November 2022

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Dear Rochester City School District Families,

October has been a busy month! Just over a week ago, I had the privilege of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with our Board, students, staff, and the community. I want to congratulate all the students who were recognized for their high academic achievement and the recipients of this year’s Community Service Award. It was wonderful to gather together and celebrate in person as one RCSD community.

I hope you took the opportunity to meet with your children’s teachers during parent-teacher conferences in October. The end of quarter one is right around the corner on November 10. If you have not signed up for PowerSchool Parent Portal, I encourage you to create an account, so you can access your children’s grades, assignments, schedules, and even attendance.

There are several days in November when students do not have school. Please take a moment to review the section in this newsletter that lists those dates to ensure you are prepared ahead of time.


Dr. Carmine Peluso

Interim Superintendent of Schools

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You Are Invited!

The RCSD Board of Education and Office of Parent Engagement invite you to the annual family and community engagement forum on Saturday, November 19, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, at Anna Murray-Douglass Academy School No. 12. This year’s event, Strength in Unity, has much to offer, including free giveaways, lunch with the Board Commissioners, and activities for the whole family, so register today at www.rcsdk12.org/communityforum.

Important Dates in November

  • Half-day for Students: Friday, November 4 (check dismissal times here)
  • Superintendent’s Conference Day/No School for Students: Tuesday, November 8
  • Veterans Day/All Facilities Closed: Friday, November 11
  • Recess Day/No School for Students: Wednesday, November 23
  • Thanksgiving Recess/All Facilities Closed: Thursday and Friday, November 24 – 25

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Indigenous people. While the histories should be celebrated and incorporated into our work throughout the school year, this month is an opportune time to teach and learn about the unique challenges people have faced both historically and in the present and the ways in which they have worked to conquer these challenges.

Get Free Help with Financial Aid for College

Students who plan to attend college are invited to join us at an upcoming FAFSA Fest event, where you will get free help from experts to fill out your financial aid forms. We will help you apply to college, figure out how to pay for it, and make the best choice.

Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Edgerton R-Center

41 Backus Street, 14608

Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Trent and Pamela Jackson R-Center
485 North Clinton Avenue, 14605

RCSD Parent Group November Meetings

Parent Leadership Advisory Council

If you are the parent or caregiver of an RCSD student, then the Parent Leadership Advisory Council (PLAC) is for you! Send an email to plac@rcsdk12.org to become a member.

The next general membership meeting is Wednesday, November 16, at 6:00 pm. Click here to register and here for the full schedule.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a group of parents with special needs students in the RCSD. Together, this group works to provide a supportive environment for students, families, and educators who help each student achieve their potential. If you are interested in applying to be a SEPAC Parent Representative or would like additional information, please email RCSDsepac@gmail.com.

The next general membership meeting is Monday, November 14, at 6:00 pm. Email rcsdsepac@gmail.com for the Zoom link and meeting information.

Bilingual Education Council

The Bilingual Education Council (BEC) advises the Superintendent on matters related to bilingual education, including curriculum, instructional materials, and cultural issues. BEC is made up of parents, community organizations, students, teachers, and administrators of the RCSD, who have demonstrated their concern for the development of bilingual education. For more information on joining BEC, please email bec@rcsdk12.org.

The next meeting is Tuesday, November 8, at 5:00 pm, at the Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center, 485 North Clinton Avenue, 14605.

Multilingual Parent Advisory Council

The Multilingual Parent Advisory Council (MPAC) is a vehicle for parents of scholars who are learning English as a new language. The purpose is to collaborate in the areas of problem-solving, program enhancement, communicating with parents, and recognition of student achievement. The purpose of MPAC is to encourage and support parental involvement and participation in English Language Learners’ programming and academic achievement.

The next meeting is Monday, November 21, at 5:00 pm, at the Maplewood YMCA, 25 Driving Park, 14613.

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Phase 3 of the Facilities Modernization Program

The Facilities Modernization Program (FMP) allows some of our buildings to be renovated to ensure that students have modern learning spaces and comfortable facilities that they can be proud to attend. The District shared preliminary plans for Phase 3 of the FMP project and gathered feedback at a series of public hearings in October.

We encourage you to view these plans, which are posted on the website at www.rcsdk12.org/fmp, as community feedback is welcome throughout the project. Written feedback can be submitted by email to fmpfeedback@rcsdk12.org. Thank you for your interest and participation in this exciting and important project!

2022 - 2023 RCSD School Calendars

Click here for the 2022 - 2023 RCSD school calendar and the one-page At-A-Glance calendar. Printed calendars have been mailed to students' homes. If you did not receive a school calendar in the mail, please contact your child’s school to confirm that we have your correct mailing address.

Let's Stay Connected!

Have you moved or changed your phone number recently? It is very important that your child's school has a current email address, mailing address, and phone numbers (home/mobile) on file for your family. We want to make sure you are receiving communications from your child's teachers, school, and the District.

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PowerSchool Parent Portal gives real-time access to class schedules, attendance, assignments, grades, and contact information for teachers. High school parents can also monitor their student’s progress toward meeting graduation requirements. Parents will need a unique access code to add each student to their account. For more information on downloading the app and creating an account, including a how-to video, visit https://www.rcsdk12.org/parentportal.

Office Hours with the Board President Cynthia Elliott

RCSD students and families are invited to schedule an in-person meeting with Board of Education President Cynthia Elliott on Monday evenings at the Community Place, 57 Central Park, 14605 (Dr. Freddie Thomas Learning Center). Sign up for a 30-minute time slot now!

What's on the Menu?

Check out the November breakfast and lunch menus for elementary, middle, and high school students here.

Winter Athletics

It is not too late to register for a winter sport! The Freshman/JV and Varsity seasons begin on November 14. If you are interested in playing a winter sport, visit FamilyID and register today!

Student spectators from the home and away teams must show a valid school ID to attend RCSD-hosted games. Students from any other school must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 25 years old with a valid ID.

Athletic event schedules for RCSD high schools can be found on the Rochester City Athletic Conference webpage.

Brrr, there's a chill in the air!

Staying home when sick helps to lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Students who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home.

Here are some good reminders for everyone:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands), and then throw the tissue in the trash.

Miss a Newsletter?

All of our 2022-23 family newsletters are posted on the District's website here.