PTA Newsletter – May 28 2019

Vol. 37  |  THE HOME STRETCH Edition   |   May 28, 2019

Upcoming Events

May 28 – PTSA Meeting – Dorothy Hamm Middle School

May 31 – Soccer Fiesta – Glebe

June 1 – ParentVUE activation due



June 5 – PTA Meeting – Glebe Library

June 7 (rain date June 14) – Field Day – Glebe

June 19 – 5th Grade Promotion

June 18 – 5th Grade Picnic

June 21 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Early Release)


**Our dedicated crossing guard, Mr. Washington, is retiring on the last day of school.  Please wish him well when you see him over the next few weeks!

**If you have any receipts/expenses for reimbursement to submit to the PTA, please do so NO LATER THAN JUNE 7th for payment.

Please contact our Treasurer, Diana Paulraj, with any questions:

**As a token of appreciation for everyone who made it out to Glebe Day at Nats Park (May 18th), the Nationals wanted to send a personal coupon code that can be used to get discounts on Nats tickets. To take advantage of these savings please do the following:

1. Go to
2. Select the game of your choice
3. Insert the code CMURPHY into the Coupon Code box
4. Select seat location and quantity


Mark your calendar for the upcoming PTSA general membership meeting:

Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 pm at HB-Woodlawn (Library)

A PTSA – what is that, you may ask? A PTSA is a Parent, Teacher and Student Association. A
PTSA allows students a voice in their school and opportunities to help plan and organize PTSA-sponsored events under the guidance of parents. Students in a PTSA can contribute to their community in a positive way, and their involvement may help parents become more involved too!

Arlington – Aachen Exchange Information Night

Thursday, May 30, 7:00pm – Nottingham Elementary School Library

Want to learn more about the annual Arlington-Aachen 5th grade Exchange Program?
Join us to hear about this 25-year partnership with our German sister city and how your
family can be a part of it.

Rising 5th grade families are invited to take part in the exchange, where you can host a
family from Aachen, Germany October 10-18, 2019, then visit their home March 31-April
9, 2020.

Exchange coordinators and past participants will give you all the details such as timing,
costs, activities and more so you can decide if your family would like to participate.

Can’t make it on the 30th? Please email for more information.

Registration will begin June 10 at 9:00 am (no earlier applications will be accepted).

The Arlington-Aachen Elementary Exchange is part of the Arlington Sister Cities Associ-
ation (

Soccer Fiesta

Friday, May 31 – 6:30 – 8 pm – Glebe

Come taste amazing Hispanic fare prepared by our own Glebe community – the best dinner you will have all year!

After dinner kids (and parents if they wish) can kick around the soccer ball on the field.  Alternatively, kids can participate in a hula hoop contest.  All are welcome!

Please bring a blanket to sit on and beverages for your family – we’ll take care of the rest!

Stay tuned this week for volunteer sign-up and event coordinator information!


In preparation for the transition from the First Day Packet to the new Annual Online Verification Process (AOVP), Arlington Public Schools (APS) is requesting all parents and guardians have an active ParentVUE account by June 1, 2019. By now, all parents and guardians with an inactive ParentVUE account should have received a ParentVUE Activation Key Letter from their child’s school with information on how to activate their account. APS is requesting all parents and guardians activate their ParentVUE accounts at this time to make the transition to the online process as smooth as possible and to allow staff to focus on assisting families with updating their information in the fall.

This new process will utilize ParentVUE, the online tool that most of our families are already familiar with and use regularly to track the latest information regarding their student. As a part of AOVP, families will now be able to update vital information for each of their students through their ParentVUE account at the start of school, even if their children attend different schools.

The printed forms that were included in the First Day Packet students used to receive on the first day of school will be replaced by this new process. AOVP will help APS streamline the way families verify their student’s information, ensure the accuracy of student information, decrease the amount of time families spend completing the paper forms, and will help the environment by eliminating wasted paper.

Additional information and resources are available on the Annual Online Verification Process webpage.

PTA Meeting

Glebe Elementary School PTA

Wednesday, June 5 – 7 pm – Glebe Library

We will be reviewing and voting for next years budget and new officers for the Executive Board.

The following parents have volunteered as candidates for our 2019-2020 Executive Board:

President: Isabel Simmerman
Treasurer: Jessica Burke
VP activities and programs: Amy LaFalce
VP ways and means: Rashmi Agarwal
VP communications: Chai Puri
VP external affairs: Laura LoGerfo
Recording Secretary: Beth Jackson
Cooresponding Secretary: Melissa Beaty

**it is an election so if you are interested in a position on the board, please let Kristen Johnson know at ASAP**

If you have an agenda item you’d like to discuss at an upcoming meeting, please send it to ASAP. We will have child care for all potty trained children during the meeting and Spanish translation will be provided.

Field Day

Glebe Field Day

Friday, June 7 – all day (rain date: Friday, June 14)

Field Day is an annual tradition at Glebe. Kids participate in outdoor games, water activities, and the PTA provides lunch for the students.  To make Field Day a success, we need 70+ volunteers!

The June 7th volunteers are almost all filled up – thank you!  Please consider signing up for the rain date in case we need it using the link below!
Questions? Please contact…
PE teacher – Mr H at
PTA Parent Coordinator – Deb Ryan at

Glebe Tutors for Glebe kids

Looking for a tutor for your child this summer, but unsure of how to find a qualified professional? Below is a list of Glebe teachers who are available to tutor this summer.You will need to individually contact the teacher(s) to establish days/times/price/location.*Please note that tutoring cannot occur on school grounds.
Mary Gerron
Grades 1-4 Math & Writing
Grades 1-5 Reading*OG & LLI trained
Lindsay Ference
724 766-4816
Grades 2-4 Math
Poppy Hall
Grades 1-5 Any subject
Kelsey Gongwer
Reading preferred
K-5 any subject *OG trained
Emily Nolan
K-5 Any subject

Sara Binet
K-5 Reading Only*OG & LLI trained

Christine Frantz
K-5 Any subject
Denise Arce
All Grades Math

Olukemi Are
K – 5 Reading and Math*OG trained*

Christine Williams
Grades 1-4 Math & Writing
Kelly Huggler (M.Ed)
Grades K-5th Reading & Writing

Shout Out…

  • to our 5th grade Odyssey of the Mind team who came in FOURTH in Worlds!  All that hard work and brainpower paid off!  Congrats!  
  • to Lynn Westergren, Stacey Lewis, and Brooke Jones for guiding the 4th graders in completing the basketball court last week for ALL to enjoy!


  • Did you know you can buy Glebe Spiritwear online?  Every sale contributes to Glebe Elementary School PTA projects throughout the year.
  • Don’t forget to link your Harris Teeter card and Amazon Smile to Glebe Elementary!  A percentage of your purchases goes directly to Glebe and at NO COST to you!
  • Have Box Tops?  You can turn these in to the collection box in the Front Lobby!
  • 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!
  • 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 – Kristen Johnson

For newsletter/school communications, email – Chai Puri

For events/activities, email – Lauren Barber

For finance questions, email – Diana Paulraj

Other PTA questions?  Find out who can help you!

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