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  • Glencoe Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    9/30/2020

    Library Book Bag Checkout: Last Name A-L

    1-3 PM

    10/1/2020

    Library Book Bag Checkout: Last Name M-Z

    1-3 PM

    10/1/2020

    PTA Meeting

    7:30 PM

    10/9/2020

    NO SCHOOL

     

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,
     
    Things are really starting to move along.  I am so impressed by the level and skill of independence I am seeing from our students when it comes to navigating their technology system and learning apps. Teachers have been taking their time to ensure students are also practicing the skills they need to use their devices and systems to the fullest extent.  Of course, you also play a big role in this learning process and we appreciate your partnership.  As you may have noticed by now, teaching is much more complex than it seems and providing lessons and activities online, rather than in person, can be a challenge.
     
    Teaching contains two major concepts of learning, the Art and the Science.  As an art, teachers find the methods and strategies that work best for them. There is not one standard way to teach.  What works for one teacher may not work for another. Thus, all the teaching strategies that one learns can be adopted and adapted to fit a particular teaching situation and teaching style. 
     
     As a science, there are strategies and practices that a body of research has shown to be effective in enhancing learning. Schools and teachers use research to inform their programs and practice. On the individual level teachers are constantly collecting data by observing their students in order to see if learning is taking place and how they learn best. And, like scientists, teachers experiment with new techniques or strategies to see how they work. 
     
    One of the many challenges a teacher faces each and every day is how to balance the amount a student struggles with the amount of support a teacher gives in order for learning to occur. If we make things too easy (little to no cognitive struggle) or offer too much support (remove the struggle) then very little learning, if any occurs.  As partners in this work right now, I have talked with many of you who are grappling with these same questions.  How much or how long do I let my child struggle to figure out an answer? What if my child doesn’t know or can’t figure out an answer? When is a good time to offer my child support? What does too much or too little support look like?
     
    Here is some advice I would like to offer at this point in time:
     
    ·         Struggle can lead to growth.  We all need to struggle a bit to learn new things.  This is expected and yes, some of us struggle more than others. Students vary in their abilities to manage their feelings when things are hard.  If your child struggle to manage their feelings when they are faced with a difficult task, talk to your teacher or Ms. Gardner, our counselor.  We can help!
     
    ·         Encourage a growth mindset.  It is important to remind kids that it's not about being good or bad at something, but working toward getting better at it.
     
    ·         Wait time is important. Children take more time to process questions than adults might realize, especially if the question isn’t in writing. Pausing, giving a child time to consider an answer and resisting the urge to jump in, give clues or the answer is important.
     
    ·         Stay positive and patient.  Offering encouragement and being patient with a child’s answer encourages thinking and builds confidence. Consciously waiting for kids to respond will help adults not do the work for them.  
     
    ·         Ask the teacher questions.  If you aren’t sure how much you should let your child struggle, talk to the teacher.  There are some assignments that might be harder than others for a reason. There are assignments that act as an assessment so if you help your child, the teacher will not know what your child really knows or doesn’t know.
     
    ·         Remember the science of teaching.  Teachers look at student work to judge the effectiveness of their lesson AND your child’s level of understanding.  If you have over helped, the teacher will not be providing the adequate amount of support or the right lesson the next time around.
     
    ·         Stifle your own perfectionism.  Maybe their letter 'e' looks kind of wonky or it took them a long time to figure out 4x8. That’s ok!  Stay positive, offer upbeat feedback with as much specific detail as possible—not just a generic “good job”—and the child will be more apt to keep practicing. Repetition will lead to improvement which will inspire intrinsic motivation. 
    The bottom line, no one expects parents to be a full time teacher or to be an expert on educational strategies or content - although you probably feel like that right now.  Even if they were at school, they would be expected to work independently many times throughout the day.  Teachers are used to walking the room to check on students’ work and give feedback.  If you are around and able, just provide support and encouragement and most importantly, expect your child to do their part.  Struggling is allowed and encouraged!  Don’t help too much.  Becoming independent takes lots of practice. 
     
    Last but not least, don’t forget our Back to School Night sessions are the week of October 5th.  Teachers will have two, virtual LIVE sessions to choose from on their grade level’s evening.  Teachers will communicate their Back to School Night date and times directly with families.  You can also find them on our School Website.  
     
    I will also be sharing a schoolwide presentation for Back to School Night with you, to watch at your leisure, in next Friday’s Newsletter.  Before we finalize our presentations, we would like to hear from you.  What questions do you still have about Glencoe, our classrooms, curriculum, lessons, community connections in this virtual setting?  If you have a few minutes, we would appreciate your time in completing this brief survey.
     
    Warmly,
    Lori Clark
    Glencoe Principal

    NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

    If your child is going to miss some or all of a school day, please call the attendance line at 503-916-6207, option 2 or email Amanda Shwetzer at ashwetzer@pps.net. When reporting absences, please include the reason for the absence, illness, vacation, appointment, etc. This will prevent the automated call going out to you the next day.

    CHESS FOR SUCCESS -3rd – 5th GRADE ONLY

    We will continue working with Chess for Success to bring their program to Glencoe this year for students in grades 3-5. This includes trained instructors, free admission to their chess tournaments, t-shirts for the kids, chess clocks for the club, as well as the ability to draw on more coaches.

    Chess Club will cost $60 for the entire year (Oct-March) and some scholarships are available. If you qualify for reduced lunch or feel the fee is beyond your means, please get in touch with us so we can work something out. We want to make chess accessible to everyone!

    We have developed an “Online Permission Slip” that will supply us with the information we’ll need to get students registered in the club for your school:

    This is a Google Form to register. This is the Google Form in Spanish

    We will be collecting payments via cash or check at our coach's house: 644 SE 52nd Ave.  This is the small blue house just northeast of school, through the sidewalk path surrounded by tall bushes.  If paying by check, please make it out to Chess for Success, indicating Glencoe and the students you are paying for in the notes field.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our coach Dave Petrozzi at his email: bigdave@gmail.com

     

    PTA NEWS

    Special PTA meeting on Thursday, October 1st at 7:30pm via Zoom to elect new board members for the 2020 - 2021 school year. The PTA put out a call in August to fill several vacancies on the PTA board for this school year and these three parents stepped forward. They are Mackenzie Weintraub, kindergarten parent, for Co-president, Whitney Stark, kindergarten and 2nd grade parent, for Co-president, and Anna York, 3rd grade parent, for Secretary. If other parents are interested in running for these positions or the other unfilled board positions of Family Ambassador and Volunteer Coordinator, please let us know prior to the meeting.

     

    In order to vote, you must be a PTA member in good standing. If you were a member last year, your membership is good through 10/31/20. If you are not yet a member or would like to renew your membership, the membership form is attached to this email or you can join online at https://www.oregonpta.org/membership. Cost is $15 per year per person.  Please note this meeting is focused solely on the election. There will be a general PTA meeting in mid-October, date TBD, to welcome new parents, go over the upcoming school year, and approve the 2020-2021 budget. 

     

    Zoom link for the meeting Thursday, October 1st at 7:30pm

     

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83148077929?pwd=dXg5aGtvcitPbThuMCtoUWZJUHFrUT09

     

    Meeting ID: 831 4807 7929              Passcode: 665342  

  • Glencoe Weekly Newsletter


    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    9/30/2020

    Library Book Bag Checkout: Last Name A-L

     

    1-3 PM

    10/1/2020

    Library Book Bag Checkout: Last Name M-Z

     

    1-3 PM

     

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    Congratulations, you have finished your first full week of Distance Learning! As many of you know, our word of the month was introduced in our Monthly Assembly Video this week. I am sure you can guess why we chose PERSEVERANCE. These past few weeks have been a real test in doing hard things and not giving up! I want to thank you for supporting your child and helping to facilitate their learning. Supporting your child’s educational journey has looked much different than it does right now and we appreciate your partnership. 

    I also want to applaud your child and our staff who have had to “flip” their classrooms, practices and learning habits into a virtual setting. If you haven’t watched the Wednesday Morning Meeting Assembly video with your child, I encourage you to do so. At the end of the video Ms. Gardner invited students to share a perseverance experience with us through a program called Flipgrid. We’d love it if you and/or your child submitted a Flipgrid response about perseverance.  Here is a LINK, to do just that: https://flipgrid.com/a9c9d204

    There have been some questions and confusion about our Specials (PE, music & library) Live Classes & Specials NON-Live lessons/Activities: I am hoping I can clarify your child’s schedule when it comes to these classes. 


    Subject

    LIVE CLASS

    Found in Google Meets

    (synchronous)

    NOT LIVE: found in Seesaw

    (asynchronous)

    PE

    Google Meets

    Code: mpg

    Clever Portal: Seesaw

    Click on child’s name, top left corner of screen

    Find Class that says PE (Lile) & click on it 

    Click on “activities” top right and it takes you to the lesson/activity for the week

    Music

    Google Meets

    Code: mpg

    Clever Portal: Seesaw

    Click on child’s name, top left corner of screen

    Find Class that says Music (Davidson) & click on it 

    Click on “activities” top right, and it takes you to the lesson/activity for the week. 

    Library

    NONE Provided

    Clever Portal: Seesaw

    Click on child’s name, top left corner of screen

    Find Class that says Library (Griffon) & click on it. 

    Click on “activities” top right, and it takes you to the lesson/activity for the week

    When the class is LIVE it will say “LIVE” on their schedule.

           Kinder & 1st Grade have 2 LIVE specials classes a week. During the LIVE specials class they will see both PE & Music teachers.

           2nd - 5th graders have 1 LIVE PE and 1 LIVE Music a week.

    When the class is NOT LIVE it will say Seesaw PE or Seesaw Music. Then the student should go to Seesaw and access the assigned lesson or activity. Library will always be found in Seesaw.

    If you have questions or things are not going well when it comes to these classes, please contact the Specials teachers directly. The best way is through their email:

    Mrs. Davidson (Music): ldavidso@pps.net

    Mrs. Lile (PE): alile@pps.net

    Ms. Layman (PE): mlayman@pps.net

    Ms. Griffon (Library): cgriffon@pps.net

    Glencoe is starting our “Let’s Get Reading Again” program the week of September 28th. Students will be able to check out grade level book bags for two weeks at a time. We will have pick up and drop off times organized by child’s last name on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3, every other week. You can find specific information about the program in your child’s Library Class in Seesaw.

    Originally, we had planned to hold this year’s Back to School Night this coming week. With only one full week of distance learning under our belts, we have decided to reschedule our Virtual Back to School Night (BTSN). Our hope is to give families, students and staff more time to acclimate to the expectations and settle into the routines. We also want to make sure we have a clear picture of the information you will want or need so we can be most effective at communicating with you during that time.   If you have questions or wonderings between now and then, please contact me, the office or your child’s teacher.

    Our REVISED Virtual BTSN schedule is as follows:

    Monday,

    October 5

    Tuesday,

    October 6

    Wednesday,

    October 7

    Thursday,

    October 8

    Friday,

    October 9

    2nd Grade

    5th Grade

    Kindergarten &

    4th Grade

    1st Grade &

    3rd Grade

    NO SCHOOL

    Warmly,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    lclark@pps.net

    NEWS FROM THE NURSE

    Nurse Jenny

    Hi from Nurse Jenny! Hope you are all staying safe and healthy! This year we are able to provide an online student health condition portal for parents/guardians to complete forms for their students. https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-boy-919413.html  You can email completed forms and any questions directly to me at jhoesly@mesd.k12.or.us.


    The following is a great link with lots of information on air quality and wildfire effects. The section for Reducing Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke is especially important with our current air quality index of hazardous to very unhealthy. 

    https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx

     

    PTA NEWS

    Special PTA meeting on Thursday, October 1st at 7:30pm via Zoom to elect new board members for the 2020 - 2021 school year. The PTA put out a call in August to fill several vacancies on the PTA board for this school year and these three parents stepped forward. They are Mackenzie Weintraub, kindergarten parent, for Co-president, Whitney Stark, kindergarten and 2nd grade parent, for Co-president, and Anna York, 3rd grade parent, for Secretary. If other parents are interested in running for these positions or the other unfilled board positions of Family Ambassador and Volunteer Coordinator, please let us know prior to the meeting.

     

    In order to vote, you must be a PTA member in good standing. If you were a member last year, your membership is good through 10/31/20. If you are not yet a member or would like to renew your membership, the membership form is attached to this email or you can join online at https://www.oregonpta.org/membership. Cost is $15 per year per person.  Please note this meeting is focused solely on the election. There will be a general PTA meeting in mid-October, date TBD, to welcome new parents, go over the upcoming school year, and approve the 2020-2021 budget. 

     

    Zoom link for the meeting Thursday, October 1st at 7:30pm

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83148077929?pwd=dXg5aGtvcitPbThuMCtoUWZJUHFrUT09

    Meeting ID: 831 4807 7929
    Passcode: 665342  


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