Rock Chapel Newsletter

November 2020

A Message From Principal Green

Greetings Parents!

Wow... It is already November! We are closing in on 2020! I know, this year has been unbelievable!. As we continue to remain in this Virtual Learning Space, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for ALL of our wonderful parents for partnering with us to support your child's learning and academic growth. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication! You Rock!


Lisa Green, Principal

DeKalb County Schools

Rock Chapel Elementary School

Phone: 678-676-3802

"Together We Rise"

Important Events

Nov. 01 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov. 03 - Virtual Half Day/Voting

Nov. 09 - DCSD Board Meeting

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day

Nov. 15 - Spelling Bee

Nov. 17 - Principal Advisory Council Meeting

Nov. 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break

*November is Native American Heritage Month*

*Attention Parents! *Attention Parents! *Attention Parents!

There has been a change in your students’ instructional schedule. The main instruction will begin Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday at 8:15 a.m. effective on Monday, November 9, 2020.

See the Chart below!!

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Counselor's Corner

Student Wellbeing: Mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

According to the foundation for a Mindful Society, mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Mindfulness is the process of accepting your thoughts and managing your emotions. When children practice mindfulness they can concentrate on what is immediately happening to them or around them in the present moment.

Research shows mindfulness skills benefit children's developing brains and improves their emotions and behavior. It helps children build self-esteem, control stress, face challenging situations, and develop coping skills.

The goal of mindfulness is to awaken the inner workings of mental, emotional, and physical processes. This is accomplished through meditation.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is the process of exploring. According to Giovanni Dienstmann (2020), an international author and meditation teacher, Meditation is a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus, and awareness. It is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment and helps us develop the skills we need to become more mindful of our surroundings and become more in tune with our bodies, mind, and emotions.

Benefits of practicing mindfulness

There are multiple benefits resulting from the practice of mindful meditation (Wedge,2018). They include:

1. It develops the habit of focusing on the present moment and ignoring distractions.

2. It teaches them to stay calm in the face of life’s stressful times.

3. It creates good habits for the future. When faced with life’s challenges, they know they can find peace by taking a few moments to meditate.

4. It promotes happiness by lowering social anxiety and stress.

5. It promotes patience.

6. It can improve functions in the brain like cognitive control, working memory, cognitive flexibility, and better grades.

7. It can improve attentiveness and impulse control.

Brent E. Johnson, PhD

School Counselor (PT),

Rock Chapel Elementary School

Mindfulness Digital Resources

Mindfulness, Breathing, yoga, and meditation digital read-aloud books, and video clips.

Library Book of the Month

Long Story Shortz - My Gratitude Jar - Written and Narrated by Kristin Wiens

My Gratitude Jar

by Kristin Wiens

The book tells the story of a young boy, Jacob who learns the value of a daily #gratitude practice. His teacher gives the class all a gratitude jar to decorate and encourages the students to write down gratitude’s each day. On a particularly bad day, Jacob discovers the value of pausing and taking a few deep breathes and the value of having a gratitude jar.

This book introduces students to concepts of mindfulness. Jacob learns to bring his awareness to the present moment both on good days when he feels there is something to be grateful about and on grumpy days when stopping to breathe can help bring some perspective to a bad day. Ms. Lane also encourages the students to be non-judgmental in how they practice gratitude: “There is no right or wrong way to be grateful.”

PTA News

The Rock Chapel Elementary PTA’s mission: Is to promote open communication and understanding between parents and staff, and to enhance YOUR child’s education through events, field trips (traditional and in-house), needed classroom materials, advocacy, book fairs, community nights, after school dances, movie events, reading programs and so much more.

Become a PTA member for $10. You can join by clicking on the link below!

Thank you for considering a PTA membership. Should you have any questions and/or problems with the sign-up process, please use the link below to contact us and we’ll do our best to assist.

Rock Chapel School News!

Meet the Rock Chapel 2020-21 Teacher of the Year Ms. Alexis Cofer!

It is an honor to be Rock Chapel’s 2020-21 Teacher of the Year! What I love most about teaching is seeing how students blossom from the beginning of the year to the end. The progress they make is amazing. I was once that shy student in the classroom, so I know the importance of making students feel welcome and creating a comfortable environment that promotes learning and engagement. I will continue to do my part in helping students have a successful school year. I appreciate all who nominated me, thank you!

Alexis Cofer

First Grade Teacher

Rock Chapel Elementary School


We would like to congratulate two outstanding members of the Rock Chapel staff!

Mrs. Anna Sullivant - Educational Support Professional I of the 2020-21 Year, and

Mrs. Deanna Williamson Bolar - Educational Support Professional II of the 2020-21 Year.

You can get to know both of these excellent educators as they will be featured in upcoming school newsletters.

Spelling Bee Information!

The Rock Chapel school-level spelling bee will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. After parents register their 4th and 5th-graders they will be able to access the Scripts Spelling Bee Online Platform to participate in the competition. The top scorer will become the school champion and advance to the district level spelling bee that will be held in January 2021.

DeKalb County District News

Superintendent's Weekly Newsletter

Archived newsletters can be found at the following link:

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

When: Thursday, November 5, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m.


More Information

Join Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris for a Virtual Town Hall for Parents. Please click here to view the flyer!

Watch live on the DCSD Facebook page

or on DSTV

Please submit your questions and/or concerns to

Community Bulletin Board

Lithonia Food Banks

Provides listings of pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

School Updates/Social Media

For updates visit our website for monthly newsletters, important dates, and news from our school. You can also follow us on Facebook, and Twitter. Check ClassDojo frequently for school-home communication.

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