March 2018 Newsletter

The countdown has begun, at least for Spring Break that is just around the corner.
When we return we will begin state testing (PARCC & CMAS) for all 3rd-6th
graders in the areas of Math, Language Arts, Science (5th grade) and Social Studies (4th
grade). Testing will be ongoing through the month of April. For a schedule of our
testing please check out our website for more details.

These assessments are used in addition to other benchmark assessments as evidence
for proper student placement, the development of instructional strategies to meet the
needs of individual students, and with the development of individual plans for
learning. This data, when used with other pieces of evidence, is a crucial part of
planning for next year’s instructional goals and strategies. In addition, this data is
carried forward with each student moving to Mesa Middle School for their planning.
Finally, the information that is shared with parents gives us another format to gauge
our student’s knowledge foundation. I urge you to share this information with your
children when you receive the results at the end of the year so that your child has a
better understanding of where they are academically. This will help your child
understand where they excel as well as where they can benefit from additional
support and focus.

Spirit week is from March 12th-16th so be sure to check the calendar for daily
themes. This week we also have student led conferences on Wednesday and Thursday
(March 14th and 15th). Be sure to schedule your time with your child’s teacher.
We will also be raffling off a brand new Compound Bow from
Diamond. This bow is designed for ages 6-adult. A versatile
bow that can be used for target or hunting. Tickets are $5/
ticket or 5 tickets for $20. Need not be present to win. You can
buy tickets from Lisa in the school office and we will be
drawing the winner on Friday, March 16th.

For those parents who are dropping off students along Heritage Avenue,
please remember to follow all driving laws and not drop students off
in no parking zones. This is for everyone’s safety and Castle Rock
traffic police are monitoring the situation.

Thank you everyone for making Rock Ridge Elementary a great place to learn. Have
a wonderful month and stay warm.

Peter Mosby

March Newsletter 2018