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It is a true blessing to bring classroom learning alive for students. Rossman School does this each spring with the sixth graders on a four-day, three-night field trip. This is often referred to as the “Space Camp Trip” as the bulk of our trip is spent in Huntsville, Alabama, but the reality is, we also experience a whole lot more!

This year the trip began on Tuesday, April 18. All students arrived at school, loaded their luggage and hopped on the bus. By Tuesday afternoon, we were at the Shiloh National Battlefield in Tennessee. When we arrived, Ranger Charlie greeted us. Ranger...Read more

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This has been a busy year in the Rossman Library! We’ve had visiting authors, pirates, coding, research, and tons of reading going on. All families have barcodes and book check out is recommended. Parents frequently ask for book suggestions for their children when visiting the library, and I am more than happy to help. In addition to personal recommendations there are many good websites reviewing children’s books.

Can you imagine living in an art museum? Rossman fourth graders recently visited the St. Louis Art Museum trying to imagine just that.

This spring, the fourth graders have been reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. In this classic novel, two siblings decide to run away from home and hide in a magnificent, beautiful place - the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In their quest to learn “everything about everything” in the museum, they find themselves amongst a mysterious statue that may be the work of Michelangelo. This sends the pair on an...Read more

In 1825, a young Abraham Lincoln borrowed a book from a neighbor and while in his possession, the book was ruined due to a roof leak. Lincoln worked for his neighbor to compensate for the book’s value, thus becoming the first book Lincoln would personally own. Through this brief glimpse into our 16th president’s life, there is much to admire and learn about Lincoln’s character, his respect for learning and the responsibility he exhibited to repay his neighbor. As parents and educators, Lincoln’s life stories present many opportunities to teach the intangible, yet enduring values Rossman...Read more

What do learning the nine steps required to fire a Civil War musket, Ivy Green, Space Shot, the Multi-Axis Trainer, IMAX movies, the march in Selma, Alabama, and a really, really, really long bus ride have in common? These were the thrills that we experienced on our sixth grade class trip to the Civil War Battlefield at Shiloh, Tennessee, to Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and then to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee. All together, we traveled through seven states.

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Shiver me timbers! There are pirates in the library!

Aye matey! You heard it correctly. Reading pirates have invaded the library! JK, SK and first grade enjoyed dressing like pirates last week to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was a mighty day filled with pirate stories, walking the plank, sea songs, hunting for treasure and munching on goldfish. Libraries aren’t the quiet places they once were. Arrgh!

Aside from our pirate adventures, the library year has started full speed ahead. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are encouraged to read a new set of books each...Read more

Traveling from 2015 back to 1862 and to outer space and back home in only four days was an exhilarating yet exhausting experience for Rossman sixth grade students. Weary travelers returned home last Friday evening after visiting Shiloh National Battlefield Park in Shiloh, Tennessee, Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and then Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

blog_spacecamp-5.jpgOur first stop was a tour of Shiloh where thousands of...Read more

Betty G. Birney, author of the popular “According to Humphrey” books, recently stopped by the library to talk with Rossman second graders. We gathered around an interactive whiteboard to welcome Mrs. Birney via Skype Classroom.

The students greeted Mrs. Birney with great questions and enthusiasm. She graciously shared information about herself, her writing career and Humphrey (a fictional classroom pet hamster). A St. Louis native, Mrs. Birney was excited to meet a class from her hometown. 

It was a special 30 minutes learning about an author and her book series. Mrs. Birney...Read more

In conjunction with our study of North America and the reading of our first two literature books this year, we took a journey that eventually had us focusing on one word, “pilgrim.” We asked, “What is a pilgrim? What was it really like for the early pilgrims who came to this country, and what about modern day pilgrims to our country?”

First, we found ourselves talking about how different the continents looked millions of years ago and how people traveled across land bridges that once connected continents. This proved to be a perfect lead into the study of the ancient Mississippian...Read more

Most adults have fond memories about reading as a child. Perhaps a teacher read your class a book that sparked a desire to research more information about a subject. Maybe you discovered a book that lead to reading other books in that series. Children are often influenced by their parents’ examples of reading or the joy they feel about sharing a book at bedtime. Here are some suggestions to nurture the joy of reading in your child.

  • Read To Your Child
    Bedtime is an excellent time to share a story, but don’t miss out on other times when you can snuggle in
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