Rockbrook Express

Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly News | Oct 2018


Fun and Friendly Costumes Please!

Halloween is coming soon. It’s time to think about your costumes. For our school parade and party please wear only fun and friendly costumes. Fun and friendly excludes blood, gore, scary/frightening masks or clothing, and weapons. If anyone has questions concerning the appropriateness of a costume, please contact the office. Thank you for keeping things on the fun and light side!

Parade and Parties

Please do not have your child wear their costume to school. There will be time to change before the parade. The parade will begin at 2:00 (please update your calendar as this is a Wednesday so we have moved the party up due to the earlier dismissal) in the hallway by the kindergarten rooms. It will progress into the west hallway and up to the lobby. Weather permitting, the students will go out the west doors, around the north side of the building and come back in the main entrance, then back down the east hallway. If it’s raining, the parade will go through the gym. Parties in the classroom will follow the parade.

Food Safety

Please remember to follow the District Approved Snack List. Linked is the lists of what to bring for parties or birthdays. Thanks for helping to make Rockbrook a caring community for all of our students. We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Join Us for The Rockbrook Village Carved Event

We hope you'll join us on Sunday, October 28th for a little fun at Rockbrook Village.

1:00 pm: Pumpkin Carving Contest

Representatives from the District 66 Community Clubs will compete in an exciting, pumpkin carving contest for a chance to win $500 for their Community Club!

2:00 pm: Costume Contest

Kids will compete in a costume contest for a chance to win a goodie basket full of prizes from our Rockbrook Village merchants!

2:30-3:30 pm: Trick-or-Treating at Rockbrook Village

Look for the orange balloons for participating businesses that will have candy/treats available for kiddos who want to trick-or-treat!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are October 15th and 17th. Your child's teacher(s) should have sent home conference invitations with your date and time. Please make sure to return these if you have not yet done so to confirm your time.


Picture Re-Takes

Tuesday, October 16th, is Rockbrook’s picture re-take day. This is for students who were absent on the first picture day in September, or for anyone whose first picture did not turn out well. If you need to have a photo retaken, please return your first package with your child.

Rockbrook Spelling Bee

On Wednesday, October 10th, a School Spelling Bee was held at Rockbrook Elementary. All students in grades 4-6 took a written test prior to this event to determine who would compete. Congratulations to Abby S., our school winner and Townsend H., who placed second in the competition. Abby and Townsend will move on to the Westside School District Bee, which will be held on November 16th at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center. We wish them luck!

Here is a list of the finalists that competed in the Rockbrook Spelling Bee! Congratulations to all of these fine spellers. 1st Place: Abby S., 2nd Place: Townsend H., 3rd Place: Lucas N., 3rd: Cooper S., Sam B. , Maichen G., Nikola A., Jacob B., Caden A., Jack B. , Carter P., Isabella E.

Book Fair - October 15th through th 17th

The Rockbrook Book Fair is back during Parent-Teacher Conferences! Our Fall Book Fair will be in the Art & Multi-Purpose Room when you come to see your child's teacher. Book fair hours will be M 10/15 3:30-8:00pm, T 10/16 8:00-4:00pm, W 10/17 3:00-8:00pm, Th 10/18 8:00-10:00am.

Books are a great way to reward your young scholar for their hard work in the first quarter of school.

Also at the book fair is your chance to donate back to your child’s classroom. Teachers’ wish lists for their class will be available for families wishing to buy. Donated books are marked with a special sticker noting who donated, a fun way to remember past students years later.

A third opportunity will be our “Books for All” donations. Donate funds for this to help purchase even more books for our school, including our spring Read-A-Thon.

Purchasing books all three ways helps to earn scholastic bucks that will be used to supply our school library and the Read-A- Thon which helps raise money for projects around our school.

We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!

Elementary Unified Activities

Elementary Unified Fishing - Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our second Unified Activity this year, Fishing, on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5:30-6:30 at Towl Park (93rd and Center). Unified Activities bring students with and without intellectual disabilities together to promote a positive school climate, develop physical fitness, prevent bullying, enhance student engagement, and promote student leadership skills. If you and your child are interested in participating, please download the following linked informational flyer to learn more and to let us know if you are planning to attend (

Time for Jackets and Umbrellas

With cooler weather arriving and some rainy days in the forecast, be sure to send your child with an appropriate jacket and perhaps umbrella, especially if they will be walking home. Unless the equipment is excessively slick, field muddy, or rains are heavy, we will typically go out for recess, even when there may be a bit of mist or sprinkling of rain. We want all students to stay warm, healthy, and get plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Lunch Times

Joining your child for lunch is a fun and enjoyable tradition that Rockbrook is pleased to support when your schedule allows. For this purpose we have designated a guest table during our lunch period where you and your child can share a meal and each other’s company. To ensure that there is enough space for our out-of-school guests we ask that families eat with their own children only. When room allows, guests may also sit at the regular lunch table with the class. If you would like a school lunch, please make your reservation with the office before 9 a.m.

Lunch Times

K-1 Lunch: 11:35-12:00 (11:24-11:48 on Wednesdays)

2-3 Lunch: 12:00-12:25 (11:48-12:12 on Wednesdays)

4-5 Lunch: 12:25-12:50 (12:12-12:36 on Wednesdays)

6 Lunch: 12:50-1:15 (12:36-1:00 on Wednesdays)

Counselor's Corner

As your school counselor, I am also a contact person for several community programs that may be of interest to you. Please note that the following programs are in place again this year:

  • Children’s Behavioral Health is a resource for families whose child attends a Westside School. Children’s recognizes the benefits of treating not just the child and adolescent, but their families as well. Two visits are part of the Westside/Children’s contract and are at no expense to the family.

  • Westside Clothing Closet is a resource to help families (adults and children) with clothing needs year-round.

  • Westside Coat Closet is another resource that can provide a professionally cleaned, gently used jacket or coat to children. Some coats are also available for adults. The Coat Closet is open year-round.

  • The Omaha Food Bank offers The Backpack Program to students at our school. The Backpack Program provides ingredients for healthy meals for children for the weekend. The food is delivered to the school for children to bring home in a bag on Fridays and have for the weekend.

  • District Food Pantry is a resource for families in need of food during the school year and summer.

  • Holiday Assistance During the winter holiday season there will be more opportunities for assistance. We have several organizations that help district families during the Holiday season.

I encourage you to contact me if you are interested in these services, or with any questions.

Meghan Martin


Dining Out for Education

Each week Rockbrook partners with a local restaurant as part of our Dining Out for Education program. As part of this program, businesses give back a percentage of your purchase to the school when you mention that you are with Rockbrook Elementary on our designated nights. In addition, Dining Out Nights offer families a chance to connect with each other and with friends as part of our Rockbrook Community. Linked with today’s email is our calendar of Dining Out Partners. We’ve tried to offer a variety of locations, foods, and opportunities in the hopes that families can find an option that appeals to them.

Our next Dining Out Event is Don & Millies, October 17th.

PBIS - Positive Behaviors In School

Our School Improvement goal at Rockbrook continues to be to increase student engagement and achievement through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. We’re off to a great start and teachers recently completed our Fall Universal Screen. Three times throughout the year, teachers sit down to proactively think about each and every child at our school, discuss, and plan if students’ needs are being met through current classroom and school-wide efforts as well as additional support they may already be provided.

Parent input and partnership in supporting kids is a critical part of this process. As part of Parent- Teacher Conferences and during our 2nd quarter, teachers may reach out to families for dialogue about how best to support them at school. If, as a parent, you have any concerns, be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher so we can work together to see every child be successful.

When Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Send me to school if...

  • I have a runny nose or just a little cough but no other symptoms.
  • I haven't taken any fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours and I haven't had a fever during that time.
  • I haven't thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours

Keep me at home if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.
  • I'm throwing up or have diarrhea.
  • My eyes are pink and crusty.

Call the doctor if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.
  • I have been throwing up or have diarrhea for more than two days
  • I have the sniffles for more than a week and they aren't getting better.
  • I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I'm having trouble breathing after using my inhaler.)

Dropping Off Your Child? Please Bring Them In & Sign Them In

When dropping offer your child after 8:40 a.m., parents must walk their child in and check them in at the office. This includes if your are returning your child from a doctor's appointment. Checking your child in is important to ensure the safety of all students arriving at our school.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

When calling to make arrangements for your child it’s important that the right people get the right message. If calling to inform us of decisions that will impact your child’s school day (8:30-3:30) please call our main office at 402-390-6475. If you are calling to make changes to before and after care, it is also important to contact the Club66 Staff at 402-390-8208. Finally, it’s always appreciated if you email your child’s teacher if you will be picking them up during the day as this helps them prepare any work your child may need. Please make sure if doing so to also call the main office or email our Administrative Assistant Ms. Veldhuis at

Please remember to call the school office at 390-6475 before 9:00 a.m. if:

  • Your child will be absent from school for any reason.
  • Your child will be late for school
  • You would like to join your child for lunch and need to order a tray for yourself (orders need to be received before 9:00 a.m.)

Often times parents will tell the teacher when their children are going to be gone, but sometimes the teacher is gone as well. The office really needs to know. We would appreciate your help with this anytime you know your child will be out of school.

Also, please let the office know if you are going to be out of town and someone else will be taking care of your children. In the case of an emergency, we want to reach someone as soon as possible.

Students and Cell Phones / Smart Devices

We know that staying connected to your child is an important safety feature for many families. While in school we ask that students keep all cell phones and smart devices stowed in their backpacks. This helps prevent distraction from learning.

Medication at School

For you child’s safety and for the safety of others, all medication, even cough’s drops, must be kept locked in the health office, it must be in the original package. All medication, including cough drops, needs to be accompanied by a medication form signed by the parent or guardian, all prescription medication forms must be signed by the doctor. Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home.

Safety in Our School, A Top Priority

The safety of students and staff at Rockbrook is our top priority. To support this we have a few procedures we appreciate your help with. Please check out our linked flyer with information about procedures at pick up and drop off as well as when you might be visiting us at school. We appreciate your help and support in providing all student a safe place to learn and have fun.

Important Dates


15-18 Book Fair

16 Picture Re-takes
17 Don & Millie's Night Out
19 NO School - Intersession
22 NO School - Professional Day

23 Health Screening

23-31Red Ribbon Week

26 Jones Bros. Dining Out

31 Halloween Parade & Parties 2:30 pm


1 Godfather's Slice of the Pie Night
6 Planet Sub Dining Out Night
6 Community Club 6 pm
6 4th Grade Kindness Retreat

9 Veteran's Day Breakfast 7:45 am

16 Family Movie Night

19 Elementary Band Concert WMS 7 pm

21 Don & Millie's Night

21-25 Thanksgiving- NO School

30 Jones Bros. Dining Out

Safety Patrol

Information about our Safety Patrol schedule is available on our safety patrol website. Please check this schedule if your child is volunteering for this important activity to help keep our school and students safe.

Welcome to Rockbrook Elementary - Home of the Bulldogs

Rockbrook Mission:

The mission of Rockbrook Elementary School, a diverse community of learners, is to foster learning by providing a quality educational experience within a secure and challenging environment.

Rockbrook School Design Goal:

At Rockbrook we will increase student engagement and achievement through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.

Fall Box Tops Due - October 26th

We need your Box Tops. Please turn in all box tops collected this fall for counting and entry. The Box Tops for Education program provides 10¢ for each clip turned in, offering important support for our Community Club and the great programs they sponsor at Rockbrook. Box Tops can be turned in to your teacher or to the front office. Be sure to include your teacher's name with your submission.

Hy-Vee Receipts

Please save your Hy-Vee receipts from September 1-December 31 to help Rockbrook School fund educational needs. Hy-Vee will donate $1.00 for every $200 Hy-Vee receives in receipts. This is not only for groceries but Hy-Vee gas receipts also. Every penny counts and can add up to thousands of dollars. So tell your friends, neighbors, relatives to save Hy-Vee receipts. It's simple and easy! Simply bring all Hy-Vee receipts to Rockbrook School and deposit them into the HyVee red bucket located in the school lobby. Please write your student's teachers name and grade on the receipt. The class who has collected the highest dollar amount in receipts will receive a special prize party. Thank you all for participating in this easy and simple fundraiser.

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