Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 1/24/20

Rockbrook 2020 Great Kindness Challenge

It's the time of year again where we celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge, a week focused on practicing acts of kindness to make these a part of our daily habits. Below you'll find information about how your child and your family can participate both at school and at home. Your child will be bringing home a blue packet with checklists of possible acts they might enjoy to help show Kindness Matters. This packet can also be downloaded here, and further resources are available at:
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“Polar Plunge is Coming”

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!

Valentine's Party

Rockbrook will be using a special events schedule on the day of our Valentine's Party. We ask that parents 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.

Also, 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

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.
Next Week's Social Skill: Disagreeing Appropriately

Steps: 1. Look at the Person, 2. Use a Pleasant Voice, 3. Say "I understand how you feel," 4. Tell why you feel differently, 5. Give a reason, 6. Listen to the person.

Lost and 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.

2nd-3rd Grade Vocal Music Concert—Thursday, March 19th, 7:00 PM, 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, 7:00 PM, WMS Performing Arts Center

Kindergarten—Thursday, April 30th, 2:40 PM, Rockbrook Gymnasium

We look forward to seeing you at our performances!

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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You are invited to join us for a Free Parent Education Group “Parenting the Love and Logic Way”

Presented by

Sarah Lieske, LMHP School Counselor, Paddock Road

Jessica Lowe, LMHP School Counselor, Westbrook

Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents and care givers have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. During the course, you will learn about the two rules of Love and Logic, the Anticipatory Consequence, ways to neutralize arguing and much more. You will walk out with information and ideas that you can use right away!

Who: Parents with children of any age

What: A five-week parent-training program designed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

When: Thursday, January 30th Thursday, February 6th

Thursday, February 13th Thursday, February 20th Thursday, February 27th

Classes from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Paddock Road Elementary 3535 Paddock Road

Omaha, NE 68124 Phone 402-390-6465

How: Registration is FREE to all district families. Class size is limited.

FREE childcare for children (grades PK-6 only) who are students in the district is available. Contact Person: Sarah Lieske

To Register: Please email the following information to Sarah Lieske:

  • Number of Adults Attending

  • Names of Adults Attending

  • Number of Children Needing Childcare

  • Names/Ages/School of Children Needing Childcare

  • Your Phone Number

    Westside Community Schools does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under law in its educational programs and activities or in admission or access to, or treatment in, hiring and employment.

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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


30 Rockbrook / Oakdale STEAM Night @ Oakdale

28 Godfather's Slice of the Pie Night


4 Community Club Meeting 6:00 pm

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.

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.)
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.

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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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