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May 22, 2022 • Updates from Roosevelt Elementary

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With fewer than 20 days of school left this year, it's time to mark your calendar for these important spring/summer dates:
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day (no school)
  • Friday, June 10: Treaty Day (no school)
  • Wed., June 15: Report cards sent home
  • Friday, June 17: Last day of school/12 noon early release
  • Aug. 8-12: Kinder Academy
  • Wed., Aug. 24: First day of school
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To keep Roosevelt safe, we run a safety drill each month as required by state and district policies. This Thursday, we will run a required shelter-in-place drill. It's one of our simplest drills, with students and staff staying in classrooms and continuing with learning activities, and it's completed in under 5 minutes. Especially for younger students, teachers discuss in simple, non-threatening language the importance of being ready and safe during an emergency. Parents can have a conversation at home to help children know that we all work together to stay safe at school. Please call (509) 573-1713 if you have any questions about our safety drills at Roosevelt. Thank you!
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Families—We need your help. Please do not send any kind of nuts to school. We have many students with life-threatening allergies to nuts—even from touching or breathing the nuts, not just from eating them. Thank you for ensuring that all Roosevelt Bears are safe at school!


  • This includes peanuts/peanut butter (in candy, cookies, crackers, sandwiches).
  • It also includes tree nuts, such as hazelnuts (Nutella), cashews, almonds, and more.

COVID is not gone, rates have started rising again. We need to keep everyone safe and healthy through the end of the year. Visit our YSD COVID information page for the latest testing and vaccine updates, data, safety updates, and more.


Here are some of the important reminders:

  • Anyone with certain COVID-19-like symptoms is required to be sent home for a minimum of 5 days (new/changed/worse cough, fever over 100.4°, aches, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath). Students may return after day 5 IF the symptoms and IF wearing a mask. Students can also return sooner with a negative test, an alternative diagnosis from a health-care provider, if symptoms have significantly improved and fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
  • For other possible COVID symptoms (congestion, runny nose, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, sore throat), if there is only 1 symptom that resolves in 24 hours or is part of a diagnosed chronic illness, students may return 24 hours later with significant improvement and no fever for 24 hours without medication.
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Roosevelt families, we want to understand your thoughts about the job we are doing in providing a quality education for your children. We use your feedback to keep improving what we're doing at Roosevelt:

  • Please complete the survey by May 31 in English or Spanish: https://bit.ly/3FyPLMu.
  • Please complete 1 survey per child in a YSD school.
  • If you prefer a paper copy of the survey, please call our Roosevelt office at (509) 573-1700, and we'll mail one to you.

Your feedback is important and we want to know what you think are our strengths and opportunities for growth. Thank you!

We're probably all looking forward to spring and summer weather (and less rain during recess and dismissal times!). Please help ensure that your child is following our Roosevelt dress code so he/she is ready to learn and play in warmer weather. That means that every child's stomach, back, and chest are covered completely. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be longer than mid-thigh. Students should not wear flip-flops or open-backed sandals. Thank you!
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Roosevelt Families—As your child returns to school next fall, it’s important to make sure they are up to date on all their required vaccinations for the 2022-2023 school year. There are important changes to these requirements for next year.


To get ready, the Washington State Department of Health strongly encourages you to schedule your child’s immunization visit as early as possible with their doctor or health care provider, so your child is up to date well before the first day of school. Summer months are a great time to get your child caught up with immunizations. Schedule your appointments early, since doctors' offices' schedules quickly fill up in August. Turn in your updated immunization paperwork to Roosevelt by August 20. This is especially important if your child is transitioning to Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or 7th grade, because each of these grades has new requirements.


Students who do not meet the immunization requirements for school will be excluded from school, per Revised Code of Washington RCW 28A.210.120. According to this law, any child attending school in Washington State is required to be fully immunized against or have an exemption in place for the following diseases: Measles (Rubeola), Chickenpox (Varicella), Mumps, Haemophilus influenzae Type B Disease (Hib)*, German measles (Rubella), Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus, Pneumococcal disease, and Whooping cough (Pertussis).


Not sure if your child's immunizations are caught up? Access your family's immunization records online.


Please contact our Roosevelt school nurse, Mrs. Sandra DeBord RN BSN, at (509) 573-1712 if you have any questions. Thanks!

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Congratulations to our wonderful teacher, Mrs. Alvena McClintick. Mrs. McClintick was awarded our staff rotating award, the Spirit of the Bear Award, for the week of May 23, 2022.


Here's what Mrs. Hinojosa wrote when nominating Mrs. McClintick:

  • I would love to pass the Spirit of the Bear Award to Mrs. McClintick. She is so awesome! She puts so much love, care, and thought into her students. She always has a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. Thank you so much for all you do, Alvena.

Bear Clap for Mrs. McClintick, for showing the Spirit of the Bear every day!
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Registration usually fills up fast!! Sign up now! Sign up for Yakima Parks and Recreation's Summer Day Camp for supervised recreational games, exciting activities, and amazing arts & crafts. Lunch will be provided by Yakima School District. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY!
  • $30 fee
  • Monday-Friday (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
  • June 20, 2022 – August 19, 2022
  • Kissel Park and Washington Fruit Community Center at Miller Park

Summer is on it's way and so is the cinema FUN! Thanks to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima Theaters are able to present a FREE summer series of everyone's favorite films! More details to come! A different movie every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer. June 22nd through August 18th!

The Salvation Army is offering a summer day camp. Call 509-823-1820 to register or for more information.

Attention future thespians! A summer drama camp will be hosted at Eisenhower High School this summer for kids entering 1st-9th grades next school year.


Registration forms can be found here. Registration is due by May 27th! Be sure to register soon, spots fill quickly!

Civil Rights and Equity

Promoting Educational Access & Excellence for All

Yakima School District encourages workforce diversity and complies with all state and federal laws prohibiting unlawful discrimination. Please read our full nondiscrimination statement for more information.

Kinder Academy is coming on August 8-12 at Roosevelt. It's the best way for your child to get a great start at school. Register for kinder by following these steps:


  1. Visit our office for an enrollment packet. Call 573-1700 with any questions.
  2. Submit proof of address (recent utility bill), age documentation (birth certificate), and immunization records (from doctor's office).
  3. New kindergarten students will receive a student prize bag for early registration!!
  4. Click for more information in English or Spanish.