Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary

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Tammy Fuerst, 1st / 2nd Grade Looping Teacher,

who will be retiring at the end of this school year. Tammy has been teaching for 33 years in the Mitchell School District with all of these years at Litchfield and Gertie Belle Rogers. Tammy started teaching Reading Recovery and then started teaching 1st grade and then eventually her 1st / 2nd grade loop.

Tammy, you will be missed deeply by all of your Gertie Belle Rogers family.

We wish you the very best in retirement!

Mitchell School District Employee Recognition

We wish to congratulate all teachers in the district for their dedicated service to teaching our students, but especially our GBR teachers - Congratulations for being a part of our school family for so many years!

Kim Gamber - 15 years Heather Grabenstein - 20 years Kathy Budahl - 30 years

Teresa Zirpel - 15 years Jennifer Jerke - 20 years Angela Neugebauer - 40 years

GBR Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to our Gertie Belle Rogers Scholarship winner, Jesse Dodd!

Jesse has been heavily involved in the music program at MHS. He has participated in marching band, jazz band, show choir, and the Tritones Jazz Combo which is a band that Jesse and his friends started a few years ago.

Jesse plans to attend Dakota State University for a major in Digital Sound Design and a minor in Cyber Operations.

Jesse, we wish you the best in all of your future endeavors.

2022-23 Teacher and Classroom Requests

Please click the link below to request a certain teacher or classroom style for the next school year! Although nothing is set in stone as to what level various teachers will be teaching, or how many different styles of classrooms we will host at GBR in 2022-23. Please have your request completed no later than May 15th. We will only be honoring requests through the link below unless you contact Mr. Gubbrud directly.

There are age-specific rooms, multi-age rooms, and looping options for 2022-23 as well as our Personalized Learning Community (PLC) which hosts grades 1-5 and is open to any learners who wish to be a part of this unique community. Please refer to the infographic in the request form for further details.

REMINDER to Please Register Your Student for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

Mark Your Calendars for These Field Trip Dates!

Thursday, May 5th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to DeSmet

Monday, May 9th - 1st Grade Field Trip to SF Zoo

Tuesday, May 10th - 4th Grade Field Trip in Mitchell

Tuesday, May 17th - KDG. Field Trip to SF Zoo

Tuesday, May 17th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Pavilion in SF

5th Grade Recognition

Mark your calendars for the 5th Grade Recognition which will be held in the Gertie Belle Rogers Commons on Monday, May 16th beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a short program and refreshments hosted by our PTA.

Little Kernel Track Meet

The Little Kernel Track Meet will be held on

Thursday, May 12th beginning at 6:00 p.m. @ Joe Quintal Field

Athlete registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

Grades K-1 - 100 meter dash, Softball Throw, 200 Meter dash, Long jump

Grade 2 - Softball Throw, 200 meter dash, Long jump, 100 meter dash

Grade 3 - Long jump, 100 meter dash, Softball throw, 200 meter dash

Grades 4 & 5 - 100 meter dash, Softball Throw, 200 meter dash, Long jump

Culvers Night

Monday, May 9th, 5-8pm

1015 Cabela Drive

Mitchell, SD

Gertie Belle Rogers PTA will be sponsoring a Culver's Night. Culvers is so kind to donate 10% of the total sales from this night to our school - Dine-in, carry-out, and drive-thru. What a great reason not to cook supper and take the family out to eat and be able to help support our school.


Wednesday, May 11th, 12am

This is an online event.

JOIN US IN SUPPORTING Gertie Belle Rogers PTA by ordering pizza on-line at

Beginning on Wednesday, May 11th thru Monday, May 16th GBR PTA will receive 20% of total online purchases. All you have to do when ordering ONLINE is use the CODE: DONATE.

Place your order at

Wowsers! What a GREAT Book Fair!

GBR hosted its first in person book fair in over two years. We SHATTERED all previous sales in the history of book fairs at GBR. Our sales totals over $9,900!!! That means over $4,700 will go into Scholastic Dollars for our library to purchase books and furniture!! Our book fair put over 1,433 books into our learners' hands as well as creating around 257,926 minutes of reading time!!! OUTSTANDING!!!!

A special and huge thank you goes out to Megan and Justin Luther for donating funds to purchase a book for all students who did not get one during the book fair. That means every student at GBR walked away from our bookfair with a book!!! Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined such a great turnout!!!! Thank you all so much for all your support and for fostering the love of reading in your children.

New Staff at GBR 2022

Ashley Brua - First / Second Grade Loop

Hello! My name is Ashley Brua. I grew up in Mitchell and have lived here for the past 11 years. My husband, David and I, have been married for 7 years. We have two beautiful children, Jackson (almost 4) and Natalie (nearly 2). My husband is a Design Engineer at Trail King, and I have taught in the Plankinton School District for the past 11 years as a kindergarten teacher for 10 years and a first grade teacher for 1 year. I love teaching and sharing my passion for music in my classroom as well. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors. I am so excited to join the team at Gertie Belle Rogers, and I look forward to meeting all of you! Have a great rest of the school year!

Hannah Wehlander

Hi my name is Hannah Wehlander! I grew up on a little farm in Esmond, SD. I graduated from Iroquois High School and just recently from Dakota Wesleyan University. In my free time, I enjoy making music, consuming coffee, and watching an unhealthy amount of Gilmore Girls episodes. I am so excited to be a part of the GBR family as your new Music teacher - Can’t wait to meet you all!
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5th Grade Band Concert

Tuesday, May 10th, 7pm

821 North Capital Street

Mitchell, SD

Students should arrive by 6:40 p.m.

Reminder that Wednesday, May 4th is the last Wednesday practice for band.

Next Tuesday, May 10th, after school band practice will be at the Performing Arts Center.

This is the day of our concert!

May Lunch Menu

Summer Meals Program 2022

GBR Summer School

PTA News

Turn those County Fair Saver Cards In!

The week of May 9th - May 13th the classrooms will be have a contest to see

which one can collect the most Saver Cards.

The TOP TWO CLASSES that collect the most will win a class PIZZA PARTY!

The saver cards CANNOT be marked with GAS ONLY on them - they must have NO

markings on them. For each Saver Card, County Fair will donate 50 cents back to the school!

So get those saver cards out and send them to school with your student the week of

May 9th through May 13th.

End of School Year Medication Pick Up

If you have a student who has been taking any type of medication during school hours,

please remember to stop by the office on or after the last day of school - Friday, May 20th -

to pick these up. This includes all prescription meds, inhalers, epi-pens, and all over the counter


ALL medications need to be picked up NO LATER than Friday, May 27th.

A Big Thank You .....

Goes out to all the businesses and individuals who showed our teachers and staff a little appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week. Our staff was treated to muffins, donuts / rolls, and lunch was provided by Modern Woodman from Subway - all provided throughout the week by various business in Mitchell.

Thank you to everyone for providing us all these goodies. Our staff is so blessed to be teaching your children.

GBR School Supply List

The Gertie Belle Rogers School Supply list for 2022 / 2023 will be available this summer at Walmart and Walgreens . It will also be available on the GBR school website.