Dear Rochester City School District Families,
As we are nearing the last day of school, I want to wish all our students and families a successful end to the school year. From completing final projects to giving presentations to preparing for Regents exams, I wish everyone the best. This can be a stressful time, and I urge students to stay focused, maintain a positive mindset, and take advantage of the resources available, such as study guides, review sessions, and any additional support from teachers.
On Friday, June 2, we wear orange to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This day serves as a solemn reminder of gun violence’s devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities that reach far beyond its immediate victims. As educators, parents, and community members, we have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. I encourage you to wear orange on June 2 and show your support for this urgent issue, as orange is the color that symbolizes the fight against gun violence.
Most importantly, I want to congratulate all our seniors in the Class of 2023 whose dedication, resilience, and hard work have brought them to this momentous milestone. I have great confidence that our 2023 graduates will shape brighter futures and make a positive impact wherever their paths may lead.
Dr. Carmine Peluso
Superintendent of Schools
We are seeking your continued feedback! Please take a moment to complete a survey about school climate that is running now through Friday, June 9. Results from this survey will help provide the District with a basis for understanding and improving the educational climate in our schools. This survey is completely anonymous and can be accessed from anywhere at www.rcsdk12.org/climatesurvey. Thank you!
Changes in Transportation Due August 11
Attention families who need to make changes to their child’s pick-up and drop-off locations for the 2023-2024 school year!
In order to guarantee transportation on the first day of school, all changes in pick-up and drop-off locations must be in no later than August 11, 2023. If you need to make any changes, please contact your child’s school.
The Rochester Board of Education continues to seek your input on the format and design of future budget books. Using Balancing Act, you can view budget book samples from neighboring urban districts in New York and rank their top three design choices. We appreciate your participation!
Reading Support at Home
Amira Learning is an online digital reading tutor that can read with your child in English and Spanish. Students in grades K – 5 are given reading practice for use at home or in after-school programs. Amira is available to students by logging on to ROConnect using a computer or tablet. Amira helps facilitate meaningful data that teachers can share with parents. We hope you will take advantage of this valuable resource to support your children’s reading! Families can learn more at www.rcsdk12.org/amira.
Free Academic Support 24/7!
Paper is the leading provider of unlimited, on-demand tutoring and academic support for students in grades 6 – 12. Services include:
- 1:1 live-chat tutoring sessions with subject-matter experts in over 200 subjects
- Expert review of any written work (essays, creative writing, poetry, lab reports, etc.)
- Hundreds of resources and activities to help you best support your children at home
- Interactive shows and activities to expand learning beyond the classroom
Families, there is still time to register your child for summer learning opportunities beginning in July! We have limited spaces in the following programs:
- Roc Achieve for current 6th and 7th graders
- Freshman University at St. John Fisher for current 8th graders
- Summer Language Academy for current K – 8 students
- CTE Camps for students currently in grades 5 – 7
To learn about our summer learning programs, visit www.rcsdk12.org/summer. Do not delay; register today!
Summer Reading: Free, High-Quality Books for Our Youngest Learners
The District has partnered with the local chapter of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide RCSD families with a free monthly book subscription for children from birth to age 5. Each month, the Imagination Library mails an age-appropriate book to the homes of all registered children, at no cost to the child’s family. The books feature a diverse cast of characters, settings, and authors.
This initiative will help increase the literacy and kindergarten readiness of our youngest learners by providing families with a new, high-quality book each month. For more information on the Imagination Library, including registration, please visit www.rochesterimaginationlibrary.org/sign-up.
Scholarships to Help Pay for College
There are many scholarships available to help students and families pay for college, and now is the time to apply! Visit www.rcsdk12.org/collegeready for a list of scholarship opportunities, resources, and how-to videos to help with the application process. As always, students can also connect with their school counselors for assistance.
Life After High School
There are many ways in which students can start planning life after high school. Students have access to BigFuture through their College Board accounts. BigFuture has career quizzes, a career exploration section, and steps to help you plan for college and careers. Completing each step as a junior and senior will place students in a drawing to win between $250 - $40,000! Visit Home – BigFuture | College Board
Two Exciting Grant-Funded Programs at MCC
Pathways to MCC offers diploma and non-diploma students assistance with foundational math and English courses to prepare them for a college degree or certification. The program typically takes two semesters to complete, and successful students may apply earned credits toward a degree or certificate program at MCC with the ability to apply for federal financial aid.
Strong Foundations is a full-semester program in developmental math and English designed to help students build their skills to better prepare them for college-level math and English.
Both programs are funded through a grant from the ESL Federal Credit Union, so there are no tuition costs to students. Fall slots are filling up quickly – please reach out to your school counselor or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Parent University is proud to host a special virtual Lunch and Learn series on financial literacy for RCSD caregivers throughout June to finish the year strong. We know children learn the most valuable life lessons at home, including how to manage their money, make sound financial decisions, and save for a successful future.
Our kick-off for the Financial Literacy Lunch and Learn Workshops is Tuesday, June 6, beginning at 11:00 am. All workshops are held on Zoom. Upon your registration, you will receive the Zoom link.
There is also an opportunity for the whole crew to participate in family-centered exploration and play during our Academy Saturday at School No. 5, 555 N. Plymouth Ave, on June 3!
Parent University is a series of free programs and events meant to educate and empower parents within our District and the Rochester community. RTS bus passes, childcare, and interpretation services are available for participating families for any session with advanced notice via phone (324-9999) or online registration.
Visit www.rcsdk12.org/parentuniversity today to learn more about each session and enroll in one or more events happening now through June.
RCSD Parent Group Meetings in June
All RCSD parents are welcome at all PLAC meetings! The last leadership team meeting of the school year is Wednesday, June 14, at 6:00 pm. Visit www.rcsdk12.org/plac for more information. Also, consider joining the PLAC Leadership Team and serving as an advocate for RCSD families! Please email email@example.com if you are interested or for more information.
All parents and caregivers of RCSD students with an IEP or 504 plan are invited to join SEPAC. The next meeting is Monday, June 5, at 6:00 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link, meeting information, and additional information about SEPAC.
BEC is made up of parents, community organizations, students, teachers, and administrators of the RCSD who have demonstrated their concern for the development of bilingual education. Join us at our last meeting of the school year on Tuesday, June 13, at 5:00 pm, at the Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center, 485 North Clinton Avenue, 14605. For more information, email email@example.com.
All parents and guardians of students who are learning English as a new language are encouraged to attend a monthly MPAC meeting. Our last meeting of the school year is Monday, June 12, at 3:30 pm, at the Office of Adult and Career Education Services (OACES), 30 Hart Street, 14605. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Still not receiving text messages? Custodial caregivers of RCSD students can sign up anytime to receive text messages. All you need is a mobile number on file to opt in to this feature. If you do not have a mobile number on file, simply reach out to your child’s school to update your contact information. For more information about SMS texting or how to opt in or out of receiving messages, visit www.rcsdk12.org/text.