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Welcome Back to School! 


A Note From Your Glen Arden School Principal Mrs. Specht
Dear Glen Arden Families,
Welcome back to school!  What an exciting time for children and teachers alike.  It is so good to see everyone back in the building.  I love this time of the year when everyone is so excited to be here.
As we all get back into the routine of school again please remember to check your child’s communication folder daily for information from us.  If you need to change transportation or inform your teacher or school of anything, please place notes in the folder to be returned to school.  This is the best way to communicate with the school.
If you ever have any questions please feel free to call or email me.  E-mail is the best way to get to me quickly.
Thank you for sending us the best and the brightest students ready to learn every day.
Mrs. Specht 
Due to the number of children riding our buses, we cannot permit students to ride a different bus other than their assigned bus.  If they are going to someone's house for a playdate, they need to be car riders.  In the case of extreme emergency, please call Mr. Lister. 
Counseling Connection:
What a privilege to be selected to follow in Fran Hensley’s footsteps as counselor to Glen Arden Elementary School!  I look forward to getting to know the students and families.  I have served as counselor for Cane Creek Middle School since it’s opening in 2000, so this is a very big change for me.  Though I loved my time working in the middle school, I’m enjoying getting used to the smaller furniture and the precious smiling faces that greet me each day.
This summer, I had lots of fun working to prepare my “classroom” for students.  What a wonderful space to explore the world of social emotional, career and academic development with my students.  I will be presenting lessons to 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders every other week, and kindergarten and 1st graders every week.

The Elementary Guidance Curriculum addressees the following areas:
¨ Understanding myself and others
¨ Learning to make good decisions
¨ Learning about the world of work
¨ Learning to take tests, study and set goals
¨ Getting along with others
¨ Coping with personal problems
I will also facilitate small group counseling.
> Most groups last for 6-8 weeks and meet for a half an hour once a week during the school day.
>The following groups may be offered at different times throughout the school year:
¨ Divorce                        
¨ Self-Control
¨ Self-Esteem
¨ Study Skills                                                   
¨ Grief                                                                  
¨ Anger Management
¨ Focus
¨ Friendship
¨ Anxiety
 Professional School Counselors help foster a safe school environment by:
¨ Facilitating anti-bullying programs
¨ Connecting with community agencies and resources and referring families/students for services .
Professional School Counselors help parents and families by:
¨ Offering parent workshops
¨ Consulting regarding developmental, social and/or academic concerns
Professional School Counselors help teachers by:
¨ Helping develop plans for students with behavior or social issues.
¨ Assisting teachers in brainstorming interventions for students
¨ Helping teachers develop interventions for students having academic difficulties.
¨ Providing strategies for teachers to use when interacting with students with emotional issues.
Professional School Counselors offer direct services for students by:
¨ Meeting with students individually to discuss  personal issues.
¨ Providing small group counseling for students with common concerns.
¨ Teaching classroom lessons that address academic success, career development, and personal/social development for all students
I hope you will contact me with any concerns you have.  I look forward to meeting you!
Beth Lindsey, School Counselor
A Note From Your Music Teacher Ms. Bumsted

Hello All,

As we get started with the new school year, we have sign-ups happening for our music groups as well!  Here is some information for each of the groups:
Chorus- Chorus is a come one, come all group of students who sing!  Students will sing a variety of music this semester, learn how to be in an ensemble, as well as get attention to vocal technique.  This group is only open to 3rd and 4th graders and meets on either Monday or Thursday, you pick the best for your schedule!  There is a performance in December.  Applications can be found on my website and are due on September 9th, here is the link:

Boomwhacker Ensemble- This is an auditioned percussion group for 3rd and 4th graders.  There are 15 spots available in this group.  Students will learn part independence, as well as how to play in an instrumental ensemble.  Students will meet on Tuesdays after school, there is a performance in December.  These forms are due on September 2nd, and the auditions will be held afterschool on September 8th.  Applications can be found on my website at:  

Hum + Strum- This is a new group to Glen Arden this year!  This group is open to only 1st and 2nd graders.  There are 10 spots available in this ensemble so that students can get the attention they need to learn the instrument.  The first 5 applications from 1st grade and 2nd grade will be the ones to get into the ensemble.  Students can only do this one semester to try and allow as many students as possible to be in this group.  This group will meet on Wednesday afternoons, there is no performance for the students.  Have your students learn to play the ukulele and sing songs with it!  Applications will open August 28th on my website, they are due by September 9th, here is the link:
Ms. Bumsted

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO engineering classes are back!  Registration is open for all future and budding engineers!  Come build with us after school on THURSDAYS for an hour of learning and building with Lego bricks and motors!  This class runs for 8 weeks.  The cost is $70 for the entire session.  For more information, and to register, visit
Buncombe County Department of Health Immunization at 53 South French Broad (new location)
is open until 6 pm on the following days if your child still needs their immunizations!!!

They are offering any and all immunization services (including the flu vaccine)
Aug 19 and 20
Sept 15, 16, 17
Oct 12 and 13
Oct 21 and 22
UPCOMING EVENTS! Mark your calendars! 

Sept. 4th - 12:30pm  2 Hour Early Release 

Sept. 7th - NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY!

Sept. 8th - Kick off of our Annual Giving Campaign - Kids will receive information in their folders

Sept. 11th - 6:00pm Family Football Tailgate Party TCR Library Parking Lot!

Sept. 23rd - 12:30pm 2 Hour Early Release 

Sept. 24th - 5:45pm First General PTO membership meeting

Sept. 24th - 6:00pm SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Sept. 25th - 8:00am Ident-a-Kid: Kids will have their photos and finger prints taken for their ID cards.

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