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    Glenwood Elementary School

    eNews: April 20, 2016

    FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

    Earth Day:

    Please remember Friday is Earth Day! In celebration, the boys are asked to wear anything BLUE, the girls are asked to wear anything GREEN and the teachers are asked to wear anything YELLOW. We will celebrate by taking a picture of our school in the shape of the Earth! Thanks for supporting Earth Day and the Student Ambassadors

     

    5th Grade Recognition Ceremony:

    The 5th grade recognition ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 12:45 PM. Please mark your calendars!

     

    Grandparents/“Special Friends” Day:

    We, at Glenwood, are eagerly looking forward to our annual Special Friends’ Day which we will host on May 5th and 6th. Grades K-2 will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, and grades 3-5 will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016.

     

    For those of you who are new to our Glenwood Family, this is an exciting morning when we welcome grandparents or other special adult guests to our school. Please visit our website for more detailed information.

     

    Important Information:

    • Special Friends must be 21 years of age or older. Please do not bring siblings or younger children with you during your visit. Siblings and younger children are not permitted to be in the classroom, since instruction is taking place. Also, no video cameras are permitted during classroom visitation.

     

    Thursday – May 5, 2016 – Grades K-2                 Friday – May 6, 2016 – Grades 3-5

    9:10 a.m.   - Sign in followed by Hospitality in the Cafeteria

    9:20 a.m.   - Welcome to All Visitors (School Cafeteria)

    9:30 a.m.   - Classroom Visitation Begins

    10:45 a.m. - Classroom Visitation Ends

     

    Thursday – May 5, 2014 for Afternoon Kindergarten ONLY:

    1:15 – 2:45 p.m. - Hospitality and Visitation

     

    Car Line Procedures Reminder:
    Please make every effort to have a plan for your child’s dismissal before they come to school. It is most helpful to send a written note if there is a bus change or if they are a car rider on a given day. We appreciate your cooperation, as dismissal time can become very hectic ensuring all 436 of our students are accounted for and know how they are getting home!

    Important Reminder for Volunteers and Chaperones: If you intend to volunteer at Glenwood, including serving as a chaperone for one of our upcoming spring field trips, you must obtain clearances: 1) Child Abuse Clearance 2) Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check

    3) FBI Clearance All clearances must be turned into the Glenwood main office 7 days prior to chaperoning a field trip. Please see the website for more information about obtaining clearances. Thank you for volunteering at Glenwood. You are providing a valuable service to our students.

     

    PSSA TESTING
    As you know, we have begun our Pennsylvania Standardized Testing for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students. There have been building-wide schedule adjustments, specifically lunch and recess during these days. The testing schedule is as follows:

    Testing Dates
    PSSA Testing (Math)                                                                        April 19-20-21                              3rd, 4th & 5th grade   
    PSSA Testing (Science)                                                                   April 26-27                                    4th grade only

    Please plan ahead to make sure your child arrives to school on time the dates listed above. We will begin testing promptly at 9:15 am each day. Thank you for supporting your student(s) by making sure your child gets a good night’s rest, has a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time. We want to help ensure that every student performs his or her best. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

    Bring Your Child to Work Day is scheduled to be observed by many companies and employers on Thursday, April 28, 2016. If you plan for your child to be absent from school that day as a result, please be sure to complete the appropriate PRE-PLANNED ABSENCE FORM so that we are able to excuse the day. This form can and should be used regardless of the length of the absence – even in the case of a one-day absence. Please use the link below to access the form on our website. Please note that the form must be submitted five days in advance in order to receive approval. http://www.rtmsd.org/Page/17061

    Thanks for your continued support! Feel free to contact me at 610-627-6901 or ebucci@rtmsd.org if you have questions or concerns with which I may be able to assist.

    Eric F. Bucci

     

    KINDERGARTEN
    Last week, we began to learn how to tell facts about our books instead of just reading them to their partners. In Math, we finished up adding and subtracting numbers up to 10. Next up, we will be working on numbers from 11-20, both forming and counting them.

     

    FIRST GRADE
    The first graders saw “Sleeping Beauty” at Media Theater. The students have been learning about different types of genre and the characteristics of each type. The students compared and contrasted fairy tales and non-fiction before viewing the play. It was a wonderful play presented by children of all ages.

     

    SECOND GRADE

    This week in social studies, second graders are learning about the native tribes in the Northwest and Coastal areas of the west. Ask your children how the Inuit group from the Northwest survived in such a cold and isolated region. In math, we are finishing topic 11 - using strategies to subtract within 1000. We will take the topic test mid-week. Please review regrouping strategies at home.


    Permission slips are going home this week for our last two field trips of the year.Tyler Arboretum will be on May 20th and Academy of Natural Sciences will be on June 10th. Chaperones are needed for both trips. We are requesting that the permission slip and payment are returned by Friday, May 6th. Thank you!

     

    THIRD GRADE
    This week in third grade, we took on the Math PSSAs. Each student took their time and did their best. We are very proud of all of the hard work the third graders put forth this week… awesome job! We are looking forward to getting back into our regular schedule. We will be starting a biography book club unit, wrapping up persuasive writing, and zooming in on perimeter and area. We will also be welcoming our chicken eggs next week and learning all about how to incubate them! It was great seeing everyone show off their talents at the Third Grade Talent show last week! Kudos! Again, wonderful job on the PSSAs! Keep it up for the remainder of the school year!

     

    FOURTH GRADE

    Four Graders are right in the middle of math PSSA's. Please remember for this week and also for next (Science PSSA's) to continue to ensure that your child has a healthy breakfast, a good night's rest, and plenty of exercise. Our fourth graders are continuing to read every night for 30 minutes this week. As one of our students said, "Reading isn't homework. It's a part of life!" We are proud of our students for what they have accomplished so far, and know that they will continue to flourish as the year progresses!

    Students should bring in their Science Poster topic papers by this Friday! Please do not commence with any experiments until your child has a form signed by the teacher. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

     

    FIFTH GRADE

    As we move into the fourth week of April, the 5th grade is spending much of its time taking PSSA tests in math. In the afternoons this week, the 5th grade teachers continue to teach reader’s workshop. Mr. Keeler’s and Mr. Dieter’s classes are looking at the genre of historical fiction. Ms. Pinsley’s and Ms. Astfalk’s classes are looking at the genre of fantasy. In social studies, the 5th grade is looking at the development of the thirteen original English colonies and, also, the primary factors leading up to the American Revolution.

    EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
    Friday, April 22, 2016 is Earth Day. Earth Day is a day to remember that taking care of the Earth we live on is an important job each of us have. This year the Student Ambassadors are going to be celebrating by creating an Earth outside with our bodies. The girls will we wear green and the boys will wear blue. The teachers will wear yellow to be like the stars. In addition, the Student Ambassador’s will be providing facts about Earth Day during morning and afternoon announcements. Thank you for your support!!!                                

    MUSIC
    5th Grade Spring Concert
    The 5th Grade Spring Concert will be held on Thursday May 5 @ 7:00 PM in the Glenwood cafeteria.

     
       

     


    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    Dear Parent or Guardian,                                                                 

    The children are eagerly anticipating Field Day 2016 and we would like to make it

    a fun morning for everyone. Many of you have already volunteered a great deal of time to Glenwood activities, but we really need your help to make Field Day a success!

     

    If you are able to volunteer, we will need help in the following areas:

    • Setting up equipment prior to the start of Field Day
      • Any time you can spare between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. would be most helpful!
    • Acting as a place judge for the dashes*

     

    * If you are willing to assist in this area, you will be sharing the responsibility with another volunteer and will be able to spend the rest of the time as a spectator.

     

    Event volunteers are expected to report to the upper field behind the school by 8:45 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, May 19th. You will be notified of your assignment at that time. The event will last until approximately 11:45 a.m.

     

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Foster at karpedeum@aol.com.

    Thank you for your continued support of Glenwood School activities.                    

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Jackson and Mr. Leahan

    Physical Education Instructors

     

    ROCKY'S READING CHALLENGE

    Congratulations to the more than 70 students that completed Rocky's Reading Challenge! The Blue Rocks have given each student two tickets for Thursday, May 19, 2016. Tickets have been sent home with each participating student. Students will be recognized at the next Glenwood Pride assembly. Enjoy your special evening at the Blue Rocks!

     

    PTG

    Keep up to date with Glenwood Events & Happenings. For more information, visit www.rtmsd.org/glenwoodptg and follow us at @GlenwoodPTG

    • Don't miss your chance to win great prizes at Glenwood's Annual Basket Bingo Night on Friday April 22nd at Penncrest HS. Tickets will be $7 per person at the door. The Basket Bingo Committee needs volunteers and donations to make this evening a success. If you can help please sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4BA4AD28A46-glenwood.
    • Attention 3rd through 5th Grade Chess Players: Register by Friday, April 22nd to play at the first ever RTMSD Elementary School Individual Chess Championship on Saturday, May 7th at Media Elementary. To learn more, visit: http://www.rtmsd.org/cms/lib9/PA01000204/Centricity/Domain/5/3-22-16%202016%20Chess%20Championship%20-%20Final%20flyer%20and%20registration%20form%20combined%20copy.pdf
    • The 2015-2016 Glenwood Yearbook is a new lower price at $16 and is for the soft cover edition only. To order your copy, visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter code 9934216 by Friday, April 29th
    • Hurry! Only 125 Coupons are are left! Buy yours today: Wawa Hoagie Coupons are $5 each, good for 1 free 6" Shorti, and never expire. With spring sports and activities starting up, this is a great way to catch a quick meal on the run. Please contact Colleen at colleenkeinath@gmail.com for more information
    • Display My Art has re-opened the free shipping, order now through April 29th. See attached.

    The PTG thanks you for your support.

     

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