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I am honored to announce that Mr.James Clark is the new Assistant Principal of Roosevelt Elementary School.

This will be Mr.Clark’s 11th year in education, with 8 being in the School District of Philadelphia.  Throughout the years, Mr.Clark has taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade, and served in variety of  leadership roles, including being an MTSS  Teacher Leader and a Professional  Development Facilitator. As the new Assistant Principal of Roosevelt, Mr.Clark’s number one priority is to build authentic relationships, support the growth of students and staff, and further engage families and the  community! As Mr.Clark moves into this role, he looks forward to learning and growing alongside the BEST educators in the city of Philadelphia! Please stop by our Back to School Carnival on August 28th and meet Mr.Clark!


August 8, 2022

Dear Roosevelt Family,

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer thus far! As I think about the upcoming school year, I am excited to continue to work together to support the diverse social, emotional and academic needs of our children.  With the dedicated staff of Roosevelt right beside me, and your full support, I’m confident in our ability to help our children make forward progress and demonstrate success. It is truly an honor to be apart of this school community. Words cannot begin to explain how proud I am to serve as the Principal of Roosevelt Elementary School.

As we get closer to August 29th, the first day of school, I wanted to reach out to provide a few reminders.

The School District of Philadelphia and the staff here at Roosevelt Elementary School are committed to doing everything we can to make decisions that improve outcomes for all students. To that end, the district has decided to stick with our adjusted bell time to help reduce the amount of time students spend on buses, allow for consistent cleaning of buses, and help the Office of Transportation Services overcome a significant reduction in staffing due to the national Bus Driver shortage.

Roosevelt’s start time is still 7:30am and our end time is 2:09pm for the 2022-2023 school year. While this is the same schedule as last year, I am sharing this reminder so that if you have not done so already, you can start to make arrangements ahead of time to ensure your child can attend school on time every day. Students reporting to school on time, in uniform, will earn rewards using our new PBIS Rewards platform. More information about connecting to this platform and supporting our efforts to maintain an environment where everyone is safe, organized, responsible, respectful and a problem solver is forthcoming.

When planning for this year, please remember that although homeroom starts promptly at 7:30am for all students in grades K-8, breakfast will be served daily from 7am-7:25am in both cafeterias. The Cub’s Cafeteria, located closest to the parking lot, will provide students in K-4 with breakfast while the other cafeteria, the Bear’s Den, will provide students in grades 5-8 with breakfast. All Roosevelt students should enter the building through the rear of the school, into their respective grade level cafeteria, up until 8am. After 8am, students are officially late and must enter through the front door.

More information about our return to school in the fall will be shared with you during the District’s Back-to-School campaign leading up to August 29th. I encourage you to visit the School District of Philadelphia’s website on a regular basis for the most up to date information on our return to full, in-person learning.  The latest update, sent 8/12/22, details the expectation for all students and staff to wear a mask the first 10 days of school (August 29-September 9th).

Aside from our website, additional school-level reminders will be shared via social media. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @_roosevelt_bears_.

Information pertaining to uniforms, cell phone use, staffing assignments and admission and dismissal procedures can be found within various tabs of this site. Take a look and feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

For now, please enjoy the rest of your summer! We cannot wait to welcome our children back to school on August 29th!



Ms. Kristen Heifet





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From August 29th-September 9th, masks are mandatory for all staff and students.