Rock Chapel Newsletter

February 2021

A Message From Principal Green

Greetings Rock Chapel Families!

I hope everyone is doing well. The school district has not announced the students returning date for hybrid face-2-face learning. We will continue to remain virtual. As always, I thank you for your continued support!

Stay Safe,

Lisa Green

Important Events!

Feb 11 Virtual Town Hall Meeting For Parents

Feb 12 Lunar New Year (Year of the Ox)

Feb 14 Valentine's Day

Feb 15 President's Day (School Closed)

Feb 16 Mardi Gras

Counseling Bulletin

Parents, as we all prepare for the return of our scholars to the school building please share the Rock Chapel School Virtual Tour and How to Wear Your Mask in School video with your children.

Thank you,

Mrs. Torie Callaway Benjamin

School Counselor

Media Center News!

February is Black History Month and has been officially designated by every U.S. president since 1976. Black History Month celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality.

This year’s theme "Black Family: Representation, Identity and, Diversity” explores the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the United States.

Parents, please click on the file below to find some wonderful Black history websites that you can share with your children.

Virtual Read Alouds

A great way to teach your children about African American history and culture is through the use of picture books. Black history picture books activate children's innate desire to learn about who they are and where they come from by opening their eyes to their past and present.

During the month of February Rock Chapel celebrates the love of reading by engaging students with diverse books about African American history and culture. Below you will find a featured selection of some wonderful picture books and read-aloud stories by black authors that give us a snapshot of significant people, places, and events that have occurred in our history. These books and many more can be shared with your children during Black History Month.

Celebrating Black Stories!

The Bell Rang

Written by James E. Ransome

A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom.

Every single morning, the overseer of the plantation rings the bell. Daddy gathers wood. Mama cooks. Ben and the other slaves go out to work. Each day is the same. Full of grueling work and sweltering heat. Every day, except one, when the bell rings and Ben is nowhere to be found. Because Ben ran. Yet, despite their fear and sadness, his family remains hopeful that maybe, just maybe, he made it North. That he is free.

Click this link to enjoy the read-aloud for The Bell Rang.

Overground Railroad

Written by Lisa Cline-Ransome

Illustrated by James E. Ransome

Ruth Ellen tells the story of traveling by train from North Carolina to New York City with her parents during the Great Migration. They’ve left their lives as sharecroppers secretly, without telling the boss. After traveling to Baltimore, Maryland, the “Whites Only” sign is removed, and Ruth Ellen and her family can leave the colored car and explore the rest of the train. They pass the time by playing cards, eating from a shoebox (they’re not allowed in the dining car until the sign comes down), and reading a book by Frederick Douglass. Finally, they arrive at Penn Station in New York, where the city lights and bright stars seem to offer promise for the future.

Click this link to enjoy the read-aloud for Overground Railroad.

The Undefeated

Written by Kwame Alexander

Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

THE UNDEFEATED is a tribute to African Americans throughout American history, from the time of being captured and brought to America in ships' holds like cargo, through slavery, the civil rights movement, and recent police shootings, and highlights achievements in sports, literature, music, politics, and other fields. A poem that forms the text celebrates those who survived as well as those who didn't, an acknowledgment of the painful history that should not be forgotten.

Click this link to enjoy the author's read-aloud for The Undefeated.

Kamala Harris: Rooted In Justice

Written by Nikki Grimes

Illustrated Laura Freeman

Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants, Kamala Harris who would grow up to defend the rights of people everywhere and become the first female Vice President of the United States of America.

When Kamala Harris was young, she often accompanied her parents to civil rights marches—so many, in fact, that when her mother asked a frustrated Kamala what she wanted, the young girl responded with: “Freedom!”

As Kamala grew from a small girl in Oakland to a senator running for president, it was this long-fostered belief in freedom and justice for all people that shaped her into the inspiring figure she is today.

Click this link to enjoy the read-aloud for Kamala Harris: Rooted In Justice.

District News!

Virtual Town Hall For Parents With Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Please submit your questions and/or comments to the link below:

Join us via Facebook Live:

Watch live on DSTV:

Superintendent's Newsletter

Click here for the latest message from Superintendent Watson-Harris.

School Board Meeting (2-8-21)

Here are some key takeaways from the 2-8-21 Board Meeting

School Specific Stakeholder Survey

This survey is intended for the community to share thoughts about specific school buildings. Click this button for additional information.

Get Connected & Stay Informed

Click this button to stay informed on the latest school re-opening news!

Pre-kindergarten Lottery

Parents you can apply online for a Pre-K seat for your child as long as they turn four years old by September 1, 2021.

The enrollment window will run until Monday, March 8, 2021. The DeKalb County School District's Pre-Kindergarten Program helps children;

  • become independent learners
  • gain self-confidence
  • foster good habits
  • develop self-control
  • learn to follow directions
  • follow routines
  • strengthens language skills

Please click the links below for further details on the Pre-Kindergarten program and the enrollment process.

Applying for the Pre-K Lottery

FAQ for the Pre-K Lottery

Contact Information