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Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly Newsletter | 3-1-19

Parent Teacher Conferences Mar 7th & 12th

A reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences will be March 7th and 12th this Spring. These opportunities to discuss each child's growth and plan for the remainder of the year are especially important and we want to ensure that all parents are able to attend. If you have not yet returned your child's conference note, please do so as soon as possible so that we can confirm a time to meet.

Specials teachers will be available on the following dates and times.

Mr. Glanzer, PE - March 7th

Ms. Montgomery, Library - March 7th and 12th

Ms. Matheson, Strings - March 7th from 7-8pm, March 12 from 4-5pm

Mr. Freeman - Not Available (Please email if needing to make contact)

Mrs. Johnson, Art - March 12th

Mr. Pribnow, Music - March 7th

6th Grade Speech Contest

Students in 6th grade recently completed speeches on the theme "Triumph and Tragedy." Six students competed in the final building competition and we want to congratulate all of our 6th grade students for their hard work. Our winner was Cora S. and our runner up was Mia S. Thanks to our judges Mrs. Henningsen and Mr. Easton. All students worked very hard and we wish our finalists well at the district contest next week.

Rockbrook Movie Night - March 8th

Rockbrook Movie Night - Please RSVP

Rockbrook's second movie night of the year will be Shrek! We encourage families to RSVP if they are planning to attend to help us prepare for this fun family event.

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

Staff Appreciation Week

March 4th-8th is Staff Appreciation Week. One important part of our week is honoring the staff with gift card drawings each day of the week. Please consider donating gift cards as prizes during the week. You may turn your gift cards in anytime next week to the main office. Your contributions will help to make the week a success!


Beth Leach

The Rockbrook Read-A-Thon Begins

This week we're kicking off the Rockbrook Read-A-Thon. This annual event promotes nightly reading habits for your child and helps to raise funds for projects that help our school continue to be an amazing place for kids to learn. This year we are continuing to raise funds for our Outdoor Classroom Space.

Be sure to check your child's backpack tonight for a packet of information about how they can participate. Keep track of your child's minutes each night and send back pledge tickets to make your child eligible for daily book drawings. 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!

And don't forget our Fun Theme Days! Join us for a walk down the Yellow Brick Road

Friday, March 1st - Cat in the "Hat Day" to celebrate read across America and Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Tuesday, March 5th - Twister Tuesday, wear clothes backward and inside out

Friday, March 8th - Emerald City Day, wear green

Tuesday, March 12th - Welcome to Kansas, wear flannel or western wear

Thursday, March 14th - Bring a Snack and Stuffed Animal Day

All Read-A-Thon forms and pledge money will be collected on Friday March 15th.

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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 - March 5th @ 6:00pm

2018-2019 Yearbooks

This year, orders for the Rockbrook Yearbook will be online. Information was sent home that provides instructions for ordering. There are optional add-ons if you wish to personalize orders. The price for a basic yearbook remains the same at $15.00 per copy with payment due at the time of the online order. You may order multiple copies if you have more than one child. As in past years, the yearbook will be distributed during the last week of school. There will be a minimal amount of yearbooks available for purchase at the school when the yearbook shipment arrives. They will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. Please direct any questions to The deadline to submit your order is March 8th.

School Wide Enrichment Clusters (SEM) Feb 1st - Mar 8th

Rockbrook is excited to once again present our School-Wide Enrichment Clusters. For those new to our school, Enrichment Clusters offer our students an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest in a small group of mixed age students. We do this for six weeks for about 45 minutes on Friday afternoons. To make this time available, we modify our schedule a bit on those days. On February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and March 1st and 8th, students will use our special events schedule. This impacts lunch times as follows:

K-1 Lunch: 11:11-11:36

2-3 Lunch: 11:36-12:01

4-5 Lunch: 12:01-12:26

6 Lunch: 12:26-12:51

Kindergarten 2019-2020

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2019-20 School Year

If you are a District resident who would like your K-5 child(ren) to attend an elementary school other than the school that serves your attendance area for next school year, you must submit a completed In-District Transfer (IDT) Request form to the Office of Student Services for review.

The District gives priority to families living within the District prior to placing Option Enrollment applicants who reside outside the District. We must receive a Student In-District Transfer Request form no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2019, for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.

IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and on the District website. An IDT request form must be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has one or more siblings currently attending a school outside their home attendance area. Transfers are approved or denied based on available space and other resources. If you have questions about the in-district transfer process, please call 402-343-2603.

Requirements for Early Admission to Kindergarten

In accordance with Nebraska Statute 79-214, the Westside Community Schools allows for admission of children residing in the District as early entrance kindergarteners through a locally designed testing program. Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance must turn five between August 1 and October 15, 2019. For further information regarding early entrance to kindergarten, please call 402-390-3303.

Kindergarten Enrollment for Non-District Residents

If you live outside the District and have a child eligible for kindergarten who has a sibling currently attending a Westside elementary school through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an Option Enrollment Application. Option Enrollment Applications must be received by Westside’s Office of Student Services no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2019. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and at

Under Option Enrollment statutes, first priority for admission is given to siblings who seek to attend in the District where an older sibling is already enrolled, provided an Option Enrollment form is submitted by March 15 and provided that there is space available in a requested building and grade level.

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


2 Read Across America - Dr. Seuss's Birthday

4-8 Staff Appreciation Week

5 Planet Sub Dining Out for Education Night

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

7 Parent/Teacher Conferences (1st night)

8 Family Movie Night

12 Parent/Teacher Conferences (2nd night)

12 Runza Dining Out for Education 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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