Rockland Review & RAP - 2-8-2019
A Note from Mr. Knapp

Rockland Parents,

Rockland School has been a busy place during these winter months with next week being no exception!  Valentine’s Day parties are just around the corner and sure to add to excitement! Children continue to stay active with a variety of extra-curricular activities on top of what goes on during the regular school day.  Students are coming and going from beginner and intermediate band and orchestra sessions, intramurals, and various clubs. We are looking forward to cheering on our 4th/5th grade basketball teams soon when their seasons begin!

The traditional “Rock the House” event is coming up and will bring our school together for some basketball fun on February 20th at Rockland School in our gymnasium (6:00 P.M. start time to see 5th grade boys/girls basketball games).  Coming in the not too distant future is our annual Pattycake Breakfast to be held on March 16th from 8:00-11:00 A.M.  Prepare yourself for the biggest fundraiser of the year and all that goes with the food, fun, and raffles on this special day.  I hope you will all be able to set aside time to come celebrate and continue to be thankful for the hard work that the Rockland Family Association (R.F.A.) volunteers put into making this event a success.  

We are excited to see the Rockland families next week during parent-teacher conferences on February 13th and 14th.  Please call the office or email your child's classroom teacher if you have any questions about the time that you signed up for.  

Have a great weekend,

Jeff Knapp
Rockland School

5Essentials Survey for Parents

The deadline to complete the 5Essentials Survey has been extended to February 15th.  The survey  is available to parents here. As of today, the parent response rate is 30%.  Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey!  Your input is valuable. 

1st Grade News

Happy New Year!  The Rockland First graders had a wonderful time closing out 2018 with many fun-filled activities throughout the month of December!  As part of our social studies curriculum the first graders learned about family traditions.  We taught each other about our own family's holiday celebrations, and continued this as we heard about how different classmates celebrated the New Year.  In December we learned about one of Dr. Seuss' famous characters…The Grinch!  The first graders celebrated by having a Grinch Day!  We are looking forward to learning more about some of our other favorite Dr Seuss characters as we celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday in March.  The first graders also enjoyed coming to school in their PJ's for Polar Express Day!  What a fun time we had riding on a "train" to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate!  Students were able to practice making predictions, retelling, comparing and contrasting, making connections, writing, and identifying the main idea.  In addition to these activities students completed math activities focused on problem solving. As we started the month of February we also started our next science unit, Seasonal Patterns. We started by exploring the length of each day throughout the year. We compared Libertyville to Melbourne, Australia. Did you know that not everyone has summer at the same time of year? We are looking forward to learning more about seasonal patterns before moving on the Patterns in Space!

From the School Psychologist...

Greetings Rockland Friends and Family,

What a busy winter season at Rockland!  The Vernon Hills High School  (VHHS) Voices in Prevention (VIP) Club visited our 4thand 5th graders to promote inclusion, empathy, and positive problem solving.  Rockland students watched as the VIP Club performed improvised skits about relevant topics such as bullying, spreading rumors, and social exclusion.  The student led, small group discussions that followed focused on positive response strategies that encourage kindness.

During the month of February, 4th graders are participating in classroom lessons on managing conflict and responding to bullying behavior.  Students practiced using “I Messages” to express their feelings assertively and non-judgmentally when faced with personal conflict, reviewed the many forms of bullying behavior, and how to report and/or be an upstander. More information about peer conflict, mean behavior, and bullying can be found here.

A special screening of Angst: Raising awareness around anxiety will be held on Tuesday February 19 at 7:00 pm.  The screening, approximately 55 minutes in length, will be held at Vernon Hills High School and is appropriate for ages 10 and up.  Please register here.

Michelle Vertanen


Don't forget to purchase your yearbook before time runs out! Order today or to place an order by phone, call 1-877-767-5217.

Character Counts News

A huge THANK YOU to all our wonderful families that have donated items for our PADS lunches.  This week we packed 125 lunch bags and made 250 sandwiches! Thank you also to our drivers who picked the boxes up and drove them to Waukegan.  

Another THANK YOU goes to all our families who donated non-perishable food items for our buddy school, Kenneth Murphy.  

Monday we began our celebration of Caring.  

Our weekly challenges for Caring are being written by the students in Mr. Baker’s class. This week Lucas, Colin, Anna, Taylor, Jake, Riley, Eli Z., Ethan, Alaey and Liana challenged us to include everyone in games, conversations and at recess.  This week most students were busy making Valentines for Vets.

Last week we announced the Pillar Students of Fairness.  The students’ names were announced to the student body, they received a special tag, a certificate and were treated to a pizza lunch by Mr. Knapp.

We are pleased to announce our Fairness pillar students:
Kindergarten: Abigial P. and Frankie S.
First Grade: Carter D. and Finley Mc.
Second Grade: Ana Lucia T., Liam S., and Melynda H.
Third Grade: Alia T. and Emily P.
Fourth Grade: Iris R., Aksel Mc., and Caroline Mc.
Fifth Grade:  Jake K., Olivia C., and Sophia T.


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

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. 

Dine & Share with Rockland School

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



Hearing a lot of buzz about the upcoming Pattycake Breakfast and wondering how you can be a part of the action?? Here’s a list of ways YOU can help make the Pattycake Breakfast and Raffle Fundraiser a success this year:

(1) Donate an item for your child's classroom-sponsored raffle basket.  Each classroom has been assigned a theme for a great raffle basket. Use the link: Class Raffle Basket (donations accepted through February 26th via a collection box in the lobby - please label each item with your child’s last name and classroom teacher)

(2) Donate an item for a large raffle basket (electronics, sports tickets, something from your business).  Contact Jessica Kuehn at (donations accepted through February 15th)

(3) Donate a treat for the Cake Walk (homemade or store-bought).  Contact Lauren Wu at with your commitment for donating and for drop-off details (donations accepted through the morning of Pattycake)

(4) Volunteer to help at the event.  Sign up for a shift at or contact Stephanie Weatherly at

(5) Come to the Pattycake Breakfast!  Enjoy pancakes, raffle fun, and socializing with Rockland families on St. Patrick's Day.  Watch for ticket pre-order forms to come home with your child.
We appreciate your help making this event a success, and we look forward to seeing you at the Pattycake Breakfast at Rockland on Saturday, March 16th, 8:00-10:00!


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. 


Help show our love to the teachers by making or purchasing a dish for our Conference Dinner for the Rockland Staff on February 14th! Only a few spots are left!  The teachers are so appreciative and love it!
Instructions for the dinner and all of the food items requested are in this link


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 with a viewing of Disney’s “Incredibles 2.”  RSVP and food order forms were sent home with your student.  RSVP by Thursday, February 21st or earlier (respond early to ensure your spot, as it will “sell out”).  Candy and popcorn available for purchase the evening of, but pizza must be pre-ordered.  Bring a blanket and the whole family!  Please contact Erin Reilly with any questions.


Thank you to all who participated in PADs and The Fill a heart 4 kids event! We appreciate everyone’s efforts in showing how Rockland cares.

We have two upcoming events in March,  Libertyville Food Bank on March 1st and another PADs opportunity on March 9th. We are still in need of supplies and volunteers for both events. If you are able to donate and or help for either event,  please sign up here

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


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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