Glencoe Elementary

Glencoe is an inclusive community that
cares, collaborates and perseveres.

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  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    10/17

    Principal Coffee

    8:15 AM

    10/17

    Por Que No? & Ruby Jewel Restaurant Partners

    Por Que No? 11 AM-10 PM

    Ruby Jewel 4-8 PM

    10/22

    Site Council

    2:45 PM

    10/25

    Picture Retake Day

     

    10/26

    Harvest Festival

    5:30-8 PM

     

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    What a wonderful Day! The fog lifted just in time for our all-school rainbow picture. After two years of an inside picture, we finally got to assemble outside in our approximated rainbow shape. I want to thank Mr. Gullung for taking the all school photos this morning!

    We continued the fun this morning with our annual Run for the Arts. Grade levels ran their 30-minutes, had a popsicle and received their pledge forms so they can start collecting money for the laps they ran. If your child happened to miss the run, don’t worry, we have a make-up date later this month. Thank you to Glee Rogers and all the other volunteers who helped make this run a success! Our community is so awesome thanks to our great kids, wonderful staff and giving parents who support us all the time!

    I am hosting the first Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, October 17th at 8:10 in the cafeteria. The Principal’s coffees are scheduled the same months that we have evening PTA meetings. The coffee’s are just a time for parents to drop in, connect with me, ask questions, provide feedback on school activities etc. There are no set agendas for this time. It is just an informal way for me to connect with parents. Feel free to come and enjoy a cup of coffee!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lori Clark

    PTA NEWS

    Our next PTA meeting is December 12th at 6:30 PM (there will be no November meeting).

    Harvest Festival is our big community event and it is October 26th 5:30PM-8PM. There are some exciting new additions to the festivities.

    Scholastic Book Fair will be happening during the November conferences. Look for a sign-up on Konstella in the coming weeks to volunteer for a 2-hour shift.

    LOST AND FOUND

    Please check the small item lost and found (in the office) if you are missing keys or jewelry.

     Lost and Found Small Items

  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date
    Event
    Time
    10/9
    Art Infusion Training
    6:30PM
    10/10
    PTA Meeting
    6:30PM
    10/11
    Run For the Arts  RainboDay
    All Day
    10/11
    TAG Parent Meeting
    6:00PM
    10/12
    NO SCHOOL
     
    10/26
    Harvest Festival
    5:30-8PM

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Happy October!  Fall is one of my favorite times a year.  I love the cool mornings and the changing leaves on our landscapes.  As we move into fall, our weather becomes less predictable.  It is more important than ever to wear layers, bring a raincoat and wear closed-toe shoes for warmth and dryness on those rainy days. Even in rainy weather Glencoe students go outside for recess.

    We are hoping for dry and sunny weather for Thursday, October 11th: Rainbow Day and Run for the Arts.  For families new to Glencoe, Rainbow Day is one of our all school spirit days.  Each grade level is assigned a color of the rainbow and are asked to wear their grade level color (at a minimum shirt or jacket).  Glencoe students and staff are then photographed as we gather in the shape of a rainbow.  In addition, we will hold our annual Run for the Arts on Thursday.  Pledge forms are due back to school on Wednesday the 10th so volunteers can organize and prepare them for recording laps the day of the run.  

    This morning we announced students who earned a Super Gull Award for consistently demonstrating inclusiveness during the first month of school.  It was great to see so many students parade through the office to get their certificate and Gull bracelet.  Our focus word/action for the month of October is “CARING”.  We will be seeking out those students who deliberately or randomly show acts of CARE to each other and our community.  These students will be announced at the end of October.

    There is a LOT that goes on in an elementary school, and Glencoe is no different. This month we have Run for the Arts, Apple Festival (for some classes), PTA meeting, Principal Coffee, and Harvest Festival coming up, and everything gets advertised on our Website and through Konstella.  Everybody should have received an invitation to Konstella by now, and I hope you responded with a yes.  

    I hope to see you at one of our events this month!

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark
     

    NURSE NOTES

    Rainy/cold season is upon us here are a few reminders for the season.

    • Children that have had fevers/diarrhea/vomit must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Send your child with a spare set of clothes to keep in their locker in case they get muddy or wet during the day.
    • Don’t forget cough drops need to be left with the nurse and a medication form must be filled out for us to dispense them to your child.

    TAG UPDATE

    Monday, October 8th: All second graders will be taking the CogAt Screener this year. This is an intellectual test based on pictures, not words.  If your child scores within a certain range, you will receive a postcard in the next month from the TAG department saying you might want to nominate your child for further TAG testing.  This is not the FULL CogAt test as we have done the past few years in second grade.  It will not qualify your child directly for TAG.  It is designed to find students who might perform at TAG levels for further testing, if the family desires. 

    Thursday, October 11 is the Parent TAG meeting in the cafeteria.  We welcome anyone who has questions regarding the PPS TAG process to attend this informational meeting at 6 pm in the Glencoe Library.

    TAG Parent/Student Surveys should be completed and turned in to the classroom teacher ASAP. Extra surveys can be found by the TAG bulletin board along with Nomination Forms for this year (which are due by November 30th).

    Find out more TAG information on the website Glencoe TAG Program

    PTA NEWS

    Join us for our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30PM in the Library.

    Harvest Festival is our big community event and it is October 26th 5:30PM-8PM. There are some exciting new additions to the festivities. More information will be coming from the Harvest Festival Committee next week.

    WALK AND BIKE DAY

    International Walk and Roll to School Day is Wednesday, October 10. Glencoe volunteers will hand out celebratory stickers as families arrive for school! Interested in getting involved with walking and biking to Glencoe? Contact Amanda Bird

    CRAFT FAIR

    The Glencoe Craft Fair is calling all makers!! Time is running out. If you are thinking about having crafts at the group table to sell, don't hesitate-go to the Glencoe Craft Fair page on Facebook. It's an easy and fast way to save your spot.


     

  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES
    Date
    Event
    Time
    9/28
    Scrip Sales/Popcorn Friday
    2:20PM
    10/9
    Art Infusion Training
    6:30PM
    10/10
    PTA Meeting
    6:30PM
    10/11
    Run For the Arts
    All Day
    10/11
    TAG Parent Meeting
    6:30PM
    10/12
    NO SCHOOL
     
     
    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
    Dear Glencoe Families,
     
    Happy Friday!  And, what a beautiful one it is.  I hope this lovely weather holds out for the weekend so we have an opportunity to enjoy some time with family and friends outside if we wish. 
     
    It was great to see so many families at Open House last night.  We had a 90% attendance rate at our Parent ESL meeting at 5 and then 76% of our families came to Open House and signed up for a conference.  As one of their activities for the night, students and families wrote some of their favorite things about Glencoe on one of the many “Graffiti Walls”.  Here are some of the things they said: “PE, reading, everything, math, writing, community, making friends, read aloud, Gull Tickets, how kind everyone is, the love, music, the humongous library, the recess yard, having a friend, we work together, Chromebooks, not having a lock on my locker, art, everyone is so inclusive, the teachers, the entire staff, friendly teachers” and the list goes on and on.  What a wonderful place to be. Thanks for contributing to our wonderful school community!
    Popcorn Fridays are starting up again.  Sales are every other Friday (mostly, so check the calendar) and correspond with our Scrip sales.  Bags of popcorn are sold after school, in the front and back for $.50.  Maybe I’ll see you in line.  J
     
    Warm Regards,
    Lori Clark
     
    PTA NEWS
    Join us for our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30PM in the Library.
     
    Scrip is accepting special orders until Monday, October 1st Scrip Order Form
     
    GLENCOE GREEN TEAM
    Hello are you interested in sustainability initiatives? We are hoping to form a Green Team for Glencoe. Please contact Rachel Lipsey rachel@oldschoolcraft.com if you are interested.
     
    ART INFUSION
    Art Infusion Kick-off is Oct. 9!
    Art Infusion is Glencoe’s classroom art program taught by volunteers just like you.  The program is especially important because, while we do have music, Glencoe does not have a visual arts curriculum.  Each month, you are trained to teach a planned lesson to your child's classroom.  All lessons and materials are provided.  No art experience is necessary.  And there is always Free Childcare and snacks provided during the trainings.
     
    Lessons this Month
    Kindergarten: 5 Basic Elements (colored pencils)
    First and Second Grade: Monet’s Water Lilies (Tempera paint)
    Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade: Ceramic Leaves (clay)
    The training takes place Oct. 9 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  Come make art with us and don’t forget to bring a friend! Questions?  Contact Rebecca Haas, Art Infusion Communications Coordinator, at rebecca@revolutionpr.com
     
    FOUNDATION
    It’s Volunteer a Friend Day!!
    Maybe no, but if you know someone that would be perfect, please urge them to reach out and be a part of this fun, collaborative team!
    The two main positions we are hiring for are:
    • Getaways: Getaways typically generate the most revenue at the auction. This position contacts Glencoe friends and families about donating a house/condo/cabin for the auction. Use the existing database and work to generate new leads. Creatively identify low cost/high profit opportunities for purchase to sell at the auction. 
    • Check-in/Check-out: Are you comfortable with basic data entry and connecting a few Chromebooks to wifi? Then you would be the perfect volunteer to lead check-in/out the night of the auction! This person helps secure Chromebooks or laptops from school as well as credit card swipers from All Hands Raised and sets up both at the auction.  This person works with a team of volunteers to manage check-in/out and enter winning bids/donations into the auction software. You'll have a ton of support!
    Please contact us (or have your friend contact us).
    Co-chairs Susie Hoar (shoar@comcast.net) and Judy Zawatzky (judezawatzky@yahoo.com)
    Please consider making a sustainable monthly contribution (100% tax deductible) to the Foundation at https://allhandsraised.org/donate/ 
  • Weekly Newsletter

    Upcoming Dates

    Date

    Event

    Time

    9/24

    Gift Wrap Orders Due

    9/25

    Foundation Meeting

    6:30PM

    9/27

    Back To School Night

    5:30-7PM

    9/28

    Scrip Sales/Popcorn Friday

    8AM & 2:20PM

    10/9

    Art Infusion Training

    6:30PM

    10/10

    PTA Meeting

    6:30PM

    10/11

    Run For the Arts

    TAG Parent Meeting   6:00 PM Library

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    Happy Friday! The school year is well under way and I hope everyone is settling into the school year routines. Families have been doing a terrific job at getting kiddos to school, and on time. Almost 400 of our students have missed one or fewer days in September and August. Great job families! Students who attend school 95% of the time or more in elementary school are far more likely to regularly attend middle and high school. Students who are chronically absent are 30% less likely to graduate from high school on time and have only a 50% four-year graduation rate. We want to help students build their healthy habits now, when they are young! So, we are paying closer attention to our attendance rates this year and we’ll be recognizing our regular attenders and working with families/students who need some additional support to attend school regularly, and on time. 

    This coming Thursday is our annual Back to School Night. This is a time when your kiddos can show you their classrooms, let you see what they’ve been doing so far this school year and introduce you to their classroom and specialist teachers. When you arrive, stop by the cafeteria to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference (that occurs in November). There is no school for students the week of P/T Conferences. It can be tempting to plan a family vacation for the week. Please know that teachers will be holding conferences on Monday and Tuesday of that week (November 19th & 20th). Unfortunately, they will not be able to schedule additional conferences for those families who cannot make conferences during the scheduled week due to vacations.

    Last but not least, a reminder. Your child should have brought home a Run for the Arts Pledge sheet. Please encourage them to hit up their known neighbors and family members for pledges before the run on October 11th. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a sunny day since October 11th will be Rainbow Day and RFTA. We’d love for you to volunteer! You can help set up the course, count laps, or come to cheer on the runners; everyone contributes at Run for the Arts!

    Warm Regards,

    Lori

    MUSIC ROOM

    We will be working with songs by Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) starting next week.  If you have an old typewriter that makes sounds when used, I would love to borrow it to have on display.  Let me know if it is okay for students to touch OR if it is just for the museum.  Also, do you have any old bugle type horns at home?  We would love to have some for display (maybe for a couple of weeks).  Again, let me know if it is okay for students to touch.  We will not be blowing through the instrument- but we'd love the mouthpiece to be there.

    Please contact me at ldavidso@pps.net to let me know when you will be dropping it off. That way if I get a LOT of response, I can save you the trip.  THANK YOU! - Lisa Davidson, Music

    PTA NEWS

    Gift wrap orders are due back to teachers or the office on September 24th or you can buy them online at http://www.charlestonwrapstore.com School ID: z12198

    Join us for our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30PM in the Library.

    GLENCOE CRAFT FAIR

    Glencoe Craft fair Nov. 19th from 9 am - 5 pm

    The Glencoe Craft Fair is a PTA Fundraiser that’s a group effort bringing us all closer through our love of handmade arts/crafts while raising money for our PTA. The Glencoe PTA  supports all of our kids and staff. The Craft Fair runs in conjunction with the Scholastic Book Fair during our parent teacher conferences.

    Seeking Vendors

    Have something to sell? Calling all students, parents and community members!

    There is no fee for students, Glencoe parents give 10% of sales ($25 maximum), and community vendors give 10% of sales ($35 max).

    Click this link to apply  application link     

    Glencoe Group Booth

    The Glencoe Group Booth makes it easy to sell your goods! Only have a few items? Can’t spend the day sitting at your booth? No problem! You can make and tag your items for sale and place them at the Group booth for sale. Any items purchased will go to a central cashier where items will be recorded, sold and packaged. After the Craft Fair, the money you earned with be given to you.

    Bake Sale:  Do you love to bake? Donate something to our bake sale.

    Do you like organizing bakers? Volunteer to help at  GlencoeCraftFair@gmail.com

    Wreath Sale: Holiday Wreaths handmade by Amanda Bird and volunteers. Do you have trees and bushes? Donate some greenery for our wreaths!

    Raffle: Come buy raffle tickets for goods donated by our vendors. All money raised will benefit the Glencoe PTA. If you have something to add to the raffle, drop us a line.

    Volunteer:  They say many hands make light work, and we have lots of small jobs that we'd love help with if you have an hour or two. Email GlencoeCraftFair@gmail.com or GlencoeVolunteer@gmail.com

Principal's
Message

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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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