The Star News
A Monthly Newsletter for RCPS Families: December 2021
Welcome to the December issue of The Star News! As we close out the first semester of the 2021-2022 School Year, we want to thank our students for showing up to school every day ready to learn. To our teachers and staff, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students. And thank you to our families and the Roanoke community for your engagement and support of Roanoke City Public Schools.
As always, we welcome your thoughts, questions, or suggestions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you have a restful Winter Break, and we will see you in 2022!
ROTEC Students Continue Annual Food Drive
Breakfast with Santa Raises More Than $11K
The annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser raised approximately $11,280 for the Help the Homeless Fund, which supports RCPS students experiencing homelessness. Click here to read the full story.
As we prepare for Winter Break, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year. While the holidays can be a joyous time, it can also be a difficult time for many, and I want to be sure you are aware of the resources available to you and your family during Winter Break. Under Quick Links on the RCPS website, we have placed Resources for Parents and Guardians should you need assistance. Additionally, immediate support is available by calling Carilion CONNECT at (540) 981.8181.
As I reflect on the first semester, I am so proud of our students and staff for their hard work and dedication, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back in January. I know the second semester will be just as successful as the first. Students, keep working hard to achieve your goals. Even if the first semester didn’t go quite as planned, there is plenty of time to stay the course and make it a successful school year.
To our parents, guardians, and friends, thank you for your continued support of Roanoke City Public Schools. I appreciate your engagement with your school community and hope you continue your involvement through the second semester. Together, We Are One! #RCPSProud
I hope everyone has a restful break filled with peace and joy.
Verletta B. White
Save the Date
Parent & Community Engagement
Last month you met Mr. Frazier, Coordinator of Parent and Community Engagement. This month, he wants to make sure you are aware of a new partnership with the YMCA.
The YMCA Express at Gainsboro has partnered with Roanoke City Public Schools to pilot an after-school program designed to build foundational skills and competencies for middle school students. Additionally, the Kirk Family YMCA is currently offering afterschool child care for ages 5 to 12. Additional information is available at your school. You can also call the Kirk Family YMCA for more information at (540) 342.9622.
P: (540) 853.1359 | E: CommunityEngagement@rcps.info
New & Noteworthy
Have you seen the new "RCPS Newsroom" on the division’s website? Here you will find photos and news stories about RCPS students, schools, employees, and the Roanoke School Board. Visit rcps.info/news to access the RCPS Newsroom.
- Patrick Henry and William Fleming athletic tickets are available for purchase. Patrick Henry also has season passes available. Visit events.ticketspicket.com and search your school.
- If your child experiences COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and call your school nurse. Do not return to school without a return date from the school nurse. Click here for information about the COVID-19 vaccine, which is now also available for students ages 5-11.
- Your child's school is a great source of information. They always welcome you to contact them directly with questions. Visit rcps.info/schools for school contact information.
- Missed an edition of The Star News? Access previous issues here!
Roanoke City Public Schools
Roanoke City Public Schools is an urban school division in Roanoke, Virginia, serving a pre-K through 12th grade population of approximately 14,000 students. Its mission is to graduate students prepared for life in a rapidly changing world. RCPS believes strong students create strong schools and ultimately a strong city.