Elsie Rogers Express

Back to School - 2019

A Year of JOY!!

Back to school greetings! I am super pumped to be embarking on the 2019-20 school year. The three weeks that I am back in the office without children is definitely not my cup of tea! I miss the hustle and bustle of having everyone here so needless to say I am counting down the days!! We have some wonderful additions to our already top notch certified staff! Mrs. Panting will be joining Miss Givens in 5th grade. Miss Albright (now Mrs. Beers) accepted a position as Assistant to the Principal at Elm Road School. Though I am certainly going to miss her leadership, I know she will do a fantastic job supporting the staff at Elm Road. Miss Nicodemus will be joining us in Kindergarten. Some of you may remember she student taught under Mrs. Truckowski and Miss Albright last year, doing a wonderful job. She replaces Miss Wright who decided to stay closer to home and accepted a teaching job in LaPorte. Mr. Cardoza will partner with Mrs. Ponsler in 4th grade. Mr. Cardoza most recently was the ENL instructor for the district in a number of locations. He replaces Mrs. Noakes who took a principal position at a private school in the area. Finally, we are adding a section of 3rd grade this year and that position will be filled by Mrs. Kelleher. Mrs. Kelleher was a teacher on assignment last year covering several long term leaves for the district. She has taught a number of years in various grades in Florida and Illinois. Please welcome all of these folks to the Elsie Rogers family!

Something that is super special this year is the fact that Mrs. Joy Johnson, our Reading Specialist, will be celebrating her 48th year of teaching, all of which have been in the Elsie Rogers Community! It is unreal the number of people who come in and tell me they had Mrs. Johnson as a teacher! To celebrate her and acknowledge her years of service we will identify this school year as "The Year of JOY!" I cannot think of a better way to honor this remarkable educator, leader, colleague, and friend. In your back to school envelopes we have placed a school spirit apparel order form. You will notice, #YEAROFJOY, on the back of all items!

As summer draws to a close I hope you got the opportunity to fill a few bingo board squares!! If not, check it out below and see what you can squeeze in! We'd love to see what your families have been up to - please share a photo with us by printing off the bingo selfie, writing your child's name on the back along with the activity and have your child bring it to school! We will be displaying these in the building.

Finally, as we prepare for the up and coming school year we encourage you to partner with us to ensure that your family has a wonderful and memorable year at Elsie Rogers. We as a staff are committed to helping your child succeed in his/her learning/life journey. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out to us. #teamwork


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Meet & Greet

Please mark your calendars for Monday, August 19. The building will be open from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM for our parent information meetings & ice cream social. During this time teachers in grades 1-5 will hold two informational meetings in their classrooms for the up and coming school year. Please plan on attending one session per child so that you can hear first hand the expectations, goals, and dreams teachers have for your child(ren) this school year. Kindergarten teachers will be present; however Kindergarten Orientation will take place August 21, 9:00 AM.

Evening Schedule

5:00 - 5:30 - Mix and Mingle

5:30 - 6:00 Grades 1-2 Parent Information Session

6:00 - 6:30 Grades 1-2 AND Grades 3-5 Parent Information Session

6:30 - 7:00 Grades 3-5 Parent Information Session

7:00 - 7:30 Mix and Mingle & 5th Grade Camp Meeting

Attention Incoming 5th Grade Families

I’m sure you have all heard from your child about how excited they are to be Fifth Graders this year - especially with the upcoming overnight field trip to Camp Friedenswald as part of their environmental education program.

There have been some changes to our scheduling for the upcoming school year, and we wanted to make sure you were all aware so that you are able to plan ahead.

Our Camp Friedenswald camping trip dates will be September 19-20, 2019. We will be looking for parent chaperones to be with the students at camp those two days, including overnight. If you would be interested in being a chaperone, please start looking at your calendar.

We are in the early planning stages for camp, but wanted to also let parents know that the cost per student to attend camp will be $50.00.

Please plan to attend an informational meeting regarding camp on Monday, August 19th at 7:30pm in the school’s ELA. This short meeting will start immediately following the Back to School Open House & Ice Cream Social that same evening. Permission slips for camp will be distributed at that time, along with instructions for medications and the two day schedule.

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2019-2020 Certified Teaching Staff

Amy Kidney - Kindergarten

Hilary Nicodemus- Kindergarten

Kara Front - 1st Grade

Natalie Hapke - 1st Grade

Ali Minegar - 1st Grade

Dana Latham - 2nd Grade

Krystle Mauro - 2nd Grade

Hollie Truckowski - 3rd Grade

Kathy Martinczak - 3rd Grade

Rachael Kelleher - 3rd Grade

Carlye Ponsler - 4th Grade

Fran Cardoza - 4th Grade

Sarah Panting- 5th Grade

Rachael Givens - 5th Grade

Garry Dobson - Resource

Erin Elliott - Music

Joy Johnson - Reading Specialist

Kris Watson - PE

First Day of School and Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, August 21 is the first day of classes for students in grades 1-5. It is a FULL day of school. Students should either bring a lunch from home or have money to deposit into their lunch accounts. When children arrive they will report directly to their homeroom classroom. If you are not able to attend the Parent Information Night on Monday, August 19 to learn of your child’s homeroom class we will have adults readily available to assist your child! School begins promptly at 8:40 am. Students will be dismissed at 3:05 pm.

Kindergarten students and parents are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 21 beginning at 9:00 am. During this orientation students will participate in some fun classroom activities while parents learn the ins and outs of Kindergarten.

The first full day of school for Kindergarten students will be Thursday, August 22.

Kindergarten Immunizations 2019-20


  • 3 doses Hepatitis B

  • 5 doses DTaP/DTP/DT

  • 4 doses Polio

  • 2 doses MMR

  • 2 doses Varicella

  • 2 doses Hepatitis A

Your student's up-to-date immunization records are due on the first day of school, Thursday, August 22. Click here for more information.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Each morning buses begin to arrive at approximately 8:15 am. They will pull up to the front curb in no specific order. Students who arrive on the earliest buses must remain seated on the bus until they are greeted by staff members. Students who will be eating breakfast will be allowed to enter the building at 8:20 am.

If your child is a car rider, please do not drop them off before 8:25 unless they are eating breakfast. Staff members will greet students at the end of the front sidewalk upon arrival. All students should exit their vehicles on the right side. In the event that your child arrives after 8:40 am, parents MUST park in the visitor’s lot and escort their child inside the building to the front office and sign him/her in for late arrival.

If your child is a walker, he/she must have a current permission slip on file in the office. Walkers should not arrive before 8:25 am.

Students riding the buses are dismissed at 3:05 pm. Students who are car riders and walkers must wait inside the school until the buses have left before they can exit the building. This is done for safety reasons. Parents arriving to pick up their child, should, upon entering the school property, make an immediate right turn into the staff parking lot, north of the building. Proceed through the lot to the back exit and then form a line along the driveway. Once buses are gone we will ask that the line pull all the way up to the staff member on duty at the front of the school. Please make sure your cell phones are turned off and remain in your car. We will bring your child(ren) to you. Please check out the additional information regarding dismissal procedures in your Back-To- School envelope.

School Lunches

An important part of every student's day is lunch! Below are the times in which Elsie Rogers students will eat:

K/1: 11:05 - 11:35

2/3: 11:45 - 12:10

4/5: 12:20 - 12:45

We certainly encourage student guests for lunch throughout the school year; however, we do ask that you refrain from having lunch with your child until routines and school comfort levels are established. We welcome all guests beginning in October! Meal prices have stayed the same for the 2019-20 school year:

Student Breakfast - $1.10

Reduced price of $.30 for those who are eligible.

Student Lunch - $1.90

Reduced price of $.40 for those who are eligible

Adult Lunch - $3.40

Please be mindful that the student cafeteria cannot accept debit/credit cards or bills larger than $10.00. Below are two links to guide you with payment options:



One School, One Book Coming in October... What Could it Be?

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SAVE those pop tabs!!

Elsie Rogers will continue to collect pop top tabs for the 2019-20 school year. The tabs will be donated directly to the Ronald McDonald House of South Bend where they will in turn recycle them. The money generated from recycling the tabs is used in a general operating budget to ensure that the House remains open for families of sick or injured children. This summer Mrs. Campbell delivered three paper boxes (approximately 75 pounds) full of tabs directly to the facility! As you can imagine, they were extremely grateful for the donation!

FUN FACT #1 - The tab of a standard can is made of high quality, high-grade aluminum. By itself, it doesn’t mean much but when we pull together, pop tabs add up and become valuable donations to the Ronald McDonald House.

FUN FACT #2 - On average, the Ronald McDonald House receives $0.40-.60 per pound of aluminum tabs.

FUN FACT #3 - 1,000 tabs = 1 pound

FUN FACT #4 - A 1 gallon milk jug holds approximately 3 pounds of tabs

Students can personally bring in pop tabs to the office upon arrival of school and place in our collection site!

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