Roosevelt Reporter 5/10/24





Roosevelt Reporter - May 10, 2024

This Week's Reporter

  • Note From Matt
  • Roosevelt Variety Show
  • PTA Founder's Day
  • Deadline Extended to Order Your Yearbook 
  • BCE Needs Your Help - Funding for 20 Teachers
  • SF Giants + BCE = WIN
  • BCE's Annual Online Auction is Back!
  • Design the Sign!
  • PTA Reminders and Quick Links
  • Community Events

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

  • Saturday, May 11: Deadline to Order Yearbook for Free Shipping to Roosevelt
  • Monday, May 13th: State Testing begins for 5th Grade (Science) 
  • Tuesday, May 14: Morning Announcements @8:30am
Note From Matt

A powerful new book by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt is making waves by sounding the alarm on a youth mental health crisis driven by technology overuse. The Anxious Generation, argues that the rise of smartphones and social media has caused a "great rewiring of childhood" fueling an "epidemic of mental illness" among kids and teens.


Haidt backs up this sobering claim with startling data, including an over 139% increase in rates of anxiety disorders among 18-25 year olds and a 103% increase among 26-34 year olds since 2010 (The year 2010 is significant, according to Haidt, because that is when the front-facing camera and Instagram- the first social-media app designed to be exclusively used on the smartphone- come out). Sadly, and shockingly, there has also been a 188% spike in emergency room visits for self harm amongst girls during this time period. You can look at many more statistics that Mr. Haidt used to make his argument by using this link. It is interesting to see what is going on. 


In the Anxious Generation, Haidt persuasively links these trends to the many hours young people spend tethered to digital devices and virtual personas rather than engaged in real-world play, exploration and social independence so crucial for development.


To combat this crisis, the book boldly proposes:


1) No smartphones for students before high school

2) No social media usage allowed before age 16  

3) A total ban on student cell phones/devices in schools

4) Prioritizing outdoor activities, unsupervised play and fostering childhood independence  


While some may see these ideas as extreme, Haidt makes a powerful research-driven case about young minds' acute vulnerability to smartphone/social media overuse and lack of vital in-person social experience.


Here at Roosevelt Elementary, we recognize the importance of unstructured play, which is why our yards are open before and after school to allow students this crucial time for independence and organic social interaction with their peers. However, the issues raised in The Anxious Generation show we must do more and it must be a whole community effort.  We will be exploring this issue more as we learn more, but I would first, if you’re interested, start with reading the book.


Nothing is more important than ensuring Roosevelt Elementary cultivates an environment where every child can thrive socially, emotionally and academically. I welcome your perspectives and look forward to working together proactively on this critical issue.


Create-A-Thon- Get ready for a full day of creativity, curiosity and innovation at the fifth annual Roosevelt Create-a-thon on Friday, May 17th!


Every classroom will feature a new hands-on challenge run by our creative Roosevelt teachers. From sketching designs to building models with craft supplies and coding programs, participants will get to bring their wildest ideas to life in each unique space. Students are free to move at their leisure, exploring different rooms and rotating through the various activities.


It’s one of our favorite days of the year.  Don’t miss it. 


Testing- This is an important reminder that CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) testing will begin on Monday, May 20th for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Roosevelt Elementary School.


Our 5th grade students will start a bit earlier, taking the science portion of the CAASPP test on Monday, May 13th.


The CAASPP assessments provide an annual academic checkup by measuring students' knowledge and skills in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The results from these tests are used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students are on track for college and career readiness.


As we approach testing season, we kindly ask for your support in helping your child prepare:


• Ensure your child gets plenty of rest each night before testing days

• Make sure they start their days with a nutritious breakfast 

• Have them arrive at school on time to minimize disruptions

• Encourage them to take the tests seriously and do their best


These assessments provide valuable data that allows us to better support your child's academic journey. Working together, we can ensure they have the resources and focus needed for a positive testing experience.


It was another great week at Roosevelt.

Thank you.



Roosevelt Bears, get ready for this year's Variety Show!

Save the Date: Tuesday, June 11th in Heron Hall from 5pm-7pm


If you are eager to share your passion and talent with the Roosevelt community, please sign up and upload your student video by May 31st. Performances should be two minutes or less. 

Click HERE for more information. 

PTA Founder's Day

Each year the PTA has the pleasure of honoring volunteers and staff who really help make a difference. It's a special event where we say thank you and present PTA awards to outstanding volunteers, teachers and staff deserving special recognition. This year, PTA Founders' Day will be celebrated on May 22 from 4:30-6:30 pmAny and all Roosevelt parents are welcome to attend. 


If you are interested in attending Founders' Day, please contact Kate Tobias ([email protected]) for more details.

Deadline EXTENDED to Order Your Yearbook w/ Free Shipping to Roosevelt!

Good news! You can still purchase your Roosevelt yearbook and customize your 2 free pages by Friday, May 11 so your yearbook will be shipped for free to Roosevelt! This is the final extension and shipping fees will apply to orders after this date.


* Roosevelt School Passcode: 1012832080974827

For any questions contact Melanie Wang and Stacy Finney, our Yearbook Editors. 

BCE needs YOUR help to sustain funding for 20 teachers

BCE needs YOUR help!  Help us close our ~$600K gap in funding,  Time is running out and we need your help to fund 20 teachers for next year! Our annual campaign ends on June 30th. Please make your donation and/or submit your employer match if you have not already!  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. 

SF Giants + BCE = WIN
$5 of every ticket purchased will go directly back to our schools!
$5 de cada boleto comprado ira directamente al las escuelas.

Support Burlingame Schools by joining the Giants at Oracle Park for one of the available fundraising games.

Starting now, you can purchase discounted tickets for select Giants home games in April and May. Monday through Thursday games are only $10 per seat. For each ticket sold, the Giants will donate $5 to BCE in support of Burlingame public schools! Use the link below with the Promo Code: BCE.


Click here to purchase tickets!

Promo Code: BCE


This is the perfect activity for a family night or team outing. We’ll see you at the ballpark! Questions? Email [email protected].

BCE’s Annual Online Auction is back!

Mark Your Calendars:   BCE’s Annual Online Auction is back!  May 10-20, 2024.  All funds raised benefit the Burlingame School District!

Design the Sign!

Next fall, BCE lawn signs will showcase amazing student art. That's right—your kiddo could have their art displayed all across Burlingame! We're now accepting submissions from students TK through eighth grade for the 2024 BCE Fall Drive Lawn Sign.


Submissions must follow these guidelines:

  • Please create your art on letter sized paper (8.5 inch x 11 inch) white paper. Be sure that your design is horizontal or landscape.

  • The designs must incorporate the names of every BSD school: BIS, Hoover, Franklin, Lincoln, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Washington, as well as the phrase, "We are Burlingame. We are BCE."

  • Designs must be in full color and celebrate our community's love for our excellent public schools.

  • Be sure to attach your student's name, as well as your contact information to the final artwork.

Turn your student's artwork into their school office by Wednesday, May 15. Digital files and questions can be emailed to [email protected].


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

Join the Peninsula Girls Chorus 2024-25

Founded in 1994, the award-winning Peninsula Girls Chorus serves girls ages 6-18 from across the SF Bay Area and is located at 1443 Howard Avenue, Burlingame. The PGC is proud to be transforming the lives of young women through the power of choral music. You can register here for an audition on Tuesday, June 18th, 2024. See this flyer for more information.

Concert on the Coast - Half Moon Bay Performance!

The Peninsula Girls Chorus' intermediate choirs, Brava, Concerta and PGC Coastside combine forces for this concert in Half Moon Bay. This concert is earlier in the day so you can make a full day of it with a post-concert lunch or visit to the beach. Tickets available both online and at the door.

Concert Details

Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2024

Time: 11:00am

Location: Community United Methodist Church, 777 Miramontes Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Purchase Tickets ($20.00 per person)click link



Burlingame Library Events:


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, 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!