GRE Family Gazette

September 9, 2018

Dear GRE Families,

This week we had picture day! It was great to see our students dressed up and smiling big for these milestone photographs. At this point in the year, students are becoming experts at the school routine, even with a short week. Some families may have received information about our September Parent Teacher Conferences. If you did not hear about conferences, don't panic. We have enough opportunities this Fall to see all of our families. Conference invitations and information will be coming from the classroom teacher.

The Mumkin sale is in full swing! As a reminder, orders are due September 19th which is a week from this Wednesday. We will also have our first Box Top collection this Tuesday. If you've been saving up Box Tops at home, be sure to get them into your child's teacher by Tuesday.

Coming up this week we will have our first Keys to Success Assembly. This will be done in our Eagle's Nests. Nests will be composed of students in all grade levels and assigned to a staff member in the building. During this assembly students will see a skit about "Respectful Listening" and then break into their Nests for a hands on activity. We are so excited to kick this off-be sure to ask your child about it on Friday when they come home from school!

Let's have a great week at GRE!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

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A Few Important Reminders:

1. Mornings can be especially busy when you have a sick child at home. When your child is sick, please report the absence by calling the main office line at 740-965-8900. We have a very limited time window in the morning to collect attendance and review phone messages. Your timeliness in letting us know your child will be out helps us be as accurate as possible. While you may also want to let your child’s teacher know of the absence, please always let the main office know.

2. Don't forget to sign up for the Big Nut Strut. The Ninth Annual Big Nut Strut will provide funds to all Big Walnut Elementary, Intermediate and Middle School PTOs. The goal of the PTOs is to enrich the students' educational experience by providing additional programs and materials that will enhance their curriculum, especially during a time when funding and programs have been eliminated. The 5K run/walk gives the entire school district a chance to come out to show their EAGLE PRIDE! Click here to sign up!

3. Are you looking for a way that you can make a positive impact in Big Walnut Schools? The district is in high need of substitute bus drivers. If interested, please visit the job posting at

Free training will be provided to help eligible candidates meet license requirements. If you have any questions about substitute driving, please contact Ron McClure at 740-965-8967.

Important Dates

Sept. 11: Box Top Collection

Sept. 13: PTO Meeting @ 6:30

Sept. 17: No School

Sept. 19: Mumkin's Orders Due

Sept. 23: Big Nut Strut

Golden Spatula Award Winners

Congratulations to our winners for the week of September 4th.

First- Mrs. LaSota

Second- Mr. Patterson

Third- Mr. Hardin

Fourth- Mrs. Heizer

Who will win the "Golden Spatula" this week?

I don't know about you...but everyday I ask my three, "How was your day". Normally I get a few details but not as much as I'd like. That left me on the hunt for how I could spice up this every day question. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Tell me something exciting that happened today.

2. Who are three people that you talked to today?

3. What did you (will you) eat for lunch/snack today?

4. What did you play at recess?

5. If I walked into the classroom, what would I see?

6. If you did today over, what would be different?

7. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

Here's to hoping they spark great conversation in your house and mine!

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