GREEN TREE ELEMENTARY

SIX HOUSES, ONE FAMILY

APRIL NEWSLETTER 2022

Important Upcoming Dates

5-24 VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW

5-26 GTE USED BOOK SALE/ICECREAM SOCIAL

5-30 NO SCHOOL/MEMORIAL DAY

6-2 EARLY RELEASE/LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Dear GTE Families:


The students and staff at Green Tree Elementary are diligently preparing for the upcoming MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) Assessment. Students in grades 3 through 6 will be taking MAP Grade-Level Assessments in order to evaluate your student’s progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards. Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and educational programs. Assessments are given in the subject areas of Communication Arts (grades 3-8), Mathematics (grades 3-8), and Science (grades 5 and 8).

Please mark your calendars with the below MAP assessment dates and if at all possible make sure your child is present on the days they are scheduled to take the test.

6th Grade: May 10, and 11

5th Grade: May 3, 4, 5, and 6

4th Grade: May 10, 11, and 12

3rd Grade: May 2, 3, 4, and 5

Thank you for your support,

Angela Zoellner

Principal

Green Tree Elementary

USED BOOK SALE

Green Tree's Used Book Sale will be Thursday, May 26 and 27. Students may shop for books (50 cents each) with their classes on these 2 days. The sale will also be open for families on Thursday, May 26 from 6:15-7:30 pm during the PTO ICE CREAM SOCIAL! If you have any donations of GENTLY-used CHILDREN'S books, please send them to Green Tree before the day of our sale. Thank you for supporting reading at Green Tree through purchasing and donating to our Used Book Sale!

CONGRATULATIONS DEBBIE ROBINSON! GTE 21/22 SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEAR

To say that Debbie Robinson is deserving of Support Staff of the year is an understatement. Whether she is skillfully assisting students with their work, helping a student recover from a meltdown, or even doing the Heimlich Maneuver to save a life in the cafeteria, she remains humble, saying, "I'm just doing my job." However, it is well-known that Debbie is always going above and beyond. She's been known to bring in cupcakes for a student's birthday because he's never had a party; to sort through the lost and found to find homes for misplaced items for kids who need them, and of course, to wow us with her fantastic dance moves. She's kind, funny, compassionate, patient, and supportive of adults as well as students. Debbie is able to be tough yet loving in a way that very few people can do, and children make amazing gains with her because of it. She is well-loved by kids and adults alike, and for good reason. Congratulations, Debbie - you are beyond deserving of the title of Support Staff of the Year, and we are so blessed to have you at GTE.

CONGRATULATIONS SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS!

REGIONAL WINNERS

Aurelia Orozco

Zoey Paramore


FIRST PLACE

Ronan Orozco

Varvara Karzhova

Ella Schafluetzel

Airabella Davenport

Xander Airoldi

Remy Airoldi


SECOND PLACE

Peyton Hesketh

Jordan Hesketh

Azainah Palma

Layla Scheible

Wyatt Scheible

Henry Kern

Sophie Scott


THIRD PLACE

Brayden Edwards

Payton Edwards

Garrett White

Lucas Owens

Kalli Farmer

Larson Cross

GTE STEAM NIGHT/ART FAIR/FAMILY FUN NIGHT

The winners for the attendance prize baskets from the Green Tree STEAM Night/Art Fair/Family Fun Night are: Harper Hosp - 3rd grade, Spencer Snyder - 1st grade, Jazmine Richardson-Reinike - 4th grade and Emmet Quill - 4th grade. Congratulations

APRIL ESSENTIAL

Essential 9--Learn from your mistakes, move on, and be positive

  • Be positive and enjoy life. Some things just aren’t worth getting upset over. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life.

  • Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on

MAY ESSENTIAL

ESSENTIAL 10- BE THE BEST PERSON THAT YOU CAN BE

  • Throughout life, you are going to be lonely at times, you are going to have your heart broken on occasion, and you are going to feel as if something is missing in your life. No life is lived without some amount of pain and heartache. No matter how bad things get, however, make sure you are always developing into the kind of person you want to be, and the kind of person others want to be around. It is important not to let external factors keep you from developing who you are and the person you are trying to become. Always make sure there are 7 things in your life: laughter, family, adventure, good food, challenge, change, and the quest for knowledge.

WOW WEDNESDAYS

EVERY WEEK, ONE STUDENT FROM EACH CLASSROOM IS PICKED TO SPIN THE WOW WHEEL. THESE STUDENTS ARE CHOSEN FOR MODELING THE ESSENTIAL 10.

CHECK IT OUT!

Laumeier Sculpture Park is Just A Short Drive with Plenty of Fun to Provide

If you’ve never been to Laumeier Sculpture Park, it is a magical place. Sculptures reach towards the sky, twist and turn, and are even spread throughout trails in the woods. Growing up in the St. Louis area, Laumeier Sculpture Park was one of my favorite places to visit as a child. The park is free to the public and even hosts outdoor events throughout the summer. The park is very close to the crossroads of Highway 270 and Highway 44 in the Sunset Hills area. If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit, I’d encourage you to visit the park. You can find more information on their website, https://www.laumeiersculpturepark.org/

READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK

STORYBOOK CHARACTER DAY

EARTH DAY

SECOND GRADE MUSICAL

GATOR POND

RAPTOR VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our building at all times, so we are rolling out a system to allow us to do just that. Starting Jan. 24, 2022, WSD visitors will check in to our buildings using Raptor, a new visitor management system designed to assist with building security.

What does that mean for you?

  • When you arrive in a WSD building as a visitor, you will be asked to scan your ID, take a photo and complete the management system’s check-in process.

  • Raptor will screen the information against sex offender databases and locally customized lists of banned or potentially threatening individuals, instantly alert school officials to a threatening presence, and maintain a searchable log of all visitors.

  • Once approved, you will get a customized visitor badge to wear while in the building.

Thank you for your support as we roll this out and enhance school safety protocols!


Parents or guardians who are only picking up a child for the day will not need to use the visitor management system.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR WSD LIBRARY

Our school librarians want to partner with families just like our teachers! The library is an important part of a student's educational experience, and like our teachers, librarians are there to ensure that student needs are met.


One way our librarians can partner with families is in guiding the book selection for their students. Using our online book catalog (Destiny), a librarian can create internal notations (i.e. student is not to check out books about witchcraft or wizardry) which will help the librarian to effectively support the students in the selection of alternative books or resources. These notations in Destiny are created by the librarian after receiving a request from a parent or guardian. This option is available to any parent at any time for any WSD library resource.

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Save the Date

You're invited to help celebrate Dr. Cain's National Superintendent of the Year achievement from 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Timberland High School. We hope to see you and your family there!

Are you a WSD Parent?

We want to hear from you. In order to continuously improve on our commitment to provide a quality educational experience for your child or children, we ask that you take the time to complete this short Parent Satisfaction Survey.

USEFUL LINKS

SHORT SURVEY

PLEASE TAKE AFTER THE ABOVE PRESENTATION

TITLE ONE PARENT NOTIFICATION

As a reminder, parents/guardians of each student attending a building that receives Title I funds may request and the district must provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and any paraprofessionals providing services to their child. In addition, parents/guardians of students attending a building that receives Title I funds will be notified if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher or a person who is not appropriately certified. For more information, please refer to Board Policy and Regulation 1621 – Title 1.

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AMAZON SMILE FOR GTE

If you’re shopping on Amazon, please consider setting up AmazonSmile. It costs you nothing, but the school earns money from your purchases. Search for Green Tree Elementary PTO. It’s that easy! Search: Amazon Smile Green Tree Elementary PTO INC to have a percentage of your Amazon purchases given back to GTE!

BOX TOPS FOR GTE

Please click this link for information about the Box Tops Submission process.