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


The last two weeks have been eventful ones at Rose Drive with several exciting announcements and events. Our 100th day of school has come and gone - a day certainly worthy of celebration! To commemorate this milestone in kindergarten, the day revolved around all sorts of unimaginable interactive and creative activities that incorporated the number 100. During my visit to their classrooms on this special day, I was delighted to see students counting, coloring, sorting, manipulating, cutting, and creating – all thanks to the imaginative planning of our kindergarten team. Thank you to our K team and the many parent volunteers who made this day possible - memories in the making!


 Looking back on the past 100 plus days, I am astounded at the growth and achievement I have been privileged to witness among our students and commend them for their diligence and dedication in overcoming challenges while continuing to reach for their goals. I know you all share my pride when I speak of the effort and commitment demonstrated by every one of them as they have set out each day to meet and exceed their goals. One example of this occurred last week during our 5th grade students’ first musical performance. Under the direction of our two talented music teachers, Mr. Friedrichs and Mrs. Lowrance, 5th graders surprised and delighted the audience with their performance of a variety of musical selections. The evening offered a full hour of musical entertainment provided by our string and band students, and the opportunity for them to demonstrate just how hard they have worked this year. Parents – thank you for your support and encouragement of this important skill. The benefits of music in the education of our children cannot be denied and it is therefore so fortunate that PYLUSD students are exposed to it at such a young age.  5th grade – how proud you made us all. We certainly look forward to your performances in the district-wide spring concert in May.


I am delighted to report the progression of one of our very own Rose Drive students in our county-wide PTA Reflections Contest. Selected to move on to the district level a few weeks back, first grader Brayden Bittel was recognized at an award ceremony on February 14th for the “Award of Excellence” for Film Production in the Primary division for the 4th (Orange County) district for his PTA Reflections entry. I am thrilled to announce that his project was selected to move on to compete at the state of California level. We are so excited for you Brayden, and wish you the very best of luck. Way to go! I would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Erika Pedyash, coordinator of this important program. The extra time and effort she put forth in ensuring equal opportunities for all our students to participate went above and beyond expectations. We are extremely fortunate for her involvement.


     This week marks the end of the second trimester indicating a time of year for pause, reflection, celebration of our achievements, revisiting of our goals, and attention to areas needing improvement. In so doing, we turn to that which is yet to come: may we face the third and final trimester with renewed vigor and attention as we reach into our deepest reserves and give our utmost effort. I congratulate our students for the many achievements and milestones accomplished thus far. Together they create a team of motivated, enthusiastic, and bright shining stars who never fail to impress, surprise, or inspire me. How very

fortunate I feel to be a part of their daily lives. Go TEAM Roadrunners: Together Everyone (CERTAINLY DOES) Achieve More!


I am delighted to report the following student visits to my office these past two weeks – all in recognition of their hard work and positive choices. Joel Joshy, in Mrs. Helm’s kindergarten class, was selected to read his “K” sentence, something he did with fluency and expertise. Way to go Josh! From Mrs. Fast/Thorp’s third grade class, I had the pleasure of enjoying Savannah Tweedt’s book on pugs and Brian Morales’ book on dog facts – both self-created. Each was masterfully put together with interesting facts and fabulous illustrations and photos. Who knew there was that much to know about dogs? To brag about her accomplishments was third grader Samaya Terry, who shared many of her strengths which included being a great artist and team player. Keep it up, Samaya, Savannah, and Brian!


In closing, it is with sadness that I inform you of our beloved Mrs. Capen's decision to move on from Rose Drive. This decision was not one she made lightly and has weighed heavily on her in the days leading up to this announcement. Sadly, her last day at Rose Drive will be March 4th. I know you join me in thanking her for her incredible commitment and dedication to Rose Drive and for the many treasured memories and gifts she will leave behind - treasures that will last a lifetime. The many children's lives she has touched with her kindness and care, her giant smile and contagious enthusiasm, her spontaneity, and her keen intuition will be missed terribly. She has certainly left very giant shoes to fill.  While we are saddened to see her move on, we turn our sights now to the future and prepare to embrace the possibilities that await us. It was Price Pritchett who so wisely wrote, “Change always comes bearing gifts,” and it is with this knowledge that we open ourselves to someone new, something different, and the promise of all that awaits us at Rose Drive. Please join me in saying a warm and heartfelt farewell to Mrs. Capen. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors now that she has the luxury of time to spend with her family, and remain forever grateful for the important role she has played in our lives. Heidi – it is with love in our hearts that you will be remembered. Thank you for everything – how we will miss you.


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).

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!

Water District Poster Contest

Enter the water awareness poster contest and help our county conserve precious water.  Deadline for entry is April 6.

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Rose Drive Hour of Code

Mathematics Textbooks Placed on 30-Day Public Review

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has undertaken an extensive review of mathematics textbook programs in Kindergarten through Algebra II.   Over 140 teachers have been examining the materials and piloting them in their classrooms since September.  As a result of this review, a recommendation was made to the Board of Education at the February 10th board meeting to place the following textbooks on a 30-day public display.  These materials are now on display at the Professional Development Center at 4999 Casa Loma Avenue in Yorba Linda.   

K-5 -  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – California Math Expressions

6-8 - Big Ideas Learning/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Big Ideas Math

High School – Big Ideas Learning/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Big Ideas Math

Interested parents are welcome to stop by the Professional Development Center any time during business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) to review these materials.

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!

Important Dates 2014-15

See the Calendar for Additional Events

Feb. 24 K & Preppy K Registration Opens

Feb. 27 Minimum Day - End of Trimester 2 Dismissal 12:45

March 15 Shamrock N Run - Sign Up Now!

March 19 Open House & PTA Gift Basket Auction

March 27 ST Math 75% Deadline

March 31 - April 4 Scholastic Book Fair

April 2 Lunch with a Loved One (A-L)

April 3 Lunch with a Loved One (M-Z)

April 6 - 10 Spring Recess

April 20 - May 29 SBAC State Testing Window

May 25 Memorial Day

June 5 Minimum Day

June 12 Last Day of School 2014-15