Rock Chapel Newsletter

November 2018

A Message From Principal Green

Greetings parent!

Rock Chapel hosted a Georgia Milestones workshop for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade parents will on October 18, 2018 at 6 pm. We had a nice turn out. For the parents that were unable to attend we will host another Milestones Parent Night on Wednesday, November 14th at 5:00 pm in the Media Center. If you need additional resources to help your students prepare for Milestone testing please use the resources provided for you below.

Thank you,

Lisa Green, Principal

Milestones Testing Resources

The Georgia Department of Education has provided The following Study/Resource Guides to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards.

Third Grade Study/Resource Guide

Fourth Grade Study/Resource Guide

Fifth Grade Study/Resource Guide

Experience Testing Online - This practice site lets students see what testing online is like.

Nov. 4 - Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov. 5 - Principal Council Meeting

Nov. 6 - Teacher's Workday

Nov. 6 - No School

Nov. 12 - Veterans Day

Nov. 14 - Milestones Parent Night @ 5:00 pm

Nov. 14 - PTA Fundraiser Starts ( Our Daily Bread)

Nov. 15 - Thanksgiving Holiday Luncheon - (Parents of PK, 1st, 3rd, & 5th grades only.)

Nov. 16 - PTA Spirit Night @ All American Skating Rink (Stone Mountain)

Nov. 19-23: Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 29 - PTA General Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm

Counselor's Corner

Social Emotional Learning: Responsible Decision Making

Like adults, children make a range of decisions every day! Young children regularly choose how they will behave, which toys or games they would like to play with, which books they would like to have read to them, or which television shows they would like to watch.

As they get older, children make bigger decisions that often involve their family, their friends and their schoolwork. The kinds of decisions children make affect their mental health and wellbeing, their relationships and their success. Learning to make good decisions helps children become more independent and responsible.

How children’s decision-making skills develop

Children learn good decision-making skills gradually and are strongly influenced by the expectations and values they learn from those around them. This occurs through observing others (particularly their parents and caregivers), hearing about and discussing values, and having opportunities to make decisions and experience the consequences.

The key skills children need to develop for decision making are:

  • identifying when a decision needs to be made
  • thinking of possible options
  • evaluating the options, and choosing strategies for making the decision and reviewing how it works.

Learning to consider the situation carefully and weigh up the options before coming to a decision helps children make better decisions. It also helps them to understand and take into account others’ views when making decisions that affect them.

KidsMatter. Helping children learn to manage anger, © Commonwealth of Australia 2008, reproduced with permission.

SEL Book of the Month

What Will It Be Penelope by Tori Corn

Penelope is an indecisive little girl. She likes everything she sees and has trouble when faced with having to choose what she wants. Which outfit should she wear? Which flavor of ice cream does she want to eat? Which color balloon should she choose? Everyone wants to know: "What will it be, Penelope?" But Penelope just can't decide. Not making decisions, though, has its consequences, and choices get taken from her as other people begin to choose for her, including her friend Eliza. Soon Penelope isn’t making any decisions at all. In the end, she realizes that it's much better to make her own decisions than to have somebody else make them for her, and Penelope becomes an expert decision maker. Her decisions may not be perfect, but they're hers, and that makes her feel confident and proud.

If you like this you may also like:

The Worst Day of My Life Ever! by Julia Cook

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! by Julia Cook

Please enjoy this read-aloud of our November SEL Book of the Month.

PTA News! PTA News! PTA News!

  • The PTA will be kicking off a Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 14th! We are selling Our Daily Bread Butter Braid Pastry, Cookie Dough, and Atlanta Cheesecakes. We will have lots of great prizes and incentives for students and classes who sell the most boxes! We are excited about this new fundraiser and hope you are too!

  • Join the PTA for a fun filled Spirit Night at the All American Skating Rink located in Stone Mountain Georgia. Please support the PTA Spirit Night by coming out and bringing your families for a wonderful evening of skating.

  • Please join the Rock Chapel PTA and help us reach our goal of 100% membership for the 2018-2019 school year. The membership fee is $10.00.

  • Volunteers are needed here at Rock Chapel. Parents please considered giving back to your child's school by helping out in the teacher workroom running copies, volunteering in the media center and helping the PTA out with various fundraisers, dances and spirit night events.

Library Book of the Month

November is National Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative that celebrates picture books in print in an increasingly computerized and digital age. The Media Center has selected a picture book that perfectly describes the month of November, the changing earth it's animals and weather and the many activities and events that take place during this transitional season.

Big picture

In November by Cynthia Rylant

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter, and people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends. Curl up with your loved ones and enjoy the sights, sounds, scents, and traditions of this very special time of year.

If you like this you may also like the following fall/autumn books:

Turkey trouble by Wendi Silvano

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

Sharing the Bread: An Old - Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

Please enjoy this read-aloud of In November by Cynthia Rylant.

Club Spotlight: Garden Club

School gardens have been shown to boost self-esteem and self worth, help students develop a sense of responsibility, and helps promote a healthier lifestyle. This program is a great opportunity for your child to learn science in a hands-on and fun manner. Through gardening students develop an appreciation of nature and living things.

During the school year, Garden Club members participate in various gardening and composting activities.

Many lessons will involve the following:

  • Digging in the dirt
  • Planting seeds
  • Harvesting fruits and vegetables
  • Observing insects and other creatures

Who can join: K - 5th grade students

Meeting day: Friday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Sponsors: Beverly McCrady, Tracy Davis and Grace Lawrence-Fordyce

DeKalb County District News

Title I Family and Parent Empowerment Conference

Parents you are invited to participate in the Family Engagement Title I Family Empowerment Conference that will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 10:00 AM in the Robert R. Freeman AIC Auditorium located at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain.

Please view the Parent Empowerment Conference flyer for further details.

On the Scene with Dr. Green

Come learn about DeKalb County School District and get answers to your questions from Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green. All meetings begin promptly at 7 P.M.

When: November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Columbia Middle School

3001 Columbia Drive

Decatur, GA 30034

Community News

WMS Presents: Thanksgiving Harvest Supper

Who: New Bethel AME Church Beyond the Walls

What: Thanksgiving Harvest Supper for single-parent families

When: November 10, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

Place: New Bethel AME Fellowship Hall

Address: 8350 Rockbridge Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058

School Updates

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