Elsie Rogers Express

Winter 2015

Elsie Rogers Wins $10,000 Sweepstakes

EXCITING NEWS! It was announced that Elsie Rogers is the recipient of a $10,000 cash prize through a Sweepstakes sponsored by Labels for Education. Much appreciation to all families who save labels and to Mrs. Jamie DeMeyer for processing our application. Elsie Rogers was one of a hundred schools chosen nationwide! Please see the following link to see our name displayed in lights! www.labelsforeducation.com

Preparing Your Child for Spring 2016 ISTEP

The Department of Education has made available an option for families to engage in ISTEP+ preparation for the spring 2016 assessment. If you go to our school website and click on the "Resource" tab you will see a link labeled, Preparing your Child... Perhaps over the winter break these resources can be utilized by students, under adult guidance, to jump start your child in this state mandated assessment.


Attending the Nutcracker performance and having lunch at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend has become a third grade winter tradition at Elsie Rogers. Appreciation is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Del Bloss for the complimentary Nutcracker tickets. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity!

More on Growth Mindset...

As you may recall it was shared in the fall newsletter that staff participated in a book study called, Mindset, by Carol Dweck. There are two types of mindsets: fixed or growth. In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that. In a growth mindset, students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence. This is the mindset we are aiming for among students. Below you will see a video clip that Elsie staff watched during one of our sessions that explains more about this idea of a growth mindset as well as some reminders when praising your child - enjoy!
The Power of belief -- mindset and success | Eduardo Briceno | TEDxManhattanBeach
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Winter Weather

With December comes the possibility of snow and inclement weather. Children are expected to go outside for recess (temperature permitting) so please make sure they are dressed appropriately (heavy coats, hats, gloves) and that you have labeled all attire. In order for students to play in the snow, they must wear boots and snow pants. Otherwise they will be asked to stay on the blacktop. If school is cancelled, P-H-M has built in one snow day and no eLearning is required. Upon the second snow day being called, all K-5 students will need to complete the day one eLearning activities posted online. A link to the lessons can be found on the Elsie Rogers' home page (see bottom of newsletter for a direct link). Feel free to email your student's teacher anytime throughout the day if questions arise.

Active Seating Coming to Kindergarten

Thank you P-H-M Education Foundation! Mrs. Latham and her students are excited to be a BIG check recipient of the Foundation grant program. Soon these munchkins will have a new seating option in their classroom - Wobble Chairs. These new seating options will help students gain core strength as well as offer an outlet for students who have trouble sitting still.
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Hour of Code Held at Elsie Rogers

During the week of December 7 many students had the opportunity to participate in the Hour of Code. There were over 185,000 classrooms across the globe that participated. Students of all ages learned to code with Minecraft, Star Wars, and Anna and Elsa! For those of us who are new to coding, it falls underneath the umbrella of computer science. Ask your student about his/her experience and then check out this website for some fun activities: https://code.org/learn

Bedtime Math

Why not make math part of your family night routine? Every day, "Bedtime Math" serves up a quick bite of wacky math just for fun. Parents can sign up for free by email, on the website, or by downloading the free app. There are no logins, no drilling, no scores AND It takes only 5 minutes a day. The beauty of this website is that the daily problems start by sharing a cool fact about a topic, followed by a math riddle at a variety of different levels so that everyone, younger and older, can participate. The mission is to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life! Check out a sample problem about hot chocolate at the following link: http://bedtimemath.org/fun-math-hot-cocoa-world-record/

Dates to Remember

December 18: 5th Grade to the Planetarium

December 21: - January 3: Winter Break

January 4: - School Resumes

January 6: February 17: Dibels Testing (Grades K-2)

January 6 - February 5: SRI Testing(Grades 3-5)

January 7: 1st Grade to the Planetarium

January 12: End of the 2nd Grading Period

January 12: PTO Sponsored Family Night out at Applebees

January 15: Elsie Rogers Family Night at PHS (girls basketball game)

January 18: No School

January 22: PTO Family Night at Compton Ice Center

February 1: 3rd Grade Music Performance

February 3: Learning Sphere

February 18: School Wide Tubing Trip

February 22: 4/5 Music Performance

February 23/24: 2nd Grade to Snite Museum of Art

February 29: March 11 - ISTEP Window (Grades 3-5)

March 14-18: IREAD3 Window (3rd Grade)

March 15: PTO Sponsored Open Swim Night at PHS

March 18: End of the 3rd Grading Period

March 25: No School

April 4 - 8: Spring Break

April 13 - May 20: Dibels Testing (Grades K-2)

April 14: PTO Sponsored Family Night out at Granite City

April 18 - May 6: ISTEP Round 2 Window (Grades 3-5)

April 29: No School - Make Up Day if Needed