Greetings Earthling, Happy Earth Day!

Earth is our favorite planet because you’re on it. Our planet is an amazing and beautiful place – step outside, take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air.

Fun Fact: Earth Day started in 1970, 50 years ago, when bell bottoms were in fashion and Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water was Billboard’s song of the year.

[Inhale fresh air while humming ? Bridge over Troubled Water ?]

Nurse Notes
Wells Branch Elementary School nurse, Mirtha Garcia likes to get students involved in fighting germs.

?? While at home children can get involved with cleaning and disinfecting easy to reach frequently touched areas such as, door knobs, light switches, handles and faucets. Getting your children involved teaches them healthy habits for the home.

We appreciate everything you’re doing to fight COVID-19. For the latest information about public health guidance to stop the spread, visit the Texas Education Agency Stay Well, Texas website.

Get Students Physically Active
Find fun ideas to get your student active, visit the Round Rock ISD on YouTube.

Round Rock ISD wellness teachers have enlisted their families to demonstrate 2-Minute 2 Fun & Fitness videos that showcase yoga, fitness games, and activities designed to keep the whole family moving. Follow your campus or the District on Facebook, or subscribe to the Round Rock ISD YouTube channel for more upcoming 2 Minutes 2 Fun & Fitness videos.

At-Home Learning Continues through Thursday, May 21
If there is one thing you can count on, it’s change. COVID-19 closures have been a catalyst for constant change. Most recently, the announcement that your student will be completing their school year learning at-home. It’s not ideal and not what any of us would have chosen. Please continue to do the best you can – because you’re doing great.

Recommended Viewing:
Watch the at-home learning video to hear more about the online instructional model.

Since students will continue at-home learning until the semester ends on Thursday, May 21, you can get tips to help students adapt to the at-home learning environment in the Parent Guide to At-Home Learning. The guide includes information on how to navigate Google classroom, and helpful resources for social-emotional support.

Printed take-home packets continue to be available at 13 curbside breakfast and lunch distribution sites.

Librarian Book Talks ?
Watch book talk videos on the Round Rock ISD YouTube channel. There are book recommendations for every grade level.

If you hear about a book that interests you, look for it in the online library. The online library is open 24/7 and provides students free online and mobile access to over 2,000 e-books and 34 subscription research resources, in English and Spanish.

All you need is your Round Rock ISD student ID to access thousands of FREE, ebooks, audiobooks and more!  Students use their student ID as user name and password. Access and browse online E-books.

Get smART: Maker Masters ?
Hello artists and want-to-be artists. Have fun and increase your art IQ, watch the Round Rock ISD art teachers, aka maker masters, demonstrate art projects and ideas using everyday household items. There is a new project video each week on the Round Rock ISD Facebook page or watch them anytime on the Round Rock ISD YouTube channel.

Virtual Field Trip
Today we are keeping it local by virtually visiting the Zilker Botanical Garden – the jewel in the ?? of Austin.

The Zilker Botanical Garden is nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park. This park features the Taniguchi Japanese garden?, Hartman prehistoric garden?, a rose garden?, a cactus ?and butterfly garden ? and more! ??

So grab your device and let’s discover the beauty in our own backyard.
Virtual Tour |  Zilker Garden website

Revisions to the high school student Grade Point Average (GPA) and Rank in Class (RIC) policy has been released. Review updated GPA policy.

?Class of 2020 | Congratulations, Graduates! There is no avoiding it. Graduation will look different this year. Watch what’s next for our Seniors.

? SHOUT OUT | Round Rock High School ? has launched positively connected. The interactive website features student and school staff user-generated content. It’s fun and keeps the Dragon community connected.

? SHOUT OUT | Stony Point High School ? is honoring their seniors with a Senior Spotlight page where members of the Class of 2020 are individually recognized.

Search the Findhelp.org database to find nonprofits and neighborhood groups offering support for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Type in your zip code and find local organizations. Translation for over 50 languages available.

Helping students and families cope
Collectively Williamson County public schools serve over 100,000 students, and we all are united in our mission to provide mental health support to our students and families during this time. Watch Dr. Steve Flores video message.

If you need to talk with someone, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our school counselors are available, and families can access 24/7 online mental health resources and helpful links Behavioral Health | Counseling Services

To access the latest information about the District’s response and decisions related to the COVID-19 public health crisis, please visit our COVID-19 School Closures webpage.

Q: What tools and resources do you need more of to help your student(s)? was the quick poll question in last week’s Health & Well-Being weekly.
A: Help with homework received more than 50% of the votes.

?? Your student can access free online homework help ? using their Round Rock Public Library eCard.

? The Alt National Parks Service is offering free seed packs to help restore bee and butterfly populations. Choose from Black-Eyed Susans or Butterfly Milkweed. Free seed packets are only available within the U.S., limit one seed mailing per household.

Online virtual college fair, Monday April 20 – Thursday, April 23

Student transfer requests are due Monday, May 4.

Pre-register online for Kindergarten beginning Fall 2020, now through Thursday, May 21.

The second, and final, semester of the 2019-2020 school year ends on Thursday, May 21.

Seniors, fill out the FAFSA. For students starting college in the Fall of 2020, the deadline to file your FAFSA application is June 30, 2020.

Public School Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 24
Thank you to the many parents, caregivers, neighbors and friends who give of their time and talent to ensure the best education for our students.

School Principal Day – May 1
Behind every great school is a caring principal. We’re proud to say that Round Rock ISD has the best elementary, middle and high school leaders in Texas.

School Lunch Hero Day – May 1
The men and women who show up everyday, rain or shine to feed our students are OUR heroes on the front line.

Which social media channels do you follow and actively use. Select all that apply?
Last weeks Quick Poll results

What tools and resources do you need more of to help your student(s)? Select all that apply.

  • Helping students with homework: 51%
  • Fostering new interests and activities: 50%
  • Keeping students physically active: 49%
  • Transitioning between grade levels: 36%
  • College readiness & planning: 31%
  • Mental health resources: 29%
  • Career readiness and planning: 27%

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