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Glebe Newsletter May 2019

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the May 2019 Glebe Newsletter is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe it is May already. During the last two months of school, valuable instruction is planned- with a bunch of fun on the side. There are so many important dates to share with you.

We have some exciting events planned this month to showcase our students’ hard work and talents! Join us on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. at JHS PAC for the Second and Third Grade Chorus Concert and the Third Grade Recorder Consort. Join us on May 15th for our Artsy AR Night. More information will be coming home soon! We are looking forward to both of these great events! You are welcome to join us for our May Morning Program on the 20th at 9:20. The Glebe Leadership Team will meet on the 30th at 3:45 p.m. The team will begin brainstorming and planning for 2019-2020. The May JEPTA meeting will be held on May 1st at 6 p.m. at Warren Street School. Third grade students will take the NYS Math exam on May 6th and 7th. We will also be holding our spring book fair on May 8th and 9th. Be sure to take advantage of the buy one get one free deal at this book fair. All classes will have an opportunity to visit the book fair on the 8th or 9th.

Lastly, just a few safety reminders for everyone. Please remember, the bus loop is closed to cars for pick up during dismissal unless you need the handicap parking space. Please park on the road or in the side lot when picking up students at dismissal time. Also, if you need to pick your child up early from school for an appointment, please send in a note or call the office by 1 p.m. Please do not call to ask us to make dismissal changes after 1 p.m. We need to ensure every child’s safety at dismissal time. Also, please remember while school is in session, the playground is closed to the community. The playground is open each day after all of our students have been safely dismissed. Also, dogs are not allowed on school property. Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe.

Students will have a unique opportunity to participate in Career Day on May 31st. Thank you to our volunteers who are helping to make this a great event. We hope to see you soon at Glebe!


Abbey North
Principal, Glebe Street Elementary School

May Calendar

  • May 1 – Chorus Practice, 2:10 – 3:10 p.m.
    • JEPTA, 6 p.m. @ Warren
  • May 6 & 7 Grade 3 Math Test
  • May 7 – Second & Third Grade Concert, 6:30 p.m., JHS PAC
    • School Voter Registration, 4 – 8 p.m., JHS Auditorium Lobby
  • May 8 & 9 – Spring Book Fair
  • May 14 – Public Budget Hearing, 6 p.m., JHS Lecture Hall
  • May 15 – Artsy AR Night
  • May 20 – Morning Program, 9:20 a.m.
  • May 21 – Half Day for Students
    • Budget Vote, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., JHS Gymnasium
    • Evening for Education, 5 – 7 p.m., JHS
  • May 30 – Glebe Leadership Team Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
  • May 31 – Career Day

Annual Budget Vote and School Board Elections

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Polls Open 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Johnstown High School Gymnasium

You may vote if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old and
  • Are a US Citizen and
  • Have been a resident of the Greater Johnstown School District for the past 30 days and
  • Are a Registered Voter


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Evening for Education May 21

Evening for Education May 21

Evening for Education
Sponsored by JTA

drawing of a bus in front of a school building

Join us!

May 21st  5-7 PM
JHS Lobby and Media Center



cartoon of kids conducting science experimentPresenting:

Samples of students’ work from all grades

Science Fair Projects Presented by NGSS PLC



ice cream cone

Free ice cream cones! Scooped by your teachers!

A chance to win gift baskets and gift certificates!

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Odyssey

Developing Creativity… Shaping Independent Thinkers… Encouraging Problem Solving… Building Teamwork…

Supporting Johnstown Odyssey of the Mind

  • What: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
  • When: Monday, May 13th @ 4:30-6pm
  • Where: Pino’s Restaurant, 326 West Clinton Street, Johnstown
  • Details: Tickets $9 each, take-out only, Includes spaghetti, meatballs, sauce, salad, bread, and dessert!
  • How: Tickets may be purchased at any Johnstown school, now through May 8th. Please return the bottom portion of this form with EXACT CHANGE or a CHECK made out to the Greater Johnstown School District.  Tickets will then be sent home with your child. Questions can be directed to Kristin Meashaw at Warren Street School (

Since 2015, the Johnstown Odyssey program has continued to grow by leaps and bounds (check out our stats below)!! This fundraiser will help us continue to provide enrichment programing to students from Glebe up through JHS, register Odyssey teams for competition, and send qualifying teams to World Finals.

  • 2015-16
    • 45 students
    • 7 teams (from W & K)
    • 2 advanced to States
  • 2016-17
    • 61 students
    • 9 teams (from W & K)
    • 3 advanced to States
  • 2017-18
    • 93 students
    • 14 teams (from G, W, K)
    • 5 to States, 1 to Worlds
  • 2018-19
    • 107 students
    • 15 teams (from G, W, K)
    • 5 to States, 1 to Worlds

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

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Johnstown Elementary PTA Officer Nominations

The following positions are open for the 2019-2020 school year. We will vote at the May 1st PTA meeting, which will be held at Warren Street School at 6p.m.

  • President – Plan and preside over all meetings, develop the agenda, encourage the planning of new activities and ideas, and communicate with our regional PTA representative.
  • 3 Vice Presidents (Pleasant Ave, Glebe, Warren St) – Perform duties of the President in their absence, check PTA mailbox weekly and let appropriate person know they have items, sign checks, find volunteers for PTA events in your school (i.e. Meet the Principal Night, Picture Day, Open House, Fundraisers)
  • Treasurer – Keep an accurate account of receipts/expenditures, pay bills as adopted by the budget, give treasurer’s report at the PTA meeting, pay state & national PTA dues and insurance, sign checks.
  • Recording Secretary – Record meeting minutes, communicate with the district for website submissions within one week; provide paper minutes if asked, take attendance.
  • 3 Representatives (Pleasant Ave, Glebe St, Warren St) – attend monthly meetings, on-line membership for your corresponding school.

If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the bottom of this form to the nominations committee by April 18th and please include a contact number (if known), and the student(s) name(s) for the candidate. (Nominations should be sent to the main office at each school to be placed in the JEPTA mailbox).

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Glebe Newsletter & Calendar April 2019

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the April 2019 Glebe Newsletter & Calendar is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

Happy spring and happy almost 4th quarter. April 5th marks the end of quarter 3 and report cards will go home on April 18th.  April is a short month with no school April 19th through April 28th. There is a half-day on April 18th and students will dismiss at 11:45 a.m.

We invite students to participate in our Authors’ Showcase which will take place during our morning program on April 16th. Sign up forms went home. A parent and a teacher must sign the form which should be submitted with the student’s original writing. We hope to see you on McLiteracy Night on April 10th. JEPTA will be hosting McDonalds Night from 5-7 p.m. A portion of sales will go to fund activities hosted by JEPTA. AR Night will run from 6-7 p.m. this same evening. Watch for a special treat attached to the flyer coming home soon!

Soon, we will begin planning for next year. You will be receiving transportation forms (to indicate what your plans are for getting your child to and from school). A reminder, you need to register your child for the shuttle or the traditional bus EACH year. The elementary principals are working to plan an awesome Transition Day experience in June when our third graders will visit Warren St. and our current second graders will welcome the current first graders to Glebe. We hope to see you soon at Glebe!

Abbey North, Principal

Glebe Family Calendar – April

  • April 2 – Grade 3 ELA Test
  • April 3 – Grade 3 ELA Test
    • JEPTA, 6 p.m. @ Glebe
  • April 5 – Quarter 3 Ends
    • Last Enrichment Class
  • April 9 – Junior Achievement Training @ Glebe, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • April 10 – McLiteracy Night, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • April 16 – Morning Program, 9:20 a.m.
  • April 17 – BOE Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • April 18 – Superhero T-shirt Day
    • Half Day (11:45)
  • April 19 – 26: No School, Spring Break
  • April 29 – School Resumes
  • May 1 – Chorus Practice, 2:10 – 3:10 p.m.
    • PTA, 6 p.m. @ Pleasant
  • May 2 – Grade 3 Math Test
  • May 3 – Grade 3 Math Test

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Elementary Foul Shooting Contest

Elementary Foul Shooting Contest

group shot of winnersJohnstown’s annual Elementary Foul-Shooting Contest took place on Saturday, March 23, in the Warren Street Elementary School gym.

As part of our physical education classes at Warren and Glebe, students participate in a basketball unit that focuses on the fundamentals, along with participating in a foul-shooting contest with their classmates. The first and second place finishers from each class contest are then invited to compete in the district-wide contest.

We had 65 total students competing in our district-wide contest this year, with the winners making anywhere between four and eight out of 10 foul shots. We look forward to seeing them as future Sir Bills and Lady Bills basketball players!

This year’s winners are:

  • Third Grade: Carson Sanjurjo and Elena Dickinson
  • Fourth Grade: Anthony Cristiano and Peyton Nigro
  • Fifth Grade: Braeden Fennessey and Annika Frasier
  • Sixth Grade: Tyler Walrath and Gianna Pica

Thank you to Mrs. Tarbox for her help during this years contest. Thank you also to the following JHS basketball players and student-athletes: Jaden Wilson, Meghan Mraz, Abby VanValkenburgh, Anna Lee, Sadie Blowers, Matt Boyle, Chano Cross, Victor Orsell, Trey Stover and Steven VanNostrand.


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Odyssey Team Headed to World Finals Again!

Odyssey Team Headed to World Finals Again!

Odyssey of the Mind 40 Years PosterThe Johnstown Odyssey of the Mind program has more good news to share!

This past weekend, five Johnstown teams competed in the New York State Finals. The students all did a great job and represented our school district very well. Qualifying for the state competition in Binghamton is an accomplishment in and of itself! At the state level, some of our teams were up against schools that have been competing in this program for many years.

Johnstown Odyssey Coordinator Kristin Meashaw reported that our students and their families spent the morning supporting each other by attending other Johnstown long term problems. She says that it was great to see everyone showing their Johnstown spirit and cheering each other on.

Eighth grade team in costumesThe Knox Junior High eighth grade team, known as the Energetic Engineers, made another impressive showing this year at States. After qualifying for World Finals last year and competing at Iowa State University last May, they again placed second out of 17 teams. Since all first and second place teams advance to the World level, this group of outstanding students will be making a repeat showing. This May they will be traveling to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Mrs. Meashaw said, “Not many teams can say they have gone to World Finals. Hardly anyone gets to say they are returning for the second year in a row! This very talented group of Johnstown students are wonderful role models and mentors for the program.”

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Invitation to First Grade Parents/Guardians

Invitation to First Grade Parents/Guardians

cartoon drawing of kids

The Glebe Leadership Team (GLT) invites first grade parents and guardians to join us for our last GLT meeting for the school year on May 30th at 3:45 p.m. (Glebe Library)

The Glebe Leadership Team plans the enrichment, literacy, and parent outreach opportunities and events at Glebe Street Elementary School.

The GLT meets monthly at 3:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend anytime! We are looking forward to adding new members to our team and are excited for a great school year.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our team but cannot make the meeting, contact Mrs. North at so you can be added to the email list to receive minutes.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Glebe Authors’ Spotlight

Glebe Authors’ Spotlight

words "Author at Work" with two pencils

Glebe Celebrates
Student Authors

Calling all authors! The Authors’ Spotlight will take place at our April Morning Program (April 16th at 9:20 a.m.) Students have the opportunity to submit an original poem or short paragraph to be read as part of the celebration. A teacher and parent signature are required for submission. Submissions can be handwritten or typed. Please fill out the attached form and submit it with your original work to your teacher no later than April 1st. No late entries will be accepted.

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Keller’s Heart

Keller’s Heart

During their recent monthly Morning Program, Glebe students watched a short video and listened to the story “Keller’s Heart,” written by local news anchor John Gray.

Principal North talked about differences and disabilities and accepting others the way they are. The message is simple: don’t treat others differently just because they act, look, or learn differently from us. Students each wrote their name on a heart pledging to do so. The hearts hang on a bulletin board in our cafeteria as a reminder of our pledge.

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