Rockland Review - 8-30-2018
A Note from Mr. Knapp

Dear Rockland School Families,

What a great start it has been to the 2018-19 school year!  We’ve had so much going on that it’s nice to take a step back and reflect on the beginning of the year.  It was awesome seeing so many of our parents along with our 1st-5th graders on the front lawn for the Opening Day ceremony last week at the annual bell ringing as we welcomed students back to a brand new school year.  The Rockland staff also enjoyed seeing so many families at the RFA “Welcome Back” picnic (a very special thank you to all of the volunteers that helped to make this a special night) as well as Curriculum Night this past Wednesday.  You are all invited to the first RFA meeting of the year on September 11th at 7:00 P.M. in our school's Learning Center.

During the first week of school your children attended mini-sessions of behavioral expectations throughout the building.  We ask that you take the time to reinforce this with your child as a part of our Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) program that we implement school-wide to celebrate students and keep the focus on learning while at school.  We will be sending regular updates to the families through the Rockland Review on P.B.S. so be sure to look for more information throughout the school year.

I appreciate the care and concern during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.  A few reminders: we are not allowed to have students ever dropped off directly on Rockland Road, the west lot is a TEACHER ONLY lot so please do not pull in there as that is a safety concern with students sometimes walking through, and finally all cars need to go through our loop in the east lot and if you need to get out of your car we ask you to park in a spot.  We remain committed to the safety of all Rockland students and have put a priority on ensuring that drop-off and pick-up times go as smoothly as possible, even if it takes a bit more time.

I hope that you are all settled in during this back to school time.  It has been great seeing so many familiar faces and also welcoming many new students and families to Rockland School.  It is our entire staff's goal to make this the best year ever for all students, and with your help as parents we can make that happen.  Welcome back!



Jeff Knapp
Rockland School

Destination Imagination Informational Meeting
When: September 13th @ 6:00 pm
Where: Rockland Learning Center
Why:  To learn about Destination Imagination

RSVP to Mrs. Sundh by September 11th at
The opportunities we give our children impact them on a daily basis and provide them with knowledge and experiences that can last a lifetime. Destination Imagination encourages kids to have fun, take risks, work with others and identify each individual’s personal strengths.
Who: There can be up to 7 members on a team. Rockland participants range from kindergarten through fifth grade. Each team needs an adult Team Manager to help students stay on track but not directly help the team develop their solution to the DI Challenge. Team Managers are often parents.
What: Challenges are developed each year by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning.
When: Each season takes place from September through May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions. Teams typically meet once a week, and often a bit more around competition time. District 70 will pay for the registration for both Local and State competition. District 70 will not pay for the Global competition. It will be up to your team to decide to move forward and fund the Global competition. 


District 70 Shines with Kindness

Dear Rockland Parents and Students,

Welcome to a new year celebrating Character Counts!
The District’s theme this year is District 70 Shines with Kindness.  
Every year we have a “kick-off” week called Character Counts Week.

Tuesday, September 4th begins Character Counts! Week 2018. During Character Counts Week there will be activities for the students and Rockland will be having a weeklong supply drive for our Buddy School, Kenneth Murphy School in Beach Park.

Following are activities that will be taking place during the week.

Tuesday, September 4th:  Character Counts Shine Day!
The students will view a video with Dr. Schumacher welcoming them to the school year of District 70 Shines with Kindness!  
This year Rockland will be holding a donation drive all week long. We are asking for a variety of items that are needed at our Buddy School, Kenneth Murphy.

Wednesday, September 6th:  Literacy Day!
Today Mr. Knapp will begin to read a Character Counts themed book to each classroom.  
Donation for Kenneth Murphy:  The students are in need of headphones.  They are requesting the headphone style; NO EARBUDS!  Headphones will be shared so the earbuds are not hygienically acceptable.  

Thursday, September 7th:  Kindness Day!
Today, fourth and fifth grade students will be chalking positive statements about character in Libertyville after school.  Be sure to walk around the block of Cook, Milwaukee, and Church Street and see all the great chalking talents of our students and other students from Adler, Butterfield, Copeland and Highland Schools.
Donation for Kenneth Murphy:
The Kenneth Murphy Social Worker is in charge of sending home food for long weekends with many of the students. She could use non-perishable food products such as:
-anything that can easily be microwaved
-Chef Boyardee
-Easy Mac
-pasta & sauces 
-granola bars 
-mainly anything that is non-perishable. 

Friday, September 9th:  School Spirit Day!
Today is school spirit day!  Students are encouraged to sport their Rockland gear.  This will be the final day for donations for Kenneth Murphy School
Today’s Suggested Donations for Kenneth Murphy:
Playground equipment.  Suggestions:
soccer balls,
tennis equipment,
hula hoops
playground balls
jump ropes

Thank you for Shining with Kindness!  

2018-2019 Character Counts! Rockland School Committee
Mrs. List, Mrs. Stonehocker, Mrs. Sundh,
Mrs. Lesniewicz, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Williams,
​​​​​​​Miss Kittleson, Miss Blahnik and Mr. Knapp

Champions Before/After Care at Rockland

Rockland school is proud to partner with Champions to provide before and after school care right here onsite.  New this year Champions is offering Before school care. We need a minimum number of students enrolled and in attendance during our Before school program to continue operating beyond September, so we encourage you to enroll now.
Both programs support learning objectives for grades K-5, with activities such as:
·         Multiple learning adventure options for children of all interests
·         Games and activities that get children active and out of their chairs
·         Enrichment activities that support science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills
·         Plenty of opportunities to make new friends
·         Healthy snack options every day
·         Homework help available (optional)
We’re happy to partner with Champions, and if you’re looking for a before and/or after school care option, I encourage you to learn more about their programs.  Stop in with your student for a tour or a sneak peak.
Visit, call 800-246-2154, or speak to Area Manager Karen Henson at (414) 491-7695,

Superintendent Search Update

Focus groups conducted by School Exec Connect will be held in September and are designed to give parents an opportunity to provide input on the District's strengths, challenges, and the characteristics the next superintendent should possess. Parents are invited to attend either of the following: 

  • September 4th at 7:00 pm at Highland Middle School (North Gym)
  • September 5th at 6:00 pm at Copeland Manor (Gym)

The Board of Education looks forward to your support and assistance with this very important undertaking. Please feel free to contact the consultants assisting in the search: Dr. David Clough, Dr. Linda Yonke or Dr. Gary Zabilka

What's New in 1st Grade?

First grade is off to a great start!  The first graders have all enjoyed meeting their new classmates and teachers, and have unpacked their supplies into their very own desks!  The first week of school was filled with lots of getting to know you activities and learning about ways we can show the Rockland Way all around school!

Now we are ready to kick off the year!  The first graders are learning about the Daily 5 and working to build their stamina on working independently.  Once Daily 5 is fully up and running the first graders will participate in Read To Self, Read To Someone, Listening, Word Work, and Writing to become better readers are writers.  The first grade teachers are looking forward to getting to know each child better as they complete STAR testing and Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments.

In Math, the first graders are reviewing their counting skills and beginning to practice addition facts and equations.  To do this, the first graders are learning to identify partners of a number and represent them in different ways, including circle drawings and math mountains.  

We are excited for a great year in First Grade!

Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with so many children in District 70 through enrichment and gifted services this year!   As every child is unique and special, District 70's Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment (GTE) program is designed to focus on the varying levels of needs of our students. As GTE teachers, we are able to service and enrich students at different ability levels, for divergent interest areas, and across all curricular areas.  

Throughout the year we will provide whole class enrichment experiences in grades 1 through 5.  During this time, students will learn and practice divergent, convergent, and visual thinking skills through games, puzzles, and other challenging activities.

Enrichment services for 1st through 5th grade  include mathematics and reading.  In math enrichment, we will pull out small groups of students who have demonstrated a need to extend their thinking, based on pretests and classroom performance.  The activities are aligned with our mathematics program and the Common Core Standards, and are meant to challenge children beyond grade-level expectations. Math groups change with each unit and are responsive to student need.  

Reading enrichment sessions will also begin for students in grades 1-5 who demonstrate a need for enrichment beyond grade-level. We will use data from Fountas and Pinnell, Star assessments, and classroom performance to determine reading groups. As flexibility is important and best practice, we look at the data throughout the year and reassess the groups.

For a complete scope of the enrichment and gifted services offered, please visit the resources on the District 70 Curriculum website.


District 70 GTE Resource Teachers


It is time to outfit your Raptor with new Rockland spirit wear!  Spirit wear will be sold online through Sports 11.  The online store is open from August 24th-September 7th.  To shop, use the link 


The school directory contains staff information, class lists, and a list of Rockland students along with parent names, home address, phone, and email.  It comes in handy for contacting classmate families and planning playdates and parties throughout the school year! 

Order forms will be sent home via “backpack mail,” or you may order online through RevTrak (go to for online payments).  Online orders or paper forms with cash/check are due by September 14.  The 2018-19 School Directory will be sent home with your child by the end of September.

Please note that your information will be listed in the directory if you gave your permission when registering for the school year.  Please contact Nicole Slobe at if you have any questions.

Volunteers are needed for all Rockland Family Association events for the 2018-19 school year.  If you are interested in helping at any of our events, please click on the following link and enter your email address to create an account or to access your current account:
Chairpersons are needed for the following... grab a friend or two and get your feet wet!
-Event Photography
-Movie Night
-Original ArtWorks
-PattyCake Breakfast Event
All details of the chairperson responsibilities are on the SignUp page.  If you have any questions, please contact Toni Parvis at 
We are looking forward to another great year of fun with our families and hope you will join us!



We are still looking for volunteers to host the 3rd and 4th grade Social Mixers!  Please sign up here if you are interested:

Kristin Brafford will be hosting the Social Mixer for 5th grade parents on Thursday, October 11th.  Look for details to come in the near future.  If you have questions, please reach out to her at 773-220-2137.

Keep checking the RAP for more details to come on your grade’s Social Mixer!


The school store will be open 7:45-8:05 on Thursday, September 6th and Friday, September 7th.

Items are anywhere from $0.25-2.00.


Give back to the community and shine with kindness with Rockland Cares!  Rockland Cares gives back to the community by giving students the opportunity to participate in community service events and presentations throughout the school year.  Here are all the great events we have planned for this year:
Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 4:30-6:00 pm:  Bernie’s Book Bank
—Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2:45-3:30 pm:  CORE Martial Arts Event
—Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 5:00-6:00 pm:  PADS
—Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 2:45-4:00 pm:  Honor Flight
—Friday, Dec. 7th, 3:30-4:30:  Winter Senior Sing
—Saturday, Jan. 5th, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Feed My Starving Children
—Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 5:00-6:00 pm:  PADS
—Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 2:45-3:45 pm:  Fill A Heart 4 Kids
—Friday, March 1st, 1:45-2:45 pm:  Libertyville Food Bank
—Tuesday, March 19th, 5:00-6:00 pm:  PADS
—Wednesday, April 3rd, 4:30-6:00 pm:  Bernie’s Book Bank
—Monday, April 15th, 3:00-4:00 pm:  Bike Path Clean-Up

More information, event descriptions, and locations are available on our SignUp page.  To sign up for an event, visit  If you have questions, please contact Charmaine Stanislaw at or Sybil Chadwick at  Let’s show everyone how much Rockland Cares!


The third annual Rockland Boy and VIP Dance will be held at Rockland School on October 5th, 7:00-8:30.  This annual dance event is for Rockland boys and the VIP in their life (mom, someone who fills that mom roll, etc.).  Look for a flyer to come home soon!


Do you like to cook and want to contribute to a fun tradition here at Rockland?  Please help us provide a buffet-style dinner for our teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 18th.  It is a fun and casual way for them to eat on the fly during that busy day of meeting with all of you.  For more information and to view the options on how you can help, please visit

Welcome back to school!  My name is Cathy Kacos, and I’m thrilled to be our school’s Box Tops for Education Coordinator again this year.  

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school.  Each one is worth 10 cents!  Just look for the Box Tops on hundreds of products.  All you have to do is clip them and send them to school. And don’t forget the Bonus Box Tops!  Last school year, we earned over $650 for our school!  This school year, our goal is to earn over $800.
For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to  Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’m here to help make our school’s Box Tops for Education program a huge success this year.
Thanks for your help and looking forward to a fantastic year!
Cath Kacos

The rain held off and another Rockland Welcome Back Picnic is in the books!  Thank you to everyone who braved the wet weather and celebrated with us!  We had a great time putting it together and hope you had fun as well.  

A special thank you to all of our organizations and food fenders:  Dos Amigos, Domino’s, Subway, Rockland Cares, Spiritwear, 5th Grade Ice Cream Sale, Elite DJ’s, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Indian Princesses, CORE, Cook Memorial Library, and Libertyville Fire Department.

A HUGE thanks also goes out to all of our awesome volunteers!  Without you, this picnic would not have been possible.  Thanks again, and hope to see you at next year’s picnic!


The first Rockland Family Association meeting of the 2018-19 school year will be held Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 pm in the Learning Center.  ALL are welcome!  We hope to see you there!

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