North Glendale Summer Update

July 10, 2021


I hope this newsletter finds you well!

We are busy getting the building ready for the 2021-2022 school year!

While you may not be able to tell from the outside, there is a lot going on inside.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, KSD passed Prop R last Spring and this means some cool improvements here at NG:

  • safe and secure entrance
  • relocated office space
  • assessable ramp added to the front of the building
  • lighting and cameras in our outdoor spaces

We are also having all of our old, non-eco friendly light bulbs replaced AND a new HVAC system installed (these are not Prop R projects). So, we are a big, dusty mess. Just like home improvements, the promise of the final result gets us through the pain of the process!

Please see below for lots of information. I will send a second summer update in late July and start up with our weekly family updates in August.

My best to all ~ summer is lonely at school without my NG kids keeping me on my toes!


Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground!

The NG PTO invites you and your Kindergarten kiddo up to the playground to meet some new friends, play a bit and enjoy a popsicle!

There will be three events, no RSVP required:

  • July 20 ~ 4:00-5:30 pm
  • July 31 ~ 9:00-11:00 am
  • August 15 ~ 1:00-3:00 pm

Please note the building will NOT be open for this event.

Staff News: As is always the case, we have hellos and goodbyes for the new school year!

We say good-bye to these North Glendale staff members and with them luck on their new adventures:

  • Alison Armbruster
  • Anitra Bratcher
  • Sabrina Brown
  • Taneal Davis
  • Maggie Harmon
  • Jill Haring
  • Claire Hartmann
  • Diane Heinecke
  • Kelly Marquitz
  • Christie McClain
  • Ashley McGhaw
  • Allie Moehrle
  • Maria Murphy
  • Stacie Richter

...and HELLO to these new staff joining our team!

Bridget Duke ~ Area Coordinator

Kay Howard ~ 4th grade

Kaitlin Kilby ~ 3rd grade

Whitney Johnson ~ Counselor (see below!)

Tara Morgan Holland ~ SEL Coach

Lauren Nicholas ~ Kindergarten

Mark Rupp ~ 2nd grade

Wait, I see a new COUNSELOR? Where is Mr. Leonoard????

No worries! Mr. Leonard is still with us at NG!

The good news is that he now has a a partner in Mrs. Johnson! Having close to 600 kids to care for (and their NG adults) has been a huge caseload for Mr. Leonard. I am so excited we were able to secure a second counselor and look forward to you meeting Mrs. Johnson.

Classroom Teachers for 2021-2022

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When will we find out class placements?

All KSD elementary schools release class lists August 2. You will receive a welcome letter from your teacher to share with your student!

A reminder about class placements...

As I shared this Spring, a great deal of time and conversation goes into creating classrooms for the next school year. Many of you shared input for us to consider when placing your student. In many cases, we were able to honor your ideas but not in every case. Thanks for your trust in us. We do not make change once our lists have been sent out on August 2.


NG is hosting a BACK TO SCHOOL night on Wednesday August 18th.

We will continue to work to keep crowds down so we will welcome families inside in shifts:

  • 5:30-6:30 ~ families with last names A-L
  • 6:30-7:30 ~ families with last names M-Z

You will be able to visit classrooms, drop your supplies off and pick up an NG t-shirt courtesy of the PTO!

School Supplies

The NG PTO is once again partnering with Bright SchoolKitz to make back to school time a little less stressful. By purchasing a school supply pack you can skip that trip to the back to school sales and really stay socially distant!

Packs are specific to your grade level and are filled with brand name and quality products.

What's even better? This year, every school kit purchased will help pay forward school supplies for a child in need. Win, win, WIN!

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