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PTA Newsletter – September 24 2019

Vol. 4  |  It’s FALL??? Edition   |   Sept. 24, 2019

Upcoming Events

Sept. 24 – 3:45-5 pm – Odyssey of the Mind “Try It” Workshop – A116 (Mrs. Huggler’s)

Sept. 27 – 3:45-5 pm – Odyssey of the Mind “Try It” Workshop – A116 (Mrs. Huggler’s )

Sept. 27 – NFL Spirit Day

Sept. 30 – Fall Enrichment Classes Begin

Sept. 30-Oct. 4 – AFAC Food Drive

Oct. 1 – 7-8 pm – PTA Meeting – Library

Oct. 2 – ETC Rehearsal Begins

Oct. 2 – Walk to School Day/BFF Kickoff

Oct. 4 – Odyssey of the Mind Participation Forms Due (Submit online)

Oct. 7-9 – Book Fair – Glebe Library

Odyssey of the Mind Information

Odyssey of the Mind is a program that offers students the opportunity to improve their creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Here’s a quick video that you and your student can watch to orient you to what Odyssey of the Mind is.

At Glebe this fall, we are now in the process of creating our Odyssey teams. Students will then spend from October to March 2020 solving a creative problem, then present their solutions at a regional competition. The teams do ALL the work and come up with ALL the ideas, encouraged by parent coaches. The hallmark of an Odyssey solution is that it is student-driven.

Please contact Glebe’s Odyssey of the Mind coordinator, Christina Headrick (email), if you are interested or have questions. We must recruit more parent coaches and judges this year to keep our program going!

For more information, please click here.

NFL Spirit Day

Friday, September 27

Are you a Redskins fan?  Patriots? Eagles?  Cowboys?

Wear your favorite NFL team colors today and show support for your favorite team!

AFAC Food Drive

September 30 – October 4th, 2019

In honor of National Hunger Action Month, Glebe will be holding our annual Food Drive.  Please bring in  non-perishable canned goods (vegetables, fruit, tuna), cereals, peanut butter and jelly are needed.  Please help us support Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)!

BFF Kicks Off with National Walk to School Day!

Wednesday, October 2nd

Oct. 2nd is National Walk to School Day and there is no better way to kick off Glebe’s Be Your Body’s Best Friend Forever (BFF) Program!

Book Fair

October 7-9, 2019


If you would like more information about our book fair, please visit the book fair’s homepage at:


Chrissy Kuchera and the PTA

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!  We have immediate need for a Social Media Volunteer,  5th Grade Parent to coordinate the Yearbook and Graduation and many of the Glebe Activities (Bingo Night, STEM Fair etc). If you are interested, please to contact us at

FREE money fundraisers – so simple.

Do you know that you can make multiple donations this year without spending any extra money?  The PTA has partnered with various organizations to help the PTA earn money.  There is no deadline to act but the sooner you do the more money we can earn for our kids!  Tell your family, friends, and neighbors to register too!  You don’t have to be a Glebe family to help earn money for our students!

Harris Teeter:  Earn a percentage of each purchase of Harris Teeter brand items when you link your VIC card!

  1. Visit:
  2. Login or create an account
  3. Add Glebe School code: 3964

Amazon Smile:  Earn a percentage of each purchase when you order from Amazon Smile.  It looks and works the same as Amazon!  ***Amazon smile does not work with the Amazon app***

  1. Login to Amazon Smile:
  2. Shop from there every time for Glebe to earn money

e-SCRIP Dining:   Register your credit card and local businesses will donate a portion of your bill when you pay with that card.

  1. Login to:
  2. Select Glebe Elementary School as your organization
  3. Enter your credit card information
  4. Dine, pay, and review for Glebe to earn money

Box Tops for Education

Have you been collecting your box tops?

Over the summer, Box Tops for Education released an app (Apple | Android) which lets you scan your receipts to receive credit on purchased products (10 cents/product).  If you need more info, go to the Box Tops for Education site.

After download, if you are not prompted for a school, go to the Settings area (click on the top on your login name) and scroll to the “School” section where you can select “GLEBE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL”.  Glebe’s school ID is 385133.

During the transition from cardboard to pixels, please note that unexpired cardboard/paper Box Tops are still valid.  Please keep sending them in as Glebe can “double-dip” – once from your receipt scan (if you use the app) and once from the cardboard/paper version.

Feel free to submit app reviews in the relevant stores and/or send any questions/comments directly to Becky Milton.

Thank You…

  • to Tara Blankinship, Julie Madison, and Beronica Salas for making sure our Nourishment Center is well stocked for Glebe families and bringing the community together!


  • Did you know you can buy Glebe Spiritwear online?  Every sale contributes to Glebe Elementary School PTA projects and events 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 – Isabel Simmerman

For finance questions, email – Jessica Burke

For events/activities, email – Amy LaFalce

For newsletter/school communications, email – Chai Puri

Other PTA questions?  Find out who can help you!

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PTA Newsletter – October 9 2018

Volume 6   |   BFF KICK-OFF Edition   |   October 9, 2018

Upcoming Events October 9th – October 22nd

October 10th, 1:26 pm: Early Release

October 10th: BFF Kick-off/National Walk To School Day

October 15th, 5-9 pm: DISTRICT TACO Dining Night – District Taco, Lee Hwy

October 15-19: Bully Awareness Week

October 16th, 7-8 pm: Rhyme & Cheese Night

October 18th: Picture Day

October 19th, 3:45-5 pm: Odyssey of the Mind, Problem Solving Workshop – Glebe Library

October 19th, 5-8 pm: Fall Potluck & Movie – Glebe “Backyard”


October 9-12th

We did it!  GLEBE FAMILIES FILLED THE AFAC BOXES IN THE SCHOOL LOBBY LAST WEEK, so there’s no homework this week.

BFF Kicks Off with National Walk & Bike to School DayWalk & Bike to School

Wednesday, October 10th

Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime. When walking or biking, parents and children get to appreciate things they don’t notice while driving—listening to the sounds of the neighborhood, seeing friends and neighbors and feeling connected with their community. Parents, children and friends can enjoy one another’s company without the usual distractions.

Visit Who Walked 2017 to see who participated in last year’s event.

Walk to School Day also kicks off our annual “Be Your Body’s Best Friend Forever” (BFF) campaign to encourage wellness and healthy choices, such as walking to school, in our community.

October 15-19: Bully Awareness Week

Each day, fight bullying by participating in these schoolwide special days!

Monday – Being Kind is No Sweat – wear sweatpants to school!

Tuesday – Throw Shade to Bullies – wear sunglasses to school!

Wednesday – Put A Cap on Bullying – wear your favorite hat to school!

Thursday – Glebe and Bullying Don’t Mix – wear mismatched socks to school!

Friday – Put Bullying to Bed – wear your pajamas to school!

Dining Night at District Taco

Monday, October 15th, 5-9 pm

Take a break from cooking dinner and head over to District Taco (5723 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA) and mention Glebe Elementary when you order.  The PTA gets a percentage of the proceeds for Glebe events and activities!  Tell your friends too!

Rhyme & Cheese Night

Tuesday, October 16th, 7-8 pm

Rhyme and Cheese Night

Rhyme & Cheese celebrates Glebe 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 16th at 7 pm with the Glebe community in a relaxed atmosphere and hopefully learn to love (or at least get comfortable) speaking in front 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 11th (box in Glebe lobby) and a lottery will be conducted to select 30 students.

Rhyme & Cheese lottery entry form

Picture Day

Thursday, October 18

Class and Individual Pictures will be taken.  Stay tuned for more info and order forms!

Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous Problem Solving Workshop

Friday, October 19th, 3:45-5: Glebe Library

Students in Grades 3 to 5, and parents considering coaching, are invited to try out on-the-spot “Spontaneous” Problems. Meet and dismiss from in the Library.  More information regarding the program can be found here:

Fall Potluck & Movie Night

Friday, October 19th, 5-8 pm


Thanks to all who voted! Coco is currently the movie in the lead (by one vote) to be played at the Annual Potluck and Movie Night next week.  Please use the link below to vote for your family’s movie choice (The Greatest Showman, Coco, or E.T) Also signup for food and volunteers will be coming out this week.  We hope to see you there!

Glebe Auction & Social Introductory Meeting – coming up!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 7-8 pm, Glebe Library

Everyone is encouraged to come out to learn more about auction planning and hear about volunteer opportunities.  If you need more information, would like to discuss volunteering, or cannot come to the meeting, please email our Auction Chair, Liz Newman:

Don’t miss your chance to see the Legwarmers!!! 

Saturday, October 27th, 9 pm

Wanna relive the 80’s? Join fellow Glebers for a rockin’ blast to the past.  Get those Madonna outfits ready, dust off your Jordache jeans and join us for a fun night. We have 14 tickets left for the It’s a Glebe 80’s party @ the Legwarmers Concert, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th at 9PM at the State Theater in Falls Church.  Tickets are $100/person.  If interested, email Erika Hartingh at

News from External Affairs

(1) The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) needs parents to join sub-committees focused on specific topics.  No expertise necessary–just interest. There are committees on language arts, science, special education, arts, gifted services, etc.  If you have an interest, they have a committee. Committees meet once a month and recommend policy changes to the Advisory Council who then can take those recommendations to the Arlington School Board.  It’s a great way to learn how APS works and to meet like-minded parents who are invested in improving your children’s education. Join!

(2) The district has hired the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University to evaluate APS’ 1:1 technology program (for Glebe purposes:  iPads to all 3rd through 5th graders). The evaluation will take just five months but includes focus groups, classroom observations, and surveys. If you have questions, they may find answers. If you have specific questions you want them to ask, email by October 25 who will share them with APS.

(3) Boundary issues abound. Check your inbox for upcoming meetings on how APS plans to re-design the boundaries for 11 elementary schools this year (not Glebe this time) and 14 additional elementary schools in 2020 (yes, Glebe).

Thank You’s

  • to our SRO (Student Resource Officer), Corporal Tiffanie Hegerty, for discussing social media and walking-to-school safety at our last PTA meeting.  Thanks Principal Borg for always updating our community and supporting our PTA!  
  • to the dozens of Glebe families who made our first Dining Night of the year, at Pete’s Apizza, a success! You raised $200 for Glebe!


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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