October Parent Monthly Newsletter

Dear Rawls Byrd Families, Autumn has officially begun, and school has been in session just over a month now! This also means we are halfway through the first quarter (nine weeks) of school. In order to stay up-to-date about your learner’s academic progress, assignments and attendance, please take the time to sign-up for ParentVue, our school division’s new student information system. If you did not get your account information at Open House or Back to School Night, please contact the front office, and ask for Mrs. Mary Dillon, our administrative assistant/registrar. She will be very happy to assist you with account activation. We are very excited to have this amazing method of communication between school and home to strengthen our partnership. Safety is very important for our learning community. Regularly during the year we will discuss and practice protocols in case of emergencies (e.g., fire drills, lockdowns, etc.). On October 16th, at 10:16AM, we will be participating in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill. During this drill, students are expected to Drop, Cover and Hold On. Students will drop to the floor, take cover under their desk or table and hold on to the legs of the desk or table. More information about this drill and being prepared for an earthquake can be found at www.ShakeOut.org/southeast. National School Lunch Week is October 13th-17th. We cordially invite you to join your child for lunch. In order to accommodate our guests, we have created a schedule.

  •  Tuesday (14th) – Bright Beginnings (11:25; 11:45) / Kindergarten (11:35)
  •  Wednesday (15th) – 2nd Grade (12:15) / 4th Grade (12:30)
  •  Thursday (16th) – 1st Grade (12:00) / 5th Grade (12:50)
  •  Friday (17th) – 3rd Grade (1:05)

Please know that if you are unable to join your child on the scheduled day or this week, you are always welcome to join him/her at another time. We have seen several of you here already this year! As a gentle reminder, all visitors must report to the main office to sign-in and take a visitor’s sticker. From our clinic, we are in need of elastic waist pants—all sizes. If you have gently used pants or other items you no longer need or happen to see a good deal on clothing items for purchase and pick them up, please consider donating to our clinic. Our students from time to time have accidents, and having clothing items we can get them in quickly to return to class truly come in handy. As a reminder from our Parent Handbook, children should dress comfortably to take part in physical activities with ease. Further, all children should dress modestly. Items such as biker shorts/pants, short shorts, halter-type blouses, spaghetti strap tops, showing of the midriff, etc. are not permitted. Please help us with helping our students wear appropriate clothing to school. On behalf of our wonderful PTA, I want to thank those of you who have taken time to join. Your membership is very important and helps support our children in many ways. This year the PTA creatively wanted to celebrate the school’s 50th year of existence by highlighting the year 1965, when the school was established. They are not having a “formal” fundraiser this year; instead, they have asked our learning community (family and RBES staff) to commit to sending in $19.65. The monies collected support a number of initiatives by the organization such as mini-grants for teachers and instructional materials, school programs/field trips, equipment/teaching manipulatives. If you have questions or wish to learn more about RBES PTA activities and ways to get involved, please visit their website at https://sites.google.com/site/rawlsbyrdelempta/. School picture day is in a few short weeks and the ordering instructions, as well as picture packages are on the envelope/flyer, which should be included in today’s Penguin folder of information. We take pictures two times a year (fall and spring) and, unless notified in writing, will include all individual fall pictures in our school’s yearbook. If you have questions, please contact your student’s teacher or the main office. In advance, we thank you for supporting school portraits. Important dates to remember:

  • October 14th PTA General Membership Meeting (6:00PM – 500 Core)
  • October 16th Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill
  • October 22nd Early Release (K-12) | 1:25PM
  • October 29th Picture Day
  • October 31st Fall Celebrations
  • November 4th NO SCHOOL for Students – Teacher Workday
  • November 5th First day of the second marking period

Many thanks to all of you for your partnership and support! Our first month and a half of school has been a great one. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me (757-229-7597). Very Warmly, Karen M. Swann Principal