Glendale Elementary December News


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December Events

  • Dec 5 - CARES Breakfast
  • Dec 7 - Glenmart Open 9:20-9:45am (2nd & 3rd grade only)
  • Dec 11 - PTC Meeting 6:30pm
  • Dec 13 - Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00am
  • Dec 13 - 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert 7:00pm
  • Dec 14 - Glenmart Open 9:20-9:45am (4th & 5th grade only)
  • Dec 19- 4th Grade Fieldtrip- Stages Theater
  • Dec 20 - Winter Parties
  • Dec 21- Pajama Day!
  • Dec 21 - All School Meeting @ 9:30am
  • Dec 24- Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
  • Jan 3 - Class Resumes


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 November! The next C.A.R.E.S. breakfast will be Wednesday, December 5th.


The DOGS (Dads of Great Students) had their 8th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Glendale Elementary back on November 10th and it was a HUGE success! Roughly 70 parents attended along with nearly 100 kids (75 of which were current Glendale students). All students who attended were entered in to a raffle for some fun prizes that will be announced at their next all school meeting in November.

The event raised over $2,500 mostly from the large silent auction they had during the breakfast of which all will go back to the students and faculty through projects, events and equipment for the school. Thanks to all who helped put on the event and all who attended. The kids really love to see their Dads so anxious to be involved!

If you are a Dad who would at least like to know what the DOGS are doing so you can volunteer if it fits in to your schedule, please visit the DOGS website.

Toys for Tots

The holidays are fast approaching and the staff at Glendale would like to get our 18th "Toys for Tots" campaign under way. Many of you are generous, giving gifts to the staff at Glendale. Instead of bringing a gift for your child's teacher, we are asking that you donate an unwrapped game or toy to "Toys for Tots." This could be an activity for you and your child that will bring hope and happiness to a child in need this holiday season. Children like to pick out gifts that they would enjoy receiving. These donations are given to children of all ages. We will be collecting these donations in each of the classrooms. The collection begins Thursday, November 28th and runs through Wednesday, December 12th. Last year, our students donated over 350 items for "Toys for Tots." Let's aim even higher this year! Staff members and the Junior Optimist club, from the High School, will bring all donations to a drop-off site. We know that the children like to remember their teacher at this time of year. We all agree that a special note or card is a wonderful keepsake. We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season. Let's make this another HUGE success!

Youth Appreciation

Congratulations to Sophia Hauser (nominated by her teacher Mr. Geisler) and Jonathan O'Rourke (nominated by his teacher Mrs. Erpenbach) for being honored by the Prior Lake Optimist Club on November 14th with a Youth Appreciation Award. Sophia and Jonathan were recognized for regularly showing the CARES skills and for service to others outside of school. Students from all Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools were honored at the event. Congratulations you two, we're proud to have you at Glendale!

Teacher of the Year

Michelle Jensen was recently named as Glendale's Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Jensen was nominated and selected by staff at Glendale for her dedicated leadership and positive approach to teaching. This is her 28th year as a teacher; 2 years were spent on Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas teaching 1st & 2nd grade, 4 years of 1st grade at West Wood and then she moved to open up Glendale and has been here for the last 22 years teaching 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. She has been involved with a number of different committees over the years, some include: Glendale's Lyceum, Sunshine, Environmental Ed, Leadership and I Love to Read Committees. At the district level she has been on the PLSEA Executive Board and a District Math Representative. In her spare time she loves to go for long walks, garden, scrap book & spend time with family & friends. Michelle is a big lover of vacation; especially taking cruises & frequenting their family cabin on Cross Lake in northern MN. Congratulations and thank you for your service Mrs. Jensen!

Yearbook Contest

Glendale Elementary is proud to announce our annual yearbook student cover contest winners. Congratulations to David Bodin and Andrew Doheny, 5th graders in Mr. Sillman's classroom for winning the back cover. Congratulations to Leon Szabo, 3rd grader in Mrs. Jensen's classroom for winning the front cover. Yearbooks will go on sale January 11-February 1 (online sales only). Students will be bringing home a flyer with all the information on 1/11/19. Yearbooks will be delivered late May or early June. Cost is $18. Additional options are available for added costs and include: hard cover, name and photo on cover, stickers, autograph pages etc. Yearbook questions can be emailed to 2nd grade teacher Tom Deris at

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Cold Weather Apparel

Dressing your child with warm clothes, hats, gloves, snow pants and boots helps students have a fun time in cold, snowy weather. **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!


Box Tops for Education

Are you going to see family over the holidays? Ask them to save Box Tops for you!

Submitting them to the school is a win!

Box Tops for Education Labels are worth $.10 each. Schools can use Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need. There are hundreds of eligible food, food storage, paper and undergarment products that have Box Top labels on them.

Students and parents win too!

Students who submit 25 Box Tops on the submission form (found on Glendale/Fundraising) can choose a coupon/reward to a local restaurant or activity. There is no limit for the number of rewards to receive. The submission form lists the current reward options.


SPAN’s second meeting of the school year is on the Tuesday Nov. 27 at 7pm in the WestWood Media Center (5370 WestWood Dr. SE; Prior Lake, MN 55372). We will be hosting an MN Council for the Gifted and Talented CHAT (Connect, Help, Advocate, Talk) night, featuring facilitator Pam McDonald, District 196 gifted specialist, who will lead us through a discussion about asynchronous development in gifted kids.

See our complete meeting schedule at

We will also be hosting a few coffee meetings this week. The coffee “chats” will be more information gatherings where parents can come to talk with other parents of gifted kids and SPAN Board members about anything related to their child, parenting, gifted education, etc. There is no set agenda for these gatherings. The coffee meetings will take place at the Caribou inside the Prior Lake Lunds (16731 Hwy 13; Prior Lake, MN 55372).

Coffee meeting dates and times are:

Wed. Nov. 28 6:30-8:30pm

Thur. Nov. 29 10am-noon

Greetings from the Health Office!


The cold and flu season is upon us. Please consider getting your flu shot to protect yourself and those around you. Frequent hand washing is also a strong defense in preventing illness. If your child does become ill, please remember the following before sending them to school:

· If the student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without medication.

· If the student has vomited or had diarrhea, he/she should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.

· If the student has any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your health care provider before sending him/ her to school.

· If the student has open/draining skin sores, or inflamed/draining eyes or ears the student should stay home until seen by your health care provider.

· Head Lice Information: As always, please remember to check your student for head lice over the winter break and periodically throughout the year. Information about head lice is available on the Health Services website: If you do not have access to a computer, please call the Health office for a hard copy.

**Please remember to launder and return any clothes that your child borrows from the Health Office. We would appreciate any clothing donations, we are always in high need of pants and underwear in sizes 5/6 & 7/8, so please consider us as you are doing your closet clean outs!

December Community Education

Check out the fun classes offered this month!

Parent Resources

Glendale 2018-19 Handbook -

Glendale PTC Website-

Glendale D.O.G.S Website-

PTC Box Top Sheet-

Glendale Lunch Menu-

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.