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Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

February 15-19, 2020

Our Mission

The staff of Rosa Parks/Millbrook in collaboration with parents and community, will pursue excellence as we walk in our purpose to develop the whole child, academically and socially, and ensure that all students take responsibility for their learning and reach self-sustaining success.
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BeMotivating: How Parents Can Motivate Students During Distance Learning

It's no doubt that managing student learning at home can be stressful. We've included some tips to help you support your child (face-to-face or virtual) while working through the challenges of our current WEBOLearning status.

1. Manage our own stress

Managing stress levels is good for our health. It’s also good for our children’s mental health. When demonstrating positive ways to manage anxiety, children learn coping skills to deal with stress, promoting their resilience. Examples, such as taking deep breaths, exercising, meditating, and practicing mindfulness can help manage stress.

2. Let go of control on our kids

Letting go of controlling our kids is scary. We want the best for our children. We often control kids’ behavior because we want to steer them away from mistakes. But our good intention often becomes a source of stress that hurts their motivation and diminishes their ability to learn.

3. Encourage learning, not doing If your child refuses to do homework, focus on learning. Going to school about learning. Grades are important, but to be intrinsically motivated to study, a child needs to enjoy learning.

Encourage them to learn and to use homework to strengthen their knowledge.

4. Focus on relationship instead of homework

A warm, secure parent-child relationship in childhood is essential to living a happy, successful life. Only parents can love their child and make them feel safe even when they fail. Become your child’s safe haven, a person your kid wants to come to, not one they want to hide away from.

5. Be supportive and teach stress awareness

When a child is not motivated to learn, be supportive instead of contemptuous. Help them identify their source of stress and encourage them to talk about it.

6. Provide a stress-free environment

Other ways to eliminate stress include having a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and studying in a relaxed environment. Motivating children to learn better in distance learning is not that hard if parents can let go of our own security and support our kids to flourish in their own ways. The sooner they learn to be independent and responsible for their own education, the more self-motivated they are.


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Celebrate Kindness Week 2021 at RPM

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We look forward to the wonderful talent waiting to be displayed during Black History Month! Make sure your scholar is signed up.

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Voting for our RPM Teachers is an Act of Kindness!

In 2021, H-E-B will go the extra mile to visit schools and districts in their Texas Loves Teachers Tour.

The tour will caravan across Texas in March and April, visiting 50 schools. They will be giving away $20,000 in H-E-B gift cards each week. At each stop, the tour will host an appreciation event for school staff complete with H-E-B gift cards, cash prizes and more.

Nothing would be better than for OUR teachers to be a part of the H-E-B tour!! So help me out!!

Let’s show RPM teachers how much they are loved!! Vote here, EVERYDAY, for RPM Elementary teachers!! Ask your friends and family to vote as well.

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Elementary

630 Millbrook Drive

Lancaster, TX


Parents of our Face-to-Face Scholars

For the health and safety of all, please keep your child home if they are experiencing symptoms: sick with fever, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, or nausea, etc. Make sure they are symptom free for at least 24 hours WITHOUT the use of meds before returning face-to-face. If at anytime you need to keep your child home due to symptoms, please contact Nurse Tori at 972-218-1564.


  • Scholars are expected to be on time to their classes. Morning instruction begins promptly at 8:00a.m. Ensure students are on time by logging in by 7:50a.m.
  • School uniforms are not required during online learning, however attire must be appropriate. No pajamas or head gear allowed.
  • All cameras are required to be on during virtual classes.
  • Persistent misbehavior/classroom disruptions will not be tolerated.
  • Remain muted until asked to un-mute.

Be Up-to-Date

Kindness Week February 15-20, 2021

Vote for RPM @ every day, now through February 28.

Feb. 15 School closed (Student Holiday/Staff Development)

Feb. 15-19 Random Acts of Kindness Week

Feb. 16 Mardi Gras (Wear purple/green/gold; or African attire for Tuesday Heritage Tribute)

Feb. 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb. 17 Oratory-Spoken Word Showcase (Entries due)

Feb. 20 Saturday Learning @The Parks

Feb. 24 RPM Black History Program 6:00p.m.

Feb. 25 99th Day of School (Dress like you're 99...the 100th day is coming!)

Feb. 25 LISD School Board Meeting

Feb. 26 100th Day of School (Welcome to Wakanda @The Parks)

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.


Rosa Parks/Millbrook Information Systems & Software Design Academy


Building Children, Character, and Community Everyday

“A hundred years from now it will not matter, what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove; but the world would be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Forest Whitcraft