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  • Challenge 5

    Challenge 5: Strive for 5 Attendance Prizes

    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). 


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  • Title I parent meeting invitation

    Annual Title I Parent Meeting

    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.

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  • Bear Bucks

    What are BEAR Bucks? 

    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! 

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    Bear Tracks

    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. 

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  • Roosevelt cell phone

    Parents, you have back-to-school homework too!

    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. 

    Got the app? Great! Now, add Skyward Family Access and Parent Link so you're always updated: 

    • Skyward Family Access:  Skyward--our student information system--lets parents access to student information through Skyward Family Access. Register for a Skyward Family Access account by downloading a form at www.yakimaschools.org/Page/143.
    • ParentLink Automated Notification System: ParentLink generates robo-calls, texts, and e-mails to registered families. A Skyward account is required to access ParentLink. To sign up for a ParentLink account, just provide an email address with your Skyward Family Access registration. With a ParentLink account, you can set delivery preferences for other notification systems (texting, robo-calls, etc).   Get more info at https://www.yakimaschools.org/Page/1586.  


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  • School Supplies

    Did you know? Roosevelt school supply lists are now available for every grade level at TeacherLists.  Follow this link to TeacherLists to find (and even purchase) your child's school supplies, and get ready for the big day! 

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  • 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!



    Nancy Smith


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  • Roosevelt's Kinder Transition Program

    WHO: New kindergarteners registered to attend Roosevelt
    WHEN: August 19-21, 2019 (Mon-Wed) from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    WHY: This extra time in the school allows your child to:
    • Meet their teacher and school staff
    • Learn about their classroom and their school
    • Become familiar with classroom routines in a smaller setting before older students arrive

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  • Laura Harper to serve as next Assistant Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School

    Laura Harper  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.

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  • Nancy Smith Named as the Next Principal of Roosevelt Elementary

    Nancy Smith  Nancy Smith is in her third year at Roosevelt Elementary School. She began her career in Yakima in 2016 as the Assistant Principal at Roosevelt and stepped in as the Interim Principal for the 2018-19 school year. Mrs. Smith came to Yakima when her husband, Craig, accepted a position at Washington Beef in Toppenish and their family relocated from Tennessee to Washington.  

    Prior to coming to Washington state, Nancy spent 25 years educating children in Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Her experience spans grades Kindergarten through college and has served as a classroom teacher, reading coach for students and teachers, special education teacher, presenter for districts, states and regions, developer of curriculum and programs which impacted change in each position. 

    Nancy received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cumberland University, TN; her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction/ Special Education from Tennessee Technological University, TN; and her Administration and Leadership endorsement from Cumberland University, TN. 

    During Nancy's career, she has received multiple recognitions for her efforts in education. She has been selected as a building, district, and regional Teacher of the Year, but believes her greatest accomplishment are the letters she receives from previous students who share the impact she had on their lives. Mrs. Smith strives to instill in all students the desire to push beyond boundaries and become the greatest person she can become.

    Nancy and her husband, Craig, have been married for 30 years. They have two adult daughters, Chelsea, and Breanna who chose to follow their parents to Washington to pursue their career goals in the Pacific Northwest. When not at work Nancy enjoys the refuge of their home and the beautiful weather in Yakima.

    "I am honored and excited for the opportunity to continue leading Roosevelt. The students, staff, and families deserve nothing less than my best and I am committed to ensuring Roosevelt Elementary becomes a school of distinction."

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District Announcements

  • Strategic Planning Initiative

    The Yakima School District is working with Performance Fact, Inc. to develop a new strategic plan for the district.

    The process launched on September 16, 2019, with student voice sessions that engaged over 100 students.

    In addition to the student voice session, stakeholders will be engaged through the core planning team, the alignment team, school board sessions, and community forums. The process will conclude in early 2020.  

    We invite you to attend community forums to share your voice in the process.

    Community Forums will be held from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm on:

    October 14 (Davis Commons)

    October 15 (IKE Commons)

    and November 18 (Washington Middle School)

    The same content will be presented at all three sessions. They are all open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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  • Open House Schedule for 2019-20

    Do you want to know more about the school your child will be attending next school year? Download the Open House schedule

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YSD Stories

  • The Salvation Army

    Posted by Lisa Sargent on 8/30/2019

    The Salvation Army greeted Kids at Roosevelt Elementary with encouraging signs as they walked into school on their first day.  We wish all students a fantastic year!Roosevelt School

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  • Yakima Public Schools See Growth in Graduation Rates

    In 2018, 79.5% of students graduated in four years. This is up from 72.5% in 2017, 73.5% in 2016, 65.3% in 2015 and 63.2% in 2014. The average graduation rate in Washington State in 2018 was 80.9%. Further, Davis High School and Eisenhower High School saw rates far above the state average of 80.9% in 2018 with 88.7% and 84.8% respectively.

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  • Wellness Resources

    Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is important. Please click the title above for a list of local resources. We care about you!

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  • Equity in Education

    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).

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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for September:

    Responsible - Being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it. Capable of being trusted.

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