Our 30th Annual Storybook Parade was a smashing success with lots of great storybook characters and the band from Mt. Tabor keeping us stepping in time to their beat. For pictures of the event, go to the June 12 flyer. Also, Story Lady has included some great memories of the parade and you can enjoy by reading this.
Greetings from our Principal
Dear Glencoe Community,
As you probably know, Superintendent Smith presented her proposed budget to the board on Monday evening, and schools have now received their staffing allocations. While this budget is based on projected stable overall funding from the state, the impact at Glencoe (and many other similar schools) will be felt as a slight reduction. I am still working on a staffing plan based on this allocation, but our allocation does include funding for a full-time arts (can be music, visual arts, drama, dance) teacher(s) supported by the Arts Education and Access Income Tax. However, the remainder of our allocation is slightly smaller due to a few factors. These include changes to the general fund staffing ratio from 25.0 to 26.9 students per teacher, differentiation of some resources towards the highest need schools, and the ending of certain grant-funded programs that will be maintained from the general fund. (See the superintendent's budget message here: http://www/pps/k12/or/us/news/8534.htm) In addtion, this year, combining 5th grade into two larger sections of 30+ freed up a teacher to be used elsewhere in our staffing. Given our current enrollment projections, two sections at any grade level will not be possible next year while maintaining reasonable class sizes.
I am happy to hear your input about staffing priorities, including your thoughts on our arts program. Site Council will be holding an additional meeting on Tuesday, 4/23 at 2:40 in the library and you can also feel free to contact me by phone or email to share your thoughts. I will have final plans ready to share by the May 6th PTA Principal's coffee.
Thanks for your continued support for our school and community.
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.
Sally Foster Giftwrap Sale
Due to popular demand, we are offering Sally Foster giftwrap sales all year long. This is not a PTA fundraiser, but a chance for Glencoe to make a percentage of sales all year long. Money sent back to us by Sally Foster will be used for a number of student activities and events. It's easy to do, just click here and begin your shopping! Once you have regisitered, click on "Support a Fundraiser", then select "Give credit to a school or group", type in Portland, OR 97215 and Glencoe ES will come up as an option. You are now ready to start shopping. Thank you and happy wrapping!