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Meg Brooks

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    Brooks' View 11/26/2019

    November 26, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    On behalf of the entire CES faculty, I want to express our gratitude for YOU, as our school family. This time of the year allows us to reflect on so many things for which we should be grateful and treasure each and every day. For those families travelling, stay safe. For those staying in the area, a warm and yummy feast!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    Brooks' View 11/22/2019

    November 22, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    We have had a very productive week. Our specialists met with each grade level for the second of our "Student Talks". This team, made up of classroom teachers, reading interventionists, speech and language pathologist, resource teacher, our psychometrist, the counselor, and the administration talk about individual students' performance in all content areas.   We always ask ourselves the same question: "What can we do additionally for a student who may not be performing up to their potential?". Conversations lead to individual plans and interventions for students. I believe this has had a tremendous impact on the success of ALL our students as our most recent nationalized data shows us. Speaking of data, Science MAP data will be shared with our parent community in the upcoming days – CES feels very proud of getting the highest score among all Rockwood elementary schools.  

    Congratulations to Emilia Golfo, Eva Tomich, and Maria Golfo for being invited to be part of the All State Choir. The students were recognized by The Rockwood Board of Education and the University of Missouri this past Thursday evening.


    ​Additionally, our own Nurse, Kristen Mueller, will be recognized for completing her National School Nurse Certification. We are so proud and happy for her!

     

    As you know, CES is at capacity for classroom space with our most recent increased enrollment. I met with the Rockwood Facilitates Team this past week to learn that there is a serious discussion about increasing our space, to accommodate the expected continued increased enrollment over the next four years. This is exciting! I will keep you posted.

     

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    Brooks' View 11/15/2019

    November 15, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    We were fortunate that our busses left our campus Monday afternoon on time, although I know that some routes took a lot longer than expected to bring all of our students safely home. It is always so concerning to us when the weather deteriorates during the school day. The District keeps us updated to the minute as to possible early release plans. On another note, I hope we all enjoyed the school-free day this past Tuesday.

    Congratulations to the following Chargers who represented CES last weekend at the annual District, MCTM (Math) competition: Ashvik Kothari, Lainey Bass, Ethan Lanzotti, Pranav Visveswaran, Alexis  Sandberg, Kylie Crohn, Ridhima Kumar, and Nikhil Sharma.  The first five student listed have been invited to represent CES at the Regional competition in April.

    Our Gaga Ball unit is installed and it looks great – thank you PTO!  However, with the new addition to our recess activities come responsibilities on following the rules. We are struggling a bit with students, especially in the upper grades, with being too aggressive during the game. As a result, each morning, I reiterate our expectations of "no chanting", "no targeting", "no sitting on the wall", and "no leaning in from the outside". If your child participates in this game, please talk with your child about these expectations. Feedback is greatly appreciated as we want to make this game a positive experience for all.

    A request from our café supervisors and our Nurse …… please make sure that your child's lunch contains healthy options. Lately, many children are bringing LOTS of candy in their lunches. Unfortunately, often the candies get eaten and the sandwiches, not so much……

    Don't forget that Monday is our re-take picture day. If your child needs to have their picture (re) taken, the photographers will be in the building during the morning hours. 


    Brooks' View 11/08/2019

    November 8, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    I feel like those "busiest" days are now behind us and it hard to believe that we are already thinking of Thanksgiving.

    Over the past two weeks, I hope all of you got a chance to meet with your child's teacher to share how they are doing in school. It was lovely to see so many Grandfriends and Dads while we finished our "hosting" week with a tribute to our Veterans this past Wednesday. If you were not able to join us for the Veterans Assembly, we were honored to recognize the heroes who were able to spend the morning with us. Our most senior veteran, 95 years young, fought in World War II in the European Theatre.  I trust that the assembly, organized by two of our teachers, Ms. Hannah Weber and Ms. Lexi Highatain, had a moving impact on the students and our community.

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    I have to share some good news…. The results of last year's standardized testing in grades 3 thru 5 are in and our school has come up on top. Our students scored the highest in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science. Test scores are not everything, but it affirms that your child is in a school where children learn and our staff works hard in doing whatever it takes in helping them reach their potential. Your children are in good hands.  


    Brooks' View 10/31/2019

    October 31, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    What a wonderfully busy week!

    We hosted over 200 Dads Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with Donuts. Many guests completed a scavenger hunt, visited the classrooms, and stopped by the Book Fair. Thank you for your support and a special thank-you to the organizers of the Book Fair, Mrs. Fakhrzad and Mrs. Pannell. Once again, the event was a great success!

    Our teachers met with our parents in the evenings for Fall Conferences. Our conversations focused more on the overall well - being of each child and how they feel about school. We hope the conversations helped validate the positive and calm any concerns. Please know that we are always available for a follow-up conversation if needed.

    The Fall Parties were a great success as well. Thank you to our Room Parents for organizing such a fun time for our students.

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    ​We wish you a fun and safe Halloween!

    A note from our Nurse Kristin:

    Hearing & Vision screenings have been completed.  Referral letters were sent home for those who did not pass the screening.  No notification of passing is sent home. 

    Say 'Boo' to the Flu!!  Please note, we have entered Influenza Season.  

    Symptoms of Influenza: fever, chills, sore throat, cough, fatigue, and body aches.  The "stomach flu" is NOT Influenza. Please contact your physician if your student is experiencing these symptoms and do not send them to school.  When calling your student in absent with diagnosed influenza, please inform us of the influenza type and date diagnosed, as we work diligently to keep track of this information.  The CDC recommends a flu shot for those 6 months of age and older as the first & most important step in protecting against this potentially serious disease. What you need to know about the upcoming Flu season. 

    Please be aware of these Rockwood Temperature Guidelines:

    Below 20 degrees - Stay Inside

    20-95 degrees - Outside Normal Time

    Above 95 degrees - Stay Inside

    With cold weather, children improperly clothed should not be allowed outside. With warm weather, running should be limited and water/shade available for students. These guidelines are not the same as MSHSAA for after-school outdoor activities. They are recommendations of the Rockwood School District consulting physician Dr. Gerald Lowther, with input from district administrators. 

    Thanks! 

    Kristin Mueller, BSN, RN, CPN, NCSN

     

    We are looking forward to our recognition of our Veterans next week, Wednesday morning.

    Safety Message from Dr. Miles:

    Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles produced a video asking district parents to caution their children about what they post on social media. Please take a few minutes to view the attached through the link.

    https://www.rsdmo.org/news/Pages/Rockwood-Superintendent-Dr.-Mark-Miles-Cautions-Students-Parents-about-Social-Media-Postings.aspx 

     

     


    Brooks' View 10/25/2019

    October 25, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    Look at our new Gaga Pit! Our students love it! 

    Our Grandfriend Day was a HUGE success! Over 200 grandfriends joined us for a light breakfast, listened to an author read her book, completed a CES scavenger hunt, visited classrooms, visited the Book Fair, and then spent some time just quietly reading. We were somewhat overwhelmed with the number of attendees, so we apologize if the lines were too long. We will brainstorm some improvements for next year.

    We expect 100% of parent participation during our evening conferences; our Specialists, such as Reading, Music, PE and Art will also be available to our parents; it is a great time to check out the Lost and Found and visit our Book Fair.

    CES students exploring with STEAM. Check out the picture of some of our fifth grade students who built a "car" for the class pet, the turtle. Way to Go! 

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    We are headed for a very busy week:

    Red Ribbon Week (Monday thru Thursday)

    Book Fair (Monday thru Wednesday)

    Parent –Teacher Conferences Monday and Wednesday (4:00 – 7:30 pm)

    Donuts with Dad on Tuesday and Wednesday (8:15 – 9:00 a.m.)

    Fall Parties on Thursday, October 31st (no costumes please)

    FRIDAY – NO SCHOOL


    Brooks' View 10/18/2019

    October 18, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    The Gaga Pit is almost complete. The students are so excited! All this week, we have had to limit the area our students were able to access during recess due to the construction, however, many were absolutely fascinated by the experience. 

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    As we approach our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences, (Oct 28th and 30th)  just a few reminders …...

    There will be NO formal reports cards. "Formal Progress Reports" will be shared with parents ONLY for areas of concern. So, if you don't receive a progress report from your child's teacher, there are no serious concerns at this time. We hope that this will allow us time for a more informal conversation about your child. Please note that we are striving for 100% parent participation during the Fall conferences, so please make sure you have signed up for a time.

    Grand friend Morning is Friday morning, the 25th, from 8 to 10:00. We welcome grandparents and grandfriends to have a light breakfast with us, listen to a story by an author, complete a scavenger hunt in our school, visit our Book Fair, and spend time reading throughout our entire building.

    Lots of interactive fun!


    Brooks' View 10/11/2019

    October 11, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​​Dear Parents,

    Parent- Drop Off – Please make sure your child is completely ready to get out of the car in the morning, specifically, they should have their jackets on as the weather turns colder.

    Our GAGA Pit is coming in the next few weeks! – one of the most popular games right now.  For those parents who are not familiar with this, the game is played in an octagonal structure where children bounce the ball between and to each-other; it resembles four square to some extent. With the generous support of YOU through our PTO, we were able to purchase this for CES. The Rockwood Maintenance department will be leveling the area and laying the concrete next week. Once it is up, we will take pictures and share with you. I know that our students will be grateful!

    Additionally, we are also looking into upgrading the "Natural Play Area"; the area where our picnic tables currently sit. We had to remove the tree trunks as they became infested with insects. We are hoping to outfit that area with more artificial structures that will allow our kiddos to continue to explore and engage in that area.

    Staffing Update: Last Monday, our "last" Teaching Assistant started with us; her name is Amanda Hill. Our Teaching Assistants team of Patti Staszak, Gina Cunningham, Martina Kunzler, and now Amanda Hill, cover recess and lunch duties for all of our grades. We are so lucky to have a wonderful supportive team on board.

    Reminder: sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences the week of October 28th!

    GO CARDS!!!! 


    Brooks' View 10/05/2019

    October 4, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    The beautiful Fall weather has arrived!

    Our monthly assemblies continue to be a great experience for our students and our entire school community. Under the direction of Ms. Rose, this week's assembly was no different, with a focus on Self-Control. In addition to our school receiving a very special award from the Missouri Pollinators Organization for our Monarch Butterfly Garden, the Lafayette Tuesday Night Rock Band performed several songs and we had the whole school singing and clapping in rhythm.

    Early Release professional development consisted of our teachers presenting and working through our new Science curriculum. The foundational approach of this curriculum is based on our students being presented a phenomenon and they are guided to explore solutions.

    This morning, Dr. Mark Miles, our new Superintendent, came to CES for an extended visit. He was able to meet most of our staff and then visited every classroom. It was a pleasure escorting him throughout our building and sharing with him all the wonderful things that are going on.  

    Remember that our Fall Picture Day is Monday!

    Enjoy the Weekend,

    Meg Brooks


    Brook's View 09/27/2019

    September 28, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    It's hard to believe that September is almost over. It has been a very busy start of the year. As we check in with our students to make sure they feel safe and happy about school, please let us know of any concerns that may impede that. We strongly believe in a home-school partnership. We will reinforce this during our parent-teacher conferences at the end of the month. Please make sure you have signed up for a time to meet with your child's teacher as we expect 100% participation.

    Technical issues interrupted our STAR Data reports from going out to our parents in grades 2 – 5 yesterday. At this time, our goal date is Tuesday, October  1st. We will keep you posted if anything changes.

    A huge THANK YOU to Mr. Arash Amini who has agreed to cover the entire cost of the student shirts for this year. We are very grateful for his generosity and continued support.

    Finally, a request……. I promise you that our teachers are really busy. During their one-hour daily plan, our grade levels are required to meet together as a team to plan for effective teaching and learning for our kiddos. In addition, they have many other professional responsibilities such as completion of accountability plans, field trip documentation, schedule accommodations, individual change of dismissal plans, etc. To that end, I am requesting patience in answering your emails. There are days that our classroom teachers are unable to go through their email until well after school hours and then they have to balance their professional life with family. Email is a wonderful tool because it allows us to communicate more frequently, but at times, your child's teacher in unable to respond immediately, so please be respectful and understanding as they are doing their very best.

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    Brooks' View 09/20/2019

    September 20, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    We are all waiting for the heat to break; we did keep the students indoors the day the heat index rose above 96 degrees. We would love to utilize our courtyard seating and experience a more Fall-like feel!

    As a reminder, there will NO reports cards issued for the first quarter this year. During our Parent-Teacher conferences on October 28th  and 30th, the discussion will be centered more on the overall educational experience for your child that will include academic and non-academic indicators. In preparation for sharing with you the most recent and accurate reading assessment, we are currently completing the BAS, in a 1:1 environment in grades 1 thru 5.  If the results show concerns, we will reach out to you prior to the conferences. Otherwise, the teachers will share with you the most recent academic data of your child, but time will also be allocated to the overall well-being of your child, focusing on 21st Century skills that will help your child become a successful and productive individual.

    I am including the list of these non-academic indicators to share their definitions; obviously each characteristic will look slightly different in each grade level based on childhood development.  Please make yourself familiar with this terminology as this is the approach the District is implementing in taking care of the whole child.

    • Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one's emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one's strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
    • Self-management: The ability to regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
    • Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
    • Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
    • Responsible decision making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.

    Happy Early Fall,

    Meg Brooks

     


    Brooks' View

    September 13, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    Happy Friday the 13th! So far so good…. Only one glitch this morning – the CCL bus forgot us.

    It has been a very busy week. We have met with quite a few new families, trying to get to know them and their kiddos better. It is wonderful to see so many new faces this year. Dr. Pregler, our counselor, is going to invite our new students to meet with her, but this has been on hold because we are still short of staff member and she has had to help us cover our lunch duties, but I know she is looking to spend some extra time with our new students in the very near future.

    Our first all –school assembly was a success. The topic was collaboration and we had several very entertaining ways to share this message with our students.

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    From the District Drug Coalition Coordinator….

    Do you know the number one thing parents can do to keep their kids from trying drugs and alcohol? Talk to them. Talk to them early, and often. It can be challenging to know what to say, especially to young kids. You can use the PreK-2nd Guide or the 3rd-5th Guide from our website. If you have older students, check out the other guides here. However you do it, start talking now. It makes a difference. 

    Content Links should you need them:

    Pre K http://www.talkaboutitmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NCADA-PRE-K-2nd-grade-kit-MO.pdf 

    3rd http://www.talkaboutitmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NCADA-3rd-5th-grade-kit-MO.pdf  

    our website http://www.rsdmo.org/community/drugfree/Pages/default.aspx

    other guides http://www.rsdmo.org/community/drugfree/Pages/Talk-to-Your-Child.aspx

     

    CoGat Testing for our second and fourth graders next week and Hearing Screening on Thursday, the 19th for all Kindergartners, first, third, and fifth grade students and all NEW 2nd and fourth graders. 


    Brooks' View 09/06/2019

    September 6, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    September is here, the weather is getting better and our students and happy and safe.

    With regret, we have to say farewell to Mrs. Karen Higano who has served as one of our secretaries in the front office for quite some time. Her personal schedule is causing her to leave her full time position. Her replacement is going to be Mrs. Whitney deSambourg, someone you should be already familiar with, since she has served as one of our Teaching Assistants all last year and this.

    In addition, we welcome Ms. Martina Kunzler as our new Teaching Assistant, a replacement for Ms. Erin Hawker who is now teaching First Grade. Ms. Kunzler comes with an array of educational experiences and we are looking forward to her working with our primary students.

    Speaking of welcoming a new member to our Chesterfield Family, Mr. Alcamo's second child, Lucas,  was born at the end of August. Congratulations to the entire family. 

    Reminder about parking during school hours: If you are coming to school during the day, you MUST use the front doors to be admitted. The front doors give our office staff a straight line of sight where they are able to identify individuals before they give them access to the building; the back camera does not show encompass the entire silhouette of an individual. Therefore, please park IN FRONT during the day, unless it is at the times the busses are here (8:40 – 9:05) and (3:40 – 4:05). Thank you.

    Our first Early Release Day is approaching … September 11th. Please make sure you have made arrangements for your child as school ends at 12:59 that day. 


    Brooks' View 08/30/2019

    August 30, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    We have already completed our full third week of school and ALL IS WELL!

    Every day, I am able to visit the classrooms that look so inviting and innovative. I hope you have had the opportunity to see the variety of sitting options and really cool learning materials that you, as the parents, have provided us with the PTO grants from last year's Trivia Night!

    The new parent drop-off and pick-up is going well. There was some concern about the children standing in the sun in the afternoon waiting to get picked up. We have reviewed this concern and since our kiddos are out in the sun at recess every day for at least 15 – 20 minutes, we feel that the time they are exposed to the sun (5 – 7 minutes – we checked) is far less. As always, kiddos are encouraged to wear sun screen each and every day because we really try to get outside often to get some fresh air.

    We are looking for some more "natural" options for our students to play with in our "natural zone" area. We had the trunks removed as they deteriorated and many were filled with ants. We are looking for other options or ideas because we realize our kiddos love that area. If you have expertise or have some ideas, please share!

    Enjoy the extended weekend! We are returning already in September!

    Meg Brooks


    Brooks' View

    August 23, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    The second full week of school has passed and we are settling in for the year, having completed the many orientation events welcoming back everyone.

    Yesterday, we had our first all-school assembly where we shared with the students our theme for the year "Wild About Learning". Every student received a shirt, sponsored by Mr. Arash Amini of "Amini's". Our school presented Mr. Amini with a plaque thanking him for the continued support of CES.

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    Following the Assembly, we hosted some 50 parents to our CES 411, sharing the many programs we have in our building and we discussed topics such as Safety, Communication, Discipline, Health, and PTO involvement. I hope this was a worthwhile experience for our new families.

    Starting Monday, students in grades 1 – 5 will take the STAR test in Reading and Mathematics. The results of this assessment help our teachers identify learning needs of the students as we create instructional groups. 



    Brooks' View

    August 16, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    The first FULL week is over and it was a success. We hope that our enthusiasm and smiles outweighed some of the hiccups and growing pains of the first days.

    Thank you to all of you who helped our new parent pick-up and drop-off. We find that the morning drop-off seems to run a little easier. The afternoon seems more of a challenge due to the fact that cars arrive well before the children get out and have to wait either on Wild Horse or in the driveway until the loading process starts. If you drive your child to school please:

    • Be patient
    • Make sure your child is ready to exit the car
    • Pull up to the car in front of you as far as possible
    • Please watch out for our guard who helps guide the cars in and out of the driveway

    CES 411: August 22nd, Thursday. As new families to CES , please join us for our annual informational event, an opportunity during which you will be able to visit your child's classroom. This event will start at 10:00 a.m. right after our all-school assembly and end at 12:10.

    Reports Cards: We have adjusted our reporting cycle to provide time for teachers to increase communication with parents about the behaviors that support academic learning during the school year.  Therefore, you will see the formal report card in January and May (the end of each semester).  During the first and third quarter reporting periods, we want to spend time talking about your child as a learner.  We will discuss the following areas that often impact student learning: self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. Of course, we will also share academic progress up to that point. More detailed information will be forthcoming.

    Curriculum: In lieu of Curriculum Night, our staff videotaped the presentation for our parent community and is sending it out this week with the newsletter. Please take the few minutes to listen to it with your child, so that we are all learning together about the expectations for the upcoming year.  

     

     


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