Dear Glencoe Families,
I can’t believe I am sitting down to write another newsletter. February was a short month but we packed a lot in with a few grade level celebrations of learning (Kindergarten’s 100s day celebration, 1st grades’ culminating performance of their Red Yarn Art Residency, 2nd grade’s Writing Celebrations) and several family activities (our monthly PTA meeting, the last Courageous Conversations about Race for parents, our first Kindergarten Connect and last but not least our School Auction). It was wonderful to see so many people in support of our students and our school community this month.
I want to say thank you to Staci Rosman, Judy Zawatzky and the fabulous auction crew for throwing such a fabulous party! The new venue, new auctioneer and terrific emcee (Mrs. Jeppesen) made for a wonderful night. Once again, Glencoe Families dug deep and supported our school and our students through their generous donations to the Glencoe Foundation. As you know I am hoping to use our funds to staff a .5 reading specialist for our 1st -3rd graders who need additional support in reading. Any remaining funds will be used to support some of the instructional programming needs not currently funded by our district staffing allocations.
Our school auction occurred just in time since schools are receiving their staffing allocations this week. Once I have reviewed our allocations, assessed the impact to our school programming and shared the information with staff, I will communicate the information out to families. All programming decisions must be finalized by principals and submitted to the district office by March 14th so stay tuned.
As many of you already know, Mrs. Gardner, our school counselor is pregnant and expecting a little girl to be born the 3rd week of March. Her last day with us will be Friday, March 9th. She will be on leave for the remainder of the school year and will rejoin us next fall. We are lucky enough to have Mary Megivern, a retired school counselor covering Mrs. Gardner’s responsibilities. I know we will feel the loss of Mrs. Gardner but know that you will welcome Ms. Megivern with open arms come March 12th.
March is a short month with Spring Break happening in its last week. We have three events that I hope you can join us for: the Glencoe Variety Show the evening of March 9th, our PTA meeting on the 13th at 8:15 am and a Family Potluck on the evening of March 21st. I hope to see you at one or more of our school events this month before heading out for Spring Break.
Here’s to a calm and dry month!
Given new information, PPS District leaders have decided the Pioneer Program will remain at the Holladay-Youngson facility for the 2018-19 school year. PPS remains committed to ensuring that all students receive a high quality educational experience in a positive and supportive learning environment.
On Wednesday, students across the nation chose to speak out on the issue of school safety. In many school communities, students observed a moment of silence and walked out of class to give voice to their thoughts and feelings. We should all listen.The horrific mass shootings that have taken student lives in recent years have provoked an incredibly important dialogue and created a valuable “teachable moment” for all of us.
With Grant putting an exclamation point on winter by winning a state title in boys basketball, it’s time to turn the page on sports seasons. Competition in high school spring sports started last week. Here’s a quick overview of the Portland Interscholastic League:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Board Finance, Audit and Operations (FAO) Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Homelessness Information Night
8:10 AM - 9:00 AM Principal's Coffee
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM STEAM Mtg.