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    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020

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    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Thank you to all of our families who joined us for our Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences last week! We enjoyed having an opportunity to talk with you about your child's progress. We would also like to thank all of our 6th-grade families for participating in our Ice Cream Social last week. It was wonderful to meet so many families and to see our kids!

    As we head into our week of learning, please 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 www.FalconProud.com website on our counselor's grade-level Canvas pages to access after school activities sign-ups, our Talon Talk announcements, and more.

    Last but not least, I would like to send a big THANK YOU to the RSMS PSO who provided our staff with dinner prior to conferences last week, purchased all of the ice creams for our 6th-grade Ice Cream Social, and purchased brand new outside seating for our school. Whew! Our PSO has been extremely busy supporting our school. We are so fortunate to have your support!

    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. 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.
    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

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    PSO NEWS!
    • Please see the PSO newsletter here.
    • Join us for our Virtual PSO Meeting, this Wednesday, October 14, starting at 6:00 p.m. You may use this Zoom link to participate! https://rsdmo-org.zoom.us/j/96239297458
    • Also, we invite you to join us for the Rockwood South Speaker Series! Our first session will take place during our PSO meeting on Wednesday, October 14. 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!
    • PSO Fundraiser – 3 Margaritas Flyer: The next PSO sponsored fundraiser will be held on October 22nd (Thursday) from 4 PM to 9 PM at 3 Margaritas in Fenton Plaza. Please order using the flyer or mentioning Rockwood South.
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    ​NEED TO ORDER A YEARBOOK?
    Ready to purchase your 2020-2021 yearbook? To order online:
    1. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com
    2. Enter your order number: 17210
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order.
    4. Be sure to complete your order to receive a confirmation number.
    To order by phone, call 1-866-287-3096.
    Not sure you ordered a yearbook?
    Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, #17210, and click on Find Existing Order to check.

    PICTURE PICK UP AND PICTURE RETAKES

    If your student took their school picture on August 12th, 13th or 14th, please stop by the Rockwood South front office to pick up your picture packet. If you had a picture taken but did not order pictures, a picture sheet with a proof and an Operation Child ID​ on it is available for pick-up.
    Picture retake 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 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 our retake day using this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4CA5A92EAAFE3-rockwood1 at www.inter-state.com.
    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.

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    REPEATED INFORMATION FOR YOUR REFERENCE

    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.
    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 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

    SOUTHCHAT IS STARTING!

    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 barrettmelanie@rsdmo.org! Also, if you love to write, join the Student Journalism club on Wednesdays!

    READY TO RUN?

    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!

    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!

    FALCONPROUD.COM

    You can now find our FalconProud.com 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.
    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.

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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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