Rose Drive Elementary School 4700 Rose Drive Yorba Linda CA 92886 714-986-7250 Office Hours 7:15 am - 4:15 pm
A Word from Dr. Adamson
Spring break is upon us, making me painfully aware of the speed with which time is
passing. Another reminder for me, personally, to give thanks for the many reasons
that make me simply adore being a part of this incredible school. As I face each
day, I am met with countless reasons and wondrous sights that remind me how crucial
it is that I take time to enjoy each treasure and drink in the beauty that truly
does surround us. For it is, indeed, everywhere!
As I have come to expect, it was nothing short of heartwarming to see so many of
you at our recent Open House. How I appreciate the priority you placed on making
time for your children on this special evening. It was a joy for me to behold, as
I observed families following one eager-eyed child after another – a tour that certainly
showcased the incredibly hard work of each of our students. A heartfelt thank you
to our dedicated team of teachers and staff for the extra hours they put forth in
preparing for this evening, working their hearts out to painstakingly display their
students’ hard work, impressive growth, and impressive skills. How we appreciate
you! Thank you, too, to all of our families who contributed to our class raffle baskets
and to our terrific team of room parents who volunteered to assemble the baskets,
a time consuming task indeed! Thanks to all your efforts and support, PTA collected
a little under $2,000, an amount which very closely matches previous years. Way to
go TEAM! Our gratitude goes out, yet again, to our incredible PTA for organizing
this event and to all of YOU for supporting Rose Drive through your generous purchase
of tickets. Congratulations to all of you who won.
These past two weeks offered two events worthy of special mention. This year’s Shamrock
‘n Run event was another success, with several of you participating by either volunteering
or actually running/walking in the 2 or 5K race. Then, it was with much anticipation
that we held our annual PTA elections’ meeting, last week. It is a bitter sweet moment
as we prepare to welcome our new parents to the Board for the upcoming school year
– sweet because we are thrilled to have them join and bitter only because it means
we will be saying farewell to those of you who have served for so many years – particularly
our 5th grade parents. To each of you I say a giant “THANK YOU” for everything you
have done for Rose Drive - your unwavering dedication and sacrifice of time over
the years is appreciated more than you could ever know. Do not ever forget the significant
impact you have had on our students through your involvement and your never-ending
determination to fund the many programs and events that continue to be available
to them. We are so very fortunate.
Dr. Linda Adamson & the Entire Rose Drive Staff
The Busy and Exciting Month of December
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.
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!
Water District Poster Contest
Enter the water awareness poster contest and help our county conserve precious water.
Deadline for entry is April 6.
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!
Thursday and Friday, April 2nd and 3rd have been designated Lunch with a Loved One
Day. All 1st through 5th grade students may invite a family member or loved one
come and eat lunch with them. We are asking families whose last names begin with
letters A-L attend Thursday April 2nd and families whose last names begin with M-Z
attend Friday, April 3rd. Our first lunch (1st and 2nd grade) begins at 11:45. Our
second lunch (3rd through 5th grade) begins at 12:30. This year, for kindergarten
students and their loved ones, PTA will be providing treats for “Kindergarten Treats
with your Sweets” Day. This will take place at morning recess, 9:45 – 10:10 a.m.
on April 1st. Please watch for more detailed information which will come home shortly.
We hope you are all able to attend.