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February 2017

What’s Happening in Roosevelt’s Design Center:

Thank you to everyone for their AWESOME participation in the Pine Tree and Pine Cone Reading Programs!  I hope everyone has enjoyed the books and has maybe found a new genre or author that you love to read!  The books will still be available for check out in the Design Center and in your classroom!

We have been hard at work innovating and engineering in the Design Center this month.  Students have worked on an “Inside Out’ Challenge, trying to get their Core Memory (a tennis ball) across 2 tables, 4 feet apart, using only paper, paper clips, tape and yarn!  Students have also been introduced to 3 new tools from the Design Center!  Ask your student about Little Bits, Bloxels and STEM Kinex!  We have learned about electricity, magnets, circuits and video game design!  During Valentines Day, students participated in a variety of STEAM challenges!

Thanks to Bill Bertakis, the Keego Harbor Optimist Club, Lowes, and ACE Hardware-the 4th and 5th Graders had a blast at Roosevelt’s First PineWood Derby Competition!  Congratulations to Mrs. Starr and Mrs. Arnoldi’s classes! Make sure to check Civic Center TV to watch it in action!

We would LOVE your help during book check out!  Have a hot cup of coffee and help a Husky find the perfect book for the week!  

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                               Pinewood Derby



Please Join the Design Center Team! We would LOVE to have you join us for an hour or a few in the Design Center.  You can work with students, help us with book checkout, Book Fairs, or stop by for a cup of coffee!  We would love to have the Design Center open for open book checkout more frequently, but we can’t do it without you!  Please use the SIGNUP GENIUS LINK call (248) 865-6620 or email Mrs. Roth to sign up!

Birthday Books: Kids love celebrating their birthdays and the Design Center loves getting new books for kids to read. “Birthday Books” is a win-win activity for our school and for your child. During the month of your child’s birthday (or celebration date of your choice), he or she will be able to pick out a brand new book to donate to the school. We will put a donation sticker inside of the chosen book and that book will become part of our library collection for all students to enjoy. Your child will be the first student allowed to checkout the chosen Birthday Book. If you would like to participate in this program, simply fill out the form below and send it to the Design Center with $10 in an envelope marked “Birthday Book for the Design Center”. We will take cash or checks made out to  Roosevelt School. Use this slip or go to the Design Center tab and look under “Welcome to the Design Center” section.

Return this portion with $10 to the Design Center                (Please print neatly)

Child’s Name: _________________________ Teacher’s Name: ________________________

Child’s birthdate or date selected to celebrate child’s birthday: _________________________

$10 cash or check made out to Roosevelt School is enclosed.

Media Literacy Tips

Students need to have voice and choice in their selection of books to read for pleasure. Over the years, we have observed that when students explore books that they truly want to read, their reading skills improve and their enjoyment increases. Our Design Center has a wide selection of both fiction and nonfiction books at various levels. Design Center staff can offer students direction and assistance, but the final selection is ultimately their choice. Parents are a big influence on what children read and how often they read. Please discuss with your child(ren) any reading expectations you have and of course model a variety of reading at home. We would also appreciate encouraging your child(ren) to follow good book care rules.

Family reading time can be a great way to promote positive reading habits.

Information Literacy Tips

Stay informed about what is happening at your child’s school and in the Roosevelt Design Center by bookmarking the websites as a favorite on your internet browser.

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Not only will you find important dates on the calendar page, but each school’s  home page contains a wealth of information. Parent Newsletters will be placed under the Parent tab and the Design Center Newsletters will be located in the “Welcome to the Design Center” section under the Design Center tab.

There are also many useful links for both parents and students under the Design Center tab.

Your child(ren) will be more successful in school, if you take an active interest in what is happening at their school.

Digital Literacy Tips

Do you sometimes feel that technology controls us rather than we control technology?

Common Sense Media is a website to help families take control of and make sense of  the technology around them.


Here is one of the many topics they address and provide helpful advice to parents:

“Setting screen-time limits -- and helping kids moderate their own habits -- are all about finding the right balance for your family's needs and lifestyle. We offer advice for creating a realistic schedule, setting age-appropriate guidelines on TV time, finding the first websites for young kids to use, handling violent media, and managing kids' cell phone use.”

You do not have to navigate parenting in our digital world alone. Check out this amazing website.

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