OCTOBER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
OCTOBER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Grade 7 & 8 Points and Helpers: We are continuing with the School Letter program at RCPS! When students graduate with a “School Letter” they are given a crest and mention of this achievement as a kudos to their efforts in developing themselves into well rounded students and citizens. Students must earn a total of 20 points over 2 years. They need to have 5 academic, 5 service, and 5 sports/clubs + 5 additional from any category. Read the points legend for more detail on our school website at https://www.ugdsb.ca/rockwood/resources/ .
Did you know that every class visits the library weekly? Each student has the opportunity to sign out 2 books at a time and they may keep the book for 2 weeks. If your son or daughter is done with the book before their next library visit, they may come to the library to see Mrs. Soper, return their book, and get a new one. Please help your child to stay organized by keeping library books in the same place from week to week.
Mr. Drumm, Mr. Collier, and Mrs. Soper have been training the boys’ and girls’ football teams and we will head off to compete at our area tournament on September 25th. Congratulations to all of our Renegades who made the team and thank you to everyone who tried out.
Intermediate Cross Country
Our Grade 7 and 8 students who have chosen to become members of our school Cross Country Team will participate in the area meet on October 3rd. Rockwood boys will run at 12:45 p.m. and Rockwood girls will run at 1:10 p.m. If you would like to come and spectate the race, you are welcome to but you will need to pay admission at the Conservation Area to do so. Thank you so much to our amazing coaches; Mrs. Caverly and Mrs. Kirkpatrick.
Junior Cross Country
Our Grade 4, 5 and 6 students who have chosen to become members of our school Cross Country Team will participate in the area meet on October 8th at the Rockwood Conservation Area. The event starts at 12:30 with the Grade 4 boys and girls running first, followed by the Grade 5’s and then the Grade 6’s. Parents are welcome to come and spectate the race, but you will need to pay admission at the front gate to do so. Students are practicing 2 – 3 times per week with Mrs. Caverly and Mrs. Kirkpatrick, and are also encouraged to run in their free time.
This year we have many returning band members from last year’s Grade 7 Band and we are also welcoming some new band members. Grade 8 band has been meeting on the breaks to determine the members of the 2019-20 Band. Grade 8 Band provides an opportunity for Grade 8 students (and a couple of keen Grade 7’s) to further develop their musicianship in addition to regular scheduled music. Grade 8 Band will researse on Day 2 & 5 on second break, with sectional practice happening for select instruments on the first break on Day 2 & 5. After school band rehearsals will begin in October, once we confirm a day that works for a majority of the members. A Grade 7 & 8 Choir has also started up and we will meet to rehearse first and second break on Day 3. Thank you for your continued support of music at Rockwood.
Coding Club: Coding Club meets on Day 2 at 1st Break. It is a student-led club where the students use Scratch, an online software development kit, that uses block-based visual programming language to create animations, interactive stories, games and music. Throughout the year students will showcase their creations. For more information about Scratch, go to https://scratch.mit.edu/
Eco Team: This year’s Compost Team is doing a great job emptying classroom bins twice per week. A small group of students are preparing to plant two new Maple trees donated by last year’s Grade 8 Graduation committee.
Yearbook: Mrs. Wall will be co-ordinating the yearbook this year. She will be working with students and staff to compile a beautiful collection of school memories.
Grade 8 Trip: We’ve surveyed students, parents and staff. We are currently analyzing the data and considering all of the factors and circumstances this year. We hope to announce the decision during the second week of October. Thanks to all for their input!
School Council: Our next school council meeting will occur on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 from 6-7:30 PM. All parents welcome!
Food & Friends: Rockwood Centennial’s Nutrition Program runs through the support of Food and Friends and our wonderful volunteers.We provide fresh fruit and grains to students in their classrooms daily. On Fridays we offer hot oatmeal at first break to all students. A very heartfelt thank you to all the Rockwood families who sent in financial donations to our nutrition program. We raised $1065.00! Thank you for your commitment to feeding hungry kids! Throughout the year, we accept Foodland gift cards, donations of Triscuits, Breton multi-grain crackers, Rice Cakes (original flavour) and Quaker Oatmeal (apples and cinnamon or brown sugar and cinnamon flavours). Donations can be sent into the school with students.
On October 21st, our dedicated program volunteers will be serving banana muffins. Thank you to Rockwood Foodland for the bananas and to our volunteers. If you would like to make a donation or have any program questions, please email [email protected]
EQAO: Congratulations to last year’s grade 3 and grade 6 students, their teachers and all the volunteers who helped us to achieve a successful run at the EQAO standardized testing. Overall, both our grade 3 and 6 students are performing above board and province averages in all strands. Our grade 3 students did well in every strand and improved greatly in mathematics by achieving the following results for students at or above the provincial standard (levels 3 and 4): Reading 90%, Writing 70%, Mathematics 75%. Our grade 6 students improved in every strand by achieving the following results for students at or above the provincial standard (levels 3 and 4): Reading 90%, Writing 85%, Mathematics 57%. We will continue to apply the same strategies moving forward and always look for ways to improve our methods in order to serve each cohort’s unique profile of needs.
Plans of Care: If your child has a life-threatening condition you will be reminded to fill out another Plan of Care for your child for the 2019-2020 school year. Forms and a phone call reminder will be sent out on the same day.
STUDENT LATES: The bell rings at 8:40 a.m. and students should be on property by 8:35 so that they can enter the school/classroom with the rest of their class at 8:40. The office has been processing up to 30 late students daily which also makes for a disruption when students enter classrooms late and the teacher has already begun the daily routine. We do understand that some families may need to schedule morning appointments. In this case, please be sure to phone the Attendance Line (Mailbox 100) and let us know your student will be late. Thank you for your cooperation.
SUMMER CLOTHING AT SCHOOL:
We ask you to remember that students must dress appropriately for school.
∙ All students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for the learning/working environment.
∙ Appropriate dress is free from symbols of hate, gang membership, violence, rebellion, death, abuse, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, racism or discrimination, obscenities, put downs, political or sexual messages, or anything detracting from a positive learning environment.
∙ Baseball caps (or any hats) need to be removed upon entering the school.
∙ We understand that fashion trends change over time. Any decision regarding clothing will be considered by school staff.
LOST AND FOUND:
Please remember to check out our Lost and Found items before the end of the school year. Any unclaimed items will be bagged and donated to a local charity after the last day of school.