The Rosemont Rocket
Rosemont Elementary School
Principal, Keely Cooke
Assistant Principal, Markia Roberts
Location: 16400 Alden Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
The Principal's Page
We had a great first semester of school at Rosemont Elementary! Our staff is working hard to create learning opportunities for our students. Ms. Roberts and I have visited many classrooms. We are pleased to report all students are engaged in learning and happy to be back in school.
In addition to providing a strong academic focus, we are working very hard to make our school a safe, caring environment for both our students and staff. We want to continue to make a special effort to promote positive social behaviors in our school.
As parents you can support our efforts in the following ways:
1) Reinforce with your child that name calling/teasing is wrong and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.
2) Contact school personnel should your child share with you that he/she does not feel safe in school.
We want to know about this information and we will do whatever we can to make your child feel safe and welcome at school.
We are having an amazing year and we are confident that this will continue. When students, staff and parents work together, great things happen for every student in our school. As always, thank you for your continued support.
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Virtual Academy Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year
The Montgomery Virtual Academy, a full-time virtual learning program for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Students interested in the program are required to apply for admission and must be approved to participate. (Students currently enrolled in the Virtual Academy do not need to reapply). Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis. Application reviews will begin March 1 for initial enrollment and staffing purposes.
The Virtual Academy serves students in a comprehensive, full-time online instructional program. The program will continue to expand its infrastructure and services, innovative instructional approaches and flexible options to access coursework, particularly for high school students.
Admission considerations include:
- For elementary school students: Primarily for students with extenuating circumstances related to health or other reasons that can be mitigated through a virtual learning program.
- For middle and high school students: For students to gain access to innovative courses, flexible scheduling and specialty courses that may not be available in all schools, and for students with extenuating circumstances, including health and other reasons, that can be mitigated through a virtual program.
Applications can be submitted through ParentVUE beginning today, Feb. 2.
For families needing to submit paper applications or via PDF, please email MoCoVirtual@mcpsmd.org.
Note for Rising Kindergarteners
Students who will be kindergartners in the 2022–2023 school year must register at their home school prior to applying to the Virtual Academy. To receive a student ID number, contact your local neighborhood elementary school to schedule an appointment. Application reviews for kindergarten students will begin May 1.
- Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the MCAP assessments in March/April. This assessment will evaluate your child's progress in math and reading.
- Grade 5 students will also be taking the MISA assessment for science in March.
- All students K-5 will take the Spring MAP in April/May
Your child's teacher will provide you with the specifics dates once they are determined.
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Car Rider Safety Reminders
The safety of our students is a top priority and we appreciate your cooperation! Please be reminded of our safety procedures.
- Please do NOT attempt to drop off students on neighboring streets from across, behind, or next to the school as it is dangerous.
- Please utilize the car loop lane when dropping off students by pulling up all the way to the end of the car loop lane.
- Please stay in your vehicle until your child is escorted to your vehicle for pick up
- Please be reminded to pick-up and drop off students during arrival and dismissal times in the car rider loop only.The bus loop should only be used for students getting dropped off by bus.
Help Your Child Get Motivated in School
Good behavior is essential in a school if children are to be able to fulfil their learning potential. Poor and disruptive behavior in the classroom reduces children's ability to concentrate and absorb information. Below please find strategies to motivate your child to behave in school:
- Get involved
- Use positive reinforcement
- Reward effort rather than outcome
- Let them make mistakes
- Make the teacher your ally
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REPORTING POSITIVE COVID CASES
We Heard You: Classroom Communication
CAPP/Pre-K: daily behavior & communication logs; regular emails & phone call updates; curriculum newsletters
Grade K: Class Dojo/Remind App; class emails; monthly newsletters
Grade 1: Class Dojo/Remind App; class emails; monthly newsletters
Grade 2: Class Dojo/Remind/Talking Points App; Eureka and Benchmark parent letters; online newsletter
Grade 3: Class Dojo App; Eureka Parent Tip sheets, Homework Helper sheets, Eureka Strategy videos; Benchmark Reading Calendar; messages thru ParentVue, RES Blue Folder
Grade 4: Class Dojo App; ELC Reading Newsletter, Daily Math slides; weekly math newsletters & Eureka Parent Tip Sheets; RES Blue Folder, parent phone calls
Grade 5: Class Dojo/Remind/Talking Points App
FREE Virtual After-School Tutoring
Bathroom Reminders & Expectations
- Paper towels should be put in the trashcan not the toilet
- Flush the toilet after each use
- Wash your hands after using the restroom
- Throw toilet paper in the toilet not on the floor
- Respect the privacy of others
BE ALERT FOR THE SIGNS OF HEAD LICE
Colder Weather, Appropriate Dress, and Lost & Found
Recess provides an important break for students, and is a chance to recharge energy for the remainder of the day. Students will go outside for daily recess unless the temperature or wind chill factor reaches below 32° F. Therefore, all students need to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Please ensure your child are dressed in clothes appropriate for school. Stomachs and undergarments should not be visible.
LOST & FOUND
Have your child check the lost and found for missing items.
Parents may bring individual store bought cupcakes, donuts, or cookies to school to celebrate their child’s birthday. Please do not bring cakes, drinks, decorations, balloons, cameras, or goodie bags. Cupcakes, donuts, or cookies need to be brought to the main office and will be served during your child’s lunch.
Cell Phones and Mobile Devices
All cell phones and mobile devices should be turned off and
- Placed in the main office upon arrival or
- Kept in student's backpack during the school day
Calls, text messages, and recordings are not allowed in the classroom, during recess/lunch or in the restroom. In addition, the school is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged devices while on school property. Thank you for your support regarding this matter.
Montgomery County Public Schools requires school volunteers and partnership agencies to complete certain compliance measures in order to volunteer within our school district.
· Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training via their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas account
· COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation - NEW!
Beginning September 20, 2021, volunteers will be required to upload their Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination to remain on the volunteer roster.
Please review the Volunteer/Contractor Vaccination Attestation Update for details on this process.
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The virtual doors of The George B. Thomas. Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. - Saturday School are open.
Classes will be offered in reading (Benchmarks) and math (Eureka) for grades Pre-K through 5 from 8:30am - 11:00am through May of 2022. We will also have a special center for our ELL students and families. Our dynamic programming will include weekly Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, recreational activities and academic acceleration with opportunities for enrichment. In addition, we are offering CODING sessions throughout the school year for an additional fee.
Our program fees are $40 for FARMS students and $85 for all other students. These fees cover the ENTIRE year of tutoring. Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged as students that attend regularly outperform students that do not.
Registration can be found at www.saturdayschool.org.
Connect with Teachers
For the safety and security of our students and staff, the following procedures have been established for all parent/teacher meetings:
Amazon Smile Donations
An easy way to help Rosemont is by using Amazon Smile when shopping on Amazon. It has the same products, same prices, same services and you can use your current Amazon account. To get started click here and Rosemont Elementary as your charitable organization. Then every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases back to the school.
Amazon Smile link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6070574
The PTA is a vital part of our school community. Please consider joining to support our staff, students, and families. The PTA will be meeting the first Thursday of every month beginning in October. More information about joining and how you can support coming soon!
Our next virtual PTA meeting will be February 3 at 7:00pm