Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Glencoe Elementary

"A caring and creative community promoting high levels of learning, strong citizenship and social justice."

825 SE 51st Ave. | Portland, OR 97215
Phone: (503) 916-6207 | Fax: (503) 916-2628

Upcoming Events

Please Register for Kindergarten NOW!!

May 5 ~ PTA: Welcome to Glencoe Event for Next Year's Kinder Families ~ 8:15am Cafe
No children please

April 22 ~ K-Kids 2:20 pm
April 22 ~ Site Council 2:40 pm
April 23 ~ Art Infusion Training 8:15 am
April 24 ~ Variety Show 6 pm
April 25 ~ Spirit Day - Sports/Hobbies

School News & Announcements

April 22 ~ K-Kids 2:20pm
April 22 ~ Site Council 2:40pm
April 23 ~ Art Infusion Training 8:15am Cafe
April 24 ~ Variety Show 6pm
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.


Ewan Brawley
Glencoe Elementary


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


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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.

Glencoe Makes the News

Glencoe's recycling program was recently written up in the District's Save-It Newsletter. Check out the great things they have to say about us by going to http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/facilities/3259.htm and then click on Fall 2010.

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PPS News

PPS student leaders represent in D.C.

April 22, 2014

While most students took some much needed time off during Spring Break, three student members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Portland’s Congressional delegation on some of the greatest issues facing students in education today.  


Thanks to you, art blossoming in schools

April 22, 2014

Students across PPS are painting, singing and boogying thanks to Portlanders support for the Arts Tax that is funding visual art, music or dance teachers in every K-5 or K-8 school. A display of  elementary student art runs April 23-May 1at City Hall.


Gates, Milken and more recognize PPS students and teachers

April 22, 2014

Spring has been a banner time for PPS students and teachers - from newly minted Gates Millennium Scholars, to national recognition for Grant Magazine and two daVinci students, to our 2014 Rose Festival Princesses, to a Milken Award for a Gray teacher, a research grant for a Lincoln teacher and a spot on the LearnZillion's 2014 Dream Team for a Virtual Scholars teacher.


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