Dear Glencoe Families,
This morning I awoke to a blustery day with leaves blowing from the trees and a small power outage in parts of my neighborhood. Even though October is coming to a close and the first official day of Fall was over a month ago, the changing leaves and cool mornings are just two small things for which I am grateful. I love Fall!
The month of October was busy starting with a PTA meeting where we learned about the Oregon Savings Plan, I shared some current thoughts and trends around homework, some websites and apps that can support learning at home, and, thanks to our School Psychologist, Theresa Seeley I also shared a list of board games and the skills each game supports.
We hosted our annual TAG Parent Meeting where Mrs. Davidson our TAG Coordinator and I talked about the TAG identification process, Glencoe’s approach to meeting the needs of our TAG students and some effective practices that teachers use. If you were unable to attend but would still like the information, check out our presentation slides located on the TAG bulletin board in the main hallway. A few weeks later I hosted the first Principal Learning Session of the year in which Mrs. Carlson, our Literacy Coach and I shared information about the new Reading adoption and gave a glimpse into the structures and instructional practices that are occurring daily in our classrooms.
As we roll into a new month we have a few events and interruptions to our school calendar of which I’d like to make you aware. By now, most of you have signed up for a Parent/Teacher Conference next week. If you haven’t yet signed up, please call the office for an appointment. We have a three day break around the Thanksgiving Holiday and then our last week of November is a full week of school with our first session of Courageous Conversations about Race & Equity for Glencoe and Mt. Tabor families on November 30th from 5:30 – 8:00. I hope you can join us!
Before I close, I have a desperate plea to families regarding arrival and dismissal times. Earlier this month we had a small fender-bender and some close calls near the cross walk on 51st and Morrison, directly in front of the school. In order to maintain safety and order during arrival and dismissal we are asking for your help and patience during these very busy times of the day.
Arrival and dismissal time is very busy with many cars, pedestrians and bike riders. Often times families are in a hurry during the morning and afternoon rush. I am hoping, that as a community we can work together to get students to school safe and on time each and every day.
I hope to see you at Parent/Teacher Conferences, our Scholastic Book Fair and Fabulous Craft Fair!
PPS Bond project work is continuing on many fronts.
Water quality teams have replaced water fixtures in the first group of 15 schools and are now retesting the water for each school. When the water test results show that the quality of the water coming from the drinking faucets is better than the EPA recommendations for schools they are turned back on. The water is now flowing again at Astor, Chapman, Hayhurst, Richmond, Sacajawea, Skyline, Woodstock and West Sylvan.
In case of a fire, students know to evacuate the building at their teacher’s direction. In case of an earthquake, students know to brace themselves under their desks and protect their heads and necks. But what happens after those events? What happens if a school crumbles or burns, leaving students and staff without a way to contact parents and families?
Last week, Capitol Hill Elementary School attempted to answer those exact questions.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Site Council Mtg.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Art Infusion Training
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wild Abandon -GroupRaise
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Courageous Conversations- Discussion on Race and Equality
6:00 PM District Board Meeting