• Dear Gladys Wood Families, 

     

    The end of the 1st quarter is here. Thank you for all the efforts you've made to not only make sure your child(ren) make(s) it to school each day, but also to help keep you family healthy.

     

    If you haven't set up a conference with your child's teacher for next week, now is a good time to reach out to them. If you're not able or comforable with coming in person, just let your teacher know and they can do a phone and/or zoom conference with you.

     

    As the beautiful warm, sunny days become less in number and as our frosty/snowy mornings become more prevalent, please send warm winter gear with your students as we have recess daily unless temperature or wind chill factors reach -10 degrees. Also please know you're still welcome to visit the Gladys Wood playground with proper social distancing and supervision. Students are encouraged to have an adult join them for everyone's safety. We have increased how often we are sweeping through the playground to pick up trash. If when you are on our playground, you'd like to help volunteer to pick up trash this would be much appreciated. There is a brown bear proof trash can on the playground where you can discard any trash you find.

     

    As COVID continues and other seasonal illnesses begin, please know the Straws continue to keep caregivers and those who are sick in our thoughts and prayers.

     

    As always, we are here to help you in any way we can. You can call the school at 742-6760 or email me at: straw_nicholas@asdk12.org

     

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Straw


  • Dear Gladys Wood Families, 

     

    Welcome to the 2021-22 Gladys Wood Elementary School Year. We're so glad we're able to be face to face for instruction and that our mitigation efforts are keeping everyone as safe as possible. While we can't completely stop COVID from impacting us, I thank all of you and my staff for following safety protocols to ensure that the impact is as minimal as possible. Students are learning and growing both academically and socially as a result of the teamwork between our families and Gladys Wood staff.

     

    Document Updates: If you have important confidential court documents that pertain to the custody of your children that limits who can pick your child up, please let us know. Sometimes changes occur and contact list are inaccurate. We rely on you to let us know if someone needs to be removed from the contact list you orignally created at the beginning of the school year. If you have a new phone number or person you need added to your child's contact list just call us at 742-6760 and we can get it updated.

     

    Across the Anchorage School District we take safety concerns seriously. We teach the students here at Gladys Wood that if they see something dangerous and harmful to say something. It's catchy phrase! If you see something, say something! Thank you for encouraging your children when they see something anywhere, including online, that's going to hurt someone to immediately say something to the adults in their lives at home and at school.

     

    As the beautiful warm sunny days continue, please know you're welcome to visit the Gladys Wood playground with proper social distancing and supervision. Students are encouraged to have an adult to join them for everyone's safety. Thank you also for being mindful, safe and respectful of others while visiting the playground.

     

    If there's anything at all that we can do to help please don't hesitate to reach out via email straw_nicholas@asdk12.org or by phone at 742-6760.

     

    Have a great rest of your September Gladys Wood!

     

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Straw


  • Gladys Wood Community,

     

    Happy belated May Day!

     

    As we race to the end of the school year with final learning, activities, and celebrations, I want to recognize the amazing staff at Gladys Wood elementary. A number of staff members reached milestones of years of service to ASD. Gladys Wood really does have an incredible and committed staff. Today marks the last day of Teacher/Staff Appreciation and I wanted to thank all of yu who supported our PTO who put together goodies this week for teachers to acknowledge their hard work.

     

    Enrollment at Gladys Wood has declined during the pandemic. It is in the sping that we begin to plan for the Fall. Online registration for the 2021/2022 school year opened for returning students on April 26th. New to District students can register online starting July 15th. It is important that our Gladys Wood families register early to provide ASD leaders a clear picture of our enrollment. We currently have 292 students enrolled at Gladys Wood compared to 345 at this time last year.

     

    Please make sure to register you child as soon as you can, as enrollment drives our staffing allocation. If you need your Parent Connect information, please call the office for assistance at 742-6760.

     

    We want to continue to recognize those students who have sought out adult help when they've seen something this year that concerned them online or during face to face instruction. ASD has a catchy pharse that we use in these situations. If you see something, say something! This applies to any situation where someone is being unsafe. Thanks for talking with your children about getting help and knowing that when safety is involved, it's the right action to take.

     

    Thanks to all parents who have been remembering to mask up as you enter the school grounds.

     

    Thank you also for dropping your children off between 9:20a.m. and 9:30a.m. and picking up at 3pm.

     

    The Straw family wants you to know we continue to keep all of the Gladys Wood community in our thoughts and prayers over the summer and are thankful to be a part of your school family!

     

    Mr. Straw

     

     


  • Gladys Wood Community,

     

    Happy belated Easter!

     

    By the time you're reading this, we will have completed our state PEAKS tests for the year for 3 - 6th  grade students. Thanks to parents for continuing to make sure your child(ren) get(s) plenty of rest and nutritious food to eat to help them come to school ready to learn. These last 5 weeks of school will go by very quickly, and we want to give every student as many academic strengthening opportunities as we can.

     

    Enrollment at Gladys Wood has declined during the pandemic. It is in the spring that we begin to plan for the fall. Online registration for the 2021/2022 school year will open for returning students on April 26th. New to District students can register online starting July 15th. It is important that our Gladys Wood families register early to provide ASD leaders a clear picture of our enrollment. We currently have 292 students enrolled at Gladys Wood Compared to 345 at this time last year.

     

    Please make sure to register your child early, as enrollment drives our staffing allocation. If you need your Parent Connection information, please call the office for assistance at 742-6760.

     

    We want to continue to recognize those students who have sought out adult help when they've seen something this year that concerned them online or during face to face instruction. ASD has a cathy phrase that we use in those situations. If you see something, say something! This applies to any situation where someone is being unsafe. Thanks for talking with your childern about getting help and knowing that when saftey is involved, it's the right action to take.

     

    Thanks to all parents who have been remembering to mask up as you enter the school grounds.

     

    Thank you also for dropping your children off between 9:20am and 9:30am and pick up at 3pm.

     

    The straw family wants you to know we continue to keep all the Gladys Wood community in our thoughts and prayers and are thankful to be a part of your school family!

     

    Mr. Straw

     

     

    Kindergarten Round-Up

    ASD is centrally hosting Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up events this month. The next events take place on the following dates: April 22, 11am - 12 pm; and April 26, 6 - 7pm. Please share the ASD website www.asdk12.org/kindergartenroundup for event infortmation, resources, and Zoom webinar info.

     


  • Gladys Wood Community,

     

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you had a restful Spring Break with your family.

     

    We are at the very beginning of our 4rh quarter now. It's hard to believe we have only 9 weeks left inthe 2020/2021 school year.

     

    We are making plans for next school year already and are excited to continue face to face learning. More will be shared as our plans progress.

     

    As the beautiful sunny days continue and dayligtht increases, please know you're welcome to visit the Gladys Wood playground with proper social distancing and supervision. Students are encouraged to have an adult join them for everyone's safety. The playgrounds, ice rink, and field are available to the public after 4:00 on school days. Thanks you also for being mindful, safe and respectful of others while visiting the playground.

     

    Each year ASD does a school climate and connectedness survey for each school. This data is anonymous and we use your seedback to improve how we operate and connect with students, staff, and community.

     

    Here the link:

    Family Survey: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/aasb/asdfamily

     

    Each year we also give you an opportunity to give individual staff input and feedback.

     

    You can go to: District Overview/Staff Evaluations page on the district's website give the teachers and myself feedback on how we're doing. You are able to give input for classroom, resource, and specialist teachers. The survey is quick and simple and we welcome all feedback.

     

    It was good to see families at the PTO Meeting this past Tuesday, March 16th. If you are not a PTO member yet, please consider joining us at: Gladys Wood PTO SIGN UP, we'd love to hear from you! By signing up now and participating, you'll know what is being planned for next year.

     

    We want to recognize those students who have sought out adult help when they've seen something this year that concerned them online or during face to face instruction. ASD has a catchy phrase that we use in those situations. "If you see something, say something!" This applies to any situation where someone is being unsafe. Thanks for talking with your childern about getting help and knowing that when safety is involved, it's the right action to take. 

     

    Thanks to all parents who have been remembering to mask up as you enter the school grounds.

     

    Thank you also for dropping your childern off between 9:20a.m. and 9:30a.m. and picking up at 3pm.

     

    Go Woodchucks!

     

    Mr. Straw


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