Rockland Review & RAP - 1-11-2019
A Note from Mr. Knapp

Dear Parents,

Welcome to 2019!  I sincerely hope that all of the Rockland families enjoyed their holiday break and had time to rest and relax.  It is certainly nice to see all the students back into the swing of things from their time away from school. We are very excited to have the school full of energy and learning again this past week.

Students will be undergoing reading assessments and benchmark testing with their teachers throughout the month of January.  The data will be helpful as we look to drive instruction going forward during the second half of the school year. We look forward to following up with all parents in February during the next round of Parent/Teacher conferences on February 13/14.

With the onset of bad weather through the winter months, we expect more cars coming through our circle each morning and afternoon (and more students arriving late and considered tardy).  We ask that you remain cautious and patient and recognize arrival and dismissal may take a few more minutes than usual. It is always our hope to keep things safe and orderly and appreciate your attention to dropping students off and picking them up within the correct parking zone that is monitored by our staff each morning/afternoon.  Please make an effort to arrive a few minutes earlier so that students are not late to class in the morning. We noticed a great improvement on lessening tardies before break! Students may arrive as early as 7:45 A.M. to the supervised playground.

Finally, with the new calendar year upon us, what a great time to sit down with your child(ren) and come up with some “New Year’s Resolutions."  As a family talk about new strategies and ideas to implement to work on that will help your child succeed in school. Whether it be committing to a set time for homework everyday after school, or spending more time reading, many things can be done to turn over a new leaf and help your child as they come back from the winter break!

Happy New Year from all of Rockland School!


Jeff Knapp
Rockland School

What's Going on in Second Grade!

Now that we are back from winter break, second grade is kicking it into high gear for a wonderful winter of learning!

We will  flex our math muscles by learning the different strategies of subtracting double and triple digit numbers!  The kids will soon master this hard concept by learning three short poems that remind them when to trade, or borrow, and when not to!

To continue with our efforts of writing with details, and using adjectives students set New Years goals for both home and school. Students will read and learn about the importance of Martin Luther King. To follow up, students will describe dreams of their own.

To really gear up for some winter excitement, students will  participate in a novel study reading Flat Stanley!  This will provide students many opportunities to discuss literature and provide multiple outlets to respond to the book.  We will culminate this novel study with the class sending out a flat version of themselves to a friend or a family member.  This is where the real adventure begins! We will be keeping track of our travels on a map of the United States.

As you can see, it might be cold outside, but Rockland's second graders will be keeping warm as the learning continues!

Jenae Murphy
Tejal Mehta
Laura Stonehocker

Character Counts News

Welcome to 2019!  

We begin this year celebrating the pillar of Fairness.  

When we imagine fairness we visualize individuals who are honest and truthful. A Fair person listens and is open-minded.  Fair people are careful when making judgments about others. By modeling fairness we show we have the courage to do what is right and we never say anything that would hurt others.  A fair person definitely shines with kindness.

Our weekly challenges for Fairness have been written by the students in Mrs. Plebanski’s class. This week Isabella, Aksel, Yvonne, Braden, Cameron, Jacob, Simon, Katherine, Abigail, Olivia, Valerie, and Daniel challenged us to treat others equally at recess and play with everyone.  By doing this we are showing expected behavior on the playground.

Character counts will be busy during the upcoming weeks of the year.  The first week in February (February 4th-8th) we will be making lunches for PADS.  The last week in January we will be having a supply drive to support the necessary items to be put into each lunch.  We will be making 25 lunches each day. We have also learned that our Buddy School, Kenneth Murphy in Beach Park is very low on non-perishable food items.  We are planning to have a non-perishable drive for them as we did during Character Counts week in September. More information will be coming home with your child about both these requests very soon.  Thank you in advance for your support.

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,
Ms. Kittleson, Miss Blahnik and Mr. Knapp

Pillars of Character
Destination Imagination Bake Sale

Please come to our 3rd and 4th grade Destination Imagination bake sale. All the money will go to Orphans Of The Storm™.  We will be selling brownies, cupcakes, cookies and hot cocoa. It will be next week on Wed-Fri. It will be on January 16, 17 and the 18. It will happen at 2:45-3:30. It will be at Rockland school 60048. Items  will cost $0.50-$1.50. 

Spirit Week January 14th-18th

Monday Jan. 14thCollege Day
*Wear the colors of your favorite college or apparel!

Tuesday Jan. 15th  - Ugly Sweater Day
*Wear your favorite ‘ugly’ sweater

Wednesday, Jan. 16th  -  Decades Day
*Dress in clothes from a different decade!

Thursday, Jan. 17th – Pajama Day
*Dress in your cozy clothes to warm up on this January day!

Friday, Jan. 18th – Fancy Friday
*Dress in your fancy clothes (but make sure you can still participate in PE and recess!) 

5Essentials Parent Survey

2018-19 Illinois Parent Survey

Dear Parent, The Illinois State Board of Education invites you to participate in a school improvement survey for parents. Please Note: This survey is NOT a component of the 5Essentials Organizing Schools for Improvement Survey. In this survey, you will be asked to provide feedback about your child’s school. Please consider your child’s current experience at school (i.e., 2018-2019 school year). This survey is designed to help school and district leadership improve their understanding of the parent/school relationship. 

All responses are completely anonymous. Responses to anonymous surveys cannot be traced back to the respondent. Additionally, your responses will be combined with other parents from your child's school and summarized in a school report to further protect your anonymity. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you have the right to discontinue participation at any point.

If you have more than one (1) child, you may elect to participate multiple times. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey content, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874. 

Letter to parents from Supt. Dr. Schumacher

Dine & Share with Rockland School

January 29th: Ganellos
February 21st: Cafe Pomigliano, Inc.
March 12th: Panera
April 11th: Dos Amigos
May 8th (5-8PM): Cluckers

Pattycake Breakfast March 16, 2019

Dear Rockland Families,
We are excited to announce the RFA Raffle for the Pattycake Breakfast! This is our largest fundraiser of the year that helps fund our Marriott theatre trip, Family reading night, assemblies, Young Authors, and many other programs! For families that are new to us at Rockland, it’s a fun Saturday morning with pancakes eaten and raffle prizes won! There will be three categories of raffle items:

1. Large Raffle Items- These raffle items will have a higher monetary value than the other raffle baskets. Items may include…. Overnight date in Chicago, iWatch, Nintendo Switch, Disney tickets, etc. We are asking for monetary donations, tickets to a sport event (Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears), airline miles,concerts or ANY connection’s that can help our school raise money with amazing raffle items.
2. Classroom Raffle Baskets- Each teacher will be assigned a theme for their classroom raffle basket. This year we are asking for your help in donating items to create an amazing basket! The classroom with the most participation in donating items will receive a pizza and popcorn party sponsored by the RFA.
3.Teacher Experiences- These items donated by teachers, staff, and local community members will be similar to years past. You can win a chance to eat lunch with your teacher, make announcements with Mrs. Hamilton or even get a ride home in a police car.

We are looking forward to putting together an amazing raffle experience that you and your child(ren) will enjoy. Please consider donating an item to your child’s classroom raffle basket. Click the link below to access the Google Spreadsheet and add your name to the list of donors.
Pattycake Donation Sign-Up Sheet

You can bring in donations to the office and place in the container labeled Pattycake Breakfast: Classroom Raffle Basket Donations with family name and classroom taped to item. All monetary donations can be brought to the office. If you’d like to make a monetary donation, please print/detach the bottom of this page and send back to school in a labeled envelope to RFA attn: Jessica Kuehn. Please make checks payable to the RFA Questions? Please email Jessica at:

Deadline for items & monetary donations is Feb. 27th, 2019

Use Caution Around Students and School Buses
Please use caution when approaching school buses as students board before school and as they unload after school.

It is illegal to pass a school bus whose red stop lights are flashing, according to a letter distributed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

For the first time this year, District 70 grade school students reviewed bus safety with Toby Tire, a robotic bus safety program sponsored by White's office. The program reviewed general safety measures for children, including staying away from strangers, looking both ways to cross a street or board a bus, staying clear at least 10 feet around buses, and staying seated and speaking in normal tones while riding in a bus.
Metra Safety Poster Contest

Metra is currently soliciting entries for Metra's 2018-2019 Safety Poster and Essay Contest. This year's theme is “Use Your Senses." The deadline for entries is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Since its launch in 2006, we are proud to say that more than 35,000 students from hundreds of schools throughout northeastern Illinois have participated in the Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest. We could not be happier that so many students are actively engaged in learning about what they can do to keep themselves safe around trains and railroad tracks.

Please visit the contest website,, to learn more about the contest and the importance of teaching our children how to be safe around trains and railroad tracks.


Rockland’s annual Pattycake Breakfast will be here before we know it (March 16th)!  This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and I want to exceed last years numbers.  But I need YOUR help!

If you have tickets, timeshares, miles, items or cash that you can donate, I would greatly appreciate it!  If you know someone (a boss, a friend, parent, etc.) who could help us with a physical donated item, tickets to an event or cash, PLEASE reach out to them.  Our deadline is February 15th.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email or messenger. 

Thanks in advance,
Jessica Kuehn 


It’s that time of year... the Box Top race!  So, let the clippings begin!

From January 7th through February 1st, each classroom will have a Box Top collection bag.  The class that collects the most Box Tops during this period will win a class lunchtime pizza party!!

Last year, we collected over 6,500 Box Tops, so let’s keep up the good work and beat our record.  Don’t forget:  Please Cut the Box Tops Along the Dotted Lines!!

Good luck!
Cathy Kacos


Tara McDonnell is hosting the 4th grade mixer on Friday, January 18th at 7:00 pm at her home.  Please contact her with any questions.


Thank you to all who participated in this weekend’s Rockland Cares event at Feed My Starving Children.  With Rockland Community’s help, we packed 221 boxes that will feed 131 kids for a year!  If you are interested in participating in any future Rockland Care’s events, be sure to sign up at

The next Rockland Cares event is January 22nd at PADS from 5:00-6:00.  We still are in need of lunchmeat as well as help packing for the event.  If you are able to donate/help pack lunches on this date, please sign up at under the lunchmeat section.  If you are unable to help pack and can only donate lunchmeat, that works too! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sybil Chadwick ( or Charmaine Butler (


Our winter book fair will be here before we know it!  Mark your calendars for the following days, and come see what's new at the Scholastic Dino-Mite Book Fair.  It 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, February 12th: 2:45-5:00
Wednesday, February 13th:  2:45-8:30
Thursday, February 14th:  1:15-8:30

We still need of volunteers!  If you’d like to help by setting up, being a cashier, or tearing down, please use our Sign Up tool and the chairperson will contact you with specifics and sign up for dates and times that work best for you!

Contact Keri Woodward, with any questions. 


Rockland Family Movie Night will be Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 pm (please note this date change).  Bring a blanket and the whole family to enjoy “Incredibles 2.”  The RSVP Form and food options will be sent home with students in advance of the event. 


Wanting to get more involved?  Now is your chance!!  Positions on the RFA Board are opening up next year (the 2019-20 school year)!  We are looking for nominations for the positions of:  2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Co-Treasurer.  These positions are a two-year commitment.  If you or someone you know are interested in running, please contact Nicole Slobe (  


Thank you to all who attended this week’s RFA meeting!  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm in the Learning Center.  Hope to see you there!

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