September 2023 Newletter
September 22nd - Pajama Day
September 27th - School Accountability Meeting (SAC) and PTO 4:15 in the Library
September 25th- 29th Book Fair in the Library
October 4th - Walk to School Day
October 12 - No School - Teacher Work Day (8-4) and Parent Teacher Conferences (4-8)
October 13 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences (8-4)
October 19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (4-8)
Music Program Dates
November 7 - 3rd Grade
November 14 - 2nd Grade
December 13 - 1st Grade
February 28 - 4th Grade
March 5 - 5th Grade
March 12 - Kindergarten
Rim Rock Community
On 9/11 our Student Council organized a 9/11 Ceremony to honor our first responders. We are so proud of our Rim Rock community and honored to be a part of this special ceremony. Thank you to student council for organizing this and thank to our first responders for all you do to keep us safe.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The FINAL penny war results are in!!!!!
Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to all of Rim Rock for showing up for your school!!
Because everyone did such an amazing job we’d like to reward the entire school with POPSICLES and a PAJAMA DAY this next Friday the 22nd
Our winner is………
Thank you again for all the support Rim Rock Community!!
School Advisory Committee (SAC)
We will hold our first SAC meeting on Wednesday, September 27th. We will be discussing our:
1. School Performance Framework (SPF)
2. School Goals
- Aim1 Literacy Achievement
- Aim 2 Culture
- Aim 3 Math Achievement
3. Safety Update
4. School Budget
Our next meeting will be in November and we will discuss our new literacy curriculum.
Costumes on Halloween
Rim Rock Elementary teachers and staff are excited to carry on our Halloween tradition again this year because students and families have followed our expectations in the past making it a fun day but also a day we are able to learn.
All of our students can wear costumes to school on Tuesday, October 31. We ask that when you are picking out costumes, please remember that students come to school wearing their costumes and must be able to participate in their learning all day in costume without adult assistance – there will not be a parade. Please ensure students do not need assistance with costumes when using the restroom.
Costumes must follow our school dress code and should not include full face masks. We ask that the costumes not be too scary, gory, or include weapons. Teachers can ask students to remove hats or other items if they are distracting or disrupting the learning of any child.
Again, this is a year-to-year decision on our part – having families follow our guidelines, will lead to future opportunities for costumes on Halloween here at Rim Rock.
Safety and Flow of Traffic in Our Parking Lot
Drop off and pick up are going well.
Please remember not to leave your car unattended unless you have parked in a parking spot.
To keep students safe, help with the flow of cars and prevent staff and parents from being blocked in, we have the following expectations:
- Stay in your car if you stop along the curb. The curb is for PICK UP / DROP OFF ONLY.
- Avoid stopping in the areas marked in red or outlined with cones. Especially along the curve at the end of the parking lot. We have put cones in the red area to prevent cars from blocking others.
- If you are going into the building, please park in a parking space or along the road – not behind parked cars or along the curb or in the bus loop.
- For Safety reasons children are instructed to remain on the sidewalk until escorted by an adult to cars out in our parking lot. Please help us reinforce this procedure by discussing this procedure with your child. Please use the designated crosswalks in the parking lot - do not cross outside of these lines.
- If you are parking on the dirt path along the fence, please park with your car facing South.
- Many families/students walk and ride to school together – please remember, for safety reasons, all bikes, scooters and skateboards need to be walked on campus – this includes adults as well as older and younger siblings.
- Please refrain from cell phone use in our parking lot.
- Please do not block the handicap designated spots or ramps.
In addition, you can park all along J 6/10 – you can also park along the west side of South Fremont Street – however, it is a no parking zone along the east side (the fence side).
As a reminder, we do have two staff members serving as crosswalk guards to assist students/families in crossing the street. Many families utilize these guards and stop along the curb to let children out to cross at the cross walks. We also have a large number of bike and scooter riders that support the flow of our traffic– rain and snow will add to the number of vehicles – keep this in mind.
We are always thinking of ways to keep your children safe and we appreciate your patience as well as your support in following these guidelines. This entire process will take patience and trust as well as time to perfect.
Thank you for keeping our parking lot a safe place for everyone!!
The Rim Rock library will be hosting a book fair from September 25th-29th. Student may purchase books in person at the Rim Rock library or online.
Classroom lessons with the counselor:
Each class receives a 30-minute lesson from the school counselor one time a week. Some classroom lessons are taken from the Second Step curriculum which teaches skills for social and academic success. Other lesson topics include: bully-proofing, zones of regulation, calming techniques, personal safety, career awareness, and more! The purpose of the personal safety lessons is to encourage children to talk to trusted adults (parents, teachers, etc.) if they have concerns about safety.
The Second Step Program promotes school success, school connectedness, and a safe and respectful school climate by directly teaching students the skills that strengthen their ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. To access additional information about the program and its benefits as well as to explore home activities, games, books lists, and other online resources, email me at Kristen.Walke@d51schools.org and ask for a “Second Step Activation Key” for your child’s grade. Then visit http://www.SecondStep.org/.
Grief support at school
HopeWest Kids sponsors grief groups at school. The groups are co-facilitated with a HopeWest Kids counselor and Mrs. Walke, the school counselor. The group of 3-8 students meets for 8 weeks during the school day and each participating student must have a signed permission slip to attend. Any student who has experienced the death of a special person is welcome and encouraged to attend. There are no limitations to attendance such as relationship to the deceased, the length of time since the death of the cause of death. The only criteria are that the student feels the death has impacted their life in a significant way.
Each session will include grief education and small group discussion. Activities such as writing, art, and literature will assist participants in coping with issues of grief and loss. Although, initially, attending a group can feel awkward, it provides the opportunity to spend time with other kids who have had similar experiences and to learn from and support one another.
If your student is struggling with the death of a loved one and you would like them to have support at school, please contact Kristen Walke (firstname.lastname@example.org) about joining a grief group.
If you would like to learn more about HopeWest and their programs- click here- https://www.hopewestco.org/hopewest-kids/
Parents, if you have any feedback or questions- feel free to reach out.
Rim Rock Elementary
970-254-6770 ext. 58119
Rim Rock School Counseling website: https://sites.google.com/d51schools.org/rim-rock-school-counseling/home