Roosevelt Reporter 110/26/23

Roosevelt Reporter - October 26, 2023

This Week's Reporter

  • Note from Matt
  • Last Chance: Order Your 2023-24 Roosevelt Yearbook and Save 10%
  • Teddy Club - Student Signup
  • Reflections Art Contest
  • BCE's Havana Nights Fundraising Soiree
  • Fall Samaritan House Drive!
  • Requirements for On-site Volunteers / Drivers 
  • PTA Reminders and Quick Links
  • Community Events

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, October 27
    • 1:30 Dismissal TK-5th (Conferences)
    • School Picture Make-up Day


  • Monday, October 30
    • Teddy Club: Learn about Public Speaking


  • Tuesday, October 31
    • Morning Announcements @8:30
    • Halloween Parade 9am @Roosevelt


  • Wednesday, November 1
    • No School - teacher training 
Note From Matt

I am delighted to share some fantastic news with you about the progress we've made in boosting student attendance at Roosevelt Elementary School over the past year. Our commitment to excellence is evident, and it's made a significant impact on our attendance rate, which has increased from 91% to an impressive 94%. 


This improvement is a testament to the collective efforts of our dedicated staff, our supportive parents, and, most importantly, our students. As we continue to strive for excellence, we want to celebrate this achievement while also looking ahead to our goal of 98% attendance.


Here's how you can help us reach this goal and further enhance our students' attendance:


  • Establish a Routine: Consistency is key. Encourage your child to follow a daily routine that includes a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast. A predictable schedule can make it easier for students to get ready for school each day.


  • Plan Vacations During Breaks: Whenever possible, plan vacations and family trips during school breaks. This will help minimize absences during the academic year, ensuring that your child doesn't miss out on important instruction.


  • Practice Healthy Habits: Emphasize the importance of staying healthy. Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly, eat nutritious meals, and follow general health guidelines to reduce the risk of illness.


  • Motivate Your Students: Talk to your child about the significance of attending school regularly. Help them understand that each day in the classroom is an opportunity to learn, grow, and enjoy the company of their friends.


On our end, we are committed to providing your child with engaging and important learning opportunities every day. We will also continue to explore ways to motivate and reward students for their regular attendance. Fun projects and interactive learning experiences will be incorporated into our curriculum to keep students excited about coming to school.


We firmly believe that an excellent education is built on a strong foundation of regular attendance. By working together, we can ensure that every student at Roosevelt Elementary School has the chance to thrive academically and socially.


We're excited about the future and the possibilities it holds for our students. We look forward to your continued support as we pursue our goal of 98% attendance. Together, we can create a vibrant, welcoming, and successful learning environment at Roosevelt Elementary School.


Make-Up Pictures- A friendly reminder that Friday, October 28th is Make-Up Picture Day. If your child missed the initial photo session or you'd like a retake, this is the perfect opportunity. Please ensure your child is ready for their picture day. 


Halloween Parade- Join us on the 31st at 9 am for our Halloween Parade! All are welcome to watch, and students can wear costumes to school (no weapons, please). Let's celebrate in a safe and festive spirit. We look forward to a spooktacular morning of fun and creativity!


November 1- Just a quick reminder that there will be no school on November 1st due to teacher training. Please plan accordingly, and we'll see the students back on the following day.




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It was another great week at Roosevelt.


Thank you.



Last Chance: Order Your 2023-24 Roosevelt Yearbook and Save 10%

It's not too early to buy your copy of the 2023-2024 Roosevelt Yearbook! This is the final week to get 10% OFF your yearbook if you order by Tuesday, October 31.

Teddy Club - Student Signup

Teddy Club's are parent led afterschool enrichment classes. We will be hosting Teddy Clubs for the month of October on Monday's, Wednesdays and Thursdays directly after school. There are already fun and engaging classes to sign up for with more to come! 

  • 10/30 - Learn about Public Speaking

Classes are open to all students! Please sign up through memberhub in the below link!


Explore the Arts and Express Yourself...Reflections Art Contest is here!

Do you enjoy art, music, photography, making videos, writing, or creating dances? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections!

The theme is: "I am Hopeful Because..."

  • WHO: All Roosevelt Students Pre-K - 5th grade  
  • WHAT: Create an original artwork that reflects the theme "I am hopeful because…” in one or more of the following 6 categories:
    • Dance Choreography (create an original dance)
    • Film Production (produce your own film)
    • Literature (write your own fiction or nonfiction piece)
    • Music Composition (create an original piece of music)
    • Photography (take a photograph)
    • Visual Arts (create a visual piece of art, flat or 3D)
  • WHEN: By Thursday, November 9th
  • WHY:  Make your voice heard! Compete for a chance to be recognized and have your artwork shown nationwide. Also, showcase your art to the Roosevelt community at the Art Show!
  • HOW: Submit original artwork using the link. Adults are not allowed to help in the creative process, unless you are participating in the Special Artist division. Entry must be the original work of one student only.
    • If it’s a physical piece, please drop your artwork off at the office after submitting it online (with name, grade and class on back) so it can be part of the art show!
    • Submit your entry or entries (students may submit multiple entries and in multiple categories) virtually using link
  • INFO: Before you start, make sure to check out all the rules and guidelines
  • QUESTIONS OR HELP?: Contact Cherie Yu or Jeanne Law at


Remember that there’s no wrong answer, but your interpretation of the theme and your artistic statement are important to the judging!

BCE's Havana Nights Fundraising Soiree!

Join us at BCE’s Havana Nights Fundraising Soiree! Saturday, Nov 4th 6-10pm at Par 3 at Poplar Creek

Don’t miss this fun night of food, drinks and dancing all in service of raising funds for our Burlingame Schools. Tickets are now on sale and selling fast!. Secure your tickets today and start getting inspired

Fall Samaritan House Drive!

From October 24 through November 6, we will be collecting hygiene items for Samaritan House, one of the largest nonprofits in San Mateo that provides shelter and housing assistance, medical and dental clinics, clothes for children, food distribution, and other services and resources to more than 14,000 low-income and homeless San Mateo County residents. Collection bins will be in front of Roosevelt on Vancouver.

Requested items: masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, laundry soap, dishwashing soap, bar soap, body lotion


Requirements for On-Site Volunteers & Field Trip Drivers

New parent volunteers

In order to volunteer at Roosevelt during school hours (including chaperoning field trips and driving to field trips), you will need to complete a BSD Live Scan Form and email the completed form to [email protected]g. Once you have confirmation from BSD that your form has been accepted, you are cleared to volunteer!

You may complete the Live Scan form, by visiting any UPS store or Live Scan location. Note that there is a cost associated with completing Live Scan fingerprints/background check. 

The Burlingame School District (BSD) only requires your Live Scan 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 Drivers

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, along with a copy of your driver's license and car insurance via email to Ms. Teahan ([email protected]).
  • 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.

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] 

Community Events and Notices

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


Spooky Scavenger Hunt 
October 1 - October 31, 2023
Don't be tricked! Find all of the spooky visitors , solve the phrase and get a treat! While supplies last.
Burlingame Main Library Children's Room and Easton Library 


Loteria: Traditional Mexican Bingo
Join us to play the game of loteria! Loteria is a traditional game enjoyed by many people in Mexico that is similar to Bingo. Instead of listening to the numbers you have on your card, you listen for the cantor (the caller) to call out the images on your tabla (game card).
Thursday, November 2 from 4 - 5 PM