Gladys Wood Community,
Happy Valentine's Day!
We are off and running with face to face instruction and are thankful to see so many smiling faces every day.
Students are getting used to their new learning schedules and have been highly engaged.
We will still be holding Visit Our School in the Month of February via Zoom. This will take place on February 23rd at 10am and 6pm. Both presentations will be the same and it will be an opportunity for upcoming Gladys Wood families to ask questions and learn more about our school, please encourage them to join us on February 23rd for one of the zoom sessions.
Zoom Link for 10am and 6pm on February 23rd (Same Link for both): https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/347035859?pwd=NnM4aXBRcEtIakhvS1JDaHZpRHU5Zz09
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 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 remebering to mask up as you enter the school grounds.
Thank you also for dropping your children off between 9:20am and 9:30am and picking up at 3pm.
Gladys Wood Community,
Happy New Year!
As we start our 2nd semester of the 2020/2021 School Year, I want to thank all of you for adapting every time a change is made. While I was zooming with a class last week about change, I was reminded that our kids are by far the best at adapting and changing. If we as adults are able to stay calm and patient, our kids are able to adjust and get throught this with us.
As I mentioned in a text at the beginning of the week we are tracking attendance more closely this semester and will give awards to students who regularly attend their zoom sessions and/or complete their canvas work.
We are hopeful we will be able to return to In-Person Learning in the 2nd semester. As we know more about how all of this will work, I will be sure to let all of you know. Currently we are planning to welcome the PreK-2nd graders on January 19th from 9:30am - 3:00pm. The hope is the 3rd-6th graders will follow soon after.
It was good to see families at the PTO Meeting this past Tuesday, January 12th. 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!
On New Year's Eve Day the Straw's headed to the Gladys Wood Ice Rink (Thanks GW PTO) and two of the Straw kids ice skated for the first time. So exciting! We also checked out sledding hill. If you haven't made it to our playground lately, it's open and available to all of you. Please come get some fresh air play. Yes adults, you too!
Gladys Wood Community,
Happy Early Christmas/Winter Break!
As we end our 1st semester of the 2020/2021 School Year, I am humbled and honored to work with so many talented and dedicated staff members at Gladys Wood. I'm also appreciative of all the teachers at home who have taken on more responsibilities than we can even count. We appreciate you immensely moms, dads, grandparents, aunts/uncles, guardians, and daycare workers.
We are still hopeful we will be able to return to In Person Learning in the 2nd semester. As we know more about how all of this will work. I will be sure to let all of you know. Dr. Bishop will likely be making a public announcement on December 15th.
This past week and next week we have had volunteer in person learning for pre-k and kindergarten students for short afternoon sessions. We prioritized these students for face-to-face instruction and if we're able to do more of this in the Spring, we will contact families individually.
It was good to see families at the PTO Meeting this past Tuesday, December 8th. 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!
The Straw family will continue to think about all of you and keep you all in our prayers. We miss you all and wish you a restful, relaxing break!
Gladys Wood Families,
Happy Early Thanksgiving!
In the last two weeks much time has been spent preparing for the return of students and Superintendent Bishop's Announcement on Sunday, November 8th, was difficult to read. I can't imagine how challenging it has been for all of you who have already given up so much to help your children learn via zoom, only to have the plans change again, just when you thought Prek - 2nd was coming back. Thanks for being so accepting of the ever changing plans that have occurred over and over again.
Another big part of my time these last two weeks has been visiting zoom classrooms to observe all the great teaching going on. We really do have some of the best teachers in ASD. While online learning is not ideal, Gladys Wood teachers continue to try out new ways to teach, new techniques to present content, and new ideas to challenge the students to learn more. Go Gladys Wood Teachers! We are thankful for all of you!
It was good to see families at the PTO Meeting this past Tuesday, November 10th. 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!
I'm looking forward to Turkey Bingo on November 19th from 6:30 - 7:30. Doing it virtually sure will be different but it's sure to be fun! See you then!
The Straw family will continue to think about all of you and keep you all in our prayers. We're thankful to have all of you as a part of our family!
Dear Gladys Wood Families,
With the most recent announcement that school is being delayed again, comes more uncertainty about when we will open our doors for face to face instruction. I can't imagine how frustrating this must be for many. We appreciate your ongoing patience with the Gladys Wood staff as we continue to do online learning. Dr. Bishop has said that she will give updates on the 1st and 15th of every month to keep everyone in the loop. You can also go to the ASD website to view the most recently created matrix that is helping ASD determine our mode of instruction. Go to: http://www.asdk12.org/Page/16047
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The end to the 1st quarter is fast approaching. Parent/Teacher conferences will look different this time. Meetings will be conducted via Zoom meetings. Teachers will be contacting families to set these up. In many cases, if you've already been in contact with your teacher(s) frequently, a conference may not be necessary. The two days that were originally set aside for conferences will be regular school days. Teachers will be using the asynchronous Wednesdays this month as days to set up conferences and/or other days at times when they're not conducting class zoom sessions. If you have further questions about the process, your teachers are your best point of contact.
It's October and the Great Alaska Shake Out is still happening. Normally we would conduct an earthquake drill at school. This year we're inviting you to join us from home. On October 15th at 10:15 a.m. plan to duck, cover, and hold. You'll want to find a safe table to climb under or a door frame where no objects would be able to fall on you. After ducking, covering, and holding for a couple minutes you can go to: https://www.shakeout.org/alaska/index.html Thanks for joining us for this annual safety event!
As the beautiful warm, sunny days become less in number and as our frostly mornings become more prevalent, 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 you are on the 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.
Have a great rest of your October Gladys Wood!
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 email@example.com
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!