Dear Rolling Hills Families:
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to “The Hills” for the 2017-18 school year. We had a successful school year last year, and we are looking forward to building on that success while we strive to reach new heights in every aspect of our school. I cannot begin to express how excited I am about starting another year as the principal of Rolling Hills Engineering Academy. It is an honor and privilege to be at the service of an outstanding faculty and the wonderful parents and students that make up the Rolling Hills community. For those of you who are new to the Rolling Hills family, I want to invite you to an incredibly hard working, dynamic, and experienced culture of learners, movers, and shakers. The partnership that Rolling Hills has with its parent community is unmatched by any other. We work together as a community to ensure success for our students. It, in fact, does take a village to raise a child and I am fortunate to be a part of this outstanding village.
Personalized Call from Your Child’s Teacher
Every teacher at Rolling Hills is amazing, and we know you and your students are anxious to learn who their teacher will be this year. Instead of waiting to see a posted class roster outside the school, your students’ teachers will be personally calling you to welcome you to their classrooms. Please understand they will be calling each parent in one afternoon and will not have the luxury of having an extended conversation. You should expect your phone call on Thursday, August 17th afternoon between 1:30 and 4:00pm. Do not worry if you are available during this time, as the teacher will leave a message and follow up with an email. The teacher will remind you about bringing you supplies on Back to School Bash night (see flyer on the next page).
As we begin this year, please remember that this is your school and we appreciate your involvement. I encourage you to establish positive communication with your students’ teachers. Communication is an essential component of a truly successful school/parent partnership. I also encourage you to support us in our efforts to make Rolling Hills a safe and positive place to come to each day.
First Day of School, Monday, August 21st
All students will need to be in their classrooms by 8:15am. Students can begin arriving at 7:30am. PTA will be hosting a Red Carpet Affair. Parents are welcome on the first day of school to walk their child to their classroom. As we expect your students to be excited as well as nervous, we request that you once you escort your students to their classrooms that you exit the building as soon as possible. We have found that prolonged goodbyes tend to increase the students’ separation anxiety.
On the second day of school, the children will go to their assigned arrival location at 7:30am. Pre K4 parents will need to use the side entrance at the front of the school to drop off their students to their teachers between 7:30-7:50am. Rolling Hills staff will supervise all other students until 7:50am at which time their teachers will escort them to class. I promise your child will get to their classrooms safely as we will have staff members stationed throughout the school to assist the students in locating their classrooms, especially our precious kindergarten students. I understand it is difficult for parents to leave their children in the hands of another person, particularly when the students are tearful, and some will be. I promise we will get them to where they need to be and provide them that extra TLC they may need. If you need a hug as well, we can definitely do that for you. The joys of children know how to tug at our hearts.
Class lists will be posted on the front windows and students and parents will be invited to visit their classroom and meet their teacher. Students may bring their school supplies with them that evening. The first day of school will be Monday, August 21st.
I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success.
Principal, Rolling Hills Engineering Academy