Please join us for our first Family Potluck of the year. Come meet the other school families and celebrate our diversity!
When: October 6, 2016 – 6:00 – 8:00
The Equity Committee is working to bring awareness to the issue of Equity and to prompt discussion on what Equity looks like in our community. For our work, we are using the definition of equity as fairness or justice in the way people are treated.
Interested in joining the Equity Committee? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org The Equity Committee is open to everyone in the Glencoe Community who wants to join us in our effort to bring Equity awareness to the school.
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year. I am really excit-ed that our school year is underway. When the morning bell rang at 8:00 Monday morning many of our return-ing families (and a few new ones) poured through the front doors to begin a new school year. This morning we added about 75 Kinder students to our school, some from returning families and many from families new to our Glencoe Community. It is wonderful to have a full building again and I am looking forward to this year.
It is nice to have a year at Glencoe under my belt. Knowing our students’ names and faces sure makes things easier. I think I have met all of our new students in grades 1 – 5. I look forward to getting to know them better and begin working to learn our Kindergartners’ names.
This past Saturday many families showed up at Glencoe for Community Care Day. I want to thank all of you who cleared, pruned, chopped, mowed, watered and/or loaded the larger dumpster of all the debris. It really was a community effort; with Ian and Paloma hoisting the wheel barrows into the dumpster, families dragging tarps full of yard debris to the dumpster, Marley the yellow lab grabbing the branches from our volunteers, edging the front lawn, watering all the arid plants and so much more. I’d also like to thank the anonymous gar-dener who replaced the dying plant in one of our front pots with a new plant and flowers. THANK YOU. The grounds look great. !
As many of you know we have a few new staff mem-bers who joined Glencoe this year. Mrs. Jennifer Podi-chetty, Kindergarten, Ms. Stephanie Schiada, 1st grade and Mrs. Sarah Brown, Art; all three wonderful addi-tions to the Glencoe Staff. I am excited for you to get to know them. We are slightly short staffed at the mo-ment. Ms. Diane, our library assistant, will be on medi-cal leave through winter break this year. She was in a serious car accident this summer while visiting family in Illinois. She has been recuperating in Illinois and will soon be back in Portland to finish her recovery with immediate family. We are definitely missing her! In the meantime we are working to fill the position until her return. I will keep you posted.
We are off to a strong start this year with quite a few new students and many returning ones. The first week of school involves a lot of community building activi-
ties, teaching expectations, practicing routines and just getting settled back into doing school. Students spent the last two days learning/reviewing our schoolwide expectations and playground game rules. Not the most exciting thing to do but the most proactive way to avoid issues in the future. This year all teachers have added an additional 15 minute recess to their schedule per board policy. This recess may be in the morning or af-ternoon depending on the teacher’s schedule and may occur inside or out. Teachers are doing their best to provide students with fresh air.
As a reminder, we go outside for our lunch recess unless weather is extreme. This means that students are invit-ed to play in the rain. Please send students with a rain jacket and appropriate clothing every day. As you know, we live in Portland so it can be sunny one minute and raining the next. The library is open on Monday’s and Friday’s during recess time (regardless of the weather) for students. On rainy days we also open the gym or play court for students who prefer to stay inside.
We have our first PTA meeting of the year this coming Tuesday, September 6th at 8:15 in the cafeteria. Feel free to join us for coffee and good conversations! We also have some additional events this month for students and families. Please check the calendar on our website and in our monthly newsletter.
For most up-to-date and accurate information we invite families to check the following sites:
Glencoe Website: http://www.pps.net/domain/1992
PTA Page: http://www.pps.net/domain/1997
As previously communicated, PPS recently hired an independent third party to test lead paint levels in two of the classrooms at Hayhurst, #14 and #15. A copy of their final report, dated September 15, 2016, may be accessed here. The report’s Executive Summary on page 1 includes the following recommendations:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Back To School Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTA Equity Potluck
2:20 PM - 2:45 PM Popcorn Friday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTA Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM TAG parent Meeting
2:40 PM - 4:00 PM SITE Council Mtg.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Art Infusion Parent Training
2:20 PM - 2:45 PM Popcorn Friday
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Harvest Festival
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM PTA Meeting
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Picture Retake Day