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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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PTA Newsletter – October 10

Volume 6   |   Columbus Day Edition   |   October 10, 2017

Upcoming Events October 10th – October 23rd:

Weekly News

Glebe Sweats!

Did you sweat today?

Volunteers Needed!!!

Glebe Garden Committee

Kids and adults are needed to join the volunteer effort to help beautify Glebe! On Sunday, October 15th from 9 am – 12 pm the Glebe Garden Committee will be doing a clean up of the grounds, followed by a day of planting on October 29th.  Bring your gloves and a shovel!

Outdoor Classroom

Glebe has an amazing outdoor classroom that encourages hands-on learning about plants and habitats. We recently purchased a weather station, observation deck, sundial, collection table and magnifying station. and NEED HELP putting these together!! Please consider volunteering your time on Tuesday, October 17th at 9 am.

Fall Movie & Potluck

Our fabulous volunteers are getting ready for our annual Fall Movie and Potluck and we need volunteers. During the event, we eat dinner and our kids watch a movie (Moana) on the Glebe field. Volunteers help set up, bring food to share and clean up afterwards. Please consider volunteering to make this event fun for all. Click here to help:

Original Works

Your child(ren) are currently creating a beautiful piece of art for the Original Works program. We are looking for volunteers in November and December to help us organize the orders and disseminate the projects when they come in.

President’s Corner

Thank you to all the parents who came out to our October PTA meeting. A big thanks to Tannia Talento for her report on the School Board and Lori West for her presentation on Gifted Services. Did you know you can read minutes taken from our meetings on our website? You can always be in the know even if you can’t make a meeting.

It’s directory time! I’m sure your kiddos are like mine and they love searching for their classmates. This year you’ll receive a downloadable PDF version of the directory and if you have ever misplaced yours this is a lifesaver!  A huge thank you goes out to Paul Bolejack, Liz Guffey, Heather Jones and Sharon McKenna Gundrum for their hard work and attention to detail on this year’s publication. Please keep a look out for them in this week’s Friday Folder.

Please consider supporting the writers at this year’s first Rhyme and Cheese on Thursday, October 12th. Please consider helping out for our upcoming events – – we NEED volunteers! Check out our sign ups here:

We had a bunch of kids and parents walk, scoot or bike to school on National Walk to School Day! Our BFF Committee chairs Marybeth Sancho and Cornelia Lesh, brought their A-game with coffee for parents and a fun banner for the kids to write their name on to celebrate this health initiative! Thanks to Cornelia and Marybeth for a fabulous walk to school day! Visit our BFF page for more on our health initiatives.

Still not sure where you should be parking when you come to school for drop-off, pick-up or extended day? Need to give a family member directions on where to go?  We have you covered!  Visit our Location page for everything Glebe – including a map of the parking lots!  And keep in mind, if it raining, give yourself an extra 10 minutes if you are driving for traffic back-up.

Last week, Girl Scouts and our community donated 193 boxes and 97 bags of hurricane relief. Once again, our community rose up to help those in need and I’m speechless at how generous our community is. Thank you to everyone who donated items and their time to positively impact the lives of others.

APS is seeking community input on resetting middle school boundaries: https: 

Upcoming APS meetings and information:

  • Career Center High School Seats, Wednesday October 11 from 7-9 pm, W&L Cafeteria, 1301 N. Stafford St.  On June 29, 2017 the School Board vote on 1,300 high school seats approved adding 700-800+ seats through an addition to the Career Center.


  • Education Center Instructional Focus, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 7-9 pm, Education Center, in rooms 101 & 102.  On June 29, 2017 the School Board voted to renovate the Education Center Building to provide approximately 500 – 600 high school seats. A working group will propose two to three options for the instructional focus, including: Expansion of Washington-Lee by 600 seats; Open a new high school program with approximately 500 seats (options identified in ACI’s annual report, 2016)

In addition to attending the meetings, you can find more information on these and other projects by:

  • Visiting the web page “Engage with APS” contains Information about all APS initiatives.
  • Email engage@apsva.uswith questions or concerns.
  • Call 703-228-6310 with questions or concerns.

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