Rock Chapel Newsletter

December 2020

A Message From Principal Green

Greetings Parents!

Our school community is very thankful for all of your hard work! We are getting it done TOGETHER! We are all most to the Mid-year mark. Let's finish strong. Please continue to remain safe and healthy.


Thanks,

Lisa Green, Principal

DeKalb County Schools

Rock Chapel Elementary School

Phone: 678-676-3802


"Together We Rise"

Important Events

Dec. 02 - Spelling Bee

Dec. 02 - Reading Benchmark Tests

Dec. 01-04 - Virtual Holiday Gift Shop Dec. 07 - DCSD Board Meeting

Dec. 08 - 13.5 Week Progress Reports (Check Infinite Campus)

Dec. 09 - Math Benchmark Tests

Dec. 09 - Region 3 Parent Town Hall Meeting

Nov. 16 - Science Benchmark Tests

Dec. 21-Jan. 01 - Winter Break

*December is Read A New Book Month*

PTA News

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Rock Chapel School News!

Student Wellbeing: Compassion, Kindness & Empathy

December is the month when we focus on character traits like Compassion (caring), kindness, and empathy. When we display compassion and kindness it means we are to showing an interest and concern for others – to be friendly and considerate. Empathy is understanding and caring about another person’s thoughts and feelings. It’s like putting yourself in their place.


Parents below you will find several different strategies you can use with your children to help them become compassionate individuals who can empathize with others...

  • Read or purchase books that promote characters who perform acts of caring and kindness. ​Discussing the feelings of characters is a great way to help children learn to observe feelings.
  • Monitor television and movies and social media that your children may watch. Make sure they are viewing shows that promote caring, compassion, and kindness. ​
  • Encourage volunteering. Getting out in the community and helping others is a great way to develop an understanding of other people's situations. ​
  • Look for acts of kindness. When your child does something kind or helpful point out how this can positively impact others. ​
  • Encourage empathy for peers. Ask children about their classmates and other peers. Ask children when they’re in conflicts with peers to consider their peers’ perspectives.
  • Demonstrate empathy for others, including those different from you. Consider regularly engaging in community service with your child. Express interest people from various backgrounds facing many different types of challenges.
  • Engage in self-care and self-reflection. Regularly engage in an activity—whether it’s going for a walk, reading a book, meditating, or praying—that can help your family avoid being overwhelmed by stress.


The following selection of books found below encourages children to develop into individuals who are compassionate and caring and kind.

Be Kind | A Children's Story about things that matter

BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller


When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference--or at least help a friend.


Below you will find a few more read-aloud books about caring, compassion, kindness, and empathy.


The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

You, Me and Empathy by Jayneen Sanders

A Little Spot of Sadness: A Story About Empathy and Compassion by Diane Abler

Meet the RCES 2020-21 Educational Support Professional I of the Year!

Rock Chapel proudly announces the 2020-21 Educational Support Professional I of the Year Mrs. Anna Sullivant! Mrs. Sullivant was selected by her colleagues because she is an outstanding educator who has worked tirelessly with DeKalb County students and has more than 36 years of experience and service in the educational field.


While working for DeKalb County Schools Mrs. Sullivant has served as an Educational Support Professional of Preschool Special Education and her duties and responsibilities have included implementing large/small group instruction, recording student data based upon IEP curricula, and developing strategies to improve student progress. She is an excellent communicator and exemplifies our December character traits of compassion, kindness, caring, and empathy.


Mrs. Sullivant has stated that "providing support for students is a very important part of her life and credits that her love of God inspires her to lead, nurture, and guide children from all ethnic backgrounds into becoming successful leaders of the 21st century!"

Library Media Center Matters

Read to Succeed Tickets Extended

Parents if your child participated during the 2020 season in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program and earned a ticket unused tickets will be valid through August 31, 2021. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Six Flags Read to Succeed Team send a message to sixflags.com/read.

Spelling Bee Winner!

The Rock Chapel Spelling Bee was held on December 2, 2020. Fourth and fifth-graders participated by using The Scripps Spelling Bee online testing platform and the test consisted of spelling and vocabulary words.


We are proud to announce that fifth-grader Justin Carter was the top scorer in our school competition and is our Spelling Bee Winner. Justin will represent Rock Chapel at the DeKalb County School District Level Spelling Bee that will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2021.


Thank you to all the students who participated in the school-wide SPELLING BEE.

December is Read a New Book Month!

Happy December and Happy Reading!


During December, we celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukkah, but December is also Read A New Book Month. As the days shorten and we spend more time indoors staying warm we have the chance to turn off the television and spend more time together as a family and enjoy reading silently or listening to books being read aloud by family members. Rock Chapel family during this season of giving and sharing remember books make excellent gifts. Find out what types of books your children like to read and gift them one or better yet give them several books in a series they "can’t wait to read". While your children read be a good role model and read something that you will also enjoy. Reading during December is something that should be at the top of our holiday “to do” lists. Below you will find several books that may help you get in the holiday spirit as you snuggle up and read.


Grace At Christmas by Mary Hoffman (read aloud clip below)

The Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medaris

Daddy Christmas and Hannukah Mommy by Selina Alko



“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”– Groucho Marx

Grace At Christmas

DeKalb County District News

Superintendent's Weekly Newsletter

Archived newsletters can be found at the following link: https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/newsletter/

Happy #100DaysStrong to our superintendent, Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris

100 Days Strong

We're pleased to congratulate our new superintendent, Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris on her first #100 Days in DeKalb County School District. Please click the link below to access the 100-Day plan.


100 Day Entry Plan

Region 3 Parent Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 5pm

This is an online event.

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/39sXI7P


If you need help joining a Microsoft Teams live event click here!


Please click here to view the event flyer!

Community Bulletin Board

Atlanta Community Food Bank

This organization works with more than 700 nonprofit partners to distribute over 65 million meals across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. View the map to find a food pantry near you.

Lithonia Food Banks

Provides listings of pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

School Updates/Social Media

For updates visit our website for monthly newsletters, important dates, and news from our school. You can also follow us on Facebook, and Twitter. Check ClassDojo frequently for school-home communication.

Library Media Specialist

Library Media Assistant

Stone Mountain ES/Rock Chapel ES

lucresha_s_williams@dekalbschoolsga.org

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