Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 2-8-2019

Next Community Club Meeting - March 5th @ 6:00pm

Parent's Night Out - February 9th

Parent's Night Out is a fun adults-only event for parents of students at Rockbrook to get together, enjoy each other's company, meet new people, and help to support the school. Please consider joining on February 9th. Get a sitter for the kids and join whether just for a bit or make an evening of it! We hope to see you there.

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 The deadline to submit your order is March 8th.

Mr. Higginbotham Takes Polar Plunge Challenge

This year you've probably seen information about our Unified Activities at Rockbrook and other schools throughout the district. The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast­ growing initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together for fun and friendship. Coming up on February 9th they will be hosting the Omaha Polar Plunge at Lake Zorinsky. This year, Mr. Higginbotham will be plunging into the ice cold waters to help raise funds for Rockbrook's and Westside's Unified Activities. Two ways you can help are to join us for one of our upcoming Unified activities this year, such as Unified STEAM Night on Jan 31st at Oakdale, Unified Floor Hockey, February 9th at 11:00, or come out to Lake Zorinsky and cheer on Mr. Higginbotham. If you so choose you can also donate money that will help to support Special Olympics and Westside and Rockbrook Unified Activities at:

Elementary Unified Activities - Unified Floor Hockey

What Are Unified Activities?

The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast­ growing initiative that brings students with and without

intellectual disabilities together. This year we are excited to bring a Unified Floor Hockey opportunity to our


Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our fourth Unified Activity this year.

Where: Sunset Hills Elementary 9503 Walnut St, Omaha, NE 68124

When: Saturday, February 9th at 11:00am

What: Come enjoy a variety of hockey activities. You can try shooting, dress like a goalie, play tabletop hockey, play a game of floor hockey, or do a craft.

RSVP Needed for Participation

If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please download the following linked informational flyer to learn more and to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Gallup Parent and Child Night

Sixth graders and their parents are invited to an interactive evening to further explore the Gallup Strengths Explorer tool and your child’s strengths. A Gallup representative will facilitate this event, and you will receive your child’s full report along with your Parent Playbook. You and your child can enjoy discussing the report together. If your child is unable to attend, you are welcome to come on your own.

The Gallup Parent/Child Night will be held on Monday, February 11th from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Westside Middle School cafeteria. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

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 You can directly contact me with questions at

School Wide Enrichment Clusters (SEM) Begin February 1st.

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 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

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

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 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)

Important Dates


9 Parents Night Out

11 Gallup Parent/Child Night 6-7 pm

11-15 Beat the Winter Blues Week

12 Raising Cane’s Night

12 District Strings Solo & Ensemble Concert @ WMS, 7:00 pm

14 Valentine Parties 2:45 pm

18 President's Day - NO SCHOOL

19 1st-3rd Vocal Music Concert

20 Don & Millie's Dining Out Night

26 Zio's Dining Out Night

28 Read-A-Thon - Family Reading 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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