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Posted on June 21, 2017

2017-2018 School Supply List

                                    Rossiter School Supply List 2017-2018
EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO BRING: *Box Tops for Education are needed all year!
A Pair of Tennis Shoes for P.E.:  They must have white (or no-marking) soles,                         but do not need to be new.
Headphones (students prefer headphones vs earbuds)
KINDERGARTEN–Mrs. Alger, Mrs. Buschini, Miss Peterson, Mrs. Thompson SECOND GRADE–Mrs. Clausen, Mrs. Estep,        Mrs. Schlepp, Miss Tucker
1 – Backpack 1 – Backpack
1 – Pencil Box (please label with child’s name) 3 – Boxes of Pencils                                            (Sharpened-Do Not Label)
4 – Boxes Crayola Crayons (24 pack) 2 – Boxes of Crayons (At Least 24)
6 – Elmer’s glue sticks 2 – Bottles Elmer’s School Glue                                        (NOT paste or glue stick)
1 – Elmer’s white school glue 1 – Wide ruled spiral notebook
1 – Fiskar brand scissors 2 – Pocket Folder
1 – Folder with pockets 1 – School Box
24 – Ticonderoga pencils (sharpened) 1 – Scissors – Fiskar Brand Only
1 – Headphones (students prefer headphones vs earbuds) 1 – 12″ Ruler                                                                      (English and Metric Measurements)
1 – 10oz bottle of Hand Sanitizer 2 – Boxes Kleenex – 250 count
2 – Boxes of Kleenex 160 count 1 – Pkg. Pencil Top Erasers
1 – EXPO dry erase markers 4 pack 1 – Pkg Fine Point Expo Dry Erase Markers
1 – Box of granola bars (Emergency kit; NO peanuts) 1 – Headphones (students prefer headphones vs earbuds)
Optional: 1 – Box of zip top gallon bags 1 – Box of granola bars (Emergency kit; NO peanuts)
Optional: 1 – Disinfecting Wipes Optional: 1 – Disinfecting Wipes
Optional: 1 – Box of Colored Pencils
FIRST GRADE–Mrs. Blaz, Ms. Gustovich, Ms. Hayes, Mrs. Melchior THIRD GRADE–Mrs. Crum, Mrs. Murnion,          Mrs. Van Diest
1 – Backpack 1 – Backpack
36 Ticonderoga Pencils (Sharpened) 2 – Boxes Ticonderoga #2 Pencils
2 – Pink Pearl Erasers 2 – Composition Books
2 – 4oz. Bottle Elmer’s White School Glue 12 – BLACK ONLY Expo Dry Erase Markers
12 – Skinny Expo Markers 2 – Folders with Pockets
2 – Boxes Crayons (24 count) 2 – Pink Erasers
1 – Scissors- Fiskar Brand Only 1 – Package of Pencil Top Erasers
1 – Plastic school box with latch (5 1/2″ x 9″) 2 – Boxes of Kleenex-160 count
1 – 1″ 3 ring binder (Mrs. Melchior only) 1 – Headphones (students prefer headphones vs earbuds)
1 – Orange 2 Pocket Folder (Mrs. Melchior only) 1 -Spiral Notebook (Crum and Murnion)
1 – Box Colored Pencils (Gustovich and Blaz) 1 – Glue Stick (Crum and Van Diest)
2 – 2 pocket folder (Gustovich and Blaz) 1 – Box of Crayons (Crum and Van Diest)
2 – Box of Kleenex -160 count 1 – Set of Markers (Crum and Van Diest)
1 – Box of granola bars (Emergency kit; NO peanuts) 1 – Box of Colored Pencils (Crum and Van Diest)
1- Headphones (students prefer headphones vs earbuds) 1 – Scissors (Crum and Van Diest)
Optional: 1 – Disinfecting Wipes 1 – Bottle Elmer’s Glue (Crum only)
1 – Plastic school box with latch (11 1/2 x 7 5/8 X 2 7/8) (Crum only)
1 – Box of granola bars (Emergency kit; NO peanuts)
Optional: 1 – Disinfecting Wipes
FOURTH GRADE—Mrs. Herbolich,              Ms. Lieberg, Mr. Rieley FIFTH GRADE—Mrs. Ziska, Ms. O’Brian,                  Ms. Thennis
***$5.00 for Planner book (We Provide) ***$5.00 for Planner book (We Provide)
1 – Backpack 1 – Backpack
10 – Mechanical Pencils 1 – Box Colored Pencils
2 – Erasers 1 – Zipper Binder
6 – Plastic Folders w/Pockets 1 – Spiral Notebook
2 – Glue Sticks 1 – Scissors
1 – Scissors 1 – Bottle Elmer’s School Glue
3 – Separate Spiral Notebooks 20 – No. 2 Pencils
2 – Composition Books Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
1 – Box Colored Pencils Red Ink Pens
2 – Pencil Bags–NO hard case pencil boxes 2 – Large Boxes Kleenex
1 – Set of Markers 1 – Headphones (students prefer headphones vs earbuds)
2 – Black Sharpies 1 – Pocket folder w/Holes
1 – Pkg. Fine Point Expo Dry Erase Markers 1 – Box of Crayons (24 count)
1 – Box Kleenex – 160 count 1 – Set of Markers
1 – Headphones (students prefer headphones vs earbuds) 2 – Erasers
1 – Box Crayons – 24 count 1 – box of granola bars (Emergency kit; NO peanuts)
1 – box of granola bars (Emergency kit; NO peanuts) Optional: 1 – Box Chisel Tip Expo Dry Erase Markers
Optional: 1 – Disinfecting Wipes Optional: 1 – Disinfecting Wipes
Rossiter Wish List:  (Optional)
Disinfecting Wipes
Expo Dry Erase Markers (all kinds)
Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
Please Bring Items to the Front Office.
OPEN HOUSE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Monday, August  28th 5:30-6:30 PM
Students may bring their school supplies.
Posted on January 12, 2017

Breakfast After the Bell

Beginning Tuesday, January 17th, the bell will ring at 8:25 & breakfast will be served in the classroom. If your child eats breakfast at home, feel free to pack a simple breakfast for them to eat with their classmates. (example: bagel, PB&J, fruit, cheese stick etc.)

Posted on January 11, 2017

NO STUDENT DROP OFF OR PICKUP IN STAFF PARKING LOT

The staff parking lot is for STAFF ONLY!!!  This parking lot is NOT a student pick up or drop off area!  This parking lot is not monitored by anyone.  It is not safe for children to be in this lot! Please use the school parking lot that is designed with a cross walk & is patrolled by our staff. For everyone’s safety, please obey the signs & follow the rules.  Thank you!

Posted on January 11, 2017

Smoke Free Campus

Rossiter’s current Smoke Free Campus policy does apply to cars on school property.  Please No Smoking in the parking lot.

Thank you!

Posted on January 7, 2016

Rossiter received a $500 Grant

Rossiter received a $500 grant through MEA-MFT in support of our Conflict Manager Program.

THE KAREN COX MEMORIAL GRANT
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation is pleased to announce its
first grant program for classroom assistance available to all Montana public
school employees. This grant program is named after one of Montana’s great
educators, Karen Cox, who lost her life doing what she loved, working to
improve education. She took seriously her opportunities to support her fellow
teachers, and therefore it is fitting that this grant program be named in her
honor.

 

The grant money will be spent on supplies for training day for next year’s conflict managers, as well as on supplies for our Healthy Snack Shack on Wednesday mornings before school.

The program came into existence at Rossiter this school year, thanks to the huge support of our parent council. This year’s conflict managers have also helped raise funds for future years at the Carnival Classic, by sales at parent/teacher conferences and through the Candy Cane Grams at Christmastime.

Thank you all for your support and kudos to the first-year conflict managers and mentors for all their efforts.

Tara Thompson

Para educator, Rossiter Elementary
324-1485
tthompson@helenaschools.org
rossiter@helenaschools.org
Posted on November 16, 2015

3 Great Ideas gain grants

Christy Heun – Learning in Motion — Rossiter Elementary School

More than 1,000 students will participate in the University of Montana’s CoMotion Dance Project’s Interactive production, “Fire Speaks the Land,” which uses dance and original music to teach science. It will be performed at the middle school auditorium for all of Helena’s fourth- and fifth-graders.

 

Patrick Rieley – Connecting the World with Flags — Rossiter Elementary School

Connecting the World with Flags brings a display of flags from every country around the world into the classroom, and fourth-graders will make flags of other nations. The students will conclude their year of exploration with a schoolwide International Day in May.

 

Heidi Herbolich – A Book to Bring a Community Together — Rossiter Elementary School

The “One School, One Book” program creates a shared reading experience throughout an entire school community and highlights the importance of family literacy. With help from HEF, the school will purchase one chapter book for each student, targeting nearly 500 students.

Posted on November 16, 2015

B.U.G.

Rossiter B.U.G. (Bring Up Grades) 2015-2016
Begins the Second Quarter of School November 9, 2015
This program is sponsored by the Kiwanis (see below letter)

Rossiter Expectations:
Students need to do one of the Academic goals and either the Attendance or Behavior goal.

1. Academics Goal
a. If you have Straight A’s, maintain the grades

                                        OR

b. Bring up your grades in (2) subjects
2. Attendance Goal                         OR                        Behavior Goal
a. Miss only (2) full days                                                   a. Loss of Privilege none (0)
Or (4) half days a quarter                                                                     And
And                                                                         b. Incident Reports none (0)
b. (2) or less tardies a quarter

 

Incentive program
2nd quarter Lunch at Jorgensen’s with the Kiwanian members
3rd quarter Ice cream and Cookie party at Rossiter
4th quarter Pizza Party at Rossiter

*If you did not make the fourth quarter expectation but made the expectation
for the 2nd or 3rd quarter, you will be invited to the Pizza Party.

 

Dear Parent,

The Helena Kiwanis Club, working with the Helena Unified School District administration, is proud to announce that B.U.G. is back!

B.U.G. (Bring Up Grades) is a program designed to provide recognition to students in the 4th and 5th grades who work hard to raise their academic grades to an acceptable range, and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Recognition includes a presentation to each student qualifying as a B.U.G. of a certificate and prizes after the 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter and at year-end. Parents of honorees are welcome to attend any celebration with their child. If you decide to attend please let your child’s teacher know.

Beginning with the district’s 2015-2016 second quarter, students who are recognized by their teachers for academic achievement will be honored as a B.U.G. by our Kiwanis Club. After grade cards for the 2nd quarter are sent home, B.U.G. recipients will be invited to attend a Helena Kiwanis Club meeting for lunch. A school-bus will transport students to and from Jorgensen’s, where they will join our Kiwanian members to be recognized with a certificate and some fun prizes honoring their accomplishments. A cookie and ice cream party will be set up at school after the 3rd quarter grades come out, then at the end of the school year, new 4th quarter B.U.G.’s along with all prior recipients, will be invited to a pizza party hosted by Helena Kiwanis Club at their respective schools. Fourth quarter B.U.G. honorees will be given their certificates and prizes at the party.

We are once again honored to sponsor this wonderful program and to be working with our community’s youth as we promote academic achievement through B.U.G. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Hargis

Helena Kiwanis Club

B.U.G. Coordinator

Posted on October 21, 2015

Facility Improvement Plan

School District Invites Public to Participate in Facility Improvement Plan

Save the Date:  Community Listening Sessions Kickoff November 9

The Helena Board of Trustees wants to hear what the community thinks is important to improve our school facilities to enhance student achievement.

The School District has hired a professional facilitator to conduct a series of six (6) Community Listening Sessions that kicks off on Monday, November 9, 2015 at the Ray Bjork Learning Center Gymnasium.

“We know our students and teachers need better school facilities in which to learn and to teach,” said Board Chair Aidan Myhre. “It’s important for us to hear the public’s ideas to move forward together on another school facility bond.”

Superintendent Kent Kultgen added, “Facilities are important to support our District’s educational goals.  These Listening Sessions are a good way for the community to engage in the process and to let us know what is important to them.”

These Community Listening Sessions will convene at 5:30 p.m. and include refreshments.  Each meeting will officially begin at 6:00 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.

COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSIONS

Refreshments and Check-in – 5:30 p.m.

Facilitated Discussion 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

DATE

LOCATION

1.      Monday, November 9

Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym

1600 8th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

2.      Wednesday, November 11

Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym

1600 8th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

3.      Thursday, November 12

Jim Darcy Elementary School

990 Lincoln Rd W, Helena, MT 59602

4.      Monday, December 7

Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym

1600 8th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

5.      Wednesday, December 9

Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym

1600 8th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

6.      Thursday, December 10

Warren Elementary School

2690 old York Road, Helena, MT 59602

Two additional Listening Sessions will be held for District Staff.  More information concerning school facilities or these Community Listening Sessions can be found on the District’s website at Helenaschools.org

Posted on October 12, 2015

NO parking in Handicapped parking area

Unless you have a permit….Please do not park in our Handicapped Parking.  We have several families that need to use this parking space.  Thank you!

Posted on October 5, 2015

One class at a Time

Congratulations to Mrs. Hofter on $250.00 grant from Interstate Bank. She will purchase a listening center for her Kindergarten class. The center would include the headphones/player as well as books/cds. Many students are entering our rooms without high listening skills or a love for listening to and reading stories. She would love to add a listening center to enhance and enrich the children’s multi-sensory experience with books. A benefit of the center is hearing a book on cd can help students realize how the words on a page can come to life in an expressive and fluid manner. They can hear the author/narrator embellish with fun or silly voices which makes reading a pleasure, rather than a learned skill and motivates them want to learn to read. Students would be able to listen to stories at and above their reading level and be introduced to new vocabulary. It would also give the opportunity to improve on their listening skills which is an important part of reading. She could also incorporate the listening center into other content areas.