Green Tree Elementary

Six houses. One family

August Newsletter 2019

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Our wonderful PTO on Boo Hoo/ Yahoo! morning with parents.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • 8/26 Late Start
  • 8/28 PTO Meeting @ 3:35
  • 9/2 Labor Day/ No School
  • 9/9 Late Start
  • 9/11 PTO Meeting @ 3:35
  • 9/12 GTE PTO Escape Room
  • 9/14 Soundwaves Choir at Cardinals Game
  • 9/18 Bookfair Opens for Early Shoppers
  • PTO's Breakfast with a Buddy
  • 9/18-9/24 Book Fair Open Daily
  • 9/20 Lunch with a Loved One
  • 9/23 Late Start
  • 9/26 Great Skate Night
  • 9/27 No School

Exciting Staff Changes!!

Fall Scholastic Book Fair!!

It's time for our Fall Scholastic Book Fair at Green Tree! The book fair is a great way to find quality books at a good price.

Here are some new titles that kids will love!

Stop by Green Tree's Scholastic Book Fair during September 17-24 to shop. Your child's shopping time is during his/her regular library class time. Here are the events during our book fair:

  • Tuesday, September 17 is the first day for shopping.
  • Early Bird Shopping at 7:15 am on Wednesday, September 18 during Breakfast with a Buddy.
  • Lunch with a Loved One - shop with your Green Tree Gator after you have lunch on Friday, September 20. If you cannot attend lunch during this day, you may come to lunch anytime during our book fair.
  • September 24 - Last Day of Book Fair. You may shop with the online book fair until midnight on Friday, September 27.

Run for Fun Club

Calling all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders who love to run!

Join in the fun while you improve your cardiovascular endurance. We will be using the track to accumulate laps, and will also be playing a variety of running games. All you need are tennis shoes, comfortable clothes, a water bottle and a great attitude.

The Run for Fun club will meet on Wednesday mornings from 7:15 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. starting September 4. The last meeting date will be October 25. You must provide your own transportation home.

Completed Google form must be submitted by 8-30-19. Click on the link to register: Space is limited. Your student will be notified that they are in the club. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Buchheit at or (636) 625-5600 ext.43266.

We are excited to bring the Let Me Run program back to GTE this year. Let Me Run is a running program for 4th-6th grade boys, but it’s more about the boy than the run. Counteracting the negative pressures society places on boys, the program uses running as a vehicle to inspire, teach, and reach them. Combining exercise with fun activities and lessons, our trained coaches inspire boys to be courageous enough to be themselves, build healthy relationships, and live an active lifestyle. Registration at Green Tree Elementary is now open! 2019 season starts on September 10, 2019, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:15-4:30 p.m., and ends with a 5k race on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Watch this video to learn more and register at Questions? Email Mrs. Buchheit @

Art Club!!! 2nd through 5th grade

Art Club is available for all Green Tree students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Information and applications can be found on the following website. All students who submit an application will be placed in one 4- week session sometime this school year.

The Curators!! 4th through 6th grade

The Curators is a select group of students who will learn about creating and displaying collections. Artwork will be displayed throughout the school, district offices, and within the local community. Applications are due by August 26 and can be found on the following website. Late applications will be accepted.

gte volunteer family spotlight

My name is Nikki Barnard. My daughter Tori is in 8th grade at Wentzville South Middle School and Mitchell is in Mrs. Smith’s 5th grade class. This is our second year at Green Tree and we love it. We live in Lake Saint Louis and love spending time on the water. I volunteered some last year with PTO, and this year I am the Ways & Means Chair person. I was the fundraising chair for 7 years at our previous school. I absolutely love fundraising, it is definitely my passion! Being new to the district and area, I knew I wanted fundraisers that fostered community in our school. Our trivia night will be nothing short of epic! The MC is fun, we already have amazing auction items including Disney Hopper Passes, and you can dress up in your favorite prom look! Maybe I’m showing my age, but I know I’m going totally 80s with my dress! Like for sure! In addition to the trivia night, we will be hosting the Shady Gator Family Run in the spring! This color fun run event will be on a Saturday morning so the whole family can participate! We are also hosting several Escape Room nights. These events are for the whole family too. They are set up to be easy enough for your kindergartener to participate, but will still challenge your older kiddos. I’m excited for all we have planned this year. Finally, I would like to invite you to join PTO and get involved! This is such a great group of parents working to make our school an amazing place for students and staff! There are plenty of ways to get involved, even if you only have an hour to give. We’d love to meet you!

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The House System at GTE

GTE is implementing the House System, inspired by the Ron Clark Academy. Ron Clark is a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker on the topic of inspiring educators. His books include:

  • The Essential 55
  • The Excellent 11
  • The End of Molasses Classes
  • Move Your Bus
Clark proposed fifty-five essential rules for success in and out of the classroom, many of which focus on respect and school policies, and later proposed eleven traits of excellence.

What to expect at GTE for the 2019-2020 school year...

Each student will be implemented into a House. Each of Green Tree's houses are named after a tree. The six houses at GTE will be:

  • Wisteria (the house of friendship)
  • Hawthorn (the house of strength)
  • Sequoia (the house of creativity)
  • Magnolia (the house of dignity)
  • Tupelo (the house of courage)
  • Catalpa (the house of integrity)

Each student is able to earn points for their house throughout the year by being safe, respectful, responsible, and much more. There will be incentives and rewards for accumulating house points. Parents will also have chances to earn points for their children's houses. Students are expected to support their own houses, but also encourage students in other houses.

Each house will have students from kindergarten to sixth grade. As a group, they will meet occasionally to build positive relationships and create a strong school community.

This system has been proven to increase engagement, leadership, positive interactions with other students and staff members, and many more character traits.

We are excited to introduce the House System at GTE and cannot wait to get started!

Monthly Essentials Focus---August

Essential 1-- Be Humble and Uplift Others

  • Be humble - even if you are the best give credit to those who helped you get there

  • Seek to uplift others. If someone in a class wins a game or does something well, we congratulate that person.

  • If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. Show sportsmanship - “good games, let’s play again sometime” don’t show anger or sarcasm.

  • Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month.

  • Go out of your way to make others feel special - “See people”

  • View others perspectives - have empathy for others - never rush an interaction

New Rock Garden

We have a new rock garden in front of GTE thanks to Girl Scout Troop 1831. This is a project for their bronze award. Teachers and parents feel free to have your kiddos paint rocks to add to our garden!

Nurse Notes

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun and safe summer!

Just a reminder regarding medication...

Medication - All meds, over-the-counter and prescription, must have a physician order form completed and signed by physician and parent. All medications must be delivered and picked up by an adult.

Please encourage your children to eat a healthy breakfast, bring a water bottle and snack to school and eat a good lunch.

Thank you!

Nurse Marcia

Box Tops Makeover!!

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Please click this link for information about the new and improved Box Tops Submission process:

Reminders from Cafeteria

Hello parents! Please make sure your child knows how their meals have changed a little this year. If they are purchasing breakfast, please remind them that they will now be required to take a fruit or fruit juice. If purchasing lunch, they will need at least 3 things, 1 of which should be a fruit or vegetable. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Tami Sanker, GTE Cafeteria Manager