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Intensely passionate about learning, Rossman teachers are constantly seeking to grow as both educators and parents. If you're looking for a book to dive into this summer, check out this list of teacher-recommended parenting books.

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Rossman strives to provide a traditional education with innovation. Woven throughout the school’s program are innovative projects such as the sixth grade symbolizing heroes through ceramic art pieces, the third grade building rotational symmetry with LEGOs in art, and the fifth grade experimenting in science with motorized Scribble Bot machines to name a few. Innovation occurs when teachers communicate and inspire each other with new ideas.

Summer is the perfect time to continue innovative projects for children. Passions can be captured, and there is time to “play”, create,...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.

With our sophisticated, fast-paced culture, too many choices and too little time, we are unknowingly creating the perfect breeding ground for the development of mental health issues in our children. Society has entered a unique period in which parents no longer struggle to provide enough but are unable to resist the temptation of providing too much. Several months ago, after reading Simplicity Parenting by John Payne, the prevailing message from this book continued to resonate in my mind....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

Be Proactive

Begin With the End in Mind

Put First Things First

Think Win-Win

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Synergize

Sharpen the Saw

Welcome to the world of “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.” The 7 Habits are leadership qualities introduced in Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. These highly effective habits teach students to enter the 21st century with confidence, character and leadership skills. Along...Read more

A Flight from Conversation

Conversations are key to language development, the exchange of thoughts and ideas and listening to each other. People learn by hearing each other’s thoughts while observing facial and body expressions that show emotions.

“Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing we do,” says Sherry Turkle in her book Reclaiming Conversation – The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. “Fully present to one another, we learn to...Read more

Have you ever felt like dozing off while listening to a lesson or speaker at a conference? Of course you have. Who can sit still for hours at a time listening to someone talk and talk and talk? Well, in third grade, we realize that there are times throughout the day when our students need to change up the routine and get their blood pumping. We call these times “brain breaks.”

A brain break is a one- to three-minute mental break period taken throughout the day to help refresh our thinking and engage in physical exercise. These quick movements help our learners to “wake up” their...Read more

These days, average American adults check their phones every six and a half minutes. We start early. There are now baby bouncers (and potty seats) that are manufactured with a slot to hold a digital device. A quarter of American teenagers are connected to a device within five minutes of waking up. Most teenagers send one hundred texts a day. Eighty percent sleep with their phones. Forty-four do not ‘unplug’ ever, not even in religious services or when playing a sport or exercising. (Source: Reclaiming...Read more

Just this week we noticed one of our first graders writing a "get well" note to a friend who was sick at home. Nobody asked him to write the card, it was simply his own concern for his friend that prompted his act of kindness. Just as many say, “kindness is contagious,” his small, sweet gesture gave another friend the impulse to write a similar note. Oh, the ripples of compassion!

Throughout our day we catch many glimpses of kindness in action: sharing sharpened pencils when a friend’s lead breaks, offers to push a friend on the swings, tying a friend’s shoelaces, and patiently...Read more

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