Rockland Review & RAP - 5-10-2019
A Note from Mr. Knapp

Dear Parents,

We are so proud of all the great student performances that we've had and still to come!  I would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of the great concerts that occur during the month of May.  I have enjoyed seeing so many Rockland students showcasing their special talents and dedication during this time. April 30th we were excited to see the Spring Sing that highlighted our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students led by Ms. Kittleson (in our new gym!).  This past week we had our chorus club (Ms. Kittleson’s group) and orchestras (Mrs. Janossy’s groups) perform at Butterfield and Copeland.  Next week we look forward to seeing our beginning and intermediate bands play at Highland. I enjoy this busy and fun time of year and as parents you have much to be proud of as we watch our children shine!

We were thrilled to open up the building last week for our annual Open House and Art Show.  Thank you to all parents and students who were able to attend and celebrate the hard work being done in our classrooms and the wonderful art displays!  Thank you again to Ms. Bernard, our staff, and all the volunteers for making sure this was a great evening.

Thank you to those who came to our final R.F.A. meeting of the year this past Tuesday evening in the Learning Center.  We were excited to wrap up the year and appreciate all of the hard work that the association has given to Rockland School.  A special thank you goes out to the executive board and the wonderful volunteers that help to make Rockland the special place that we all love!  

Finally, I'd like to remind you that your children will be participating in an end of year awards assembly in which we will recognize students for their participation in various clubs and activities.  This will be held on May 24th at 9 A.M. in our gymnasium.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Jeff Knapp

Upcoming Dates

May 14: Kindergarten Field Trip - Chicago Botanic Garden
May 14: 1st grade Field Trip - Brookfield Zoo
May 14: Spring Band Concert #1 - Beginning Band and Highland Red Band
May 16: Spring Band Concert #2: Intermediate Band and Highland Symphonic Band
May 17: 2nd & 5th grade P.E. Field Trip - Just for Fun Roller Rink
May 21: 4th grade Field Trip - The Grove
May 24: Awards Assembly 9:00am
May 28: 3rd grade Field Trip - Chicago
June 4: Field Day 
June 5: Last day of School/PBS Celebration 
News from 3rd Grade

Calling all future entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, historians, city planners…there are plenty in the third grade wing of Rockland! Third graders have been busy demonstrating the D70 Applications of Learning throughout our Economy and Chicago history units.

Future entrepreneurs designed and tested a business model for a product or service that solved a problem. While developing skills in communication, teamwork, making connections, problem solving, use of technology, and self direction, 3rd graders created a Google slides presentation and prototype product. These projects addressed marketing, investments, consumers, expenses, profits, and losses.  We’ve had everything from Unpoppable tires and fast food dog treats to school supply organizers and diaper bags as some of our inventions. Students look forward to being thrown into the Shark Tank and proposing their products to our own D70 sharks on May 10th!

Besides discovering some future business leaders, 3rd grade also found several future architects, historians, and city planners.  As we concluded social studies for the year, students enjoyed applying what they learned from our immigration and Chicago history unit by researching a famous Chicago landmark. Each team used their D70 Applications of Learning to create a video, and build a model of that landmark out of recycled materials from our school’s makerspace.  Third graders practiced presentation skills as they taught one another and their parents about the history of these famous landmarks at Open House. To culminate this unit, students will be going on a double decker architecture tour of Chicago on May 28th.

We’ve also had a wonderful year discovering and making new friendships as part of the Nora Project and look forward to showcasing our videos at Nora Night, on May 22nd at Copeland Manor School.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month- this initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health disorders. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Month is Fitness #4Mind4Body, emphasizing that health is an all-encompassing matter and we must take care of our minds just as much as we take care of our bodies.  For the month of May, Mental Health America and NAMI are challenging us all to make small positive changes in our lives that can benefit our mind and your body. To read more, visit: Mental Health America

With only a few more weeks left in this school year, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Rockland community once again for the warm welcome and continued support this year.  It’s been a pleasure getting to know the students and families of Rockland!

Michelle Vertanen
School Psychologist

District 70 Shines with Kindness

Dear Parents and Students,

The end of the school year brings time to reflect about the activities accomplished during the 2018-2019 year.  

As a district our year began with a video from Dr. Schumacher welcoming us to Character Counts Week.  During Character Counts Week donations were made to The Hope Food Pantry, The Libertyville Township Food Pantry, Kenneth Murphy School in Beach Park, Orphans of the Storm, and Lambs Farm.

Also during Character Counts Week fourth and fifth grade students, and many students from Highland showed their artistic talents and “chalked” the sidewalks around Cook Park.  Our theme this year was, “District 70 Shines with Kindness” and the students drew scenes and wrote sayings about how they can show kindness.

In October as we listened and watched the news about Hurricane Florence we asked families for financial donations to help families in the Carolinas. The families of District 70 donated $2,670.23 for these victims. As reported in the fall this money was sent to Habitat for Humanity in Brunswick County, NC. Families of District 70 certainly have shown their kindness through caring for these victims.  

Throughout the year we celebrated the six pillars of character.  We began the celebration of each pillar with a “Pillar Friday.” Each of the schools promoted the education of each pillar in various activities and conversations.

In November many students in the district wrote letters to servicemen via the Operation Gratitude Program.  

In January the District K-5 students attended an assembly presented by Camfel Productions. This was a Character Counts assembly titled Count on Me for K-5th, and It’s My Life for Highland

In February the students made Valentines for Vets.  These were delivered to Congressman Brad Schneider’s office in Lincolnshire.  

Each of the buildings made lunches for the PADS office in Waukegan.  We thank the families for their donations of supplies for this project.    

As we reflect on this year’s Character Counts activities at Rockland School we want to remember many activities other than the activities already mentioned.  During Character Counts week our Rockland families were so generous for our Buddy School, Kenneth Murphy. Donations of head phones, recess equipment and non-perishable food items were delivered to the school in September.  In November we honored our Veterans with a morning celebration. At the beginning of each pillar celebration one of our wonderful staff members read a meaningful book to all the students via a podcast. Throughout the year we recognized 90 students as exemplary representatives for the six pillars. In February we had another non-perishable food drive for Kenneth Murphy!  During two weeks in April all the students at Rockland made friendship bracelets for all the students at Kenneth Murphy. As you can see Rockland has shined with Character through our community outreaching activities. Parents and students please give yourselves a pat on the back!

It is through our administration, principals, staff, students, and families that we build our values of Character.  Thank you parents for all that you do at home to reinforce Character Counts.


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

2018-2019 Rockland School Character Counts committee
Mrs. Stonehocker, Mrs. Sundh,  Mrs. Lesniewicz, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. L.Johnson, Miss Blahnik, Ms. Kittleson, Mrs. List and Mr. Knapp

Volunteer Breakfast Friday, May 17th

The Rockland staff wants to thank ALL volunteers who have helped anyone in the classroom and throughout the school.  If you volunteered your time at home, in school, or just sent in requested items YOU are a volunteer and deserve a thank you!

Friday May 17th come into the Multipurpose Room for a breakfast treat and let the Rockland staff celebrate YOU!

We will be serving from 7:45-8:15.  You can drop off your child(ren) on the playground and come into the building for a breakfast treat.

If you are able to come to the volunteer breakfast and have not yet RSVP'd please email Dale List at  In the meantime, please mark your calendars and save the morning of Friday May 17th.

New Student/Kindergarten Registration/Returning Registration

Dear District 70 Parents,

The District is now accepting registration for NEW STUDENTS for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please help us get the word out to friends or neighbors living in Libertyville who might have an incoming Kindergartner at home. Parents of new students can go to the District 70 Website ( to find the announcement and link for New Students.  Starting the registration process as soon as possible helps to ensure that the district can plan for staffing for next year.

Parents of students that currently attend school in District 70 will complete registration for returning students via an email sent out April 25 (check spam/junk folder if you did not receive it). 

Thank you for helping to get the word out!

Pam Imholz, Director of Technology and Cristina DiStefano, Registrar

Incoming 6th Grade Health Information

The Illinois State School Code Health Law, Section 665, requires that a child have a complete physical examination, including mandated immunizations, upon entrance into kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades.

Any child entering sixth grade shall show proof (see section 665.250(b) of receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine regardless of the interval since the last DTap, DT or Td dose.

New: Any child entering 6th grade will be required to have 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine given after the 11th birthday, or 2 doses for entrance into 12th grade. 

Any child entering 6th grade is required to show proof of having 3 doses of Hepatitis B. The first two doses shall have been received no less then 4 weeks (28 days) apart. The interval between the second and third doses shall be at least 2 months 56 days), and the dose between 1 and 3 must be 4 months (112 days).

New:  The immunization record must also show proof of 2 MMR, and 2 Varicella. The physical examination can be administered within the 12 months previous to the child’s entrance into school.  

If your child plans to participate in sports, they will require a “sports physical.” A sport physical is valid for 365 days. The physical must be given after May 15, 2019 to be valid for the entire school year.

The only difference between a sports physical and regular physical is a sports physical does not require immunization records. If your regular physical is completed after May 15, 2019 it can be considered a “sports physical.”

Inasmuch as your child will enter sixth grade in the fall, a “Certificate of Health Examination” is enclosed and is to be completed by you and your physician. The physical exam has 2 pages and requires 3 signatures. The signatures required are:

  1. Immunizations (health care provider)
  2. Health history (parent)
  3. Physical exam signed by MD, APN, or PA

A dental examination is required for all students entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grade.

It is recommended that parents make arrangements with their physicians as soon as possible to ensure the required physical examination(s) and immunizations before registration in August.  Failure to comply with the above statutory requirements will result in your child’s exclusion from school.

Please visit the school’s website to see a listing of sites for vaccinations and physicals.


Kim Hutchinson
District Nurse

Summer School Registration is Open

Click here for more information!

RFA News: 2019-20 Volunteer Opportunities

It's May! Let's start thinking about next fall, the new school year and new volunteer opportunities! Too soon? 

The RFA runs numerous events year round like the Welcome Back Picnic, Book Fair, and Movie Night. If you want to get involved in these and other fun activities for our students, check it out here!  If you have any questions, please contact Toni Parvis at

If you have not used before, please create an account that includes your name, email and phone number. 

RFA News: School Supply Kits

Just a reminder to ORDER your SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS today at  Please make sure to order the kit for the child’s NEXT year grade.  All kits will be delivered to the child’s classroom before the first day of school.

Questions? Text or call Janine Sorboro at 614-657-2453.  Also, contact her if you’d like to help with getting the boxes where they need to go. Helping date is around August 15th.

RFA News: Buddy Families Needed

We are looking for friendly faces to offer wisdom and experience to families that will be new to Rockland next year.  As a Buddy Family, your main responsibility is to make contact and be available to answer questions throughout the year.

Please contact Toni Parvis if interested--

RFA News: Rockland Cares Help Needed

Parents, do you value giving back to the community and want to encourage our students do so the same?  We are looking for members to join the 2019-20 Rockland Cares Committee to help plan volunteer events for our students throughout the school year.  If you are interested, please email Jill Sahagian at

RFA News: 5th Grade Girls Event

Save the Date!  This is a special event for our girls and a VIP (Very Important Person/Parent) to enjoy together as the girls graduate from Rockland.  We will be having our event at Heather’s Gym on Thursday May 30th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  Any questions, please contact Eleni Mueller at

RFA News: 5th Grade Party

The 5th grade pool party is Friday May 31st, 8:30-9:45 at Adler Pool!  RSVP and T-shirt order forms went out last week and were due Friday 5/3.  This event is for 5th graders and adult only, NO siblings.  Looking forward to it!  If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Brafford at 

RFA News: The RFA Thanks You

The RFA held its last meeting of the school year this Tuesday.  Thank you to all those in attendance, as we turned our sights to news about and initiatives for next year!!  

Did you ever feel “out of the loop” this year?  If so, make it a habit to attend RFA meetings next year!  At each meeting, Mr. Knapp gives his Principal’s Report (which includes items such as building and staff updates), we hear from the latest Superintendent Report to the FAD70, committee chairpeople present updates, we discuss budget, and we plan for the upcoming events.  And all of this happens in about an hour!  RFA meetings are a wonderful way to really feel embedded in the school family.  We hope to see you there next year!

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