May 6th Rockland Review

May 6th Rockland Review

A Letter from Mr. Cieciwa

Dear Rockland Parents and Guardians,

We enjoyed seeing everyone at the recent Rockland Open House and Art Show.  I would like to thank Ms. Bernard for her hard work preparing and displaying all the amazing artwork.  I would also like to thank our teachers for creating fantastic learning artifacts for your students to share with you.  We also recently had a visit from the author and illustrator of the Gnat and Corky series of children's books.  The kids loved hearing the stories and about the real children that inspired them.  A big thank you to our RFA for bringing the program to Rockland. Also, a big thank you to the RFA for hosting another awesome book fair.  Students have enjoyed browsing and buying some great new books.  We are in the process of completing STAR testing for Spring.  We are looking forward to some great scores so we can see how much our Raptors have grown this year.  Finally, even though it still feels like March, summer is right around the corner.  We have field trips, field day, concerts, and many more fun activities coming up.  It is going to be a fantastic end to a great year here at Rockland!

Text Message Alerts from D70:

If you would like to receive information from D70 via text message, make sure to sign up. 

 By law, District 70 families must opt-in to receive information via text. So opt-in now by texting 67587 with either Y or YES as the message you send. (It takes 48-hours for this option to activate.) This text (SMS) service will be used when very important information needs to be shared. All text messages also will be sent via email so all families receive the same information. 

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Little Learners Preschool at District 70:

Hurry! We have a few afternoon openings for our exciting new preschool as D70 kicks off Little Learners in the 22-23 school year.

Little Learners will run from Aug. 29, 2022, to June 8, 2023, four days a week from Monday through Thursday, with afternoon sessions going from 12:05 to 2:35 p.m. Morning sessions are full.

The preschool will feature certified staff who are licensed in general and special education. Little Learners will offer an early entrance into District 70, giving preschoolers the same high-quality education D70 is known for and comfortability with the school system and all that it has to offer.

For more information, check out the D70 website at under Student Supports to Early Childhood. Applications are online now.

Need more information, please contact Special Services Coordinator Carrie Modra at or call 847-362-9695 EX 7110

Dates To Remember:

Tuesday May 10 - 5th Grade Spring Band Concert at HMS 6:45pm

Wednesday May 11 - Elementary Choir Concert at Butterfield 6:00pm

Wednesday May 11 - 4th Grade Field Trip

Thursday May 12 - Nurse’s Day

Friday May 13 - First Grade Reading Celebration

Wednesday May 18 - 1st Grade Field Trip

Wednesday May 18 - 5th Grade Field Trip

Thursday May 19 - Elementary Orchestra Concert at Butterfield 7:00pm

Wednesday May 24 - 3rd Grade Field Trip

Monday May 30 - Memorial Day - No School

Wednesday June 1 - Student Devices Turned In

Thursday June 2 - Field Day

Friday June 3 - 5th Grade Picnic

Monday June 6 - Last Day of School


Jim Cieciwa


Third Grade News

Calling all future entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, historians, city planners…there are plenty in the third grade wing of Rockland! Third graders are demonstrating the D70 Applications of Learning with our Chicago history unit, city government, and bridge-building math unit!

Students are applying what they learned from our immigration unit to study the history of Chicago. Students are designing their own city plan, flag, and seal. We are enjoying discussing the great architecture of our city and look forward to future visits with our families where we can show off everything we have learned about Chicago’s important history! Students will conclude this unit with a tour of Cook Mansion, where the Libertyville/Mundelein Historical Society will give them information connecting Libertyville history with Chicago history. 

For our government unit, students will explore how local government is run, with a problem solving simulation of city hall. We will culminate this unit with a field trip to City Hall and a meeting with Libertyville’s Mayor, Donna Johnson. 

In reading and language arts, third graders have been reading two wonderful novels. We recently completed The Lemonade War, which is a story about two siblings competing over lemonade stands. This humorous story not only taught character traits, inferring, and theme, but it also applied economy concepts in a realistic fashion. We will conclude the year by reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and we will discuss character traits, problems, and solutions of a typical third grader. 

Third graders have truly enjoyed making friendships, sharing their ideas, and learning a lot as a community of learners this year!

Orchestra Concert

It is time for the District 70 Spring Orchestra Concert,Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30, Butterfield School. This musical extravaganza will include performances by the 7th & 8th Grade Highland Strings, Chamber Orchestra, Strolling Strings, and the premier performance of the District 70 5th Grade Orchestra. The program will include music the young musicians really enjoy playing as well as some surprises. We are ready to engage our audience and take them on an exciting musical journey.

Student Council Spring Sale

May 17 & 18th 

*During recess 

Wacky Tracks -$1


Invisible Ink Pens- $1


**50% of our profit will go towards the  STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

RFA News and Updates

RFA Meeting:

The last RFA Meeting of the 2021-2022 school year will be held on Tuesday May 10th at 7pm in the learning center.  All are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there.

5TH Grade Gift:

Thank you to everyone who purchased Rockland Raptor socks! The final day to order your socks to support this fundraiser is tomorrow, May 7. All orders over $50 ship for free and orders get shipped directly to you. You can shop our link here:

To make sure we have enough funds to pay for the new basketball hoop for the playground, the 5th graders will be selling ice cream treats after school on the following days: May 11, 18, 25. There will be ice cream sandwiches, Kit Kat cones, and Oreo ice cream bars for $2 and Italian ice pops for $1. Come grab a sweet treat after school until 3:30! 

School Supplies:

There’s only one month left to order your school supply kits for next year. The kits are delivered to the school and will be in your child's classroom waiting for them on the first day.  Here’s the link to order.

Teacher Appreciation Week:

Teacher Appreciation week was a huge success!   It was the perfect week to celebrate all the staff that work so hard every day!  Thank you to Katie Sanderson for helping organize the week long celebration and to the following parents who donated items:   Annette Grinnell, Toni Parvis, Erin Reilly, Jessica Page, Lauren Wu, Jodi Majewski, Tracey Janzen, Carla Kozlowicz, April Oboikowitch, Kate Mariani-Vacek, Lauren Timoney, Lindsay McMahon, Allison Carollo, Kristy Ciaglo, Jami Schaer, Amy Winiecki, Megan Maloney, Megan Farrell, Kate Kelley, Bethanie Dajka, Kristen Kuhlman, Jennifer Martin, Ashley Graham, and Jenelle Wass

Book Fair:

Thank you Rockland families for another successful book fair! We hope your kids enjoyed shopping at the fair and getting some new books for your home libraries. Thank you to Keri Woodward for organizing the event.  We’d also like to thank the following parents for volunteering their time to help setup, work, and take down the fair: Jennelle Wass, Erika Hormel, Megan Farrell, Lindsay McMahon, Susan Layburn, Gina Metzger, Vicki Foster, Nikki ONeil, Tracy Hartwell, Kara Larson, Monica Thigpen, Jessica Krishnakumar, Jeff McLaren, Kristy Ciaglo, Maggie Krynski, Amanda Courneya, Jill Sahagian, Julie Bruschuk, Tracey Janzen, Bonnie Jones, Nan Dahlke, and Katie Sanderson.