PTA Newsletter – December 3, 2019

Vol. 14 |  Rock the Red! Edition   Dec. 3, 2019

Upcoming Events

Dec. 3 – Shopping Night at Child’s Play

Dec. 6 – Rock the Red Day

Dec. 7 – ETC Saturday Rehearsal

Dec. 8-15 – Winter Enrichment Class Registration

Dec. 11  – Early Release

Dec. 12 and 13 – ETC Theater Show

Dec. 18 – Holiday Cookies for Teachers

Glebe Shopping Night at Barston’s Child’s Play

December 3, 6 – 8pm

Want to get a jump start on gifts for the upcoming holidays? Then stop over at Barston’s Child’s Play on December 3rd from 6 – 8pm! Located at 4510 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207, this Arlington store is a local favorite and they have awesome toys, books, and other items! Barstons recently supplied all of the books for our recent author event with Ginjer Clarke!
Glebe Elementary PTA will receive a percentage of all sales that evening, so come out and shop till you drop! For more info about this wonderful store, please click here.

BFF Snack Showcase

The Glebe BFF (Brains, Food & Fitness) team held a Healthy Snack pop up on Monday (11/25) in the cafeteria.  Kids were offered samples of “Off the Eaten Path” Veggie Crisps.  We picked this snack because they are healthy, free of all major allergens, and have a good amount of protein & fiber.  Guess what?  Kids liked them!

LOTS of kids asked for seconds and inquired about where to get them.  We purchased these at Costco, but they are available at Walmart, Target, Amazon and all major grocery stores.  Thanks to the wonderful parent volunteers for helping dole out snacks – Amy LaFalce, Shelley Maniscalco, Ali Collins & Lauren Barber.

Letters for the Troops

December 6 (US Troops)

Every year, the Glebe community has the opportunity to make holiday cards for our troops serving in the military.  Many classes write letters or make cards, but this year, we are expending the opportunity and inviting you to make cards as a family.  Cards and letters can be dropped off in the main office through the morning of December 6.

Glebe PTA Joins Instagram! Directory Goes Digital!

Glebe PTA is moving further into the 21st century!  There is a Glebe PTA account on Instagram.  You can follow us @glebeelementarypta.  Also new for this school year is an online Glebe directory.  Families had the opportunity to opt in to the directory on ParentVue, and updated contact information will be reviewed and included.  Stay tuned for an update in the coming weeks!

Winter Enrichment Class Registration

Registration opens Sunday, December 8 at 8:00pm!

The Glebe Enrichment Committee is pleased to share your Winter 2020 After-School enrichment program.  The schedule can be found below and online.  Stay tuned for the class catalog, coming soon!  Registration begins 8pm Sunday, December 8th and runs until midnight, December 15th.  On that Sunday night, the registration link will appear on the web site and on the Glebe Facebook page.  Classes start Monday, January 13, EXCEPT Wednesdays, which start January 8.

We are also looking for a few good volunteers!   If you are interested in joining our enrichment team and helping our robust program, please contact Beth Feldpush at or Jacqueline Lotts.

Winter 2020 Eng & Span One Page Schedule v2

Glebe Holiday Tags 

Gifts are due December 12

Each year, the Glebe Elementary School community works together to provide holiday gifts to Glebe students and their siblings who might not be able to enjoy the happiest of holidays. We need your help to make the holidays happy for all Glebe students.

If you would like to participate in this program and purchase a gift or gifts for these children in need, please contact Beronica Salas for a “Tag” and details on how to fulfill a holiday wish.  Ms. Salas’s office is located on Glebe’s 1st Floor.  Gifts are due by Thursday, Dec. 12.

Arlington Gifts that Give Hope Fair

Saturday, December 7

Join us for the 9th Annual Arlington Gifts That Give Hope Fair on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-2pm, hosted at Arlington Science Focus School. This year, the alternative gift giving fair is supporting 18 nonprofits, including a special Kids Fair with a $5 Children’s Shopping List and activities provided by Tiny Chefs and Skill Builders for kids to enjoy while you shop.

Online shopping is now open! Visit for more details, and to shop online through Friday, December 20th.

Yearbook Photos Needed!

Year in and year out, Glebe always has a fantastic yearbook! To make it shine again this year, the designers want to include as many photos of kids and teachers in action as possible. Your help contributing photos you have taken in the school (or at other Glebe events) will be most appreciated!  A Google Drive is in place to house photos, and folders by grade and activity have been created to keep track of different homerooms, specials, resource teachers, events, etc.  Please contribute, and thanks for your help!

APS Updates from our Glebe APS Ambassador

2020-21 School Year Calendar
APS has issued draft versions of the 2020-21 school year calendar.  Visit for more information.
Share Input on Proposals to Move Some Elementary Schools
Community members can learn more and share input on two planning proposals that explore moving some elementary schools to other buildings.

Community input is vital to formulating the final proposal(s) presented for School Board action on Feb. 6, 2020.

Share Your Input 
Choose your preferred way to share your ideas, questions and thoughts at the APS Engage site
•Use the general Online Feedback Form available for input on any issue at APS Engage
•Send questions, ideas and comments to

Participate in A Community Meeting
Join APS for a Community Meeting:
•Dec. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.: Swanson Middle School (5800 N. Washington Blvd.)—includes interpretation for Spanish, Amharic, Arabic and Mongolian, and will be broadcast live online
•Dec. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.: Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St.)—includes interpretation for Spanish, Amharic, Arabic and Mongolian
•Dec. 13, 12-1 p.m.: Webinar (details forthcoming)
•Dec. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.)—in Spanish with English interpretation

For more information, visit Two APS have been presented in preparation for the Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process that explore moving some elementary schools in order to address the challenges with developing boundaries.  The proposals may be potentially revised as APS gathers stakeholder ideas and suggestions through a community engagement process, underway now until School Board action on Feb 6, 2020.  Changes would take effect in Sept. 2021.

Please contact Glebe’s APS Ambassador, Grace Solares with questions about items in this update or to signal your interest in other District initiatives, news and events.

Student/Teacher Raffle Donations: Donate now to the April 2020 Student/Teacher Raffle!

Received unwanted holiday gifts?  Duplicate birthday gifts?  Please consider donating unopened, unused gifts, toys, gift cards, electronics to the 2020 Raffle.  Popular raffle items include outdoor games, sports-themed items, electronic and video games, gift cards, arts & craft items, Legos, and any currently “hot” toys including items that teachers might want to win.  Contact Shelley Maniscalco, the raffle chair, if you have items to donate. The Student/Teacher Raffle is the kids’ chance to participate in the auction fun.  Each child receives one ticket provided by the PTA, and can purchase additional tickets for 25 cents each.  The raffle will be held the week of April 14-17, 2020.  Donate items now!

Volunteers for 2019-2020 School Year Needed:

Want to get involved? There are many volunteer positions that we need to fill for the 2019-2020 school year!  We have need for a 5th Grade Parent to help with Yearbook and Graduation and we are now looking for a parent to help Ms Williams plan the STEM night on March 11, 2020. If you are interested, please to contact us at

If you are interested in helping out on the Garden Committee or want to be included on the Garden Committee emails, please email and

Thank You…

    • to everyone who wrote letters in support of Mr. Herninko for Teacher of the Year!


  • Did you know you can buy Glebe Spiritwear online?  Every sale contributes to Glebe Elementary School PTA projects and events throughout the year.
  • Did you know that you can earn money for Glebe at NO EXTRA COST to you?!?  Visit our website for more information on our Free Money Fundraisers, such as linking your Harris Teeter card and Amazon Smile to Glebe Elementary.  A percentage of your purchases goes directly to Glebe at NO COST to you!
  • We collect Box Tops!  You can turn these in to the box in the Front Lobby or scan them with your phone!
  • Please bring in food and toiletries for our Glebe Nourishment Center. Cart in the Front Lobby!
  • Have used crayonsour The Crayon Initiative takes your broken, used crayons and re-purposes them. Just drop them off in the main office collection bin or in your child’s classroom!
  • Want to include an item in the Gleagle News?  Just send an email with your updates, events, news and information! The deadline for the coming week’s edition is every Sunday at 7pm.
  • Have you checked out our Facebook page?  You’ll find lots of posts for upcoming events, photos from school assemblies, and other important information you want as a Glebe parent!  Click here and ‘LIKE’ our page!

Need to Reach Us?

For general questions, email – Isabel Simmerman

For finance questions, email – Jessica Burke

For events/activities, email – Amy LaFalce

For newsletter/school communications, email – Rachel Barish

Other PTA questions?  Find out who can help you!

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