Rockbrook Reminder

Rockbrook Elementary School's Weekly Updates | 03-12-2020

Movie Night Success!

Thanks to our 6th grade students and volunteer families as well as all the kids and families that attended our movie night last Friday. With your support we raised over $900 for the 6th graders to put toward a gift to the school. This year the plan is to invest in some new event flags that can be used when doing special events at Rockbrook!
Thank You Parents! - For Conference Meals

We couldn't resist including a picture of the delicious cake offered at conferences. Thanks for those that were able to attend and who contributed to the staff meals.

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Class Placements

We are fortunate at Rockbrook to have a high quality, caring, and dedicated staff of educators who strive to meet the needs of every child. Our teams of teachers are insightful and qualified and put a great deal of care and effort to best fit each child’s educational needs with the right teacher.

During the last quarter of the year, our staff begins the challenging task of creating the class lists for the next school year. This task involves many people and a great deal of thought, as we do our best to:


When a classroom is balanced, the students are more successful, learning is easier, and the teacher is able to meet the needs of the learners in attendance. Teams of teachers go over criteria such as male/female ratio, academic needs and talents, and special programming to ensure classrooms have even and diverse representation.

Build Equity

We also work to see that all classrooms resemble each other in leadership abilities, social skills, peer relationships, individual learning styles and teaching styles, and classroom dynamics (behavior, social, emotional, and personality considerations among students).

Finding the Right Match

We recognize that parents are an important part of our team and a crucial advocate for their child’s success. With so many variables, granting every teacher request would not be possible and might not match with the careful planning teachers do in preparing suggested lists. In addition, children need to work in and with a variety of circumstances now and in the future, in terms of personnel, peers, and environment.

If there is a circumstance you feel we should consider, please do the following:

• Make a formal request in writing (by email to is acceptable) no later than March 27th, 2019

• Requests should reference your child’s learning style and type, not the specific teacher you wish them to have.

If there has been a request made in a previous year that still applies, such as not placing your child with another particular student, please include this in writing to make sure we are aware of the necessary details again, for placement in the 2020-2021 school year.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Class assignments will be mailed individually in August, prior to the start of school.

Original Artworks is Coming. Click below for ordering information.

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Band and String Parents TAKE NOTE!


Strike up the band because our BAND-O-RAMA EXTRAVAGANZA is quickly approaching! Band-o-rama will feature our district wide fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade band students as well as our award winning WHS Concert Jazz Band! Students will have a rehearsal during the school day for this event on March 26 and the concert will be the same day at 7:00 pm at Westside High School. Detailed information will be sent home about this concert as the date approaches. For now, please mark your calendars and make this evening a priority for your entire family. Please let your child's band teacher know if you have any questions!

String Solo and Small Ensemble Night:

Sixth grade string students have an optional performance opportunity on Monday, March 16! The event will be held at Westside Middle School at 6:30. More information from your strings teachers will be emailed to you. Please let your strings teacher know if you have any questions and if your child will be performing on this event!

The Read-A-Thon Packet Coming Home!

Packets were sent home Wednesday and Thursday and the official Read-A-Thon begins Monday. Be sure to start gathering pledges and turning in badges!

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Book Drive

On the week of March 16-20 the school will be doing a book drive (in conjunction with our Rockbrook Read-A-Thon). Just bring new or used books and put them in your class's box. The school's goal is 14 filled boxes. We will be donating the books to the Salvation Army.
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Over the next 3 weeks our school will be exploring some new resources from the district, STEAM Boxes. It's this year's adjustment to our Enrichment Clusters allowing students to use their academic learning and apply it to several new STEAM Tasks. On March 5th, 12th, 17th, and 20th, classes will use an hour in the morning to explore these new resources. We're excited to give this new format a try and see our students explore these concepts and activities.

Note: We will not need to adjust lunch schedules this year on these days as we have shifted to morning hours and will simply adjust the classes during this time.

Safe2Help Nebraska Hotline

Our school has received items promoting the Safe2Help Nebraska hotline. This important resource for families and youth is run out of Boystown and provides a place for students in Douglas County to anonymously reports threats to the safety and wellbeing of others. For more information, you may access the website at

NSCAS Testing 3rd through 6th Grade

The second semester is an especially important time for our students as they focus their efforts and attention on school. Important assessments will be administered between March 16th and May 1st. Your child’s teacher will have specific dates they will communicate when students are taking assessments.

The State Accountability Tests (NSCAS) are given to students in grades 3-6. Students are expected to read on grade level, problem solve, and respond to critical thinking questions. Families can access the Nebraska Department of Education Website at: to learn more about the assessments.

Simple things your family can do to support your child during these tests are:

  • Ensure a regular bedtime and plenty of rest.
  • Make sure students get breakfast in the morning either at home or at school. Our breakfast program begins serving at 8:15am.
  • Talk with your child about strategies they've learned to do well. Encourage them to do their best and to know that adults are proud of their efforts at school.

If either you or your child has additional questions please don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher or contact Mr. Higginbotham.

Grandfriends Day 2020

April 24th is our annual invitation for Grandfriends to joins us for a brief concert and to see the students at school. We have a couple of requests of families to make sure this day runs smoothly:

  • We know Grandfriends are eager to get a good seat. Our concert will begin at 2:40 so we request that Grandfriends not arrive until 2:15.
  • With many guests at our building and some unfamiliar with our parking and traffic, please be patient during dismissal.
  • Provided weather is good, consider parking in the neighborhood or having your child walk home this day to help relieve some of the congestion.
  • IMPORTANT - If your child will be leaving with a Grandfriend, please complete the linked permission form and return with your child as soon as possible. This helps us know that all students will get home safely following this fun event.
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Morning Arrival Reminder

It is very important for the safety of children that they not arrive to school before 8:15am. This is when outside supervision begins and breakfast is served. Students not coming to breakfast should be dropped off as close to 8:30 as is possible, as this is when they are allowed to go down to class. Thank you for your support in the safety of our students.

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Don't Forget to TAGG - HyVee is Now Included!

Supporting the school couldn't be easier. Just download the TAGG App and scan your receipts at participating locations. Set Rockbrook as you cause and the business donates back to us!

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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Upcoming Social Skill: Working With Others

Steps: 1. Look at the people who are talking. 2. Wait for a point when no one else is talking. 3. Make appropriate comments about the topic. 4. Choose words that will not be confusing to others. 5. Give other people a chance to participate.

Lost & Found

If your family is missing any winter gear, it's probably at the Lost and Found. If you have a moment to stop by and check, please do. If items are not picked up by the end of the 3rd Quarter then they will be donated.
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Vocal Music Concerts

Hello Bulldog Parents! The music class has been off to a good start. The students are already preparing for their programs. Below are the program dates this semester.

3rd-4th Grade Vocal Music Concert—Thursday, March 19th, 7:00PM WMS Performing Arts Center

6th Grade Vocal Music Festival—Tuesday, March 31st, 7:00 PM, WHS Gymnasium

1st-2nd Grade Vocal Music Concert—Thursday, May 7th, 7:00PM WMS Performing Arts Center

Kindergarten—Thursday, April 30th, 2:40 PM, Rockbrook Gymnasium

We look forward to seeing you at our performances!

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


13 No School

16 Strings Solo and Small Ensemble Concert @ WMS

16-20 Inclusion Week (See Flyer)

18 Don & Millie’s Dining Out for Education Night

19 3rd & 4th Grade Vocal Music Concert 7:00 pm @ WMS

21 Down Syndrome Awareness Day (recognized at school 3/20)

25 Spring Pictures

26 Band-O-Rama Rehearsal WHS 5th 9:30-11:10 am 6th 1:00-2:45 pm

26 District 5/6 Band-O-Rama, WHS 7:00 p.m.

26 Jones Bros Dining Out for Education Night

27 Spring Community Breakfast 7:45 a.m.

30 All Staff Appreciation Week - District Wide March 30-Apr. 3

31 6th Grade Vocal Music Festival

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.

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.

Rockbrook Field Day 2020

Field Day This year Field Day will be on May 15th. Our Student Council sponsors themed buddy activitys, including stations for fun and fitness, as well as a healthy snack. We feel adding some adult support will really help make for a fun set of afternoon stations that kids enjoy. We are looking for volunteers able to help. If interested please contact Mr. Higginbotham
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Save the Date: Art & Pizza Night, April 28th

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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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