News Updates: 10/4-10/8

Hello! Time is flying! We have several things coming up:

Monday, October 11th is Columbus Day. That means that all Round Rock schools are off and so are we! We make up for this “missed” day by meeting an extra Monday in May. So, if you’re on the Round Rock campus, please do not show up on Monday!

We have Picture Day in TWO weeks!
On ALL campuses, October 18th-22nd, Round Rock Mondays through South West Austin Friday, students will get individual portraits taken.
Students DO NOT have to wear their blue Rock shirts for portraits.
The yearbook staff did a great job last year and many of the portraits turned out to be beautiful! We will be putting all portraits online (behind a password wall with no student names listed) for parents to view and to purchase!
Heads up: Due to the fact that Mrs. Newell-Frankenberg will be on maternity leave from 11/20-01/10, all picture orders will need to be placed by November 5th so that they can be returned to students by Thanksgiving Break–this means you have less time to order this year, but that they’ll be printed in time for cute Christmas gifts!
If your order isn’t submitted by 11/5, you will have to wait until I return after the Christmas Break to place picture orders. Order forms and portraits will be available for viewing 10/25.

Help us stay organized and keep track of all our new friends! Lots of students have used iron-on letters to write their names on their shirts. You could also use permanent marker to neatly write your child’s name above the Rock log on the front of their shirt! Wearing our Rock shirts each week helps us stay uniform and identifies students from our school easily. Putting their names helps teachers quickly learn names and faces! If you need extra shirts, ask any teacher and they can get you connected to extras for just $10 each.

As a reminder, our annual calendar can be found here! We will be updating it soon with date reminders, book fair information, and more!

Please let me know if you haven’t gotten connected to Google Classroom yet! All teachers post weekly updates and reminders and it is the best way to stay up-to-date on individual events. This week all parents who haven’t been getting Guardian emails will receive an invitation to start receiving weekly summaries of classroom happenings! You can email me at admin@therockenrichmentacademy.org if you need help with anything classroom related (or anything else, really!)

Carpool reminders!
Things seem to be picking up as we get into our groove and learn new systems. Just a couple of reminders:
We do not open the doors until 8:45 a.m. for drop-off. If you’re standing outside the doors waiting and it’s 8:25 a.m., that’s fine, but parents cannot leave unattended children at the doors or drop them off to go sit on the back deck (CPW campus) until 8:45. This is a liability issue so please respect that timeframe. Teachers work diligently in the mornings to be set up and ready at 8:45 for your students!
Similarly, students will not be released until every student and their possessions are accounted for. Teachers are working hard to get everyone organized and back to their parents in the afternoon. Sometimes this means we won’t start immediately at 2:30, but we are working hard to respect your time.
Please help speed up pick-up by writing in big, dark letters on a piece of paper your students first and last name and grade and then place it in your carpool-facing side window or front window!

Reminder: Yearbook prices go up after Christmas, so order yours today!

Finally! We are always so bummed when your students bring toys, they got lost or broken, and we can’t find or fix them. Please help with that by making sure your students do not bring toys or electronics from home. We know that some students do have phones and they NEED to be able to connect to their parents. Please encourage them (as we do) to keep all phones in backpacks unless it’s an emergency or they’ve gotten permission from a teacher.

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