Glacier Ridge Gazette

Glacier Ridge Elementary School | September 24, 2021

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Principal's Message

Harvest Party Information

We are excited to be able to host classroom parties this year! This is more than we were able to do last year. To mitigate the spread of COVID, all elementary schools will be following these guidelines:

  • The Fall Harvest Party celebration will not include costumes for staff and students. There are several reasons behind this decision. One, students change into their costumes at school and we cannot maintain safe distancing during that process. Also students typically switch classrooms and/or use the restrooms to change. This process would impede our ability to conduct accurate contact tracing. Finally, donning costumes might require the removal of masks, which is not a safe practice with unvaccinated students.

  • Food will not be consumed at the parties. Some goody bags may be sent home, depending on the planning done by room parents. Food will be selected according to reported allergies in the classroom.

  • Due to limited volunteers this year, GRE will have classroom teachers facilitate the parties. The room parents will work with the teachers to plan and coordinate activities.

I realize that this is less than ideal and COVID continues to affect traditional school activities. However, I’m confident that our wonderful teachers and room parents can still make the classroom parties fun and exciting.


Pete Kurty, Ed. D


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Lunch Menu Changes

The cafeteria continues to have occasional challenges with the supply chain of food products, which can lead to menu changes. When we learn of changes to the menu posted online we will try to notify families in advance. In last minute cases it may be a morning text message; if we know further in advance it may be included in an email.

The menu for Monday, 9/27 has changed and will be:

Choice A - Breaded chicken drumsticks and mashed potatoes with black beans, fruit and a roll

Choice B - Sunbutter and Jelly with fruit and veggies

Meet Kelli Scarpa, Art Teacher

Hello! My name is Kelli Scarpa and I am the new art teacher at Glacier Ridge Elementary! I am excited to continue to share my enthusiasm and passion for art with your student(s) and to learn and grow alongside them.

For pictures and updates about the amazing things students are doing in the art room, please follow the GRE Art Twitter account @GREArtPics.

For more about Miss Scarpa, art curriculum, or art class, you can email me at or visit my teacher website.

Kindergarten Girl Scouts

KINDERGARTEN GIRL SCOUTS – All K girls at Glacier Ridge are invited to the first meeting of the new Glacier Ridge Kindergarten Girl Scout troop on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-7:30pm in the Commons at GRE. Girls will learn some fun Girl Scout traditions, hear the story of our founder Juliette Gordon Low, make a craft to remember the Girl Scout Law, and sing a silly song! Email Laurie Wirt at to RSVP.

Dublin Jerome Drama Camp

The Dublin Jerome Drama Club is hosting a Drama Camp where Dublin student's grades 3rd-5th* can come and learn a song, a dance, create costumes and be a part of the Theatre 3's production of Disney’s THE LION KING, JR. Additional information and registration details can be found here.

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 1 - PTO Fall Festival at Leed’s Farm

Oct 4 - Zoo Celebration for Students

Oct 11 - PTO Cookie Dough Sale Begins

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

Oct 29 - Yearbook Cover Art Contest Ends

Oct 29 - Harvest Parties

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District News

COVID-19 Data

The latest COVID-19 data for Dublin City Schools is posted at this link.

Dublin Jerome named National Blue Ribbon School

For the second time in its history, Dublin Jerome has been named a National Blue Ribbon School! Details available here.

40 Dublin City Schools students named National Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations to the 40 Dublin City Schools students who have been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists! The District has the most semifinalists in Ohio for the sixth consecutive year.

Dublin Chamber seeks volunteers

The Dublin Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking student volunteers for its upcoming Corporate Challenge event on Oct. 15. You can register to help here. Students must be at least 16 to volunteer.

Need more information? Visit our sites below.


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