Glacier Ridge Gazette
August 18, 2023
Dear Glacier Ridge Families,
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year. I’m sure you are enjoying these last weeks of summer. The Glacier Ridge staff is anticipating your child’s return to school. We are busy preparing the building, planning new and exciting activities, and collaborating with the PTO.
As we do each year, we start the school year focusing on building a strong classroom and school culture, with an emphasis on our motto, Choose Kind! We will have multiple initiatives that focus on building relationships and community. You will notice that grade level meet-ups have been scheduled for August 9th (see times below). We will also have new student orientation for all new families in grades 1-5 on August 10th (see times below). On the first day of school, all students will read a book about kindness and collaboration. A few weeks into school, our annual Tiger Trot will combine tiger conservation and classroom collaboration by incorporating community building activities. A special thank you to the GRE PTO for organizing the Tiger Trot and providing funding for the whole school book messaging initiative. In addition, the PTO provided funding for our Start with Hello t-shirts that all students will be receiving upon their return.
Staffing Changes: There have been some changes in staffing for the 23-24 school year. Jennifer Witcher, our clinic aide, has taken a position in the district as a medical paraprofessional. Please welcome Korinne Worth as our new clinic aide. Below is a list of all the new staff that will be joining the GRE family for the 23-24 school year. We are fortunate to attract and hire high quality professionals. Please join me in welcoming them.
NEW to GRE Staff:
Jessica Cordle - PM Kindergarten
Korinne Worth - Clinic Aide
Classroom Teachers: Below is the list of all grade level staff for the 23-24 school year.
Mrs. Cordle (PM - New to GRE)
Miss Sholl (AM & PM)
Mrs. Watts (Johann) (AM)
Mrs. Raterman (Mathias)
Miss Fain (ELA: team w/ Hunter)
Mrs. Harper (Math: Team w/ Sullivan)
Mrs. Hunter (Math: team w/ Fain)
Mrs. Sullivan (ELA: team w/ Harper)
Mrs. Walters (self-contained)
We are looking forward to another great school year and we can’t wait for it to start. If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to let us know. See you in a few weeks!
Pete Kurty, Ed.D
Glacier Ridge Elementary
Lisa Orem, M.Ed.
Back to School Information
The information below will help you plan for returning to school. Although it is a lot of information, it is our intent to help you and your children feel comfortable, informed, and prepared about coming to Glacier Ridge. Additional Glacier Ridge Forms for you to complete will be emailed to you as we get closer to school.
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures (Please review and complete)
Click HERE to complete the Transportation Survey Form for ALL STUDENTS This helps us get your child home correctly, especially on the first few days of school.
Click HERE to view the procedures for arrival and dismissal
Back to school dates
All back to school events and other school dates are listed on the Google Community Calendar on the GRE website > Events. . The events for the year will be posted on that calendar. The most immediate back to school dates are listed below.
Classroom Teacher Assignments: Tuesday, August 8
On or after August 8th, you will be able to view your child’s classroom teacher assignment in Infinite Campus. You will NOT get an email with your child’s assignment this year. Instead, you should log into Infinite Campus to view your child’s classroom teacher. You should have already received instructions on how to create an account in Infinite Campus and complete back to school forms. HERE is the infinite Campus Parent Portal with instructions and resources. Please remember that there are many factors that are considered when creating the class lists and it is a very thoughtful process for each student.
All students that purchased school supply kits will have the kits given to them in their classrooms on the first day of school. For those that did not order supplies from the PTO in the spring, you can visit the GRE website to view the supply lists. You can purchase the items on your own and do the best that you can to find similar items. They do not need to be the exact description of the items listed.
Grade Level Meet-Ups & Tropical Chill Ice Truck: August 9th
Come meet other GRE families at an informal meet and greet at the Glacier Ridge Elementary School playground on August 9th. This is an informal opportunity to meet current and new GRE families and students in order to make new connections and relationships. The Topical Chill Ice Truck will be available from 5:30 - 8:00pm. Much like our ongoing school initiative, we hope that families and students will Start with hello > Find a connection > Create a friendship. Siblings in other grades are welcome to attend other grade level meet and greets. GRE staff will not be in attendance, but we hope many families will come out to meet one another. This event will be held rain or shine, so please use your own discretion in the event of inclement weather. Parking will be limited, so consider walking or carpooling. Grade level times are listed below:
Kindergarten & 1st grade at 4:30PM
2nd & 3rd grade at 6:00PM
4th & 5th grade at 7:30PM
Hawaiian Ice Truck 5:30 - 8:00PM
The Tropical Chill Ice Truck is provided free of charge for all current GRE students and is $3 for siblings or family members. Thank you PTO!
New Family Orientation: Grades 1 - 5 only - August 10 @ 5:30 - 6:30PM
Our new family orientation is for NEW families and students in grades 1-5 that moved into the attendance area for the 23-24 school year. Kindergarten students DO NOT attend the new student orientation. At the new family orientation, families and students will have the opportunity to meet current students, connect with one another, tour the building with a scavenger hunt, and ask any questions. You can enter the building through the front entrance and keep in mind that parking may be limited.
Meet the Teacher: Wednesday, August 16th
Students and families are invited to this open house type event to see the classroom and meet the teacher and other staff members. The PTO will be in attendance and have a gift for the students. Please remember to keep your children with you during this event. As usual, parking is limited, so please be patient and understanding. The back playground will be available for parking, so please supervise your child when outside.
Last names A-K 2:30-3:00
Last names L-Z 3:15-3:45
First Day of School: Kindergarten
All kindergarten families should have already received an email earlier in the summer with the AM/PM and phase-in day assignment. If you did not receive this letter, please call the school for your assignments after August 1. Kindergarten students will attend one of the first two days of school (August 17 or 18). All kindergarten students will begin with their regular schedule on Monday, August 21st. AM K is from 9:10 (arrive at 9:00) – 11:45 am and PM K is from 1:00 – 3:40 pm (arrive at 12:50).
KINDERGARTEN ARRIVAL: At the Meet the Teacher event, your child will receive a large name tag lanyard, which helps us identify the kindergartners. They should wear that the first few weeks of school. Other staff are on duty to help escort kindergarten students to their location. Kindergarten teachers will meet students at the front of the building to gather all kindergarten students. Parents/Guardians are welcome to take pictures at that time.
KINDERGARTEN DISMISSAL: Please communicate with your child how they are getting home. If your child is going home differently on the first day of school, please communicate that to your child’s teacher, in addition to your child. Kindergarten teachers and other school staff will help them get to the proper dismissal location. Please review the arrival and dismissal information prior to the first day of school and talk through it with your child.
First Day of School: Grades 1-5
Our first day of school for grades 1-5 will be Thursday, August 17th. Students will be allowed to go to their classrooms at 9:00am and the tardy bell rings at 9:10. School dismisses at 3:40pm. Please communicate with your child how they are getting home. If your child is going home differently on the first day of school, please communicate that to your child’s teacher, in addition to your child. Please review the arrival and dismissal information prior to the first day of school and talk through it with your child.
Glacier Ridge Frequently Asked Questions
DCS Parent Resources
All the district parent resources can be found at the district website under Parent Resources and Links. This resource page includes items such as lunch information and menus, calendars, staff directory, attendance information, and more.
Back to School Forms: (required)
DCS is transitioning to a new student information management system called Infinite Campus. This is where you will complete your back to school forms. In addition to the back to school forms, Infinite Campus will also be where parents/guardians will access information about bus routes, homeroom assignments, class schedules, student attendance, and grades. Families will receive an email on Wednesday, August 2nd with back to school login/password and instructions to complete back to school forms. You can also access those forms at the Parent Portal. You will be directed to a webpage with specific directions and links to the sites you will need to access prior to the start of the school year on August 17 and throughout the rest of the school year.
Emergency Forms from CareDox
You will receive a separate email from Caredox for each student enrolled to complete the needed emergency medical information. This must be completed prior to school and is required, specially to attend any field trips and school events.
The PTO directory is an optional method to share your contact information with the PTO and the room parents. You have the opportunity to opt into sharing your information as you complete your back to school online forms. Due to FERPA laws, schools cannot share directory information with other families. However, families can opt to share their contact information with the PTO. Room parents use this information to communicate via email with all families in the classroom about events and parties without the teacher having to do so. Your contact information is not used or distributed for any other purpose. We strongly encourage you to opt into sharing your information with the PTO as you complete your back to school online forms.
Parent Teacher Organization
Glacier Ridge is fortunate to have an actively involved PTO. Please visit the PTO webpage for important information, board members, and dates. The PTO is always looking for volunteers and support. The PTO provides significant support to the school and there are a variety of opportunities to help, with a variety of time and commitment levels. We encourage you to support the PTO in the method that suits your family and schedule.
Bus routes will be posted on theDCS Website > Operations > DCS Transportation website approximately Monday, August 14th. Bus route and bus stop information is released this week so it can be as accurate as possible with newly enrolled students.
Dublin City Schools uses the Sodexo catering company to provide lunch service. Lunch menus and payment information will be available at the Back To School page and will be available to view the week of Aug. 14 on the district’s website > Parent Resources. You can find information about pricing or apply for the free reduced lunch program HERE.
DCS Family University - August 9
Dublin City Schools invites families, community members and students to collaborate in a meaningful way to maximize learning for all! Join us for an entire evening of learning, fun, and food. Eleven sessions and a resource fair will be offered, focused on topics such as student wellness, athletics, academics, and partnerships.
LOCATION: Emerald Campus, 5175 Emerald Parkway
DATE & TIME: August 9, 6:00-8:30 PM (dinner available 5:30-7:30 PM)
Dinner available for purchase with proceeds benefiting DCS partner organizations that support students and staff.
Children's activities are available with participation priority given to those who RSVP in advance.
Link to more info: tinyurl.com/DCSU2023-24
Early registration: forms.gle/dCyEzYgP4eVSYjFx8
Whether you are counting down the days until school starts or counting the days left of summer, please enjoy the rest of your summer. We are all working very hard to ensure that your children will have the best educational and social experience possible. We look forward to seeing the students and families this year as we collaboratively strengthen our kind GRE school community. We can’t wait to see you!
GRE Back to School Items to Complete
UPCOMING GRE CALENDAR
You can also see the school Google community calendar at the bottom of the GRE website. You can add the school calendar to your own Google calendar.
Teacher assignments released via email
Grade Level Meet-Ups & Tropical Chill Ice Truck @ Glacier Ridge Elementary Playground (rain or shine)
Incoming K/1 @ 4:30PM
Incoming 2/3 @ 6:00PM
Incoming 4/5 @ 7:30PM
Hawaiian Ice Truck from 5:30 - 8:00pm
DCS Family University
Emerald Campus 6-830pm
New Student Orientation (grades 1-5 only)
New 1st-5th grade families only 5:30 - 6:30PM
Meet the teacher for grades K-5
Last names A-K 2:30-3:00
Last names L-Z 3:15-3:45
First day of school
Kindergarten Phase-in Day 1
Kindergarten Phase-on Day 2
All Kindergarten students attend
Parent/Guardian Information Night
3rd grade: 4:30-5:00
5th grade: 5:00 - 5:30 & Principal/Support staff (commons): 5:00-5:30
Kindergarten & Gifted (library): 5:30-6:00
2nd grade: 6:00 - 6:30 & Principal/Support staff (commons): 6:00-6:30
4th grade: 6:30-7:00
1st grade: 7:00-7:30
Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
Fall Picture Day
PTO Meeting (virtual) @ 10AM
Family Conference Night 1
Family Conference Night 2Oct 27