GRE Family Gazette

September 17, 2018

Dear GRE Families,

While our students may have been excited to sleep in a bit on Friday with our fog delay, it meant our "Eagle's Nests" got moved to this coming Friday. I'll be sure to highlight this exciting event in next week's newsletter. As a reminder, there is no school Monday. Teachers however, will be hard at work learning and growing and working together to make sure that we offer the very best we can to each and every student. Over the last week I had the opportunity to continue to get in many of our classrooms. Big Walnut's 2020 Vision is alive and flourishing in the halls of GRE! I saw examples of Personalization with small guided groups in both reading and math across all of our grade levels. I also saw Engagement in hands on and movement activities in Fundations in our K-2 classrooms and student presentations on Digital Citizenship and Health in grades 3 and 4. Finally, Growth was being measured as teacher teams work in PLC's (Professional Learning Community's) to plan for mixed grouping of students and monitoring student progress. Our new school year is definitely up and running!

Let's have a great week at GRE!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

A Few Important Reminders:

1. Child Check is an educational screening for children ages 3-5. This screening is provided by Big Walnut Local Schools and is free to families within the Big Walnut School District. The purpose is to provide parents with information regarding their child’s development in: Speech andLanguage Skills, Gross/Fine Motor (Large & Small Muscle) Skills, Basic Academic Concepts, Vision and Hearing. For more information, click here.

2. Don't forget to sign up for the Big Nut Strut. GRE is currently in 3rd place with 12% participation. As a reminder, 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. GRE PTO is sponsoring dinner for teachers on the nights of Parent Teacher Conferences.The first opportunity to donate is September 27th. Our theme for the dinner is going to be "We APPreciate our GRE Staff" and the dinner will be heavy appetizers and desserts. If you are willing to contribute click here to access the Sign Up Genius.

4. Mumkin Orders are due this Wednesday, September 19th. Students can turn in their orders to their classroom teacher. For more information on this Fundraiser, click here. As a reminder, Mumkins will be available for pick up on Thursday, October 4th.

5. 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.

Thank you to the Boys Soccer team, the athletic department, and the 2nd & 7 Foundation!

Important Dates

Sept. 17: No School

Sept. 19: Mumkin's Orders Due

Sept. 23: Big Nut Strut

Sept. 27: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00

(*By Invitation from classroom teacher, more opportunities coming!)

Sept. 28: Homecoming

Oct. 4: Mumkin Pick Up

Golden Spatula Award Winners

Congratulations to our winners for the week of September 10th.

Kindergarten- Miss Rader

First- Miss Thomas

Second- Mrs. Mix

Third- Ms. Wolf

Fourth- Mrs. Hilton

Who will win the "Golden Spatula" this week?

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