GLA West Connections

Week of April 1- April 5

Growing into our Greatness ...Not a Moment to Waste!

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Intercession Paperwork Being Sent Home

Spring Intersession is approaching! It will take place from May 6th - May 17th. School will be closed to all scholars except those invited to attend tutoring.

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 18th, tutoring permission slips will be sent home to scholars invited for tutoring during spring intercession. Please note that tutoring during intersession will take place from 8am-12pm and it will consist of reading and math enrichment. Scholars will be selected based on the most recent iReady data. Signed permission slips are due back on Wednesday, April 24th. NO EXCEPTIONS.

*There will be no other programming (or Camp Excellence) offered for spring intersession. Camp will resume during our summer intersession.

Spring Recess

School will be closed Friday, April 19th and and Monday, April 22nd for spring recess. Scholars will return on Tuesday, April 23rd.

PSSA Testing has begun!

Scholars are to come dressed in their full uniform on testing days. All scholars are encouraged to come to school on time to get a healthy breakfast to fuel their brains before taking their PSSA!

The test days are:

  • 3rd-8th Grade English Language Exam: April 16-18
  • 3rd-8th Grade Math Exam: April 29-30
  • 4th & 8th Science Exam: May 1st & 2nd

Parent Tips for the PSSA

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Global Excursion Final Payments Due

Final global excursion payments are due the following dates:

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grade: payments are now PAST DUE!
  • 5th grade: April 23rd

Scholars who have not made final payments by the deadline will lose their seats. If there are any concerns, please contact Ms. Fuller at

Upcoming Events

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Denim and Diamonds Special Services Family Dance

Friday, April 26th, 6pm

4601 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

Note: The location of the Dance has been changed. It will now be held at GLA West.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

National Honor Society Toy drive

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Coming Soon

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We have officially kicked off our countdown to PSSAs!

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PSSA Updates

The PSSA exams are HERE! This year’s PSSA prep theme, “We Can Do It,intends to encourage your scholar to work with diligence and confidence on the exam. As partners in your scholar’s learning, we want to share our initiatives alongside ways you can partner in order set your scholar up for success.

At-Home Support:

  • iReady: Ensure your scholars is getting at-home practice with content by spending 45-minutes per week on iReady math and reading.
  • Attendance: Your scholar’s presence at school directly correlates to their success on the PSSA exam. Please ensure your scholar arrives on time daily in order to receive relevant

Test Schedule:

  • ELA State-Wide Testing (3-8 grade): April 16-18
  • Math State-Wide Testing (3-8 grade): April 29-30
  • Science State-Wide Testing (4 & 8 grade): May 1-2

April calendar now available

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Career Day Coming Soon!

Career Day is Coming Soon. Please read below if you are interested in supporting!

Spring break packets will be sent home tomorrow, April 4th. Packets are due on Monday, April 15th when we return from spring break.