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The Glacier Gazette

November 16th, 2023

Principals Message:​

Our classrooms have been vibrating with excitement for some weeks now. With Thanksgiving approaching and “The Big Ho-Ho Guy” not far behind, it is an especially wonderful time for families and friends to gather together in celebration and thanks.

            Thank you, SPES families, for all you do to make the lives of our children, staff, and school richer with so many blessings.

You are always welcome to call the school if you have any questions at 410-665-4521. Our regular school office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Remain safely in His sight.


Announcements ​​​

  • The principal’s newsletter, the Glacier Gazette, is sent out to families every Thursday during the school year and should arrive to your email mailbox sometime after 6 p.m. If you cannot find that email from OneCallNow, please check your SPAM or Trash folder. It’s possible that all of our correspondence to you will continue to go there until you mark it as “Not SPAM”. This is the same system we use to send out emergency updates and weather closings. Please also remember that attachments on the newsletter disappear after 30 days, so please print or save them to your computer.

  •  Please note that SPES will be closed on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Kindly encourage your child to wash their hands regularly, and keep them away from their eyes, nose, and mouth. This is cough, cold, and flu season! Germs are everywhere! Our custodian thoroughly cleans every day. In addition, the teachers sanitize high traffic areas in their rooms. We are all doing our best!

  • Please remember to send in a water bottle with your child every day. We are no longer providing water bottles since the municipal water supply issues have been resolved. The school water fountains have been cleared for drinking.

  • There are two more weeks of November pizza lunches. They will be served on Tuesday 11/21 and 11/28. If you did not purchase pizza for your child, please be sure that you pack them a lunch.

  • PENNY WARS will begin on Monday, November 27 through Friday December 1, 2023! Our children are encouraged to bring in coins in a competition between grade level classes. If you have any questions, please contact PACE at

  • Next week school will be open on Monday and Tuesday only. Please note that SPES will be closed on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Our weekly chapel services are every Wednesday morning at approximately 9:15. Parents and families are always welcome to join us!

  • Our next Food Collection Day for Victor’s Vittles will be on Wednesday, December 6th. This is a vital ministry in our community. Thanks for your generous donations.

  • The votes are in, and the ballots have been counted! It was a very close “race”, but the majority of our students voted for school supplies for a classroom! Thank you to everyone who contributes to the chapel offering. This gift will have a huge positive impact on an entire class of students. In the coming weeks, we will work to purchase a herd of goats!

  • Pastor Lans will be offering early communion classes for our children in grades 3 through 5. Informal instruction will take place during the school day on four Wednesdays in February and March. The celebration of communion will be on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024. Information will



  • A special reminder to our fifth grade parents: Please remember that when you register your child for middle school, you will need to sign a Release of Records form at the new school which will be sent to Ms. Darney in our SPES school office. Once received, she will scan and forward your child’s confidential records, as requested. These records cannot be transported otherwise. 

  • As you are getting ready for the beginning of the school year, please remember that if it is necessary to keep medicine for your child in school, whether for daily administration or in case of emergencies, you must provide us with a copy of the Medical Administration form, completed by yourself and your child’s doctor for each prescription. A copy of this form is attached to this newsletter. Please DO NOT send in any medication with a child.

  • Please check the Maryland State Department of Education website for the BOOST application. The application must be completed online by the parents.

  • Registration for the 2023-2024 school year continues to be open. We are happy to take referrals.

  • Remember that SPES offers a $1,000.00 student referral incentive. Registration packets are available in the office. ​

  • A calendar for August-October 2023 is located on the School Calendar Tab. A full calendar and Parent Handbook will be sent to you this summer via robo-email.  


PACE NEWS: We need you!

  • A Pancake Breakfast Brunch sponsored by PACE will be held after the 10:15 a.m. church service at St. Peter’s on Sunday, December 10th, 2023, in the Fellowship Hall. What a great opportunity for faith, fellowship, and delicious food!

  • Santa’s elves have been working overtime to plan for the PACE Santa’s Workshop on December 14th and 15th! This is a terrific event! Please plan to be a part of this opportunity. You will receive more information soon.

  • Our “Spirit Wear” apparel is available via this storefront link:



  • Our church offers a $1,000.00 incentive to families who attend 20 church services during the 2023-2024 school year. Each week you must complete and return the goldenrod-colored attendance form, found in the bulletin. These are collected during the worship service in order to receive credit. Contact Mrs. Fales for more information at

  • Sunday morning worship services are at 8:45 (traditional) and 10:15 (contemporary). Sunday School begins at 10:00 in the lower level of the church for children. There is also an adult Bible class that meets in the conference center at 10:00. All are welcome!


  • We need a volunteer with a friend, a dolly, and a truck to haul a “dead” copier to the dump. Any expenses charged by the dump will be paid. See Mrs. Fales for more information.

  • If you are interested in accumulating volunteer hours, please contact Mrs. Fales at or PACE at

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