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RoxStar Newsletter - February 2023




February 2023 Newsletter


Table of Contents:

  • Message from Principal Lorow

  • Enrollment, Open House + School Tours

  • Thinking you would like to Volunteer or Chaperone?

  • Transportation help for students on Holden

  • Neighborcare Health Vaccine Clinic - February 6

  • Friends of Roxhill Community + Board Meeting - February 13

  • Dine Out Fundraiser at MOD Pizza - February 16

  • Roxhill Park Family Meetup - February 25

  • FEAT Meeting (Family Engagement Action Team) - February 27

  • Skate Night - March 7

  • Volunteer Opportunities

  • Important Dates

Message from Principal Lorow

February is a short but busy month at Roxhill Elementary. We will be celebrating Black History in various ways throughout the month. February 6-10 is Black Lives Matter at School Week and teachers are preparing engaging activities for the students. Jazz Ed will join us on Tuesday February 7th for a special assembly for students in grades 3 - 5. We will also have a special Black History assembly on Friday, February 10th.


Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 14th. Teachers will send home a class list so that each child can create a Valentine for every child in their class. Please do not leave any child out. Some teachers may choose to have students make a Valentine card or compliment card in the classroom for each student. Please look for specific information from your child’s teacher about how their class will celebrate. At elementary school Valentine’s day is an opportunity to build community rather than express “love”. Please do not send candy or other treats for Valentine’s. This month also brings the yearly English Language Proficiency testing for students whose first language is other than English. Mid-winter break is scheduled for February 20th thru the 24th and then we are on to March. Whew!


Enrollment, Open House + School Tours

New student enrollment is open for the 2023-24 school year.

Please visit the Seattle Public Schools website for enrollment information and application. If you have a child who will turn 5 years old prior to August 31, 2023, please start the enrollment now. https://www.seattleschools.org/enroll/

Roxhill will be holding an Open House/Tour on Monday, February 6, from 9 - 10am. Please join us at 9:00am to hear and see all about Roxhill Elementary.


Thinking you would like to Volunteer or Chaperone?

At Roxhill, we appreciate having parents/guardians involved in student learning and field trips. If you think you would like to volunteer at Roxhill or chaperone a field trip, and you are not already approved for these activities, please visit the Seattle Public Schools website volunteer page to start the application process. Once you have completed the application, it may take up to 2 weeks to receive approval, so best to do this early and not wait until an event you may miss. Click here Seattle Public Schools > Departments > Volunteer to access applications for renewal and new volunteers. You may also email Audrey Turpaud ahturpaud@seattleschools.org to inquire about your volunteer status.



Transportation help for students on Holden

We have several families in the neighborhood who need help getting their students to school. They live too close to qualify for bus service but too far to walk due to health and mobility issues. If you are able to help walk or drive other students to and/or from school, please email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com. We can connect you directly with families so you can mutually decide if it’s a good fit.


In the long term, we are looking for volunteers to organize a more formal walking bus route on Holden between Delridge and 34th. Learn more about starting a Walking Bus here and email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved.



Yearbook Committee

Are you looking for a fun way to volunteer with students at the school?

Do you like photography? Do you have graphic design skills? Join the Yearbook committee!


Friends of Roxhill is collaborating with the 5th graders and our fabulous art teacher Ms. Michelle to produce a yearbook that students will treasure for years to come. Got computer skills but aren’t available during the school day? We could use your help with the layouts and design, which can be worked on at home on your own time. Email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com to help us with this fun and creative project.


We are also looking for donations of digital point and shoot cameras for students to take pictures with. Please include battery chargers, memory cards and manuals, if you have them. You can drop off at the front office for Ms. Michelle.


Neighborcare Health Vaccine Clinic

Neighborcare Health at Roxhill will hold a walk-in vaccine event on Monday, February 6 from 8am-4pm.


Families can come to get school-required vaccines. The exemption form will also be available to fill out.


Neighborcare Health is also able to see students for vaccines and other health needs during our regular clinic hours Mondays (8am – 4pm) and Thursdays (8am-3pm).


All services are provided at no cost to all Seattle Public School students. We have medical, mental health, and dental services. Call 206-452-2660 or email aliciaw@neighborcare.org to schedule.


Friends of Roxhill Community + Board Meeting

Monday, February 13

6-7:30pm


The next FoRE meeting of the school year is coming up in the Roxhill cafeteria. Join us for pizza, connections, and conversation about how to best support our Roxhill community. Childcare is provided. Spanish interpretation will be available.



Dine Out Fundraiser at MOD Pizza

Thursday, February 16

10:30am-11pm

Support our school and enjoy delicious pizza! Join us at the MOD Pizza at 2800 SW Barton St (Westwood Village). Tell them you are supporting Roxhill Elementary or order on their website/app and use code: MODGIVES20. 20% of your bill that day will support Roxhill RoxStars!



Roxhill Park Family Meetup

Saturday, February 25

10am-12pm

We had a great turnout at our first meetup last weekend. Moving forward, these park meetups will replace Thursday coffee hour and occur on the last Saturday of the month.

Come play at the park with other Roxhill families! We will meet at Roxhill Park (across from Target) rain or shine so kids can play and families can get to know one another. Coffee will be provided. Bring a snack to share (optional).



FEAT Meeting (Family Engagement Action Team)

Monday, February 27

6-7:30pm


Roxhill's Family Engagement Action Team (FEAT) is composed of families, teachers, support staff, and community members. FEAT works toward improving community engagement, fostering student/parent/staff communication, and supporting families as they navigate the school community. We seek to gather diverse input from our families and their experiences. FEAT partners with Friends of Roxhill on school wide events. Email jlgarvinbonn@seattleschools.org to join the next meeting on Microsoft Teams.



Skate Night

Tuesday, March 7

6-8pm


Save the date to roller skate with Roxhill families and staff at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center! We are looking for volunteers to help out during the event. Sign up here for shifts. Stay tuned for more details!



Volunteer Opportunities


All volunteer opportunities that take place on school grounds or field trips will require you to fill out a volunteer application through SPS. Apply here.


We are currently looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Childcare during FORE Meetings (February 13)

  • Food Bank Pickup for Food Bag Program (Fridays at 9am)

  • Skate Night Volunteers (March 7)

  • Set up and maintenance of the Lettuce Grow Hydroponic Farmstand

Sign up for shifts on our Signup page or email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com for more details.


Want to get more involved with Friends of Roxhill? Fill out our volunteer interest survey to learn more about what we do and how you can help.


Important Dates


February 6, Open House + School Tours, 9-10am

February 6, Neighborcare Health Vaccine Clinic, 8am-4pm

February 13, Friends of Roxhill Community + Board Meeting, 6-7:30pm

February 16, Dine Out Fundraiser at MOD Pizza (Westwood Village)

February 20-24, Mid-winter break including Presidents Day, NO SCHOOL

February 25, Roxhill Park Family Meetup, 10am-12pm

February 27, FEAT Meeting (Family Engagement Action Team), 6-7:30pm

March 7, Skate Night, 6-8pm


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