Principal's Newsletter

Annual Fund Chair Needed

Roosevelt has a great reputation of parents stepping up to make things happen. However, I am making this plea to you at this time, because currently we have not had that person in our school community step forward to take a leadership role in overseeing that The Annual Fund has a plan and direction this year.

Without a chairperson(s), to oversee and direct this cause, the funds raised through this years Annual Fund will likely be greatly reduced. Will it affect this year? No. Will it affect next year? You bet it will.

Are the Curriculum Specialists and Art Teacher important to you? Do you want your children to experience Cultural Art assemblies and Field Trips? How much do you want to support your teachers? With a reduced budget we will simply not be able to pay for some of these privileges. It is as simple as that.

If you are that person that is willing to step forward and help to make the difference in our children’s education, please contact any of our Board members or contact me directly at, or phone me at 805-899-2528. Don’t be afraid. We have a great base and structure that has been put place by the people before us, so we do not need to reinvent the wheel, we just need someone to put the wheel in motion.

Thank You and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kent Mixon
REEF President

Roosevelt’s Annual Carnival Needs Volunteers

The annual carnival at Roosevelt is fast approaching on Friday, May 15th, and we’re in need of volunteers.  In order for us to put on a great event for our kids, we need your help!  It is fun, easy and you can bring your kids to help collect tickets, etc.  Please sign up for a shift today!

Roosevelt Teacher, Alison Throop, Receives Rotary Award

Alison Throop, first grade teacher, was honored for her exceptional teaching by the downtown chapter of the Santa Barbara Rotary. Mrs. Throop has been teaching at Roosevelt for seven years. Her expertise in inclusive practices is exceptional with her creative approach in adapting instruction to meet individual student needs while building a community of learners.  Mrs. Throop was honored at a luncheon on February 28 at the Fess Parker Doubletree and received $1,000 to spend on her classroom. We are so proud of you!

Read with Roosevelt

A Kinder parent reads to her child's class.

A Kinder parent reads to her child’s class.

In celebration of literacy, students, parents, and community members participated in another successful Read with Roosevelt this past Friday.

Kinder Patriotic Sing

Happy Singers!

Happy Singers!

Our kindergarten and T-K classes joined together on the courtyard steps to wow parents with their glittery handmade hats and enthusiastic voices, singing “Yankee Doodle” and “This Land is Your Land” among others. 

Family Night Pajama Party & Storyteller

photo 4 (1)Snuggled up with friends, stuffed animals, and cozy PJ’s, over 100 students, siblings and parents gathered for a fun family night in the Roosevelt library. Storyteller, Kirk Henning made music, song, stories, and much laughter.

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Roosevelt I Madonnari Family Art Night

In our first Roosevelt chalk festival, students and their families decorated the courtyard in bursts of vibrant colors to illustrate “Favorite Fall Things.”

Roosevelt Students Rock the California Standards Test – Again!

Paper_IconI am delighted to announce that Roosevelt’s new API score now stands at 881, a 2-point increase from last year. Our English language learners improved an impressive 16 points. We even had 30 students score a perfect 600 in Math and 12 students who scored a perfect 600 in English Language Arts. Congratulations to our fine team of students, teachers, and parents!

New School Day Schedule – Early Dismissal on Wednesdays

Roosevelt, and all district elementary schools, will have a new school schedule this upcoming 2013-2014 year. Roosevelt will begin the instructional day Monday – Friday at 8:30 am. (All school gates will open at 8:10 am.) Early dismissal, for all grades, will occur every Wednesday as follows: Kindergarten at 1:10 pm and Grades 1-6 at 1:30 pm. The dismissal times on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are as follows: K-at 2:10, Grades 1-3 at 2:37 and grades 4-6 at 3:05.

This district-wide schedule change aims to synchronize all the elementary schools in the district and to provide teachers with time to collaborate. Roosevelt will continue to offer after school programs on early release days. Arrangements will need to be made in advance with the after school programs (Parks and Recreation, Child Development, and REEF ASEP enrichment classes).


Roosevelt Art Spotlight

photo (18)Our talented sixth graders created these pen, ink, and paper “Greek Vases” as part of a unit on Ancient Greece. Come see their artwork on display in the office.

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About Roosevelt

Roosevelt Elementary is an outstanding K-6 public school in Santa Barbara. Roosevelt’s academic program is led by a dynamic and seasoned staff of educators who care deeply about the growth and development of their students. The academic program includes a comprehensive language arts and math curriculum, GATE Program and Computer Lab, along with weekly music and Studio Art and Physical Education for all grades.

A few of Roosevelt’s enrichment programs include extended outdoor education at Catalina Island Cimi Camp, Rancho El Chorro Camp and Outdoor School; Los Marineros, a marine biology program developed by the Museum of Natural History; PTO-sponsored arts assemblies, field trips, parent workshops, and after school enrichment classes such as yoga, dance, cooking and cartooning.