Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 1/24/20
Rockbrook 2020 Great Kindness Challenge
“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
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!
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
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.
Next week we will be focusing on expectations when students are transitioning in the hallways.
Snow Play Expectations
Since we finally have some snow to play in!
The hallways of the outside!
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!
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!
You are invited to join us for a Free Parent Education Group “Parenting the Love and Logic Way”
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.