November 2021

Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary



Thursday, November 4th

Mitchell Performing Arts Center / 7:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Adults - $5.00

Students K-12 - $4.00

Activity passes are not accepted

Fire Prevention Week Winners

Thank you to the Mitchell Exchange Club for sponsoring the Fire Prevention Coloring Contest for grades Kdg., 1st, and 2nd during Fire Prevention Week. Winners were invited to attend a breakfast with the Mitchell Exchange Club to be recognized and presented certificates.

Congratulations goes out to our GBR students who placed....

Quinn Stunes, KDG, Miss Hart's room placed 3rd.

Alex Lozano, 1st Grade, Mrs. Vogl's room placed 1st.

Olivia Dumas, 2nd Grade, Mrs. Fuerst's room placed 3rd.

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Happy Birthday to These Two Guys Who Share the Same Day! SRO Wilson and PE Teacher Jeremy Borgan!

Band News

Our 5th graders are working hard, learning the basics of playing an instrument. So......why don't we just toss them in with the amazing High School Marching Band for a halftime show?

The 5-8 graders at Longfellow, Gertie Belle Rogers, LB Williams and Mitchell Middle School got the opportunity to learn a little bit about marching. They sat with the high school band during the 1st half of the Mitchell Kernel's football game and then played bucket drums along with the band's halftime performance. What a fun experience for ALL involved.

Thank you to Mr. Stahle and all of the high school band members for including these future band members and giving them a little taste of what their hard work can turn into.

3rd / 4th Grade Music Concert

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 6:15pm

821 North Capital Street

Mitchell, SD

These students will perform there concert at the Mitchell High School Performing Arts Center.

Festival Choir 2022

On Monday, March 7th 2022 SDMEA (South Dakota Music Education Association) will be holding their annual Festival Choir as a kick-off to Music in our Schools Month. There will be 7 choirs taking place around the state. This choir is for young musicians in grades 4-6 and I have the opportunity to take up to 40 students to this event!

This year Mitchell will be a host site for Festival Choir!! The students will have a chance to rehearse music with other students throughout the area and then perform in a concert in a at 4:00 that afternoon. The cost for registration for this event is $35.00 per student. This price includes an event t-shirt, lunch, snacks, and music. If the price of registration is an issue, please let me know and I can see what I can do to help. No student is excluded because of their financial situation.

In addition to the day-long choir event, the students will meet once a week (for about 30 minutes) in order to learn and memorize the music for this event. These rehearsals would begin in January and would be held on Tuesday mornings from 7:40-8:10 am. These rehearsals will provide the students with the opportunity to enhance their musical skills and learn to sing as a small ensemble.

Please understand that this event is NOT mandatory for your child. If you do wish for your child to be a part of this event, please send a check for $35.00 (made out to GBR) and their SIGNED sheet given to them by Ms. Woodmansey in Music with your child to school by Friday, December 3rd. If you do not wish them to participate nothing is needed to be done.

Students that participate in Festival choir will be expected to learn and memorize their music, attend all rehearsals, and will need to do any make up work with their teacher.

Please talk with your child about this opportunity and e-mail me at with any questions or concerns you may have.


Annie Woodmansey

Mrs. G's KDG Class Graduation from ABC Bootcamp

These little guys and gals graduated from the ABC Bootcamp and were presented with their certificate of achievement. Way to go KDG kiddos.
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We had the pleasure of the Mitchell High School Marching Band performing for our OLWEUS Assembly on Monday, October 18th.

Mark Your Calendars for These Dates!

Sunday, November 7th - Daylight Savings Time Ends

Thursday, November 11th - No School

Thursday, November 18th - 3rd / 4th Grade Concert @ PAC - 6:15 pm

Thursday & Friday, November 25 & 26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

Tuesday, November 30th - Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 4th - Christmas Shopping for Kids

Wednesday, December 22nd - End of 2nd Quarter

December 23rd - January 3rd - Christmas Break - School Resumes on January 4th

When Winter is Here, Wear Your Gear

We have been very fortunate in the weather department so far but as Oct 20th proved, snow is inevitable. Please make sure you send warm clothes for your students. They WILL need snow pants, boots, hats, gloves, warm coats, etc. before we know it. We will go outside every day, unless it is below zero so please make sure they have what they need. If you need assistance, please contact The Caring Closet to set an appointment during their pop-up dates.


October was a busy month getting new books ready for the library! Not only did we receive over $600 worth of free books from Scholastic because of our phenomenal book fair sales, students also raised almost $400 for our coin drive for new books. In addition to that we were fortunate enough to have received a $5000 grant. A huge THANK YOU to Dr. Graves applying for it for us. The new books have been a huge hit.

Thank you to all the families who donated to the coin drive and to all who ordered books and supported our library! I appreciate all of you .

Mrs. Gerlach

Student Council Store is OPEN

Our GBR Student Council Store is OPEN each Friday morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. inside the GBR Commons.

School Cancellation

Although it's pretty rare for Mitchell to call school off early, start late, or cancel completely, please text YES to 87569 to recieve a text notification if any of these happen.

Daylight Savings Change Your Clocks

Daylight Savings Time in 2021 ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. We "fall back" by turning our clocks back one hour the night before.

Mitchell Optimist Club Skating Party

Saturday, Nov. 6th, 6-8pm

1001 North Minnesota Street

Mitchell, SD

Free admission but please bring Granola Bars or Mac ad Cheese for the weekend snack pack.
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Mitchell School Board Meeting

Monday, Nov. 8th, 5pm

1800 East Spruce Street

Mitchell, SD

Hosted at Mitchell Technical College

James Valley Donates to Service Project

Mrs. Huber's class from last school year had to complete a service project for her class. These three boys, Matt Peterson, Carter Radel, and Deyton Puetz, who are now in 5th grade, chose to work with James Valley Landscaping by planting trees around our playground. These boys, together with James Valley crew, planted the trees this past week.

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American Education Week - November 15 - 19, 2021

Join us in celebration with the following dress up days:

  • Monday, Nov 15 - Red, White and Blue in honor of our Veterans and troops

  • Tuesday, Nov 16 - Crazy Sock Day (Crazy for Education)
  • Mayor Proclamation - 9:45 AM

  • Wednesday, Nov 17 - Red for Education

  • Thursday, Nov 18 - College Wear/Jersey Day - Teachers can wear the college colors

  • Friday, Nov 19 - Black and Gold Day

*Please note: All clothing choices must be school appropriate. No face paint or hair color spray is allowed. Thank you!

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The PTA sponsored a pumpkin decorating contest for Halloween. We had so many amazing pumpkins brought in. The catagories were Favorite Food/Candy, Favorite Disney Character, and Funny. The following students placed in each of the catagories:

Favorite Food / Candy: Jayla Gebel, London Moon, & Kyson Steiner

Favorite Disney Character: Beckett Norden, Maria Salcido-Santos, & Jaxton Hilbrand

Funny: Cole Tingle, Addilyn Hubbard, & Lane Rauscher

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Lost and Found

It is unbelievable the amount of lost and found that has accumulated over the past couple of months. If your child(ren) are missing any type of clothing please remind them to check the lost and found to see if the item is in there. Any items left when Christmas break rolls around will be taken to Goodwill / Salvation Army.

November Snack & Lunch Menu