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  • Glencoe Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    3/13/2020

    Variety Show - CANCELLED

    3/17/2020

    Principal Coffee - CANCELLED

    3/17/2020

    Art Infusion Training - CANCELLED

    3/23/2020 – 3/27/2020

    SPRING BREAK

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    I am hoping you have had a chance to read the communication that went out to all families late last night from PPS regarding large school gatherings and field trips. Governor Kate Brown has said all non-essential school associated gatherings and group activities should be cancelled. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and the district believes it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time.

    Obviously, these guidelines affect Glencoe’s school and community in a variety of ways. This past Saturday, we held our Glencoe-based Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Competition between the top eight teams at Glencoe. The winning team, “The Autobiographies of Homer Simpson”, was going to represent Glencoe at the Regional Competition this coming weekend. Unfortunately, the OBOB Board has taken the unprecedented steps of canceling both the regional and state competitions. Due to the constraints of scheduling facilities, vendors, authors, geographic logistics and sheer numbers of OBOB participants, rescheduling these competitions for this year will not be possible. I want to congratulate our Glencoe OBOB Team, for winning the Glencoe-based competition and all the other students who had the perseverance and courage to participate in this event.

    Glencoe OBOB Champions  

    In addition to OBOB, Glencoe’s Variety Show, the 3rd grade field trips to downtown Portland (next week), the Principal’s Coffee and Art Infusion Parent Training on Tuesday the 17th. At this time, all after-school activities that occur right after dismissal will continue as planned. We will wait for additional guidance and look to reschedule some of these events later in the school year.

    Our office staff are receiving calls asking for advice on whether to send your child to school if s/he is sick. At this time, we are following the recommendation of public health organizations - “those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.” I also want to thank all of you who have emailed me directly, expressing concern and offering ideas to support our students, families and staff during this time. I will do my best to respond in a timely manner.

    We are continuing to receive daily communication and guidance from PPS officials. I know many of you receive district emails as well. I would encourage you to continue reading those as they come to you for the most up-to-date information regarding school district activities and events. We are happy to answer any questions you may have as well.

    Warmly,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    CORONAVIRUS

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for PPS SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES

    MUSIC

    K-1 families: 4 ASK ME cards are going home this week. Look for them in backpacks to add to your ring packs at home!

    LOST AND FOUND

    The spring weather has arrived! But it still feels like WINTER in the mornings…so…outer layers come to school and get shed on the playground. Please come look at Lost & Found to see if one of the 18 water bottles, 24 hats, 50 hoodies/sweatshirts, 24 coats, a bike helmet, basketful of gloves, a backpack, lunch boxes, napkins/containers, 2 pairs of pants or various other items belong to your household. Spring assignment: Get a Sharpie, Go to Your Closets, Mark Each Outer Layer with Your Child’s First and Last Name. Thank you for doing your part!

    PTA

    Our 3rd annual plant sale is approaching soon.  Orders forms and an information letter will be going home in backpacks this week. 

    If you would like to order plants, please fill out the form and return it with payment to the office no later than Tuesday, March 31st. Cash or checks are accepted. Checks need to be made out to Glencoe PTA. 

    Plants will be delivered to our school on Friday, April 24th for you to pick up. 

    GLENCOE FOUNDATION

    Thank you Glencoe!  We pulled together as a community to make this year’s event a smashing success. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Results are still coming in, but so far we’ve grossed just over $95,000! With expenses projected to come in around $15k and online auction, buy-in parties and general donations still coming in, looks like we are very close to achieving our goal of netting $80,000.  

    Help us hit it out of the park by bidding on the online auction, attending buy-in parties, and adding a general donation if you haven’t already. Susie, Sara and Andy are so proud to be members of this wonderful and generous community! Thank you.  

    Online Auction 

    Couldn’t join us at the auction? Want to buy more cool stuff to help support the school?  No worries, the online auction is here!  Bid on items beginning March 11th-21st! Bid now, bid often!  There are many excellent items including: 

    *¿Por Qué No? $100 Gift Certificate* 

    *Eb and Bean Gift Card* 

    *Wine Tasting for 4 at Argyle* 

    *Basketball Summer Camp – 50%Off* 

    $500 Off Complete Home Seismic Upgrade* 

    *1/2 Case of Frontera Wine – only $25* 

    There is also fun art from the first and fourth grade students – check it out in the school display cases. Don’t have space at home? Consider purchasing to donate to the school!  

    Don’t forget, it’s not too late to submit a general donations to help staffing needs at Glencoe. Donate directly to the Glencoe Foundation. 

    Buy-in Parties! 

    There’s still time to participate in some great community parties and activities. These ‘buy-in’ parties go on throughout the year. Some are wonderful opportunities for kids to interact with their teachers outside of the school day. Others are community gathering events. Activities are selling out, so make sure you get a spot now here!    

    SOME of the activities remaining include:  

    Night of Wonder for 5th Graders 

    Snugglies and Storytime with Ms. Diane 

    Buttons and Sundaes with 2nd Grade Teachers  

    Family Campout 

    I Barre Class 

  • Glencoe Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    3/6/2020

    Popcorn Sales

    2:20 PM

    3/7/2020

    Glencoe Auction

    5:30 PM

    3/10/2020

    PTA Meeting

    8:15 AM

    3/17/2020

    Principal Coffee

    8:30 AM

    3/17/2020

    Art Infusion Training

    6:30 PM

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    A few weeks ago, I shared our staffing adjustments for the 2020-21 school year in the newsletter.  As you know, Glencoe is fortunate in that we are holding steady in our enrollment which means, for the most part, our staffing is stable.  At that time, I told you we would be adding an additional half-time person to support our students’ social-emotional learning.  After considering our school-wide needs, we will be hiring an additional counselorhalf-time to fill this role.  At that time, I also shared that we would be losing our ESL teacher who works ¼ time at Glencoe because the district changed the way they allocated language services to schools with fewer than 14 English Language Learners.  After further consideration, the district has reinstated those positions to all schools.  Thankfully, we will continue to have Mrs. Ngai supporting our ELLs. 

    We will have a few staffing changes going into next year that I want to bring to your attention.  Ms. Richards has decided to retire so this will be her last year teaching at Glencoe.  This is definitely a loss for Glencoe, but will be the start of a new journey for her so we will wish her all the best.  Due to Ms. Richards retirement, Mrs. Maestas will be moving to 4th grade to take on a new adventure as well.  So we will have two positions open, (Kindergarten and half-time counselor) and will be conducting interviews the last week before Spring Break.

    I am sure many of you are paying attention to information about the coronavirus.  I want to assure you that our district continues to monitor current developments regarding the coronavirus in our local areas and nationally. They are in regular communication with a number of education and public health agency partners, including the Multnomah County Health Department. Our district is sharing information with staff and families through email and the district website.  Glencoe’s custodians are now wiping down doorknobs and handles as part of the nightly cleaning routine. Staff also have access to cleaning solutions for their classroom’s desks and tables.  We have hand sanitizer available for staff and student use and we are continuing to encourage students to practice every day healthy habits like hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.  If your child is not feeling well, has a fever or flu-like symptoms, keep them home, just as you would typically do.  There is a lot of fear-based information out there.  You can find accurate information on any of the following links: 

     

    ·         Multnomah County Health Department 

    ·         Oregon Health Authority (OHA) 

    ·         Centers for Disease Control

    ·         Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance 

    ·         pps.net/coronavirus 

     

    This Saturday we have our annual auction, Grow Glencoe at the World Forestry Center.  I am looking forward to seeing many of you there in support of our students and staff.   

    Best, 

     
    Lori Clark
     

    Glencoe Principal 

    OBOB

    OBOB Battles Saturday March 7 in Glencoe Cafeteria 9 am to approximately 11:30 am

    The single elimination battles will take place in the school cafeteria Saturday, March 7 starting at 9 am. The winning team will move forward to represent Glencoe at the regional battles on March 14 at Duniway School. See below for the battle schedule:

     

    Battle

    Team 1

    Team 2

    1

    Reading Purple Turtles (4th)

    Reading Rebels (5th)

    2

    Rose City Readers (4th)

    Killer Nuggets (5th)

    3

    Book Bags & Beyond (5th)

    Oregon State Readers (4th)

    4

    The Autobiographies of Homer Simpson (5th)

    Fire Reading Dragons (4th)

    5

    Winner from Battle 1

    Winner from Battle 2

    6

    Winner from Battle 3

    Winner from Battle 4

    7

    Winner from Battle 5

    Winner from Battle 6

    Winner from Battle 7: school champion, goes to Regional on 3/14

  • Glencoe Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    3/6/2020

    Popcorn Sales

    2:20 PM

    3/7/2020

    Glencoe Auction

    5:30 PM

    3/10/2020

    PTA Meeting

    8:15 AM

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    We were blessed with another week of sun and dry weather. Thankfully, we were able to have our monthly fire drill on a dry field this week. Our students and staff did a wonderful job getting outside in a timely manner. We have three full weeks left before Spring Break and I hope the weather continues to stay dry and sunny.

    We have a number of activities happening this month. Next week, we have a PTA meeting on Tuesday at 8:15 and our 4th and 5th graders are going on a Field Trip to see the play, The Journal of Ben Uchida at the Oregon Children’s Theater. We also have Young Audience Assemblies this week for our students. On Thursday, we have “Sound Science” by Gideon Freudmann performing for our 3rd – 5th grades and on Friday “Story Telling” by Red Yarn performing for our K-2nd grades. The assemblies are paid for by the pledges our students collected during Run for the Arts in October.

    We have our last 4th - 5th grade Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) challenge on Saturday morning, March 7th, to determine what team will represent us at the regional battles. The top eight teams from Glencoe that will be battling: The Autobiographies of Homer Simpson (5th), Book Bags & Beyond (5th), Fire Reading Dragons (4th), Killer Nuggets (5th), Oregon State Readers (4th), Reading Purple Turtles (4th), Reading Rebels (5th), and Rose City Readers (4th). The Glencoe Auction is Saturday, March 7th as well, at 5:30 pm. We have some great auction items again this year, wonderful art projects and fun buy-ins that you can access on-line right now.

    I want to thank the additional 25 people who completed the Successful School Survey this week. Thankfully, the district has extended the Successful Schools Survey window until Friday, March 6th but I’ve been told that is the last extension schools will get. At this point, we have 103 families who have participated: 15 kinder, 18 first grade, 14 second grade, 14 third grade, 13 fourth grade and 29 fifth grade families which is an overall response rate of 23%. We have ONE WEEK left for families to complete the survey and we really need to hear from more of you. Last year we had 190 responses so our goal is for at least that many this year. Please help us reach our goal!!

    Warmly,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    OBOB

    Top 8 OBOB Teams Battle to Represent Glencoe at Regionals

    Sat. March 7, 9am - 11:30am 

    The OBOB teams have completed their battles and the teams with the top 8 scores moving forward to the school championship are, in alphabetical order:


    The Autobiographies of Homer Simpson (5th)

    Book Bags & Beyond (5th)

    Fire Reading Dragons (4th)

    Killer Nuggets (5th)

    Oregon State Readers (4th)

    Reading Purple Turtles (4th)

    Reading Rebels (5th)

    Rose City Readers (4th)

    The single elimination battles will take place in the school cafeteria Saturday, March 7 starting at 9am. The winning team will move forward to represent Glencoe at the state regionals on March 14.

    We had 84 kiddos participate this year from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. They all did an amazing job working together as a team, displaying good sportsmanship, and expanding their reading comprehension. 

    A huge thank you to all the teachers, learning specialists, library staff, parents and volunteers that helped coordinate, coach and encourage the kids to participate and most importantly have fun. 

    Happy Reading, 

    Leslie, Dana, Maria, Marsha, Davida and Andrea    

    LOST AND FOUND

    We had so many winners this week! Labeled jackets and hoodies are going home! BUT there are still over 20 winter coats and 30 hoodies on the Lost and Found rack who never got to be in the game! Reclaim them. Label them. Be a house full of winners!

    GLENCOE FOUNDATION

    Grow Glencoe Auction –

    5:30 PM, March 7th at the World Forestry Center

    BUY TICKETS!

    As a community we can come together and fill the room for the auction. Only 24 tickets until we reach 200 guests! Purchase your tickets online now at: https://glencoeelementaryschool.schoolauction.net/auction2020/register/ticket_sales

    If you’ve never been to the auction, your ticket includes stationary appetizers, buffet fajita dinner and open bar with beer and wine. Plus it’s a fun atmosphere with parents, staff and community friends. It’s a great, fun, easy way to support staffing at Glencoe! Come as you are – some people dress up, some dress down, everyone has a good time!

    Buy-ins and 5th grade raffle tickets are up for sale now until Thursday. New buy-ins will be added after the auction!

    So many fun parties, events and teacher experiences are on sale now on the website. Spaces are limited for each experience, so make sure you purchase today! https://glencoeelementaryschool.schoolauction.net/auction2020/catalog

    VIP Package to the 5th Grade Celebration - The Raffle

    ONLINE PURCHASE ONLY – SALE ENDS MARCH 5

    Every 5th grade family has a chance to win this amazing package that includes four coveted front-row seats to the Glencoe 5th Grade Celebration and one sweet parking space in the Glencoe staff parking lot!

    Raffle tickets will be sold BEFORE THE AUCTION ONLY – on the website https://glencoeelementaryschool.schoolauction.net/auction2020/catalog

    Cost - $30 per ticket, Please maximum of 2 tickets purchased per family.

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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