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Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier

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    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

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    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    We certainly had a beautiful weekend as we prepare to close out the month of September. Before looking ahead, I would like to share with you some amazing news from last week. Our very own, Assistant Principal Cassandra Suggs, received the prestigious Jewel Award from STL TV for her TV series, Educating Through a Pandemic! We are so proud, Cassandra. I greatly appreciated getting to participate in this series when Cassandra interviewed me last Spring. You are welcome to watch the recorded interview by clicking here.

    With October right around the corner, it's already time for our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences! We will hold our conferences on the following dates and times:

    • Thursday, October 8 from 8:15-8:50 a.m.
    • Thursday, October 8 from 3:30-7:00 p.m.
    • Monday, October 12th from 7:30-8:45 a.m.
    This information will support you in preparing for the format and structure of our conferences:

    • We will use a virtual format for conferences (Zoom).
    • Parents will have an opportunity to sign up for 7-minute sessions to speak with each of their child's teachers. We will share this link with you on Thursday of this week.
    • Due to our quarter schedule for classes, we will hold a second set of conferences on Thursday, November 19 from 3:30-7:00 p.m to allow parents to have the opportunity to talk with their child's second-quarter teachers.
    • Please note that since Language Arts is a year-long course, you will only sign up for one conference slot on either the October or the November dates.​
    As we continue to progress through online learning, the RSD Technology Department recently notified us of an issue that is currently impacting our parents' ability to see the accurate grades for their student(s) in Infinite Campus. Due to an issue with the synchronization between Canvas and Infinite Campus, grades entered by teachers in Canvas are not being pushed into the Infinite Campus Gradebook via the automated process. The RSD Technology Department is working with both vendors to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible. Currently, you may check your student's grades through your Canvas Parent Observer account. If you do not have a Canvas Parent Observer account, you may create one by following these steps:

    Remember to encourage your students to view our Talon Talk announcements for this week and our Mindful Monday video from our School Counselors. You will find our Mindful Monday video on our counselors' 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, you can now find our www.FalconProud.com website on our counselors' grade-level Canvas pages! This site contains our Talon Talk announcements, after school activities sign-up access, and more.

    Last but not least, we invite our students to participate in the Falcon Family Virtual Homecoming Spirit Week. The details for attire are pictured below this newsletter. Let's show our Falcon Pride!

    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
    • ​​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!
    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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    TECHNOLOGY REMINDERS

    NEED ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR CANVAS OBSERVER ACCOUNT?

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

    ​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.
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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 Vaping: Monday, October 12, 8 am

    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 the health risks of using e-cigarettes/vapes, including JUUL and Puff Bar, and the marketing tactics used by nicotine companies to target youth.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84036137127?pwd=YzNPNkgrQmhXVWlBRUtJd3pZTXQ5UT09

    Meeting ID: 840 3613 7127
    Passcode: 794237

    ACTIVITIES

    RSMS GARDEN CLUB
    The RSMS Garden Club needs your help! Please go to this link to learn more and to sign-up to contribute! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4babaa2aa7fb6-garden

    The Garden Club also 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.

    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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    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.
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    1628 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026, USA
    birkenmeierlaurie@rsdmo.org
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