Welcome Back!

Important Info for Families for the 2021-22 School Year

Dear Glennwood Families,

I am looking forward to welcoming you to the 21-22 school year! CSD’s theme this year is “Stronger Together,” and I am thrilled for all of us to be back together in the building this year. This year we will be fully re-opened, 5 days/week for full academic days. We will be using mitigation strategies. You can review a summary of the key updates for the 2021-2022 school year here and an overview of all our mitigation plans here. I am looking forward to an awesome (and more typical!) year with you here at Glennwood!


Please reach out to us with any questions. Ms. Jill Tolsma is our Instructional Coach and Ms. Karen Hearn is our School Manager. Ms. Tolsma can help you with all things academic and Ms. Hearn handles registration and general questions.


Sincerely,


Dr. Holly Brookins

Principal

404-370-4435

Welcome to New Staff

Please give a warm welcome to our new Glennwood staff members. Lily-Anne Ronco will be teaching kindergarten, Kasey Burkhalter (our former art teacher) will be teaching special education, Sara Jones (our former 1st grade supply teacher) will be teaching first grade and Nadine Howarth will be teaching art. (Nadine is also teaching art at Westchester.) Vickie Wingard will be our school psychologist. We are so happy to have them on our staff.

Important Information

We will be welcoming students for our first day of school on August 3rd. Our school hours are 8:20-2:50. Students may be dropped off in the mornings starting at 8:00 am. Breakfast will be offered between 8-8:20 each morning.

Arrival and Dismissal Information

Kindergarten Arrival

Kindergarten students will enter through the front main entrance of the building and walk directly to their classroom. Because parents are not yet allowed in the building, we ask that they say goodbye to their child before sending them into the building. There will be plenty of staff members there to assist our K students in getting to their classrooms. Also, we recognize that for some students (and even parents), this can be an emotional time! It’s usually best for parents not to linger at dropoff time as it may make things more challenging for students as they make their way into the building.


Arrival and Dismissal

Providing a safe arrival and dismissal routine are a high priority for our staff. Please read over the following Arrival and Dismissal Procedures so you are familiar with our routines. As you finalize your student’s dismissal plan, please complete this form so we may plan accordingly.


Throughout the year if there are any changes in your child’s dismissal plans, please fill out this form. Use this form ONLY for dismissal changes, NOT for your child’s regular dismissal routine.

School Supply Orders

Greetings, Glennwood parents! As we quickly approach the start to our 2021-2022 school year, please be reminded that school supplies should be purchased through the PTA website. Due to a significant price saving, we ordered all Glennwood supplies from Office Depot. Each purchase will provide an individualized set of grade-level school supplies for your student(s). The supplies will be in the students’ classroom when they arrive on the first day of school. You also have the option to donate a kit to make sure each student has access to individual supplies.


To order, visit the PTA website and select the grade level kit you are purchasing. To purchase your supplies, visit Store – Glennwood Elementary PTA (glennwoodpta.org).

Please email the PTA with any questions: president@glennwoodpta.org

Class Assignments

Parents will be able to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal here on July 27th to see who their child’s teacher will be. Class placement is a high priority for our staff, and we are very intentional about this process each year. Class changes after this date will only be made under extreme circumstances.

Accessing the Parent Portal

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For parents new to CSD, you will need to set up an account in the Parent Portal which is in our information system, Infinite Campus. Please click here to learn more about how to set up an account. Please reach out to Patrice Moore, District Registrar Enrollment Specialist, with any questions.


Annual Data Update in Infinite Campus

All families must complete the annual data update before the first day of school. Directions on how to complete the annual update will be sent from CSD in the next week. If you run into any issues completing the annual data update, please contact Karen Hearn at khearn@csdecatur.net or call the office at 404-370-4435.

Meet and Greet

Teachers return to the building on July 27th and will be reaching out to you shortly after to offer a virtual meet and greet opportunity on July 30. We have chosen to have a virtual meet and greet to ensure that all students and families have an opportunity to meet their teacher in a safe manner. We look forward to offering in-person experiences for parents later in the school year, and we appreciate your support and flexibility for this event.

School Tours

If you are new to Glennwood and would like to schedule a school tour, please email Karen Hearn, our school manager, to request a tour. We will be offering school tours of the building to small groups of families throughout the next week through July 23. If you would like to schedule a tour, please reach out to Ms. Hearn before July 23.
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The PTA works to enhance the educational experience of all GL students by supporting teachers and staff, organizing fundraisers for items not covered by the school budget, and planning and hosting community-building events. The main fundraising events are the Read-a-Thon, Fall Carnival, and the Spring Auction. Through fundraising efforts, the PTA supports many offerings and initiatives including classroom libraries, teacher and parent grants, field trips and guest speakers for all students, facility enhancements, and various community-building events. Click here to learn more and to join the PTA!


Upcoming PTA Event

Kindergarten Playdates (In-person)

Glennwood PTA will host a kindergarten playdate as an opportunity for new families and students to connect. This year, students will be able to mix and mingle with their classmates prior to the start of school in person.


The playdates will be offered Saturday, July 24th at 10:00 – 11:00 AM and Saturday, July 31st at 10:00 -11:00 AM for all kindergarten classes.

The playdate location will be at the Glennwood Elementary School playground. The playground is in the back of the school. Parking is available on school grounds. We hope you will join us if possible! Popsicles will be served.


*Please note, these playdates are completely optional.

Weekly Communication to Families

A school wide weekly newsletter/eblast will be emailed to families each Thursday. The Eagle Edition is sent to the parent email addresses listed in Infinite Campus. Please ensure all data in Infinite Campus is updated and correct.
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The Glennwood Elementary School Leadership Team (SLT) is an elected committee consisting of Glennwood parents/guardians, staff members, a community member, and a district representative. The purpose of the SLT is to make decisions that support the continuous improvement of the school in accordance with the provisions of the District Charter. This year we will have 3 parent vacancies on the SLT and will have the SLT election in late August. If you are interested in filling one of the vacancies, please complete this form. If you have any questions regarding the SLT, feel free to contact any of the representatives below.


Current representatives:

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Virtual Author Event with Little Shop of Stories

Let's celebrate the upcoming return to school with Meg Fleming, Lucy Cummins, and their fun picture book, Sounds Like School Spirit! The ultimate back-to-school ode, this interactive, cheer-filled picture book joyfully celebrates the community we build at school! Join us on FB Live as we kick off the start of a new (and relatively normal) school year.


When: Tuesday, July 20th

Where: Little Shop of Stories Facebook Live

Time: 5:30 pm

Decatur CREATES Leaders at Glennwood Who S.O.A.R.

S.O.A.R.

Show Self-Control

Offer Kindness

Act Responsibly

Respect Others