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Roosevelt Reporter 6/3/21
Posted 6/8/21

Roosevelt Reporter - June 3, 2021

*  Update from Matt Pavao
*  PTA News
*  TOMORROW - BearWear Sales After School
*  *Results Portal* for June 7-8 COVID Testing
*  It's Not Too Late To Purchase Your Yearbook by June 8th
*  CCO Call for Volunteers!
*  Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Parent/Caregiver Training: Part 2
*  Free Screening of ‘Seeding Change’
*  District & Community Flyers

Calendar Reminders

June 4: BearWear Pop-Up, 2-3pm, by Heron Hall (Vancouver side entrance) 
June 7: COVID Testing Kit Pick Up, 3 Entry/Exits
June 8: COVID Testing Kit Drop Off, by 1pm at the Front Gate, new! submission and test results portal
June 9: Teddy Talks - Mr. Carney's class, 6:30-8pm, simulcast link TBD
June 10: Teddy Talks - Ms. O'Neill's class, 6:30-8pm, simulcast link TBD

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Note from Matt

As this year closes, and we celebrate all that we persevered, I’m happy to announce some new and exciting changes that will welcome us back to campus after a much-deserved summer break. 

When we return for the 21/22 school year, there will be new furniture in all the classrooms, and outside on the yard, brand new Big and Little Toys.

Built around the concept of the educational workspaces we will need in the future, our much-needed new, modern furniture will be moveable, adjustable and will vary in shape.  With both standing desks and seating that works low to the ground the furniture will  work for any student's needs. The furniture will be both functional and aesthetically appealing while reinforcing the message that Roosevelt is a future-ready school.  

What I love about the next exciting addition is that the students were part of the design process, which is such a reward for them and a further reinforcement of the instruction embedded in our curriculum from kindergarten on. Trouble-shooting and designing our way out of the problematic features of the current Big and Little Toys (both having been patched up several times over the years) the kids recommended to the design team the Little Toy be made in the shape of a ship.  It will come with sails and many new features while holding onto what they love about the one they have now.  

The new Big Toy is actually going to be bigger than the one we have now, taking up more surface area and growing in height.  Featuring better slides it will also be surrounded with a spongy turf instead of the wood chips that cover the ground now.

Other surprises to the yard will await the students’ arrival and will include a surfboard attraction, which is sure to be a hit with all the students.

Other work less visible to the eye but also needed, especially in the rainy season, is a drainage system that should finally solve the flooding and resting water issues that have plagued our campus for years. Our most recent change in drainage, done earlier this year, made a big difference. This final upgrade should solve these problems once for all.  Now if it would only rain. 

Academically, the big change will come with a new language arts curriculum.  Pending approval at the June 8 board meeting, the teachers in Burlingame will begin to use the Benchmark Language Arts curriculum. Its new tools will give teachers different methods for reaching all students while allowing them to continue building on the successes the focused, standards-based instruction brought. 

All these changes continue to prove that Roosevelt, and the Burlingame School District, are always growing and working to remain relevant. The 21/22 school year will bring us so much excitement.  Building off the enthusiasm of the end of this year, and seeing all we’ve planned for next year, I’m already excited to get back. 

Transitional Kindergarten-  Next year, Roosevelt will again have Transitional Kindergarten on our site.  Ms. Wong will be returning to help lead our program. 

Returning Computers- If you borrowed a device to help with Distance Learning, please bring it back to school. We need to get every device accounted for, cleaned and ready for students next year.

Book Return- If you happen to have any books from our library - we actually did loan some out - please bring them back as soon as possible. 

It was another great week at Roosevelt.


PTA News

Hi Roosevelt Families,

We hope you all had a wonderful 3-day weekend and were able to recharge to finish the remaining three weeks of this school year with high energy and great anticipation for the summer that is right around the corner! We are looking forward to some quality time with family and friends and not forgetting this past year that was so difficult for all of us. 

It was great to see many of you at the last PTA meeting last night. We approved the preliminary budget for the 2021-2022 school year and the annual BCE donation. We want to thank all the Executive Board members who volunteered their precious time during this unprecedented time. In addition, we want to extend a special thanks to Molly St. Clair and Gauri Kelekar for leading this year's Science Olympiad, held yesterday. How wonderful it has been to keep some of the traditions and activities that make Roosevelt such a special place to be!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the student Covid testing over the past several months.  Next week will be our last student Covid testing: test kit pickup on Monday, June 7, and drop-off on Tuesday, June 8 by 1PM. See below for details on the parent portal to check your student's test results. District data can be found here.  A big thank you to all the volunteers that made this possible.


Cindy Wong-Zarahn & Amy Chen
Co-Presidents, Roosevelt PTA

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TOMORROW - BearWear Sales After School

It's not too late to shop for Father's Day, 5th grade graduation, or to thank our Roosevelt staff. BearWear will be onsite at Roosevelt TOMORROW for our last live sales event of the school year. Visit us at the Heron Hall entrance off Vancouver Ave on Friday, June 4th 2-3pm. Credit cards accepted.

Want to skip the line? Shop online by midnight tonight and pick-up your order tomorrow.


This is the last district volunteer organized Covid testing of the school year. At this time, there are no plans to continue with testing in the Fall. We will inform parents if this changes.

Here are the instructions for the Covid testing next week, please check them out here.

The key change is that in lieu of the Testing Authorization Form, parents now use the Ambry Parent Portal.  The portal will now allow you to see your child's test results as soon as it becomes available.Please take a few moments to register your child the first time you use this portal.

Tips on using the Ambry Parent Portal:

  • You need ONE (1) account per child
  • Student Email - this is used ONLY to uniquely identify each child with each test; we recommend you use your child's Burlingame school account
  • Do not use ALL CAPS - you will get an error
  • Leave student phone number blank
  • Test pick up is Monday 5/10 and test drop off is Tuesday 5/11 in front of the school.

If you have any questions please contact the lead parent volunteer Shreya Shah, the Ambry Testing Portal Tech Support, or the Roosevelt PTA.

It's Not Too Late To Purchase Your Yearbook by June 8th

...and a portion of the sales is donated to Roosevelt Elementary School. Thank you for your support!

Each Yearbook is $25 +$4.99 Shipping Fee to deliver the yearbook to your home. Customize 2 FREE pages with memories from this past year. Additional custom pages are $0.99 for 2 pages.

Create a new account (Enter Passcode # 1012832080974827) or, if you have an account, log into Treering.

You may still purchase a yearbook after 6/8, however, our school will not benefit from the sales after that date.  Please contact Penny Crespo or Monica MacMillan if you have questions.

Your Yearbook Team

CCO Call for Volunteers!

Chili Cook Off 2021 planning is underway and we need YOU to help make it a great fall event for our kids and families. The Chili Cook Off is Roosevelt's premier fundraising event and a big kid favorite. After skipping it in 2020 due to COVID, we are excited to bring it back (slightly reimagined) in the Fall.

We are looking for volunteers to lead our Chili board positions. Planning commences late summer through early October. Available board positions are:  

  • Auction Chair
  • Crafts/Games/Decor Chair
  • Finance/Volunteers/Website Chair
  • Logistics/Marketing Chair
  • Food/Entertainment Chair

If you're interested, please email Reiko Osaki or Meredith Dunn, and we can share additional details about the positions! 

Thank you,

Reiko & Meredith
PTA Volunteer Chairs

Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Parent/Caregiver Training: Part 2
Mary McGrath, SMCOE; Molly Henricks, SMCOE; Shana Karashima, SUHSD

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 2:00pm – 3:30pm PDT, Online Event (Webinar)


The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® is a mental health training for parents, caregivers, and community members to support families and their wider social network. The primary focus of this skills-based program is to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system in order to bring the body, mind, and spirit back into greater balance. The FREE, two-part training will focus on the six CRM wellness skills, as well as the neuroscience behind the model. Attendees are encouraged to attend both trainings, as Part 1 and Part 2 will each focus on three of the CRM wellness skills.

This special event is sponsored by San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) and Sequoia Union High School District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), or Sheléne Peterson.

Capacitación para padres / cuidadores del Modelo de Resiliencia Comunitaria (CRM): Parte 2 Mary McGrath, SMCOE; Molly Henricks, SMCOE; Shana Karashima, SUHSD

Miércoles 9 de junio de 2021, de 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT, evento en línea (seminario web)

Registrarse: Enlace de Zoom:

El Modelo de Resiliencia Comunitaria (CRM) ® es una capacitación en salud mental para padres y cuidadores miembros de la comunidad para apoyar a las familias y su red social más amplia. El enfoque principal de este programa basado en habilidades es restablecer el equilibrio natural del sistema nervioso para devolver el cuerpo, la mente y el espíritu a un mayor equilibrio. La capacitación GRATUITA de dos partes se centrará en las seis habilidades de bienestar de CRM, así como en la neurociencia detrás del modelo. Se anima a los asistentes a asistir a ambas capacitaciones, ya que la Parte 1 y la Parte 2 se centrarán cada una en tres de las habilidades de bienestar de CRM.

Este evento especial está patrocinado por la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Mateo (SMCOE) y el Distrito Escolar Secundario Sequoia Union, en asociación con The Parent Venture.

¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con Charlene Margot, MA, cofundadora y directora ejecutiva, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), o Sheléne Peterson.

Free Screening of ‘Seeding Change’

Beginning June 24, CEC will offer a documentary, "Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce," during a 72-hour viewing window. This award-winning film showcases different companies that follow the "triple bottom line" philosophy, which measures success socially, environmentally and economically. Learn how your choices matter, and how you can help save the world, one purchase at a time. Register here to receive a link to this free screening.

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