Rockland Review & RAP - 2-5-2021
A Letter from the Principal

Dear Rockland Parents and Guardians,

Cold Weather and Driving:

The cold weather has finally arrived.  We are looking at some low temperatures and wind chills next week.  We anticipate an increase in students being driven to school in the upcoming week.  Here are a few reminders and tips:

  • Be patient and allow extra time for drop-off.  

  • Do not pass the bus when the stop sign is extended going in either direction on Rockland.  When the stop arm is extended all traffic must stop.  Police will ticket if they see this occur.  

  • Anyone can drop off in the circle drive, however, please keep the following in mind.  

    • If a car is stopped at the gym doors to drop off an eSchool center student, please pull around. 

    • Students can be dropped off at any point along the sidewalk, please do not wait until the very end.  

    • Please pull up and use all available space before dropping off

    • Drive slowly and safely, there are students and parents walking and crossing the drive.  Mr. Kolar has been using the Stop sign to stop cars whenever necessary. 

  • If you are dropping off along Rockland, please only drop off along the school side of the street and do not block the staff parking lot when dropping off.

  • Do not pull into the staff lot to turn around.  Students will occasionally walk through the lot (even though they are not supposed to).

  • Please make sure not to block the bus from stopping or leaving.  

  • When picking students up, if you are not registered in the circle drive, please park in the lot or along Rockland and meet your child. 


Parent Teacher Conferences:

Virtual parent-teacher conferences will be held next week on February 10th and 11th.  If you have not made an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher or the main office.  


Early Release Day:

Early Release February 11th - Just a reminder that only AM students will attend in person on February 11th.  PM students will have a synchronous meeting with their teacher and class from 12:30-1:15.  AM students will have specials and async work until 1:15.  The eSchool Center will close at 1:15.


New Hybrid Times:

We are adding additional time to the school day beginning 2/16.  While I know it is not as much as everyone would like, it will provide 75 additional minutes of instruction per week.  


New PreK-Fifth Grade Hybrid Schedule as of Tuesday, February 16, 2021:

AM In-Person Session 

8:15-10:45   Core Instruction Math & ELA 

10:45 -12:15  Lunch/Transition/Transportation/Support Services

12:15 - 2:45  30-minute Sync Specials and Async Instruction 


PM In-Person Session

8:15-10:45  30-minute Sync Specials and Async Instruction

10:45 -12:15 Lunch/Transition/Transportation/Support Services

12:15-2:45 Core Instruction Math & ELA 


AM Arrival and Dismissal Times 

8:05-8:15 Arrival

10:45-10:55 Dismissal


PM Arrival and Dismissal Times 

12:05-12:15 Arrival

2:45-2:55 Dismissal


Valentines Day:

Valentine’s activities will take place at Rockland on February 10th.  Teachers are working in collaboration with the RFA to plan fantastic activities.  Unfortunately, due to COVID safety guidelines, we will not be exchanging student Valentines this year.  Please do not send your child in with any Valentines, treats, or gifts to distribute to their classmates.  


Friendship February:

A big thank you to our amazing student council for organizing Friendship February as both a fundraiser for the Nora Project and a way to spread kindness throughout our community!


Just a few dates to remember:  

February 10th and 11th - Parent Teacher Conferences (Feb 11th is an early release AM in-person only all instruction ends at 10:30)  

February 12th - No School

February 15  - No School Presidents Day

February 16 - New Hybrid Times Start

February 26 - Late Arrival (AM Sessions, no instruction or services until 9:45 and then all virtual instruction and services 9:45 - 10:45 -- PM Sessions, no change (in-person and virtual meet like regular schedule)).



Jim Cieciwa


First Grade News

February is a short month filled with lots of fun in first grade! 

Just in time for Groundhog Day, the first graders have wrapped up learning about Light and Sound in science.  They learned that light travels in waves and can be blocked to create shadows.  It was fun to review this concept as we checked in with our favorite groundhog Punxsutawney Phil on February 2.  The first graders also had fun learning about sound.  They enjoyed learning how to make rice dance to their favorite songs.  They explored ways to make their own music by finding objects around the house that can be plucked, strummed, tapped or blown into to make vibrations that cause sound.  

Did you know we have almost been in school for 101 days!  The first graders are looking forward to celebrating this big milestone and all they have learned so far this year! In Math the first graders have started to solve problems with larger numbers.  They have learned all about groups of tens and ones.  They can use this knowledge to solve equations and count by 10s.  

The first graders will continue to work hard on their reading skills over the next few months.  The first graders are learning all about wondering!  Good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading to help improve their overall comprehension.  We recently practiced this skill when reading a book all about George Washington.  All of the questions generated are helping us look forward to celebrating President’s Day soon!  

RFA News: Rockland Cares

Feeling in the Valentine spirit and want to send warm wishes to a senior citizen? Stop by the main office vestibule early next week and grab some crafty Valentine materials or create your own at home! 

Return completed Valentine's cards by Thursday, February 11 at the main office vestibule. Rockland Cares will deliver them to seniors at StoryPoint Libertyville (formally Spring Meadows) in time for Valentine's Day! Contact Jill Sahagian with any questions at


Save the date for the inaugural ShamRock N' Run.  Lace Up your running shoes and prepare for a virtual 1 mile or 5k race coupled with a complimentary Pattycake Breakfast courtesy of the Liberty.  Keep an eye out for more information via backpack mail.  In the meantime, save the following dates:

March 10-11: Swag Bag pickup
March 12-14: Virtual Run and log your results via Google Survey
March 13: 7:30-10:00 a.m: Pattycake Breakfast Pickup at the Liberty
March 15: Winners and Awards Announced 

RFA News: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Valentine's Day Fundraiser

The order window is over for the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Valentine's Day RFA Fundraiser, but don't forget to pick up your order at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (541 North Milwaukee Avenue) on Wednesday, February 10th from 10 AM-9 PM. Thank you to all the families that participated!

RFA News: B-I-N-G-O (and Bingo was his Name-o)

The RFA would like to invite all Rockland students to participate in our 1st Rockland Virtual Bingo Night! 

  • Who:  Students at Rockland will play Bingo with classmates in their grade level:

  • Kindergarten and 1st

  • 2nd and 3rd

  • 4th and 5th

  • What:  BINGO!

  • Each round will be approximately 30 minutes with approximately 3 games per round.  

    • Interested students should purchase 1 Bingo pack (which includes 3 physical cards) for $5 (see “Register” below)

    • Each card will be color-coded to the corresponding game

  • Example: Game 1 = Black card, Game 2 = Aqua card, Game 3 = Tan card

  • More advanced Bingo players may purchase more than one pack to play multiple cards per game. 

  • Why: We may be at home, but it doesn’t mean that the Raptors can’t still get together for some fun and games. 

  • Prizes will be awarded for each game (total of 3 prizes per round)

    • We’ll announce them as we get closer to the event!

  • Where:  We’ll see you on Google Meet! Students will use their own Rockland Google account (and device) to log in at their assigned grade level time. The Bingo Night Google Meet code will be sent home with your Bingo card pack(s) before the event!

  • When: Thursday, February 25, 2021 

  • Round 1: 6:00 to 6:30 - Kindergarten and 1st 

  • Round 2: 6:45 to 7:15 – 2nd and 3rd

  • Round 3: 7:30 to 8:00 – 4th and 5th

  • Register:  There are two ways to register for Bingo Night by February 10th!

  1. Use the RevTrack Link-


  1. Fill out the order form sent home via backpack mail or email. Attach the order form to a check made out to the RFA and drop it in the Bingo Night Fundraiser basket in the vestibule at Rockland School. The vestibule is open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday.

  • Bingo Supply Envelopes will be distributed the week of February 15 through backpack mail (Hybrid Students) and the Rockland Vestibule (Virtual Students) 

  • Supplies need to be ordered so we will not be accepting late registrations

For any questions, please contact the Bingo Committee Chairs:

Jessica Longly – or Robert DeBartolo –

RFA News: 5th Grade Memory Book

Hi 5th grade parents! We are ready for the last round of photos, as we get closer to the final assembly of the Memory Book. Please upload pictures of the following:

2nd grade:
-Field Trip
-Valentine’s Day
-Spring Sing
-Pilgrims Lunch

3th grade:
-Grandparents Lunch
-Spring Sing
-Field Trip
-Class Projects

4th grade:
-Band/Orchestra Concert
-Fall Sing
-Basketball Intramurals 
-Career Day
-State Fair Projects

5th grade
-First day of school 
-Remote learning/hybrid school 
-Halloween social distancing party
-Valentine’s Day
-Future Events

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