Parks Press for Parents

Rosa Parks.Millbrook ISSDA

August 30-September 3, 2021

Week 3: Making Progress

As we enter into week three, we can look back at our first two weeks and say, we are definitely making progress in our battle against closing the GAP and raising student achievement. Students are becoming more engaged in their learning. Positive relationships are being built across the board. The car drive at dismissal is running smoothly. Most students are arriving with their required masks and wearing them appropriately. Students and staff are practicing safe habits; wearing masks appropriately, washing and sanitizing hands and work spaces.

As we continue to press through the next few weeks, we will engage in assessments and screening activities to help us determine how to best meet the needs of all of our scholars. As teachers make contact, please be as forthcoming as possible with information that will be useful for them when helping your scholar. We encourage you on a daily basis to review your student's agenda and check your dojo account for any important information or messages shared.

On last week we shared the RPM Student/Parent Handbook. Students also have a copy of their version of the handbook in the front of their agenda. Please review these documents with your student to help each other understand the expectations and operations at Rosa Parks.

As always, we thank you for teaming up with us as we continue the work of building children, character, and community everyday.

Morning Arrival

Doors open at 7:30a.m.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 and ends at 7:55a.m.

Instruction begins 8:00a.m.

MAP Assessments: Kinder-5th Grade

All students Kinder through 5th Grade will be assessed next week using the NWEA MAP Assessments. These assessments are an extremely important piece to help us identify the level at which students are performing, and any gaps that may have been created by the loss of instructional time in the building over the past year and a half. Please ensure that your student is present every day next week so they can be appropriately assessed. The data from these assessments will be used to help plan regular day-to-day instruction, additional support students may need, as well identify areas students excel in and need to be challenged. Students will test in Reading, Math, Science, and Language Usage. If you have not done so already, please be sure to send your student's over-the-ear headsets. Kinder through second grade students will need them for assessments this week. However, a personal set will be needed by all students throughout the year as they move into their blended learning with technology. more information about the MAP assessments being taken this week can be found by clicking the link below.

Masks Required

LancasterISD requires all individuals to wear a face mask inside all district campuses, building, and school buses.

Masks are required in the school building throughout the school day. Please help us by talking with your students about the importance off wearing their mask at all time with the exception of when they are eating. We also ask that you ensure that your child has on a properly fitted mask before exiting your vehicle each morning. Thank you for helping to keep each other healthy and safe.

From the Desk of Nurse Tori

Remember to send your child with mask. Please ensure mask fits securely covering the child's nose and mouth. If you or your has signs and/or symptoms of COVID, FLU, STREP, or etc. Please keep your child or children home and contact the school nurse at 972-218-1570 for further instructions or any questions.

Operation Safe Tiger Return

Circumstances related to COVID-19 may change throughout the coming school year, as such, so with the response of our district. We encourage you to carefully read and review the plan regularly to remain up-to-date with changes as it relates to students, staff, and community stakeholders. Within the plan, you will find the district's expectations with regards to:

  • Virus Prevention Strategies
  • Health Reporting Procedures for students, staff, and visitors
  • Quarantine and Return to Work Protocol
  • Instructional Pivot Process (if needed)

See plan here: or by clicking the OSTR image.

Word of the Week - Caring

Last week's Work of the Week was Caring. Students discussed and practiced use of the word caring throughout the week. As we introduce new character words each week, we ask you to review them with your scholar in an effect to build their social and emotional character vocabulary as well as academic.

Monday: verb

Tuesday: feeling or showing concern for or kindness to others

Wednesday: It is important to be kind and caring to others.

Thursday: acting out in kindness, using please and thank you

Friday: Encourage your student to use the word of the week in a sentence. Submit it to your child's teacher by Thursday, and it may be included on the morning announcements.

For tips on how to help your child with being a caring individual see the article linked below.

Helping Students Find Balance with Technology

One of the biggest challenges facing parents today is how—and how much—to reduce the amount of time their children spend on electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, video games, TV, and computers. It's an issue not just with older kids, many of whom are practically attached to a cell phone, but with younger children as well. It's not uncommon to see babies and toddlers starring at screens given to them by parents who are trying to find something that'll distract or calm a child, and often, that early tech use transitions right into constant screen time as kids get older. It's such a prominent problem that the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) issued new recommendations for kids' media use. Here's what they advise:

  • Kids 2 to 5 years: limited screen time to one hour a day of high-quality programs; parents should view with kids.

  • Kids 6 and older: consistent limits on screen time; limits on types of media; and making sure screen use does not interfere with kids getting enough exercise and sleep.

  • The AAP also recommends that parents establish screen-free times (such as during dinner) and no-screen areas in the home (such as in bedrooms). And in a nod to the dangers of cyberbullying and online safety, the AAP also suggests that parents talk to kids about online safety and being respectful to others online.

Important Things Kids Miss Out On When They’re Engaging With Screens

1. Reading Books. The best way to encourage kids to read and nurture a love of books is to read to them and with them, and setting an example by picking up some books you love and getting into them yourself. Make reading an integral part of your child’s bedtime routine and be sure your child spends as much time with a book as she does with a screen. If your child is on a screen instead of in a book, that’s a big learning loss.

2. Connecting With Parents and Siblings. Designating times and places in your home that are screen-free by banning tech devices from the family dinner table and talking to each other about your day and current events, for instance, is an important way to reconnect and really be with one another.

3. Socializing With Friends. Technology use means that free/play, fully engaged social interaction, and non-electronic games like board games, outdoor games, or just tossing a ball around outside, will tend to take a back seat.

4. Playing Outside. Physical activity is important for kids' health, and even if your child’s school has an excellent physical education program, it’s beneficial for kids’ mental, emotional, and physical health to go outside and run around and play.

Excerpts from the article, Reasons Why You Should Unplug Your Kids From Technology.

5th Grade Students Participate in L.E.A.D. Program

LancasterISD and Rosa Parks/Millbrook have once again partnered with the Law Enforcement Against Drugs leadership program for our 5th Grade scholars in an effort to ensure that law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with our educators, community leaders, and families. L.E.A.D. provides a proven and effective program to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying, and violence. We are thankful for this commitment to reinforcing mutual respect, goodwill, and relations between law enforcement and our school community.


Thank you for following our safe dismissal plan by using your car identification tags in the car drive. Also, as a reminder, all walkers are to leave the campus immediately. We ask that anyone walking to meet a student not block the sidewalk or doorways to allow students to exit safely. You are welcome to wait at the tree by the our crossing guard. However, students will not be released to anyone from any doors during actual dismissal. If there should happen to be a change with your student's dismissal, due to emergency, our front office must be notified by 3:00p.m. Early pickups will not be honored after 3:00p.m. Students are dismissed beginning at 3:50p.m.. Any students left after 4:10p.m. are considered late pickups.
Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent/Student Handbook

Click here for access to the Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent/Student Handbook. Be informed of general operating guidelines and student expectations for the 2021-2022 school year.

RPM vs The GAP 2021-2022 Season Schedule

Aug. 30 Math Assessments

Aug. 31 Reading Assessments

Sept. 1 Science Assessments

Sept. 1 Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl Team Interest Meeting (Students only - 3:00pm)

Sept. 2 Language Usage Assessments

Sept. 6 Labor Day (No school)

Sept. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Sept. 20-24 College Go Get it Week

Sept. 24 1st Six Weeks ends

Sept. 27 2nd Six Weeks Begins

Oct. 4 Parent Teacher Conference (4:00-7:00pm)

Oct. 11 District Holiday

Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month ends

Oct. 25 Staff Development (No school)

Parent Portal

Staying connected allows ongoing communication regarding your child’s academic, social, and emotional progress. Click here for access to the Parent Portal to set up academic notifications and accurate, updated contact information.

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.


Rosa Parks/Millbrook Information Systems & Software Design Academy

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“A hundred years from now it will not matter, what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove; but the world would be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

~Forest Whitcraft