Welcome Back and happy New Year to all of you. What a treat it was for me to
return this past Monday morning to so many smiling and excited faces as students
arrived, eager to return and reconnect after a well-deserved break. It was clear
to me that they were ready to face the many discoveries and accomplishments that
await them this year. May 2015 be filled with both promise and happiness as we continue
this journey together. For me, a definite privilege.
How wonderful it was to have so many of our families join us on December 19th
for Snow Night. This was a night that, for the second year in a row, brought with
it a mixture of magic, joy, and wonder. This year even offered the addition of three
sled runs to keep students lining up for one snowy run after another. A warm thanks
to our many parent volunteers who helped supervise throughout the night, ensuring
a safe experience for all. A very special thanks to Robert Rivera - The Rivera Group
Real Estate Specialists, along with our very own PTA, for the sponsoring of this
exciting event. We are so thankful for your generosity in providing this magical
opportunity for our families and students. We treasure the memories that were made
which will live on in the hearts of our students forever.
Coinciding with our Snow Night, was our Spark of Love Toy Drive and the opportunity
for our families and students to give back to the community and help others in need.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity and combined efforts of Rose Drive families we
were able to fill a truck to the brim with new, unwrapped toys that were delivered
to the Honda Center the morning of December 20th. Special thanks go to the Davidsons
for the use of their truck for this purpose and to the following parents, teachers,
and students for braving the cold temperatures and early morning hours to ensure
the toys were delivered safely: Mrs. Kristin Ta, Mrs. Jamy Holguin, Mrs. Tempa Davidson,
Mrs. Woodward, Mrs. Abadie, Carlee Davidson, Danielle Holguin, and Lily Ta. All in
the hopes of brightening the holidays for the many children in need! This was the
perfect way to show December’s character trait: compassion. Once again, teamwork
and generosity in action at Rose Drive.
Finally, it is my pleasure to recognize the following students for their academic
and behavioral achievements these past two weeks. For making good choices: Sophie
Ikeda, Helen Fang, Riley Morikawa, Ethan Swarat, and Cameron Lung. It was with great
pride that I accepted and displayed your clips for the day – in recognition of your
model behavior. For exceptional team work and model behavior, the following first
graders: Alyssa Schuetz, Dean Lopez, Alina Ramos, Brayden Bittel, Regina Rodriguez,
Casey Kalpakoff, Jameson Randolph, Matthew Gomez, Hayden Glaze-Barnes, Megan Miller,
Owen Henderson, Ryder Van Es, Jessie Santos, and Gavin Hang. Keep up the fine work
Roadrunners. I am so very proud of all of you! Then, sharing their very entertaining
stories about how the elves saved a significant holiday of their choosing were the
following 4th graders: Sharyn Duncan, Gianna Stratton. Carlee Davidson, Ellie Pietsch,
Lily Ta, Emma Ramos, Kiera Smith , Brynn Gamble, Emily Garten, Evan Ortega, Ava Henderson,
and Princess Kelly. Who knew those elves could be so creative and inventive? Thank
you for the wonderfully funny stories – such fine writers and entertainers all of
Dr. Linda Adamson & the Entire Rose Drive Staff
Rose Drive Hour of Code
The week of December 8th – 12th found us celebrating Computer Science Education week
at Rose Drive through a nationwide program, “Hour of Code”. The goal behind this
week is to teach new computer coding skills to students of all levels and help them
program games and apps. More than 48 million students signed up nation-wide, helping
children everywhere realize that becoming a computer scientist is very attainable
– at any level.
Rose Drive Elementary School has had a very busy and exciting December! The month
kicked off with a very special school-wide assembly with the Wheels Of Freestyle
BMX bike riders! These professional bike riders wowed the students and staff with
their amazing stunts and incredible message of staying drug-free, being motivated
and respectful, and staying in school. One of the most exciting nights was our Sparks
of Love Toy Drive, sponsored by the Yorba Linda Fire Department that took place during
our Rose Drive Snow Night! The very generous Rivera Group gave the students an experience
of a lifetime, transforming the parking lot into a winter wonderland with REAL SNOW
for Rose Drive students and families to enjoy! Families dressed in snow boots, scarves,
and gloves to create snowmen, snow angels, and snowballs! What a magical night for
our students! Our month of fun-filled activities concluded with the annual Preppy
K and Kindergarten Holiday Program! Dressed to the hilt with bow ties and reindeer
hats, the boys and girls sang nine holiday carols for their beaming family members!
December was surely a memorable and festive month for all!
Third Grade Letters to Marines
A special visit by Ex US Naval Marine, Irvin Francis, had Mr. Armbrust’s third grade
class riveted as they enjoyed his stories of courage and inspiration from the early
1950s. To show their support, students will embark on a class-wide project to write
letters to the brave men and women in uniform who are currently serving our country.
Mr. Francis will deliver these letters during planned visits to a Long Beach hospital
(housing marines injured during the call of duty) and Camp Pendleton on Christmas
Day. What a perfect opportunity for Rose Drive students to say thank you to those
brave men and women for serving in our military to protect our freedom. Thank you,
Mr. Francis, for reminding us of the great need for so many of these heroes, many
of whom have lost all contact with their families and for whom the simple gift of
a letter will bring so much joy.
Rosie’s STARS Cards - PBIS
A strong focus at Rose Drive this year is our school-wide PBIS behavior expectations
program. We have identified 6 areas on campus which will serve as focal points for
appropriate behavior throughout the year. The program strives to reinforce positive
behavior by zeroing in on six specific areas on campus. We will be introducing each
area and the expected behaviors over the next few weeks and reinforcing good choices
and exemplary behavior through the issuing of STARS cards. Students keep one copy
to show off at home while the second copy is added to our weekly drawing. Students
whose names are pulled will be announced on Friday morning and invited to Dr. Adamson’s
office to select from an array of Rosie prizes. We encourage you to reinforce STARS
behavior at home: Safe, There and Ready, Act responsibly, Respectful, and Show compassion.
Wheels of Freestyle BMX Assembly
What better way to thank our families and students for their generous contributions,
resulting in the collection of $30,000 for this year’s jogathon fund raiser? Easy
… a BMX assembly, that’s how! On December 1st, Rose Drive students were treated
to an assembly that was filled with action-packed entertainment and loads of motivation.
Students were wowed by the incredible prowess of professional cyclists as they performed
one high - flying BMX stunt after another. This was certainly not your average assembly,
calling for crowd participation that included excessive cheering and high levels
of enthusiasm and positive energy. Built into the assembly was a motivational message
that encouraged students to make healthy choices, motivating them to pledge to: “Stay
Drug-Free; Live their Dreams; Be Motivated; Respect Others; and Stay in School.”
Thank you to our wonderful PTA for providing this experience to our students, reinforcing
for them the rewards that come from living a healthy and goal-oriented lifestyle
(as demonstrated by the professional athletes putting this advice into practice before
our very eyes).
On any given morning before school starts you will find one of our six valet teams, consisting of responsible and enthusiastic 4th and 5th graders, greeting and waving cars forward in the Rose Drive parking lot. Their role is an important one, requiring them to:
1) greet parents and students as they arrive with a smile; 2) ensure cars pull ALL the way forward so as to keep a regular and consistent flow of traffic; 3) open and close car doors to ensure students exit in a safe and efficient manner and of course; 4) bid parents a friendly farewell with a wave and a "Have a nice day!" Thank you to all five teams for your commitment to this important duty and for your smiles despite the early hours. You have outdone yourselves through the cold, heat, wind, and even rain and we commend you. Our teams for this school year include: Rosie's stars; Angry Birds; Outrageous Owls; Team Roadrunners; and Team Rosie. Go Valet TEAM Roadrunners!
Rose Drive Parking Lot Safety
Student safety and the safety of others is, of course, a primary concern of
all of ours. A huge thank you to all of our parents for driving slowly and safely
through our valet parking with the extra attention, caution, and patience needed
for the safety of our students. Please remember to only allow students to get in
and out of cars in our marked valet sections of the parking lot. NEVER attempt to
cross Rose Drive unless you are using the crosswalk.
Johnny Appleseed Day in First Grade
September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day. Pictured are Mrs. Santa Maria's first graders
who visited the front office in the morning to show off their "pan" caps, impersonating
Johnny Appleseed perfectly. They delighted office staff with the many facts they
learned about this legendary character and his quest to sow apple seeds wherever
he went, thus ensuring, "not a soul will go hungry."
So Many Ways to Give Thanks
Taking time out to think about the many things for which they are grateful this
past Thanksgiving holiday, kindergarten students participated in what has now become
an annual tradition. Sporting their handmade feathers and headdresses, students participated
in a fun and festive version of the “Comanche Hand Game”. This creative and fun game
allowed each student to experience a different musical instrument as they moved through
the circle of friends playing their instruments and chanting, “We come in peace,
we treat each other as friends” between each transition. It was with this message
of peace and friendship that students learned about and demonstrated the true meaning
and history behind this special holiday, giving thanks for their many blessings.
Rose Drive PTA holds a fun and interactive activity the first Friday of every month:
Funky Friday. Parents volunteer and play music in the MPR and all students are invited
after lunch to get their “sillys” out. It has been such a success and the students
love participating. It truly is the perfect way to end the week – dancing and interacting
with friends. Go Rosie!
The Power of " One " at Rose Drive
As a follow up to our Red Ribbon "Say no to Bullying" campaign, each class at Rose
Drive was visited this past week by Principal Adamson who read to them the short
but very powerful story "One" by Kathryn Otoshi. Students learned about the power
they all possess to bring about change - by simply using the skills they already
have to stand up for themselves and others. Through this reading, we learned that
it takes ONLY ONE person to make a change. Students received the message loud and
clear that every one counts and by standing tall, being brave, and saying "NO!" ...
we can take a stand and bring about change - together or alone!
Rose Drive Second Grade Campout
“Under the Starry Night”
Bringing to life the theme from their recent reading of “Henry and Mudge and the
Starry Night," by Cynthia Rylan, Rose Drive second graders were treated to their
own campout Friday morning, November 14th. Thanks to Mrs. Woodward’s and Mrs. Abadie’s
creativity, along with several parent volunteers, the MPR was transformed into a
camping site, complete with twinkling stars, night lights, and a camp fire. Spread
out on a sea of warm and comfy blankets and pillows, with flashlights and stars twinkling
in the night sky, second graders made their own s’mores, played camp fire games,
sang songs, told stories, and listened to readings of several other books from the
Henry and Mudge series. What a fun morning - the perfect activity to not only reinforce
the story structure and vocabulary from the story, but to allow students to experience
for themselves the thrill of adventure enjoyed by the story’s characters.
A Busy Week: J ogathon, Red Ribbon Week, and Pie Eating Contests!
Rose Drive Elementary School enjoyed a week chock full of fun and exciting activities
during Red Ribbon Week! Students, teachers and staff wore themed clothing each day
to celebrate our choice to be “drug and bully free”. The week culminated with the
annual Jog-A-Thon! Students at Rose Drive brought in pledges that totaled a whopping
$32,230.65! Students earned incentives each time the pledges climbed closer to the
school-wide goal! One incentive was for students to attend a Staff Pie Eating Contest
assembly! Teachers and staff competed against each other, diving face first into
pie pans piled high with whipped cream, and earning victory by being the first to
pull out a hidden apple slice with their teeth! Our beloved school secretary, Ms.
Heidi Capen, was the winner of our Pie Eating Contest and received a very special
coffee mug! On Friday, students found themselves with a new principal! Second grader,
Kate Bowen, won the Principal For A Day contest by bringing in the highest amount
of pledges. Friday’s Jog-A-Thon was a huge success, thanks to our magnificent PTA!
Students ran, walked and skipped their way around the track! Parents and family members
cheered the students on, offering water and refreshing squirts from spray bottles!
From the energetic music, to the giant balloon finish line, to a very special appearance
from Clifford, The Big Red Dog, we want to thank our PTA for such a memorable event!