The STAR

November 9, 2020

November- Self- Care Check In- Thank Yourself...

With so much uncertainty, I want to remind you to live within a band of things you can control- including you health and well being. As you are juggling many things, remember you MUST make time to pause and check-in. If you are to be the best for those who need you, it behooves you to make time for you. Here are 8 quick ways to destress in this moment:


1. MAINTAIN YOUR RITUALS and ROUTINES

2. ZONE OUT TO SOMETHING UPLIFTING

3. SHUT OFF THE NEWS (AND SOCIAL MEDIA) ONCE IN A WHILE

4. MAKE TIME FOR MINDFULNESS

5. GET SOME FRESH AIR

6. REACH OUT TO LOVED ONES

7. MAKE TIME FOR A HOBBY

8. GIVE YOUR HOME SOME TLC


https://www.northwesternmutual.com/life-and-money/8-quick-ways-to-de-stress-during-times-of-uncertainty/

Join us- Evening of Learning

Ruby Bridges teachers and staff will be presenting workshops

to help families support students with learning at home.

READING! SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING! STEAM! MATH! ZOOM!


Thursday, November 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm.


BIKE RAFFLE: All families who attend will be entered in a raffle for a new bike! Two bikes will be given away: 1 for TK-2 & 1 for 3rd-5th


WHERE: On Zoom: Please use this link:

https://alamedaunified.zoom.us/j/89088809304

Evening of Learning- 11/12/20-CLICK

Join us for an evening of Parent Learning!

Who's calling you? Meet the RB Office Team

Health Assistant- I am Loni Carrasco. I’ve worked here at Ruby Bridges since 2008, as an after school Instructure known then as LEAPS, but now known as CAMP EDMO today. In 2012, I became an ESL Paraprofessional worked inside the classroom setting assisting teacher ‘s. In 2014, I then became a Special Ed. Paraprofessional Instructure because I still wanted to help our students succeed. In 2018, I then became the school’s nurse here at Ruby Bridges Elementary School. I am proud to say that I am dedicated to seeing our students be successful. I thrive to be able to see our students become better & reach for the STARS every day.


Ms. Machrus, Office Manager-I am currently the Ruby Bridges Elementary office manager. I have worked at Ruby for over a decade. Nothing brings me more pride than to see our children succeed. It sincerely warms my heart when our children come back to visit. I may not always remember their names or have time to chat but seeing those faces always brings back memories. I am grateful to be surrounded by such passionate staff and the wonderful diversity of all of our families. I am also very fortunate to have the honor of watching our

stars grow!


Ms. Jones, Attendance clerk-Hello, I'm Sue Jones, the Ruby Bridges Attendance Office Assistant. I'm the one you call when your child will be out for the day. I've worked at Ruby Bridges for 10 years, first as a Special Education para, then as the health clerk before moving to the attendance desk. I love working with our vibrant, caring school community. When not at school, I can be found playing with the dogs, planning next year's gardens, and discovering new places to eat.


Hello Ruby Stars! My name is Johanna Schmid, Parent and Family Liaison (not pictured). I am very excited to be part of the Ruby Bridges family and I am looking forward to serving our community. My background is in Social Welfare and I have volunteered in non-profit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa County. In my free time I enjoy hiking, cooking and exploring with my 5 year old and husband. We are very excited to be welcoming our second child this February 2021.Thank you for giving me the opportunity to partner with you and promote your children's social emotional and academic growth.

*Fun fact about me: I enjoy exploring and rating different playgrounds with my 5 year old.

Native American Heritage Month

"November is National Native American Heritage Month. It's a time to recognize the many sacrifices, contributions and achievements of Native American people, as well as celebrate their rich and vibrant cultures.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges."


Some fun Native American reading:

“Baby Speaks Salish” by Emma Noyes – An educational picture book by a local writer and artist who’s a member of the Sinixt band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

“Bigfoot and Lightning Bug” by Donnell Barlowe – This picture book is based on stories the author remembers from her grandmother.

“Fry Bread” by Kevin Noble Maillard – This award-winning picture book depicts modern Native American family life.

“We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom – A picture book inspired by indigenous-led movements across North America to protect water.

“Apple: Skin to the Core” by Eric Gansor – This YA memoir-in-verse takes its title from a common slur in Native American communities for someone who’s “red on the outside, white on the inside.”


https://www.ncai.org/initiatives/native-american-heritage-month

Read-a-Thon

Ready! Set! Read!

Ruby Bridges Read-a-Thon begins November 16 - December 7, 2020. In an effort to promote literacy and fun, students will engage in individual and class reading goals to highlight reading AND fundraise for our school.

Thank you PTA for this HUGE endeavor and for providing grade level books for all students. More details to come soon....

Have you completed your 20/21 Free and Reduced Lunch Application?

Even if you think you don't qualify, please complete the included application here:

Lunch Application Here- CLICK


AUSD offers free or reduced-price meals to students whose families are low income. Under this program, which is subsidized by the National School Lunch program, students can receive breakfast for 30 cents (or free) and lunch for 40 cents (or free), depending on their family's income level. Information about which students participate in this program and their family's income is strictly confidential.

Your children also may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if:

  • Your family receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Your family receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Your family is homeless or has migrant workers or your child is a runaway
  • Your child is enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class
  • Your child is a foster child


Even if you think you don't qualify, please complete the included application here:

Lunch Application Here- CLICK

Upcoming Events

11/9- SSC/ELAC meeting 4-5:15 pm

11/11- Veteran's Day-No School

11/12 Evening of Learning

11/16-12/7 Read-a-Thon event

11/16-11/20- Parent Conferences

11/23-11/27- Fall Break

12/4- End of Trimester 1

12/6-Trimester Awards

12/2020 Winter Craft Night