GRE Family Gazette

February 10, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

Another week is in the books! We had a great time learning with each other and celebrating our successes. This week we met in Eagles Nests to learn about being a problem solver. It was great to be back together in our mixed grade level groups, watching our older students support and mentor our younger students. We also wrapped up each lunch period on Friday with our Party Wagon! Leaders of the Month were awarded and our dance party was held! This is always an exciting event.

As we look at the week ahead, Box Tops are due Tuesday. This is a great way for our PTO to get some extra money to support students and teachers. We will also celebrate Valentine's Day in our classrooms this Friday afternoon. If you need any help providing Valentine's for your child, please let us know. Follow up with your child's teachers if you have questions about our Valentine's Day parties.

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 2/11- D Day

Tuesday 2/12-A Day

Wednesday 2/13- B day

Thursday 2/14- C Day

Friday 2/15- D Day

A Few Important Reminders:

1. The BWHS LEO club is offering free childcare this Valentine's Day from 6:00-9:00 PM. Click here for more information.

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. 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.

3. Kindergarten and Preschool enrollment will begin on February 19th thru March 15th. You can find all the information you need for this below.

Special Spotlight: STEM with Mrs. Keller

Fourth grade just wrapped up 3D designing. If you are in the building, you can check out their creations in the STEM Hub window! Next, we will be reading the story DOLL-E 1.0 and creating a robot doll that contains both conductive and non-conductive parts. Students will then attach a Makey-Makey to the conductive parts and use the block coding program Scratch to make their robot make different sounds.

Third graders are currently working on or finishing up their passion projects. Some of the project choices are sewing, coding, woodworking, clay and paper mache projects. You can view some of the finished projects in the STEM Hub window.

Second grade is working on learning how to code Edison, Mini Sphero, and Ollie robots. Students will be completing coding challenges with their robots.

First graders are learning about different types of engineers. Students are using what we have learned to create a new bubble solution, study rocks and soil, design brown bags to encourage others not to use plastic bags, design and create new sensory toys, create bridges and tunnels for animals to safely cross the road and design an airplane with the best aerodynamics. In small group with the teacher, students are learning how to use the cardboard cutters and how to make a movable part using cardboard.

Kindergarteners are working on their 21st century skills of collaborating, critical thinking, creativity and communication during stations. Students have the options of building the tallest tower out of marshmallows, circuits, Tinybop apps on the iPad, designing brown bags to encourage Kroger customers not to use plastic bags, Osmo, and Ozobots.

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

Second Grade: Mrs. Mix's Class

Third Grade: Ms. Pharazyn's Class

Fourth Grade: Ms. Restucci's Class

Important Dates


February 15 K-4 Valentine Parties

February 18 NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

February 21 P/T Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

February 22 Columbus Zoo Visit

Feb. 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America Week

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