October 22nd Rockland Review

October 22nd Rockland Review

A letter from Mr. Cieciwa

Dear Rockland Parents and Guardians,

There has been a lot going on at Rockland and we are rapidly approaching the end of our first trimester on November 16th.  We appreciate all of our parents and guardians for attending our parent teacher conferences.  We had great participation and it was wonderful to be in-person again with our families.  I would also like to thank our RFA for the dinner they provided for our staff, it was delicious and very much appreciated.  The RFA Boy and VIP Dance was a fantastic success and a great time was had by all.  A big thank you to all the RFA volunteers whose hard work made that happen.  

Risk Watch with the Libertyville Fire Department:  

Our K-2 students will have their first Risk Watch lesson next week.  This lesson will focus on fire safety and burn prevention as well as Halloween safety.  We have partnered with the Libertyville Fire Department and our School Resource Officer to provide lessons to our students periodically throughout the year.  In January students will learn about motor vehicle safety.    

Health Reminders: 

As the weather starts to cool off and we begin spending more time indoors we will see an increased risk of COVID.  Please keep the following symptoms in mind and remember that if your student shows any of these symptoms to stay at home and contact Mrs. Crusey, our school nurse.  This is the best way to protect our school.  Also, please remember that we love having our parents and volunteers back in the building, but our adults should stay at home as well if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms.   

  • Fever of 100.4 or above

  • New onset of moderate to severe headache

  • Shortness of breath

  • New cough

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • New loss of taste/smell

  • Fatigue from unknown cause

  • Muscle or body aches from an unknown cause.

Walking and Biking Safety: 

Please remind students to follow all safety rules when walking or biking to school.  Students should come to a full stop before crossing a street and look both ways before proceeding.  We have received reports of students biking through intersections without stopping or looking.  The intersection at the Triangle Park of Burdick, Rockland, and Crane can be difficult to navigate for students.  Please make sure your student is extra cautious when crossing this intersection.  

Halloween Events: 

We will be hosting Halloween activities in the afternoon on Friday 10/29.  Students will change into their costumes after lunch.  The Halloween Parade will take place at 1:00-1:30 outside and will be weather permitting.  Classrooms will have parties and activities from 1:30-2:15.  Unfortunately, due to COVID, we are not having food at the parties, and we will continue to observe 3 feet of social distancing.  Please make sure your child is able to put on his/her costume without assistance and the costume should go over their clothes.  Costumes should not include weapons or prop weapons of any kind.  Save the scary costumes for the evening, please no gory or violent costumes or masks.  Students should not wear any masks which restrict their vision as this can be a safety issue.  Face masks will need to be worn with the costume while indoors.  


Jim Cieciwa



Dates To Remember:

Monday October 25th - Board of Education Meeting at 6:00

Friday October 29th - Halloween Parade at 1:30 (Weather Permitting)

Thursday November 4th - Fall musical 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at 6:30 pm in the Rockland Gym

Tuesday November 9th - Picture Retake Day and Group Pictures

Wednesday November 10th - RFA Bingo Night at 6:30 pm

Tuesday November 16th - End of Trimester 1

Intervention News

We have been very busy in our intervention groups this fall. Students are working hard and learning so many great reading and math strategies. They have learned the routines and adapted well to our intervention groups. We are seeing great progress being made and hopefully you are, as well!

Reading lessons support both reading and writing development. The best part of our lessons is the selection of engaging fiction and non-fiction texts we get to read. Students look forward to reading about all the interesting topics and characters. During group time, we engage in word work, reading new and familiar books, comprehension strategies, journaling, games, and so much more.  

Math intervention supports number sense, number fluency, and problem-solving skills. The best part of our lessons involves game-based learning! Game-based learning is interactive, engaging, and requires students to apply their math skills in different ways. Students have done a great job engaging in these different games and strengthening their math skills. 

It was great seeing so many of you at conferences. As always, please feel free to email us if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the fall season!   

Mrs. Williams - Math Interventionist

Mrs. Wittenberg - Reading Interventionist

A Note From Mrs. Vertanen

Happy Fall Rockland!

You may recall that D70 has adopted Second Step as our evidence-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. 


A foundational SEL skill is that of self-awareness.  According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), self-awareness is the ability to understand ourselves- to accurately assess our thoughts, feelings, and values and how they influence our behavior. 


Self-awareness begins to develop in young children as they first gain awareness of their physical self and later begin to understand the causes behind their feelings.  Discussing emotions, particularly in the moment, helps children better understand their feelings.  Adults can further support the development of self-awareness by explicitly naming their own emotions and describing the causes of them, providing a warm and supportive environment for children to express their feelings, and giving feedback and opportunities for self-reflection.

Check out the Emotion thermometer handout to help kids name and rate the intensity of their feelings and explore their unique strengths using the Strengths Exploration tool (https://www.therapistaid.com/).


Michelle Vertanen

School Psychologist

Fifth Grade News

Fifth grade is off to a great first trimester. We have enjoyed having the students in the building at the beginning of the year, and the students have enjoyed being back! We are continuing to learn how to show the Rockland Way to the younger students. As we learn our Raptor ROAR the students are learning how they can help the other students.

We are off and running through reading and math. Our focus skills have been theme, cause and effect, and character traits in language arts. Math has focused on decimals and multiplication so far! We look forward to growing more in both areas. 

Science has been hands on as we are finishing up properties of matter. Students have learned about chemical and physical changes. Social studies has been spent learning about the early settlers in America. We have walked through the American Indians and English settlers so far. 

It has been a pleasure working with the 5th graders and seeing all our students back at Rockland!

Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Lesniewicz, and Mr. Baker

Learning Center Birthday Books Program

Make a Wish, Give a Cheer, Have an Extra Special Year! Happy Birthday!

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.  

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

Trunk or Treat:

Please join us for a school-wide RFA TRUNK-OR-TREAT that will take place on Friday October 29, 2021 at 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Rockland School Parking Lot & Playground.  Parents & Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.  Costumes should not be violent or scary in nature.  You *MUST* RSVP to attend, as we can only accommodate approximately 75 cars/parking spots.  Sign up here for Trunk or Treat! Please register by 10/27!

Social Mixers:

Kristy Ciaglo will be hosting the 1st Grade mixer on Saturday, November 13th. Look for more information soon!

The 4th Grade mixer will be hosted by Lisa Gatto after the New Year. Look for more details to come! 

5th Grade moms please save the date! Jessica Page will be having the mixer on Friday, November 5th!

Save the Date:

November 9 - RFA Meeting - 7 p.m. in the Learning Center

November 10th - Bingo Night - More info to come home in an email blast and backpack mail soon!

November 12th - Daughter VIP Event

November 15-19th - Book Fair

Time to Say Thanks!

THANK YOU to everyone who ordered mums and/or pumpkins from the 5th graders for their fall fundraiser. With everyone’s contribution, the 5th graders now have over $1900 towards renovations to the school courtyard for their legacy gift this year.  We had an incredible outpouring of support for this fundraiser and are very excited to make a great outdoor learning space for future years to come. 

THANK YOU to all of the Moms and VIPs for coming to our VIP and Son Dance. It was so wonderful to see everyone together.  Also, thank you to our chairs Laura Debartolo and Kate Garrity and volunteers, Julie Bruschuk, Lindsay McMahon, and Lauren Wu, who helped coordinate, organize, and support our efforts. We also would like to thank our DJ, Chris Colton and Helen Gerbin for donating the beautiful balloons.  We're looking forward to next year's dance already! 

THANK YOU to Toni Parvis and Jennifer Martin for chairing the Teacher Conference Dinner! We really appreciate you stepping up and making this special event happen!   THANK YOU to all of the amazing home chefs that made our Fall Feast dishes (chili's, soup, salads, desserts and more!) for the Teacher Conference Dinner.  Everyone gave rave reviews and really appreciated all the delicious home cooked meals! We truly appreciate your support to make this happen for our wonderful staff during such a busy time!

Tracy Hartwell

Erika Hormel

Kristy Ihle

Joy Logsdon

Jodi Majewski

Megan Maloney

Lindsay McMahon

Matt Mezger

Katie Mickiewicz

Nicole Nesbitt

Tracy Randall

Erin Reilly

Katie Sanderson

Lauren Timony

Kate Mariani-Vacek

Anca Zegrean