Glencoe Elementary

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  • Glencoe Newsletter

    Upcoming Dates

    Date

    Event

    Time

    9/17

    Volunteer Training

    10AM

    9/18

    Picture Day

     

    9/18

    Restaurant Partner: Eb & Bean and Stella Taco ALL DAY

    9/18

    Volunteer Training

    6PM

    9/25

    Foundation Meeting

    6:30PM

    9/27

    Back to School Night

    5:30PM

    9/28

    Scrip Sales

    8AM & 2:20PM

     

    Letter from our Principal

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    It’s been another great week at Glencoe. Students are settling in to their routines and teachers are getting to know their students’ skill levels through their fall assessments. I started my week by visiting a Kindergarten classroom and later in the week I was visited by an entire 5th grade class. Both teachers were talking about stamina with their students; Kinders were picking a task to work on (and sticking to it) and the 5th graders were working on their writing stamina.   We had our first rain during recess time and many of our students did not have coats with them (or in their locker). As you know, the weather can be unpredictable in Portland. 

    We have Run for the Arts coming up on October 11th, and pledge forms are going home on Monday so students can gather as many sponsors as possible before the run. We will be talking to the students about the run at lunch on Monday and then doing a BIG reminder at our Wednesday Morning Meeting on October 3rd.   Earned pledges contribute to our Arts Residencies, Art Performances and supplies for Music and Art Infusion.

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    Newsletter Deadline

    If you have information for the newsletter, please submit to Amanda at ashwetzer@pps.net each week by Thursday at 10am.

    PTA News

    Thank you to everyone who attended our first PTA meeting of the year!  We would love to see you again at our next meeting on October 10th @ 6:30 PM in the Library.  If you aren't already a member, you can become one at any time.  Forms are available on the PTA bulletin board across from the front office or online at http://www.oregonpta.org/membership.

    Glencoe PTA's 1st Parents Night Out, September 20th at 7:30PM at the Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont. This is a no-host evening, please come enjoy a cocktail or ice tea and enjoy socializing with other Glencoe parents.

    Questions: contact PTA Family Ambassador Veronica Green veronica.green68@gmail.com

    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

    Box Tops

    Clip Box Tops for Education to make money for Glencoe!  We made over $500 last year!  We could make a whole lot more if everyone brought in a few.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents.  They add up fast!  Box Tops expire, so don't let them pile up at home. Keep clipping them and dropping them in the big envelope across from the office (no more envelopes outside classrooms). Thanks!

    FOUNDATION

    Be a part of the fun! Join the Auction Team! The kick off meeting is September 25 at 6:30 PM at Katie Shrall’s house – 6373 SE Yamhill. If you can’t make the meeting, but are interested in helping out, please contact us.

    Co-chairs Susie Hoar (shoar@comcast.net) and Judy Zawatzky (judezawatzky@yahoo.com)

    SAFETY NOTES

    Please do not let your children climb any tress around the school property. This is a safety hazard.

    VOLUNTEER NOTES

    Hello. My name is Glee Rogers, I have a daughter in 1st grade and a son in 4th grade at Glencoe. I have been elected to be the new Volunteer Coordinator for PTA. I have volunteered for a myriad of things over the years at Glencoe and seemed like a good fit for the role when Katie stepped down. I care greatly for Glencoe and the community but I also believe in Volunteering.

    Historically all great social change has come from volunteers. Although it may not seem like volunteering to do something like dishwashing is important; it is, to the environment and the people around you. Volunteering is never done in a vacuum, what gets done affects people and that affects volunteers. Volunteering can also give you a great feeling of accomplishment and help you get to know yourself and your child’s community. So please think about setting some time aside this year and pick something that interest you to volunteer for. We have something for everyone.

    The new motto is “bring a friend”! Sign up together to improve the fun factor. We would love you to extend this invitation to grandparents, child care providers etc. Please email me if you have any questions, concerns or would like me to help match a skillset or interest you have to a volunteer opportunity. Soon all volunteer opportunities will be posted on the new website/app Konstella, but until then, I have listed a few coming up for September and October where we could use your support.

    Remember please visit: www.pps.k12.or.us/volunteer/6278 to get the required background check. This can take a few weeks to process, but it is quick and easy to get the ball rolling.

    Upcoming events: Please email me at glencoevolunteer@gmail.com if you are interested.

    Volunteer Training, two times, pick the one that works for you. September 17th 10am, September 18th 6pm - reviews the work room office duties, art room tour. No sign up necessary, just swing by. Great for the volunteer who has an hour here or there to spare, likes office/art projects.

    Run For the Arts, October 11th - This is a high energy, fun event in which each class comes out together to run laps. Jobs include water station, popsicle duty, counting and tally jobs. Usually one hour commitments.

     Harvest Fest, October 26th - Our biggest event of the year!! Includes food trucks, games, decorations, Haunted Hallway. Tons of fun for the whole family!

    ***** We are looking for someone to chair this committee! You would oversee the *ticket/sales group. *Decoration group *Food truck organizer *Game group.

  • Glencoe Weekly Newsletter

    Upcoming Dates

    Date

    Event

    Time

    9/11

    PTA Meeting

    8:15AM

    9/13

    PTA Family Potluck

    6:00PM

    9/14

    Scrip Sales

    8AM & 2:20PM

    9/17

    Volunteer Training

    10AM

    9/18

    Picture Day

     

    9/18

    Restaurant Partner: Eb & Bean and Stella Taco

    9/18

    Volunteer Training

    6PM

    9/25

    Foundation Meeting

    6:30PM

    9/27

    Back to School Night

    5:30PM

    9/28

    Scrip Sales

    8AM & 2:20PM

    Letter from our Principal

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    We are having a wonderful start to the school year! Thank you for making the first two weeks of the school year so smooth. 

    Thanks to Randy and Refik, our wonderful custodians, the school was cleaned and ready for teachers and students to arrive. The school grounds look great as well! I want to give a big THANK YOU to all the students and families that rallied together on August 25th, Glencoe’s Community Care Day, to spruce up our grounds so we were ready for everyone to arrive. A shout out goes to Autumn Roseborough, a 5th grade parent, who organized the clean up this year. Thanks Autumn!

    It has been great seeing everyone back at Glencoe. I love having our new cohort of Kinders (66) with us too. They are a fabulous addition to our school community. Many of you have shared positive feedback on the changes we made to our arrival process (i.e. removing the cafeteria as a morning congregation area, opening multiple doors five minutes earlier, removing arrival and tardy bells) and how it is resulting in a much calmer start to the school day for you and your child. That was our intent, so we are glad to hear it.

    One of our goals this year is to focus more intently on our students’ social-emotional growth as well as academic growth. With this goal in mind, all classrooms will start the day with a 3-5 minute brain break. This will help students and teachers begin their day with a calm mind and body so their energy and attention is on learning.  We will begin this school-wide process by the 3rd week of September.  In addition, Mrs. Gardner will continue to use Mind-Up, an SEL (social emotional learning) curriculum during her classroom guidance lessons. Lessons introduce students to the science of their brain, offer easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life.

    We had our first Wednesday Morning Meeting this week, which is our monthly all-school assembly. We reviewed assembly expectations, Glencoe’s Value Statement (see if your child can tell you what it is), introduced our student job board (where students can find an application for a school-support job like recess equipment manager) and introduced our value word(s) of the month “inclusive community”. We are on the lookout for those students who make an extra effort to include others. 

    I wanted to let you know that the staff list I shared with you the week before school started has changed. Caroline Peters, the library assistant, was reassigned to another school two days before school started due to a conflict in school schedules. We are currently interviewing applicants for the position and I will communicate with you once that position is filled. Your students are still receiving lessons in the library from our teaching librarian, Mrs. Harms and will start to check out books from her until the LA position is filled.

    We have a couple of events in September for Families to visit school and connect with each other. Our first PTA meeting this year will be on Tuesday, 9/11 at 8:15 in the cafeteria. We also have a Family Potluck on Thursday, 9/13 at 6:00 pm. Feel free to bring a simple dish (salad, main dish, dessert) to share. We have our beginning of the year, Volunteer Trainings; one on 9/17 at 10 am and the other on 9/18 at 6 pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please join us at the time that works best for you. Last, we have our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, 9/27 from 5:30 – 7pm. It is held as an Open House. Parents come with their students to see their classrooms, connect with their child’s teacher and specialists (i.e. Music, PE, Library, Counselor, and Learning Support) and to sign-up for a Parent-Teacher conference that occurs in November. 

    I look forward to seeing you at one of our events this September.

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    After School Classes

    All after school classes can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/glencoeafterschoolclasses/home?authuser=1

    PTA News

    We are starting the year off strong. Run for the Arts is October 11th and Harvest Festival is October 26th. Please consider volunteering to help with one or both of these events, we need lots of hands. 

    Charleston Gift Wrap is coming home in backpacks this Friday. Deadline to order is September 24th.

    Family potluck is Thursday, 9/13 6-8pm. Please join your fellow students and families for a Glencoe Family Potluck! Bring a dish to share, a warm smile, and an open mind - this is a great opportunity to meet some new people.

    Our first Restaurant Partner is September 18th at Eb & Bean and Stella Taco. Please consider eating out at both places for Glencoe!

    PTA Mazama Lodge Buy-in

    Hi folks! Looking for a great way to spend time with your Glencoe Community? Sign up for the Mazama PTA overnight event! The Mazama buy-in is an overnight event for which Glencoe reserves the entire, cozy Mazama lodge on Mt. Hood for an evening of fun, friends, and family!

    The cost is $30 per person and the fun starts at 3 p.m. on 11/9/2018 (it's a Friday, so it really starts whenever you get here after school)! Sign up by emailing Amy Haecker at lahaecker@comcast.net.

    FOUNDATION

    Be a part of the fun! Join the Auction Team!

    The Grow Glencoe auction team is gearing up for our February 23 event. We need your help making the school’s largest fundraiser the most successful yet! Our kick off meeting is

    September 25 at 6:30 PM at Katie Shrall’s house – 6373 SE Yamhill. 

    Jobs big or small available, all are welcome! We are especially looking for two outgoing individuals to round out the team.

    -          Procurement Chair: Critical to auction success, this volunteer will use existing database and tools to send emails and approach local businesses for auction items and in-kind donations. A team approach is best, auction chairs and other volunteers will support this role.

    -          Getaways Chair: 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.

    If you can’t make the meeting, but are interested in helping out, please 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/ 

    CHESS CLUB

    It's time for chess again! The Glencoe Chess Club will start on Friday, September 28, 2018 and will meet from 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM at the school library. It well meet regularly on Fridays at the same time. 

    Unfortunately, Chess Club is limited to 30 students this year as we only have access to the library and there is a cap on the number of students we can serve there.
    Chess Club requires the help of volunteers, so please consider signing up for weekly or irregular help with the club. (No chess experience needed.) We are looking forward to another great year and hope to step our involvement as a team in local competitions this season.

    To sign up for Chess Club please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/c0LpSrxIkk2iM1WG3 

    LOST AND FOUND

    I’m Andrea and I’m spearheading Lost and Found. A daunting task I hear you say! Well, here's a few suggestions to help re-unite your loved ones with their lost clothing. Lost and found is located on the first floor near the library.

    A) LABEL Please put a label or use a sharpie to put your kids name and a phone number on all clothing, especially coats, cardigans and jackets.

    B) CRUISE the lost and found now and then to see if you recognize an item. Often you just don't know its missing! If you're looking for a particular item and don't see it, keep checking as it can take time for the item to find its way to the lost and found rack. 

    C) HAND-ME-DOWNS are great, love 'em! Please change the name & number inside to reflect to new owner.

    D) See A above Labels, names and numbers on everything. You then have much more chance to get it back.

    All unclaimed clothing will be donated to the PTA clothing center. It’s a worthy cause, but if it’s not where you want your gear to go please follow these few simple steps! I could use an extra pair of hands now and then to hang and sort. Let me know if you can help.

    Thanks 

    Andrea Wild (mother of Phoebe Burns)

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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