News Bits — December 23, 2009

Crestwood Elementary School bus time changes

One of the items included in the recent budget cuts was shortening the travel time between Rockford Public Schools’ (RPS) secondary and elementary school bus runs. Effective Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, Crestwood Elementary School’s start time will change from 8:40 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and their dismissal time will change from 3:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

RPS’ secondary school start and dismissal times are not affected by these changes. The morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off bus times will be handled and communicated by the transportation department.

Rockford Spanish Immersion Parent Information Night coming up

At Rockford Spanish Immersion, students learn the district’s core curriculum through Spanish rather than English. In other words, students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write and speak in Spanish.

Rockford Spanish Immersion currently enrolls 246 students and is beginning its fifth school year with a new enrollment of kindergarten students. For parents who would like to provide their kindergarten child with the opportunity to become functionally proficient in both English and Spanish by the time they reach middle school, immersion is a research-proven educational option. If interested in this option and enrolling your future kindergartner for next school year, plan on attending the Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary School. Details for enrollment and the application process will be shared at this meeting.

Additionally, Immersion classroom tours will be held on Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 starting at 9 a.m. Please contact the Roguewood office at (616) 863-6374 if interested in a tour. Open kindergarten enrollment will begin on Feb. 1 and last until March 5, 2010. An application must be submitted during this timeline to be considered.

You can learn more about Rockford Spanish Immersion at

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