Glendale Elementary March News

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MARCH EVENTS

  • March 5- February C.A.R.E.S Breakfast Celebration
  • March 12 - PTC Fundraiser Ends
  • March 16 - JR. Naturalists Meeting 8:00AM
  • March 25 - 2nd Grade Cogat Testing
  • March 26 - Cash for Critters (Bring $1 & wear a hat for the day)
  • March 30 - 4th Grade WolfRidge Fundraiser Kickoff
  • April 2 - March C.A.R.E.S Breakfast Celebration
  • April 5-9 NO SCHOOL **SPRING BREAK**

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. MOLITOR

The story for this month is: I believe I Can by Grace Byers

Like a Rocket, I'll Ignite...

I Believe I Can is a tribute to the limitness potential of boys and girls of every background - all they need is to believe in themselves.

I hope you enjoy it, and always remember to :

Be Safe

Be Responsible

Be Respectful

Jennifer Molitor

Glendale Elementary School Principal

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C.A.R.E.S

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 February! The next C.A.R.E.S. breakfast will be Friday, April 2nd.

FOOD DRIVE RESULTS

We had a great response for our Kindness Week Food Drive! Glendale collected over 1,000 lbs of food that we donated to the R.O.C.K! Thank you for all of your help & generosity!

SAFETY UPDATES

PLSAS Families,

Just a friendly reminder about the COVID-19 safety topic regarding Spring Break travel:


TRAVEL GUIDELINES

As families begin to make plans for Spring Break, please keep in mind that PLSAS will be following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines for travel.

· The CDC recommends postponing any nonessential travel.

· Those who travel domestically are encouraged to obtain a viral test 3-5 days after travel and to reduce non-essential activities for 7 days, even if a COVID-19 test is negative.

· Those who choose not to test are encouraged to reduce non-essential activities for 10 days.

· Those who travel internationally on a cruise or to a level-4 risk country will be required to quarantine. If a student obtains a viral test 3-5 days after travel and the test is negative, the student will quarantine 7 days. If the student is not tested, the student will quarantine 10 days.

· We ask that you visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date travel guidelines.


Sincerely,

Joe Kuboushek

PLSAS COVID-19 Coordinator

Kate Keil

Health Services Coordinator

K-5 STUDENT TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

As PLSAS transitions back to in-person learning, K-5 students will be retaining the iPad or Chromebook they have been using during hybrid and distance learning. Please help your child plan and prepare for this new and exciting responsibility. Below are a few discussion and planning tips to help ensure your child will be successful. Thank you for your help!

  • Please discuss and plan with your child how they will transport their device safely to and from school. This might include finding a special spot in the backpack that is separate from food, water, wet outdoor clothing, or sandy shoes. If your child’s backpack has a padded section inside it, this is a great spot for the device.
  • If your child rides the bus, remind them that the bus floor is not a safe spot for a backpack with an electronic device. Keeping it on your lap while seated is the safest way to transport your device on the bus.
  • Find a special spot for your child to charge their device each night. If the devices come to school fully charged each day, they should last the whole day, but please pack the charging cord just in case.
  • Remind your child each night to charge their device, and pack it in their backpack each morning.

Thank you for your help setting your child up for success!

CONFERENCES

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


April 15th from 4:15-8:15 PM

April 20th from 4:15-6:15 PM

April 22nd from 4:15-8:15 PM


An email will be sent out before Spring Break with a link for you to register for conferences. At this time conferences will be done virtually through Google Meet. Once you receive the link, you will be asked to pick your child's teacher. If you have more than one student at Glendale, click on both teachers' names. You will then be asked to enter your student's name, your name and email address. An email will then be sent to you with a link to schedule the conferences. Choose a time that works for you and your family. If you have more than one student, you will need to choose a conference time with each teacher.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office at 952-226-0200.

If you don't have access to a computer to register for conferences, please contact your child's teacher directly.

SPRING TESTING SCHEDULE

Grades 3-5 students will be taking the MCA III math and reading test during the weeks of March 8th- May 7th.


Grade 5 students will be taking the MCA science test during the time frame of March 8th- May 14th.

*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.


State Testing Parent/Guardian Information (Opt Out)

PARENT A.M. DROP-OFF & P.M. PICK-UP REVIEW

  • **MORNING** : Stop. Drop. & Roll- When dropping your student(s) off in the morning, please have them all ready to go with their backpacks on their laps, so when it's time to get out of the vehicle they can exit quickly & efficiently.
  • Please have your student(s) enter & exit the vehicle on the CURB SIDE to keep them safe from other traffic in the parking lot.
  • Adults must remain in the vehicle at all times! This is not only for safety reasons, but will help keep the flow of the line going.
  • Please pull ALL the way up to the end of the sidewalk whether you're dropping off or picking up.
  • There are several staff helping your child(ren) as they enter the school in the morning. One on the sidewalk directing cars, one at the main doors, and another inside to help direct them to their classroom.Please do not wait to watch your child walk into the building.
  • If your child needs assistance (i.e. buckling up), please pull into an actual parking spot to help them, rather than sitting in the line to do so.
  • Please be sure to share this with all drivers who may be picking up your child(ren) on any given day, so everyone is in the know and we can keep the process flowing.
Parent Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures at Glendale Elementary

MDH COVID 19 DECISION TREE

This document was developed by the Minnesota Department of Health for Schools, Youth & Child Care Programs to use as a guide for Covid-19 exposure & decision processes. We encourage you to reference it to better understand the protocols we're following.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/exguide.pdf

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COVID-19 INFORMATION

PLSAS continues to track lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst students and staff. It is important to:

* complete the COVID-19 Student Daily Return to School Checklist each morning before school

* keep your child(ren) home if ANYONE in your household is waiting on COVID-19 test results

* call your child’s school if your student(s) or ANYONE in your household is diagnosed with COVID-19


Doing this will allow us to continue to look at our local district data and not have to rely solely on Scott County COVID-19 case rates when determining learning models.

COLD WEATHER APPAREL

We are hoping spring is RIGHT around the corner! However, dressing your child with warm clothes, hats, gloves, snow pants and boots helps students have a fun time in any cold, snowy weather we may still have. (Afterall, we DO live in Minnesota! And March is our snowiest month) **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!


**IMPORTANT: BE SURE TO LABEL YOUR CHILD’S JACKET, MITTENS, HAT, SNOW PANTS, AND BOOTS TO HELP PREVENT THEM FROM GETTING LOST!!

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Hello Glendale Families!

We are in the last week of our spring Around the World fundraiser and we are getting very close to our goal of raising $25,000!!! We are so proud of the students and they have already traveled virtually from North America to South America to Europe to Africa and most recently to Asia. Hopefully soon they will be in Australia and then off to meet the penguins in Antarctica! Thank you for your support thus far; we are already in the process of securing outdoor learning gear and workstations and much more!!

Continue to be on the lookout for upcoming restaurant nights and other fun events as we head into spring.

Glendale PTC

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

IMPORTANT PARENT TOOLS

DISTRICT PARENT PORTAL

Find quick links to important school and district resources.

PARENTS RESOURCES


Glendale 2020-21 Handbook - https://bit.ly/2kh64Zg

Glendale PTC Website- https://bit.ly/2yG3uQe

Glendale D.O.G.S Website- https://bit.ly/2yKntxg

PTC Box Top Info- https://bit.ly/2ksIMzL

Glendale Lunch Menu- https://bit.ly/2lJyjjG

CONTACT US

Glendale Attendance Line 952-226-0201

Glendale Main Office 952-226-0200

Glendale Health Office 952-226-0206

Jennifer Molitor, Principal jmolitor@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Lindsay Comstock, Dean of Students lcomstock@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Dawn Ryan, Head Secretary dawnryan@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Heather Hartman, Building Secretary hhartman@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Elisabeth Ammerman, Social Worker eammerman@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Technology Helpdesk 952-226-0062 or ithelpdesk@plsas.org

District Transportation 952-226-0050 jswedberg@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Prior Lake Bus Company (after hours) 952-440-1166

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.