May/June 2021 edition
May 31 - Memorial Day/No School for Students & Staff
June 7 - DA Grade 5 Car Parade @ 8:45 AM at Glacier Hills
June 7 - Last SCBC Meeting of the School Year @ 4:15 PM
June 8 - Last Day of School for Elementary & Report Cards Go Home
Looking Ahead to the 2021-22 School Year
August 16 - Kindergarten Play Date @ GHESAS Playground - time TBD
August 30 & August 31 - Kindergarten Start/Transition Days @ 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
August 30 - Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Orientation Night @ 5-6:15 PM at GHESAS
September 1 & 2 - Assessment days for K-5
September 8 - First Day of School Grades 1-5
September 9 - First FULL Day of School Kindergarten
September 23 - 2021 Eagan Art Block event in partnership with Dakota County Library 5-7 PM
October 9 - Annual Husky Hustle 5K Fundraiser
Principal Henderson's End of Year Message
It’s hard to believe that we have almost completed this unique, pandemic school year and that summer is just around the corner! You did it! We ALL did it! Our staff and families showed up for our children every day and out of love, care and concern for our school community, we continued to keep the importance of relationships and our students' best interests at the center of it all! Well done to our amazing GHESAS school community!!! I am so proud of you all!
What we learned and how we grew as educators, parents, and students came with great perseverance, hard work and tenacity. I see it every day in our classrooms whether in-person or online, and I am very proud of all we have accomplished as a school community. I wish you all the very best in your summer plans and look forward to seeing you all in-person next school year!
As we say goodbye this school year, I hope that we continue to stay close in each other's thoughts and hearts. A special send off to our 5th grade students and families as we wish you the very best in your adventures and educational journey. Please remember to come back to visit us! Have a wonderfully relaxing, enjoyable and safe summer break ~ Principal Henderson
Spirit Day Sponsored by GH Student Council
Kindergarten Transition Days, Formerly 'Bridge to School' Now Free for 2021-22
To prepare incoming kindergarteners for the start of school, students will participate in two half-day transition days August 30 and 31, prior to their first day of regular class on September 9. Formerly called Bridge to School, these transition days will provide students an opportunity to meet their teacher, visit their classroom, check out the school building and ride the school bus.
During the May 10 School Board meeting, Community Education Director Khia Brown explained that the transition days will count as regular school days for kindergartners, and, to ensure all students have this important opportunity, it will be provided at no cost to families.
"Evidence shows that increased access to high-quality early learning and child care programs results in short- and long-term benefits to individuals and society," Brown told the board. In fact, some programs have demonstrated that every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood education generates significant returns to society based on improved social and economic outcomes."
More information regarding our Kindergarten programming, dates and information for families is forth-coming. Any family who has a kindergartener they need to enroll/register for school is encouraged to do so at this time. If you have any questions about kindergarten and wish to know more about our school, please reach out to the main office at 651-683-8570 or email Principal Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to a great start to a new school year this coming fall!
Grade 3 Wire Sculpture Residency
SAVE the Date! 2021 Eagan Art Block September 11-23
In celebration of our community's love for the arts and in partnership with the city of Eagan, GHESAS is proud to announce that we will host an event for the 2021 city wide Eagan Art Block!
Glacier Hills & Dakota County Wescott Library will host A Celebration of Music Featuring Torres-Peña on Thursday, September 23rd outdoors at GHESAS from 5-7 PM. See below for details.
Enjoy a lively musical performance by Torres-Peña, who will sing songs and play traditional music from Mexico. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner to enjoy before the show. Optional: Visit Wescott Library between Mon, Sept. 11–Thu, Sept. 23 to pick up a take & make kit with supplies for creating your own instrument and bring your creation to the concert to play along. Co-presented by Dakota County Library and Glacier Hills Elementary School and sponsored in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund. Geared for ages 5 and older.
Dakota County Summer Discovery
Summer Discovery 2021 is coming Monday, June 14, to a Dakota County Library near you!
Need some reading suggestions?
- Check out the Summer Discovery reading lists
- Try Book Match for a personalized list of recommendations.
- Sign up for NextReads email newsletters featuring suggested titles for kids, tweens and teens.
- Explore our digital collection.
More fun library activities
- Find free, family-friendly programs through Dakota County Library this summer.
GHESAS Raises Approximately $6500 for Library Books!
The Library/Media Center has been in great need of replacing existing popular books, as well as supplying new titles that our students LOVE TO READ. This past spring, members of our school community and our Booster Club families raised approximately $6500 toward our school library to purchase books in our TitleWish Fundraiser Campaign. This fundraiser has helped us update our Media Center/Library materials and purchase new books for ALL OF OUR STUDENTS to enjoy for years to come! Thank you to our GHESAS Boosters and school community for their generous donations to our school library!!! Ms. Behlmer, media specialist at GHESAS, shares her sincere gratitude and appreciation for this tremendous fundraising effort! Many thanks to Talia Campbell, GHESAS Volunteer Coordinator, for her vision in organizing this great fundraiser!
Mrs. Garnier's class learns to play guitar this spring. Click link below.
News from the STEAM Room - Ms. Hosek, Science Specialist
The final six weeks of school have been a very exciting and busy in the STEAM room. Every grade level will have the opportunity to participate in indoor or outdoor learning activities. Here is what is happening at every grade level.
In person students are talking about signs of spring while in the STEAM Room. They are going on an exploratory hike outside to look for and photograph signs of spring they see on the Glacier Hills’ property. They will be creating their own project to share their learning about spring.
Students walked to Fish Lake Park to look for and record insect homes they found. They are also learning about beetles in the STEAM room, focusing on what they prefer to eat by doing a scientific investigation with different types of food. Students are loving learning about insects!
Students have been studying force and motion in their classrooms and will join me in the lab to extend their understanding. They will focus on forces that move objects and learn through the investigation process that includes choosing a variable, writing a question, collecting data and sharing a conclusion. They are learning how real scientists do their jobs.
Our third grade students participated in a variety of STEM building challenges that involved strategy, team building and cooperation. Students worked together to build a tower out of notecards, a building out of marshmallows and spaghetti, a boat out of foil, and a tower out of pencils and paper tubes. There was a lot of positive teamwork happening in the STEAM Room.
In person students will participate in a variety of activities while spending time at Patrick Eagan Park. They will make observations of changes over time and work together in teams to complete challenges. In addition to outdoor learning, fourth graders will learn about renewable energy in the STEAM room. Solar energy and wind power will be the focus of these lessons.
Students will wrap up their elementary school experience at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science with various team building activities. Students will work in groups to complete a variety of challenges that will incorporate team communication, collaboration, and fun. We will be celebrating a wonderful group of students and the end of their Glacier Hills’ careers as they move on to middle school.
All Digital Academy students in kindergarten through fifth are working on weekly outdoor exploration activities. They are encouraged to spend some time outside looking for different living and nonliving things each week and are asked to share what they’ve found with me or their teacher on Seesaw or Schoology. Some things they’ve looked for are textures, colors, plants, animals, rocks and much more. Several Digital Academy classes have joined or will be joining me at Glacier Hills to walk to either Fish Lake Park or Patrick Eagan Park to extend our outdoor learning together.
2021-22 GHESAS Booster Club/Site Council - Applications Due June 1st
Booster Club and Site Council meetings take place on the second Monday of every month starting in September and continue through June from 4:15-5:30 PM. All are welcome! If interested in serving in a position on our Booster Club or Site Council, please download the application below or go to http://bit.ly/boostersitecouncil. Applications must be turned into the GH Main office or e-mailed to email@example.com by June 1st. For more information or if you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Site Council & Booster Club News and Updates
Thank you to our Glacier Hills families for your amazing donations for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. With your contributions, we were able to:
-Provide a popcorn bar and movie snacks
-Stock the lounge with drinks and treats
-Provide breakfast items and Vendella coffee
-Raffle 55 gift cards for staff and teachers!
Thank you to the following donors for their support: Eagan Home Depot for a donation of 40 mini succulent plants, West St. Paul Lowes for a donation of 40 mini succulent plants, Cafe Zupas for their donation of a pick-two meal gift card for all staff members, and to Vendella for providing coffee. We appreciate your willingness to support our incredible staff and teachers!
Our next Site Council/Booster Club meeting is Monday, June 7th, at 4:15 p.m. via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com for the meeting information. All are welcome!
CAHOOTS 2021 Summer Program - FLASH Sale NOW Until June 2
Engage in learning this summer! CAHOOTS is an eight-week K-5 summer math and language arts correspondence program. Complete and correct lessons at home, then do a reflection assignment and mail it to your CAHOOTS Buddy who will send a response back! Limited quantities are available, first-come, first-served. $48. Select the grade your child will be entering in fall 2021. The book will be mailed home the week of June 7. Click link here.
Looking for Ways to Stay Connected this Summer?
While we are not currently able to provide in-person volunteering or events at Glacier Hills, there are a number of ways you can help support our school. Here are a few ways to help:
- Amazon Smile: Go to https://smile.amazon.com. Under organization select Glacier Hills Booster Club. Bookmark and shop through smile.amazon.com every time you place an Amazon order. You can even use Amazon Smile through the Amazon app!
- Join our Facebook Parent Pages: Join now to connect with other parents at Glacier Hills. Simply search for your student(s) class page on facebook below, and request to be added. Facebook Parent Pages are managed by GHESAS Parent Groups.
Current 5th Graders: Search facebook groups for "Glacier Hills Class of 2028 Parent Group"
Current 4th Graders: Search facebook groups for "Glacier Hills Class of 2029 Parent Group"
Current 3rd Graders: Search facebook groups for "Glacier Hills Class of 2030 Parent Group"
Current 2nd Graders: Search facebook groups for "Glacier Hills Class of 2031 Parent Group"
Current 1st Graders: Search facebook groups for "Glacier Hills Class of 2032 Parent Group"
Current Kindergartners: Search facebook groups for "Glacier Hills Class of 2033 Parent Group"