Rockland Review & RAP - 9-14-2018
A Note from Mr. Knapp

Dear Rockland Families,

We've now been in school for a month and have established our routines and procedures.  We’re excited with how much learning and fun we have taken place and continue to look ahead to all of the great things to come.  STAR testing has been completed in the areas of Math and Reading for our students as those scores from this first benchmark are coming home today with your child.  The children did a very nice job completing these computerized, adaptive assessments that they will take again in January and May. This data will be helpful for our teachers in planning instruction and setting goals with parents at the October conferences.    

In addition, the Rockland teachers have been doing individual reading assessments with the students and will continue to do so over the next few weeks.  Having this information will help set the learning path for your child to be challenged and grow throughout the school year. We look forward to sharing more in this area at the October goal setting parent-teacher conferences as well.  I would like to emphasize how proud I am of the Rockland staff and District #70 as a whole for committing towards continuous improvement. We take this data very seriously and are analyzing it to work collaboratively to ensure that students are learning the academic standards.

I want to say thank you to all of the parents who came to our first Rockland Family Association meeting this past Tuesday.  We greatly appreciate all of the involvement from our parents. It is always exciting to meet some of our new families and those parents of younger aged (Kg and 1st grades) children who made their first meeting and we hope to see you all at our next general meeting on November 6th in the Learning Center.

Have a great week ahead and a reminder that we have no school next Wednesday,


Jeff Knapp


Rockland School

Thank you RFA!
We cannot begin to thank you for our new Library furniture! As you might have heard "Story Mountain" is a HUGE hit!! The kids AND staff love it! We are so grateful for your support.
Musical Notes from Ms. Kittleson

Music at Rockland is off to a great start this year! We are loving our new, beautiful classroom and are having a blast making music in Band, Chorus Club, and Music classes.

Here are some important music dates for your calendar:

  • Rockland 4th & 5th Grade Fall Musical: Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the ROCKLAND GYM!!!
  • District 70 Beginning & Intermediate Band Winter Concert: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Butterfield Gym

Thank you so much for your support of your child in music, whether they are in Band, Orchestra, Chorus Club, or music class. We’re looking forward to a great rest of the year!

Ms. Michelle Kittleson

Notes from the Nurse

Now is the time to consider getting your flu shot! Protect yourself and your family this flu season.  As always, talk to your doctor to see if the flu shot is right for you and your children.

Valorie Crusey RN

Calling All Veterans

Rockland Character Counts Committee is going to sponsor a very special assembly the morning of Monday November 12th.  This will be to celebrate Veteran’s Day.  

Our plan is to have as many Veterans, or currently active members of the military, as are available for this morning.  We will be hosting a breakfast before school begins for the Vets. Then at 8:30 we will have an assembly in the gym. The students will do a short performance of songs and then we will have an “open mike” presentation from the Veterans.  They will have time to share their experiences, their love for our country, and they will be excellent role models of the pillar of Citizenship.

We would like to see family members, relatives, and good friends who are Veterans of any branch of the military.  We hope that they would be comfortable sharing their memories.

We are looking forward to this being a very memorable assembly.

You may fill out this form and return it to Dale List via the office or email Mrs. List at:


Thank you in advance for your support.  


Veteran Sign up for November 12th:

Name: ___________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________
Phone or Email: _____________________________________

Please return to Dale List via Rockland School Office

District 70 Shines with Kindness


The Character Counts program is off to a great start here at Rockland.  Thank you to all the families who supported the school supply drive for our Buddy School, Kenneth Murphy School, last week during Character Counts Week!  Your donations were wonderful and the Kenneth Murphy staff will be most appreciative when they receive these donations this weekend.

We want to thank the 13 fourth and fifth students who came out to Cook Park last Thursday to chalk the sidewalks with drawings and sayings about good Kindness.  Thank you to the following students:

Mr. Baker’s Class:  Mary W., Alaey M.

Mrs. Hyde’s Class:  Olivia C.

Mrs. Wilson’s Class: Sophia S., Sorelle F.

Mrs. Lesniewicz’s Class: Celia D., Nishika K.

Mrs; Plebanski’s Class: Haley F., Jacob S., Cameron H., Yvonne T.

Mrs. Sundh’s Class: Lauren C., Enrique M.

A big Thank You to our parents who joined us:  Mr. Syc, Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Weatherly, Mrs. Swanson, and Mrs. Clark.  

Our First Pillar Friday will be Friday, September 28.  We will be celebrating the pillar of Responsibility. More information about the pillar will be in the next Rockland Review.  

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

Destination Imagination

Are you interested in Destination Imagination?  If you would like to sign up, please email Mrs. Sundh for a registration form at Forms are due by Sep. 28

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.


To:           Parents at Adler, Butterfield, Copeland and Rockland Schools whose children are participating in The Nora Project.
What:     Launch meeting to provide information on The Nora Project and answer questions you have!
When:    Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6pm
Where:   Rockland School
               160 W. Rockland Rd.
               Libertyville, IL

To learn more about the Nora Project, please visit their website, or visit our Facebook page Nora Project with D70.

The Butterfield Elementary School Clothing Sale is Back!


Join Butterfield Elementary School for their annual Kids' Clothing Sale on October 12 + 13 where thousands of high quality clothing (ages infant – 18 years), winter gear, toys, books, games, costumes, baby gear and more will be available! There are multiple ways to get involved:

  • Sell: Clear out those closets! Registration is now open. Sellers receive 60% of the selling price.
  • Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer for a minimum 2-hour shift and receive early access to the pre-sale on 10/12
  • Shop: Come shop the sale - hosted in the Butterfield gymnasium - on 10/12 or 10/13 for plenty of great buys!

For more information, please visit, visit our Facebook page or email


Just a reminder that our first Rockland Cares event will be at Bernie's Book Bank on September 26th!  Please make sure you sign up for this fun and very rewarding event.  To sign up, visit  

There are many other rewarding events scheduled.  Sign up for as many as you like! Here are all the great events you can attend:
• Wednesday September 26, 4:30-6:00 PM - Bernie's Book Bank 
• Wednesday October 3, 2:45-3:30 PM - CORE Martial Arts Event 
• Tuesday October 23, 5:00-6:00 PM - PADS
• Wednesday November 15, 2:45-4:00 PM - Honor Flight
• Friday, December 7, 3:30-4:30 PM - Winter Senior Sing
• Saturday January 5, 2:00-4:00 PM - Feed My Starving Children
• Tuesday, January 22, 5:00-6:00 PM - PADS
• Wednesday, February 6, 2:45-3:45 PM - Fill A Heart 4 Kids
• Friday, March 1, 1:45-2:45 PM - Libertyville Food Bank
• Tuesday, March 19, 5:00-6:00 PM - PADS
• Wednesday April 3, 4:30-6 PM - Bernie's Book Bank
• Monday April 15, 3:00-4:00 PM - Bike Path Clean-up

Be sure to include your child's name in the comments.  This is especially important if you have multiple children attending.  Also, a few events require a registration with the sponsor in addition to the link given.  Please read the comments of each event for further instructions and locations.  

If you have any questions, please contact Charmain Stanislaw at or Sybil Chadwick at  We're looking forward to a great year and showing 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!



Did you know that reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are?  Here are a few simple things you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:
1.  Set the example. Let children see you read.
2.  Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
3.  Support our school’s book fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read. 
Our fall book fair will be held in the Learning Center during parent teacher conference week. Join us after school, before or after your conference, or bring your child and shop together! 
Tuesday, October 17 - 2:45pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, October 18 - 2:45pm-8:30pm
Thursday, October 19 - 1:15pm-8:30pm
If you are unable to attend the fair in person, we invite you to visit our online book fair at online fair is available from October 11 - October 24.

Please use our SignUp page if you’re interested in helping out at the book fair by setting up, being a cashier, or tearing down and you will be contacted with specifics.

Contact Keri Woodward, with any questions. 


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.
Kris Norwood will be hosting the Social Mixer for the Kindergarten parents on Friday, October 26th.  Look for details to come!  If you have questions, please reach out her at

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


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  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Martin at

Charlie Foxtrot & Hold the Pickle

Fundraiser @ Austin's
Saturday, October 13th

ALL PROCEEDS to benefit Libertyville School District 70 Family Associations, Libertyville High School ParentCATS, Libertyville MS Society & YMCA Camp Duncan Christmas Party (benefits underprivileged youth in Lake County)

Must pre-purchase tickets:


The next Rockland Family Association meetingwill be held Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00 pm in the Learning Center.  The agenda will be posted online prior to the meeting. ALL are welcome!  We hope to see you there! 

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