School Board meetings to remain online
Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the January 12. and February 9 School Board meetings will take place via Zoom teleconference. The public is invited to attend by registering via the link found in the agenda posted for each meeting.
John and Merilee Wetten gift endowment to John Wetten Elementary
Thirty years after his retirement, former Gladstone principal John Wetten surprised staff at his namesake school with a special gift this year, establishing a $200,000 endowment to benefit his namesake school. The invested funds will yield $7,000 to $8,000 each year to support students in two ways.
John and his wife Merilee plan that half the funds will provide for the individual needs of students and their families, supporting both physical needs and emotional needs.
“Hat Not Hate” teaches anti-bullying
Gladstone parent Lindsey Anderson has taken a unique approach to fight bullying — knitting blue hats for children, and encouraging others to do the same.
She joined Hat Not Hate, part of the craftivist movement, after learning from her son Thomas that his friend was bullied. In December 2019, she and her friends knit 30 hats, enough for each child in Thomas’s third grade class. At that time, she vowed to return with a hat for every single student at John Wetten Elementary.
This December she made good on that promise, presenting more than 620 hats to John Wetten Elementary, enough for each student and staff member. The hats were knitted by Anderson, dozens of local knitters, and Hat Not Hate knitters across the nation.
With each hat came a lesson about the importance of helping others feel included, and how to stop bullying. This happened during the school’s first live virtual assembly, with each classroom tuning into a school wide Zoom call.