Dear Glencoe Families,
We are coming to our last week of this school year and still have a few activities planned. Wednesday is our last Wednesday Morning Meeting for our students. Thursday is our 5th Grade Celebration which begins at 1:00. Parents are welcome to gather in the playcourt for a pre-reception at 12:30 before we open the doors for seating. With such a large group of 5th graders seating will be limited so please leave chairs for our adult guests. The PTA is hosting a Family Picnic for all families at 5:00 on Friday, June 8th on our back field. Feel free to come with a blanket, chairs and a family meal. This is a great time to spend together before we all head our different ways for summer.
Our 4th and 5th grade classes just finished their Wax Museum performances and what a wonderful job they did. It was so great to meet famous heroes and heroines like Albert Einstein, Sonia Sotomayor, Orville Wright, BB King, Eleanor Roosevelt, Julian Bond and Kiyoshi Kuromiya. I learned so much from our wonderful 4th and 5th graders. The focus and perseverance our students demonstrated was absolutely amazing. Kindergarten classes are finishing their artist in residency as well with in-formances for their families on Wednesday morning.
This Storybook Parade was fabulous again this year and I was so thankful for good weather! I’d like to thank Marionette Poole for organizing the event and getting us organized and ready to go. It was so fun to see all of the storybook characters who visited us this year – the Paperbag Princess, Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web, Chrysanthymum, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Princess Boy, the lion from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Dog Man, and Fabulous Mr. Fox just to name a few.
At the close of this year we are saying goodbye to some short-term and long-term staff members, all of who will be terribly missed. I want to wish these staff members all the best in their future endeavors. Mrs. EFB will be retiring after 32 years in education and Mrs. Schneider-Barnes and Mr. Tibbetts will be retiring after 25 years in education. We will also be saying goodbye to Carolyn who has been at Glencoe for 14 years (seven as our school secretary and the rest as a parent and PPS employee and volunteer). Angie Beer who taught fourth grade math to Mrs. J’s “blenders” and Georgene Inaba who replaced our School Psychologist in April will also be leaving Glencoe at the end of the year. We have been blessed with all of these staff members and their absences will be deeply felt next year. I do wish them the best and know that their contributions will have lasting effects on the hearts and minds of many.
Families can expect to receive report cards no later than the week of June 25th. At the end of the school year students and families wonder about class assignments. A letter will be mailed around the second week of July informing you of class placements. Much time and thought was put into making balanced groups and placing the cohort with the most appropriate teacher. Therefore, changes to class placements will not be made before the beginning of the school year.
In closing, I’d like to recognize how extremely grateful I am for all of Glencoe’s parents and community members who consistently volunteer in support of our students and staff. We are fortunate to have so many people who are able and willing to support our students’ education by working directly with children, supporting the organization and materials prep for teachers, organizing school events, chaperoning field trips, supervising in the cafeteria, washing dishes, teaching art lessons etc. .
The school year was over, but more than 500 K-5 teachers were hard at work preparing for the 2018-19 academic year at the PPS Summer Institute at Roosevelt High School. The two-day training gave teachers the opportunity to dig into the new language arts curriculum, and hear from teachers who are already using it. The teachers also learned how the curriculum aligns with state standards and the district’s newly adopted scope and sequence — an academic term for what will be taught and in what order.
Dear PPS Families,
As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, I would like to appreciate our students, teachers, support staff, and school leaders for all their hard work. They have all earned a well-deserved summer break. This past week, more than four thousand students walked across the stage at the various high school graduation ceremonies and received their diplomas. Congratulations to our seniors on reaching this important milestone. We wish you much success in your next endeavors.