GLA West Connections

Week of September 3 - September 7

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

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Back to School Night is Here!

Greetings Parents and Families! We look forward to seeing you TONIGHT for our annual Back to School Night Celebration. Your child's teachers have worked hard to prepare engaging, informational presentations for you. In an effort to eliminate distractions, Back to School Night is an adult-only event. As we "Grow into our Greatness" with "Not a Moment to Waste," we commit to honoring your time by keeping to our one-hour event window. Please arrive on time. Thank you in advance for your support!

-Dr. Booker and Principal Tyler

Back to School Night at GLA

Wednesday, Sep. 5th, 6pm

4601 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

Back to School Night will take place from 6-7p. This is an ADULT ONLY event!

Parent Reminders


Scholar lateness is an area of concern. We need your help! Please ensure that your scholar arrives to school by 8am so that he/she can fully participate in Harambee. After 8:15a, scholars will be marked late. This year we are closely monitoring lateness and will be setting up meetings with parents whose children consistently arrive to school late.


All scholars received G.O. Binders (K-2), iLead Binders (3-5) and Passport Binders (6-8) on the first day of school. The cost of each is $10, as outlined on the School Supply lists. If you have not already done so, please send in your child's payment. You will also be able to make payments on Back to School Night.

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All grandparents are invited to stop by your scholar's classroom, share in a read aloud, and enjoy a special presentation. Thank you to those families who have submitted an RSVP. Please let us know by Thursday if you are planning to attend by clicking below.

Grandparents Day/ Literacy Day at GLA!

Friday, Sep. 7th, 9-10:30am

4601 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

We are looking for grandparents to volunteer to read to scholars for Grandparents Day. Interested? RSVP here and tell us your child's teacher. Questions? Contact Ms. Tellis at

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

September Calendar - Stay in the Know!

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Coming Soon: Dot Day Dress Down!

Friday, September 14th

Scholars can dress down in clothing with dots in celebration of "Making their Mark on the World."

Cost: $2.00

Meet Our School Social Worker - Ms. Lapsley

Ms. Lapsley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and received her Master’s in Social Work at Temple University.

As a school social worker at GLA, Ms. Lapsley's primary responsibility is to help address non-academic barriers to learning. This is accomplished through individual and group work with scholars to build skills to address topics such as anger management, building relationships, managing anxiety, building self-esteem and healthy conflict resolution, to name a few. Other opportunities for learning include anti-bullying, social media, and good touch bad touch workshops. Ms. Lapsley also looks for opportunities to include parents in a collaborative effort to address scholars needs and will connect families to outside resources when necessary.

Excellence in Action

Get Healthy GLA!

GLA is proud to be a healthy living school and we are committed to helping scholars build nutritious habits. We need your help. Please review the attached wellness policy and support our efforts.

Classroom Sneak Peak

Check out Ms. Sanchez and the 4th Grade Limitless Legends as she pushes scholars to "stand and defend" after analyzing the lyrics to a Growth Mindset song titled, "The Power of Yet."

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