Eagle Edition

August 31, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

Holly Brookins, PhD, Principal ~ Summer Clayton, Assistant Principal ~ Jill Tolsma, Instructional Coach

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Each teacher/grade level team will offer two identical sessions so that you may choose which one fits your schedule best. Also, if you have two students in different grade levels at Glennwood, you’d be able to attend the session for each child.

Prior to the Curriculum Night, our PTA will host its first general meeting at 5:30 pm in the auditorium. Please plan to attend this meeting to hear about getting involved with our amazing PTA. They do so much to support our staff and students at Glennwood, and they have some fun events planned for this school year. (If you haven’t joined the PTA yet, please see the instructions in the PTA section below.) Parent support through PTA and for our school, in general, is a big reason Glennwood shines so brightly!

Schedule for Curriculum Night

  • 5:30pm-5:55pm- PTA presentation in the auditorium (Parents, please start here before going to classroom sessions.)
  • 6:00-6:25- 1st classroom session
  • 6:30-6:55- 2nd classroom session

Other details:

  • Grade level teams will present together (Kindergarten in the media center, 1st grade in Ms. VanDuzer's classroom and 2nd grade in Ms. Jones' classroom)
  • Classroom sessions 1 and 2 will be the same presentation (for parents with more than one child at GL)

GL SLT Election Voting TODAY!

Thank you to parents who volunteered to fill the three vacant positions for the School Leadership Team for the 2023-24 school year! Each Glennwood family will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the SLT election. There is ONE vote per STUDENT at GL. If there are multiple adults in a household, please coordinate your vote so that there is only one per GL student. The candidates with the highest number of votes will be the new parent representatives on the SLT.

Please cast your vote using this Google Form TODAY and click on the QR code below. Voting will close at 7:00 pm today. The new parent representatives will be announced via eBlast on Friday, September 1st.

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News from Mr. Blase

This week, I began a classroom lesson in 1st and 2nd grade on managing frustration. I directly contrasted this with its opposite, practicing patience. We began with a mindful moment, then brainstormed times we may have felt frustrated or been annoyed. Next, students recounted times that they had practiced patience in challenging situations, such as traveling long distances. Next, I read a new book to the kids, Zach Gets Frustrated by William Mulcahy. The book covers a particular strategy that students (and adults) can use to navigate frustration. The first step is to name our frustration or acknowledge it. The second step is to tame it or utilize a calm-down strategy. We discussed various strategies we can use. The final step is to reframe it by coming to view the situation in a different light. Typically this would mean flipping the thought from negative to positive. We ended the lesson with a game called Is This Being Patient? The kids really enjoyed this and it was a great way to reinforce the lesson concepts. Students received a frustration word search as well as a list of chill skills to take home. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to make a student referral.

Important Information about Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and determine if further evaluation for gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and give it to the Gifted & Talented Specialist at your child’s school before October 4th. No additional information is needed. The Gifted & Talented Specialist for Glennwood is Susanna Shewan. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact the Gifted & Talented Specialist for your school at sshewan@csdecatur.net or visit the following website.

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PTA General Meeting

Please join us, right before Curriculum Night TONIGHT at 5:30 pm for our first general meeting of the year. SpiritWear will be available for sale. We hope to see y’all there!

Help Us Restock and Clean out the Glennwood Staff Breakroom

As part of our PTA's monthly Staff Appreciation efforts, we are sponsoring a restock and clean out of the Glennwood Staff Break Room on Wednesday, September 13th. This breakroom is a place for staff members to eat lunch, take a break, grab a snack, etc. We want to help get this space ready for the new school year for staff to enjoy.

Please visit the sign up genius link to bring in supplies or volunteer an hour to help us clean and restock the room. We ask that you purchase and drop off items to Ms. Reynolds at the front office by September 11th.. Thank you for your Glennwood support!

Yearbook Coordinator Needed

We need a Yearbook Coordinator soon! This role can have one or two volunteers.

If you would and a friend would like to join this fun and creative committee, please email Nydia Almond at: president@glennwoodespta.com. Thank you for your support!

Save the Date for Fall Chili Cook Off and Carnival!

Join us on October 21st from 11am to 2pm to revive a community favorite, the Fall Carnival! We are combining it with our most recent favorite, the Chili Cook Off!

We are bringing back the carnival games, prizes, cake walk, inflatables, pie in the face, music, costume competition and more! You also will get to visit the Fall Book Fair happening at the school media center this day!

If you’d like to volunteer, please email Nydia Almond at president@glennwoodespta.com.

More details coming soon!

Back to School Play date (Hosted by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee)

The Back to School Playdate hosted by our DEI committee is Saturday September 9th! We hope you can join us for some fun, popsicles and socializing.

Thank you for your support!

Questions?! Email our DEI Co Chairs Nichole Rodriguez and Ashley Page at: DEI@GlennwoodESPTA.com

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Welcome to The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge!

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge will begin on Tues, Sept 1, 2023. This asynchronous program provides an opportunity for you to engage in effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership, twice a week for a total of 21 days. For some of you, this may be indicative of work you are already engaged in. For others, this may represent exploration and discovery. We hope there will be learning and unlearning that will support all of us. If you would like to participate, register here.

Each day of the challenge asks you to do just one thing then, post a short anonymous reflection about it. Day one, however, asks you to do three things that will help set you up for challenge success.

12th Annual Madison Avenue Derby

Register to race as a driver or save the date to cheer on your favorite cars during a day of family-friendly fun at the 12th Annual Madison Avenue Derby on Saturday, October 21, 2023. This year’s event benefits Urban Recipe, an organization that addresses food insecurity in metro Atlanta. Driver registration open through Thursday, October 5. or until spots sell out.

For more information about the Madison Avenue Derby, visit: www.madavederby.org.

News from City Schools of Decatur

As COVID-19 remains a global concern, the City Schools of Decatur (CSD) wants to remind all students, staff, and families to please take precautions and remember to follow these critical measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

· Stay home when sick

· Cover coughs and sneezes with elbow/tissue and immediately throw it away

· Do not cover your mouth with bare hands

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

· Clean touched surfaces and objects frequently

CSD no longer has the funding, authority, or monitoring systems to track and trace cases beyond self-reporting. Therefore, we will not send exposure notifications as we risk violating HIPAA and FERPA confidentiality guidelines. We will continue to emphasize and monitor cleanliness and hygiene in all facilities. Masks are permitted but not required. Together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and families.

Here’s a link to the CSD mitigation strategy: https://www.csdecatur.net/covidstrategy

You are invited to attend City Schools Of Decatur's Programs Overview

Virtual Meeting

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Come and learn more about support programs available to CSD students. Local, state, and federal programs support the success of our students. Programs are designed to ensure that all students have a fair, equal and meaningful opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.

The programs featured will be:

  • MTSS

  • ESOL & Federal Programs

  • Special Education

  • Gifted

  • Equity and Student Services

To join the Zoom Meeting, click here

Meeting ID: 984 4400 9352
Passcode: 425842

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions you would like answered, please use the link below to submit your questions before the meeting.

The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Mini-Grants Now Available

Do you have plans for a new garden or class project? Fantastic ideas on how to incorporate farm-to-school principles into a teaching unit? Or maybe you need funds for a "green" field trip?

The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Committee invites you to apply for a grant for 2023-24. Teachers, administrators, PTA members, and parent volunteers can apply on behalf of their CSD school. Please get your applications in before September 22, 2023. LINK HERE.

Contacts: Caitlin Hochuli at caithochuli@gmail.com or Vera Giordano at vera.giordano@yahoo.com

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Innovation is Thriving at CSD and the Decatur Education Foundation!

Our teachers and students are AMAZING! The Decatur Education Foundation is crazy excited about their ideas for Teacher Innovation Grants and — for the first time ever — Student Innovation Grants! So far, we've received 16 TIGs and 10 SIGs. Wowza!

These grants support teachers and students in CSD by providing funds for innovative educational experiences, and awards range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31 @ 5:00 PM. The grant awards will be announced on September 14. If you have any questions, please contact Meg Brooks, Director of Programs & Partnerships (meg@decatureducationfoundation.org)

Last year, we awarded over $35,000 in Teacher Innovation Grants, and this year we want to double it! To support DEF’s Innovation Grants, visit DecaturEducationFoundation.org.

CSD teachers & students can apply at:



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