Dear Falcon Community,
Welcome to our final week and the last newsletter of our school year! I have enjoyed working with our kids, staff, and community as we continue to learn and grow.
As we prepare to say farewell to our 8th-grade students, I would like to share the following district information with our 8th-grade parents regarding Flex Time. Please review it in preparation for your student's successful high school experience. Also for 8th-grade families, please remember to click here for important information regarding our Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, at Rockwood Summit High School, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Students should begin arriving at 6:00 p.m.
As we head into our final days, please remember that we will have our 6th and 7th-grade awards ceremonies this week. 6th and 7th-grade parents, please note that your student's team of teachers will reach out to invite you to the team awards ceremony if your child is receiving an award. The 6th and 7th-grade awards ceremony schedule is as follows:
All 6th and 7th-grade awards ceremonies will take place in the RSMS Gymnasium.
Last but not least, our students last day for bringing Chromebooks and backpacks to school will be Wednesday, May 22nd.
As always, you are welcome to reach out to us with any questions. We greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the well-being of our kids! Please do not hesitate to contact us with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.
With Falcon Pride,
Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.
Rockwood South Middle School
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Does your child have medication in the nurse's office? If so, please make arrangements for an adult to pick up any remaining medication from the nurse's office by 5/23/2019 (last day of school). Per Rockwood School District Medication Policy, medication may not be sent home with a student nor mailed.
Any medications not picked up by 5/23/2019 will be discarded.
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Gretchen Moorman, 8th Grade LA teacher, who has been selected for the Missouri Lottery Stars in the Classroom Program! The Missouri Lottery recognizes educators in the public school system each month during the Cardinals baseball season and Dr. Moorman has been picked for May. Her award includes the following:
4 all-inclusive tickets to the Cardinals game on Friday, May 31st
The opportunity to throw out an honorary pitch prior to the start of the game on Friday, May 31st
A personalized jersey
A visit from Fredbird to your school (to be determined on a date that works well for you guys)
We are so proud of you, Dr. Moorman!
As the end of the school year approaches, Child Nutrition Services encourages families to provide adequate funds in their student's meal account. Negative meal account balances need to be paid in full by the end of the school year. Funds can be deposited anytime by sending cash or check to school with your child or by making a deposit online at the MySchoolBucks website.
All balances left in meal accounts at the end of the school year will automatically be carried forward for students continuing in any Rockwood School. If a student graduates or moves out of the school district, a refund can be requested.
To request a refund of student meal account funds:
Notify cafeteria manager or call (636) 733-3256 or submit to the cafeteria manager a signed note from parent requesting the refund. Please include student ID number when requesting the refund. Refunds over $10.00 will be issued by Rockwood School District check. A check will not be issued without complete parent information, including first and last name and address.
If the parent/guardian chooses to have a student pick up a cash refund for an amount less than $10.00, a signed note must be sent to the cafeteria manager giving the student permission to receive the refund.
The dollar amount of the refund will reflect the funds available when the refund is processed.
Refunds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of Rockwood Child Nutrition Services and applied to the Random Acts of Kindness donation program for students in need who have negative balances in their meal accounts.
Families may also choose to donate the remaining meal account balance to a student in need within our district by contacting the Child Nutrition Services office at (636) 733-3256.
5/23/19 – Last Day To Pick Medication from the Nurse’s Office
5/23/19 – Last Day of School – 11:32 Dismissal
8/7/19 – 7th & 8th Grade Orientation – 3 PM – 6:00 PM
8/8/19 – 6th Grade Orientation – 3 PM – 6:00 PM
I hope you are having a wonderful Mother’s Day with tons of time to relax and enjoy your day! Can you believe we are heading into our final full week of school? This year has flown by so fast. Although our year is coming to a close, we still have time to make a lasting impact on our students and lasting memories of our kids’ middle school experience.
The next two weeks will be busy with final exams, team field trips, and our celebration ceremonies. For our 6th and 7th-grade parents, please note that your student's team of teachers will reach out to invite you to the team awards ceremony if your child is receiving an award. The 6th and 7th-grade awards ceremony schedule is as follows:
For our 8th-grade parents, please click here for important information regarding our Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, at Rockwood Summit High School, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Check out our PSO Newsletter, here! We appreciate everyone who attended our final meeting last week.
The online yearbook order sight has closed. If students, parents, and staff are still wanting to purchase a yearbook here is what needs to be done:
Bring $30.00 cash or check payable to RSMS to the front office. The office staff will number the order and payment when received. Mrs. Bittle, Yearbook Sponsor, will update the sales log weekly and get that updated sales list out to staff so everyone is in the loop.
Yearbooks are now first come, first reserved for those who are ordering/paying at this date forward. We only have about 50 yearbooks left and once they are gone, there is no way to order more.
The yearbook staff greatly appreciates your assistance.
Attention all 8th-grade RSMS parents!
Tickets for the 8th-Grade Semi-Formal are still available. Tickets are $5.00 per student. Tickets can be purchased in the office or If you prefer, you can pay online using this link: https://squareup.com/store/RSMS/item/th-grade-formalThe Semi-Formal Dance is for Rockwood South Students ONLY.
Please contact Crystal Dryden at email@example.com with any questions.
8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance
May 17, 2019 (Friday)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
5/15/19 – Choir Concert – 7:00 PM
5/16/19 – Orchestra Concert – 7:00 PM
5/17/19 – 8th Grade Semi-formal Dance – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
5/22/18 – 8th Grade Promotion Night @ RSHS – 6:30 PM
8/8/19 – 6th Grade Orientation – 3 PM – 6:00 PM
I hope you had the chance to enjoy our beautiful weather this weekend! Spring is certainly in full swing. Nevertheless, our Garden Club has already started our summer hours schedule! Please join us at the garden every Thursday night from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Over the summer we need families to help harvest, replant, weed, and fertilize in the garden. This is a community garden, thus, those who help work in the garden get to take home some of the produce! We also donate food to the RSMS backpack program.
Harvest is just right around the corner and our plants are already growing. Anyone is welcome; parents and grandparents are encouraged to come along with siblings and friends.
Currently, we are working on...
1. Preparing for our plant sale
2. Planting Wildflowers
4. Replanting or thining already planted garden beds
5. Remulching and weeding existing flower beds
6. Thining and removing invasive plants from the Memorial7. Planting Milkweed
In addition to our Community Garden, our courtyard walkways are being completed by several Boyscout Eagle Projects during June. After the walkways are completed the garden club will begin planting in the courtyard.
We hope to see you Thursday evening!
On a final note, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week! As you know, our teachers care deeply about our kids. Please consider taking a moment to send a note of well-wishes to your child's teachers. I'm certain it will mean the world to them!
We greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the well-being of our kids! Please do not hesitate to contact us with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.
As you know, at RSMS we seek to make a difference in our community. Recently, we had some families approach us with the following needs:
Please contact our Social Worker, Ms. Ashley O'Daniel, if you are able to help. If you prefer to support our food pantry, simply access the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4eaaa82ba2f94-rsms
5/7/19 – Middle School Track Meet – Crestview Middle
5/8/19 – Band Concert @ RSHS – 7:00 PM
5/9/19 – Staff Development Day – 11:32 AM Dismissal
5/10/19 – Family Fun Festival – CANCELLED
8/8/19 – 6th Grade Orientation – 3PM – 6:00 PM
We are certainly entering into a very busy time of our school year as we head into the Month of May. This week, we invite our families to join us for a night of fun at our Black Box Play, showing at 7:00 p.m. at RSMS, May 1st through May 3rd. We also hope you will join us for our final PSO meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. on May 2nd. And...JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING: New sunglasses for DONATING blood for the Red Cross! Please see the sign-up sheet attached to find a time that's good for you to give LIFE! This Thursday, May 2 from 2:00-6:00 in the RSMS cafeteria, ending just in time to go to the last PSO meeting! Our NJHS and the Red Cross greatly appreciate you for your consideration!
Last but not least, this week is the LAST OPPORTUNITY for you to contact your child's counselor if you need to place a schedule request for a teacher, course level, team, or for any other reason. Please remember, the request must be made in writing/email and submitted to an RSMS counselor on or before May 6. Please keep in mind that scheduling is dependent on many variables and it is not always possible to meet every request; schedule requests cannot be confirmed prior to orientation. There will not be any changes to teams or teachers after schedules have been released.
A PDF of the schedule change procedures can be found on this link.
6th graders - join WEB for an afternoon of fun-filled outdoor field games after school on Wednesday, May 1! We will rotate through activity stations and end at 3:50 p.m. Please be sure to sign up for this activity on the after-school activity form on Monday! There is no cost! See you there!
Check out our PSO Newsletter, here!
PSO Fundraiser - McAlister’s ChariTEA Event
Come out and join your fellow Falcons in supporting Rockwood South Middle School PSO Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
McAlister’s Deli – 170 Gravois Bluff Circle – Fenton, MO
I hope you had a wonderful long weekend as we head into another shortened, yet busy week at RSMS. Speaking of busy, our National Junior Honor Society has been in constant motion participating and planning service events throughout our community. I would like to share a brief snapshot with you of the current work of our NJHS and ways in which you can take part in supporting our community:
On another note, please remember if you need to place a schedule request for a teacher, course level, team, or for any other reason, the request must be made in writing/email and submitted to an RSMS counselor on or before May 6. Please keep in mind that scheduling is dependent on many variables and it is not always possible to meet every request; schedule requests cannot be confirmed prior to orientation. There will not be any changes to teams or teachers after schedules have been released.
4/23/19 – 8th Grade Falcon Blast
4/26/19 – Future Falcon Fun Night – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (5th graders entering MS)
5/1/19 – 5/3/19 – Black Box Theatre Room 108 7:00 PM
5/2/19 – PSO Meeting – Café – 6:30 PM
5/17/19 – 8th Grade Semi-formal Dance – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
As we continue to move through our last quarter of the school year, it is time to begin planning for the next school year. With this in mind, please see the very important information that follows from our Student Services Department:
2019-20 Scheduling Reminder:
If you need to place a schedule request for a teacher, course level, team, or for any other reason, the request must be made in writing/email and submitted to an RSMS counselor on or before May 6. Please keep in mind that scheduling is dependent on many variables and it is not always possible to meet every request; schedule requests cannot be confirmed prior to orientation. There will not be any changes to teams or teachers after schedules have been released.
We would also like to share with you that next year, our Blue Team will work with students at the 6th and 7th-grade levels due to higher class numbers at both of these grade levels. In addition, we will have some staff adjustments in the area of our PE Department as we welcome Ms. Kally Fischer to 6th grade along with Mr. Chris Moore. We will be sure to keep you updated on all of our new Falcon Staff Members prior to the conclusion of our school year.
Check out the PSO weekly newsletter right here!
We are looking for parents who can volunteer during lunch so the kids can utilize the outdoor seating area during this time. Anytime it's at least 55 degrees and "sunny" we will allow kids to eat outside.
We’d love any help, whether it’s one lunch period or from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm to cover all 3-grade levels. There are two slots for each lunch period if you’d like to sign up with a friend. The bell times are as follows on a regular day:
Wednesdays are no longer Falcon Days! Early release days the bell times shift earlier. The slots are the closest 5-minute increment to the actual time. Please show up early to be prepared to start when the bell rings.
Starting Thursday, April 18th and continuing throughout the summer,
Garden Club will be meeting every Thursday Evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the garden located on the left/south side of the school.
The entire family is welcome including siblings, parents, and grandparents. You can come alone or with a group of friends. This is a great way to learn how to garden and be a part of the Rockwood South Community. The produce is donated to our backpack program, but people that help plant and harvest are also welcome to take some produce home. Incoming 6th graders, we would love for you to join on Thursday nights in the garden.
Agenda for Thursday, April 18th We are going to need a lot of help to get this all done!!!
1. Plant 4 Apple Trees
2. Plant vegetables in the 8 raised beds
3. Fix the Mulch in the flower beds.
4. Plant wildflowers
5. Clean up the plants in the Micky Hale Memorial Garden.
Once this list is complete we will be moving into the courtyard!!!!
Hello 8th-grade RSMS parents!
Can you believe it’s already time to begin preparing for our end of the year 8th-grade events? Both the Falcon Blast and the Semi-Formal Dance are quickly approaching. Please see the important information below regarding these events:
Falcon Blast--We need your help!
The following is a list of donations that the committee is requesting for our 8th graders' Falcon Blast event. Also, there are several volunteer spots for the event that we need your help to fill! Sign up to help using this link:
The event will be held at Summit on Tuesday, April 23rd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
8th-grade Semi-Formal Dance Tickets!
Tickets will go on sale during 8th-grade lunch on April 17th and April 18th. Tickets are $5.00 per student. If you prefer to pay online using this link https://squareup.com/store/RSMS/item/th-grade-formal
The Semi-Formal Dance is for Rockwood South Students ONLY.
Volunteer opportunities will be sent out the following week. Please contact Crystal Dryden at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We were fortunate to have another beautiful weekend! I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy.
As the weather continues to get warmer, we often see an increase in students seeking to walk home or to ride an alternate bus. Please remind your child of the important information below regarding changing buses or walking home:
Pancake Man fundraiser:
Support the class of 2022 at the Pancake Man fundraiser this year at Rockwood Summit. This fundraiser benefits the Senior Slam (the lock-in that takes place after graduation), which will be here long before we know it!
The RSHS fundraiser will be held on April 13th from 8-11 at Summit. The breakfast is $7 for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee or orange juice. Come join the fun!
Dear RSMS Parents:
The students in the Humane Society Falcon Time Group will be doing a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Missouri next week.We want to collect money for the Humane Society’s Cinderella Program, which helps injured or sick animals get a second chance at recovery and adoption! The money raised will help with life-saving medications and surgeries for animals that might not otherwise get this chance. Please help us support this cause by allowing your student to donate. Cash donations will be collected during homeroom the week of April 8-12th. The homeroom which collects the most money will be awarded donuts as a Thank You for their donation. In addition, we have collection boxes in the school lobby for old towels (clean), newspaper, and/or new pet toys. These are all items from the Humane Society’s wish list. We will collect these items from now until the end of the school year.
Your help is greatly appreciated,
Please see the important information below regarding our after-school activity program:
Please view the after-school activities permission form. Google will prompt you to make a copy of the document.
In order for a student to stay after school for any activity, this document will need to be signed and returned to the office at Rockwood South.
Activity Buses are temporarily canceled on Tuesday and Thursdays for the month of April.
Please check announcements for upcoming activities. Activity sign up form opens at 8 a.m. on Saturdays to students. The sign up closes at 12 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Save the Date--8th Grade Events!
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day. As we head into April, I'm looking forward to more of this Spring weather!
We greatly appreciate all of our families who attended our Annual 8th-Grade Parent Appreciation Day last Wednesday. Based on the feedback we received, our families had an INCREDIBLE day! To see some highlights of this event, please the video below this letter for a brief recap. You won't be disappointed!
Remember, if you haven't had the chance to complete our climate and culture survey, please take just a few moments to do so this week. This survey provides us with valuable insight regarding the work we do for our kids and where we should seek to improve. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
Check out the latest news from our PSO in our weekly newsletter including the highlights below:
Meeting this Week!
Wednesdays are Falcon Days and the bell times shift later. Early release days the bell times shift earlier. The slots are the closest 5-minute increment to the actual time. Please show up early to be prepared to start when the bell rings.
"The Falcon Talent Extravaganza "FTE" will be held on April 16th and 17th! Auditions will be held after school on March 27th and 28th! All kinds of acts are welcome! Solos, groups, skits, dance, music...Show Your Talent RSMS and Shine by Firelight!
Complete the application if you are interested in performing or being a part of the crew!"
Falcon Talent Application
4/4/19 – PSO Meeting/Café – 6:30 PM
4/4/19 – Solo Ensemble Pre-concert/Band Room – 2:30 PM
4/5/19 – Spaghetti and Jazz Band Dinner – 5:00 PM
4/11/19 – Staff Development Day – 11:32 Dismissal
I hope you had a wonderful spring break! It’s hard to believe that we are headed into the last quarter of our school year. It always seems like time truly flies after our break. So rested and ready, here we come!
We greatly appreciate the many families who were able to join us for our Student-Led Conferences prior to our break. If you haven't had the chance to complete our climate and culture survey, please take just a few moments to do so this week. This survey provides us with valuable insight regarding the work we do for our kids and where we should seek to improve. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
As we head into our week, 8th-grade parents, it's not too late to sign-up to participate in our Annual 8th-Grade Parent Appreciation Day! Join us on Wednesday, March 27th, for an INCREDIBLE experience with your student. To register for this event, simply sign up here!Remember that although the event runs from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., parents are welcome to stop by to participate for any duration of time. We hope to see you there!
We greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the well-being of our kids! I look forward to all that we will accomplish in our final quarter of the 2018-2019 school year. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.
Check out the latest news from our PSO in our weekly newsletter, including the highlights below:
Looking for a way to help RSMS kids? Our Helping Hands Committee accepts donations for lunch accounts for kids in need. Simply donate via this link stlmasons.org. and every donation will be matched and sent right back to our kids.
Support the RSMS PSO with this easy fundraiser!
Our RSMS PSO will be sponsoring a “Support Your School” night fundraiser through Papa John’s on Thursday, March 28, 2019. 25% of your order will be donated back to our school! The promo code SSR010 must be entered to get credit. If we achieve $150.00 in sales, our school will be awarded one class party. Order online at www.papajohns.com .
This offer is good only at the Gravois Bluffs (98 Gravois Bluffs Circle/636-343-5522) location. If total sales exceed our largest event of the year of $903.00, Papa John’s will give ALL students and staff in the school a free medium 1 topping pizza coupon!
The Rockwood School Board invites all members of our school community to a welcome reception to meet Dr. Miles, Rockwood's next superintendent of schools.
Date: Monday, March 25
Time: Informal reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a presentation at 5 p.m.
Location: Rockwood Administrative Annex
Address: 500 North Central in Eureka
The informal event is come-and-go and will include light refreshments and the opportunity to meet and welcome Dr. Miles to Rockwood.
3/25/19 – School Resumes
3/25/19 – Meet the New Superintendent – Annex – 4:30 – 6:30 PM
3/27/19 – Falcon Talent Extravaganza Auditions 2:45 – 4:30 PM
3/27/19 – 8th Grade Parent Appreciation Day - click here
3//28/19 – RSMS PSO Fundraiser – Papa Johns (Flyer Attached)
It's hard to believe that Spring Break is upon us! Although this will be a shortened week, we have much to learn and do.
This Wednesday, March 13th, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. we will have our last night of Student-Led Conferences. If you haven't had the chance to sign up yet, simply click on this link to access the document. Then, click your child's team and this will take you directly to the Sign-Up Genius System for your student's team. The document also contains information regarding the availability of our part-time teachers. Please remember that our encore teachers will be available on a drop-in, no appointment needed basis.
This week is also a great time for our students to clean out their lockers prior to our break. Beginning on Monday morning, additional trash containers will be placed in the hallways for students to clean out their lockers. Please remind your student to take this opportunity to remove winter-related items, 3rd quarter class work and other items that are no longer needed, from their lockers. In addition, please encourage your student to write down their locker combination and keep it in a safe place before leaving for spring break. This small precaution might prevent our kids from having their lock cut off because they couldn’t remember the combination upon their return to school.
Last but not least, on Wednesday, March 13th, Rockwood Summit will be hosting a meeting with local organization Alive and Well Communities to provide parents and community continued education on teen wellness. In this session, Alive and Well Communities will work with parents to build an understanding of how trauma and toxic stress are impacting their teens and how parents can best support them. The presentation will cover an introduction to the science of toxic stress and trauma, how it impacts the developing teenage brain, and how parents can help promote self-care in their students. RSMS parents are invited to join RSHS parents in the library from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for this presentation.
Second Annual Honor O’Connor Bake Sale
Officer Ryan O’Connor, one of our Kellison parents, was shot in the line of duty in 2017. It’s been an uphill struggle for the O’Connor family, as they've endured countless medical treatments and therapies. The O’Connors are strong and continue to fight for Ryan’s recovery. Let’s let our Kellison and Rockwood South families help ease their burden just a little. Simply click this Sign-Up Genius link to learn how to participate! Store-bought baked goods are preferred. Gift cards will be given directly to the O'Connor family and any amount is appreciated. We thank you in advance for any help you can offer! If you would like to purchase a special edition T-Shirt to celebrate this event, please see the flyer pictured below!