• Rocket News

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 1/22/2019

    Rocket Families,

    I hope you enjoyed the three-day weekend, and I hope our students appreciated the reason for the occasion. Each year I reflect on where I see evidence of Dr. King’s dream becoming realized and where we still have work to do. Overwhelmingly, I am tremendously proud and hopeful for what our Rockets will bring to this world in the years to come. Thank you for fostering strong values at home that help to elevate so much good at RLES. 

    Last week I wrote of ways for new Rowe Lane families to become connected to the RLES community. This week, I want to underscore important safety need-to-knows regarding arrival and dismissal. First, students are not allowed to be dropped off in the parking lot – they must be escorted by an adult to the crosswalk. Second, the bus lane on the south side (Speidel side) of the building is for staff member parking and bus loading and unloading – other vehicles may not enter the bus loop any time buses are present. Lastly, I am hearing reports that the intersection of Jackie’s Ranch Blvd. and Martin Ln. is becoming increasingly busy. If your child uses this route to school, you might consider checking in to see that he or she knows how to cross safely without the assistance of a crossing guard. 

    Our traffic remains a challenge in our neighborhood, and please know that our crossing guards and morning safety team routinely refine practices and are regarded as the model standard during area training sessions. Your courtesy and good example each and every morning matter a great deal as well. Whatever helps ensure you arrive with patience and remain alert and undistracted in our school zone helps ensure the safety of all our Rockets. Thanks!

    Hope to see everyone this Thursday for the Science Night festivities. Read on for additional events and notifications. 

    Ben
    Rowe Lane Website
    Follow Us @RoweLaneES
    PTO Website
    Remind

    Zaxby’s Spirit Night THIS Tuesday
    Come on out to Zaxby’s this evening from 5-9pm for Spirit Night. Great food, great company, and a great way to benefit our school. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to Rowe Lane. Come on by! 

    Science Night Thursday, THIS Thursday
    One of our most popular and fun-filled evenings finally has arrived – Science Night! Activities from local scientists in all the scientific fields will be represented, and families will be invited to get “hands-on” with scientific concepts and experiments, demonstrations, and a photo booth. We will have something for scientists of all ages. The event runs 6:00-7:00 pm Thursday, January 24, and the Science Fair Awards Assembly will follow at 7:00 pm in the gym. See you there! 

    School Board Appreciation Month
    January is School Board recognition month, during which we honor the contributions of our elected educational leadership in Pflugerville. Rowe Lane especially is honoring Dr. Carol Fletcher this week for serving PfISD over the past two decades. Dr. Fletcher has announced she will be stepping down following this term, and she leaves behind a lasting legacy. Thank you, Dr. Fletcher and the PfISD Board for passionately serving our educators and students! 

    Volunteer Requested for Enrichment
    Could you spare 30 minutes on a Friday morning for our next round of Enrichment? Mrs. Turner is recruiting a parent volunteer to help her run the Ozobots club. No expertise necessary, but you will have a chance to introduce our students to the basics of coding in simple and fun ways using our Ozobots. Lend your talents or learn a new skill with us! Email Jessica.Turner@pfisd.net to volunteer or learn more.

    Glow Dance Party Feb. 1
    Celebrate 100 days of school with your PreK-2nd grade friends. Pizza & Glow Item info coming soon!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/273728146643578/

    Youth Code Jam ATX, Feb. 2
    Youth Code Jam is excited to bring a family coding event to Austin Saturday, February 2, from 1-4pm at the Austin Central Library located at 710 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas. The event is open to all K-12 students and their parents/guardian. We ask that families to bring their own laptops, BUT if students don’t have a laptop available from home, we do have ones to borrow on a first come, first served basis. There will be coding for every age and every level (even beginners!). More information about Youth Code Jam is HERE. Space is limited, so ensure your place by registering soon using the Sign up to attend link. 

    Clarification with Field Trips
    Parents, regarding the question of whether students may be signed out by parents who accompany their child on the trip prior to the students returning on the bus to school: students may only be signed out in the front office, and students must ride the bus back to school after the field trip. Typically, buses return to school by 2:00pm and our regular schedule resumes for the remainder of the day. 

    Absences
    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar, Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net, is acceptable for a parent note.

    Family Trips & Vacations
    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to theschool calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the2018-2019 school calendar closely as some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 1/14/2019

    Rocket Families,

    We had a very full four-day week to start off 2019, and we also welcomed 16 new Rockets to the halls of Rowe Lane! If you are one of our new parents, I encourage you to click on each of the hyperlinks below my name at the end of this message and plug in to this exceptional community. Additionally, you can make connections with neighborhood families and find answers to non-school-related questions via the Rowe Lane Rocket Families Facebook page. 

    Read on for some upcoming events and notifications.

    Ben
    Rowe Lane Website
    Follow Us @RoweLaneES
    PTO Website
    Remind

    Midyear Survey
    We would love your feedback on a few items that are very important to us. Please take just a few minutes in the next few days to complete this survey. Your input will help guide our Campus Advisory Committee’s work. Thank you! 

    Green Apple Deposit THIS Wednesday
    Students who have an Early Savers account with A+ Federal Credit Union can make deposits in the foyer this Wednesday during morning arrival. All students are welcome to stop by the table to learn more about becoming a financially literate consumer. 

    2nd Nine Weeks Award Assembly THIS Friday
    This coming Friday morning students in grades 2 through 5 will assemble to recognize some of our students’ accomplishments from the 2nd Nine Weeks. Parents are welcome but should feel no obligation to attend as space in the cafeteria will be limited, and please know that we do not recognize every child at the nine-week assemblies. 4th & 5th grade students assemble from 7:45-8:15 a.m.; 2nd and 3rdgrade students assemble from 8:20-8:45 a.m. 

    Science Night Thursday, January 24th
    Save the date for one of our most popular evening events, Science Night! Activities from local scientists in all the scientific fields will be represented, and families will be invited to get “hands-on” with scientific concepts and experiments, demonstrations, and a photo booth. We will have something for scientists of all ages. The event runs 6:00-7:00 pm, and the Science Fair Awards Assembly will follow at 7:00 pm in the gym. 

    Glow Dance Party Feb. 1
    Celebrate 100 days of school with your PreK-2nd grade friends. Pizza & Glow Item info coming soon! https://www.facebook.com/events/273728146643578/

    Youth Code Jam ATX, Feb. 2
    Youth Code Jam is excited to bring a family coding event to Austin Saturday, February 2, from 1-4pm at the Austin Central Library located at 710 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas. The event is open to all K-12 students and their parents/guardian. We ask that families to bring their own laptops, BUT if students don’t have a laptop available from home, we do have ones to borrow on a first come, first served basis. There will be coding for every age and every level (even beginners!). More information about Youth Code Jam is HERE. Space is limited, so ensure your place by registering soon using the Sign up to attend link. 

    Clarification with Field Trips
    Parents, the question was raised recently about whether students may be signed out by parents who accompany their child on the trip prior to the students returning on the bus to school. Students may only be signed out in the front office, and students must ride the bus back to school after the field trip. Typically, buses return to school by 2:00pm and our schedule resumes for the remainder of the day. 

    Absences
    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar, Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net, is acceptable for a parent note. 

    Family Trips & Vacations
    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to theschool calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the2018-2019 school calendar closely as some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence. 

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal
    Rowe Lane Elementary
    Rockets go Above and Beyond

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 12/3/2018 4:10:00 PM

    Rocket Families,

    This afternoon I had the pleasure of attending our Destination Imagination workshop hosted by one of our PfISD teams. This opportunity was made possible in part by our PTO, who helped to sponsor the teams who went to Global Finals last year. In turn, the teams shared their learning and tips with this year’s students, parents, and team managers. The experience underscored not only the strong community throughout PfISD, but also how grateful I am that Rowe Lane is able to offer our students many extracurricular experiences to enrich their education. Destination Imagination, Chess Club and our University Interscholastic League Teams, Math Pentathlon, Jump Rope Team, Choir, our Broadway Jr! Musical, and Enrichment Clubs – all of these opportunities are made possible because of committed adults who volunteer their time and resources. Thank you for helping to make Rowe Lane a very special school. 

    I am also very proud to share with you that late last Friday the Junior League of Austin contacted us to congratulate Rowe Lane for once again collecting more coats than any other elementary school in Central Texas for the annual Coats for Kids Drive! Many children will be warmed this winter because of your effort and generosity. A special shout out to Ms. Barela, who took the lead for our campus in organizing and advertising the coat drive. Follow this link to learn more about how your donation will be put to use this Saturday at Distribution Day, and follow this link to learn how your child might receive a coat. Way to go, Rowe!

    Read on for details of the weeks ahead. 

    Ben

    Rowe Lane Website
    Follow Us @RoweLaneES
    PTO Website
    Remind 

    PTO Meeting THIS Tuesday
    Our monthly PTO meeting is this Tuesday, in the RLES Library from 6:30-7:30pm. Come be part of the planning to close out the first semester and join the conversation about how we will direct our energy in 2019. Free child care for school age children is provided at no cost by the Hendrickson High School National Junior Honor Society in the gymnasium. Come on by! 

    Coats for Kids Drive Broadcast THIS Wednesday
    Tune in to KVET 98.1FM this Wednesday morning, and you may hear some of our Rockets talking about how our Rowe Lane Community collected 1,033 coats (and counting). We are honored to be the Elementary School to collect the most coats now two out of the past three years. Way to go, Rowe! 

    Breakfast With Santa @HHS THIS Saturday
    Hendrickson High School will hold their Breakfast with Santa Event this Saturday, December 8, to benefit the annual Senior Celebration. Stop by HHS from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00pm. Details may be found in the attached flyer. 

    Blue Santa
    Rowe Lane is a designated donation site for Blue Santa Toy Collection.  Donation Collection runs through Dec. 12th and parents or students may drop off any new toys in the Blue Santa box in the foyer to donate.  Thank you in advance for helping to make this holiday season merrier for some of our families in need. 

    Class Parties, Friday, December 21
    For your planning purposes, please find below the schedule for our class parties to celebrate the close of the first semester on Friday, December 21 (also an Early Release day, with students dismissed at 12:00pm):

    7:45-8:25, 4th Grade
    8:00-9:00, Kinder
    8:30-9:30, 3rd Grade
    9:30-10:30, 2nd Grade
    10:20-11:20, 5th Grade
    10:35-11:15, PreK & Pegasus
    11:00-11:50, 1st Grade 

    Clarification with Field Trips
    Parents, the question was raised recently about whether students may be signed out by parents who accompany their child on the trip prior to the students returning on the bus to school. Students may only be signed out in the front office, and students must ride the bus back to school after the field trip. Typically, buses return to school by 2:00pm and school resumes for the remainder of the day. 

    Absences
    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

    Family Trips & Vacations
    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closely as some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence. 

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/26/2018

    Rockets,

     

    Pfall Pfreak Out has arrived! A reminder that Tuesday is the last day to pre-order your wristband at this link for a discount. The Pfreak Out is one of our most well-attended events of the year, appeals to all ages, is open to friends, neighbors, and anyone who would like to support an incredible Parent Teacher Organization in supporting our Rockets. In the past year, our PTO sponsored two family-friendly dances, provided a class set of virtual reality headsets for students to embark on Google Expeditions, organized luncheons for our hard-working staff, just to name a few.

     

    This weekend, the PTO oversaw the installation of a new storage shed to help us free up some much-needed space in the school – at no cost! A huge shout out to Rosie Thornock who applied for a Lowe’s grant on Rowe Lane’s behalf and for identifying yet another generous partner in our community. Thank you to our adult volunteers whose time and effort allow us to forego traditional fundraisers that ask families to sell items to friends, neighbors, and family. Instead, I am proud that Rowe Lane is able to fundraise by creating experiences that genuinely engage our community and provide a bit of fun in exchange for the financial support that drives many things that set our school apart.

     

    A reminder that while we do not where costumes at school for Halloween, we do encourage all students to dress up each day this week as we observe Red Ribbon Week. See below for that schedule and some important information on the week ahead.

     

    Ben

     

    Red Ribbon Week THIS Week

    This week we celebrate Red Ribbon week and will be encouraging our students to make healthy choices and live a drug-free life. Our dress up themes by day are as follows:

    Monday – Dress like a tourist.

    Tuesday – Wear Hawaiian clothes.

    Wednesday – Pajama day.

    Thursday – Dress like a rock star.

    Friday – Wear neon colors.

     

    Flu Clinic Make-Up Session THIS Tuesday

    We have rescheduled our flu clinic for this Tuesday, October 30. Students we missed October 1st and who already have submitted parent permission are scheduled to receive the immunization. If you had submitted a permission slip for your child to receive the immunization at school earlier this month, but your child already has had his or her flu shot, please call us to let us know your child does not need to participate on Tuesday.  Nurse Kim can be reached directly at 512-594-6635.

     

    Pfall Pfreak Out, THIS Saturday!

    Pfall Pfreak Out is here! This November 3rd from 2-6pm we hope you will join us at Rowe Lane for a ton of fun again this year. Tuesday, October 29, is the last day to pre-order wristbands to receive the $10 discount. There are lots of things in store; inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, games, planetarium, Legion of Foam nerf battles, food trucks, face painting, balloons, henna tattoos, and more! This is our largest fundraiser and empowers our PTO to do so much for the school. In order for it to be successful we need several volunteers. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4daea628a5f85-pfall4

     

    Veterans Day Music Performance Nov. 8

    As is the tradition at Rowe Lane Elementary, the fourth grade students will be honoring our veterans and service men/women with a patriotic themed program on Thursday, November 8, 2018.  A parent volunteer has offered to create a slide show of photographs to share with the audience.  If you have  pictures of family members you would like to see in the presentation please send them to the email listed below.  Be sure to invite them to the show as well.  There will be two available times for them to be honored – Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Please send jpg pictures with a message including the veteran’s name and service area to rowelaneyearbook@gmail.com

     

    Fall Book Fair, November 5th-9th

    Come to our Fall Book Fair!! Don’t miss out on stocking up on new books and helping our library buy more books. Want to Volunteer?  See links below:

    Monday:                             Student Preview Day 

    Tuesday Hours:                 7:15am -3:00pm  

    Wednesday Hours:          7:15am -3:00pm 

    Thursday Hours:               7:15am -3:00pm & Family Night from 5-8:00 pm

    Friday Hours:                     7:15am -1:30pm 

     

    VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! 

    Sign up to help with the Teacher Preview: https://preview.tinyurl.com/FallBookFairPreview2018

    Sign up to help with BOOK FAIR:  https://tinyurl.com/FallBookFair2018

    Book Fair info. & Online Orders:  https://tinyurl.com/BookFairWebsiteNov2018

     

    Bond and TRE Election

    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously called for two elections in November 2018: A Tax Ratification Election (TRE) and a $332 million bond election. The TRE proposes the PfISD tax rate be lowered by two cents and could result in an additional $4.1 million in state funding. To stay informed on these elections, visit www.pfisdbond.net. Please note: The Bond/TRE website may be displayed in Spanish, by clicking on the Google Translate button at the bottom of the website homepage.

     

    Oct. 22 – Nov. 2:             Early Voting (Final Week)

    Nov. 6:                              Election day

     

    Absences

    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

     

    Family Trips & Vacations

    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closely as some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

     

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/21/2018

    Rocket Families,

     

    First, I wanted to update you a bit of wonderful news. Thanks to the tremendous showing and support at out Glow Dance Party a few weeks back, our PTO has been able to write a check for $2,000 dollars to one of our Rocket Families battling leukemia. Way to go, Rowe!

     

    Another bit of news is that tomorrow marks the start of early voting. There are two items on the ballot related to PfISD which are explained in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtBJ46HHohg. Information is also available online at http://www.pfisdbond.net/ I hope you will make time to exercise your privilege to vote this election season.

     

    Ben

    Rowe Lane Website

    Follow Us @RoweLaneES 
    PTO Website

    Remind

     

    Mark Your Calendars, Pfall Pfreak Out, Nov. 3

    Pfall Pfreak Out is coming up on November 3rd from 2-6pm. The PTO is working hard to make this a successful fundraiser and a ton of fun again this year. There are lots of things in store; inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, games, planetarium, Legion of Foam nerf battles, food trucks, face painting, balloons, henna tattoos, and more! This is our largest fundraiser and it is what helps support PTO purchases for the school. In order for it to be successful we need several volunteers. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4daea628a5f85-pfall4

     

    Zaxby’s Spirit Night Oct. 23 THIS Tuesday

    Come out and join us at Zaxby’s for spirit night on Tuesday, October 23. 15% of all purchases from 5:00-9:00pm will be donated to Rowe Lane. Enjoy good food and company with us!

     

    PTO Luncheon Oct. 26 THIS Friday

    Our next RLES Staff lunch is on October 26th, and it will be a Soup & Salad bar sponsored by our FIRST GRADE families. Even if you don't have a first grader, please feel free to sign-up for an item and show our awesome staff some love. You can sign-up to donate items toward this lunch here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4daea628a5f85-soup

     

    Fall Book Fair, November 5th-9th

    Come to our Fall Book Fair!! Don’t miss out on stocking up on new books and helping our library buy more books. Want to Volunteer?  See links below:

    Monday:                             Student Preview Day 

    Tuesday Hours:                 7:15am -3:00pm  

    Wednesday Hours:          7:15am -3:00pm 

    Thursday Hours:               7:15am -3:00pm & Family Night from 5-8:00 pm

    Friday Hours:                     7:15am -1:30pm 

     

    VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! 

    Sign up to help with the Teacher Preview: https://preview.tinyurl.com/FallBookFairPreview2018

    Sign up to help with BOOK FAIR:  https://tinyurl.com/FallBookFair2018

    Book Fair info. & Online Orders:  https://tinyurl.com/BookFairWebsiteNov2018

     

    Veterans Day Music Performance Nov. 8

    Our 4th grade students will be honoring our veterans at their fall music performance Thursday, November 8, from 6:30-7:30pm. We once again would like to extend an invitation to all our 4thgrade families as well as any of our veterans to join us. Please mark your calendars for this special event.

     

    HHS FFA Halloween at the Barn THIS Saturday

    The Hendrickson High School invites the Rowe Lane community to join them once again for Halloween at the Barn on Saturday, October 27 from 5-7pm. A petting zoo, costume contest, bowling, and much more are included for the admission price of one canned or non-perishable food item per person. All donations will be provided to our local food pantry.

     

    Bond and TRE Election

    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously called for two elections in November 2018: A Tax Ratification Election (TRE) and a $332 million bond election. The TRE proposes the PfISD tax rate be lowered by two cents and could result in an additional $4.1 million in state funding. To stay informed on these elections, visit www.pfisdbond.net. Please note: The Bond/TRE website may be displayed in Spanish, by clicking on the Google Translate button at the bottom of the website homepage.

     

    Oct. 22 – Nov. 2:             Early Voting

    Nov. 6:                              Election day

     

    Invitation to Review Dyslexia Handbook

    Educators, parents, and community members are invited to review draft updates to The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook) and to provide specific feedback or recommendations to TEA. The deadline for submitting feedback for consideration is October 29. Read the draft handbook:https://tea.texas.gov/academics/dyslexia/

     

    Absences

    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

     

    Family Trips & Vacations

    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closely as some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

     

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/14/2018

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    Halloween at the Barn


     

    Rocket Families,

     

    We had an exceptional turn out at last Wednesday’s Walk to School Day. A huge shout out to Coaches Lundin and Doty, and thank you to our Hendrickson High School volunteers, the Kelly Lane Middle School Band, and Travis County Sheriffs for helping us create a safe and memorable morning.

     

    The fall weather is beginning to show, making most mornings perfect for a walk to school. Fall also means Fall Pfreak Out at Rowe Lane is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3, from 2-6pm.

     

    Read on for more happenings in the weeks ahead.

     

    Ben

    Rowe Lane Website

    Follow Us @RoweLaneES 
    PTO Website

    Remind

     

     

     

    Green Apple Deposits THIS Wednesday

    A+ Credit Union is collecting deposits this Wednesday, October 17, as part of their Early Savers program. Students with accounts can make their deposits, and students who would like to open an account or learn more about financial literacy may stop by the A+ Credit Union table in the foyer. 

     

    Pink Out this Friday THIS Friday

    In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, Rowe Lane will engage with a few activities on campus. This Friday, October 19, we will show our solidarity in the fight against cancer with a “Pink Out.” Students and staff are encouraged to where pink and participate.

     

    Zaxby’s Spirit Night Oct. 23

    Come out and join us at Zaxby’s for spirit night on Tuesday, October 23. 15% of all purchases from 5:00-9:00pm will be donated to Rowe Lane. Enjoy good food and company with us!

     

    PTO Luncheon Oct. 26

    Our next RLES Staff lunch is on October 26th, and it will be a Soup & Salad bar sponsored by our FIRST GRADE families. Even if you don't have a first grader, please feel free to sign-up for an item and show our awesome staff some love. You can sign-up to donate items toward this lunch here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4daea628a5f85-soup

     

    HHS FFA Halloween at the Barn

    The Hendrickson High School invites the Rowe Lane community to join them once again for Halloween at the Barn on Saturday, October 27 from 5-7pm. A petting zoo, costume contest, bowling, and much more are included for the admission price of one canned or non-perishable food item per person. All donations will be provided to our local food pantry.

     

    Bond and TRE Election

    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously called for two elections in November 2018: A Tax Ratification Election (TRE) and a $332 million bond election. The TRE proposes the PfISD tax rate be lowered by two cents and could result in an additional $4.1 million in state funding. To stay informed on these elections, visit www.pfisdbond.net. Please note: The Bond/TRE website may be displayed in Spanish, by clicking on the Google Translate button at the bottom of the website homepage.

     

    Oct. 22 – Nov. 2:             Early Voting

    Nov. 6:                              Election day

     

    Invitation to Review Dyslexia Handbook

    Educators, parents, and community members are invited to review draft updates to The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook) and to provide specific feedback or recommendations to TEA. The deadline for submitting feedback for consideration is October 29. Read the draft handbook:https://tea.texas.gov/academics/dyslexia/

     

    Absences

    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

     

    Family Trips & Vacations

    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closely as some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

     

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/8/2018

    Attachments

    2018 Little Hawk Cheerleader Workshop


    Rocket Families,

     

    I trust you enjoyed the extra time this weekend. Our teachers were hard at work Friday and today preparing to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. A shout out goes to A+ Federal Credit Union who stopped by Friday morning to set up breakfast for our staff – above and beyond!

     

    I hope you will join us this Wednesday morning for our annual Walk to School day. Check out details of this and more below.

      

    Walk to School Day THIS Wednesday

    Bring your flashlight and your walking shoes!! It’s International Walk to School Day this Wednesday, October 10, and Rowe Lane will be participating in this global event. Please join some of the Rowe Lane staff, the Sheriff’s Department, HHS students from various organizations and the Kelly Lane Drum Line as we take steps towards a healthier life. We will meet at the Blackhawk Amenity Center located at the corner of Kennemer and Speidel Dr. and depart promptly at 7:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served for participants near the entrance of RLES. To ensure student safety, we are asking for no pets or bikes.

     

    Third Grade Music Performance THIS Thursday

    Our third grade students will show off their talents this Thursday at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Parents, please ensure your child is in the gym by 6:15pm in order to be staged and ready for the show.

     

    Costume Connections

    Rowe Lane will be hosting a drop location for https://costumeconnections.org/, a non-profit that provides new or gently-used costumes for children in need. There is a particular need for baby costumes & volunteers at the pop up shops these first three Saturdays in October. Bring your costumes by between now and October 26.

     

    Camping!

    RLES Camping Enrichment sponsors, Ms. Payne and Ms. Sledge would like to invite you and your family to join our camping tradition this year! The date is set for May 3-5, 2019 at McKinney Falls State Park, close enough to allow students who participate in weekend activities, sports, etc. to come and go and still join in the fun camping weekend with many other Rowe Lane families. To book your own campsite visit:http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations/  BOOK NOW as campsites go quickly, and email Krista.Payne@pfisd.net or Laura.Sledge@pfisd.net so we know to expect you. If you do not have camping equipment, there are some companies that rent camping equipment. Feel free to search online.

     

    UIL Academic Meet

    PfISD is offering an exciting academic opportunity for students. PfISD A+ UIL Academic Meet is a district tournament in which elementary students in Grades 2-5 can try out and possibly represent RLES in different academic events. The Academic Meet is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Pflugerville High School.  

    All RLES students in Grades 2-5 are encouraged to try out for an event. See attached parent letter with event descriptions. Deadline to return the form has been extended to Wednesday, Oct. 10th. 
    Event coach will email parents the week of Oct. 15th-25th with details for the before school practices once a week. Practices will begin the week of Oct. 29th.

     

    Bond and TRE Election

    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously called for two elections in November 2018: A Tax Ratification Election (TRE) and a $332 million bond election. The TRE proposes the PfISD tax rate be lowered by two cents and could result in an additional $4.1 million in state funding. To stay informed on these elections, visit www.pfisdbond.net. Please note: The Bond/TRE website may be displayed in Spanish, by clicking on the Google Translate button at the bottom of the website homepage.

     

    Oct. 9:                               Voter registration deadline

    Oct. 22 – Nov. 2:             Early Voting

    Nov. 6:                              Election day

     

    Absences

    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

     

    Family Trips & Vacations

    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closelyas some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

     

     

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 9/30/2018

    Attachements

    RLES Intro Letter to Campus

    RLES Art Update


    Rocket Families,

     

    We begin October with a four-day week, followed by a four-day weekend for the students, followed by another four-day week. For future reference, here is a link to our PfISD District Calendar for 218-2019. While the students are off, our staff across PfISD will spend Friday engaged with Professional Development around Social-Emotional Learning. As a campus, we have initiated work around restorative discipline practices to better support the emotional needs of our students. You might ask your child to share how she/he feels about the Circle discussions we have had in class. I would love the feedback as well.

     

    Superintendent Killian joins us at the PTO meeting this Tuesday at 5:00pm – which is earlier than usual due to National Night Out that evening. We would love to pack the library with parents who are eager to learn more about the PfISD Bond and TRE proposed on the ballot this November. We also could use your ideas and assistance with our fall carnival, Fall Pfreak Out, happening in just over a month. You do not want to miss the Pfreak Out!

     

    Finally, thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our Glow Dance last Friday. I trust every child slept well that evening after leaving It all on the dance floor. A thousand thanks to our PTO Glow Dance Committee Members and Ms. Cation, Coach Lundin, and Coach Doty for all their organization. We raised a great deal of money for a special cause, and PreK-2nd grade will get their opportunity to show off some moves in the spring semester.

     

    Read on for details of the week ahead,

     

    Ben

     

    Flu Clinic for Students TOMORROW, Monday

    PfISD once again has partnered with Healthy Schools to offer flu vaccinations to our students at no cost to families. More information is available at https://www.healthyschoolsllc.com/flu-shots/, and if your child will be participating, please prepare him or her for the routine to help us maintain a low-stress experience for the students.

     

    Early Start Time for PTO Meeting THIS Tuesday

    Our Superintendent, Dr. Killian, will join us at our October PTO Meeting this week to share facts concerning the upcoming Bond Election and Tax Ratification Election. Since our PTO meeting falls on National Night Out, and in observation of this neighborhood gathering we will begin and end earlier, from 5:00-6:00pm. Join us!

     

    Destination Imagination Parent Meeting THIS Wednesday

    If you will be signing your child up for DI, the deadline to return the attached for to your child’s teacher is tomorrow, October 1. Parents of students in DI should attend the Parent Meeting Wednesday, October 3, from 5:30-6:30pm here in the Rowe Lane Library. We will share need-to-knows and try to form some teams around students’ common interests. The more the merrier!

     

    Monster Mini Golf Spirit Night THIS Thursday

    This Thursday, from 5:00-9:00pm, our PTO has set up a spirit night to play Monster Mini-Golf. This is a fun family activity that also happens to benefit Rowe Lane. 20% of the proceeds will be donated back to the school. Hope to see you there!

     

    RLES Art is Astounding

    There many AMAZING things happening in Art this year, and Ms. Cation has created an Instagram Account to share images of what our students have been creating. Visit @MsCationsArtRoom via Instagram here, or take a look at the attached Update for insight on what our young artists have been learning and accomplishing. So proud of them!

     

    Bond and TRE Election

    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously called for two elections in November 2018: A Tax Ratification Election (TRE) and a $332 million bond election. The TRE proposes the PfISD tax rate be lowered by two cents and could result in an additional $4.1 million in state funding. To stay informed on these elections, visit www.pfisdbond.net. Please note: The Bond/TRE website may be displayed in Spanish, by clicking on the Google Translate button at the bottom of the website homepage.

     

    Oct. 9:                               Voter registration deadline

    Oct. 22 – Nov. 2:             Early Voting

    Nov. 6:                               Election day

     

    Music Program Donation Drive

    In efforts to keep the musicals and grade level music programs growing to new and greater heights Mr. Bennett has set up a Donor's Choose project designed to add a few more wireless microphones to our sound system.  Please take the opportunity to check out details in the following link: https://tinyurl.com/All-Mic-d-UpDonorsChooseRLES

     

    School Breakfast and Lunch

    ALL PfISD families are encouraged to complete an application for Free or Reduced price meals using this link:http://www.pfisd.net/Domain/92. If you qualified for either free or reduced-price meals last year, you must submit an  application for the 2018-2019 school year to remain eligible. Also, all RLES parents are able to set up accounts for online payment of school meals at the following link: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/504

     

    Absences

    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

     

    Family Trips & Vacations

    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closely as some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

     

     

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal

    Rowe Lane Elementary

    Rockets go Above and Beyond

     

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 9/23/2018

    Rocket Families,

     

    We have a relatively routine week ahead of us and a busy week of events to follow as we usher in October.

     

    One last plug for pre-ordering pizza TODAY for our big event this week, the Family Glow Dance this Friday. Also, a reminder that all proceeds from the dance will benefit a very special cause. Details on this and more below.

     

    Ben

     

    Glow Dance for Gr. 3-5 THIS Friday

    Our Glow Dance Party is this September 28, from 6:30-8:30pm for 3rd – 5th grade students and their parents. Today is the deadline for pre-ordering pizzas. Pizza-by-the-slice is first come first serve and limited in availability. We really could use some more volunteers in key positions, so please take a look at this link. PreK-2nd grade parents, you will have your dance opportunity in February. All proceeds from this dance will go to a RLES family fighting childhood Leukemia. If you would like to make a donation to the cause at this time, you may do so through our online store at: https://squareup.com/store/rles-pto

     

    Flu Clinic for Students Oct. 1

    PfISD once again has partnered with Healthy Schools to offer flu vaccinations to our students at no cost to families. More information is available at https://www.healthyschoolsllc.com/flu-shots/, and look for detailed information in Wednesday folders.

     

    Early Start Time for PTO Meeting Oct. 2

    Our October PTO Meeting falls on National Night Out, and in observation of this neighborhood gathering we will begin and end earlier, meeting lasting from 5:30-6:30pm. We had a great turn out at last month’s meeting, and if you could not make it, perhaps the change in time presents you with an opportunity to join us. There are many committees and events that could use an extra hand. Come find your niche!

     

    Destination Imagination Parent Meeting Oct. 3

    At the DI Information Night last week we had strong representation from RLES. It was inspiring to hear from veteran team managers and students, and afterward we identified some Rocket parents who are interested in serving as Team Managers this year. If you will be signing your child up for DI (info attached), you are invited to a Parent Meeting Wednesday, October 3, here in the Rowe Lane Library. We will share need-to-knows and try to form some teams around students’ common interests. The more the merrier!

     

    Bond and TRE Election

    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously called for two elections in November 2018: A Tax Ratification Election (TRE) and a $332 million bond election. The TRE proposes the PfISD tax rate be lowered by two cents and could result in an additional $4.1 million in state funding. To stay informed on these elections, visit www.pfisdbond.net. Please note: The Bond/TRE website may be displayed in Spanish, by clicking on the Google Translate button at the bottom of the website homepage.

     

    Oct. 9:                               Voter registration deadline

    Oct. 22 – Nov. 2:             Early Voting

    Nov. 6:                               Election day

     

    Music Program Donation Drive

    In efforts to keep the musicals and grade level music programs growing to new and greater heights Mr. Bennett has set up a Donor's Choose project designed to add a few more wireless microphones to our sound system.  Please take the opportunity to check out details in the following link: https://tinyurl.com/All-Mic-d-UpDonorsChooseRLES

     

    School Breakfast and Lunch

    Eligibility from last year ends this week. ALL PfISD families are encouraged to complete an application for Free or Reduced price meals using this link: http://www.pfisd.net/Domain/92. If you qualified for either free or reduced-price meals last year, you must submit another application to remain eligible this year. Also, all RLES parents are able to set up accounts for online payment of school meals at the following link: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/504

     

    Absences

    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

     

    Family Trips & Vacations

    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closelyas some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

     

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal

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  • Rocket News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 9/16/2018

    Rocket Families,

     

    First, a huge shout out to our PTO Hospitality committee for feeding us lunch this past Friday – and – thank you for the extra effort to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs. Above and Beyond!

     

    Attached to this week’s message are instructions for accessing your parent portal through Focus, our student information system. You will be able to see your child’s attendance and academic performance information using the portal, and you also can set up notifications to receive a message for any number of things, including alerts if your child has missing assignments, is absent, or is tardy.

     

    Also attached is information and a sign-up sheet for Destination Imagination. If you are unfamiliar with DI, it’s a bit tough to explain over email, but essentially it is an opportunity for students from kindergarten to college to express their creativity as they solve challenges with teammates. I strongly encourage you to consider signing your child up, but I also implore you to consider helping to sponsor a team. Thanks to the commitment of some of our parent Team Managers, last year we were able to send a team to the State Tournament. You can learn more at www.destinationimagination.org and by coming by Kelly Lane Middle School this Thursday at 6pm.

     

    Finally, remember school pictures will be taken this Wednesday. Be sure your child packs a smile. J

     

    Ben

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    Fall Pictures, THIS Wednesday

    Fall Pictures are this Wednesday, September 19. Purchasing pictures is optional, but all students will have individual and class pictures taken at no cost to be included in the school yearbook. 

     

    Spirit Night at Panda Express THIS Thursday

    Come out to Panda Express at the Stone Hill Center this Thursday, September 20 for dinner and 20% of your purchase will benefit our school when you mention Rowe Lane. https://www.facebook.com/events/327025164535373/

     

    Destination Imagination Info Night THIS Thursday @KLMS

    DI is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments - teams are tested to think on their feet, work together, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the mind-bending Challenges. Last year, Rowe Lane sent a team to the state tournament, and we need parents and students to help us Repeat! Come learn more at Kelly Lane Middle School Thursday, September 20 from 6:00-7:00pm.

     

    Music Program Donation Drive

    In efforts to keep the musicals and grade level music programs growing to new and greater heights Mr. Bennett has set up a Donor's Choose project designed to add a few more microphones to the sound system.  Please take the opportunity to check out details in the following link:https://tinyurl.com/All-Mic-d-UpDonorsChooseRLES

     

    Public Meeting Tuesday, 9/18

    This Tuesday we will hold our annual public meeting to review Rowe Lane’s most recent Accountability Report including STAAR Performance data. Join us in the library beginning at 6:00pm to learn more.

     

    Campus Advisory Committee

    If you would be interested in serving as a community or business representative on our Campus Advisory Council this year, we meet every other month to monitor, adjust, and develop the School Improvement Plan each year. If you would be willing to fulfill one of these important roles, please send me an email at Ben.OConnor@pfisd.net

     

    School Breakfast and Lunch

    ALL PfISD families are encouraged to complete an application for Free or Reduced price meals using this link: http://www.pfisd.net/Domain/92 If you qualified for either free or reduced-price meals last year, you must submit another application to remain eligible this year. Also, all parents are able to set up accounts for online payment of school meals at the following link: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/504

     

    Absences

    There is a clear connection between regular school attendance and your child’s learning. We put a great deal of effort into helping our children remain healthy and happy at school so that they are able and eager to attend. When a child is sick and must be home, we ask that you please contact the teacher that day if possible. A doctor note or parent note should be brought to school when your child returns, and an email from you to the teacher and our registrar is acceptable for a parent note. We are very pleased to welcome Quinlyn.Barnette@pfisd.net as our new Registrar, beginning full time this week. Be sure to introduce yourself to Ms. Barnette when you come by.

     

    Family Trips & Vacations

    Another way we can ensure regular attendance is by scheduling family trips and vacation on holidays and long weekends aligned to the school calendar. PfISD is a District of Innovation and was able to revise our schedule and school calendar as a result. Please review the 2018-2019 school calendar closelyas some anticipated days off, ½ days, or holidays may be different than expected. Unnecessary absence from school creates difficulty for students, parents, and teachers, and we would like to avoid these occurrences whenever possible. Please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or to request school work due to a planned absence.

     

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal

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