GRE Family Gazette

January 7, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

Happy New Year GRE! We rang in the new year at school with a Photo Booth full of fun! We are so excited to be back together to tackle the second half of the school year. Hopefully you found time to enjoy the family and rest up a little. We are really looking forward to the upcoming events we have planned including Eagle's Nests this Friday. We will be back in our cross grade level groups to talk about how to "Be a Communicator". We really rely on our older students to show our younger students what it means to be at GRE. This is just one way we foster a strong sense of community within our school.

We are in the process of finalizing details for our upcoming STEM/Literacy Night on January 17th at 6:00. We hope you'll consider joining us. More details will be sent about this exciting event soon!

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

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

A Few Important Reminders:

1. Be sure to send your child's Report Card envelope back to school with a signature. We want to make sure all our families received this important progress information. It came home in backpacks on December 19th.

2. Mrs. Doran needs our help! GRE has been awarded a Delaware Arts Festival for Collaborative Art Grant. To bring this vision to life we need bottle caps. Check out the information below to help us out.

3. Kindergarten enrollment will begin on February 19th thru March 15th. You can find all the information you need for this below.
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Don't forget...

Our schools are extremely fortunate to have the support of our parent and community volunteers. While we are continually grateful for this support, we are also aware of the potential concerns that can arise when volunteers are working directly with students. One of the recent priorities established by our District Safety Committee, which is comprised of law enforcement personnel, first responders, parents, and staff, is that volunteers should have background checks completed to promote safety within our schools. Each staff member and coach in the district is required to provide initial and ongoing background checks to insure that they are deemed safe for working with our students, so it makes sense to consider a similar requirement for volunteers working with students or who are helping in the building during the school day. Click here to read more about our volunteer policy that will go into effect on March 1, 2019.

Special Spotlight: STEM with Mrs. Keller

Kindergarten has free choice stations! Students can choose from building, circuits, OSMO, Ozobots, create a parachute or sleigh for santa and many other options. In small group, students are learning to draw code the mini Sphero through a maze they’ve created.

First Grade just wrapped up learning about Google Drawings and Google Slides. Students learned how to insert text, take pictures and insert shapes. First graders were recently introduced to Makerspace and are loving planning out their ideas and then using materials to create and bring their ideas to life.

Second Grade is working on creating a carnival game. Many students are finishing up their games and making improvements. All games will be displayed at STEM Night in January. More information to come!

Third grade is in the process of imagining and planning their passion projects. Passion projects are projects that students design based on their interests and something they want to learn about.

Fourth grade just wrapped up a reverse engineering snowflake project. The project also focused on growth mindset and 21st century skills.

Important Dates

January 10 PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

January 17 STEM Night 6:00-7:00pm

Jan. 18-Feb. 1 Yearbook Sale

January 21 NO SCHOOL: MLK Day

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