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Rockbrook Elementary School's Monthly News | Jan 2020

Winter Challenge Results

The results are in and we're excited to share. More than 45 students completed the winter challenge of more than 200 minutes of reading each. While fewer students took the math challenge, those who did still completed an impressive 4,240 minutes of math practice. Keeping student's brains active during the break helped to prime them for a successful return and hopefully helped to keep them productive on a road trip or during the weeks off!

Students who completed 200 minutes of either math or reading received a special prize.

Thanks to the Rockbrook Community Club who helps sponsor our online reading and math supports!

Way to Go Gage - Digital Dozen Award Winner!

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Gage G. from Rockbrook as the first recipient of the Digital Dozen award for this school year! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Blog (, which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and we are proud of your accomplishment!

Congratulations, Gage!

~The EY Team

Report Cards

Report cards are coming home tonight along with our PBIS Report card. Please check your child's backpack for these two important documents and let your child's teacher know if you should have any questions.
Work at Westside

Rockbrook is currently hiring for Educational Assistants. Know someone that would be great to work with kids. Please them and us know. We'd love to have them as part of our team making a difference in the lives of kids!

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You are invited to join us for a Free Parent Education Group “Parenting the Love and Logic Way”

Presented by

Sarah Lieske, LMHP School Counselor, Paddock Road

Jessica Lowe, LMHP School Counselor, Westbrook

Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents and care givers have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. During the course, you will learn about the two rules of Love and Logic, the Anticipatory Consequence, ways to neutralize arguing and much more. You will walk out with information and ideas that you can use right away!

Who: Parents with children of any age

What: A five-week parent-training program designed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

When: Thursday, January 30th Thursday, February 6th

Thursday, February 13th Thursday, February 20th Thursday, February 27th

Classes from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Paddock Road Elementary 3535 Paddock Road

Omaha, NE 68124 Phone 402-390-6465

How: Registration is FREE to all district families. Class size is limited.

FREE childcare for children (grades PK-6 only) who are students in the district is available. Contact Person: Sarah Lieske

To Register: Please email the following information to Sarah Lieske:

  • Number of Adults Attending

  • Names of Adults Attending

  • Number of Children Needing Childcare

  • Names/Ages/School of Children Needing Childcare

  • Your Phone Number

    Westside Community Schools does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under law in its educational programs and activities or in admission or access to, or treatment in, hiring and employment.

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5th Graders Begin Dancing Classrooms

Starting Thursday our 5th grade students began their Dancing Classrooms experience. Dancing Classrooms is a program of local arts agency Arts in Motion and has been at Rockbrook for the past 5 years. Though taught through dance, the program is an important part of our Social Emotional Learning experience offered to students at our school. This is through the generous sponsorship of our Community Club and in turn Rockbrook families. During their 20 lessons, students develop skills of teamwork, partnership, elegance, and respect.

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2020-2021 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, 2020, 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 the Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: January 20th - February 28th

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 2020-2021 begins January 20, 2020. Parents of eligible students should go to to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after January 20th.

Students entering kindergarten for 2020-2021 must be five years old by July 31, 2020. 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, 2020. 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 Fumagalli at 402-390-2107.

Important Dates


15 Don & Millie’s Dining Out for Education Night

20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School, Professional Learning

30 Rockbrook / Oakdale STEAM Night @ Oakdale

28 Godfather's Slice of the Pie Night


4 Community Club Meeting 6:00 pm

11 Raising Cane's Dining Out Night

14 Valentine's Party - starts at 2:39 pm

17 President's Day - No School, Professional Learning

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.

Community Club Website & Student Directory - Please Sign Up

Need a great way to gather information for a birthday invitation? Looking to sign up for an upcoming event? Need some details about something you heard was discussed at a recent Community Club Meeting? Be sure to visit the NEW Community Club Website. It's your one stop shop for information about Community Club, to include your information in the directory, and to be able to sign up for access to the app.

When Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Send me to school if...

  • I have a runny nose or just a little cough but no other symptoms.
  • I haven't taken any fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours and I haven't had a fever during that time.
  • I haven't thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours

Keep me at home if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.
  • I'm throwing up or have diarrhea.
  • My eyes are pink and crusty.

Call the doctor if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.
  • I have been throwing up or have diarrhea for more than two days
  • I have the sniffles for more than a week and they aren't getting better.
  • I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I'm having trouble breathing after using my inhaler.)

Valentine's Party

Rockbrook will be using a special events schedule on the day of our Valentine's Party. We ask that parents show up no earlier than 2:30 pm. We will have plenty of time to set up because of the adjusted schedule.

Please be mindful of our Approved Snack List, there are a lot of options for candy that are safe for the kids at Rockbrook.

Also, plan accordingly if you are joining your child for lunch that day.

K - 11:05 am

1st - 11:10 am

2nd - 11:35 am

3rd - 11:30 am

4th - 11:55 am

5th - 12:00 pm

6th - 12:25 pm

Dropping Off Your Child? Please Bring Them In & Sign Them In

When dropping offer your child after 8:40 a.m., parents must walk their child in and check them in at the office. This includes if your are returning your child from a doctor's appointment. Checking your child in is important to ensure the safety of all students arriving at our school.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

When calling to make arrangements for your child it’s important that the right people get the right message. If calling to inform us of decisions that will impact your child’s school day (8:30-3:30) please call our main office at 402-390-6475. If you are calling to make changes to before and after care, it is also important to contact the Club66 Staff at 402-390-8208. Finally, it’s always appreciated if you email your child’s teacher if you will be picking them up during the day as this helps them prepare any work your child may need. Please make sure if doing so to also call the main office or email our Administrative Assistant Ms. Veldhuis at

Please remember to call the school office at 390-6475 before 9:00 a.m. if:

  • Your child will be absent from school for any reason.
  • Your child will be late for school
  • You would like to join your child for lunch and need to order a tray for yourself (orders need to be received before 9:00 a.m.)

Often times parents will tell the teacher when their children are going to be gone, but sometimes the teacher is gone as well. The office really needs to know. We would appreciate your help with this anytime you know your child will be out of school.

Also, please let the office know if you are going to be out of town and someone else will be taking care of your children. In the case of an emergency, we want to reach someone as soon as possible.

Traffic and Parking at Rockbrook

Help us keep students and families safe. Please review the routes for parking and pickup using the full route. Cutting across the lot has created some recent close calls for both cars and students. These routines help keep everyone safe.

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.

Medication at School

For you child’s safety and for the safety of others, all medication, even cough’s drops, must be kept locked in the health office, it must be in the original package. All medication, including cough drops, needs to be accompanied by a medication form signed by the parent or guardian, all prescription medication forms must be signed by the doctor. Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home.

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Safety Patrol

Information about our Safety Patrol schedule is available on our safety patrol website. Please check this schedule if your child is volunteering for this important activity to help keep our school and students safe.

Welcome to Rockbrook Elementary - Home of the Bulldogs

Rockbrook Mission:

The mission of Rockbrook Elementary School, a diverse community of learners, is to foster learning by providing a quality educational experience within a secure and challenging environment.

Rockbrook School Design Goal:

At Rockbrook we will increase student engagement and achievement through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.

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