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Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier




    October 3, 2020 Permanent Link to Post


    Dear Falcon Family,

    Welcome to October! To kick off this month, we celebrated National Custodians Day on October 2nd. At RSMS, we are extremely fortunate to have such a hardworking and dedicated team of custodians! We sincerely appreciate our custodians for all they do for our school and community.

    As we shared with yesterday, it's time to sign-up for our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents may sign up for a conference slot with a teacher using this Conference Links Document. Once you access the document, simply look for your child's teachers and click on each of their names. This will take you to the teacher's Sign Up Genius where you will select the time for your conference. It is important to note, we will accept sign-ups for conferences until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6.   Please be sure to sign up prior to that time.

    Each of your child's teachers will send a follow-up email by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, sharing a Zoom link to the conference session to those parents who have made appointments.

    Remember, 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. That being said, since Language Arts is a year-long course (unless your child's Language Arts class is CCLA), you can choose to meet with your child's Language Arts teacher at our conferences on November 19.

    On another note, we are happy to share that all grades in Infinite Campus can be viewed accurately through the Parent Portal. The RSD Technology Department worked with the vendors of both Infinite Campus and Canvas to correct any miscommunication occurring between these programs.

    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 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, you can find our website on our counselor's grade-level Canvas pages to access after school activities sign-ups, our Talon Talk announcements, and more.

    On another note, I would like to share an important letter with you from the Summit Athletic Director, Mitch Lefkowitz, regarding spectators at RSHS sporting events. Per St. Louis County Guidelines, students are not permitted to attend either the home or away sporting events unless they are a family member of one of the athletes. That being said, each athlete is only allowed to bring TWO family members. Please help our High School in following these guidelines as we do not want to jeopardize our athletes' participation in sporting events.

    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 Birkenmeier, Ed.D.
    Rockwood South Middle School
    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.
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    • Please see the PSO newsletter here.

    • We hope to see our 6th-grade students on October 7th, for our Ice-Cream Social! 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.

    • Join us for the Rockwood South Speaker Series! This series was created to help support parents in navigating online learning and focus on the importance of your own mental and emotional health. Topics for the series include:

      The Adolescent Brain | Anxiety | Self-care | Identifying Support
      See the flyer below for more information!
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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 began 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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    We would like to provide you with some helpful information for accessing your observer account.


    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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    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.


    Rockwood South's Student Journalism Club needs your help! In our October issue of SouthChat, we'd like to include photos of students participating in fall activities such as going to the pumpkin patch, decorating their house/room for fall or Halloween, wearing their costume, hiking, designing creative ways to hand out candy while still social distancing, etc.! Please send your pictures to Mrs. Barrett at! Also, if you love to write, join the Student Journalism club on Wednesdays!


    Join the Falcon Run Club! Why? To promote a healthy active lifestyle through fitness and running. Our focus will be on cross country to prepare for the Rockwood School District XC meet which is usually in October but postponed until November. We will also discuss the importance of well balanced meals, hydration, proper sleep habits, and good running shoes.

    Simply click here for all of the details and information!


    The RSMS Garden Club needs your help! Please go to this link to learn more and to sign-up to contribute!

    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.


    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!


    You can now find our website through our Rockwood South School Website! See the image below.

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    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.


    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. The hours for pickup are 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
    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.


    • 10/5/20 – No School – Professional Development Day (Teachers on Duty)
    • 10/7/20 – 6th Grade Ice Cream Social – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • 10/8/20 & 11/19/20 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    • 10/8/20 – RSMS PSO Fundraiser – Papa John’s
    • 10/10/20 – Bonfire Nights at Babler State Park – Family Fun Events sponsored by Community Ed
    • 10/14/20 – PSO Meeting @ 6:00 PM Café (Zoom Available)
    • 10/16/20 - National Principal Day @ RSMS - October is National Principal Month
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