E-Newsletter: Feb. 13 - Mar. 12, 2020
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We are excited so many wonderful things are happening at REL! We have been implementing “Morning Meetings” and “Buddy Up” utilizing Sanford Harmony resources. White County Schools visited our school and shared many positive comments about our school, students, and staff! 


Also, I have had the incredible opportunity to call parents with “GREAT NEWS” about their child or children. Please don’t be might be next with a call celebrating achievements or accomplishments! This is one of my favorite times of the day!!! 


Important dates:

-February 14th - Valentine Parties at 2:00

***Everyone will need to sign in.


-February 17th - Presidents' Day - No School


-February 20th and 27th - Parent Teacher Conferences 


-February 28th - Red Carpet Gala 6:00 pm



Have a fantastic and blessed weekend!

Mary Gilbert, Principal

Feb. 13: Bank Day/Progress Reports
Feb. 13: Kindergarten Field Trip
Feb. 14: Valentine Parties: 2:00 pm
Feb. 17: Presidents' Day/NO SCHOOL
Feb. 20: Parent /Teacher Conference
Feb. 27: Parent/Teacher Conference
Feb. 28: Red Carpet Gala 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar. 8: Daylight Savings Time
Mar. 17: 2nd Grade Field Trip/PTO Meeting-4th grade performance
Mar. 19-27: SPRING BREAK


Attendance Matters

Sherry Hensley, Attendance Secretary



Healthy Tip of the Week

Provided by Gina Bumbalough
Coordinated School Health Director

Celebrate Heart Health! 

Did you know that February is National Heart Health Month? At KidsHealth in the Classroom, we want to help you and the children in your classroom understand the importance of a healthy heart and actions to take to stay heart healthy. 

Learn more about heart health 
Articles for Parents 


Articles for Students 



Our Red Carpet Gala is coming up on February 28th. Tickets will be available soon! Tickets ordered before February 21st, will be $4 per person with a max of $16 for each family. After February 21st, tickets will be $5 per person with a max of $20 per family. Tickets will also be available at the door for those who do not preorder. 

If you would like to help with the Red Carpet Gala, we need volunteers to send in cookies and help set up. If you are interested, please email Jacque at for more information. 

At our next meeting, March 17th, we will be taking nominations for the 2020-2021 PTO board. If you would like to be on the ballot, you must attend the March 17th meeting to be nominated. If you have any questions, please email us at

PTO Meetings
March 17, 2020
April 22, 2020

  If you have any questions or want to get in touch with us, please email



  • Kindergarten: Reminders
    February 14th is Valentine's Day.  Each child needs a box and valentines to hand out to their friends. All Kindergarten parties will be at 2:00. 
    Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on February 20th and 27th. If you have not signed up for a conference please use the link sent by your child's teacher to sign up for a time as soon as possible. 

    Sight words are words that are found fluently in reading and can not be sound out. (for example was).  All kindergarten students have sight word folders that have been sent home. In this folder are the required sight words for kindergarten. Students are tested on sight words every other Wednesday. Students should be able to read the word quickly without trying to sound them out. 

    Books are being sent home weekly in a big manilla envelope. Students should practice reading these books daily.  Please ask your child questions about the story after they read. The best way to improve reading skills is to read, read, read. The more your child practices the better readers they will become.  These take home readers also help build sight word knowledge, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  

  • First Grade:In first grade, we are wrapping up our unit on economics. We have learned about the difference between wants and needs, so this may be a good time to talk about that at home. 

    We also learned about ways to make and save money, so you may want to talk to your child about that as well.  

    Our field trip to the Nashville Zoo is April 4th!  Please send in 13 dollars and the permission slip for your child. 

    Please remember that we test on sight words regularly. Students should be studying set 11 for the test on February 12th.

    Our Valentines Day Parties will be on Friday, February 14th. 

    Students are doing well in our 50 book challenge.  The goal is 15 books for this nine weeks. The deadline is March 13th and the party is March 18th.

    In reading, we will continue to work on vowel teams for spelling. We will be learning and reading about Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.

    In math, we will continue to study place value. 

  • Second Grade: Students have been spending time daily checking in with their "buddy" partner. The students are enjoying the time getting to know more about them by completing tasks and answering a guiding question from their teacher. Mrs. Chellstorp's class finished up with a unit on government and is moving toward erosion in science. Mr. Bryant's social studies class is determining the difference between a rule and law in the topic of government. Ms. Buchanan's homeroom is learning cool facts about the American symbols. Did you know that a bald eagle nest can be up to 9 feet wide? Keep reading each night to reach your AR goal and practice your math facts for mental fluency facts 1 through 30. 

  • Third Grade:Students are still working hard on memorizing their multiplication facts to earn a movie party. They are also still working on AR goals!

    We are learning about measurement through the use of milliliters, grams, and kilograms. We are also beginning to learn how to round these numbers!
  • Students are exploring concepts about weather and measurement!

    Please be on the lookout for upcoming information on the upcoming field trip on March 31.

  • Fourth Grade: Be on the lookout for upcoming field trip information! 
    *  Due to the weather, we have been having indoor recess often.  If you have any used board games, puzzles, coloring books, word puzzles, etc. not being used at home, we would love if you sent them in for 4th grade to use! 

    ELA - Both Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Cleveland are starting informational text and expositional writing.  Students just finished their "Why We Love Tullahoma..." writing for the contest.  Many students were excited to share what they love about their city!

    Math - Both Mrs. Lynch and Mrs. Bean are still learning addition and subtraction with fractions.  We are moving from adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators and mixed numbers to adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and incorporating word problems.  Some students are loving fractions so much, they are making card games with fractions during recess!

    Students have begun the iReady diagnostic in both Math and ELA.  Once the diagnostic is complete, each student will proceed with lessons to meet his/her own needs.  The teachers are excited to use this new program to help fill gaps students may have in certain areas.

  • Fifth Grade:Fifth grade has been hard at work since our return from break!  Please continue to encourage your child to wash his/her hands when needed, cover his/her cough or sneeze, and not to share snacks or drinks in an effort to protect against sickness.

    Students have a little over a month to get their reading requirements and goals met!  These need to be completed by March 13th!  Please ask your child where they are on their reading requirements for the quarter!

    In science, we are studying Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits.  Students have begun to analyze data to provide evidence that animals inherit traits from their parents.  Please ask your child what he/she has learned so far!

    For the last couple of weeks, students have been working hard on pre-algebra skills!  They have used hands-on equation manipulatives to help them understand the basics. Now they are using those skills to assist them in writing equations to solve real-world problems.

    Be sure and check your child's agenda daily, ask them about homework, and also ask them what they are learning in class!

Did You Know


Today’s article is about blindness. Blindness is considered a vision impairment. An amazing woman in history named Helen Keller learned to excel in so many aspects of her life, despite her blindness (in addition to being deaf and mute) and went on to accomplish many great achievements. Many people who have blindness are incredibly gifted and learn how to use the rest of their senses to help them accomplish everyday tasks. 


Here’s a simple activity to give you some insight on what it’s like to be blind or to have a vision impairment.


You will need a good blindfold and a room with occupied and vacant chairs. It is also important to set up some obstacles such as chairs facing different directions in the room. The door to the room needs to remain halfway open. 


After you find your materials, put this activity into play: Explain that you will need 2 people - a “guide” and a “blind person.” You will be rearranging the room. The guide’s job is to help the blind person come into the room and go to the chair without running into anything. They can tell them how to do it and can also touch them to help guide their way. Make sure the blindfold is on and foolproof. Send the 2 volunteers into the hall and rearrange the room. The vacant chair should not be too easy to get to.


Reflect on the activity after you’re done. Discuss the challenges and obstacles. Also, talk about the ways you were able to avoid them or how you would do something different if you could do it again.


This activity (and several other activities regarding disability awareness) were provided by Virginia Commonwealth University.


Submitted by Caitlin Curlee, Special Education Teacher


Music Matters
by Chris Gregory

We are working hard in music and have many exciting things planned.  Please remember 4th Grade will perform for the March PTO meeting and Kindergarten will perform for the April PTO meeting.  


Different grade levels will be working on different projects.  Some of the highlights are:


Kindergarten – Musical Opposites (Up/Down, High/Low, Loud/Soft, Short/Long) and learning the musical “Three Billy Goats Gruff”  

First Grade – Rhythm Reading and Pitch Ladder (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti)

Second Grade – Folk Dancing 

Third Grade – Composing Musical Introductions

Fourth Grade – Crash Can and Recorder Performance for March PTO

Fifth Grade – Ukulele




Library Lingo
by Tammy Coop



March 13 – March 18,  2020

Road trip across America through reading


Friday, 3/13

READ, White and Blue Southern Home Kickoff

“Tune Up with a good book”

Everyone knows the south is the birthplace to all sorts of great music!

Let’s Drop, Rock and Read throughout the day - play a different type of music over intercom and everyone stop/dance/then read for 5 min.


Monday, 3/16

 “Snuggle Up and Read”

 Head up NORTH for a “cool” book!

Bring a favorite stuffed animal or blankie to read with.


Tuesday, 3/17 

  “Reading is our Claim to Fame” 

Head to the EAST to visit some of the most famous authors (Dr. Seuss, Jeff Kinney, Dav Pilkey, Mo Willems, Jan Brett - to name a few)  Dress up to represent your favorite author!


Wednesday, 3/18: 

      “Yee Haw:  Round Up a Good Book”

Don your boots and bandanas to

 Head out WEST for a rompin, stompin, readin good time!  


News From the Art Room
by Laura Pullum

With Valentine's day coming up, we have worked on hot/cold colored patterned hearts emphasizing opposite colors with lines and shapes. Fifth grade is working on paper mache masks which are coming out amazing! We will continue to work on these for several weeks since our schedule has been a little crazy. I am also doing a wonderful landscape painting for each grade. We are taking out time and practicing what will go on them so we can be proud of our work. We are learning proper painting techniques and some new drawing styles as well.
Here is a cool contest that is throughout the state of Tennessee through the Tennessee Arts Academy: design a guitar that integrates music, art and Tennessee culture. If you are interested in the template and more information, please email me and I will send it to you. 
Dates to keep in mind: March 10 Fine Arts Night at Tullahoma High School 6pm-8pm




Physical Education
by Coach Howard

This week begins our Gymnastics Unit in P.E. Our focus for the unit is strength, flexibility, and balance. This unit is a blast for many of our students who choose these activities after school but can be a big challenge for others. So at the end of this unit, our goal is to not only be a little stronger, a little more flexible, and have a little better balance, but we also hope each student sees a challenge and finds success! 

CONGRATULATIONS to our Lions of the Week!!!
Week of Jan. 20-24
Week of Jan. 27-31
Week of Feb. 3-7
Week of Feb. 10-14





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