The holiday season is certainly upon us. While I know how easy it can be
to become caught up in the hustle and bustle that accompanies this time of year,
I also happen to know how easy it can be to miss out on the many joys and treasures
that surround us. I encourage you to take a moment with your families to enjoy one
or more of them: the festive decorations, the cheer of holiday music, the wonder
in your child’s eyes as he/she shares a story, baking special treats, or simply the
warmth of being surrounded by family and friends. Since we know how fleeting this
time is – don’t miss a single opportunity to soak it in and try to appreciate these
joys through the eyes of your children. I can only say how blessed I feel to be able
to do just this every morning as I welcome your students. I truly never cease to
be amazed at the pure abandonment and unchecked pleasure they show in everything
they see and experience – oh to see the world through their eyes again!
These past two weeks have given me several opportunities to recognize students
for their excellence, the names of whom I share proudly with you today. Leaving me
in stiches with their impossibly funny turkey story, were creative 4th graders, Brynn
Gamble, Kiera Smith, Emma Ramos, and Gianna Stratton. What a terrific team effort
girls - who knew turkeys could be so funny! Then, reading to me their Step-up-to-Writing
stories were the following superstar kindergarten students from Mrs. Helm’s class:
Ashtyn Schroeder, Trey Cradle, Cason Krahling, Grace Evans, Ava Schwaab, and Joel
Joshy. Reading and writing - way to go kindergarteners! Sharing their expert writing
creations were the following 3rd graders from Mrs. Fast/Thorp’s class: Brooke Petler,
Addison Pfeiffer, Noah Reitz, Anselle Pham, Orlando Laws, and Mazzen Slim. How impressed
I was with your writing but also your expertise in so many areas, ranging from artwork,
football, horseback riding, softball, and video gaming. Wow! Finally, I always welcome
the opportunity to adorn my outfit with student clips on any given day, and these
past two weeks provided several opportunities for me to do just that! Congratulations
to these superstars for clipping up to me for their excellence in behavior - role
models every one of you: Justin Hwang, Angel Garibay, Murielle Pham, Nicholas Bindra,
Fatima Alvarez-Orbegoso, Cameron Lung, Riley Morikawa, Owen Tweedt, and Seth Coons.
The next few weeks will be busy ones and I look forward to seeing many of you
on campus as you join your children for the many events that are planned. I wish
you and your family a joyous and memorable holiday season, filled with joy, peace,
and time to reconnect and rejuvenate, at which time I look forward to welcoming you
all back in January as we strive ever closer to reaching our goals school-wide.
Dr. Linda Adamson & the Entire Rose Drive Staff
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.
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!
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 Elementary Patriots’ Day Ceremony
Rose Drive Elementary honored 9/11 on Thursday with a very touching school wide assembly.
Students, teachers, staff and parents stood for the flag salute while the local Boy
Scouts troop ceremoniously presented the American flag. Rose Drive principal, Dr.
Linda Adamson, gave a heartfelt speech about the importance of remembering this day,
a day that all Americans and the world will “never forget”. In the great words of
Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Adamson urged students to “be the change you want to see in the
world” and encouraged each student to do something kind and selfless for another
person during the day. Two of Rose Drive’s 5th grade students, Abby Pietsch and Warren
Pham, read the poem, “September Eleventh” by Roger Robicheau. The assembly concluded
with a special visit from four local police officers (including two OC Sheriff Deputies).
Dr. Adamson thanked these heroes for their dedication to keeping us safe and protected
on September 11 and throughout the year. Rose Drive appreciates all of the heroes
who protect and serve our community and our great country!
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!
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
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.
Warm Winter Wish Grams
Great treats for students, teachers, and staff
Surprise your friends with a Warm Winter Wish Gram. Below are Warm Winter Wish Gram
cut-outs. Simply fill out the forms, put the sheet(s) with $1 CASH per wish gram
in an envelope and turn it in to your classroom teacher or school office. You can
be creative and add stamps, stickers or use colored pencils or pens to personalize
the grams. We will attach a special pencil and deliver it to the classrooms on Friday,
December 19th. Order your Pre-sale WARM WINTER WISH GRAMS today! GRAM SALES ARE AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 8th TO DECEMBER 18th ONLY.
The week of December 8th – 12th found us celebrating Computer Science Education week
at Rose Drive through a nationwide program, “Hour of Code”. The goal behind this
week is to teach new computer coding skills to students of all levels and help them
program games and apps. More than 48 million students signed up nation-wide, helping
children everywhere realize that becoming a computer scientist is very attainable
– at any level.
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."
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.
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.