Glacier Ridge Gazette

Glacier Ridge Elementary School | October 22, 2021

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Principal's Message

Thank You!

Thank you on behalf of GRE!

First, thank you for your time meeting with your child’s teacher(s) for parent teacher conferences. As you may already know, teachers spend hours upon hours preparing for conferences. Although they know their students well already, they prepare mini presentations of evidence, anecdotes, and instructional next steps for each child. Significant time, consideration, and thought goes into each one.

As I followed up with teachers and asked them how it went, so many of them rejoiced about the positivity and appreciation expressed by parents. They felt your support, collaboration, and appreciation for the hard work and dedication they have put forth during a pandemic. So, a heartfelt thank you goes out to you for your ongoing kindness, empathy, and collaborative support of your child.

Secondly, thank you for your donations to the Dublin Food Pantry. The Food Pantry has shared that the number of families has significantly increased, while food supply and worker shortages around the country have affected their inventory. The student leadership group facilitated this initiative and they could see their efforts of making a difference come to fruition. They enjoyed seeing the pile of food get bigger each morning.

Lastly, thank you for the work you do at home to support your child. If your family is like the Kurty family, you are still doing all the normal extra curricular activities, homework, home responsibilities. Stress levels are still high, yet we all still have the same tasks. So, thank you as you keep going despite a tense world.

Have a great weekend as we welcome fall weather.


Pete Kurty, Ed. D


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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 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."

Please use this link to register.

Colder Weather is Coming

It’s getting cold outside! GRE students LOVE going out for recess. We want them to stay safe and healthy. Please make sure your child leaves for school with outerwear appropriate for the day’s weather. Make a habit of checking the weather forecast and encouraging your child to wear a coat, hat, scarf and gloves on these colder days. Students are welcome to wear shorts while inside, but they MUST wear pants over them for recess during cold temperatures. Students must also bring out a jacket that is appropriate for the temperature.

  • 20 degrees or below with wind chill - all recesses will be indoors
  • 21-25 degrees with wind chill - lunch recess will be indoors, short recess will be outdoors
  • 26 degrees with wind chill and warmer - all recesses will be outdoors

Lastly, it is a good reminder to put your child's name in their respective winter attire. A simple task of putting names in coats and on sweatshirts helps get them back to their owner.

For more information on the districts WINTER WEATHER PROCEDURES, please click this link:

Harvest Parties - Thank You Room Parents

Students will celebrate Harvest Parties next week. Thank you to all the room parents that planned and coordinated the activities for the classrooms. The teachers will facilitate the parties for the students in an effort to reduce the number of volunteers in the building. We wanted to allow students the opportunity to have the party, while also allowing the mitigation and safety strategies. The room parents may not see their efforts in person, but they certainly will be enjoyed by students and appreciated by staff.

Yearbook Art Cover

Students will be coming home with the yearbook art cover design sheet. Students in all grades have the opportunity to design the cover of the yearbook. We incorporate as many designs into the yearbook as possible, which include one on every teacher page and a few dozen on the back page. We often select designs that reflect effort and thought. Students will bring home the cover Monday and should be returned to the office by Friday, October 29th.

Picture Day Retake - October 27

October 27 is picture make-up and retake day. Any student who was absent on the first picture day will be photographed as well as any student needing a retake. If you wish to have your child’s picture retaken, please be sure to send the original picture package back to school to exchange for the new photograph.

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!

Candy Give Back

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Student Absences

If your child will be absent from school, late to school, or leaving early, please notify the office in writing whenever possible. Email notification is the preferred and most effective way.

To notify the office of an absence, please do one of the following:

Email the attendance line at

Complete an absence notification form (forms are located in the office or vestibule)

Send a note and/or medical excuse with your child upon their return

Please note that for any absence to be excused it must be received in writing AND fall into one of the following excused absence conditions: personal illness, illness in the family requiring the presence of the child, quarantine of the home, death in the family, observation or celebration of a religious holiday, national "take your child to work day", and travel (up to 4 days per school year) to participate in a district-approved enrichment activity. If your child is out for a reason not specified above, the absence will be marked as an unexcused absence; however, notification is still much appreciated to help us account for the safety of our students.

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Upcoming Events

Oct 25 - Operation Kids for Troops Collection Begins

Oct 27 - Picture Day Make-Up/Re-take

Oct 29 - Yearbook Cover Art Contest ends

Oct 29 - Harvest Parties

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: 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.

School bus safety week

Thank you to all of our bus drivers for keeping our students safe on their journeys to and from school each day as we celebrate National School Bus Safety Week.

Student Job Resource Page

Dublin City Schools is proud to offer a Student Job Resource page. If your student is looking for a part-time job, this is a great resource. Local businesses interested in hiring students may advertise on this webpage by completing this form.

The Dublin City Schools Zone Podcast - New episodes available every Monday

Join Supt. Dr. Marschhausen and his guests by downloading the DCS School Zone podcasts throughout the school year. In our newest episode, Dr. Marschhausen speaks with Dublin Police Chief Justin Paez.

Need more information? Visit our sites below.


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