Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 03-27-2020

Teacher Wave Parade - April 1st at 3:30pm

Good Afternoon Rockbrook Families,


I hope this message finds you well. You may have seen recent news stories about Wave Parades and Teacher Caravans. We want you to know how much we miss you and we plan to get in on the action as well. Please check out the information below to see how you can join us for a fun chance to see each other while maintaining social distancing.


If our parade route doesn't pass your home or if you don't live in the surrounding neighborhood, feel free to join us somewhere along the route. We encourage families to maintain the recommended distance of 6ft, and also request that all families participate at a safe distance from the street. The Rockbrook South Parking Lot might be one easy place to do so.


If you aren't able to join us we'll also be producing a virtual wave parade video that will be sent out after the parade.

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

At Rockbrook we are committed to the inclusion of all students. This coming Thursday, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Due to the current health precautions, local celebrations have been adjusted a bit. The Autism Society of Nebraska will be hosting a virtual and online Funfest as part of their annual recognition on Saturday, April 18th.


As an opportunity to learn a little more about Autism, your child might wish to watch one of the following two videos. There are many other great resources. We encourage your family to help us recognize Autism Awareness by wearing an Autism Awareness shirt, or even just wearing blue to show support for inclusion at Rockbrook!


What’s Up with Nick (Recommended for K-3)


Amazing Things Happen (Recommended for 3-6)

Special Friday Greeting from the Student Council President

Nora’s Friday Message

Community Club Spring Events Update

Upcoming Social Skill: Asking for Help

Asking for Help might look a little different at home or online. When asking an adult for help at home, 1. look at the person, 2. use a pleasant voice, 3. say their name or title (ex. Mom) and make your request, 4. wait patiently for a reply.

Specials Lesson Websites

Our Elementary Specials and Specialists have designed several ways for students to access content. Below is a summary list of Websites and Locations


PE - Website


Art - Website


Library - Website


Music - YouTube Videos (Check your teacher's Friday email for your grade level)


Band - Google Classroom


Strings - Google Classroom


EY - Henningsen - Website


EY - Sindt - Website

Read-Aloud Request Form

Be sure to send in your Read-Aloud Requests. Mr. Higginbotham will be coming to you from a variety of locations with a fun story each day!

Westside Extended Learning Campus Activities

Note, your child may need to access this site from their iPad and be logged in to their school account.

Need a Charger? Other Materials?

Every effort was made last Thursday to send students home with technology and supplies to support their learning from home. We know that some items may have been forgotten, missed, etc. Please reach out to Mr. Higginbotham (higginbotham.garret@westside66.net) if you need help in accessing materials, supplies or support for your child’s learning.

Class Placements - Due by March 27th

We are fortunate at Rockbrook to have a high quality, caring, and dedicated staff of educators who strive to meet the needs of every child. Our teams of teachers are insightful and qualified and put a great deal of care and effort to best fit each child’s educational needs with the right teacher.


During the last quarter of the year, our staff begins the challenging task of creating the class lists for the next school year. This task involves many people and a great deal of thought, as we do our best to:


Balance

When a classroom is balanced, the students are more successful, learning is easier, and the teacher is able to meet the needs of the learners in attendance. Teams of teachers go over criteria such as male/female ratio, academic needs and talents, and special programming to ensure classrooms have even and diverse representation.


Build Equity

We also work to see that all classrooms resemble each other in leadership abilities, social skills, peer relationships, individual learning styles and teaching styles, and classroom dynamics (behavior, social, emotional, and personality considerations among students).


Finding the Right Match

We recognize that parents are an important part of our team and a crucial advocate for their child’s success. With so many variables, granting every teacher request would not be possible and might not match with the careful planning teachers do in preparing suggested lists. In addition, children need to work in and with a variety of circumstances now and in the future, in terms of personnel, peers, and environment.


If there is a circumstance you feel we should consider, please do the following:

• Make a formal request in writing (by email to higginbotham.garret@westside66.net is acceptable) no later than March 27th, 2019

• Requests should reference your child’s learning style and type, not the specific teacher you wish them to have.

If there has been a request made in a previous year that still applies, such as not placing your child with another particular student, please include this in writing to make sure we are aware of the necessary details again, for placement in the 2020-2021 school year.


Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Class assignments will be mailed individually in August, prior to the start of school.
We recently heard from Original Works that they have extended their deadlines do to the current health situation. If you yet have materials to turn in, please keep them in a safe place. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Safe2Help Nebraska Hotline

Our school has received items promoting the Safe2Help Nebraska hotline. This important resource for families and youth is run out of Boystown and provides a place for students in Douglas County to anonymously reports threats to the safety and wellbeing of others. For more information, you may access the website at Safe2helpNE.org.
Don't Forget to TAGG - HyVee is Now Included!

Supporting the school couldn't be easier. Just download the TAGG App and scan your receipts at participating locations. Set Rockbrook as you cause and the business donates back to us!

Rockbrook Field Day 2020

Field Day This year Field Day will be on May 15th. Our Student Council sponsors themed buddy activitys, including stations for fun and fitness, as well as a healthy snack. We feel adding some adult support will really help make for a fun set of afternoon stations that kids enjoy. We are looking for volunteers able to help. If interested please contact Mr. Higginbotham higginbotham.garret@westside66.net.
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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.

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