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OCTOBER 2020

  • Welcome Back!

    RMS Families,

    ISD 728 has seven core values. The seventh on the list is “Change is an opportunity for growth.” We are deeply grateful for your patience as we navigate through our changing world of education and our new opportunities for growing together. The staff at RMS are stretching ourselves in ways we didn’t even know existed this time last year. Imagine all that we will know as a school community by this time next year. 

    Goals for the year:

    We will continue to work toward the learner outcomes and strategies in the District’s Strategic Action Plan. Specifically, we are committed to work on:

    1. Social and emotional learning strategies for staff and students 
    2. Literacy instruction by implementing digital AVID strategies
    3. The role of identity by how our learners are represented in our learning spaces
    4. Career exploration opportunities
    5. Safety and security 
    6. Mental health supports for students 

    Feedback request:

    Distance Learning Families: this week administration started calling all distance learning families to check-in. Please let us know how we can support you and your student(s). Thank you for your assistance and feedback.

    All Families: We will also be hosting feedback sessions via Google Meet and sending out a survey to get your feedback about school and any suggestions. Look for that survey in mid-October. 

    You are welcome to always call or email us directly with any questions or concerns. 

    Staff member appreciation: Here is your opportunity to share positive experiences with an RMS staff member so that we can recognize them! Please let us know who has done a great job of assisting or supporting you by using this form.

    Request for student/staff gift card prizes: We use gift cards as one of the prizes in our Royal Way PBIS program. If you would like, please send in a donation of $5 gift cards for area business that students would appreciate. We also are looking for donations of $5 gift cards for staff members to use as prizes. Please label any gift cards you want for staff and/or students and have your student bring them to the office. 

    Conferences: The October 22 evening conference time will be used by teachers to invite families for virtual conferences. We will only invite families to participate where the student is showing a need for more engagement in school. 

    Organization While at Home: Two staff members created schedule templates for students to use for time organization while at home. Please make a copy of these for your student if you would like to try them. Link 1, Link 2

    Thank you for sharing your student with us either in person or virtually! 

    Dr. Nicole Rittenour
    Principal


    Picture Days-Oct 5 & 6

    LifeTouch Pictures will be taken for all students on October 5 and 6 during phy ed, music or study hall classes.  All Distance Learning students are asked to sign up for a time slot on one of those days if you want to participate in pictures.  You may come to school anytime during your time slot. Stop by the reception office before reporting to the gym.  Parents may wait outside or in their car. Orders can be placed online up to 48 hours after pictures are taken. Retake Day has not yet been determined due to LifeTouch needing to reschedule other districts intial contracts. Stay tuned! Contact Kristine Niznik with any questions.

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    Free Meals Returning for ISD 728 Students

    ISD 728 has qualified for an extension of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Minnesota Department of Education’s free meal program for all currently enrolled ISD 728 students. This free meal service, which offers breakfast and lunch daily, starts Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

    In other words - Grab-n-Go is BACK! 

    The USDA has extended this waiver to assist school districts and households in feeding kids. This benefit has been extended until Federal funds are no longer available. Once the waiver ends, all students will automatically be returned back to their normal lunch status. We will inform households when this will happen as soon as we are notified. This USDA sponsored free meal program is for all currently enrolled ISD 728 students regardless of whether they are participating in face to face, hybrid or distance learning models.

    Students Participating in Face-to-Face Model
    The free meal program will begin with cafeteria service on September 16, 2020 for all on-campus students.

    Students Participating in the Hybrid or Distance Learning Model
    The ‘Grab-n-Go’ meal program will start on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Meals may be picked up from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Monday through Friday at the locations listed below. ISD 728 families can pick up their child’s meal at any of the locations listed.

    Meal Pick-Up Locations South of the River

    • Rogers High School
      • 21000 141st Avenue, Rogers
      • Door 10, located near the main entrance towards the end of the circle drive

    Menus
    Menus are located on the ISD 728 website, but are subject to change based on item availability. In some instances, warm meals (aka “hot lunch”) will need to be served. In these cases, the meal should be consumed immediately or families will need to utilize reheating instructions provided by food service staff. Allergens will be located on the Nutrition Services page of the District website, whenever possible. 

    At this time, this is the only means of meal distribution for Grab-n-Go. Due to food safety concerns, sending meals home with students – those in hybrid or in-person learning – is not available.

    Due to the timing of the USDA announcement and the application process required for the free meal program, the District did officially begin the school year under the National School Lunch Program and therefore the District will be unable to provide refunds for meals served through September 15, 2020 as we were not yet able to provide the Grab-n-Go, USDA sponsored free program to all students.  

    Last, but not least, this is a friendly reminder to complete your free/reduced meal application for this school year if you have NOT done so already. Even though meals are currently free, they will not always be. The application also helps our district qualify for additional funding. It is essential that every household, that may qualify, fills out the application, even if you are currently distance learning. This will make the transition back to a typical meal service easier for families once the Federal and State government announce a change. Applications can be completed online through Parent Portal.

    If you have questions regarding Grab-n-Go meal service, please contact Michelle Jones at michelle.jones@isd728.org


    Calling All Box Top Collectors!

    Have you noticed there are fewer and fewer Box Tops to actually clip from your favorite products?  Box Tops has gone digital! Here's how you can help earn money for RMS. BOX TOPS MAKES IT EASY. No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. You can even scan receipts from online shopping! The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.  Do you still have clipped ones at home? Feel free to send them back to school with your student. They can be dropped off in the administration office at any time.

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    The Royal Way (PBIS)

    The Royal Way is our program to promote consistent and positive expectations that enhance student academic and behavior success!  It is balanced by positive reinforcements and incentive plans.  
    Components to the program are:

    • Teaching expectations related to core values, Be Ready, Be Responsible and Be Respectful
    • Recognizing and celebrating positive behaviors individually and collectively
    • Reteaching and supporting students when choices do not align with core values

    More information can be found on our website.

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    Covid 19 Updates from the Health Office

    Please evaluate your child daily for Covid symptoms before sending them to school by using the School Self-Screening Checklist

    Common key terms related to Covid:

    Close contact:  Close contact means being within 6 feet of another person for 15 minutes or more.  In the context of Covid-19, a close contact exposure means that a person either lives with or was within 6 feet or less of someone with lab-confirmed Covid-19 for 15 minutes or longer while the person was infectious (regardless of whether either person wore a face covering or face shield).

    Isolation:  Isolation is an infection prevention tool for a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, and requires the person to stay away from others, even those living in the same home.  For Covid-19, the isolation period is at least 10 days from the start of symptoms or test date if the person does not have symptoms, 24 hours without fever, and improvement of symptoms.

    Quarantine:  Quarantine is an infection prevention tool for a person who was in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have Covid-19, and requires the person to stay away from others for 14 days.  The quarantine period does not change with a negative test result since an infection could still develop after getting tested.  Quarantine lasts for 14 days because Covid-19 has an incubation period that is between two to 14 days long.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q:  If my child has 2 of the less common symptoms listed on the School Self-Screening Checklist and my child has to be home for 10 days, do their siblings also need to stay home?

    A:  Yes, siblings need to stay home for 14 days or until your ill child receives a negative Covid test or an alternative diagnosis.

    Q:  If my child is diagnosed with Strep but they are also tested for Covid, can they return to school?

    A:  No, if they are tested for Covid, they have to receive a negative test result before they can return to school.

    Q:  If my child is a close contact of a confirmed positive Covid case, do they need to stay home?

    A:  Yes, that child needs to stay home for 14 days, but that child’s siblings do not have to stay home.

     

     

     

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College Wear Days are Back!

  • Don't forget to support your favorite school!  Which is the most popular? Which is the furthest away? See what you can notice walking the hallways or on Google Meets!
    college wear



Tip of the Month

  • RMS will be utiliting our webpage to help communicate all the latest news and information. Check out everything it has to offer...calendar, quick links, contacts, etc.

    Let us know what else would be helpful for families this year that we could incorporate into the website. We will do our best to include your ideas!

    Contact Kristine Niznik at kristine.niznik@isd728.org with any suggestions or if you have any questions.

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REMINDER

  • Distance Learning Materials Pick Up dates: 

    October 2
    October 23
    9:30am-1pm

    DL Pick up day

     



Save the Date!

  • The Fall Scholastic Bookfair is scheduled for October 19-27.  Updates and links to the in-person and online fair will be posted on the Media Center webpage.  More details to come!

    bookfair

    The Fall Spirit Wear Sale will take place October 19-November 12. Items will be directly shipped to your house before the holidays.  Watch for more information and a link to order!

    spirit wear


Classroom Fees

  • Reminder that all 1st quarter classroom fees for FACS and Tech classes can now be through Parent Portal.  Please contact the administration office if there is a financial need.  Thank You!


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