The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Hello lovely Ruby community,

We had an AMAZING time at the STEAM Studio Grand Opening. We had our Superintendent Sean McPhetridge visit, along with a number of other AUSD district officials. Mayor Trish Spencer also stopped by! Look below for some pics. The kids and adults alike had a blast. Special thanks to Mandie Cline, our new STEAM teacher, who planned the event and got the room ready. She is a gem, well deserving of the Alameda Teacher of the Year award she received a few years back. Well deserved, we sure are lucky to have her!

We started our STAR rotations last week... talk to your learner about what they are working on in their rotation class. Hopefully, kids are enjoying these 30 minute Language Arts rotations, and learning a lot.

We have two big meetings come up next week... Wednesday, November 1st at 6:15 is our second PTA meeting of the year and Thursday, November 2nd is our first parent meeting for the 5th grade Science Camp! The Science Camp meeting is at 6:00 pm here at Ruby Bridges, in room 304. This is an important meeting, as we have a lot of work to do to fund raise the $25,000 we are going to need to go on this annual rite of passage. Please plan on coming and helping us... we REALLY need your support to make this happen!

Let's do this Ruby Bridges!

With gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Free kids tickets to Cal Bears Football

Had to move this one up in The Star as NO ONE responded...

Do you want one or more free kid's tickets to the 11/4 Cal game vs. Oregon State? Get your kid(s) on the Cal campus, show them the beautiful scenery and football stadium. I have a few tickets left - who wants them? You will have to buy an adult ticket, at a reduced rate of $20. These tickets were given out to our awesome kids. Let's use them!!! Email Mr. Woodward, or just come by.

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

10/26 - LEAPS Lights On Afterschool! 4-6pm

10/27 - Minimum Day - TK out at 11:40, Kinder - 5th out at 12:30

10/30 - Coffee with the principal 4th - 5th, 8:30am

10/30 - LEAPS Halloween event (see below)

11/1 - PTA meeting, 6:15 in Media Center

11/2 - 5th grade Science Camp parent meeting 6:00pm in 304

11/4 - Project Peace Garden Party 9:00 - 12:00

11/15 - Beyond Everyone Belongs Here - see below

12/4 - Fun-A-Thon 9:30 - 12:00

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STEAM Studio

What an exciting week it has been! Classes have begun to rotate through the STEAM Studio and it has been a blast. Students have come in for a tour, learned about the Dojo class point system, and our new flexible seating. It’s been a riot letting students try out all of the seating options! Also, Ms Phan’s TK class got to draw on the chalk boards, while Ms. Weber’s class added pieces to the LEGO Wall. Other classes have been quite curious about the iPads, spheros, and Plasma Ball! More classes will filter through the Studio the rest of this week. Then we will be more than ready for our 1st official class projects on Monday! Finally, please come out Wednesday 10/25 for our Grand Opening, 1:20-3pm, and let your student give you a tour of the space! See you there!

STEAM Studio Grand opening pics

LEAPS corner

Check it out!

-LEAPS is looking forward to partnering with TAPOUT fitness for the rest of the school year bringing martial arts, dance, yoga and much more!


-LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL EVENT on Thursday Oct. 26th from 4pm-6pm. Enjoy a night of games and science, come meet our TAPOUT partner and enter to win a raffle! Free raffle ticket to anyone that brings an item to donate to help the NAPA/ SONOMA fire victims.

-LEAPS Haunted House on Monday October 30th from 4:30pm-6:30pm. $1 admission. Bring your friends and families! All welcome!

Hello from the Ruby Bridges PTA

The Fun-A-Thon is coming on December 2nd. This event was postponed due to poor air quality resulting from the devastating fires.

Upcoming events:

Fun-A-Thon December 2nd 9:30-12

Please continue to help students complete the packets sent home for this event. The 2 classes that raise the most money this year will get a pizza and movie party, provided by the PTA!!!

Kids will have a chance to win prizes including Amazon Kindles, scooters, and Target gift cards. Admission is free for Ruby Bridges students and $10 for non-Ruby Bridges students. Come out and have some fun with us!

We need your help to make the Fun-A-Thon run smoothly! Please sign up for a spot to help out on the day of the event. Sign up using this link:

To donate visit us here:

Garden Party November 4th 9-12

Come join other Ruby Bridges families as we make our garden beautiful!

Bring your kids and any gardening supplies you have. We will have coffee and snacks to keep all motivated :) We will be working with a group of volunteers who have offered to help us for the day. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

Coffee with the Principal

Come get to know Principal Woodward! Enjoy coffee and snacks while you get to know the Ruby Bridges family, including Principal Woodward and Vice Principal Lundholm. This is an opportunity to get to know what great things are coming this year for the students and our community. Thank you Pre-k-1st for a great event.

October 30 8:30 4th and 5th grade

The next PTA general association meeting is 11/1 at 6:15 pm in the MPR. Please join us, a babysitter will be available.

Thoughts... w/ Mr. Lundholm

I’m seeing a lot of kids demonstrating the trait of the month: compassion. This week I saw kids helping each other tie their shoes, make it to the nurse’s office, and figure things out in the STEAM Lab. I also saw kids sharing balls and toys in the morning, and I noticed a lot of kids sharing their expertise with checkers and chess at lunch recess.

The STEAM Lab Grand Opening was awesome! Well attended and hopping. Kids were constructing, drawing, testing, building, problem-solving, experimenting, and helping each other figure things out. Very busy. Major props to our STEAM Coordinator, Mandie Cline.

Our parent liaison, Tamara Centeno has been busy meeting families, learning about resources, and making connections. She has also helped organize the “Coffee With the Principal” events.

Drop off has looked great! Thank you to everyone who is pulling up to the front, dropping kids off quickly, and not parking in the white lanes.

Ruby Wrap

An article on why Makerspaces (like our STEAM Studio) are the key to the future of American innovation.

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!