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Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

September 20-24, 2021

College: Let's Get It!

During College Week, students and staff will dress to show off their favorite colleges, but this week is about opportunities, not just t-shirts and fun dress days. Each day students will research and be given facts about colleges and universities, and how attending them has an impact on their future careers and opportunities. Students will also learn about what it takes to be able to attend college, and ways to begin working on their college goals now. See the highlights for the week that follow:

MONDAY: Bright Futures/Regalia Day: College makes your future bright so show off your sunglasses and bright or neon colors. Teachers and staff wear your cap and gown.

Teachers will discuss future plans with students regarding where they want to attend college.

TUESDAY: Hats Off Let’s Go Crazy: @RPM we say hats off to learning so let’s go crazy! Wear your college hat (any style) and your craziest socks!

Teachers will discuss college majors with students and write about the careers, including STEM opportunities, you can have with the degree chosen.

WEDNESDAY: College Drip Day (College T-Shirt Day): Wear your t-shirt representing your favorite college and/or your sorority/fraternity.

Teachers will discuss the cost of tuition when they attended their colleges along with information about financial aid and scholarships.

THURSDAY: Dress for Success: Wear business attire and/or dress as your future profession.

Teachers will discuss with students the first 10 minutes of class their graduation day and encourage students to prepare early for college.

FRIDAY: “Stomp the Yard” Camo and Boots):

Show off your camo and rock your boots!

Teachers will discuss their college experiences and have students to share what they look forward to participating in college.

All students will make a college diploma during Social Studies class.

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Family and Parent Connection: Habits That Will Strengthen Your Parent-Child Bond

Like any relationship, the bond between a parent and child can be made stronger with some habits that can be easily incorporated into your everyday routines.

Eating Together

An impressive body of research has shown a link between regular meals with kids and an increased likelihood of positive positive developmental benefits such as better health and eating habits; strong mental, emotional, and social skills; improved behavior; and better academic performance. Even if you can’t find time to have dinner together every night, schedule family meals whenever you can, as much as you can. If your weeknights are packed with late hours at the office or extracurricular activities, you can still find solutions, such as having breakfast or snacks together. The key is to make family meals fun, talk about the day, and stay connected with your kids.

Talking About Your Day

You can ask your children questions that will prompt them to answer in detail, like “What was the best part of your day today?” or “What was the funniest thing that happened today?”

Then be sure to talk about your day and share details like what you were most proud of achieving that day or what problem you may have and how you plan to solve it. By sharing something about yourself, you are showing your child that you value her as a person and feel close to her to confide in her, and you strengthen your bond and show her that she is important to you.

Letting the Kids Help

Kids naturally love to be helpful, and when you give them chores and responsibilities, you boost their self-confidence and make them feel valued. Tell them how great a job they’re doing, and how much you appreciate their help. Not only will it bring you closer together, but it’ll help your kids grow into confident and kind people who love helping others.

Showing Your Child Love Daily

Doing little things every day to show your child how much you love him can make a big difference in the quality of your relationship with your child. Some examples include tucking a hand-written note in his lunchbox, planning fun weekend activities, or giving him your full attention when he is talking.

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Congratulations to Ms. Doka's 2nd Grade Class for winning the attendance challenge for last week.

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Fridays Matter: Who's Keeping Score? We Are! Check out our campus leaderboard from Friday, September 17.

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Our Campus Attendance Rate for Last Week was maintained at 92%. We can reach our goal - 98%!

September is National Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance plays an important role in your child's academic success. We can reach this goal if everyone makes it their goal to ensure that your child attends school all day, everyday this school year. RPM is committed to taking a multi-faceted approach; including student incentives, positive peer pressure, parent workshops and truancy submissions. As parents, we communicate the importance of school in the decisions that we make. If we encourage our students to go to school each day, we are letting students know that their education is important. Not only that, but we are setting them up to be responsible and productive adults who adhere to timelines and rules.

If your child must be absent due to illness or other reason, a doctor's note or written excuse must be emailed to our attendance office at: Excuse notices must be received within three days of the student absence.

RPM Spirit Shirts on Sale Now

Rosa Parks/Millbrook School Spirit Shirts are on sale now. Instructions to order are found below:

Go to: (Click the Spirit Shirt image to go directly to the site.)

Select: Rosa Parks Millbrook LISD

Choose: shirt color and size

Youth to Adult XL $10.00

Adult 2XL - 4XL $12.00

Colors choices: grey, white, orange

Payments are made on-line only.

The order timeframe is September 12 through September 24.

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Safe Morning Arrival

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Drop off takes place on the parking lot car drive. The circle drive in from of school is reserved for buses and day care. For your child’s safety, please do not drop off before 7:30 a.m.

School Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please, do not drop off students before 7:30 a.m.

Safe School Dismissal

Thank you for following our safe dismissal plan by using your car identification tags and remaining in your cars in the car drive. This has helped us reduce the time for dismissal significantly. Also, as a reminder, all walkers are to leave the campus immediately. We ask that anyone walking to meet a student not block the sidewalk or doorways to allow students to exit safely. You are welcome to wait at the tree by the our crossing guard.

Students will not be released to anyone from any doors during actual dismissal. If there should happen to be a change with your student's dismissal, due to emergency, our front office must be notified before 3:00p.m. Early pickups will not be honored after 3:00p.m. A notice from the appointment is also required for the student to be excused from time missed in class.

Students are dismissed beginning at 3:50p.m. Any students left after 4:10p.m. are considered late pickups. Parents or Guardians picking up after the car drive closes will need to ring the bell at the front door and follow our standard office procedures for checking out or picking up a student present valid identification.

Early Pick-ups

Please allow students to remain the full school day. If you need to pick up your child for an appointment, please call ahead of your arrival and return the note from the doctor, dentist, etc., on the next school day in order to receive credit for the day.

Additionally, students will not be released from school after 3:00 pm. Parents wanting their children will need to wait for dismissal time and follow the appropriate dismissal process.

Tuesday Folders

Tuesday Folders were sent home last week. If you have not returned the signed folder along with the signature page of Parent/Student Handbook and Title 1 Parent/School Compact. Be sure to sign and return each item acknowledging receipt and your agreement to follow district and school procedures.
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Get Connected With Your Child's Classroom Through Class Dojo

It has been an amazing school year so far. To get better, we need 100% families connected with your child's classroom through Class Dojo. Mrs. Hubbard, Ms. Hayes, Ms. O'Neil Ms. Stephenson, Ms. Camp, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Cole-Lyons, Mrs. Parker, for 100% parents connected to Class Dojo! This is one of the means through which parents and teachers can communicate about what's going on in class, as well as individual student performance. If you have not signed up, do so this week to stay in the loop. Prize drawings are happening this week. You must be connected to win.

Car Riders

Thank you for having your car tag visible for pick-up each day. For those who have multiple individuals that may pick up your scholar, please cut your card tag to ensure each vehicle has a tag to display. This helps us ensure your child's safety.

For the most current updates regarding Covid 19 protocols, see our LancasterISD Operation Safe Tiger Return plan by clicking the image or the link below.

Operation Safe Tiger Return - Covid19 Protocol

Circumstances related to COVID-19 may change throughout the school year, as such, so with the response of our district. We encourage you to carefully read and review the plan regularly to remain up-to-date with changes as it relates to students, staff, and community stakeholders. Within the plan, you will find the district's expectations with regards to:

  • Virus Prevention Strategies
  • Health Reporting Procedures for students, staff, and visitors
  • Quarantine Protocol
  • Instructional Pivot Process (if needed)

See plan here: or by clicking the OSTR image.

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Counselor's Corner

Click here for this month's Counselor's Connection Newsletter providing helpful tips for teaming with us for the success of all students.

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Are You Ready?????

Rosa Parks House Launch

RPM vs. The Gap Season Schedule

Sept. 20-24 College Go Get it Week

  • Monday - College Makes our Future Bright: Neon Colors and Sunglasses
  • Tuesday - Hats Off to Learning: Wear Hats and Crazy Socks
  • Wednesday - College Drip Day: Wear College shirts and/or college colors
  • Thursday - Career Day: Dress like a professional
  • Friday - Stomp the Yard: Wear Camouflage and boots

Sept. 24 1st Six Weeks ends

Sept. 24 Spirit Shirt Order Deadline

Sept. 24 Big Reveal...Stay Ready

Sept. 27 2nd Six Weeks Begins

Oct. 4 Parent/Teacher Conference Day (Teachers will make contact to schedule conferences.)

Oct. 11 District Holiday

Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month ends

Oct. 25 Staff Development (No school)

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent-Student Handbook

Click here for access to the Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent/Student Handbook. Be informed of general operating guidelines and student expectations for the 2021-2022 school year.

Parent Portal

Staying connected allows ongoing communication regarding your child’s academic, social, and emotional progress. Click here for access to the Parent Portal to set up academic notifications and accurate, updated contact information.

Yvonne M. Thornton, M. Ed.


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#WeAreOne: Building Children, Character, And Community Everyday

“A hundred years from now it will not matter, what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove; but the world would be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

~Forest Whitcraft