Parks Press for Parents

Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

2020-2021 Back to School Edition

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.

Welcome Back!

I'm excited to welcome each of you back this 2020-2021 school year, and extend a hearty welcome to the new members of our Parks family. It is my honor to serve as your Parks Principal. This year as we already know will be different. We have all been faced with overcoming new life challenges for the past 6 months. During the constant changes we've been faced with, we've learned some things about ourselves. We are resilient. We are problem solvers. We learned that we can adapt quickly.

We've learned to be grateful for what we have, to be content, and to be more understanding. We've learned to be more considerate, and forced to be patient. While we continue to build children, character, and community, my goal is for each of us this year is to be who and what we need to be for our children, ourselves, and each other. Our theme for this year is #BeRPM. We want our students to be confident in who they are and their ability to learn and do new things. We want them to be motivated to be their very best. As we work through the unforeseen changes this school year, we ask you to be flexible as we all adjust to our new way of being in school. Be assured that we will provide all students no less than the quality education each one deserves. You can be certain that we will be the Remarkable, Passionate, Magnificent educators every student deserves.


Serving with Excellence,

Yvonne M. Thornton

Principal

LancasterISD Technology Device and Textbook Distribution

District and Campus staff are working extremely hard to prepare for our Technology Device and Textbook Distribution next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Click here to access the Lancaster ISD device distribution schedule in English, and click here for the Spanish translation. The map below shows the location of distribution for currently enrolled students at Rosa Parks/Millbrook.


Students must be registered for the 2020-2021 school year in order to receive a device. After students are registered for the 2020-2021 school year, they will be eligible to receive a device. There will be one device provided per student. To help us adequately prepare, we are asking that all enrollment/registration has been completed. Please use the link below to enroll/register if you have not already done so: https://www.lancasterisd.org/domain/1416.


We will continue to follow guidelines and safety protocols for the safety of all stakeholders. Therefore we will only provide drive-through service. You are asked to come during your assigned time blocks and remain in your cars in the drive. We will utilize the parking lot drive for service. See the map below. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday masked up at The Parks.

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Check the LancasterISD Reopening Plan on our district website regularly for updates to opening of school information.

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Parent Forum with Superintendent Granger - Wednesday, Sept. 2, 6:00p.m.

Join us for a parent forum with Dr. Granger to learn important information about the upcoming school year. Details about logging into the virtual meeting will be shared at a later date.

WEBO Learning to Include Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Lancaster ISD expects that during SYNCHRONOUS (live) learning time:

● Students attend classes on time per their class schedule ● Students log in ready to learn

● Students dress appropriately for a learning environment (no pajamas, sleeveless tops, head coverings, etc.) ● Students work in a designated workspace (a table or surface where students are able to sit up and write) ● Student webcams must remain on and allow teachers to view their faces to engage in online learning. ● Students are expected to participate in class and complete assignments as directed by the teacher. ● Students are expected to communicate with teachers when needing additional assistance or support.


Lancaster ISD expects that during ASYNCHRONOUS (on your own) learning time:

● Students complete asynchronous activities assigned daily ● Students understand that participation in daily learning is evidenced by satisfactorily completing assigned tasks that demonstrate learning as assigned by their teacher(s) ● Students and parents will communicate with teachers via email or during teacher “office hours” when needing additional assistance or support.


The WEBO Learning online environment has numerous differences from the offering in the spring based on feedback from parents, students and teachers. The primary differences are: ● Provision of technology devices for all students who have need ● Clever student landing page with single password LOGIN allowing access to classes and all online instructional resources ● Google Classroom as a learning platform across all grade levels with Parent Training Sessions and videos to provide support ● Enhancement of depth and complexity of learning experiences ● More real-time (SYNCHRONOUS) instruction from teachers ● A mix of pre-recorded and real-time virtual lessons ● Data-driven personalized intervention or enrichment times ● Return to standard Lancaster ISD grading and attendance policies.

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Back to School Immunization Information

Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services will be conducting a vaccination clinic to get your students up to date for the school year. Please click here for information in English and click here for information in Spanish.

Please note: all parents and children are required to wear a wask and exercise social distancing during the immunization clinic.

Tips to Help Your Child Learn at Home

Digital learning is new to all of us. While it provides its challenges, it is certainly something we all can excel at. Here are eight tips for helping your child learn at home.


  1. Create a clutter-free, quiet learning space.
  2. Make a schedule and stick to it.
  3. Reduce distractions.
  4. Help your child stay organized. Color-coding helps.
  5. Get plenty of exercise.
  6. Understand the features of the technology.
  7. Reach out to your child's teacher.
  8. Look for ways to remove learning barriers.

See the article linked below, by Sean Smith, for more details about each tip listed.



https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/online-learning-how-to-prepare-child
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Be Current to Be Informed

Make sure we have your current contact information on file. We have a number of ways to share information with you. Be sure to connect with us on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RPMElementary

Twitter: @RPM_ISSD

Instagram: Rpmelementary

Class dojo: Teachers will send invites to sign up.

Parks Press for Parents: published weekly

School website: RPMElementary@lancasterisd.org

District website: www.Lancasterisd.org

Be Counted - Census 2020

Please make sure you and your family are counted in the 2020 Census. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and our community. The results of the 2020 Census will affect educational funding, community funding, congressional representation, and more for the next 10 years. Whether it's school lunches, plans for highways, support for firefighters and families in need, the Census results affect our community every day.


  • Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.
  • Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.

It's quick and easy. Click the link below to be counted.

https://2020census.gov/en.html

Be Heard

One of the most important lessons we teach our children is to be good citizens. Citizenship involves interacting with others in the home, at school, at work, and in our local, state, and national community. Your voice and you vote matters. Make sure you are registered to vote in the upcoming election. Be sure to discuss this important action with your child/children. The deadline to register to vote is October 5. https://vote.gov/

Check out this story about how our teachers are working hard to BE Creative!

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.

Principal

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Information Systems & Software Design Academy