fullness of our community members by sharing the stories, celebrations, challenges, and successes of many of the cultures present in our community. This work will challenge stereotypes, create a more inclusive curriculum, and address institutional racism. We know there are more cultures and communities that we will feature in the future.
This year, we will all actively deepen our understanding of the cultures communities during these months:
Note: In Roseville Area Schools, we acknowledge the use of multiple identifiers in referring to Latine Heritage Month. Staff members considered many alternatives and proposed Latine because it is gender neutral and refers to the broader Latin community, not just to those of European decent as Hispanic implies.
Congratulations to Benjamin Lee, a senior at Roseville Area High School, who was named a National Merit Semifinalist! Out of the more than 1.3 million students who took the 2022 PSAT test, Lee is one of only 16,000 students nationwide who achieved semifinalist status. He how has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. This fall, he is busy applying to a number of colleges (including the University of Minnesota, Purdue University, and the Colorado School of Mines) with plans to major in industrial engineering. Best of luck, Benjamin!
Roseville Area Schools to Honor Orange Shirt Day on September 29
Join Roseville's American Indian Education in remembering the children who did not return home after being forced into Native American boarding schools across Turtle Island. Orange Shirt Day falls on September 30, but Roseville will honor the day on Friday, September 29. Everyone is asked to wear orange on Friday, September 29, to help spread awareness of the cultural genocide Native American and First Nations peoples were forced to endure.
School Success Goes Hand in Hand with Good Attendance
Research shows that consistent attendance at school correlates with student achievement. Therefore, we want to do all we can to ensure children are in school as much as possible. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time every day is important. Good attendance will help children graduate from high school and do well in college and at work. Our hope is to partner with families to remove barriers so students can be in school as much as possible.
We also know there will be days when your child will miss school, especially if they’re sick. Missing school when you’re sick is OK. In fact, children should stay home when they are sick. The goal is for students to be in school 95% of the time. That means your student would miss 8 days or less for the entire school year.
Here are some things you can do to help:
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org
Here are some additional reminders regarding attendance for the upcoming school year:
- If your child has a doctor appointment, please bring them back to school after the appointment if possible.
- Excused absences include, but are not limited to: illness, doctors appointments, religious holidays, family emergency, and funerals.
- Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to: oversleeping, missing the bus, no transportation.
- There are also times students miss school due to family events. Some examples include cultural celebrations, weddings, funerals, graduations, and vacations. Up to five Family Event days will be excused. Day 6+ would be unexcused. Families could choose to take students out of school for family leave, but these days would be unexcused absences.
Thank you for all you do to support getting your child to school each day. Higher attendance equals higher student achievement! Thank you in advance for your support and partnership.
League of Women Voters to Host September 28 Candidate Forum
The League of Women Voters Roseville Area is conducting a school board candidate forum to give voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to both voters and the candidates themselves in the November 7 election.
The candidate forum will be held Thursday, September 28 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Fairview Room at Anpetu Teca Education Center.
There are seven candidates running to fill three positions on the school board.
If you are viewing forum online and would like to submit a question for candidates, please do so by September 26 to email@example.com.
In-person audience is welcome!
Foundation Hosting 2023 Fall Fundraiser on October 5
Save the date for our upcoming Roseville Area Schools Foundation 2023 Fall Fundraiser onThursday, October 5, 5:30 p.m. at Roseville Cedarholm Golf Course.
You're invited to tee off our first ever happy hour fundraiser to support Roseville Area Schools. Get ready to connect with others who care about the schools, faculty, staff and students in our community. Give back and make a direct impact on the school day in our district.
Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar while hearing from foundation and district leaders.This is a Pay As You Are event with a suggested donation of $30. Reserve your tickets today by registering below.
More information will be shared closer to the event date. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We can't wait to gather in support of Roseville Area Schools with you soon!
Roseville Area Schools Foundation 2023 Fall Fundraiser
Eventbrite - Roseville Area Schools Foundation presents Roseville Area Schools Foundation 2023 Fall Fundraiser - Thursday, October 5, 2023 at Roseville Cedarholm Golf Course, Hamline Avenue North, Roseville, MN, USA, Roseville, MN. Find event and ticket information.