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October 2017

Students are constantly asking, why do we write current events? We study history in social studies, why write about what is going on now? These are questions that one student answered in class the other day. “We study the past so we don’t repeat it, and we read about what is going on now so we know what is happening and how it affects us now and in the future.” A simple statement, but one that makes you think.

According to Edward F. DeRoche, author of The Newspaper: A Reference for Teachers and Librarians, children must learn how to use nonfiction materials to expand their...Read more

STEAM is a buzz word in art education. It refers to adding art and design into the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The goal is for these subjects to work together and influence innovation among students. It is exciting to see how cross-curricular work can help students make connections, ask good questions and discover more about different subjects.

After seeing a display of artwork at the University of Michigan with the subject matter of scientific cells, I was inspired to see how Rossman’s science and art curriculum could work together to create a STEAM...Read more

Worldwide disasters have happened over the course of many years. However, in today’s world, devastating news repeatedly promulgates the television, technology, social media, and radio, perpetually shocking most people. Being surrounded by negative impacting news makes it more challenging to see all the good things going on in the world. It is hard for adults to absorb these events no less our children. What, when, and how we interact with our children about these crises becomes the question for all parents.

The ability for children to assimilate messages from news requires an...Read more

Toys are an important part of any child’s development as they are just one way children discover the world in which they live. Toys allow children to develop important cognitive, language, and physical skills. Through the use of toys children gain, develop and refine important areas such as imagination, concentration, confidence, independence, and coordination. Children, especially at a young age, learn through their senses and toys can provide them those opportunities. However, too many toys can become overwhelming to a child and actually make it difficult for them to choose what they...Read more

Residents and visblog_lafayettesquare2017-1.jpgitors of Lafayette Square may have noticed some unique activity buzzing about the neighborhood on Friday, September 29. The Rossman fourth grade class had arrived for their traditional art-inspired field trip, and students were scattered on the sidewalks sketching Victorian homes, hunting for architectural details and...Read more

The Class of 2018 recently returned from a week at sixth grade camp. This class started the week off with an intense creek walk, navigating a creek never trekked by a Rossman School class before. They continued making a name for themselves as they enjoyed orienteering, woodworking, journal making, barter games, rock climbing, emotional campfires, night hikes, and more. We were not surprised when this class used their friendship and care for each other to problem solve, overcome mental obstacles and work together as a team, time and time again.

There were many highlights during the...Read more

The Rossman School Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce its unanimous selection of Elizabeth Zurlinden as the next head of school following Pat Shipley’s retirement at the conclusion of the current school year.

Embodying Rossman’s culture and core values, Elizabeth is extraordinarily well prepared to lead our school into its second century. Currently serving as Rossman’s Lower School director, Elizabeth is set to take on the challenge of balancing our strong traditions with the need for continuous innovation in our educational program. With a foundation of strong...Read more

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