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





T.E.A.M. Roadrunners!

A Word from Dr. Adamson


      We’ve arrived at the end of another year and I find myself anticipating the excitement that accompanies the encroaching summer months and the thrill of the start to a new school year. While we can’t help but look ahead now to new beginnings and experiences, it is necessary to first look back and consider how far we have come. It is with a deep sense of pride and affection that I close this chapter that was our 2013-2014 school year. I treasure the memories we have created together and commend our students for the contagious “Joie de Vivre’ with which they approached every moment and every day. I have come to know and appreciate each one of them as individuals for their unique characteristics, strengths, accomplishments, and challenges they have so admirably overcome, and I commend their determination and courage.  

      Our success this year provides evidence of what can happen when a group of people come together – seamlessly partnering to achieve a common goal. I offer a special and deep rooted thanks to two members of this incredible team: parents and staff. Thank you for your unwavering determination in not only setting but also maintaining such high standards and expecting nothing but the best from each and every student.  It is because of your focus and foresight that our students are now able to move onto the next stage in their lives as confident, capable, and motivated individuals.  Your incredible teamwork and dedication has played a pivotal role in the shaping of our students’ lives and your mark will remain for years to come. To our students I say “Hats off” to your insatiable thirst for knowledge. The lessons you have learned this year have been many – including the realization that nothing comes easily and success requires sacrifice, hard work, and strength of character. But most of all I believe you have learned what it takes to overcome. To each of you I say: Stand tall and proud and take time to celebrate your achievements.

      Thank you, once again, to Rose Drive’s amazing PTA for your unrelenting commitment, dedication, sacrifice, and generous funding for providing so many memorable events throughout the year, while also ensuring the continuation of the many programs and resources that enrich our curriculum.  Our heartfelt thanks for it all – we simply could not do it without you!

       To our graduating 5th graders - class of 2014: I call your attention to a famous quote by Angela Duvall, “Throughout the years of your life you will face many challenges. Remember that you can climb the highest mountain, drive through the roughest storm, soar across the bluest sky, or even sail across the roughest water. It is only destined by your attitude where you will end up in life…because attitude matters.” You have all come through this year having attained much success, but not without challenges. Congratulations to each of you for the perseverance you have demonstrated. As you face this next phase in your lives, I encourage you to stay strong in your beliefs and values. So much of what you take with you will be called upon in future defining moments in your lives, and since I have come to expect the very best of each of you, I know you will tackle them with both strength and ability. Good luck to all of you as you face the future, which beckons oh so very brightly.

       Finally, it is with a mixture of happiness and sadness that we say farewell to a very special teacher who has been a member of the Rose Drive family for over 15 years. Our happiness stems from the knowledge that this decision to retire will allow her to spend more time with her family. However, our sadness comes with the realization that we are losing someone who has been a source of inspiration to so many of us. I am speaking, of course, of our beloved Mrs. Lori Rikel.  Thank you, Mrs. Rikel, for your unwavering commitment and dedication to our students. You have touched the lives of our families, staff, and students in countless ways and we will remain forever grateful for your presence in our lives. Thank you for sharing your gifts and for your unique ability to nurture your students’ individual strengths by empowering them and stretching their thinking beyond anything they could have thought possible. It has been a privilege working with you and we will treasure the memories we have created together over the years. On behalf of everyone at Rose Drive, we wish you happiness and fulfillment as you take this next step in the journey that lies ahead. ”Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened,” Theodor Seuss Geisel.


The entire Rose Drive staff wishes you all a glorious summer vacation and we look forward to another year in which we continue to work together because: Together Everyone Achieves More! The office will close for the summer on June 26th and will reopen mid-August (date TBA).


Dr. Adamson

Red Ribbon Week at Rose Drive

Rose Drive students celebrated Red Ribbon Week, an awareness and drug prevention campaign, during the last week of October. Students demonstrated their commitment to making healthy lifestyle choices and saying “NO” to drugs by proudly wearing their red ribbons and bracelets all week long. In addition, students were encouraged to dress according to the theme of the day to further show their solidarity and commitment to staying healthy. Thank you, Roadrunners, for your incredible support of this valuable program. Go TEAM!

Are you a full time parent looking for part time work?

The School District is hiring substitute special education aides.  

Contact  Dana Griffiths in Personnel at 714-985-8409

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TEAM Roadrunners Reading and Book Fair

Our 4th and 5th grade leadership team, TEAM Roadrunners, spent a morning promoting our upcoming Book Fair by visiting classrooms and reading some of the new titles offered to our younger grades. The student readers brought great enthusiasm to their stories, leaving the student listeners excitedly anticipating our book fair and the many titles from which they will be able to choose.  Go TEAM Roadrunners!

Rosie’s ‘Break the Food Bank’ Holiday Food Drive

Thank you to all of our families for your generous donations of food and personal care items for our recent Food Drive. Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, your contributions helped feed at minimum, 220,000 people this past holiday season! As you can see by the photos, bins were filled to the brim and in many cases overflowing. Once again, Rose Drive proves the spirit of team and giving is alive and well. Actual totals, along with the class with the highest donation (and therefore the winner of an ice cream party) will be announced when we return to school in January. Go TEAM!  

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!

TEAM Roadrunners: Minute to Win It!

Team Roadrunners, our 4th/5th grade leadership team, organized a fun activity for the upper grade

students during lunch on the last Friday of January: Minute to Win It! They distributed Oreo cookies, instructing students to place them on their foreheads to begin. Students were given one minute to somehow transfer the cookies into their mouths (without using their hands). Students enjoyed participating in the challenge, watching their friends look silly, and, of course, eating an Oreo.  Who wouldn't enjoy a minute of fun during lunch recess? Thank you, TEAM Roadrunners, for this fun and creative activity. We can’t wait to see what this month holds.

Jog-a-Thon 2013-14

Rose Drive’s annual Jog-A-Thon was a huge success, allowing us to collect a total of $29, 273.35 in pledges from parents and businesses to support our PTA. Way to Go Roadrunners!

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Jog-a-Thon 2013-14!

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 god 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.

Kindergarten Registration

Rose Drive is now accepting kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please stop by the school office to pick up a packet or call 714.986.7250.  

“Paint it Orange” Ducks Promotion

Paint it Orange is an Anaheim Ducks sponsored event promoting a combination of community spirit and sports/team awareness. On April 25th, The Ducks generously donated Ducks t-shirts to every single Rose Drive staff member and student, transforming our campus into a sea of orange. The Ducks have been long-time supporters of our school and several others throughout Orange County, giving back to the community in many generous ways through fundraisers and educational programs. In support of all they do for our students and education in general, we will continue to wear these orange t-shirts on Fridays, as long as the Ducks remain in Stanley Cup Playoff contention.  There remains only one thing to say:  Go Ducks!

And the Winner is...

Yorba Linda Water District Water Bottle Art Contest

After more than 1,500 online votes were cast, 3rd Grader, Emily Garten of Rose Drive Elementary narrowly defeated 4th Grader, Sydney Holland of Mabel Paine Elementary School, to win this Year's Bottled Water Label Contest. Emily received 753 (50.2%) of the votes with Sydney receiving 717 (47.8). 1st Grader, Hannah Yee, of Golden Elementary came in third with 31 votes (2.1%).


Emily's artwork will be featured on the new label of YLWD bottled water.

Lunch with a Loved One


Rose Drive had one of our school's favorite events of the year, Lunch with a Loved One, last Friday.  This was our students' opportunity to invite families and friends to meet them for lunch. Blankets and lawn chairs decorated our fields as families enjoyed this time by picnicking together and soaking up the warm sunshine. What a terrific way for students and parents  (parent) alike to take a break from their usual busy schedules and just enjoy some special time with an important person in their lives.  After lunch was finished, parents continued to chat together on the lawn as students played together nearby. "It is always a nice reminder of what a wonderful community we have here at Rose Drive, and how lucky we are to be a part of this neighborhood", shared Kelly Rumary (Rose Drive Parent).


Important Dates 2014-15

Suggested School Supplies 2014-15

June 12 Last Day of School 2013-14

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Sept. 2 First Day of School 2014-15

Oct. 31 Minimum Day

Nov. 10 Non-Student Day

Nov. 11 Veterans Day

Nov. 12 Parent Conferences

Nov. 13-14 Parent Conferences Minimum Day

Nov. 26 Non-Student Day

Nov. 27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 22 - Jan. 2 Winter Recess

Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Day

Feb. 16 President’s Holiday

Feb. 27 Minimum Day

April 6 - 10 Spring Recess

May 25 Memorial Day

June 5 Minimum Day

June 12 Last Day of School 2014-15

Locks of Love Rose Drive Event

 On June 6th, 13 brave and selfless  Rose Drive students donated 10 inches or more of their gorgeous and healthy hair to Locks of Love: Sofia Giordano, Brooke Drysen, Heather Fouts, Jaylee Pietsch, Belle Davidson, Carlee Davidson, Rachel Kirchner, Emma Ramos, Alexandra Ho, Jazmine Ho, Maybry Helms, Ruth Jacob, and Madison Repcik. Planning for this event was no easy feat - requiring the girls to provide plenty of forethought, thus allowing time and patience for sufficient hair growth. Joining the girls in donating their hair on this morning were three Rose Drive staff members, Ms. Perr (event organizer), Brandee Cook, and Dori Fregoso as well as one very brave dad, Mr. Fouts. Participants were placed in the very capable hands of our six stylists, who graciously donated their time to participate. Sustenance was provided in the form of donated snacks and coffee, compliments of local Yorba Linda businesses.       

All hair donations were submitted directly to Locks of Love (, 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.   

Thank you to all of you for your participation in this worthy and most necessary cause. Your thoughtful donations will go a long way to helping young children feel more like themselves again. We commend your generosity and courage.

5th Grade Authors

Rose Drive’s fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Willey, was so very proud to show off the efforts of her Harvard reading group students after the publishing of their short stories in a soft covered book entitled, “Harvard Stories.” The finished book contained 17 narratives – the result of each group’s collaborative efforts over the past few weeks. The process the students had to follow in order to submit their stories for publication was quite daunting. The requirements included the development of a plot which contained a rise in action, climax, and fall in action, an exciting conflict, main characters, and a villain. In addition, they had to work in collaborative groups, putting their ability to compromise, resolve possible conflicts, and problem solve to the ultimate test - no easy task! Paging through the 166 page book, complete with color illustrations and photos of each author, is mesmerizing, as the enormity of this finished product becomes a reality. The opportunity provided to these 5th graders – being published at such a young age - is something not many students get to experience. Thank you, Mrs. Willey – for allowing them to experience this and for the incredible feat you took on to make this dream become a reality. The mark made on these fifth graders’ lives will live on in their memories forever and the seeds that have now been planted will continue to grow and foster future writers! Inspiration in the making!

Fibo Art

Our wonderful PTA is sponsoring a new art program this year which has everyone very excited:  Fibo Art! Not only was their kick-off assembly motivational and fun but it provided students the opportunity to compete for prizes by drawing pictures of all sorts of people, animals, and structures. Our first artist is Walt Disney and for one week, Fibo art teachers will visit each class to provide specific drawing strategies to complete an exciting and creative piece of artwork. The best part is the program includes a total of three artists and lessons every year! Fibo Art provides all the art supplies needed for the lessons and in some cases, more than one professional art teacher to teach the lesson.  The photos show the fun experienced at our initial motivational assembly on September 3rd.

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!

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.

Rose Drive Honorary Volunteer Award

Congratulations to Rose Drive’s 2014 Community Volunteer Honoree: Erika Pedyash, mom to Katya and Oliver Pedyash.

Thank you, Erika, for your incredible dedication, sacrifice, patience, and compassion. How proud we were to recognize you on May 6th, at this year’s district recognition ceremony, where volunteers from every school in our district were honored – in appreciation for all you do for our children. Your sacrifices will live on in the lives of our students forever.