All the grades have been coding the last two weeks using our new Dash Robots! The students are using block coding to learn advanced concepts of coding through projects, puzzles and creating their own obstacle courses!
This week, 1st grade through 5th grade are movie producers using the “Stop Motion” application on the iPads. We watched the trailer from the stop motion movie "Chicken Run," and saw how the movie was made with puppets and still pictures. The students used characters and props they made and could find in the classroom.
The kindergarteners are journaling and decorating to document what they did and saw at their field trip to the farm using Kid Pix.
Last week the kindergarteners through 5th grade were introduced to macro photography. The photographers took pictures around the school while everything was in full bloom. Focusing, zooming, wide angle and fisheye were the main vocabulary. Also, students were introduced to basic photo editing techniques such as cropping, changing lighting and color. The 5th graders were able to use special lenses that attach to the iPad for different macro photography effects.
If you have any characters/“guys” or mini props that you are looking to get rid of at your house, we would love to have them for our stop motion unit.
Thank you for all your support!
Hello from the ART STUDIO!
I'm offering a special drawing challenge to all my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade art students. It's a "doodle" contest offered by Google and it is actually open to all students, grades K - 12.
I've introduced the concept and given the entry form to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Please note that it is optional for them to enter the contest.
If a student does choose to enter, they need to get a parent or guardian to sign the special paper, fill in the bottom section of the form, and then return it to me ASAP. I will be sending in ALL submissions that are completed and returned to me by the end of February. I'm giving the students one class session to get started; they may need / want more time at home to work. I suggest strongly that you have them complete it sooner rather than later.
For further info and inspiration, please visit doodle4google.com online, as well as some of the fun inspirational videos (we watched the first one together, you can see it HERE ) and google.com/doodles.
The prizes inspired the students, but most of all, the concept of doodling for Google...and perhaps getting their design idea published online! As an art teacher, I want to introduce my students to the concept of lettering and to the power of doodling ideas.
There are extra blank forms available in the front office and in the art studio. Have fun!
Molly Blauvelt / Glenwood ART STUDIO
I have close to 500 students, and am trying to upload as many projects as possible to the student website:
password: gl (that's a lowercase GL)
Here is what the kids have accomplished the last few weeks in the Lab:
Be sure to visit the tech student website! There are lots of student projects posted.
These past few weeks, 2nd grade through 5th grade have been talking and learning about digital footprints and internet safety. Also, they took their first SRI -- Scholastic Reading Inventory, an interactive, computer-adaptive assessment designed to measure how well students read literature and expository texts of varying difficulties.
First graders are finishing up their first word processing project, typing ABCs using lowercase and capital letters. The Kindergarteners are working on drawing different colored shapes with various digital tools. Every class, they become more comfortable using the computer.
Please take a look at some of the projects on our Tech Lab website:
Third grade through fifth grade created simile portrait poems using the green screen and did the word processing in the cloud using their Google Drive accounts. Think about the process they went through to get to the finished product! More samples on the tech website listed above.
For the next few weeks we will be working on Digital Citizenship and Keyboarding.
Kindergarten (seen below) is busy perfecting logging on to the computers. They are exploring the keyboard and working on fine motor coordination with the mouse using Kid Pix, a digital drawing and multimedia word processing program, and Bees and Honey, an online counting game. Here is the link for the Bees and Honey game, http://tvokids.com/preschool/games/bees-and-honey
First Grade was introduced to Internet safety, and practiced addition math facts using an online site called ABCya, http://www.abcya.com/
Second through Fifth Grade were introduced to the home keys and practiced keyboarding. Also, First Grade through Fifth Grade started their unit on Digital Citizenship, talking about Internet safety.
Several short videos used to talk about Internet safety and digital footprints include:
Brain Pop Jr.:
Common Sense Media:
Keyboarding starts in 3rd Grade and continues through 5th Grade. We have Typingmaster Pro installed on lab computers. Our class only meets once per week, so I recommend that kids practice typing for 10-15 minutes, 3 times per week at home.
Free Keyboarding Programs Online:
Dance Mat Typing
Also, I have started a Tech Lab website to display samples of the students' work. Please visit, as the website is updated when class projects are finished.
Thank you for your support!
Dear Glenwood Families,
As we reach the end of another wonderful year at Glenwood Elementary, I wanted to pause and take note of this amazing community and all of you who enhanced this year for our students. We live in such a special place, and the degree to which we all pitch in, whether through fundraising, volunteering in the classroom, building community, or supporting staff is simply exceptional.
Since I last wrote in November we’ve had several community building and fundraising events. In December, Jaclyn Guelfi and Tami McCall led a merry group of carolers through the streets of Glenwood. Aided by hot chocolate and undeterred by the onslaught of December rains, parents and students spread holiday cheer. It’s a wonderful annual event, and should not be missed. December also brought the beginning of the Read-A-Thon fundraiser. Cecelia Yu again ably took the lead of the event and students logged an unbelievable number of hours over winter break reading.
In January, Kelly Merrick and Cheryl Riley, aided by a team of Glenwood dads in the kitchen, threw our annual Crab Feed at Loch Lomond. The attendees feasted on crab and danced the night away. This is always one of our most popular nights on the school calendar, and this night was no exception. Camille Williams led the culture club and honored black history month by celebrating those African Americans making history in film, science and historical music. Students also submitted visual arts and essays in support of the celebration, and their impressive work adorned the school office walls.
On April 1, we had our annual gala auction event. This year’s theme was the Glenwood Prom, and the attendees came in their most fabulous prom attire. Kathryn Elia and Keala Landry chaired the event and were helped by a dedicated team of helpers. This event is a staggering undertaking, and all who were involved with the event should be proud of their efforts. Our very own band, Detention, got everybody out on the dance floor to end the festive night.
Spring also marked our annual Used Book Sale, led by Giselle Block. It is truly remarkable to see our students so eagerly descend on the MPR to find their new favorite book. Huge thanks to Tabitha Baker for organizing the Daughter Dance this year. The girls and their parents danced the night away and took silly pictures in the photo booth. Kathryn Elia organized a fantastic Son Fun night and, with the help of Coach Jim, the moms took on the boys in a ruthless game of dodge ball.
Mr. D’s Spring Sing was a perfect capstone to this year. Aided by the leadership of Caroline Jensen, the sound work of Tom Holmes, and the help of dozens of other parents and teachers, Mr. D led the students through songs by artists like Ringo Starr, Louis Armstrong, David Bowie and Coldplay. The students serenaded the parents and the event also showcased dance routines and impressive soloists. Bravo!
I also want to take this time to recognize the amazing work the GSF Board did this year. The Board worked tirelessly to ensure that the vision of the GSF was executed and that our children’s education was second to none. It was truly a pleasure to work alongside this dedicated group of parents: Co-VPs of Finance, Karen Russillo & Stephen Roth, Co-VPs of Fundraising, Nicole Klock & Suzanne Maloney, Co-VPs of Community Building, Jaclyn Guelfi & Tami McCall, VP of Communications, Sarah Brewer, VP of School Programs, Will Klesius, and Secretary, Sondra Lewis. Also, thanks go to our Teacher Liaison to the GSF, Adam Treewater. I also want to recognize our Dad’s Club chair, Evan Sims. He led the Dad’s Club on a school beautification day and assembled our new benches, hosted Poker Night, and is putting together our annual year-end BBQ. Kudos Evan!
I want to end by thanking each and every one of you. It is impossible to quantify how much gratitude I have for each one of you. This community rallies together in a way that is unparalleled and there are too many of you to individually name. Whether you helped in centers, pitched in at Field Day or Rockin’ Run, drove on a field trip, teamed up to help put on one of our fundraisers, or gave financial support, your contributions are valued and appreciated beyond words.
I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable summer season and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall. GO EAGLES!
Dear Glenwood families,
As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to take the time to express my sincere gratitude for our entire Glenwood Elementary community. Every time I am on campus, I marvel at our incredible teaching staff, led by Mrs. Goodhope, and all of the parents volunteering their time and working together to make Glenwood Elementary the truly special school that it is. With the Winter break approaching, I wanted to be sure to mark some of the events and people that helped make the Fall of 2016 so memorable.
The year kicked off with the GSF’s Welcome Back Coffee and, a few weeks later, our Fall Family Fun night. It is always so impressive to see our community reunite at these events. Tami McCall and Jaclyn Guelfi revamped Fall Family Fun night and brought live music, food trucks, and an assortment of bouncy houses to our campus. This event continues to be a wonderful way to start each school year. Jane Kurz and Tami McCall also hosted a new parent social for all families that are new to our community. It was wonderful to see teachers, Board members, and parents gather to welcome these families to our community. The GSF believes strongly that these community events are a vital part of what makes our school strong, and will be hosting our second annual Holiday Caroling event on Thursday, December 8.
This Fall has also been marked by our community’s tremendous dedication to giving back to others. I want to especially note and thank Janet Ryan for leading our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, Sara Mullen for leading our Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Shannon Myers for organizing our upcoming Holiday Toy Drive, and all of you who volunteer your time, donate, and tirelessly and anonymously give to these valuable programs.
I also want to thank those who helped make our GSF Fall fundraisers such an overwhelming success. Kristi Gamble and Jane Kurz and their incredible team of volunteers made our fourth annual Bocce Ball Tournament as fabulous as it has ever been. The night was marked by the incredible costumes of the participants, some great (and not-so-great) Bocce play, and by yet another win by the Glenwood faculty team. Not to be outdone, Evan Sims and his team of volunteer chefs threw an incredible Dad’s Club Poker Night at the Loch Lomond Yacht club. Evan has such a clear vision of what he wants the Dad’s Club to be, and I encourage all Dads to join and participate in the year’s events. Additionally, the Glenwood Book Fair, led by Reily Urban and Sarah Marovich and an outstanding team of volunteer helpers, just wrapped up and netted thousands of dollars of new books for our library and classrooms. I especially want to acknowledge the efforts of Reily, who co-chaired the Fair despite having had both her girls graduate from Glenwood. Finally, I want to note the amazing job that Nicole Klock, Kelli Kiernan, and Anne Mueller have done leading our Kids Thrive Annual Fund Drive. Under their stewardship and through your generous donations, the drive has raised over $155,000. This money allows the GSF to give our students the gift of Stephen Duffy’s music class, Molly Blauvelt’s art class, Tracy Price’s science class, Kristen Commesso’s technology class, and Coach Jim’s PE class, as well as fund all field trips and provide school supplies for every student.
I would be remiss if I failed to thank all of our incredible parent volunteers. Our GSF Board members, (Suzanne Maloney, Nicole Klock, Karen Russillo, Stephen Roth, Tami McCall, Jaclyn Guelfi, Will Klesius, Sondra Lewis, Sarah Brewer, and Adam Treewater) have put in countless hours working tirelessly on behalf of our students and this community. Heather Woollen and Molly McAvoy have worked to create a robust Volunteer Squad, ready to tackle any event or campus need. Most of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who have pitched in and elevated Glenwood this year. Whether you volunteered for centers, drove on a field trip, assembled a standing desk, brought in food for a class party, prepped or cleaned up after a GSF event, donated to one of our drives, or attended a GSF meeting, your contribution to this community is meaningful and deeply appreciated. I am humbled every day by the generosity and spirit of the families that attend this school. Thank you all so very much.
I sincerely hope the holiday season brings you all peace and joy.
The Foundation Forum, June 8, 2016
Dear Glenwood Families,
Upon nearing the conclusion of another school year that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on what was an amazing year at Glenwood Elementary, and another successful year for the Glenwood School Foundation, and thank some of those who helped make it possible.
Since our last Foundation Forum in November, we’ve had some incredible fundraising and community building events. In December, we had our first annual Holiday Caroling event. This idea was the brainchild of GSF board member, Tami McCall. She and fellow VP of Community Building, Caroline Jensen, brought this idea to reality. The kids and parents trekked through the streets of Glenwood drinking cocoa and singing songs. Everyone had such a great time and this event will no doubt be part of the Glenwood Holiday experience for years to come.
December is also when one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, the Read-A-Thon, begins. Not only is this a critical fundraiser, it’s also a vehicle for keeping kids reading and engaged during the winter break. Cecilia Yu, in what was her first year heading up the Read-A-Thon, did an outstanding job, and it showed in the results with enormous participation from our students, as well as a record fundraising benefit for the GSF.
The Crab Feed in January, flawlessly executed for the second consecutive year by Kelly Merrick and Cheryl Riley, proved to once again be one of the highlights on the Glenwood calendar. Considering the challenge provided by an uncertain local Dungeness crab season, Cheryl and Kelly went above and beyond to make this night happen.
The GSF auction, our annual gala fundraising event, requires months of planning and hard work. The auction chairs, Suzanne Maloney, Kerrie Malone, Tami McCall and Laura Berta and their entire team (too numerous to mention) deserve such a tremendous amount of gratitude for all their efforts. This year’s auction, Studio 54, was held at a new location, the Embassy Suites. Guests came dressed in their best 70’s regalia and mingled, dined and danced the night away to classic disco. We felt like we were catapulted into New York City circa 1977
Part of the mission of the GSF is to help foster a strong community at Glenwood. After Spring Break, we held two of the kids’ favorite community building events, the Daughter’s Dance and Son’s Night. Sincere thanks to Karen Russillo (Daughter’s Dance) and Kathryn Elia (Son’s Night) for leading these events. Seeing the parents and daughters dressed up, the sons playing games with Coach Jim and busting a move to the DJ, and the smiles that it brings to our Eagles is such a great reward for the GSF.
Mr. D’s Spring Sing event highlighted exactly why our music program at Glenwood is second to none. This year’s Spring Sing, featuring songs from Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and John Denver among others, along with dance routines, soloists and much more, was perhaps the finest Spring Sing ever performed. Thank you so much to Caroline Jensen, Stacy Taaffe, and your team of volunteers for coordinating, and to Tom Holmes and Cindy Chung for all you’ve done to make this production what it is.
We’ve also had other events where those volunteer leaders deserve recognition. Thank you to Gisele Block for putting together the Used Book Sale back in December. Thank you to Camille Williams for the creation of the Culture club. Those kids in the Culture club did such a marvelous job honoring Black History Month. Thanks also to Reily Urban and Sarah Marovich for once again leading a wonderful Book Fair this Spring. And a round of appreciation to Kate Bailey for organizing our series of Dine Out & Donate fundraisers (and thanks to the various restaurants for your contributions – Celia’s, Roadside BBQ, Whipper Snapper and Range Café).
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to recognize your GSF board members for an amazing job well done this past year. It’s been such an incredible reward, and a lot of fun, to work alongside such a capable and dedicated group. Thanks to our Co-VPs of Finance, Karen Russillo & Andrea Small, Co-VPs of Fundraising, John Dasher & Suzanne Maloney, Co-VPs of Community Building, Caroline Jensen & Tami McCall, VP of Communications, Sarah Brewer, Co-VPs of School Programs, Ramina Winton & Erica Smith, and Secretary, Sondra Lewis. Also thanks go to our Teacher Liaison to the GSF, Adam Treewater. And we surely can’t forget our Dad’s Club chair, John Rooney. He was able to rally the Dad’s Club for several projects, a great Poker Night, and what I’m sure will be a tremendously enjoyable year-end BBQ.
We also like to take this opportunity to thank those parents leaving the Nest who have given so much to Glenwood over the years. A huge thank you goes out to former GSF board members Julia Wong (President) and Jo Pocock (VP of Community Building). Not only were they outstanding in their roles on the GSF board, but they also were rock star volunteers. Thank you to John & Cindy Chung for all those wonderful spring concerts, disaster preparedness, and a seemingly endless amount of time and energy devoted to bettering our school community. Thanks to Rachel Street for being our HeadsUp representative and an amazing all-around volunteer in so many capacities. Thanks to Terra Condit for all of her work over the years on the auction. We’ll certainly miss Reily Urban and all of her efforts in making our Book Fair a great experience for our students. We can’t thank Jana Mannina enough for running our Spirit Wear program over the last couple of years. Thank you to Laura Berta, Elise Rankin, Jill Sheehan, Kate Siegel, JodyLee Meenaghan, Kari Paulsey, Margo Leardini, EddiMarie Burgess, Jeannie Grant, Brad Wong, and Susan Marrinson for all you’ve given to our school community. And of course, last but most certainly not least, Koorosh Khashayar and his amazing work as the Dad’s Club chair! We’ll miss having you and all the contributions you’ve given to our community. And please forgive me if there’s anyone I may have missed. There are so many of you that have given so much to make our Eagle’s Nest the special place it is.
Sincere thanks go to our entire parent community that has supported us this year with their time, participation and donations. We hope you have a very happy and safe summer season and we look forward to doing it again next year! GO EAGLES!!!
Dear Glenwood Families,
As it always does, a new year brought many new faces to our Eagle Nest. The board of your Glenwood School Foundation was no different. While board members Karen Russillo & Andrea Small (VPs of Finance), John Dasher & Suzanne Maloney (VPs of Fundraising), Ramina Winton & Erica Smith (VPs of School Programs), Caroline Jensen (co-VP of Community Building), and Val Brovelli (co-President) graciously reprised their prior year board member roles, the GSF welcomed new board members Sondra Lewis (Secretary), Tami McCall (co-VP of Community Building), Sarah Brewer (VP of Communications), John Rooney (Dad’s Club Chair), and Adam Treewater (Teacher Liaison).
The GSF-hosted Welcome Back Coffee event in August allowed us to reconnect with those Glenwood families we may not have seen much over the summer, as well as to meet the new, incoming parents. Another early year event, Fall Family Fun Night, has grown to one of the most widely attended and enjoyable dates on the GSF calendar. Our New Parent Liaisons, Joy Walker and Alicia Geyer, organized a new parent social at the lovely home of Joy & Jason Walker. It was a wonderful opportunity for some of the Glenwood staff and GSF board members to meet and mingle with those new parents in attendance.
The paddle raise proceeds from last spring’s Going Gatsby auction were put to work at the start of the year with the purchase of 40 new iPad minis for classroom use. With this enhancement to the existing stock of GSF iPads, these valuable teaching tools can now be made available simultaneously to multiple classrooms.
Our first big fundraising event, the Glenwood Bocce Tournament, was once again, a smashing success. Many teams arrived in festive costumes in the theme of their team names. An enormous thank you goes to Rebecca Cowlin, Adrienne Collet, Becca Mink and Sara Mullen. These ladies brought this idea to life three years ago and have been coordinating this event since. We’re so grateful for all of the volunteers and donors who make this night possible.
For several years many folks have been lamenting about the poor condition of the basketball backboards on the upper grade playground. In this year’s budget, the GSF membership authorized the purchase of 4 new backboards. The installation of these backboards and supports was a herculean task. As usual, the Dad’s Club came through for us in a big way. If your child enjoys shooting hoops on the shiny new backboards and rims at Glenwood, please say thank you to Brian Nute, Allan Jensen, Chance Thorpe, Mauro Alencar, Nick Guelfi, Dwight Paulsey, Jake Thompson, and of course, John Rooney.
Speaking of the Dad’s Club, they held another wildly successful Poker Night earlier this month. In addition to a very competitive Texas Hold ‘Em tournament and prime rib dinner, a few new features of this year’s Poker Night were a blackjack table, cigar bar and a raffle. Gentlemen, if you haven’t yet been to a Poker Night, be sure not to miss out on the next opportunity.
We recently hosted a presentation from child development & behavior specialist, Diane Provo, in the MPR. Michelle Franchetti suggested Ms. Provo and along with our School Programs team, arranged for her to come speak at Glenwood. Ms. Provo’s breadth of knowledge and her lighthearted delivery were well received by the many parents who attended.
Your GSF has so many terrific events on tap for the remainder of the school year. Fundraisers like the Read-A-Thon, Crab Feed, Auction and Book Fair are all on the horizon. Also upcoming are community builders, the Daughter’s Dance and Son’s Night, on successive weekends, both of which are provided free of charge by the GSF to the Glenwood community.
Our community is so remarkably generous and supportive of the GSF. Everything you just read about cannot happen without all of you. Your donations to the Kids Thrive annual fund, your participation in our fundraising events, and all of your volunteer efforts make all field trips and Glenwood’s encore programs, Science with Tracy Price, Computers with Maria Orendorff, Physical Education with Jim Hallroan, Art with Molly Blauvelt, and Music with Stephen Duffy, possible. Your generosity is also evidenced in the contributions you make to our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Holiday Toy Drive. Thank you, Eagle Nation, for all you do for our kids. It may sound cliché, but it truly does take a village, and our village is second to none. Have a very happy Thanksgiving.
Dear Glenwood Families,
Another incredibly successful year at Glenwood Elementary is in the books. The year began with our school in a state of flux with the abrupt departure of our beloved principal, Bob Marcucci, to Davidson Middle School. The District appointed former 3rd grade teacher, Kim Goodhope, as our interim principal and under her leadership it appeared our students and staff didn’t miss a beat. We couldn’t have hoped for a better candidate to continue and advance Mr. Marcucci’s great work in developing the culture and climate we so cherish here at Glenwood. Come March, we were thrilled when the District saw fit to remove that interim tag from Ms. Goodhope and install her as our principal going forward.
What a successful year it was for the GSF as well. We met the fundraising goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. The GSF hosted several exceedingly fun community building and fundraising events throughout the year. Since our last writing, we hosted the Going Gatsby auction which was just a remarkable evening of friends, laughs, great costumes, and generosity. Thank you to all who volunteered their time and effort in putting that memorable evening together. The Daughter’s Dance and Son’s Night in early May were enjoyed by the kids and parents alike, and we look forward to continuing the new tradition of keeping those two events as community builders. The Book Fair was once again a big success. Thanks go to Reily Urban and her team for their hard work, planning, coordination and implementation of the Book Fair. The Spring Sing, Around the World, was probably the best music concert at Glenwood to date. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped put that event together, and especially to our marvelous music teacher, Stephen Duffy. We are so lucky at this school to have a parent community that gives so much of their time and financial support because without them these amazing events wouldn’t happen.
We cannot thank our GSF membership enough, in particular, your dedicated board members. Thank you to co-VPs of Fundraising, John Dasher and Suzanne Maloney. John was responsible for running our Kids Thrive year-long fundraising campaign. John’s efforts, with the help of Kate Siegel, resulted in Kids Thrive meeting its fundraising target for the year. Suzanne was in charge of our Fundraising events and also led our auction team. Our VPs of Finance, Karen Russillo and Andrea Small deserve special thanks and appreciation. Running the finances of a non-profit entity is no small feat and the job they’ve done is beyond exemplary. Thanks also go to Stephanie Robison and Leah Sherman who assisted on the Finance team this year. Thanks to the VPs of School Programs, Ramina Winton and Erica Smith, without whom events like the author days, toy drive and used book fair (to name a few) don’t happen. Thank you to our VPs of Community Building, Caroline Jensen and Jo Pocock. They both have done such great work with events like Fall Family Fun Night, Teacher Appreciation Days, Daughter’s Dance and Son’s Night. The VPs of Communications, Windy Baldridge and Rebecca Cowlin, did exceptional work in streamlining and executing the GSF’s communication strategy. Thanks to Tory O’Keefe who diligently served as our Secretary/Parliamentarian for two years. Thank you to the Teacher Liaison to the GSF, Lisa Bordley, who has served in that position for several years now. And thanks to Koorosh Khashayar and his leadership of the Dad’s Club, with his last remaining responsibility coordinating the GSF-sponsored year-end picnic at Peacock Park.
A new board for 2015-16 was voted in by the GSF membership and a few of our current board members will not be serving next year. Jo has decided to step back after a highly productive, multi-year run on the board. Rebecca has also decided to step away from the GSF board, and both Tory & Windy will be moving on from Glenwood. There’s also a few other parents whose time at Glenwood has come to a close that deserve special recognition:
Amy Allen – Green Team, Movie Nights along with many other volunteer positions
Kiana Fernandez – Spring Sing, Daughter’s Dance, Son’s Night and many other community builders
Lelani Prevost - Eagle Anthology
Michelle Montakhab - Crab Feed
Jeff Woodhead - Field Day
Laura Woodhead – Auction Business Solicitation Chair
Gretchen Harrington – Office Support
Kim Boys – Auction team and community building events volunteer
Lisa Miller – Student safety and Parking Lot Landscape Committee
Maria Elena Rodriguez – Heritage Potluck and Spanish translator for GSF
Janine Shepler – Bocce Tournament committee and Spring Sing
Michelle Shilstone – Auction Committee member and Instant Wine Cellar Chair
Meg Lahart – Playground Choices
Michelle Wolfe – Used Book Sale co-Chair
Jennifer Zalayet – Auction Kid’s Raffle co-Chair
We’d also like to mention Jim and Jocelyn Hallroan for all they’ve done and will continue to do for our school (for the record, Jim & Jocelyn aren’t going anywhere, but they will no longer have a student at Glenwood, which is a big milestone). Finally, we have so much gratitude for our former VPs of Finance, most recently Becky Spence and Genevieve Allen before her. They both have had significant impact in molding the GSF into the organization that exists today. Thanks for making our community stronger!
And of course, there is you, the parent, donor, volunteer, organizer, community member, who deserve our utmost appreciation. You allowed our kids to thrive and our Eagles to soar. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Have a wonderful and safe summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.
With enormous respect,
Michael Mink & Val Brovelli
“Wo-oah, what I want to know, where does the time go?” – Robert Hunter
Dear Glenwood Families,
It’s hard to believe that our school year is already into March. As the parent of a 5th grader, I wish I could just put time on hold, but alas, his time at Glenwood is rapidly coming to a close. I’m fortunate enough that my younger son allows me 3 more years to be a part of this wonderful school.
In our last Foundation Forum back in November, we mentioned that our remaining classrooms would be outfitted for LCD projectors. I’m happy to report that over the winter break, that project was completed, which included the installation of mounted screens and speakers. Now all teachers, including Miss Holly in the library, have this important teaching tool at their disposal. Apple TVs were installed in several classrooms as well. Some classroom computers were rather outdated, and new computers are ordered and on the way, to the great relief of those impacted teachers. All of these technology tools are possible only because of the generous contributions from our donors, and all of the fundraising efforts of our parent volunteers.
We are extremely pleased to report that our second largest annual fundraising event, the Read-A-Thon, raised an astounding $13,144. Kudos to those kids that participated…that’s A LOT of reading! And our Read-A-Thon chairpersons, Suzanne Banfield and Mia Swain deserve recognition and sincere thanks for all their hard work. The Read-A-Thon is a critical event not only for fundraising, but to help cultivate a generation of lifetime readers and learners. A job very well done to all who contributed! A full recap of the 2014-15 Read-A-Thon can be found here.
And since our last correspondence, we’ve had a couple of terrific events for the parents. Back in November, the Dad’s Club hosted a Poker Night, which was won by none other than Glenwood’s own Adam Treewater. Thanks to the Dad’s Club for an incredibly fun evening, and especially Koorosh Khashayar for all he does for the GSF on behalf of the Dad’s Club. The Crab Feed in January was another huge success. The word is out on the amount of fun usually had at the Crab Feed because this year it sold out in record time. Kelly Merrick and Cheryl Riley did an outstanding job organizing this event in their first year at the helm. Fabulous job, ladies! And just this past week, a delicious meal was enjoyed at Terrapin Crossroads in a Dine Out and Donate event for Glenwood. We’ve also benefitted from Dine Outs at Celia’s, Boudin SF, and Gaspare’s this year. Thank you to Kathryn Elia for coordinating these events. It’s so great to see all of those familiar Glenwood faces in the house, enjoying a wonderful meal while contributing to your GSF.
And I’m not sure that you’ve heard, but the annual Glenwood Auction is coming up in just a few short weeks. Suzanne Maloney and her team of dedicated volunteers will have us all Going Gatsby rather soon. We cannot wait to see what they have in store for all of us.
Also coming up later this year we will have our GSF-sponsored Science Week with Lawrence Hall of Science beginning on April 6th. Son’s Night and the Daughter’s Dance are coming in May, also to be sponsored by the GSF. And we can’t forget about the Spring Sing and Book Fair which will also happen later in May. It’s been terrific so far, and there’s still so much more excitement left in our 2014-15 school year. We look forward to sharing with all of you.
Dear Glenwood Families,
As we rapidly approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we thought we could take this opportunity to give thanks for all of the wonderful work and effort that has helped make the beginning of this school year so successful for the GSF. We also want to provide a little year-to-date recap as well as a preview of what’s to come.
Our first GSF sponsored event of the year was Fall Family Fun Night, which resulted in the largest turnout we’ve ever had at this community-building event. A special acknowledgement goes to our VPs of Community Building, Jo Pocock and Caroline Jensen, for all of their hard work and for emphasizing the FUN in Fall Family Fun Night. The kids played games and competed in a hula-hoop contest organized by our resident hula expert, Kiana Fernandez. Families were able to snack on popcorn and licorice during the movie, Monsters University, which was enjoyed by all under the stars. There were even food trucks that provided us delicious pizza and tacos. Another thanks to our spirit wear coordinators, Jana Mannina and Lori Bender, for selling spirit wear at the event.
The GSF sponsored our annual New Parent Social at the home of Ernest & Nicole Klock. A BIG thank you to the Klocks for hosting and to Tami McCall for organizing! It was a terrific opportunity for us to get acquainted with some of the parents new to our Eagle community.
The Glenwood Bocce Tournament was another huge success. This was the second annual installment of what is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated events on the Glenwood calendar. Thanks go to all of our tournament players, our supportive spectators, and all of you who supported the event by purchasing raffle tickets from our indefatigable Bocce Girls. The Bocce Girls: Rebecca Cowlin, Windy Baldridge, Adrienne Collet, Becca Mink, Jeanine Lin, Thais Alencar, and Sara Mullen, all deserve special thanks for their efforts. Congratulations to the teacher team of Lisa Bordley, Toni Pellegrini, and their playing partners, on their well-deserved victory.
The GSF recently received a $300 donation from Dr. James McDowell and Dr. Michelle Gonzalez, two local dentists. They partnered with Operation Gratitude to encourage our students to donate some of their Halloween candy for a “Treats for Troops” program. Our tireless volunteer coordinator, Julia Wong, spearheaded this effort and was able to arrange a Glenwood graduate, Captain Nicholls, to address the students and share how much she appreciated receiving the candy packages. Our Glenwood students generously contributed nearly 400 lbs. of candy to send to our brave service men and women stationed overseas.
Now a few highlights on what to expect in the coming months…
Michael Mink & Val Brovelli