GRE Family Gazette

February 25, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

What a fun week! We had a great time with Read Across America week that topped off with a fun filled Rockin' Recess. Thank you for supporting this PTO sponsored fundraising event. Head to the General Rosecrans PTO Facebook page to see some fun videos of students enjoying this event.

We are just a few weeks away from Spring Break but there is still much to do. This week our 2nd and 4th graders will take the Terra Nova assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. We will also meet in Eagles Nests this Friday to talk about how to be a responsible citizen.

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

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

Need some help with the special schedule? See below:

Monday 3/4- D Day

Tuesday 3/5-A Day

Wednesday 3/6- B day

Thursday 3/7- C Day

Friday 3/8- D Day

Come cheer on Mrs. Nigl and Mrs. Crawford at this Tuesday's Wizards Game!

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Congrats to these Ohio Art Education Award Winners!

A Few Important Reminders:

1. The GRE PTO would like to invite all parents/guardians to join their children before school in their classroom for pastries and orange juice provided by us!

  • Thursday, March 14th @ 8:00-8:30a.m (students with last name beginning A-K)

  • Friday, March 15th @ 8:00-8:30a.m. (students with last name beginning L-Z)

Please help us prepare with an RSVP by March 5th! Click here to RSVP!

We are also looking for volunteers to help this event run smoothly. FBI/BCI Big Walnut approved volunteers can help to set-up and clean-up on each day. Each volunteer will need to sign-in at the office and keep their volunteer badge visible during their volunteer time. If you are just visiting with your child, you do not have to wear your badge.

Please sign up here if you are willing to assist us!

2. 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. In October of this past year, the district communicated with families that volunteers in the school and on any field trips will be required to have a background check on file with the school beginning on March 1, 2019. If you have plans to volunteer or chaperone any upcoming field trip for your student(s) and you have not completed the application and received a successful background check result, please visit and select "Volunteer Information" under the "Parents/Community" menu. The application should be filled out at least one week prior to a planned volunteer opportunity or field trip. Additional information on the background check requirement is also available on the website. Thank you for your continued support in promoting the safety of our students.

3. Are you looking for a way that you can make a positive impact in Big Walnut Schools? The district is in high need of substitute custodians and bus drivers. If interested, please visit the job postings at

Training will be provided to all substitutes - potential drivers will receive all training necessary to meet licensing requirements for drivers. If you have any questions, please contact Ron McClure at 740-965-8967.

4. Kindergarten and Preschool enrollment continues through March 15th. Check below for details!

Special Spotlight: Music with Mrs. Wood


Students are exploring their voices through movement activities, singing games, props, and instruments. Students had fun exploring movement in triple meter by skating around the room using paper plates to the song “Skating” by George Winston.

Music Playlist:

Ask your child to sing or chant: Bow Wow Wow, A Tisket a Tasket, Valentine, Valentine. *Download or listen to: “Skating” by George Winston

1st Grade:

Students are beginning to read patterns and songs in duple meter where the rhythms are organized in groups of two. Students are exploring their voices through movement activities and are reviewing musical concepts learned earlier in the year.

Music Playlist: Postman, Miss White, Love Somebody, Cold Icy Winds

2nd Grade:

Students are beginning to sing and play instruments in two-part harmony. They are continuing to learn about ostinatos, chord roots, and performing in a two part round. They are also finishing up their unit in duple meter where they are reading and writing patterns and songs in duple meter. This month, students will learn an Irish folk dance in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing: Down in the Valley, Skip to My Lou, Four White Horses

3rd Grade:

We are in the process of completing our recorder karate unit, where students receive a colored karate belt to put on their recorders every time they master a new song. This is a self-paced unit where students learn a variety of songs and each song gets progressively more challenging with new notes and rhythms. Please remind your student to practice their recorder karate songs and to bring their red folders and recorders to music so that they can earn their belts! Recordings to the songs can be found on our music website.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing or play: Gently Sleep, Merrily We Roll Along, It’s Raining, and Old Macdonald, When the Saints Go Marching In, Amazing Grace, Ode to Joy

4th Grade:

Students are in the process of reading and writing familiar and unfamiliar songs in triple meter. Students are learning to play “Yellow Submarine”, “A Ram Sam Sam”, and basic strumming patterns on ukulele.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing: Yellow Submarine, or A Ram Sam Sam

Open Music:

3rd graders have been working on their recorder songs

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!

Kindergarten: Mrs. Rowe's Class

First Grade: Mrs. Branham's Class

Third Grade: Mr. Hardin's Class

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Carter's Class

Important Dates


March 5-7 Inview & Terra Nova Testing (2nd & 4th)

March 11 Spring Picture Day

March 14 Pastries with Parents; PTO Meeting 6:30pm

March 15 Pastries with Parents

March 21 Art day

March 22 Eagle Ed

Mar. 25-29 NO SCHOOL

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