Weekly Thunderbolt
School and PTO News Every Thursday
December 13, 2018

Principal’s Message

Dear Roy Cloud Families,

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend gratitude and recognition to our Office Manager, Judy Venezia. As you know, “Miss Judy” has announced her retirement and her last official day with us at Roy Cloud will be December 20. Though I have only known Judy for a short time, I recognize her as a person who is friendly, outgoing and eager to serve. Her gift of service has been in many capacities at Roy Cloud. She began working as a yard duty when her youngest son was in first grade. After a couple of years, she moved into the position of “Lunch Lady”. While serving as Lunch Lady, she would often fill in for the Office Manager allowing her a break for lunch. Finally, when the Office Manager retired, Judy took over as the Office Manager. She has been serving in this role for over 30 years and ‘trained’ more than six different principals, including me!

Miss Judy is tightly connected to the community. Not only does she live in the community, but both of her sons attended Roy Cloud. On Maze Days, I was surprised by the number of people who connected with Judy from many different generations, families and community events. There was laughter over recalling past experiences and shared times together.

Over the years, Miss Judy has collected many fond memories and funny stories to tell. She will be remembered for comforting crying students, applying band aids to scrapes, keeping copiers running and full of paper, placing work orders, supporting staff and parents through the modernization project, organizing, preparing and so much more! I’m sure there are many of you who have memories and times of laughter to share.

As Miss Judy prepares for new adventures and experiences in her life, she shares that in her time at Roy Cloud, she has especially enjoyed the kids, the families, the teachers and in general the energy and excitement that a school environment provides.

Please stop by next week to wish her well. The PTO is also putting together a scrap book of “Miss Judy Memories”. Please take a moment to write well wishes for Miss Judy, and perhaps include a picture, a favorite quote or fond memory. Students and family members are encouraged to participate. The PTO book will be in the office until December 20 th .

Congratulations and best wishes to you, Miss Judy Venezia!

Diane Prystas
Tomorrow and Saturday:
  • Fri, Dec 14 - Ugly Sweater Day
  • Fri, Dec 14 - Parents Night Out hosted by ASB, 5-7:30pm, MUB
  • Sat, Dec 15 - Garden Work Day, 10-2 (Sign Up Here)

Next Week:
  • Tue, Dec 18 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Library (Agenda)
  • Wed, Dec 19 - 8th Grade Baby Photos & Quotes Due
  • Thur, Dec 20 - Super Minimum Day (11:15 dismissal)
  • Fri, Dec 21 - Last Day to Enroll in After School Enrichment
  • Fri, Dec 21 - Tue, Jan 8 - No School / Holiday Break

  • Wed, Jan 9 - Back to School
School News
Ugly Sweater Day is Tomorrow!
Ugly Sweater Day is this Friday, December 14th! Wear an ugly or festive holiday sweater to school! 'Tis the Season!
Memory Book for Judy
Please stop by anytime to sign a memory book for Judy Venezia, our long time office manager who is retiring after over 40 years of dedicated service to our school.

The book will be available daily until Thursday, December 20th, Miss Judy's last day. Students and family members are welcome to contribute. Feel free to include photos or student art.
8th Grade Quotes and Baby Photos
Hello parents of 8th grade students! Every year in the yearbook, we create a special page for our graduating class. For this commemorative page to happen, we need each student’s baby photo and a quote.

  • For the baby photo, we are looking for a photo of the student to be between the ages of newborn to four years old. (Gif or jpeg format only, please.)

  • For the quote, we are looking for the student’s favorite memory at Roy Cloud (or field trip). This quote should be 30 words or less.

  • Deadline: Wednesday, December 19th

Please make sure the quotes and photos are suitable for a K-8 school environment. Thank you for your help!

Once the student has decided what he/she want his/her quote to be and what he/she wants to use for their baby photo, please email them to:  roycloudyearbook@gmail.com

-Roy Cloud Yearbook Class
BOLT Buck Winners for Friday, December 7th
Each week one name per grade level is selected from a group of names and that child is able to come to the office at recess and claim a prize!

Kinder - Charlotte
First Grade - Josie
Second Grade -  Grace
Third Grade - Matty
Fourth Grade - Maddie
Fifth Grade - Vanessa
Sixth Grade - Sophie
Eight Grade - Julian

Thank you to all students for  B eing responsible;  O ffering Respect;  L ooking for solutions;  T hinking before they act.
PTO News
Click here to view the agenda for the meeting.
Winter After School Enrichment Registration Closes Dec 21st
Check out the NEW Classes in Yellow
Click the link above for class descriptions and registration info. If you have any questions, email Mary Redner or Tiffany Gonzales .
2019 Auction News

Has 2018 slipped away so fast that you are wondering where the time has gone?
Was 2018 supposed to be the year you took the family on a fun-filled vacation but couldn't coordinate everyone's schedule?
Perhaps 2018 was the year when you and that special someone were supposed to get away?
Or maybe 2018 was the year you wanted to give back but never found the time to donate? 
Life gets crazy and lucky for you there is the 2019 Roy Cloud Auction! Not only can you bid and win that vacation you've always wanted but you will be giving back and supporting our wonderful school at the same time! 

Please join us for a night of dinner, drinks and bidding! Domenico Winery, February 23, 2019. More details coming soon!

There's still time to donate! Click  here .
Thunderbolts 4th/5th Grade Soccer
Registration is Open! Ways to Register:

  • Online: Click here and search Roy Cloud
  • In person: completed registration forms should be dropped off at the Red Morton front desk. Forms are available here, at Red Morton, or at the school office.

To avoid full teams and waitlists we recommend you register as early as possible, online registration is the fastest way!

Coaches Needed! - If you have coached with us in the past or are looking to get involved please contact me! We are always looking for dedicated parents to coach our school teams!
Garden Corner
This week the kinders learned about what animals need to survive. We learned a little chant to go with it!  Food, Water, Shelter, and Space! A habitat is a magical place!  After discussing habitats of different animals, they contributed to our worm habitat in the garden: the worm bin. They shredded newspaper for their beds and gave them food and water.

The 1st graders this week became scientists and observed worms up close. So many discoveries were made and excellent questions asked. We learned together that worms are both boys and girls and help the earth stay healthy by making nutritious soil! Thank you worms!

The 3rd graders talked about animal and plant adaptations.  What skills and traits to plants/animals have that help them survive in their environment?  After lots of discussion and examples, the students put on their engineering hats and were given the task of designing a seed with adaptations for certain seed dispersal methods. Some students designed a flying seed with a small parachute while others imagined a delicious looking seed in hopes that an animal would munch it up. 

Another friendly reminder that  Saturday, December 15th  is our garden work day to create our outdoor classroom space. Sign up using the link below!
The Book Fair Results Are In!
The Book Fair sales total was $15,706 excluding tax, which means we earned $8,638 (55%) for the library. This will be used to purchase new library books and Scholastic magazines for the classrooms.

We also raised $170 for the RWC Toy and Book Drive. 33 books were purchased and donated.

Thank you, everyone, for supporting the Book Fair!
Books being donated to the RWC Toy & Book Drive at local Fire Station 12.
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