Hey, Parents! Please Submit a Photo of Your Child for the Yearbook!

One of the joys and challenges of being on the yearbook staff is documenting all the magical moments from your child’s time at Roosevelt Elementary. As you can imagine, our challenge is a bit different this year. How do we capture these moments from home? You’ve already done us a solid by sending us photos of your children’s workspaces and class play dates. Now, we’re asking you to channel your inner Avedon and submit a portrait of your child for the yearbook. It’s up to us to give our children a keepsake to remember this bizarre time in their lives, so we’re ALL on the yearbook staff now.

As you know, our traditional Cornerstone school portraits have been delayed once again because of increased Covid-19 rates in our county. While we hope to schedule these portraits in the spring, they will not be done in time to make our yearbook deadline. Nevertheless, Roosevelt’s yearbook team is committed to creating something spectacular for our children, who are deeply missing their friends, teachers and school community, to acknowledge their unique experiences this year. 

Please complete this Yearbook Portrait Submission Form by Feb. 19 to ensure that your child’s portrait appears in Roosevelt’s 2020-21 yearbook! 

  • Submit one form per student.
  • Only JPEG or PNG files will be accepted.
  • Photo files must be named with the child’s last name, then first name (ie, Smith_Jane). If they are not labeled correctly, we will not know who the photo belongs to.

Tips for taking your child’s portrait: 

  • Shoot outside in a shaded spot, with no direct sunlight hitting the subject. 
  • Position your child a few feet in front of whatever trees, bushes, etc. are in the background. 
  • Aim to get a vertical photo from mid-chest up that includes shoulders on both sides and some extra headroom. You should not see below the waist. 
  • The lighting should be even. Pay attention to heavy shadows on the eyes or face. If you see heavy shadows, you are not shooting in a good place. 

Please email any questions to rooseveltsmyb@gmail.com.

Thank you for all you do for our students and school community. We appreciate you!

Roosevelt 2020-21 Yearbooks & Tributes on Sale Now!

Roosevelt Elementary School’s yearbooks are the most anticipated swag of the year. These beautiful keepsakes are 200 pages of fun, and this year’s edition will be extra special for our students. 

Fifth grade parents: Celebrate your child’s last year at Roosevelt with a personalized 1/4-page tribute in the yearbook. Tributes reserved only for fifth graders. One per child.

To purchase your “I Am Roosevelt” 2020-21 Yearbook and/or 5th Grade Tribute:

  1. Go to https://commpe.pictavo.com
  2. Find Roosevelt Elementary using the city/state info or by entering School ID 93833.
  3. Click on “Shop My School.”
  4. Find the yearbook icon and click “Add to Cart.”
  5. Enter your student’s information.
  6. If you have a 5th grader, find the 5th Grade Tribute and click “Add to Cart.”
  7. Enter your student’s information.
  8. Click “Check Out” to complete your purchase.
  9. Once you purchase your Tribute, you can design it with Pictavo’s easy-to-use online design tools! Please see these Design Tips and Instructions.(If you need assistance, call 1-800-290-0036 for technical support. The folks at Pictavo are very helpful and responsive.) 

Tribute Ad Pricing 

  • Early Bird: $35 | Deadline Oct. 9, 2020
  • Regular: $40 | Deadline: Dec. 18, 2020
  • Late-to-the-Party: $60 | Deadline: Jan. 29, 2021

Yearbook Pricing 

  • Early Bird: $35 if purchased by Oct. 9, 2020
  • Regular: $42

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 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 rooseveltselfies@gmail.com by Feb. 5. 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. Backgrounds will not be included.

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.

Attention 5th Graders: Submit Your Baby Photos!

It’s amazing to see how much our little ones have grown! That’s why the yearbook’s fifth grade baby photo retrospective is such a hit each year. Our kids love finding themselves and their friends on these pages, so we don’t want anyone left out. Please email ONE baby photo of your child, labeled with your child’s name and teacher, to rooseveltbabyphoto@gmail.com by Nov. 20, 2020.

Baby Photo Guidelines

  • Only digital files will be accepted.

  • If you only have a hard copy, scan the image or take a photo of it with a digital camera.

  • The child’s name must be part of the file name with correct spelling. Please label your photos: lastname_firstname_teacherlastname (ex: smith_jane_brashear). Photos labeled incorrectly will not be accepted.

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.

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. 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 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!