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
Dear Parents and Students,
With only two weeks before the start of school, we are well on our way to preparing
for the start of yet another rewarding and exciting school year. We look forward
to welcoming back all our returning students and parents and to meeting the many
new families who will be joining us this year - a warm welcome to each and every
one of you. Please refer to the “Welcome Back” letter posted under the principal
tab for more detailed information regarding everything you need to know for the first
day of school along with other important information.
It is with much eagerness and enthusiasm that I anticipate my third year as principal
of Rose Drive - a school community which I am so very proud and honored to call my
home. The commitment, dedication, and passion demonstrated by students, parents,
and staff alike serves as a daily reminder for that which we strive – a passion for
excellence and continued growth. As principal, it remains my priority to ensure a
learning environment for each and every child that is both safe and positive and
I am proud to attest to the commitment demonstrated by the staff at Rose Drive -
all of whom go out of their way to deliver the most current and relevant curriculum
and instruction to our students. Since we are partners in this journey we invite
you to experience the vision of Rose Drive for yourselves this year by becoming involved
as much as possible.
The year ahead promises endless possibilities as Rose Drive continues to meet and
exceed the marks and standards of excellence through the collaboration of our supportive
parents, dedicated teachers, and conscientious students. We look forward to seeing
you all on September 2nd as we prepare to launch our continued theme: “T.E.A.M. Roadrunners:
Together Everyone Achieves More.”
Dr. Linda Adamson & the Entire Rose Drive Staff
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.
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.
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 (www.locksoflove.org),
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
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
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
“Paint it Orange”
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!
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!