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Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

January 4-8, 2020

Our Mission

The staff of Rosa Parks/Millbrook in collaboration with parents and community, will pursue excellence as we walk in our purpose to develop the whole child, academically and socially, and ensure that all students take responsibility for their learning and reach self-sustaining success.

Our Vision: Every Student a Success!

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Happy New Year!

RPM Family,

I welcome you into a new year full of opportunities. We completed our first semester of school overcoming many challenges with a daily commitment to excellence, flexibility, risk-taking, and resilience. We survived abrupt changes to our lives, our day-to-day activities, adapting to teaching and learning solely with technology, learning various digital tools while actually teaching, and supporting students and parents through the same challenges. Now it's time to move from surviving to THRIVING!

Our teachers have been challenged in the following areas and these are ways you can help:

  • BeChallenging: Set high expectations. Require that your child gets up and dressed for school each day. Students learning at home should have a dedicated work space that does not allow for lounging and laying around(WEBOLearning expectations).
  • BeResponsive: Keep the lines of communication open and clear with your child and your child's teachers. If you need help reach out to myself, Mr. Slaughter (Assistant Principal), or Ms. Catanach(counselor). Relationships are the key to our success.
  • BeIntentional: Focus on progress. Learning is a process. We know this has not been an easy adjustment. However, we all have learned and adjusted to the change. Now be intentional about setting your child up for success. Ensure they get the proper rest. Check their assignments for completion(dig deeper than the submit button). Monitor computer use outside of class.
  • BeEngaging: Monitor student involvement in class. We will continue to employ synchronous and asynchronous activities to avoid screen fatigue, and allow students ample opportunity for supported and individual work time.
  • BeSupportive: Continue to support us. Support your child's teacher. We can't do this alone.

We will continue to work at building our students' skills, making sure that students take responsibility for their learning by managing their time, working with a variety of digital tools and technology platforms, working independently and collaboratively, asking for help when needed, adapting to change and making necessary shifts when faced with unexpected situations. Using these strategies on a daily basis will ensure that students are able to move from surviving to THRIVING!

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Class resumes on Tuesday, January 5. Make sure all devices are fully charged. Face-to-Face students need to bring devices, chargers, and books.

From the Desk of Nurse Tori

Happy New Year!

Even though we have been away or the still comes first!!! It is extremely important that we continue:

  • Handwashing and sanitizing as much as possible
  • Wearing masks and face shields (correctly)
  • Keeping your least 6ft apart.

If your child has had any signs or symptoms of COVID, FLU, and/or STREP please keep them home, and see your Primary Care Doctor for further evaluation before returning to school. Contact Nurse Tori at 972-218-1564 should you have any questions or concerns.

Be Prepared

Help us help your child each school day by ensuring they are fully prepared for face-to-face instruction.

  • Students must bring their devices fully charged each day.
  • Students must bring their chargers each day.
  • Students must bring the required materials (paper, pencil, journal, etc.) for their classes each day.
  • Students must have on a clean mask (provided by parent).
  • Students must wear a face shield (provided by the school).

These are the very basics that are required for your child to have a successful learning experience. When students aren't prepared it slows down learning for our virtual and face-to-face students. We are in a pandemic currently and do not have extra staff, space, nor materials for students who come unprepared. We are not sharing materials. Therefore it is each households responsibility to ensure students arrive at school fully prepared each day. Parents please help us help your child by making sure they prepare all materials nightly; then check their backpacks, and bring them to school daily.

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Be Up-to-Date

Jan. 4 District Professional Development/Teacher Prep Day

Jan. 4 Textbook Distribution (10am-4pm)

Jan. 5 School Resumes

Jan. 8 Gifted and Talented Nominations Due

Jan. 11 Mavs Monday (Wear RPM issued T-shirt)

Jan. 13 70th Day of School (Dress in 70s attire)

Jan. 14 School Board Meeting 6:30pm

Jan. 18 MLK Day (District Closed)

Jan. 18 Face-to-Face vs. Virtual Parent Survey

Jan. 19 PreK Circle Assessments Begin

Jan. 21 Progress reports emailed to parents

Jan. 25 Mavs Monday (Wear RPM issued T-shirt)

Jan. 26-29 Benchmark2 Assessments (K-5th)

Jan. 28 80th Day of School (Dress in 80s attire)

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.


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