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Ms. Alesha Eoff, Principal

Ms. Alesha Eoff graduated from Levelland High school, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from McMurry University in Abilene. She completed her Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Ms. Eoff began her teaching career near Abilene, and has worked in Burleson, Pflugerville and Fort Worth. She has taught every grade level from Kindergarten through 5th grade, and has served as an Instructional Coach, Testing Coordinator, and Assistant Principal. 
 
Ms. Eoff has two children who are also Rockdale Tigers. Courtney, a Senior at Rockdale High School, and Carson who is a 7th Grader at Rockdale Intermediate School. She and her children have enjoyed being a part of the Rockdale schools and the community. She is most excited to have the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, and students at Rockdale Elementary! 
 
 

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This week we are Celebrating Dr. Seuss!  Each day we will focus on one of his books, and we will dress up to go with the book. 
 
Monday
“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
Wear something red or blue. 
Tuesday
“Fox in Sox”
Wear Crazy Socks.
Wednesday
“Wacky Wednesday”
Wear clothes backwards, inside out or mismatched and wacky.
Thursday
“Cat in the Hat”
Wear your favorite hat.
Friday
“Oh the Places You’ll Go”
Wear a college shirt. 
 
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, book publisher, and artist, best known for authoring more than 60 children's books under the pen name Doctor Seuss. His rhymes and zany characters are beloved by children and adults.  We enjoy getting to celebrate this week learning about the contributions he has made to literature.  Encourage your child to read some of his fun books with you this week! 

Tiger Tales 12-5-17

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 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.  

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December 4 – 5 PTO Santa Shop @ RES December 8 PTO Santa Shop @ RES (1:00 – 3:00) December 5 Pre-K to Renaissance Villa/MARC Center Spirit of Giving – 9:00am

December 5 UIL (Early Release for Students – 12:00)

December 6 College Colors Day

December 7 Christmas Roundup food collections will be picked up today

December 7 Last Day of iTigers before Christmas Break

December 12 SHAC Meeting at RIS Library – 4:00

December 12 PTO Meeting @ RJH Commons – 6:00 (PTO shirt/jeans)

December 14 Polar Express “Winter Wonderland”

December 15 2nd Grade Christmas Variety show in the cafeteria-9:15

December 15 Kindergarten to go to the Senior Citizens Center

December 17 Christmas Roundup at KC Hall @ 4:00 for set up

December 18 Christmas Roundup at KC Hall @ 9:00 for filling boxes & pick up @ 5:00

December 19 Christmas Roundup at KC Hall @ 9:00 for deliveries

December 20 Grinch Day in Pre-K (dress like Who Ville characters)

December 20 Classroom Christmas Parties (11:00 – 11:30)

December 20 Early Release for Students/Staff – 12:00

December 20 Last Day of the Third Six Weeks

 December 21 – Jan. 1 Christmas Break

Tiger Tales 11-27-17

We want to thank everyone who came out to our Thanksgiving Feast.  It is great to see the support of parents and grandparents.  We appreciate you taking the time out to come visit our school and our children!  
 
In the spirit of giving, we are still collecting canned goods for our neighbors in need.  We are collecting canned chicken, green beans, and corn for Christmas Round Up.   There is still time to donate; we will take donations until 12/7.  
 
Our Santa Shop will be open on 12/4, 12/5, and 12/8.  This is an opportunity for all students to come and purchase small gifts for their family members or friends.  You may send a small amount of money and a list with your child, and they will be able to purchase gifts for people on their lists.  Our PTO will help your students with the purchase of their gifts.  
 
Our 2nd grade students will be competing in our UIL contest on 12/5.  ALL children will be dismissed at noon on that day, so please make arrangements for your child to be picked up, or for someone to be waiting at the bus stop for them on that day for the early dismissal.  
 
We are working on our last big push for reading fluency before the middle of year testing.  Please make sure that you are reading with your children nightly, and that they are working on their FRY words.  These are the most common words in the English language, and if they know them well, then reading will be much easier for them!  
 
Important Upcoming Dates:
December 4 – 5                      PTO Santa Shop @ RES (8:00 – 3:00)
December 8                            PTO Santa Shop @ RES (1:00 – 3:00)
December 5                            Pre-K to Renaissance Villa/MARC Center Spirit of Giving – 9:00am
December 5                            UIL (Early Release for Students – 12:00)
December 6                            College Colors Day
December 7                            Christmas Roundup food collections will be picked up today
December 7                            Last Day of iTigers before Christmas Break
December 11                          School Board Meeting @ Central Office – 5:30
December 12                          SHAC Meeting at RIS Library – 4:00
December 12                          PTO Meeting @ RJH Commons – 6:00 (PTO shirt/jeans)
December 14                          Polar Express – “Winter Wonderland” @ High School
December 15                          2nd Grade Christmas Variety show in the cafeteria-9:15
December 15                          Kindergarten to go to the Senior Citizens Center
December 17                          Christmas Roundup at KC Hall @ 4:00 for set up
December 18                          Christmas Roundup at KC Hall @ 9:00 for filling boxes and pick up @ 5:00
December 19                          Christmas Roundup at KC Hall @ 9:00 for deliveries
December 20                          Grinch Day in Pre-K (dress like Who Ville characters)
December 20                          Classroom Christmas Parties (11:00 – 11:30)
December 20                          Early Release for Students/Staff – 12:00
December 20                          Last Day of the Third Six Weeks
December 21 – Jan. 1            Christmas Break

Tiger Tales 11-19-17

We had a wonderful turnout for our Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Thank you all for coming to share your lunchtime with us.  Each little face lit up as they saw their special guests.  We served almost 250 parents and family members this week, and we had even more come and visit.  This says a lot about the wonderful parent and family support that our children have.  Thanks for making them feel special, and an extra thank you to our wonderful cafeteria ladies for preparing such a nice meal for us.  We are truly grateful for you all.  
 
We have another opportunity to come see us this upcoming week.  Our PreK students and their teachers have worked hard to create a “Thanksgiving Extravaganza”.  This is such a cute play, and our kids will impress you with their singing, dancing, and speaking skills.  Come join us for a fun afternoon celebrating with us.  
 
Please make sure to check the website and our Facebook page for quick updates and fun activities that we are participating in at RES.  

Tiger Tales 11-13-17

We are THANKFUL at RES!  This week we invite you all to our annual Thanksgiving meal at our cafeteria.  We will begin serving meals at 10:30 for our Pre-Kindergarten classes, and will follow a slightly different lunch schedule.  Please check your child’s nightly folder, or contact the teacher to find out the specific time for your child’s lunch.  This is always a fun time to celebrate and be thankful for all that we have.  The lunch times are as follows:
 
Prek-10:30
Kindergarten 11:10
First Grade 11:50
Second Grade 12:30
 
We will have an early release on Friday, November 17th for the football playoffs.  All students will release at 1:45.  Busses will run at 1:40.  Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 1:45 and if they are bus riders, arrange for someone to meet them at the bus stops earlier than usual.  We would all like to go an support our Tigers at Crockett! 
 
In addition, we have our upcoming Thanksgiving Extravaganza on November 21st at 1:30.  Our little ones have been working hard to create a fun and entertaining show for you.  Please come out and watch the performance.  They are the cutest turkeys you have ever seen!  Please make sure that you call ahead so that we can have your name tags ready.  
 
Also, we are collecting food items for Christmas Roundup.  Our elementary has been asked to contribute canned chicken, green beans, and corn.  Please send these items with your child to help out our neighbors.  

Tiger Tales 11-5-17

What a fun couple of days we have had learning at RES!  We celebrated our 50th day of school with math and science activities to coordinate with our day.  We ended the day with predicting how many times we could hula hoop, and estimated how large we could blow our bubbles.  We have had fifty days of learning, and now that our routines and procedures are in place, we are focusing on our reading curriculum.  We are working on our letters and sounds in the lower grades, and we are working on fluency and comprehension in our upper grades.  You can help your student at home by reading to your child every night.  When they are able, you can have them read to you.  Reading nightly helps to develop vocabulary, fluency and comprehension and provides quality time with you and your child. 

Tiger Tales 10-1-17

At Rockdale Elementary School, we encourage any kind of parent involvement.  We have some simple steps that you can take at home to improve your child’s education by getting more involved in conversations about school with your child.  One of the best ways that you can get involved in your child’s education is by simply having a conversation with your child.  It is easy to ask a simple questions such as, “How was your day?”, but we want to give you some tips to take that conversation further with your child.
 
 One way to do this is through asking to see their Take Home Folder each night.  Each           teacher at the elementary uses this as a way to communicate to parents the goings on of the classroom.  Within each folder, you will find class newsletters, educational focuses for the week, daily discipline, take home notes, unfinished homework, and completed work.  We encourage you to look at completed work to find out what your child is learning about and how well he or she is doing.  For example, you could comment on her math homework by saying, “You know a lot about addition and counting money, let’s see if you can count some now.” This not only involves the child, but also shows the child that you have an interest in his or her learning. 
 
Another way to do this is by asking your child to show you their homework.  Ask them to explain the assignment to you so that they can show that they know what they are supposed to do.  This will help to build their confidence, too.  In addition, you can take some of these assignments and topics to use as a jumping-off point for an activity to share with your child.  For example, several of our classes are going to visit the Rockdale Fair and Rodeo.  While there, they will learn about different animals and their habitats, and their feeding and sleeping patterns.  You could encourage your child to share which animal they liked learning about the most, and read books or attend a zoo to learn more about those animals. 
 
Not only can you ask your child about academic interests, you can also ask your child about his or her feelings associated things that happen at school.  Some examples might be, “What was one way that you were helpful today?”, or “What made you laugh at school today?”, or “What was the coolest thing that happened today, and why was it so cool?”  These questions will start conversations with your child and will hopefully give you some insight into what their thoughts and feelings are while they are at school. 
 
Finally, one of the best ways to have conversations with your child is to read with them at night.  This can be a special time with you and your children.  You can turn the television, phones, and computers off, and simply share a book with them.  During the story you can ask questions about what is happening in the story, what may happen next, or why they think the character is acting a certain way.  You will end up having some quality time and great conversations with your child. 
 
Through thoughtful questioning, looking through their folder, and spending time reading and having conversations with your child, you strengthen the home and school connection.  A strong school and home connection and increased involvement in your child’s education will help them to be more successful. 

Tiger Tales 9-11-17

Hello Parents!
 
I hope that you and your children are enjoying the start of the school year, and are establishing routines for your children.  We are excited to have your child in our school, and want to share with you an article that we have written to let you know the wonderful things that we are doing at the elementary. 
 
TREASURED. VALUED. RESPECTED.  LOVED.  Those four words are our guiding compass at Rockdale Elementary School as we embark on the 20217-2018 school year.  We treasure each of our students, value their ideas, respect their individual uniqueness and personalities, and love them unconditionally.  Keeping these principles in mind, our teachers and staff have spent hours this summer to prepare classrooms to welcome our children, to map out a dynamic curriculum, and create a positive school environment that celebrates success and fosters a love of learning.  
 
Our teachers have worked diligently to strengthen their academic focus this school year.  Several of our teachers attended a Professional Learning Communities conference this summer.  The main emphasis of this conference was to gain the knowledge and skills required to develop quality Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) in our elementary.  We began this process last year, and are continuing to implement what we learned.  We are looking closely at individual student achievement.  We are focusing on what we want the students to learn (the curriculum), and how we assess that they have learned the desired curriculum.  We are not only planning interventions for those students that haven’t met those expectations, but also developing extension activities for those students who have met the expectations.  We are working to develop goals and strategies to meet the needs of all students by looking closely at the achievement of each individual child.
As a school, we not only value your child and his/her education, but we value YOU as well.  
 
Parents, your role in the education of your child is paramount to your child’s success. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to make RISD the best district around. We encourage the partnership between home and school, and do all that we can to ensure the strength of this partnership. We ask that you volunteer, attend school activities, and to keep in close communication with your child’s teacher.  We welcome you into our school and invite you to take part in the many opportunities to join along with us on this exciting adventure.  Research has proven that when parents and schools collaborate together, student achievement soars.  So please keep an eye out for opportunities to join us!
 
Our staff is committed to providing a learning environment which equips students with skills to help them to flourish and be successful.  We believe that we are responsible for the academic, social, emotional and physical well-being and development of the children in our care.  
 
Our goal is to develop the whole child and enable them to become more independent as they grow, and our school theme is that we are “Anchored in Excellence and Cruising to Success!”.  We strive to be excellent in all that we do, so our children will be successful in all that they do.  We invite you to set sail with us on an unprecedented learning adventure filled with exciting educational experiences that both challenge and excite the minds of our young learners. An outstanding adventure awaits...won’t you join us?