Parks Press for Parents

Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSD

August 23-27, 2021

Thank You for a Great First Week

As we venture into the second week of school, I want to begin by thanking you for ensuring we had a great week. You may be asking, "What did I do?" You made sure your students were at school, completely enrolled, dressed in uniform, wearing a mask, and came ready to learn. I also want to thank you for your patience and understanding:


  • that our main priority is educate students with their safety in mind.
  • that for many of our students, it's their first time in school.
  • that students have to learn and relearn how school works.
  • that it takes about a week (maybe more) for students to learn the dismissal system.
  • that it takes time for students to settle in to their new classes and make new friends.
  • that it takes time for students and teachers to develop relationships.
  • that it will take longer to learn each other due to wearing masks.


Thank you for understanding that we want nothing but the best for all students, and that systems and routines are required in order to achieve this goal.


Thank you for being a part of our team as we Raise Our Roar and continue to Build Children, Character, and Community Everyday at RPM!

Parent/Student Handbook

Click here for the 2021-2022 Parent/Student Handbook.

Special Education Services

If your student is supposed to receive speech or resource services, behavioral support, and/or pull-out or push-in services and you have not spoken to the special education teacher, please contact Mrs. Borner at 972-218-3644

Arrival and Dismissal

Arrival and dismissal will take place on the (cafeteria side of school) car drive.

Only Buses and Day Care will use the front of school circle drive.

Arrival

Students may enter the building at 7:30 a.m. each day. Students will enter the building, receive hand sanitizer and walk directly to their classroom. Students who ride daycare buses and school buses will enter through the front of the school (facing Millbrook Drive.) and receive sanitizer before proceeding to class.

Dismissal

In an effort to ensure that our dismissal process is safe and to assist with social distancing, all students will be dismissed from their classrooms. We will continue to use the Curbsmart program to facilitate this process.

  • Walkers must truly be walkers, leaving the campus immediately and walking to their destination. We will not release students to enter cars waiting and blocking the street.
  • Know that all of our efforts are to ensure the safety of our students, staff and the entire school community. With that in mind, parents will not be able to walk students to class. Parents should not plan to enter the building this school year to limit exposure for all involved. Please contact the school prior to coming if you have an emergency.

Click here https://forms.gle/sLnNhWW2vt6xmMoe9 to complete a form to let us know how your student will be dismissed from school. Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation as we continue to build children, character, and community everyday.

Please do not alter your child's dismissal procedure unless absolutely necessary. Students excel best when allowed to settle into a routine. Daily changes create confusion.

Parks Parent & Family Engagement Connection

The start of school is the most exciting time of the year for our RPM students!

They want to meet their teachers, catch up with their friends, and begin exploring a whole new world of knowledge. As exciting as these first weeks of school are, your children can't do this on their own. As a parent or caregiver, you have a key role in your child’s education—you can help bridge your child’s transition from home to school, and give him or her the best chance at success in learning and in life.

Steps to Ensure School Success

Reach out to your child’s teachers.

If you have not already, make a point of introducing yourself and learning about class activities and expectations for the year. Find out how each teacher prefers to communicate. The use of Dojo, calling, and e-mail are forms of contact. Conferences can be made by appointment.
Get in the groove.

Establish healthy at-home routines for school days, such as consistent waking times and getting-ready patterns. Decide on a regular homework time, and create a comfortable, quiet workspace. Set bedtimes that allow elementary-age kids to get 10 to 12 hours of sleep.

Time things right.

Stay on top of RPM school activities through the Parks Press for Parents and our Dojo School Story.

Pack smart.

Make sure your child's backpack never has unnecessary items which can cause it to weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of his body weight; heavy packs can strain developing muscles and joints. Encourage your child to use both straps, and tighten them so the pack hangs close to the body, about two inches above your child's waist. Students are required to wear masks while at school. Ensure that they have one on before exiting the vehicle as well as an extra mask in their backpack.

Commit to volunteering.

With help from parents like you, RPM can offer many more programs and services for our students. Join the PTRO and ask about volunteer opportunities in the school community.


https://www.ed.gov/parents/countdown-success

From the Desk of Nurse Tori

Remember to send your child with mask. Please ensure mask fits securely covering the child's nose and mouth. If you or your has signs and/or symptoms of COVID, FLU, STREP, or etc. Please keep your child or children home and contact the school nurse at 972-218-1570 for further instructions or any questions.
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Class Placement

A great deal of time, effort, and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2021-2022 school year. Careful consideration was given with regards to staff as well as student learning styles. All classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

Thank you so much for understanding and being positive with your child, by helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. All of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for all students. Rosa Parks-Millbrook Elementary is eagerly looking forward to helping you build a bright future for your child. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, new peer group, and new teacher.

Week one @The Parks!

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.

Principal

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Information Systems & Software Design Academy


#BeRPM: Building Children, Character, And Community Everyday


“A hundred years from now it will not matter, what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove; but the world would be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Forest Whitcraft