Glacier Ridge Gazette

Glacier Ridge Elementary School | November 5, 2021

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Principal's Message

What is SEL?

Principal’s Message

The world can certainly use kindness and empathy. Luckily at Glacier Ridge, we can do just that. For those families that have been part of the GRE family for a while, you are no stranger to Choose Kind as our motto. However, we continually reinvent what and how we build kindness and empathy with students, staff, and families. Below are just a few initiatives that we are doing differently this year.

Kindness Coaches - Student leaders are planning and training students in each class (grades 2-5) to facilitate a kindness activity and talk about kindness (with the help of the teacher). The powerful part of this structure is that student leaders are designing the kindness training based on what they think about kindness and what is most important (under the guidance of Laurie Coon, Guidance Counselor).

Kindness Calendar - Each day, during announcements, we suggest a daily act of kindness. The kindness calendar suggests a simple way students can improve someone’s day through kindness or empathy. Sample actions include, smiling and saying hello, inviting someone to play and interact with them.

Kindness Messages - One of the suggestions from the kindness calendar was to write a kind note and leave it for others to see. Multiple classes took on this initiative and wrote on pumpkins to place around the building, as well as write messages in sidewalk chalk.

These are just a few things we are doing, in addition to continuing to learn proper and polite ways to interact, collaborate, and communicate. Ways families can help at home are to talk to students about when to say please and thank you.


Pete Kurty, Ed. D


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Cold Weather Clothing

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:

Fire Safety Poster Contest

Students in Mrs. Santiso's 3rd grade were selected as winners of the fire safety poster contest.
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PTO Cookie Dough and Pastry Sale

The PTO cookie dough and pastry sale will kick off on November 8th and will conclude on Monday, November 22nd. Orders will be ready for pick up on Thursday, December 9th from 4:30-6:30 PM.

Your child will be bringing home a flyer with product information, however we will be offering ONLINE ordering only. The flyer will include a unique Web Sale Code that is associated with your student. Once you log in with the code, you will receive an email link specifically for your child that you can send out to family and friends for ease of ordering as well. This eliminates collecting cash and checks from those you sell to. Every students' first initial, last name, grade, and teacher will be uploaded into the secure ordering site. All names are archived once the sale concludes.

If you would like to opt out of this service, please email (or the office email link on the GRE website) by November 2, stating, “Opt Out” and we will remove your child(ren) from the online ordering option. Please include your child’s name, grade, and teacher in the email.

Veterans Day Celebration at Glacier Ridge - November 11

Glacier Ridge Elementary will be celebrating Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11. Veterans and their GRE student family member(s) will join together for a short assembly in the gym, where veterans will be honored and recognized. All students will be included in the celebration via live link of the assembly to classrooms.

Operation Kids for Troops - Deadline is Monday, Nov. 8

Monday is the final day to bring items in for our annual Operation Kids for Troops Veterans Day Project.

Students are asked to bring in donations to support our troops serving overseas. We

are collecting: toothpaste, toothbrushes, decks of cards, hand sanitizer,

magazines, hard candy, powdered drink mix, chap-stick, baby wipes, granola bars,

and small toys such as balls and yo-yos. Hard candy is especially needed.

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!

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Final GRE Spirit Wear Sale of the School Year! - Deadline is Today, Friday, Nov. 5

This is the last spirit wear sale of the school year and a great opportunity to order an early holiday gift for your family. Order by Friday, November 5th at!
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Upcoming Events

Nov 7 - Time change - clocks fall back

Nov 8 - Operation Kids for Troops ends

Nov 8 - Cookie dough sale begins

Nov 11 - Veterans Day Celebration

Nov 13 - World Kindness Day

Nov 17 - PTO general meeting @ 6pm

Nov 22 - Cookie dough sale ends

Nov 24 - Nov 28 - Thanksgiving break

Dec 2 - Dublin City tree lighting

Dec 9 - Cookie dough pick up 4:30 - 6:30pm at GRE

Dec 15 - Berwick - Taste of Italy pick up at GRE 4:30 - 5:30pm

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District News

COVID-19 Data

The latest COVID-19 data for Dublin City Schools is posted at this link.

Vaccine clinic for ages 5-11 on Nov. 9.

In partnership with Nationwide Children’s, Dublin City Schools will be hosting a vaccine clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dublin Coffman. Visit this link to register.

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 some Eversole Run 8th grade students.

New Listings on Student Job Resource Page

We have added several new listings on the Dublin City Schools 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.

Youth Activities - New activities added

Check out our youth activities web page regularly to stay up to date on the most recent activities available for students outside of school. For example, the Dublin Sparks Jump Rope Team is holding tryouts soon and the Dublin Community Recreation Center is hosting Creative Expressions art classes.

Need more information? Visit our sites below.


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