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    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

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    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    I hope you are able to take a moment to enjoy our beautiful September weather! We are certainly zooming into Fall (quite literally it seems!). Speaking of Zoom, please continue to encourage your student to turn their camera on during class sessions and to fully participate during class. If there is a reason that prevents your student from fully participating in class, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher. We greatly appreciate your support!

    As we head into our week of learning, remember to encourage your students to view our Talon Talk announcements for this week and our Mindful Monday video from our School Counselors. This week's Talon Talk will walk your student through signing up for our after school activities beginning this week. Also, watch to the very end if you would like to see the behind the scenes bloopers! As we shared with you last week, you will find our Mindful Monday video on our counselor's grade-level Canvas pages. Remember, you can choose to have your child access this information over the weekend or during our scheduled Student Advisory Block from 8:00-8:45 a.m. on Monday mornings.

    In addition to information on Mindful Mondays, our students will also be able to find information and access to sign up for our virtual after school activities on our counselor's grade-level Canvas pages. Activities will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd at 2:30 p.m. We encourage our students and parents to check out our school activities website: www.FalconProud.com for upcoming news 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!
    • 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.

    • Thank you for participating in the Papa John's Fundraiser--we made almost $500!

    • PSO Fundraiser –MOD Pizza Fundraiser on September 24th.

    • 6th-grade Ice Cream Social invitation: ATTENTION 6TH GRADE STUDENTS!

      YOU'RE INVITED TO THE CURBSIDE ICE CREAM SOCIAL

      On October 7th, join us for a fun and yummy evening of ice cream while staying socially distant. Ice cream cups courtesy of the Malt Shop will be handed out drive-thru style. Families are then free to park in the lot and hang out while being socially distant. Ice cream is reserved for 6th-grade students only. We're also looking for volunteers to help!

    • Last but not least, check out the video below from our PSO board!
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    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!
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    PICTURE PACKETS AND RETAKE DAY

    If your student took a school picture on August 12th, 13th or 14th, please stop by the Rockwood South front office to pick up your picture packet, Monday through Friday from 7:30-3:00, or contact the front office to make other arrangements. If your student had a picture taken but didn’t order a picture packet, a picture sheet with a small picture on it will be available for pick up.

    Picture “re-take” day is scheduled for October 21, 2020. If you choose to have your picture re-taken, you will need to bring your original picture packet with you.

    If you did not take your picture in August or if you are new to the school district, please plan on attending on October 21st to have your picture taken for the yearbook. The photographer will be here from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parents can sign up for retake day using this link.

    The website for ordering pictures is www.inter-state.com and our school's order code is 50147VA. When you enter this code all of your picture days will appear. If you have any questions concerning pictures, please call Inter-State Studio at their office at 314-878-1800.

    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

    And of course, How to Submit a Chromebook Ticket.

    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

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    SOCIAL EMOTIONAL INFORMATION AND SESSIONS

    A MESSAGE FROM RSD COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN PREVENTION

    Middle School Mindful Monday Live Zooms:

    Let's Talk About Marijuana

    Marijuana Prevention Plus Wellness is a brief intervention for cannabis and other substances that promotes protective wellness behaviors and positive identities among youth.
    Monday, September 21, 8am
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83198602026?pwd=eXFjN1pleVE2eldKSWNMZC9iODVRZz09
    Meeting ID: 831 9860 2026
    Passcode: 745009

    Let's Talk About Vaping

    The Stanford Prevention Toolkit on Vaping is a theory-based and evidence-informed resource created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine. This curriculum addresses health risks of using e-cigarettes/vapes, including JUUL and Puff Bar and the marketing tactics used by nicotine companies to target youth.
    Monday, October 12, 8am
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84036137127?pwd=YzNPNkgrQmhXVWlBRUtJd3pZTXQ5UT09
    Meeting ID: 840 3613 7127
    Passcode: 794237

    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 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

    RSMS GARDEN CLUB

    The Garden Club meets weekly, Mondays from 6-7 pm, to tend to the RSMS garden on the side of the school. There is a need for landscaping brick, rocks, and blocks.

    If you have any garden supplies taking up space, the Garden Club would love to have them. Just drop off on the side of the building, or contact Angela Winkler.

    In addition, all families in the community are welcome to enjoy the harvest of tomatoes, okra, basil, mint to take home.

    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:

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    ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference. 
    We are Falcon Proud!
    1628 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026, USA
    birkenmeierlaurie@rsdmo.org
    (636) 891-6850​​​​


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