GRE Family Gazette

October 8, 2018

Dear GRE Families,

What an awesome week at GRE! While out and about in classrooms I saw student presentations about Spiders, number recognition with hands on materials, Fundations phonics work with tiles, four corner soccer, reading menus and so much more! First Grade had an exciting trip to the library while 2nd grade visited Lehner's Pumpkin Farm! As if the week couldn't get better, we also had Party with the Principal and 2nd and 7 Athlete Reader's!


This week we will have our 2nd Box Top collection on Tuesday. Be sure to get those Box Tops in so they can be counted. A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the Mumkin Fundraiser. Whether your purchased a Mumkin or volunteered to help distribute plants-we appreciate you! PTO supports so many amazing opportunities for our students and staff and we couldn't do it without your support! If you'd like to learn more about our PTO and how to get involved consider attending this Thursday's PTO meeting at 6:30 in the STEM Hub.


Next week we will have our second round of Parent Teacher Conferences on October 18th-be sure you are scheduled for a Fall conference to learn all about your child's progress!


Here's to a great week full of fun, friends and learning!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

A Few Important Reminders:

1. 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 school functions, athletic events, or visiting a school. Thank you for your cooperation.


2. Picture retakes are coming up on October 16th. If you were absent or would like to have a new photograph, be on the lookout for ordering information to come home. Keep in mind, if you ordered pictures and don't like them, you will need to turn in the photos to get your retake.


3. On November 8th we will be hosting our annual State of the Schools event. This year we will be holding a Facebook Live event during the school day. Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars to hear all about the amazing things happening at Big Walnut Local Schools.
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Specials Spotlight: Music with Mrs. Wood

Greetings from the music room! We’ve had a great start of the year exploring many wonderful things about music. See below for more specifics from each grade level.


Fun Fact: How do children learn music?


You might be wondering, how do young children learn music? Believe it or not, learning music is similar to how we learn a language. For example, when a young 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 in his/her tonal and rhythmic vocabulary with short patterns, which are similar to words in a language. After the child has developed a large tonal and rhythmic 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 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, playing instruments, and creating all within the same music class. These skills are built upon and reinforced throughout the year.


Click here to see what specific grade levels are doing in Music and what you can ask your child to share!

Important Dates

Oct. 11: PTO Meeting 6:30pm

Oct. 16: Picture Retakes

Oct. 18: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00

Oct. 19: No School

Oct 23: OST ELA: Part 1 (3rd Grade)

Oct 24: OST ELA: Part 2 (3rd Grade)

Oct 26: K-4 Harvest Parties 2:30-3:15

Golden Spatula Award Winners

Congratulations to our winners for the week of October 1st!


Kindergarten- Mrs. Rowe

First- Mrs. Valentik

Second- On a Field Trip! We'll catch them next week:)

Third- Ms. Wolf

Fourth- Ms. Restucci


Who will win the "Golden Spatula" this week?

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