News at Rossman: 2010-2011

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Rossman School Students Excel in National Geography Challenge

June 2011

Students at Rossman School earned three impressive finishes in the National Geography Challenge this spring, including second place in the nation among fifth graders.

The fifth grade team’s average score in the 2010-2011 National Geography Challenge was 90.5 percent, earning 362 of a possible 400 points. They finished only two points behind the national champions from Brick Township Elementary School in New Jersey.

Rossman School earned seventh place among fourth graders, with a 93.7 percent average.The Rossman School sixth grade team finished fourth in the nation, with a 92.5 percent average.

In the challenge, the scores of the top 10 students are combined to determine the team score. The National Geography Challenge is administered by the National Social Studies League, and is sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education. The challenge provides standardized testing for children in grades 2-12. At Rossman School, students take the test in grades 4-6. The written exam tests general knowledge of geography, map skills, interpreting charts and graphs and reading comprehension.

Mary Jane Carissimi teaches Upper School Social Studies at Rossman School.


Retiring Teachers Honored

May 2011

Rossman School saluted three retiring teachers — music teacher Jane Brader, art teacher Gail Crosson and fourth grade teacher Ann Walther — on May 18. During their time in Rossman classrooms, Ann, Gail and Jane have touched the lives of more than 1,200 students! The School held an assembly in their honor and an open house to give former teachers, administrators students and their parents an opportunity to pay tribute to these treasured teachers. Watch a song performed by the students and faculty below.



Thank You Volunteers!

May 2011

The many volunteers who help Rossman School throughout the year were honored Thursday morning, May 12, at the annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. Parents give their time in many ways, all important in helping Rossman School thrive. For their efforts, the administration, staff and students say "thank you!"


Rossman School Celebrates Special Grandparents' Day

May 2011

Rossman School hosted Grandparents Day on Friday, May 6. Grandparents were invited to the School to spend time in the classroom, view a slide show and watch a musical performance. This year's musical performance, "Wild Things," was extra special, because it was the final program for music teacher Jane Brader, who is retiring at the end of the school year.


Boyle Earns Honor from SLU

April 2011

Rossman School Lower School Director Karen Boyle has been inducted into the Saint Louis University chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu.

Alpha Sigma Nu is the national honor society of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The induction ceremony was held on April 10. According to Saint Louis University, membership in Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors given on a Jesuit campus and unique among honor societies. The organization works to identify students who demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of, and commitment to, ideals of Jesuit education, focusing on scholarship, loyalty and service.

More than 100 SLU students were inducted into the chapter. Karen was one of 11 honorees from the graduate level of the College of Education and Public Service.


Grade 3 and Grade 6 Parents at 100% in Annual Giving!

April 2011

Great news! Parents in Grades 3 and 6 have reached that ultimate goal — 100 percent participation in this year’s Annual Giving! And the participation in the other classes is enormously encouraging: JK stands at 96 percent, Grades 2, 4 and 5 at 93 percent, and SK and Grade 1 are at 90 percent.

With the help of our team of Class Agents and very supportive parents, today’s overall participation stands at a creditable 94 percent. And with that comes an increased hope that Rossman’s established tradition of having each and every family participate will continue in 2010-2011.

As we have tried so diligently to communicate to you this year, Annual Giving is crucial to the educational excellence we expect for our children at Rossman School. It is more than seven percent of the budget.

So to each of you who has participated, I say thank you from every child at Rossman. You have helped to make his or her experience the best it can possibly be.

With great hope of sending you word of 100 percent parent participation soon …

—2010-2011 Annual Giving Chair Marty Blaylock


Three Rossman Students Are Winners in Essay Contest

April 2011

The essays of three Rossman School students were chosen as winners in the Creve Coeur Arbor Day Contest.

The students, two second graders and a third grader, read their essays about the important of parks in Creve Coeur on Saturday, April 16, at the Creve Coeur Arbor Day Celebration, which was held at the Creve Coeur Civic Center Gymnasium. The students were the three placewinners in the Grade 2-3 Category.

The contest, which was open to all schools in Creve Coeur, was optional for Rossman second graders, and was due over spring break no less! The winners read their essays, received a certificate, T-shirt and a small sapling to plant in their yards.

Click below to see excerpts from the essays.



Spring Is in the Air … So It Must Be Time for the Flower Sale

April 2011

It’s time to get out your gardening gloves, trowel and shovel and head to the Rossman School plant sale. Wiethop Greenhouses, 2463 Barrett Station Road, is once again hosting the annual flower sale from April 21–May 8. All you need to do is bring in the coupon, which can be downloaded below, and Wiethop will donate 20 percent of your purchase to our School. They have a large selection of annuals, perennials, tropicals and vegetables that you can peruse at Don’t forget to share these coupons with your family and friends. The more you share, the more our kids benefit!


Students learn about Vietnam during International Week

April 2011

Rossman School students learned about Vietnam during this year's International Week. Monday Morning Gathering focused on Vietnam, with a fashion show, music performance, dance performance and guest speaker. Throughout the week, students answered trivia questions posted all around the building and tried Vietnamese cuisine at lunch.


Author Doreen Cronin Visits Rossman

March 2011

Popular children’s author Doreen Cronin visited Rossman School on March 11, 2011. The New York native spoke at an all-school assembly, reading from her new book, “The Trouble with Chickens,” describing the writing process and answering questions from students. After the assembly, she signed books in Rossman School’s Ball Library.

Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular children’s books “Diary of a Worm,” “Diary of a Spider,” “Diary of a Fly,” the Caldecott Honor Book “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type,” and “Duck for President.”

Rossman School librarian Lin Edmonston worked with Pudd’nHead Books in Webster Groves to make the visit possible.


Castaway to Rossman Bay is a success

March 2011

Thanks to all the volunteers and participants who made "Castaway to Rossman Bay" such a successful evening! The night of trivia and fun held by the Rossman School Parents' Club and the Rossman School Alumni Association brought more than 240 people to Marshall Gymnasium on Saturday, March 5.


Rossman Players End Successful Run of "Dear Edwina"

March 2011

The Rossman Players performed "Dear Edwina" three times in two days in the Pratt Performing Arts Center. The Rossman Players performed in front of their fellow Rossman students, parents, alumni and visitors from area preschools.


31 Members of Class of 2005 Attend Spirit Day!

March 2011

The Class of 2005 turned out in full force for Spirit Day. Thirty-one high school seniors, including one from Tampa, Florida, returned to Rossman to take on our fifth and sixth graders in a wacky game of basketball.


Rossman School Students Raise More Than $11,000 for American Heart Association

February 2011

Rossman School students raised more than $11,000 for the American Heart Association by participating in two events. About 90 Rossman School students in grades 2-6 participated in Jump Rope for Heart February 4. About 40 students in grades 3-6 participated in Hoops for Heart on February 9. The fund raisers brought in $11,099.50 for the American Heart Association. Students participating in the Jump Rope for Heart raised $5,709.50. Students participating in Hoops for Heart raised $5,390.

During the Jump Rope for Heart, students supplemented their rope jumping with a speed jumping competition. Students in Hoops for Heart participated in individual and team basketball skill competitions.

In addition to being fun, the events helped raise awareness of the importance of incorporating cardiovascular activity into the students’ daily routine.


Annual Giving reaches 80% current parent participation!

January 2011

Annual Giving Chair Marty Blaylock just announced that Annual Giving has passed the 80 percent figure in current parent participation, and he is looking forward to seeing several of the classes reach full participation soon! "Rossman parents have a time-honored tradition of unanimously supporting their children's education in this way," he stated, "and Jeff Heidbreder, the Parents' Club treasurer and Annual Giving assistant chair, or I will be personally contacting parents to answer questions and urge participation from the remaining families."


Excitement builds for Castaway to Rossman Bay (Trivia Night)

January 2011

The response for Trivia Night has been energizing! We are going to have a fantastic night of fun on Saturday, March 5, with Rossman friends, family and alumni. We are gathering awesome prizes and auction items to add to our fun-filled night of trivia and games on March 5. Please consider donating an item — all sizes are welcome! We are requesting gift cards, goodies for baskets, silent auction gems, tickets to sporting events, plays and concerts and vacation home weeks, just to name a few. If you have donations, please drop them off in the Parents’ Club office or call one of the chairs for pickup and we’ll put your donations to good use at our fund/friend raiser.

Start putting together your table of eight. Individual seat prices are $30.

If you are looking for some extra TLC that night, you’ll want to sit at one of our VIP tables. For just $90 per person, you receive: catered meal and desserts, wait staff for your table, premium seating, a swag bag and a $30 per ticket charitable donation letter.


Admission Applications Due

January 2011

Applications for admission for the 2011-2012 school year were due January 14. If you have any questions, please click here to email Katharine Durham, our Director of Admission.


Rossman Hosts Coffee for Prospective Junior Kindergarten Parents

January 2011

Rossman School held a Coffee and Information meeting on January 12 for parents of prospective Junior Kindergarten students. Our Junior Kindergarten teachers and Lower School Director were available to discuss Junior Kindergarten. If you missed the coffee and would like more information about our Junior Kindergarten program, click here to email Katharine Durham, our Director of Admission.


Fifth Graders Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

December 2010

The 30 members of Rossman School’s fifth grade class were honored at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony Tuesday morning. Officer Jon McIntosh of the Creve Coeur Police Department, who guided the D.A.R.E. class at Rossman, was the main speaker at the event. McIntosh presented each graduate with their graduation certificate. He also presented a medal to Victoria E., who won the class’ essay contest. Victoria read her essay at the ceremony. Sohan K. won the D.A.R.E. Student of the Semester award.


Rossman Hosts Students from North Side Community School for Traveling Zoo

December 2010

Not even an hour after they met, new friends from Rossman School and North Side Community School held hands as they walked down Rossman School’s halls toward the second grade classroom.

Once they reached their destination, the Rossman School second graders excitedly showed off their desks, lockers and the rest of the classroom to the visitors from North Side.

Although the two schools are miles apart — North Side is located between Euclid and Kingshighway in North St. Louis and Rossman is located in Creve Coeur — they share a strong connection. Rossman Head of School, Pat Shipley, sits on North Side’s board. North Side’s Executive Director, John Grote, is the husband of Rossman’s Upper School Science Teacher, Ruth Grote.

The schools’ students made a connection during Thursday’s visit when North Side’s first and second grades came to Rossman to watch the “Traveling Zoo” put on by Rossman’s fourth graders. The traveling zoo is the culmination of a project in which the students study an animal. After writing a report about the animal, each student makes a mask of the animal’s face. In an assembly held every year around this time, students wear their masks and tell the audience, which consists of other Rossman classes, interesting facts about their animal. To make the experience more interactive, young audience members “activate” each animal by touching the mask’s nose.

This year, students from North Side were included in the audience, sitting with Rossman’s first and second grade students. North Side principal Stella Erondu said the program fit in with the grades’ science and social studies curriculum. She complimented the Rossman fourth graders for the work they put into making the masks and studying the animals. Her students were also impressed.

“It was awesome,” said North Side second grader Paige, who said her favorite animal in the program was a giraffe.

The panda bear was North Side second-grader Jayla’s favorite animal. She said she learned “a lot of things about animals” during the program.

The opportunity to learn did not end at the conclusion of the program. The schools’ first and second graders were given time to get to know one another over cookies and milk.

“This was a great experience for students from both North Side Community and Rossman School who all learned from each other and enjoyed getting to know each other,” Shipley said

She’s already looking forward to North Side’s next visit. “In March the North Side students will return to Rossman to enjoy a play performance by our fifth and sixth grade Rossman Players.”


Sixth Graders Spend Saturday Helping Others

December 2010

Thirteen members of Rossman School’s sixth grade class joined one of their teachers outside of the Schnucks at Ladue Crossing on Saturday to ring bells and collect money for the Salvation Army.

The students volunteered during one hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Rossman School teacher Jim Holmes and his son braved the elements to collect money during the entire eight-hour stretch. The holiday service project was optional for sixth grade students, and was an opportunity to exhibit the “Rossman Rules” of kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility.


A Joyous Holiday Program

December 2010

Rossman School students were definitely "In The Spirit" on Thursday, December 9, when they performed in front of a packed house in Marshall Gymnasium for the annual Holiday Program.


Watch Videos about Rossman School

November 2010

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School Raises Money for Ronald McDonald House

November 2010

Rossman School students and teachers recently broke the school’s dress code for a good cause.

Rossman School raised $440 for the Ronald McDonald House on the campus of St. John’s Mercy Hospital by holding a “No Dress Code Day.” Participants paid $2 to the school’s student council for the right to disregard the school’s dress code for the day.

The fundraiser is part of an ongoing, schoolwide effort to collect everyday items for the recently opened Ronald McDonald House, which is approximately a mile away from the school. The school will use the funds generated by the "No Dress Code Day" fundraiser to buy additional items, and will present its donation to the Ronald McDonald House in December.


Open House on November 13!

November 2010

An Open House for all those in the St. Louis area who are interested in seeing and hearing what  Rossman School offers children will be held on Saturday, November 13, from 9-11:30 a.m. All families who have an interest are encouraged to come at any time during those hours to tour our campus, meet our teachers, talk with our parents and watch your children play! Children are welcome!


Frankenberger, Northrup Receive Schwaner Award

November 2010

In keeping with a longstanding tradition at Rossman School, the Helen Schwaner Faculty Professional Development Award was presented recently at the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

In attendance for the presentation by Head of School Pat Shipley was Michael Cummings, a Rossman alum and a great nephew of Helen Schwaner. Schwaner and Mary Rossman founded Rossman School in 1917. In 1996, the Cummings family established an endowment to fund this award, which is given annually to a member or members of the Rossman staff. The intent of this award is to provide opportunities for furthering their professional development.

This year, the school’s third grade teaching team of Lynn Frankenberger and Jennifer Northrup received the Schwaner Award. The award will be used to purchase a Senteo Pack Classroom Response System from SMART Technologies for the third grade classroom.

The Senteo system gives each student a “clicker.” With the clicker, students can answer questions (multiple choice, true/false, yes/no, etc.) and have those answers automatically recorded — either with students signed in or answering anonymously. This not only provides instant feedback for the student, but also for the teacher. It can be a valuable tool to determine if a class comprehends a lesson.

“Teachers work to develop lessons that improve student learning, but sometimes wonder exactly how much students are understanding,” Frankenberger and Northrup stated in their award proposal. “With Senteo technology, students can easily tell us with the click of a button.” The system connects to a PC and can be used in conjunction with the SMARTBoard technology already used in Rossman’s classrooms. It also allows teachers to view, export and print student and class scores in a variety formats.

Not only is the system practical, it is also fun for the students. “When students are engaged kinesthetically and actively, lessons are more meaningful,” the teachers stated in their proposal.
The system will be installed in the third grade classroom in a matter of weeks.


Rogue's Playground and Schwaner Lane Open

October 2010

On Thursday afternoon, October 21, Rogue's Playground opened to Juniors and Seniors and Schwaner Lane on the west side of the School opened for carpool! Both are well worth the wait Rossman families have endured!


Rossman School Featured in St. Louis Kids Magazine

October 2010
St. Louis Kids Magazine Cover

Rossman School is featured in the Winter 2010 edition of St. Louis Kids Magazine. An article on our new playground and the importance of play is on page 24. Click here to read more.


Rossman School Earns Recognition for
American Heart Association Fundraising Efforts

October 2010

The American Heart Association has recognized Rossman School for the school’s fundraising efforts in 2009-2010.

Rossman School received a plaque from the American Heart Association for holding the “Top Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Event in the St. Louis Area” during the 2009-2010 school year. In February, Rossman School students raised $7,876 for the American Heart Association by participating in two events, Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. That amount was the third highest among all schools in Missouri and the School will receive an award at Monday Morning Gathering on January 3, 2011. Seventy-seven Rossman School students in Grades 3-6 participated in Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.

Rossman School has participated in Jump Rope for Heart for nearly 25 years. The event during the 2009-2010 school year was the first time the School participated in Hoops for Heart. The fundraising efforts by the students honor the School’s commitment to character education and the four Rossman rules of kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart at Rossman School are scheduled to be held from 3-6 p.m. on February 4, 2011.

Rossman School Featured in the Ladue News

October 2010
Ladue News Cover

Our new early childhood playground is featured on the cover of the October 1 edition of the Ladue News. See the story from the Ladue News on the importance of play at Rossman here.


Please click here to read news from the 2009-2010 school year.

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