RCCA will be having E-Learning Days March 16 – 20 & March 30 – April 3rd
RCCA Springbreak March 23-27 2020
RCCA will be having E-Learning Days March 16 – 20 & March 30 – April 3rd
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Practice Social Distancing

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During COVID-19 social distancing, try staying connected to your loved ones as much as possible! Whether they’re long-distance or 6-feet away, reach out to your friends and family online or over the phone.

For more practical advice on staying connected with loved ones and maintaining your emotional health during this time, click here!

New School Schedule

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While we are all trying to get through these very unsure times. We are trying to do what is best for our students and not overwhelm them, but still be able to successfully educate them.

After Governor Holcomb’s statement today, we know we will be out of school until at least May 1st, and students will not be required to take the IRead, ILearn and Istep 10. 

We will follow the schedule below:

March 23-27 – Spring Break as scheduled

March 30 – April 3 – eLearning week as scheduled

April 6 – April 10 – Students will be off and we will be using the flexibility grant by Governor Holcomb for these days.

April 13 – 17 –  eLearning week

April 20 – 24 – Students will be off and we will be using the flexibility grant by Governor Holcomb for these days.

April 27 – May 1  – eLearning Week

Teachers will be available during the eLearning days during regular school hours to answer any questions or concerns the students may have. Please reach out to them, they are here to help and we want to make sure that no one is falling behind. 

Please contact Coach Paro with any Chrome Book issues and we will continue to offer days for any chrome book repairs needed. His email address is [email protected].

We will be canceling/postponing the Chicago (8th grade) and Space Camp (5th grade) trips.  We do not want these students to miss out on these opportunities, we will be taking the 5th grade students in the Fall when they are 6th graders and the 8th graders in the Fall as well when they are in 9th grade.  You will be contacted by your class sponsors directly regarding the financial portion. You will be given the choice to roll over your payment to the Fall, or you may request a refund now if you wish.  Please correspond directly with the class sponsors.

We will still be taking the 2020-21 – 5th & 8th graders next year at their regular time in the spring.

Prom has been postponed to a later undetermined date, we will keep everyone posted as things progress.

Alice in Wonderland has been postponed as well to an undetermined date, again we will keep everyone posted. 

We are all in uncharted territory, and we are doing the best we can with the situation we are facing. Please reach out if there is anything we can do to help during this time. 

Jennifer Brown

Dean of Students

Rock Creek Community Academy

Technology in Classrooms has Many Benefits

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Classrooms look very different today than they did 20 years ago. When you walk into a classroom today you would notice students using technology. Some may be on their smartphones, laptops or tablets. You will notice that students are engaged and having fun.

There are many benefits to using technology in the classroom. The first benefit is an increase in student motivation. Today’s generation is excited about using technology and catching on very quickly. Another benefit is that students are able to take a more active role in their education. Very rarely do students just sit in their chairs and listen to a teacher lecture. Technology gives teachers the ability to draw students in and involve them in learning. Technology allows students to collaborate with peers as they work on many technology-based projects.

Rock Creek is taking advantage of this great tool by exposing students to a variety of technology-based experiences. With technology in the classroom, the possibilities are endless.

Words Matter

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As parents and even teachers, it can be easy to default to certain phrases that we heard as children. Research has shown over the years that words truly matter and some slight changes can completely change the outcome that we’re looking for. Here are some examples. 

Instead of the first sentence, try the second:

“Be quiet”     “Can you use a softer voice?”

“What a mess!” “It looks like you had fun! How can we clean up?

“Do you need help?” “I’m here to help if you need me”

“I explained how to do this yesterday” “Maybe I can show you another way.”

“Do I need to separate you?”       “Could you use a break?”

“Stop Crying” “It’s okay to cry”

“Do you have any questions?”   “What questions do you have?”

“You’re Ok.”         “How are you feeling?”

“It’s not that hard”       “You can do hard things.”

Which ones will you try with someone you love today?

March is Reading Month

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         Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Rock Creek has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your student. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.

1.      Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians, and teachers for some great book recommendations.

2.      Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets, and books. It doesn’t have to be big.

3.      Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.

4.      Celebrate With a Movie. As a family, you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.

Tips for Making Praise Matter

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Praising children is very important whether you are a teacher or a parent. Here are some tips that will help make praise mean more to the child.

  1. Be Specific– “Good job, Johnny” is not specific and can be said to anyone for any reason. “Johnny, I noticed that reading that paragraph was tough, but you took your time and tried your best, nice job.” This is specific enough so that Johnny knows that you mean it and it is real.
  2. Give praise when you really mean it.  This teaches children that you recognize when a task is tough for them. It also helps them value the praise that you give.
  3. Quality over quantity- Praising too much can cause a child to feel belittled and actually achieve lower. Give specific praise when praise is due instead of meaningless praise often.

Cold and Flu Season

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Cold and flu Season is here. To ensure a healthy learning environment for your student and their teacher this season, here are a few guidelines that should be followed:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or greater – students should stay home and be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Vomiting – students should stay home and be vomit free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea – if a student has three or more loose stools, they should stay home and be symptom free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Sore Throat/Cough/Running Nose – if a student has excessive coughing and discharge they should stay home until symptoms lessen. If any of these are accompanied with a fever, students should stay home until fever free for 24 hour
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