Welcome to Rose Creek Elementary!

Dear Rose Creek Parents and Students,

Thank you for supporting so many of our programs at home. Our Lexia participation is going quite well, averaging over 85% completion of participation minutes in most
classes. We are hoping that holes in phonics will be filled through the use of this program enabling all students to progress more quickly during teacher guided instruction. We are
also seeing great participation from the home front for our Typing Club. We have quite a few lightsabers being awarded for goal completion and it’s fun to see our computer lab turning into a real force to be reckoned with! Thank you, students, for being devoted to your learning and thank you, parents, for helping them learn to love learning.

January is “buckle down” month. The students have been in their classrooms long enough to know routines and expectations and the holidays are behind us. Staff members are working from curriculum maps, carefully crafted assessments, and feedback from learning experiences to ensure that students are learning. Please notice the focus standards posted in the halls for each grade level and most specialty areas next time you visit the school. The faculty and I have found that focused, purposeful teaching makes a HUGE difference so we are tracking student mastery of key concepts in a visible way for you and students to see the growth. The standards are posted underneath or near the growth graphs. The results will be monitored every two to three weeks. Ask your child or child’s teacher to show you how we’re doing. Feel free to thank your child’s teacher for the hard work, too!

Parents, you’re the best. As you already know, I love working with you, the staff, and students at Rose Creek Elementary. This is one of the finest schools in the
nation and I love being here!

Life is Good!
Tami Bird

Looking Ahead
We are excited to announce that local author, Jennifer Nielsen, will be coming to Rose Creek to kick off literacy week. She will join us for an assembly on Thursday, February 22nd. She is the author of The Ascendance Trilogy (False Prince), A Night Divided, Mark of the Thief series, The Scourge and more. The kids will love hearing from her especially if they read a few of her books before she comes. You can get them for Christmas, or at the library and read them together. The kids (and adults) will love her books! Hearing from Jennifer Nielsen will be even more exciting if your kids read her books. Help them get excited for this upcoming visit!

Winter Reminders
With the colder weather, we have more parents bringing children to school. To ensure that things run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, please:

  • allow children to exit your vehicle from the passenger side in the DROP OFF ZONE only
  • pull forward as far as you safely can so that we can fit more cars in the drop off zone
  • if you are at the front of the line, please pull right up to the crosswalk, over the speedbump (this allows us to fit 1 more car in the zone)
  • pay attention to signals and directions from teachers, staff and safety patrol

Please make certain that your child(ren) are dressed appropriately and prepared for cold weather. We will have outdoor recess unless the temperature, including wind chill, drops to 22 degrees or below. Even if it is colder in the morning, it may warm up by afternoon. Please make sure that coats, hats, etc. are labeled with your child’s name, on the inside, with permanent marker.

Battle of the Books!
Preparation for Battle of the Books has begun! Our 3rd-6th grade students will be participating in the annual reading challenge. Students who have elected to do so have been grouped into teams of 4-5 students from their class or grade level. They will participate in competitions with other teams, answering questions from the books on their list. The more books they read, the higher their chances of winning the tournament that will be taking place in March. We are thrilled that so many of our students have chosen to participate in this fun event. Parents, you can support your children by encouraging them to read and answer questions about their books at home. Practice questions begin with, “In which book . . .” The answer would be the title and author. It would also be helpful for them to have a notebook where they can keep track of the books they read and any notes they may want to take. *Book Lists will be appearing soon – on our Rose Creek Blog.

School Goals
We’ve had great growth over the past few years and want to keep that going! Our students are working on the following two goals. We could sure use your help to meet our Lexia goals!
1. Score above 55% on SAGE Reading/Writing by June 2018.
2. Have 85% of all students complete assigned Lexia minutes weekly.

Habit of the Month
Habit #5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
“I listen to others without interrupting. I raise my hand and wait to be called on. I don’t blurt out. I try to understand other’s views and feelings even if they are different from my own.”

Upcoming Schoolwide Events
Tuesday, January 2
8:55 am Students Return to School
Welcome Back!

Thursday, January 4
We will begin registering kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year.

Tuesday, January 9
Birthday Table at Lunch

Monday, January 15
No School – Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 16
No School – Grade Transmittal Day