Roan Forest NEWS

December 14th-18th

Thank You PTA!

A heartfelt thank you to our amazing PTA and parent volunteers for hosting a wonderful winter luncheon for our saff. The food was delicious!
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Jingle Bell Walk

Oh the weather outside was frightful, but the walk was so delightful.

Our Trailblazers enjoyed themselves as they jingled and walked to Johnson High School. Students wore their festive hats and jingle bells and displayed their graduating class year for the HS students. The Johnson cheer and dance teams greeted and welcomed our Trailblazers. Our future Jaguars had a great time. Thank you Johnson for the warm welcome!

THANK YOU on Behalf of Student Council

Students Council welcomed Blue Santa and gifted the organization 162 board games that were donated by our RF families. Thank you for supporting such a great cause. Thank you Student Council for your leadership.

Roan Forest Winter Celebrations

You are cordially invited to the join us for our winter celebrations on Friday, December 18. The celebration times are as follows:


9:45 AM AM Pre -Kinder

11:45 AM Kinder; 1st Grade

12:00 PM 2nd Grade

12:30 3rd Grade

1:15 4th Grade; 5th Grade

1:30 PM PK


If attending the celebrations, please fill out the form that was sent home last week and return to your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday, December 16th. Please make sure to list all those who plan to attend. Write the full name as it appears on their driver’s license or identification.

Each person on the RSVP list will need to bring a photo ID on the day of the Festival.


Please enter through the school’s main entrance and proceed to the sign-in tables set up in the rotunda.


In an effort to lessen your wait time, our goal is to pre-print visitor badges prior to your arrival for those who have had their licenses scanned through our Raptor system. Any visitor who has never had their license scanned through our NEISD Raptor screening system, will need to sign in at the front office to get their license scanned and receive their visitor badge.


This procedure will help us ensure the safety and well-being of all our Trailblazers. We thank you in advance for your patience as there may be a wait at the door due to the large number of visitors we expect on this day.


Please note that on this day there will be no child guest table available in the cafeteria for lunch. Also, these celebrations are for students enrolled at Roan Forest only. Thank you for your understanding.


We look forward to seeing you!

Trailbalzing in Community Service

During this time of reflection, giving, and celebration, our Roan Forest Leaders, are taking time to Sharpen their Saw. They will be having fun and food at their winter parties as well as giving back to our community. Following are brief descriptions of the service projects each grade level will be participating in this year. A huge thanks to Ms. Mazzocco for organizing these wonderful projects.


Pre-K will be supporting the San Antonio Food Bank. The San Antonio Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 500 partner agencies in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. In FY2013, the San Antonio Food Bank provided nearly 50 million pounds of food. The mission of the SAFB is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy. 36% of their clients are children, under the age of 18 years old. Our young student leaders are collecting boxes of macaroni and cheese, a favorite among our friends! Please send in your donations by December 17th. In addition, students will be making special placemats to give along with their donation.


Kinder will be supporting the San Antonio Food Bank. The San Antonio Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 500 partner agencies in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. In FY2013, the San Antonio Food Bank provided nearly 50 million pounds of food. The mission of the SAFB is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy. 36% of their clients are children, under the age of 18 years old. Our young student leaders are collecting jars of peanut butter, a favorite among our friends! Please send in your donations by December 17th. In addition, students will be making special placemats to give along with our donation.


First Grade will be supporting the Down Syndrome Association. Their mission is to provide services and support for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Through partnerships with other agencies, medical professionals, educators, and parents, the DSASTX gathers and shares resources and information for those with Down syndrome and their families. The DSASTX provides opportunities for families to foster friendships and offer mutual support through Parent Information Meetings, community-based social activities, special events, and educational programs. On December 21st they are having their annual Christmas Party in which they have over 1000 people attend. Students will be creating decorations and hosting a tree for this event. Student leaders will be collecting unwrapped toys for ages 0-12 to help them give out to as many of the children as possible. Please send in your donations by December 17th.


Second Grade will be collecting donations for Wayward Whiskers which is a 501(c)(3) rescue in San Antonio specializing in special needs cats and kittens that may otherwise be discarded or euthanized. They operate solely on support from individual and corporate donors and do not receive any city or government funding. We are collecting the following items for the shelter: Cat & kitten food, Litter. Please send in donations by Thursday December 17th. In addition, students will be making cat toys.


Third Grade will be supporting Soldiers Angels. Soldiers' Angels has many wonderful programs to support our military families, deployed service members, wounded service members and veterans. We will be doing a coin drive to support their programs. There will be a container in each classroom for our leaders to deposit their coins. So dig in those couches and support this great cause. Collections will begin now and run through December 17th. In addition, students will be making special cards for our Military Service Members.


Fourth Grade student leaders will be collecting “Pennies for the Playground” as our service project. We are going to be collecting pennies and other coins to donate to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio to help relocate and upgrade the playground. This playground will serve kids with disabilities as well as those that need a little extra help while going through treatments with its specially designed swings, access ramps and special foam flooring throughout the playground. Both inpatients and outpatients will be able to utilize this playground during their days of treatments, appointments and testing, giving a much needed outdoor respite for the kids and their families. Our Holiday Celebration will be the kick-off of our project and the collection will run through March. There will be a special container in the classroom for our leaders to deposit their pennies. So dig in those couches and support this great cause. It will be helpful if your student will count and include the total of each group of coins they bring in to help each class keep a running total. In addition, students will be making special cards for the children in the hospital.


Fifth Grade student leaders will be collecting items for the Bulverde Animal Shelter, located just north of us off 281 and 1863. They are a non-profit organization that provides a caring and secure environment for homeless and surrendered dogs and cats. Their purpose as a no-kill shelter is to assist in the pet life cycle through education, spay/neuter assistance, and promoting pet-forever families. Bulverde Area Humane Society is powered by volunteers and tax-deductible contributions. Students are collecting the following items for the shelter: Dog Food, Cat Food, Dog or Cat Treats, Cat Litter. Please send in donations by Thursday December 17th. In addition, students will be making braided fleece dog toys.

Glimpse of Upcoming Events

12/14 Gr 5 Media Club Mtg 2:45


12/16 Art Smart


12/17 Art Smart/Club Meetings


12/18 Read Around the School


Winter Break Celebrations

9:45 A.M. Pre-K

11:45 Kinder/Gr 1

12:00 Gr 2

12:30 Gr 3

1:15 Gr 4/Gr 5

1:30 P.M. Pre-K


Dec 19 – Jan 3

Winter Break Holidays


1/4 Gr 5 Media Club Mtg 2:45


1/7 Student Council Mtg 2:40


1/8 Report Cards Distributed

PTA NEWS

PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS (PVSA). When kids volunteer, they learn many important life lessons and get the experience of putting the "think win-win" principle into action. PVSA is a way for children, adults, and families to earn recognition for the time they spend volunteering in the community. Go to www.roanforestpta.org and follow the PVSA link for information about how to register.

SPIRIT STORE. Get ready for the winter chill with long sleeve spirit t-shirts and sweatshirts. Go to www.roanforestpta.org and follow the spirit store link to order your spirit gear online or to download an order form.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! As the first half of the school year draws to a close, the PTA Board would like to say thank you to all of the members of our school community--teachers, staff, parents, students, sponsors-- for your support of and participation in PTA events and activities. Have a great winter break and a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to a great 2016 with you!

PTA Movie Night

Students Sharpened their Saw by spending time with their friends during movie night hosted by PTA.
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Happy Holidays

I want to wish all a wonderful holiday season. I hope you take time to reconnect and reflect on our busy lives and enjoy a break to create priceless memories.


Wamly,

Martha R. Staufert