Glacier Ridge Gazette

Glacier Ridge Elementary School | October 29, 2021

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Principal's Message

What is SEL?

Thank you to everyone for their support of the harvest celebrations in the classrooms. The students had a great time, despite it being a little different.

If you are one of the 5 people that read my weekly principal letter (that’s a joke), you’ll remember that I have talked about the world being a difficult place right now, for many reasons. However, one thing that we talk about is perseverance. It’s a word that easily rolls off the tongue, but it is much harder in practice. Sometimes the students have an easier time with perseverance and challenging themselves than adults do. However, when we embrace the challenge and difficulty, the best learning can result. I follow an educational blogger and practitioner, AJ Juliani, who wrote a recent article called, This is Hard. In it, he speaks about frustration, perseverance leading to innovation:

  • Change is constant, let’s focus on how we can manage it.

  • Focus on the important things (many of these things do not change)

  • Don’t wait for training. Be a learner. Go out and seek it.

These are concepts that are great to keep in mind every day, especially when things get hard. When I get frustrated, the first two bullets help me. The last bullet goes beyond just learning in the classroom. Sometimes being an active listener and seeking out more information can help me better understand a difficult situation.

The concepts above are closely tied to social-emotional learning (SEL). If you didn’t know, there are Ohio Standards for schools to incorporate into instruction. In order for anyone to successfully function in a group or organization, there are skills that help us do that. Communication, collaboration, self-regulation, social problem solving - kids and adults alike.

We will spend Tuesday, November 2nd digging deeper into social emotional learning. Our hope is that our learning will directly relate and improve the support we provide students. Thanks for allowing us this time, despite it altering your work and family schedule.


Pete Kurty, Ed. D


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Harvest Party Pics

PTO Cookie Dough and Pastry Sale

The PTO cookie dough and pastry sale will kick off on November 8th and will conclude on Monday, November 22nd. Orders will be ready for pick up on Thursday, December 9th from 4:30-6:30 PM.

Your child will be bringing home a flyer with product information, however we will be offering ONLINE ordering only. The flyer will include a unique Web Sale Code that is associated with your student. Once you log in with the code, you will receive an email link specifically for your child that you can send out to family and friends for ease of ordering as well. This eliminates collecting cash and checks from those you sell to. Every students' first initial, last name, grade, and teacher will be uploaded into the secure ordering site. All names are archived once the sale concludes.

If you would like to opt out of this service, please email (or the office email link on the GRE website) by November 2, stating, “Opt Out” and we will remove your child(ren) from the online ordering option. Please include your child’s name, grade, and teacher in the email.

Veterans Day Celebration at Glacier Ridge

Glacier Ridge Elementary is proud to announce the return of our annual Veterans Day Celebration. This year our celebration will be held on Thursday, November 11th at 9:25 AM. We would like to honor and recognize veterans of Glacier Ridge families with a short assembly in the gym, followed by coffee and donuts on the playground. GRE students are encouraged to invite a family member who is a veteran.

In preparation for this day, we are asking that anyone in our GRE family who would like to bring a veteran, please RSVP. This will allow us to properly plan for and recognize each of them.

RSVP by Monday, November 1 by completing the following: Please use this link to register.

PLEASE NOTE - Registration is necessary in order to plan for safely distant seating for our veterans. This year, due to restrictions on group gatherings, the assembly is limited to the veteran and student only; family members can meet them on the playground afterward at around 9:50, where we will offer coffee and donuts "to go."

Pumpkin Math

Students may be getting messy and learning about pumpkins. However, they are really the tool to make learning fun and applicable. Students used pumpkins to learn about estimation, mathematical comparison, and practice their addition and subtraction.
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Operation Kids For Troops

We will be starting our annual Operation Kids for Troops Veterans Day Project on Monday, October 25th and will continue until Monday, November 8th.

Students are asked to bring in donations to support our troops serving overseas. We will be collecting:

  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • decks of cards
  • hand sanitizer
  • magazines
  • hard candy
  • powdered drink mix
  • chap-stick
  • baby wipes
  • granola bars
  • small toys such as balls and yo-yos.

If you know a military Veteran of a GRE family member serving our country overseas, please email their name and APO address to Mrs. Gould at with the subject: Soldier. The Veterans Day Committee will make sure they receive a box from Glacier Ridge Elementary.

Thank you for supporting our troops!

Final GRE Spirit Wear Sale of the School Year!

Rah Rah and the PTO heard your feedback, pivoted mid-sale, and we updated the design of our tiger mascot Morado. This is the last spirit wear sale of the school year and a great opportunity to order an early holiday gift for your family. Order by Friday, November 5th at!

Kindergarten Girl Scouts

KINDERGARTEN GIRL SCOUTS – All interested K girls at GRE are invited to the next meeting of Troop 6946 on Thursday, Nov. 4, 6:30-7:30pm in the commons at GRE. For more information or to RSVP, contact Laurie Wirt at or click on this link:

Candy Give Back

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Upcoming Events

Nov 2 - No School - Staff Development Day

Nov 8 - Operation Kids for Troops ends

Nov 8 - Cookie dough sale begins

Nov 11 - Veterans Day Celebration

Nov 22 - Cookie dough sale ends

Nov 24 - Nov 28 - Thanksgiving Break

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District News

COVID-19 Data

The latest COVID-19 data for Dublin City Schools is posted at this link.

Reminder: School pathway deadline is today (Friday, Oct. 29)

If you would like your student to switch from DCS Virtual to in-person learning, or from in-person learning to DCS Virtual for the second semester, the deadline to make that request is today. Please fill out the form at this link.

2021 Community Satisfaction Survey

More than 80 percent of our community is happy with the quality of education being provided to our more than 16,000 students. You can view the full results of the survey here.

New quarantine guidelines

The Ohio Department of Health has issued new quarantine guidelines for Ohio schools.

Reminder: No School Nov. 2

Just a reminder, there will be no school on Nov. 2 (Election Day) to provide safety and security professional development for staff.

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If your child will be absent from school, please email our attendance line at