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PTA Newsletter – March 12 2019

Vol. 27|  STEM at GLEBE Edition   |   March 12, 2019


Upcoming Events

March 13 – STEM Night – Glebe Elementary

March 17-21 – Spring Enrichment Class Registration

March 18-21 – Book Fair Begins

March 20 – Dining Night – Pupatella

March 22 – Happy On Wheels assemblies – Glebe

March 23 – Glebe Social & Auction Gala – Knights of Columbus

March 26 – Rhyme & Cheese Night – Glebe Multipurpose Room


STEM Night 

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8:00 pm – Glebe Hallways

Mark your calendars for the Glebe STEM Fair and get ready for an amazing night of invention and discovery by our young scientists and engineers!!!  We do need a few hands to help make the night go smoothly so please sign up here.   If you have questions, please contact our STEM Fair coordinator, Lauren Barber (email).


Book Fair

March 18-21

The annual Book Fair is March 18-20 this year. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up (March 13) and sales (March 18-20) for 1-2 hour time slots.
Please see Sign-up Genius: Glebe Elementary Book Fair 2019
Please contact Mary Beth Sancho with any questions [email protected]gmail.com

Dining Night at Pupatella

Wednesday, March 20th, 3 pm – close

Our last dining night at Pupatella in October was a huge success!  Take a break from cooking dinner on Wednesday, March 20, and head over to Pupatella (5104 Wilson Blvd. Arlington VA).  Mention Glebe Elementary when you order.  The PTA gets a percentage of the proceeds for Glebe events and activities!  Tell your friends too!


Happy on Wheels

Friday, March 22

Happy on Wheels will come to Glebe and present to our kiddos during daytime assemblies.  Ask them what they learned!


Glebe Spring Social & Auction

March 23 – Knights of Columbus

Register, donate, and plan to attend the March 23, 2019, Glebe PTA Social & Auction from 6pm-10pm at Knights of Columbus Hall in Arlington: https://glebe.ejoinme.org/2019registration

New this year to the Live Auction: The Washington Nationals Experience on Glebe Day!  Form a team to bid on the chance for 5 children and 1 adult chaperone to stand on the field with a Nats player during the National Anthem during Glebe Day at Nationals Park on May 18th.  The winners will also receive special Glebe Day t-shirts and tickets to the Glebe section on May 18th!  Plan your winning bid strategy now and hit this one out of the park!


Rhyme & Cheese NightRhyme and Cheese Night

Tuesday, March 26 – Multipurpose Room

Get ready for another Rhyme & Cheese Night!  Come join and support Glebe’s young writers!  We hope to see you there!

Heads up, writers!  Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 22…details to come!


News from External Affairs

March 6, 2019 – The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) Meeting Notes

APS is attempting to find about $9M in the FY 2020 budget by imposing some fees (e.g., middle school activity fee, raising high school parking fees) and by eliminating some programs and positions.
Cuts under consideration that affect elementary schools in particular include:
* eliminating elementary school library assistants
* eliminating the printing of report cards
* eliminating activities at the Outdoor Lab
* eliminating funding for discretionary field trips
* postponing the hiring of additional psychologists and social workers
The budget is long (https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FY-2019-Superintendents-Proposed-Budget.pdf), but pages 58-60 present the complete list of proposed cuts.
On March 28, the School Board will discuss the Superintendent’s proposed budget in a public hearing, followed by a County Board public hearing about the County Budget on April 2nd.  If any of the proposed cuts strike you as unacceptable, please make your voice heard at these upcoming meetings.

DOROTHY HAMM MS PTSA UPDATE

Dear Families of Dorothy Hamm MS,

The parents on the Executive Committee are excited to announce that the Dorothy Hamm MS
PTSA was chartered at a meeting on February 19, 2019.
A PTSA – what is that, you may ask? A PTSA is a Parent, Teacher and Student Association. A
PTSA allows students a voice in their school and opportunities to help plan and organize PTSA-
sponsored events under the guidance of parents. Students in a PTSA can contribute to their
community in a positive way, and their involvement may help parents become more involved
too! Because DHMS is a brand-new middle school, the parents at the February 19 meeting
believed that forming a PTSA was important. We want the students to have a voice in building
our new DHMS community and in developing traditions and PTSA programs that will truly
benefit our students!
The following officers were elected to serve until the elections meeting in May for the 2019-20
school year:

 DHMS PTSA President: Debbie Pearson ([email protected])
 DHMS PTSA Treasurer: Dan Lyons ([email protected])
 DHMS PTSA Secretary: Dena Porter ([email protected])
 VP Programs: Angela Huskey ([email protected])
 VP Community: Heidi Gibson ([email protected])
 VP Communications: Lara Johnson ([email protected])

There are many opportunities to become involved in our new DHMS PTSA!

1. Join the PTSA! You and your student are invited to join the DHMS PTSA! The PTSA will
be hosting several upcoming events where you can join the PTSA. Dues for parents
through June 30 are $10 each, staff members are $10 each, and students are $5 each. At
this time, we can accept only cash and check payments. Please contact President Debbie
Pearson at [email protected] if you have any questions.

2. Engage at one of our upcoming “Creating Community” Chats! Please join us for a series
of casual brainstorming sessions and conversations about the type of community we
hope to build at DHMS. We are looking for ideas to bring people together and to make
the transition to DHMS not just tolerable, but amazing! Parents and future DHMS
students are welcome to attend. The first one will be held on Monday, March 11 at
7:00 pm at HB-Woodlawn (room TBA). Future dates include April 8 and May 9 (further
details TBD). Any questions? Please reach out to VP Community Heidi Gibson at
[email protected]

3. Attend one of our upcoming PTSA general membership meetings! The PTSA will have
three PTSA meetings this spring. We hope to see you there!! The dates are listed below:

 Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 pm at HB-Woodlawn (room TBA)
 Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm at HB-Woodlawn (Library)
 Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 pm at HB-Woodlawn (Library)

4. Volunteer to help the PTSA! At the March PTSA meeting, we will continue
brainstorming ideas for our DHMS community, especially focusing on bringing our new
community together with events this spring and summer. We will need many volunteers
to help! Also, we will be discussing Committee Chair positions – which ones to have and
who might be interested in helping out!

5. Follow the DHMS PTSA on Facebook and Twitter! Until the PTSA can establish a
website and a weekly newsletter, we will be primarily using Facebook, Twitter and
School Talk messages like this one to send information to DHMS families about PTSA
events! Here are our social media links:

 DHMS PTSA on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/252586794927556/
 DHMS PTSA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dhms_ptsa

Thank you, and I look forward to meeting you and your future DHMS student at one of our
events sometime soon!!

Debbie Pearson
President, DHMS PTSA


SUMMER CAMP at the OUTDOOR LAB

Do you have a child who loves nature, enjoys spending time in the outdoors,
or is interested in animals?
Then they might enjoy SUMMER CAMP at the PHOEBE HALL KNIPLING OUTDOOR LAB!
The Outdoor Lab offers a week-long science enrichment camp that provides a number of nature-related activities and experiences to Arlington Public School students, who have completed grades 4 through 8.The Outdoor Lab Summer Camp brochure will be posted for 4th and 5th grade parents on Peach Jar from March 1st to March 29th.   In addition, more information can be found in the APS Summer School Catalog (Catálogo para la Escuela de Verano).
Go to www.apsva.us/summer-school/APS students can sign up for Outdoor Lab Summer Camp through the APS Summer School Program between March 7th and April 5th, 2019.
Questions? Please contact:Joanne Godwin, Outdoor Lab Camp Director, at [email protected]


PTA positions – Treasurer open now and next year’s openings

We are IN NEED of interested folks looking to volunteer next year.  The majority of the current Executive Board will hit their term limit in June and will need to step down.  We NEED members of our community to volunteer to keep PTA support and activities going.  Please contact Kristen at [email protected] if interested in any position.

2018-19: OPEN POSITION – PTA Treasurer

19-20: President, VP Activities and Programs, VP Ways and Means, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary


Thank You’s

  • to Principal Ellen Smith of Dorothy Hamm Middle School for your introduction to the new school!


Reminders

  • 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 crayons? our 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!

Need to Reach Us?

For general questions, email [email protected] – Kristen Johnson

For newsletter/school communications, email [email protected] – Chai Puri

For events/activities, email [email protected] – Lauren Barber

For finance questions, email [email protected] – Diana Paulraj

Other PTA questions?  Find out who can help you!

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