Roosevelt Reporter- 3/28/24





Roosevelt Reporter - March 28, 2024

This Week's Reporter

  • Note From Matt
  • A Message from our PTA President, Tracy Avelar
  • Nominate someone special for a PTA award
  • Roosevelt PTA invites you to get more involved
  • BIS Parent Information Meeting
  • VDC Dad's camping Trip May 17-19
  • TEDdy Club - Parent Signup
  • BCE is actively recruiting for the 2024-25 School Year!
  • Spring Samaritan House Drive Begins
  • Roosevelt's Annual Spring Fling, April 13th
  • 1st Annual Roosevelt Pickleball Tournament, April 21
  • PTA Reminders and Quick Links
  • Community Events

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, March 29: Early Dismissal at 1:30
  • April 1-April 5: No School - Happy Spring Break!
  • Monday, April 8: 5th Grade Outdoor Ed Week
  • Tuesday, April 9: Morning Announcements @8:30am
Note From Matt

As we continue our journey of supporting and nurturing the growth and development of our students, we recognize the importance of transparency and collaboration within our school community. One significant aspect of this collaboration is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which plays a vital role in shaping the direction of our school's educational initiatives and resource allocation. It is with this in mind that we invite you to learn more about the LCAP process and how your involvement can make a meaningful impact on the future of Roosevelt Elementary.


The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of California's funding system for K-12 schools. It is a three-year plan that describes the goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities. The LCAP is intended to align with the school district's budget, demonstrating how funds are used to support student achievement and overall school improvement.


As parents, your involvement in the LCAP process is essential. Your input helps shape the goals and priorities outlined in the plan, ensuring that it reflects the needs and aspirations of our school community.  Community feedback is critical.  With that in mind, please take a moment to answer these questions through our Thought Exchange


By participating in the LCAP process, you can help advocate for resources and initiatives that benefit all students at Roosevelt Elementary. Your input helps guide decision-making and resource allocation, ultimately contributing to the success and well-being of our school community.


We encourage you to stay informed about the LCAP process and actively participate in any opportunities for input and feedback. Together, we can work towards creating a plan that supports the academic achievement, social-emotional development, and overall success of every student at Roosevelt Elementary.


Get the Dragon- April is National Poetry Month, and we have an exciting opportunity for you to showcase your creativity and love for poetry! The Burlingame Public Library is hosting a Poetry Contest for elementary-age students like you.


Here's how it works: Write an original poem and bring it to the Burlingame Main Library or the Easton Branch Library during the month of April. When you submit your poem, you'll receive a free paperback book of poetry for your home book collection!


But that's not all—this year, the winning schools with the highest per capita participation will receive a big stuffed Dragon for their school library! How cool is that? 


Remember, there's a limit of one poetry book per child, and your poem must be turned in individually. You can submit your poems any day from April 1 to April 30.


So let your creativity flow, and let's make Roosevelt Elementary shine in the Burlingame Poetry Contest!


Teddy Clubs: We are excited to announce the return of our Teddy Clubs for the upcoming Spring season. These clubs were a huge success in the Fall, thanks to the wonderful parents who volunteered their time and expertise. We invite you to join us once again in sharing your knowledge, passion, and interests with Roosevelt students by volunteering to teach an after-school session.


There are endless possibilities for club topics, including sports, crafts, arts, science, engineering, cooking, wellness, LEGO, coding, and more. What hobby, expertise, or interest will you share?


You can sign up here to host a single session or multiple sessions in a time slot that suits you. The Teddy Clubs will take place after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from April 8 to May 2, at 3:15-4:00 pm. Clubs will be hosted in the yard, Idea Lab, or staff kitchen, and you can arrive at Roosevelt starting at 3 pm on your club day to set up if needed.


To make your club even more engaging, you may submit up to $50 in supplies for reimbursement. Please note that all parents must have completed fingerprinting (via Live Scan) to participate.


We can't wait to see the amazing clubs our parents will host this Spring! Thank you for your continued support and involvement in enriching the lives of our students.


BCE:  With Spring upon us, our fundraising efforts will turn to BCE.  The BCE is reaching out for your support to achieve our $2.8M grant goal. Currently, they still need to raise $800k to sustain funding for 20 teachers in our district. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. If possible, please also consider making an additional contribution. Join us in making a difference by donating today!


Thank you,





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A Message from our PTA President, Tracy Avelar

Despite all this rain, Spring has finally sprung at Roosevelt!  I was so happy to participate and see all the amazing parent volunteers at our Science Olympiad event last Friday. We are so grateful for the parents that donated their time, energy, and creativity to lead science projects across the school. The kids learned a lot and had a blast rotating across rooms, expanding their horizons with different projects.  Special callout to Shantel Weinsheimer, Kit Wong and Chuck Lyman for organizing this fantastic event!

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday April 16th at noon. I’m excited to share that we will have special guests join us this time. Our teacher community will be there in full force to share updates on new skills and techniques they are bringing to the classroom and take questions from the community. We will also be joined by Sebastian Steinbach from the organization “Heed The Child,” for a parent conversation about fears, facts, and fiction related to social media, technology, and children’s health.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and restful Spring Break. See you in April!

Nominate someone special for a PTA award!

Each year, the PTA has the pleasure of honoring individuals who have gone above and beyond in giving extra of themselves to make Roosevelt a very special place. We need YOUR input to identify and honor these amazing individuals and present them with California PTA Awards. Please nominate someone who you think has helped make Roosevelt extra wonderful! Parents (current and alumni), teachers, administrators and even community members are eligible. Please submit your nomination using this google form by April 21. Contact Kate Tobias ([email protected]) if you have any questions. 

Roosevelt PTA invites you to get more involved!
Roosevelt PTA invites you to get more involved!

We're making good progress AND we are seeking potential nominees for the PTA for next school year.
Help Roosevelt be the BEST place for our kids - either nominate yourself or someone else!

It is a fun, helpful way to volunteer, help our teachers and administrators, get to know more parents and to support our kids.
Open PTA positions for next school year include
  • Treasurer
  • Co-VP, Fundraising
  • Co-VP, Volunteers
  • Auditor
Interested find out more email [email protected] or [email protected]
BIS Parent Information Meeting

For 5th Grade Parents - Please join us for our Incoming BIS Parent Panel Hybrid Meeting -”What I Wish I Knew About BIS”, from a parents perspective.  


Date: Apr 18, 2024 

Time: 7:00 to 8:00PM 

Location: In person in the BIS Library or via ZOOM 


To help our seasoned BIS parents on the Parent Panel best cover questions please submit your questions here before April 16th.


If you are planning on attending in person we will be selling BIS Swag starting at 6:30 outside the library.  It’s a great gift for your students' 5th grade promotion.


Please also visit our website  and check out the Parent Insight section for more information. 

VDC Dad's camping trip May 17-19

Fellow VDC Dads,

It is time to sign up for this year's VDC Dad's camping trip at Portola Redwoods State Park from May 17-19! For the newcomers to VDC, the Dad's Camping trip is an absolute highlight for the kids and for dads - you do not want to miss it! There is no prior camping experience required and it is one of the best events to get to know fellow parents (dads) in a laid back, collegial, and friendly atmosphere with absolutely zero cell phone reception :). SIGN-UP HERE


When: May 17-19, 2024

Where: Portola Redwoods State Park 

Cost: we have left the fees unchanged from previous year at $150 per family which includes the camping fee and some goodies (several of you have helped make the reservations. VDC owes you money. VDC will subtract the $150 from the amount owed to you, so no need to make payments).


Please make payments to our treasurer after sign-up via

Venmo: @rajeev-singhal-1 (phone for verification 415 722 3295) or

Paypal: [email protected]


Sign-up instructions: As in prior years, we make an effort to group families together with same age kids - particularly for the lower grades. Generally, ~5-10 families form a group and organize their meals amongst themselves (with the help of a spreadsheet which we will circulate later). It is great if you already have a group from prior years. If not, do not worry as we will make sure everyone is in a group. For this year, we are introducing "Group Name" and a "Group Captain" to make coordination and camp site assignment easier. We are also putting together some activities on Saturday that will include the traditional kids camping games and groups hosting each other for some cocktails later in the afternoon. For newcomers, there will be an informational zoom call later in April.


Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Happy Camping!



Brian Chang, Norbert LeClair & Stefan Fischer

TEDdy Club - Parent Signup

Parent led afterschool enrichment for Roosevelt Students


Please come share your hobby, expertise or interests with Roosevelt Students by volunteering to teach an after school session on a topic of your interest! 

There are so many exciting possibilities: sports, crafts, arts, science, engineering, cooking, wellness, LEGO, coding, and more. 


What will you host?


Sign up to host a single session or multiple in a timeslot. Once we have enough parent volunteers signed up, we'll open the TEDdy Clubs for student signups.


*Important* These will take place after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, April 8 - May 2, at 3:15-4:00 pm

  • It's up to you how many sessions you host
  • Clubs will be hosted in the yard, Idea lab, or staff kitchen
  • You can arrive at Roosevelt starting at 3 pm on your club day to set up if needed
  • You may submit up to $50 in supplies for reimbursement
  • All parents must have completed fingerprinting (via Live Scan)
BCE is actively recruiting for the 2024-25 school year!

Looking for a way to get involved and give back? Passionate about public education? Whether you work outside or inside the home, are a mom or a dad, BCE provides opportunities to use your skills and talents to benefit our Burlingame schools. 

Join the BCE Board! We are currently recruiting for the following open board positions: 

  • President Elect

  • Secretary

  • VP Annual Campaign

  • VP New Families

  • VP Site Directors

  • Co-Roosevelt Site Director (1)

  • Co-Lincoln Site Directors (2)

  • Co-BIS Site Director (1)

  • Co-Franklin Site Directors (2)

Interested? Check out the board role descriptions and/or contact Jen Faber or Meredith Dunn to learn more!  Our call for candidates runs through Friday, April 5th.

Volunteer with BCE! We are currently recruiting for the following volunteer positions:

  • Auction volunteers

  • Soiree/event volunteers

  • Fundraising volunteers

  • Business development volunteers

  • School Site volunteers

  • Marketing/Creative volunteers

Interested? Visit the BCE volunteer page and fill out the Volunteer Inquiry Form and/or contact Meredith Dunn or Shantel Weinsheimer to learn more! 

April 15: Spring Samaritan House Drive Begins!

From April 15 through April 26, we will be collecting dried foods 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.

Roosevelt's Annual Spring Fling!

Join us for Roosevelt's Annual Spring Fling on April 13th 5:30-8:30pm.

Located in Roosevelt's Heron Hall


This event is free for everyone and we need volunteers to make the magic happen! Set-up/decorating, snack distribution, balloon drop, glow stick distribution, and of course clean-up.


Click here to sign-up to volunteer! 


1st Annual Roosevelt Pickleball Tournament

The 1st Annual Roosevelt Pickleball Tournament is coming up Sunday April 21st from 2-5pm! We still have spots open for both players ($75) and spectators ($50) to join in the fun! There will be drinks and lots of fun competition and a prize for the winning duo - you don't want to miss it!! Sign-up here.


PTA Reminders and Quick Links

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

Peninsula Girls Chorus 30th Anniversary Gala

Join us in celebrating three decades of the Peninsula Girls Chorus providing “a place where girls find their voices”. We’re welcoming the entire PGC community - both old and new - to join us in taking a look back at where we started and to celebrate how far we’ve come. Join us for dinner, inspirational speakers, music provided by members of the PGC community, and a multi-media presentation showcasing our work over the years.


Gala Details

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Location: Burlingame Community Center (Sequoia Room) 850 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010

Attire: Semi-formal attire

Price: $150 per person/Adults Only

Purchase Tickets/View Dinner Menu: click here (deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 12th)



The Burlingame MUDDY MILE Obstacle Race. April 27th, Murray Field. Click here to sign up. 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.

Runners can arrive anytime between 8:30am and 9:30 am to be put in a heat.


Burlingame Library Events:


Burlingame Public Library Homework Center
Tuesday, January 16th through Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

We welcome Kindergarteners through 8th graders to be paired with a Teen Mentor (with a 3.5+ GPA) for free homework help with reading, writing, science, and math. The Homework Center runs each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4pm-5:30pm in the Lane Room on the Lower Level of the Burlingame Main Library.

A parent or guardian will need to fill out a Parent Permission form at their student's first session.


Food & Fiction – A Perfect Pair for Tweens
Read the Book, Join the Discussion and Make a Fun Food Treat!
For Tweens in grades 4th-6th

Thursday, April 18 from 4-5 pm in the Upper Level Meeting Room
Read The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley & Make Victory garden toast
Sign up required!

Thursday, May 16 from 4-5 pm in the Lane Room
Read Lasagna Means I Love You by Kate O'Shaughnessy & Make Microwave Lasagna
Sign up required!


Book Club Fun!
Read the book, we will talk about it, and do a fun activity!
For Grades 2nd and & 3rd

Thursday, April 11, 2024

4-5 pm in the Lane Room

Read The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes & Make a Diorama

Registration required!


Learn to Play Chess for Kids

For Grades 3rd-6th

Saturday, April 27–

3:30-4:30 pm

Registration required

Hosted by Grupology