General Info

   

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School Colors: Red, Yellow, and Black

 School Motto: "It's always a great day at Rosa L. Parks!"   

School Mascot: Titan

School Pledge: My future begins today.
I pledge to be respectful, responsible, and productive.
I am proud because we are the best and the brightest.
I am a Rosa Parks Titan. I am ready to learn.

School Song: It's a Great Day at Rosa Parks
(sung to the tune of a traditional African American hymn)
It's a great day
It's a great day
It's a great day at Rosa Parks
I come to learn
I come to learn
I come to learn at Rosa Parks
I will succeed
I will succeed
I will succeed at Rosa Parks


Vision Statement

Our vision for Rosa L. Parks Elementary is to develop scholars who will go on to succeed in their careers and social life. They will become productive citizens who display independent thinking and a commitment to lifelong learning. They will become technically competent, culturally aware, compassionate, and resourceful. Each student will be given the skills to fulfill their individual potential throughout life.   

Mission Statement 

Our mission at Rosa L. Parks Elementary is to foster a safe and nurturing learning environment that meets the education needs of our diverse learners. To this end, the staff will actively engage parents, and all community stake-holders, in the education process. We vow to ensure that students are exposed to rigorous instruction, foundational skills, and character development. Embracing the Common Core Standards, the teachers will provide challenging opportunities that promote creativity, application of scholarship to real-world problems, and overall intellectual and emotional development.    


 Parent/Student Handbook  

Arrival Procedures

Car riders will enter and exit the building though the front doors (Kiss and Ride). Please do not leave your automobile unattended in the Kiss and Ride section. Students should arrive no earlier than 7:30 A.M. Adult supervision will not be available before 7:30 A.M. Students walking to school should report to the blacktop area. Students will be escorted in the building at 7:30 A.M. Walking students in grades Head Start through three will enter and exit through the yellow door (north side of the blacktop). Walking students in grades four through six will enter and exit through the green door (south door of the blacktop). Parents are asked to remain near the fence during dismissal time. Parents will not be allowed to escort their children to and from the classroom.

 Breakfast/Lunch Program

Breakfast is served from 7:30 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. except on those days involving a delayed opening. Lunch is served daily in shifts. Students can either purchase a full lunch or a milk or juice to complement a bag lunch. A regular breakfast costs $1.50; a reduced breakfast costs $0.40. A regular lunch costs $2.50; a reduced lunch costs $0.50. Milk and juice cost $0.50. Applications for free/reduced lunch are available in the office.

The Lunch Program is computerized. Each student is assigned a personal identification number (PIN#) that must be memorized. The assigned PIN# remains with the child for the length of his or her enrollment at the school. Parents are encouraged to deposit money in lump sums, not to exceed $99.99. All checks and money orders should be payable to "Food and Nutrition Services." When sending cash, money should be sealed in an envelope with the student's name, teacher's name, and the amount enclosed indicated on it. If sending money for more than one child, please indicate so on the envelope. Parents can also add funds to their child's account by using PayPams. PayPams is a quick and convenient way to ensure your student always has money on their lunch account. Please take the time to set-up an account today by clicking here. The school will provide a cheese sandwich and milk if a child's account is short. We will not lo an money. Please send written notice to the office/nurse and to your child's teacher if you suspect a food allergy. Your child should be aware of any foods he or she needs to avoid.

 Care of Books

We expect all textbooks be covered in order to extend their useful lifespan. Booksox make excellent book covers although paper grocery bags work just as well. Library books, as with school property generally, should be handled with care. Parents will be charged for damaged or lost books.

 Dismissal Procedures

All students are dismissed from school at 1:55 P.M. Older siblings are allowed to meet their younger siblings at the designated grade area. Students in grades Head Start through Kindergarten should be picked up within the building. Adult supervision will not be provided for students past 2:05 P.M.

 Emergency Dismissal or School Closing

Snow, heat, hurricanes, and power outages have all delayed opening or closed schools in Prince George's County. The decision to close schools is never made by a local administrator but always by the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) or his or her designee and is broadcast area-wide by any number of radio and television stations. You can also access up-to-the-minute information about school closures at www.schools-out.com.

 Homework/Make-Up Work

We believe in the benefit of homework. The purpose of homework is to reinforce and extend classwork, promote skill competency, and develop a sense of time management. Make homework a habit--it will truly pay off for your child down the road. Also, when your child is absent, he or she is responsible for any work missed. If necessary, call your child's teacher and arrange to have it picked up or sent home.

 Lost & Found

We recommend you clearly label your child's school supplies and articles of clothing such as book bags, jackets, sweaters, etc. Include a first and last name, grade, and teacher's name. Found items will be kept in a Lost & Found box in a designated area for one month, after which unclaimed items are donated to a local charity.

 Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers are integral to our program. They assist us in many ways: working with individual students or small groups, assisting with clerical duties, helping in the Media Center, chaperoning field trips, serving as room parents, etc. If you are willing to volunteer, please send a note or call and leave a message in the office. Be aware that board regulations require volunteers to submit to background checks under certain circumstances.

 Personal Possessions

Students should not bring extra money or toys to school, including sports gear; they should not bring items susceptible of loss or damage, especially electronic equipment such as radios, pagers, tape recorders, and video games. If your child has permission to keep a cell phone, the cell phone must be turned to the off position during the day. We assume NO responsibility for personal possessions that may get lost or stolen. We ask your help in seeing that your child is in compliance with this policy. Please be aware that possession of knives, toy guns, or water pistols can result in suspension or expulsion.

 Reporting Student Progress/Parent Conferences

Reporting of student progress in Prince George's County is accomplished in two ways: by report card and by conferencing. For grades kindergarten though six, report cards are issued four times per year. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled by mutual agreement during one of the reporting periods, with the option of additional conferences arranged by request. The report card advises you of progress in social skills, work habits, and the various subject areas.

 School Communication System

You will receive periodic phone calls from us generated through our computerized school communication system, including reminders about upcoming events such as PTA meetings, as well as notice when your child is absent or tardy. We hope you find this avenue for fostering school-home communication helpful to you!

 School Traffic and Safety

Some fifth and sixth grade students serve as safety patrols. Safety patrols assist students arriving at and departing from school. Please stress the importance of obeying the Safety Patrols to your child. Crossing guards are members of the Prince George's County Police Department who assist at major intersections deemed too dangerous for children to cross alone. Again, please stress the importance of obeying the crossing guards to your child.

 School Uniforms

We ask that students dress appropriately in the school uniform each day. We strongly discourage extraneous articles of clothing or jewelry. There is a large body of research suggesting that school uniforms dampen peer pressure and foster a positive academic climate. For specifics, see our website at www.rpschool.org.

 School-Wide Standards

  • Do your best at all times.
  • Respect the feelings and property of others.
  • Speak respectfully to adults and peers.
  • Practice safety.
  • Follow directions the first time.

 Tips for Reading with Your Child

  • Do it every day and pick a regular time. By doing so, you demonstrate that reading is important.
  • Read the book before you read it aloud. Reading aloud is performing. You will do a better job if you are familiar with the book.
  • Read books you like. If you like a book, the odds are your child will also. Start by reading books you enjoyed as a child.
  • Read articles from magazines, newspapers, and other materials aloud.
  • Read for information and for fun!

Rosa L. Parks Elementary Overview

Now entering its twelfth year of operation, Rosa L. Parks Elementary School opened its doors to students on August 21, 2006. Located on an eight acre site one mile from the Washington, D.C. border on Ager Road in Prince George's County, the physical plant was completed in August of 2006 at a cost of $17,883,000. Rosa L. Parks houses Head Start - grade 6 in traditional classroom settings with a student capacity of 777. Amenities include a multipurpose room, community room, vocal and instrumental music rooms, art studio, science lab, computer lab, reading resource room, television studio, and library/media center (The Driskell Center). All classrooms are equipped with ceiling mounted LCD projectors, visualizers, InterWrite boards, and sound enhancement units.

The vision at Rosa L. Parks is that children come first, all students can and will achieve. The staff, parents and community share responsibility for educating every child in a positive, safe, and rigorous learning environment. The goal is to empower students to reach their fullest learning potential and become responsible members of society who appreciate and respect individual differences. A total of 27 countries are represented within the make-up of the current student body. Students from Spanish speaking countries dominate the student population and represent a large number of students enrolled within our English Language Learners program.

Instructionally, Rosa L. Parks is organized as a comprehensive school in which students are heterogeneously grouped by reading levels. Instruction in all subjects is driven by student data and aligned with the PGCPS Curriculum Framework Progress Guides (CFPG) and the Maryland State Core Curriculum (MSCC). Reading instruction follows county mandated time allotments with Pre-K at 180 minutes, grades K - 2nd at 150 minutes, grades 3 - 5 at 105 minutes, and grade 6 at 72 minutes. Students are placed in one of three classroom reading groups based on results from the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) and/or the May 2009 Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) scores. Instruction is differentiated through the use of flexible, small groups and learning centers which offer opportunities for skill reinforcement as well as supplemental instruction. Dedicated to a diagnostic prescriptive model for providing instruction, teachers monitor students' progress in a variety of ways: Informal/Formal Reading Assessments, Directed Reading Assessments (Head Start through 2nd), Emergent Literacy Behavior Checklist (K & 1st), SRI (2nd - 6th, and PGCPS Formative Assessment Systems Test (3rd - 6th). In addition, teachers give pre/post tests (all grades) and teacher made common assessments (3rd - 6th) in mathematics and reading to monitor students' performance and provide instructional interventions. Students in grades 3rd - 6th receive departmentalized instruction in reading/ language, math, science, social studies, and health.

Rosa L. Parks has operated as a school-wide Title 1 Program since 2008.

"It is always a great day at Rosa Parks!" 
Last modified: 7/28/2017 8:14:31 AM