Roosevelt Reporter for 9/21/23

Roosevelt Reporter - September 14, 2023

This Week's Reporter

  • PTA Reminders and Quick Links
  • Note from Matt
  • Requirements for On-site Volunteers / Drivers
  • Order your 2023-24 Roosevelt Yearbook Early and Save 10%!
  • BCE Fall Drive and News
  • Pizza My Heart Fundraiser - TONIGHT!
  • Community Events & Notices

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Thursday, September 14
Pizza My Heart Fundraiser @4pm-8pm
Friday, September 15
Wear your CCO T-shirts to school!


PTA Reminders and Quick Links

  • Shop the BearWear store
  • Join the Roosevelt PTA! (link)
  • Be informed and keep up to date with Roosevelt news -- sign-up for Membership Toolkit! (link)
  • An easy way to raise money for Roosevelt!
    •  eScrip ( -- Sign up and search for Roosevelt's school ID is 137357459 or search for "Roosevelt School PTA"

If you have any questions for the PTA, please contact Tracy Avelar (President) or Erik Der (EVP)

To submit content to the Reporter (due each Wednesday by 8 pm), please email [email protected] 

Note From Matt

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 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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Requirements for On-Site Volunteers & Field Trip Drivers

New parent volunteers

In order to volunteer at Roosevelt you will need to complete a BSD Live Scan Form and email the completed form to Once you have confirmation from BSD that your form has been accepted, you are cleared to volunteer!

The BSD sends all of its staff to the UPS store in Burlingame Plaza to complete the Live Scan form, but you can visit any UPS store or Live Scan location. You can also complete your Live Scan at the Chili Cook Off (more details to follow)! Note that there is a cost associated with completing Live Scan fingerprints/background check. 

The Burlingame School District (BSD) only requires your fingerprints once. If you have previously submitted your fingerprints to the BSD, either for BIS, or any other BSD elementary school, BSD has them on file and you do not need to do them again, but you should contact BSD and ask them to add you to the list of Roosevelt volunteers. 

Live Scan is only a requirement of volunteers during the school day and/or when children are present (ie: working in a classroom, yard duty, field trip, etc.) If you are volunteering after school hours (Chili Cook Off, Ice Cream Social, etc) you do not need to complete this process.

Call the District Office at (650) 259-3800 for more information.


Previous parent volunteers

If you have previously completed the Livescan fingerprinting/background check, no action is needed! There is no TB test/assessment requirement this year.


Approved Field Trip Driver.

Steps to follow to become an approved field trip driver in the Burlingame School District:

  • Confirm you are on the “Cleared Volunteers List” maintained at your child’s school (see steps above).
  • Review and complete the Declaration of Driver form. Please carefully note the required insurance coverage/qualifications! Submit the completed form via email to
  • Confirm with your site principal that your Declaration of Driver paperwork has been approved WELL BEFORE your student’s field trip is scheduled.
  • Please note:  Parent drivers are currently only approved for field trips within San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties.  Field trips that go outside this geographic area must use approved buses for transportation.  Additionally, 5th Grade Outdoor Ed trips must use approved buses for transportation.
Order Your 2023-24 Roosevelt Yearbook and Save 10%

It's not too early to think about buying your copy of the 2023-2024 Roosevelt Yearbook! Get 10% OFF Your Yearbook if you order by Tuesday, October 31.

Login / Create your TreeRing account to take advantage of this discount. 

Each copy gets 2 FREE custom pages that are printed ONLY in your book. Use them to personalize your yearbook with memories throughout the year!

Questions? Please contact Melanie Wang ([email protected]) or Stacy Finney (, our Co-Yearbook Editors. 

BCE Fall Drive

Donate to BCE’s Fall Drive Today. Make a one time contribution or sign up for monthly giving! Any level of giving is appreciated. Give by Oct 31, 2023 and receive a lawn sign or window decal designed by McKinley 5th grader, Tao Morimoto.  

And THANK YOU to all our families who have already donated!

BCE provides an annual grant to the Burlingame School District to benefit all TK - 8th grade children. The grant enables programs beyond what is possible with public funds. Learn more about the BCE Foundation.

Fundraisesr @ Pizza My Heart - Sept. 14th

Roosevelt Elementary School invites you to come support our first fundraiser at Pizza My Heart in Burlingame on September 14th from 4-8pm. They will generously donate a percentage of the proceeds to Roosevelt!

  • Don't Forget: Participants must mention that they are with the Roosevelt PTA at the time of purchase either in person or on the phone.

  • New this year - In addition to dine-in, take-out, and delivery, you will also be able to participate in the fundraiser with online orders placed on their website using the code RPTA914 (you must use the code)

  • Orders participating with the fundraiser cannot be placed through 3rd party platforms such as the DoorDash app

Pizza My Heart is at 235 Primrose Rd. (650-340-0000). See you there!

Community Events and Notices

Don't miss out on this upcoming Latino Heritage Month Speaker Series, the next event is this Friday, September 15th at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. / No se pierda esta próxima serie de oradores del Mes de la Herencia Latina.


Family Resource Center is also hosting an online training to address Online Safety on September 20 at 6pm. Scan the QR code on the flyer to register.


Burlingame Parks & Rec Kids Night Out -  9/15 (this Friday!), 10/13, 11/3 & 12/8. Is your child in need of a night out of the house? Are you in need of a night off from your child?! Our talented staff will keep your kids active and entertained for the night, so you don't have to. We will host games, activities, and crafts in a safe, caring, and fun environment. A pre-packaged snack will be provided. It's a fun night for everyone! Link to register


Movies in the Park (Washington Park @ sunset)

  • 9/22: It Takes Two

18th Annual Burlingame Pet Parade, 9/30 - For more information, including participating in the parade, please see


Burlingame Muddy Mile, 10/21 @ 9 am. The course will feature more than 15 obstacles that will test your balance, strength, and courage! While the course is designed for kids, we do encourage parents to run the course with their kids! Anyone who is running the course must register, including parents. Registration includes race entry fee and commemorative T-Shirt. Registration link


Events at the Burlingame Library:

Food & Fiction: A Perfect Pair for Tweens Autumn Edition

Read the book, join the discussion, and make a fun food treat!

For Tweens Grades 4-6. Registration required! 


Book Club Fun! for Children in Grades 2nd & 3rd. Read the book, we will talk about it, and do a fun activity!  4-5 pm in the Lane Room. Registration required


Learn to play chess for kids presented by Grupology. For Kids in 3rd-6th Grade.  Sign up to come to the library and receive instruction on how to play chess and then have an opportunity to play the game! Saturday, September 23 from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Lane Room

Registration required --