Rockbrook Express

Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly News | Nov 2019

Veterans Day Breakfast

Monday, November 11th, at 7:45 a.m.

You are invited to join Rockbrook at a community breakfast to honor our nation’s veterans. We will have rolls, milk, and juice in the gym at 7:45 a.m. Please join us to help recognize the contributions of our Active and Veteran Armed Forces and First Responders.

All students are welcome but should be accompanied by an adult.

Finally, thank you to those who have contributed to our service member care packages. If you yet have a donation you would like to make these can be brought to the office. Requested items are linked here.

Rockbrook Spelling Bee

On Friday, October 25th, students participated in the Rockbrook Spelling Bee. All students in grades 4-6 took a written test prior to this event to determine who would compete. Congratulations to Lucas N., our school winner, and Nora J., who placed second in the competition. Caden A., Carter P., and Lana W. tied for third place. Lucas and Nora will move on to the Westside School District Bee, which will be held on November 15th at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center. We wish them much luck.

Thanks to all of our student competitors for their work preparing for this fun annual event!

November Unified Activity - Fall Festival

What Are Unified Activities?

The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast­ growing initiative that brings students with and without

intellectual disabilities together. This year we are excited to bring a Unified Fall Festival opportunity to our


Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our next Unified Activity this year, a Unified Fall Festival.

Where: Loveland Elementary, 8201 Pacific St, Omaha, NE 68114

When: Nov 14th, 2019 - 5:30-6:30

What: An opportunity for fun and friendship aimed at partnering peers with and without an intellectual disability. There will be activities, games, and crafts for kids to enjoy. Craft projects will benefit the residents at Ambassador Health of Omaha.

RSVP Needed for Participation

If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please complete the RSVP Form. This helps us plan for how many to expect at the event.

Thanksgiving Meal

We would like to invite you to come to have Thanksgiving lunch with your child

Thursday, November 21st. Adult meals are $3.65, and exact change is needed. Please call the office to reserve your meal by 9 am that morning.

A huge thank you to all families who donated to the fall clothing drive!

The Closet continues to benefit from the kindness of Westside students, teachers, and staff. Our recent coat and clothing drive was a big success and we would like to thank all of the families who participated. Your donations will help keep your fellow students warm this winter. Another big thanks goes out to those who donated during professional development day. We will hold another drive in the spring for warm weather clothing but until then, if you are looking for a way to help throughout the year, please remember that toiletries and new-in-

package underwear (youth and adult sizes) are an ongoing need and maybe donated through

your school’s social worker at any time.

As always, Closet volunteers are available to pull clothing for any family in need and deliver it to your school or families may opt to visit The Closet with their social worker.


Marci Crone and Veronica Martinez

Clothing Closet Chairs

Winter Wear and Snow Gear

To ensure that students can both enjoy the snow and keep warm and dry once they come inside, we wanted to remind you of a few expectations for students wishing to play in the snow.

• Students need to wear proper coats, gloves, and hats. When temperatures are above 10º we will typically be going outside.

• If students wish to walk in deep snow, they will be expected to wear snow boots.

•For very deep snow or if students wish to roll and play in in the snow, students will need snow pants to ensure they stay warm and dry.

• If students wish to build with snow they must have gloves or mittens.

• When recess equipment is slick or wet, access may be restricted to promote student safety.

We appreciate your support in going over these expectations with your child. Teachers will do so as well so that students may have a fun and safe time during winter recess.

Family Movie Night November 15th

Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, November 15th.

What: Family Movie Night at Rockbrook

When: 6:30 pm, Nov 15th

Where: Rockbrook Gym

Movie title will be selected by Student Council

Community Club Website & Student Directory - Please Sign Up

Need a great way to gather information for a birthday invitation? Looking to sign up for an upcoming event? Need some details about something you heard was discussed at a recent Community Club Meeting? Be sure to visit the NEW Community Club Website. It's your one stop shop for information about Community Club, to include your information in the directory, and to be able to sign up for access to the app.

Save Your Hy-Vee Receipts


•PLEASE SAVE your HY-VEE receipts dated between September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

•Hy Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent. This adds up, we have been earning between $400 & $600 per year!!

•Grocery receipts, gas, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy receipts are all accepted from any of the Omaha and Council Bluffs Hy-Vee stores.

•Tell your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to save their receipts for our school.

Send your receipts back to school with your child. The Hy-Vee drop box will be located near the fish tank.

Write the name of your child’s teacher on the top of your receipt, or bundle them and put the teacher’s name on the envelope.

The class that brings in the most will receive a pizza party in January.

Thank you for your SUPPORT!

When Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Send me to school if...

  • I have a runny nose or just a little cough but no other symptoms.
  • I haven't taken any fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours and I haven't had a fever during that time.
  • I haven't thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours

Keep me at home if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.
  • I'm throwing up or have diarrhea.
  • My eyes are pink and crusty.

Call the doctor if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.
  • I have been throwing up or have diarrhea for more than two days
  • I have the sniffles for more than a week and they aren't getting better.
  • I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I'm having trouble breathing after using my inhaler.)

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.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

When calling to make arrangements for your child it’s important that the right people get the right message. If calling to inform us of decisions that will impact your child’s school day (8:30-3:30) please call our main office at 402-390-6475. If you are calling to make changes to before and after care, it is also important to contact the Club66 Staff at 402-390-8208. Finally, it’s always appreciated if you email your child’s teacher if you will be picking them up during the day as this helps them prepare any work your child may need. Please make sure if doing so to also call the main office or email our Administrative Assistant Ms. Veldhuis at

Please remember to call the school office at 390-6475 before 9:00 a.m. if:

  • Your child will be absent from school for any reason.
  • Your child will be late for school
  • You would like to join your child for lunch and need to order a tray for yourself (orders need to be received before 9:00 a.m.)

Often times parents will tell the teacher when their children are going to be gone, but sometimes the teacher is gone as well. The office really needs to know. We would appreciate your help with this anytime you know your child will be out of school.

Also, please let the office know if you are going to be out of town and someone else will be taking care of your children. In the case of an emergency, we want to reach someone as soon as possible.

Traffic and Parking at Rockbrook

Help us keep students and families safe. Please review the routes for parking and pickup using the full route. Cutting across the lot has created some recent close calls for both cars and students. These routines help keep everyone safe.

Students and Cell Phones / Smart Devices

We know that staying connected to your child is an important safety feature for many families. While in school we ask that students keep all cell phones and smart devices stowed in their backpacks. This helps prevent distraction from learning.

Medication at School

For you child’s safety and for the safety of others, all medication, even cough’s drops, must be kept locked in the health office, it must be in the original package. All medication, including cough drops, needs to be accompanied by a medication form signed by the parent or guardian, all prescription medication forms must be signed by the doctor. Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home.

Important Dates


5 Community Club Meeting 6:00 pm

5 4th Grade Kindness Retreat

11 Veteran's Day Breakfast 7:45 am

14 5th and 6th Grade Vocal Music Concert 7:00 pm @WMS

15 Family Movie Night

20 Don & Millies Dining Out Night

27-30 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

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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