Parks Press for Parents

Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

September 14-18, 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.
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RPM Family

We did it! We worked our way through the first week of school with great persistence, perseverance, and positivity. I want to thank you for your patience as we worked through technical challenges known and unknown while introducing students to their new learning for the year. My challenge now is for you is to remain positive, flexible, and understanding as things will continue to change, and we continue to face challenges from time to time. Please be sure to review all components of this newsletter which is published weekly. This is your first point of school communication each week. Thank you for partnering with us as we build children, character, and community in this new way.

#BeRPM

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Be Supportive

We appreciate the help of parents and guardians while we navigate these new and challenging school times. Below are some tips to help support your child and teacher while learning through our new system.


  • Begin logging in at 7:50am to ensure students are set and ready to begin the day in their morning meeting at 8:00am. The morning meeting is a very important time when students receive school and class announcements for the day.
  • Monitor student attentiveness and ensure they are focused and engaged in the learning.
  • Provide students with headsets and a quiet place to work, if possible. Background noise can be distracting.
  • Encourage students to stay on platforms as instructed by their teachers, so they are able to ask questions.
  • Refrain from interrupting the lesson to ask questions. Synchronous learning time is for students and teachers. While we value your support, parent questions during the lesson are distracting and take away of instruction. Students are being taught, by their teachers, how and when to ask questions. Please make sure they are following the teacher's expectations. Having them do anything different teaches them that class, school, and district expectations and policies are not important.
  • Pose parent questions through email, dojo, or phone calls. This is the best method to address parental concerns. Teachers cannot address parent concerns during class.
  • Be positive and motivating. Our students are learning several new things at once. It takes time and practice. Allow them the space to try and try again.
  • Remember, there will be glitches, calls may drop, screens may freeze. This is where resilience and perseverance comes in. If the call drops, or you randomly get kick out of the meeting, just go back to google classroom to click the class link and join again. By all means, don't get frustrated. Just try again.
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Be Expressive - Art, Music, and PE

Although students do not have live classes for specials, they do still have assignments to complete and activities to work on. Be sure to check the Special's teachers google classroom for Art, Music, and PE lessons. These lessons are to be completed by students during asynchronous time set aside each day for specials. This asynchronous block is designed for students to have downtime from their computer, their 30min lunch break, 45minute specials class as they would in school. See the asynchronous specials, lunch, and recess schedules below.


PreK 9:45-11:30

Kinder 9:55-11:40

1st and 2nd Grade 10:25-12:00

3rd-5th Grade 11:35-1:00

BePresent - Attendance Matters

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 will be taken daily in the TEAMS student data management system.

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Instructional Updates From the Desk of Superintendent Granger

September 11, 2020

Dear Lancaster ISD Parent/Guardian: I want to thank everyone in advance for their support, patience, and flexibility during this time, especially as we embark on a new path. Currently, ALL students are participating in online eLearning until October 2, 2020.

Based on the most recent survey selection, only those who elected face-to-face instruction will return to their campus for the first round of face-to-face instruction on October 5, 2020, through October 23, 2020. Those who did not elect face-to-face instruction will continue virtual eLearning. A letter will be sent home the week of September 14, 2020, to all parents indicating your survey selection.

Additionally, a survey will be sent out on October 12, 2020, to allow parents another opportunity to elect virtual eLearning or face-to-face instruction for the second round beginning October 26, 2020, through December 18, 2020.

To Stay Connected and informed, you can visit the district’s website and social media outlets to get the latest updates. If you have any questions about your child’s status, please contact your child’s campus for further assistance.

It is imperative that your information is current and updated. Click here https://lancaster.teams.hosting/registration/#!login to verify and update your information in Parent Portal. Please click here https://sites.google.com/lancasterisd.org/lancasterisdlearningplan/home to review the district’s WEBO online instructional learning plan for your convenience.

As we pursue EXCELLENCE in these unprecedented times, it is my commitment to ensuring that ALL students receive a viable educational experience that’s NEXT LEVEL.


Dr. Elijah Granger Lancaster ISD Superintendent

Lancaster ISD Curbside Meal Service (LISD students only)

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 starting Sept. 14 (Monday and Wednesday)
  • Must have identification card that was mailed or present online enrollment information from parent portal.

Be Connected


Remember teachers are still working remotely so there may not be anyone readily answering phone calls. The best thing to do when you call is to leave a message. Otherwise, we have no way of knowing you have called. Please help us help you by keeping the lines of communication open and positive.

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:




Add these emails to your contacts, we are here to support you.


Yvonne Thornton, Campus Principal

yvonnethornton@lancasterisd.org

Carney Slaughter, Assistant Principal

cartneyslaughter@lancasterisd.org

Josephine Catanach, Counselor

josephinecatanach@lancasterisd.org

Maria Garza, Office Manager

mariaberumangarza@lancasterisd.org

Anita Wilson, PEIMS/Attendance

anitawilson@lancasterisd.org

Victoria Bradford, School Nurse

victoriabradford@lancasterisd.org

Be Up-to-Date

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15, 2020

Sept.14 Favorite Team Day (Wear you favorite team jersey or t-shirt.)

Sept. 15 National Online Learning Day (Post pics engaged in your online learning.)

Sept. 17 Citizenship Day

Sept. 19 World Clean Up Day

Sept. 21-25 College Go Get It Week!

Oct. 1 Progress Report 1

WEBOLearning Student Resources

Parents click this link for examples and helpful tools to access student materials and learning platforms.

LISD Student Code of Conduct

Click here for important information regarding the Student Code of Conduct. Please review carefully the student use of technology (P.11)

WEBOLearning Parent Resources

Parents click this link for helpful tools to support you and engage WEBOLearning.

Technical Assistance

Parents click this button to request technical assistance during WEBOLearning. Once you submit a ticket you will receive an email confirmation. Please know that all concerns are addressed in the order they are received.

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.

Principal

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Information Systems & Software Design Academy

#BeRPM: Building Children, Character, And Community Everyday



“A hundred years from now it will not matter, what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove; but the world would be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Forest Whitcraft