Rosa Parks Puma News

Sept. 14, 2018

Welcome Back!

It has been a wonderful start to the 2018-2019 school year! It was great to see you all at entrance conferences. We look forward to partnering with you in your child's education this year.

Top 20

As a supplement to our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Rosa Parks is becoming a Top 20 school. Through Top 20 we are focusing on social emotional training and materials to empower our students and staff to make a positive difference in the quality of their lives, relationships and experiences. The Top 20 curriculum creates a common language covering a variety of topics and "star qualities" to support student engagement and success. These topic will be shared in more detail in our Puma newsletters. Check out our "Top 20 Focus" each month to learn along with us!

Peachjar Flyers

Rosa Parks is a LEED Certified Green School. In an effort to continue to "think green," Rosa Parks, along with all schools in the Mankato Area Public School district will be using Peachjar to share flyers and information this year. This will replace the Thursday folders that flyers were sent home in in the past. With Peachjar, flyers will be sent to your email and can also be viewed from our school website. Many flyers also offer the convenience of links to registration sites as well. View Rosa Parks flyers HERE.

Before School-Drop Off Times

Breakfast is served beginning each day at 7:30 a.m. Outdoor supervision begins on the playground at 7:35 a.m. There is no supervision for students dropped off at Rosa Parks before 7:30 a.m.

Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

  • Curbside drop off and pick up is in the lower lot. Please enter the south road from Heron Drive and follow traffic. Wait in your vehicle and students will load/unload curbside. Please do not skip ahead in the line or pull out in front of the line as this can be dangerous for students and for other drivers.

  • Please travel at a slow, safe speed in the upper and lower parking lots.

  • The curbside lane in the upper lot is reserved for buses only. Should you need to enter the building, use the upper lot to park.

  • Students who walk or ride their bike will be dismissed from the lower doors at the rear of the building and will utilize the walking path.

  • Please make sure your child knows how they will be getting home each day. Inform your child’s teacher or the school office if there is a change in your family’s plan.

We are committed to keeping Rosa Parks students, families, and staff safe. Thank you for your cooperation!

Vision and Hearing Screening-October 15, 2018

Rosa Parks Vision/Hearing Screen date is October 15, 2018

Each fall Health Services conduct Vision and Hearing screenings for students. Students in grades 1, 3, 4, & 5 will have a vision screening and students in grades 1, 2, 3, 5 will have a hearing screening. Teachers or parents are always welcome to ask for screenings to be performed on specific students if there is a concern.

Impaired vision or hearing in children can contribute to the development of learning problems which may be prevented or alleviated through early identification and intervention.

Children with impaired vision often are not aware of their impairment; therefore, they do not complain or seek help. If they have always seen things in a blurred or distorted way, they accept the imperfect image without question. Children learn speech and language from listening to other people talk. If a hearing loss exists, a child does not get the full benefit of language learning experiences. With prompt referral and follow-up, children have an opportunity to receive appropriate, timely care and services, which lead to better health and educational outcomes.

If your child does not pass the vision and hearing, the parent will be notified with a referral letter. We, in Health Services, follow up on our referrals so we appreciate parents letting us know when the referral exam was completed and the results.

Schoolwide Title 1

Rosa Parks is a Schoolwide Title 1 School. In the past, Title 1funds were available to

provide additional support to students who qualified based on their test scores. As a Schoolwide Title 1 school we are now able to utilize those resources more flexibly to support any students that would benefit. This fits wonderfully with our WIN (What I

Need) time, which is a half hour each day when students receive acceleration or enrichment based on their specific needs. Information on our Schoolwide Title 1 plan is available on the Rosa Parks website. Feel free to contact the school if you have


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Upcoming Events


18th-2 hour Late Start; School Begins at 10:00 a.m.

-PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Rosa Parks Media Center

20th/25th/27th-DIBELS Testing

27th-Open House/Math Night 5:30-7:00


9th-2 hour Late Start; School Begins at 10:00 a.m.

-PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Rosa Parks Media Center

18th and 19th-NO SCHOOL

23rd-Excel Begins

25th-Fall Family Fun Night 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Rosa Parks Elementary is a Schoolwide Title 1 building. As a Parent, you have the right to request information about the qualifications of your child’s teacher(s). For further information, contact Michelle Kruize, principal at Rosa Parks Elementary.

Contact Principal Michelle Kruize