Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 12-14-18


December 24th - January 4th, No School... School Resumes January 7th

Hy-Vee Receipts

Please save your Hy-Vee receipts from September 1-December 31 to help Rockbrook School fund educational needs. Hy-Vee will donate $1.00 for every $200 Hy-Vee receives in receipts. This is not only for groceries but Hy-Vee gas receipts also. Every penny counts and can add up to thousands of dollars. So tell your friends, neighbors, relatives to save Hy-Vee receipts. It's simple and easy! Simply bring all Hy-Vee receipts to Rockbrook School and deposit them into the HyVee red bucket located in the school lobby. Please write your student's teachers name and grade on the receipt. The class who has collected the highest dollar amount in receipts will receive a special prize party. Thank you all for participating in this easy and simple fundraiser.

Rockbrook Winter Break Challenge, Reading and Math! - COMING NEXT WEEK!

This Winter Break we want to encourage kids to keep their reading and math skills sharp. Keeping young minds active will prime them for a successful return in January, and can help get a fast start to the second half of our school year.

To do so, we’re excited to present a Winter Break Challenge for all of our students. From December 22nd to January 6th we are encouraging students to spend twenty minutes a day focusing on reading and math skills. We'll be sending home a record sheet before the break where students can record minutes read. Students can practice their math skills using our online resource. Students completing 200 minutes of reading or 200 minutes of math will receive a special incentive. Students completing both double up on their prize!

We hope your family will consider participating. Be sure to check your child's backpack next week!

Upcoming Vocal Music Concerts

Hello Parents or Guardians!

This note is to remind you of our upcoming vocal music programs for our Rockbrook students.

Our 4 th – 6 th grade students will have their program on Monday, January 28 th at 6:30PM. Our 1 st – 3 rd grade students will have their program on Tuesday, February 19 th at 6:30PM. Both

performances will take place in the Westside Middle School auditorium and will last

approximately 45 minutes. We request all students attend this performance except in the

instance of illness or a family emergency. Our students have been working diligently in music

class to prepare for these performances and are looking forward to performing for you. If you

have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!


Mr. Pribnow

Wanted: Experts from our Community!

Rockbrook Elementary is seeking adults for our exciting enrichment cluster program.

If your child was at Rockbrook last spring you already know the exciting opportunity of our

student enrichment clusters. For our new families, we are excited to share this experience with

your family.

For six weeks beginning in February, students will have the opportunity to explore a topic of

interest in depth. Students will work together with like-minded students and an adult who will guide them. Enrichment clusters provide interest-based extensions to our curriculum and a real-

life connection to our learning standards.

We are looking for adults that would be willing to help with our clusters and share an area of

interest and/or expertise. This could be for the full six weeks as a cluster group leader, or for just a session or two as a guest speaker. The classes will run from 2:39-3:15 on Fridays in February and the first two weeks of March. Students will have a variety of classes to choose from. Once they choose their class, they will remain with the same group of students and will study the same topic, for the entire six weeks.

If leading a class or being a guest speaker is not of interest, we also welcome any help you can

offer. Extra hands go a long way as our students explore topics more freely.

Questions? Interested? Contact Mr. Higginbotham at Rockbrook. There will also be information

shared during our upcoming Parent Advisory and Community Club Meetings.

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.

Instrumental Music Reminders

Attention Fifth and Sixth Grade Band and String Parents - Mark your calendars because our concerts are coming! Concerts are a musicians reward for hard work and effort on their instrument. Please help reward your child by making their first concert a priority for your entire family! We can't wait to see you at these events to celebrate your child's accomplishments! The Instrumental Music Staff

6th grade String students: Tuesday, December 18

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside High School Auditorium

5th grade String students: Thursday, December 20

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside High School Auditorium

5th and 6th grade Band students: Monday, January 14

6:00 practice, 7:00 performance at the Westside Middle School Auditorium

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.

Dining Out for Education

Each week Rockbrook partners with a local restaurant as part of our Dining Out for Education program. As part of this program, businesses give back a percentage of your purchase to the school when you mention that you are with Rockbrook Elementary on our designated nights. In addition, Dining Out Nights offer families a chance to connect with each other and with friends as part of our Rockbrook Community. Linked with today’s email is our calendar of Dining Out Partners. We’ve tried to offer a variety of locations, foods, and opportunities in the hopes that families can find an option that appeals to them.

Our next Dining Out Event is 12/19 at Don & Millies.

Important Dates


18 6th Grade Strings Concert @ WHS, 6:00 pm Rehearsal, 7:00 pm Performance

19 Don & Millie's Dining Out for Education Night

20 5th Grade Strings Concert @ WHS, 6:00 pm Rehearsal, 7:00 pm Performance

24 Winter Break Begins- NO SCHOOL

30 Jones Bros. Dining Out

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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