The Gladwyne Gazette

A Gladwyne Elementary School HSA Publication


December 6, 2013



Respect Yourself.

Respect Others.

Respect the Environment!
Dates To Remember
December 12
Winter Choral Concert
10:00 am

 7:00 pm

December 19

Report Cards Issued

December 23 -
January 1
School Closed for
Winter Break
January 2
School Resumes

Important Info  

to Know: 

 Official School Hours:



AM Kindergarten:

9:00 to 11:50 am


PM Kindergarten:

12:45 to 3:35 pm


Grades 1 - 5:

9:00 am to 3:35 pm.

Please do not drop your children off earlier than

8:45 am.

GES Office:


Quick Links

Got a Child Home From School? Call the Absentee Hotline!



The Gladwyne Absentee Hotline is a 24-hr attendance monitoring system that accounts for all students marked late or absent.  


When you know your child will be absent or late, just call the Hotline and leave a message. Then follow up by sending in an "Excused Absence" card when your child returns to school.


So easy, right?




A Note from Your School Counselors 


All families are warmly welcomed and encouraged to be actively involved in all school activities. 


 If you are in need of financial assistance or transportation for school activities or events, please contact your school counselor.  


In addition, if you need information about community resources during holidays, or at other times during the year, please contact your child's counselor.


Karen Neiderer, School Counselor for grades 1 and 4,


Deborah Wilson-Leslie, School Counselor for grades K, 2, 3 and 5,

Getting beyond Survival Mode: How to Parent in the Teen Years
The teen/preteen years are a time of rapid change for kids, and it can be hard for parents to keep pace with the everchanging landscape of their child's life. 
Join the Interschool Council on Tuesday, December 10 at 9:30 am at The Academy Building (adjacent to BCMS), for an interactive discussion on how to best support your teen. 
LMSD psychologists Craig Cosden (BCMS) and Andrea Fina (Harriton) will cover a broad array of topics including:
--Adolescent development 
--Setting priorities and boundaries
--Building self esteem 
All parents and guardians in the LMSD are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Interschool Council (ISC) is the umbrella organization for the ten Home and School Associations (HSAs) and the Committee for Special Education (CSE) in Lower Merion School District. 

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Upcoming Community Events


LM Aces and HHS Rams Ice Hockey at Wells Fargo Center
December 17
Click here for more 


Ram Baseball Clinic

Grades 1 - 8 

Click here for more




Parents' Night Out

Drop the kids off at LMHS and score some adult time!

Saturday, December 14

Click here for more


Nelly Berman Rising Stars Concert

December 14, 7 pm

St. Luke's Church

Click here for more 


LM Parks & Recreation Dept. along with Young Rembrandts Art Classes for ages 3-1/2 to 12 years old

Click here for more 


100 Year Celebration of Cynwyd Elem 

Click here for more 




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   Hello Gladwyne Families! 

Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday last week. Can you believe we've already wrapped up the first week of December? 

Speaking of which... with the season of giving upon us, we hope you'll consider helping out with the following worthy causes.

 Blankenburg Elementary -- our sister school in Philadelphia -- desperately needs our help to keep their students warm. To that end, we are collecting donations of hats, gloves and mittens through December 13. 
All items must be BRAND NEW with the tags still attached. Just have your child select an item that would fit a similar child of the same gender, then bring it into school and we will help them hang it on a clothesline in the lobby along with their name proudly written on a paper heart. 
We are also holding a food drive through December 13 to help those in need.


The most needed items include: Condiments, Assorted Canned Fruit (i.e. peaches/ pineapple/pears/mandarin oranges), Canned Tuna/Salmon/Chicken, Instant Pudding & Jell-O, Cooking Oil, Spaghetti Sauce, Tea, Coffee, Juice Boxes (100 percent juice), Bottle Juice, and Peanut Butter & Jelly.
Also needed: 
Toilet Paper, Aluminum Foil, Paper Towels, Dishwashing/Laundry Detergent, Soap, Shampoo/Conditioner. 
Items should be sent in with your children and placed in the "Gladwyne Food Drive," bins located at car line, student pick-up and in the school lobby. 
The food drive is running at the same time as the Cold Wear Gear Drive. But while the winter gear collected 
will go to our sister school in Philadelphia, the food donations will be distributed by three local pantries to homes in our own Main Line community. 
Thank you in advance for your support in both of these endeavors. Your generosity is truly appreciated! Please contact Karnit Biran with any questions at

A few more quick notes:



Mark your calendars now for the the Gladwyne Elementary School Morning Sports Program, which will begin on Monday, January 6, 2014 and continue through Friday, May 30, 2014. 


The program will be held on Monday and Friday mornings from 8:00 am to 8:45 am in the school gym, and is offered to all GES fourth and fifth grade students in order to promote physical activity and sportsmanship in a safe environment.  


  Fourth graders will attend on Monday mornings, while fifth graders will attend on Fridays. All students are expected to exhibit teamwork and appropriate behavior, and adhere to the rules at all times. No equipment is needed to participate, but students must wear sneakers. 

  Please note that in the event of a delayed opening due to inclement weather on a Monday and/or a Friday, Morning Sports will be cancelled for that day 

And while we're on the subject of our fifth graders...
For all those GES fifth graders looking for a fun challenge, it's almost Reading Olympics time! The sign up deadline is December 13, so please see Mrs. Mastronardo if you have any questions. You can also find more details on her eBoard by clicking here.
Finally... You can now show your Gladwyne Spirit by customizing your own apparel at the GES Online Store. Design your own t-shirts, shorts, blankets, backpacks and hats. Click here to check it out. 
Have a great weekend... Go Wolves!
Please Support Cradles to Crayons
The Gladwyne Girl Scouts are holding a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons. Children's clothes and books in new or excellent condition will be accepted in the Gladwyne lobby from December 9 through December 20. They are especially in need of socks and underwear.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Please contact with any questions.
Looking for a Great Holiday Teacher Gift?
Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund Recognition Cards are the perfect, school-approved way to honor teachers and administrators for the holidays!!

Cards cost $15 a piece or $40 for three and can be purchased from your school HSA's Scholarship Fund Representative, Gail Morrison; from the GES Front Office; or online at

To learn more about the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund please visit the website:

Gladwyne Elementary Yearbook Pre-Sale 
November 21 - December 13 
$15.00 each 
FULL color!  
Order yours today!
Yearbooks can  be pre-ordered online from November 21 through December 13 for $15. Just go to 
Click: Pre-order Yearbook 
Select: Gladwyne Elementary School 
Enter password: LMSD
Please note: All orders will ship to Gladwyne and will be distributed in June, though the site requires your address.
You can also send in the order form with your payment of $15.00, cash or check, to your child's teacher. 
Checks should be made out to the Gladwyne H.S.A.
For questions, contact Laura Reilly at



Next Week's Letter Day Schedule




December 9 to December 13 
Monday: E
Tuesday: A
Wednesday: B
Thursday: C
Friday: D
For a complete look at the Letter Day schedule,
please click here.

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