GLA West Connections

Week of February 18 - February 22

Growing into our Greatness ...Not a Moment to Waste!

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Embracing Male Empowerment!

At GLA, we believe even the slightest positive influence has the potential to shape a child's life. Fifth grade teacher, Ms. Thompson is embodying this notion with a new initiative that she is spearheading with our fifth grade Kings. Each week Ms. Thompson invites different male mentors to come in and speak to the fifth grade boys. So far her scholars have learned how to tie a bowtie and also about music production! Raising young men takes a village. If you, or someone you know, are interested in serving as a guest, please email Ms. Thompson at

iReady Benchmarks Start this Week

As we sail through the new year, it is time for our next iReady benchmark, the week of Feb. 19th. Your scholar will have the opportunity to demonstrate their growth through this upcoming math and reading assessment. This allows our instructional staff to celebrate growth and identify places for intervention where needed. In order to work with accurate data, we want all scholars to take this benchmark seriously and show what they know.

To help prepare your scholar for the i-Ready Benchmark, encourage them to:

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.
  • Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
  • Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will get about half of the questions correct.
  • Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.

100th day celebration will now be Thursday, 2/21!

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Scholars are encouraged to dress in a t-shirt adorned with 100 items of their choice. If your scholar is not participating, he or she must be in full uniform!

Save the Date

Report card conferences will be held Saturday, March 16th. Be on the lookout for more sign up information coming soon!

Parent Reminders

Scholar Breakfast

Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 7:55 am. If you wish for your scholar to have breakfast at school, please make sure they arrive before 7:55 so they can eat in a timely manner.


Black History Month Showcase

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 2-3:30pm

GLAW Gymnasium

Come celebrate Black History Month with us on Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 pm. This year we will be taking a journey to highlight the talent and innovators of black history with a slight twist... all of our spotlighted people will be from our great city, Philadelphia! The cost to attend is $2 per person at the door. See you there!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Thank you!

Thank you to to all parents and families who supported our $5.00 Travel Challenge. Please check out the thank you video below.

it’s time for nominations!!!

Nominate scholars for the National Elementary or Junior Honor Societies. Please note: Scholars who are currently in elementary honor society (current 6th graders) MUST be nominated to enter into junior honor society, they do not automatically transfer over. Any staff member or parent can nominate their scholars. There is a strict deadline, nominations will start 1/28/19 and end 2/26/19.

NEHS Requirements

•Must be in the 3rd through 5th grade

•Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

•Scholar demonstrates responsibility, service and leadership.

NJHS Requirements

•Must be in 6th through 8th grade

•Cumulative gpa of 3.0 or better

•Scholar demonstrates leadership, service, good character and citizenship.

If your scholar is currently in 6th grade and in NEHS, and you want them to continue to NJHS, please nominate them to reapply.

Ms. Leggett is only taking electronic nominations for Honor Society. To nominate a scholar/scholars please email her at

We have officially kicked off our countdown to PSSAs!

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PSSA Updates

The PSSA exams are around the corner - 34 days away! This year’s PSSA prep theme, “We Can Do It,intends to encourage your scholar to work with diligence and confidence on the exam. As partners in your scholar’s learning, we want to share our initiatives alongside ways you can partner in order set your scholar up for success.

“We Can Do It:”

  • Do Now Challenge: In order to help your scholar familiarize themselves with question types and content on the PSSA, teachers are integrating a problem each day into the math and ELA block. These are opportunities for scholars to practice and review content.
  • Show What You Know Challenge: During Fitness Friday, we are adding a PSSA question portion. Classes will compete for the correct answer alongside physical challenges. This fun activity is a way to build energy and review for the PSSA.

At-Home Support:

  • iReady: Ensure your scholars is getting at-home practice with content by spending 45-minutes per week on iReady math and reading.
  • Attendance: Your scholar’s presence at school directly correlates to their success on the PSSA exam. Please ensure your scholar arrives on time daily in order to receive relevant instruction.
  • Saturday School: We are hosting a PSSA prep beginning February 3rd to help scholars in need of additional help. Please contact Ms. Snyder at if you are interested in participating.

Test Schedule:

  • ELA State-Wide Testing (3-8 grade): April 16-18
  • Math State-Wide Testing (3-8 grade): April 29-30
  • Science State-Wide Testing (4 & 8 grade): May 1-2

Our Spring Saturday School Program is taking place this Saturday.

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Select scholars in grades 3-8 are invited to attend Saturday school in preparation for the PSSA. Parents, if your child was selected, we look forward to seeing them on Saturday. Scholars will attend from 9-12. We strongly encourage you to have your child attend, if selected. If you have questions about the tutoring program, please contact Ms. Snyder at

February Calendar

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Click to download the February calendar below.