Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly News | Feb 2020
Conference Notes were sent home last week and need to be returned right away so we can help find a time that works well to meet for conferences. If you have lost your form, please contact your child's teacher directly to help schedule a time.
- Consider only filling out the From: side of the Valentine or writing To: My Friend. This helps prevent any child from feeling left out or a valentine getting lost and not delivered.
- Parents are asked to show up no earlier than 2:30 pm. We will have plenty of time to set up because of the adjusted schedule.
- Please be mindful of our Approved Snack List, there are a lot of options for candy that are safe for the kids at Rockbrook. Other great options include rub on tattoos, stickers, pencils, etc.
Finally, plan accordingly if you are joining your child for lunch that day.
K - 11:05 am
1st - 11:10 am
2nd - 11:35 am
3rd - 11:30 am
4th - 11:55 am
5th - 12:00 pm
6th - 12:25 pm
Another Digital Dozen - Way to Go Gable!
The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Gable J. from Rockbrook as the most recent recipient of the Digital Dozen award for this school year!
This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Blog (ey.westside66.org), which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and we are proud of your accomplishment!
~The EY Team
Skip the dishes and join us for delicious Cane's Chicken! 15% of sales get donated back to our school!
Sixth Grade String Concert Date Change:
Strike Up The Band
What Are Unified Activities?
The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast growing initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together.
Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our next Unified Activity this year, Unified Bowling.
Where: Mockingbird Lanes, 4870 S 96th St, Omaha, NE 68127
When: Feb 24th, 2020 - 4pm-6pm
What: A bowling event unlike any other! Come and enjoy a free game and shoes sponsored by Westside Unified Special Olympics.
RSVP Needed for ParticipationIf you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please complete the RSVP Form. This helps us plan for how many to expect at the event. https://tinyurl.com/WCSUAR1920
Thanks to the Students, Classes, and Families Showing Kindness Matters at Rockbrook!
During our Great Kindness Challenge students, classes, and families completed more than 2000 additional acts of kindness. It's a great way to show our commitment to being kind every day!
Good Luck Rockbots
Support Westside Unified Activities - Polar Plunge, Tomorrow - Feb 8th
It’s time to #BeBoldGetCold to support Special Olympics Nebraska and Westside Unified. February 8th is the Omaha Polar Plunge, put on by Special Olympics Nebraska. Westside Unified will be represented with a team of “Polar Plungers” and funds raised and designated for the Westside Unified Team will be used to support the Unified Activities programs in Westside Community Schools such as our K-8 Unified Activities Program, WHS Unified Bowling, WHS Unified Track, WHS Sparkles, and much more. With your support, we hope to continue to expand these opportunities across our district and community.
You can show your support in several ways…
Mr. Higginbotham Takes the Plunge
If you want to help support our Westside Unified Activities you can donate using the link above, or come out on February 8th to see him take the plunge!
Rockbrook is currently hiring for Educational Assistants. Know someone that would be great to work with kids. Please them and us know. We'd love to have them as part of our team making a difference in the lives of kids!
Morning Arrival Reminder
Steps: 1. Look at the Person, 2. Raise your hand and wait to be called on, 3. Ask your question or make your request in a calm voice.
Lost & Found
Vocal Music Concerts
Hello Bulldog Parents! The music class has been off to a good start. The students are already preparing for their programs. Below are the program dates this semester.
3rd-4th Grade Vocal Music Concert—Thursday, March 19th, 7:00PM WMS Performing Arts Center
6th Grade Vocal Music Festival—Tuesday, March 31st, 7:00 PM, WHS Gymnasium
1st-2nd Grade Vocal Music Concert—Thursday, May 7th, 7:00PM WMS Performing Arts Center
Kindergarten—Thursday, April 30th, 2:40 PM, Rockbrook Gymnasium
We look forward to seeing you at our performances!
Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2020-2021 School Year
The District gives priority to families living within the District prior to placing Option Enrollment applicants who reside outside the District. We must receive a Student In-District Transfer Request form no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2020, for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.
IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and our District website. Click here to complete the form electronically. An IDT request form must be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has one or more siblings currently attending a school outside their home attendance area. Transfers are approved or denied based on available space and other resources. If you have questions about the in-district transfer process, please call the Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.
Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: January 20th - February 28th
Do you live in the District and have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten this fall? Do you know of other Westside residents with children who will be ready to start school in August?
Kindergarten enrollment for 2020-2021 begins January 20, 2020. Parents of eligible students should go to westside66.org to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after January 20th.
Students entering kindergarten for 2020-2021 must be five years old by July 31, 2020. Parents may opt to hold their children out of kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska state law mandates that a child who reaches six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year must be enrolled in school.
If you have questions, you may call the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.
Kindergarten Enrollment for Non-District Residents
If you live outside the District and have a child eligible for kindergarten who has a sibling currently attending a Westside elementary school through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an Option Enrollment Application. Westside’s Office of Student Services must receive Option Enrollment Applications no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2020. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and our district website. Click here to complete the form electronically.
Under Option Enrollment statutes, first priority for admission is given to siblings who seek to attend in the District where an older sibling is already enrolled, provided an Option Enrollment form is submitted by March 15 and provided that there is space available in a requested building and grade level. If you have questions, you may call Julie Fumagalli at 402-390-2107.
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.
Community Club Website & Student Directory - Please Sign Up
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
Who Ya Gonna Call?
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.
Help us keep students and families safe. Please review the routes for parking and pickup using the full route. Cutting across the lot has created some recent close calls for both cars and students. These routines help keep everyone safe.
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.
Welcome to Rockbrook Elementary - Home of the Bulldogs
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.