The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Jan 11, 2018

What a crazy start to the year! Please know that from our entire staff, we are deeply sorry to have canceled school these last few days. I know how hard it must have been for many of you to scramble last minute to find child care. I know some of you had to bring your kids to work or school for big presentations, or miss work altogether. That was an awful way to start the school year... please also know that it took a lot of late nights, early mornings and diligent effort from the AUSD MOF (Maintenance, Operations and Facilities) to get the lights back on. They spared no expense to make sure that we had heat, lights, phones, and power to all the classrooms. We are confident we got the root problem figured out, and solved so we won't have this trouble anymore.

It was a joy to see all the kids back today! I loved listening to their screams of delight as they ran up and saw their friends at the start of school, all the hard work and focused attention I observed during class time, and watching the competitive but still fun games of athleticism at recess. We had a great day.

Tomorrow is PJ day! The first Friday of every month is a spirit day... let's see who has the most spirit! Please make sure your students wear comfortable shoes though, no slippers or flip flops.

We have a really REALLY busy January and start of February. Please see the calendar of events below and pick a couple of events to attend (Heritage Night, Title 1 parent night, Ruby's Got Talent). Your participation really matters in your child's education. One event in particular is our WONDER book club talk. We are doing this on the night of Thursday, Jan 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 in the Media Lab. Students, parents, aunts and uncles and RBE staff are all invited. We may get the Sarah Burkey, the Librarian from the Children's section of the Alameda Free LIbrary to attend also! Please let us know you are coming by RSVP'ing here - We might bring in some pizzas to eat too... let's talk!

One other event coming up is the Ruby Bridge's school presentation at the Board meeting at Alameda City Hall on Jan 23 at 6:30. These are GREAT times to come out and show our school spirit and pride. Please come, dressed in Ruby gear and watch our presentation. Show the board how much we love our school and say thank you to them for all of their support! This is also a great chance to teach your children about civic engagement. I would love to fill the room with Ruby families and students.

Did you hear about the choral performance at our whole school assembly before break? Mrs. Rockwell has been working with a group of 4th and 5th graders in her choir, and they performed beautifully! Check our twitter feed for videos of the performance!

Thanks for all of the love that poured in before the Holiday. Kids brought sweet notes and gifts for all us here at the school. It is a great time to work in schools, and made me grateful for all the positive relationships we have at our school. So thank you all!

With gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

Jan 12 - PJ day!!!

Jan 15 - NO SCHOOL, MLK Jr. Day

Jan 18 - 6:00 Wonder Book club discussion. Meet in Media Lab.

Jan 18 - 6:30 Kindergarden parent information night (for next year's Kinder class!)

Jan 19 - 9:00 Kinder tours

Jan 19 - 6:30 Heritage Night - Potluck, dance performances, fashion show!

Jan 22 - 26 Great Kindness Challenge

Jan 23 - 6:30pm Ruby Bridges presents to the AUSD school board. Will you come out and join us to show your support of our school?

Feb 1 - 6:30pm Title 1 parent night

Feb 2 - 6:30pm Ruby's Got Talent

Alameda Education Foundation Enrichment class at RBE!!

AEF is excited to offer a 10-week “Intro to Keyboards” class at RBE starting on February 6, 2018.

This program is designed for children to learn to play the keyboard in a group setting. Students will have fun learning the basics. By the end of the program, students will be able to apply musical concepts of rhythm and note reading.

Dates: Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 10, 17, 2018 (no class: Apr 3)

Cost: $190 + $10 materials fee

Please Note: All students are required to bring their own instrument. The Casio SA76 is recommended. This can be purchased online. Students MUST have their keyboard for the first class.

Registration opens January 11 @ 9:30am. To register go to and click on the blue enrichment button

Scholarships are available – please email to determine your eligibility.

ALSO did you know you can attend classes at other school sites?

Nea and Paden Elementary schools have classes RBE students are welcome to attend. To view their programs please go to:

Paden -

Nea -

Student Council Corner

This week, our Student Council Officers and Class Representatives are distributing small collection boxes to every student. These boxes can should go home as we hope students, family member, friends, etc. will contribute their spare change to help find a cure for blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. Ruby Bridges has participated in this fundraiser for the past three years now and is particularly important and meaningful to our school community because two of our very own students have been affected by blood cancer. Both students are winning their fight against it!

Collections will continue until the end of January. When boxes are full, students should bring their change to school and add it to their large classroom collection box! Let’s see which grade level raises the most money! This is a Student Council sponsored initiative. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Furuichi Fong!

Winter Craft Night!

Ruby Wrap

Have you ever felt like the world is just against you? Like no matter what you do, your team always loses, or your boss always yells at you? Listen to this podcast from Freakonomics. I loved it, and felt like it validates some of what I try to do on a daily basis in that I work HARD to accentuate the positive, and deal with, but don't focus on, the negative.

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!