• GESD schools offer a full calendar of holiday performances

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 11/30/2018

    Holiday performance schedule

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  • District moves aggressively to provide 1-to-1 technology for students

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 11/27/2018


    Matching students with emerging technology is a critical part of student learning. Just over a year ago GESD’s Information Technology department launched a plan to make that happen, and because of that the District is helping to close the digital divide. You can see the steps the District has taken, and how it assists in the classroom, in this video.

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  • Voters approve both override and bond

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 11/27/2018


    Glendale Elementary School District voters approved both the District’s request to renew its override and  $35 million bond. Maricopa County has certified the results of the Nov. 6 election.

    The override  met the approval of 57 percent of voters. The override which funds such things as teacher salaries and benefits, full-day kindergarten, art, music and physical education, and classroom supplies. The bond won the approval of 52 percent of voters. Bond dollars will be used to correct structural deficiencies, make repairs, new construction, and safety and security improvement.

    In addition to the two financial questions, voters re-elected Brenda Bartels and Sara Smith to four-year terms on the Governing Board.

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  • GESD offering free English classes for parents

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 10/26/2018


    The Glendale Elementary School District is offering free English classes to parents of students who do not speak English.

    Classes are helpd every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:25 p.m. until6:15 p.m. at Issac E. Imes, Harold W. Smith, Desert Garden and William C. Jack schools. Classes started on Oct. 23 and will run through April 25, 2019.

    Interested parents can contact Maria Urrutia at 623-2376-7207 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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  • Helpful tips on how to prepare for your Parent/Teacher conference

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/26/2018

    Parent Teacher Conference


    Like you would for any meeting, it is important to prepare for your Parent / Teacher Conference so that you can get the most out of it for your child.

    There are some simple, but important steps to take before, during and after the conference. Have you spoken to your child about what they like and don't like about school? What subjects they like and which ones are more difficut for them? You should also have a list of prepared questions for your child's teacher, and be ready to discuss an action plan to help your child do even better in school.

    We consulted with the wise minds at the national PTA and the National School Public Relations Association on the best ways you can prepare, and you can get that information here.

    Have a great conference!

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  • Report card schedule announced

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/24/2018

    Report cards will be distributed on the following dates:

    • Thursday, Oct. 4 during Parent/Teacher conferences
    • Friday, Oct.5 during Parent/Teacher conferences
    • Wednesday, Jan. 9, sent home with students
    • Thursday, March 14 during Parent/Teacher conferences
    • Friday, March 15 during parent/Teacher conferences
    • Thursday, May 23, sent home with students
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  • Dates set for volunteer fingerprinting

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/24/2018

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    The Glendale Elementary School District (GESD) has scheduled monthly fingerprinting opportunities for parents, guardians and community members who would like to participate in school-related volunteer activities. All fingerprinting sessions will be held at the Glendale Elementary School District Offices, 7301 N. 58th Ave., from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. During the 2018-19 school year, volunteers can be fingerprinted on these dates:

    • Oct. 3
    • Oct. 31
    • Dec. 5
    • Jan. 9
    • Feb. 6
    • March 6
    • April 3

    Under the District’s volunteer program, fingerprints will not be required from all parents. The tiered system, which was developed by a group of parents and District employees, was started by GESD it order to make it easier for parents to volunteer.

    The B.R.A.V.O. (Building Positive Relationships and Volunteer Opportunities) system balances the need to keep students safe while using the services of parent and non-parent volunteers. B.R.A.V.O. requires background checks, fingerprinting, or both based on the level of services for which a parent or community member wishes to volunteer.You can find out more about B.R.A.V.O. here.

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  • GESD Board calls for bond, override

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/24/2018

    In June, the Glendale Elementary School District Governing Board authorized the District to seek voter approval of a bond and budget override. Information aboiut the measures is available on the District's website. The election will take place on Nov. 6. Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9. 

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  • Keep up with your child's progress using ParentVUE

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/24/2018


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    Improving the home-school connection is an integral part of the Glendale Elementary School District’s mission, and the ParentVUE is just one more way the District is reaching out to parents and guardians for the benefit of students.

    Because GESD’s ParentVUE is part of the District’s student information system, it offers parents and guardians online, timely and secure access to your child’s grades, attendance and class schedule. It also allows you to keep up with health information, and provides you with a direct connection to your child’s teacher through email.  In a nutshell, the GESD ParentVUE is an easy-to-use communication tool that allows you to take an even more active role in your child’s education.

    Parents and guardians can access information about attendance, grades, class and school calendars, course information, test history and medical information from the nurse’s office. Only you can see that information because only parents or guardians with a PIN assigned to them by their school have access to their child’s records. PINs will be passed out during Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you lose or forget your PIN, you can check back in at your school office to recover it.

    Information on core classes are updated regularly. Grades for non-core classes — art, physical education, etc. — and some special programs may not be updated as often. Check any grade discrepancy with your child’s teacher.

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  • St. Mary's Foodbank, GESD team to distribute food to Glendale residents

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/24/2018

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    In partnership with St. Mary's Food Bank, there will be food distribution for Glendale residents will continue through December at the GESD District Office, 7301 N. 58th Ave., room 24.

    The GESD Food Pantry will distribute food on the second and fourth Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The schedule thropugh December is:

    • Oct. 10, 11, 24, 25
    • Nov. 14, 15, 28, 29
    • Dec. 12, 13

    Food is free and is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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