Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 10-11-19


Fun and Friendly Costumes Please!

Halloween is coming soon. It’s time to think about your costumes. For our school parade and party please wear only fun and friendly costumes. Fun and friendly excludes blood, gore, scary/frightening masks or clothing, and weapons. If anyone has questions concerning the appropriateness of a costume, please contact the office. Thank you for keeping things on the fun and light side!

Note: Given limited time for changing, we encourage you to reserve makeup for your evening trick-or-treating.

Parade and Parties

Please do not have your child wear their costume to school. There will be time to change before the parade. The parade will begin at 2:30 in the hallway by the kindergarten rooms. It will progress into the west hallway and up to the lobby. Weather permitting, the students will go out the west doors, around the north side of the building and come back in the main entrance, then back down the east hallway. If it’s raining, the parade will go through the gym. Parties in the classroom will follow the parade.

Food Safety

Please remember to follow the District Approved Snack List. Linked is the lists of what to bring for parties or birthdays. Thanks for helping to make Rockbrook a caring community for all of our students. We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

District Approved Snack List 2019

Click to download! Please keep in mind in bringing snacks for parties.


The Rockbrook Library is setting up a LEGO Wall as part of our STEAM offerings in our Library. Soon we'll be constructing two large LEGO Wall Boards, but we could use your help. Have the kids outgrown their LEGOS or have you stepped on one too many and are ready to reduce the collection? We'd gladly accept your donation of LEGOS for this project. Donation allows us to reserve funds for additional opportunities while exploring this fun opportunity for kids to design.
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Meet Mr.Carlson

I'm Mr. Carlson and this is my 10th year teaching kindergarten at Rockbrook. Previously, I taught kindergarten at Prairie Lane for 2 years. I am a National Board Certified Teacher with endorsements in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Reading. I also have a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Seesaw Ambassador. My first love has always been technology, and I actually started my college career in Computer Science.

More importantly, my wife, Melissa, and I became parents to a beautiful girl, Mae, in July. We love watching her develop so quickly! Her favorite things are smiling, trying to giggle, and mastering the art of getting both of her hands to work together. Before Mae, my wife and I enjoyed traveling and working on our acreage in Malvern, IA. You could have also found me building something, like an 8' tall TARDIS as a pantry for our house or working on my 1945 Ford pickup. We look forward to Mae sharing these previous joys as well! Even though I now live in Iowa, I was born and raised in Axtell, NE, where my family has been farming for more than 120 years!

Rockbrook has been a second home for me since I student taught here in 2007! I love making things for the classroom, exploring new technologies, and building lifelong connections with my kindergartners and their amazing families. Next year is an extra special year, as my first kindergarten class will be graduating from Westside!

Rockbrook Village Carved Event - Carver Needed!

The Rockbrook Village Carved Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest is coming up and we are yet in need of a Rockbrook Master Carver! (Must be 18 or order). The winning Community Club earns a $500 prize for their school!

The event is October 19th from 1:00-3:30

There will also be a craft table with activities set up for the kiddos during the pumpkin carving contest, a kids Monster Mash dance party and costume contest from approximately 2-2:30, and trick-or-treating in the Village to end the afternoon from 2:30-3:30

Please contact the office if you'd be willing to help lead our team!



The next STEAM Club is open for registration! In this session, K-3 and 4-6 students will learn to drive and program STEMBoTs and then compete at the Nebraska Robotics Expo on Feb. 22. For information on the Expo, visit

Registration is open now until October 25. For registration and details on the required registration project visit You can directly contact me with questions at

Rockbrook Fall Clean-Up Morning

Beautify Rockbrook!

Calling all to join us for our annual clean up morning. Come help make our grounds look great. We need rakers, branch cutters, weeders, and shovelers. Bring any yard tools you think you might use and have fun cleaning up with us!

Saturday, October 12 from 9-12. Coffee available!

email with questions:

Supporting our Veterans Through Care Packages

As November approaches this year Rockbrook is excited to participate in gathering and sending care packaged to our troops. Through a local family connection, we will be gathering supplies to include in these packages as well as donations to help with shipping. Please take a look at the requested care package supply lists. We will be gathering these throughout the month of October. Please help us meet or exceed our goal of 20 care packages.

Save Your Hy-Vee Receipts


•PLEASE SAVE your HY-VEE receipts dated between September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

•Hy Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent. This adds up, we have been earning between $400 & $600 per year!!

•Grocery receipts, gas, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy receipts are all accepted from any of the Omaha and Council Bluffs Hy-Vee stores.

•Tell your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to save their receipts for our school.

Send your receipts back to school with your child. The Hy-Vee drop box will be located near the fish tank.

Write the name of your child’s teacher on the top of your receipt, or bundle them and put the teacher’s name on the envelope.

The class that brings in the most will receive a pizza party in January.

Thank you for your SUPPORT!

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Picture Re-Takes

Wednesday, October 23rd, is Rockbrook’s picture re-take day. This is for students who were absent on the first picture day in September, or for anyone whose first picture did not turn out well. If you need to have a photo retaken, please return your first package with your child.

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.

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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Important Dates


14 Parent/Teacher Conferences (Night 1)

14-16 Book Fair

16 Parent/Teacher Conferences (Night 2)

16 Don & Millie’s Dining Out for Education Night

18 No school-Teacher Professional Development

21 No school

22 Chipotle Dining Out for Education

23 Picture retakes and staff photo

23-31 Red Ribbon Week

29 Godfathers Slice of the Pie Dining Out Night

31 Halloween Parade & Parties - 2:30 p.m.

31 School Health Re-Screenings

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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