Rossiter Parent Council News December, 2009 “The Penguin Who Saved Christmas” The 2009 Rossiter School Winter Program was a huge success and Happy Holidays! provided a great opportunity to showcase our children’s and staff’s [Type a quote from the document or the summary of an incredible talents. Our sincere appreciation is extended to our energetic music teacher, Virginia Wille, for all the time and effort box.] she dedicated to orchestrating this event. There were many other talented people who also helped with the program including pianist Connie Conley and the Rossiter Winter Program committee consisting of teachers Kelly Blaz, Carol Bruderer, Brigit Lieberg, Mary Jo O’Brian, Susan Smith and Andrea Tucker. Thank you for providing the students and families of Rossiter with wonderful musical memories. Calendar of Events Rossiter “Royal Aires” Honors Choir A large group of dedicated 3rd, 4th and 5th graders gathered before 12/18 Class Holiday Parties school at 8:00 am for over a month to participate in the Rossiter “Royal Aires” Honors Choir. The group performed at the 12/19 – 1/3 Winter Break Intermountain Festival of Trees, Hunter’s Pointe, the Waterford and at the Christmas Program. Retired teacher, Sheila Reisch, 12/22 MacKenzie River graciously volunteered her time and talents to lead this choir. Pizza Day Thank you Sheila, her husband Dick Reisch (general choir leader assistant), the choir “Road Crew” – Charmaine Barker, Jenny 1/5 Parent Council Meeting Bloomquist, Kathleen Broussard, Karen Latka and Tracy Witter - Noon- SAC Building and all the parents who helped get their children to school early each morning. Rossiter School was well represented by this 1/18 No School – Martin outstanding group of young singers. Luther King Day Reading for Royals 1/21 Noon Early Release A Huge Success Rossiter teachers and the library will be getting early Christmas 1/22 No School presents this week as 92 books were purchased by Rossiter families through the Reading for Royals program. Our thanks to 1/26 Board of Trustees library staff Laura Trapp and Mary Drysdale, parents Deanna Rossiter Work Session Hause and Devon McGrorty for coordinating this program and all the Rossiter families who purchased books. Shiver Shack Freezers Donated The enthusiastic support of Rossiter families was once again demonstrated when the call for a freezer donation was answered by not only one, but two families! Thank you to Decker and Tennille Barrett and Ted and Shelly Mathews for donating freezers for the 5th Grade Shiver Shack program. Rossiter students can continue to enjoy purchasing their frozen treats on Wednesdays. Martinson’s Ranch Chocolates Fundraiser Wrap-Up Parent volunteers sorted and distributed boxes and boxes of Martinson’s Ranch Chocolates on Thursday, December 10. Thank you to all families who participated in the fundraiser and who picked up their orders Thursday. While it was noted in the Rossiter Day at last newsletter that Alex Barker earned top spot for the most MacKenzie River Pizza money raised, the Parent Council also chose to honor 1st grader Tuesday, December 22 Haley Jose for selling the most units. The Parent Council “Prize The stockings might be hung and tree up, Patrol” will be at school December 16th and 17th distributing but getting dinner on the table on Tuesday, individual prizes and hosting the 1st grade pizza party and 2nd December 22, might just be easier if you grade ice cream party as rewards for all their hard work with the plan to eat at or carry out from MacKenzie fundraiser. A special thank you is extended to the following River Pizza! Attached to this newsletter you businesses for sponsoring sales awards: Big Time Bouncers, will find a coupon that will earn Rossiter Exploration Works and Sleeping Giant Bowling Lanes. Thanks School 20% of your dollars spent at the also to all the parents who spent the afternoon of the 10th restaurant during lunch or dinner on organizing the orders for an easy pick-up system. Your time and Tuesday, December 22. We hope you will assistance was very much appreciated. use this as the perfect excuse to dine out! Where Does This Money Go?? Everyone is keenly aware of the Parent Council’s fundraising efforts, but might not be that familiar with how the money is spent. Our current large project is creating a plan for remodeling the library. A Parent Council committee is working with Rossiter staff and Helena School District representatives to develop a plan of action and budget for the remodeling project. During the November Parent Council meeting, $10,000 was set aside in a bank Certificate of Deposit for this project. The Parent Council also reviewed various grant requests submitted by teachers and staff for a variety of needs. The following projects were funded during the November meeting: • Kindergarten Fieldtrip to Exploration Works - $218 • Honor Choir Bus to Hunter’s Pointe and Waterford - $91.44 • Christmas Program Bus - $91.44 • Accelerated Reader/Attendance Awards - $60 • 4th Grade Artist in Residence Program (Phoebe Toland) - $500 Additional grant requests will be reviewed again in the spring. Mark Your Calendar Now Board of Trustees Work Session -Tuesday, January 26, 4:00 pm, Rossiter Library – Rossiter staff will be making a presentation to the Helena District School Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 26, in the Rossiter library at 4:00 pm highlighting various Rossiter programs and activities. The Board of Trustees uses these meetings as outreach to the school communities. This is a perfect opportunity to attend a Board meeting, learn about future plans for our school and show your support for Rossiter. Please plan to be a part of this work session. Kid’s College – April, 2010 – Plans are underway for the 2010 Kid’s College classes. Kid’s College is an enrichment project designed to help nurture the bond between schools and communities; and relies on parent volunteers and community members to teach mini-courses. Classes are offered to students in designated grade levels once a week, for three weeks, on a variety of subjects – from scrapbooking to Japanese. If you are interested in creating and teaching a class, contact Charmaine Barker (442- 8474) or Karen Latka (458-0466).
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