December Newsletter


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  • Dec 9 - Davanni's Night! (hosted by 3rd grade)
  • Dec 10 - PTC Meeting 6:30PM
  • Dec 11- Choir Rehearsal 9:45AM
  • Dec 12- Glenmart Meeting 8:15-9:00AM
  • Dec 12- JR. Naturalist Meeting
  • Dec 12- Choir Concert 7:00PM
  • Dec 13- Chior @ Hyvee 7:45AM
  • Dec 13 - Glenmart Shopping for 2nd & 3rd grade
  • Dec 18- 4th Grade Fieldtrip to Stages Theater 11:30AM-2:30PM
  • Dec 19- C.A.R.E.S Celebration w/ Mrs. Molitor
  • Dec 19- Cash For Critters- Pay $1 to wear a hat all day in school
  • Dec 20- PAJAMA DAY!
  • Dec 20- Glenmart Shopping for 4th & 5th grade
  • Dec 23- Jan 2- NO SCHOOL- WINTER BREAK
  • Jan 2- Class Resumes


Students at Glendale will be recognized for showing the CARES skills through out the school year. Adults can recognize students who are doing an excellent job demonstrating: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy or Self control. Students who are recognized will be honored with a certificate, have their names announced at an All School Meeting, will be showcased in the Glendale monthly newsletter and will get to enjoy a cinnamon roll breakfast with Mrs. Molitor & the other recipients during morning meeting.

Congratulations to all of the students that received this award for October! The next C.A.R.E.S. breakfast will be Thursday, December 19th.


The DOGS (Dads of Great Students) had their 9th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Glendale Elementary back on November 16th and it was a HUGE success! Roughly 104 parents attended along with 141 kids!

The event raised $3,505 (over $1000 more than last year!) mostly from the large silent auction they had during the breakfast of which all will go back to the students and faculty through projects, events and equipment for the school. Thanks to all who helped put on the event and all who attended. The kids really love to see their Dads so anxious to be involved!

If you are a Dad who would at least like to know what the DOGS are doing so you can volunteer if it fits in to your schedule, please visit the DOGS website.


The holidays are fast approaching and the staff at Glendale is partnering with the PLHS Junior Optimist Club and trying something new this year! Many of you are generous, giving gifts to the staff at Glendale. Instead of bringing a gift for your child's teacher, we are asking that you consider donating an unwrapped "new or gently used" game or toy to The Toy Corner.

The Toy Corner is a non-profit organization located in Savage that offers new and gently used toys at no cost to families in Scott County who are experiencing financial hardship. Their mission is "to provide gently used and new toys for children, 52 weeks a year, who may not otherwise have them". They accept toys, books, crafts, games and puzzles for kids aged 0-17. For more information go to

Junior Optimist members will be delivering all donations to the site the week leading up to Winter Break. We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.

The Toy Corner and the Junior Optimists thank you for your donations!


Every month, Mrs. Molitor will be reading a new book for our students to enjoy and learn from. For the month of December, Mrs. Molitor is reading "What if EVERYBODY did that?".

If you drop just one soda can out the window, it's no big deal...right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules...and spoke during story time, didn't wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place? This book shows how each person's small, everyday choices--good or bad-- have consequences one way or the other.

What If Everybody Did That?


Paula Obrand was recently named as Glendale's Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Obrand was nominated and selected by staff at Glendale for her dedicated leadership and positive approach to teaching. She has been teaching for 18 years. Paula taught one year in the Osseo school district and the rest in Prior Lake-Savage (Oakridge for 3 years, Jeffers Pond for 3 years, and then 11 years at Glendale). She's currently a member of the Child Study Team and the Student Success Squad. Over the years Paula been on various district special education committees. Her free time is usually spent with her family; her husband and two kids. Her daughter Esther is 7 and her son Wesley is 5. Paula is an outstanding teacher who always goes above and beyond for her students. She is highly respected by her parents and colleagues. Paula is so kind, loving, caring, and patient with all of our students. She is an amazing person and educator and we are so proud to have her at Glendale.

Congratulations and thank you for your service Mrs. Obrand!


Congratulations to Makenna Nordby and Ashwin Mandal in Mrs. Erpenbach's class for being honored by the Prior Lake Optimist Club with a Youth Appreciation Award. Makenna and Ashwin were recognized for regularly showing the CARES skills and for service to others outside of school. Students from all Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools were honored at the event. Congratulations you two, we're proud to have you at Glendale!
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The Book Fair was a great success! Thanks to your support we were able to add tons of new books to our library!

K-2 has been continuing to do lessons in Kodable. They are working hard and learning that it is okay to fail! Showing persistence and not giving up are lessons that will help them in all areas of their life. Kindergarteners also learned how to use their shelf markers to mark their spot on the shelf when deciding which book to check out and now have many more options of where they can check out from! K and 1st also learned the rules of staying safe when they are using the internet.

3rd-5th graders started their lessons in 3rd and 4th graders started with lessons to refresh their memory from last year using algorithms and debugging skills to complete mazes. 4th grade also began their lessons using conditionals to get their character through the maze. Conditionals are statements that only run under certain conditions so these lessons really make their brain think in a different way. 5th graders began their coding lessons using Functions (a sequence of code that is reusable) to help simplify their code. Now they are beginning to do coding lessons in Sprite lab where they are creating characters and changing their behaviors and appearances.

We will be starting the Hour of Code after Thanksgiving break which kids always enjoy!


In music class, all classes continue to work on steady beat through singing and movement. Kindergarten has been learning about loud and soft. They love playing the game and singing “Lucy Locket”. It’s like a game of hot and cold, but with loud and soft! First grade has been composing rhythms of ta, ti-ti and rest. Second grade has been learning about the half note. They are learning how to sing it by themselves and clap rhythms in our game “Who’s That”. Third grade has been learning about the dotted half note by singing and moving to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. They also love our new game of Pass the Beat Around the Room! Fourth grade has been continuing their learning of note names so that they can be ready for recorder. Fifth grade is getting ready for playing ukulele. They have started to learn the parts of the ukulele and some of them have started to tune them!


In December, 5th grade artists are starting tessellations, a way to connect Math & Art. 4th graders are finishing up their RADIAL BALANCE unit & are now professional radial weavers!


November flew by. Thank you to all the families that stopped in and saw us at conference time. We really appreciate your continued support with make Physical Education a great experience for all students. We played Quattro Ball with our 3-5 graders. Please ask your child to explain the crazy rules. We even had a group get to Level 5! This is a fan favorite at Glendale. Students in grades K-2 have continued working on large group and cooperative activities. We have just begun our basketball unit for all grades; with some new shooting games in store for next week. Have a great break with family and friends.

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Greetings from the Health Office!


Did you know that proper hand hygiene is the #1 way to prevent the spread of infection and spread of germs? Remember to scrub your hands with soap for 20 seconds. Sing the ABCs or Happy birthday twice to help you keep track of the time. Help your kiddos develop good handwashing habits at home by being a good role model and by providing frequent reminder. Healthy kiddos are better learners. Let’s keep Glendale healthy!

Screening At Glendale:

We had another successful 1st and 4th grade vision and hearing screening this year! Thank you to all parents and MNCAPS student who helped screen over 200 students. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you guys!

Vision and hearing screening is an integral part of preventive health for children.

About 25% of school-age children have a vision problem or impairment and 2-3 out of 1,000 children have hearing concerns. Vision and hearing screening can help identify some of these concerns early preventing negative impact on academic performance and overall well-being.


During the holidays, you can use the below copy and banners to remind your supporters that when they shop at they generate AmazonSmile donations for Glendale PTC.

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at, AmazonSmile donates to Glendale PTC?


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!



SPAN is 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 will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9:30-11am at the Prior Lake Lunds’ Caribou (16731 Hwy 13; Prior Lake, MN 55372). The meeting will be an informal one where you can stop by at any time during the 1.5 hours and talk with SPAN Board members about anything…concerns about your high-ability child, high school and middle school scheduling, support for you as a parent, etc. We continue to look for parents who would like to join our SPAN Board. Contact with questions/concerns.


Check out the fun classes offered this winter!

New Class w/ Mrs. Gus!

After School Art: Clay Creations (2nd - 5th Grade) - NEW! (Only offered at GD)

In After School Art with Mrs. Gus you will get messy with clay! Each session is 3 weeks of sculpting clay projects and one week of glazing your projects. In section one the theme is containers. The second section includes opportunities to create a flower bowl, initial hanging, and wind chimes. Projects may be picked up during school time.

2926B1 - Clay Containers

Glendale Elementary School: GD 216 Art
Wednesdays, Jan 29 - Feb 19
4:00 - 5:00 PM

2926B2w - Clay Decor - Glendale

Glendale Elementary School: GD 216 Art
Wednesdays, Feb 26 - Mar 18
4:00 - 5:00 PM

3 Sessions Each

Fee: $65 each or Register for both and receive a discount

Instructor: Glendale Art Teacher Mrs. Guswiler

If you haven’t already registered, please register online at or by contacting Community Education directly at 952-226-0080. For scholarships and tuition assistance, please contact Community Education at 952-226-0080.


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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.