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Letter from Principal Heffernan, Oct. 19

Filed in Glenmont by on October 19, 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome back to our fifth graders as they return from their three day Nature’s Classroom trip in Becket, Massachusetts!  We would like to thank our parent volunteers who helped out at Nature’s Classroom and who transported baggage for us. A special thank you goes to our teachers who gave up three days away from their families:  Heidi Aupperle, Joel DiTata, Laura Gentile, and Stacie Mihok.

Have you noticed the beautiful fall garden out front?  Thank you to parent Jen Friedman and her son Theo for their work planting it, and also to School’s Out for making a sizeable donation to the PTA that was used to help fund the garden.

On Wednesday, November 14, we hope you can join us for a fundraiser in support of the Chris Porter Scholarship Fund.  Chris was a long-time fifth grade teacher at Glenmont and then Eagle Elementary who succumbed to brain cancer last year.  This is Glenmont’s way of honoring her and raising money in support of a scholarship that will be given in her name to a BCSD high school student.  On Nov. 14, you can play in our Hoop Shoot and Minute to Win it games, and also bid on a basket in the silent auction. We hope to see you there!

Are you interested in BCSD parent education workshops?  The district is looking for feedback regarding parent education workshops. The district is exploring offering free, informative parent workshops featuring experts in childhood development who can provide families with additional knowledge, resources and confidence to tackle some of today’s most difficult subjects. This is an anonymous survey and takes less than three minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.  Click here to complete the BCSD Parent Education Workshop Survey.  Thank you for your input!

As a result of our expanded Response to Intervention (RtI) programs, all BC elementary schools are now using the conduct section of Aspen to record significant behavior concerns for students in grades 2-5. This information is only available to parents/guardians and to your child’s educational team. It is intended to help us provide the most appropriate behavior supports for our students in a consistent and timely manner. Please be aware that we will contact parents directly about any student conduct that is entered on Aspen and will work collaboratively with families to address any student behavior issues.

Next week we have our PTA Multicultural Committee meeting on Tuesday at 6:15 in the library:  all are invited. And next Friday, Oct. 26, is the Halloween Ball!

Enjoy the weekend.


Laura Heffernan