Glendale Elementary November News


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  • Nov 1 - Glenmart Shopping for 4th & 5th grade
  • Nov 4 - PTC Meeting 6:30PM
  • Nov 6 - All School Meeting 9:30AM
  • Nov 7 - Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00AM
  • Nov 7 - EARLY RELEASE 1:50PM
  • Nov 8 - NO SCHOOL- Grading Day
  • Nov 11 - Davanni's Night! (hosted by 4th grade)
  • Nov 12 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4:15PM-6:15PM
  • Nov 14- Glenmart Meeting 8:15-9:00AM
  • Nov 14- Glenmart Shopping for 2nd & 3rd grade
  • Nov 14 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4:15PM-8:15PM
  • Nov 15- Glenmart Shopping for 4th & 5th grade
  • Nov 15- Pajama Day/Cinnamon Roll Parties for Fun Run Classroom Winners
  • Nov 16 - D.O.G.S Pancake Breakfast 8:30AM- 11:00AM
  • Nov 18-Nov 22- 5th Grade ELC @ Wolfridge
  • Nov 18 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4:15PM-8:15PM
  • Nov 21- PLHS Boys Basketball "Meet the Lakers" Lunch/Recess
  • Nov 22- Cash For Critters- Pay $1 to wear a hat all day in school
  • Nov 25- "Count Down to Kindergarten" Information Meeting 6:00PM (Grainwood)
  • Nov 26 - C.A.R.E.S Celebration w/ Mrs. Molitor
  • Nov 27 - Nov 29 - NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break


The Fun Run took place on Wednesday, October 9th and we raised a total of just

over $34,000.00! WOW!! Thank you to all the Glendale families for your generous donations and being part of this great event! With our earnings, we will be purchasing more flexible furniture for classrooms.

As part of the student reward for meeting and EXCEEDING the Fun Run fundraising goal, the entire school will be having a Karaoke Party (date to be determined)! There will be singing, dancing and fun to be had by all.

The individual classrooms who met their goal will be having a Pajama Day/Cinnamon Roll party on Friday, November 15th. And the top earning classrooms of each grade level will get to have a silly string party arranged by the classroom teacher. Thank you to the teachers and parent volunteers for helping make it a success for the students!

Early Release

Four early release days have been built into the district calendar this year.

This will provide professional development opportunities for staff. On Thursday, November 7th students will be dismissed at 1:50 pm. There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 8th. Please mark your calendar.


Staff members are looking forward to your visit for parent/teacher

conferences on November 12th from 4:15-6:15 pm, November 14th from

4:15-8:15 pm and November 18th from 4:15-8:15 pm. We have traditionally had 98% of our parents attend conferences and are looking forward to a great turnout again this fall! If you have not signed up for a conference time please use the following link to do so:


Students at Glendale will be recognized for showing the CARES skills through out the school year. Adults can recognize students who are doing an excellent job demonstrating: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy or Self control. Students who are recognized will be honored with a certificate, have their names announced at an All School Meeting, will be showcased in the Glendale monthly newsletter and will get to enjoy a cinnamon roll breakfast with Mrs. Molitor & the other recipients during morning meeting.

Congratulations to all of the students that received this award for October! The next C.A.R.E.S. breakfast will be Tuesday, November 26th.


As a school, we are committed to reducing school absences. Research shows that regular school attendance leads to higher levels of achievement. When students are absent, tardy, or leave early, even for excused reasons, they miss out on crucial instruction, social-emotional learning, and community building with their peers. Even coming late or leaving early by only 20 minutes daily begins to add up. That adds up to:

  • 1 hour and 40 minutes of lost instruction per week
  • 6 hours and 40 minutes of lost instruction per month
  • 10 days of lost instruction for the school year
  • 60 days of lost instruction during the elementary years
  • 130 days or ¾ of a school year by graduation

Our goal is to partner with families to develop a plan that best supports the student coming to school. If you have questions or concerns about attendance, please reach out to your child’s teacher or the office staff.


2019-2020 Yearbook Cover Contest

The annual Glendale Yearbook Cover Contest will begin on November 4, 2019 and is open to any student attending Glendale Elementary in grades 2-5. The winners will receive their drawings featured on either the front or back cover. Mrs. Guswiler will be introducing the cover contest in Art starting in November. All submissions are due no later than 3:50 on Friday, November 15, 2019 to Mr. Deris (room 211) or Mrs. Gus (art room). Yearbook cover submissions will not be returned. Details and past examples can be found on the link below:


Every month, Mrs. Molitor will be reading a new book for our students to enjoy and learn from. For the month of November, Mrs. Molitor is reading "The Invisible Boy".

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. When Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

The Invisible Boy



Kindergarten: In kindergarten students were introduced to Kodable this month. Kodable is an app that introduces computer science and coding skills to young students in a fun, engaging way. Students need to use problem solving and critical thinking skills to guide their Fuzz character through a variety of mazes. They are doing awesome with these skills and really enjoying it!

1st and 2nd: We have also been doing Kodable in 1st and 2nd grade. They are doing a great job and have shown a lot of progress from last year. We are introducing the vocabulary words algorithm (a list of steps to follow to finish a task) and debugging(finding and fixing problems in the code). They are practicing creating algorithms to get their Fuzz character through the maze and debugging when needed if there is a mistake in their algorithm.

3rd: This month 3rd graders have been learning how to use the search stations and call numbers to find books in the library. We also started some digital citizenship lessons. We discussed the 3 Rings of Responsibility when using the internet and learned how our online behavior affects not only our self, but our online community and world.

4th and 5th: In the upper grades we’ve been focusing on digital citizenship and how to protect our online identity. We discussed what is appropriate and safe to share online. 4th graders practiced this skill by playing Share Jumper in Digital Passport. 5th graders played Digital Compass and had to make choices for their character to see what consequences would happen from each choice made.


In music class, all classes continue to work on steady beat through singing and movement. Kindergarten has been learning about high and low voices (many confuse these terms with loud and soft). They are singing high and low using the Leaves are Falling game. They love deciding which voice they want to use! First grade has been digging into the concept of steady beat vs. rhythm. They love using egg shakers while we play the game Apple Tree. Second grade has been learning about tempo using Italian terms andante (walking tempo) and allegro (running/fast tempo). We finished up the month with a fun pumpkin game called Pumpkin, Pumpkin Round and Fat. Third grade has been learning about accelerando (gradually getting faster) and ritardando (gradually getting slower). Students played with small hoops around their arms, moving the hoops faster or slower, depending on what they hear. Check out my Twitter @MrsKaso719 to see it in action! Fourth grade has been continuing their learning of note names so that they can be ready for recorder. We also played a harvest game called “Pass the Pumpkin” using Orff instruments. This one is always a favorite! Fifth grade is learning about genres this month. We have talked about musical theater, and they are now experiencing Taiko drumming through video, and through learning Japanese Taiko terms while drumming on our bucket drums!


In November, Kindergarten & 4th Artists are starting clay projects. It’s one of everyone’s favorite projects! We’re also talking about VALUE, WARM & COOL COLORS, RADIAL BALANCE, & LINES!


October has been an exciting month during Physical Education classes. We were able to be outside at the beginning of the month to work on our throwing and catching skills. We also had the FUN RUN; what a beautiful day we had for it! All of our students have been challenged with Team Work activities the last few class periods. Ask your child about BATTLE SHIP and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. Please remember to pack tennis shoes.



Greetings from the Health Office!

Screening At Glendale:

We will be having Vision and Hearing Screening on November 20th.

1st grade- Vision and Hearing

4th grade- Vision and Hearing

If you would like to opt out of screening, please call or email your child's health office. Please remind your child to bring their glasses on screening day. We no longer do Scoliosis screening, so you might ask your pediatrician to do this during your child's wellness check-up.

Parents, we would love to have you volunteer to help with screening. Please sign up on SignUpGenius!

November is National Diabetes Month. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. Show your support by wearing blue every Friday.

Please remember to launder and return any clothes that your child borrows from the Health Office. We would appreciate any clothing donations, we are always in high need of pants and underwear in sizes 5/6 & 7/8, so please consider us as you are doing your closet clean outs!


During the holidays, you can use the below copy and banners to remind your supporters that when they shop at they generate AmazonSmile donations for Glendale PTC.

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at, AmazonSmile donates to Glendale PTC?

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SPAN is 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, Nov. 21 from 9:30-11am at the Prior Lake Lunds’ Caribou (16731 Hwy 13; Prior Lake, MN 55372). The meeting will be an informal one where you can stop by at any time during the 1.5 hours and talk with SPAN Board members about anything…concerns about your high-ability child, high school and middle school scheduling, support for you as a parent, etc. We continue to look for parents who would like to join our SPAN Board. Contact with questions/concerns.


Check out the fun classes offered this month!


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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.