Reflecting on the events of the past month, I am filled with so much pride
when I consider everything our students have achieved, accomplished, and overcome
in such a short time. I so adore this time of year as I watch them adjust and adapt
to the many new routines and expectations that tend to accompany a new grade and
teacher. I am always astounded at just how much tenacity and resilience they possess
and commend them for enduring the temporary discomfort they encounter as they set
out to adapt to these new standards. I applaud you, parents, for allowing them to
experience that temporary discomfort, encouraging them to utilize the skills they
have developed and determine their own solutions, as opposed to stepping in to resolve
it for them. As teachers and parents, our combined purpose remains for us to prepare
these amazing individuals for the hardships we know await them. A quote I refer to
often, that I truly feel depicts our common purpose, reads as follows: “We need to
prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.” I encourage every one
of you, parents, to keep this important lesson in mind as you work with your child
through difficult situations and to think carefully about which situations warrant
your intervention. Of course, should you ever have any doubt, I also encourage you
to contact your child’s teacher. As partners in your child’s education, he/she should
be your first point of contact for every possible question and concern. Together
– you will figure out the best approach, keeping the focus on that all-important
element: your child! On that note, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to
our terrific team of dedicated staff, enthusiastic and eager students, and supportive
and involved families for your incredible team effort in ensuring our first month
of school was a success!
Our first month has focused heavily on the review of rules and the practicing
of respect. I commend our students for the focus they are placing on this crucial
trait as we work on greeting others when we arrive each day with smiles, good mornings,
and eye contact. I know from experience how our demeanor in the morning goes on to
set the tone for each day, and based on the eager and excited greetings I receive
each morning, our students at Rose Drive face each day with an attitude so positive,
that it out-performs any I have ever seen. I also commend our students for their
efforts in giving their studies their utmost attention and am so impressed with the
standard of work I already see displayed in the classrooms. Keep it up Roadrunners
– how proud I am of all of you.
It is no secret that the highlight of any day for me, revolves around the opportunity
to praise our students for their positive choices and efforts. It was therefore a
pleasure for me to be visited by first grader, Samantha Walters in Mrs. Santa Maria’s
class, who clipped up to me last week for excellent behavior. It was with much pride
that I wore her clip for the remainder of the day. Thank you for being such a fine
role model, Samantha. Yet another treat for me was a visit from six third graders
in Mrs. Fast/Thorp’s class who read to me their stories entitled, “Something that
I lost.” Jesse Marquez, Casey Kalpakoff, Jameson Randolph, Lukas Nevarez, Zoe Barragan,
and Angel Garibay showed skill and creativity with the varied ways they attempted
to elicit reader support in finding and returning the said items. Very entertaining
Finally, I am most proud of the success and incredibly positive response from
our students over our school-wide “Kudos for Kindness” Program we launched last month.
Initiated by former Rose Drive graduate and current 8th grade YLMS student, Cristine
Philips, students are being encouraged to “scatter kindness” and acknowledge one
another for their kind acts on campus. Students’ kind acts are recognized with kindness
wristbands when their names are drawn from our Kindness Kudos box and during weekly
announcements when all names in the box for that week are announced, and kindness
certificates presented. Congratulations to the following students whose names I drew
in the past two weeks, thanks to their kind acts being recognized by their peers:
Seth Boone, Tara Powell, Nate Bento, and Payton Buck. Showing initiative to acknowledge
their friends for their kindness and completing a Kudos for kindness card, were the
following students: Makayla Abadie, Joshua Cruz, Donovan Puga, and Derek Engram.
Keep up the kindness Roadrunners – you are making a difference!
Dr. Linda Adamson & the Entire Rose Drive Staff
Rose Drive Elementary School 4700 Rose Drive Yorba Linda CA 92886 714-986-7250 Office Hours 7:15 am - 4:15 pm
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.
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.
PYLUSD will offer free workshops on various educational topics throughout the school
year so parents can become better equipped to support their child’s learning. Research
indicates that when schools work together with families to support learning, students
perform better in school and throughout life.
2015 CAASPP Testing Update: Visit our new CommonCore/CAASPP Page for information
and answers to your questions on the recently released CASSPP scores and a comprehensive
overview of the new Smarter Balanced testing.
This year to make it easier than ever for friends and family, Rose Drive PTA has partnered up with The Original Get Movin Crew. Please take a moment to register your child/children for this exciting event.
Step 2: Go to the Red Box on the right bottom corner of the website. Click Get Register.
Step 3: Click Green Bar to register. Fill Out Parent Info.
Step 4: On the Right top corner click on +Add Student. Fill Out Students Info.
Step 5: Email and Post on Facebook the link for your child’s webpage to allow friends and family to donate.
Any further questions please contact Heidi Woodward email@example.com or Krystle Altenbach firstname.lastname@example.org
Please access this link to view a list of restaurants and businesses offering discounts to students wearing their Red Ribbon wristbands that week.
A Word from Dr. Adamson on Annie Jr. It is with a full and very proud heart that I share my gratitude to everyone who made this production of Annie Jr. possible. Looking back on my own school years, I thrill each time I recall the excitement and anticipation with which I looked forward to performing for an audience, the very same emotions I suspect our own Rose Drive cast members have been feeling as they added the final touches to their performances this past week. To our very talented cast members of “Annie, Jr.,” I say congratulations for the incredible dedication with which you have applied yourselves these past few months. You have dedicated countless hours of rehearsing in order to be prepared for this day and I hope you know how very proud I am of each and every one of you, not to mention how very grateful for the courage you have shown in your willingness to share your talents with others. Your performances were outstanding and I can only hope you will continue to share your acting talents with others. Along with our cast members, there are so many more people to thank for seeing this production through to fruition. I am fully aware that it quite simply could never have been possible without the team work of a group of highly committed, dedicated, and passionate people. As I consider all the effort, time, and collaboration that I have witnessed from the very first day of auditions, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone involved. First, I would like to thank the Rose Drive PTA Board for their willingness in sponsoring “Annie Jr.,” and their dedication to providing this theater opportunity for our students. A very special thank you goes out to Mrs. Chris Parmenter, who has been instrumental in spearheading things from the beginning. Not only was she tireless in her determination to find and secure a theater production company willing to work with us on a mini production, but she has voluntarily scarified countless hours to this project, remaining involved in every planning and production aspect along the way, serving as an invaluable resource for each committee as they figured their way around each new hurdle. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the very skilled and passionate guidance of “The Huston School of Music”, specifically our director, Mary Sherg. Your steadfast and capable direction from day one has been a source of constant reassurance and your level of professionalism, simply beyond compare. It is clear to me how very passionate you are about working with students in this capacity; I thank you for igniting that very same passion within our students. Finally, I would like to thank our large group of parent volunteers who have given countless hours to student supervision, the organizing of backstage preparation and props, the coordination of concession and ticket sales, fundraising, and program design. It is the involvement of parents such as you who make events such as this possible and who ensure the continued extracurricular opportunities for our students at Rose Drive. We could not have accomplished any of without you!
Rose Drive Morning Valet
On any given morning before school starts, you will find a team of our 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. Come rain or shine, wind or cold, we commend you for your commitment to the safety and routine. Our teams for this school year include: Red Vines, Magical Unicorns, Rosie Patrol, Rainbow Rosies, and Rosie Rockets. Go TEAM Valet!