Rockland Review & RAP - 1-25-2019
A Note from Mr. Knapp

Dear Parents,

What an awesome way to finish our school week today as we had students participate in Career Day!  A special thank you to Mrs. List and her incredible team of volunteers for putting together a day that students always will remember.  Also thank you to the many parents that presented and helped students get to their locations throughout the school on this special day.

We are preparing for our 2nd round of Parent-Teacher conferences on February 13-14.  Information went home for parents to schedule through the online system (the window for scheduling remains open through Thursday, February 7).  We are very excited to invite you back into school to discuss your child’s learning and goals that were set in October. Please call the school office or contact the classroom teacher if you have anything that we can help with concerning your scheduled conference.

Second grade students will begin taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) starting on Monday, February 4th.  In Libertyville District 70, the CogAT will guide efforts to adapt instruction to the needs and abilities of students, identify students whose predicted levels of academic achievement differ markedly from observed levels of achievement, and measure cognitive development to help identify academically talented students.  CogAT results will be mailed to parents in the Spring.

Have a terrific weekend and try to stay warm from the winter elements!

Jeff Knapp
Rockland School

5Essentials Parent Survey

2018-19 Illinois Parent Survey:
Go to this link to take the 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

Whole Class Enrichment Digital Breakout

We recently wrapped up our whole class digital breakout sessions in enrichment. Each student used a Chromebook or an iPad to participate in problem solving quests where a series of puzzles needed to be solved to open the virtual locks.

We love breakout sessions because they focus on many important aspects of learning. Communication and collaboration are needed to solve the various problems and puzzle. It takes creativity and critical thinking as well. Digital breakouts have many puzzles that students are not able to figure out on their first attempt, so students need to reconsider their approach and give it another try. The activity helps teach perseverance and it’s such a great experience to work toward a final goal together.

Be sure to ask your child about their digital breakout experience!
Mrs. Salm
GTE Resource

Thank you from Destination Imagination!

Thank you for coming to our third and fourth grade Destination Imagination Bake Sale. We raised over $235 to help homeless animals at Orphans of the Storm    .  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Junior Achievement (We need parent volunteer help!)

Dear Rockland Parents,      

On Friday, April 26th, 2019, from 8:25-11:20 A.M. Rockland School is partnering up with Junior Achievement (JA) to provide corporate and community volunteers to present the basics of business and economics to our students.  The 3 “pillars” of JA programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.  It’s a great opportunity to help students connect what they are learning in school with “real world” experiences. 
We have a need for parent volunteers and are hoping that you would consider this opportunity to volunteer either in your child’s classroom, or, in another classroom.  A JA representative will provide training sessions on Tuesday, April 16th from 9a-10a and 5p-6p at Rockland to orient you to the program, the curriculum kits, and classroom management techniques in order to help you be successful and have fun with it!  We request you only attend one of the training sessions. What is required?

  • An interest in sharing with students in a classroom setting.  The curriculum is interactive and engaging with games and activities built in to make it fun!
  • Comfort talking to a group of students.  A classroom teacher will always be present.
  • You do not need to be an expert in economics or finance to teach JA!  The Program Guide Book we supply you with will provide all the information that you need to teach the lesson.

The following Lessons will be taught to each grade level:

Kindergarten: JA Ourselves
JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work.

1st Grade: JA Our Families
JA Our Families explains how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families.

2nd Grade: JA Our Community
JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy.

3rd Grade: JA Our City
JA Our City introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Students will apply money-management strategies to personal and business accounts.

4th Grade: JA Our Region
JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and to track the revenue and expenses of a business.

5th Grade: JA Our Nation
JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program's end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math that will make their futures brighter.
For more information about JA-Chicago please visit their website or contact the school office. Click here to Signup to volunteer by February 22nd

District 70 Caring Parent Newsletter

District 70 Shines with Kindness
Pillar Friday for Caring is
Friday, February 1, 2019



During the next month in all of our District 70 schools we will be learning about caring – what it means and how we can be caring students and citizens.  Learning happens best when it is done both at school and at home. Below are ways you can reinforce the theme of caring through reading about it, talking about it, and practicing it.

This Friday is Pillar Friday for Caring.  We encourage all students and staff to wear red, the color that represents caring.  

Read All About It

Here are some books to help you learn more about fairness:

  • Hey, Little Ant by Hannah and Phillip Hoose

  • What’s Wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver

  • Everyone by Christopher Silas Neal

  • The Journey by Francesca Sanna

Practice It!

Help your child practice considering the needs of others.  When you are watching TV or reading books, ask your child what he/she thinks the characters are feeling, and what they might need in that situation. What could you say or do to help that person?  

Talk About It!

Here are some discussion points to help you talk about caring with your child:

  • What does it mean to be caring and why is it important?
  • Is it easy or difficult for you to care about others?
  • Tell me about a time when you were caring towards someone else.  
  • Tell me about a time when someone else was caring towards you.
  • What would the world be like if people considered the feelings of others more often?
  • How can you tell how someone else may be feeling?
  • How can you tell what someone else may need?  


When we are caring we are showing kindness!

2018-2019 District 70 Character Counts Committee
Adler:  Mrs. Gasick, Mrs. Turner
Butterfield:  Mrs. Panock, Mrs. Simon
Copeland Manor: Mrs. Travelstead
Highland Middle School: Mrs. Battaglia,  Mrs. Farley, Mrs. Ross
Rockland:  Mrs. List
Administrator: Mr. Knapp

PADS Donations

Dear Parents and Students at Rockland School,

The Character Counts Committee is excited to announce that Rockland and the other district K-5 buildings have agreed to continue our support for PADS.  We are going to make lunches for the PADS Crisis Services Program located in Waukegan. Rockland will be making 25 lunches a day Monday, February 4th through Friday, February 8h.  

Our wonderful Student Council and Rockland Staff have agreed to help make the lunches in the mornings before school.  We are in need of the Rockland Community to support this effort by donating the necessary food items needed for the lunches.  We want to have all grade levels at Rockland involved. In order to do this we have broken the necessary items into categories and assigned a grade level to each category.  If you have children in different grade levels you are welcome to choose one grade level or donate for each level.

The following is needed:
Kindergarten:  Bread ~~ we will need about 25 loaves of bread for the week.  (250 sandwiches)

1st Grade:  Water ~~ bottled water -- NO GLASS  and packaged meat for sandwiches
2nd Grade:  Desserts ~~ a wrapped dessert such as “Little Debbie’s” or manufacture packaged cookies and cheese for sandwiches
3rd Grade:  Fruit cups or Applesauce Cups (Please include plastic spoons)
4th Grade:  Snacks ~~ individually wrapped packages of chips, pretzels, crackers
5th Grade:  Meat and Cheese ~~ packaged meats and packaged cheese for the sandwiches.   
(We are not to use mustard or mayo – individual packs of condiments are welcome)  No peanut butter and jelly (it does not store well)  

All lunch donations need to be dropped off at Rockland School (in the front by the office) beginning Wednesday January 30th through Friday February 1st by 10:00 AM.  We will be making a total of 125 lunches but 250 sandwiches!

We also need drivers (Mon-Fri) to take the lunches to the Waukegan Office. Pick up the lunches in the office between 9:00-9:30 to drive to Waukegan. Directions will be provided.  

Thank you in advance for your support and if you have any questions please contact Mrs. List (

The Character Counts Committee of Rockland School (Mrs. List, Mrs. Stonehocker, Mrs. Sundh, Mrs. Lesniewicz, Mrs. Wilson, Miss Kittelson, Miss Blahnik, Mrs. L. Williams and Mr. Knapp)  

Career Day 2019 Thank You

Today, Friday, January 25th, the halls were alive with excitement as Rockland students in grades K-5 moved throughout the halls, going to five different career presentations!  Grades 1-5 were assigned according to their choice request. Kindergarten students were in two groups and heard five presentations. It was a Fantastic Day!

Our first Thank You goes to our 24 plus presenters!

This year 6 of our presenters were new and 11 presenters were parents of Rockland students!  One was a staff member’s husband!

Thank You Presenters!

Our next Thank You goes to the Rockland Staff.  The breakfast foods were wonderful and the presenters were very thankful.  Thank you also for being so supportive and flexible throughout the entire Career Day process!

Career Day was a success mainly due to the behind the scenes help from our parent coordinators, Tara Deering, Elizabeth Kurkowski, and Katie Taylor.  Thanks for all the hours on the phone, on the computer, in meetings, scheduling, and all the little extras that made the day so refreshing.

A big round of applause for all the parents who graciously patrolled the hallways and helped get everyone from classroom to classroom. We could not have done it without you!


An extra special round of applause to the R.F.A. for the financial support for this spectacular day!

Cheers to all the Rockland Students!  You were so enthusiastic about the day and were great listeners and participants!

You definitely Shined with the
Rockland Way!

A special thanks to Mr. Knapp and Mrs. Hamilton for your support! A special thanks to Mr. Chris Vipond and Mrs. Kristi Perry for your technology help!


See you next year!
Mrs. List, Mrs. Stonehocker, and Mr. Kolar !

Character Counts News

We have been noticing many fair students shining with kindness.    

Our weekly challenges for Fairness have been written by the students in Mrs. Plebanski’s class. Last week Cameron, Jacob, Simon, Katherine, and Abigail challenged us to show fairness in the lunchroom by showing expected behaviors.  This week Katherine, Abigail, Olivia, Valerie, and Daniel challenged us to show expected behaviors in the hallways.

Next week beginning on Wednesday we will be collecting food items for PADS lunches that we will be making the first week in February (February 4th-8th).  A separate page is included in this Rockland Review regarding the donation items for PADS.

We have heard from our buddy school, Kenneth Murphy, in Beach Park that they are very low on non-perishable food products.

The Kenneth Murphy Social Worker is in charge of sending home food for long weekends with many of the students. Their social worker was so appreciative of all the food products we donated in September.  During the week of January 28th to February 1st we will accept any non-perishable food products for Kenneth Murphy.

Suggested Donations:

  • anything that can easily be microwaved
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Easy Mac
  • pasta & sauces 
  • granola bars 
  • mainly anything that is non-perishable   

All donations will be appreciated.  

Next Friday we will celebrate Pillar Friday for Caring.  The parent letter about Caring is also included in this 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,
Ms. Kittleson, Miss Blahnik and Mr. Knapp

Character Counts Pillars
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.

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

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.


The RFA annual Pattycake Breakfast is around the corner!  This is such fun Rockland tradition - a St. Patrick's Day themed fundraiser featuring pancakes and raffles held at Rockland School on Saturday, March 16th from 8:00-10:00 am.

Please review the following four Pattycake announcements:

Pattycake Notice (1 of 4):  PLANNERS NEEDED
We are looking for help with some vital tasks that need to happen before the breakfast:

  • Solicit beverage donations (juice and coffee)
  • Develop minute-to-win it type games or other activities for a kids area
  • Make signs (simple, hand-written signs to identify various areas of the breakfast and raffle)

Please contact Stephanie Weatherly if you are interested in helping with one of these important tasks.

Pattycake Notice (2 of 4):  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Don't forget that this event cannot happen without the help of many volunteers working the day of the breakfast!  To volunteer to work a shift at the breakfast (Saturday, March 16th), please go to the online volunteer sign up here.

We also need baked goods donated for the cake walk.  To donate a baked good, please sign up at this same link: Thank you!

Pattycake Notice (3 of 4):  GENERAL RAFFLE ITEMS NEEDED

The Pattycake Breakfast is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we need YOUR help to exceed last year’s numbers!  Please consider if you have tickets, timeshares, miles, items or cash that you can donate!  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 via email or messenger. 

Thanks in advance,

Jessica Kuehn


In addition to the larger items, the Pattycake Raffle also includes themed baskets that have been assembled by classroom.  But we need your help filling these baskets!  Please follow this link to the Google Document. 

Then find your child’s classroom teacher and sign up for one of the remaining items needed for that classroom’s basket (and then feel free to repeat this process if you have multiple children at Rockland!).

There is a box in the school’s front hallway for collection of these raffle items.  Please tape a note on your item stating the classroom and your last name.

Raffle basket items must be received by February 26th. 

Thank you so much,
Jessica Fishman Kuehn & Jasett Ktsanes


Dear Rockland Families,

This is a reminder that our Box Tops for Education contest is currently underway.  Please send any Box Tops that you may have at home with your child to school.   The contest ends February 1st

  1. There is a bag in each classroom for your child to place their Box Tops in.
  2. Please cut your Box Tops ALONG THE DOTTED LINES.  General Mills will not accept full lids or large sheets of product packaging.
  3. The expiration date must be displayed on the Box Tops.
  4. No expired Box Tops can be accepted.
  5. We do not collect any Campbell’s labels.  Please do not send them in with your Box Tops.

The winning classroom will receive a class lunchtime pizza party!

 Please contact Cathy Kacos with any questions ( or 847-393-5066).


Thank you so much to everyone who helped out at PADS on Tuesday!  Our next Rockland Cares event is after school in the Rockland Gym on February 6th.  We will view a presentation from Fill a Heart for Kids and participate in their Project Valentine, making Valentines for children supported by this project.  We ask each student attending to donate a peanut-free snack for Project Valentine.  The sign up deadline is Sunday, February 3rd.

To sign up for this and other future Rockland Cares events, please click here.  Events with remaining open slots are:

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2:45-3:45 - Fill A Heart 4 Kids
  • Friday, March 1, 1:45-2:45 - Libertyville Food Bank
  • Tuesday, March 19, 5:00-6:00 - PADS
  • Wednesday April 3, 4:30-6:00 - Bernie's Book Bank
  • Monday April 15, 3:00-4:00 - Bike Path Clean-up

Be sure to include your child's name in the comments (especially important if you have multiple children attending).  A few events require registration with the sponsor, so please read the comments for each event for further instructions and locations.  If you have any questions, please contact Charmaine Butler at or Sybil Chadwick at  Thank you for showing everyone how much Rockland Cares!


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 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. 


Fifth grade will be hosting a bake sale during the February conferences in the hallway near the main entrance.  There will be cookies, brownies, cupcakes and more!  All proceeds will go towards the 5th grade end-of-year gift.  Please stop by on your way out and pick up a yummy treat to go!  


Rockland Family Movie Night will be Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 pm. Please be on the look-out for the RSVP Form and food ordering options next week.  Remember, this event is first come, first serve, so please be sure to RSVP early!  Bring a blanket and the whole family!


Thank you to the wonderful parents who assisted in the hallways during today’s big Career Day event.  Your help guiding the students to where they needed to be was essential!  A big thank you to:

Tara Deering
Jessica Ferguson
Jeanine Gangi​​​​​​​
Lisa Gatto​​​​​​​
Laura Joyce
Cathy Kacos​​​​​​​
Amie Krummick​​​​​​​
Maggie Krynski​​​​​​​
Elizabeth Kurkowski​​​​​​​
Christine Liu
Joy Logsdon
Annika McKnight
Lindsay McMahon
Katie Mickiewicz​​​​​​​
Joy Morgan
Eleni Mueller
Jessica Page
Marilyn Rehmer​​​​​​​
Katie Sanderson
Kristin Swanson
Katie Taylor
Cori Teppen
​​​​​​​Vanesa Vojvodic


Please mark your calendars for the next RFA meeting, to be held Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm in the Learning Center.  An agenda will be posted online prior to the meeting.  We hope to see you there!

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