Winter is Here! December 2022

Gertie Belle Rogers Newsletter

Gertie Belle Rogers Adopt an Ornament Tree

Our Adopt an Ornament Tree will be up and ornaments ready to take on Thursday, December 1st. If you would like to "adopt" an ornament this year to help make another family's holiday a little brighter, please visit our tree in the GBR office. If you select an ornament, please leave your name and what number ornament you chose. We just want to account for each number so they do not get removed or misplaced by mistake. The ornaments all have gift suggestions on the back, along with ages and whether the family members are male or female. If you select an ornament, please bring the gifts to school wrapped and labeled with age and gender along with the ornament by Monday, December 19th. We will arrange with the families to pick up their gifts. Happy Holidays!

Student Penny Wars

In honor of Veteran's Day, our GBR Student Council sponsored a Penny Wars fundraiser for our local VFW. Students were encouraged to bring their pennies and bills to create positive points for their classroom buckets. Time was set aside for students to put negative points (silver coins) in other classrooms' buckets. Student council members and advisors then counted each of the buckets. All of the money collected is being donated to the VFW which is a total of $1549. Way to go 1st Grade Mrs. Brua's classroom for bringing in the most points - they win a pizza party.

Caring Kernels

The Caring Kernel Award is given monthly to students who go above and beyond and are nominated by their teacher. Students are chosen for showing kindness to others at school or within the community, showing true Kernel and school spirit, having a positive attitude, demonstrating great sportsmanship in school activities and sports, and overcoming hardships in school or at home. Below are our Caring Kernels and their teachers for the month of October. Below are our November student winners and their respect classroom teacher.

Thank you to MSD Caring Closet, Harve's Sport Shop, Sun Gold Sports and GF Advertising Services.

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❄️ Brrrrrrr! It's Cold Outside 🧣

Parents, we cannot stress enough as the cold weather and snow move in, to make sure your student brings COATS, hats, mittens, snow pants and boots.

We are seeing some students coming into school with no coats and just hooded sweatshirts.

ALL students are required to go out for recesses - even during this cold weather. We only stay

inside when the temperature or feels like temperature is zero degrees or BELOW.

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☃️ No School Dates! 🀩

Friday - December 23rd

Monday - December 26th through Tuesday - January 3rd, 2023

RESUME School on Wednesday - January 4th

🥶 Reminder **Reminder ** Reminder 🧦

School doors unlock every morning @ 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.

School begins @ 8:15 a.m.

School ends @ 3:15 p.m.

* Please drop your child off as close to 8:00 as possible, especially IF they are not eating breakfast, as there is limited supervision in the commons.

**JUST A REMINDER that if your child will be late, absent, or leaving school for any reason, please call the school office at 605-995-3091. All doctor's notes can be faxed to our school office at 605-996-6610. We ask for a doctor's note anytime a student misses a day of school due to illness and/or medical appointments of any type. Thank you.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Thursday, Dec. 8th, 3:30-6pm

1305 West Havens Avenue

Mitchell, SD

Come on out and support the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign as

our GBR Student Council students will be ringing the bells in the lobby of County Fair

from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Proclamation of A.E.W. at the Mayor's Office.

Mr. Gubbrud and Warren Claussen, GBR's Student Council President, visited the Mayor's office recently for the proclamation of American Education Week which was the week of November 13th. Student Council members from the other schools attended as well.

PTA Happenings......

We will be having a Cards for Cash Contest beginning on 12/5th - 12/16th. Please consider donating your County Fair Stamps / Full Cards to PTA. For every filled card we get $.55 per card. Last year we made over $1500.00. The top 2 classrooms with the most cards filled will receive a special prize from the PTA.

During Christmas Break, on Wednesday, 12/28 from 11-7 pm we will be having a fundraiser with The Main Street Mercantile during the Boys Hoop City Classic Basketball Games. Please come out and support our GBR PTA. Please share with friends and family!

PTA Meeting

Monday, Jan. 23rd 2023 at 6pm

1301 North Kimball Street

Mitchell, SD

PTA meetings are open to ALL Gertie Belle Rogers parents. Please feel free to join us. PTA needs YOU. Childcare is available. So, please plan to join us. Without your help and support, we won't be able to plan many events for the rest of the year. We will meet in the Gertie Belle Rogers Commons.

December Dress-Up Fun!

With the Holidays fast approaching we will be having some FUN dress up days the week of December 19th - 22nd. Students and staff can dress up with the days theme listed below. Also, each day students are encouraged to participate in the activity listed on the sheet below.
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Library Read A Thon Was a Success!!

A great big thank you to all who participated in the library’s 1st ever Read A Thon. After prizes were awarded we raised $3,950 to go towards our library. We also logged in 21,268 minutes of reading time in those 2 weeks. Medals and top two earner prizes will be awarded during December's assembly.

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A BIG thank you to all the parents who have ordered from the Artsonia website. These purchases made by you from the site enables myself to purchase special items, incentive rewards, and drawing books for my students to use.

Now that the school has reopened I am extending an invite for volunteers. If you are interested in spending approximately an hour a week helping out in my Art classroom, please feel free to email me at I would love to hear from you.

If you would be interested in making a donation to my ART Classroom, I am looking for assemblage craft kits that can be purchased through Oriental Trading. If you are interested in donating some of these craft kits, you will be able to find a variety of them by logging on to the Oriental Trading website and searching assemblage craft kits.

Thank you in advance for supporting my classroom.

Caring Closet Pop Up Date - JANUARY 14TH, 2023

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