Feature your student’s art in the 2020-21 Roosevelt yearbook!

In honor of this year’s theme, “I Am Roosevelt,” our students will be the official artists of the 2020-21 yearbook! 

In an effort to create a sense of community and belonging at a time when it seems almost impossible to do so, the yearbook is featuring student self-portraits throughout this year’s edition. Every child’s submission will be included (one per student). We highly encourage all students to participate! Just as they love seeing photos of themselves in the yearbook, it will be especially meaningful to find their own artistic reflections of themselves on these pages. 

To participate, your child’s self-portrait must be submitted to Gina at rooseveltselfie@gmail.com by Oct. 16. Your email MUST include the following:

  • An image of the self-portrait (instructions below)
  • Student first and last name
  • Grade
  • Teacher
  • Up to three words of affirmation from your child describing what he/she admires about him/herself (ie, powerful, kind, brave, etc.). These will be used for another yearbook element.

Self Portrait Instructions

Please use a WHITE 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper in portrait mode. Draw your portrait with pencil and outline with a black pen. (For TK and K, we suggest JUST using a black marker so that if they draw very lightly, we can still see their drawing when photographed.) Color your portrait with any medium you like (pencils, crayons, markers), but please DO NOT color in the background. Please leave the background blank. Backgrounds will not be included and the yearbook staff will not be able to isolate the drawings if they are there.

We strongly encourage full-body portraits, but it is ultimately up to the artists to decide how to best represent themselves. Here are some tips to guide you: Looking in a mirror, notice your features and proportions. What shape is your face? Where does your hair fall on your forehead? What color are your eyes? Do you have longer legs or a longer torso? What about your neck? What is your style like? What type of clothes do you wear? What style represents you? Do you have a favorite sports team … might you wear a hat? What is something that is uniquely you? 

PHOTOGRAPH the drawing (smartphone cameras are perfectly fine) in good light. Photos must be in focus and taken straight on (not from an angle). If the paper is very creased or crinkled, please just flatten it out as best as you can. Don’t worry if there are some crinkles. 


The 2020-21 Yearbook Crew Needs YOU!

Calling all photographers, artists, graphic designers, editors, proofreaders, class collage page editors, sales and distribution folks, and anyone else who wants to contribute! We need YOU and your voice now more than ever!

Roosevelt Elementary’s yearbook is the most anticipated swag of the year. These books are 200 pages of FUN — chock full of portraits, class activities, school events, field trips, music, art, sports, clubs, and other special moments. But it takes a village to put this incredible keepsake together, especially during a pandemic. This year, we will be thinking outside the box to create something truly special for our students, who are no doubt struggling with unprecedented changes to their educational and social lives. We also plan to continue the Student Photography Gallery we created last year!

Please lend your voice and your talents to this incredible project by joining our 2020-21 yearbook crew! We welcome any kind of help you have to offer. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please sign up at the link below. And if you are an artist, we could really use your help creating custom artwork for this year’s theme.

If you have any questions or ideas, please email rooseveltsmyb@gmail.com or SIGN UP HERE.

  • Photographers: Take photos of school events, classroom activities, field trips, art, music, sports and clubs, and upload selected images into our online software. 
  • Student Yearbook Photographers: Sign up your child for our student yearbook photography club!
  • Artists & Graphic Designers: Help create the look and feel of the book. This year, we are seeking artists to help create custom artwork for this unique moment in time. Working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator required. 
  • Classroom Collage Page Editors: We need one parent from each classroom to take or collect classroom photos, upload them into the yearbook and lay them out in our templates. We also need a highly organized person to help coordinate these efforts.  
  • Fifth Grade Editors: This one’s for you, fifth grade parents! We need one parent dedicated to each of the following activities: collecting and cataloging baby photos, working with teachers to have students provide quotes, communicating with all fifth grade parents about purchasing a tribute ad for their child, tracking these sales, and designing or placing these ads in the book.  
  • Proofreaders: Edit text for grammatical and factual errors, check for duplicate photos, ensure the accuracy of class rosters, etc. This role begins in the middle of the school year. 
  • Sales & Distribution: Manage all online and in-person tribute and yearbook sales, and help to distribute the books to the Roosevelt community. 


Roosevelt 2019-20 Yearbooks Still Available!

Miss your chance to get a 2019-20 yearbook? You’re in luck! We still have some of these gorgeous California Dreamin’-themed keepsakes left for anyone who didn’t get a chance to purchase at the end of the school year. Yearbooks are $40. Proceeds fund class supplies and resources for our students and teachers. Please email rooseveltsmyb@gmail.com to get your copy today!