Glendale-River Hills

Parent Newsletter September 2020

Updates from the District Office

Good Morning Parents & Guardians:

Due to some timely and pertinent information, the September newsletter is being sent out a day early.

Best Wishes Larry Smalley!

With a heavy heart, the school board approved the resignation of Larry Smalley effective November 2020.

The board intends on hiring an interim superintendent ASAP to fill-in temporarily and then moving to a full search using a consultant firm to find the next superintendent for Glendale-River Hills. The board is currently looking at an external candidate for the temporary replacement.

Mr. Smalley will send a personalized note to families before he leaves us for good. As a district, we commend him for his years of service and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Welcome Aboard!

We are thrilled to officially welcome Anna Young to the Glendale-River Hills School District as the new principal at Glen Hills! The school board approved her employment at the board meeting on August 26th. Ms. Young is still transitioning to Glen Hills while closing out her job in St. Francis.

Anna comes to us with a plethora of experiences:

  • Principal at a 4-8 building in St. Francis
  • Assistant Principal at Riverside University High School in MPS
  • Literacy Specialist in Mequon-Thiensville
  • Reading Teacher in MPS
  • Adjunct Professor at UW-M

Update from the Board Meeting

The School Board successfully approved our reopening handbook at the board meeting last night. Here is the link to the handbook. Print copies will be made available in the school offices for those to prefer paper copies.

Thanks for your patience while we've waited for board approval.

Ready, Set, Go!

Starting a school year virtually is a HUGE challenge when it comes to building relationships with new students, families, and staff. To help prioritize these critical relationships, the district has committed to individual meetings with each student/family in our district during the week of September 1- September 4. During these in-person meetings, students get to meet their teacher, pick up materials and devices, and share important information with each other. All staff has been working in the buildings preparing for these appointments, so families can expect to take home a box of "goodies". While we want to see everyone in-person (safely, socially distanced, with masks), we will also accommodate families that prefer a virtual meeting and can get supplies delivered to you via curbside pick-up.

Please see the health and safety guidelines from each building before coming to your appointment. And please ensure you and your child are wearing face coverings.

Glen Hills Ready, Set, Go Safety Guidelines

Parkway Ready, Set, Go Safety Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate the time required to meet with every family/student, the actual teaching will begin on Tuesday, September 8th following the detailed schedules you will pick up at Ready, Set, Go.

September Calendar at a glance!

Due to Ready, Set, Go Meetings being held the first week of September, actual teaching begins on Tuesday, September 8th. During a typical week, live (synchronous) teaching will occur Monday-Thursday in each building, with Friday's being dedicated work time, small group time, or recorded lessons (asynchronous), and some allied arts for 7th grade.

September Dates to remember:

Sept. 1st-4th- Ready, Set, Go Meetings

Monday, Sept. 7- NO SCHOOL Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 8- FIRST DAY of SCHOOL

Friday, Sept. 11- Follow the regular schedule (work time, small group time, or recorded lessons)

Sept. 14-18- Follow the regular schedule

Sept. 21-25- Follow the regular schedule

NOTE- we will follow the virtual learning schedule on Friday, Sept. 25, not full PD day for staff.

Monday, Sept. 28- NO SCHOOL- fall break (Yom Kippur)

Tuesday, Sept. 29- Friday, Oct. 2- Follow the regular schedule

Food Service Update

This information was also sent out last week, but here it is again!

Join us on Tuesday, 9/1 anytime between 7:45a and 3:30p at Glen Hills front entrance to pick up a Four-day meal pack! The terminals will be used to charge your student’s account accordingly. Please note: if you qualify for Free or Reduced meals, charges will be applied based on this eligibility. Entrée items for 9/1-9/4 will include many of the favorites: Chicken nuggets, Hot dogs, Pizza Dippers, and a Chicken Patty. There will be vegetarian meals available upon request. All meals include Fruit & Vegetable offerings, and Milk!

Parents may select one day of the week to pick up student's weekly distribution meals. Number of meals are determined by the number of days school is in session for that week. Meal pick up is available at Glen Hills: M/W/F between 11a-12:30p and T/R between 3p- 4:30 pm. Meals will be charged to student lunch accounts. Sign up information and other details will be available on 9/1.

September Lunch Menu

Introducing the Social-Emotional Team

The social-emotional needs of our students and staff are a TOP PRIORITY! Please stay tuned as more information will be shared on a regular basis regarding the supports this team can provide.
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Special Education Update

When you see a special educator, please give them a virtual "high-five" or virtual "hug", as they will be the first educators in the district to welcome students back into the school buildings for services. It has been clearly communicated not only by parents in Glendale, but across the country that virtual learning does not work for some of our most vulnerable students, and especially those needing specialized instruction and therapy.

Please know- we appreciate each and every certified staff member that is taking on this teaching opportunity, as well as each paraprofessional that may be working with kids. As shown in the Reopening Handbook and explained at the many board meetings this summer, we are beginning the school year in Phase 2, described in the screenshot below.

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Due to some recent retirements and resignations, we are looking for a few new paraprofessionals to join our team. If you have anyone in your world that might be looking for a job and likes to work with kids, please contact Shannon Kilton.

Please note the following expectations for paraprofessionals during virtual learning:

  • Support classroom teachers with breakout groups during virtual learning.
  • Support our efforts to provide virtual learning opportunities to students in Glendale daycare locations- Milestones @ Parkway and Glendale Heights @ Good Hope School.
  • Support our efforts to provide virtual learning opportunities to school-aged children of our staff members @ Parkway and/or Glen Hills.
  • Be flexible and do whatever the district asks of you to ensure you have a consistent paycheck.

Masks in the district!

While we begin the exciting task of educating our students virtually, we understand there may come a time that you need to come to the actual building. While we are trying to limit visitors whenever possible, if you do come to school please respect our mask policy and wear a face covering. If you don't have a mask, one will be provided.


Our Responsibility

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!