GRE Family Gazette

February 25, 2019

Dear GRE Families,

It was another short but outstanding week at GRE! Thank you to families who attended Thursday nights final Parent/Teacher conferences for the year. PTO provided an awesome dinner for staff on conference night-thank you to those who helped contribute or provide items for this dinner. We wrapped up the week with a visit from the Columbus Zoo thanks to PTO! Students had the chance to see all kinds of animal including a Macaw, Skunk, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and many more! They even had the chance to pet an alligator! It was an amazing experience and students did a wonderful job representing GRE during such an exciting event! This will be another exciting week as we celebrate Read Across American week! See below for information about our Spirit Week in honor of Dr. Seuss!

As the calendar turns to March to this week I wanted to give a final reminder about Big Walnuts new volunteer policy which requires a background check. Click here to read more about our volunteer policy that will go into effect this Friday, March 1, 2019.

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 2/25- D Day

Tuesday 2/26-A Day

Wednesday 2/27- B day

Thursday 2/28- C Day

Friday 3/1- D Day

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A Few Important Reminders:

1. Rockin' Recess will take place this Friday! This Friday students will celebrate their fundraising efforts with a dance party with DJ Jojo during their scheduled recess time. Ticket winners will get the chance to pie a teacher in the afternoon! See below for more details!

2. 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)

Please help us prepare with an RSVP by March 5th! Click here to RSVP!

3. Are you looking for a way that you can make a positive impact in Big Walnut Schools? The district is in high need of substitute custodians and bus drivers. If interested, please visit the job postings at

Training will be provided to all substitutes - potential drivers will receive all training necessary to meet licensing requirements for drivers. If you have any questions, please contact Ron McClure at 740-965-8967.

4. Kindergarten and Preschool enrollment will began this past week. You can find all the information you need for this below. Enrollment runs now through March 15th.

Special Spotlight: PE with Mrs. Grieger

We are ending our Table Ball unit this week with grade 1-4. This unit was a ton of fun! The students haven't played before which made for fun and friendly competition. This is something the kids can play at home. All you need is a table and a ball. In Kindergarten, we ended our throwing unit. Ask them about which foot they step with when they throw.

Skatetime is coming up next week. Please note there is a change of rotation days due to the snow day this past week. If you have any questions about this, please let me know. I am looking for volunteers to come and help me between 9:45-3:25. If you haven't done so already, send in your permission slip and $ Monday.

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: Miss Rader's Class

First Grade: Mrs. Dixon's Class

Third Grade: Mrs. Bryant's Class

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Heizer's Class

Important Dates


Feb. 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America Week


March 1 Rockin’ Recess

March 5-7 Inview & Terra Nova Testing (2nd & 4th)

March 11 Spring Picture Day

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

March 15 Pastries with Parents

March 21 Art day

March 22 Eagle Ed

Mar. 25-29 NO SCHOOL

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