What's Happening at Rockwood Prep?

May 2023

Message from the Principals!

We are so excited to be entering the last quarter of the school year! We plan to end the school year strong with teaching and learning in the classroom, and a focus on state testing in grades 3rd-5th, STAR testing, and grade level placement testing. With testing comes lots of celebrations and excitement as we collect data, win prizes, and plan for the future! As we are planning for the 2023-24 school year, we are thrilled to share that we are full in all grades 1st-5th for the upcoming school year! We do still have limited space available in kindergarten, so if you know of any families and or friends with kindergarten-age children, send them our way! We love to grow our RPA community with new families from across Oregon! THANK YOU to all our families who were able to join us at Nadaka Park on Earth Day for cleanup and fun games; we had a great turn out and had lots of fun! Next week we will be welcoming the National Institute of Direct Instruction (NIFDI) to our campus to show off the academic progress of our amazing RPA scholars and share with them the great things our RPA community has accomplished in the past few years!
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Important Dates and Announcements

  • May 12, No School - Teacher Work Day
  • May 29, No School - Memorial Day
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This month will be filled with fun and hard work!!! We have a field trip to North Clackamas Land Lab (Farm) on May 16th and The Oregon Zoo on May 30th! Please make sure you have your permission slips turned in so your child will be able to attend! Thank you! We are busy working on letter names/sounds and blending them to make words! Please practice with your child by having them tell you the names of the letters and the sounds they make in books, on signs, packages, mail, anywhere there are letters!! We are also learning about money this month! Ask your child to tell you the names of coins! With 30 days of Kindergarten to go, we need to work together to make sure your kiddos are ready for 1st grade!

First Grade

Welcome to May First Grade families! It was great to meet with all of you during our spring conferences. As we wrap up the school year, please continue to keep up the 20 minutes of reading practices at home to ensure students are as ready as possible for second grade. We have our field trip coming up on June 7th to the Oregon Zoo. Make sure those permission slips are turned into classroom teachers as soon as possible. Let's end the years on a great note! Ms. Carroll, Ms. Haulser, and Mrs. Vawter

Second Grade

Woohoo, we made it to May and the nice weather is among us! This last month we had a fun visit from Franz Bakery. Students also got to visit The Hope Center for a nice work out. Students have been making a lot of progress this quarter and working hard. Lets finish the school year out on a high before we enter into 3rd grade!

Third Grade

We have a busy month ahead of us! The last star tests are starting off the month and we end the month with state testing. We will be spending a lot of time this month prepping for state testing. This is our time to shine and show off everything we have learned this year! We know these students are more than ready to show off their skills! Also be on the lookout for our next field trip May 31st.

Fourth Grade

Are you sure this month is over? Feels like we just started! This month definitely flew by really fast! This next month, we will be focusing on state testing. So please make sure you child gets great sleep and eats breakfast every morning because it will help them perform their best. We are also having our final field trip at the end of the month cruising around the Willamette River on a jet boat. Please make sure you have filled out those waiver forms and have told your teacher that you have done that. Go 4th grade team!

Fifth Grade

We are entering the final quarter of 5th grade! It feels like it's been a long time but the year is speeding really fast. This is the time to buckle down and finish strong. There are less than 30 school days to go! Summer is right around the corner, but we need to remind students that they need to focus on the days that are left before fantasizing about summer break!
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Title I with Ms. Pescitelli and Ms. Schneider

May brings our last round of Star testing for this school year. Grades 3-5 will test the first week of May. Kindergarten-2nd grade will test the week before Memorial Day. Please make sure kiddos are getting lots of sleep and a good breakfast before testing days to help them do their best! Final test scores will be sent home with Q4 report cards. After testing we will be wrapping up title groups for the year. Please keep a lookout for the end of the year Title Parent Survey and Parent Review Meeting. Your input is so important as we review the program and plan for next year.
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PE with Ms. Qutub

Wow! This year is flying by! We finished April with field trips to the Hope Center and had tons of fun being introduced to CrossFit! We will also be finishing up our basketball unit with actual games next week! May brings free choice games!! I let students chose games that didn't get much play time throughout the year. Then for the last week we will go back to fan favorites like, Capture the Flag, Bugball, Yoshi, and Turtle Tag!! Spring is here ☀️
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Art / Music with Ms. Ochoa

I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing your child create art this year and look forward to the last 6 weeks of school. In Art, for the month of May we will be focused on finishing our ceramic unit. In Music we will continue learning new songs and finishing up our theater unit. I also plan on giving students freedom to choose what interests them on free choice Friday. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me through Class Dojo or by email (bochoa@rockwoodprep.org).
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ELD with Mrs. Peoples

English Language Development has a new schedule and new space to work in small groups. We are focusing on Speaking- full sentences and grammar correct. Pencil to paper and writing short paragraphs giving our thoughts and opinions. Lots to read, write and talk about in Spring. Please contact me with and questions or suggestions peace in language, Mrs Peoples mpeoples@rockwoodprep.org