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  • Weekly Newsletter

     

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    1/21/19

    MLK DAY

    NO SCHOOL

    1/22/19

    TEACHER PLANNING DAY

    NO SCHOOL

    2/1/19

    Scrip/Popcorn Sales

    Before & After School


    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    Our teachers have introduced the 12 Tools of Toolbox to our students this week. As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, these are the tools that reside inside all of us. This coming week your child wild be learning The Breathing Tool. The breathing tool helps to remind us to take deep cleansing breaths to pause and calm yourself so you can approach a situation from a new, thoughtful perspective. When learned well, the Breathing Tool can become a lifetime strategy for dealing calmly with life’s challenges. Next week we will send home more information about this tool and a home activity that you can do together with your child.

    Please start spreading the word! Our first Kindergarten Connection is two weeks away; on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00 pm. This is the time when our incoming (2019-20) Kinder Families (adults only) attend an information session to learn about Glencoe; what our school community has to offer and most importantly, what our kindergarten program is all about. We do have a second Kindergarten Connect Session in May and that is for families who are committed to coming to Glencoe. We invite families to bring their incoming Kinder student for a brief taste of kindergarten. Students attend a classroom activity while parents complete a survey about their child to help us best prepare for their arrival. I am so excited to see who will be joining our community next year.

    Have a wonderful weekend and remember; there is no school on Monday (in observance of MLK Jr. Day) AND there is no school on Tuesday, which is a Teacher Planning Day.

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    TAG TESTING

    2019 TAG testing for Glencoe will be on February 5th & 7th. If your child requires additional testing for TAG identification (that's everyone who filled out the nomination form and did not take the SBAC), a proctor will be pulling students from class on these 2 days. The proctor makes the schedule.  We do not have exact information of time(s) and day(s) for your specific child. So, it's important that your child is at school on time for both of these dates.

    STUDENT ABSENCES

    Please contact the office if your child will be absent from school for any reason. Teachers have very limited abilities with attendance, only office staff can change attendance codes. This will help prevent getting an auto-dialer attendance message.

    PTA NEWS

    We are going to place a special scrip order on Monday.
    In case you don't know what scrip is, scrip means gift cards. Many retailers offer schools gift cards at a discount. For example, if you buy a $100 gift card to Fred Meyer (also works at QFC), you pay $100 and get $100 to Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer sells us that $100 card for $95, and that extra five dollars goes to Glencoe. There are many retailers to choose from including restaurants, groceries etc. Please take a look at the form below, some of the places you shop regularly may offer scrip to benefit our school!

    Orders need to be received by noon on Monday, January 21st. Text or email your order to shanon.schlegel@gmail.com or 503-957-3852.

    GLENCOE AUCTION

    For those of you who have not had the chance to attend a Glencoe Foundation auction before, please know it’s a fun event for a really great cause. There’s something for everyone, and if nothing else, there’s a tasty fajita dinner and two wine/beer tickets included with your event tickets, along with wine on the tables. Come help the school raise money for staffing!

    Discounted Tickets LAST DAY

    Purchase your early-bird tickets to this year’s auction, and receive $5 off by Friday, January 18 (TODAY). After today, ticket prices will increase from $50 to $55 per ticket.  Click here to buy now!

    Wall of Wine donations

    The committee is currently accepting donated bottles of wine with a value of $15 or more for the Wall of Wine. Committee members will be out in front of the school accepting drive-up and walk-up donations during pick-up and drop-off on January 31 and February 1.

    Last Chance Donations

    Have you been sitting on a great idea for a donation of item or service to the auction?    The donation deadline is just around the corner on January 25.  Fill out the online donation form now: online donor form

    Class Gift

    Check your kiddos backpacks.  Envelopes should be heading home (or have already come), to have everyone contribute to their class gift to the Glencoe Foundation.  Make sure to participate in this great way to support the school. 

    Questions about any of this? Contact Judy or Susie:

    judezawatzky@yahoo.com or shoar@comcast.net

    OBOB

    OBOB is underway! Practice sessions are being held during Tues/Wed 4th and 5th grade recess and are going well. Teams are collaborating and answering sample questions. Next week we’ll include mock battles and go over battle rules. Battles will be held in early February. Keep posted for a volunteer sign up in Konstella. We need your help to have a great OBOB--for each battle we’ll need a moderator, timekeeper, and judge. The team with the most points at the end of the battles goes on to the Regional OBOB battle!  If you want to practice at home, there are sample questions available on multiple websites, here are two: https://www.newbergoregon.gov/library/page/oregon-battle-books-obob and  https://library.cedarmill.org/kids/obob/. If you have questions or want to help out, contact Leslie Arndt (lesjwyg@gmail.com) or Dana Cofer (dana.cofer@gmail.com).

    PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

    Toddler Storytime is Back!

    We are happy to welcome Glencoe siblings, ages 0-5/not yet in kindergarten, to the Library for a short storytime and book checkout beginning February 6th and each subsequent Wednesday from 8:00 - 8:30. Very casual- Just show up after you drop your student off, we'll share a book or two, and then you'll have time to help your young one choose a book to check out and take home. Parents can meet up with old friends, or make new connections, too. I'm looking forward to meeting our future Glencoenians! Please contact me if you have any questions at all. dnewtonp@pps.net (Ms.) Diane 

    STEAM NIGHT COMMITTEE

    STEAM Night is Friday, May 17, 2019 @5:30 PM. Our next meeting is February 7th at 2”30-3:30 PM in the library. Not able to attend the meetings but you have really good ideas and/or access to potential resources for this event?  Contact Amanda Shwetzer OR Lisa Davidson.

     

     


     

  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    1/15/19

    Art Infusion

     6:30 PM

    1/18/19

    Scrip & Popcorn Sales

    Before & After School

    1/18/19

    Spirit Day

    WACKY SOCK DAY

    1/21/19

    MLK DAY

    NO SCHOOL

    1/22/19

    TEACHER PLANNING DAY

    NO SCHOOL


    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    I am excited to tell you about a new Social-Emotional Curriculum we will be introducing our students to next week. You child will be introduced to the 12 Tools of Toolbox. These are tools that reside inside each of us and help us develop strong social/emotional skills and meaningful, satisfying relationships. During the remainder of the year, your child will learn about the tools through lessons and class discussions.

    The tools are simple, but they require practice, practice and more practice. We plan to introduce two tools a month, January – April, and work diligently to model them as adults at every turn. I invite you to support your child in learning and practicing these Tools at home and talking with them about what they are learning about the Tools in school. Be sure to ask you child about the hand gestures that go with each tool. You will find that using the Tools yourself and inviting your child to use them at home will help create a stronger relationship with your child. I will include information about the Tools in my newsletters as they are introduced.

    As our teachers wrap up this second grading period they are also finishing projects and completing another round of assessments for report cards. Classroom teachers continuously monitor their student’s progress in learning in order to adjust their lessons and provide additional support to students where needed. They use this information to make short-term instructional decisions, modify their lessons and teaching strategies and assess how students are progressing toward grade level standards.

    Many of you may have read the letter from Deputy Superintendent Yvonne Curtis that stressed the need--more than ever--for every student in grades 3-12 to take our state standardized tests. Our state tests (referred to as SBAC) provide us another measure of what our students can do in comparison to other students in our district, state and country.

    Schools and districts use this data to make decisions about current instructional practices as well as curriculum and program supports. As a district, we are asking our families to provide our children with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in this way. The truth is, at an elementary level, we should begin to expose our students to these test taking opportunities. It is a skill that they will be asked to demonstrate through their educational career and in the process of applying for jobs.

    The more students that participate in this opportunity, the more realistic picture we get on how our school is performing in comparison to other schools. This data helps us to determine our schools’ strengths and where we need to focus our energy for improvement. Our students will begin state testing after Spring Break. If you have any questions about the state test or the process feel free to reach out to Sara Gardner, our school counselor and testing coordinator or me.

    Last but not least, a message from our district: Portland Public Schools is interested in learning about your child’s experience in before and after school care. Please complete this survey by Friday, January 18, and for best results, complete one survey for each child. Survey link.

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    TAG TESTING

    2019 TAG testing for Glencoe will be on February 5th & 7th. If your child requires additional testing for TAG identification (that's everyone who filled out the nomination form and did not take the SBAC), a proctor will be pulling students from class on these 2 days. The proctor makes the schedule.  We do not have exact information of time(s) and day(s) for your specific child. So, it's important that your child is at school on time for both of these dates.

    VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS

    Just a reminder that we changed the sign-in procedure to a paper form so we know who is in the building during school hours. Whenever you are in the building during school hours for a meeting or to help in the classroom, please sign in at the office and get a visitor/volunteer badge. This does not apply to morning drop off.

    NEWS FROM MS. LILE

    For the month of December, we worked on our soccer skills of kicking, trapping, shooting, and dribbling.  We also completed a teamwork challenge called Cross The River.  It is wonderful to see the students collaborate, persevere and succeed!  We also played some fun scooter board activities including, Mario Cart, scooter basketball, scooter soccer, spider-man tag, scooter hockey, and Car & Truck Drivers.  This week we started our jump rope unit and worked on turning and jumping in a long rope, as well as our individual rope skills.  Students are welcome to bring in their jump ropes from home to use in PE. 

    Don't forget to check out pictures on my website: https://mslilepe.weebly.com/photos.html And my monthly fitness challenges can also be found on my website under the Class Info tab.   

    PTA NEWS

    All after school classes information can be found online. Each class has a link to the after school program registration page.

    PTA uses Konstella and Facebook to communicate announcements and reminders to families. You can change the notification settings in Konstella to suit your needs. If you have trouble accessing Konstella please reach out to Amanda Shwetzer or Rachel Allen.  

    Glencoe's final Clothing Center date is 2/11/19 and we still need 2 more volunteers.  Please sign up on Konstella.

    Please check the Lost and Found for any coats, hats, gloves and lunchboxes that go missing.

    STEAM NIGHT COMMITTEE

    STEAM Night is Friday, May 17, 2019 @5:30 PM. Our next meeting is February 7th at 2”30-3:30 PM in the library. Not able to attend the meetings but you have really good ideas and/or access to potential resources for this event?  Contact Amanda Shwetzer OR Lisa Davidson.

    ART INFUSION

    Art Infusion Needs Volunteers!

     

    The next Art Infusion volunteer training takes place Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm.  New volunteers are WELCOME!  This is a great program and an opportunity to bring more art into Glencoe classrooms. 

     

    Lessons for this month:

    Kindergarten: Snow People (watercolor, markers)

    First & Second Grades: Aboriginal Art (Tempera paint)

    Third, Fourth & Fifth Grades: DaVinci (pencils)

     

    This month it’s the Third Grade parents’ turn to bring snacks. As usual, the training takes place in the cafeteria and free childcare will be provided in the play court.

     

    The deadline for completing the January lessons is Feb. 8.

     

    If you can’t make the training session, you can still help out in the classroom.  Questions?  Email Rebecca atrebecca@revolutionpr.com

     

     

     

  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    1/4/19

    Scrip & Popcorn Sales

      Before & After School

    1/7/19-1/8/19

    Restaurant Partner Pastini: Be sure to mention Glencoe Elementary when you order lunch and/or dinner!

    1/8/19

    PTA Meeting

    8:15 AM

    1/15/19

    Art Infusion

      6:30 PM

    1/18/19

    Scrip & Popcorn Sales

    Before & After School

    1/18/19

    Spirit Day -TBD

     Spirit Day -TBD

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends over our two week break from school. It was great seeing everyone back on Wednesday morning. Teachers and students eased back into the week by reconnecting and reviewing expectations as we enter the New Year. Teachers will be wrapping up units and completing mid-year assessments in the next few weeks as our next grading period ends on January 18th. Report cards will be sent home with students on February 1st.

    I hope to see many of you at our next PTA meeting, which is Tuesday, at 8:15 am in the cafeteria. Feel free to attend for coffee and general announcements from me and our PTA board.

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    TAG TESTING

    TAG testing will begin in February, not January. We will send out dates as soon as we know.

    LIBRARY HELP

    We'd like to ask some parent-volunteers to cover some of our new books in self-adhesive laminate. We do save money by buying paperbacks, but if we don't re-inforce them, they can really become unusable quickly. Several are series titles, and some are the slim, Beginning Reader types. With that in mind, if we could get a couple volunteers, this project could be knocked out shortly, so that the books can begin to be checked out. I could show you how, or there are plenty of YOUTUBE instructional videos on line, too. (How To Laminate a Paperback Book)

    I always find that if someone likes to wrap a gift, they usually enjoy doing this! PLUS, it is an easy project for those who would like to help out the library, but cannot make it during the day- Check the books out, take 'em home and do it while binge-watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!!  : )

    Please email me at dnewtonp@pps.net if you have an interest, and we can set up a time to go over what needs to be done. Thank you very much! Diane Newton-Prior

    PTA NEWS

    All after school classes information can be found online. Each class has a link to the after school program registration page. Some classes begin the first week we are back.

    January 7-8th, 2019 is our next restaurant partner with Pastini (see below). 50% of the net proceeds will go to Glencoe (please make sure you mention Glencoe Elementary for us to get the credit).

    Our next PTA meeting is January 8th at 8:15 am in the cafeteria. We hope you are able to join us.

    STEAM NIGHT COMMITTEE

    It’s time to start brainstorming and planning our 2nd Annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Night. 

    1.       Save the date: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 5:30 PM

    2.       Plan on attending our monthly STEAM planning           meetings in the library 1st Thursday of each         month:

    ·         February 7   2:30-3:30

    ·         March 7       2:30-3:30

    ·         April 4         2:30-3:30

    ·         May 2          2:30-3:30

    Not able to attend the meetings but you have really good ideas and/or access to potential resources for this event?  Contact Amanda Shwetzer ashwetzer@pps.net OR Lisa Davidson ldavidso@pps.net

    NOTE FROM MISS EMMA

    Thanks to everyone who brought in food for the veterans food drive last month. I boxed up 12 boxes of food that helped contribute to our veterans having a happy holiday season with food that was very much in need. Glencoe families ROCK!!

     

     

     


     

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Principal's
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    Dear Glencoe Community,

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  I am excited to be back for my 4th year as Glencoe’s principal.  It is such an honor and joy to be part of Glencoe’s wonderful community.  Summer seems to have come and gone and our first day of school is literally right around the corner. Our annual Community Care Day is scheduled for this Saturday, August 25th for any and all families and community members to help us spruce up the grounds before our students arrive on Monday.  We will be here from 9:00 – 2:00 and would love the help!

    The Glencoe staff is dedicated to bringing their very best each and every day to meet the needs of all our students.  As we prepare for the school year, I am excited to announce the new members to our community and a few changes.  Amanda Shwetzer is our new, half-time School Secretary.  She will be working in the office from 7:45 – 11:45 daily.  Kari Harms will be our Teaching Librarian, here on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday and Friday.  Amy Lile, our PE teacher, will now be with us full-time and Millie Layman will be our second PE teacher scheduled here on Thursdays.  Sarah Schacker is our full time Learning Center Teacher and Amy Kasch is our full time Speech-Language Pathologist.  Moira Tofanelli is our School Psychologist and will be with us on Wednesday and Fridays.  Randy Webster is re-joining the 4th Grade team and Paula Jeppesen is back to teaching straight 5th grade.  In addition, we have a library assistant position posted, as the LA assigned to our building was reassigned to another school due to school scheduling conflicts.

     

    Below is some additional information to help you and your child(ren) prepare for the new school year ahead:

    • Arrival: We have a few changes to our arrival process this year.  Students may enter the building at 7:55 (unless arrangements have been made with a teacher).  Only students who are eating breakfast will be allowed to enter the building at 7:45 for breakfast.  We will no longer be opening the cafeteria early as a waiting space.  In the event of extreme weather, students will be allowed to wait in the cafeteria.  Staff will open ALL FRONT doors at 7:55 for students and families to enter.  We recommend that Kindergarten students enter through the main front doors.  PTA will continue to sell SCRIP inside/outside depending on weather. Families can still enter early to take part in those sales. 
    • Late Arrivers: We are opening doors 5 minutes earlier for students to make their way to the classroom in the morning.  Students are tardy after 8:05 and must check into the office to SIGN THEMSELVES IN and receive an “office check-in” slip. 
    • Office Hours/Support: The office is open from 7:45 – 4:00.  Although our students do not enter before 7:55 our office is open for business to families and students beginning at 7:45.  We will have two secretaries in the office in the mornings, until 11:45.  Our Health Assistant, Allie Doran will be in the office every day from 8:00 – 1:00.  We will have a School Nurse every Friday.
    • All visitors/volunteers, even those who spend lots of time at Glencoe, must sign-in at the office and wear a visitor/volunteer sticker, printed for you at the sign in counter. In addition, if you plan to volunteer, in any capacity, you must complete a background check through PPS Security Office. 
    • Dismissal: Students are dismissed by their teachers at 2:20. In order for dismissal to go smoothly it is important that your child’s teacher & child are aware of the after school plan.  All students will be walked outside by their teacher to a designated spot.  You can find the dismissal map on our website (or by contacting your child’s teacher).  Staff will verify students who are riding the bus as they board.  All students remaining at school after 2:27 will be brought to the office as there is no supervision outside after that time.  Remaining students will need to be signed out by a parent/family member listed on the registration form.
    • Dismissal Plans: All families are expected to complete a Student Dismissal form for the first day of school.  These forms can be found on our school website.  It is very challenging for the office to deliver last minute changes to after-school plans. With a decrease in office staff, it will be even more difficult this year.  Known changes to a dismissal plan must be communicated to the teacher or office in writing first thing in the morning.  We know unexpected things happen that are out of your control.  We will do our best to get last minute changes to students. 
    • After School Classes: PPS no longer uses Peach Jar or any other provider to advertise after school programs occurring in schools.  PPS policy is that schools may only advertise district-sponsored activities and events.  Glencoe school is NOT responsible for after school programs offered by external organizations.  Registration for after school classes are handled by individual companies, not the school office.  A list of all after school activities at Glencoe can be found at this afterschool activities link.
    • Communication: We strive to keep our community informed in a timely manner.  You will receive a monthly e-newsletter from Glencoe and a Friday-News bulletin to share upcoming events/reminders.  You can also find information specific to each classroom on the teachers’ websites.

    On behalf of the entire Glencoe Staff, I want to again welcome you to the 2018-19 school year.  This will be me 27th year to have a “1st day of School” as an educator.   The first day of school is always very special.  I am excited to see all of our 1st – 5th graders on Monday, August 27th and our Kindergartners on the 30th

     

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

     

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