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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

Imagine seeing a larger-than-life wearable sculpture made out of sock monkeys. Imagine seeing another encrusted completely in sparkly sequins. What if those sculptures were worn and the people in them were dancing? What would you see? What would you think? What would you wonder? 

This winter, I took my family to the St. Louis Art Museum to see Nick Cave’s exhibit Currents 109 in the Contemporary gallery (open through March 8, 2015). Missouri native Nick Cave creates “Soundsuits” out of a variety of materials such as textiles, raffia, yarn, buttons, sequins, and other found...Read more

January was a very busy month in P.E. We just finished up our floor hockey unit, ending it with a tournament held at Rohan Woods last Saturday. It was a great day of hockey, and we had about 20 fifth and sixth graders there representing Rossman School. This was a round-robin type of tournament in which Rossman played each team in a twenty minute game. It was a great way to showcase the skills our students had been learning and working hard on for three weeks.

We also had our annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Friday January 30. Over 100 students participated in jump roping,...Read more

The third, fourth, and fifth graders have turned into creative, confident composers this winter. We started our journey into the world of composition by learning to improvise short melodies on the xylophone using the C pentatonic scale. I gave the students a four measure rhythmic pattern and they experimented by playing the rhythm on various notes, making up melodic phrases on the spot. 

After sharing their improvisational skills individually, each student worked to create a new melody until they composed a song they loved enough to call their own. I was so impressed by the...Read more

The Rossman School campus was transformed into an Irish farm last week, with wooden sheep scattered throughout the lawn to greet families as they drove through the parking lot. Meanwhile, traditional Irish music floated through the halls, brightening each morning — and even inspiring a little dancing — as students settled into their classrooms. International Week, a biennial Rossman tradition, had arrived, and this year students would experience Ireland!

A special Monday Morning Gathering kicked off the weeklong celebration. A handful of student volunteers presented fun facts about...Read more


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