Four Nests... One Family News
November 1, 2022
Rockledge Vision & Mission
Every Child, Every Day...We are Rockledge
Every Eagle will soar! Together we will become resilient learners flying to new heights. We will discover and impact the world.
School Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9am-3:40pm
The doors of the school open at 8:55am daily. Staff will be outside to monitor arrival at that time.
If arrival is after 9:00am, families will need to sign their child in through the front office.
Hello Rockledge Families,
We hope all families are enjoying the start of November. There is lots of important information below. Thank you to everyone that has come out and participated in family-teacher conferences. We are excited about this first week of the 2nd quarter and the continued learning that will occur. First quarter report cards will be live in ParentVUE on November 9th.
We hope you make the remainder of your week GREAT!
Your Principal & Assistant Principal,
Upcoming Important Dates
11/3: RKES Advisory Council Meeting @ 6pm
11/3: RKES PTA Meeting @ 7pm
11/7: Family Coffee w/ Parent Liaison @ 7pm
11/8: Teacher Workday-No School
11/11: Veteran's Day (Schools & Offices Closed)
11/23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday (Schools & Offices Closed)
11/28-12/2: Scholastic Book Fair
11/30: PTA Movie Night
Click on the picture to see the Year-At-A-Glance PWCS Calendar
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING @ THE ROCK
Sing Along at Westminster
Our Kindergartners visited the Westminster Community and engaged residents in a fall sing along.
Meet & Greet
Please join our Parent Liaison, Counselors,
Social Worker and Psychologist for some great conversation!
We are looking forward to meeting you!
This is a perfect opportunity to ask questions
and make connections with other parents. Refreshments will be provided.
Childcare will be provided.
Where: RKES Cafeteria
When: Monday, November 7th
PWCS School Fee Payments Just Got Easier!
RYCOR is PWCS comprehensive credit card acceptance and fee management system. It allows families to pay for field trips, yearbooks, transcript requests, instrumental rental, library fines, and much more. https://www.studentquickpay.com/pwcs/
FACTS Corner (Parent Advisory)
Parent Advisory ~ October: We Missed You
We had a great conversation about learning priorities at Rockledge for this school year. We have included the notes from October's meeting below.
Our next meeting is this Thursday, 11/3 @ 6pm. We will be discussing the school budget and wellness updates. We cannot wait to see you there.
Rockledge PTA Updates
ANNUAL READ-A-THON IS HERE!
The 4th annual READ-A-THON is starting on Monday, November 7th! The Rockledge PTA is proud to sponsor this fun event again!
This is an exciting program that brings students together with family and friends to encourage reading and build literacy skills! Please check your student's take home folders for more information on how to set up your free reader account. We hope every student will participate!
Teaching & Learning Updates
Laptops Coming Home
As a part of being a 1:1 device school, Rockledge is preparing to implement the next phase of our technology plan. We will begin having students transition between school and home with their laptop on a daily basis.
A part of this work will include your teachers preparing students to login manually (as they will need to do the first time they login at home). Once the devices begin coming home, we will need your help to build the responsibility of your child with the device.
The daily transition of laptops will afford many instructional opportunities for our students:
- access to instructional software that we utilize in the school to support reading and math skills (see information in Instructional Updates about the Lexia and Dreambox programs)
- build student capacity in digital citizenship
- provide increased opportunities for our primary students to build capacity in using a laptop
- provide practice for our upper grade students to access Canvas and other tools that they will use when transitioning into middle school
Below please find some helpful tips on maintaining functioning devices between school and home:
- Daily, students should plug in their devices at home so that they are fully charged for school the next day.
- Parent supervision is expected while digital devices are used at home to ensure activity on the laptop is school appropriate.
- Store your student’s laptop on a desk or table, not the floor.
- Protect the laptop from extreme heat or cold, food or drinks, water, and pets.
- Do not place stickers or markings on the laptop or power cord.
- Always shut down the laptop before placing it in the laptop sleeve.
- Use the student’s backpack to carry the laptop in its sleeve to school.
- Do not leave the laptop in a vehicle.
Prince William County Schools Device Insurance
PWCS has negotiated a group policy discount with Securranty for Students/ Parents to purchase insurance for devices issued to students.
Enjoy complete peace of mind for one-year. https://securranty.com/pwcs
Part-Time PE Teacher Vacancy
At Rockledge we are looking for a part-time physical education teacher. The position is three days a week, from 8:50am-3:50pm. Minimum requirements are to have a bachelors degree and to be excited about having active fun with our students. There is flexibility in the position, this could be something that you are looking to do as a long-term substitute or temporary teacher, or even better, if you have considered a teaching career in PE, we will help you through the licensure process.
If interested in learning more, please reach out to our Principal, Nikki Steptoe-Coleman at steptoNK@pwcs.edu.