Eagle Edition

March 2, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

Hello, Glennwood Families! I am so happy to be back with you. It has been such an uplifting experience to come back to well-wishes from families and staff, hugs from the kids, flowers, and cards. I am grateful to be in such a kind, thoughtful and loving community!

I do know and accept that Ms. Clayton’s newsletter greetings were much funnier and more interesting than mine, so I told her she will need to keep writing them, LOL! :) In all seriousness, it is wonderful to be back and I look forward to being in classrooms and spending time with our students and staff!

Warmest regards,

Holly Brookins, Ph.D.



Kindergarten Registration for 2023-24 School Year

Kindergarten Enrollment Enrollment for new students for the 2023-24 school year starts on March 6. All current students (including students attending College Heights Pre-K) do not need to re-enroll to move to the next grade band. However, if you have a child attending private Pre-K, please enroll your child for Kindergarten on March 6th. Early registration really helps our planning for next year. Help us spread the word among your neighbors as well. Please go to https://www.csdecatur.net/enrollment to review the enrollment process and required documentation.

Spring Book Fair is Almost Here - Parent Volunteers Needed!

Our Spring Book Fair is the week of March 13-17. Brought to us by Little Shop of Stories, 20% of all proceeds will benefit the Glennwood Media Center. Students will be allowed to the media center during the school day and parents may come into shop before and/or immediately after school. We need your help during many of these shopping times Monday afternoon through Friday and also setting up and taking down the book fair!

Please consider volunteering for the book fair. Sign up HERE. We thank you in advance! Any questions? Contact Ginger Schmeltzer, Book Fair Coordinator at gschmeltzer@gmail.com.

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Parent Volunteers for Read Live Needed

We are looking for a few parent volunteers to work with our students in reading. Every morning our intervention teachers host Read Live for eligible students in the library. Read Live is a computer based reading intervention. The students working through the program are assisted and monitored by adults. The more adults we have, the more students we can support.

What days and times can I volunteer?

We need volunteers daily from 7:55- 8:30.

What is the commitment?

We do need consistency. We are asking that volunteers commit to at least 1 morning (the same day) each week.

Is there training involved?

There is a short training video. The first 2 sessions you sign up for will also be part of your training. During these first 2 sessions, you will observe the teachers as they work with students.

Do I need experience?

No. If you can read, you can sign up to be a Read Live volunteer. Our intervention teachers will always be with you to support or answer questions.

What exactly will I be doing?

You will help support students as they move through the steps of the program and assist in monitoring their reading progress.

Click here to sign up. We are asking that all volunteers commit to at least 1 morning (the same day) each week. Thank you!

Virtual Lunch and Learn with Mr. Blase - Wednesday, March 29

Virtual Lunch and Learn with Mr. Blase - Wednesday, March 29 - 11:30-12:15 pm

In today’s world, families are finding less time to connect. From the demands of dual-income households, to extracurricular activities, and even the use of electronic devices, many external factors claim the family’s focus. Weekly Family Meetings can assist not only in time management, but more importantly in providing opportunities for parents and children to discuss important issues, strengthen communication, reinforce values, and nurture positive relationships. Please come for a virtual Lunch N’ Learn with our school counselor Jonathan Blase to get all the resources necessary to begin family meetings on your own. Virtual link to the meeting.

Student-Led Conference Surveys Still Needed Please

Thank you again for taking the time to attend your child's student-led conference before the February break. Your partnership and support in your child's learning is essential to their progress and success. We appreciate you tremendously! On that note, if you did NOT have a chance to provide feedback on your child's student-led conference, please use the QR code below to take a short survey on your experience. Your feedback is CRUCIAL to refining this process and making it the best that it can be! Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to take the survey if you have not already!

Musical Beat Buddies Needed

Our music program is seeking any beanie babies that are ready to find a new home and become part of a class set of musical “beat buddies.” Our young musicians love to use beat buddies as we develop our sense of steady beat and move creatively to various styles of music. Any contributions can be dropped off in the front office in a basket marked “Musical Beat Buddies” or given to Ms. Pierce. Rest assured, your beloved beanie babies will be well loved and taken care of in our music room.

Kathryn Pierce

Music Teacher

Black History Art Design Contest

To honor the rich legacy of Black artists and uplift students' artistic talents, Reconstruction is pleased to present the Black & Brilliant Art Design Contest. The contest will allow students to creatively showcase a logo design that celebrates Black History all year. Three students (one high, middle, and elementary) with the most unique and creative Reconstruction design will be awarded a $500 Visa Gift Card. Educators, we have you covered with pre-made 30-minute lesson plans to introduce your students to Black artists they may have never heard of and then equip them to design and submit their own logo. Submissions are due by April 15th.
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Georgia Walk and Roll to School Day - March 10

After a long winter break, we are back for Georgia Walk & Roll to School Day!! Please join us on your feet, your bike or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!) and let’s show CSD how Eagles SOAR! Students who walk, bike or scoot will continue to enter at their grade specific doors, where they will be counted, using our traditional marbles, by their staff door monitors, and can pick up their incentives. Don’t forget, each marble counts towards students earning extra school wide recess, with announcements made at Community Circle! For additional details (including our three Walking School Bus Routes) and a full Walk & Roll schedule for the year, please visit the Glennwood website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Domain/530

Contact Amanda McMillan (almcmil@gmail.com) with any questions!

Glennwood Staff Appreciation

This year, to show our appreciation for our amazing staff, the Glennwood PTA will be sponsoring a staff snack table each month. We are asking each grade level to "stock the table" for a given month; each grade will be asked to sponsor a staff appreciation event twice this year. We kindly ask that each family participate in one of the two opportunities for your grade level (the intention is that a family only needs to participate once).

For March, we're asking first-grade families to host a “Lucky to Have You” snack table for our staff on Thursday, March 16th. If you're a first-grade family and you didn't participate in November, please visit the Sign Up Genius to sign up to bring in something for our staff. The PTA is also requesting clean-up volunteers, so kindly please sign up via the Sign Up Genius if you can volunteer your time to help clean up anytime the afternoon of March 16th. We very much appreciate our cleanup volunteers!

Please drop off your items with Ms. Reynolds at the front office March 13-15 any time during school hours. The PTA will assemble the snack table for our staff to enjoy the morning of March 16th.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs: Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) or Samantha Bryan (samantha.chopp@gmail.com).

It's Time to Order Yearbooks!

The 22-23 Glennwood Yearbook is now on sale for $20. Please place orders HERE by March 25, 2023. It is an important Glennwood PTA tradition that every student and staff member receive a yearbook. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please consider donating a yearbook for $20 using the same link.

Create Yearbook DEDICATIONS for your child(ren) or teachers – the DEADLINE to purchase a dedication is March 25, 2023. **Please note that dedications can only be placed online at www.YearbookOrderCenter.com.

To purchase a dedication:

1. Go to www.YearbookOrderCenter.com.

2. Type in the Glennwood ES school code, which is 24818.

3. You’ll see the option to “Buy a Yearbook Ad.”

Save the Date! Glennwood Culture Night is back!

•What: A celebration of Glennwood's many cultures with free food samples, performances, and educational information from around the world, within our families, and at our school.

•When: Sunday, March 26th (3:00 - 5:00pm). Cultural performances by Glennwood community members will occur 4:00--5:00pm.

•Who: Glennwood students/families and Glennwood staff! If you're interested in hosting a table to display some of your family's favorite parts of your culture, please sign-up here! ****We still need help with clean up and take down (plus, you'll get bonus PTA points!).****

•Where: Glennwood gym/auditorium and backyard

NEW! Two, 6-month memberships to TONCHU Martial Arts Academy will be raffled off for any Glennwood family member who visits every cultural table and completes an electronic "passport" (google form).

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Romp and Read - March 18

Please join us for our next Romp & Read on Saturday, March 18th from 10-11am. Meet us at the school’s playground. Questions? Please email Aichuan Kwong at: aichuan@gmail.com

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News from City Schools of Decatur

ESOL & Federal Programs Title III Parent Meeting

The ESOL & Federal Programs Department is hosting a Title III Parent Meeting March 9 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Wilson Center, 125 Electric Avenue. You don’t want to miss this event!

We want to hear from you! Please share feedback on the CSD Vision & Mission by March 5

We want to hear from you! As part of the CSD strategic planning process, we are reviewing and updating our vision and mission statements. The survey is now open and we want to hear what you like and what you think we should change or add to these foundational parts of our strategic plan.

Why are we doing this? Vision and mission statements help ground the work school districts do and represent the shared values and goals that everyone in the school community is committed to working toward. They form the foundation for developing and implementing policies and practices to support staff members, families, and students.

Call to Action: Please take 5-7 minutes to complete the CSD Vision & Mission Survey, review the current vision and mission statements (both are included in the survey for your reference), and share your thoughts with us. Don’t delay and complete by March 5th!

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Launchpad for Learning

It’s time to register for Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp hosted by CSD! Registration ends July 3rd at midnight. Spaces will fill up quickly so register soon.

Launchpad for Learning is an exciting, 1-week summer camp hosted by the City Schools of Decatur for students in grades K-8 in the 2023-24 school year. The Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp will be held July 10-13. Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp is a great opportunity for students to be introduced to upcoming grade-level standards with hands-on activities and fun experiences. This year our activities will have a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music) focus for $225 per student.

Attached is a Registration Help Form that will guide you through the registration process, and there is a video showing how to register posted here. We are excited about Launchpad and the possibility of helping our students transition into the new school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Eddie Johnson, District Launchpad for Learning Coordinator at ejohnson@csdecatur.net.

K-5 Title I & ESOL Family Math Night

Calling all Title I & ESOL parents and families to Family Math Night, March 2 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the PLC at the Wilson Center, 125 Electric Avenue. Please bring your students for math fun and “make and take” activities that the whole family will enjoy! Let us know you plan to attend by clicking the link here.

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Atlanta Hawks - City Schools of Decatur Night

Join the Atlanta Hawks on March 3, for City Schools of Decatur Night at State Farm Arena. Each ticket includes $10 worth of food and beverage credit that can be used at our restaurants inside the arena the night of the game. Special pregame performance by the BHMS Chorus!

To purchase tickets, click here. See flyer for details.

Decatur Student Center Offering - Family Meetings

Would You Like to Learn How to Conduct Family Meetings?

Are you tired of constant family arguments?

Are you tired of feeling as if your family is disconnected?

Are you tired of your family not knowing the schedule for the week?

Then perhaps Family Meetings are for you! Participants will learn how to conduct effective family meetings that will benefit all family members and encourage cohesiveness. Family Meetings have been shown to increase family members’ self-esteem, communication & conflict-resolution skills and instill a sense of belonging & resilience.

When: Wednesdays, beginning March 1

What: 5 weekly, 45-minute Google Meet sessions from 12:00 - 12:45

How: Attend weekly interactive meetings with camera on & ready to participate!

Cost: FREE and limited to 6 families

Click here to register and learn more!
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Decatur Bulldog Boosters - Bulldog Bash Is Just Around the Corner

On March 18, Boosters is hosting our annual Bulldog Bash at Legacy Park from 7-11 p.m. to support Decatur Athletics. The adult-only event features a food truck, bar, live music (by The Dammages and The Thrillbillies), an online silent auction (featuring art, sport tickets, braces, experiences, restaurant gift cards, etc.), 50/50 raffle, Coaches’ Wish List Funds, Coach of the Year Award and more. All proceeds go to support our coaches and athletes at DHS and BHMS. Come out and support your Bulldogs! (You can still contribute and bid on items even if you can’t make it to the event.)

Decatur Parent Network Event on March 9

The Decatur Parents Network is so excited to host our next event at Beacon Hill Middle School on March 9 at 6:45 p.m. We also want to thank Mr. Thomas for being willing to host this upcoming event for the Decatur Parents Network and Decatur Prevention Initiative. The topic for this event is "Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People.

The link to register is https://bit.ly/DecaturParentsNetworkVaping

Terrie Moore, Executive Director

Decatur Prevention Initiative



City of Decatur - Decatur Launches 200 Stories Initiative

In celebration of City of Decatur’s bicentennial, the City has launched the 200 Stories Project- a community story vault- to preserve and document the history of those who are and have been part of the Decatur community. Through the power of storytelling, participants will help shape a shared vision for the future of Decatur.

Whether you are new to Decatur or have been around for a while, the City invites you to contribute to this historical moment by sharing your experiences. There is no script – simply volunteer to sit down and talk with an interviewer.

Interested in connecting with other community members? There is also an opportunity to volunteer as an interviewer. To participate, email 200stories@decaturga.com, or call Aileen de la Torre at 678-553-6596 or Renae Jackson at 678-553-6561.
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Community Resource Fair

CSD, in partnership with The Dekalb County Coalition and The Decatur Education Foundation, is excited to host our first annual Spring Resource Fair! The Community Resource Fair will take place on March 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 105 Electric Avenue (in the green space across the Wilson Center and Ebster Gym). We have 20+ vendors and organizations planning to come out to connect with families. The vendors and organizations will be offering mental health resources, physical health resources, food resources, and housing resources. We will also have fun activities on-site for families. For any questions, please contact Madison Bobbitt at mbobbit@csdecatur.net or 470-421-2279.

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News from the Decatur Education Foundation

You can donate food to our Lighten the Load BHMS snack pantry and weekend backpack programs to help food-insecure families in Decatur. Click on the following links to help complete the monthly wishlists:

Beacon Hill Middle Snack Program: /a.co/d0HJHTr

Weekend Backpack Program: https://a.co/6Etc74W

ColorWheel Art Studio is hosting an Empty Bowls fundraiser TONIGHT from 6-8pm that benefits our Lighten the Load program. For $25 you receive a hand-made bowl to enjoy soup from Leon’s Full Service and Brick Store Pub. Tickets are available HERE.

The Tour deCatur is coming up soon on Saturday, March 11th! You can still register at www.tourdecatur.com to run the 5K (a Peachtree Road Race qualifier), the one-mile Fun Run and the Tot Trot for the 4 and under set. As DEF’s biggest fundraiser, your participation helps fund everything we do to help our students learn and thrive. Presenting Sponsor Mathnasium of Decatur and Platinum Sponsor Realtor Amy Widener will be there at the race with giveaways!

Amplify Decatur is hosting their Spring Concert in the Square on Saturday, April 29th and DEF is so pleased to be one of the beneficiaries. The line-up is chock full of some amazing musicians – check them out and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amplify-decatur-music-festival-tickets-527859721637. Your evening of live music will support DEF, Decatur Cooperative Ministry and Giving Kitchen.

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