Eagle Edition

April 14, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

Holly Brookins, PhD, Principal ~ Jill Tolsma, Instructional Coach Karen Hearn, School Manager

Hello Glennwood Families!

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. We are excited about our upcoming school-wide UniverSoul Circus experience April 20, 2022 at Decatur High School. We will be taking a school bus to the 9:30 show and returning to school by 11:00 for a sack lunch. There are some important updates that I would like to share so that parents may make the best decision for their child’s attendance.

  • We anticipate that there will be press at the event, therefore some crowd footage and photographs will be captured. If you have opted out of photographs and videos for your child(ren), then we can exempt them from being a part of any volunteerism for demonstrations that may place them in the direct line for this. However, they may appear in videos or photographs that are captured from crowd reactions and participation.

  • Due to the changes in our mitigation practices after spring break, it is important to provide clarification about the expectation for masks. We will no longer require masks at the event.

  • Dogs may be part of the show. If anyone has a severe canine allergy, please feel free to alert the teacher and Nurse Beth.

If this information causes anyone to change their decision and the permission slip has already been returned, please communicate that change with your child’s teacher. If your child does not attend the performance, we will do our best to create a different engaging experience here at Glennwood while others are at DHS.

We hope to see you at Community Circle tomorrow,

Dr. Holly Brookins



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Tomorrow at Community Circle, we are kicking off The Great Kindness Challenge with a special live performance. All next week, students will have a chance to do as many kind acts on the grade specific checklists (Kindergarten Checklist and 1st & 2nd Checklist). They will receive a hardcopy to take home on Friday. At the end of next week, they can turn in the checklists to their teachers. They will then be entered into a raffle to win a very special lunch with friends. It is not necessary that they do all of the kind acts to be entered to win. Also, they will have a chance to make a shoebox float to be displayed in the media center and on the website. This year's theme is: What does peace look like to you? As a bonus, all students who create a shoebox float will be able to attend a magic dance party. The deadline to bring in the shoebox floats will be next Friday, April 22.
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Author Visit with Julie Koon on April 19

We are exctied to share that Glennwood parent and author, Julie Koon will be offering a virtual author visit on Tuesday, April 19 at 8:30. Julie is an accomplished author and mom to GL students, Rosie and Harvey. We are delighted that she is going to share her new book, The Struggle Bus with our Glennwood Eagles. This is a must-have picture book for any reader struggling with new experiences and figuring out how to manage emotions. Please consider purchasing a copy of the book from your favorite Indie bookseller. We will also have the books on sale at our spring book fair - April 25-29.

Details for K DAY AT GL - APRIL 21ST

We invite parents of rising kindergarten students and their rising kindergartners to K Day at Glennwood on April 21st. Parents will need to register their child with City Schools of Decatur prior to attending the event. (ECLC students will also need to attend K-Day at GL and sign up for a time in addition to their visit on April 22.) Please find all information and directions on enrollment on CSD's website. Additionally, parents must also sign their rising kindergarten student up for a 30-minute time slot. Please find sign-up times HERE. For any questions, please email Dr. Brookins at hbrookins@csdecatur.net.
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Here's the info needed for the talent show:

Talent Show Letter - Rules and Guidelines
Virtual Talent Show Sign-Up Form - Due date extended to April 20
Video Submission Form - Due April 29

Coach Meg Awarded USTA Grant

I applied for a USTA grant in the fall called USTA Net Generation which is a program designed specifically for K-12 Physical Education teachers. I have taught tennis outside of school for over 20 years, so I was so excited to discover this program that benefits kids as young as five. The grant included: 30 kids' rackets, foam balls, felt balls, net tape, court chalk, stickers, pencils and a full curriculum including indoor and outdoor lessons. It also included School Activity Videos, Station Cards and a roller bag to store equipment. The kids have loved the lessons so far and ask to do more. It's been a huge success and USTA has been so generous.

2nd Grade Picture Day

Deana Kingsbury Photography will be offering individual and classroom photos for 2nd-grade students. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase the photos. Order details will be sent to parents after the photoshoot. Pictures were originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 at 9:00 am however, this conflicts with our UniversSoul Circus field trip. We will reschedule and update parents once we have the new details.

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Join us for an an opportunity to relax and mingle with other Glennwood parents/caregivers who are PTA members while enjoying some good food and spirits. Everyone’s favorite band Polly Holliday will perform too! RSVP at glennwoodpta.org. See attached flyer for details!

Save the Date for Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!

May 2-6, 2022

Each day of the week brings a new opportunity to show Glennwood teachers and staff how much we appreciate them! Stay tuned for details and more information about how you can get involved. Email co-chairs Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) and Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) if you would like to volunteer your time or planning skills to this event.

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Readers to Dreamers is a non-profit started by Glennwood’s very own Corinne Jolley (2nd grade teacher at Glennwood) and Aichuan Kwong (Glennwood parent). R2D’s mission is to connect all children to multi-cultural books, authors and illustrators through community partnerships and school author visits.

The very first author visit will take place on April 27th at Brave + Kind Books in Decatur at 5pm (see attached flyer). The author is Antwan Eady and his book is entitled, “Nigel and the Moon.” We are encouraging everyone to bring out their elementary school kids for this inaugural event.

For more ways you can support this author visit and the work of R2D, please visit here: https://readerstodreamers.org/author-visit

Middle Eastern and South Asian Spring Festival Celebration - May 7

The Oakhurst DEI is planning a Spring Festival celebrating Middle Eastern and South Asian (MESA) cultures on May 7 at Ebster Recreational Center. They have MESA food vendors, and performances. We hope it to be a fun family event celebrating various spring holidays in this region, such as Ramadan/Eid, Hidrellez, Navruz, etc. If there are any Glennwood families interested in contributing craft ideas, performances or being a food vendor, please reach out to Lorraine Irier at Oakhurst lorraine.irier@gmail.com

Clairmont DEI hosted a discussion on bridging the opportunity gap between white and black students. The recording is posted below:


Coming Soon! keep an eye out for an announcement on an in-person event- cocktails and conversation- to be hosted by the DEI committee.

Info for Rising 3rd Grade Students at Talley Street

Dear Parent/Guardian of a rising Talley Street 3rd grade student,

Please mark your calendars for April 20th and April 21st. Talley Street will be holding an informational meeting and tour on each of the two days. The meeting and tour are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. A sign-up genius will be coming out after spring break along with more information. We are so excited to meet our upcoming Talley Street Tigers!

Billy Heaton

Principal, Talley Street Upper Elementary School

MTSS Department Presents CSD Super Saturdays for K-5

Next Saturday School is April 16! Please complete the form to register your K-5 CSD student(s) for a Super Saturday session.CSD teachers and highly recommended staff will conduct engaging hands-on enrichment activities with small groups (1:10) of students on one (1) Saturday per month. The instructional focus will change from month to month (Math, STEM, ELA/Reading, etc.). All sessions will run from 9:00 am- noon. This is FREE to all CSD K-5 students, but space is limited based on teacher availability. Registration will close at noon on the Friday before the session OR when all spaces have been filled. You will receive a confirmation email from Google upon successful registration. REGISTER HERE

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News from City Schools of Decatur

CSD Night at Atlanta United Game

City Schools of Decatur has secured discounted ATL UTD tickets for their match on Saturday, May 28 vs. Columbus Crew. All students, family, and friends that purchase through this link will save up to 50% off tickets plus reduced fees while supplies last.

$5 from every ticket will go back to support City Schools of Decatur. The top 20 students who sell the most tickets will also get to participate in the player high-five tunnel experience before the match! Be sure to enter the name of the student who you received this offer from and select your school at the drop-down during checkout.

Offer expires May 14 or until tickets are sold out. Click this link https://fevo.me/csd to learn more.

Extra Mile Award

Students: Do you know a teacher or CSD employee who has gone “the extra mile” this year? Nominate them for the CSD Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show their appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the employee goes above and beyond.

Click here to submit a nomination. Students can also find the form any time via LaunchPad (it’s the purple icon labeled “Extra Mile Award nomination”). The deadline is May 25.

These awards will be presented at the CSD Opening Day Celebration in July.

Questions? Contact cburnett@csdecatur.net or 404-371-3601

Save the Date---Launchpad for Learning Camp

The Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp will be held July 11-22. Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp is an exciting opportunity for students to be introduced to upcoming grade-level standards with hands-on activities, field trips, and much more! Be on the lookout for more information.

City Schools of Decatur Summer Programs-Save the Date

CSD is delighted to share that we will offer an in-person summer program for students who qualify in grades K through 12. The program will run June 6-23 from 8:30 to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Students will be invited to participate in the summer program based on the eligibility criteria described in the linked document. Participation in the summer program is not required or mandated for any student. However, we highly encourage students who qualify to engage in this opportunity as it will set them up for success in the next grade level. For the summer program, which will be held at Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary and Decatur High School, the availability of student transportation is limited. Click here for more information.

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Save the date! The Wylde Center's Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Spring Dine Out is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20. Just eat at/take out from a participating restaurant and a portion of total sales will go to DF2S! Participating restaurants include Wahoo! Grill, Farm Burger, Oakhurst Market, The Marlay House, My Parents’ Basement, Brick Store Pub, Butter & Cream Decatur, Raging Burrito, Arepa Mia, Folk Art Decatur, Sapori di Napoli, BBQ Cafe, Leon's Full Service, and more! Details can be found at https://www.wyldecenter.org/decatur-farm-to-school-2/. All proceeds support our farm-to-school activities, including Decatur High School summer internships, school grants, conference scholarships, and taste tests. Thank you for your support!

City of Decatur Children and Youth Services

The City of Decatur’s afterschool lottery remains open through 6 pm on Friday, April 22.

Families with children entering K-5th grades in August 2022 may enter eligible children in the lottery for their school’s location of Animal Crackers (K-2) or Whiz Kids (3rd-5th). For more information on how to enter the 2022-23 Afterschool Lottery, please visit the Forms & Documents page on www.decaturga.com/cys.

Please contact cys@decaturga.com or call 404-378-1082 with any questions.
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DEF Treasure Hunt

Got some free time during spring break? Grab the kids, head outside for our TREASURE HUNT! It’s free, takes 1-2 hours to complete and there’s a sweet treat at the end!

Participating is simple: 1. Download the free app “ActionBound.” 2. Click on this QR code:

3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!

DEF has created a fun treasure hunt to help families celebrate our 20 years in the community! Participating is simple: 1. Download the free phone app “ActionBound.” 2. Click on this QR code.

3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!

At Decatur Education Foundation, our mission is to eliminate the problems our kids face so they can learn and thrive. You can help us do that through your donations of time and funds. To address food insecurity, we have several Amazon wish lists that are renewed monthly. Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks

Tally Snacks

Weekend Food Backpacks

Volunteering opportunities abound for both adults and upper high school students in need of hours:

As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply.

As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis. Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.

As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

As a REACH Mentor – we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th-grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

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Glennwood, Westchester and the Decatur Virtual Academy (K-5) students welcomed former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, authors of the #1 New York Times bestselling, Sisters First for a virtual author visit on April 12. The twin sisters were debuting their newest children's book, The Superpower Sisterhood.

The book is a celebration of friendship, sisterhood (and brotherhood), and shares the message that life is pretty exciting with friends by your side, kindness matters, and anything is possible!

We had the honor of being the FIRST stop on their book tour. The book will release on April 19. This amazing opportunity for our students was brought to us by Little Shop of Stories in Decatur. We are so grateful for their continued partnership with City Schools of Decatur because together we are growing GREAT readers! Thank you to everyone who purchased books to support our Glennwood Media Center.