GRE Family Gazette

November 19, 2018

Dear GRE Families,

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving will take place this week! Where has the time gone? We will hold our last round of Fall Conferences tomorrow evening. While you are here, you may want to check out the Book Fair in the Cafeteria. This sale helps our school buy new books for our teachers and classrooms. The Book Fair will be open for its final day from 4:30-7:30.If you can't make it to the actual Book Fair feel free to shop online by clicking here.

This week we will have our first Eagle Ed experience of the year. On Tuesday, from 2:15-3:15 students will get to explore their passions while teachers take on teaching sessions that are far different from our everyday classroom experience. Crossfit, Yoga, Sign Language, Thanksgiving crafts, Online Escape Rooms and Marker Prints just to name a few, are some of the activities students will have the opportunity to participate in. Be sure to look for photos in next week's newsletter.

I'd like to take this opportunity to express how thankful I am to be a part of GRE. I know I speak for all of our GRE staff when I say we love our students and families and look forward to continuing to create an awesome educational experience for all. I hope you have a safe, fun, and memorable Thanksgiving.

We can't wait to see you again on November 27th!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

A Few Important Reminders:

1. Please refer to previous newsletter regarding Big Walnut's policy on animals on school property. If you have been bringing your pet to arrival or dismissal, please make other arrangements. I appreciate your support in following this Board Policy in order to keep our students safe and comfortable.

2. Thank you for all the amazing donations for our annual food drive. Because of your generosity we were able to make a significant donation to Sunbury Friends Who Share!

3. The Holly Market and Holly Shop are right around the corner. Make plans to join us December 8th from 9:00-2:00! More information will be shared soon but if you are interested in helping, don't hesitate to reach out to the General Rosecrans PTO!

4. Our schools are extremely fortunate to have the support of our parent and community volunteers. While we are continually grateful for this support, we are also aware of the potential concerns that can arise when volunteers are working directly with students. One of the recent priorities established by our District Safety Committee, which is comprised of law enforcement personnel, first responders, parents, and staff, is that volunteers should have background checks completed to promote safety within our schools. Each staff member and coach in the district is required to provide initial and ongoing background checks to insure that they are deemed safe for working with our students, so it makes sense to consider a similar requirement for volunteers working with students or who are helping in the building during the school day. Click here to read more about our volunteer policy that will go into effect on March 1, 2019.

Specials Spotlight: Art with Mrs. Doran

We had SO many amazing Yearbook Cover Contest submissions this year! The committee makes their decision based on craftsmanship, theme, and original student work. Congratulations to the front cover winner of the 2018-2019 Yearbook, Ava Kolesar! Back cover winners are Leah Dixon (4th), Kylie Lusenhop (3rd), Brooke Butauski (2nd), Ellie Glass (1st), and Kyle Grundy (KG)!

Class page winners were announced on the announcements and all winners will have letters sent home with them!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Art to Remember fundraiser! If you forgot to turn in your forms, you can still order online until Dec. 31st at! If you do not have your student’s online order code, under “Questions?” you can search by name & school by clicking on “Don’t know your online order code?”

What’s going on in art…

Kindergarten- Students have been learning about using their imagination (they created their own imaginary creature by combining 3 animals together) compared to drawing from observation (we drew from plastic animals & bugs). Ask which does your student like more?

1st grade- Students are working so hard on their Super Self Portraits! Each student drew a self portrait & turned themself into a superhero! Ask what your student’s super hero power is!

2nd grade- Students are finishing up their Wild Things! Students observed characteristics of Wild Things before creating their own using textures and warm or cool colors.

3rd grade- Students are exploring actual texture vs. visual texture in art through their I am Self Portraits and Cactus Gardens! Have them tell you about their “I am” poem!

4th grade- Students are working on finishing up their self selected Passion Project! Photographing & writing artist statements are their last steps. Open Art is during recess for any 4th grader to come work on their art day. Make sure to ask what your child has been creating in art!

A Note About Student Drop Off/Pick Up

This past week it was reported to the school that some families are dropping their kids off on Heartland Meadows Drive and/or S. Miller Drive and students are crossing the street to get to school. This is not a safe practice and puts our students at risk! If you are dropping your child off and you can not wait in line, consider parking at the back of the lot and walking your child up to the school. We will be monitoring our arrival and dismissal loops to ensure that this practice stops immediately. Let's all do our part to keep our kids safe!

Important Dates

Nov 14-20: Book Fair

Shopping Day-11/19 4:30-7:30pm

Click here to shop online

Nov. 19: Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 21-26: No School

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