GRE Family Gazette

March 11, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

We made it through our first full week in quite a while and boy did we have an awesome week! Our 2nd and 4th graders rocked their Terra Nova/InView tests and students had a blast during Skate Time in Physical Education. It's pretty incredible to see the progress students are able to make from their first time skating to their second. Our week wrapped up with Eagles Nests and learning about how we can be good citizens. Ask your child about what we want "Otters" to do!

This week we will have Spring Picture Day on Monday. This includes individual portraits and class portraits. There was a typo on the paper order form so be sure you are prepared for photos tomorrow, March 11th. Box Tops are due on Tuesday and Pastries with Parents is this Thursday or Friday depending on your last name (see detailed information below). Also Thursday is our monthly PTO meeting beginning at 6:30.

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 3/11- A Day

Tuesday 3/12-B Day

Wednesday 3/13- C day

Thursday 3/14- D Day

Friday 3/15- A Day

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)

If you plan on attending Click here to RSVP! No worries if you didn't RSVP, you're still welcome to attend, this just helps us prepare the correct amount of delicious treats!

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. Big Walnut Local Schools will be hosting a screening of the documentary, Screenagers. This event will be held at BWMS on April 11th starting at 6:30 pm. This event is free and all are welcome! Screenagers is a documentary that focuses on the habits that children develop by using their mobile devices. Throughout the film, families are seen dealing with the consequences (often serious) related to excessive screen time or screen time without boundaries. The film focuses on the connection between mental health and how much tech time can impact a child’s development. This documentary also highlights the benefits of finding the balance of screen time and screen- free time and offers some solutions for parents. For a sneak peak of this film, click here.

To RSVP for this event, click here

3. Attenting 4th Grade Parents! Any parent interested in being on the Board for the BWI PTO next year please email Carrie Vitale,, by March 31st to show your interest!

4. We need your help! Students will be making homemade instruments in music for our next Eagle Ed day. We are looking for the following items:

-small, medium, and large cans (without labels please)
-small plastic pop bottles or water bottles
If you have any of these items at home, please drop them off to the music room before Thursday March 21st. Thank you for your help!!

5. Art Day is right around the corner. This means all 3rd grade students will be playing their recorders in a short concert from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Please plan to have your third grader wear blue jeans and Big Walnut shirts for this exciting event!

6. Kindergarten and Preschool enrollment wraps up this Friday, March 15th. Check below for details!

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: Miss Thomas' Class

Second Grade: Mrs. Mix's Class

Third Grade: Mrs. Pharazyn's Class

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Heizer's Class & Mrs. Hilton's Class

Important Dates


March 11 Spring Picture Day

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

March 15 Pastries with Parents

March 21 Art day; 3rd Grade Recorder Concert 2:45-3:15

March 22 Eagle Ed

Mar. 25-29 NO SCHOOL

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