Dear Falcon Community,
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.
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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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.
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!
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"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
Save the Date--8th Grade Events!
Welcome to March! I guess the old saying is true, March comes in like a lion.
As we prepare for our Student-Led Conferences, this week, all of our kids will practice their presentation with accountability partners, using the Family Scoring Guide to evaluate their performance. This is one of my favorite things to watch--our kids helping one another to share insight into what they have discovered about themselves as a learner, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Remember, Student-Led Conferences will be held from 3:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th, and Wednesday, March 13th. Simply click on this link to access the document. Then, click the 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 note that our encore teachers will be available on a drop-in, no appointment needed basis. Be sure to see the amazing learning our kids do in their encore classes either before or after your scheduled appointment.
As an added bonus, we will host Hidden in Plain View in our cafeteria during conferences on March 7th! Please stop by for this authentic learning opportunity. Check out the flyer for more information.
Spring Conference Book Fair
The spring book fair dates are set for Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th.
The Book Fair is open to everyone and will be located in the front Commons area. As we prepare for our book fair, please see the following important information:
RSMS Winter Box Top Challenge – Ended 2/22/19 – Congratulations to the Winners!
Congratulations RSMS for reaching our 10,000 box tops goal with an awesome total of 10,005!!!!! That’s over $1,000 for our school. Way to Go!!! Keep Clipping!!!
Congratulations to Mrs. Smarr’s Homeroom Classroom for Winning the Winter Box Top Challenge and earning a Pizza Party!!!
High School Summer Academy forms will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis beginning at 7:15 a.m. on March 5, 2019. For current 8th grade students, these forms will be turned in HERE (Rockwood South Middle School).
8th-grade students are able to choose from: Art Fundamentals, Personal Fitness & Wellness (PFW), and Health.
Students can only take 2 courses.
Please remember the following important information:
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Finck (email@example.com)
For more information: http://rsdmo.org/summeracademy/Pages/HighSchool.aspx
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!
3/7/19 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM – by appointment
3/7/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair – 7AM – 7PM
3/8/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair – 7AM – 3:30 PM
3/13/19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM – by appointment
3/15/19 – No School
3/16/19 – 3/22/19 – Spring Break
3/27/19 – Falcon Talent Auditions 2:45 – 4:30 PM
We are Falcon Proud!
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We certainly had a busy week at RSMS and this week looks to be very similar! Last week, I had the pleasure of watching our Band perform in the Music in our Schools Concert and this week I am looking forward to hearing our Orchestra perform. The talent of our kids never ceases to amaze me! Speaking of talent, please see below as we celebrate the achievements of two of our 8th-grade students, Ryan Kempf and Maddie Domian. We are so proud of both of you!
Last but not least, please remember that our Spring Student-Led Conferences are right around the corner. To sign up for conferences, simply click on this link to access the document. Then click on your child's team to reserve your appointment time. Similar to our fall conferences, and back by popular demand, we will also host Hidden in Plain View in our cafeteria during conferences on March 7th. Check out the flyer for more information.
Let's head into our last week of February in Falcon Proud style and help our kids to finish this month on a positive note. As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions please contact us at 636-891-6850.
Congratulations to our 8th-grade student, Madeline Domian, who has been invited to speak at "We Day St. Louis" on April 3rd at the Stifle Center (recently called Peabody Opera House). We Day is an event for children who display leadership/volunteerism in their community. You can not purchase a ticket to We Day, you earn it! Maddie is the creator and owner of the non-profit organization, Katie Do Kare Kits 4 Kids, which she founded as an elementary school student. Through this organization, Maddie and others around the world make care kits for kids suffering from cancer. Wow! We are so proud of you Maddie!
RSMS PSO Fundraiser – Papa John’s
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 your school. The promo code SSR010 must be entered to get credit. Achieve $150.00 in sales and your 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.
The Book Fair is open to everyone and will be located in the front Commons area. The Book Fair will accept payment in the form of cash, check payable to Rockwood South P.S.O., or credit card. Don’t forget to include the sales tax.
Student-Led Conferences will be held from 3:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th, and Wednesday, March 13th. Similar to our fall conferences, we will host Hidden in Plain View in our cafeteria during conferences on March 7th! Check out the flyer for more information.
How do I sign up for Conferences? Simply click on this link to access the document. Then click on your child's team to reserve your appointment time.
If you want to learn more about our conference format, please view our Student-Led Conference brochure.
I hope you're enjoying our long weekend. It's hard to believe that Spring Student-Led Conferences are right around the corner! Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, and Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. As you consider conferences, you might ask yourself these questions:
Why should I attend conferences that are being led by my student? Providing our students with an important opportunity to synthesize their learning and present their strengths and areas for growth are critical, life-long skills. The more the parent treats this as an opportunity for professional presentation, the better the preparation for our kids in being advocates for their own learning and leadership. As always, you will provide your student with feedback on their presentation using our Student-Led Conference Scoring Guide.
If this is student-led, will I be able to talk with my student's teachers? Absolutely. Every team has developed an effective way for parents and students to let us know when they are ready to speak with each teacher. Use the process and you will be able to speak with EVERY teacher.
Will there be a long wait to see my student's teachers? Typically not. Again, our team's process allows teachers to have a brief period of time to speak with all parents. Here is the key and where we need your help: parents must keep these conversations to 5 minutes for each teacher. In a formal parent-teacher conference, this is the amount of time provided for each parent to discuss their child's progress. Parent and teacher meetings that require a longer length of time must be scheduled between the parent and teacher at an alternate time. Using conferences for these longer conversations has an impact on our entire team system, causing other families to have an extended time to wait to speak with their student's teachers.
I look at my student's progress all the time, should I even go? YES. Again, this is not only a great time for you to speak with all of your child's teachers, but it is also a very important opportunity for your student to formally present an overall picture of their learning and a chance for you to experience the culture of our school.
How can I give the school feedback on the conference format and my student's experience at RSMS? At RSMS, we seek and listen to your feedback. We will provide parents with a survey at the conclusion of the conference. It is very important that you complete this survey as your thoughts help us to continually improve!
How do I sign up? Simply click on this link to access the document. Then click on your child's team to reserve your appointment time.
As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions please contact us at 636-891-6850.
FIRST® Tech Challenge Team 14186 – P3, an all-girl robotics team made up of girls from Rockwood South Middle School and Rockwood Summit High School and sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, competed at the Missouri East Conference Qualifier. This rookie team traveled to Arnold, Missouri on February 9, 2019, to compete for advancement to the Missouri Championship. Thirty-six teams from across the region were vying for high scores on the field and awards.
Box Top Challenge!
The Top 4 homeroom classes of week 2 are as follows:
We will announce the winner on Monday, February 25th. Keep Clipping!
As a reminder, we will have a school-wide pep assembly on Wednesday, February 20th, featuring Barb Reyering, from The American Heart Association, and Kristi Pratt, a contestant from the American Ninja Warrior show. This assembly is designed to be a fun and exciting time for all students as they learn about heart disease, staying active and helping people in our community. Students and staff are encouraged to wear RED for our assembly!
Cookin' It Together workshops bring kids and families together to learn about preparing healthy meals, as well as to save money through planning and budgeting groceries. We encourage parents and kids to attend together. After registering, you receive an organized grocery list, and you can make substitutions based on budget and dietary needs/preferences.
To Register/Order spice pack (Cost: $52 plus s/h and tax): https://bit.ly/2AWDqSa
To participate, you must register by Saturday, February 23rd or before spots fill!
(If you cannot attend the workshop, you can still purchase the spice packs, and documents will be sent to you so that you can prepare the meals on your own.)
MENU: Saucy Beef Chili, Easy Beef Stew, Cheesy Shells & Italian Sausage, Barbecue Chicken, Lemon Greek Chicken, Quick Chicken Cacciatore, Potato Corn Chowder
For more information, contact Katie Seversen (RSMS PE Teacher) (636) 891-6850 firstname.lastname@example.org
Snow, ice, and cold...oh my! We certainly have had our share of winter weather lately. With the slick roads and cold temperatures, it is more important than ever for us to make sure our kids are safe. If you drive your kids to school, please be sure to drop them off at the crosswalk and to encourage them to use it as they enter school each morning. With slick roads, we definitely do not want to take any chances for injuries.
As we look ahead to the days of warmer weather, it's not too early to mark your calendars for our Spring Student-Led Conferences. Our conferences will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, and Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Student-led conferences will start at 3:30 pm and conclude at 7:00 p.m. Look for more information in the weeks to follow to reserve your appointment time.
The top three homeroom classes so far are as follows:
As a reminder, February is National Heart Healthy Month. We are extremely proud to say that The Rockwood School District was the #1 district in the state of Missouri last year for donations for this worthy cause. For this year, our American Heart Association Lead, Coach Koger, has put together a team of 8th-grade volunteers to create a spirit week the week of February 11th - 15th, along with other prizes and incentives to encourage our community to Have a Heart in participating again this year.
The Spirit Week events will be as follows:
In addition to our Spirit Week events, our students may participate in Hats for Hearts every Friday in February. Simply contribute $1 on any Friday to wear a hat to school. Then, on Wednesday, February 20th, all students will participate in a school-wide pep assembly featuring Barb Reyering, from The American Heart Association, and Kristi Pratt, a contestant from the American Ninja Warrior show. This assembly is designed to be a fun and exciting time for all students as they learn about heart disease, staying active and helping people in our community.
Last but not least, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Knock Out Heart Disease Knocker Ball Tournament in addition to winning other great prizes. Please check out the flyer below for more information on how students can be a part of the fun while helping to save lives!
The Girls in the Know organization is inviting girls to participate in their Day of Knowledge at Clayton High School on April 7th, from 1:00-7:00 p.m. in the commons area.
WHAT IS GIRLS IN THE KNOW?
Girls in the Know is a non-profit working to educate and inspire young women, we believe Knowledge is Power! We connect leading female experts with pre-teen girls and their trusted adults attending together, so both parties know the vital information necessary for a healthy life. Doctors, police officers, dietitians, and counselors present four different workshops to empower young girls on matters of the heart (body image), the head (empowerment), safety—online and away from home, and puberty. GITK is a catalyst for meaningful conversation, community, and thriving relationships through the teen years.
The Day of Knowledge Conference includes 4 one-hour sessions delivered in a single day format held at Clayton High School. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to spend an entire day of 1 on 1 time with your pre-teen girl. The day includes 4 one-hour sessions plus movement and complimentary dinner.
To register, please visit: https://girlsintheknow.opendonorcrm.com/st-louis-registration-form
2/13/19 – 2/15/19 – Spring Play
2/15/19 – Staff Development – 11:32 Dismissal
2/18/19 – No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday
2/20/18 – MIOS Band Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM
2/23/19 – NJHS Enrichment Seminar – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
2/26/19 – MIOS Orchestra Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM
3/3/19 -- Cooking it Together Family Freezer Meal Workshop 1:30 PM at RSMS
Save the Date:
Welcome to February! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather. Who knew we would have two "snow days" followed by sunshine and warmth?
February is “Love the Bus Month” and every year the VICC office is in search of the most loved VICC bus! Drivers are asked to write an essay or have their students write an essay (50 words or more) expressing why you have the most loved bus. One winner from each VICC terminal will be chosen. The winners are celebrated with a decorated bus full of hearts and acknowledgment as being “ The Most Loved Bus”. Essays must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019.
2/4/19 – 2/8/19 – National School Counseling Week
2/6/19 – Spring Picture Day
2/7/19 – PSO Meeting/Cafeteria – 6:30 PM
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It looks like we are in for a cold week ahead of us. Please remember to encourage our kids to dress warmly, especially if your student plans to take the bus or walk to/from school. Also, for our parents who drop students off to school in the morning, please remind your student to use our crosswalks when walking from your car to our building. Keeping our kids safe is our highest priority!
Continuing on with our theme of reminders, please work with your student to register their Encore choices in Infinite Campus. Don't forget that Infinite Campus closes for registration onJanuary 28 at 4:00 p.m. Directions for fulfilling registration on Infinite Campus are on the back of the rough draft papers your child received, as well as in the Course Description Guides(page 58).
As we shared last week, please refer to the following action steps needed to complete the registration process:
Students will receive a confirmation email once the form has been submitted.
Edits can continue to be made up until January 29 @ 7:00 a.m.
Please remember that all choices on Infinite Campus should match those of the Google Form. Any variance Infinite Campus has from the Google Form will be adjusted by RSMS Staff to match the Google Form.
As we shared last week, the registration period ends Tuesday, January 29 @ 7:00 a.m. Any Google Forms not completed at that time will be considered late; this means students may not receive their top Encore choices.
As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions about our registration process, please contact us at 636-891-6850.
Then, see the flyer below for more information on how students can participate in the Knockerball Tournament!
1/31/19 - Scavenger Hunt WEB Event for 6th-grade students after school. The RSD Activity Bus is available; please check here for the bus routes.
I hope you had a restful long weekend! As we head into our week, I have some important registration information for the 2019-2020 school year to share with you. Can you believe we're already thinking about next year? Without further ado, here we go!
Infinite Campus is now open for the 2019-2020 Online Registration. This is the time when our students choose their desired Encore classes and such for the next school year. Please see below for lots of fun, necessary, and hopefully not overwhelming information. We have a few changes to look forward to!
Registration for 2019-2020 - Middle School
Since we've been back from Winter Break, RSMS counselors have been going into classrooms to prepare students for registration for the 2019-2020 school year. Encore (elective) classes are the main priority for January.
5th graders also visited RSMS on Wednesday and Thursday of last week to hear from the counselors and Encore Teachers. The pink Course Selection Form should be turned in to the elementary classroom teacher on or before January 29, 2019. Please look for more information from the elementary school.
Reminders for this year!
Action Steps Needed to Complete Registration
4. Encore choices also need to be put into Infinite Campus. Please note that Infinite Campus closes for registration on January 28 at 4:00 p.m.
Directions for fulfilling registration on Infinite Campus are on the back of the rough draft, as well as in the Course Description Guide (page 58).
Choices on Infinite Campus should match those of the Google Form. Any variance Infinite Campus has from the Google Form will be adjusted by RSMS Staff to match the Google Form.
The registration period ends Tuesday, January 29 @ 7:00 a.m. Any Google Forms not completed at that time will be considered late; this means students may not receive their top Encore choices.
Registration for 2019-2020 - High School
Middle and high school counselors have been busy planning for your child’s high school registration. The high school counselors visited with 8th grade in science classes to deliver the registration presentation on January 15 and 16. At this time, your child received a packet of information needed to complete their high school registration.
The packet contains:
Welcome letter to Summit
The scheduling information sheet with due dates
9th-grade course and course number options sheet
Practice registration form
Official registration form (2 ply, students turn in both copies)
Directions for online registration
Teacher course recommendation form (2 ply, parents retain the yellow copy)
Students also received a Registration Guide for Rockwood Summit and may go online to view more information about each particular class. It will be the student’s responsibility to fill out the appropriate paperwork, obtain necessary parent/guardian signatures, register online, and print out the confirmation of requests selected.
Important Dates in the Registration Process:
Students should turn in:
Teacher Course Recommendation form (white copy)
Registration form completed and signed by parent/guardian (both copies)
The printed copy of requests from Infinite Campus, signed by parent/guardian
As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. Please do not hesitate to contact me with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.
The Cinderella Project is an organization that collects gently used prom and dance dresses for girls who are not able to afford one on their own. The girls are recommended to The Cinderella Project by their high school counselors. Once recommended, the girls are able to go to the boutique that is set up by The Cinderella Project to pick out a beautiful dress and accessories for their big day.
To date, Rockwood has come together and donated well over 600 dresses. Last year, we collected nearly 250!
We are hoping to have the same success and participation this year as we have in the past.
The collection will run now until February 10th. Bring your donation to the school’s front office.
Thank you so much for helping make girls dreams come true!
Students, staff and community members have the opportunity to nominate a Rockwood employee or community member for a ROSE Award. Each year, we recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in a child's life, our school community or the Rockwood School District. Nominations will be accepted online through Monday, Jan. 28.
I truly hope all of you have made it home safely and are ready to relax during our winter “snowmageddon”. Since I unexpectedly had a little extra time today, I thought I would take advantage of it and send you our newsletter on a Friday!
This week, we welcomed our 5th-grade elementary students to RSMS. During these visits, our soon to be middle school students had the opportunity to learn about our school and specifically Encore Class choices. Next week, we will host 5th-grade parents and students for our Encore Curriculum Night where they will receive more information on the registration process while having an opportunity to experience the climate and culture we have created at RSMS.
On another note, we also implemented our new car rider pick-up procedure this week. We greatly appreciated your flexibility, support, and patience with this change. Based upon your feedback from this week, it seems like this new process has been helpful in making certain every student leaves our campus safely.
Last but not least, please take an opportunity to check out the next edition of our student-created newsletter, SouthChat.
As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. By working together, we make a difference! Please do not hesitate to contact me with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850. Have a safe and restful weekend!
February is National heart healthy month. we are extremely proud to say the Rockwood School District was the #1 district in the state of Missouri last year for donations for this worthy cause.
On Wednesday, February 13th during falcon time, Barb Reyering from The American Heart Association and Kristi Pratt contestant from the American Ninja Warrior show, will be presenting in the main gym to ALL grade levels. It will be a fun and exciting time for all students as they learn about heart disease, staying active and helping people in our community.
Spirit Week will be held the week of February 11th. More information to follow.
Check out the flyer for fundraiser information.
A draft of the 2020-21 school year calendar has been developed. The Rockwood Calendar Committee, which consists of students, parents, staff and administrators, reviewed parameters and options to develop an academic calendar that best meets the needs of Rockwood students and families.
Here are a few noteworthy dates from the 2020-21 school year:
The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Winter break runs from Monday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Jan. 1.
Students return from winter break on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The last day of school is Thursday, May 27.
The committee would like feedback from Rockwood staff members about the draft calendar. Staff members should submit their comments via the online portal, Thoughtexchange.
Community members are encouraged to contact Kellie Holladay with any feedback.
All submissions must be received by Monday, Jan. 28.
What does the Calendar Committee consider when building a new calendar?
1. The calendar must have 10 teacher works days.
2. The start date for the school year should be mid-week.
3. The first semester should end before winter break.
4. Conference compensations days must occur in certain windows per our teacher agreement.
5. Record days must occur certain days per agreement.
6. Spring break must occur during certain weeks because of the area and state sports schedules.
Learn more about the Calendar Committee on the district website.
Looking for the latest News from our PSO? Click here to see our PSO newsletter for information on the 2020-21 school calendar and more!
Is your child interested in Color Guard? The RSHS Color Guard will offer a clinic on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please see the flyer, here, for more information.
Starting today, Jan. 2, students, staff and community members have the opportunity to nominate a Rockwood employee or community member for a ROSE Award. Each year, we recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in a child's life, our school community or the Rockwood School District. Nominations will be accepted online through Monday, Jan. 28.
I hope you had a wonderful start to 2019 and our second semester of school. While it is always important to take a break and relax, we certainly were excited for the return of our students last Thursday. Now, we are ready for our first full week of this semester.
At RSMS we are always seeking to improve the work we do with our kids and community. During the first semester, we received feedback from parents regarding our parent pick up procedure at dismissal. While they understand that we must release our buses from our parking lot first, they expressed concerns regarding cars making u-turns in the entrance/exit driveway, cars being lined up on Hawkins, and students trying to get into cars on Hawkins. All of this presents a safety issue for our kids.
Fortunately, we also received suggestions for improvement from these families! We understand that there are some things we can not change. We will always have one way in and out of our parking lot, causing our buses to need to be dismissed prior to car riders. Per the suggestion of our parents, we can improve our car pick up procedure by changing the traffic pattern after our buses dismiss. In listening to their thoughts, beginning on Monday afternoon, we will direct all cars to pull up to the 6th-grade entrance to pick up students. We will have signs posted and staff members there to support you. Drivers will then follow our usual exit signs to leave the school campus. This change will move all of the cars up the driveway, into our parking lot, and off of Hawkins road, which will make dismissal safer for our student car-riders.
We know that even what may seem like a minor change, is never easy. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience as we make certain every student leaves our campus safely. In the meantime, we will continue to seek and value your feedback.
As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. By working together, we make a difference! Please do not hesitate to contact me with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.