May 15, 2022 • Updates from Roosevelt Elementary

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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:
  • 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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Thank you, families and students, for your help with this spring's state testing! So far, 3rd-5th-grade students have finished the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English/Language Arts, and our 5th-graders have completed the Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science.

This week, all 3rd-5th graders will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in Math. Here's how you can help:

  • Talk to your child about doing his/her best, answering every question, and checking his/her work.
  • Ensure that your child gets at least 8 hours of sleep the night before the test.
  • Ensure that your child gets to school on time, eats breakfast, and is ready to start.

When will families receive test results? Test results are released to families in the fall. These scores help us know how we can improve at Roosevelt, and they help families and teachers ensure that your child is getting the right level of support and challenge at school.
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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 amazing paraprofessional, Mrs. Maria Hinojosa. Mrs. Hinojosa was awarded our staff rotating award, the Spirit of the Bear Award, for the week of May 16, 2022.

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

    • I am so happy to nominate Maria Hinojosa as the next recipient of the Spirit of the Bear Award. Every day, Maria is so patient, calm, and caring toward her little Bears. When she’s having a challenging day, you would never know it because she always has a smile on her face. We are lucky to have such a dedicated educator working with our students. Maria is so valuable to our Roosevelt Team. Maria, I enjoy working with you and thank you for all that you do

    Bear Clap for Mrs. Hinojosa, for showing the Spirit of the Bear every day!

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    Congratulations to our winning language students who did an OUTSTANDING JOB using Imagine Learning to build their English skills! Here are our 2 top performers in each grade level. Each of these students won a free Lego set!

    • Kindergarten: Moises and Renata
    • 1st grade: Jesus and Jazlyn
    • 2nd-grade: Jorge and Maggie
    • 3rd-grade: Axel and Fernanda
    • 4th-grade: Eduardo and Zoe
    • 5th grade: Martin and Arizbet
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    This week, your child will complete our lessons about PROBLEM SOLVING in Second Step Unit 4. Your child will reflect on what they've learned about solving problems and apologize. These lessons come from Second Step® Elementary, a research-based social-emotional learning program that builds children’s social-emotional skills. Check out this chart to learn more about this week's Second Step lesson, PLUS a skill that you and your child can practice at home!

    5 Ways to Make YouTube Safer for Kids

    You may never have heard of half the people your kids watch on YouTube. But YouTubers are super influential on kids, gaining millions or even billions of views.

    At Roosevelt, we notice that many students (even as young as K-2) are being negatively influenced by language and physical aggression that they're exposed to on YouTube. Unfortunately, information about YouTube channels—the content, quality, and age-appropriateness—isn't easy for parents to find.

    Here are parents' most commonly asked questions about YouTube and kids from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that helps families raise safe, happy kids in a digital world:

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    If you think your child might qualify for the Highly Capable Program, you can nominate him/her by May 20th:
    • Visit Yakima School District's Highly Capable Program webpage for more information and to download a referral packet in English or Spanish.
    • Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within student's general intellectual abilities, specific academic abilities, and/or creativity.
    • Our district has a variety of services for students who qualify for the Highly Capable Program (HCP): differentiation, flexible grouping, independent study, enrichment, independent projects, supplemental instruction in area of interest, content acceleration, and supplemental materials in the area of interest.
    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
    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!

    Visit our YSD COVID information page for the latest testing and vaccine updates, data, safety updates, and more. Here are some of the important changes:

    • Masks are now optional.
    • Visitors can enter the building, and volunteers fall under the vaccination requirement
    • Anyone with COVID-19-like symptoms is required to be sent home for a minimum of 5 days (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, lost of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea). Students may return after day 5 IF the symptoms are mostly improved. IF returning to school days 6-10, the individual is required to wear a well-fitted mask OR test negative with an antigen or at-home test after day 5 before returning without a mask.
    • The FREE YSD COVID-19 testing site is open for students, YSD staff, and their immediate families on Mondays through Fridays from 1-4 pm. The testing site is located at the new Health and Wellness Education Center at 331 N. First St.
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    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.