PTA Newsletter – November 6 2018

Volume 10   |   HAPPY DIWALI! Edition   |   November 6, 2018

Upcoming Events November 6th- November 19th

November 6th: NO SCHOOL – Election Day, Grade Preparation Day

November 7th, 7 pm – PTA Meeting – Glebe Library

November 8th – Original Works orders DUE

November 12th: NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day

November 15, 6-8 pm – Book Swap –  Glebe

November 16-19, 8:45 am – 3:50 pm – Thanksgiving Food Basket Brigade, Glebe

Happy Diwali!

This is the Hindu holiday that celebrates the victory of good over evil.  No better example of good is right here at Glebe Elementary when a GoFundMe campaign raised over $16, 000 in just one weekend for the family of two fourth graders who need to install a ramp at their house for both boys who are primarily in wheelchairs due to Muscular Dystrophy.  Saifee Family, thank you for bringing the community together and letting us love your boys!

Teacher and Support Employee of the Year

This year, the staff of Glebe nominated Heather Morgan, 3rd grade special education teacher and Colleen Calhoun, Educational Administrative Assistant in the Glebe front office.

We are asking for anyone who would like to write a letter of support to please submit all letters to Jamie Borg at Glebe.  All letters are due December 12th.

Letters of support for Heather need to be addressed to the State Superintendent of Instruction and this address BUT need to be turned in to Jamie.

Dr. James F. Lane

State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Commonwealth of Virginia
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Letters of support for Colleen need to be addressed to the Arlington Superintendent BUT turned in to Jamie.

Dr. Patrick K. Murphy

Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools
2110 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22204

PTA MeetingGlebe PTA Logo

Wednesday, November 7th, 7 pm: Glebe Library

Lori West will be presenting the Gifted Program at Glebe and we’ll have a presentation from our Art teachers about a 4th grade art project on the basketball court.  After, we will discuss and vote to determine funding.  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.  Spanish translation will be provided.

Original Works

Can we say holiday gifts for the grandparents???  Please check your child’s backpack for the Original Works ‘catalog’ and order form.  You’ll also find the artwork that he/she made just for this!  Orders are due no later than Thursday, November 8th.

For further information, please contact Alyson Fliakas,

Book Swap

Thursday, November 15, 6-8 pm

Bring us your old books and swap them out for some news reads for your family!  More info and volunteer sign up to come!

Thanksgiving Food Basket Brigade

Friday, November 16-Monday, November 19, 8:45 am – 3:50 pm


WHAT:  Volunteers donate gift baskets of food to provide a Thanksgiving feast to Glebe families who are in need this year.

WHY:  The notion behind the Basket Brigade is that one small act of generosity, on the part of one caring person or family, can transform the lives of many people here in our own school.

WHO:  Glebe families are needed to support this effort! Simply buy a basket, fill it with the food listed below for Thanksgiving, then have your child(ren) anonymously decorate it!

WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2018 – Basket drop off at 9:00 a.m.


QUESTIONS:  Please contact Tara Blankinship at or Julie Madison at


Rectangular Laundry Basket
Anonymous Decorations for Basket (handmade artwork)
Box of Cereal (2)
Pasta & Pasta Sauce
Macaroni & Cheese
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Can of Vegetables (2)
Stuffing or Mashed Potatoes
Dried Beans (black, pinto, etc.)
Cranberry Sauce
Large Bag of Apples or Oranges
Canola Oil
Can of Fruit (2)
Disposable Baking/Roasting Pan
Bag of Sugar
Maseca corn flour or Regular Flour (depending on what your family signed up for)

Thank You’s

  • to our Glebe community (teachers, staff, families) and the Swanson MS band for another awesome Halloween Parade last week.  We hope everyone enjoyed it!


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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