Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook's Weekly Updates| 09-20-19

Thank You Fun Run Parent Volunteers!

Another fun year together at Rockbrook!

Rockbrook’s Float in the WHS Homecoming Parade

Show your Bulldog pride and join us in the WHS Homecoming Parade. Bring candy to throw out, wear your Rockbrook gear/colors and meet us in the parking lot between the football and baseball field on Wednesday, September 25th by 6:15. Look for the Rockbrook banner. We will walk the route together. Feel free to bring strollers, wagons, etc.. The parade begins at 6:30 with a pep rally to follow in the gym. Contact Jessica Kaasch at with questions.
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Student Council Election Results

Thank you to all the students who took time to run for Student Council this term. Student speeches and posters were fun and creative. We appreciate all candidates efforts and encourage those not elected to run again in the spring. The Rockbrook Fall Student Council Representatives elected are:

Akers--Lily G and Will C

Warming--Anika G ad Mac P

Chinaourd--Nadia S and Haley R

Smith--Elle S and Elise P

Madson--Cooper K and Elizabeth W

Conyers--Eve G and Morgan D

Candy Gram Sales - Student Council

Student Council will be selling Candy Grams on September 27th for delivery October 1st. Candy Grams are a fun way to share a kind message to a friend, sibling, or adult in the building. It helps promotes the district’s initiative of Kindness, It's Personal.

The Candy Grams will be $0.50 a piece. Student Council will come around for the sale and leave a bucket to collect them when they are finished. Each Candy gram will have a place for the sender, receiver, teacher, and message. The candy will be added on Tuesday, October 1st for delivery.

All proceeds will go to our annual Adopt-a-Family we sponsor during the holiday season.

NWEA MAP Testing

In the next couple of weeks, children in grades 3-6 will be participating in MAP Testing. The MAP is an assessment produced by NWEA and is used by our district to help monitor your child's progress towards the development of state learning standards. Information from the MAP helps teachers in making instructional decisions and in setting goals for learning for each student. Assessments typically take about an hour or less each and are given in math and reading. Your child's teacher will provide specific testing times soon and we request your help in avoiding absences and having your child well-rested, well-fed, and ready to do their best.

If you have any questions about MAP testing don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.

Cross Age Buddy Activity

Dear Families and Friends of Rockbrook,

I'm writing today to let you know that we are beginning our Cross-Age Buddies program for the year this Tuesday, September 24th. This program enables every child in our classes to develop a special friendship with a buddy from another grade. The older buddies and younger buddies will get together for a variety of supervised learning and social activities throughout the year.

We hope and expect that your child will get a lot out of the experience. Buddies provides an excellent opportunity for older children to be caring helpers, teachers, and friends. Younger children benefit from having a role model and a special, older friend at school.

You may want to ask your child about Buddies, particularly after we meet each month. Don't worry that you may not know the specific activity for the day, just ask an open-ended question such as "What did you do with your buddy today?" and let your child fill you in. The buddy friendships turn out to be very important to children. Your interest in this relationship will only make it more valuable.

If you have questions, please contact me at

Yours truly,

Mr. Garret Higginbotham, Principal

Rockbrook Community Club - Your Help Needed!

Thanks to all who were able to join us for our first Community Club Meeting of the year. If you weren't able to join please know that you are always welcome and your input is appreciated. We are yet in need of a few key event coordinators and would appreciate your help whether willing to help on your own or as part of a partner or team. Please see our list below.

Event Coordinators Needed For:

Fall Festival - This is our Fun Fall Carnival. No date is yet set so we are open to options and ideas.


We're looking for a lead Pumpkin Carver to represent Rockbrook at this fun fall event. We need one adult willing to carve a pumpkin for a contest that could earn the Community Club up to a $500 cash prize.

Grandfriends Day - April 24 - A fun concert and treats to share with our Grandfriends and Special Friends

Finally, if you'd like to review the minutes from the meeting, these are available on our Community Club website: While you're there you can also review our proposed Bylaws update that was shared at the meeting.

Minutes of Meeting - Rockbrook Community Club

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New Community Club Website

This year the Rockbrook Community Club is pleased to announce the roll-out of a brand new website. This site will provide a one-stop-shop for volunteer and event sign-up, student directory, Community Club Minutes of Meeting and much more.

To get started it's important that you register for an account. Registration also allows you to select what information you wish to have included in the student directory. Click here to download instructions on how to register for your free account.

Finally, don't forget to download the Membership Toolkit App. This app gives you access to the site and student directory from your mobile device and makes it easy to keep in the know about upcoming Community Club events. (Please note, directory access requires approval by our web team to ensure all asking for access are current Rockbrook families.)

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Gallup Night for 6th Grade Parents and Students

As you know, your sixth grade student had the opportunity to take the Gallup Strengths Explorer tool during first semester. You may have discussed their three strengths and heard about how they are learning more about these at school.

You and your child are invited to an interactive evening to further explore this tool and your child’s strengths. A Gallup representative will facilitate this event, and you will receive your child’s full report along with your Parent Playbook. You and your child can enjoy discussing the report together. If your child is unable to attend, you are welcome to come on your own.

The Gallup Parent/Child Nights will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Westside Middle School cafeteria. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 7th - **NEW DATE**

Hillside Elementary

Sunset Hills Elementary

Swanson Elementary

Rockbrook Elementary

Westbrook Elementary

6th Grade Outdoor Ed

A reminder that 6th Graders will be at Outdoor Ed September 25th and 26th. Be sure you are on time Wednesday for the bus in the morning.

Deliveries During the School Day

It happens to all of us. We forget something we needed for school or work at home. Fortunately, sometimes parents are able to drop items off for their child. To keep student focus on learning we would ask that such items be dropped off to the office. We are happy to deliver these to your child or have your child’s teacher pick them up at an appropriate time. Parents wishing to visit their child during the day are encouraged to do so at lunch. We are also always looking for volunteers willing to help out in our library, work on clerical tasks, or to volunteer for times arranged with their child’s teacher.

Don't Forget

Students will be dismissed every Wednesday at 3:00.

Please be prompt as teachers are scheduled to leave the building each week to participate in professional learning communities.

Important Dates


25-26 6th Grade Outdoor Ed.

26 Jones Bros Dining Out for Education Night


1 Community Club Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

1 School Health Screenings

1 Planet Sub Dining Out for Education Night

8 Raising Cane’s Night

10 Rockbrook / Oakdale STEAM Night @ Oakdale

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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