The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

Volume 12, Issue 17

May 15, 2019

Hello RBE families,

As many of you have heard, I have announced my resignation as Ruby Bridges principal for next year. I have been humbled by the support and well wishes I have received from the many students and families that have reached out to me. In only two short years, I really was welcomed into the RBE family and we were able to do some pretty cool things. Thank you.

It turns out that Mr. Lundholm has also announced his resignation for next year. His message is below...

Dear RBE Community,

I officially resigned from my position as VP of Ruby Bridges Elementary on Wednesday, May 8th. I let teachers know just before I made it official. It has been a pleasure working at RBE, and I will miss the kids, the folks who work at the school, and the community. As I mentioned to teachers: I struggled with the decision, and I’m sad to go, but the universe has let me know it’s time. I wanted to act now because I know it’s best for the school if I move as early as possible, so that the district can find a good replacement. I will continue to work as hard as I can to help the kids and the school until I leave in June.

I’d like to wish all of you well on my way out.

-Ben Lundholm

Our teaching staff, classified staff and parent groups are organizing a hiring committee for the next principal. Superintendent Sean McPhetridge visited our school last week to talk about the timelines. The team is hopeful that we will know who the next principal is going to be before the year is out. I am sure that an excellent new leader will be hired to continue the good work at this remarkable school!

All for now.

#WeAreRubyStars - Jesse Woodward, Principal


This is a special message from PTA about the 2018/2019 YEARBOOK... We will be passing out the books on Tuesday, 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 receive one. Making and selling the Yearbook has never been a fundraiser for our PTA, 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!) in an envelope, or visit to use our paypal link.

*Special thanks goes out to Joe Golling, who again has donated his amazing time and expertise to putting the Yearbook together. The guy really is amazing, is at all the events and takes great pictures. Thanks again Joe!!!

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Book Fair is here!!!

The spring book fair starts Monday, May 20th and runs through Friday, May 24th.

Ms. Jones-Szabo, our librarian, could always use some adult helpers. Whether it’s just 20 minutes right after school ends, the week of May 20 – 24th, to help with crowd control, or running the fair, your help makes a difference in how well the fair runs!

Please contact Ms. Jones-Szabo by email , or drop off a note in the office.

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

May 16 - Kinder-2nd grade music performance @ 2:00

May 17 - 3rd - 5th grade music performance @ 8:45

May 20-24 – Book Fair is here!

May 23 – Art a la Mode, 6:15pm

May 27 – No school, Memorial Day

June 4 - Yearbook handout

Jun 5, 6, 7 – Minimum Days, TK: 11:40, K-5: 12:30 release

Jun 5 – Kinder promotion, *changed to 10am

Jun 7 – 5th grade advancement, 9am and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Did you know we have a Robotics Team?

Our Robotics Team, led by coach Dafnee and with help from Mrs. Cline, swept the competition with their three teams placing 1st (Lighting Botts), 2nd (Meteors), and 3rd (Space Alphas).

The program is largely funded through Power Up For Learning, a partnership between AEF and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) where AMP customers designate a small amount to be added to their monthly power bill, which is collected by AMP and presented to AEF each summer to support technology education. AMP customers may sign up for Power Up For Learning here.

Trait of the month - HUMILITY

The trait for the month of May is Humility.

"Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up."

– Jesse Jackson

Lunch this week

Thur., May 16


French Toast Sticks and Turkey Sausage Patty

Veggie Chicken and Waffle Sticks (V)

Favorite - Turkey Hot Dog

Fri., May 17

Chicken Corn Dog

Bean and Cheese Burrito (V)

Favorite - Burger

Mon., May 20

Garden Veggie Burger (V)

Favorite - Cheese Pizza

Tue, May 21

Beef Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes

Grilled Cheese Sandwich (V)

Favorite - Cheeseburger Sliders

Wed., May 22

Macaroni & Cheese (V)

Favorite - Chicken Nuggets

*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!