The Star

Ruby Bridges - where the STARS come to shine!

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Hello from the principal's desk!

May 9th,

Hello Ruby families! All is well over here at Ruby Bridges. The sun is shining, recess is going better than ever, and the year is sadly coming to a close.

This week is Teacher Appreciation. Please send your teachers some love, they can use it :). Flowers, lunches, even a nice card saying how much you appreciate them can all go a long way. Post a note on our Ruby Bridges PTA Facebook page or tag us on Twitter. #ThankaTeacher today! We had lunch today cooked for our whole staff by our Arabic families, led by the amazing Mrs. Noor. It was delicious.

Our annual OPEN HOUSE is this Thursday night, tomorrow, from 6:15 - 7:45. I hope you can join us to celebrate our students' amazing work. Come visit, see your class and check out what your student might do in next year's grade.

We are in the middle of our annual SBAC testing for our 3rd - 5th graders. Our 5th graders started us off last week, and impressed all of our staff with their determination, drive, grit... whatever you want to call it, they showed it as they worked all week on these computer based assessments. If you want more information about these assessments, check them out here - See what our kids are being asked to do, you will be impressed.

In other news, the Walk and Wheel Wednesdays have started. We have a Walking School Bus leaving Coast Guard housing at 7:50 on Wednesday mornings. We are trying to get others going from Summer House and the Esperanza apartments. We also have Bike to School day on May 10th and the AUSD wide Bike Rodeo this Saturday from 12-4 with music from the Dilly Dallies. See the flyer below.

With love and gratitude,

Jesse Woodward

Upcoming events at Ruby Bridges

May 9 - PTA Executive Board meeting, 5:30

May 10 - Bike to School Day!

May 10 - Open House, 6:15 - 7:45

May 12 - Bike Rodeo at RBE, 12:00 - 4:00pm

May 12 - Robotics competition at Wood Middle School, 11:00

May 17 - Coffee with the principals room 403, 8:30

May 19 - Rescheduled PTA Dreams and Doers, 8:30 - 12:00

May 24 - Art a la Mode

May 28 - NO SCHOOL

May 29 - SSC

June 1 - Field Day

June 4 - 6 Minimum days - TK out at 11:40, K-5 out at 12:30

June 4 - Kinder celebration

June 6 - 5th grade promotion and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

City-Wide Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo

Saturday, May 12, 12-4pm

351 Jack London Avenue

Hosted at Ruby Bridges Elementary

Festival Website:

Pre-Festival Free Bicycle Education Classes

Family Cycling Workshop 9:30am-12:00pm

Learn to Ride Class 10:00am-12:00pm

Pre-Registration links on Festival website

Festival activities include:

· free bicycle tune-ups with the BikeMobile

· a bike rodeo to practice skills and drills

· a helmet and bicycle decoration station

· helmet fittings and giveaways

· safety equipment giveaways (bells, lights, reflectors)

· a chance to learn how to use the AC Transit bus racks

· bike-blended smoothies

· a bicycle Trivia Wheel

· taco truck

· free raffle prizes

· and a whole lot more to inspire, educate and encourage bicycle riding in Alameda

This festival is a project of Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools, the Alameda Safe Routes to School Task Force in partnership with Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Recreation and Parks, the City of Alameda, Kiwanis Club of Alameda and the Alameda Elks Lodge.

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Trait of the month

The trait for the month of May is Humility. Hopefully your student has been talking about this in their class. Ask them what humility means to them!

Add yourself to my Remind text group

Do you get my texts about important school events? Want to? Text the message @rbstars to the number 81010 to add. You will be prompted to download the Remind app from the app store, you can but don't have to. You will now get my text message updates!

Ruby Wrap

Another great podcast, this one told in 6 minute chunks. I am all caught up... and am hooked!

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!