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PTA Newsletter – October 3

Volume 5   |   BFF Kick Off Edition   |   October 3, 2017

Upcoming Events October 3rd – October 16th:

BFF Kicks Off with National Walk to School Day!

October 4th is National Walk to School Day and what better way to kick off our Be Your Body’s Best Friend Forever (BFF) Program then to celebrate together. Coffee will be provided to parents who join their child(ren) on the walk!

Coffee with a Cop

Join us on October 6th at 9:00 am in the Multipurpose Room as we welcome our new Student Resource Officer – Officer Tiffanie Haag to Glebe!

Rhyme & Cheese

Rhyme and Cheese celebrates Glebe’s students own writing in the hopes that it will encourage a love and excitement for the craft by all who participate and come to listen. The student will share their own original writing on October 12th at 7:00 pm with the Glebe community in a relaxed atmosphere and hopefully will learn to love (or at leastget comfortable) speaking in from of others. The Listeners are just as critical as The Writers, so encourage your student to come support their Glebe-mates. Submissions are due October 6th and a lottery will be conducted to select 30 students. The Submission form can be found at the end of this newsletter and should be turned in the Glebe Lobby.

Glebe Nourishment Program

It’s the start of another school year and the Glebe Nourishment Program needs your help in re-stocking its shelves!

The Program began a few years ago and is run by a few staff members and parent volunteers. The pantry operates on the goodwill of volunteers and your donations of food.
All food donated to the pantry goes to Glebe families.

It may be hard to believe that in North Arlington there are families who don’t have enough food, but it’s true. The number of families served varies from month-to-month; last year the pantry provided food at different times to approximately 50 Glebe families.

In our experience, the following items are most needed:

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Bags of white rice
  • Bags of dried black beans
  • Maseca flour for tortillas
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Dried pasta
  • Jars of spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly or Jam
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Boxes of macaroni & cheese
  • Flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Bags of white rice
  • Bags of dried black beans
  • Maseca flour for tortillas
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Dried pasta
  • Jars of spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly or Jam
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Boxes of macaroni & cheese

The need for food donations is ongoing—it is not a onetime collection; we solicit donations and give food to families year round, whenever help is needed. You can help out by donating food regularly. Please consider purchasing an extra item for the Program every time you shop for your own family. Food donations can be left in the Program shopping cart located in the Glebe lobby. We also accept gift card donations to the local grocery stores – Giant, Safeway, and Harris Teeter. These should be dropped off in the front office.

Questions? Please contact Tara Blankinship ( or Beronica Salas (

Volunteers Needed!!!

Outdoor Classroom

Glebe has an amazing outdoor classroom that encourages hands-on learning about plants and habitats. If you’d like to learn more about recent PTA initia
tives to improve our outdoor habitats, click here: We recently purchased a weather station, observation deck, sundial, collection table and magnifying station. We NEED HELP putting these together!! Please consider volunteering your time on Tuesday, October 17th at 9 am by joining fellow Glebe Dad, Doug Hughes, in putting together the newly arrived outdoor lab equipment.

Glebe weather station

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

I’ve mentioned before we are an active PTA and this week’s newsletter has a lot of information about our upcoming events and activities. We try to have these be brief, but this one is jammed pack with updates. Please consider signing up for some of our upcoming activities and supporting our school with initiatives:

Our incredible PE teachers are starting a “Glebe 30 Day Sweaty Challenge” to promote physical fitness. Starting October 1st, please encourage your kids to play outside (scoot, ride a bike, play on a playground or run outside) for at least 30 minutes each day. Take a sweaty pic of your kid and post to social media (@glebePE, @glebeaps on Twitter and Glebe Elementary School on Facebook) with the hashtag #GLEBESWEATS. Please see the flyer at the end of the newsletter for more info and let’s sweat!

On Wednesday, October 4th at 7 pm, please join us for our October PTA meeting in the Multipurpose Room. Tannia Talento our school board representative will be here to discuss recent proposed boundary changes. Lori West, our gifted resource teacher, will present Glebe’s gifted program. Lastly, we will briefly discuss upcoming activities at Glebe. As always, child care will be provided free of charge for all potty-trained children.   Hope to see you there!

APS Update

As you know, Arlington Public Schools (APS) enrollment continues to grow. While it is great to see so many families choosing Arlington as their home community, preparing for larger enrollment means there will be many activities undertaken once again this year to prepare for that growth.  During the 2017-18 school year, APS and the School Board will be working on 13 separate projects and decisions to pave the way for future growth.  Many of these projects and decisions will directly impact the Glebe community including:

  • A sixth neighborhood middle school is opening at the Stratford site in Fall 2019 and the necessary boundary changes.
  • APS’ Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2017-26 includes up to $49 million for the Reed Building Expansion, creating 725+ elementary seats that will open for August 2021. Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) appointments scheduled for September and October.
  • Renovation of the Education Center Building (next to W&L High School)  to provide approximately 500 – 600 high school seats.  Community engagement on instructional focus is planned for October

In an effort to stay connected with all APS families and keep open a two-way flow of information about all of the projects, APS has identified school ambassadors to share information and communications between the APS central office team and their school’s families and community. I am Glebe’s ambassador for community engagement. I will be sharing information regarding these projects via our PTAs various modes of communications.

Many of the community engagement meetings for these projects are kicking off in October:

Middle School Boundaries: Getting Started Community Meetings

Note, there are two meetings on two different nights at two different locations, but the information is the same – those interested in participating only need to attend one night.

Monday October 2 from 7-9 pm   

Yorktown High School, 5200 Yorktown Blvd. 22207

Wednesday October 4 from 7-9 pm

Kenmore Middle School Auditorium, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. 22204


Career Center High School Seats

Wednesday October 11 from 7-9 pm

Washington-Lee 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.


Cindy Scarcella

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