Roosevelt Staff perform in Jack Frost, the Queen, and the Wardrobe

Roosevelt staff shares joy and laughter every year with an annual pre-winter break show for students

For many years running, the Roosevelt Elementary School staff produces a colorful theatrical production as a gift to their students just before everyone leaves for winter break. In previous years, productions included Roosevelt versions of The Nutcracker, Candyland and Babes in Toyland. The shows are written, put together and rehearsed throughout the fall months. This…

Competition Encourages Elementary Students to Read Books They Normally Wouldn’t

Elementary school librarians created the You’ll Enjoy These Incredible Books! (YETI) Books competition to challenge students to read books from a variety of genres and to work together as a team. A year in the making. Each year school librarians from across the Pacific Northwest nominate the best, recently published novels for middle grader readers…

Allied Arts partnership brings art to fifth grade classrooms

Through one of the partnerships with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, teaching artists worked with fifth grade classrooms. Each class received up to 12 hours of arts education that focused on one theme. These included stone carving, watercolor painting, paper mache puppets and concrete pavers. The partnership emerged after an anonymous donation was given to the Whatcom Community Foundation.…

Robinson in the Roosevelt Assembly with students

Award-winning illustrator visits Roosevelt, shares his inspiration and process

Roosevelt Elementary School’s main entrance and hallway were decked out in art and collage to greet the award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson who visited the school on Feb. 24 to share his talent and artistic process. During an all-school assembly, Robinson read through the book Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio sharing his most recently published illustrations. Antoinette, a sequel to Gaston, once again uses the backdrop…

Students learn safety tips from the Red Cross and Fire Department

Through a partnership with the NW Region American Red Cross and Bellingham Fire Department, students throughout Bellingham Public Schools are learning about fire safety and emergency preparedness. The Red Cross provides disaster preparedness presentations to all age groups, but has geared these presentations for second grade students. The presentation includes information about fire safety and…

Roosevelt student puppeteers

Volunteer helps school build puppet theatre; librarian promotes literacy through puppetry

In spring of 2016, library media specialist Denisa Anderson and her students at Roosevelt Elementary School were so inspired by the book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (about puppeteer Tony Sarg who created the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) they started researching the history of puppetry and puppet stages.Their research led them to community…