Glendale Elementary January News


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January Events

  • Jan 8 - Davanni's Night hosted by 3rd grade
  • Jan 9 - PTC Meeting 6:30PM
  • Jan 10 - 5th Grade Ski Field Trip to Hyland Hills 9:30AM - 3:30PM
  • Jan 11 - Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00AM
  • Jan 11 - 4th & 5th Grade Geography Bee
  • Jan 15 - NO SCHOOL- Teacher Workshop
  • Jan 18 - Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00AN
  • Jan 18 - 3rd Grade Arboretum Field Trip (Deris & Jensen)
  • Jan 18 - Kindergarten Registration Night 6:30PM - 7:30PM
  • Jan 19 - 3rd Grade Arboretum Field Trip (Jerke & Robison)
  • Jan 19 - Glenmart Open (during lunch & recess)
  • Jan 19 - PTC ESTEM Night 6:15PM
  • Jan 22 - D.O.G.S Meeting @ The Pointe
  • Jan 25 - EARLY RELEASE DAY (students dismissed at 1:50PM)
  • Jan 26 - NO SCHOOL- Grading Day
  • Jan 29 - CARES Celebration
  • Jan 31 - All School Meeting 9:50AM
  • Feb 1- Jr. Naturalist Meeting 8:00AM
  • Feb 2 - D.O.G.S. Winter Blast 6:30PM


Each month, staff members will have the opportunity to fill out a designated note when observing a student demonstrating one of the five CARES behaviors: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy or Selfcontrol. Congratulations to all of the students that received this award for December! The next CARES celebration will be held on January 29th and will honor these nominees from December.

Changes are being made to our CARES recognition in 2018. Rather than having the bi-monthly CARES breakfasts, Mrs. Molitor will instead be rewarding the recipients at the end of each month with a cinnamon roll and juice social time during their school day. Look for more details to come.


Glendale families donate 376 items for Toys for Tots! WOW!!! Thank you everyone for your generosity! It was an impressive team effort & we thank Mrs. Bahr for organizing the drive.

End of Day Procedure Reminders/Updates

Thank you Glendale families for your continued patience with our new arrival & dismissal procedures this year. We are constantly trying to find ways to improve the efficiency of this process. With the start of the new year and winter now officially here, we thought it would be appropriate to review the current procedures.

  • PICK UP IN CAR LINE: Please have your sign ready, visible in the window and line up in the lower level parking lot. When arriving in the parking lot, always stay to the right and form only one line.
  • STUDENTS BEING BUCKLED IN CARSEATS: Once your child gets in the car, we ask that you please pull all the way to the end of the sidewalk near the lower level exit/stop sign to assist them in order to keep the line moving.
  • PICK UP IN OFFICE: For safety reasons, there is NO PARKING on UPPER LOT BETWEEN 3:30pm- 4:05pm. IT IS STRICTLY FOR BUS USE ONLY! If you are picking your child up at the end of the day in the office, we ask that you please park in the LOWER LOT and walk up the hill to come in and sign them out. Unless your child has an appointment, we will begin our dismissal for all students at 3:45pm.
  • Kids Co. is available if you need care for your student after 4:00pm. If there is an emergency and you are going to be late, please notify the office and your student will be waiting in the front office. You will need to come in and sign them out.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the main office at 952.226.0200. If needed, the Kids Company phone number is 952.226.0090. Again, our main goal is to have a safe process to get our valuable students here and back home every day. Thank you for your cooperation!

New Bus Stops Added

As many of you know, we have added 4 new bus stops for our Glendale students. These new stops will help with our continuous efforts to find effective ways to help with the flow of traffic and keep our students safe during our drop off and dismissal times.

*All students that live near the new pick up/drop off stops, have now been assigned a specific bus & bus stop location. This information can be located in Infinite Campus. If you live near the new drop off stops, we are highly encouraging you to take advantage of this new opportunity for your student(s).

The new stops are:

1. North pedestrian gate to The Springs on Egan Dr. Bus 1 - 8:55am pick up & 4:05pm drop off.

2. 140th St. W & Kentucky Av S. Bus 1 - 8:56am pick up & 4:04pm drop off.

3. 13841 Edgewood Av S. Bus 1 - 8:57am pick up & 4:01pm drop off.

4. Amberwood La & Nevada Av S. Bus 13 - 8:46am pick up & 4:05pm drop off.

We have included a map of the new bus stops with this notification. The new stops started January 2nd.

*If you have any questions, please contact the Glendale office at 952-226-0200 or the Prior Lake Bus Co. at 952-440-1166.

Glendale Yearbooks on Sale!

Sale goes from January 5 – February 16, 2018

As in the past several years, all orders are online only. Price is $16 with additional options for add on features including: custom covers with name and photo, autography page, stickers and hard cover. Each child at Glendale will be receiving a flyer with ordering information to go home with them on Friday Jan 5th.

If you have questions please feel free to contact Mr. Deris (3rd grade teacher)

Email: Classroom: 952.226.0220

OR the Glendale office

Email: Phone: 952.226.0200

Junior Achievement

Glendale is fortunate to have many Junior Achievement volunteers come to our school. Mrs. Erpenbach's 5th grade class had their final lesson this week. Learning about careers and career readiness has been great for our kids. Many STEM ideas incorporated into what they do. This is a Segway into our 5th grade February field trip to BizTown.

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!

ATTENTION 5th GRADE FAMILIES: Middle School Information Night

There will be a Middle School Information Night for parents of current 5th grade students on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Oaks’ Jerabek Hall.

All future middle school parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. You will have a chance to learn about middle school structure, student scheduling, ways your child will be supported, and given the opportunity to ask questions.
In May, when building placement for your child has been determined, the fifth graders will tour their middle school for next year, followed by a parent orientation night at your child’s 6th grade middle school building.
In the meantime, we welcome you to view our video that will give you a glimpse of what middle school life is like for our students: We look forward to welcoming your child to middle school in the fall!


SPAN is the Synergy/SAGE Parent Action Network. We are also known as 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 next meeting date has changed and will take place on Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 at 7pm in the WestWood Elementary Media Center (5370 WestWood Dr. SE; Prior Lake, MN 55372), featuring a panel of parents of high-ability kids who will discuss their kids’ experiences moving through the school system. They will give recommendations and take questions. Please email Apryl at with question/concerns.

Also, we are hosting 3 coffee meetings in January where anyone can stop by to talk with SPAN Board members who have “been there” about any questions/concerns you have related to your child. Middle school and high school scheduling will occur soon, and you are welcome to come to talk with SPAN Board members about scheduling questions.

Meetings will take place at Caribou inside the Prior Lake Lunds (5370 WestWood Dr. SE; Prior Lake, MN 55372).

*Dates and times are Tu. Jan. 16 10-11:30am, Th. Jan. 18 6:30-8pm, and F. Jan. 19 1-2:30pm.

Greetings from the Health Office!

Please be sure that your child is dressed for outside recess. Remember that Minnesota weather is variable. Proper outdoor attire includes a jacket, hat and gloves. When it snows you will also need boots and snow pants!

Students will always go outdoors for recess unless the “Feels Like” temperature falls below a -5 degrees or it is steadily raining. All elementary schools will use the KARE11 website to determine the “Feels Like” temperature.

With the frigid cold weather, please consider sending your student with lip moisturizer to protect their lips from becoming dry, cracked and painful.

Protect Yourself from Frostbite

Signals of frostbite include—

· lack of feeling in the affected area;

· skin that appears waxy, is cold to the touch, or is discolored (flushed, white or gray, yellow or blue).

What to do for frostbite—

1. Move the person to a warm place.

2. Handle the area gently; never rub the affected area.

3. Warm gently by soaking the affected area in warm

water (100–105 degrees F) until it appears red and

feels warm.

4. Loosely bandage the area with dry, sterile dressings.

5. If the person’s fingers or toes are frostbitten, place

dry, sterile gauze between them to keep them


6. Avoid breaking any blisters.

7. Do not allow the affected area to refreeze.

8. Seek professional medical care as soon as possible.


Please remember to launder and return any clothes that your child borrows from the Health Office. In addition, we are always in need of clothing donations in the health office, please consider us as you are cleaning out closets!

January Community Education

Check out the fun classes & activities offered this month!

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.