Rock Chapel Newsletter

March 2019

A Message From Principal Green

Next Month we will enter our testing season. We are excited because assessments are one of the many tools we use to show our students gains, progress, and achievements after working hard all school year.

Please schedule or reschedule any doctor, dentist or other appointments to ensure your child is present for our testing dates. It is imperative that your child is on time and in attendance for the designated testing dates.

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Georgia Milestone Resources

Parents continue to work with your child in the evenings, on the weekends and during spring break. We want to give them every advantage so that they perform well during testing. Please share the testing resources, guides, strategies, and tips with your child.

Grade 3 Study Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Grade 4 Study Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Grade 5 Study Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Georgia Milestone Parent Q&A English

Georgia Milestones Parent Q&A Spanish

Experience Online Testing Georgia!

Upcoming Calendar Events

3.01.19 Daddy Daughter Dance (6.00 - 8.00 pm)

3.02.19 Read Across America Day

3.07.19 Kono Ice Day

3.08.19 Teacher Workday (School Closed)

3.13.19 Pre K Lottery Drawing

3.19.19 Spring Picture Day

(School Closed) 4/1-5/19

Counselor's Corner - March

Social Emotional Learning: Relationship Skills

Seeking Help

Everybody needs help!

Asking for help is often hard to do for our children. It can be a frightening, uncomfortable or embarrassing experience when a child communicates that they are unsure of something, don’t know something or that they just need someone to listen to how they are feeling.

Teaching children how to ask for help is an important skill they will need to be successful in life. Learning to ask for help in children’s early formative years prepares them to become self-reliant and independent individuals, as they grow older.

Asking for help is also an important part of building meaningful relationships with others. The person who never asks others for help or defaults to telling others what he or she knows can be perceived as a "know it all" or arrogant and they may find it difficult to make or establish friendships with others.

Parents, here are some things you can do to encourage your child to ask for help when he or she needs it:

  • Talk with your child about the importance of letting you know when he or she is having difficulty with something. Let your child know you want to help or get the right kind of help to overcome the problem.

  • Make it clear that it's normal and okay to ask for help. Let your child know about times when you needed help and how you solved problems by getting help from others. Stress the importance of taking responsibility for getting the help we need.

Share the following tips with your child so that they can effectively ask for the help they need:

  • Remember, it's okay to ask for help. Don't be embarrassed, and don't worry about other people judging you.

  • Think about what might happen if you don't get help—or if you do.

  • Decide what the problem is and what help you need.

  • Think about who you can ask for help. Choose someone you trust and who will know how to help you.

  • Think about what you'll say when you ask for help. Do it.

  • Remember, getting help when you need it is part of being responsible—to yourself.

Library Media Center News!

March Is Women's History Month

During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month, by recognizing the great contributions that women have made to our nation. We learn about the history of women in the United States and around the world by exploring their stories through books.

The Women's History Month theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” This theme examines the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honors their contributions to all aspects of life.

Below you will find two wonderful picture books that give us a snapshot of remarkable women who have contributed significantly to our history. These books and many more will be shared with your classes over Women's History Month here at Rock Chapel.

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what’s right, even when they have to fight to be heard.

She Persisted celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, by sometimes speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, and sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted. This book is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.

Click this link to enjoy the read-aloud for She Persisted.

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women in our history. In this book, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You'll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six-year-old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create. And those are just a few of the young women included in this book.

Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belprè, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappè, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai — all whose stories will enthrall and inspire. This book was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author's note, a timeline, and additional resources.

Click this link to enjoy the read-aloud for Shaking Things Up.

Read Across America Day

NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2— Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Read Across America promotes, encourages and celebrates reading.

Below you will find a Dr. Seuss book list that you can read with your children as we celebrate the joy of reading this month.

Please visit the Rock Chapel Media Center or your local DeKalb Library to check out Dr. Seuss Books.

Dr. Seuss Book List

On the Scene with Dr. Green

Learn about the DeKalb County School District and get answers to your questions from Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green.

Date: March 14, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Place: Dunwoody High School

Pre - Kindergarten Lottery

Pre-K registration for possible participation in the 2019-2020 Pre-K program will take place until Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Parents must register at their home school between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Children MUST turn 4 years old on or before September 1 to be age-eligible for the program.

Parents will need to bring the following documents in order to be eligible to participate in the lottery process:

  • Proof of Age - child’s original certified birth certificate, passport, hospital record of live birth, legal document, or official document from another country.
  • Proof of residency - a current lease, property tax notice, homeowner’s insurance bill, mortgage statement, current vehicle registration form, any utility bill (gas, electric, water) listing the residence as the service address.
  • Child’s Social Security Number or Waiver
  • Parent/Guardian photo identification
  • Vision, Hearing, Dental, Nutrition (3300)
  • Immunization (3231)

A lottery drawing will take place at each school on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm in the school media center. No applications will be accepted after 3:00 PM on Tuesday, March 12th. All children not chosen will be placed in a waiting list until spaces become available.

To find a Pre - K program location near you click the link below.