GRE Family Gazette

December 2, 2018

Dear GRE Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying your Sunday and getting outside in the windy, warm weather. What an unexpected surprise! This week begins a very exciting month for children! With just 13 school days before Winter Break we would love to have your support in reminding our students that we need to continue to work hard, be kind, and focus on doing our best at school each day. These days can seem long when we can't get students outside but we do our best every day to keep movement opportunities happening inside our flexibly designed classroom spaces.

As you prepare for any holiday shopping please consider attending this coming Saturday's Holly Market and Holly Shop. You can learn more about it by clicking here to visit the PTO Facebook page. There are several volunteer opportunities for both the Bake Shop and Personal Shoppers for the Holly Shop. We hope to see you there this coming Saturday, December 8th from 9:00-2:00!

Let's have a great week at GRE!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

A Few Important Reminders:

1. This Thursday is our 4th Grade Holiday Performance. Students should plan to be there by 6:00 with the show beginning at 6:30pm. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Wood or your child's classroom teacher.

2. The Holly Market and Holly Shop are right around the corner. Make plans to join us December 8th from 9:00-2:00! More information will be shared soon but if you are interested in helping, don't hesitate to reach out to the General Rosecrans PTO!

3. Our Lost and Found is over flowing! Be sure to have your child check the Lost and Found for missing items or come in yourself to help track down belongings. All items from the Lost and Found will be donated on December 20th.

Physical Education with Mrs. Grieger

The ending of our dance unit was so fun! KG & 1st graders learned so many dances and then learned the beginning steps of juggling using scarves. Ask your student to show you one of the dances or see if they can teach you the 'X' juggling with 2 scarves.

2nd, 3rd & 4th graders finished our Tinkling unit this month. Take a look at the videos of some of the groups, I was so impressed at the amount of leadership, cooperative learning, and teamwork happening. See if your student can do the routine at home using jump ropes laid out on the floor or anything you have to create a line. Next up is our Basketball & hand dribbling unit.

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.

Important Dates

December 6 4th Grade Performance

December 8 Holly Shop - Craft Show

December 13 PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

December 18 Eagle Ed

December 19 Report Cards Come Home in Backpacks

Dec. 20-Jan. 1 NO SCHOOL: Winter Break

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