2017 Nov 29: Elementary School Happenings

For Rockdale ISD, the week following a holiday is always a challenge due to catching up and getting back in the routine, but amazingly we do what we need to do to take care of our students’ needs. This week Rockdale Elementary has many exciting things that have happened and many that are coming up before we have our next holiday for Christmas. Ms. Alesha Eoff would like to share all of the exciting things happening on her campus.

At Rockdale Elementary School, we are dedicated to creating learning opportunities for each and every student.  This six weeks our faculty has engaged, challenged, and motivated our students through multiple learning experiences.  Our staff has worked to provide engaging lessons for our students through hands-on activities, real world application, and grade-level performances.   

The whole elementary attended our Veteran’s Day assembly at the high school.  Our students made patriotic hats to wear and they sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, and “Fifty Nifty United States” to honor those who have served our country.  The students have been learning about patriotism, respecting our country, and appreciating those who have fought to keep us free.  Our flags waved proudly, and our voices sang loudly as we honored our veterans in the ceremony.  

Another opportunity that our students had was to attend the Pre-Kindergarten Extravaganza.  Each Pre-K student shined in their respective roles as they presented our annual Thanksgiving Extravaganza.  There was a little singing, a little acting, a little dancing, and a whole lot of fun!  We hope you were able to attend and that you enjoyed our show.  We would also like to thank our awesome parents for their continued support and encouragement.  

In addition to these activities, we had our annual Thanksgiving Meal for our students and their parents.  Our wonderful cafeteria staff provided a tasty feast for our visitors and students. We served over two hundred-fifty visitors for lunch.  We had a great turnout!  Our Kindergarten children were also able to have their own feast to celebrate the holiday with their classmates.  Students dressed in holiday attire and dined on fruits, nuts, jerky, and vegetables to simulate what their meal may have been like many years ago.  

The Second graders at RES have been busy learning new skills and concepts and engaging in many different, fun activities.  Second grade is the first year that students get the opportunity to participate in academic UIL activities.  They will attend a UIL competition at Rockdale Intermediate on Dec. 5th.  Students have been working very hard, with the help of their coaches, to prepare for Creative Writing, Storytelling, Spelling, Chess Puzzles, and Mathematics. Creative Writers will look at a collection of pictures and create an original story from at least one of the given pictures.  Students are graded on creativity and grammar.  Storytellers are read a brief story.  Then, they are expected to retell the story in their own words before a group of judges using expression and inflection of voice. Speller contestants are given a list of spelling words to study and are tested over the given words. Chess Puzzles involves students being able to anticipate the appropriate chess moves based on the situation given.  Mathematics students will complete three timed sections- addition, subtraction, and story problems.  We wish our students good luck as they compete for RES for the first time.   

Our Second Grade students have also started tryouts and practices for our annual Christmas Variety Show.  It will be on Dec. 15th at 9:30 in the RES cafeteria.  Students will be performing dance routines, singing Christmas carols, and sharing Christmas facts and customs with the audience. The students put on a great show, and we would love to have you join us for some holiday cheer next month.  

Our annual Polar Express, Winter Wonderland, will be at Rockdale High School December 14.  Our teachers are working on developing learning games, arts, crafts, and other activities for our students.  The kids and adults always have a great time celebrating the season during this fun night.  Please make plans to attend this night with your whole family.  

Parents and students are also encouraged to attend our upcoming Winter Wonderland (Polar Express), 2nd Grade Variety Show, and other opportunities to see our students’ hard work and performances.  As you can see, Rockdale Elementary School is a terrific place to be!