PTA Newsletter – January 28, 2020

Vol. 20 |  Another Short Week of School! Edition   Jan. 28, 2020

Upcoming Events

Jan. 31 – NO SCHOOL – Grade Preparation Day

Feb. 4 – PTA Meeting

Feb. 6 – Book Swap

Feb. 12 – Early Release

Feb. 17 – NO SCHOOL- Presidents’ Day

Feb. 20 – Multicultural Night

Feb. 23 – Online Summer Camp Sale

Feb. 26 – Dining Night at Nando’s Peri-Peri Ballston

SAVE THE DATE – Mar. 11 -STEM Night

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, February 4, 7pm

Our next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb 4th at 7pm in the Glebe library.  Carolyn Jackson, Supervisor of the APS Office of Equity & Excellence, will come to talk about what APS is doing to promote equity in out schools, and Chuchi Arevalo from Spark Academy will talk about how to raise financially responsible kids.  We will have child care for all potty trained children during the meeting and Spanish translation will be provided.  If you have an agenda item you’d like to discuss at an upcoming meeting, please send it to

Book Swap

Thursday, February 6, 7-8pm

Glebe’s annual Book Swap will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 from 7-8pm in the Multipurpose Room.  Drop off your gently used books in the school lobby anytime between Monday, Jan. 27 and Thursday, Feb. 6. (Kindergarten and up, no preschool books please!)  The books will be collected and sorted throughout the week in preparation for the swap.  Come with your kids to the multi-purpose room between 7-8pm on Feb. 6 and pick up a few “new to you” books for your family – all FREE! (Bring a bag!)  As with all PTA events, your help is greatly needed and appreciated.  You can sign up here. Thanks in advance!

Questions?  Contact Justine Donahue.

Multicultural Night

Thursday, February 20, 6:30pm

Multicultural Night will be held Thursday, Feb. 20 starting at 6:30pm.  This year’s theme will be “Hello to the Children of the World” and each table will teach Glebers how to say “hello” in a different language.  Please sign up here to host a table to showcase a country or culture, and click here for more details!

Directory Update!

The first update of the online Glebe directory has been completed!  You can access it from the PTA website under the “Directory” tab or by clicking here.  A limited number of printed copies will be available in the Glebe front office by request and we will send an update when these are available.  You also have the option to download as a PDF through the site.  Questions? Email

APS Updates

Jan. 30—Public Hearing on Elementary School Planning

The School Board will hold a Public Hearing on Elementary School Planning at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd.). If the Public Hearing needs to be rescheduled due to inclement weather on Jan. 30, it will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6, before the meeting at which the School Board is scheduled to take action on this initiative. The School Board webpage has information about how to speak at meetings and public hearings, and how to view these live online.

Through Feb. 28—2020 Your Voice Matters Survey

APS encourages families, students in grades 4-12, staff and teachers to participate in the 2020 Your Voice Matters survey before Feb. 28 to share insight on such topics as school and community climate, well-being, and engagement. The survey is confidential and administered by Panorama Education, which sent survey information to families via email or U.S. mail on Jan. 13. For more information, visit

Online Summer Camp Sale

Sunday, February 23

Announcing the Online Summer Camp Sale on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at 8pm, hosted by the Glebe PTA Social & Auction Committee!

This year, several summer camps have donated a day, week, or a discount to attend their camps. We will offer those camps for sale to you at a discounted price and all proceeds will go directly to the Glebe PTA. Camps confirmed so far include:
•Tiny Chefs Kids Cooking Camp;
•American Inline Bike Riding Camp;
•Synetic Theater Camp;
•ETC Theater Camp;
•Jane Franklin Dance Camp;
•TIC (Technology & Sports) Camp;
•Arlington Arts Summer Camp;
•Camp Twin Creeks;
•SPARK Financial Literacy Summer Camp;
•Camp Hidden Meadows;
•Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts Camp; and
•Everwonder Camp.
As we continue our efforts to reach out to more camps, there will be more to consider. We will share the registration address and more information about the online sale prior to the Camp Sale.

(The Glebe PTA and the Glebe PTA Social & Auction Committee do not endorse any specific camp, including, but not limited to, the camps on sale on February 23, 2020. All sales are final. No refunds. Please read the details for each camp item prior to purchase.)

Dining Night at Nando’s Peri-Peri

Wednesday, February 26, 5-10pm

Need dinner and want a night out? Then head over to Nando’s PERi PERi – Ballston at 4401 Wilson Blvd. and have some tasty chicken, salads, and sides (see! Nando’s chicken dishes originally come from southern Africa with a Portuguese twist. Peri Peri is the chili that grows in Mozambique and gives Nando’s chicken its unique flavor.

Nando’s Ballston will be generosly contributing 40% of Glebe sales and Glebe families will need to print or show this flyer from their mobile phones. Please come on out to have some tasty chicken and support Glebe PTA!

Glebe 2020 - Nandos

Save the Date: STEM Night

Mark your calendars for the Glebe STEM Night on March 11 from 6:30-8:00pm and get ready for an amazing night of invention and discovery by our young scientists and engineers!!!  We do need a few hands to help make the night go smoothly so please sign up here if you’re available.  Display boards will be on sale before school and on the evening of February 20 for $3.  If you have questions, please contact our STEM Night coordinator, Rachael Scholz.

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!  If you are interested, please contact us at


Thank You…

    • to Sarah Botha for all of the hard work on the Glebe Directory update!


  • 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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