Rosa Parks Puma News

Sept. 28, 2018

Open Door Dental Clinic at Rosa Parks

Your child’s school has chosen to participate in the Open Door Health Center dental health program which includes application of fluoride varnish and sealants. A healthy mouth is an important part of overall health and wellness, and a healthy child is more ready to learn. There is no cost to participate in this program. If you choose to participate, Open Door Health Center’s dental team will screen your child’s teeth to check for possible dental problems and apply a fluoride varnish. Your child will receive a toothbrush and teeth cleaning instructions. If your child is age 6 to 9 years old and it is determined during the screening process that your child needs sealants, we will be able to provide those services during this time. You will receive a report on the care provided and be notified if follow-up is recommended. The fluoride varnish and sealants, along with brushing and flossing, will help prevent cavities. This screening does not take the place of regular dental checkups by a dentist. To allow your children to receive these services at their school, a parent or guardian must fill out the consent form by clicking above to sign up and also complete the screening questions. Please call our School Dental Outreach Department at Open Door Heath Center at 507.388.2120 ext. 5654 if you have any questions or email


Top 20 Focus: Creating a Culture of Learning

The month of September is all about Creating a Culture of Learning. This month staff are guiding students through understanding their role in the classroom and in school. There is a focus on building positive relationships and understanding our four jobs at Rosa Parks:
Job #1: Help Others Succeed

  • Every day we come to Rosa Parks and help each other be the best we can be. This helps us become the best version of ourselves and makes our school the best it can be.

Communicate You Matter

  • Every single person at Rosa Parks is important. Part of our job is to make sure that we treat people respectfully and in a way that lets them know how much they matter.

Honor the Absent

  • At Rosa Parks we only say good things about other people-especially when they aren't in the room.

See the Problem, Own the Problem

  • If something is happening that we don't think is right, we try to find a solution instead of ignoring it. Sometimes we can solve a problem on our own, but sometimes we need adults to help us figure it out.

Reminder: Lower exterior doors lock at 8:00 a.m.

As a reminder, the lower exterior doors lock at 8:00 a.m. If you need to drop your child(ren) off after 8:00 a.m., please drop off upstairs and check in in the office. Thank you!

Walk of Bike to School Day-Oct. 10

Rosa Parks will celebrate Bike or Walk to School Day on October 10. Everyone is encouraged to walk or bike to school and/or to walk the ALPS course once they arrive at school.

ALPS-Active Learner Program in School


ALPS is a program that will help our schools increase opportunities for children to walk and bike to school safely and promote being active before school and/or recess. The ALPS program is supported and funded with the help of the Mayo Clinic Health System. The ALPS program is one important piece of the Mankato Area Public Schools wellness initiative.

Why: Brain Stimulation

Learning Readiness

Making use of idle minutes - before school and recess

Decrease occurrence of behavior issues before/during school

To offset the obesity rate among our school age children

Expected Results:

An increase in:

Students walking to school

Students biking to school

Students participating in before school fitness activities

Student readiness to learn

Students ability to focus on learning

Student attentiveness

Student fitness level

A decrease in:

Student behavior issues

Classroom interruptions

Time spent refocusing students


Before school and at recess


Our school will be offering opportunities to receive credit for riding your bike to school, walking to school and completing the ALPS trail or fitness activities before school and/or recess.

Exercise Goal = 60 Total Active Minutes per Day

•Walk or Bike to School • Physical Education Class

Recess Activities • Before School Activities and Family Activities at Home

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Upcoming Events


5th-2nd Grade to Rasmussen

9th-2 hour Late Start; School Begins at 10:00 a.m.

-PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Rosa Parks Media Center

10th-Walk/Bike to School Day

12th-4th Grade to History Fest

15th-Vision and Hearing Screening

17th-Picture Retakes

18th & 19th-NO SCHOOL

23rd-Excel Begins

25th-PTO Fall Family Fun Night 6:00-7:30

Rosa Parks Elementary is a Schoolwide Title 1 building. As a Parent, you have the right to request information about the qualifications of your child’s teacher(s). For further information, contact Michelle Kruize, principal at Rosa Parks Elementary.

Contact Principal Michelle Kruize