A Letter from Mr. Cieciwa
Dear Rockland Parents and Guardians,
We had an exciting week at Rockland! Our kindergarten and first grade students celebrated fire prevention week with a ride in the Libertyville Fire Department antique fire truck. Students enjoyed the ride and learning from the firefighters. We also had our first bad weather arrival of the year. Students and staff did a great job getting in the building and following expectations until heading off to their classrooms. This Friday students will receive the PBIS rewards they earned with Rocky Bucks. Students receive a Rocky Buck when they are observed following our ROAR expectations. Thanks to our RFA volunteers, Toni Parvis and Susan Layburn, for helping fill all the orders. Finally, we are looking forward to our Boy and VIP Dance that the RFA is putting on this Friday!
Parent Teacher Conferences:
We are looking forward to seeing our parents at conferences. Don’t forget to sign up for a Parent Teacher Conference on 10/13 or 10/14. Please use this link to sign up: Conference Sign-Up The sign up will close on Monday 10/11. Please don’t wait, spots are filling up quickly.
If you have not done so, please make sure to attestation form. Families must go into PowerSchool to complete the attestation form for each of their school-aged children. The form is located in PowerSchool under School Forms in a form called “Required COVID-19 Certification.”
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 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.
Dates To Remember:
Friday October 8 - RFA Boy and VIP Dance at 7:00
Wednesday October 13th - Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday October 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal at 1:15
Friday October 15th - No School
Monday October 25th - Board of Education Meeting at 6:00
Friday October 29 - Halloween Parade at 1:30 (Weather Permitting
What’s New with the Special Education Resource teachers in rooms 202 and 203!
We are off to a great school year! This year we have been learning about and implementing tons of new resources to help our students be more hands on with our interventions. We have been loving using the BenQ boards. The board allows students to easily interact with the material we are teaching. We are able to pull in worksheets, display videos, and use an interactive whiteboard. Some of the intervention programs we use with our students have online resources that we can pull and display on the BenQ boards to make the activities more interactive as well. These programs include our reading intervention program SPIRE and our math intervention program Bridges. We have been seeing a huge increase in participation from incorporating these boards in our lessons. We are looking forward to continuing to learn about all of the neat technology resources that are out there to help support our students grow!
Here’s to another great school year!
-Ms. Roos and Ms. Ryan
Kindergarten First Trimester News
Kindergarten has had a great start to the year! There were lots of classroom expectations and school-wide expectations presented. Students have accepted the challenge of these expectations and are doing their best to show expected behaviors!
We have been enjoying our unit on Community Helpers. We have learned about several different community helpers and what they do day in and day out to help others. This week, we took a ride on an antique fire truck and met some awesome firefighters. The ride was unbelievable!
During the month of October, we are going to be learning a lot about apples and pumpkins. We will talk about plant needs during our unit as well.
We are looking forward to later this month when we get to celebrate Halloween! Our parents are planning "spooktacular" parties! We will have our costumes, parade, and then party activities. Thank you to our wonderful parents and the RFA for planning such a memorable day.
As you have read, Kindergarten is off to a great start and we are looking forward to a year of learning, growing and fun!
The Kindergarten Team
Mrs. Howell and Mrs. Stonehocker
VIP and Son Dance:
We are looking forward to tonight's VIP and Son Dance. The dance starts at 7 and concludes at 8:30. Kindergarten through second grade, please bring a 6 pack of water. Third through fifth grade, please bring cookies to share. See you soon! -Kate Buckley and Laura DeBartolo
VIP Daughter Event:
Grab your girl, and enjoy an evening of FUN at Rockland School for the Daughter/VIP Fest! Dance to your favorite jams, indulge in tasty cotton candy and strike a pose at the selfie station! The event will be held on Friday November 12 from 6:30-8pm. It will be indoors, and a mask is required. Hope to see you all there!
Rockland Elementary will be hosting our fall book fair November 15-19 in the library. The format will be like it was last year, with students creating wish lists early in the week and then shopping during their library time at the end of the school week. Additional information will be coming out in the coming weeks in backpack mail, but I wanted to give parents a heads up that the fair will not be happening during conference week like it has been in the past. If you have any questions, please email Keri Woodward at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trunk or Treat:
Save the Date for the Rockland School Trunk or Treat at Rockland School Parking Lot on Friday 10/29/2021 from 5-7pm. More details to follow!”
Teacher Conference Dinner:
Please consider providing one of the items needed for the Teacher Conference Dinner on October 14! If you can help, please sign up here! https://www.perfectpotluck.com/FAPV7757
Kristy Ciaglo will be hosting the 1st Grade mixer on Saturday, November 13th. Look for more information soon!
The 2nd Grade Mixer will be held on Friday October 22nd at 7pm. The event will be hosted by Jodi Majewski at 1043 Harms Ave. You can find out more details on the 2nd Grade Mom’s Facebook page or email/text email@example.com, 262.748.3546 to RSVP.
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!