GRE Family Gazette

November 12, 2018

Dear GRE Families,

We had a very special celebration on Friday honoring our local Veteran's. It was a tremendous way to show respect and love for all our Veteran's and their families. To those that were able to attend, we appreciate you taking time out of your day to spend it with us. If you couldn't make it, check out a sneak peak below.

As we look to the week ahead, we have much to be thankful for. We will continue our Canned Food Drive through Thursday. We will also kick off our Book Fair. Proceeds from the Book Fair go towards purchasing more books for our school. This past year we were able to purchase new picture books that were given to teachers to share in their classrooms. Teachers often spend their own money putting together classroom libraries, and supporting our Book Fair or purchasing a book for their classroom, is a great way to get new, current books in the hands of our learners. Check out below for shopping times. If you can't make it, feel free to shop online by clicking here. If you have some time to spare and can spend a few hours with us, click here to volunteer.

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

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

A Few Important Reminders:

1. Our annual Food Drive continues this week and runs through Thursday, November 15th. The class with the most collected items will win a PIZZA PARTY! Some ideas for collection items include: Cereal(box), Baby Food(jars), Peanut Butter, Jelly(grape), Syrup, Flour Tortillas, Pudding Cups,Spaghetti Sauce, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Shells,Tuna Fish, Mac & Cheese(box), Ravioli, Soups, Cake Mixes, Muffin Mixes, Hamburger Helper, Potatoes(can or box), Boxed or Bagged Meals(pasta, rice etc., Non-Food Items Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Shampoo, Dish Soap, Deodorant, Diapers, New Socks, New Underwear, and Laundry Soap.

2. The book fair is here! Be sure to plan to support the GRE book fair November 14th-19th.

It will be located in the café and cash, checks (made out to GRE PTO) & credit cards will be accepted.
11/14 Preview day and we will be open from 2-4pm for shopping
11/15 Open from 8-10am for students to make purchases

11/16 Open time 2:00-4:00pm

11/19 Open for Parent Teacher Conferences and holiday gift shopping from 4:30-7:30pm

You can also shop online by clicking here.

3. Grandparent BINGO is cancelled. This decision was made in order to make sure we are prepared to have enough space and activity for the anticipated large turn out. Any questions or concerns can be emailed to

4. 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.

5. Be sure to check out the State of the Schools event on Facebook that was held this past Thursday. BWLSD featured many important topics you'll want to hear about! Of course pay special attention to the segments filmed at GRE: Math and the 2020 Vision and Related Arts and the 2020 Vision. Click here or go to the Big Walnut Local School District's Facebook page.

Specials Spotlight: STEM with Mrs. Keller

What’s happening in STEM?!?

Kindergarten has been learning about what an engineer is and the engineering design process. They are currently designing and creating boats that can hold at least 25 passengers (25 pennies).

First Grade is wrapping up their spider catcher projects and moving into learning about Google Suites. Students are exploring Google Drawings and learning how to create posters.

Second Grade is beginning their carnival games unit. Students are using their 21st century skills and growth mindset to create a carnival game. This project is inspired by Caine’s Arcade. If you have the chance, please check out this video:

Third grade has been busy designing and creating a package that will safely ship a chip without it breaking. The packages will be shipped to Harrison Street students. Harrison Street students did the same project and shipped packages to GRE. Classes from both GRE and Harrison Street will FaceTime to find out if the packages arrived safely and without anything breaking. Stay tuned to see if we were successful!

Fourth Grade is wrapping up Passion Projects. Some projects include creating a mobile bike ramp, a drum set, dog beds, dog bandanas, a coffee table, learning to make spaghetti and many more! Stay tuned for pictures of final projects!

A Note About Student Drop Off/Pick Up

This past week it was reported to the school that some families are dropping their kids off on Heartland Meadows Drive and/or S. Miller Drive and students are crossing the street to get to school. This is not a safe practice and puts our students at risk! If you are dropping your child off and you can not wait in line, consider parking at the back of the lot and walking your child up to the school. We will be monitoring our arrival and dismissal loops to ensure that this practice stops immediately. Let's all do our part to keep our kids safe!

Important Dates

Nov 5-15: Food Drive

Nov 14-20: Book Fair

Preview Day-11/14

Shopping Day-11/15 8:00-10:00am

Shopping Day-11/16 2:00-4:00pm

Shopping Day-11/19 4:30-7:30pm

Click here to shop online

Nov. 16: 2nd Grade Pioneer Day; NO GRANDPARENTS BINGO

Nov. 19: Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 21-26: No School

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