Rocket News October 7, 2022

Work Hard, Play Hard


Grades are an indicator of how children are progressing on their learning path. That is why it is important for parents to look at a snapshot of their child's progress periodically to measure growth. We have a new K-5 reading curriculum in Crown Point called Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). CKLA is a comprehensive reading curriculum that is based on the science of reading. Because this is a more rigorous reading program we have noticed that students’ grades on assessments are lower than we typically see at this time. This is to be expected and we want to reassure you that our students will adapt to the rigor of this curriculum and will improve their reading and writing skills. Students have not had the opportunity to build skills previously learned in the program. We want to give our students grace and patience as they build their reading stamina and adjust to the new expectations. Also we will be hosting a reading night for 3rd grade parents in November to review the standards that are assessed on the IREAD-3 test and components of CKLA curriculum. Thank you for supporting your child’s growth as a reader. Growth is a much better indicator than single grades on reading assessments.

Ms. Linsley

Semester Grades for all Crown Point Students

Elementary schools will join our middle and high schools in reporting grades at the end of each semester. Previously, elementary report cards were finalized each nine weeks. We are shifting to reporting at the end of each semester so that students have a longer time to demonstrate what they know and can do. Our focus is on mastery learning and supporting a growth mindset in our learners.

On Tuesday, October 11th, students and parents will be able to view in-progress grades in RDS.

  • This ‘in-progress snapshot’ is an update of where students currently stand at the end of the first 9 weeks.
  • Report card comments will not be made on the 9 weeks snapshot.
  • Grades from specials (art, music, PE) will not be reported until the end of the semester.

After viewing the in-progress snapshot, there will still be plenty of time to ask for help if needed, complete work, and bring grades up before the end of the semester when grades are finalized.

Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher should you have any questions about their progress or to learn more about how you can partner with us to support your child’s academic development.

We look forward to welcoming you to Parent Teacher Conferences in late October. During Parent Teacher Conferences, we encourage a collaborative dialogue that highlights how your student is transitioning throughout the first semester. We look forward to addressing questions parents/caregivers have, sharing relevant information (engagement, strengths, NWEA, classwork, socialization, areas for growth), and establishing on-going means for communication.


Pumpkin Decorating Information:

· Pumpkins are due by Wednesday, October 26th

· Pumpkins can be delivered to the front office or art room

· Judging will take place Wednesday, October 27th

· All pumpkins must be taken home by Monday, October 31st

Categories for decorating:

Spooky, Book Character, Superhero or Villain, Prettiest, Most Unique, Funniest, or

Yummiest (decorated like a food item)


· Fake pumpkins only (can be found at the dollar store or craft stores)

· Be sure to have items secure to your pumpkin and your pumpkin is stable and balanced

· Your name and homeroom must be securely attached to your pumpkin

Thanks for your participation!

THE ART ROOM IS IN NEED OF NEWSPAPER. Please bring newspaper to the front entrance. You may also drop it there after hours.

Mrs. Jennifer Popp, Art Teacher

Jerry Ross Elementary

Phone: 219-663-3010 | Fax: 219-662-3529

11319 Randolph St., Crown Point, IN 46307


Please help our Student Council collect food for our Winfield pantries. Below you will find items we are hoping to collect.

  • Soup

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Canned Cranberries

  • Gravy

  • Kraft’s Dinners

  • Spaghetti Sauce

  • Pasta

  • Boxed Stuffing

  • Instant Mashed Potatoes

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Brownie Mix

  • Crackers

  • Cookies

  • Cereal (some unsweetened)

  • Pancakes

  • Syrup

We will be delivering donated items to the pantries on November 14th after school. Thank you for your generosity!



Hello Jerry Ross Families,

October is Bullying Awareness Month. In order to meet with each grade level class, I began the Anti-bullying presentations on September 26th during Monday Library Specials, and have met with 10 classes so far. The presentations will be wrapped up by the end of this month, and I feel confident that our students are receiving information, education, and tips on how to be a Bully Free school. Each student received a “There is Power in Kindness” bracelet this week for our Awareness kick-off for the month. We will be having Pajama Day every Friday this month to show our support for being Bully Free by “Putting Bullying to Bed” starting this Friday October 7th.

Red Ribbon Week is October 24 – 31st and this year’s theme is “Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free.” Each student will be receiving a Red Ribbon to wear to show our support for this important week. Also, will be having our Annual Red Ribbon Coloring Contest to begin on October 24th and end on October 28th, with one (1) winner from each grade level being announced on Monday, October 31st. The overall winner of our Coloring Contest will be receiving a brand new Bicycle that is being donated by a local family to our school.

Have a Healthy and safe weekend,

Mrs. Pape, PBIS Coach

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Reminder: First Installment of School Fees Due 9/30

The first installment of textbook rental fees was due on September 30th. You may make an electronic payment using your RDS Parent Access account. Payments of cash or check are accepted in the school office.

Please contact Mrs. Lukas, School Treasurer, at 219-663-3010 with any questions.


Today there was a presentation on Growth and Development for the 5th grade class. The Health Educator for the Lake County Health Department presented information on puberty as these changes are a normal part of life. We thank the local church association of Helping Hands Ministry (Cross of Christ Church Lutheran Church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and Church of Lake of the Four Seasons UMC) for their contributions and all the work that goes into the providing student’s hygiene bags.

I continued 3rd grade vision screenings this week. I will be finishing up with the rescreens. If your child did not pass the 2nd screening, a referral letter will be sent home with your student next week. If you have any questions/concerns, please call me at 219-663-3010 ext. 18081.

Please do not sent any over the counter medication to school with your child. Medical doctor orders are need to be giving medication, even over the counter medicines like cough drops. So please follow the medications policy.

Enjoy the nice weather and know it’s going to change. So make sure your child is dressed for the ever changing outside weather.

Please check in with your child to see if he/she is sick before sending to school. Here is the website to help monitor your child sickness to stay home.

Enjoy your weekend,

Mrs.Horst, RN


Week of October 10th

Monday: Student Council at 8:05 am - Arena; Run Club until 4:45 pm

Tuesday: Spell Bowl at 8 am - Gym; Run Club until 4:45 pm

Thursday: Spell Bowl at 8 am - Music; Art Club until 4:45 pm

Week of October 17th = Fall Break

Week of October 24th

Monday: Run Club until 4:45 pm

Tuesday: Spell Bowl at 8 am - Gym; Run Club until 4:45 pm

Friday: Student of the Month at 8 am



12th: 4th grade Field Trip to LaPorte Symphony Orchestra

17th - 21st: Fall Break

24th - 28th: Red Ribbon Coloring Contest

27th: E-Learning Day and Parent-Teacher Conferences


7th: Author Visit

8th: Picture Day Retakes

9th: E-Learning Day

11th: Veteran's Day/3rd Grade Grandparents Day

14th: Spell Bowl Competition

23rd - 25th: Thanksgiving Break

Winfield/Jerry Ross C.A.F.E.

Catch up on all the latest CAFE NEWS here!

Food Services

Information about menus, pricing, and birthday celebrations in the cafeteria.

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Please remember to bring in water bottles that can be refilled at our water filling stations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Jerry Ross Spirit Wear Online Store

Please visit the online store for purchases to show school support!

Before/After School Care

Information about Before/After School Care available at Jerry Ross Elementary.

Jerry Ross Elementary School

Jenn Linsley, Principal ext. 18001

Kate Reeder, Assistant Principal ext. 18003

Karie Lukas, Treasurer ext. 18000

Cindy Dissette, Secretary ext. 18002

Karen Horst, Nurse ext. 18081

11319 Randolph Dr., Crown Point, IN