Principal’s Message for November/December, 2017
Dear Glenwood Parents,
I am pleased to provide you with an update on the status of our bond referendum projects at Glenwood. Our bathroom renovations have been completed! The new bathrooms function far better than the older spaces, are much easier to maintain and they look great too! We have started to transform the classroom adjacent to the library into our new STEAM room. Students at different grade levels have already begun using this space for various design challenges and STEAM projects. STEAM projects are creative initiatives that incorporate different aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. In the coming months, we will be installing new communication and fire systems as well as a full upgrade of our electrical service in preparation for the installation of air conditioning in every classroom. Finally, at the Board of Education meeting this past Monday night, the Board announced that they are moving forward with a plan for the expedient removal of the trailers. This will allow us to move forward with our plans of using funds raised from last year’s Read-a-thon to install a new basketball court. Also, compliments of our PTO, we are enjoying three new water bottle filling stations with drinking fountains. Each of these environmentally friendly water filling stations filters and chills the water for students to drink directly or for refilling their water bottle.
On October 18th our school community came together on a beautiful fall day to walk for Bridges of Summit at our annual Walk-a-thon. We are enjoying our new partnership with Bridges. Each year Bridges provides tens of thousands of meals and other essential supplies, such as toiletries, for those who are in need. The funds that we raised this year was used to purchase supplies that were brought to Glenwood so that our students could put together care packages. This provides our children with a “hands-on” character education opportunity to make a real difference. Your donations are greatly appreciated! A very special thanks to our organizers Beijing He and Jinling Wu.
Our annual Glenwood Book Fair was buzzing with excitement again this year. Our school community came together to enjoy quality time with each other, support literacy and raise needed funds for Glenwood. Thank you for your generous support. This fair could not have happened without the hard work of our parent volunteers. A very special thanks to our organizers Jumana Culligan, Julia Tucker, Jennifer Mulvaney and Emma Reakes and all of our parent volunteers for organizing and running this important annual event.
Every year the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills contributes thousands of dollars to enrich our children’s education both at Glenwood and at all Millburn Schools. Our students have enjoyed numerous benefits over the years from the great work of our Education Foundation. I hope you will consider joining the Education Foundation if you have not already done so.
This year our technology teacher, Lori Princiotto, and our art teacher, Cynthia Percarpio, had their $5,000 grant application, Green STEAM, approved by the Education Foundation. With this grant, students created pollinator gardens both in front of our school and behind the school. All grade levels will design and create various projects incorporating environmental concepts, technology and the visual arts. These projects are being completed in our new innovator space located adjacent to our library, in our art room and of course in our pollinator gardens outside.
We are also excited this year, to have received, through a joint grant from the Glenwood PTO and the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, four FM sound systems for each of our first-grade classrooms. These sound systems evenly project the teacher's voice throughout the classroom with a wireless microphone worn by the teacher. This enhances the student’s ability to follow directions and stay on task. It also helps to ensure that important information is not missed when the teacher is engaging the class or is reading a passage or a book to the class.
Under the direction of our music teacher, Katie Langer, our school came together on November 21 to celebrate all that we are thankful for at our annual Thanksgiving Community Sing-Along. This is one of my favorite assemblies at Glenwood. Together, our students and staff have sung stirring songs and children shared their own writing that captured their sentiments about Thanksgiving. The sense of community was palpable. School spirit was abound, as we closed the assembly proudly singing our school song.
This year we will celebrate the holidays with a sing-along that will include songs reflective of different holidays and traditions. Of course, our fourth grade will end with an old Glenwood favorite, the Reindeer Twist! This sing-along celebration will be for students and staff only. Between our holiday sing-along and the class parties, it is sure to be a festive week for all at Glenwood!
Each of the Millburn elementary schools will present a vocal music concert for parents in either January or February. The Glenwood concert will be on January 24th. Glenwood parents will receive tickets for their designated show time.
The Glenwood faculty and staff join me in wishing all of our families a very warm and joyful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.
Dr. David Jasin, Principal
Glenwood Elementary School