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 and Ideas To Foster Reading at Home

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Reading Ideas:

*Read bedtime stories.

*Have your child read the grocery list as you shop.

*Write down a recipe for your child’s favorite food.

*Get excited to visit the library.

*Play a board game and have your child read the cards.

Reading Tips:

*Don’t leave home without it! Always have reading materials available to read in the car or at appointments.

*Once is not enough. Re-read favorite stories to help build fluency, speed and accuracy.

*Dig Deeper! Ask your child questions about what they just read.

*Be patient, correct gently and praise with enthusiasm

Giving at the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a great time to teach children compassion and empathy for others. It is easy for children to be excited to receive gifts, but how do we develop the same enthusiasm for giving? Here are some examples of how you can involve your child in the joy of giving.

  • Let your child shop for a few gifts for others using their own money.
  • Do a holiday craft or bake cookies to give to neighbors or friends.
  • Let your child wrap a few gifts themselves.
  • Have your child make cards for others.
  • Give your child the opportunity to present the gift to someone so they can see the joy it brings.
  • Volunteer in a local soup kitchen or participate in Toys for Tots.

Castle Quest Knighting Ceremony

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Rock Creek Community Academy has participated in the Boosterthon, Fun Run, for three years now.  It is an outstanding program that teaches good character as well as raises funds to help our school.  This year’s Fun Run theme is Castle Quest.  The students go on an adventure to learn all the qualities of a true hero.  We, the fourth grade teachers, thought this was a great opportunity to create some magic in our classrooms.  We decided to plan a secret knighting ceremony for all of our students.  To prepare for this, the students wrote short essays on what they felt their best character trait was, and gave an example of a time when they demonstrated this trait.  This assignment was very reflective and we designed  the assignment to make the child proud of that trait.  Days after these writings were complete, we surprised the kids with a knighting ceremony.  We dressed up like queens and spoke in the language of “yesteryear.”  We called each character trait group to the stage.  They were asked to accept the responsibility of knighthood in the name of that trait.  They took a knee, and one by one each child was named and knighted with a shiny, gold staff.  As teachers, we need to be examples of passion and pride for our students. We need to make memories with them! This ceremony was something the fourth grade class of 2017-2018 will never forget.  

The Queens of Character

Datorie Food Drive

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The House of Datorie at Rock Creek Community Academy launched a food and cleaning supplies drive this week to benefit Haven House Services, Inc. Haven House is a non-profit homeless shelter located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This shelter benefits fourteen Southern Indiana counties and serves men, women, and children who are homeless or are at imminent risk of homelessness. Datorie will be collecting non-perishable food items and household cleaning supplies for the next three weeks. All donations are due by Friday, November 17th. Datorie is proud to contribute to the families of Southern Indiana, and is striving to collect as much as possible during this time frame. Please consider donating to our cause! Donations may be dropped off with Mrs. Hafele or Ms. Koopman.

Boosterthon Fun Run

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Once again, this year’s main fundraiser is the Rock Creek BOOSTERTHON!

Hosting a Fun Run means there is no selling or delivering of products. Once our program begins on October 30, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: November 8.

Our Fun Run will be powered by the Boosterthon Fun Run, a fun organization that organizes Fun Runs all over the country. This year 2,100 schools just like ours will run their Fun Run through this organization.

Our Fun Run also comes with a world class character theme. This year’s theme is CASTLE QUEST, an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their way to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “Six Virtues of a True hero” from a cast of colorful characters. Castle Quest was made in collaboration with Character Counts!, The nation’s most reputable character ED organization.

Through this year’s Fun Run our goal is to raise $15,000 for Rock Creek Athletics and Continued Technology Improvement.

Art Students get Hands On

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As an ending to their unit on Renaissance artists, Ms. Roellig’s art class created paintings like Michelangelo, on their backs! Students were so motivated to create their own pieces in this manner. Mr. Roellig does a great job bringing history to the present!

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