The Roosevelt Reader
Weekly Newsletter For Sept 20-25: Homecoming Week!
It's homecoming week at Faribault Public Schools! This is a time for our school community to come together and show pride in who we are and what we have accomplished. I am proud to be a Falcon! I am proud to be the principal at Roosevelt. And I am proud of the work our teachers and staff do every day to make a difference in the lives of our students.
We will have some fun events this week to help us celebrate homecoming week. We will have fun dress-up days, a special visit from some high school students, and an early release from school on Friday so that you and your child can attend the homecoming parade if you would like to. All the details are down below in this newsletter. It will still be a week of learning, but also a week of fun and community.
Thank you to each parent for showing your Falcon pride each day and especially this week. We appreciate all the support and value your partnership. Go Falcons!
Important Upcoming Dates
Monday, Sept. 20 - Pajama Day
Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Sports Day (wear sports clothes); Last day for PTO Fundraiser Sales
Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Wacky Day (wacky clothes, wacky hair, etc.)
Thursday, Sept. 23 - Hat Day/Sunglasses Day; Homecoming Tour of Schools (see below)
Friday, Sept. 24 - Falcon Friday (wear green/Falcon gear); Students Released at 12:55 for Homecoming Parade
Tuesday, Sept. 28 - Kindergarten Family Night (see below for details)
Students To Be Released From School at 12:55 on Friday, September 24th - Homecoming Parade at 2:15
Faribault Public Schools will be dismissing students early on Friday, September 24 2021, to enable students and families to attend the 2021 Falcon Homecoming Parade if they so choose.
Students will be following their Early Dismissal Form plan. All bus routes will operate as usual, but students will arrive at their regular bus stop 2 hours earlier than normal.
*PARENTS: If you have NOT updated your child’s Early Dismissal Plan, please update on the Parent Portal. IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE TO THE DISMISSAL PLAN FOR YOUR CHILD ON FRIDAY, PLEASE SEND A WRITTEN NOTE OR EMAIL TO YOUR CHILD'S TEACHERS BY FRIDAY MORNING.
Homecoming Celebration Includes "Tour of Schools" By High School Students on Thursday, Sept. 23
High school students will be participating in the Tour of Schools throughout the Faribault school district on Thursday, Sept. 23rd. The group will consist of the pep band, cheerleaders, homecoming royalty, and senior captains from fall sports/activities. This group is planning on being at Roosevelt from 10:10-10:30 on the 23rd.
Health Office Absence Procedures
Students are expected to stay home and will be asked to go home if any of the conditions below are present:
A fever over 100 degrees (stay home 24 hours after temperature is back to normal without fever-reducing medicine)
Vomiting or diarrhea (stay home 24 hours after the last episode)
A new persistent cough that occurs multiple times a day
Any undiagnosed rash
Strep throat (return to school 12 hours after antibiotics are started)
Any undiagnosed draining wounds
A positive COVID 19 test (stay home (isolate) until all three of the following are true: it’s been 10 days from symptom onset or date of test, and their symptoms have improved, and they have had no fever for 24 hours)
Updated COVID-19 Testing Procedure
The Minnesota Department of Health has updated the COVID-19 testing process for the 2021-2022 school year. All of our existing COVID-19 Vault saliva test-kits have been transitioned by MDH to "at-home Zoom enabled" tests. The COVID-19 saliva tests must be done at home via Zoom and returned to the school building within 24 hours to be shipped to Vault Laboratory (please note: if you take a kit home on a Friday, it must be completed on Sunday and returned to the health office on Monday). Results can take 48-72 hours and will be shared directly with the individual who tested via email.
The following groups of people can participate in this optional testing:
- Unvaccinated individuals (students/staff) can test anytime - up to one test per week
- Vaccinated individuals (students/staff) can test if they're experiencing COVID related symptoms or have been identified as a close contact
Please call or visit the health office in your building to pick up an at-home test kit.
Parent Morning Drop Off Reminders
- If you are the lead car, pull forward all the way past the crosswalk. Do not stop early as cars then become backed up.
- Make sure your child is ready to leave the vehicle when the car comes to a stop. Please have your child put their hat, mittens, face mask, and jackets on before you pull alongside the curb.
- Have your child exit the car on the curbside. If your child exits the car on the other side they will be stepping into oncoming traffic.
- Please have all adults remain in your car so you can pull out immediately once the passenger door is shut.
- Please stay off your cell phone while dropping your child off. It is a busy time and we want to limit the distractions to avoid accidents.
- If you are planning to park and walk your child to the building please use the designated crosswalk.
Thank You to Faribault Lions Club For Gifting Each 3rd Grader With a Brand New Dictonary!
Help Support the Faribault Booster Club and Get Some Great Food Too
Mark your calendar! As we kick off this year's Homecoming Week, the Faribault Booster Club will hold a fundraiser at Basilleo's Pizza. If you order food from Basilleo's on Monday, September 20, from 4 to 10 p.m., 10% of all sales will go back to the Booster Club! They then put that money right back into the schools - supporting all kinds of initiatives that help kids.
This is a great time to gather your friends and family around two hometown favorites: Basilleo's Pizza and our Faribault Falcons!
The So Happy App lets you know what is on the menu each day, what ingredients are in all meals, and nutrition/allergy information. Add it to your phone today!
New Staff Spotlight: Ms. Kaitlyn Cook
Name: Kaitlyn Cook
Hometown: Burnsville, MN
Role at Roosevelt: First Grade Teacher
Welcome to Roosevelt, Ms. Cook! Kaitlyn earned her teaching degree from UW-River Falls and has spent the last three years teaching kindergarten and Pre-K at Mounds Park Academy in North St. Paul.
“I am SO excited to get to know the community— students, families, and colleagues,” she shared. “We are going to have a great year! My goal is to create a welcoming classroom environment where students are able to grow both socially and academically… all while having fun, of course!”
When she’s not at school Kaitlyn loves to read (especially mystery and suspense novels). spend time outdoors, and hang out with her dog, Margo! She is always up for a good adventure and to prove it, recently tried skydiving!
One quote that really resonates with Kaitlyn is - “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” This Dr. Seuss quote coincides with the growth mindset she encourages her students to have. She believes that all students are capable of amazing things with the right mindset and the right support.