School News & Announcements
April 17 ~ Variety Show Rehearsal 2:20 Cafe
April 18 ~ Popcorn Friday
April 22 ~ K-Kids 2:20pm
April 22 ~ Site Council 2:40pm
April 23 ~ Art Infusion Training 8:15am Cafe
April 24 ~ Variety Show 6:30pm
April 25 ~ Spirit Day
Greetings from our Principal
Dear Glencoe Families,
This week, the world took a moment to reflect upon the life of a great leader, Nelson Mandela. "Madiba's" example should silence any notion that one individual does not have the power to bend history and make a positive impact on the world. It is striking to me that Mr. Mandela exemplified so much of our vision and what we aspire to engender in our students here at Glencoe. He was brave, dignified, courageous, thoughtful, tenacious, principled and forgiving. A natural leader, he had the uncommon ability to see the good in people, even those that sought to torture him and suppress his vision. If you have not yet had the chance, I encourage you to take this opportunity to talk with your family about this special man, and the many lessons he taught the world through his example.
By now most of you are aware of our peer mediator program. The goal is to help resolve small problems between students on the playground. In promoting our vision of a caring community, I'm excited to announce another simple program here for students that want to make new friends. The "Buddy Bench" is a designated bench where students can sit if they are looking to make a new friend. Anyone feeling bored, lonely or simply wanting to seek out new friend can visit the "Buddy Bench" to meet a buddy or just find someone to hang out with during recess.
Finally, I'd like to address a few FAQs that I have heard recently from parents and students:
How do you decide when to stay inside for recess?
Unlike weather delays and school closures that are decided by the central office, the principal makes the call about indoor recess. Whenever possible, I want to allow students to go outside and have time to run around and get some valuable exercise and socialization. However, there are times when it is simply too wet and cold to safely enjoy the outdoors, even in Portland. If it's raining heavily at 10:30AM and the west hills are completely obscured by clouds it's a good sign that it will be too wet to go outside. I also use an app called "Dark Sky" which provides a pinpoint 1 hour weather forecast and radar based on our exact location.
How do you decide where to place a new student?
The biggest factor is class size. Generally students enrolling during the year are assigned to the classroom with the fewest students. There are other factors that are considered including the specific academic and social needs of the new student and the other students in the classroom. If classes are even in terms of size, other variables like gender balance, special services, and the overall classroom climate are also considerations. The office does not notify other parents when new students are enrolled. However, teachers will often take time to discuss it with children in advance so that new students feel welcome.
What's wrong with the clocks at Glencoe?!
This is a longstanding issue at our school. Glencoe utilizes an electronic "master clock" which communicates with each of the mechanical clocks around the building. The master clock also controls the school bells. Like other systems in our school it is quite old and in need of replacement rather than repair. Many of the mechanical classroom clocks also need to be replaced to function reliably. The good news is that we have been promised a new master clock this year, so hopefully our days of "Glencoe time" will be coming to an end soon. Stay tuned.
Thanks for your continued support of our school.
New online parent tool
Starting in the 2013-14 school year, PPS families will have access to student progress information in a new online tool called Synergy ParentVUE. ParentVUE will be available in multiple languages and also as a free mobile app.
Families will receive log-in instructions to Synergy ParentVUE and links to online support materials in Fall 2013. For more information, please visit http://synergyspotlight.pps.net
All Hands Raised
All Hands Raised is a program sponsored through the PPS Foundation where you may make a contribution(s) to the district or to Glencoe School. Go to https://allhandsraised.schoolauction.net/give/give for more information or donation.