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Words DO Hurt We all know that bullying is wrong. None of us wants our child to be a bully or become the target of a bully. The anti-bullying message is reinforced to our children at school throughout the year. However, the reality is that children learn hurtful words and behaviors and use them, sometimes knowingly, sometimes without awareness, Often, these incidents do not take place inside the classroom where teachers can intervene and address the situation immediately. Instead, issues arise on the bus, at recess, or in the hallways. Unfortunately, children who experience or witness subtle bullying do not always share the information with adults. The behavior can continue on a regular basis, with children suffering, whether they are the targets, bystanders, or perpetrators. If your child does talk to you about experiencing or witnessing bullying behavior, (which often occurs in subtle, non-physical forms, including name-calling , social exclusion/ isolation, or teasing), please discuss the situation and find out more information from your child. Ask about the facts, encourage

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sharing about her/his feelings, and listen carefully to what your child tells you. You can brainstorm ideas for how to address the situation, and then discuss which options are most appealing to your child. Share personal experiences, if they are relevant; they may help your child feel better about confronting her/his own situation. Encourage your child to play an active role in being part of the solution, and get involved yourself to model appropriate behavior. How to get involved: discuss how it feels to be the target and how even being a quiet bystander can fuel the problem; role-play scenarios in which your child can help change the current pattern of behavior; contact your child’s teacher to discuss the situation; get in touch with the school counselor, Mrs. Cooney, to share the information and find solutions; contact the No Place for Hate Committee to share your experiences and help us make the school a safer and more welcoming place for all members of the community. If you have thoughts, comments, or questions about this issue, please contact the No Place for Hate Committee: Tasha Holland (; Shira Neuberger (; and Kelly Durand (

Make it a Day ON, not a Day Off On January 16, 2012, Glenside Elementary will participate in the MLK Day of Service. Just as last year, we will create Valentine kits for children in area hospitals and have a bake sale to raise funds for a local homeless shelter. In addition, this year we will have a table set up with information about diversity-related and service-related ideas/activities for families to enjoy throughout the year. The event will be held at the school, and details will be provided in the coming weeks. We NEED volunteers to help with the activities and to bring baked goods! Please contact Tasha Holland (, Shira Neuberger ( or Kelly Durand (

In this issue:

MLK Day of Service 1

Meet the Teacher


Holiday Store




Special points of interest:

Rainbow of Friends

Spirit Wear

Box Tops

Green Tip

Parents’ Night Out

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G l e n s i d e - A R a i n b ow o f F r i e n d s Giving and Glenside - Perfect Together December's Rainbow of Friends theme is GIVING at Glenside. Giving happens in a variety of ways. Our children have been giving of themselves since they came back to school in September. In October, they helped the troops overseas. November was dedicated to helping children. Each Monday, Glenside students volunteered to work with Mrs. Harbison to run a Bake Sale raising money for the children at CHOP (in addition to the money raised for Books for CHOP at our PTO Book Sale). Our children did a fantastic job! For the month of December, our focus is changing. We will collect and donate used, old, or broken cell phones for LCA research and a cure. Our very own second grade teacher, Mrs. Boner, has a grandbaby, Hannah, who has Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). LCA is a rare hereditary disorder that leads to retinal dysfunction and visual impairments or blindness at an early age, often from birth. Hannah sees only light. We can donate our old, used, broken cell phones to help Hannah through the The Foundation for Retinal Research (FRR). This foundation was created to raise money for research & to provide information to families affected by LCA. Your children learned about this at our November 29th assembly. Hannnah is one of only 3,000 people with this rare disease, so research money is limited. To date, there is no treatment or cure for the disease. The mission of the FRR is to aid in providing treatments and an ultimate cure for all forms of LCA.

Please discuss GIVING at home with your child as you plan your holiday celebrations, to make this season a very happy, unselfish one. ―If you always give, you will always have.‖ (Chinese Proverb) Have a wonderful holiday season.

Mrs. Roshanna Floyd What are you teaching? 3rd Grade

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How long have you taught? 8 years Where did you teach before? John Welsh Elementary ( Philadelphia), Martime Academy Charter School (Philadelphia), Norton Park Elementary (Smyrna, GA), Elite Prep (Bangkok, Thailand) , McKinley Elementary (Elkins Park) Colleges, universities attended? University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) , Lincoln University (Philadelphia Campus) , Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN) Hobbies? Cosmetology, traveling, spending time with family and friends Favorite Book? The Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah Any other personal information you would like to share (ie; number of children at home, special interest, travel experience)? Mother of a 9-month old, Kevin, Jr. Traveled to Thailand and taught international students for a summer Excited to be given an opportunity to teach students at the brand new Glenside!

A big thank you to everyone for sending in Box Tops! As a school, we collected 3,478 Box Tops for the first collection of the school year!! What a great effort! The top classroom, as promised, will receive an ice cream party, and that class is...Room #20 Mrs. Wagner - Congratulations! Mrs. Wagner's 3rd grade class brought in a total of 396 Box Tops. Way to go! The runners up are: Room #8 Mrs. Duarte (Kindergarten) Total: 363 Room #21 Mr. Kelly (3rd grade) Total: 350 Room #9 Mrs. van't Hoenderdaal (Kindergarten) Total: 336 Room #11 Mrs. Ward (2nd grade) Total: 333 Please continue to look for Box Tops on your household items, and when you see them, clip them and send them in to school. We will have another big collection and contest after the new year.

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Holiday Store It's that time of year again! The holiday We are looking for people to come in store is right around the corner. In on 12/2 for store set-up, and for the case you aren't familiar, this is a "store" actual running of the store. We need run by the PTO where students can buy your help! gifts for their loved ones. Items range Please contact Kathleen Brown in price from less than $1 to several ( to volunteer, or dollars, with the PTO providing a $1 with any questions. coupon for every child. The store runs Monday, 12/5 - Wednesday, 12/7. We will need lots of volunteers to run this event.

EDITORS NEEDED We’ll even give you the format!

We’ve had the pleasure of writing and editing the newsletter for almost 2 years now. At the end of June, our tenure as corresponding secretaries ends. That means that the search for the new editors begins! Please, please, please take this opportunity to contribute to the Glenside Elementary School commu-

Green Tip Although it feels like spring outside, the winter holidays are coming! We hope the ideas below will be helpful to you as you think about the season: Need gifts? 1. Think about buying from a local shop – it helps our economy and you don’t have to

nity. This is a perfect gig for the parent/s that can’t get to the school during the day to volunteer. It’s a great way to show off (or develop) your sense of humor and style!

travel far to shop!

Please contact Kelly Du-

2. There are a few local places that sell fair trade items – checkout 10,000 Villages

rand or Shira Neuberger for further details at

( or do some research on local fair trade. There are also many online sites that carry fair trade products. What is FAIR TRADE? Simply put, it involves making sure those who make a product get a fair deal for the work they did. This has tremendous impact on the sustainability for a community, or even just a family. 3. Be creative with your gifting! Make a gift or share an experience together – this cuts down on packaging, you know where the product is coming from and you give the gift of time with one another!

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Parents’ Night Out sponsored/hosted by the Cheltenham High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team

Show your Spirit!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 Don't miss the biggest

5:00 pm until 10:00 pm CHS Gymnasium

A night of games, activities, and FUN! (Like a day of LifeSeeds Summer Camp!)

sale ever! Purchase any Glenside Spirit wear item and get ONE T-Shirt FREE!!! (adult size only, while supplies last) Sale ends Thursday, December 15! Fill out a purchase order (sent in a previous email) and send it to school in an envelope marked, ―Glenside PTO Spirit wear.‖

Pizza, drinks, and prizes for all!

$25 for one child $45 for 2 children $60 for three children (the event is for children age 5 and older)

RSVP Dave Burton at

For more information, or for another purchase order form, please contact Fernanda Lemos at

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M a r k Yo u r C a l e n d a r


Upcoming Events December


5th -

UPG Mtg. (7 pm—Admin. Bldg)

16th -

MLK Day of Service

21st -

Early Dismissal (2:45 pm)

18th -

Early Dismissal (2:45 pm)

23rd -

Holiday Dismissal (1:00 pm)

23rd -

PTO Mtg. (7:30 pm)

30th -

UPG Mtg. (7 pm—Admin. Bldg)

26th-30th - Winter Break

Thank yo u! Merci !

This newsletter made possible by

Our sincere thanks go to -

Stephanie Fields, Patti Peet, and Rebekka Hartwell, for another fabulous book fair! Thanks to all of the MANY volunteers that made the book fair possible.

Gloria Smith, for your YEARS of dedicated work on the directory and as treasurer. We’d be lost without you!

Alicia Thomas, Jenny Lowman, and Terri Schmidt, for Donuts with Someone Special. It was certainly special and it was because of your hard work!

Nicole Oliver and Kathleen Brown. for your painstaking work with the KidStuff books. Thank you!

Glenside Elementary School 400 Harrison Avenue Glenside, PA 19038 215-881-6440 (p) | 215-886-6797 (f)

Contact the Editors: Shira Neuberger | 267--735-0233

Kelley and Tim Funk, for your expert counting of the Box Tops.

Debora Scholl, for your rounding up of ads for the directory. We had more ads than

Kelly Durand | 215--901-6370


Kelly Timbers and Ray Felix, for the wonderful annual wrapping paper sale! We appreciate all of your work in making it happen.

Contact the PTO Co-Presidents: Nancy Bower | Tom Durso |

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