Rock Chapel Newsletter

March 2021

Principal Green's Message!

Greeting's Rock Chapel Family!

Our Superintendent has made the announcement for students to return back Face 2 Face. We look forward to welcoming our students back into our building. On Thursday, March 4th at 5:30 pm, I am hosting a parent night about Rock Chapel's Re-Entry Plan. Please join me. The TEAMS link will be emailed and sent out on ClassDojo. If you have any questions, please reach out to the school at 678-676-3803.


Lisa Green, Principal

Rock Chapel Elementary School

"Together We Rise"

Important Events

March 1-31 National Reading Month

March 1-31 Women's History Month

March 1-5 Exceptional Children's Week


March 02 - Read Across America Day

March 04 - PTA/"Re-Opening" with Principal Green @ 5:30 pm

March 08 - International Women's Day

March 09 - Start of Cohort A (Pre-K-2)

March 11 - Start of Cohort B (Pre-K-2)

March 12 - Virtual Learning Half Day

March 14 - Pi Day

March 15th/16th - Start of Cohort A (3-5)

March 18th/19th - Start of Cohort B (3-5)

March 17 - St Patrick Day

April 5-9 - Spring Break (No School)

Welcome Back to Rock Chapel Scholars!

DCSD has announced its plans for students to begin returning to classrooms under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. In Phase Two and Phase Three, cohorts of students will participate in hybrid, in-person learning based on their choice to attend school. Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, sixth grade, and ninth-grade students will begin in-person learning on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Grade levels third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth will start on Monday, March 15, 2021, during Phase Three.

Instructional Models

The District will continue to offer high-quality instruction in a concurrent learning environment. The concurrent learning environment will support students in either setting—distance/remote learning and in-person learning.


  • Hybrid Learning Model (Combination of Face-to-Face and Distance/Remote Learning): The hybrid learning model is designed for families who feel comfortable with returning their children to a face-to-face, in a school environment blended with distance/remote learning. Students will have the opportunity to interact in person safely with their teachers and classmates. Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings or masks. Also, students will be required to bring their district-issued or personal electronic devices to school.

  • Distance/Remote Learning Model: The distance/remote learning model is designed for families who do not feel comfortable with their children returning to school in a face-to-face format at this time. The students will continue learning from home in a virtual format provided by the school.


Parents will have the option of continuing virtual learning or transitioning to the in-person learning model at each 4.5-week grading interval by completing a Change of Intent to Return Form at the local school.

Safety Protocols

The health and wellness of students and staff remain a top priority of the DeKalb County School District. Click the button and find out how we are keeping every safe as we transition back into the school setting.

Transportation

The DeKalb Transportation Department has implemented new practices that follow the CDC guidelines for keeping students safe on DCSD school buses. Click this link for important details.

Re-Opening Task Force Frequently Asked Questions

Use this link to find answers to the many questions you may have concerning this transition process. After you have visited this site do not hesitate to contact Rock Chapel at 678-676-3803 for further questions or concerns.

Media Center Matters!

During March, we celebrate Women's History Month, by recognizing the great contributions that women have made to our nation. We learn about the history of women in the United States and around the world by exploring their stories through books.


The Women's History Month theme for 2021 is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.” This theme encourages us to recognize and honor the multicultural suffragists and voting rights activists who refused to allow their voices to be silenced by political unrest, voter suppression, and the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” ― Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Rock Chapel Women's History Spotlights

U.S. Voting Rights Activist Stacy Abrams


Stacey Abrams is a political leader, voting rights activist, and New York Times bestselling author. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning at the time more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union. After witnessing the gross mismanagement of 2018 election by the Secretary of State’s office, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure every American has a voice in our election system through programs such as Fair Fight 2020, an initiative to fund and train voter protection teams in 20 battleground states. Stacy Abram's ability to mobilize the vote also helped Georgia elect Joe Biden to the presidency with 2.4 million votes and send two democratic candidates to the senate.


Stacey Abrams has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for her work to promote nonviolent change via the ballot box. The 2021 laureate will be announced in October.


About Stacey abrams. (2021, January 20). Retrieved February 12, 2021, from https://fairfight.com/about-stacey-abrams/

Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History !

Wonderful playlist of Ted-Ed short animated video clips of 35 extraordinary women who made herstory for their outstanding accomplishments.

List of Women's History Books and Web Resources

Books available in the Rock Chapel Media Center and a list of available web resources.

National Reading Month

March is designated as National Reading Month - a month to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day.

Reading is fun and has many benefits, regardless of your age. It's a key component of education and professional development. It also has immediate and long-lasting health benefits such as increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy, and decreased levels of stress.

Let's Celebrate Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

Read Across America Day seeks to promote reading. This day is organized by the National Education Association. They created the observance in 1997 with the objective of motivating American children to read. According to the National Education Association, children who spend more time reading do better in school. Read Across America Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd, in memory of children's author Dr. Seuss' birthday.


“You Can Find Magic Wherever You Look. Sit Back and Relax, All You Need Is a Book”.

~Dr. Seuss

Read Across America Booklist

Travel the U.S. by reading books from every state.

Dr. Seuss Booklist

Resource of Dr. Seuss books located in the Rock Chapel Media Center.

Dr. Seuss Video Read Aloud List

A list of Seuss books that are located on youtube.

District News

Superintendent's Weekly Newsletter

Archived newsletters can be found at the following link: https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/newsletter/