Glacier Ridge Gazette

Glacier Ridge Elementary School | October 8, 2021

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Principal's Message

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

A HUGE thank you to Amy Durant and Stacy Smith for all their planning and hard work to make the Leeds Farm Fall Festival such a fun night for everyone! Thank you also to the families who donated treats for the concession stand, and to our wonderful volunteers and GRE staff! We hope everyone who came out enjoyed the evening with family and friends.

Nothing Corny about Beautifying GRE

Look how beautiful our GRE entrance looks. Thanks to the beautification committee for their fall decor. It was noticed by students with excitement.
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GRE is a Zoo

Thank you to the GRE community for a successful Tiger Trot. A portion of the funds raised goes to Tiger Conservation. As a thank you, the Columbus Zoo brings in animals for the students to see. As the first assembly we have had in 2 years, we were able to successfully space students out so they could experience the zoo animals. Thank you again to the Tiger Trot PTO committee.
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Water Bottle Reminder

As a health precaution, drinking fountains are turning off due to COVID. Please remind your child to bring a water bottle from home to fill up at our water bottle filling stations. If your child needs assistance with a permanent water bottle, let the office know.

Book Fair: October 11 - 22

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair will take place from October 11th to October 22nd. Students will be previewing the Book Fair October 11th-15th by making a “wish list” to bring home with prices and titles of books. Students will be able to purchase books during their Library class starting October 18th. For more information, please feel free to visit our Scholastic Book Fair website. Thank you for supporting the Glacier Ridge Media Center and your child as a reader!

Bike Rack Reminders

While the weather is nice, many students are riding their bikes to school. We have a number of bike riders, so the bike racks are crowded. However, if we use both sides of the bike rack, we should be able to fit all, if not most, of the bikes. We have adjusted the bike racks so the students can more easily access both sides. Have a quick conversation with your child about it, if they ride a bike. We will share some reminders in our daily announcements as well.

Pumpkin Writing

Students in 4th grade get creative and inspired by decorating their pumpkin to match their fictional narrative story about the life of a pumpkin.

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:

  1. What I know about your child as a learner and a person

  2. Evidence of ways I’ve gotten to know your child (formal and informal data)

  3. 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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Upcoming Events

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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District News

COVID-19 Data

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 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.

Need more information? Visit our sites below.


If your child will be absent from school, please email our attendance line at