Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 2-15-2019

Valentine's Parties - Thank You

A special thanks to the parents that hosted our Rockbrook Valentine's Parties this week. Students had a fun time with this celebration. Thanks also to the many families that helped provide treats and supplies for the good times!

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

Box Tops Due Friday (2/22)

We need your Box Tops. Please turn in all box tops collected this winter for counting and entry. The Box Tops for Education program provides 10¢ for each clip turned in, offering important support for our Community Club and the great programs they sponsor at Rockbrook. Box Tops can be turned in to your teacher or to the front office. Be sure to include your teacher's name with your submission.

The Rockbrook Read-A-Thon is Coming!

Starting the week of March 1st we'll begin our Annual Rockbrook Read-A-Thon, this year with a Wizard of Oz Theme! This will be our third year hosting a Read-A-Thon that challenges students to read nightly and build strong reading habits. In addition, students can get pledges from friends and family to show support for their efforts. We are continuing to raise funds for an outdoor classroom space. Packets will be coming home soon.


Please Note: With lower attendance at our Family Reading Night last year, the decision has been made not to have an evening event on Feb 28. Students are encouraged to start warming up their reading skills in anticipation of our Read-A-Thon beginning.

Congratulations Spring Student Council

Congratulations to our Spring Student Council Representatives Lena K., Ben J., Olive P., Haley R., Lana W., Grace P., Aslyn S., Clark H., Kadence D., Mia S., Lola W., & Tatiana S. Thanks to all who participated in our elections.
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Digital Dozen Award!

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Caden as the most recent recipient of the Digital Dozen award! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Blog (ey.westside66.org), which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and we are proud of your accomplishment!


Congratulations Caden!

~The EY Team

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.


Website: https://sites.google.com/view/westsidebotb

Email: westsidebattleofthebooks@gmail.com

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 Friday 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 RockbrookBulldogsYearbook@gmail.com. The deadline to submit your order is March 8th.

Everyone Can Create


The next STEAM Club is open for registration! In this session, K-3 students will develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music, and drawing through the use of Apple apps. This section requires no prior experience. Registration is open now until February 19. For registration and details on the required registration project visit https://sites.google.com/westside66.net/rbcodingclub. You can directly contact me with questions at carlson.dustin@westside66.net.


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.

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: January 10th - February 15th

Do you live in the District and have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten this fall? Do you know of other Westside residents with children who will be ready to start school in August?

Kindergarten enrollment for 2019-20 begins January 10, 2019. Parents of eligible students should go to westside66.org to begin the enrollment process as early as possible.

Students entering kindergarten for 2019-20 must be five years old by July 31, 2019. Parents may opt to hold their children out of kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska state law mandates that a child who reaches six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year must be enrolled in school.

If you have questions, you may call the Westside Welcome Center at 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 westside66.org.

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 freeman.michael@westside66.net

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.
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Lunch Times

Lunch Times


Joining your child for lunch is a fun and enjoyable tradition that Rockbrook is pleased to support when your schedule allows. For this purpose we have designated a guest table during our lunch period where you and your child can share a meal and each other’s company. To ensure that there is enough space for our out-of-school guests we ask that families eat with their own child(ren) only. When room allows, guests may also sit at the regular lunch table with the class. If you would like a school lunch, please make your reservation with the office before 9 a.m.


Lunch Times

K-1 Lunch: 11:35-12:00 (11:24-11:48 on Wednesdays)

2-3 Lunch: 12:00-12:25 (11:48-12:12 on Wednesdays)

4-5 Lunch: 12:25-12:50 (12:12-12:36 on Wednesdays)

6 Lunch: 12:50-1:15 (12:36-1:00 on Wednesdays)

Important Dates

February

18 President's Day - NO SCHOOL

19 1st-3rd Vocal Music Concert

20 Don & Millie's Dining Out Night

22 Jones Bros Dining Out Night

26 Zio's Dining Out 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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