Tuesday Tidbits

November 28, 2017

Parent/Teacher Conferences sign ups are currently open and will close on Friday, December 1st at 8:00 a.m.

*The following link includes step-by-step directions for scheduling conferences in Skyward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny4lqiEcx2Y

December 14th will be an early release day at 11:09 for conferences. Please note that this is earlier than our normal 1/2 day dismissal time.

Opportunity for 5th Graders at Creek

Glengary 5th grade students are invited to attend Creek's home boys basketball game on Wednesday, December 6th. Students will start in Walnut Creek's cafeteria at 4:30 with free pizza and pop. Next, they will go to the 8th grade basketball game which will feature an activity for the 5th graders at half time. Administration will meet parents in the gym lobby at 6:10 so you can pick up your child.This is a great opportunity for our future Hawks to experience some of the opportunities at Walnut Creek. Please email Assistant Principal, Michael Gustitus, with any questions. Email: MichaelGustitus@wlcsd.org

Principal for the Day

On November 16th, 5th grade student Brooke Burrows was Principal for the Day. She earned this privilege after her name was drawn in the Fun Run Raffle. Brooke visited classrooms , checked in with students, and helped with a variety of tasks in the office. She did a great job as Principal!

Glengary Staff and Community Book Club-Final Meeting Thursday, Nov. 30th

Our final meeting will be this Thursday, November 30th in the Media Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We will come together to discuss Part Three-Living Empathy. of the book entitled, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.

If you have not had a chance to read the book, please know you are still welcome and encouraged to attend! This really is a great opportunity to come together to discuss ideas for building empathy in our kids.

EPIC: A Wonderful Digital Literacy Resource!

Interested in a powerful digital literacy resource you can use to support your child's reading at home? Click below to learn more about EPIC! This is an excellent tool for kids 12 and under.

Link: Digital Library

Thank you!

Thank you to our STRIDE and Girls on the Run groups for organizing a Winter Drive for families in need. Thank you to all of our students and families who donated coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and other winter gear. Items will be donated to Baldwin House and Whaley House to support those in need. Thanks again for your generosity!

Folk Dance Night

Glengary is having Family Folk Dance Night Monday, December 4th. Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will be dancing folk dances from all over the world. Each grade will perform 2-3 dances using the following schedule:

7:00-7:15 pm 1st Grade (meet in the gym at 6:45 p.m.)
7:25-7:40 pm 2nd Grade (meet in the cafeteria at 7:10 p.m.)

7:50-8:05 pm 3rd Grade (meet in the cafeteria at 7:35 p.m.)

The event will take place in the gymnasium at Glengary. Second and third grade families, please wait with your child in the cafeteria, and we will come for you when the gym is ready. There will be at least one simple dance at the end of each grade level for families to join the fun! We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Colwell and Ms. Burnell

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Computer Science Education Week- Coding

The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10.

Why computer science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Students learn a lot about computer science and coding during Media with Mr. Hester. In fact, we currently have 4th and 5th graders coding on a specific set of lessons at Code.org. In December and January, students in grades 3-5 will be coding a robot called the Sphero-SPRK+. Believe it or not, Mr. Hester is also planning to introduce coding to Kindergarteners using “Think&Learn Code-a-pillar.”

Parents, there are several sites for coding that will help your child build problem-solving skills with also fostering logic and creativity. Mr. Hester highlighted a few resources that can be used at home below.

This is the site can be used with students K-5. During Media time, we use code.org with 3rd graders and up. Code.org is used because the lessons are sequential and Mr. Hester can see their progress. It is also a great starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources. There are inspirational videos. Code.org has also aimed at inspiring girls to code and features well-known women in tech fields, such as Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai as well as everyday women and girls who insist "if you can code, you can change the world."

Other sites include:

This site is aimed to inspire girls to code. It features many fun coding activities.

This interactive website is user-friendly and teaches kids basic code through fun and simple exercises that feel like games.

Code Combat
Best for older kids, Code Combat uses an interactive, competitive gameplay mode to stimulate learning. There are online courses that require registration, but kids can be online, playing for free in seconds, too. Boys seem to really like this site.

Shrek Jr: A Musical Performance @ Walnut Creek

You are invited to come watch Shrek Jr. performed by Walnut Creek Middle School students at Creek on Dec. 15, 16, and 17. This is a chance to see many former Glengary Gators perform as well get our current Gators excited about future opportunities. Click on the link below for more information and/or to purchase tickets.

Interested in more information or purchasing tickets, click here: Shrek Jr.

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Positivity Project December Character Strength Calendar

We are currently in our final week of November with the character strength of Humility/Modesty. Here is our December Calendar.
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News from the PTA...

Super Car Wash Booklets!

Don't forget to place your order for one or many Glengary Car Wash Booklets! Forms went home on November 20th and are due back by Friday, December 1st! Books will go home with students on Wednesday, December 6th. The booklets are $20 and for every booklet sold $10 will go directly to the Glengary PTA! By purchasing a booklet, you will be saving $7 off the cost of 6 car washes!

There are several Super Car Wash locations & booklets make a gift so please consider placing an order to help support Glengary!

Breakfast with a Buddy

Please join us for Breakfast with a Buddy (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or any other Buddy) on Tuesday, December 12th from 8:15-8:50! Enjoy eating breakfast in the cafeteria as well as visiting Glengary's Book Fair in the Media Center. Please consider bringing a box of cereal to donate to the Hospitality House, out local food pantry in Walled Lake! We Hope to see you there!

The PTA is looking for donations and volunteers to help with this event, please click on the following link to sign-up and help with this awesome event!


Variety Show Update

The Variety Show is right around the corner on January 12th! Prepare your audition and get your registrations in by Dec. 15th. If you have questions, email Amy Sauve: amysauve@aim.com. Students should ask their teachers if they will be doing a class act. Students can participate in a maximum of 3 group acts and one solo act.

Open PTA Board Positions

It may seem early in the school year but the PTA is already looking ahead for the 2018/2019 school year. Two main positions will need to be filled on the PTA board. Our current PTA president, Heather Burrows, has held the president position for the past three years and is looking for someone to volunteer to take over this position. We are also looking for a new PTA treasurer for next school year as the current treasurer is on her second year and the treasurer cannot hold this position more than two years (per PTA Bylaws).

If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact Heather Burrrows at haburrows@gmail.com or 248-884-0885.

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Great news! Walled Lake Community Education's Winter 2018 brochure is at the printer and will be mailed to over 65,000 homes and businesses on Monday, December 4, 2017.

Our ONLINE REGISTRATION site and online brochure will be available on Friday, December 1, 2017.

We are excited about our Winter 2018 season as it contains numerous new recreation/enrichment classes, league opportunities and swim classes for our families.

Important Upcoming Dates

November 2017

30th- Book Club Meeting- Media Center 6:00 -7:00 pm

December 2017-January 2018

1st Bagel day

4th Folk Dance Night- grades 1, 2, and 3

5th PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

8th 2nd grade field trip to Troy Historical Museum

11th-18th- Book Fair

12th Breakfast with a Buddy

14th- Parent/Teacher conferences 1/2 day Dismissal at 11:09 am

15th- Variety Show Registration Form, fee, and music due

12/20 & 12/21 - VS Auditions (after school)

12/21 - Eat with the Gators - Burger 21

12/22-1/2- No School Winter Break

1/3- School Resumes

1/5- Bagel Day

1/12- Variety Show

Follow Glengary Elementary on Social Media!

Glengary has a Facebook page, twitter page, and Instagram filled with reminders, updates, pictures, and all sorts of other exciting happenings! It will help you to be in the know!