RBBCSC Parent to Parent Newsletter

December 2018

2018-2019 Calendar


ACTIVE EVENT CALENDAR for all schools (click off any you don't use)

Upcoming School Board Meeting

The next planned School Board Meeting is Monday, December 17th at EHS, door #3, Room C115A, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Information about the monthly meetings can be found at this link. Most meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month.

There is a reception following the meeting for Randy Wright. He has faithfully served as a Member of the School Board of Trustees since 1999. Please join us at the reception to thank Randy for so many years of hard work for our school corporation.

RBBCSC Superintendent Podcast

Did you know that RBBCSC has a monthly podcast? They're usually about 15 minutes long and are a great listen while in the car or while you're out and about. Click here to listen to this month's!

RBBCSC's Online Auction Items

Did you know that the district has found a very efficient way to sell items that are no longer needed?

Click here or the picture below to see what is being sold this round. The link can always be found on the district's main webpage below the "stoplight." If there are no items listed, come back and check again in a week!

Wellness Policy Regarding Student and Staff Parties/Gatherings

8510 D. 24 The schools shall regulate the offering of “unhealthy” food products throughout the district in all student and staff parties and gatherings. Fifty percent (50%) or more shall meet Smart Snacks in Schools regulations. Also, all foods shall be prepared with consideration for promoting student and staff health and well-being. All fundraising and sale of foods to students must meet all Smart Snack requirements according to the Final Rule, 2016.

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Edgewood Early Childhood Center (EECC) Preschool - PreK

EECC Website Link

Facebook Page Link "Like" us!

Important Dates LINK

Supply List Link

Thank you to those that were able to come out to our annual Make & Take Night on Thursday, December 6th. Even with the snow & sleet, we had a very large turn out! In fact, we had over 20 more in attendance than the past 3 years! By attending after school events, you are teaching your child that you respect your child, his/her school, and his/her education! Way to go!

Please join us for our Dine & Donate nights when you can. Every little bit goes a LONG way. These events will also be posted on our Facebook page. Thank you!

Winter Break: Monday, December 24th through Monday, January 7th.

Students RETURN on Tuesday, January 8th.

Please remember to send your child to school with appropriate winter wear; this includes a coat, hat, and glove/mittens.

If the Superintendent calls any 2 hour delays, please know that morning half-day classes will be cancelled those days. Afternoon half-day classes will start at the regular time, and full day classes will start 2 hours after the normal morning start time. If the 2 hour delay is on a Wednesday, the start time will only be 2 hours delayed and NOT 2.5 hours delayed.

Changes to End-of-Day Transportation Requests Policy at EPS

Due to the high volume of daily calls to the EPS front office concerning end-of-day transportation requests, EPS is changing their procedures and policy effective immediately.


There is now a dedicated line for all dismissal changes for the end of the day. When parents call the front office, listen carefully to the menu selections and choose #7 for dismissal changes.

The line will automatically go to a dedicated voicemail. Parents are to leave a detailed message with the information needed, including their child's name, the teacher's name, and any bus numbers or names necessary.

All changes MUST be recorded by 2:00 p.m.

At 2:00, the office staff will listen to all of the recordings, write out all passes, and deliver them to the classroom by the end of the day.

The office staff will NOT return messages for confirmation. There simply isn't enough time for this.

Please DO NOT email the front office staff or your child's teacher with changes. There is always the possibility that the person you emailed will not check email in time or is absent that day. Guest teachers do not have access to the teacher's email.

Sending a written note in with your child is still acceptable. Please make sure it is DATED, SPECIFIC, has a CONTACT NUMBER, and is SIGNED by a parent/guardian/adult.

Please help the front office staff at EPS with this time-saving policy! This will free them up to work on other necessary tasks and be more available to the students, staff, and families who come through the front doors.

Edgewood Primary School (EPS) K-2

EPS Website Link

Phone: 812-876-9600

Lunch Reservations Link

PTO Facebook Link "Like" us!

Important Dates Link

Second Grade Music Program: Tuesday, December 18; 7:00 p.m. EPS Gym

First Grade Candle Light Luncheon: Wednesday, Dec. 19 EPS Cafe

Winter Break: Monday, December 24th through Monday, January 7th.

Students RETURN on Tuesday, January 8th.

From the PTO: See PTO Newsletter below

Skate Night: Tuesday, December 11; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Western Skateland. $5 per skater. Parents who walk or do not skate are free.

PTO Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of each month 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Room (enter front doors and go to the right). Everyone is welcome to all meetings! There will NOT be a PTO Meeting in January. Please join us on February 7th.

Edgewood Intermediate School (EIS) 3-5

EIS Website Link

Phone: 812-876-2219

EIS Facebook Page Link "Like" us!

Important Dates Link

Fifth Grade Music & Art Program: Thursday, December 13; 7:00 p.m.

Winter Break: Monday, December 24th through Monday, January 7th.

Students RETURN on Tuesday, January 8th.

From the PTO

Skate Night: Tuesday, December 11; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Western Skateland. $5 per skater. Parents who walk or do not skate are free. Our next Skate Night is January 8th.

Dine and Donate at Domino's Pizza (Ellettsville): Tuesday, December 18th

ANYONE can use the coupon code that day and it will count toward the fundraiser, and the EIS PTO will earn 20% per order of that coupon (large 1 topping and bread twists for $15.99) See flyer below. Code is: EPTO1

Are you interested in helping with concessions at EIS during the basketball season? Sign up here to let the PTO know you are available. They will contact you if they need your help on the days and times you indicated.

PTO Meeting: Thursday, December 20; 6:00 - 7:00 Come join us as we plan the school year's events. It's informal, informative, and usually a lot of fun! Enter the back doors.

Meetings are usually on the third Thursday of each month. Next meeting: 1/17

Still Looking for Experts!

Genius Hour is gearing up and we still need experts! Is that you?

Looking for a way to bring your occupation or hobby to the classroom? Want to entice and engage students in your field of expertise? Looking for a reason to leave work early on Friday?

We have just the "gig" for you! On Fridays students will participate in Genius Hour (roughly 1:30 - 2:45) where they will work on self-interested projects and learn from guest speakers about how to express their skills and talent. Not sure you can manage a classroom? No worries! The teachers are there to do that....we just want you to come in and share the fun of your profession or hobby! Contact Jaime Miller for more information: jmiller@rbbschools.net.

The Robotics teams at EPS and EIS are also looking for volunteers to help facilitate the students' quests of building their own robots and trouble shooting issues at practices and events. These students will impress you with their knowledge, but do need adult help on occasion! Volunteers are also needed to help run scrimmages and tournaments (technical knowledge not necessary!). If interested, please contact Jaime Miller at the above email.

What is a PBL? How does it work?

A PBL is good 'ol teacher speak for Project Based Learning. Now what is that??

As you may know, the best learning comes from doing. Fifth grade students of Mrs. Burris, Mrs. Crawford, and Mrs. Uhls decided to help support a donation drive for the Monroe Humane Society Association (MCHA) a few weeks ago and have completed many steps to make it happen.

Students were divided into teams to work on different tasks. These tasks included:

  • Research the needs of MCHA
  • Create lists of items needed
  • Create advertisement videos, flyers, digital slides, and posters
  • Create a reward for those who donate by giving out an access code to the game THEY CREATED on Code.org
  • Decorate boxes to house the donated items
  • Place the boxes in the hallways each morning while ringing a bell (It works for the Salvation Army --so why not!?!)
  • Organize the items into like categories as they come in
  • Communicate with MCHA about their drive's success
  • Organize a time to deliver the items to MCHA

The students are very successful in their drive, but they would like to see more donations come in by Wednesday, Dec. 19th! Please consider helping them see their hard work pay off!

Please watch the student made videos below!

Edgewood Junior High School (EJHS) 6-8

EJHS Website Link

Phone: 812-876-2005


Important Dates Link

The EJHS secretary will send out a Daily Announcements (LINK) through email each day to students and parents. The announcements are not archived, so it is important to open this link daily for the most up-to-date information. Please encourage your child to do this, as well.

Fall Art Show: Friday, December 14; 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Room 221 (Millick's Room)

Jazz Cafe for 7th-Grade/8th-Grade Jazz Bands: Friday, Dec. 14; 7 - 8 - EJHS Cafeteria

Winter Break: Monday, December 24th through Monday, January 7th.

Students RETURN on Tuesday, January 8th.

From the PTO:

The holiday season is upon us, and nothing brings up "home-y" seasonal memories like a yummy, hearty breakfast. The PTO would love your help in saying Merry Christmas to the staff at EJHS with a holiday breakfast on December 19th. Please sign up online if you are able to help make a donation. Items should be turned in to the front office by Monday, December 17th, labeled PTO (unless otherwise noted). Thank you in advance for your help with this event!

STUDENTS: The EJHS PTO wants you to stay motivated to keep reading while out of school on Winter Break. Every student who reads a total of 510 minutes over the 17 days will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 Amazon gift card! The student who reads the most minutes will not only be entered into the drawing, he or she will also earn a $25 Amazon gift card! You may pick up an entry form from your language arts teacher or from the office. Completed forms need to be turned in on Tuesday, January 8th, to be eligible.


Please join us! We're looking for parents who might be willing to donate their time or talents at any point in the year or who simply may want to attend to learn more about what is happening at EJHS. All are welcome!

Time: 6:00-7:15

Location: EJHS Library

Edgewood High School (EHS) 9-12

EHS Website Link

Phone: 812-876-2277

EHS Counseling Office Link

Important Dates Link

Winter Break: Monday, December 24th through Monday, January 7th.

Students RETURN on Tuesday, January 8th.

Graduation 2019 Link

The EHS secretary will send out a Daily Announcements (LINK) through email each day. The announcements are not archived, so it is important to open this link daily for the most up-to-date information.

Ellettsville Library Expected to Open February

Due to a variety of construction delays, the Ellettsville Branch Library’s anticipated reopening date is February 2019.

Ellettsville-area nearby services at The Endwright Center and on the Bookmobile will continue through the Library’s reopening. Visit mcpl.info/Ellettsville for future updates.

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Zion Community Church Offers Live Nativity Event

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 6PM - 8PM

Campbell's Park 100 S Park Street Ellettsville, IN

Bring your friends and family and follow the star of Bethlehem to Campbell's Park to enjoy and experience our live nativity. Stop by any time during the event and enjoy it at your own pace.

* Live animals
* Talk with a shepherd
* See the wise men present their gifts
* Imagine what the first Christmas was like
* Reflect on the true meaning of Christmas

This live nativity is our Christmas gift to the community and is a free event. However, we will be accepting donations for hot cocoa and powdered doughnuts during the live nativity to support our youth group.

Click here to view the Facebook Event for more information.

File Your Taxes for FREE!

Starting January 31th, Monroe and Owen county residents can file their taxes for free with the Free Community Tax Service and receive 100% of their refund quickly and easily – usually in just 10 days or less.

Throughout tax season IRS-certified volunteers will help low- and moderate-income residents file their federal and Indiana tax returns for free, claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) if eligible, and receive their full refund quickly. The Free Community Tax Service is offering ten full-service tax prep sites in 2019, plus an intake site at the Brown County Library, a Spanish Language site hosted at Bloomington City Hall, and an online filing option with MyFreeTaxes.com.

To learn more about the Free Community Tax Service and the EITC qualifications, view free tax preparation sites dates and times, download a tax preparation checklist and book an appointment today residents can visit www.MonroeUnitedWay.org/FreeTaxes.

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Do you have information you would like included in this newsletter?

If you do, please email Jill Ferguson at jferguson@rbbschools.net. The deadline for information to be sent is the 10th of each month. Please send flyers in a JPG format if possible or in a PDF format.