School Family Newsletter - Happy New Year!

Welcome Back!

The Gladden staff is excited to be back following the holidays and hopes that your family enjoyed time off to refresh and refocus! The new year is often a time in which individuals set goals and make commitments, or resolutions, for the upcoming year. This is a common practice in schools with children as young as early childhood! Have your student(s) talked to you about academic or behavioral goals?

Conscious Discipline - Resolutions!

Conscious Discipline is a brain research based approach to developing emotional intelligence. The Conscious Discipline website, Facebook page, and Twitter are full of great tips and tricks for school and home. Below is a post from the Conscious Discipline Facebook page.

A New Year’s Resolution is a desired behavior change. Making a resolution means there is awareness that change is best. You may have the awareness, but do you have the tools to truly keep your New Year’s Resolution and change your behavior? People make resolutions, and they quickly fail! Unsuccessful resolutions may look like:

We keep these resolutions for the first few weeks of January and then we revert to our old, unsuccessful behavior patterns.


We often try to change behaviors by focusing on what we do not want to do. That is why you can’t resist stepping on the grass when you see the “Keep off grass” sign. Focusing on what you don’t want actually pits your brain-body chemistry against your willpower. This undermines any chance for success. “Walk on sidewalk,” is a more helpful sign.

Here are some Conscious Discipline® tips for New Year’s Resolution success:

1. Pay attention to your focus. What you focus on you get more of so choose to focus on what you want to have happen or what you want TO DO. Consciously shift, “I don’t want to drink soda anymore,” to, “I’m going to drink a glass of water!”

2. Replace disempowering words with words that empower you! These words give your power away and create a mindset that you are a victim of circumstances and lack choice:

I need to _____.
I have to _____.
I should _____.
I was hoping I could _____.
I wish I could _____.

Take back your power and choices by using the phrase, “I’m going to ___!” with a “Just Do It!” attitude:

I’m going to save $50.00 from each paycheck!
I’m going to eat an apple!
I’m going to walk around the block three times!

3. Write it down. Research suggests writing down resolutions, commitments and goals increases your chances of following through.

4. Check in with yourself daily. Reflect on your choice to keep your resolution. When you keep your resolution, you give yourself a dose of serotonin! Serotonin is a natural joy juice that will make you want to repeat your success! Celebrate yourself with kind words and pat yourself on the back. If you made an oops, affirm, “I am safe. I am calm. Keep breathing. I can handle this.” Then recommit to your resolution. If you continue to oops more than celebrate, take time to reflect. Breaking down your resolution into smaller more attainable goals may be helpful. Visit us on Monday’s for weekly Conscious Commitments that you can keep!


Uganda + Gladden = Office Changes

Gladden Elementary's nurse, Teresa Knoll, traveled to Uganda to build an orphanage in addition to starting a school and health clinic. We are so very proud of her! You'll notice we have a new face in the office. Courtney Patterson (cpatterson@bsd124.org) will be working in the office with Ms. Vickie and Ms. Sandy is working in the health room.
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Second Quarter Report Cards

Second Quarter Report Cards will be sent home with students January 15th. If you prefer an electronic copy, email your student's teacher.

Health & Hygiene

With cold and flu season upon us, encouraging frequent, proper hand-washing helps to minimize the spread of germs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing for 30 seconds. Check out the video below for a song and hand-washing tips.

Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year

Nominations for Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year are open NOW and will run through March 4, 2016. We have also gone electronic for these nominations to make the submission process easier for all involved. The forms are linked below.

If you have questions about the forms or the nominations, please contact Kristin Hernandez at 489-7000 or khernandez@bsd124.org

Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year (Spanish)

Support Staff of the Year

Support Staff of the Year (Spanish)

Gladden Remind 101 - Be sure to sign up!

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Upcoming Events

January 15th: Second Quarter Report Cards are sent home

January 18th: NO School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21st: Open Books Parent Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:00

February 9th: Papa John's Night

February 12th: NO School - Staff Professional Development Day

February 15th: Blue Tuesday Make-Up Day

February 18th: Open Books Parent Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:00

February 29th - March 3rd: Spring Book Fair!

March 3rd: Bingo for Books, Culture Night, Art Show 5:00 - 7:00

March 7th: PTA Meeting 6:00 - 7:00

March 17th: Open Books Parent Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:00

March 24th - April 1st: Spring Break!

Open Books - Parent Literacy Nights [FREE Books!]

Open Books Parent Literacy Nights will be held in the Gladden Elementary cafeteria the following dates from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Each event will provide families with reading strategies, a book for the children in attendance, and a meal. Keep an eye on PeachJar for additional information!

January 21st

February 18th

March 17th

April 21st

May 12th

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The following guidelines have been established for health outdoor play during cold weather:

Cold Weather

Temperature/Wind Chills

Outdoor Policy

Between 50-30 degrees Fahrenheit Regularly scheduled outdoor play times

Between 29-20 degrees Fahrenheit 15-20 minutes maximum

Between 19 degrees Fahrenheit and below No outdoor play time

We ask that children have winter outer wear such as a winter coat, hat, and gloves each day during the winter season.

**When a child is healthy enough to attend school they are healthy enough to participate in playground and/or physical education activities in and out of doors. A child may be exempted from physical education and /or outdoor play due to injury or illness with a physician’s note for a specified period of time.**