January 28th Rockland Review

January 28th Rockland Review

A Letter from Mr. Cieciwa

Dear Rockland Parents and Guardians,

We had our first snowy day at Rockland this week.  Temperatures were high enough to allow students time to play in the snow at arrival and at recess, and students were very excited.  We wrapped up our STAR testing this week and students made amazing growth.  I am so proud of the efforts of the amazing Rockland staff and students who worked so hard and grew so much during the first half of the school year!  I am looking forward to our Spring STAR assessment to see our student growth over the course of the whole school year.   Our 3rd and 5th grade students had a blast on their bowling field trip last week.  A big thank you to Mr. Kolar for organizing the trip and to the RFA for funding it!  Finally, our students had our January PBIS Celebration Assembly this week.  We celebrated students who made tremendous growth since the start of the year and those students and classrooms who did a great job following expectations. 

5 Essentials Survey:

This is a reminder that the 2022 Illinois Parent Survey opened on Jan. 11, 2022. The survey window will close on March 11, 2022.  If you have not done so already, please take some time to complete this survey.  The 5 Essentials survey gathers feedback from parents, students, and staff on the 5 Essential components in a successful school:  Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Supportive Environment, Involved Families, and Ambitious Instruction.   

Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Parent-Teacher conference will be held at Rockland on February 16 and 17.  Please make sure to use our sign up page to select a time.  Conference Sign Up  We are offering virtual conferences as well.  If you would like to have a virtual conference, please choose a time slot and then email the teacher.  You will receive a Google Meet invitation for your child’s conference.  Sign up will close on February 11th at 3:00pm, so don’t wait to sign up!

Black History Month:

February is Black History Month and a great way to celebrate, learn, and bond is reading with your child.  There are many amazing picture books and novels that celebrate African-American people and culture.  This is a wonderful list put together by Common Sense Media of Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King award winning books.  Award Winning Book List  


We have had a lot of tardy students since returning from break.  Students should arrive no later than 8:07.  Students are in the classroom at 8:07, unpacking and getting ready for the day.   Please remember if your child arrives after 8:15 they will need to enter through the main entrance.  If you do not see Mrs. Weatherly or another staff member outside please come into the vestibule to sign your child in.  

Subbing in D70:

The surge in COVID cases is pushing our sub pool to its limits.  We need substitute teachers more than ever.  If you are interested in becoming a sub at D70 use this link Substitute Information to find out more information or to apply.  

Dates To Remember:

Friday, January 28 - Pajama Day - Wear your cozy clothes - no stuffed animals please

Friday, February 4 - Silly Footwear Day - Mix and match your shoes and socks

Friday, February 11 - Fancy Day - Dress your best 

Monday, February 14 - Valentine Day Classroom Parties  9:45am - no food please

Wednesday, February 16 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:15 - 8:15pm

Thursday, February 17 - Early Dismissal at 1:15pm - Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:15-8:15pm

Friday, February 18 - Non attendance day 

Monday, February 21 - Non-attendance day - President’s Day 

Friday, February 25 - Future Day - Dress for what you want to be when you grow up; Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm (records day)


Jim Cieciwa


Gifted and Enrichment News!

What a great year it has been so for the Gifted and Enrichment classes! Here's an update on the exciting work that has been going on in Mrs. Salm's room!

Gifted Classes:

In math, the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade gifted students are learning advanced problem-solving, where students work to solve higher-level problems. In reading, the students have been working through novel studies.  

Math Enrichment:

The 1st-5th grade math enrichment groups work on extending students' mathematical knowledge.  The groups are flexible and change with each math unit based on pretesting. The lessons correlate with the math concept that is being taught in their classrooms, but the concept is taken to a deeper and more complicated level!  It's amazing to see what the Rockland students can do with math!

Reading Enrichment:

These enrichment groups focus on extending students' learning of reading!  These 1st-5th grade groups have worked on advanced reading and they complete higher-level activities that go along with the text.  The reading groups are also flexible and change several times throughout the year based on current collected data. We have just wrapped up the last unit for reading enrichment and will be starting the new groups soon.

For a complete scope of the enrichment and gifted services offered, please feel free to visit the D70 website.

Michelle Salm, Rockland Gifted/Enrichment teacher

EL Update

Hello Raptors,

The students were excited in January to listen to one of my favorite books, Duck, Rabbit.  Students had to share if they thought the animal was a duck or rabbit and if they changed their mind throughout the story.  After, students had to write why they thought it was a duck or rabbit.  The fun part of this story is we’ll never know what it really was. Our EL students have been working hard to get ready for the Access Test. This test shows how proficient a student is in English.  With EL students we focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  I’m excited to see all the growth they have made so far this year.  

Mrs. Johnson

Nora Project’s Friendship February

Dear Rockland Raptors,

The Nora Project’s Friendship February is almost here! Friendship February participants strengthen their empathy muscles by thinking about those in their communities and supporting them with acts of kindness throughout the month. For the second year, participants can secure pledges from donors to make their acts of kindness go even further! The proceeds raised from Friendship February will support The Nora Project’s lifecycle program suite as well as each of its nearly 50 partner schools (including yours!) through grants for inclusion improvements. 

In the middle of the month, we will have a Kindness Week (February 14-17). This is to help pump the students up and really get those acts of kindness flowing. See additional information from Student Council about that.

Participants are encouraged to complete 5, 10, 15 or 28 acts of kindness from The Nora Project’s challenge list in the month of February. Donors can cheer on participants throughout the month with gifts and messages of support on their campaign page. 

Anyone can participate! Students, siblings, and even whole families are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. And, participating in Friendship February is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Complete this quick registration form to receive instructions to set up your personal fundraising page

  2. Create your personal page to receive a participant toolkit with everything you need to be successful

  3. Start completing acts of kindness (and tell family and friends about your efforts!)

***There is a Rockland Team Page if you would like to join that, too!

Prefer to raise awareness rather than fundraising? Sign up as a friend/awareness raiser for a customized toolkit with resources to share! Want to show your support by making a donation to our kind, inclusive, friendly participants? Click here… and thank you!

However you participate, together, we can make this the friendliest February ever! 


Team TNP & Rockland School


P.S. Have questions about the campaign or want to learn more? Contact Lauren Schrero at lauren@thenoraproject.ngo from The Nora Project or dsundh@d70schools.org from Rockland School

The Great Kindness Challenge at Rockland

*extension of TNP Friendship February

February 14th -17th 

One Week-One Checklist-Infinite Happiness


Rockland Students Council is thrilled to present Kindness Week! We hope to have 100% participation.

What can you do?

-Complete one act of kindness each day

-Decorate a heart during class with your favorite act of kindness.

- Watch announcements to be inspired!

-Complete 30 challenges and submit your form to be entered in a raffle!

It's never too late to celebrate!

Dear Rockland Parents,

Your child’s birthday is an important occasion, both at home and at Rockland School. Through our Birthday Book program, you are invited to celebrate your child’s birthday or half-birthday by purchasing a book for our school library.  You can do this any time of the year - not just near your child’s birthday.  

If you would like to support the Birthday Book program by donating a book, please complete the form below. 

Another option is to choose a book from our Amazon wishlist (see website below) for our school library  in your child’s name. Choose “Becky Johnson’s Gift Registry” address to get it shipped directly to Rockland – easy peasy!  Amazon includes a note with your name in the box.  Please include your child’s name and birthday in the “gift message” when checking out.

In making this purchase, you help promote the lifelong love of reading, while also enriching the school’s Learning Center. What a nice way to leave your child’s mark at Rockland! A bookplate in the front of the book will recognize your donation. Your child will be the first person to checkout their book and receive a special bookmark as well. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Becky Johnson

Learning Center Director



Child’s name as it should be on the bookplate: ________________________________


Amount donated: ___________ (checks payable to Rockland School)


Type of book requested: _____  Fiction ______ Non-Fiction _____ Either

RFA News and Updates

Valentine's Day Fundraiser:

 Who doesn’t love chocolate?  Surprise your sweethearts with a special treat and help the RFA raise money too.  We are excited to partner with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Libertyville again this year! 40% of all proceeds come back to the RFA. You can submit your order here: RMCF RevTrak Link Orders are due Feb. 4th and in store order pick up is Feb. 10th and 11th. 

Pattycake Breakfast:

 The annual Rockland tradition is back this year! Think pancakes, cake walk, raffle, and some more St. Patrick's Day fun! Please save the date for March 12th from 7:30-10:30 am. This is our largest fundraiser of the year! It helps fund our field trips, Favorite Author Day, assemblies, PBIS, and many other programs! 

1) We would love more volunteers! A more specific volunteer list will be coming soon, but please add your name to our RFA sign-up first 2021-2022 RFA Sign-Up

2) We have a few people helping to coordinate items for the raffle! 

-Adam Randall will be collecting larger items. If you have anything to donate (tickets to a sporting event or concert, airline miles, family-oriented experiences, game systems, bikes/ride on, etc.) please contact him at adamkrandall@gmail.com! 

-We will also be collecting items for fun themed classroom baskets again! Please use this link to sign-up to donate an item under your child's teacher- RFA Classroom Raffle Baskets 2022 If you have questions, please contact Erika Hormel at erikahormel@gmail.com. You can bring in donations to the office and place them in the container labeled Pattycake Breakfast: Classroom Raffle Basket Donations with family name and classroom taped to item. We are looking forward to putting together an awesome raffle experience that you and your child(ren) will enjoy.

RFA Lunch:

Last call for round 2 of RFA lunch! You can submit your order here if you haven’t already done so! : RFA Lunch RevTrak Orders are due TODAY,  Jan. 28th.

5th Grade Memory Book:

 We are excited to get the 5th Grade Memory Book started, and we need your photos! Our goal is to fill the memory book with great photos of all the special events that have made our children’s experience at Rockland memorable. Please review all of the school-related pictures you have taken in the past six years. We do have limited space, so it will be the most efficient use of space when pictures include groups of kids, but we will take whatever you have and see what we can use. Please understand that we will try to include as many pictures as possible and ensure that all kids are represented in the book. Feel free to upload photos directly to the website (info and link below). If you prefer, you may copy pictures onto a CD or flash drive and get that to either of us.

Here is how you can submit photos online:

  • Go to: https://images.jostens.com/419565965 

  • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 419565965

  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.

  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case we need additional information.

  • Click "Save Details".

If it is possible to include an original date with your photos or what grade, that would be helpful.

The last day to submit photos is 03/01/2022.

Please contact us with any questions– toni.parvis@gmail.com or katebailey8@yahoo.com 

Rockland Cares:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the MLK kindness note activity and the Libertyville Food Pantry Drive! Rockland filled all 10 bins with pantry items; outstanding job!

Upcoming Events - Birthday Boxes for St. Joseph's Food Pantry -Many families who receive support from St. Joseph Food Pantry do not receive the birthday celebration we would like them to experience. To sprinkle birthday cheer to all, Rockland Cares is collecting items for Birthday Boxes that will be distributed to families in need. To get involved, you can either sign up to bring some of these items and/or participate in the assembly of the birthday boxes on Fri, Feb 4 from 2:45-3:30 p.m. Sign up at https://signup.com/go/jozxOFb.

RFA Board Nominations:

The RFA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for the offices of: President, First Vice President, and Co-Treasurer.  These positions are two-year terms.  To learn more about the duties of the offices or if you are interested in a position, please contact Kristin Howeth at kristin.howeth@gmail.com. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

 We have so many awesome events coming up but we need help to make them happen.  We are looking for someone to help chair the Art Show, Pattycake Breakfast, Paver Sales and the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  Please use the link to sign up or for more information. https://signup.com/go/ibXttQT

Social Mixers:

The 3rd and 4th grade Social Mixers will happen in the spring! More information to come once dates are set. 

Teacher Conference Dinner Sign Up:

We would love your help to make the upcoming Teacher Conference Dinner on Thursday, February 17th a success! This potluck style meal is a favorite tradition for our teachers. Sign up today to make or bring something to share. https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/KVLW6110