GRE Family Gazette

January 21, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

Hopefully you were able to stay warm and safe this weekend! We had an awesome week at GRE including a wonderful turn out for our Literacy/STEM Night. Thank you to all who attended, we hope you had a great time.

Please be sure to send your child to school with jackets, hats, and gloves. We try to get the kids outside whenever it is safe to do so. We are seeing a lot of students come unprepared for the colder temperatures. That being said, during cold and flu season especially, please be sure to follow our Elementary Handbook guidelines and remember your child needs to be free of vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever-free (less than 100.5) without medications for 24 hours before they can come or return to school. To review any other important information found in the handbook, click here.

Here's to a great week full of fun, friends and learning!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

A Few Important Reminders:

1. As a reminder, February conferences are approaching and are by invitation only per teacher recommendation. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. Every family will get a letter home in backpacks on February 1st to indicate whether or not a conference is needed at this time.

2. Kindergarten enrollment will begin on February 19th thru March 15th. You can find all the information you need for this below.

3. Mrs. Keller is in need of some Engineering items. Click here to learn more about it and see if you can help out!

4. We are looking for members of our community that either live or work within the Big Walnut enrollment area, have a vested interest in the district, and have expertise in a financial field to be a part of this committee.

Finance Committee Goals

  • To obtain advice and counsel that enhances the effectiveness of the decision-making process with respect to financial and business issues.
  • To serve as an avenue to improve public awareness of the Big Walnut School District’s finance issues and to inform the District governing team of community perspectives related to finance.
  • To enhance communication between all stakeholders.

The finance committee by-laws, application form, and contact information on the Treasurer’s page of the District website at, and interested individuals are requested to send a completed application form along with a letter stating interest to the District Treasurer, Jeremy Buskirk (

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Congrats to this week's Golden Spatula Winners

Golden Spatula's are awarded to the class that shows the best Cafeteria behavior. We work hard to help our students raise their hand if they need help, use a level 1 voice, and show respect to each other and to staff. Help us celebrate their hard work!

First Grade: Mrs. LaSota's' Class

Second Grade: Mr. Patterson's Class

Third Grade: Mrs. Kurena's Class

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Heizer's Class

Special Spotlight: Art with Mrs. Doran

You may have heard that GRE’s art room has been awarded a grant from the Delaware Arts Festival for Collaborative Art! One of our collaborative projects will be creating a bottle cap mural… which is why we need lots and lots and LOTS of bottle caps! Students have been saving their milk caps from lunch at school, but we need your help a home collecting more colors! We are looking for solid colored plastic bottle caps with no codes inside! There is a collection bucket outside the art room & in the cafeteria! THANK YOU for your help!

What’s going on in art…

Kindergarten- Full day students have been learning all about COLOR! Primary, Secondary, and the order of the rainbow has been our focus so far this year! Half day PM students have art quarter 3 and will be introduced to the elements of art through children's books & projects.

1st grade- Students have been learning about the author and illustrator Eric Carle! We are following the process he uses to make the pictures for his stories by painting our own paper. Soon we will be drawing & cutting to create our own Mr. Seahorse inspired collages.

2nd grade- Students have been introduced to value along with the artist Jasper Johns who took ordinary things and wanted to make people look at them in a new way. Inspired by his art, students chose their name or a word to paint using tints & shades.

3rd grade- Students have been learning about value and different ways artist can use it in art. We have completed value scales, shading a lighthouse using values, and now mixing their own values of paint. Their landscapes will soon be complete after adding silhouettes as the final touch!

4th grade- Students just completed their scratchboard animals which focused on value and texture! This past week each class had their ever SO exciting clay day! Students learned about 3D forms during the process of creating their clay birds. It was awesome to see all of their clay skills from kindergarten through third grade come together for this project!

Important Dates


Jan. 18-Feb. 1 Yearbook Sale


February 7 PTO Meeting 6:30pm

February 15 K-4 Valentine Parties

February 18 NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

February 21 P/T Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

February 22 Columbus Zoo Visit

Feb. 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America Week

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Don't forget...

Our schools are extremely fortunate to have the support of our parent and community volunteers. While we are continually grateful for this support, we are also aware of the potential concerns that can arise when volunteers are working directly with students. One of the recent priorities established by our District Safety Committee, which is comprised of law enforcement personnel, first responders, parents, and staff, is that volunteers should have background checks completed to promote safety within our schools. Each staff member and coach in the district is required to provide initial and ongoing background checks to insure that they are deemed safe for working with our students, so it makes sense to consider a similar requirement for volunteers working with students or who are helping in the building during the school day. Click here to read more about our volunteer policy that will go into effect on March 1, 2019.
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