Rockland Review & RAP - 2-19-2021
A Letter from the Principal

Dear Rockland Parents and Guardians,


We have made it through this cold snap and are looking at some warmer temperatures next week.  This has been our first week of the new schedule that added an additional 75 minutes per week to student instructional time and the transition went very smoothly.  We have been having a lot of fun at Rockland and celebrated our Friendship February Spirit week, our Kindergarteners celebrated the 100th day and our 1st graders celebrated the 101st day.  We are still looking at ways to increase in-person time with our students and options will be presented to the board at the Board of Education meeting on Monday 2/25.  


Circle Drive Drop Off:  

Just a reminder, students who attend the eSchool center are dropped off at the gym doors in the morning.  If you are not dropping off at the eCenter, please pull around any stopped cars and pull up to the sidewalk by the Rockland sign where Mrs. Weatherly and Mr. Kolar are standing.  


eSchool Center Supervisor Needed:

If you are interested in working as a supervisor at the eSchool center at Rockland or know someone who would be interested, please apply at:

Feel free to share this link.  


Late Start Day:

Friday February 26 is a late start day for students.  This is our first time having a late start day this year.  Instruction will not begin until 9:45.  Students who attend in-person in the AM will stay at home on this day and will have a live Google Meet with their classroom teacher at 9:45 and complete their asynchronous work and specials as normal in the afternoon.  PM students will complete asynchronous work and specials beginning at 9:45 and then attend in-person in the afternoon.  Virtual PM students will have their normal synchronous time in the afternoon.  Finally, the eCenter will open at 9:45.  


AM Hybrid Students: 

  • 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Students will have a virtual meeting with their classroom teacher via a Google Meet (AM students will not come into school)

  • 10:45 AM– 2:45 PM– Students will follow their typical asynchronous schedule while at home. 

PM Hybrid Students: 

  • 9:45 AM – 12:05 PM – Students’ schedule for asynchronous instruction remains the same starting at 9:45 AM (specials, intervention, special education, gifted services all stay the same)

  • 12:15 PM – 2:45PM – Students attend in-person instruction.

AM/PM Virtual Students: 

  • Schedule is the same as hybrid students but students remain at home for their learning. 

eSchool Center: 

  • The eSchool Center will open at 9:45 AM for students in the program. 

5 Essentials:

If you have not already done so, please remember to complete the 5 Essentials survey.  The 5 Essentials survey is your opportunity to provide your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness.  Use this link to access the survey.


Just a few dates to remember:  

February 22 - Board of Education meeting

February 25 - RFA Bingo Night

February 26 - Late Start Day

March 14 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 22 – 26 – Spring Break



Jim Cieciwa

Music Update!

Hello Rockland Families!

As all of you know, students received music kits in January! We have been very excited to use our new instruments every week in class. The younger musicians have been using their egg shakers to play along with songs and using the rhythm sticks to learn how to play and read new rhythms! Second graders competed in the Winter Snowball Challenge where they worked together in teams to demonstrate their knowledge of these rhythms. The first grade students just wrapped up a unit on “Peter and the Wolf” and the kindergarten students are learning basic solfege and rhythms each week.

The older students (3-5) have been busy bucket drumming! We have spent lots of time focusing on the fundamentals: how to hold the sticks, posture, where to strike the bucket, and of course the fundamental rhythms! Most recently, students have been using breakout rooms to share rhythms that they have composed with the other students in their class. Their camaraderie and support of each other have been wonderful to observe.

The fifth grade band students are cruising right along. Since the beginning of the year, these fifteen students have learned several new notes, have learned how to articulate better, and have become more confident in their musical abilities. Our newest piece of music is “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” 

Thank you for your continued support of the D70 music program!

Learning Center Birthday Update!

Make a Wish… Give a cheer...
Have an Extra Special Year!
Happy Birthday!

Dear Rockland Parents,
Times are changing!  And so is our birthday book program!  Hopefully, this new format will be easier for everyone involved.
Your child’s birthday is an important occasion, both at home and at Rockland School. Through our Birthday Book Program, you are invited to celebrate your child’s birthday or half-birthday (this year, please feel free to purchase a book anytime - anything goes during the crazy time! ) by purchasing a book from our Amazon wishlist (see website below) for our Learning Center in your child’s name. Choose “Becky Johnson’s Gift Registry” address to get it shipped directly to Rockland – easy peasy!  Amazon includes a note with your name in the box.  Please include your child’s name and birthday in the “gift message” when checking out.
In making this purchase, you help promote the lifelong love of reading, while also enriching the school’s Learning Center. What a nice way to leave your child’s mark at Rockland! A bookplate in the front of the book will recognize your donation. Your child will be the first person to check out their book!
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Becky Johnson
Learning Center Director

RFA News: Board Nominees for 2021-2023 Term

The RFA Nominating Committee has put forth the following persons for the open RFA Board positions:

Susan Layburn- Second VP
Laura Weber- Co-Treasurer
Katie Sanderson- Secretary

These positions are 2 year terms and begin with the 2021-2022 school year. Voting on these nominations will take place at the next RFA meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

RFA News: 5th Grade Memory Book
Hi, 5th grade parents! 
This is the last call to submit pictures as we get closer to completing the Memory Book. A gentle reminder that screenshots and low resolution pictures will not work because those files are too small. Questions or need assistance? Reach out to one of us for help! 
Thanks so much, 
Eloisa Sosa (elsohe_56@hotmail.comand Becky Rendl (
RFA News: Teacher Conference Lunch
The R.F.A. treated the Rockland Teachers and Staff to a Teacher Conference Lunch on February 10th! Thank you to the following people who provided sides, drinks, and desserts to go with the Jimmy John's sandwiches!
Kristen Howeth
Helen Gerbin
Katie Mickiewicz
Lauren Timony
Joy Logsdon
Jasett Kstanes
Keri Woodward
Tracey Janzen 
Jessica Longly 
Lindsay McMahon
Jennifer Martin 
Jessica Page
RFA News: Virtual BINGO Night

Thank you to all the families that signed up for the first ever R.F.A Bingo Night! Bingo supplies for hybrid students were sent home this Thursday via backpack mail with the oldest child registered in your family. Bingo supplies for virtual students are ready to be picked up on the purple cart in the Rockland vestibule. The vestibule is open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you have any questions about Bingo Night or supplies, please email Jessica Longly (

Even though we cannot all be together catching buttermilk a la Uncle Pancake, we can still lace up our running shoes and run like Raptors! Choose between a virtual 1 Mile or 5K race before re-fueling with a Pattycake breakfast from the Liberty Restaurant at 419 S Milwaukee Avenue (free with registration).  

Who? All Rockland students and families are welcome to join! Categories will be broken down K-2; 3-5; and Open Run (Everyone else).  There will be prizes for the top 3 males and females in each category!

What is it? Virtual 1 mile or 5k race.  Choose your own adventure!

Where? We will provide course suggestions but feel free to choose your own 1 Mile or 5K Route.

When is it?
Swag Bag Pick Up:  March 10-11  (more details to follow)
Race: Complete your 1 Mile or 5K run anytime between March 12-14th Winners Announced: March 15th (more details to follow)
Complimentary Pattycake Breakfast: Pick up at the Liberty on March 13 between 7:30-10:30 a.m.Winners Announced: March 15th (more details to follow)

How? In the days leading up to March 12th, we will send out a Google Survey to all participants with directions on how to submit your race results. 

Registration Options: 
Option 1: $15: Includes-Race Registration, Pattycake Breakfast, Local Soul ShamRock N’ Run Drawstring Bag, and Other Swag
Option 2: $25 Includes- Race Registration, Pattycake Breakfast, Local Soul ShamRock N’ Run T-Shirt-Sizes YS-XXL, and Other Swag
Register: There are two ways to register for ShamRock N’ Run by February 25th  
  1. Use the RevTrack Link:
  2. Fill out the order from sent home in backpack mail/email.  Attach the order form to a check made out to the RFA and drop it in the ShamRock N’ Run basket in the vestibule at Rockland School.  The vestibule is open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. 
     *No need to designate 1 Mile or 5K race at the time of registration. 
     *Supplies need to be ordered so we will not be accepting late registrations

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