GRE Family Gazette

September 2, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

Thank you for attending this year's Curriculum Night. If you weren't able to make it, our staff is more than happy to provide you with any materials you missed and/or answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out through email or give us a call! In an effort to continuously reflect and improve, please take a minute to provide any feedback you have about Curriculum Night here. A huge thank you to PTO for sponsoring the "Trail Mixer" by providing snacks and water.


Last week we had our first Party Wagon of the year. Party Wagon comes around on the last Friday of the month and celebrates our Office Artists of the Month and our Student of the Month. For August, all students got to pick off the Party Wagon!


This week brings Fall picture day on Wednesday and our first Eagles Nest on Thursday morning. Eagles Nest is an opportunity for students to meet in small, cross grade level groups to focus on developing our Keys to Success behaviors.To learn more about the Keys to Success, click here. I will include photos of our first Eagles Nest in next week's newsletter.


Here's to a great week!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

We have begun year 5 of our 2020 Vision! One more year until our vision becomes our culture! Check it out!

2020 Video Year 5

Important Info

1. GRE’s Art Day will be on Friday November 8th instead of in the spring! We are looking to bring some new artists to GRE to work with our students and looking for any connections you may have in our community! On Art Day students have the opportunity to work with both a VISUAL artist to make something and a PERFORMING artist to learn how to do something.


If you are an artist or you have any connections to a visual or performing artist who you think would be interested, PLEASE share them through this GRE Art Day- Artist Connections link!


2. Our schools continually strive to maintain a safe, respectful, and welcoming learning environment for our students. With that in mind, it is important to remind our community that there are limitations to having animals on school property. Board Policy 8390 outlines permissions only to include animals being used for an educational purpose, which are prior approved by building administration, and certified service animals, in accordance with Federal and State law. Please help us maintain a safe environment by leaving family pets at home when attending dropping off students or picking up students, school functions, athletic events, or visiting a school. Thank you for your cooperation.


3. We are committed to seeking out our military connected families and assisting those families as needed. Should an immediate family member currently be serving in the military, please complete this form.


Military Connected Families


Special Spotlight: Music with Mrs. Wood

Hello! My name is DeAnne Wood and I’m the music teacher at GRE! This is my 3rd year at GRE and my 11th year teaching general music. I’m originally from Michigan and my favorite team is the Michigan State Spartans! Go Green! I’m excited to begin a wonderful music adventure with you this year!


How do children learn music?

Believe it or not, learning music is similar to how we learn a language. For example, when a child is born, he/she develops a large listening vocabulary and is immersed with sounds of a language. The child’s listening vocabulary provides the readiness for him/her to begin to speak, read, and later, how to write. In music, a young child develops a large listening vocabulary while being immersed with a variety of tonalities and meters. Once the child has developed an extensive listening vocabulary, he/she starts babbling and speaking short patterns, which are similar to words in a language. After the child has developed a large speaking vocabulary, he/she starts creating short musical phrases and develops the readiness to read and write in music.


How does this translate to music in elementary school?

In kindergarten and most of first grade, students are beginning to build their listening and speaking vocabulary, which provides them the readiness to begin to read and write music in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. Our music classes at GRE are multidimensional and are designed to incorporate many musical skills such as singing, chanting, listening, moving, creating, and playing instruments all within the same music class. These skills are built upon and reinforced throughout the year. Many songs and activities have connections to children’s literature, poetry, and cultures and languages from around the world.


Important Dates:

Friday, November 8th at 2:30 p.m. is our Veteran’s Day assembly. The second graders will be leading us in song and welcoming our Veterans to GRE. Please consider inviting a veteran to this special event! More information will be sent home soon!

Congrats to our Golden Spatula Winners!

This week we introduced the "Golden Spatula Award" at lunch time. This prize is awarded to one class at each grade level. Throughout the week, we look for students who are following our lunch room expectations. It was awesome to see the kids get so excited-please help us congratulate our winners for the week of August 26th.


K- Mrs. Rowe

1-Look to see who wins next week-we are still practicing

2-Look to see who wins next week-we are still practicing

3- Miss Plemmons

4- Mrs. Hilton


Who will win the "Golden Spatula" this week?

Big picture

Important Dates

Need help with what letter day it is?

Monday, September 2nd- No School

Tuesday, September 3rd-D Day

Wednesday, September 4th- E Day; Picture Day

Thursday, September 5th- A Day

Friday, September 6th- B Day


Upcoming Important Dates:

September 3 Last day for PTO Spiritwear Sale

September 4 Picture Day

September 11 Spirit Wear sale online ends

September 12 PTO Meeting at 6:30

September 16 No School

September 19 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00

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Pay school fees, add lunch money to accounts, etc.