News Corner 2/22-2/26

Hello! Welcome back to school after our week “off” from real life! Hopefully all are beginning to see restoration of power, electricity, pantries, and normalcy!

This week we will be holding classes on ALL of our campuses! The Tuesday campus did have an external pipe burst, but it should not impact our school day. If that changes, we will notify the CPW families as soon as possible! If school is canceled, you will receive a text message as well.

If you did NOT receive the emails and texts last week during all of our chaos, please let me know by emailing admin@therockenrichmentacademy.org. We want to make sure that all of our families are in the loop and don’t ever miss an important piece of communication.

Student, Teacher, and Class Portraits are being moved to the week of March 8th. We definitely didn’t anticipate that our ice storms would impact our ability to wash clothes and take showers! We want to give everyone ample time to get back into the routine of things before having to worry about looking pretty for school. This also ensures that we won’t be taking pictures next week as thunderstorms are predicted the week of March 2nd-5th.

Yearbooks are for sale and the price goes up March 1st! Get yours today while they still cost less!

News Corner 2/15-2/19

A very chilly hello to all! I know so many of our families are cold and struggling with power. Praying for everyone as we wait for warmer weather!

I am sorry the delayed post! As I am sure you all have seen, we’ve been doing a lot of work on the backend to make sure everyone is updated about our plans. As of now, all on-ground classes have been canceled. We have been hoping to do Zoom classes, but between teachers without power or internet and Zoom being overloaded, that has not been possible. All teachers are posting options on student Google Classrooms to ensure that if you WANT work to do, you have access to some things. Nothing is required!

Student, Teacher, and Class Portraits will take place on all campuses next week! If your student was photographed in the Fall and you’d like a redo, we will also be doing those! If your student is new, they will automatically get a portrait taken unless you submit a request for them to not be photographed or added to the yearbook. If you know for sure you’d like a redo and you haven’t already spoken to Ms. Newell, email yearbook@therockenrichmentacademy.org to make sure we get your student on the list!

Yearbooks are for sale and the price goes up March 1st! Get yours today while they still cost less!

I am sure many of you are wondering about make up days for this week! We are working out the details, but we would love to offer our families who have been so patient with a free day of summer camp to make up for our lack of on-ground classes this week. Each summer, we host camps that combine art, science, history, poetry, and other subjects to create a cohesively themed day. More details will follow in the coming weeks!

News Corner 2/8-2/12

Hello!

There’s lots to check out this week. This week we cover:

  • Valentines Day
  • Yearbook
  • New t-shirt and replacement t-shirts
  • Class pictures, redos, and new student portraits
  • Tuition reminder, discount available!

We have gotten lots of questions about Valentines Day. All students are welcome to bring sweet cards to their friends and classmates to show their love. Class totals can be found in the parent directory–this was emailed mid-year from admin@therockenrichmentacademy.org. If you can’t find the email or are a new family, email the above address for information!

  • Yearbooks are for sale! You can order yearbooks by going to the Balfour website.
  • If you’re wanting to purchase a “Shout Out!” for your student (a small block of space where you can boast about your child!), I’m attaching an information sheet and linking the FAQ.

Pricing goes up on the yearbook March 1st–get yours now!

We have heard your cries for new shirt options! We are now offering hoodies, a new style of t-shirt, long-sleeved t-shirts, as well as the option to purchase additional “regular” shirts online! All shirts, regardless of color, will be considered within dress code! (My sensory sensitive kids are rejoicing! )

Follow this link to get your order in during our initial launch!

All apparel will be delivered mid-March. Orders close March 1st.

We successfully completed our first ever student-led round of school portraits and orders. They learned a lot about photography, profits and losses, and how to create and market a product. If you ordered pictures, the yearbook staff thanks you! They’ve all worked so hard to turn plans into action!

If you weren’t a part of TREA when we took portraits in December OR your student got a picture taken that wasn’t picture-perfect, we will be taking portraits in the Spring as well!

More on redos: I’ve already caught a few pictures I’d like to retake already (good opportunity for students to critically evaluate what we are producing), but if you know for sure you’d like your student to do a re-take, make sure to email yearbook@therockenrichmentacademy.org and request a redo! Parents will have the option to purchase both Round 1 and Round 2 pictures. Orders will open March 1st (after our shirt campaign closes), will close March 15th, and will be available for students after we return from Spring Break the week of March 22nd.

CLASS PICTURES, NEW STUDENT PORTRAITS, AND REDOS WILL BE TAKEN THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22ND.

Finally! Tuition is due on the 1st of each month. If you decide to pay your tuition now through the end of the year (February, March, April and May tuition at one time), you’ll receive a 5% discount!

As always, have a blessed week and please reach out if you need help with anything!

Ms Newell: admin@therockenrichmentacademy, Ms Turner: director@therockenrichmentacademy.org or Mrs. Cecil: mrscecil@therockenrichmentacademy.org

News Corner 2/1-2/5

Hello! Welcome to February!

A few reminders this week:

  • If you’re wanting to order portraits of your student, today is the last day to do so! You may go here to view pictures and the order link is at the top of the page: https://therockenrichmentacademy.org/student-portraits/
  • The pictures page IS password protected. If you did not receive an email from me with that password, please email yearbook@therockenrichmentacademy.org for access
  • Yearbooks are for sale as well! You can order yearbooks by going to the Balfour website.
  • If you’re wanting to purchase a “Shout Out!” for your student (a small block of space where you can boast about your child!), I’m attaching an information sheet and linking the FAQ.

Have a wonderful, safe and healthy week!

News Corner 1/18-1/22

Hello! We hope you all had a good first week back after the break. I know it’s hard to get back into the swing of things.

First things first!! The yearbook staff has finally hit “Publish” on all our portraits! It’s been a lot more work than we anticipated, but we all learned a lot and students did SO much of the work. We should be proud of all their learning.

To view the portraits, follow this link!

This will take you to a linked page that includes portraits from each campus along with the order forms and information. If you see errors or have questions, feel free to email yearbook@therockenrichmentacademy.org

Every week we have kids who forget their water bottles! We DO NOT have access to drinking fountains or cups. Teachers are purchasing water bottles for students out of their own pockets. Please provide water bottles for your students.

President’s Day will be Bad Weather Make Up Day for the RR Campus!

Make sure you’re filling out a health screening each day for your students! You can fill it out online or on paper!

Merry Christmas!!

We hope you all are safe and healthy and have a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus—our comforter in hard times and companion in celebration.

Reminder: We return to school the week of January 11th!

Picture update: Ms. Newell got sick (thankfully NOT Covid!) after school let out last week so picture processing has been a bit delayed. They’re still coming to your inbox soon!

News Corner 12/7-12/11

Hello all! Lots of things are happening in the next couple weeks as we wrap up our Fall semester. I can’t believe it is almost Christmas Break!

Tuition is due for the month of December–you can pay via PayPal or by handing a check to any of the teachers at pick up or dropoff.

Music performances will be Monday, December 14th for all Round Rock students and Tuesday Middle School students. We will be hosting a mask-required set of performances during the school day. More details will follow in a separate email.

Our Tuesday campus is so strict about parents being on campus that we are unable to host a parent-attended Christmas performance. We will be holding a holiday student-only assembly on Tuesday, December 15th during the regular class time hours.

This year we have collaborated with our art students to create and sell Holiday Cards! You can purchase your own set of 10 blank cards for $12 here or by messaging Mrs. Turner @ 512-653-2323

School Pictures are this week! We’ve already finished all portraits on the Round Rock campus and we will be continuing to take them on the other campuses. Students do not need to wear their blue shirts. Whole class photos will be in the Spring. Links to purchase portrait packages will be live soon!

Finally, yearbooks are still for sale! Our Yearbook Staff is working hard to make it the best yearbook yet! Order yours today!

News Corner 12/14-12/18

Merry Christmas! This is our last week of classes before Christmas Break! Classes will resume 1/11/2021.

This week we have a LOT happening on each campus! Thankfully, it’s all fun stuff!

At our Monday, Round Rock campus, we hosted a morning Ukulele concert for parents and students! The K/1 and 1/2 class did a wonderful job! This afternoon, the 3/4 and 5/6 will be hosting a violin performance.

We will be holding Christmas celebrations in many of our classes this week. Students are welcome to bring treats for friends as long as they’re individually wrapped.

If you still haven’t ordered your YEARBOOK, now is the time! Our yearbook staff had SUCH a fun time taking pictures last week for most of our students. If you missed last week’s individual pictures, Ms. Newell and the yearbook staff will be doing redos this week and we will be available to take more after the Christmas break. Class group pictures will take place in the spring.

If you want to contribute to the yearbook with pictures you’ve taken at events, we have an information sheet about how to do that! Download the forms below!

By the end of next week, December 25th, parents should get an email in their inbox with proofs of their students. This email will also include a link to purchase pictures packages. The pictures turned out ADORABLE so we know you’re going to want a couple! The email will be coming from yearbook@therockenrichmentacademy.org, so if you don’t see anything by Friday, check your Spam and feel free to contact us to make sure you weren’t lost in the shuffle.

Stay safe and healthy over the holidays! We are so grateful that you all would trust us with your children. We know this has been a stressful time for so many of our families and we are blessed to have your children at The Rock!

May your 2021 be a year of rest and healing and beauty.

See you in the New Year!

News Corner 11/30-12/4

Welcome back! We hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Just a few things to note for this week:

  • If you’re on the Monday, Round Rock campus be on the lookout for information regarding today’s missed classes due to the church flooding. We are rapidly working on a plan to ensure we can continue to hold classes. Please be praying for the church as they mitigate the water (literally) and all the frustrations that come with such property damage.
  • Tuition is due this week! You can pay via PayPal, bank bill pay, or hand money to any teacher at drop-off or pick-up!
  • CLASS PICTURES are next week on every campus. We will be selling picture packages as well, so students are not required to wear their blue TREA shirts on picture day!
  • Order your yearbooks now! Prices increase as the year goes on. Be sure to include a ShoutOut to your favorite student!!

https://www.balfour.com/texas/leander/the-rock-enrichment-academy/yearbook-packages

Have a wonderful week!

News Corner 11/16-11/20

Hello! I hope you all had a good weekend. We have several fun things on the horizon, so make sure to read through the end!

Next week all campuses are off for Thanksgiving Break!

  • It’s not too late to get in a Book Fair order! I think last week’s link didn’t work (and I just realized it!). So sorry! Here is the correct link: https://v4826.myubam.com/
  • Make sure to submit tuition if you haven’t yet. You can pay online here!

We are starting to collect donations for Blessing Bags for homeless around Austin! We will be collecting blankets, socks, shelf stable and easily openable foods (fruit cups, beef jerky, granola bars), and toiletries!

Blessing Bags assembly will be different this year, we will NOT be holding a multi-campus potluck and gathering

We WILL be donating all items collected to a local church that assembles bags–this allows us to avoid close contact and potential germ-sharing while still allowing us to bless our community!

Yearbooks are for sale! Click below for more information on ordering, shout outs, and more!

If you have any pictures you’d like to submit, you can do so by going to the Balfour site! Download the Balfour Image Share App, enter your email address, name and code 129814 to share your pictures.

Order a 2020-2021 Yearbook TODAY! Prices increase after Christmas!
Make sure to add a SHOUT OUT for your awesome and hard-working student!
More information on sharing your own pictures to be added to the yearbook can be downloaded here:

School picture days are the week of December 7th-10th on ALL campuses

News Corner 11/09-11/13

Welcome to the second week of November! Just 6 weeks until Christmas! I am looking towards Advent Season beginning this year. This year, more than ever, so many of us need refreshing, renewing, we need stillness, and rest from the weariness that being human brings. I hope your children find that rest both at home and at school at The Rock!

If you haven’t paid tuition yet, you can pay via PayPal as a Friend/Family to @ATurnerTREA or hand a check to any of our teachers at drop off or pick up!

Click here to be redirected to PayPal to immediately pay your tuition!

Yearbook design in in full swing! And we need your help! If you have any pictures you’d like to submit, you can do so by going to the Balfour site! Download the Balfour Image Share App, enter your email address, name and code 129814 to share your pictures.

Click here to ORDER your own yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year! Make sure to add in a Shout Out to your favorite student!

For more information on purchasing yearbooks, shoutouts, and the Image Share app, download flyers below!

There’s still time to order from the Book Fair!

Order from Usborne today!

This book sale directly supports The Rock scholarship fund.

School portraits are coming up!

On December 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th yearbook staff will be on each campus taking pictures! Students can dress in whatever clothes they wish to wear–blue Rock shirts aren’t required. There will be retakes in the Spring!

News Corner 11/02-11/06

Happy November! I’m kind of mentally stuck in April so I’m a bit baffled to be here. It seems like many of us are still playing mental catch-up.

We have several things to note for this week. Make sure to read to the bottom so that you don’t miss any announcements!

November’s healthy eating focus is on YELLOW foods! Yellow foods can be anything from yellow squash to bananas and mangos! Vitamin A can be found in many of these foods as well as cancer fighting antioxidants and vitamins!

This year we are doing yearbook a lot differently! In year’s past we have tried to compile it after the year is over. This year, our Middle School students on Monday’s Round Rock campus are running yearbook and we have contracted with Balfour to print and produce them for us! As such, YEARBOOKS ARE ALREADY FOR SALE.

Yearbooks will be printed and all shipped to Ms. Newell in June. We will plan a family day at the park to see our fellow Rock families and distribute yearbooks in early July.

Order your yearbooks here: https://www.balfour.com/texas/leander/the-rock-enrichment-academy/yearbook-packages

You can also add in a “Shout Out!” page for your student to show how proud you are of them! Yearbook prices are the lowest they will be all year right now! Prices go up after Christmas.

Please begin donating supplies for our annual Blessing Bags Drive! This can include socks, blankets, cans of food, packets of tuna, small water bottles, small hygiene supplies–anything we might easily assemble for an individual experiencing homelessness.

Blessing Bags will be a bit different this year! More details to come!

Please make sure your students have pencils, markers, hand sanitizer, and water bottles each day! We are trying our best to not share supplies to cut down on germ sharing!

Tuition reminder! It IS the first week of November so tuition is due! If you need help playing catch up or you don’t remember what you owe, please contact Ms. Turner at Director@TheRockEnrichmentAcademy.org

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

News Corner 10/26-10/31

Fall weather has officially arrived and that means the inevitable collection of lost personal items. As we begin to have cooler days that require jackets, please make sure to be labeling your coats so that we can get them back to their owner.

As a reminder we ask that you label several things:

  • Jackets
  • Lunchboxes
  • Water bottles
  • Backpacks (a luggage tag is also ok!)
  • and any little containers that might get lost in the shuffle from lunch

Please make sure to send your student with water bottles each week. On a couple of our campuses, we do not have access to our own collection of cups or extra water bottles. We don’t want your child to go thirsty or for them to feel bad about asking for a cup of water!

We will be hosting a book fair on each campus this week. We will have an outside table for parents and inside $5 and $10 tables for students. Please send your child with money in an envelope if you wish for them to participate!

Keep up the good work on eating healthy ORANGE fruits and veggies! It’s fun seeing students get excited about all the healthy foods they’re bringing each week!

We love celebrating birthdays with our students and so we wanted to clarify birthday treats policy since it’s changed a bit this year: individually wrapped treats are acceptable.

This can include:

  • Individually packaged store-bought cupcakes
  • Individually wrapped store-bought cookies
  • Small goody bags of non-food items you packaged at home (with clean hands!)
  • Please do not bring homemade items to share as we cannot distribute those to students!
  • If you have any questions, you are always welcome to email any of the teachers!

News Corner for the Week of 10/12-10/16

Hello! We hope you all had a good three day weekend.

Tuesday campus’ voting is in full swing! We started off with a crazy busy morning. Today is the first day of voting, so hopefully it will calm down in the weeks ahead. We are so thankful for your flexibility! Make sure to drop off/pick up at the handicap spots north of the sanctuary.

October Tuition is due! Please contact Mrs. Turner if you need help with payment options:

November tuition will be due the first week of November, so if you need some help playing catch up, let us know!

We have many pumpkin themed activities on the horizon. If you’d like to donate pumpkins for our activities, we’d love them! You’re welcome to send them to class with your student. Big and small are needed!

Reminder: We have an Usborne Book Fair coming up!

  • The fair will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25th through 27th, with the option for parents to order at an outside table right after drop off. Students will be able to purchase books during their lunch hour. 
  • For students, there will be a $5 and a $10 table. Please plan to bring cash sealed in an envelope if they’d like to purchase any books. There will be a great selection of books—all previewed to ensure they line up with the Christian mission of our program.

Make sure to say “Happy Birthday!” to our wonderful Monday Music Teacher, Mrs. Sargent! She is a talented asset to our teaching team! Her birthday is 10/17!

News Corner-Week of 9/21-9/25

Welcome to the first edition of the News Corner!

Come here weekly to learn what’s new and to find out pertinent information for the coming school week.

Regarding Google Classroom:

Your student should have been added to Google Classrooms that are relevant to them. If you need help email admin@therockenrichmentacademy.org

Your student should have activated their @therockenrichmentacademy.org email address. If you need help with that, also email us!

Classroom is where you will find all class-specific work and weekly posts about what the students did during their day!

Regarding Health Screenings Tickets:

You now have TWO options for completing this ticket. Either you can print off and have your student hand-deliver a paper ticket OR you can choose to fill out an online form for each student each class day!

The online form can be done on your phone’s browser or if you download the Google Classrooms app, that should link you to it! All Google Classrooms have the link at the top of their page. There’s also a link ON the Health Screenings page that is linked above.

Try it out!

Carpool Changes for this school year:

In order to uphold social distancing procedures, ALL students will be dropped off and picked up via carpool on ALL campuses.

For RR/Mondays this door will be found on the east side of the building

For CPW/Tuesday this will be at along the parking spots parallel to the playground

For CPE/Wednesday this will be on the east side of the building in the parking lot that runs parallel to the main gym entrance

Exceptions:

  • Pre-K Students at RR can be dropped off by the doors nearest to the center of the building on the west side of the building. They can also walk in with an older sibling.
  • Pre-K students at CPW can either be walked to the front door and a teacher can take them to their classroom or you can walk them to the classroom until they are comfortable with a front-door drop off. They are also allowed to walk in with an older sibling.

Class Highlight of the Week!

Did you know that we now offer STEM Science and Nutrition Classes on Thursdays? This is a great supplement for our K-6th students! Our first week was last week, so there’s plenty of time to join!

Follow this link for more information on our STEM courses or email director@therockenrichmentacademy.org to add them to your weekly schedule!