Rockbrook Express

Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly News | Feb 2020

Parent - Teacher Conferences - 3/9 & 3/11

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.

Valentine's Party

Rockbrook Valentine's Parties are fast approaching. As you prepare for this fun day a couple of quick tips and reminders...

  • 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 (, 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!

Congratulations, Gable!

~The EY Team

Dining Out for Education - Raising Canes! - Feb 11

Skip the dishes and join us for delicious Cane's Chicken! 15% of sales get donated back to our school!

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Sixth Grade String Concert Date Change:

Sixth Grade String Parents - please note that the date of our Solo and Small Ensemble performance opportunity has been changed from Feb. 18 to Monday, March 16. The event will be held at Westside Middle School at 6:30. More information from your strings teachers will be emailed to you. Please let your strings teacher know if you have any questions!

Strike Up The Band

Strike up the band because our BAND-O-RAMA EXTRAVAGANZA is quickly approaching! Band-o-rama will feature our district wide fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade band students as well as our award winning WHS Concert Jazz Band! Students will have a rehearsal during the school day for this event on March 26 and the concert will be the same day at 7:00 pm at Westside High School. Detailed information will be sent home about this concert as the date approaches. For now, please mark your calendars and make this evening a priority for your entire family. Please let your child's band teacher know if you have any questions!
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Unified Bowling

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 Participation

If 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.

Thanks to the Students, Classes, and Families Showing Kindness Matters at Rockbrook!

2000+ Kind Acts Completed

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!

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Good Luck Rockbots

We want to wish our Rockbrook Rockbots good luck as they make final preparations for their competition at the Nebraska Robotics Expo on Saturday, February 22nd. Competing team members include Wyatt A., Isaac L., Jericho B., Owen A., Celia G., Ella S., Ezekiel B., Ryan B., Emily W., Clarissa K., Brandt S., Sam P., Charlie P., Morgan S., Rhett P., Braelyn T., Grace. P., Mason W., Harper B., Elizabeth W., Gavin S., Cooper K., Hannah J., and Aslyn S.

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

How would you like to see Mr. Higginbotham take a plunge into icy cold waters at Lake Zorinsky! Well guess what, he will be!

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!

Work at Westside

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!

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Morning Arrival Reminder

Please do not drop your children off before 8:15 am. Breakfast is not served until this time and there is NO supervision. Staff utilizes this time before and after school to have meetings and training.
Upcoming Social Skill: Getting the Teacher's Attention

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

If your family is missing any winter gear, it's probably at the Lost and Found. If you have a moment to stop by and check, please do. If items are not picked up by the end of the 3rd Quarter then they will be donated.
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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

If you are a District resident who would like your K-6 child(ren) to attend an elementary school other than the school that serves your attendance area for next school year, you must submit a completed In-District Transfer (IDT) Request form to the Office of Student Services for review.

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 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.

Important Dates


11 Raising Cane's Dining Out Night

14 Valentine's Party - starts at 2:39 pm

17 President's Day - No School, Professional Learning

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

Need a great way to gather information for a birthday invitation? Looking to sign up for an upcoming event? Need some details about something you heard was discussed at a recent Community Club Meeting? Be sure to visit the NEW Community Club Website. It's your one stop shop for information about Community Club, to include your information in the directory, and to be able to sign up for access to the app.

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.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

When calling to make arrangements for your child it’s important that the right people get the right message. If calling to inform us of decisions that will impact your child’s school day (8:30-3:30) please call our main office at 402-390-6475. If you are calling to make changes to before and after care, it is also important to contact the Club66 Staff at 402-390-8208. Finally, it’s always appreciated if you email your child’s teacher if you will be picking them up during the day as this helps them prepare any work your child may need. Please make sure if doing so to also call the main office or email our Administrative Assistant Ms. Veldhuis at

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.

Traffic and Parking at Rockbrook

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.

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.

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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.

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