The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Volume 12, Issue 12

Feb 4, 2019

Helllloooooooo Ruby Stars!

I hope you had a wonderful January! It was pretty magical at Ruby Bridges, I have to say. We really enjoyed having all of our new families coming to visit… we had our 2019-20 TK and Kinder families come for an information night and to tour the school throughout the month. The fabulous Kristin Furuichi-Fong, Title 1 teacher extraordinaire, organized our Student Council students to lead the tours. The parents were surprised to find out that the tours would be led by students, and later, universally impressed at the end of the tours by our student council students’ poise, maturity, kindness and thoughtfulness. To our incoming families, we are REALLY excited to have you join our family!

February begins Black History month. We will looking at the contributions of African Americans to our country throughout the month. Please join us, if you are able, at our culminating event - Cultural Voices assembly. We hold this on February 27th at 9am for our whole school. It is a special event!

Check out the Alphabet Rockers link down in the schedule of upcoming events. They are amazing! Grammy nominated for Best Children’s Album, they tour the country to inspire youth through the power of hip hop. They will have already come by the time you get this newsletter, and I am sure will have rocked the house and motivated us all to do better.

Please also see that auditions for Ruby’s Got Talent are coming up in two weeks on Wed, the 13th at 1:30. Look for papers to come home along with this newsletter.

This electronic newsletter has a number of flyers for summer programs, athletic leagues, etc below. They may be of interest to you and your family.

Last, I want to send out an appeal to families to join us for at least ONE of the parent events this February. First, we have our PTA meeting on February 6th. We will be hearing from at least one teacher on the power of Toolbox Social Emotional Learning program, and hearing how you can learn more and support your own children at home using some of this language. We will also be approving a change to the budget to hopefully provide $10,000 to our library for new awesome books! See the link in the online newsletter for a survey to give some feedback on how we should spend this new money!

Another meeting is on Feb 26th at our Title 1 annual meeting. Come learn what the Title 1 program is, and then participate in up to two breakout sessions led by our staff on informative topics! Last, many of you are already participating in School Smarts, the parent engagement and education classes offered at Ruby. Good job!

#WeAreRubyStars - Jesse Woodward, Principal and loving it

Did you know?

Did you know that schools are funded through student attendance? When your child comes to school for any or all of a day, the school district receives around $45 per day, per child. If they are absent, for any reason, we don't get funded for that day. We have on average 30 students out per day, more on a Monday (45 absent today) or a Friday. We are losing major funds from chronic absences. Please get your children to school!!!

Look below for the academic losses due to absences. More to come on this...

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Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

Feb 4th - Alphabet Rockers assembly

Feb 5th - Spring Picture Day

Feb 6th - PTA meeting, 6:00pm {Learn about Social Emotional program, Toolbox}

Feb 7th - School Smarts, 6pm

Feb 12th - Annie Barrows, author of Ivy & Bean series, visits RBE 2nd & 3rd grades at 1pm

Feb 13th - ELAC, 8:30

Feb 13th - Auditions for Ruby’s Got Talent, 1:30pm

Feb 14th - School Smarts, 6pm

Feb 15th – PTA Parent Café, 8:30am

Feb 18 – Feb 22 President’s week, NO SCHOOL

Feb 26 – Title 1 parent night, 6pm

Feb 27 - Cultural Voices, 9am

Feb 28 - School Smarts

Mar 1 – Ruby’s Got Talent, 6:30pm

Mar 2 – Spring PTA Fundraiser, Bike Rodeo

Help us get new books in the library!

Please take this survey below to give input on how we should spend new money for our library.

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Donations for families

We have two different donation drives going on right now.

1. We are still collecting for our Coast Guard families. Please drop off non perishable goods in our main office and we will make sure to get them in the hands of our Coast Guard families.

2. We are starting a more permanent pantry for needy families. This pantry will be run by our Student Council, and was their idea! We are happy to facilitate our kids being generous and helping the less fortunate members of our community. More to come on this...

Trait of the month - FORGIVENESS

The trait for the month of January is Forgiveness.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Event for families of children with special needs

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Lunch this week

Mon., Feb 4

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Croissant (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza

Tue, Feb 5

Teriyaki Chicken over Rice

Veggie Chicken and Rice (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders

Wed., Feb 6

Pasta w/ Meat Sauce

Pasta w/ Marinara (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets

Thur., Feb 7

Breakfast for lunch

Pancakes, Egg Patty, Sausage

Same as above, but with Veggie Sausage (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog

Fri., Feb 8

Chicken Corn Dog

Bean & Cheese Burrito (V)

Favorite - Burger

*A yogurt meal is available daily!

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!