In the halls of Glendale Elementary School, you will often hear students, staff, and parents refer to the school community as "Our Glendale Family." Our Principal, Terrie Armstrong has a vision for our school where we act and treat one another as if we were family, no one gets left behind, and we celebrate each person's unique and special talents.
The last weeks of school before our summer break, one of the 5th-grade teachers had their students working on a newspaper informing new students about Glendale School. As I walked around listening to students brainstorming, I heard several groups say, "We have to tell them about the Glendale Family!" When I asked them to tell me what they meant the students told me how everyone at Glendale cared about everyone else, that they may not always agree or get along but no matter what no one would ever leave anyone behind. "We will always be there for each other, and staff will always be there for their students and each other. Just like a real family!" Another group was discussing how they had to let new students know that no matter what they were good at or what they struggle with it didn't matter because "We are all unique and important in our own way."
These students touched my heart, and at that moment, I knew we had created a close "Glendale Family."