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Christmas Roundup

Plans for Rockdale Christmas Roundup are now underway. The deadline to nominate families or individuals who are in need of assistance this Christmas will be Friday, December 2, 2022.

Applications can be picked up at the Rockdale Reporter, Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, Citizens National Bank, Classic Bank, Rockdale Federal Credit Union, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Rockdale City Hall and local churches. 

More than 300 families were served by this program last year. Christmas Roundup is making every effort to work with other agencies in the community to serve as many homes as possible. 

Monetary donations can be deposited in the Christmas Roundup account at Citizens National Bank or sent to PO Box 766, Rockdale, Texas 76567. Toy donations can be taken to the Rockdale ISD Administration office or Rockdale Signs at any time. 

The Knights of Columbus Hall on Highway 79 will be open on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. to accept Toy donations. On Monday December 12, 2022, the KC Hall will open at 9 a.m. for volunteers to help fill boxes for pickup. 

Boxes will not be delivered to homes this year. All families will need to make arrangements to pick up their boxes at the KC Hall in Rockdale. Pick up dates are scheduled for Monday, December 12 from 4-7 pm and Tuesday, December 13 from 9 am – 2 pm.

Volunteers are needed all days, especially on Tuesday to help with pickup.  

For additional information, contact Pam Kaufmann at (512) 430-6000 x1014 or email pkaufmann@rockdaleisd.net.

Christmas Roundup Information Flyer

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Foundation created to raise private dollars for RISD

[October 5, 2022] - A group of community leaders have come together to form a foundation to support Rockdale ISD public schools. The Rockdale ISD Education Foundation (RISDEF) has announced their focus to enhance community support and to expand resources that enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize opportunities for all students in the Rockdale ISD School District.

Education Foundation Directors standing and sitting for formal photo in front of Rockdale Tigers on back wall

The sole purpose of the newly formed Education Foundation is to benefit the district by providing funds for educational programs and activities which are not funded by the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence, and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. Funding priorities will also include support for innovative teaching grants that will provide resources directly to the classroom for teachers to implement exciting new educational programs. The grand process is being established and teachers and staff will be eligible to participate in requesting funds this spring.

The Rockdale ISD Education Foundation is a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Service section 501 (c)(3) and contributions to the organization are tax deductible.  According to Rebecca King, district liaison, the idea for the foundation grew from a need for supplemental funds and awareness of a growing number of education foundations serving Central Texas school districts. “We brought in Foundation Innovation LLC, a firm which specializes in developing foundations to ensure that we meet our first-year goals and objectives,” she added. Foundation Innovation has worked with many communities and school districts in Texas and other states to establish foundations to benefit public school systems. According to Suzi Pagel of Foundation Innovation, “Following in the footsteps of public universities and colleges, K-12 school districts and their local communities are establishing their own foundations to leverage private dollars and expand opportunities for their teachers and students. Education Foundations provide a tangible way for citizens to support and invest in their local public schools.” 

“The Education Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to our community and educational excellence, and I am proud to serve with them to support and enhance the tools available to the district,” states Ward Roddam, president of the Rockdale ISD Education Foundation. “We are very excited that community members have organized to help attract private funds to benefit our schools,” he added. The executive committee includes Ward Roddam - President, Nathan Bland - VP Finance and Governance, Wenda Dyer, VP Programs, Kasey Delz - VP Marketing and Events, Kaybee Belson - VP Development, Renee Knesek - Secretary, Dr. Denise Monzingo - Superintendent of Schools, and Haley Leopold - Director-at-Large. Additional board members include Dr. John Mike Weed, Lee Jenkins, Gaye Bland, Kelli Timmerman, Jenny Gebhart, Kirk Williams, and Ferlando Giles. Rebecca King is the foundation's liaison with the district.  

More information can be found on the foundation’s page on the district’s website as well as on Facebook.

Email: foundation@rockdaleisd.net

Facebook: @RISDEducationFoundation

Website: https://www.rockdaleisd.net/foundation

For donations: https://givebutter.com/D2PWEE

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Free Meals for All Students

Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Rockdale ISD Child Nutrition department has announced the district will provide free meals for all students for the 2022-23 school year. The meals will include one entrée, one choice of milk and student’s choice of fruit and vegetables for both breakfast and lunch. Second meals, additional entrées and milk, and any à la carte snack items are still available for a charge.


The district qualified for the free meals under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). RISD is reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on participation in other specific means-test programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).


Erin Lopez, General Manager of the RISD Child Nutrition department, stated “because all students receive meals at no charge, individual children at CEP schools no longer have to worry about the stigma associated with free or reduced price status. And most importantly, by offering all students a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, CEP helps boost participation, helping schools ensure more students come to class well-nourished and ready to learn.” 


For more information, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision.
 

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Rockdale ISD to use Ticket Spicket for all athletic events

RISD is moving all sporting event tickets online. Purchase your tickets through Ticket Spicket.

homepage for Ticket Spicket for Rockdale ISD on blue background with gold and white font

Rockdale ISD will be going to online ticketing this school year for all sporting events. Reserved ticket holders will receive an email from Ticket Spicket some time around July 11 to claim your reserved tickets. Make sure to check your spam folder.

Reserved tickets will be available to be purchased by the previous ticket holders from July 11 to August 11. Then previous ticket holders will have the option to purchase any unsold tickets from August 12 to August 18. After August 18 all unsold tickets are available for the public to purchase.

The ticket prices are the same as last year which is $30 per ticket for the season.

Visit Rockdale's custom homepage to purchase tickets: https://spicket.events/rockdale.

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Free PreK for All

Pre-K is now free to all 4-year-olds living inside RISD boundaries beginning with the 2022-23 school year.

Children entering Pre K need to be 4 years old on or before September 1st. Children entering kindergarten need to be 5 years old on or before September 1st.

Documents you will need to enrollment your student:

  • Student's Birth Certificate
  • Student's Immunization Records
  • Student's Social Security Card
  • Proof of Rockdale ISD residency (ex. current utility bill or lease)
  • Parent/Guardian ID
  • Proof of income for PreK only (PreK is free beginning 2022-23 but we still must collect income information for reimbursement)