Four Nests... One Family News

October 18, 2021

Rockledge Elementary School

School Hours: 9am-3:40pm (Doors open at 8:55am daily)

Hello Rockledge Families,

Thank you families for coming out for some of our most recent parent events; Back to School Night, Advisory Council, and the monthly PTA meeting. We have been busy growing and learning as a school. Today we were honored to have a visit by our PWCS Superintendent, Dr. LaTonya McDade. She was able to stop by classrooms and see some of the amazing learning happening at the Rock.

Many great and fun things are happening at Rockledge for the rest of October. Remember families, that one of the best things you can do to support your child's learning is to read to or with them every night. Please let us know if you are in need of any books to read.

Your Principal & Assistant Principal,

Mrs. Steptoe-Coleman

Mrs. Everett

Upcoming Important Dates

October 20th: PTA Spirit Night @ Sweet Frog

October 20th: Unity/Orange Spirit Day

October 22nd: Breast Cancer Awareness Day (Wear Pink)

October 25- 29th: Red Ribbon Week

October 29th: Storybook Character Costume Day

October 29th: PTA Family Movie Night @ 6:30pm

November 1st: Student Holiday/ Family Teacher Conferences

November 2nd: Election Day/ No School for Students

November 4th: Diwali Holiday/ Schools & Offices Closed

School Store Opens Tomorrow

Families, our school store is back! The PTA will have the school store open on Tuesday and Friday mornings during arrival.


Items range from 5 cents to $7

Items for sale:

Pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks, glue sticks, highlighters, rulers, paper folder, dry erase markers, crayons, dividers, folders, pencil boxes, pencil pouch, colored pencils, markers, zip binders

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Sweet Frog Spirit Night (PTA Sponsored)

Join us Wednesday, October 20th for Spirit Night at Sweet Frog. Come place your order for yummy frozen yogurt between 12-9pm.

Location: 13796 Smoketown Rd, Woodbridge

25% of the sales generated from this event will be given back to the Rockledge PTA.

Bring in or show this flyer, or tell your cashier that you are supporting the school!

Come on out and feed that sweet tooth! We can't wait to see everyone!

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Wear & Share Orange- Wednesday, October 20th

No child should ever experience bullying. To show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion we are sending a visible message by wearing ORANGE.

This is a part of all the work students have been engaging in around bully awareness and prevention.

See the October School Counselor News for more information.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day- Friday, October 22nd

Lets all wear PINK, and support those fighting and who have fought in battle against breast cancer. Our thoughts and support go with everyone that has been has been impacted by this illness.

Red Ribbon Week: October 25-29th

The week of October 25-29, Rockledge will be participating in Red Ribbon Week, the nation's largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. This year's theme is "Drug Free Looks Like Me," a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free.

Monday: Turn your back on drugs. Wear your clothes backward.

Tuesday: Peace out to drugs. Wear tie dye.

Wednesday: Drug free looks like me. Wear red to celebrate living drug-free.

Thursday: Dream of a life without drugs. Wear pajamas.

Friday: Drugs are not in our character. Dress up as your favorite book character.

Back to School Night Thanks

Families, it was amazing seeing everyone at our annual Back to School Night events at the beginning of the month. And thank you, thank you for sharing your Hopes and Dreams for your student's learning this year.

The Hopes and Dreams activity was a part of our larger work this year to review and revise our school vision and mission. Our goal is to have a vision and mission that reflects to collective voice of our community. As a part of that work, we are looking for parents that may be interested later in the year in volunteering to be a part of the vision conversation. We are looking to do this working beginning in January, and would love you help. If you want to be a part of this work please email Mrs. Steptoe-Coleman at

Arrival & Dismissal: No Pets on School Grounds

During arrival and dismissal we ask that no pets accompany families picking up students. This helps limit opportunities for pets getting away from owners and students responding in a unsafe manner.

Thank you for your attention to this.

Kindergarten Students at Bus Stop

Kindergarten Families:

Kindergarten students must be accompanied to and from bus stops by a parent, guardian, or other designated individual. See details on the Transportation Services webpage.

Contact the Transportation Services staff with questions.

Rockledge is Looking for Substitute Teachers & Assistants

Families are you looking for additional ways to make an impact on the school community? Are you looking for a way to extend your resume? Or even a way to earn some extra money?

You should apply to PWCS substitute pool! Amid the nationwide shortage of educators and substitute instructors, Rockledge is looking to build it's core selection of candidates for both substitute teachers and substitute teacher assistants. Check out the requirements below, including a link to apply. Let us know that know that you are applying so we can help you designate Rockledge as your school of choice once you complete the process. Please reach out Principal Steptoe-Coleman, or Cristina Rodriguez, if you need any help with your application.


Substitute Teacher Requirements:

  • Required: A completed PWCS Substitute/Temporary Application, dated within the last 6 months;
  • Required: Professional References from recent/current supervisor(s); and
  • Required: Copy of official or unofficial transcript(s) reflecting completion of 60 or more college credit hours.
  • OPTIONAL: If you hold a Certificate of completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Training, please provide a copy.
  • OPTIONAL: If you hold a current Virginia teaching license or have retired from PWCS and have an expired VA teaching license, please provide a copy.

Substitute Teacher Assistant Requirements:

  • A completed PWCS Substitute/Temporary Application, dated within the last 6 months;
  • Professional References from recent/current supervisor(s);
  • Certificate of completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Training; and
  • Copy of the High School Transcript/GED
  • Rate of pay: $14.70/hour for both general education and special education.

Instruction & Assessment Updates

Family-Teacher Conferences

On Monday, November 1st, teachers will hold conferences. Many teachers have already begun signing up families for participation. If you would like to schedule a conference with your child's teacher, please email them to schedule. Families will have the option of meeting in-person or via Zoom.

Opportunities to conference with your teacher about your child's learning strengths and areas of growth is important. It allows the teacher, family, and student to collectively understand where needs are. It also provides an important opportunity for everyone to work together to support the child's learning. It is of extreme importance for children to understand that we are all working together for their success.

Families' Vision for Learning

As we journey into a new school year, Rockledge Elementary School will be revisiting our current vision statement. As part of the process, we would like you to share your personal educational values with us. We will use this information, along with information from our staff and students, to review and revise our vision statement. We appreciate your input in this very important process.

Click HERE to share your vision.

October PTA Updates

Membership Drive

Help us reach our goal of 200 members by October 31st. Everyone that joins by October 31st will received a limited edition 2021-2022 water bottle sticker!!! Class & School Rewards for reaching membership goals. You can join here:

Outdoor Movies Night- Vote on a Movie

Join us for an outdoor movie night on October 29th at 6:30pm. Check your Friday folders for full details! You can help pick the movie at this link:

Get Your Spirit Wear

Our spirit wear store is open through October 31st! Get your new Rockledge gear here:

Health Mitigation and Safety Updates

Daily Health Screening

In order to support maintaining a healthy and safe school environment; families are asked to complete the daily health screening with their children. Answer the questions daily to determine whether you should send your child to school.

By clicking on the image below you can access the screener in multiple languages.