• Gladys Wood Community,


    Happy New Year!


    We're off and running and students are actively refining their skills in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, art, music, health, PE, and library.


    The ice rink has recently been hot mopped and is available for use. If any parents would like to volunteer to help watch students during recess one day or a couple days of the week, please contact Mr. Straw. straw_nicolas@asdk12.org or call 742-6760. Recess times are as follows: 6th/1st Grade 11:25am-12pm, 2nd/3rd Grade 12pm-12:35pm, 4th/5th Grade 12:35pm-1:10pm.


    It was good to see families at the PTO Meeting this past Tuesday, January 10th. If you are not a PTO member yet, please consider joining us, we'd love to hear from you!


    The ice rink, playground, and sledding hill are available to all of you to use in the evening and on the weekend. Please come get some fresh air and play. Yes, adults you too!


    The Straw family wishes you a safe and joyful January and will continue to think about all of you and keep you in our prayers.


    Mr. Straw

  • Gladys Wood Community,


    Happy Early Winter Break!


    As we end our 1st semester of the 2022/23 School Year, I want to say thank you for your efforts to help get your children to school.

    Turkey bingo was a huge success! Thanks to Mrs. Bennett for organizing it this year and the support of the PTO volunteers. Many smiling faces left with turkeys or pies.

    Students continue to make a lot of growth in their learning. Students were recently progress monitored and level of success that they're showing is quite promising.

    Sledding continues for all students this year every Tuesday and during recess. Thanks to parents for making sure students have a coat, hat, gloves, and snowpants (an extra layer of pants works too!) every day for recess.

    The rink is also ready for use and is plowed out weekly thanks to the generous support of our PTO.

    It was good to see families at the PTO Meeting in November. If you are not a PTO Member yet, please consider joining. We'd love to have you join us! The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, January 10th via zoom.

    The Straw family will continue to think about all of you and keep you all in our prayers. We hope you have a restful and relaxing Winter Break!!


    Mr. Straw

  • Gladys Wood Families,


    Happy Early Thanksgiving!


    I've made multiple visits to the playground in the last month during recess and this has given me many opportunities to connect with students. I've also talked through student disagreements and have reminded students to seek out one of our fantastic noon duties when they need help. We want all students to be safe and make good choices when interacting with their peers. Our noon duties are Mrs. Diane, Mrs. Stanis, Mrs. Bella, and Mrs. Ada.


    Another big part of my job has been visiting classrooms to observe all the great teaching going on. We really do have some of the best teachers in ASD. Gladys Wood teachers continue to teach the district's core curriculum, including our new math called i Ready, and have continued to challenge the students to learn more. Go Gladys Wood Teachers! We are thankful to all of you!


    If you are not a PTO member yet, please consider joining us at: GW PTO Sign Up, we'd love to see you at our next meeting on November 15th, at 7pm.


    I'm looking forward to Turkey BINGO on November 18th, in person from 5:30 - 8:00pm. We'll see you in the gym/mpr.


    ASD has wellness guidelines including healthy food for lunches. I've asked students to leave their sugary drinks at home and opt for milk or water. If you'd like more information about ASD's guidelines, go here: https://www.asdk12.org/Page/13242


    The support for this year's Gladys Wood Read A Thon was immense! Thanks for helping your children to raise money for school-wide needs like yearly maintenance of our ice rink.


    Speaking of the rink, it has been flooded and is ready for use! Come on over anytime with your family after school or on the weekend.


    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!


    Mr. Straw


  • Dear Gladys Wood Families,


    The end of the 1st quarter is here. Thank you for all the effort you've made sure your child makes it to school each day. Drop off begins at 8:45am. Please remember the right lane is for the drop off and you'll want to pull all the way forward in this lane. The left lane is for through traffic and those who want to park and walk their child to the school doors.


    The school day starts at 8:50am for students with breakfast and then instruction starts at 9am. Students who arrive after 9am are considered tardy. Thank you for getting your child to school by 9am.


    If you haven't set up a conference with your child's teacher, now is a good time to reach out to them. If you're not able to or comfortable 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 fewer 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 temperatures or wind chill factors reach -10 degrees. Also, please know you're still welcome to visit the Gladys Wood playground after school hours with supervision. Students are encouraged to have an adult join them for everyone's safety. We have increased how often we sweep through the playground, to pick up trash. If, when you are in our playground, you'd like to help volunteer to pick up trash, it would be much appreciated. There is a brown bear-proof trash can on the playground where you can discard any trash you find.


    One of our business partners, Change Point Church, is having a trunk or treat event on October 31st in their parking lot as an alternative to going house to house for candy. The event runs from 6-7pm if you're interested. 


    As 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



    Mr. Straw

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