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  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    2/15/19

    Scrip & Popcorn Sales

    8 AM & 2:20 PM

    2/18/19

    PRESIDENT’S DAY

    NO SCHOOL

    2/19/19

    Princpal’s Coffee

    8:15 AM

    2/20/19

    Exclusion Day

    Exclusion Day

    2/23/19

    Auction

    5:30 PM

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to spending an extended weekend with your kiddos. I know our students were disappointed when “snow-mageddon” didn’t happen this week as predicted. Although I love the snow and the excitement that it brings, I am thankful that we did not have the wild weather and school closures that were initially predicted.

    Fortunately, we had a full week of school with a caring “holiday” (AKA Valentine’s Day, Happy Hearts Day…) thrown in as well. Many of our students took time from their book-learning to show care and appreciation for their classmates by making and/or passing out Valentine’s. I love to see the genuine way students engage with each other when passing out Valentine’s. I am grateful for our caring community!

    Speaking of our community, have you filled out the Successful Schools Survey? Nine percent of our families completed the survey last week. And as of today, 28% of our families have completed the survey. Good Job! We’d love to have 80% or more of our families participate so we can get a well-rounded picture of how we are doing. If you have not already done so, it’s okay. You have two more weeks to complete the Successful Schools Survey!

    Next Tuesday morning, I am having another Principal’s Coffee. We will have a few computers available for those families who would like to fill out the Successful Schools Survey and just haven’t found the time. Remember, we never have an agenda. This is just a time to connect over a cup of coffee. So feel free to come with any questions or comments.

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    NEWS FROM THE MUSIC ROOM

    Looking for old clay pots for the Harry Potter night event. If you have some at home you want to get rid of, send them my way! Herbology is being added to the Event which just happens to fit perfectly with this year's auction theme- Grow Glencoe! Except we will be growing mandrakes- Glencoe students are much better behaved!

    NEWS FROM MS. LILE

    We finished up our jump rope unit in January by learning individual tricks, partner tricks and jumping in an elastic rope and using jump bands.  In K-2, we warmed up our legs for jumping by doing a traditional Danish dance called "Seven Jumps".  We concluded our unit with jumping stations including hurdles, agility ladder, and how high they can jump.  In February, we started a floor hockey unit.  First, we used pool noodles and played noodle hockey - one of my favorites! Then we got out some hockey sticks and practiced passing, shooting and dribbling using balls and pucks and then played some hockey games.  K-2 grade worked on their skills in stations.  3-5 grade is finishing up their winter fitness testing and then all grades will start our basketball unit next week. My monthly fitness challenge can also be found on my website under Class Info.  https://mslilepe.weebly.com/photos.html

    TAG TESTING

    We are hoping to have TAG Testing finished on Friday, February 22nd.

    PTA NEWS

    The Glencoe Variety Show is moving to another new date, mark your calendar for May 31st.

    A big thank you to Room 213, Mr. Webster’s class, just completed the trimming, counting, double-counting & bagging of 1000 box-tops, which at a dime each, will earn Glencoe a cool $100. Mr.

    GLENCOE AUCTION

    Buy your auction tickets now!  February 23, 5:30 PM, World Forestry Center. Come help the school raise money for staffing! Click here to buy now!

    Dessert Dash is still looking for 5 more desserts. You can sign-up on Konstella to donate a dessert.

    There are lots of fun activities hosted by the auction that anyone can sign-up to attend. They’re called buy-ins, and you can find the full list here. Examples include Glencoe Hoop Camp, the Amazing Glencoe Race Scavenger Hunt, and Amy Lile is adding PE Teacher for the day as well!

    MARCH FOR OUR STUDENTS

    Come to Salem on Feb 18 and join educators, parents, students and community members across the state! This year, we have a real chance to change things for our students. For the first time in decades, we have enough support in the legislature to pass real revenue reform and to finally fully fund public schools.

    It is crucial that we show our legislators that we will accept nothing less than fully-funded schools. Please RSVP by clicking the link and find out where you can catch the bus to Salem on Feb 18. Families, kids, and parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

    STEAM NIGHT COMMITTEE

    **Does your child love to draw?  Glencoe is having a Logo Contest for our Annual STEAM Event. All entries must be submitted by the end of school on Friday, March 1st, 2019. Here is the application

    STEAM Night is Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM. The February meeting is cancelled, our next meeting is March 7th from 2:30-3:30 PM in the library. Not able to attend the meetings but have really good ideas and/or access to potential resources for this event?  Contact Amanda Shwetzer OR Lisa Davidson.

  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    2/12/19

    Art Infusion Training

    6:30 PM

    2/13/19

    PTA Meeting

    6:30 PM

    2/15/19

    Spirit Day – POLKA DOTS

     

    2/15/19

    Scrip & Popcorn Sales

    8 AM & 2:20 PM

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    The month of February is providing us with some interesting weather. We had our first unexpected snow day on Tuesday and it sounds like we many have more this coming week. As a reminder, when inclement weather hits, the district communicates school closures and delays through the district website, local TV and Radio announcements as well as text messages. If you would like to receive texts for school closures or delays you can opt-in to receive them by texting YES to 68453. This is also a good time to remind everyone that we go outside for recess in all kinds of weather. Please make sure your child is coming bundled up with a warm coat, hat and gloves as they will spend anywhere from 15 – 25 minutes outside during a recess.

    Our Auction is two weeks away and we have yet to meet our goal for ticket sales. We need to sell 70 more tickets to reach our goal of 200 tickets sold. Our Auction is our largest fundraiser and helps provide much needed supports for our students and staff. Thanks to our generous community we have been able to hire a Reading Specialist each year to support our struggling readers in grades K-3. We have also been able to provide tech support to keep our computer lab up and running and fix technology issues as they arise. I want to give a shout out to the Auction Committee for all the efforts and behind the scenes work they’ve been doing to put together a wonderful evening. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, please do. It is for a great cause – our students!

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    NEWS FROM THE MUSIC ROOM

    4th and 5th Grade Parents:

    If your child was in music class back in December when we made our clay shakers, PLEASE send a dish towel with your child next week (or if snow happens, the week after). This will give a little protection to the project as it makes its way home. THANK YOU!

    PTA NEWS

    Join us at our next general meeting, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

    The Glencoe Variety Show is moving to a new date, mark your calendar for April 26th.

    TAG TESTING

    We are hoping to have TAG Testing finished on Friday, February 22nd.

    GLENCOE AUCTION

    TWO WEEKS LEFT

    Auction tickets are on sale now.  The committee is hoping to reach 200 guests, we need you! Final numbers are due to the caterer next week, so make sure you get counted.  Dinner, drinks and lots of fun included!  It's a great low-key parents night out, don't miss it. 

    Buy your auction tickets now!  February 23, 5:30 PM, World Forestry Center. Come help the school raise money for staffing! Click here to buy now!

    Wall of Wine donations

    The committee is currently accepting donated bottles of wine with a value of $15 or more for the Wall of Wine. Committee members will be out in front of the school accepting drive-up and walk-up donations during pick-up and drop-off on January 31 and February 1. Questions, contact Tiffany Munk.

    Questions about any of this? Contact Judy or Susie

    MARCH FOR OUR STUDENTS

    Come to Salem on Feb 18 and join educators, parents, students and community members across the state! This year, we have a real chance to change things for our students. For the first time in decades, we have enough support in the legislature to pass real revenue reform and to finally fully fund public schools.

    It is crucial that we show our legislators that we will accept nothing less than fully-funded schools. Please RSVP by clicking the link and find out where you can catch the bus to Salem on Feb 18. Families, kids, and parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

    ART INFUSION

    February Art Infusion Volunteer Training Details

    The weather outside is frightful, but making art is so delightful!  Our February art infusion volunteer training will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 pm in the Glencoe cafeteria.  Free childcare will be provided in the play court.  This program is run by volunteers and we are always happy to have more help.  If you have not yet participated, now is your chance! 

    Lessons this Month

    Kindergarten: Cave Painters (chalk pastels)

    First & Second Grade: Under the Sea (watercolor)

    Third, Fourth & Fifth Grades: Totems (markers)

    This month it’s the Second Grade Parents’ turn to bring snacks. Please remember the deadline for completing the January lesson is Feb. 8. Questions? Contact Rebecca Haas

    STEAM NIGHT COMMITTEE

    **Does your child love to draw?  Glencoe is having a Logo Contest for our Annual STEAM Event. All entries must be submitted by the end of school on Friday, March 1st, 2019. Here is the application. 

    STEAM Night is Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM. The February meeting is cancelled, our next meeting is March 7th from 2:30-3:30 PM in the library. Not able to attend the meetings but have really good ideas and/or access to potential resources for this event?  Contact Amanda Shwetzer OR Lisa Davidson.

    HELP KEEP GLENCOE GREEN

    We have updated the Family Recycling Center located next to the lost and found racks. Add your unwanted shoes, dead batteries, empty printer cartridges and dried up markers to be gathered for recycling. Check back at the recycling center for updates, we will post more information there as we find more resources.

    FIFTH GRADE PARENTS

    Attention Fifth Grade Parents: It’s time to create the yearbooks for the class of 2019.  We need volunteers!  Volunteer jobs range from photographing school events (Spirit Days, Crossing Guard, etc.) to helping with gathering and organizing materials from the students and their families.  Please RSVP to rebecca@revolutionpr.com if you are interested in helping out.  Thanks!

    OBOB

    Glencoe OBOB is underway! We had our first battle this week and will have battles throughout February and our Final Four/Championship Battle on March 2nd. Pictures and Battle Schedule and Rules are posted outside of the library. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend. Contact lesjwyg@gmail.com or dana.cofer@gmail.com if you have questions. Go Glencoe!  Miller

    OBOB Battle  
  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    2/1/19

    Scrip/Popcorn Sales

    Before & After School

    2/6/19

    Connect to Kindergarten

    6:00 PM

    2/12/19

    Art Infusion Training

    6:30 PM

    2/13/19

    PTA Meeting

    6:30 PM

    2/23/19

    Glencoe Auction

    5:30 PM World Forestry Center – Miller  Hall

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    What a pleasure it has been spending time this week at Glencoe.  The students are polite, smart and happy to be at school.  The staff is hard-working which is reflected in the outstanding instruction in each classroom. As this is my neighborhood school, I realize even more how fortunate we are to live in such an inclusive neighborhood.

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth Casson-Taylor

    PPS Substitute Principal

    CONNECT TO KINDERGARTEN

    Our first Connect to Kindergarten will be February 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM. This is a parents only event of incoming kinders.

    TAG TESTING

    2019 TAG testing for Glencoe will be on February 5th & 7th. SBAC scores are used for 4-5 grade students; however, for the other grades, a proctor will be pulling students from classes on one or both of these 2 days. The proctor makes the schedule.  We do not have exact information of time(s) and day(s) for your specific child. It's important that your child is at school on time for both of these dates. Results will then be mailed to parents.  This process usually takes a month or two. Next the building TAG committee will meet and look at work samples and testing results.  Our recommendations will then be sent to the district and they make the final decision and notify parents.

    PTA NEWS

    Join us at our next general meeting, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

    We are recruiting new board members for the 2019-2020 school year. Board positions are 2 year terms. Open positions include President, Vice President, and Family Ambassador. Contact our nomination chair Veronica Green if you would like to get involved or nominate a friend!

    GLENCOE AUCTION

    Auction tickets now on sale!  Saturday, February 23, 5:30 PM, World Forestry Center. Come help the school raise money for staffing! Click here to buy now!

    Wall of Wine donations

    The committee is currently accepting donated bottles of wine with a value of $15 or more for the Wall of Wine. Committee members will be out in front of the school accepting drive-up and walk-up donations during pick-up and drop-off on January 31 and February 1. Questions, contact Tiffany Munk.

    Dessert Dash

    A few spots are left to create a special dessert for the Dessert Dash at the auction. This is your time to share your gift of baking AND make money for our school. Each individual auction table will be bidding to win the chance to be the first to pick a dessert for their table. So, the idea is, the better the dessert, the more money we will raise! You are welcome to bake a dessert or purchase something and donate (think JaCiva, Papa Haydn, Blue Star).  Interested, contact Veronica Green.

    Questions about any of this? Contact Judy or Susie

    PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

    Toddler Storytime is Back!

    We are happy to welcome Glencoe siblings, ages 0-5/not yet in kindergarten, to the Library for a short storytime and book checkout beginning February 6th and each subsequent Wednesday from 8:00 - 8:30. Please sign in at the office after you drop your student off and we'll share a book or two, and then you'll have time to help your young one choose a book to check out and take home. Parents can meet up with old friends, or make new connections. I'm looking forward to meeting our future Glencoenians! Please contact me if you have any questions at all. dnewtonp@pps.net (Ms.) Diane 

    STEAM NIGHT COMMITTEE

    STEAM Night is Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM. The February meeting is cancelled, our next meeting is March 7th from 2:30-3:30 PM in the library. Not able to attend the meetings but have really good ideas and/or access to potential resources for this event?  Contact Amanda Shwetzer OR Lisa Davidson.


  • Weekly Newsletter

    UPCOMING DATES

    Date

    Event

    Time

    2/1/19

    Scrip/Popcorn Sales

    Before & After School

    2/6/19

    Connect to Kindergarten

    6:00 PM

    2/12/19

    Art Infusion Training

    6:30 PM

    2/13/19

    PTA Meeting

    6:30 PM

    2/23/19

    Glencoe Auction

    5:30 PM World Forestry Center – Miller Hall

    LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Glencoe Families,

    We are quickly approaching the month of February – unbelievable! You can expect to receive your report cards on Friday, February 1st. They will be coming home in your child’s backpack. Please review these to understand where your child is in relation to their grade level expectations. If your child receives specialized instruction from one of our learning center teachers or works with Ms. Chris for reading support, you can expect to receive progress notes from that teacher as well. If you have questions or concerns please reach out to the teacher. PPS does not reserve days for winter or spring conferences so you will need to contact your child’s teacher directly.

    Late January/early February is when our staff and Site Council review our mid-year data. Our next Site Council Meeting is Monday, February 4th at 3:00 PM. We are still a few months away from state testing, but we are just weeks away from the Successful Schools Survey. We only get this data every other year and it is invaluable for us to measure progress towards our school goal of families feeling welcomed and valued in our school. We rely on this information as it helps guide changes we make to our school-wide climate plan, our school procedures and our communication strategies with families. The survey is completely anonymous, AND for the first time we will get the results back in before the end of the year. Please keep an eye out for more important announcements regarding the Successful Schools Survey.

    Last but not least, I will be in New York City next week for a fabulous professional learning opportunity. I am attending a coaching institute focused on effective practices in writing workshops. I will have a retired principal, Liz Casson-Taylor, subbing for me during my time away. Liz is an effective administrator who finished her career as the principal of Beaumont Middle School. I know you all will make her feel welcome and part of our community while she is here. I will be checking my email periodically, but emergencies should be directed to Liz in my absence.

    Warm Regards,

    Lori Clark

    Glencoe Principal

    CONNECT TO KINDERGARTEN

    Our first Connect to Kindergarten will be February 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM. This is for parents only of incoming kinders.

    TAG TESTING

    2019 TAG testing for Glencoe will be on February 5th & 7th. If your child requires additional testing for TAG identification (that's everyone who filled out the nomination form and did not take the SBAC), a proctor will be pulling students from class on these 2 days. The proctor makes the schedule.  We do not have exact information of time(s) and day(s) for your specific child. So, it's important that your child is at school on time for both of these dates.

    STUDENT ABSENCES

    Please contact the office if your child will be absent from school for any reason. Teachers have very limited abilities with attendance, only office staff can change attendance codes. This will help prevent getting an auto-dialer attendance message.

    PTA NEWS

    Join us at our next general meeting, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

    GLENCOE AUCTION

    Auction tickets now on sale!  Saturday, February 23, 5:30 PM, World Forestry Center. Come help the school raise money for staffing! Click here to buy now!

    Class Gift

    It's not too late!  Deadline to donate for a class gift has been extended to Monday, January 28.  If you can't find your envelope, just write the grade on any envelope and drop it at the office (or send with your kiddo to your teacher). It would be excellent to have everyone contribute!  Consider a donation of $1 or $5 or $10, whatever is comfortable for you. Make sure to participate in this great way to support the school. 

    Last Chance Donations

    Have you been sitting on a great idea for a donation of item or service to the auction?    The donation deadline is officially today, January 25, but we can still accept donations next week. Fill out the online donation form now: online donor form

    Wall of Wine donations

    The committee is currently accepting donated bottles of wine with a value of $15 or more for the Wall of Wine. Committee members will be out in front of the school accepting drive-up and walk-up donations during pick-up and drop-off on January 31 and February 1.

    Questions about any of this? Contact Judy or Susie

    PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

    Toddler Storytime is Back!

    We are happy to welcome Glencoe siblings, ages 0-5/not yet in kindergarten, to the Library for a short storytime and book checkout beginning February 6th and each subsequent Wednesday from 8:00 - 8:30. Please sign in at the office after you drop your student off and we'll share a book or two, and then you'll have time to help your young one choose a book to check out and take home. Parents can meet up with old friends, or make new connections. I'm looking forward to meeting our future Glencoenians! Please contact me if you have any questions at all. dnewtonp@pps.net (Ms.) Diane 

    STEAM NIGHT COMMITTEE

    STEAM Night is Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM. The February meeting is cancelled, our next meeting is March 7th from 2:30-3:30 PM in the library. Not able to attend the meetings but have really good ideas and/or access to potential resources for this event?  Contact Amanda Shwetzer OR Lisa Davidson.

    OBOB

    OBOB is underway! Practice sessions are being held during Tues/Wed 4th and 5th grade recess and are going well. Teams are collaborating and answering sample questions. Next week we’ll include mock battles and go over battle rules. Battles will be held in early February. Keep posted for a volunteer sign up in Konstella. We need your help to have a great OBOB--for each battle we’ll need a moderator, timekeeper, and judge. The team with the most points at the end of the battles goes on to the Regional OBOB battle!  If you want to practice at home, there are sample questions available on multiple websites, here are two: https://www.newbergoregon.gov/library/page/oregon-battle-books-obob and https://library.cedarmill.org/kids/obob/. If you have questions or want to help out, contact Leslie Arndt or Dana Cofer.

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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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