We are planning to have a hair donation event at the end of the next school year (spring 2016)!

Locks of Love ( is a not-for-profit organization that provides the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children with medical hair loss.  Most recipients have lost their hair due to an auto-immune condition known as alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.  Others have suffered severe burns, radiation treatment, or any number of dermatological conditions resulting in long term or permanent hair loss.

Hair donation guidelines:

If you would like to participate, please continue to grow out your hair!

More information will come throughout the next school year.

Download the Flyer Here

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).

Valet Teams
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.

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!

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!

Learning Continues all Summer Long Available Online Resources:

 As summer approaches, we know it is your desire to keep your child involved in learning.  Listed below are some ideas and online resources that might be helpful:

 1.    Visit the library and enjoy the pleasure of reading a good book
       together.  Yorba Linda Library is sponsoring a terrific summer reading
        program. Kick-off the summer at the Yorba Linda Public Library's        Summer Reading Kick-Off Party, Saturday, June 13th. Enjoy FREE         summer fun for the whole family: Calendar of events.
 2.    Encourage your child to read daily and go online for Ticket to Read
        through July 31st.

 3.    Keep your child's math skills sharp by having them access ST Math
        online.  Practice basic facts daily with them (flashcards are great for         this activity).

 4.    Current 3rd through 5th graders will have access to summer
        keyboarding lessons in Students         may access the keyboarding by logging into LDC as they usually         would and selecting - Summer Keyboarding.  Click for Directions


5.    Encourage your child to keep

      a journal of any special

       activities or trips.

6.    Visit a children's

      museum together.

A Word from Dr. Adamson


       Thank you to all of you for attending our 50th Anniversary celebrations which included our annual spring sing and evening family night. How proud I was of each class’ performance at our spring sing. A heartfelt thank you to our incredible teachers for the work they put into preparing for this special day – giving us a trip down “Memory Lane” with their selected songs and trivia that highlighted events and memories from each of the five decades. What a perfect way to commemorate this milestone. Thank you is also in store to all of you who were able to join us on the evening of June 4th as we stepped back in time to 1964 – the year Rose Drive opened. It seems hard to believe that it was 50 years ago – September 9th, 1964, when Rose Drive first opened its doors. Fifty years later we continue to make a difference in the lives of our students through the provision of a fee and quality educational program from which very child stands to benefit and learn.


End of Year Reflections


      What a year it has been – one that marked our celebration of 50 years in education at Rose Drive. Established in 1964, it is hard to believe Rose Drive has been making a difference in the lives of students and families for half a century – truly inspirational indeed! Thank you to all of you for helping us celebrate and commemorate this major milestone in true Roadrunner-style. It was truly a year for the history books!

I look forward to each year’s end for one reason - reflecting on the year’s accomplishments. This year, of course, offers no exception. Our goals have been both specific and far reaching, and I can say with certainly that each student moves on to the next grade that much more independent, capable, and determined after having put forth the extra effort required to meet each one of those goals – no easy feat, of this I can assure you.  Responsibility, Respect, Perseverance, and Courage were called upon like never before and I have nothing but the deepest respect for our team of committed students, staff, and parents for their incredible determination to which I attribute our repeated success, year after year. The growth seen in these areas makes our school-goal of developing intelligent, compassionate and responsible young citizens a reality.  It requires discipline to maintain such high standards, and I am proud to congratulate you all on sticking with the program and continuing to reach for your goals – no matter how far they may have appeared at first. You are all super-“S.T.A.R.S!”

We have enjoyed yet another eventful year, thanks to the help and support of our committed team of parents, specifically those who served so enthusiastically on our PTA this year. The key role you play in the education of our students is significant and I simply cannot express deeply enough the gratitude for the array of educational support and enrichments you continue to provide.


    We are inspired by the relentless determination, sacrifice of time, and unwavering commitment with which you approach your role, along with your never-ending desire to continue the planning of annual events, both new and traditional, that serve to bring our community together with a family spirit so incredibly strong, it leaves one breathless. Our gratitude extends to the support of our generous families, for it is YOUR contributions that make these events possible and fund the many programs and resources that serve to enrich our curriculum and impact our students’ futures in ways that are both far-reaching and significant.  

    To our graduating 5th graders - class of 2015: You all have the potential to do something outstanding with your lives. Never settle for second best. As you think back on everything you have had to accomplish to arrive at this point in your lives, I encourage you to stand tall and proud! As you prepare for this next leg of your exciting journey, I remind you of Mark Twain’s famous words, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails…Explore…Dream…Discover”. I encourage each of you to take the time to discover who you are, to be true to yourselves, and to live your life with dignity, grace, and compassion. You will all face many challenges as you make your individual journeys, but remain confident in the knowledge that you are equipped with the necessary skills to conquer and thrive. I will miss each of you, but it is with absolute pride that I watch you move forward to this next stage in your lives.

     My hope for all of you is a long and relaxing summer. I look forward to welcoming you once again in the fall of 2015, as we face yet another year filled with promise and unlimited possibilities.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world.

Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” Margaret Mead.


The entire Rose Drive staff wishes you all a glorious summer vacation and we look forward to another year in which we “Dare to DREAM!” The office will close for the summer on

July 2nd and will reopen the week of August 10th.  




Rose Drive Elementary School
4700 Rose Drive
Yorba Linda CA 92886
Office Hours 7:15 am - 4:15 pm

Looking Ahead to 2015-16

2015-16 Suggested Supplies

Check out the Yorba Linda Public Library's reading clubs for all ages this summer, and FREE events: LEGO Play - Book Discussion Groups - Super Hero Party - Live Animal Shows - Laser Light Show - and More! Look for the Teen and Adult events too!  Click for the Summer Activity Guide

Enjoy FREE summer fun for the whole family:

Click for Calendar of Events.

Important Dates 2015-16

See the Calendar for Additional Events

June 12 Last Day of School 2014-15

Have a wonderful summer vacation!

September 1  First Day of School 2015-16

Sept. 4 Non-Student Day

Sept. 7 Labor Day

Oct. 30 Minimum Day

Nov. 11 Veterans’ Day

Nov. 16 & 18 Conferences Minimum Days

Nov. 17 Conferences Non-Student Day

Nov.23-25 Non-Student Days

Nov. 26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 Winter Recess

Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb. 8 Lincoln’s Birthday

Feb. 15 President’s Holiday

March 4 Minimum Day

March 28 - April 1 Spring Recess

May 30 Memorial Day

June 10 Minimum Day

June 16 Last Day of School (Min. Day)