Rockbrook Express

Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly Newsletter | 9-7-2018

Parent-Teacher Conferences

A reminder that Parent-Teacher Conference scheduling preference forms were sent home this week and requested back to teachers by today. If you have not yet returned this form, please do so on Monday as teachers will be using this to create initial invites for our upcoming October Conferences.

Picture Day

September 12th is School Pictures. All students will be photographed. Turn in forms to your teacher.

Health Screenings

Thursday, September 13th, student in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade will participate in our annual health screenings. These include things like checking student's hearing and vision. If concerns are detected these will be communicated to parents for follow up. Please contact our health office with any questions: 402.390.6475.

Time for Jackets and Umbrellas

With cooler weather arriving and some rainy days in the forecast, be sure to send your child with an appropriate jacket and perhaps umbrella, especially if they will be walking home. Unless the equipment is excessively slick, field muddy, or rains are heavy, we will typically go out for recess, even when there may be a bit of mist or sprinkling of rain. We want all students to stay warm, healthy, and get plenty of fresh air and exercise.

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 children 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)

NWEA MAP Testing

NWEA MAP Testing is occurring this week and next. Students in grades 3-6 will be participating in NWEA MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing in reading and math. These tests will be given three times throughout the year, and further information will be provided about results following administration. Classroom teachers will communicate the specific dates and times of their testing. For existing 4th and 6th graders, these are the same type of tests students took last year. We encourage a good night’s rest, a good breakfast and a positive attitude. Please feel free to contact Mr. Higginbotham with any questions.

PBIS - School and Home Expectations

Over the past couple of weeks, your child has been reviewing the many positive expectations that help make Rockbrook a safe, respectful, and responsible place for students to enjoy. In their classrooms, they have discussed expectations individual to their grade and teacher. A critical part of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports is clearly defined expectations and common language in implementing them. Our 3 school rules are Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. As such we invite you to take the time to discuss what your Home Expectations are and to add these to your own expectation poster (click to download). At the bottom of the poster is a small cut off slip that your child can fill out and return in order to be entered in a special drawing. Thank you in advance for supporting positive behaviors at Rockbrook.

36th Annual Fun Run

Friday, Sep. 21st, 2:30pm

2514 South 108th Street

Omaha, NE

The 36th Annual FUN RUN will be held on Friday September 21st this year! If you would like to volunteer please contact Debra Ginn (

Coding Club Expanded!

New this year are 5 STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) Clubs instead of only Coding. They include Unplugged Coding, Story Telling through Computer Science, Robotics, Everyone Can Create, and Hands-on STEAM projects. Currently, these clubs are only available for K-3 (except robotics). If you or someone you know is willing to lead similar clubs with 4-6, please contact the school. Registration for the first club is open now until September 14. For registration, details on the required registration project, and more information, visit You can also directly contact Mr. Carlson at

Rockbrook Student Council (Grades 4-6)

Thanks to all those interested in running for Student Council and who were able to attend the meeting on September 6th. Letters of Intent are due Sept 14, Posters may go up on Sept 17th, and Speeches and Elections will be on Sept 21st. Contact Mrs. Rice or Mrs. Davenport with any questions.

Westside MTSS - Muti-Tiered Systems of Support

Westside Community Schools continues the implementation of MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered System of Supports.

What is MTSS? MTSS is a process of providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s progress & skills are monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. The MTSS process is flexible and designed to meet the needs of all students. This process allows for a continuum of support based entirely on students’ individual needs. This support may be provided with other students by the classroom teacher or other support staff, either within or outside the classroom.

What does this mean for my child? A key component of the MTSS process is that all children receive high quality instruction in their classroom. Universal screenings are used to review the progress of all students and are given three times per year. As a result of the screening, students may be identified as needing supplemental intervention in addition to instruction they are receiving in their classroom. If your child is identified as needing intervention you will receive notification. Please contact your child’s building principal with questions.

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Counselor's Corner

Attendance Awareness

Studies show that chronic absenteeism is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble

and eventually for dropping out of high school. Chronic absenteeism are students who miss a

total of 18 days of the entire school year.

Fact: Only 17 % of students absent 10% or more of the school year in Kindergarten and 1st grade can read at grade level after the 3rd grade.

Here are some helpful tips you can use to help your child come to school on time every day.

 Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

 Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

 Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick.

 If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the school

counselor, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable.

 Develop some backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a

family member, a neighbor or another parent.

 Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Dining Out for Education

Each week Rockbrook partners with a local restaurant as part of our Dining Out for Education program. As part of this program businesses give back a percentage of your purchase to the school when you mention that you are with Rockbrook Elementary on our designated nights. In addition, Dining Out Nights offer families a chance to connect with each other and with friends as part of our Rockbrook Community. Linked with today’s email is our calendar of Dining Out Partners. We’ve tried to offer a variety of locations, foods, and opportunities in the hopes that families can find an option that appeals to them. We want to express our appreciation to our Dining Out partners and to our families for supporting our school and our community and hope you’ll be able to join us at some of these fun family outings.

Rockbrook Traffic - Pick Up, Drop Off, & Parking

Whether a new or returning family, please take a moment to review our pick up, drop off, and parking procedures. These are busy times and we appreciate your help to keep these times running smoothly.

Weather Dismissal

Rockbrook Families, thanks for your patience with our recent weather dismissal. These don't happen often, but it's helpful for both teachers and families to have a clear plan for when this needs to occur. Our procedure for weather dismissal is the same as recess. When temperatures are too cold or when there is significant rain or any thunder or lightning we will dismiss from the gym for grades 1­-6 and from the south end of the building for Pre­K and Kindergarten. Adults will monitor the lot and call in on radios for individual students to come out to cars. Families may also come inside to check their child out.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

When calling to make arrangements for your child it’s important that the right people get the right message. If calling to inform us of decisions that will impact your child’s school day (8:30-3:30) please call our main office at 402-390-6475. If you are calling to make changes to before and after care, it is also important to contact the Club66 Staff at 402-390-8208. Finally, it’s always appreciated if you email your child’s teacher if you will be picking them up during the day as this helps them prepare any work your child may need. Please make sure if doing so to also call the main office or email our Administrative Assistant Ms. Veldhuis at

Safety in Our School, A Top Priority

The safety of students and staff at Rockbrook is our top priority. To support this we have a few procedures we appreciate your help with. Please check out our linked flyer with information about procedures at pick up and drop off as well as when you might be visiting us at school. We appreciate your help and support in providing all student a safe place to learn and have fun.

Omaha Public Library

Rockbrook Library is offering the opportunity to sign up for an Omaha Public Library card. Please see your child's classroom teacher or Mrs. Montgomery for a library card application. You can fill it out, sign it, and return the form to Rockbrook by September 17th.

Hy-Vee Receipts

Please save your Hy-Vee receipts from September 1-December 31 to help Rockbrook School fund educational needs. Hy-Vee will donate $1.00 for every $200 Hy-Vee receives in receipts. This is not only for groceries but Hy-Vee gas receipts also. Every penny counts and can add up to thousands of dollars. So tell your friends, neighbors, relatives to save Hy-Vee receipts. It's simple and easy! Simply bring all Hy-Vee receipts to Rockbrook School and deposit them into the HyVee red bucket located in the school lobby. Please write your student's teachers name and grade on the receipt. The class who has collected the highest dollar amount in receipts will receive a special prize party. Thank you all for participating in this easy and simple fundraiser.

Important Dates


12-Picture Day
13-Health Screening
19-Don & Millie's Night
21-FUN RUN-2:30 pm
28-Jones Bros Night

2-Community Club-6:00pm
2-Planet Sub Night
3/4- Outdoor Ed-6th Grade
9-Raising Cane's Night

11-Rockbrook/Oakdale STEAM Night-@Oakdale

15&17-Parent/Teacher Conferences

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.

Upcoming and Current District Events & Announcements

Please access the following links for upcoming events your family may be interested in.

Westside Community Announcements - Webpage

WHS Annual Golf Outing - to support WHS Basketball

Westside Battle of the Books Info

Omaha Public Library - Library Card Sign Up