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Dear Glen Forest Community,
I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed our first snow day! Based on meteorologists’ predictions, weather in January and February should be mild but by March we will start seeing snow storms. So, if they are right, don’t put those snow boots away!
As we enter the new year, we are busy preparing our students for a variety of assessments required at the mid-year point of the year. We will be assessing children’s reading and math growth, as well as their language development. Many times, parents want to know how they can help. Honestly, you’ve already been helping! When you read with your children every day, ensure they do their homework and attend school, you have been helping and modeling that school is important! Once the assessments are completed, teachers will be able to share with you our “next steps” in developing instruction that meets the specific needs of your children.
This week we were honored to serve as a host school for educators from Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania. We were specifically tasked to highlight how our teachers in our primary grades (kindergarten through 2nd grade) infuse the Advanced Academic curriculum to ensure rigor for ALL children. Of course, our teachers were amazing, and the visitors were treated to kindergarteners doing analogies, 2nd graders using the CSI strategy (Color, Symbol, Image) during their poetry unit, and 1st graders participating in a Jacob’s Ladder task sequencing the stages of a caterpillar from a poem they had read aloud. Our final presentation was from a 1st grade teacher who taught our Young Scholars program last summer and is utilizing various AAP curriculum pieces throughout the school day. I am so incredibly proud of our staff! They did an excellent job representing their colleagues and the collective work our staff is committed to, to ensure ALL students receive rigorous tasks and critical and creative thinking skill opportunities.
In the upcoming weeks, we are hosting a variety of evening events and day-time workshops. Please take a moment to mark your calendars and join us!
Monday, January 20, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
MLK Day was designated a national holiday to honor the activist and minister, Dr. King, who was assassinated in 1968. He worked tirelessly for equality for all peoples – regardless of race or color of skin. His accomplishments have continued to inspire generations of Americans.
1st Grade Curriculum Night
Thursday, January 23, 2020
6 – 7:30 pm
Parents of 1st graders are encouraged to attend to learn about strategies to support their child at home.
2nd quarter ends
Monday & Tuesday, January 27 & 28
20 Martin Luther King Jr Holiday – no school
23 1st grade Curriculum Night @ 6 pm
23 5th grade Honors Choir @ Justice HS @ 7 pm
24 End of 2nd Quarter
27 & 28 Teacher Workdays – no students
Be Informed, Stay Involved!
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- Visit the Glen Forest Elementary School website.
- Follow Glen Forest Elementary on Twitter.
- Monitor your students academics with a SIS Parent Account.
- Join the Glen Forest Elementary School PTO and attend meetings.
Keep your contact information up-to-date
5829 Glen Forest Drive, Falls Church, VA 22041 | Phone: 703.578.8000
Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019