Glacier Ridge Gazette
Glacier Ridge Elementary School | October 8, 2021
Good Morning! Back to Basics
Every morning, staff greet students at the entrance of the school, in the hallways, and at the doors to classrooms. It is one way GRE provides a positive and welcoming environment to students as students begin their day. One thing we noticed was that when we would say, “Hello, good morning. How are you?” We were met with no response at all. Not only that, students didn’t even make eye contact. This caused us to pause and reflect about what support we may need to provide students.
Social interaction is just as important, if not more, during a pandemic than previously. It is for that reason that I use the phrase, “physically distanced” rather than “socially distanced.” It was clear that social interaction had taken a step backwards with our students.
GRE has implemented many strategies to reinforce interaction, connections, and collaboration. When we talked about greetings and gave some strategies over the morning announcements, students started saying a greeting in return. Furthermore, many students even initiate a greeting first. Teachers have talked about how to greet others and interact, as long as it is a safe person. Homeroom teachers have classroom meetings at least once a week to build connections among students, including greetings and social interactions. This is just one example of the many tools and strategies that educators teach students. In a pandemic, social skills, collaboration, and basic functioning and organization are needed even more.
Ask your child about what they do when they enter the school building. Ask them why someone says good morning or hello to other people. Ask them how it makes them feel when someone greets them.
Pete Kurty, Ed. D
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Leed's Farm Night a Huge Success
Nothing Corny about Beautifying GRE
GRE is a Zoo
Book Fair: October 11 - 22
Bike Rack Reminders
Dublin Food Pantry Collection - Starting Next Week
The Dublin Food Pantry needs our help! We will be collecting cans of soup and/or ramen noodles. You can start sending in donations on October 4, through October 15. There will be boxes by the front doors for your donations. If you would like to make a monetary tax deduction instead, click on this link. Thank you so much for your help:)
-The Student Leadership Service Committee
Family Conferences are Coming - Virtually
For the purpose of health/safety as well as family convenience, conferences will be virtual again this year. The official conference evenings will be October 13th & 21st. Cramming all conferences into a two evening window can often make them feel rushed. Therefore, in addition to those dedicated two evenings, we will have a month and a half long window of time for each family to have a conference with the teacher. Teachers will reach out to families to schedule a conference time to be scheduled between October 4th through November 23rd.
During conferences, your child’s teacher will address three main criteria:
What I know about your child as a learner and a person
Evidence of ways I’ve gotten to know your child (formal and informal data)
Next instructional steps for instruction
If you have specific questions about your child that you want the teacher to prepare for and address within the allotted time, please reach out to let them know.
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Oct 13 - Family Conference Night and Principal Q & A @ 5pm
Oct 15 - No School - Staff Professional Day
Oct 18 - Yearbook Cover Art Contest Begins
Oct 21 - Family Conference Night
Oct 25 - PTO Cookie Dough Sale Ends
Oct 26 - Operation Kids for Troops Collection Begins
Oct 27 - Picture Day Make-Up/Re-takes
Oct 29 - Yearbook Cover Art Contest Ends
Oct 29 - Harvest Parties
Nov 1 - Operation Kids for Troops begins
Nov 2 - No school - Staff Professional Day
Nov 8 - PTO Cookie Dough Sale Begins
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The latest COVID-19 data for Dublin City Schools is posted at this link.
Reminder: No School Oct. 15
As a reminder, there is no school on Friday Oct. 15 due to a professional development day for staff.
Raising Mentally Healthy Kids on Oct. 20
Join PERC and Dr. Parker Huston for “Raising Mentally Healthy Kids:” at 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Dublin Rec Center.
Message from food services
Do you or your student have food allergies or special dietary needs? Contact our dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have to ensure a safe dining experience for your student at Dublin City Schools. Additionally, supply chain challenges may result in the changes of nutrition and allergen content of select menu items. Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.
What is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Dublin City Schools?
If you would like to learn more about the diversity, equity and inclusion work taking place in Dublin City Schools, you can watch this brief presentation from new DEI Director Dr. Bennyce Hamilton.