6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Roosevelt Family Night
At Roosevelt, we encourage everyone--students, staff, and families--to have a "growth mindset." We even teach and model a growth mindset to students starting in kindergarten.
You can make a big difference in your child’s attitude and efforts by talking about growth mindset at home too. What is a growth mindset? A growth mindset is the belief that our intelligence and abilities can improve with effort and practice. When we have a growth mindset, we are able to keep trying when things are hard because we know that hard work really matters. To help build your child's growth mindset, here are some tips:
Thank you for building a growth mindset in your child! Read more about growth mindset in the January 10th issue of Bear Tracks.
You and your family are invited to Roosevelt's annual Skateland Family Night on Thursday, Jan. 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm, and all Roosevelt students skate for FREE--sponsored by the Roosevelt Booster Club! Price for other skaters is $5. The snack bar will be open. Come join the fun!
Roosevelt proudly supports the 17th Annual Lee Paggett Food Drive. Lee Paggett was a beloved employee of the Yakima School District who worked tirelessly by fundraising for various causes and helping our youth. For the past 17 years, we have been collecting canned goods at every school in the Yakima School District for Northwest Harvest in his honor.
We need your help to keep making this event successful! The food drive officially begins on Monday, January 6th and continues until Friday, January 17th. Please send non-perishable foods with your child or drop them off in your child's classroom. Classes will compete to earn fun prizes!
Whether your child is in kindergarten, 5th-grade, or somewhere in between, now is the time to teach your child healthy online habits. Read our latest issue of Bear Tracks for helpful advice about how to keep your child safe online, especially during the elementary school years. (Download the file by clicking on link at top lefthand side of page.) Get information about using parental controls and setting clear boundaries. Also, read how to protect your child from cyberbullying. It takes all of us working together to keep our children safe online.
During our Holiday Family Night, get a festive family or individual portrait made with your choice of 2 winter backgrounds. For a $15 sitting fee, you'll receive an 8 x 10 portrait--compare that to prices at the mall! Also, Classic Photography generously donates $$ from each 8 x 10 sold to support our Roosevelt Booster Club.
Portraits start at 5:30, so come early and then enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and a winter craft during our Annual Holiday Family Night from 6-7:30 in the gym.
At Roosevelt, we're grateful for the students, staff, and families that we have the opportunity to learn and work with every day. Read this week's issue of Bear Tracks to learn more about 2 of our newest Roosevelt teachers (download by clicking the link on the top left-hand side of the webpage). Happy Thanksgiving!
On Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 pm, all Roosevelt families are invited to join us for our annual Holiday Family Night. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, make a fun winter craft, and get a holiday portrait taken. The portraits begin at 5:30, and proceeds benefit the Roosevelt Booster Club. Don't miss the fun with your Roosevelt Bear family!
Show your Bear Pride on Thursday by wearing a Roosevelt shirt or our school colors (red and blue).
The school board learns the Bear Clap at Roosevelt Elementary! ?? ???? pic.twitter.com/NMci6EdB75
— Yakima Schools (@YakimaSchools) October 28, 2019
Read this week's Bear Tracks Family Newsletter to learn how amazing your child's teachers are here at Roosevelt! Click on the link on the top left-hand side of the page to download our Oct. 4 issue, and spread the good news.
Check your child's folder for the latest Bear Tracks family newsletter. This week, it contains news about all of the ways that our school counseling program supports students, teachers, and families. Click on the link on the top lefthand side of this page to download a copy in English and Spanish.
Also, don't forget that our BEAR Store is now open every Tuesday and Thursday, so students can start spending their BEAR Bucks!
The BEAR Store opens on Tuesday this week, so get ready to spend your BEAR Bucks. Grades 1-5, look for the store in the cafeteria from 8:00-8:35 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kindergarteners can shop during their afternoon recess. Count and organize your BEAR Bucks, and staple them into "books" of 5. Here's what we'll be selling:
Check your child's folder for the latest Bear Tracks family newsletter. This week, it contains news about BEAR Bucks and BEAR Paws. Our BEAR Store that opens this week, and students can begin spending their BEAR Bucks! Click on the link on the top lefthand side of this page to download a copy in English and Spanish.
Coming to school every day is the best thing you can do for yourself! If you miss a day of school, you miss 7 hours of new learning--whether no matter why you’re gone. It’s hard to catch back up, and students with just 1-2 absences each month really fall behind in reading and math.
What can you do? Take the Challenge 5 and Strive for 5 or fewer absences all year. Only stay home if you’re really sick. Here’s what you can earn by having excellent attendance at Roosevelt (click link for list daily, monthly, and end-of-year incentives).
You are invited to Roosevelt's Annual Title I Parent Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6-7 pm. Learn more about the Title 1 program at Roosevelt and provide input into the procedures for parent involvement, the school-parent-student compact, and the parent involvement budget and plan.
Heading into our 2nd week of school, you've probably started hearing your child talk about BEAR Bucks. What are BEAR Bucks? What can they be used for? BEAR Bucks are rewards that encourage students for following our BEAR Expectations--Be safe; Expect success, Act responsibly; and Respect all. BEAR Bucks can be spent in our BEAR Store, which sells school supplies and other fun items. The BEAR Store will open in mid/late September as soon as the Student Leadership Class Representatives are elected and trained. So, save your BEAR Bucks and keep earning more!
Check your child's homework folder for this week's edition of Bear Tracks, Roosevelt's family newsletter. Inside, read a letter from Principal Nancy Smith, find updates on upcoming events, and catch up on important school news. Click on lefthand "Newsletters" column to download a copy in English and Spanish.
Download the Yakima School District app to stay in touch. Information and links to download the app are available here. After downloading, go to the app settings and choose Roosevelt as a preferred school.
Dear Roosevelt Families,
Thank you for a great year at Roosevelt. We are thankful for the support of community partners this year also, including Bud Clary Toyota, Salvation Army, the Well Church, On the Corner, McDonalds, and Fred Meyer.
We hope you are enjoying your summer, and we want to share a few important dates with you as you think about back-to-school.
August 26th Join us for our Open House at 5:30 pm
August 28th Remember that our first day of school it is a half day with noon dismissal at noon.
Please watch for a post card this summer letting you know who your child’s teacher will be next year.
If you have any questions or suggestions I would love for you to give me a call. Thank you again for your support!
The Yakima School District is proud to announce the hiring of Laura Harper to the position of Assistant Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School. Mrs. Harper replaces Nancy Smith who is now Principal.
Mrs. Harper began teaching in Texas in 1992. After she and her husband moved to Yakima twenty-five years ago, she worked as a teacher and instructional facilitator in the Toppenish School District for fifteen years. She also trained new elementary and middle school teachers through Heritage University’s HU Accelerate program. This year, Laura completed a year-long principal internship at Whitney Elementary School in Yakima.
During her career, Laura has mentored teachers, designed curriculum, led reform efforts, and was recognized as district Teacher of the Year. She presented at national and state conferences, and her writing has been published in professional journals and books. She has earned over $25,000 in grants.
Laura earned a bachelor's degree in English and history and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX; her bilingual and ELL endorsements from Heritage University in Toppenish, WA; and her principal certification from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.
Laura and her husband, Ken, have been married for 25 years. They have a son who attends Franklin Middle School. When not at work, Laura enjoys walking her dog, canoeing, cooking, and reading. Laura has known that she wanted to be a teacher since elementary school, when she was inspired by her own teachers. She is also inspired by the legacy of many generations of educators in her own family.
Laura says that Roosevelt has built a strong reputation during its 100-year history as a place with powerful learning, relationships, and support for all students. In fact, Laura already has her own history at Roosevelt: She and her husband sent their own child there, and Laura served on the board of the Roosevelt Booster Club for six years. Laura believes that the people—the staff members, students, and parents—make Roosevelt great, so she is excited to rejoin the Roosevelt team.
The Yakima School District depends on the local community to fund critical education programs and services through local levies. Despite attempted legislative improvements to the way education is funded in Washington State, the essential educational elements on which students and families rely are not fully funded. YSD works hard to support schools as efficiently as possible, and administrative spending at the district was recently recognized as the leanest among Yakima County school districts. Fortunately, funding from local levies bridges the gap between what the state funds and the true cost of operating a school district.
The Yakima School District has the following two essential funding measures on the February 2020 ballot to replace the expiring levy:
For more information, please go to www.YakimaSchools.org/levy
Referrals for the YSD Highly Capable Program for the 2020-2021 school year are currently being accepted. Anyone may refer a student including students, parents, any staff member, and members of the community. Referrals must be submitted by January 31st, 2020.
For referral packets and more information, please visit our Highly Capable Program webpage.
The Yakima School District recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each student, staff member and citizen within the community. Teaming together, the school community creates a learning environment that fosters fair treatment and access to educational resources and programs for all students. The American democratic system depends on equal access to the opportunities for and benefits of public education for all young people: our future leaders, voters, taxpayers, workers, parents and adult citizens (Click the Equity in Education title above for our full policy).
The High School and Beyond Plan process is a graduation requirement that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, keeping track of major assessment scores, and logging work and other relevant experience. The Plan is designed to enable students to successfully pursue education or training after they graduate high school. https://readywa.org/beyond/en/