September '22

Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary

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A Note From the Principal

Welcome to the new school year!

First, be sure to find GBR on your favorite social media outlets (Facebook and Instagram)! I would also encourage you to take a look at the new web page for both the Mitchell School District and GBR. Our new webpage allows for a live feed that is updated frequently!

Second, further down the newsletter are notes both on PTA and the Book Fair- both are essential pieces to our success as a school. I would encourage you, if interested, to get involved in our PTA. They do so many wonderful things for both staff and learners and are always looking for new members and exciting ideas. The Book Fair is a staple in reading success both putting books in the hands of learners at your house, and new books in their hands here at school.

Finally, below are some notes on attendance, and what a large part it plays in student success. We want our learners, as GBR Golden Arrows, to be "On Time, On Target," meaning consistent attendance allows for students to have a greater chance at reaching academic targets and goals in their classroom. In short, missing school - in any context - creates a shrinking bullseye for your learner, putting them at a disadvantage.

We are so excited to work with your learners this year and there are many exciting things on the horizon. Let's have a fantastic 2022-23 school year!

On Time, On Target -

Mr. Gubbrud

GBR Prinicpal

Recess and Lunch Schedules

Below is the schedule for Recess / Lunches for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

The students will be going out for recess before they eat lunch this year.

4th - 5th Grades - 11:05 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

3rd Grades, 3rd / 4th Becker, 4th / 5th Huber-Sand 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

2nd Grade & PLC - 11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1st Grade & Kindergarten - 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Reminder to Please Call the School Office ......

Parents, just a friendly reminder to please call the office on the days that your student

will not be in school OR if your child will be leaving early for an appointment, etc.

We highly encourage you to have a doctor's note faxed to the school office or have your child bring into the office upon return of any type of an appointment. The student's absence for that day will be exempted when a doctors note is received.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office.

GBR Parent Teacher Conferences - Mark Your Calendar!

Gertie Belle Rogers teachers will be scheduling Parent/Teacher conferences soon. Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 22nd from 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Please be watching for an email from your child's teacher a week or two prior to the conference date. You will then be able to go on and schedule your conference time using our Sign Up Genius.

If you do note receive an email from your child's teacher, please call the school office so we can have the teacher contact you to schedule a time.

If you happen to be attending the State Fair in Huron, Sept 1-5th, make sure to visit the Arts and Education Building to view some of the amazing artwork from our Gertie Belle Rogers students! The building will be open 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM each day of the Fair.
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The GBR Book Fair is Coming!

Our school's book fair will be held September 19th - September 23rd. It will be open every day from 7:30 a.m.- 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. The Book Fair will also run during conference time on Thursday, Sept. 22nd from 3:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Come and support our library and help fulfill our teachers' wish lists. More information will come home the week before the book fair.

You can also check our Facebook page for updates!


Friday, Sep. 16th, 4-9pm

212 West 1st Avenue

Mitchell, SD

Come join us for a fun evening and help support our GBR PTA at the same time.

Friday, September 6th from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Zesto will donate a portion of all sales during this time to our GBR PTA

$3.00 Footlong Friday

Bring your family out either for supper or for just an ice cream treat and help support our school.

PTA Wants You

PTA is always looking for new members! Come see what we are all about at our next meeting, on Monday, October 24th @ 6:00 pm in the Gertie Belle Rogers Commons.

There are so many ways to help! We need volunteers for events, helping with fundraisers, carnival preparations, and coming up with ideas to build involvement at our kids' school.

Welcome to our New Staff for GBR

Ashely Brua is teaching 1st grade. Ashley grew up in Mitchell and has lived here for the past 11 years. She is married to David Brua and they have two children, Jackson and Natalie. Ashley has taught KDG. and 1st grade in Plankinton the past 11 years. She loves teaching and has a passion for music. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.

Hannah Wehlander is GBR's new music teacher. Hannah grew up on a little farm in Esmond, SD. She graduated from Iroquois High School and just recently graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University. In her free time she enjoys making music, consuming coffee, and watching an unhealthy amount of Gilmore Girls episodes.

Connor DeRouchey is our new Computer Aide here at GBR and Longfellow. Connor graduated from Gettysburg High School and is a recent graduate from Mitchell Tech. in the Information Systems filed. In his spare time he likes to watch sports and spend time with family.

Taramee Paulson is one of GBR's new paras. She worked at LBW Elementary for two years as a para and then transferred to Gertie Belle. Taramee has two daughters and she and her family have three dogs.

Angie Thompson is also a new para at GBR. She worked at Middle School for four years prior to coming to GBR. She is the mother of three children. She likes to read, fish and spend time with her husband and children.

Carla Schuldt is also a new para with us as well. She has previous food service work experience at the High School and 30+ years at McDonalds. Carla and her husband have 4 grown children who have all attended Mitchell Schools.

Notes from the Nurse

Parents, some times we have students who are in need of a clothing change due to getting wet or muddy from recess on rainy days or maybe from not making it to the bathroom in time. Please consider sending an extra set of clothing for your student to keep in their backpack. The nurses office has a very limited selection of sizes for students to borrow from.

We are very low on smaller sizes. If we are unable to provide your child with a change of clothes we will need to call you to bring clothing for them to change into.

If you notice your child is wearing something different at the end of the school day then the nurse's office provided he/she with a fresh set of clothes. Please launder these clothing items and return the to the school office so we have them for the next child who may need them.

Thank you!

Also, if you have a student who will need to take medications of any type during the day(s) please do not send the medication into the school with the student. All medication needs to be in a prescription bottle or an over the counter bottle and a medication permission slip needs to be completed.

MSD Caring Closet

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5th Grade Band Sign Up

Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 5:45-7pm

821 North Capital Street

Mitchell, SD

The 5th Grade Band Signup will be held on

Tuesday, September 6th at the

Mitchell High School Performing Arts Center

**A note went home with 5th grade students with all the information**

If you cannot make it to sign up please email

Mark Your Calendars for Grade Level Concerts!

Kdg. - Thursday, April 27th 2023 @ GBR Commons

1st / 2nd Grade - Tuesday, November 15th @ GBR Commons

3rd / 4th Grade - Tuesday, October 25th @ Performing Arts Center

5th Grade Showchoir - Tuesday, March 7th @ PAC

District 5th Grade Band Concert - Tuesday, May 9th @ PAC

Come Join Mitchell Area Children's Choir

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Easy Ways to HELP RAISE $$ for GBR

What Do I Do if i need to pick up my child early from school or for an appointment?

If your child will be leaving early for an appointment, please call the office and we will assist with sending your child to you at the front door outside on the sidewalk. If you are bringing your child from the appointment to school, please use the buzz in system at the front door to inform the secretaries your child is here. Then, only the child will come into the office. Please ask your physician to share a doctor's note with the school for the medical absence.

Little Kernel Dance Camp Registration

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Dates to Mark on Your Calendar!!

Monday, September 5th - No School

Tuesday, September 6th - 5th Grade Band Meeting - Performing Arts Center - 5:45 p.m.

Friday, September 16th - Zesto Night - 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 22nd - Parent Teacher conferences - 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, October 4th - School Picture Retake Day

Monday, October 10th - No School - Staff Development Day

Monday, October 10th - School Board Meeting - 5:00 p.m. @ GBR Elementary Commons

Tuesday, October 25th - 3rd / 4th Grade Music Concert @ PAC

Monday, October 24th - PTA Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. - Gertie Belle Rogers Commons