Parks Press for Parents

Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

October 4-8, 2021

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Positive Parent + Teacher Interactions = Student Wins

This week we will engage in our regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child's progress so far this year. Please ensure that you arrive, or log in to your meeting on time. Here are some tips and suggestions for making sure your conference is productive and ensures the success of your child:

Before the Conference

Talk with your child. Make sure they understand that you are meeting to help him or her.

  • What are his or her strongest and weakest subjects; which ones they like most/least.
  • What he/she would like you to talk to the teacher about.
  • Have they been giving their best effort in school or can they be doing better/more.

Prepare a list of questions/topics needing to be discussed with the teacher. Prioritize the questions in case you run out of time.

  • What is my child expected to learn this year?
  • How can I support this at home?
  • Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?
  • What are some of my child's strengths and areas for growth?
  • How are my child's social skills? Does he/she seem happy at school?

During the Conference

  • Be on Time; remember other parents have conferences scheduled. You can always request a conference at a later time.
  • Be Yourself; relax and remember your and the teacher both want what's best for your child.
  • Stay Calm: Respectful communication is the best way to work together. Getting angry during a conference makes it very difficult to have a positive conversation and outcome.
  • Ask for Explanations for anything you don't understand
  • Create an action plan with the teacher to make sure you both have the same expectations.
  • Express appreciation

After the Conference

  • Talk with your child.
  • Work on the action plan.
  • Keep the lines of communication open with teachers.

When children see parents and teachers working together, they understand that their education is a top priority at school and at home.

The RPM Hispanic Heritage Bowl Legacy Lives On!

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Thank you Parents, Staff, and Coaches for your support! #WeAreOne

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We Need Your Help

We have begun to experience an increase in some common issues that are not negotiable:
  • Parents addressing staff in a disrespectful manner (cursing, berating, threatening, etc.) will not be tolerated. This type of behavior is not condoned by any member of the Rosa Parks Community.
  • 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.

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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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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.

RPM vs. The Gap Season Schedule

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

Oct. 5-8 TX-KEA testing for Kinder

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. 21 Fall Pictures (Red, Blue, or White uniform shirt required)

Oct. 25 Staff Development (No school)

Oct. 29 Fall Festival/Storybook Character Parade

Oct. 29 Big Kahuna Fundraising ends

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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

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Yvonne M. Thornton, M. Ed.

Principal

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“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