I frequently receive inquiries about Roosevelt's unique schedule, particularly regarding the additional 15 minutes in the school day and our Tuesday dismissal at 1 PM. I'm always delighted to address these questions, as they offer an opportunity to shed light on the thoughtful considerations behind these changes. They not only reflect our teachers' input but also underscore the unwavering dedication and commitment of our staff and community towards enhancing student achievement.
One of the key drivers behind our decision to have early dismissal on Tuesdays is the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) for our dedicated teaching staff. But what exactly is a PLC, and why is it so valuable for our school?
A Professional Learning Community, or PLC, is a group of educators who come together regularly to collaborate, share expertise, and work on improving their teaching practices. PLCs are founded on the belief that educators are best equipped to drive meaningful change within their own classrooms when they work together, sharing knowledge, insights, and strategies.
PLCs play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of education we provide at Roosevelt Elementary School for several reasons:
1. Collaborative Problem-Solving: PLCs provide our teachers with a structured platform to discuss challenges they encounter in the classroom and collectively develop effective solutions. This collaboration leads to improved teaching methods and better outcomes for our students.
2. Data-Driven Decision Making: By analyzing student performance data, teachers can identify areas that require improvement and adjust their teaching strategies accordingly. This data-driven approach ensures that our students receive the personalized support they need to succeed.
3. Continuous Professional Growth: Through ongoing collaboration and professional development, our teachers stay up-to-date with the latest educational research and best practices. This commitment to growth benefits both our staff and your children.
I am proud to share that the implementation of PLCs at Roosevelt Elementary School last year yielded remarkable results. Using this targeted method, our teachers were able to achieve over a year's worth of academic growth in both math and language arts. Many grades even exceeded this, achieving more than a year and a half of growth.
These outstanding results are a testament to the dedication of our teachers and the power of PLCs in fostering continuous improvement. By investing time in collaborative learning and professional development, our educators are better equipped to meet the unique needs of each student, ensuring their academic success.
We are excited about the opportunities that the implementation of PLCs will bring to Roosevelt Elementary School, and we look forward to a successful year of growth and learning.
Chili Cook Off Volunteers: As we gear up for our annual Chili Cook Off, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already stepped up to help make this event a success. Your dedication and support are truly appreciated.
However, we still have a few gaps to fill in our volunteer roster to ensure that the Chili Cook Off (CCO) is an unforgettable day of fun for our students and families. It's said that it takes a village, and we believe this wholeheartedly. We need your assistance to help fill approximately 180 volunteer shifts, and there's also an opportunity to contribute by volunteering for our class carnival games.
Volunteering at the Chili Cook Off is a fantastic way to get involved and show your support for our school community. It's a day filled with laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories.
Also, because the event takes place during non-school hours, there are no volunteer requirements. All you need is your enthusiasm and willingness to help.
We have 29 open slots available for class carnival games, and we need a few extra hands to ensure each game runs smoothly. A couple of classes still don't have any volunteers, so your assistance is especially crucial.
Your support can make all the difference in creating a memorable day for our students and their families. Whether you can spare an hour or more, every contribution counts.
Pizza My Heart- We're excited to announce our first fundraiser of the year at Pizza My Heart in Burlingame tonight, from 4-8 pm. Join us for a delicious meal and support Roosevelt at the same time!
Pizza My Heart has generously offered to donate a portion of their proceeds to our school. To ensure your purchase counts towards the fundraiser, please remember to mention that you're with the Roosevelt PTA when you order, whether you're dining in, getting takeout, or choosing delivery.
You can also participate in the fundraiser by placing online orders on their website www.pizzamyheart.com using the code RPTA914 (please make sure to use the code). Note that orders participating in the fundraiser cannot be made through third-party platforms like the DoorDash app.
Ice Cream Social- We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Roosevelt PTA for organizing an incredibly successful Ice Cream Social last night. It was a delightful evening filled with laughter, smiles, and sweet treats, all made possible by your dedication and hard work.
A special shout-out to Reiko Osaki, Stephen Chan, and their outstanding team for their exceptional efforts in orchestrating this fantastic event. Your commitment to our school community shines brightly, and we couldn't have done it without you!
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