Rosa Parks Elementary

January 2022

After you read this, if have questions, please reach out.

Kiersta Machacek


Dates to Remember

This Month:

Monday 1/3/2022: Classes Resume

Thursday 1/13/2022: End of Quarter 2

Friday 1/14/2022: No School - Teacher Work Day

Monday 1/17/2022: No School - Inservice and Martin Luther King Jr Day

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Monday 1/17/22: 11:30a - 3:00p

Thursday 1/20/22: 3:30p - 7:00p

Monday 1/24/22: 3:30p - 7:00p

Looking Ahead to Next Month:

Monday 2/21/22: No School - Presidents' Day Break

Tuesday 2/22/22: No School - Presidents' Day Break

Happy New Year Rosa Parks Families!

We hope everyone had a great break! We are working hard to get right back in to our routine here at school, too.

The end of the first semester (2nd quarter) has come to an end as of Thursday 1/13/2022. Please encourage your student(s) to continue to work hard - we are halfway through the year!

Keep in mind, conferences are here! Dates/Times are listed above.

Teachers have been working hard on creating a schedule and have sent messages home to let you know what day/time you will be scheduled.

If you have questions regarding the date/time you are assigned, please use SeeSaw to connect with your students teacher. If you need additional assistance, the office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30a - 4:00p.


Is your student home sick? Is your student coming to school late or being picked up early?

Please let the office know if your student will be absent or if he/she has an upcoming appointments that will require them to miss school.

We submit lunch count by 8:30am, so if your student is coming late, please let us know before 8:25am so we can be sure to order a lunch if needed for that day.

The school office phone number is 605-371-4170. If you are calling outside of regular office hours, please leave a message!

If your student misses school for an appointment or is out sick, it is helpful for their attendance to send the student back to school with a doctor's note so we can excuse the time missed. You can also have notes faxed to the school office at 605-371-4174 if that is easier.

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School Related Cancellations and Postponements

It is important to be prepared for the winter storms and extreme cold that every South Dakota winter brings. Please read the following information so you are aware of the procedures for school related cancellations and postponements.

District leaders rely on experts from the National Weather Service and city/county officials when we make decisions on school cancellations, late starts or early dismissals.

Cancelling School/Late Start

When a severe storm hits the area, or is forecast, we start contacting local officials as early as 3:00 a.m. We communicate with our Operational Services Department, the Weather Bureau, the City Street Department, Sioux Falls Transit, and our transportation contractors. It is our goal to decide whether or not to cancel school by 5 a.m. to allow time for parking lots and sidewalks to be cleared, food services to prepare meals and the bus company to begin operations. In the event that school needs to be cancelled or delayed, families will be alerted via a ParentLink phone call. These calls will generally be sent between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to accommodate families whose children are picked up by buses at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are also made on the District’s website, Sioux Falls School District social media sites (Facebook: and Twitter: ) the SFSD app, and over the local radio and television stations.

Because the public schools have a limited rural area, it is often possible for Sioux Falls to have school when nearby towns may not.

Early Dismissal

Storms occasionally move in during the day, making it necessary to assess whether or not to dismiss school early. We choose early dismissal only under the most extreme circumstances. In most cases, it is safer for students to remain at school due to the need for transportation and proper supervision. In the rare instances when schools are dismissed early, families will receive a ParentLink phone call and the information will appear on the District’s website at, and our Sioux Falls School District social media sites (Facebook: and Twitter: ). Announcements are also made over the local radio and television stations.

Notifications refer to dismissal “one hour early” or “two hours early” because of the number of different building schedules. In addition to noting the early dismissal, announcements about evening activities are normally included.

It is very important that every family has a plan for early dismissal. Be sure your student knows where to go in case no one is at home. Parents/Guardians are urged to talk with their student about his/her safety during winter weather emergencies.

Be Safe This Winter

The school system offers these suggestions concerning cold weather and

emergency situations:

1. Listen for a ParentLink phone call regarding school closings, late starts, or early dismissals. Check the District’s website at for updated information.

Follow us on our Sioux Falls School District social media sites (Facebook: and Twitter: ) for updated information. Announcements will also be made on local radio and television stations. (Please avoid calling schools or the Instructional Planning Center. Phone lines are needed for emergency communications.)

2. Make sure students are properly dressed for predicted weather conditions so they are prepared for walking or waiting for a bus in the cold or for being delayed on a bus in a weather-related situation.

3. Students should not arrive at school until the scheduled time for outdoor staff supervision or the breakfast program begins.

4. Develop a plan and inform your student about where your student will go if school is dismissed early.

5. School officials will use their best judgment about school closings, late starts, or early dismissals, but please remember that a parent has the right to keep children home or to pick them up from school early if they feel weather conditions require this action.

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School Visitors

This year, our District is now allowing visitors back into the buildings. With this, we will follow District policy. The Sioux Falls School District has an installed a visitor management system in each school. This is District wide; there are NO exceptions.

This system requires all visitors to produce a government issued ID prior to entry during school hours. An ID badge will be generated which MUST be worn in a visible location while you are in the building. All parents and visitors will need to have their ID available when coming to school during the student day. The student day is defined as 7:30am to 3:00pm at Rosa Parks Elementary.

Further detailed information about the school districts visitor policy, ECAB-R can be viewed at the Safe and Secure site on the District website here under the visitor section. Please be patient as the process of checking may take a few moments longer, however, our ultimate goal of student and staff safety is a priority.


Click here to read Dr. Stavem's latest message

Nominations are now open for the 34th Annual Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year Award!!

Dr. John Harris served as superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District from 1968-1992. Dr. Harris led the school system with compassion and integrity, touching the lives of thousands of students, teachers and employees, and guiding the system to be one of the finest in the country. He is remembered for his gentleness, humility, graciousness, professionalism, intelligence, and his sincere interest in people. He lived his philosophy that human contacts are the key element to education.

At a ceremony on August 30, 2007, a memorial plaque, purchased by the John Harris P.T.A., was dedicated. The plaque is mounted in the front hallway of the school to remind us all of the special man for whom the school is named. The plaque reads:

“Human contacts are the key element to education.
What we are really trying to do is open doors and expand horizons.
The horizons are different and the doors lead to different opportunities,
but what we are about has not changed.”

-Dr. John Harris

The Sioux Falls School District is proud of our staff and teachers for their commitment to our children and encompassing the same values and passions as Dr. Harris! Each year the Sioux Falls Public Schools and Vern Eide Motorcars jointly sponsor this prestigious award, so please lift up and nominate a deserving teacher!


Nominations are due by 5:00pm Monday, January 17th, 2022. A judging panel will choose the finalists and all nominees will be celebrated along with the announcement of the Sioux Falls School District Teacher of the Year on Monday, February 28th, 2022! More details to come.

Outstanding, full time teachers in ANY accredited Sioux Falls school are eligible for the award and $4,000 in prize money donated by Vern Eide Motorcars!

Nomination Form: Classroom teachers that have at least three (3) full years of teaching experience, a class of his/her own and teaches students at least three (3) or more hours per day, five (5) days a week, for six (6) or more calendar months during a school year are eligible. Teachers may be nominated by a colleague, parent, administrator, student, or community member by filling out the nomination form. Please click the Nomination Form below. Nominators are ENCOURAGED to solicit additional support for the nominee by asking up to (3) three others to also submit letters outlining their experience with the nominated teacher.

Letter of Support: If a nominator asks you to help support their nomination for an individual, please use the Letter of Support link below. A Letter of Support enhances the original teacher nomination. Only three (3) letters will be attached to any one (1) nomination for an individual.

Criteria for Selection include:

  • Differentiates instruction based on meeting student needs
  • Designs engaging lessons to improve classroom and/or school culture
  • Inspires students to recognize their potential impact and role in the larger community

Additional Things to Consider:

  • Desire for professional growth
  • Community involvement
  • Dedication to the teaching profession
  • Rapport with students, parents and staff

Electronic Form- 2022 Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

Electronic Form- 2022 Teacher of the Year Support Letter

~Attached is a flyer that can be printed and shared in your schools and with family, friends and others!

If needed, paper nomination forms and letters of support can be obtained by emailing Kelli Fahey at These can be completed and sent back through email or mailed to Community Education-Instructional Planning Center, 201 E. 38th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

For more information on the District, Regional and State Teacher of the Year program, please visit .

Each District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award. If the District TOY is selected as the Regional TOY, he or she becomes a nominee for the South Dakota TOY. If chosen as the South Dakota TOY, he/she then becomes a candidate for the National TOY.

Again, thank you for your support of our great education system here in Sioux Falls!

Department of Health South Dakota COVID Hotline 1-800-997-2880

ORCHESTRA News - Jan. 2022

Mrs. Bogue and Mrs. Claybaugh, Orchestra Teachers

Congratulations to our Band and Orchestra Students for an EXCELLENT Concert! We are PROUD of YOU!!!

Mark your calendars for the next band and orchestra concert on Monday, March 14.

BAND NEWS - Jan. 2022

Ms. Bigge -

We're excited to continue mastering our instruments after our Winter Concert! Our fifth graders in band are now preparing for their fifth-grade band festival at their future middle school. If you have any questions about band, please contact me by email.

Free/Reduced Lunch Application 2021-2022

Needs to be completed each school year - one application per family.


Only use this link if you are brand new to the Sioux Falls School District

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Unsupervised Volunteer Form 21-22

Needs to be completed yearly, 3 weeks prior to any fields or helping the classrooms.


Simply type in your address to find your child's bus number, pick up time, drop off time, and location of pick up/drop off.

Available Activity Options

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