Parks Press for Parents

Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

September 27-October 1, 2021

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Family and Parent Connection: Tips for Being an Involved Parent

The following are some suggestions for moms and dads who wish to get involved or become more involved, with their children's education. It is important to remember that doing even one thing on the list can make a difference in your child's academic progress.

  1. Read with your children and talk with them about the books and stories you read
  2. Help your children work on homework assignments and tutor with materials and instructions provided by teachers
  3. Organize and monitor your child's time
  4. Attend and actively support school activities (including virtual); volunteer when opportunities exist
  5. Continue to be involved as your child is in middle and high school
  6. Attend parent-teacher meetings
  7. Talk with your child about school on a daily basis
  8. Be an advocate for your child to make sure that the child's needs are being met
  9. If a problem arises, address it quickly by requesting a meeting with the teacher
  10. Advise the teacher of any issues at home that may affect the child's school performance
  11. Vote in school board elections
  12. Encourage your children on successes and support them on poor performances
  13. Take classes at a community college or adult education program to demonstrate to your child that learning is important
  14. Participate in parent organizations, school advisory councils, or committees
  15. Consider involving grandparents, who may be retired and have more time, in their grandchildren's education

Excerpt from: https://www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/parental-involvement-is-key-to-student-success

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Thanks for Accepting the Fridays Matter Challenge. Here's our leaderboard from Friday, 9/24.

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Our Campus Attendance Rate for Last Week dropped to 90%. Let's keep working to reach our goal of 98%!

September is National Attendance Awareness Month


Attendance plays an important role in your child's academic success. We can reach this goal if everyone makes it their goal to ensure that your child attends school all day, everyday this school year. RPM is committed to taking a multi-faceted approach; including student incentives, positive peer pressure, parent workshops and truancy submissions. As parents, we communicate the importance of school in the decisions that we make. If we encourage our students to go to school each day, we are letting students know that their education is important. Not only that, but we are setting them up to be responsible and productive adults who adhere to timelines and rules.

If your child must be absent due to illness or other reason, a doctor's note or written excuse must be emailed to our attendance office at: anitawilson@lancasterisd.org. Excuse notices must be received within three days of the student absence.

RPM Spirit Shirts on Sale Now

Rosa Parks/Millbrook School Spirit Shirts are on sale now. Instructions to order are found below:

Go to: alreadygear.myshopify.com (Click the Spirit Shirt image to go directly to the site.)

Select: Rosa Parks Millbrook LISD

Choose: shirt color and size

Youth to Adult XL $10.00

Adult 2XL - 4XL $12.00

Colors choices: grey, white, orange

Payments are made on-line only.

The order timeframe has been extended to September 30. We apologize for last week's problem with the link.

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We Need Your Help

We have begun to experience an increase in some common issues that are not negotiable:

  • Hoodies: Under no circumstances are hoodies allowed to be worn. (See the District Dress Code) This includes pullover sweatshirts and winter coats. Uniform shirts are to be visible at all times.
  • Crocs: Under no circumstances are scholars allowed to wear crocs.
  • Masks: All scholars, teachers, and staff are required to wear a face mask appropriately at all times.
  • Cell Phones: Cell phone usage is prohibited on the campus. If a scholar needs to reach a parent, they will need to make their teacher or RPM staff member aware. Parent contact by cell phone is not allowed unless given permission. Playing games and engaging on social media is prohibited on campus.
  • Restroom Behavior: Behavior in the restroom (intentionally flooding toilets, writing on the walls, scraping paint off the walls, trashing the floors, smearing nail polish, eating and placing food products in the toilet) has increasingly gotten worse, rather than better. As a result, students are not allowed in restrooms apart from their scheduled class restroom break. Emergencies will be treated on an as needed basis in the front office. This will help administration with tracing in the event another incident occurs.

Please discuss these issues with your child to ensure they are not a part of these mishaps.

Crocs at School

We have received several phone calls about students wearing Crocs to school. For safety reasons this style shoe is not allowed at school. Parents will be called for a change of shoes, if worn. Thank you for you cooperation in ensuring your child does not wear their Crocs to school.
Rosa Parks House Launch

School Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please, do not drop off students before 7:30 a.m.

Safe School Dismissal

Thank you for following our safe dismissal plan by using your car identification tags and remaining in your cars in the car drive. This has helped us reduce the time for dismissal significantly. Also, as a reminder, all walkers are to leave the campus immediately. We ask that anyone walking to meet a student not block the sidewalk or doorways to allow students to exit safely. You are welcome to wait at the tree by the our crossing guard.

Students will not be released to anyone from any doors during actual dismissal. If there should happen to be a change with your student's dismissal, due to emergency, our front office must be notified before 3:00p.m. Early pickups will not be honored after 3:00p.m. A notice from the appointment is also required for the student to be excused from time missed in class.

Students are dismissed beginning at 3:50p.m. Any students left after 4:10p.m. are considered late pickups. Parents or Guardians picking up after the car drive closes will need to ring the bell at the front door and follow our standard office procedures for checking out or picking up a student present valid identification.

Early Pick-ups

Please allow students to remain the full school day. If you need to pick up your child for an appointment, please call ahead of your arrival and return the note from the doctor, dentist, etc., on the next school day in order to receive credit for the day.

Additionally, students will not be released from school after 3:00 pm. Parents wanting their children will need to wait for dismissal time and follow the appropriate dismissal process.

Car Riders

Thank you for having your car tag visible for pick-up each day. For those who have multiple individuals that may pick up your scholar, please cut your card tag to ensure each vehicle has a tag to display. This helps us ensure your child's safety.
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Get Connected With Your Child's Classroom Through Class Dojo

It has been an amazing school year so far. To get better, we need 100% families connected with your child's classroom through Class Dojo. Mrs. Hubbard, Ms. Hayes, Ms. O'Neil Ms. Stephenson, Ms. Camp, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Cole-Lyons, Mrs. Parker, for 100% parents connected to Class Dojo! This is one of the means through which parents and teachers can communicate about what's going on in class, as well as individual student performance. If you have not signed up, do so this week to stay in the loop. Prize drawings are happening this week. You must be connected to win.

Operation Safe Tiger Return - Covid19 Protocol

Circumstances related to COVID-19 may change throughout the school year, as such, so with the response of our district. We encourage you to carefully read and review the plan regularly to remain up-to-date with changes as it relates to students, staff, and community stakeholders. Within the plan, you will find the district's expectations with regards to:

  • Virus Prevention Strategies
  • Health Reporting Procedures for students, staff, and visitors
  • Quarantine Protocol
  • Instructional Pivot Process (if needed)

See plan here: https://www.lancasterisd.org/domain/1545 or by clicking the OSTR image.

Counselor's Corner

Click here for this month's Counselor's Connection Newsletter providing helpful tips for teaming with us for the success of all students.

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RPM vs. The Gap Season Schedule

Sept. 27 2nd Six Weeks Begins

Sept. 27-Oct. 8 TX-KEA testing for Kinder

Oct. 1 RPM House Reveal/1st 6 Weeks Awards Assembly

Oct. 2 Hispanic Heritage Bowl

Oct. 4 Parent/Teacher Conference Day (No school for students)

Oct. 8 Big Kahuna Fundraising Kickoff

Oct. 11 District Holiday (All district and campuses closed)

Oct. 12 Parks Parent Association Meeting (6:00p.m.; virtual)

Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Festival

Oct. 18-22 Benchmark Assessments

Oct. 25 Staff Development (No school)

Oct. 29 Fall Festival/Storybook Character Parade

Oct. 29 Big Kahuna Fundraising ends

College Go Get it Week 2021

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Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent-Student Handbook

Click here for access to the Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent/Student Handbook. Be informed of general operating guidelines and student expectations for the 2021-2022 school year.

Parent Portal

Staying connected allows ongoing communication regarding your child’s academic, social, and emotional progress. Click here for access to the Parent Portal to set up academic notifications and accurate, updated contact information.

Yvonne M. Thornton, M. Ed.

Principal

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#WeAreOne: 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