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While recently conversing with a third grade child at lunch, he shared with me his excitement about the “numerous” houses he would visit on Halloween. I was struck immediately with his ease of using the word “numerous.” Clearly, he had a firm understanding of the word, which he spoke so fluently! It was obvious to me that he is well on his way to developing a strong vocabulary.

Rossman teachers explicitly weave vocabulary into their daily instruction, creating a seamless transition from learning words orally at a young age to acquiring the tools to learn from the written text. While...Read more

Did you know that all independent schools have an Annual Fund – elementary schools, secondary schools and even colleges? While public schools rely on support from the government and taxes, private schools rely solely on tuition, income from their endowment and Annual Fund gifts.

Parent support of Rossman’s Annual Fund is vital to the success of the school. You might ask, “How does my Annual Fund gift affect my child, his classmates, the faculty and staff, or the school?” A few of our faculty and staff reflected on some of the ways the Annual Fund enhances learning in and out of the...Read more

One of my favorite photos of my children has them on different levels of an interior staircase, both grasping the wooden rail, as they headed to the second floor of the London home of Benjamin Franklin. They tease me now because they say I insisted they hold the stair rail because Franklin himself touched it. They are right. Just as I insisted they touch the pew in St. Paul’s Chapel where George Washington worshiped while serving as our nation’s first president and the brass knob on the blue door to enter Vincent Van Gogh’s home.

When traveling, I love to visit places that offer a...Read more

An important component of the fifth grade reading curriculum is the book club experience. In the fall, students read one of a selection of stories from Sudan, Mexico, China, Chile and India to help them learn about different cultures around the world. In the spring, they read one of four time-tested novels for their age group that help them understand what it means for a work of literature to be considered a “classic.”

Students are expected to come to each scheduled meeting with not only their assigned chapters read but also their “job” packets completed. At every meeting, each...Read more

blog_literacy-1.jpgFirst grade students spend two weeks each year learning about domestic and global poverty through a critical literacy unit. Critical literacy instruction is one way to engage students in the study of other cultures, current events and social justice in a developmentally appropriate way. The format aims to teach students how to read a text in a...Read more

Junior Kindergarten is where the foundation for all learning at Rossman School begins. We help foster the creation of readers, writers, inventors, scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, and more. Creating a reader begins at home by exposing your child to words in print as you snuggle together to enjoy a book. Throughout our school day, we provide as many opportunities as possible to bring good literature to your child.

“In a book, anything can happen!” Just ask anyone in Junior Kindergarten! This is just one of the many things we often talk about as we read...Read more

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Rossman’s library is not your grandma’s library.

*SHHHHHH*

Pirates have invaded the Rossman Library! Aargh! Shiver Me Timbers! We are talking like pirates, reading pirate books, looking for gold and munching on goldfish. What an experience!

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It is a true blessing to bring classroom learning alive for students. Rossman School does this each spring with the sixth graders on a four-day, three-night field trip. This is often referred to as the “Space Camp Trip” as the bulk of our trip is spent in Huntsville, Alabama, but the reality is, we also experience a whole lot more!

This year the trip began on Tuesday, April 18. All students arrived at school, loaded their luggage and hopped on the bus. By Tuesday afternoon, we were at the Shiloh National Battlefield in Tennessee. When we arrived, Ranger Charlie greeted us. Ranger...Read more

Hello readers!

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.

Can you imagine living in an art museum? Rossman fourth graders recently visited the St. Louis Art Museum trying to imagine just that.

This spring, the fourth graders have been reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. In this classic novel, two siblings decide to run away from home and hide in a magnificent, beautiful place - the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In their quest to learn “everything about everything” in the museum, they find themselves amongst a mysterious statue that may be the work of Michelangelo. This sends the pair on an...Read more

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