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December 2016

What’s Happening in Roosevelt’s Design Center:

We have been incredibly busy innovating, designing and creating in the Design Center!  I am so proud of all of the amazing students at Roosevelt for their perseverance and creativity working through the design and engineering pathways in the Design Center this year so far!  I can’t wait to see what is to come!

This month we really focused on the Hour of Code.  Please visit the Roosevelt PTO Facebook page to check out a short video of the fun we had while learning to “speak computer”!  All students started with coding coursework, learning the basics of computer coding for two weeks.  Then students had a chance to play some coding games through the sponsor code.org and engage with our coding robots!

Pine Tree and Pine Cone reading programs are going strong, please make sure to check the website for any information you might need!  (Book Lists, how to receive credit/prizes)  Vacation is a great time to snuggle up and read some books together as a family.  Don’t forget to visit our friends at the West Bloomfield LIbrary to check out books over break!

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!  

January Junk Wars

Art Supplies, Art, School ...

It’s time to refill our Maker Space

With things you can find around your place!

Save up your supplies and bring them to school

During the month of January...it will be so cool!

Try and collect what your grade is assigned,

But feel free to bring in other items you find!

Over the break, save the wrapping and boxes from your gifts and new toys,

We will reuse them in STEAM Challenges and projects...Oh Boy!

The winning grade will get a popsicle treat,

So bring in your junk….Mission complete!

Kindergarten:  Twist Ties, Styrofoam, Straws

1st Grade:  Bottle Caps, Aluminum Foil

2nd Grade:  Cardboard Rolls, Tape

3rd Grade: Cleaned out plastic containers Pipe Cleaners

4th Grade:Cardboard, Cardstock, Building Blocks

5th Grade:  Rinsed out plastic cups (McDonalds/Starbucks), Tinker Toys

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.

Construction, Safety, Site ...(Currently Under Construction...thank you for your patience!)

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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