• Dear Gladys Wood Families,

     

    Welcom to the 2020-2021 Gladys Wood Elementary School Year. The staff has been hard at work (virually) to help all of you stay connected to us and more importantly connected to their students. While it is far more ideal, we're so very thankful to still be able to see you on zoom and hear you through to telephone. I have also seen a few of you on the playground as well.

    Many of you have received computers and if you still need one of recently determined it's now a need, just call 742-6760 or e mail me at straw_nicholas@asdk12.org 

    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 lists are inaccurate. We rely on you to let us know if someone needs to be removed from the contact list you originally created at the beginning of the school year. If you have a new phone number of 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 a 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 adult join them for everyone's safety.

    Have a great rest of your September Gladys Wood!

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Straw

     


  • Gladys Wood Families,

     

    Happy Valentines's Day. We have been busy this month and it's only half over. Last week there were multiple field trips, ACCESS Testing for ELL students, Tastee Freeze Takeover, the Gladys Wood Spelling Bee and Friday evening we had a family ice skating night. If we missed you, please connect with us at one of our many upcoming activities!

    It is visit our schools month in ASD. Every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 am and the last Tuesday, February 25th, from 9:30-10:30am as well as 5:30-7:30pm, you are welcome to come visit us and learn more about our school and go on a tour of the building. We look forward to seeing you.

    Document Updates: If you have important confidential court documents that pertain to the custody of your childern that limits who can pick your child up, please let us know. Sometimes changes occur and contact lists are inaccurate. We rely on you to let us know if someone needs to be removed from the contact list you originally 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.

    Ice skating continues and more and more students are taking advantage of rink availability during rescess. You're welcome to come supervise and skate with students during recess and after school. Please sign in at the office before going to the rink.

    A request for input from parents and the community continues to be available by the Anchorage School District. You can still go to: District Overview/Staff Evaluations page on the district's website to 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.

    Again, thanks to those parents/guardians who are dropping off their students no earlier than 8:40am each day and picking up by 3:40pm. The school staff is only on duty between those hours and we want to ensure that your child is supervised and safe. If your child is participating in an extra school activity, thanks for picking them up by the activity leader's designated time.

    Extra Candy? If you find yourselves in possession of more chocolate than you'd like in your house after Valentines's Day, we have finally used up our Halloween stash for the teacher chocolate jar. Donations ar always welcome.

    Have a great rest of your February!

    Mr. Straw


  • Gladys Wood Families,

     

    Winter break is just around the corner. This first semester has gone by very quickly. Students have been busy testing this week to help best determine their placement for WIN (What I Need) time. Thank you to parents for ensuring that students have been getting adequate sleep. Teachers will be meeting this week to discuss student groupings to make certain students are getting the best instruction possible.

    A request for input from parents and the community was recently sent out by the Anchorage School District. You can still go to :District Overview/Staff Evaluations page on the district's website to 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 welcome all feedback.

    Many fun events are happening in these next two weeks. Tonight is a PTO family movie night. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Next Saturday, December 14th is our annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair. If you have children in choir or band/orchestra those concerts are coming soon too. There's something for everyone and we look forword to seeing you at these events.

    We hope you're finding time to make it outside with your children to enjoy the fresh snow and fresh air. Students continue to thoroughtly enjoy their longer recess. If we don't cross paths in the next two weeks, please have a restful and memorable time together during the winter break!

    Mr. Straw


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