March Newsletter

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MARCH EVENTS

  • March 1- Glendale "Afternoon Out with the MN Timberwolves" 2:30PM
  • March 5- Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00AM
  • March 5- Glenmart Meeting 8:30AM
  • March 5- "Outta this World" Breakfast served in Glendale Cafeteria from 8:45-9:20AM
  • March 6- Glenmart Open 2nd & 3rd grade 9:20 - 9:45AM
  • March 9- PTC Meeting 6:30PM
  • March 10- Davanni's Night hosted by 1st Grade
  • March 12- 4th Grade Field Trip MN History Center
  • March 13- Glenmart Open 4th & 5th grade 9:20 - 9:45AM
  • March 16-1st Grade Field Trip to MNCAPS
  • March 20- Cash for Critters- pay $1 to wear a hat all day!
  • March 20- Young Author's Conference 4th & 5th grade
  • March 23-27 **NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK**

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 Thursday, April 2nd.

NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK

March 2nd – March 6th is National School Breakfast Week and Child Nutrition Services is ramping up to celebrate and promote the most important meal of the day! Each elementary school has created a special theme and menu for everyday that week. We will have extra decorations, signs and posters in the cafeterias and on the serving lines promoting breakfast. We would love to have more students participate and experience what PLSAS School Breakfast is all about. An adult breakfast meal is $2.25.

Listed below are the themes and menus, and we will be posting on social media all week as well.


Monday: Life On the Farm (GW)

*Biscuits with Homemade Apple Butter

*Scrambled Eggs

*Ferndale Farms Turkey Sausage Links


Tuesday: Taco Tuesday (FH)

*Breakfast Tacos with Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese and Sausage

*Apple Churros


Wednesday: Tropical Paradise (JP)

* Jumbo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin

*Turkey Sausage Patty

*Tropical Punch


Thursday: Outta This World (GD) **Served from 8:45-9:20AM**

*Flying Saucer Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches


Friday: Fruity Friday (RR)

*Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowls


WW/EW is preparing activity sheets and posters about breakfast that will be shared at all sites throughout the week.

Thank you for helping and partnering with us, and we hope to see you at breakfast!

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FOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!

We had a great response for our Kindness Week Food Drive! Glendale collected a total of 359 items of food that we donated to the CAP agency! Thank you for all of your help & generosity!

JA BIZTOWN (5th Grade)

On February 21st, the 5th grade students paused what they were doing and traveled to

Maplewood to run the city of Biztown. The Biztown experience is an engaging, hands on

capstone project for our students created by Junior Achievement Midwest. Students take on the roles of citizens working in a community and learn about advertising, commerce, nonprofit organizations and citizenship. The students take their roles very seriously and we observed a high level of professionalism for the entire group. Thanks to the parent volunteers and 5th grade teachers for leading this activity. The trip is funded in part by the PTC and has been an excellent capstone project for the Junior Achievement program that students take part in from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Here's a link to more pictures of their experience:https://bit.ly/382KiuQ

MRS. MOLITOR'S READING CORNER

Every month, Mrs. Molitor will be reading a new book for our students to enjoy and learn from.

Our book for March is "Last Stop On Market Street”.


CJ and his grandma take a bus ride together, discovering the beauty and wonder of their vibrant neighborhood.

https://youtu.be/Qa5KXCNrZcw

SPECIALIST SNIP-ITS

MEDIA:

This month in Media all students have been continuing their coding lessons and working hard to problem solve some more challenging lessons. We were excited to welcome our author Mark Newman and learn about the importance of protecting our Great lakes and natural resources. We also enjoyed many fun activities during I Love to Read Month, such as having a read aloud by a different teacher, buddy reading, and weekly trivia!


MUSIC:

We have been busy with all grades prepping for the MN Opera Residency coming up on Monday, March 2nd! We're looking forward to having them here.


ART:

In March, our kindergarten students are learning about PRIMARY COLORS! See if your kids know the 3 (& if they remember the awesome video!) https://youtu.be/yu44JRTIxSQ


PHY ED:

This month, in Physical Education class, we have been working hard. Grades 3rd, 4th and 5th have been playing Badminton and Pickle Ball. They have been having a great time learning lifelong activities. We have also seen some AMAZING volleys…this is not an easy task! Our K, 1st and 2nd grades have been practicing their overhand throws and underhand tosses. With these 2 activities the students have also been working on taking turns and keeping score. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine with your family! Glendale PE Department

CONFERENCES

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

April 9th from 4:15-8:15 PM

April 14th from 4:15-6:15 PM

April 16th from 4:15-8:15 PM


An email will be sent out before Spring Break with a link for you to register for conferences. 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 2nd- May 1st.

Grade 5 students will be taking the MCA science test during the week of May 4th - 8th.

*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 STAKEHOLDER SURVEY

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Recently I reached out to you to inform you of our annual parent and student surveys we are conducting with the goal of helping us improve at the district and school levels.

The mission of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community. To achieve that mission, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is committed to evaluating its strengths and opportunities for improvement in a continuous improvement process.

Please help us achieve our mission by participating in our 2020 Parent Stakeholder Survey.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and will be shared with school and district leadership. We will also post a summary of the results on our website. The survey will be available until March 8.

Click here to take the parent survey

Thank you for taking the time to help us improve!


Be well,

Dr. Teri Staloch

Superintendent

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020-21

Just a reminder to parents who wish to give further input into the classroom placement of

your child for next year, the forms are in the office and will be available during

conferences in April. Please remember that these forms need to be returned by Friday,

May 1st.

GLENMART

PTC & DOGS UPDATES

**REMINDER**

We have partnered with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a Glendale Elementary Afternoon Out at one of their games!! Details were on a flier sent home earlier this month with students & has been posted on SeeSaw too, but please note these important callouts for the game on March 1st at 2:30pm - All tickets are in the same section and are $25 each. A portion of each ticket sold also comes back to Glendale! - Every ticket purchased includes a pass to join all Glendale families on the court after the game to shoot a free throw! - The link below takes you directly to the group sales site and you can enter “Glendale20” as the promo code. If you prefer to do via telephone or mail, contact information is listed on the flyer as well. Timberwolves.com/groupoffers - This game also falls on a Family Day for the Timberwolves which includes $5 kids meals (section 225) and pregame photos with Crunch in the Kids Zone (section 220)

We look forward to meeting new families, seeing old friends and supporting our Timberwolves as they take on the Dallas Mavericks on March 1st!

Please reach out to Elizabeth Soucoup – Glendale PTC (elizabethsoucoup@gmail.com) or Kelley Wollak – Timberwolves (Kelley.wollak@timberwolves.com) with any questions. Thanks! Glendale PTC


CARNIVAL IS AROUND THE CORNER!

Also, Our spring Carnival is coming up on April 18th from 11am - 3pm. We’re looking for organized, highly motivated people to help us plan this fun-filled event! Some specific areas we need help in are: Silent Auction, Game Organization, and Concessions. There will be more information sent out regarding all of Carnival soon, but if you can see yourself helping in any of the above areas please email Angie Carrigan for more information at acarrigan4@yahoo.com.

SPAN

SPAN is the Prior Lake-Savage Chapter of the MN Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT). Our mission is to support and advocate for academically advanced students, their parents, and their educators. Our last meeting of the school year will take place on Friday March 6 at 10am at the Prior Lake Lunds’ Caribou (16731 Hwy 13; Prior Lake, MN 55372). The meeting will be an informal one where you can stop by and talk with SPAN Board members about anything…concerns about your high-ability child, high school and middle school scheduling, whether your child should attend SAGE, support for you as a parent, etc. We continue to look for parents who would like to join our SPAN Board. Contact span.priorlake@gmail.com with questions/concerns.

NURSE NOTES

Greetings from the Health Office!


Food Allergies

Food allergies have become more prevalent, affecting 4-6% of US children. Although symptoms and severity of allergic reactions to food can be different between individuals, peanuts and tree nuts account for some of the most serious allergic reactions. In trying to ensure a safe learning environment for all of our students, we encourage families to be mindful when sending outside foods and snacks into school. Also, please remind your students to never share or trade foods with other students. Thank you in advance in helping keep all children safe and remove one more health barrier that keeps some children from reaching their full potential.


Please Help Us Prevent the Spread of Illness at Glendale Elementary

'Tis the time of year when lots of illness is being spread! We've definitively seen an increase in illness, as usual, during this time of year. Please remember to have your child:

• Cover their nose and mouth with elbows rather than hands when coughing and sneezing, and to dispose of tissues in the trash can promptly.

• Practice good handwashing (Ask them to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while they're washing!)

• Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

• Bring home their water bottle regularly so that it can be washed at home.

and most importantly, please :

• Keep your child home when he/she is sick. General guidelines are outlined below.

It is also greatly appreciated that when you report that your child is home ill to the attendance line, you leave all symptoms your child has (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, etc.). Our Health Services team strives to help kiddos stay healthy by tracking communicable diseases throughout the district. We follow the Minnesota Department of Health's guidelines for reporting, as it is vital step in controlling the spread of communicable diseases.

Thank you for your awareness in helping to keep our students healthy!

Spring Break Reminder

Just a reminder to check your child for head lice after the break with sleepovers, travel, etc. Information about head lice is available here: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/departments/health-safety Please notify the Health Office of any head lice cases you find and treat at home. This will help us monitor any cases appropriately at school.

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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 will still have. **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!!

MARCH COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Check out the fun classes offered this winter!

PARENT RESOURCES

Glendale 2019-20 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

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.