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March 27, 2016

Welcome back from Spring Break! The big news this week is the Rosemont PTSA Crab Feed! The event we’ve all been waiting for is this coming Saturday, April 2nd! There are no ticket sales at the door, so buy your tickets now! No-host bar begins at 6:00 and dinner is served at 7:00. In addition to the food and beverages, we will have a silent auction, sale of amazing Rosemont student art and entertainment!

Now for some really awesome news… When it comes to FIRST Robotics Competitions, the Sacramento City Unified School District has a lot to be proud of. This year there were four teams at the annual competition held at UC Davis’ ARC Pavilion. Teams from the School of Engineering and Sciences, C. K. McClatchy, John F. Kennedy, and Rosemont competed over two days in this epic event featuring over 60 teams from up and down the state. One team came all the way from Hawaii. Rosemont’s team performed flawlessly in almost every match. Although Rosemont did not rank in the top eight positions, which are guaranteed a spot in the finals, they did get noticed by the first-ranked team who chose them to be the third member of their alliance. Throughout the finals, Rosemont’s team guided their robot in a masterful defense that denied point after point by blocking opponent’s shots. With Rosemont’s help, their alliance swept through the finals, easily winning every single match. As the first place winner of the tournament, their alliance secured a trip to the World Championships to be held in Saint Louis, Missouri. John F. Kennedy’s team earned a place in the finals but was unsuccessful in advancing past the quarterfinals. We are so grateful for all of Mr. Stafford’s work with our team! He and the robotics students have been working evenings and weekends preparing for this event! Congratulations to all of them for this history-making victory! We’re now working to secure funding to send this amazing team to the World Championship!

Ms. Snider, a science teacher in Rosemont’s GREEN academy, recently applied for a grant (up to $20,000) to improve our school garden. We could use the funding to hire a summer garden manager and pay student interns to keep our garden going over the summer and expand what we are doing. This will culminate in a Healthy Harvest festival in the fall where we would invite Rosemont families to learn about growing, cooking and eating healthy foods as part of a whole healthy lifestyle.

In order to compete for the grant, staff and families should go to Seedsofchange.org and vote for Rosemont. Apparently, everyone can vote once per day from March 31st through April 18th. The 25 schools that receive the most votes will be passed to the next phase in the evaluation process. Please vote!!!!!!!

The Rosemont Community Association will be holding a free workshop on how to finance education after high school on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the Atonement Church on Kiefer Blvd. This should be of great interest to all families since it is never too early to begin planning for this major expense. You can register at the RCA web site, www.rosemontca.org, by clicking on the “read more” link on the lead story and scrolling to the registration form. Students middle school age and older are welcome to attend with their parents.

Please put Essence of Rosemont on your calendar! This is an awesome community event for the entire family featuring student performances, demonstrations, exhibits, club booths, displays of student work, activities for young children, food and entertainment! This annual Rosemont tradition takes place on Friday, April 15th from 5 – 8 p.m. At the end of the event, stay for a family movie in our quad from 8 – 10 p.m.!!!

The PTSA Scholarship 5K Run is Saturday, April 30th.  Registration information is available now on the Rosemont website. Thanks so much to Rosemont parent Cheryl Sutton for coordinating this again this year!

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