Glendale-River Hills

January 2020: School District Update

Dear Parents & Guardians-

Thank you for continuing the read and follow these monthly updates from the district office. In order to make this line of communication more predictable and consistent, please expect to get an update from us in the first week of each month going forward.


Keeping track of your child's bus!

In cooperation with GO Riteway and the Nicolet Area Transportation Cooperative affiliated school districts (Fox Point-Bayside, Glendale-River Hills, Maple Dale-Indian Hill and Nicolet Union High School), our District will have a new app available to provide you with timely information about the arrival of your child’s school bus.

This app was piloted by a few routes in the Spring of 2019 and is now ready to be rolled out for all students who ride the bus. The app is available on any device, as well as a computer. TheWheresTheBusapp securely informs families and students when the bus will arrive at their bus stop, displaying the real-time minutes and miles which is updated every 15 seconds.

Families will receive communication via mail from GoRiteway the week of January 6th which will contain more information about this app, how to download it, and the information needed to log into the system - which will be unique for each family. If you have any questions about loading and using the new app, please e-mail with your student’s full name, school location and a brief description regarding your question.

Tips for visiting our schools!

Schools work best when parents and teachers have a partnership to support kids. To make this partnership strong and supportive for all, please consider the following when visiting our schools:

  • Teachers are engaged in learning activities with kids during the typical school day. Each teacher or grade level has different planning times or breaks without students during the day.
  • If you want to talk to a teacher, please email or call and be patient while waiting for return communication. Most often communication will be returned to parents within 24-hours.
  • If you have an urgent need to speak to someone at the school, please consider calling the school office to express your concerns and someone will get back to you.
  • If you'd like to schedule an appointment with a teacher or a principal, please call or email ahead of time and get a confirmed appointment. Dropping in to see a staff member is oftentimes impossible to accommodate due to commitments and schedules.

We value the partnership between home and school.


Mental Health Report

The social and emotional needs of students is a top priority for school districts across the country. This also holds true for us in Glendale! The attached presentation was delivered at the school board meeting in December. The Department of Public Instruction talks clearly about what needs to happen for supporting a student's mental health and well-being.

  • ALL- The Universal Supports that all students have access to
  • SOME- The unique programs and supports we offer some of our students
  • FEW- The NECESSARY components that need to be in place for our most intensive needs

Parenting Tool Box Events

Save the dates!

Join parents and community members in the Glen Hills Middle School library for conversations with experts about important parenting topics:

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm Creating Safe Spaces in a World of Differences

Sue McKenzie Dicks, Vice President of Healthy Culture, Rogers Behavioral Health, and Co-Director of Rogers InHealth

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm Positive Body Image and Healthy Eating

Dr. Stacey Nye, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Professor and Director of the Psychology Clinic, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm Parenting and Bullying

Dr. Matthew Jandrisevits, Clinical Child Psychologist, Children’s Wisconsin

All events are free with adult-supervised childcare.

Organized the Parkway/Glen Hills PTO’s Parent Engagement Network

FREE Opportunity

REDgen and USM free speaker series:

The Impact of the Loss of Play in Childhood with Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. Join this free session for an interactive discussion about the psychological journey all children experience, and how it is impacted by play.

CLICK HERE to register:


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Join district friends, families, teachers and staff at this adult-only event for an evening including a silent and live auction, dinner, music, cash bar, and games!

This year's event will be held at the Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale and will feature a full dinner!

Our fundraising mission this year is to continue to raise funds to finish the innovative learning lab and maker space at Glen Hills Middle School. Together with the district, we hope to provide moveable group seating to foster group learning environments as well as include new technology, such as Chromebooks and smartboards. This will be an area that teachers will be able to utilize for group projects and more creative learning. With your help, we can make it a reality in the near future!

This year's Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 4th beginning at 6 pm.

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd. Glendale

Advanced Tickets are $50 each and $60 each the night of the event.

Early Bird tickets are $35 until Saturday, March 7th!
NOTE: Your tickets will be available at check In the night of the event.

  1. Click here and you will be directed to Revtrak to complete your transaction.
  2. Send your check made payable to "Glendale River Hills School District Foundation" to

Glendale River Hills School District Foundation
c/o Spring Fling
2600 W. Mill Road
Glendale, WI 53209

Questions? Feel free to post them to our facebook page, email the Foundation, or email your Spring Fling Committee Chairs: Jenny Nelson or Jill Gueller. We hope to see you on April 4th!


As a district, we are committed to providing a quality education for ALL students.

Our commitment is to EVERY kid, EVERY day, Whatever it takes!