Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 3-29-19

NSCAS Annual Testing for 3rd through 6th Grade

The second semester is an especially important time for our students as they focus their efforts and attention on school. Important assessments will be administered between March 25th and May 3rd. Your child’s teacher will have specific dates they will communicate when students are taking assessments.


The State Accountability Tests (NSCAS) are given to students in grades 3-6. Students are expected to read on grade level, problem solve, and respond to critical thinking questions. Families can access the Nebraska Department of Education Website at:

http://www.education.ne.gov/ to learn more about the assessments.


Simple things your family can do to support your child during these tests are:


  • Ensure a regular bedtime and plenty of rest.
  • Make sure students get breakfast in the morning either at home or at school. Our breakfast program begins serving at 8:15am.
  • Talk with your child about strategies they've learned to do well. Encourage them to do their best and to know that adults are proud of their efforts at school.


If either you or your child has additional questions please don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher or contact Mr. Higginbotham.

Battle of The Books - Here We Come!

We are super proud of and excited for the many Rockbrook teams that will be representing our school at tomorrow's Battle of the Books. We have 9 teams that will be competing in this fun annual book trivia event.


The Wise Reading Dogs

The Golden Girls

Book Ballerz

The Spicy Meatballs

Booksmarts

*Insert Name Here*

Book Reading Bagels

Rockbrook Bookdogs

Amigo Flamingos


Go Bulldogs! We wish you well!

Read-A-Thon Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Read-A-Thon Contests for Most Minutes Read and Most Funds Raised. Our school logged a total of 28,901 minutes. This means our students read an average of more than 100 minutes extra during our Read-A-Thon. It's a great beginning to a habit the supports life long learning!


Most Minutes Read:

K-2 Lucy B. - 3012 minutes in 2nd Grade

3-6 Cooper K. - 2710 minutes in 3rd Grade


Most Funds Raised:

K-2 Hudson B. in 1st Grade

3-6 Elle S. in 4th Grade


Winners received an Amazon Gift Card. Thanks to your support, our 2019 Read-A-Thon Raised almost $5,000 to put to use for our Outdoor Classroom Project. We look forward to sharing next steps on this exciting opportunity for student enjoy learning, nature, and the great outdoors.

Pop and Gum Day

Student Council will be sponsoring a pop and gum day Wednesday, April 3rd. All proceeds will go directly to the flood victims relief. A donation of 50 cents is suggested but any amount is appreciated! Collections buckets will be in each classroom.


Thank you for helping the Student Council make a difference!

Parking and Traffic Reminders for Pick Up and Drop Off

As a parent of a Rockbrook student, drop off and pickup are important routines to know about. Below is a list of procedures for parking, drop off, and dismissal. Following these procedures helps to promote safety and efficiency at these busy times of day. Thank you for your help in promoting the safety of our Rockbrook students and families.

PAWS For Change Total

Thanks to all who contributed toward the Enrichment Cluster "Paws for Change" project. This year we raised more than $500 that will be donated to the Nebraska Humane Society. The class raising the most funds was Mrs. Davenport's class and will have a special Animal Ambassador visit.

Band-O-Rama

CONGRATULATIONS 5th and 6th grade Band students on a great job at Band-o-Rama! Rockbrook students did an amazing job during the rehearsal and represented our school with awesome attitudes and positive choices all day. A special thank you as well to all the families who attended our musical extravaganza! Way to go ROCKBROOK!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rockbrook Field Day

Field Day This year Field Day will be on May 17th. Our Student Council sponsors themed buddy activities, including stations for fun and fitness, as well as a healthy snack. We feel adding some adult support will really help make for a fun set of afternoon stations that kids enjoy. We are looking for volunteers able to help. If interested please contact Mr. Higginbotham higginbotham.garret@westside66.net.

TAGG Challenge

Do you use TAGG? TAGG (Together A Greater Good) is a super easy way to support our school at many of the stores and restaurants you might be enjoying already. Download the TAGG App available for both iPhone and Android and add Rockbrook as a cause. Then, when you're out and about, use the app to see if the business gives back through TAGG.


Since Rockbrook registered, we've seen steady growth in the use of this easy way to raise money for the school. During the month of April, we'll be hosting our first Rockbrook TAGG Challenge. When families TAGG their purchases during April we'll keep track of the giving by class. What's more, the two classes with the top giving will receive a special surprise.


Check out our flyer here, and get ready. TAGG You're It!

Spring Into Math

During the month of April we'll be encouraging students to dig in on their math skills using our IXL online math system. Students may use IXL both at school and from home. If you need your child's login info, please check with your child's teacher. See below for further info.
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Classroom Placements

We are fortunate at Rockbrook to have a high quality, caring, and dedicated staff of educators who strive to meet the needs of every child. Our teams of teachers are insightful and qualified and put a great deal of care and effort to best fit each child’s educational needs with the right teacher.


During the last quarter of the year, our staff begins the challenging task of creating the class lists for the next school year. This task involves many people and a great deal of thought, as we do our best to:


Balance

When a classroom is balanced, the students are more successful, learning is easier, and the teacher is able to meet the needs of the learners in attendance. Teams of teachers go over criteria such as male/female ratio, academic needs and talents, and special programming to ensure classrooms have even and diverse representation.


Build Equity

We also work to see that all classrooms resemble each other in leadership abilities, social skills, peer relationships, individual learning styles and teaching styles, and classroom dynamics (behavior, social, emotional, and personality considerations among students).


Finding the Right Match

We recognize that parents are an important part of our team and a crucial advocate for their child’s success. With so many variables, granting every teacher request would not be possible and might not match with the careful planning teachers do in preparing suggested lists. In addition, children need to work in and with a variety of circumstances now and in the future, in terms of personnel, peers, and environment.


If there is a circumstance you feel we should consider, please do the following:

• Make a formal request in writing (by email is acceptable) no later than April 5, 2019

• Requests should reference your child’s learning style and type, not the specific teacher you wish them to have.

If there has been a request made in a previous year that still applies, such as not placing your child with another particular student, please include this in writing to make sure we are aware of the necessary details again, for placement in the 2019-2020 school year.


Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Class assignments will be mailed individually in August, prior to the start of school.
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Next Community Club Meeting - April 16th @ 6:00pm

Dropping Off Your Child? Please Bring Them In & Sign Them In

When dropping offer your child after 8:40 a.m., parents must walk their child in and check them in at the office. This includes if your are returning your child from a doctor's appointment. Checking your child in is important to ensure the safety of all students arriving at our school.
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Important Dates

April

2 Autism Awareness Day

2 Planet Sub Dining Out for Education Night

2 6th Grade Choral Festival

9 Raising Cane’s Night

11 Rockbrook / Oakdale STEAM Night @ Oakdale

12 Grandfriend's Day - **NEW DATE

15-19 Week of the Young Child

16 Community Club Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

17 Don & Millie’s Dining Out for Education Night.

18 Art and Pizza Night

Safety Patrol

Information about our Safety Patrol schedule is available on our safety patrol website. Please check this schedule if your child is volunteering for this important activity to help keep our school and students safe.

Welcome to Rockbrook Elementary - Home of the Bulldogs

Rockbrook Mission:

The mission of Rockbrook Elementary School, a diverse community of learners, is to foster learning by providing a quality educational experience within a secure and challenging environment.


Rockbrook School Design Goal:

At Rockbrook we will increase student engagement and achievement through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.

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