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 Glover School Principal’s Update  
Week of February 23, 2015

Morning and Afternoon Car Lane:  For obvious reasons, most parents are using the car lane for drop-off and pick-up.  Thank you for your patience as car lanes are backing up, and for following the traffic procedures.  The afternoon pick-up is the most challenging, and we are trying to pull as many cars off the road as we can fit.  If possible, consider carpooling whenever you can.  We’ve had a few staff and parents leave vehicles, park in the bus zone (7:30-9:00 AM; 2:00-3:00 PM), misuse handicapped parking, and in each case divert attention away from helping the traffic pattern run smoothly.  It’s tempting.  Thank you for the 99.9% of staff and parents who are being patient, following rules, and keeping the children safe.

After-School Student Plans:  Whenever possible, try to have your child know any changes in after school plans before leaving the house, and let their teacher know by email and a note.  If plans change during the day, call the main office as early as possible.  We try to balance not interrupting a class and ensuring the teacher know (and has acknowledged) any change in pick-up plans.  

Preschool Parents:  Thank you to the parents that joined us on Tuesday, February 24th at the 8:30 AM coffee. ~On Thursday, March 5, preschool parents can use DROP AREA 4 starting at 8:30 AM.  Preschool staff will be at AREA 4 to walk students to the school.  Below is a map of the drop off  zone.  In addition, parents can continue to park off-site and walk to the school.   Unfortunately, there is only staff parking on the site.

Fit February Recipes for week 3:  Following February vacation and several snow days the students have done a great job working on the 5 a day Challenge with fruits and vegetables as well as strengthening their cardiovascular systems with jump rope for heart this week. Ms. Doben reports that many students have received toe tokens for excellent work!
    This week we would like to provide a recipe including Tomatoes, Zucchini and Whole grain Pasta.  Tomatoes are actually a fruit, and an excellent source of vitamins A and C and the antioxidant Lycopene.  Fruits and vegetables high in vitamins A, C and lycopene help to keep our cells healthy, they protect our eyesight, help  protect our skin from sun damage and they help us to fight  infections. This recipe offers 302 Cal., 22 gmsPro, 48 gms Carbs, 9 grams of heart healthy fiber and 4 gms fat . Serves 4

Linguine Bolognese                                             
6 oz. whole wheat linguine                              1 zucchini chopped
8 oz. extra lean ground beef or turkey                  1 can no salt added chopped tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped                         1tsp dried oregano
¼ cup chopped carrot                                    ½ cup tomato paste
2-3  cloves garlic, minced                                      ¼ cup water
3 Tbsp shredded part skim mozzarella cheese.    ¼ tsp salt
Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  • Warm large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add beef/ turkey, cook 3-4 minutes breaking meat into smaller pieces until no longer pink.
  • Add onion, carrot, garlic, and oregano. Cook stirring 2 minutes or until vegetables start to soften.
  • Add zucchini. Cook 2 minutes until soft.
  • Stir in tomatoes (with juice), tomato paste, and water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 12-15 minutes until sauce thickens slightly.
  • Remove from heat and add salt.
  • Drain pasta fold in sauce mixture sprinkle with cheese and enjoy !
  • Add extra cheese to taste as desired.

Nurse and Phone Contact:   Nurse Dawn requests that you check your phone periodically in case you get a call from the school.   Recently, she has had some difficulty getting in contact with parents of a sick child and for a change of clothes.  

Village’s Parent Night:  Theresa McGuinness, Village Principal, welcomes upcoming 4th grade parents to their Incoming 4th~Grade Parent Night~(rescheduled due to snow)~on~Wednesday, March 4th. ~~The evening will include~informal tours of fourth-grade classrooms from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.~and a Q & A session with both Village School administrators and teachers from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. (Parents only please).  Village’s fine guidance counselors, along with~three former Glover students and Principal McGuiness visited Glover’s third grade students, and welcomed Marblehead third graders~to Village School.    On Monday, May 4th all Marblehead third grade students will visit and tour Village School for an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful staff in their beautiful schoolhouse.

Wind Chill Factor & Snow Gear:  It’s been chilly with the outside temperature and wind chill.  Many of you know the children have come in upon arrival due to the combined early morning temperature and wind speed.  On the same day, the children may go out for lunch recess given a change in temperature and/or wind speed.  
In terms of snow gear, we appreciate the time and energy it takes to dress and undress your children in layers, and with mittens, hats, winter coats, snow pants, boots, and scarves, ……….   The playgrounds are covered with snow, and the walkways can get slushy by mid-day.  Last Friday, I watched from the hallways, the fun they were having in the snow playing with their friends.  It was great fun to see how much they enjoyed the snow.  Snow pants and boots are required for the children to have full access to the playground.  If they do not have boots and snow pants, we either limit the playground area they can be in, or keep them inside.  Either way, the children miss being with other children and playing in the snow.

Marblehead METCO Musical Concert “Reflections”:   Featuring: Groups from Marblehead Veterans Middle School, Marblehead High School, Berklee College of Music, Choirs from Lynn, and local singers from Boston and the surrounding areas.   Please join us on Saturday, March 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the MVMS Performing Arts Center 217 Pleasant St. Marblehead, MA.  Tickets can be purchased before the concert at the MVMS METCO Office from 8:00 am to 11:30 am from Ms. Anne Thomas at 781 639- 3120 x 3148. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.  Ticket prices are $20.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Seniors/Students.

Save the Date for Third Grade Families:  Wednesday April 8th, 6:30pm at Glover
Third Grade Fine Arts Night:  Journeys

PTO Grant Committee:  Thank you to Karen Byron and team for writing and submitting two K-3 grants to the Marblehead Friends.  Again, our PTO continues to be selfless in their work for children.  This is one of several PTO committees who work behind the scenes.  Glover Staff says THANK YOU!

Monday, March 2 – Graziano family visit, 8:05 am
Tuesday, March 3 – Patrick Cogan visits with grade 2, 9:00 am (Café)
Patrick Coogan visits with grade 3, 10:00 am (Café)
Friday, March 6 – HAT DAY – Create a hat or wear your favorite
Friday, March 6 – Doben friendly Friday, 8:05 am
Friday, March 6 – Kodiat Family First Friday, 8:05 am
Friday, March 6 – Thomas to Abbott Library, 10:15 am
Tuesday, March 10 – Grade 1 to Maple Sugaring, 10:00-12:30 – no lunch
Wednesday, March 11 – Early Release, 12:00 pm
Friday, March 13 – Doben Friendly Friday, 8:05 am
Friday, March 13 – PTO, 8:00 am (Library)
Tuesday, March 17 – Gr. 1 to Ben Franklin, 9:00 am
Wednesday, March 18 – Grade 2 to the Aquarium, 8:30-2:00 – no lunch
Thursday, March 19 – K-Discovery Museum, 8:00 am
Friday, March 20 – Doben Friendly Friday, 8:05 am
Friday, March 20 – Pajama Day
Friday, March 20 – Elementary Grades Close

Glover Parking Lot:  The Glover parking lot is for staff only between 6:30 AM through 3:00 PM.  At drop-off and pick-up, 400 children are leaving the school with their parents, walking with friends, and/or going to the car drop-off line.  For safety reasons, please only enter when using the drop-off (8:00-8:15) and pick-up area (2:30-2:40).  Please share this with grandparents and child care providers.  The gates to the drop-off/pick-up area are closed from 9:00 AM through 2:00 PM.  

After-School Play Dates:   Please plan those after-school play dates in advance.  If you change dismissal plans, please send in a note to the teacher, rather than call the office. Occasionally you may have an emergency and be late.  Please let your child know to go to the office until you arrive.  

Attendance Phone Line:  Glover has a 24/7 attendance phone line that you can access by calling 1-781-639-3190 ext 3.    When reporting a late arrival, please note the lunch your child wants, if ordering.  
Dismissal:  The school needs written permission for any friend, relative, or non-custodial parent to pick up a child.  Without permission, children can not be released to any other person, other than their parents.  Send in a signed note, if the person picking up is not on your OK to pick-up list.

Non-profit community flyers can be found in our district’s E-Backpack Community Flyer web page. Check weekly for important flyers pertaining to your children at: http://marbleheadschools.org/flyers 

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