Ross Round Up

Engage. Empower. Educate. Every Day.

September 16, 2022

Dear Parents,

Teachers have been working hard to build culture in their classes the first two weeks of school, and it's really starting to pay off! Check out this video with some snapshots of learning--you'll see Writing, Math, Reading, and, of course, some play.

As students gear up into deeper learning, you may find that you need resources and support. Idaho's Empowering Parents grant application is now open. The Empowering Parents program provides eligibile families with grant funds for use towards eligible education services and devices, including computers, tutoring, and instructional materials through approved vendors in the Empowering Parents online marketplace. Check out this website for more details.

It's such a joy for me as principal to greet kids in the courtyard in the mornings, walk classrooms to talk with kids, and visit with them at recess. We have talented artists, builders, and thinkers at Ross, and finding ways to help kids shine and share their stories is my passion. If you as parents have ideas about how to help kids shine even more, please reach out to me. We're always looking for feedback and ideas.

Speaking of looking for feedback, our first Parent Advisory Committee will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 3:45-4:45 here at Ross. Anyone is invited! We get together and talk about what is working well at Ross and what ideas you might have for improvement. It's a great time to get to know each other, problem solve, and innovate together for our kids. Please reach out to me at if you'd like to attend and I'll add you to the invite.

We love our kids, and we're grateful to you for sharing them with us!

With love,

Principal Tripp

Popcorn Fridays

Friday, Oct. 14th, 11:45am-1pm

Ross Elementary School Courtyard

We're starting our PTA Popcorn Fridays in October. We will sell popcorn for $0.25 a bag (limit of 2 bags per kid) every second Friday of the month during lunch recess.

If you'd like to volunteer to help pop and sale popcorn, please click this link to sign up.

WIN Time Starts on September 26!!!

What is WIN time?

  • WIN stands for What I Need, which means that each student will go to a group that gives them exactly what they need in Reading and in Math. We have been assessing student skill levels the last three weeks and based on that, students will be divided into groups with other grade-level peers that have the same needs they have. An example in reading would be that some students will be in an advanced Reading class that gives them time to do learning activities with other advanced learners from across campus. An example is Math would be some students who need help on multiplication will be with a group of other kids that need help on multiplication. In other words, each kid, whatever their level, will get exactly what they need during that time!
Do kids like this?

  • Kids love it! They love that they are with students from other classes that they might not get to see often. They love that they get to work on exactly what they need at the speed they need it for that block of time.
Did Ross do this last year?

  • Yes, we did this in Reading. Last year we called is CSG, which stands for Collaborative Study Groups. This year, we chose to call this time WIN instead because it's such a positive word. Everyone wins with WIN! This year, we also chose to expand it to Math.
What will be the impact of WIN time?

  • Because of WIN time last year, 100% of Ross students met their Reading growth goals. 100%!!!!

When will WIN time happen?

  • WIN time will be each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon for about 1 hour--30 minutes for Reading and 30 minutes for Math. We're starting with Reading first for a month, then we will start Math also. All 4th graders will have WIN time from 1:34-2:27 and all 5th graders will have WIN time from 2:32-3:25.

Have additional questions? Please email Rachel Cyr, our Intervention Teacher, at

We need parents to join our Parent Advisory Committee!

Our school needs to grow a Parent Advisory Committee--a group of parents that help solve problems at the school, honor staff, and organize fundraising. Would you be interested in joining this group? If so, click to get information.

Battle of the Books is coming soon!

Watch for information from the School Librarian, Mrs. Rasmussen, in the next two weeks.

Who are we at Ross?

Each day at Ross we will:

Engage. Empower. Educate.

Our dream is to:

Ignite a passion for lifelong learning and personal growth so students will be successful in college, career, and life.

Our school values are:

We treat others with dignity and respect. We are ethical and humble in our actions. We are COMPASSIONATE.

We hold tight to our convictions. Decisions are made to make the lives of others better. We are LEADERS.

We are stronger and better when we work together. We are a part of a beautiful and diverse COMMUNITY.

We are bold, we take risks, we are flexible and willing to step out of our comfort zone. We are INNOVATIVE.