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Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly News | Jan 2021

Report Cards

Having wrapped up our 2nd quarter, report cards are coming home with your child. B-Group students will bring report cards home on Friday, Jan 8th. A-Group students will bring report cards home on Monday, Jan 11th. Please be sure to check your child's backpack for their academic report card as well as our PBIS Report card, which explains the ways we are working to ensure Rockbrook is a Safe, Respectful, and Responsible place for all learners.

Winter Challenge Results

Congratulations to those who completed our Winter Break Challenge by reading for more than 200 minutes and/or completing 200 minutes of practice time through our IXL online platform. These students will receive a Smoothie King Gift Certificate for a free smoothie! Way to go keeping minds active and skills sharp. If you child yet has a reading record to turn in, please have them bring this to the office.

School Schedule for the Weeks Ahead

Moving into our second week of Yellow Status, A-Group students will attend in person on M/T and B-Group Students will attend in person on Th/F. When students are not in person they should follow their classroom schedule for logging on to Webex, with all students logging in for a virtual SEL Lesson on Wednesday (1/13) at 8:45.

If you have any questions about what days your child is assigned to attend, please contact the office at 402.390.6475.

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Drop Off and Pick Up Times

Breakfast: Students may enter at 8:05am

Drop Off: Students may arrive at 8:10am

(Please do not drop students off before this time unless they are coming in to eat breakfast.)

School Entry: Teachers bring students in at 8:20am

Our School Day Begins at 8:30

Dismissal: Regular Dismissal is at 3:30pm, 3:00 on Wednesdays (starting 1/20)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18th

A reminder that there will be No School for Students (Teacher In-Service Day) on Monday, January 18th, 2021, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday. We encourage students and families to consider taking time to learn more about Dr. King and, if able to do so safely to consider ways to participate in the annual day of service promoted on this day each year.
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How To Wear A Mask In School

Reviewing our Behavior Expectations

Rockbrook's 3 School Rules are Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. This week teachers reviewed expectations for their classrooms as well as common areas. When discussing our rules we encourage students to think about how they apply to the many different places and spaces at our school, in the community, and at home. With snow on the ground it's a great time to also review expectations for students wishing to play in the snow. To ensure students are healthy and comfortable, please make sure your child has proper clothing so they can enjoy the winter fun!
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Winter Wear and Snow Gear

To ensure that students can both enjoy the snow and keep warm and dry once they come inside, we wanted to remind you of a few expectations for students wishing to play in the snow.

• Students need to wear proper coats, gloves, and hats. When temperatures are above 10º we will typically be going outside.

• If students wish to walk in deep snow, they will be expected to wear snow boots.

•For very deep snow or if students wish to roll and play in in the snow, students will need snow pants to ensure they stay warm and dry.

• If students wish to build with snow they must have gloves or mittens.

• When recess equipment is slick or wet, access may be restricted to promote student safety.

We appreciate your support in going over these expectations with your child. Teachers will do so as well so that students may have a fun and safe time during winter recess.

Rockbrook Community Club Updates

In lieu of a January meeting the Rockbrook Community Club’s Executive Committee met with Mr. Higginbotham on Wednesday, January 6th. The Group discussed upcoming events and how to work with current limitations due to school safety policies. Below are a few key topics discussed. We are currently waiting to see the transition to green status and whether in-person meetings will be permitted, however, we will plan to have virtual access regardless for the next meeting on February 2nd.

Upcoming Activities:

  • Read-A-Thon – We are looking to have this annual fundraiser and focus on increasing student reading opportunities in February, expect more information soon.
  • Staff Appreciation Week – Westside’s Staff Appreciation week will be March 22nd-26th. Thank you to all who have also contributed to monthly care gifts to all of the teachers and staff at Rockbrook including Jo on the Go, Dunkin Donuts, and a Hot Chocolate Bar. Community Club will look to continue these in the 2nd semester and show our amazing Rockbrook teachers how much we love them.
  • Valentines Parties – These will be very similar to our Halloween Parties. At this time the school is not able to have visitors so Room Parents will be working to provide treats and activities the kids can enjoy.
  • Parent-Teacher Communication – This will be March 11th and 12th and similar format to the first semester. Community Club typically provides meals for the teachers and may be reaching out for donations of things like sodas, snacks, and desserts to accompany.
  • Additional Activities such as Spring Breakfast, Prom, Movie Nights, Parent Night Out, Art and Pizza Night, Fun Run, and Field Day were discussed and will be looked at again as we receive further updates on school and community safety procedures.
  • 6th Grade Parents: Rockbrook traditionally likes to send our 6th graders on to the middle school in style. Please keep an eye out for information if you would like to help in planning ways to make the transition to middles school special. We will be looking for volunteers to help in planning t-shirts, a 6th-grade gift to the school, and if safety practices allow by then, the traditional pool party and breakfast.

Students and Cell Phones / Smart Devices

We know that staying connected to your child is an important safety feature for many families. While in school we ask that students keep all cell phones and smart devices stowed in their backpacks. This helps prevent distraction from learning.
We're excited t share another partnership with Championship Martial Arts. With many of our in-school activities limited, we wanted to share this out-of-school opportunity with families. Through their partnership with our school, Championship Martial Arts helps to provide a portion of their enrollment fee to support our school and offer students and families the opportunity to develop skills of Focus, Confidence, and Goal Setting.
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Water Bottle Reminder

A reminder that due to health precautions we currently do not have drinking fountains available to students. We ask that students bring a water bottle with them daily. Especially as we approached dry, winter air, keeping well-hydrated is important. When students do not have a water bottle with them one is provided, however, we need your help to ensure we do not run out of our reserve supply. Please be sure to send a clean water bottle with your child each day and remind them to bring it home for regular cleaning.
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Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: February 1st - March 5th

Do you live in the District and have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten this fall? Do you know of other Westside residents with children who will be ready to start school in August?

Kindergarten enrollment for 2021-22 begins February 1. Parents of eligible students should go to to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after February 1st.

Students entering kindergarten for 2021-22 must be five years old by July 31, 2021. Parents may opt to hold their children out of kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska state law mandates that a child who reaches six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year must be enrolled in school.

If you have questions, you may call the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.

Kindergarten Enrollment for Non-District Residents

If you live outside the District and have a child eligible for kindergarten who has a sibling currently attending a Westside elementary school through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an Option Enrollment Application. ​Westside’s Office of Student Services must receive Option Enrollment Applications no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15​. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and our district website.

Click here to complete the form electronically.

Under Option Enrollment statutes, first priority for admission is given to siblings who seek to attend in the District where an older sibling is already enrolled, provided an Option Enrollment form is submitted by March 15 ​and ​provided that there is space available in a requested building and grade level. If you have questions, you may call Julie at 402-390-2107.

Requirements for Early Admission to Kindergarten

In accordance with Nebraska Statute 79-214, the Westside Community Schools allows for admission of children residing in the District as early entrance kindergarteners through a locally designed testing program. Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance must turn five between August 1 and October 15, 2021. For further information regarding early entrance to kindergarten, please call 402-390-3303.

Student In-District Transfer Request for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you are a District resident who would like your K-6 child(ren) to attend an elementary school other than the school that serves your attendance area for next school year, you must submit a completed In-District Transfer (IDT) Request form to the Office of Student Services for review.

The District gives priority to families living within the District ​prior to ​placing Option Enrollment applicants who reside outside the District. We must receive a Student In-District Transfer Request form no later than ​4:00 p.m. on March 15 ​for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.

IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and our District website.​ Click here to complete the form electronically.​ An IDT request form must be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has one or more siblings currently attending a school outside their home attendance area. Transfers are approved or denied based on available space and other resources. If you have questions about the in- district transfer process, please call 402-390-2107.

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Symptom Screener

Thank you to our Rockbrook families who have taken so seriously the efforts to reduce the spread of COVID 19. Our school's individual numbers continue to demonstrate the extra caution we know many families are taking whenever their child displays symptoms they suspect. If you are ever in doubt, please use the Symptom Screening tool available on our district website. This is also a great tool to use if your child is returning from an absence to make sure they are ready to return. If you have any questions about whether your child should or should not come to school you are always welcome to call the office at 402.390.6475.

iPad Chargers and Cables

Rockbrook Families,

As we move to Yellow Status, please help us out with iPad chargers and cables. Westside had to purchase more than 600 chargers and cables following last spring due to loss and damage. If you already have an Apple (lightning) style charger and cable at home, please have your child use this to charge their iPad. We will request that families pay for lost or damaged hardware, with chargers costing $20 and cables costing $10.

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