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Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

November 30-December 4, 2020

Our Mission

The staff of Rosa Parks/Millbrook in collaboration with parents and community, will pursue excellence as we walk in our purpose to develop the whole child, academically and socially, and ensure that all students take responsibility for their learning and reach self-sustaining success.

Our Vision: Every Student a Success!

Be Purposeful

Before the Thanksgiving break engaged in District led benchmark assessments designed to help us to see how our scholars are progressing, learning, and retaining skills taught during the first nine weeks of school. We will be purposeful with this data along with our digital platforms (IStation, Reflex Math, Education Galaxy, etc.), along with teacher observations during class will be used to form a more specific learning target for each individual student as we move forward. If you have not already, expect to receive the results of you child's benchmark assessments this week, and potentially and invitation to a parent conference to discuss the details and potentially additional support for your child. I also encourage you parents, if you have questions or concerns and would like to meet, to reach out to your child's teacher via email or dojo to request a meeting. Be reminded that all meetings are virtual at this time due to our current pandemic.

Literacy does continue to be our focus, so I encourage you to participate in this week's Fall Family Literacy Game Night. We will be sharing some age and grade appropriate game-like activities that you can do for family fun while at the same time, increasing your child's literacy skills. Continue to make sure your child logs onto and works on Istation at least 15 minutes daily. For those of you that additional time requirements provided by your child's teacher, please follow those as they are specific to your child.

As we enter into the holiday season, be on watch for a number of family engagement activities that we will be hosting. Our students did a phenomenal job with the Thanksgiving Runaway Turkey Challenge. I am still excited by all of the creativity shown. Two more opportunities are coming up: Build a Digital Snowman and a Digital Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. Be on the lookout in Google Classroom for details.

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Be Preventive

To help prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID19 parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed
with COVID-19. Parents should use these questions on the LANCASTER ISD COVID SCREENER FOR STUDENTS to screen their child daily.

Are you (student) lab-confirmed with COVID-19?

Have you recently been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results?

Have you (student) recently begun experiencing any of the symptoms in a way that is not normal? (See form for list of symptoms.)

COVID Reporting Form

Click here for access to the required reporting form if your child or someone in your home is lab confirmed, has had close contact, or is experience COVIS-19 symptoms.

Be Prepared

Help us help your child each school day by ensuring they are fully prepared for face-to-face instruction.

  • Students must bring their devices fully charged each day.
  • Students must bring their chargers each day.
  • Students must bring the required materials (paper, pencil, journal, etc.) for their classes each day.
  • Students must have on a clean mask (provided by parent).
  • Students must wear a face shield (provided by the school).

These are the very basics that are required for your child to have a successful learning experience. When students aren't prepared it slows down learning for our virtual and face-to-face students. We are in a pandemic currently and do not have extra staff, space, nor materials for students who come unprepared. We are not sharing materials. Therefore it is each households responsibility to ensure students arrive at school fully prepared each day. Parents please help us help your child by making sure they prepare all materials nightly; then check their backpacks, and bring them to school daily.

Be Present

The Lancaster Independent School District attendance policy will be followed for both online and face-to face instruction. Students are expected to attend class meetings online AND complete assigned tasks to demonstrate engagement in learning and mastery of concepts. Student attendance in MANDATORY as absences may result in denial of credit. Attendance is taken daily during each synchronous class meeting (Reading, Math, Science, Writing, Social Studies).

Keep in contact with teachers and provide our attendance office with proper notice of absence. Students unable to attend face-to-face due to quarantine are still expected to complete assignments and attend synchronous class meetings when possible.

Be WordWise

Last week we studied the word Thanksgiving. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and spent time with your child discussing reasons for being thankful. Please add this word to your daily vocabulary as you work with your child to help increase their working vocabulary.

Thanksgiving: Noun

Meaning: the act or expression of being thankful

Examples: Thanksgiving should be celebrated everyday. We always have something to be thankful for.

December Home & School Counseling Connection

Click here for access to this month's newsletter from our Counselor, Ms. Catanach.

Be Connected

Information is shared through a number of mediums. Make sure you are connected, check your emails and dojo accounts regularly, and listen to the campus and district callouts.

Be sure to connect with us:

Check out our morning announcements "Live at 8:05" on FaceBook and YouTube. Be sure to follow and like our FB page and Subscribe on YouTube.

Be Served

Please Note that Curbside Meal Service is only available at your child’s campus.

Distribution is from 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

  • Free Breakfast and Lunch for LISD students only (Pre-K- 8th grade)
  • Until further notice, the district will be operating on a cashless basis. Parents of 9th-12th graders who do not qualify for free lunch need to ensure funds have been added to their My School Bucks account.
  • Distributing multiple meals two days a week (Monday and Wednesday)
  • Must have identification card that was mailed or present online enrollment information from parent portal.
LancasterISD WEBOLearning Instructional Plan

Click to review and follow the details of the WEBOLearning Plan.

Parent Resources for At-Home Learning

Be sure to click the button to access helpful videos for Google Classroom, Clever, and much more.

Be Up-to-Date

Nov. 30 Survey opens for Round 3 Face-to-Face vs. Virtual Learning

Dec. 2 Fall Family Literacy Game Night (6:00-7:00pm)

Dec. 3-18 Holiday Craze @ The Parks (Click button or see pick for details)

Dec. 3 Perot Museum Atmospheric Adventure 5th Grade (1:00-1:45)

Dec. 11 2nd 6 Weeks ends

Dec. 14 3rd 6 Weeks begins

Dec. 16 5th Grade WeatherMinds

Dec. 17 Report Card 2

Dec. 21-Jan. 4 Winter Break

Jan. 5 School Resumes

Jan. 18 MLK Day (District Closed)

Jan. 19 PreK Circle Assessments

Jan. 26-29 Benchmark Assessments

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.


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