Parks Press for Parents

Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

October 12-16, 2020

Our Mission

The staff of Rosa Parks/Millbrook in collaboration with parents and community, will pursue excellence as we walk in our purpose to develop the whole child, academically and socially, and ensure that all students take responsibility for their learning and reach self-sustaining success.

Our Vision: Every Student a Success!

Be Supportive

As a parent, we are our children's first teachers. This responsibility brings with it a number of factors we need to consider and keep in the forefront of our minds. The development and success of all students is dependent upon our teamwork as advocates for our children. It takes the parents, teachers, staff, and students to create and implement a successful learning plan for our scholars. Each individual has a certain level of accountability for ensuring student success.

Be mindful that we need your partnership with enforcing classroom expectations with regards to not only logging into classes, but maintaining attentiveness, as well as completion and submission of assignments. We have been thrust into a season where the majority of what we do is completed with technology. As stressful as it may be at times, we have to press our way through and learn the programs and platforms being used.

Technology in education is not going to go away. We all have to be committed enough to research, study, and practice using the tools necessary for 21st century learning. I encourage you to use the Parent Resources provided on the LancasterISD website and in this newsletter to help familiarize yourself with the use of all of our instructional learning platforms and programs. Students are being taught daily how to use the resources necessary for this learning season and in the future.

While we appreciate your support making sure students are focused during instruction, teachers cannot work with students effectively when individuals other than students are joining classes and speaking out during class. Parent communication with the teacher is to take place during the teachers planning period and office hours, not during class. Please do not interrupt class with adult questions and comments during instruction. Parental interruptions are a distraction to students who are already challenged to learn to remain focused in a virtual setting.

Lastly, there are times that students are working where parental assistance is counterproductive. When teachers are assessing students or asking students for their thoughts, that's exactly what is needed, the student's thoughts. Giving children the answer so they can be correct does not help the student work through the learning process, nor does it help the teacher to know what a student knows and does not know. This makes it difficult to provide true support for our students and ensure growth. Please resist the urge to give your child an answer when called upon by the teacher, or during their independent work and assessment. Thank you for your cooperation with these matters.

We appreciate your partnership as we build children, character, and community everyday. #BeRPM

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Be Wordwise

Each week we focus on building vocabulary campus wide through the Word of the Week. Practice using the word throughout the week to help support your child's vocabulary development.

Respect

Part of Speech: Noun; Verb

Definition: n. esteem for or sense of worth or excellence of a person

v. to show regard or consideration for

Synonym: regard; honor

Sentence: I have great respect for my parents. (n)

It is important to respect your teachers. (v)


Student Sentences of the Week

Caiden Patterson

I respect all my friends and hope they give me respect back.

DeMarcuz Hairston

I can show respect to my parents by following directions.

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WEBOLearning Expectations

  • Scholars are expected to be on time to their classes. Morning begin promptly at 8:00a.m. Ensure students are on time by logging in by 7:50a.m.
  • School uniforms are not required during online learning, however attire must be appropriate. No pajamas or head gear allowed.
  • All cameras are required to be on during virtual classes.
  • Persistent misbehavior/classroom disruptions will not be tolerated.
  • Remain muted until asked to un-mute.

RPM Welcomes Kindergarten Teacher - Ms. Franklin

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Be Present - Be On Time #Be100

Class competitions for attendance began this week. Right now, 4th grade is at the top of the leader board! Our attendance rate for this week was 95%. Our goal for attendance this year is 98% schoolwide. Assist your child in helping their classmates and teachers reach their class goal. Classes meeting the daily attend goal are recognized on the morning announcements, and classes with the highest attendance rates at the end of the month will receive special recognition and prize from the principals.

The Lancaster Independent School District attendance policy will be followed for both online and face-to face instruction. Students are expected to attend class meetings online AND complete assigned tasks to demonstrate engagement in learning and mastery of concepts. Student attendance in MANDATORY as absences may result in denial of credit. Attendance is taken daily during each synchronous class meeting.

Be Well - #MentalHealthMatters

The Strengthening Families Initiative will continue to provide Parent and Student Social Emotional Learning Nights. Please, see below for important information:

Link to SEL Flyershttps://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13i5aYZgTArjRnXV_IE_bzI-DHFH3veQJ?usp=sharing

All past and future webinars can be reviewed on the Lancaster ISD Facebook Pagehttps://www.Facebook.com/GoLancaster as well as the Lancaster ISD YouTube Pagehttps://www.youtube.com/user/LANCASTERISDTV

Virtual Mental Health Symposium Resources

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sCHXWZNJoyuvO9rmaHuED02UuIU8JfVl5HE-EJQlC-w/edit?usp=sharing

Dr. Granger Virtual Mental Health Symposium - Google Slides

docs.google.com

Dr. Elijah Granger Superintendent of Schools Virtual Mental Health Symposium

Superintendent's Virtual Mental Health Symposium

September 29th 6-7 PM https://zoom.us/j/91519608535?pwd=UHBUMi8vU0xtMmFIME1GR0ZkaUI0Zz09

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/tcWAbnhxMGw

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=819468948796077

Parent Presentation Nights

Student Presentation Nights

Be Up-to-Date

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15

October is

Anti-Bullying Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Oct. 12 Parent Survey

Oct. 12-16 All students remain in the current virtual setting.

Oct. 13 BOY Math Diagnostic 4th and 5th grade

Oct. 13 Early Voting begins

Oct. 13 Wear Hispanic Heritage Attire (colors: red, green, white)

Oct. 14 BOY Reading Diagnostic 4th and 5th grade

Oct. 15 Mental Health Symposium (6-7 PM Feel, Feel)

https://zoom.us/s/97068310301 Passcode: 206563

Oct. 16 1st 6 weeks ends

Oct. 19–23 Staff Development Week (No School for Students)

Oct. 26 -30 Phase-in Pre-K-6 for face-to-face and online options.

Oct. 29 Report Card 1

Nov. 3 District Closed (Election Day)

Nov. 9-11 BM1 (Grades 3-5)

Nov. 16-18 BM1 (Grades K-2)

Nov. 19 Progress Report 2

Nov. 22-27 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 11 2nd 6 weeks ends

Dec. 14 3rd 6 Weeks begins

Dec. 17 Report Card 2

Be Served

Please Note that Curbside Meal Service is only available at your child’s campus.

Distribution is from 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

  • Free Breakfast and Lunch for LISD students only (Pre-K- 8th grade)
  • Until further notice, the district will be operating on a cashless basis. Parents of 9th-12th graders who do not qualify for free lunch need to ensure funds have been added to their My School Bucks account.
  • Distributing multiple meals two days a week starting Sept. 14 (Monday and Wednesday)
  • Must have identification card that was mailed or present online enrollment information from parent portal.

Be Connected

To Stay Connected and informed, you can visit the district’s website and social media outlets to get the latest updates. It is extremely important that your information is current and updated. Click below to verify and update your information in the Parent Portal.

https://lancaster.teams.hosting/registration/#!login


Help us help you by keeping the lines of communication open and positive.

Information is shared through a number of mediums. Make sure you are connected, check your emails and dojo accounts regularly, and listen to the campus and district callouts.


Be sure to connect with us:

Parent Resources for At-Home Learning

Click the button to access helpful videos for Google Classroom, Clever, and much more.

Elementary Online Learning Schedule

Click here to access the schedule for synchronous and asynchronous learning times.

LISD WEBO Online Instructional Learning Plan

Click to learn and follow the details of the WEBOLearning Plan.

Yvonne M. Thornton, M.Ed.

Principal

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Information Systems & Software Design Academy

#BeRPM: Building Children, Character, And Community Everyday



“A hundred years from now it will not matter, what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove; but the world would be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Forest Whitcraft

As you consider your options for students returning to school face to face or remaining in school virtually, know that safety of all, students and staff, is our main priority.