Mrs. Bridges' second graders are hard at work
creating a marble maze while studying Space
and technology in science class. Students worked
together to create a maze that a marble would
successfully travel while sharing their findings
with their team. Students then presented
their maze to their classmates while explaining
what worked well and what they
found difficult when creating their mazes.
The 5th grade track and field meet was held at Oakville High School on Sat. April 27, where the district’s ten elementary schools competed. Both the girls and boys teams from Rogers received first place and will receive the traveling banners which will be hung in the gym. The top eight competitors also received ribbons. The following students who received ribbons were:
50 Meter 100 Meter 200 Meter
Boys Boys Boys
Opec Hynds – 1st Sawyer Hardy – 1st Adam Mittendorf – 2nd
Colin Fulkerson – 2nd Ethan Ude – 2nd Colin O’Shea – 7th
Kyle Westwood – 6th Colin Fulkerson – 7th
Girls Girls Girls
Kayla Fitzwilliam – 1st Aaliyah Kuelker – 2nd Gabby Cooper – 2nd
Aaliyah Kuelker – 4th Olivia Ruder – 6th Emma Sullivan – 4th
Shaniya Story – 6th
800 Meter Boys 4 X 100 Relay – 4th Girls 4 X 100 Relay – 3rd
Boys Sean Creahan Emma Hitt
Sam Bieser – 5th Colin O’Shea Cailyn Hickman
Kyle Westwood – 7th Matthew Ottomeyer Megan Kohl
Sam Bieser Kaile Kalton
Alexia Walker – 3rd
Phoebe Rodenbeck – 5th
Long Jump Triple Jump High Jump
Boys Boys Boys
Sean Creahan – 7th Matthew Ottomeyer – 5th Ethan Ude – 2nd
Travis Herrick – 6th Sawyer Hardy – 3rd
Riley Flieg – 8th
Girls Girls Girls
Alexis Williams – 2nd Lauren Halamicek – 3rd Kayla Fitzwilliam – 1st
Emma Sullivan – 5th Olivia Ruder – 5th Amanda Fitzwilliam and
Lauren Halamicek – 6th Amanda Fitzwilliam – 6th Alexis Williams – tie for 3rd
We want to thank Mrs. Bayer who co-coached the team.
We want to thank Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. and Mrs. Mittendorf whom were helpers that day.
Grace Porterfield SIT UPS Santiao Asaro
Katie Reed PUSH UPS Nick Lansford
Emma Wozniak SHUTTLE RUN Mark Sarhage
Kayla Fitzwilliam PULL UPS Christain Weber
Elizabeth Frederich 440 Thomas Hutcheson
Ellen O’Brien MILE Matt Ahrens
Rosalyn Rhymes SIT & REACH Frederick Fulton
The 2000-2001 record for the 440 of 1:27 by Elizabeth Frederich was tied this school year by Hailey Chambliss in third grade. Congratulations to her!
Travis Herrick – 68 Sit-ups Amanda Fitzwilliam- 64
Olivia Ruder – 64
Allyson Williams - 64
Alex Mittendorf - 94 Push-ups Haley Graham - 93
Ibragim Makhmudov - 11 Pull-ups Kayla Fitzwilliam – 15
Sawyer Hardy – 8.8 Shuttle Run Kayla Fitzwilliam – 9.5
Nathan Ottomeyer – 1:27 440 Run Hailey Chambliss – 1:27
Sawyer Hardy – 6:40 Mile Kayla Fitzwilliam – 7:24
Opec Hynds – +6 Sit and Reach Emma Hitt - +9
Best in Show: Selina Maria Johnston, Fifth Grade
Kindergarten: Jack Hammann
1st Grade: Christine Yim
5th Grade: Cailyn Hickman
Nathan Ottomeyer-1:27 Hailey Chambliss-1:27
Norman Taylor-1:28 Paige Lurkins-1:32
Chase Abel/Brendan Cook-1:29 Samia Andrews-1:36
Owen Hardy-1:30 Kaitlyn Halamicek-1:37
Jason Schwartz-1:31 Josephine Ferrario/Bonnie Niedermann-1:38
Laszlo Taylor/Max Sullivan/Trevor Pruitte-1:32 Molly Hitt-1:39
Alex Mittendorf/Andrew Rudd-1:33 Alexis Rysanek-1:40
Drew Kalton/Michael Elking-1:34 Riley Sahrhage-1:41
Brendan Pauls/Joseph Peters-1:36 Emily Perkins/Kira Woldanski-1:42
Peter Clark/Landon Hartsell-1:37 Kylie Harris/Allyson Williams-1:44
Sawyer Hardy-6:40 Kayla Fitzwilliam-7:24
Ethan Ude-7:20 Lauren Halamichek-7:51
Kyle Westwood-7:23 Emma Rose Seger (4th Grade) -8:00
Colin Akers-7:29 Kinsey Morris-8:01
Opec Hynds-7:35 Alexia Walker-8:02
Sammuel Beaser-7:49 Emma Sullivan-8:08
Colin Fulkerson-7:52 Phoebe Rodenbeck-8:09
Travis Herrick-7:53 Amanda Fitzwilliam-8:15
Jax Ulozas(4th Grade)-7:55 Alexis Williams-8:20
Adam Mittendorf-8:00 Grace Bayer (4th Grade)-8:32
Jax Ulozas-7:55 Emma Rose Seger-8:00
Adam Cook-8:03 Grace Bayer-8:32
Josh Joyce-8:35 Mackenzie Deutschmann-8:34
Branen Wilburn-8:45 Victoria Riordan-8:40
Ibragim Makhmudov-10:28 Isabella Ferrario and Abigail Rudd-8:44
Tyler Hudson-10:54 Holly Shotton-9:12
Gabriel Boll-11:31 Molly Growe-9:48
Robert Wendling-11:37 Emma Redford-9:57
Mark Latreille-11:40 Haley Graham-10:02
Austin Curtin-11:45 Cora Darmody-10:24
the 101st day
up as the
math exercise - using a tape measure to find items longer than 101 centimeters.
100th day of school on
Jan. 23, 2013,
by wearing decorative clothes
with 100 pieces of fun attached.
Dear Rogers Families,
- If your child asks about what happened, it is best to be as honest as possible while filtering out unnecessary details and not sharing information that may be violent or traumatic.
- It is often best to share a little bit at a time, as the first bits of information may be the only information kids want to know. Doing this also allows children to process what you’ve told them and, if desired, ask questions that are meaningful to them.
- If possible, maintain a calm demeanor when talking with your child. Some children will be deeply affected by this event. We should work to validate whatever children are feeling – and those who don’t seem affected should not feel guilty about it. When tragedy occurs, it may be useful to say to children, “However you are feeling is okay. It’s normal if you are upset. It’s also normal if you are not.”
- As parents, we know that we can never guarantee the safety of our children; however, we can assure them that many people are looking out for their well-being each and every day.
- As parents and educators, it is our responsibility to monitor the exposure of information to our elementary aged children. Young children, in particular, have difficulty seeing violent events on television and understanding that what they’re seeing is repeated footage and not another act of violence.
- Create an open and supportive environment where children know they can ask questions. At the same time, it's best not to force children to talk about things unless and until they're ready.
- Give children honest answers and information. Children will usually know, or eventually find out, if you're "making things up." It may affect their ability to trust you or your reassurances in the future.
- Use words and concepts children can understand. Gear your explanations to the child's age, language, and developmental level.
- Be prepared to repeat information and explanations several times. Some information may be hard for them to accept or understand. Asking the same question over and over may also be a way for a child to ask for reassurance.
- Acknowledge and validate the child's thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Let them know that you think their questions and concerns are important and appropriate.
- Remember that children tend to personalize situations. For example, they may worry about their own safety or the safety of friends and relatives, especially those who are away at college.
- Let children know that lots of people are helping the students, teachers, and families affected by the recent shootings.
- Children learn from watching their parents and teachers. They are very interested in how you respond to local and national events. They also learn from listening to your conversations with other adults.
- Don't let children watch too much television with frightening images. The repetition of such scenes can be disturbing and confusing.
- Children who have experienced trauma or losses in the past are particularly vulnerable to prolonged or intense reactions to news or images of violent incidents. These children may need extra support and attention.
- Children who are preoccupied with questions or concerns about safety should be evaluated by a trained and qualified mental health professional. Other signs that a child may need additional help include: ongoing sleep disturbances, intrusive thoughts or worries, recurring fears about death, leaving parents or going to school. If these behaviors persist, ask your child's pediatrician, family physician, or school counselor to help arrange an appropriate referral.
- Although parents and teachers may follow the news with close scrutiny, most children just want to be children. They may not want to think about or discuss violent events. They'd rather play ball, climb trees, or ride bikes.
Fortunately, most children -- even those exposed to trauma -- are quite resilient. However, by creating an open environment where they feel free to ask questions, we can help them cope with stressful events and experiences, and reduce the risk of lasting emotional difficulties.
I hope this letter finds you enjoying the last few days of summer, and I hope you were able to sneak in many precious moments with your children. If you are returning to Rogers, welcome back. If this is your first year, we are glad that you are part of our community. As it always seems to do, summer has zoomed by and we will soon be together once again. If you recognize the theme mentioned above, you will quickly realize that Dawn and I had the awesome privilege of enjoying a memorable trip to Disney World with our daughter Olivia to celebrate her fifth birthday. As we planned this vacation for many months, I was constantly reminded by others that this would become a trip we would always remember. I was told Disney World is a magical place where dreams come true every day. Others would say to me that the Disney World Parks are the most attended theme parks in the world. If you look on their website, you will also see that statement and that they have some of the best experiences for children on the planet. Of course, after spending almost 2 weeks there, I would have to agree with many of these statements. Whether I was watching Olivia’s eyes light up when a princess walked by her and wished her a happy birthday, or when my patience was being tested and a kind worker walked over to quickly avert a fit about to be thrown by offering her a special lollipop, I soon realized the generalizations I heard about this vacation adventure were definitely true. While walking through the parks, it made such a big difference when so many people you don’t know smile at you and ask if they can help you in any way. On our first day at Magic Kingdom, Dawn and I looked at the massive crowd, opened our map, looked at each other in confusion, and within thirty seconds, two different people came up to us and asked if we needed help. This friendly “outgoingness” happened continually throughout our stay. To say the least, we were impressed.
I cannot help but to compare this summer experience at Disney World with Rogers Elementary. As a community, we all want our children to come to school with memorable experiences. I would love for our staff, parents, and students to be able to say, “Rogers is the happiest place to be.” This is the climate that you will experience at our school. This is not something I take lightly. We are genuine, yet intentional in our teaching and we relish the opportunity to teach and influence your children in a positive way. We look forward to our continual partnership with you. We will continue to calibrate our methods and processes this year to focus on what our students need to know and be able to do, measuring what they know and developing a response when intervention is needed. We will strive to hone our instructional strategies and expand our craft to maximize the learning of our students. It will be through our dedication and commitment that we will shape the future of our students. We will continue to move forward by fine tuning our incredible school and helping the students, staff, and parents of our school family become the best we can be. As the school year approaches, the following information is to inform you of upcoming dates and information to begin a successful year.
Kindergarten Orientation Monday, August 13
As previously mentioned, Kindergarten Orientation will be held at three different times depending on your child’s class placement. AM Kindergarten will take place from 5:00-5:45. Full Day Kindergarten will take place from 5:30-6:15. PM Kindergarten will take place from 6:00-6:45. Kindergarten families will be welcomed in your kindergarten classroom across from the main office. Please bring your child’s supplies to the classroom on this evening to avoid this task on the first day of school. All kindergarten students will meet their teacher, have an ice cream treat, and then be given the chance to ride around the block with me on our school bus.
Grades 1-5 Ice Cream Social Tuesday, August 14, 6:00-7:00 PM
This will be an informal opportunity for you and your family to come up to school and spend some time with your neighbors and the Rogers staff. Your child’s classroom teacher will be present in the classroom and rooms will be open from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to drop off supplies. This is a stop and drop experience for students to bring supplies to the classroom and avoid hauling these items on the first day of school. Following the visit to your classroom, you can enjoy an ice cream in the cafeteria. You will also have the opportunity to join Rogers Parent Organization (RPO), the parent organization that supports our students.
First Day of School and 2012-2013 School Hours
The first day of school will begin on Thursday, August 16. Rogers Elementary School is on the third tier of bus transportation for the 2012-2013 school year and our school hours are listed below.
•Full Day Kindergarten through Grade 5: School will begin at 8:40 a.m. and dismiss at 3:25 p.m.
•AM Kindergarten: School will begin at 8:40 a.m. and dismiss at 11:45 p.m.
•PM Kindergarten: School will begin at 12:20 p.m. and dismiss at 3:25 p.m.
Curriculum Open House Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 pm
This is an adult-oriented evening for parents. This experience is created for parents and allows you to hear from your child’s teacher and learn about the classroom curriculum, routines, and procedures. Please mark your calendars!
First Day Folder from our Rogers Parent Organization (RPO)
Our amazing parent organization will be providing everyone with the First Day Folder. This folder will be filled with information from our school office and parent organization. This can be picked up from your child’s classroom at the Kindergarten Orientation or the Meet the Teacher/Ice Cream Social. Please look for this folder as there are many important forms, procedures, and items that need to be read, signed, and returned by parents.
School Supplies and Contributions
This list was given out at the end of last school year. You may also refer to the supply list we have posted on our school website.
The Mehlville School District Food and Nutrition Department has created a packet that is included in the first day folder you receive. The price of school lunches for the 2012-2013 year will cost $2.10. Branded pizza lunches will cost $2.50, and breakfast will continue to cost $1.00. Please send money for your child’s lunch in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with his or her full name and classroom teacher. Applications for free/reduced meals will be included in the first day folder as well. You will also receive complete monthly menus.
Attached, you will find the transportation information for your child. I highly encourage all families to take advantage of the Mehlville School District bus system. With our start and end times, students are not allowed to arrive at school before 8:25 AM. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to enter the building without supervision unless they are in a previously scheduled and supervised activity or participate in the Y-Care program. Car riders need to arrive on the bottom lot between 8:25 AM and 8:35 AM.
Please contact our school nurse, Ms. Jan Neff, if you have any information regarding immediate health issues, including severe allergies. In addition, a blue emergency contact form will be sent home in the first day folder. Please make sure you update any emergency numbers and have completed any remaining immunizations prior to the beginning of the school year.
Once again, I consider it an honor to continue in the Rogers community and proud to serve as your principal. I’m excited to help Rogers continue to move forward by supporting an excellent staff and community, as well as ensure that our children are happy and successful in many ways. Thank you for inspiring me to always do the best that I can to serve you. I truly want what is best for you, for our students and staff, and for the future of Rogers Elementary. You can find additional information about our school by accessing the district web page, www.mehlvilleschooldistrict.com. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 467-6300 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jeff S. Bresler