Bear Bulletin 9/19-9/23


Dear Blue Oaks Families,

We had such a great week! The dance-a-thon was so much fun and our PTC did an amazing job transitioning our bear’s lair into a glow- in- the-dark dance floor. The students all seemed to enjoy themselves as the danced their hearts out for 45 minutes. Thank you for all the volunteers that helped support our Booster-thon! We couldn’t do it without all of you!

I also wanted to share more fantastic news with our community! Blue Oaks received the GOLD status for our work in PBIS. Please see the message below. 

Congratulations! On behalf of the California PBIS Coalition, we are pleased to recognize Blue Oaks Elementary School of the Roseville City School District for successful PBIS implementation at the GOLD level.

We sincerely appreciate your hard work and commitment to implementing PBIS with fidelity and creating the conditions to maximize academic and social behavioral outcomes for ALL students. Congratulations again on this outstanding recognition! I

If you are interested in what PBIS looks like at Blue Oaks, please review the slides under Coffee and Conversation. 

We also held our first ELAC meeting and had a wonderful turnout! If you would like to review the slides that were presented at the ELAC meeting, you can click here. 

Please read the updated portion under Watch DOGS as we have a date for our launch party.  

Thank you all for taking the time to read the Bear Bulletin! 

Thank you, 

Nicole Cumbra

Thank you for all that joined in for our 1st coffee and conversation. If you would like to review the slides on your own, here are the slides I covered. We focused on PBIS at Blue Oaks. 

Next Coffee and Conversation will be on Friday Oct. 14th at 10:00-10:45 and we will discuss safety. The zoom presentation will begin promptly at 10:00 and may end before 10:45 but you are welcome to ask any questions you may have or continue on with your day.  

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 86060703598

Passcode: 670363

Did you know that Blue Oaks has a PBIS team?  

The Tier I team is responsible for the development and monitoring of our site’s Tier I, universal foundations (e.g., expectations, consequences, and acknowledgments).   We monitor and support the fidelity of the Tier I implementation. The Tier I PBIS team’s operating procedures are to: meet at least monthly and have (a) regular meeting format/agenda, (b) minutes, © defined meeting roles and (d) a current action plan. The Tier I team will review and use discipline data and academic outcome data at least monthly for decision-making.  The PBIS team will share school wide data regularly with faculty and faculty will be able to provide input on universal foundations at least once a year. Stakeholders (students, families and community members) will also provide input at least once a year.  

PBIS Tier 1 Team:

Nicole Cumbra- Administrator

Mandy Murphy- Kindergarten teacher representative

Hannah Pierce- PBIS Lead and 5th grade teacher representative

Mindy Corr- Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Sarah Hernandez- 5th grade teacher representative

Ashley Rue- 3rd grade teacher representative

Heather Schott- Parent representative

We had our first monthly meeting and reviewed our school-wide office discipline referrals.  Below is data for August and September:

August – 54

September- 64 Minor – 40% of those were for defiance, insubordination, and non-compliance in the classroom. 

The time has come! 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at 3:30-4:30 will be the introductory event for Watch DOGS.  

Any parent/ guardian/father-figure/Influential person may attend to gather information on what it means to be a Watch DOGS and hopefully sign up too! Our students love seeing adults on campus to play with them at recess and support them in the lunchroom!  The actual commitment won’t begin until October and all you need is to have your level 2 volunteer paperwork turned in along with fingerprints and a TB test. 

Here is a great video about Watch DOGS.

Click here is the flier that was sent home on Friday and here is the link if you would like to purchase apparel! 

Our school day for the 2022-23 school year will begin at 7:45 for all students

The dismissal time for TK: 11:07, Kindergarten – 12:47, and 1st- 5th – 2:03

Breakfast: 7:25-7:43

Early release day will be on Wednesdays 

Wednesday Dismissal: TK dismissal will be 11:07, Kindergarten 12:47 and 1st- 5th is 12:50. 

Office hours: 7:15-3:15

Bell Schedule 


Attendance Reminders:

Attending school and on time is critical for academic success.  Students need to be at school before 7:45 to access the playground through the gates.  At 7:45, the bell rings and at that time, our teachers must lock the gates and go to their lines.  If your student comes after 7:45, they need to come to the office. At 7:50 and after, a tardy slip will be given to your student.  

Our school secretary also runs an attendance report twice a month and that allows me to reach out to our families that may have 3 or more unexcused absences.  Unexcused absences are for any reason besides your student being sick or attending a doctor/dentist appt.  When this happens, a letter is sent out letting families know that their student is now considered truant.  If more unexcused absences occur, more letters are sent out and a meeting will need to be scheduled. I understand there are many reasons why our students may be absent and I am always happy to work together to come up with a plan that can support attendance.  If you receive a letter and have any questions, please let me know. 


Blue Oaks will now be offering breakfast before school from 7:25-7:43. It is open to all students and will be served in the multipurpose room. Our bear necessities: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful will be followed while students are having breakfast. 

Students will enter through the front doors and will have choices of breakfast items.

Any student that wants to eat must be in the MPR by 7:35 to allow time to eat breakfast as the bell rings at 7:43.


Blue Oaks PTC is a fundraising and activity oriented non-profit organization. Our mission is to work toward bettering the educational and social experiences of our children, support the school staff, and connect Blue Oaks families through organizing fun events and activities. We are so excited for this school year and would love for you to join us! Click HERE to join!

PTC Into Video 

COVID Information

Under current state requirements, full-day in-person instruction will continue, and masks and social distancing are not required. 

Quarantine guidelines allow exposed students to continue attending school if they remain asymptomatic regardless of vaccination status. RCSD encourages parents and guardians to monitor students’ health and keep them home if they run a fever or exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

School sites will continue to support and work with students and families as much as possible in a COVID-19-related situation. 

It is recommended that students test before returning to school. All school sites have free test kits available for pick up at the front offices.

For further information regarding all protocols and guidelines associated with COVID-19, please visit the RCSD website. 


RCSD understands that when you send your child to school, you are entrusting us to keep them safe, and RCSD remains committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and visitors. The RCSD Board of Education has recently authorized $2 million to outfit our schools with a six-foot perimeter fence and equip every classroom with classroom-safe locking doors and operable blinds. Be on the lookout throughout the year for these safety updates.

Once school is in session, every site will continue to practice regular lock-down and emergency drills throughout the year to ensure students and staff are comfortable knowing what to do in an emergency.

In addition to physical safety updates on our school sites, RCSD wants to remind parents/guardians about gun safety measures to take at home. The Roseville Police Department has provided the following gun safety guidance to ensure that guns stay safely out of children’s hands. 

Lost and Found

Please make sure that all clothing, playground balls, lunch boxes and other items brought to school are clearly marked with your child’s name. We accumulate a vast assortment of misplaced property during the school year.  The Lost and Found is located in and behind the rear, west door to the multi-use room. You are welcome to check it during school hours. All abandoned items in the Lost and Found are donated to charitable organizations at various times during the school year.

 As a Reminder- Pick Up/Drop Off

Traffic in and around Blue Oaks School presents the number one

safety hazard to children and adults!  

We request your cooperation. 

Speed Limit- It is very important to drive slow when picking up or dropping off your student.  Many families are driving fast through the crosswalks, causing students and families to be alarmed.  Please be respectful of all our students and community and drive slow! 

SUPERVISION- Supervision doesn’t start until 7:30. We ask that you do not drop off your student before 7:30. Please plan accordingly so that your child can be at school at 7:30 or after. 

The WEST PARKING LOT – in front of the Kindergarten wing -  is designated for drop-off and pick-up of transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grade students by private vehicle, only. Watch for children! Children may not go into parking lots unless they are with an adult. All students entering the west side parking lot must use the crosswalk on Halesworth. DO NOT stop or park your vehicle except in a designated parking spot.  Remain in your car when at the yellow curb and pull all the way up to the end of the yellow curb. 

The DROP-OFF/PICK-UP AREA in front of the Multi-Use Room is for school buses and daycare agencies only. Please do not drop off or pick up students on Horncastle Ave. There is no supervision.

The EAST PARKING LOT – in front of the Adventure Club and the upper grades playground is designated for drop-off and pick-up of third, fourth and fifth grade students by private vehicle, only.  There is no crosswalk in this parking lot.  Children may not cross or enter the parking lot unless accompanied by an adult. DO NOT stop or park your vehicle except in a designated parking spot.  Remain in your car when at the yellow curb.


If you wish to park your car, kindly pull into a designated parking space.

Thank you for respecting the privacy and property rights of residents on streets adjacent to school.

We request that you walk your child/children to school whenever possible to cut down on traffic and pollution, promote healthy life habits and enhance the safety of all.


Second Step

Second Step is our evidence-based social emotional curriculum that all our classes use on a daily basis to help teach empathy and problem-solving skills in a holistic integrated way.   For the next 10 weeks, all our students will be focusing on problem solving. Please check in with your student and be sure to ask them what they are learning and help them role play and practice. The more practice they get, the better they will be. Here is a video that you can watch and review. 

Problem Solver Steps

Grade Level


Growth Mindset & Goal Setting


1. We Watch, We Listen, We Think

2. Why We Pay Attention

3. Mistakes Are Okay!

4. Practice Makes Better

5. Let’s Practice and Learn!


1. Time to Pay Attention

2. Everyone Gets Distracted

3. You Did It!

4. Helpful Thoughts

5. We Can Do It!


1. How to Get Good at Something

2. What Mistakes Tell Us

3. Helpful and Unhelpful Thoughts

4. We Can Change Our Thoughts

5. Learn and Get Better


1. Changing Your Brain

2. Getting Better With Practice

3. More Than Practice

4. Planning for Practice

5. Make a Practice Plan


1. Setting a Good Goal

2. Making a Plan

3. Checking Our Progress

4. Reflecting On Our Journey

5. Ready, Set, Goal!


1. The Right Goal for Me

2. My Plan

3. Changing My Plan

4. Time to Reflect

5. My 10-Minute Goal


9/22: General PTC meeting at 5:30 in the library

10/31: No School

11/1: No School

11/14-11/18: Conference Week- Minimum Day Schedule

11/21-11/25: Thanksgiving Break


Additional Resources


RCSD Website

Blue Oaks Website


CareSOLACE – provides a free expedited coordination service for students’ and families’ mental health and wellness support.

RCSD Enrichment Resources – a variety of online essential skills resources (math, English, typing, etc.) for your student to practice throughout the year.

RCSD Sora – free access to thousands of online books through the Placer County library.

22/23 handbook