Rocket News

December 2021

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A Letter from Your Principal

Royal Oaks Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I also hope that you had some time to rest and relax over last week's Thanksgiving break. December is an action packed month. Not only is December busy with cultural celebrations, but it is the last full month of school before the half way point. Time flies when you're having fun!

I am happy to report that I am seeing some amazing things coming from our learners. After an extremely challenging year last year, I had some "wonderings" on how things would go this year. Though there certainly have been some side effects to online learning, I am seeing solid instruction and engaging learners in the rooms that I am visiting. Behavioral and academic routines are well in place. Just yesterday I visited a First Grade classroom and was so pleased with the engagement and learning. Interactions were positive and encouraging, there was a strong culture around learning, transitions were smooth, behavior was appropriate, communication was clear and concise, students were engaged and working. It was what we call "proficient" practice.

I am hoping that you are seeing similar growth with your Rocket(s). Please keep asking them how school is going. It is so important to take an active role in what is going on in their day. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What is a recent learning goal that you've set for yourself? How are you monitoring this goal to see if you've reached it?
  • What are some of the strategies, tools or resources you've used to help you achieve your goal? What is a recent book you've read? Tell me about it.
  • Tell me about the Zones of Regulation. What Zone are you usually in Blue, Green, Yellow or Red? What does each mean?
  • Looking back on this recent learning/unit, what are some things that you've learned?

Depending on the age of your Rocket, you may have to use more age appropriate language.

These questions come from our work around being a Highly Engaged Learner Who Owns the Learning Process. We talk about becoming independent learners often at school. I am excited for your conversation with your student.

As always, please reach out with any questions you may have.

Enjoy December!

Reminder: School Hours

Arrive NO earlier than 8:10 AM

School begins at 8:20 AM- Attendance is taken at this time

School day ends at 3:18 PM

Early Release every Thursday at 2:03 PM

Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

Lucy Polo, one of our EL Assistants came in to share a book about Día de los Muertos and her sugar skull. It largely originated in Mexico, where it is mostly observed, but also in other places, especially by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere.
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It's Getting Cold Out There!

Please make sure your child has cold weather gear including:

· Coat, snow pants and hat

· Waterproof gloves or mittens (knit mittens get wet easily)

· Waterproof boots (fashion boots are best for indoors)

Indoor Recess Due to Extreme Cold Temperatures or Wind Chill Temps

The school district provides recess to give students time to play and exercise. All students are expected to go outside during recess. It’s important that parents/guardians assist their children with dressing appropriately for the day’s weather. If a student needs to remain indoors when coming back to school after an illness or injury, please provide written verification from your child’s healthcare provider.

Students will stay indoors during inclement weather or when the air or wind chill temperature reaches 5 below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Mr. Ackley will check local weather websites for temperature and wind chill factors.

NOTE: School supervision starts at 8:10 AM

Emergency School Closing

The Sun Prairie Area School District uses an electronic notification system to communicate with parents and guardians in a more timely and efficient manner. In the event of weather-related school closing or other emergency, the system allows the district to contact the guardian of each student.

Birthday Treats

No Birthday treats to be handed out in school. Please do not send your student to school with any food to be shared with the class. We will inform you when it is safe to resume with Birthday treats.
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Lunch & Breakfast

Menus can be found on the School District Web Site or simply click the link below.

Cleaning out your closet? Nurse Lori could use the items below!

Girls Bottoms: Size 6-12

Boys Bottoms: Size 5-8

Boys Socks: Size Large

Boys & girls sweatshirts (hoodies/ pullover or zip up) sizes 8, 10, 14, 16


Parents and Teachers taught our Rockets about the Hmong New Year

Xue Vang (a Royal Oaks EL Assistant) and some of our Royal Oaks parents came in to present and teach our students about Hmong Culture and The Hmong New Year. Students learned about food, clothing & jewelry, music & dancing, and much more.

Hmong New Year falls around November and December. It is to celebrate the end of the harvest season and to give thanks to our ancestors for all their help and guidance throughout the year. It is one of the only holidays that most of the Hmong people celebrate. Traditionally, Hmong people worked on farms the entire year and did not have many opportunities to gather and be together. So, during the Hmong New Year, they use this celebration to socialize with others while eating good food, wearing new clothes to welcome the new year, and wishing each other good luck and good health.

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A message from Kobussen

Waiting for the Bus

As cold and snowy weather is upon us, here are a few reminders when students are waiting for the bus in the morning. Students should:

● be waiting at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.

● be dressed appropriately for waiting in cold weather. This includes jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves.

● stay out of the road and others’ yards. Wait on the sidewalk or close to the curb if there aren’t sidewalks.

● wait to cross the road until the driver signals and the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board.

No Eating On The Bus

Please remember there is absolutely no eating allowed on district buses. Students may have life-threatening food allergies that could be affected by others eating on the bus. If your child does not get a chance to eat breakfast at home, please make sure he/she knows to wait until

they arrive at school. If your child is given a snack or treat at the end of the day, we ask that they eat it before leaving school or wait until they get home.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, or school bus safety, please contact Kobussen at 825-8700, ext 5509.


No student may be unlawfully discriminated against in any school programs, activities or in facilities usage because of the student’s sex (gender identity, gender expressions, and non-conformity to gender role stereotypes), color, religion, profession, or demonstration of belief or non-belief, race, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, homelessness status, sexual orientation, age, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Harassment is a form of discrimination and shall not be tolerated in the District. It is the responsibility of administrators, staff members and all students to ensure that student discrimination or harassment does not occur.
(SPASD District Policy JB

If a student or parent/guardian would prefer to have this information translated into Spanish, please contact us at 608-834-6620. Si un estudiante, padre ó guardian prefiere tener esta información traducida en Español, por favor contactenos en el 608-834-6620.

If a student or parent/guardian would prefer to have this information translated into Hmong, please contact us at 608-834-6630. Yog tus me nyuam lub xiv los yog niam thiab txiv/tus neeg muaj cai saib xyuas tus me nyuam xav tau qhov ntawv ntawm no ua lus Hmoob, thov hais rau peb paub rau ntawm 608-834-6630.


The Sun Prairie Area School District (“District”) does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that the District operates. Title IX’s requirement not to discriminate in any education program or activity extends to cover, but is not limited to, District students, certain admissions processes, and District employment. To access the relevant policy and procedures you can go to the District’s website. For inquiries regarding how Title IX and the federal Title IX regulations apply to the District please contact the District’s Title IX Coordinator, (the Director of Student Policy & School Operations, 501 S. Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 608-834-6624 or by email at