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    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

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    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Thank you for joining us for our first ever Virtual Curriculum Night last Thursday. We enjoyed having an opportunity to "meet" with you! If you were not able to attend, fear not. You can view all recorded sessions in this Curriculum Night Google Folder. All videos are organized into content folders. From there, each video is labeled with the last name of the teacher and the course. Some content folders are also organized into grade-level folders, followed by videos labeled in the same fashion. After reviewing the videos, you are welcome to ask questions of any teacher or staff member using our Curriculum Night Question FormThe form will close by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 15.

    As we head into our week of learning, remember to encourage your students to view our Talon Talk announcements for this week and our Mindfull Monday video from our School Counselors. In an effort to provide you with information all in one place, our counseling staff has created grade level Canvas pages. Within those pages, you will find information on how to contact them, access to resources for mental and emotional health, links to our Mindful Monday videos, and so much more!

    Be sure to check back often as the counselors will be updating information on a regular basis to make sure you and your student have the support you need to navigate this school year. The course w​ill be listed next to your child's other classes in Canvas. If you have any questions or are unable to see the page, please reach out to your grade level counselor. We also encourage our students to check out our school activities website: www.FalconProud.com for upcoming news about after school activities and more.

    If there is anything we can do at this time to assist you or your child, please let us know.

    We greatly appreciate your partnership and support! Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850.

    With Falcon Pride,

    Laurie

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.
    Principal
    Rockwood South Middle School
    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.
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    PSO NEWS!

    PSO News:

    • Please see the PSO newsletter here featuring information on our Falcon Family Program. If you are looking for a way to help our school, this is for YOU! Our donation campaign ends on September 30th.
    Families of Rockwood School District: There has been an update. USDA waivers have been approved for the Rockwood School District to offer meals free of charge to our students and those in our community between the ages of 1-18 years old. Free meals will begin September 14th and will be offered until the funding runs out or through December 2020.

    Click on this link for more information!

    TECHNOLOGY REMINDERS

    NEED ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR CANVAS OBSERVER ACCOUNT?

    We would like to provide you with some helpful information for accessing your observer account.

    NEED HELP WITH INFINITE CAMPUS AND GRADES?

    We have just what you need! Please watch this brief video created by our 7th-grade counselor, Jaime Finck, for assistance in navigating the IC Parent Portal. We have no doubt that you will find this to be time well-spent!

    CHROMEBOOK TIPS AND STRATEGIES!

    If a Chromebook is obviously broken (or lost), then per my e-mail earlier today, student or parent needs to submit ticket (per below) & take it to the Summit exchange/repair desk. (And not to bring charger, unless told to do so.)

    If charger is lost or broken: for current 8th-Graders, there are some spare chargers at South front desk. For current 6th- and 7th-Graders, student will need to submit a ticket & go to Summit exchange site, & there's generally a $50 replacement charger fee (unless charger simply stops working despite no visible damage). Exchange desk will only accept check, or exactly $50 cash.

    If a Chromebook won't start: to summarize e-mail I sent last week, student should plug it into a charger (making sure, by hand, that charger cord is firmly plugged into charger "brick"), then do "hard reset": hold down the "refresh key" then tap the power key to immediately restart/reboot the Chromebook.

    If someone forgets or needs to change their password, they should go to this Web site.:  ​​id.rsdmo.org

    For a forgotten password, they'll need to click the "Need Help" link at id.rsdmo.org.

    RSD passwords must contain 3 of the 4 categories of lowercase, uppercase, number, & symbol (!, @, #, etc.), can't include any part of the user's name, & must be different (even by just 1 character) from any RSD password they've used in the past year.

    If password problem can't be fixed at id.rsdmo.org, then the user should call Help Desk at x31111, a.k.a. 636-733-1111.

    If Chromebook is acting weird (e.g. Zoom is unreliable, Chromebook seems generally slow, etc.) but isn't obviously physically broken, student should please try the following...

    1) Enter the following in the Chrome address bar...

    chrome:settings/resetProfileSettings

    ...then click the "Reset" button.

    2) Do keyboard combination CTRL-SHIFT-BACKSPACE, click "Advanced," choose "Time Range" of "All Time," checkmark all the boxes, then click "Clear Data."

    3) Enter the following in address bar...

    chrome:help

    ...then click the blue "Chrome OS Settings" link, which should begin any avail. updates.

    4) When the Chrome update is done, or if there aren't updates available, do a "hard reset": hold down the "refresh key" then tap the power key which will restart/reboot the Chromebook immediately

    TECHNOLOGY TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS FOR ROCKWOOD FAMILIES

    An all-virtual start to the 2020-2021 school year brings its own set of challenges for Rockwood students, parents, teachers, and staff members.

    Here are a few tips from the Rockwood Technology Department on helping solve some of the issues that have been brought to our attention.

    How to Submit a Chromebook Ticket

    SOCIAL EMOTIONAL INFORMATION AND SESSIONS

    A MESSAGE FROM RSD COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN PREVENTION

    Medical Marijuana - What Parents Need to Know

    Since medical marijuana use became legal in Missouri State, you may have heard different opinions about whether it is safe to use. You may not be sure what Missouri's laws are, or how marijuana use can affect young people. When it comes to protecting your child's health, it's important to remember your power as a parent. By knowing the facts, starting conversations early, and using proven prevention strategies, you can help your child avoid using marijuana, alcohol, other drugs, and other risky behaviors.

    ALIVE AND WELL SERIES FOR PARENTS

    Community Partners in Prevention and Rockwood Student Services are hosting a series of workshops for parents from Alive & Well as a part of a larger series for parents this fall. The information is below:

    Sept 15, 6:30-8 pm – Know Thyself

    Got stress? We got you! During this workshop series, a resident from our community will lead a discussion on the impact stress has on us, our neighborhoods, and how we can begin healing.
    To register for this workshop, click here.

    Sept 22, 6:30-8 pm – Together we Triumph

    Got an idea on how to change your community? Let’s turn that idea to action! During this workshop, we will lead a discussion on how stress is impacting our community and what steps we can take together towards positive action and change.

    To register for this workshop, click here.

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    ACTIVITIES

    JUNIOR FALCON BASKETBALL-IMPORTANT MESSAGE


    Dear Parents and Coaches of the Jr. Falcon Basketball Program,

    With COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports at this moment in St. Louis County, we have decided to temporarily postpone the tryout/registration process for the winter season (also the Jr. Coaches Meeting for Wednesday 9th). Park/Rock has extended its deadline for registration as well. As we gather more information about re-opening of facilities for practices/games, we will reschedule our tryout/registration dates accordingly.

    I am looking forward to a time when we can safely return to play with youth sports in St. Louis County, but unfortunately at this point, that time is not right now. As soon as a plan is in place for winter basketball season, we will pass that information along to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Jr. Falcon Basketball program. It is because of the parents, players and coaches who participate in this program that our high school program has experienced so much success recently.

    -Sam Haug

    Summit Boys' Basketball Coach

    MCTM MATHLEAGUE CONTEST


    Students in 6th-grade have an opportunity to participate in the annual MCTM Mathleague Contest. Please read the letter linked here for more information.

    2019-2020 YEARBOOK PICK UP REMINDER​

    2019-2020 yearbooks that were ordered are available now for pick-up Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the front office at Rockwood South. If you ordered a nameplate and/or autograph page insert, those are also available for pick-up.

    If you have yet to pick up your copy, please be sure to stop by Rockwood South as soon as you can! If you cannot pick up your yearbook during these times, please contact the front office to make other arrangements.

    LOOKING FOR A WAY TO HELP FAMILIES IN THE RSMS COMMUNITY THIS SCHOOL YEAR?


    Please consider donating to the RSMS Pantry Fund and/or RSMS Scholarship Fund. Social Worker, Ashley O'Daniel, uses monetary donations to the RSMS Pantry to purchase food, toiletries, clothing items, and other various needs for our RSMS students and families. Monetary donations to the Scholarship fund helps support students with class fees, PE uniforms, and those who are unable to attend a field trip or school event due to financial constraints. Cash or check donations can be dropped off at the front office (attn: Ashley O'Daniel). Checks should be made out to RSMS.

    Also, please keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer opportunities listed on the RSMS Pantry SignUp Genius pages. Here is the link to RSMS Pantry items needed page and the RSMS Pantry volunteers needed page. Items needed and volunteer opportunities will be added throughout the school year - so please make sure to look back throughout the school year!
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    RSMS LIBRARY NEWS

    Rockwood South Reads

    Students and staff are invited to take the challenge to read at least 25 books this school year! Read books, any books, your choice, and report your books on the 25 Book Challenge chart. When you have completed the 25 Book Challenge submit your chart to Ms. Rankins! It’s as easy as that! Check out the flyer for more information.

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Rockwood South's library will be offering curbside pickup for physical books for students. Please see attached flyer for details. For the first two weeks of school, pickup will be available Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:00. Weather permitting, the cart and return bin will be outside the front lobby. If the weather is questionable, the cart and bin will be inside.

    Following the first two weeks of school, the hours for pickup will change to Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:30 to 3:00.

    If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Miss Rankins via email and she will be happy to help in any way possible.

    Curbside Pick Up Steps - How-To Video

    COMING TO RSMS? PLEASE READ HERE!

    Health Screening Form

    For the protection of our students, staff, and community, anyone who wishes to enter the campus of a Rockwood building for any reason will first be asked to fill out a health form.

    You may do so when you arrive at the facility, or you may fill it out online in advance for your convenience. Click here to fill out the form online.

    This information will be used daily in lieu of COVID-19 symptom checking upon your arrival to locations in Rockwood School District. The information will only be used in the event we need to contact you due to COVID-19 exposure.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 9/24/20 – PSO Fundraiser – Mod Pizza
    • 10/1/20 – Flu Shot Clinic – 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    • 10/7/20 – 6th Grade Ice Cream Social – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference. 
    We are Falcon Proud!
    1628 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026, USA
    birkenmeierlaurie@rsdmo.org
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