Glendale Elementary February News


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February Events

  • Feb 1 - Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00AM
  • Feb 2 - Olympic Day- wear your Red, White & Blue!
  • Feb 2 - Glenmart Open (during lunch & recess)
  • Feb 2 - D.O.G.S Winter Blast 6-8PM
  • Feb 7 - PLHS Royalty Visit 12:20PM
  • Feb 9 - Buddy Reading Day
  • Feb 9 - 6th Grade Registration for 5th Grade 9:30AM
  • Feb 12 - Davanni's Night hosted by 2nd grade
  • Feb 13 - PTC Meeting 6:30PM
  • Feb 14 - Glendale Valentine Day Party 2:15-3:15PM
  • Feb 16 - Drop Everything & Read Day
  • Feb 16 - 5th Grade BizTown Field Trip
  • Feb 19 - NO SCHOOL (President's Day)
  • Feb 21 - Breakfast N' Books 8:15-8:45AM
  • Feb 22 - Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00AM
  • Feb 23 - Laker Day- wear your Laker Gear
  • Feb 23 - Cash for Critters
  • Feb 23 - "100th Day"/ Grandparents Day Celebration (Kindergarten) 10:30-11:30AM
  • Feb 23 - Author Visit: David LaRochelle
  • Feb 27 - All School Meeting 2:20PM: Mrs. Molitor gets duct taped!
  • Feb 28 - Spring Picture Day
  • Feb 28 - CARES Celebration


Our theme this year is : GOLD MEDAL READERS

Daily Home reading activities- (Calendar) - The calendars will be sent home with students by February 1st. Teachers will collect them as they return to school. The calendars are due back on Feb. 26th. Those students who meet their goal will receive a DQ coupon and get to help duct tape Mrs. Molitor to the wall on the All School Meeting Day (Tuesday Feb 27th @ 2:20PM)

**8 Parent volunteers are needed for this event! If you are interested in helping, please reach out to Andrea Fisher:

Feb. 1st is National Read Aloud Day! Watch for a video link of Mrs. Molitor reading a book to share with your class.

Friday Activities:

Friday, February 2nd is Olympic Spirit Day – Wear Red, White, and Blue

Friday, February 9th is Buddy Reading Day – Find a time to read with your Buddy class

Friday, February 16th is Drop Everything and Read: -We will have 15 minutes where everyone in the whole school will read at the same time.

Friday, February 23rd is Laker Day – Wear Laker Gear or blue and gold

Our Guest Author this year is David LaRochelle -David LaRochelle is the author of many books for children including Moo!, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, The Best Pet of All and The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories. David lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Order forms will be coming for students to order his books.

Guest Author Visit- Friday February 23rd

Programs are by Grade Level -The programs will be held in the Art Room

Trivia contest- Each week, Ms. Quinn will have a question for students. Turn in answers in the Media Center to the collection bin. Trivia winners will be announced at the end of each week.

**There will not be an evening event this year.


Each month, staff members will have the opportunity to fill out a designated note when observing a student demonstrating one of the five CARES behaviors: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy or Selfcontrol. Congratulations to all of the students that received this award for December! The next CARES celebration will be held on February 28th and will honor the nominees from January.

These recipients will be having cinnamon rolls & juice with Mrs. Molitor during morning meeting that day.

Geography Bee

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade students who participated in the Geography Bee

on January 11th. A great audience of 4th and 5th grade students, parents,

friends and family members were in attendance. Congratulations to Max, this year's

overall winner!

Valentine's Party

We are once again planning the All School Valentine's Party on February 14th. If you are interested in volunteering in this exciting day at Glendale, please consider signing up:

The Valentine's Day Party will begin at 2:15 and end at 3:15 pm. Parent

volunteers may be asked to setup, run stations, and/or tear down the event. If you have

any questions please contact the office at 952-226-0200.


The Glendale PTC collaborated with our Junior Naturalists, Mathnasium, 4-H, King TEC, Tech Tac Toe, Richardson Nature Center, High Touch High Tech, Emerson Electric, Sue Mohn from PLHS and Glendale staff to put on an amazing ESTEM Night.

Families were able to come explore, build, create and play! Thank you to the Glendale PTC for sponsoring the event. It was a real fun time had by all.

Click here to see photos from the evening!

Critter Corner

A special thank you to Mrs. Donohue & our Junior Naturalists for bringing life to Glendale in a whole new way!! Glen, our school's pet salamander, now has a few more friends to join him here! Welcome to Rex, our new pet bunny and to all of the classroom beta fish (who have each been given special names by their rooms)!

Glendale Yearbook

Sale goes from January 5 – February 16, 2018

As in the past several years, all orders are online only. Price is $16 with additional options for add on features including: custom covers with name and photo, autography page, stickers and hard cover. Order online at YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM and use yearbook code 1206918.

If you have questions please feel free to contact

Mrs. Guswiler (Art teacher)


OR the Glendale office

Email: Phone: 952.226.0200

And a shout out to our Yearbook Cover Contest Winner: Mason Golberg

He is a 3rd grader in Mr. Deris' class. We had alot of great designs submitted, thanks to all who participated.

Cold Weather Apparel

Dressing your child with warm clothes, hats, gloves, snow pants and boots helps students have a fun time in cold, snowy weather. Students will always go outdoors for recess unless the "feels like" temperature falls below -5 degrees or it is steadily raining. Please help to make sure your child is prepared for outdoor recess each day!

Report Cards

Students' report cards will be sent home in student backpacks on February 2nd. Report

cards will be available through the Infinite Campus parent portal on February 2nd as well. Parents will receive the final report card at the end of the second semester in June. Conferences will be held in April this year to provide information about student progress. Any questions you have regarding report cards should be directed to your child's teacher or the school office at 9522260200.

Spring Testing Schedule

Grades 3-5 students will be taking the MCA III math and reading test during the weeks of April 2nd- May 4th.

Grade 5 students will be taking the MCA science test during the week of May 7th - 11th.

*All MCA testing is online only.

Why statewide testing?

Minnesota values its educational system and the professionalism of its educators. Minnesota educators created the academic standards which are rigorous and prepare our students for career and college. The statewide assessments are how we as a state measure that curriculum and daily instruction in our schools are being aligned to the academics standards, ensuring all students are being provided an equitable education. Statewide assessment results are just one tool to monitor that we are providing our children with the education that will ensure a strong workforce and knowledgeable citizens (from the Minnesota Department of Education).

Please click below to read more information about statewide testing and access the parent/guardian opt out form. This form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the main office of your child’s school.

State Testing Parent/Guardian Information (Opt Out)


SPAN is the Synergy/SAGE Parent Action Network. We are also known as the Prior Lake-Savage Chapter of the MN Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT). Our mission is to support and advocate for academically advanced students, their parents, and their educators. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday Feb. 8 at 7pm in the WestWood Elementary Media Center (5370 WestWood Dr. SE; Prior Lake, MN 55372), featuring an encore showing of 2e Twice Exceptional ( with discussion to follow. Film is 54 minutes in length. If you have a student who is high ability and...on the spectrum, has a learning disability, has ADD/ADHD, etc...this film is a must-see.

Greetings from the Health Office!

Give Kids a Smile 2018

Give Kids a Smile is a free charitable dental event for kids (typically ages 3-18) who face barriers to accessing dental care. The two-day, statewide event is Friday, February 2, and Saturday February 3, 2018 (Some clinics have alternative dates). Because this program is focused on providing dental care to children who face barriers to accessing dental care, families will not be asked any eligibility questions.

For a list of available clinics can be found on the MDA webside or using the link:

5 Ways to Stay Healthy

Follow these 5 tips to boost your body's defenses:

  1. Fend off germs. Protect yourself: Get a flu vaccine and wash your hands a lot. People can be contagious before they know they're sick, so even just a sip from someone's drink puts his or her germs in your body.
  2. Eat healthy. Make it a priority to eat five or more fruits and vegetables a day (choose the whole fruit instead of juice so you feel full longer and avoid added sugar). Carry an apple or a bag of baby carrots so you always have a healthy snack available.
  3. Chill. If you feel stressed out, stop what you're doing for just a moment. Take five deep breaths. Concentrate on each breath as you inhale and exhale.
  4. Beat the blues. Seasonal depression doesn't just happen in songs. Certain people may feel anxious or depressed around the winter holiday season, brought on by shorter days, longer nights, and colder weather. Other people are going through difficult life events. If you feel down, go outside. Sunlight and exercise are great mood lifters. Try a seasonal activity like ice skating, snowshoeing or even ice fishing. Also, don't hesitate to talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling.
  5. Get some Z's. Getting enough sleep each night can help strengthen your immune system, give you more energy, and make you less vulnerable to stress.

Is my child well enough to go to school?

If your child does become ill, please remember the following before sending them to school:

  • If the student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without medication.

  • If the student has vomited or had diarrhea, he/she should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.

  • If the student has any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your health care provider before sending him/her to school.

  • If the student has open/draining skin sores, or inflamed/draining eyes or ears the student should stay home until seen by your health care provider.

February Community Education

Check out the fun classes & activities offered this month!

Glendale Elementary

At Glendale Elementary, students and adults practice the C.A.R.E.S. skills to create a respectful and safe learning community. Students are providing many learning opportunities to become successful, independent 21st century citizens. Science and environmental education is an important emphasis as well. Glendale's parent support is outstanding including an active PTC, volunteers and the DOGS group.