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Odyssey Teams Advancing to State Finals

Odyssey Teams Advancing to State Finals

Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind program had another very successful year at the Regional competition held Saturday, March 9, at Fonda-Fultonville Central School. Our district was well represented by 15 teams, who should all be proud of their hard work.

Five Johnstown teams are now advancing to the New York State finals in Binghamton on March 23. First place teams include The Energetic Engineers from Knox Junior High, coached by Mr. Joe Naselli, and the Warren Street fifth grade team coached by Mr. Dave Downing. Both teams competed in the “Omer to the Rescue Again” problem, with the Downing team winning Division I and the Naselli team winning Division II.

Second place teams receiving a wild card advancement slot include Glebe Street’s Wing team (second and third grade); Warren Street’s Vandewalker team (sixth grade); and the Knox Elston team (eighth grade).

We are very grateful for the approximately 30 volunteer coaches, as well as the support received from our community this past weekend.  It was great to see so many families, teachers, administrators, and Board of Education members at competition.

Odyssey of the Mind members and their families are invited to attend our end of year celebration from 6 – 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18, in the Warren Street cafeteria. We will be recognizing our student competitors at this time.

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Founders Day Award Winners Announced

The Knox PTSA is pleased to announce Johnstown’s 2019 Founder’ Day Award Recipients, as follows:

Building Level Awards:
Pleasant Ave: Nicole Bradt and Mari Jo Quinn
Glebe Street: Pat Robinson and Chad Swanson
Warren Street: Stacy Laird, Kathy Salls, and Quinn Swartout
Knox: Jeff Dillenbeck, Eileen Kurtz, and Lesa Levin
JHS: Cynthia Fiorenza and Karen Dufel

City-Wide Award:
Michael Muzzi

Mishael Boyer Award:
Lisa Roth & High Performance Dance Studio

We will be recognizing the contributions of our award winners at the Founders Day Banquet scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at Hales Mills Country Club. Anyone who would like to attend the banquet may stop by the main office in their building to sign-up and remit payment. The cost is $27 per person and checks can be made out to the Knox PTSA.

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Glebe Newsletter & Calendar March 2019

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

Principal’s Corner

Dear Families,

Happy March! We have a busy March planned at Glebe! We will have an amazing time celebrating Read Across America Day on March 1st. Students will celebrate literacy with an assembly, guest readers, stations, snack, and special Seuss prizes. Students are encouraged to dress “Seuss” and wear sneakers for stations on March 1st. Our assembly will be at 9:10 a.m. As always, families are welcome to attend. At our assembly, not only will we celebrate Seuss, but we will kick off PARP, or Pick a Reading Partner. PARP will run March 4th through 22nd. Students will receive a PARP board to track their completion of reading activities this month. They can earn prizes/incentives based on how many activities they complete. You will be receiving a PARP packet soon! Students will participate in some activities at school; listen to a guest reader, buddy read, and DEAR (Drop Everything and Read). There are some activities for home and some evening events as well. Join us for Story and a Slice on March 11th (sign up is required!), or AR Night on March 21st. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the book swap on March 14th (paperwork coming). PARP boards are due on 3/22.  We are looking forward to a fun month celebrating reading!

Other events and meetings happening this month include the Public Budget Forum on March 4th at 6:45 p.m. at the high school. It is important you stay informed regarding the district’s budget. On March 6th at 3:30 the Glebe Leadership Team will meet followed by the Johnstown Elementary PTA meeting at 6 p.m.  On March 7th, there is a Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you at our Morning Program on March 12th at 9:20. On March 13th there is no school, as it is a Conference Day. We hope you have a happy and healthy spring! We hope to see you soon at Glebe!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Abbey North, Principal

March 2019

  • March 4 – PARP Begins
  • March 6 – GLT, 3:30 p.m.
    • JEPTA 6 p.m. @ Pleasant
  • March 7 – Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
    • BOE Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • March 11 – Story and a Slice, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • March 12 – Morning Program, 9:20 a.m.
    • Yankee Candle Sale Starts
  • March 13 – Superintendent’s Conference Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • March 14 – Book Swap
  • March 21 – AR Night, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • March 22 – PARP Ends
  • March 25 – Yankee Candle Sale Ends
  • March 28 – Founders’ Day Dinner

 

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Book Swap at Glebe

Book Swap at Glebe

image of a book next to two circling arrows

Between March 4th and 12th students are invited to bring in one or two books to “swap” during our book swap at lunch on March 14th. Students will be allowed to select a book of their choice from the swap selections. Please remember, these are not new books. Please fill out this permission form listing the books you would like your child to “swap” so we know it is ok that your child will NOT get their own book back in return. Thank you for your help! For participating students, we will sign all PARP sheets at the swap!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Abbey North

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Pick A Reading Partner – 2019

Pick A Reading Partner – 2019

three carton children reading books

Pick a Reading Partner – 2019
March 4th-22nd

Student Directions

  • You have been given a PARP reading BINGO board.  You will only receive ONE copy. Place it in the front pocket of your purple folder.
  • After you complete each activity, have a parent or adult sign the box you completed.
  • There are some sections we will complete in school such as DEAR, attend the assembly on 3/1, read with a buddy, and participate in  the book swap on March 14th.
  • There are some activities that occur during the evening at Glebe Street (AR Night and Story and a Slice) – your teacher and/or principal will sign your board for these events.
  • On March 22nd- turn in your boards for special prizes/incentives!

prizes!!

If you get BINGO with two lines, you will earn a certificate!

If you get BINGO with three lines, you will earn a certificate and Seuss themed stickers.

If you get BINGO with 4 or 5 lines you will earn a certificate, stickers,
and be invited to a meet and greet with Ross, the therapy dog.

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Odyssey of the Mind Prepped to Compete

Odyssey of the Mind Prepped to Compete

students hold banner with words "What makes a good team"Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind program is in full swing, with competition quickly approaching in March. This year Johnstown has 15 teams spread out between Glebe Street, Warren Street, and Knox Junior High.

Groups comprised of five to seven students have been meeting since October. They have been using their creativity to solve one of six Long Term Problems, spending months to create every part of an 8 minute skit. From the lines spoken, the props and scenery used, to the costumes their characters choose to wear, everything is created by the students on the team.

students meeting with their parent volunteerEach team has a parent or two that volunteers as coaches, but the students need to do all the work and come up with all of the ideas. The coaches do help the students develop team work and problem solving skills for the second part of Odyssey, which is called Spontaneous.  At competition, each team will be given a secretly chosen problem that they must complete on the spot. These problems use hands-on, verbal, or a combination of both types of skills. The team’s score on this Spontaneous problem is then added to their score on their Long Term Performance at competition.

The Greater Johnstown School District, again this year, has more teams than any other school district in our area. This is the fourth year the district has officially participated in the Odyssey of the Mind program and it has made quite the name for itself in such a short time span. Last spring, a great deal of interest and support was developed when a then seventh grade Knox team advanced to the World Finals in Iowa.  We are excited to have that team, along with many others, returning to the program as Odyssey of the Mind celebrates the 40th anniversary of it’s existence this year.

gnome pins designed by Johnstown student Maddy ConnelieAs some of our students were lucky enough to discover last year, one of the highlights of attending World Finals is the tradition of collecting and trading Odyssey of the Mind pins. Most states and countries design new pins each year for this purpose. Many revolve around a theme or the Long Term Problems of that year. Upon returning from the World Finals Competition, one of our own Johnstown Odyssey students showed her personal creativity by submitting pin designs over the summer. Eighth grader Maddy Connelie had her gnome pin set chosen as a winning entry and they have been produced as some of this year’s NYS pins. These collectors’ pins will be for sale at competition and Johnstown members can’t wait to see them in person.

The community is welcome to attend the free Regional Competition on March 9th at Fonda-Fultonville Central School. Families can come for a few hours or spend the entire day (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) watching teams perform their skits. If students are thinking about signing up next year, or parents want to know more about the program, this is a great way to get a better understanding of Odyssey. Many families have said they didn’t grasp the full scope of all that is involved, or what their child would accomplish, until they experienced our Regional Competition. It is also truly amazing to see what our Johnstown students can create when they are challenged!

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Grandparents’ Dance April 6

Grandparents’ Dance April 6

Join us for an evening of Dancing and Desserts!

Grandparents’ Dance
April 6, 2019
6 pm-8 pm
Warren Street Gym

shadow figures dancing

$10 per adult, $5 for first child
$3 for each additional child

Sponsored by JHS Class of 2021

Please reserve your spot on the dance floor by March 29; return this form with payment to your child’s teacher (or send to Heidi Bolebruch, 1 Sir Bills Circle, Johnstown). Questions about the event may be directed to hbolebruch@johnstownschools.org.

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Amazing Adaptations with ADK Museum

Amazing Adaptations with ADK Museum

The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake recently visited Glebe Street Elementary to present Amazing Adaptations to third grade students.

The students learned what makes Adirondack mammals uniquely suited to survive in our forests, with an in-depth look at the specialized body and skull structures of our study specimens. Students put their critical thinking skills to the test with two activities – “Carnivore, Herbivore or Omnivore?” and an adaptation matching game.

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AHA Kid’s Heart Challenge

AHA Kid’s Heart Challenge

AHA kids heart challenge logoParents, it’s time for your child to show heart! This year, we’re launching the Kids Heart Challenge. It’s your child’s chance to become a heart hero by learning about heart health, spreading the word and raising funds to save other children. Your children will be participating in dance, jump rope or basketball activities during PE classes this week and learning about the heart and how to be heart healthy.

Please look for information to come home with your children. Donations may be made either online or through the collection envelopes. We will be participating in the Kid’s Heart Challenge through February 15th.

Thank you for supporting the physical and emotional well-being of our students and the American Heart Association.

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Glebe Newsletter & Calendar February 2019

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

Principal’s Corner

It is hard to believe it is February already! Quarter two has come to an end and report cards are coming home on Friday (2/1)! As we approach our 100th day of school, this means the school year is half over. I have reminded students to keep working hard. I am proud of their success so far. We have a short month with February vacation the 18th-22nd and a half day on February 15th (dismissal at 11:45 a.m.).

REMEMBER to read, read, and read! Stay tuned to learn about our Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) and Read Across America Day coming soon.  Our next Accelerated Reader Night is February 12th from 6-7 p.m. We hope to see you at our Morning Program on February 7th at 9:20 a.m. The Glebe Leadership Team (GLT) will meet on February 11th at 3:30 to finalize plans for Read Across America Day and Pick a Reading Partner. Feel free to join us! Students will have a unique opportunity this month during the week of February 11th-15th. During PE class, students will be provided golf instruction from golf-pro, Rich Scott, through a program called, “Starting New at Golf,” or SNAG. Thank you JEPTA! We look forward to this amazing opportunity for our students.

Please remember to send your child with winter clothing. Even if your child does not wish to play in the snow, they go outside for twenty-five minutes each day when the temperature is above twenty degrees. Students should have a coat, snow pants, boots, mittens/gloves, and a hat. There is no alternative to outside recess. We hope to see you soon at Glebe!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Abbey North, Principal

February Calendar

  • February 5, ADK Experience – Grade 3
  • February 6, Q3 Enrichment Begins!
    • JEPTA Meeting 4 p.m. @ Warren
  • February 7, Morning Program 9:20
    • BOE Meeting 6:30
  • February 11, Starting New at Golf Instruction (during PE class!)
    • Glebe Leadership Team Meeting, 3:30 library
  • February 12, SNAG
    • AR Night 6 – 7 p.m.
  • February 13, SNAG
  • February 14, SNAG
  • February 15, SNAG
    • Half Day (DIsmissal at 11:45)
  • February 18 – 22, No School
  • February 27, Elementary SDM Meeting @ Glebe, 4 p.m.
  • March 1, Read Across America Day!

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