Rockbrook Express

Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly Newsletter | 12-7-18

The Holiday Gift Shop

This year the Rockbrook Community Club is bringing back a Holiday Gift Shop. Please check your child's backpack tonight for information about this fun opportunity for students to buy gifts to give to their friends or relatives. Items will be available at all price points. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open on December 14th from 9:00-2:30. Families may send money on that day and teachers will have an envelope for each student to collect money and make sure it safely makes it down for purchasing.

Fall Fundraiser

Thanks to all for their help in picking up your fundraising orders. If you have any missing or damaged items from your order, please contact Believe Kids at 1-866-816-1116.

Rockbrook Winter Break Challenge, Reading and Math! - COMING SOON!

With the Winter Break approaching, we wanted to let you know about a fun challenge you'll be hearing about soon. We hope your child and family will consider participating! Keeping young minds active and with a little learning over those couple of weeks can really help prime them for a fast start back in January. As such we'll be sending home some information about Reading and Math activities for your child, along with incentives. Be sure to check their backpack and our weekly Rockbrook Reminder prior to break for for more information.

Building Skills of Independence and Empowerment

It's hard to believe we're nearly halfway through our school year and it's amazing to see the growth the children are making. Encouraging students to develop skills of independence, responsibility, and empowerment is an important part of their development and preparation for future experiences. Home chores, homework routines, school arrival practices and other habits can all help in growing these skills in your child. As we head into the second half of the year, consider how you and your child can continue to grow in their skills of independence. With the new year approaching it's a great time to set goals and work to accomplish them. Your child's teacher can also be a great partner in helping to determine how to best promote their success for the second half of the school year.

Upcoming Vocal Music Concerts

Hello Parents or Guardians!

This note is to remind you of our upcoming vocal music programs for our Rockbrook students.

Our 4 th – 6 th grade students will have their program on Monday, January 28 th at 6:30PM. Our 1 st – 3 rd grade students will have their program on Tuesday, February 19 th at 6:30PM. Both

performances will take place in the Westside Middle School auditorium and will last

approximately 45 minutes. We request all students attend this performance except in the

instance of illness or a family emergency. Our students have been working diligently in music

class to prepare for these performances and are looking forward to performing for you. If you

have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!


Mr. Pribnow

Rockbrook Student Featured at Miss Amazing

Featuring the talents and accomplishments of our Rockbrook students is an exciting opportunity to share with our families. This month we are proud to share 3rd Grader Jenessa who recently participated in the Miss Amazing production. Miss Amazing is "a community of people that invests in the strengths of girls and women with disabilities... because girls with disabilities can and do accomplish amazing things."

If your child has an amazing talent, skill, or accomplishment to share we encourage you to send it our way so we can celebrate the many great things our Rockbrook students do (

Winter Grams

Student Council is selling Winter Grams on Tuesday, December 11th to support our adopted families. Each message will be $.50 and hand-delivered to the recipient in their classroom. Sales will be before school from 8:15-8:30 am in the main lobby, the south end of the library, and classrooms at the beginning of the school day. Deliveries will be Wednesday, December 12th.

Wanted: Experts from our Community!

Rockbrook Elementary is seeking adults for our exciting enrichment cluster program.

If your child was at Rockbrook last spring you already know the exciting opportunity of our

student enrichment clusters. For our new families, we are excited to share this experience with

your family.

For six weeks beginning in February, students will have the opportunity to explore a topic of

interest in depth. Students will work together with like-minded students and an adult who will guide them. Enrichment clusters provide interest-based extensions to our curriculum and a real-

life connection to our learning standards.

We are looking for adults that would be willing to help with our clusters and share an area of

interest and/or expertise. This could be for the full six weeks as a cluster group leader, or for just a session or two as a guest speaker. The classes will run from 2:39-3:15 on Fridays in February and the first two weeks of March. Students will have a variety of classes to choose from. Once they choose their class, they will remain with the same group of students and will study the same topic, for the entire six weeks.

If leading a class or being a guest speaker is not of interest, we also welcome any help you can

offer. Extra hands go a long way as our students explore topics more freely.

Questions? Interested? Contact Mr. Higginbotham at Rockbrook. There will also be information

shared during our upcoming Parent Advisory and Community Club Meetings.

Winter Wear and Snow Gear

To ensure that students can both enjoy the snow and keep warm and dry once they come inside, we wanted to remind you of a few expectations for students wishing to play in the snow.

• Students need to wear proper coats, gloves, and hats. When temperatures are above 10º we will typically be going outside.

• If students wish to walk in deep snow, they will be expected to wear snow boots.

•For very deep snow or if students wish to roll and play in in the snow, students will need snow pants to ensure they stay warm and dry.

• If students wish to build with snow they must have gloves or mittens.

• When recess equipment is slick or wet, access may be restricted to promote student safety.

We appreciate your support in going over these expectations with your child. Teachers will do so as well so that students may have a fun and safe time during winter recess.

Information Change

Please let Ms. Veldhuis know if you have moved, changed your email or phone number since you completed your Back to School update.

Instrumental Music Reminders

Attention Fifth and Sixth Grade Band and String Parents - Mark your calendars because our concerts are coming! Concerts are a musicians reward for hard work and effort on their instrument. Please help reward your child by making their first concert a priority for your entire family! We can't wait to see you at these events to celebrate your child's accomplishments! The Instrumental Music Staff

6th grade String students: Tuesday, December 18

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside High School Auditorium

5th grade String students: Thursday, December 20

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside High School Auditorium

5th and 6th grade Band students: Monday, January 14

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside Middle School Auditorium

Lunch Times

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)

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.

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.

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 tonight, 12/13 at Zios Pizza at 129th and Center.

Important Dates


10 All School Instrumental Concert, 2:45 pm

13 Zio's Dining Out Night

18 6th Grade Strings Concert @ WMS, 6:00 pm Rehearsal, 7:00 pm Performance

19 Don & Millie's Dining Out for Education Night

20 5th Grade Strings Concert @ WMS, 6:00 pm Rehearsal, 7:00 pm Performance

24 Winter Break Begins- 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.

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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