GRE Family Gazette

January 14, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

Our first full week of 2019 was a smashing success. We were hard at work this week getting back in the swing of things. We also had our first Eagle's Nests of 2019 to talk about how to Be a Communicator, one of our Keys to Success. Students listened to a story, watched a skit by peers and then practiced communicating before working on a tower challenge. It was a blast! As we look at the weekend ahead we are excited to host our Literacy/STEM Carnival Night. We hope you'll consider joining us this Thursday from 6:00-7:00!

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

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

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A Few Important Reminders:

1. As a reminder, February conferences are approaching and are by invitation only per teacher recommendation. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. Every family will get a letter to indicate whether or not a conference is needed at this time.

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.

4. Mrs. Keller is in need of some Engineering items. Click here to learn more about it and see if you can help out!

5. We are looking for members of our community that either live or work within the Big Walnut enrollment area, have a vested interest in the district, and have expertise in a financial field to be a part of this committee.

Finance Committee Goals

  • To obtain advice and counsel that enhances the effectiveness of the decision-making process with respect to financial and business issues.
  • To serve as an avenue to improve public awareness of the Big Walnut School District’s finance issues and to inform the District governing team of community perspectives related to finance.
  • To enhance communication between all stakeholders.

The finance committee by-laws, application form, and contact information on the Treasurer’s page of the District website at, and interested individuals are requested to send a completed application form along with a letter stating interest to the District Treasurer, Jeremy Buskirk (

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Congrats to this week's Golden Spatula Winners

Golden Spatula's are awarded to the class that shows the best Cafeteria behavior. We work hard to help our students raise their hand if they need help, use a level 1 voice, and show respect to each other and to staff. Help us celebrate their hard work!

Kindergarten: Miss Rader's Class

First Grade: Miss Thomas' Class

Second Grade: Miss Skaziak's Class

Third Grade: Mrs. Bryan'ts Class

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Hilton's Class

Special Spotlight: Music with Mrs. Wood

Welcome back parents and families! We’re excited to share our musical journey with you in the New Year! See below for more information about what students are learning in music.


Students are singing, chanting, listening, dancing, exploring movement, and playing instruments. They are creating patterns and building their tonal and rhythmic vocabulary.

Music Playlist:

Ask your child to sing or chant: Hickory Dickory Dock, Let Us Chase the Squirrel

1st Grade:

Students are beginning to chant, decode, and create patterns in duple meter where the rhythms are organized in groups of two. We are also playing instruments, singing and exploring movement.

Music Playlist: Tideo, Gorilla and Cheetah, Mi Cuerpo, Yankee Doodle

2nd Grade:

This month, students are learning how to sing in a two part round, where two or more groups start and end a song at different times. They are also chanting, decoding, and reading patterns in duple meter with rhythm syllables.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing: Are You Sleeping, Closet Key, Let’s Play in the Snow

3rd Grade:

Last week we started our recorder karate unit, where students receive a colored karate belt to put on their recorders every time they master a new song. This is a self-paced unit where students learn a variety of songs and each song gets progressively more challenging with new notes and rhythms. Please remind your student to practice their recorder karate songs and to bring their red folders and recorders to music so that they can earn their belts! Recordings to the songs can be found on our music website.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing or play: Gently Sleep, Merrily We Roll Along, It’s Raining, and Old Macdonald

4th Grade:

Students are finishing up our triple meter unit where they move, chant, and read patterns in triple meter. This month, we will begin our ukulele unit where students will learn about parts of the instrument, and how to play basic chords and strumming patterns.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing: Forty Years On an Iceberg, Old Raggy

Open Music:

3rd graders have been working on their recorder songs

Important Dates


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

Jan. 18-Feb. 1 Yearbook Sale

January 21 NO SCHOOL: MLK Day


February 7 PTO Meeting 6:30pm

February 15 K-4 Valentine Parties

February 18 NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

February 21 P/T Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

February 22 Coumbus Zoo Visit

Feb. 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America Week

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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.
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