Week of October 9

Header photo: Amanda Hovey (Miss Amanda)

Enjoy the long weekend and week ahead!

This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill School closed in observance of
Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day
Monday, October 9

Rocky Hill School Spirit Week
Tuesday, October 10-Friday, October 13
Lower School students are invited to dress-up according 
to the daily themes.
Tuesday: Fan Day (fan of anything–sports, movies, food, etc.)
Wednesday: Pajama Day
Thursday: Farm Day (farmers, animals, scarecrows, crops, etc.)
Friday: Blue & White Day

Globally-Minded Students
Students in Grade K-2 are beginning the Global Read Aloud with Mrs. Silva during their Library classes. They will be reading books by Author Mem Fox and collaborating with schools in Canada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, California, and Iowa, as well as participating in a postcard swap with schools around the world.
With the theme, “Connecting Communities and Cultures”, Grade 3-5 students are participating in the International School Library Month Book Mark Swap (Grade 3 with a school in Croatia, Grades 4 & 5 with school in China).

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Tuesday: Basketball (Grades 3-5) with Caity MacDonald

Lower School Gathering (for Students & Faculty)
Wednesday, October 11
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall (Amphitheater or Blue Room TBA)
Formerly our Lower School Assembly, this Preschool-Grade 5 gathering is facilitated by our 5th grade leaders. Hats off to our 5th graders for revamping and renaming this weekly community building opportunity!

ACE Biweekly Reports 
Wednesday, October 11

Rocky Hill Mini Mariners Robotics Team Meeting
Wednesday, October 11
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Mr. Laurent’s Classroom/Perkins Hall

10th Annual Blue & White Soccer Classic
Friday, October 13
4th & 5th grade students apply the soccer skills developed during their PE soccer units!

All-School Pep Rally
Friday, October 13
Our culminating Spirit Week event leading to Homecoming day!

Rocky Hill School Homecoming
Saturday, October 14
Join us for this fun-filled, all-school family day! Bring extended family and friends!

Rocky Hill School Hosts the Annual Juvenile Diabetes 5K Walk
Sunday, October 15
Many thanks for your support!

Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Rocky Hill School Admissions Open House
Sunday, October 22
Do you know of family or friends who would love to have their children at RHS? Encourage them to join us! Have them visit www.rockyhill.org/oh to RSVP

Preschool Pumpkin Carving Night
Tuesday, October 24
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | By-the-Bay Preschool

Lower School Halloween Festivities
Friday, October 27
Morning: Healthy Haunted House
Afternoon: Halloween Parade, Class Celebrations; Families welcome!

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Have you registered for Grandfriends’ Day?
Invitations will be distributed shortly, so please be sure your child’s Grandfriend has registered and provided a current mailing address. Hard copies of registration forms were sent home this past Friday. You may also  click here to register on-line!

Boo-tiful Box Tops
Halloween-themed Box Tops sheets are being distributed to Lower School students in all grades.  Once a sheet is filled with Box Tops, students should return it to school to be added to our collection count. A Box Top collection goal will be set for Lower School, and  a prize will be awarded to each student if that goal is reached by October 25th!  See it and Clip it for RHS! Thank you for supporting this fundraising effort. Click here to learn more.

Request for Homecoming Donations and Volunteers
The PTL and Upper School Student Council have set up a Sign-up Genius for parent  volunteers and donations to support our Homecoming next Saturday. All donations should be dropped off in Mike Lawson’s office on the 1st floor of Hopelands.

Healthy Haunted House Volunteers Needed
Here are the details on behalf of  Sue Wood:
SET UP: On Thursday, Oct 26th around 8 AM we start; the gymnasium is transformed with seasonal decorations and sounds, especially those of the Halloween holiday.  It includes nine stations of athletic challenges with Halloween themes: 1. Monster Shoot Out (basketball shots) 2. Black Cat Bowling  3. Witches Hat (ring toss)  4. Bat Cave (scooter boards)  5. Haunted Trail (obstacle course)  6. Soccer Ghoul (soccer goal shots)  7. Spider ball (volleyball)  8. Rattle the Bones (fleece ball toss)  9. Pumpkin Toss

We do reuse a lot of the seasonal decorations but they are on the worn side.  If anyone has items they would like to contribute, that would be great to help freshen things up. I unfortunately cannot guarantee the safe return of items due to the nature of the event.  Things can get broken.  Also, please nothing to scary. Some examples of previous years include real items like bales of haycorn stalks,pumpkinsmum flowers and orange helium balloons that were tied to mark the start of each station was a super visual. I bring some of my sons’ old Halloween costumes and stuff them with paper for added 3-D effects.  More would be welcomed, (also newspaper for stuffing).  We do string lights around the perimeter and have some stand-alone battery operated lighting but the gym is such a large space to light so more is always welcomed.  Every year more light do burn out as well.  One of the biggest challenges we have is hanging the string lights on the walls, masking tape does not hold the weight and duck tape would leave marks.  The command hooks or tape worked great in the past and we use close to 100.

BREAK DOWN: On Friday, the event is in the morning before lunch.  We start breaking down immediately after. Parents come and go, so they can attend the parade and classroom parties, etc.

Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

With so many acts of violence occurring in our world today, Rocky Hill School’s Director of Counseling and Wellness, Traci Fairchild, shares the following article, from the National Association of School Psychologists, to help parents (and teachers) appropriately maneuver through difficult conversations with children at various grade levels. 

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers  

Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

Learn how the meditative practice of  guided imagery uses visualization and imagination to reduce a child’s stress and create calm mindful moments.
Guided Imagery: Use these scripts to help children cope with anxiety and

The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Critical Thinker,
and Communicator,
who is
and Globally-Minded.

Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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