• Dear Gladys Wood Families,

     

    It's hard to believe we are already halfway through September. Thank you for continuing to follow our procedures for drop off and pick up. The Gladys Wood PTO was kind enough to create a map for us all to show exactly how drop off and pick up work at Gladys Wood. Last year they helped purchase the student crosswalk sign and lane signs that are put out every school day morning by our BPO and collected up by our night custodian, and the Municipality of Anchorage also just completed an update on our sidewalk ramps and the clear marking of the cross walk on 69th Ave. Please take a close look at the map and make sure you're only allowing your child to get out in designated areas to keep everyone safe.

     

    Document Update: 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 or person you need added to your child's contact list, just call us at 907-742-6760 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, 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 liquid sunshine 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 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 e-mail straw_nicholas@asdk12.org or by phone at 907-742-6760. 

     

    Have a great rest of your September Gladys Wood!

     

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Straw

     


  • Dear Gladys Wood Families,

     

    Welcome to the 2022/23 Gladys Wood Elementary School Year. It was so good seeing so many of you at our open house on August 17th. Students are actively learning and growing with teachers diving into all areas of content from day one. I have also met with all students at recess to talk about playground safety and kind social interactions. This training will continue throughout the year.

     

    Document Update: 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 or person you need added to your child's contact list, just call us at 907-742-6760 and we can get it updated.

     

    In 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 phase! 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 refreshing liquid sunshine days continue, please know you're welcome to visit the Gladys Wood playground after 4p.m. with 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 907-742-6760.

     

    Have a great rest of your August, Gladys Wood!

     

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Straw


  • Gladys Wood Community,

     

    Happy Good Friday and Easter!

     

    By the  time you're reading this, we will have completed our state AK STAR tests for the year for 3-6th grade students. Thanks to parents for continuing to make sure your child(ren) gets 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 declined during the pandemic. It is in the spring that we begin to plan for the fall. Online registration for the 2022/2023 school year will open for returning students on Monday, April 25th. 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 295 students enrolled at Gladys Wood compared to 292 at this time last school year.

     

    Please make sure to register your child early, as enrollment drives our staffing allocation. If you need your Parent Connect information, please call the office for assistance at 907-742-6760.

     

    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 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 remembering to mask up as you enter the school grounds.

     

    Thanks you also for dropping your children off between 8:40am and 8:45am and pick up at 3:30pm.

     

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

     

    Mr. Straw


  • 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 4th quarter now. It's hard to believe we have only 9 weeks left in the 2021/22 school year.

     

    We are making plans for next school year already and more will be shared as our plans progress.

     

    As the beautiful sunny days continue and daylight increases, please know you're welcome to visit the Gladys Wood playground with proper 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. Thank 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 feedback to improve how we operate and connect with students, staff, and the community.

    Here's 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 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 the feedback.

     

    It was good to see families at the PTO Meeting this past Tuesday, March 16th. If you are not PTO member yet, please consider joining us at: https://gladyswoodpto.square.site/

    (Just type membership Dues under Grade/Teacher and choose the far right box for amount and enter $5.) 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 these situations. "If you see something, say something!" This applies to any situation where someone is unsafe. Thanks for talking with your children about getting help and knowing that when safety is involved, it's the right action to take.

     

    Thank you for dropping your children off between 8:40am and 8:45am and picking up at 3:30pm.

     

    With so many changes happening not only at school, but also in many of our personal lives, I wanted to end with saying the Straws continue to think about and pray for all of our Gladys Wood families and community Be safe and be well!

     

    Go Woodchucks!

     

    Mr. Straw


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