Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 3-15-19

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 Pictures - March 28th

Rockbrook's Spring Picture packets are coming home tonight. These will be the morning of March 28th. Spring pictures are only taken of students who return their packet with payment for a picture package. There will be envelopes available the morning of the pictures as well should an extra be needed.

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:


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.

PAWS for Change

As part of our leadership and marketing enrichment cluster we are again excited to do a change collection drive. Last year we raised more than $800 for the Open Door Mission. This year the group has selected the Nebraska Humane Society to raise money to support.

During the week of March 25th through March 29th students will be collecting change in the classrooms. We would greatly appreciate your support in any amount possible.

National Geographic GeoBee

This school year, our ten elementary schools and Westside Middle School each held a Geography Bee for students in grades 4 - 8. The school-level competition is just the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science. The second round required each school champion to take an online qualifying test in January to see if they could progress to the state competition. Up to 100 of the top test scorers throughout each state then become eligible to compete in their state's GeoBee.

Congratulations to the following students from Westside Community Schools, who are eligible to compete in Nebraska's State Geo Bee on March 29th, 2019:

Paddock Road: Piper Zatechka

Rockbrook: Caden Atwater

Swanson: Leo Konigsberg

Sunset: Sam Schafer

Loveland: Ethan Brooks

Westside Middle School: Owen Schafer

The winners of each State GeoBee receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. in May to participate in the GeoBee National Championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Learn more at

Movie Night Success!

Thanks to the many who came and enjoyed Family Movie Night with us, and to those parents and 6th grade students that worked to operate our concession stand. As a result, sixth graders were able to raise about $490. Sixth Grade Students use these funds to help provide an annual gift to the school that addresses some need or goal they hope to accomplish.

If you weren't able to make it this time we hope you'll join us next year for this fun time together with friends and family.

6th Grade Elementary Speech Contest

The Kiwanis Elementary Speech Contest was held Friday, March 8th at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center. Sixth graders from across the district prepared speeches on the topic, "Tragedy and Triumph" and each school selected one student to attend the district contest. The first, second, and third place winners will attend a luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis on March 13th along with their classroom teacher and families. Congratulations to all students!

  • 1st Place: Elaina K., Prairie Lane

  • 2nd Place: Marina D., Oakdale

  • 3rd Place: Joe Simon, Paddock Road

  • Bella G., Hillside

  • Violet C., Loveland

  • Cora S., Rockbrook

  • Alex I., Sunset Hills

  • Travis A., Swanson

  • Lisa F., Westbrook

  • Josie C., Westgate

Thank You For Your Support At Conferences!

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The Rockbrook Read-A-Thon - Wrapping It Up

Thank You! to all who journeyed down the Yellow Brick Road with us during our Rockbrook Read-A-Thon. We are so excited to see how many minutes of reading students were able to record and to keep moving toward our Outdoor Classroom space through the pledges. In addition, students who turned in pledge slips received more than 175 books as part of our daily drawings.

When we return from Spring Break we'll be announcing our winners for top pledges and top minutes read in our K-2 and 3-6 grade ranges. Winners will receive Amazon Gift Cards!

We'll also be rewarding our top minutes read and top pledges raised students in both our K-2 and 3-6 grade ranges with Amazon Gift Cards!

If for any reason you weren't able to bring in your forms on Friday, March 15th. please do so on Monday, March 25th. Pledge money can also still be turned in or payments made online at

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We Need Your Recycleables

Our 6th grade students will be creating a Cane's Arcade ( and are in need of reclaimed and recycled materials to use. A collection bin for clean recyclables will be in the front lobby. Below is a list of requested items that would be especially helpful.

Cardboard boxes (big and medium size)

Cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, Tissue boxes, paper towel tubes

Empty berry containers

Empty cupcake containers

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Battle of the Books Update

We are looking forward to seeing all of the teams on the morning of Saturday, March 30th at the Westside Middle School!

We have sent out a couple communications in the last few weeks. If you are a team parent and did not receive them, please be sure to check your spam folder and mark us as a "safe sender."

Wondering what the battle will be like? There is a lot of information on our website. We will be updating this information as the event gets closer. If you have a question that is not answered, please send us an email.



Next Community Club Meeting - April 16th @ 6:00pm

Band-O-Rama Is Coming

Fifth and Sixth Grade Band students will present a district-wide musical extravaganza on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 pm! Please mark your calendars and help reward your child for their hard work by making this event a priority for your entire family. Students will attend a rehearsal during the school day and will need to report to Westside High School no later than 6:30 pm. A detailed letter about the day's events will be e-mailed to band parents, and a hard copy will be sent home with band students prior to the event. Questions about this event or anything else band related, feel free to connect with Mr. Freeman at

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.

March Dining Out for Education Events

This month we're trying something new as part of our Dining Out for Education Program. We're aiming to save a few trees by sending home a month-long flier that can go on the fridge to help remind you of each week's upcoming events. Dining Out events are a great way to enjoy a meal, spend time with friends and family, build community, and support both local businesses and our school.

Important Dates


12 Parent/Teacher Conferences (1st night)

12 Runza Dining Out for Education Night

14 Parent/Teacher Conferences (2nd night)

18-22 Spring Break

20 Don & Millie’s Dining Out for Education Night

21 Down Syndrome Awareness Day

29 Spring Community Breakfast 7:45 a.m.

28 Band-O-Rama, WHS 7:00 p.m.

29 Jones Bros Dining Out for Education 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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