The Rock Creek Parent Reader
Upcoming Events & Important Dates
February 5-9th- National School Counseling Week. We want to shout out our appreciation for our school counselor, Mrs. Alexander. She goes above and beyond to help our students every day!
Tuesday, Feb. 6th- General PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM. All are welcome!
Tuesday, Feb. 13th- Chipotle Family Night 4:00-8:00
Wednesday, Feb. 14th- Valentine's Day
- Parents are welcome to send balloons & flowers. Please know they will be kept in the office until the end of the day school day when your student can come down and get them.
- Jump Rope for Heart Kick-Off Assembly
- Knight for a Princess from 6:00-7:00 PM (More information below)
Monday, Feb. 19th- President's Day! NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, Feb. 20th- Teacher In-Service! NO SCHOOL
Friday, Feb 23rd- Spirit day! Finger Flashlight, $1.00 Wear spirit gear or school colors.
April 22-26th- Kindergarten enrollment for the 24-25 school year. Watch for more information to come!
Click HERE for the 2023-2024 District Calendar
Self-Esteem and Friendship
School Resources: Check out these brochures located in the front office for ideas and activities to help support your children.
Counselor Lessons: February’s counselor lessons will be Self-Esteem and Friendship.
How to Boost Your Kids’ Self Esteem by Big Life Journal How to Boost Your Kids' Self-Esteem
Give Choices and Responsibilities
Do you want cereal or toast for breakfast
Give age- appropriate chores like setting the table, feeding pets, and making their bed.
You are getting so good at coloring in the lines.
You worked hard on your reading.
Use Failure as an Opportunity
Let your children face challenges, make mistakes, and occasionally fail.
Encourage your child to try again.
Avoid Harsh Criticism and Sarcasm
Criticize thoughtfully and gently.
Explain to your kids that you may dislike their actions, you never dislike them.
Create Opportunities for Success
Teach them they can do things for themselves.
Focus on their strengths.
Notice what they enjoy and give them opportunities to grow in these areas.
How to Help Your Kids Make and Keep Friends How to help kids make friends: 12 evidence-based tips
All around the world, successful friendship depends on the same, fundamental skills. To be successful, kids must
regulate their own, negative emotions;
understand other people’s emotions and perspectives;
show sympathy, and offer help to friends in need;
feel secure and trusting of other people;
know how to handle introductions, and participate in conversation;
be capable of cooperation, negotiation, and compromise;
know how to apologize, and make amends; and
be understanding (and forgiving) of other people’s mistakes.
It’s a long list, and honing these skills requires experience, effort, practice.
Coats For Kids is a community support for families in need of warm coats for their kids.
BPA- every student and family can receive 5 free community counseling sessions per incident. Let me know if you need information on this. (it is equivalent to $500+ dollars of counseling)
Need Help? Idaho Lives Project Website http://www.idaholives.org Idaho Suicide Prevention Program (208) 258-6990 Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline 988
Food Bank: we partner with Robert Stuart and Harrison Elementary. Community food bank information and resources are available.
Hygiene kits: we have hygiene kits at our school containing shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and washcloths.
Please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Alexander if you have any of these needs. We are here to support you and your children. Please contact Mrs. Alexander (school counselor) if you have any questions. email@example.com or (208)-732-7565 ext. 5703
School Attendance 📅
Monday: 8:00AM to 2:00PM
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00AM to 3:00PM
Breakfast opens at 7:35 AM daily and supervision on the playground begins at 7:35 AM.
The safety of our students is very important to us, please do not drop students off at school before 7:35 AM and be timely picking them up at the end of the day.
Studies show that students who miss even a few days of school each month are at far greater risk of academic failure and dropout than students who attend regularly.
We have set a goal that every student in our school attends regularly (has nine or fewer absences in a year). Please send your child to school every day unless he/she has a contagious illness or is running a fever. Please see the attachment below titled “How Sick Is Too Sick” when deciding to keep a student home.
Click HERE for How Sick is Too Sick to come to school.
What do I need to do if my child is not feeling well
1) Notify child's teachers prior to the school day beginning
2) If your child saw a doctor for illness, please provide doctor's note when student returns
*Students with chronic absences (students who miss 10% or more days school is in session) will receive attendance letters through email and communication from the Assistant Principal, Ms. Snyder Possible recommendation to truancy court can take place for chronic absences, especially those that are not verified.
Teacher of the Month: Rock Creek's teachers go above and beyond for your children each and every day. Please take an extra step to recognize and nominate an outstanding teacher for the Twin Falls Education Foundation's Teacher of the Month Program. Click the link HERE to nominate your teacher.
Lost & Found: The Idaho weather is ever fluctuating and so is our Lost & found. Please remind your students to keep track of their coats and other items such as gloves, hats, and water bottles. Items will donated at the end of every quarter.
Spirit Gear: Rock Creek wear can be purchased through the link. Follow the link HERE to place an order.
Toys, stuffed animals, trading cards, etc. from home are not permitted. These items get lost, stolen, broken, and are often a distraction from learning. Thank you for helping reinforce this rule.
Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures: We know this can be a source of frustration. When dropping off and picking up your student, please pull as far forward as possible each day and remind family or friends about this too if they are picking up your students. Never get out of your car in the pick up/drop off lane during those times. This helps keep the flow of traffic moving and cuts down on back-ups. Avoid letting your students out in the left lane. This is for safety.
Breakfast & Lunch
Lunch is not free to all students at Rock Creek. If you have any questions about payment or completing the application for free or reduced lunch, call the lunchroom 208-733-8642. We encourage you to complete the form as soon as possible because there is not back payment once you qualify for free and reduced lunch. You can also pay lunch balances online or at the office.
Pay lunch balances online by clicking HERE. If you need your student's ID number, please call the office and we would be happy to provide that to you.
Lunch account balances add up quickly. It's important to keep up on payments to avoid a large bill at the end of the school year.
Breakfast Prices: $1.55 students
Lunch Prices: $2.90 students
45¢ extra milk
Follow the link to complete the free and reduced meal application: https://www.tfsd.org/departments/federal-programs/food/
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Vertical Teaming Days: We need some parents help on the Vertical teaming days! Bring your talents to share with students. Check in at the office and please have your back ground check updated before the date. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Parents on Patrol: We need parents help on the playground during recess. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you! You can not bring any other children.
This month, all ML students (Multi Language Learning students) are participating in the ACCESS for ELLs English Language Proficiency assessment. English learners take the ACCESS for ELLs assessment each year to determine the child’s level of English language proficiency and growth. There are four tests- Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. The results of these tests will help our school make determination regarding planning, instruction, and services to best support our students.