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School Family Newsletter

Gladden Office Notes

Communication

Communication will be delivered to families through a variety of means. Newsletters, Remind 101 (see below to sign up), PeachJar, and School Messenger will be utilized to share events and current happenings with Gladden families. Make sure to follow Gladden on Twitter and like us on Facebook as well. If you are not on social media, check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds on our school webpage. PeachJar and School Messenger information will be delivered to the contact information Gladden has on file. If you are unsure or need to update your contact information, contact the office. Vickie and Sandy would be happy to assist you!



Attendance

School attendance and punctuality are important factors in student academic, social, and emotional progress. Attendance procedures are noted below and can be found on the district website. Our goal is to create a safe, connected school environment through partnering with families to promote student success.


When you must keep your child home from school, call the school office by 9:00am to report the absence. This allows the school personnel to be informed as to your child’s recovery progress and helps to ensure your child’s safety.

While we encourage and expect regular attendance, please keep your child home if she/he has:

  • Fever
  • Enlarged or Swollen Glands
  • Sore Throat
  • Inflamed or Infected Eyes
  • Nausea
  • Persistent or Deep Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Lice – live bugs


Children must be fever-free (no more than 100 degrees) without medication for 24 hours. More information about Health Attendance Policy can be found here.


Attendance will be marked as excused or unexcused based on parent contact and reasons for absences. Excused absences are defined in board policy as illness, severe illness and/or injury; religious observances; or visits with a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member of the military who has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or is immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, with permission of the superintendent or designee. Medical absences require a doctor’s excuse.


Notifications will be mailed home when a child has been absent 5 days, 7 days and again at 10 days. School Board Policy and City Ordinance, Section 15-96, require schools to notify the police department for investigation when absences reach ten or more.


Transportation

All transportation changes should be submitted in writing prior to 2:30. This ensures each child departs safely through the correct mode of transportation. You may email the office at gesoffice@bsd124.org or send a note.

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Gladden Character

Gladden Elementary, along with the Belton School District, supports quality character

education. We recognize the importance of educating the whole child and fostering strong social and emotional sense in addition to providing a rigorous academic curriculum. As part of our character education program, each month we focus on one of the ten Pirate Principles.


This year we have discussed the following principles: tolerance, self-discipline, and responsibility. Pirate Principles are taught during class meetings, assemblies, family and buddy activities.

Red Ribbon Week

October 23 Belton Cares is hosting a community breakfast at the Belton Police Department to kick off Red Ribbon Week. Community members are invited to enjoy breakfast and student art work!


October 26-28: Spirit Week

  • Monday, 26th: Wear Red to Kick off RRW.
  • Tuesday, 27th: Wear Neon because we are "Too Bright to do Drugs!"
  • Wednesday, 28th: Wear Crazy Socks so we can "Sock it to Drugs!"

PTA is GREAT!

The first quarter is over and PTA has been hard at work planning events for the school year. It is so important that we have parent involvement. Your memberships, fundraiser participation, and volunteering efforts are what keep us going!


What does PTA do?


PTA plans or funds:


  • Field trips, parties and other events
  • Popcorn Fridays (fresh popcorn for students and staff)
  • Classroom aid
  • Dictionaries
  • Holiday help for Gladden families


Please join us for our monthly meetings on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the library. All are welcome!


Fill out our membership form and tell us why you think PTA is great! The class with the highest membership sign ups in K-2 and 3-4 will get a classroom pizza party! We look forward to working with you!

If you have any questions please contact PTA President Stephanie Mason at stmason1@hotmail.com.

Gladden Spirit Wear

Gladden Elementary apparel order forms came home this week. Make sure to get your order placed so you don't miss out! Call the office with any questions.

Volunteer at Gladden!

Gladden Elementary loves volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, we would be happy to have you. All volunteers must complete an application that involves a short background check. Click the link below to complete the survey or you are welcome to stop by the office and use the kiosk. Thank you to our current volunteers for sharing their time and talents with us!


Belton School District Volunteer Application

Gladden Elementary Remind 101

Make sure to sign up for the Gladden Elementary Remind 101 account to receive text or email messages about upcoming events and current happenings!
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Online Resources Available at Home

Gladden families can access educational, and safe subscriptions from home! See below for usernames and passwords.

Upcoming Events

October 23rd - Fall Parties

October 28th - 29th - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 29th - 30th - No School


November 2nd - PTA Meeting 6 - 7 pm

November 3rd - Culver's Night 5-8 pm

November 11th - Veteran's Day Breakfast 7:30 - 8:10 am

November 25th - 30th - No School, Thanksgiving Break


December 3rd - 9th - Gladden Book Fair

December 3rd - Grandparents' Night

December 7th - PTA Meeting 6 - 7 pm

December 22nd - Winter Parties

December 23rd - January 4th - No School, Winter Break

Gladden Elementary School

If we can be of assistance in any way, please contact the Gladden Elementary office. We would be pleased to assist you!