The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

May 17th,


Hello everyone! We had Coffee with the Principal today, and had about 20 families in attendance. Pretty good turnout! I got some good feedback about things that are going well here, and ways we can make changes for next year. I am hopeful you feel like there are good ways for you to share your good ideas with me and my team - both for things going well and things to improve. Here is a community survey put out to ALL schools in Alameda, it would be great to get some feedback. You could also just email me directly, or stop me on the yard before or after school. It is my full intention to make this the best school for ALL of our kids, and I need you to help get us there!


We held our Bike Rodeo this past weekend, and it was a blast! So many different community partnerships - Bike East Bay, AC Transit, Limebike, Kiwanis, Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools... am sure I missed others. It was really fun seeing our kids wearing their helmets, getting their bikes fixed, riding around on the course. See below for some pics from the event! SPecial thanks to our own Alyson Ferguson, from our Coast Guard community, for her work organizing the event. From attending meetings two months ago, to showing up on site at 8:30 am to start preparing, it was a lot of work and she is fabulous. So thank you Alyson!


We also had the Robotics festival this weekend at Wood Middle School! Ruby's Robots were in full force, and had two teams of 8 kids each. We didn't win, but we sure had a ton of fun and were incredibly spirited. See below for more pics.


We took some of our 5th graders involved on our STEAM team to a Makerfaire at Salesforce this week. Thanks to Mandie Cline and Joe Golling for networking and organizing the trip. The kids had a blast on the ferry and touring the Salesforce building. They got to meet the founder of the company!


About 25 of the staff and I are going to the Makerfaire down in San Mateo this Saturday. If you have a couple of hours on your hands this weekend, you should check it out with the whole family. Some pretty cool stuff going on in the world right now. You can also listen to our newest podcast with Mandie Cline posted below to hear more about our work with STEAM education!


With love and gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

The Yearbook is almost here!

Hi Ruby Bridges families!

This is a special message from PTA about the 2017/2018 YEARBOOK... ITS HERE! We will be passing out the books on Monday, June 4th, so please order yours today! They are $10 each, and we would like to ask if you are able, to donate a few extra bucks so that EVERY student can recieve one. Making and selling the Yearbook has never been a fundraiser for our PTA, (in fact we have never fully recouped the costs of printing), but if we all contribute we can make sure that we are able to do this every year.

Yearbooks are a celebration of the Students and their academic journey. They show the school’s community and the friendships made over the past year. Featuring hundreds of wonderful photos taken since back in August, your family will cherish this book for years to come.

Students can give their Teachers the $10 (or more!) payment in an envelope.

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

May 19 - Rescheduled PTA Dreams and Doers, 8:30 - 12:00

May 24 - Art a la Mode

May 28 - NO SCHOOL

May 29 - SSC

June 1 - Field Day

June 4 - 6 Minimum days - TK out at 11:40, K-5 out at 12:30

June 4 - Kinder celebration

June 6 - 5th grade promotion and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Field Day - HELP!

Good Evening,

On the 1st of June Ruby Bridges will be conducting their field day where Children will be participating in 7 athletic events and will competing against their classmates. We still need volunteers for this event if you have 3 hours to spare please sign up at the link below. We are still short by about 20 volunteers. Volunteers are split up into two sessions from 8-11 and 11:30-2:30. Lunch will be provided for the volunteers(pizza), fruit and refreshments as well. Thanks for your time and I hope to see you on the field.

http://signup.com/login/entry/45698867455598202

Promotion ceremony help...

It is the tradition at Ruby Bridges for 4th grade families to provide refreshments for the 5th grade promotion reception. 4th grade families should have received a pink letter asking for donations of the following: Boxes of juice boxes/pouches, boxes of individual bags of chips, and bottled water. Please return the form by May 25th and send the donations to school by May 31st. All donations should be clearly marked "FOR 5th GRADE PROMOTION". Questions? - contact Mrs. Furuichi Fong

Trait of the month

The trait for the month of May is Humility. Hopefully your student has been talking about this in their class. Ask them what humility means to them!

Add yourself to my Remind text group

Do you get my texts about important school events? Want to? Text the message @rbstars to the number 81010 to add. You will be prompted to download the Remind app from the app store, you can but don't have to. You will now get my text message updates!

Ruby Wrap

Listen to the podcast... really, it's good!

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!