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 25, 2018

Volume 12 issue 6

Hello RBE community!

I am happy to report that we have a Ruby Bridges Halloween policy! Per the AUSD Teaching and Learning department:

The following guidelines shall apply:

  • Students may wear costumes to school according to guidelines established by district’s student dress code policy.
  • Costumes shall not be demeaning to any person or group based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or to any individual staff or student at the school.
  • No costume can be worn that is unsafe or that may create a safety hazard.
  • No weapons or replica weapons are to be brought to school.
  • No costumes or masks are allowed that completely hide the identity of the student or would impair a student’s vision or movement (e.g., ability to climb stairs); however, masks may be worn during a parade or other specific activity, provided that safety is not hindered, as determined by the site administrator.
  • All restrictions and guidelines regarding obscene materials or prohibited substances remain in effect.
  • No student or staff member shall be required to engage in Halloween-related activities if doing so conflicts with their religious faith and/or personal or cultural practice. Students who do not participate in Halloween-related activities shall be provided an alternate educational activity.

Because we already have our Dance-a-thon scheduled for that day, we are NOT going to do a school wide parade. Students can wear their costumes to school as long as it doesn't impede their ability to learn in their classroom. Students will participate in the dance-a-thon at their allotted time (see below) with or without their costumes. If parents would like to attend and take pictures, they can do so. Students can also change into their costumes before the dance party if they would like. Be careful that they don't overheat! Students will ALSO be getting a Dance-a-thon t-shirt at school on 10/31. Students are invited to wear their Dance-a-thon t-shirts during the dance party also.

In other news, the final countdown is on for our fundraising goals. Our goal was to raise $15,000 for the Dance-a-thon. Ms. Lani Pham's TK class has raised $3,351 so far on the site!!! WOW! I have heard mixed news that possibly we have already gotten to our goal! If we do hit the $15k, I will be shaving my head. Yes, you heard it. Check out the video on the RBE PTA Facebook page...

I hope you will join us tomorrow for our STEAM showcase, including a table sponsored by our very own STEAM after school program, Camp EdMo. Speaking of Camp EdMo, we are looking to fill a couple of last spots in the program. Are you interested in joining the aftercare program and learning a ton about STEAM? They are just about to start their Minecraft unit!!!

That is all for now. Have a great week everyone,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

10/25 - Book Fair open 3-6pm

10/26 - Book Fair open 3-8pm

10/26 - Early Release for Teacher Collaboration: TK - 11:40, K-5th - 12:30

10/26 - STEAM showcase, 6:15pm

10/30 - SSC, 3:15pm

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

  • 9:00 - 9:45 am Pre K (morning class,) TK, Kindergarten, K-2 SDC, and Third Grade
  • 10:00 - 10:45 am First Grade, Grade 3 - 5 SDC, and Fourth Grade
  • 12:30 - 1:15 pm Pre K (afternoon class,) Second Grade, and Fifth Grade

11/2 - Spirit Day - Cultural Dress

11/7 - Student Council elections

11/7 - PTA meeting

11/12 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day

11/14 - Ruby Bridges Day

11/14 - ELAC 8:30

11/19-11/23 - NO SCHOOL, Fall Break

11/26 - 11/30 - Early release for Fall parent conferences

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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

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Lunch this week

Fri., Oct 26

Turkey Empanada

Bean and Cheese Burrito (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog

Mon., Oct 29

Cheese Bread Sticks w/ Marinara Sauce (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza

Tue., Oct 30

Breakfast for Lunch!

Pancakes, Egg and Sausage

Pancakes, Egg Patty and Veggie Sausage (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders

Wed., Oct 31

Pasta with Meat Sauce

Pasta with Marinara (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets

*A yogurt meal is available daily!

Ruby Wrap

Every kid needs a champion. One of my favorites...

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!