Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring is Here...A Few Reminders!!

Welcome back, we hope your family had a great and relaxing spring break.  We have a fast eight weeks remaining in the school year.  It is our expectation that students will remain focused and keep achieving high academic standards.  We are continuing to "Achieve More" as the school year continues.

Shorts Okay beginning Tuesday, April 4 & Dress Code Reminders
With warmer weather on its way, it will be okay for students to wear shorts to school beginning this 
Tuesday, April 4.  With that, now is a great time for a reminder about clothing appropriate for school attire.  Adherence to our school dress code and modesty in attire is important to maintaining a conducive learning environment and our high character and academic expectations.

Excerpt from RHPCS Dress Code (full version can be viewed/printed at: http://www.rhpcs.org/rhpcs-dress-code.html)
·        Skirts, dresses, skorts and shorts must fall at least the length of dangling fingertips (mid-thigh).
·        Clothing should be as well-fitted as reasonably possible (i.e. no skin tight, see-through or over revealing tops or bottoms of any nature).  Sheer material does not meet dress standards. 
·        Shirts need to cover undergarments and shoulders. 
·        Clothing that needs to be adjusted regularly to meet the length and modesty requirement are problematic.  An alternate choice in these cases is best and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
·        Clothing should not be ripped, torn, shredded or have obvious holes.  Students should have a neat, clean, and well-groomed appearance

Footwear:
  • Closed toed shoes are required for physical education with tennis shoes being recommended. 
  • Flip flops or thong shoes are not allowed.  Strapped sandals acceptable in classroom
    • Shoe heels should not exceed two inches for safety reasons.
    • No “skate shoes” allowed

Open House Thursday, April 6
We will be holding an Open House this Thursday, April 6 5:30-7:00 p.m.  This event is primarily focused on prospective families who are interested in new enrollment at Rolling Hills.  However, our current families are welcome to come and check out the classroom your child will be in next year and officially meet the your child’s new grade teacher.

3rd quarter report cards Friday, April 7
Report cards will be coming home with students this Friday, April 7.  Please be sure to look for your child’s report card on Friday so that you can review and talk about it together and celebrate successes.  If you do not see your child’s report card arrive home timely, please feel free to contact the office for a duplicate copy.  If you have questions about anything on your student’s report card, please contact his/her teacher(s) by email, or leave a message through the front office.
Calling all siblings!  We will soon be holding the lottery for 2017-2018 RHPCS enrollment.  If you have a child (upcoming kindergartener, 1st grader, or other sibling to your currently enrolled RHPCS student) that is not yet enrolled at Rolling Hills who you would like to have attend RHPCS in the fall, you need to submit a lottery application no later than 3 p.m. Friday, April 14.  A copy of the lottery application is attached for your use.  You can also contact the office to have a hard copy sent home with your student.  Siblings of enrolled students have “sibling priority” during the enrollment lottery.
We are in school  – Friday, May 5
Due to the extended time out of school during the month of January, we will be having a make up day on, Friday, May 5.  Please make arrangements to have your child in school.

Upcoming Spring Assessment Testing  
Throughout April and May, we will be administering to students the state required assessment tests.  Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students will be taking the Spring section of the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) test.  Students in Grades 3-8 will take the ISAT by Smarter Balanced in Reading (English Language Arts) and Math with Performance Tasks for each (a total of 4 tests).  5th & 7th grade students will also take the ISAT Science test.  Watch for more information and our tentative testing schedule to come in a separate email soon.  Please be sure to avoid testing dates/times when scheduling with doctors, dentists, therapists, etc.  We encourage you to help your students prepare for success by ensuring that they are well rested, well fed, and to school on time.  

Friday, January 13, 2017

BOX TOP CONTEST!

With all our snow adventures in the not so distant past, it’s time to start cutting out those Box Tops.

Box Tops are a great way to earn money for the school without having to spend any additional money yourself. Each Box Top represents cash back to our school, thanks to the generosity of General Mills. Each Box Top Clip is worth 10 cents. Doesn’t sounds like a lot but those numbers add up to around $500 a year last year.

This year, we want to double those numbers! We are kicking it off with the Box Top Contest happening for all grades. The classroom with the most Box Tops wins a free Cookie PartyWe are extending the contest to 2/9/17 with the cookie party taking place on 2/14/17. So keep an eye out for those pink squares.

Thanks to Hannah Caldwell and Kate Robbins for making fun boxes for each of the classrooms.

Example of products with Box Tops (and yes your Costco purchases have them too. Look on the case versus the individual boxes)
  • Cheerios
  • Progresso Soups
  • Annie’s Mac n Cheese
  • Ziploc products
  • Natural Valley products
  • Lysol products
  • Scott paper products
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Cascadian Farms
  • Chex Mix
  • Mott’s juices and applesauce
  • And more

The kids love these contest so I hope you will be joining us!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow Days

Families,

Like most of you, I have been thinking "when are we going back to school" and honestly I don't know if any of us have that answer. I finally could get my car out and was at the school yesterday, helping with clean up from the flood, and it was pretty bad. Our classroom was not impacted but many classrooms were. We are all trying everything in our power to get these kids back to school but some things are out of our control. I am actually currently stuck in my subdivision once again. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding through these last 2 weeks. Please keep watching for Mrs. Friend's and Mr. Pratt's email updates. They have been very helpful in answering possible questions.

When we get back to school, I will be assessing the kids on their sight words. Please take this extra time at home to practice the list that your child is on. If you feel like they are fluent and know the list well, you can find all of the lists  under the tab SIGHT WORD LISTS for advanced practice.

I could tell last Tuesday, that many of them did not need much letter name and sounds review (which is AWESOME...thank you) so we will continue to jump into reading and writing stories whenever we can return. Any extra practice at home with this will be useful in the classroom. If you feel like your child could still use some extra help practicing letter names and sounds, please help them!

Once again we appreciate you being patient with this weather and flooding tragedy. I know some of you have had to pay for extra childcare or miss work and that is a pain. I know Mr. Pratt and the committee who decides to cancel school only does so to keep us all safe. If you have any questions, please let me know or contact the front office.

Hopefully, I will see all the kids smiling faces sometime this week but until then please stay warm, dry and safe!