Eagle Edition

November 18, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

City Schools of Decatur has shared updated COVID-19 vaccination information in the annual data update this week. We are so excited that now all students above the age of 5 can get vaccinated. Once your child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with two shots, please go into the annual data update and update your child’s vaccination information. You will have to click through all the questions, but the original information you entered is there. You can check yes and upload your child’s vaccination card. This is important information to have at the school level when there are active COVID cases. Thank you for your help in this important matter.

If your student eats breakfast at school, please ensure that they are here before 8:15am. At 8:15am, we are wrapping up breakfast so kids are in their classrooms and ready to learn at the start of the school day at 8:20am. The bus arrives in plenty of time for students to have breakfast.

Lastly, I want to express to all of you how grateful I am for the Glennwood Community. Thank you for all that you do. I hope that you and your families have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins

Socktober 2021 Campaign Update

I want to thank everyone for all of your support of our Socktober 2021 campaign. The students were very excited and had a wonderful time. Together we were able to raise 3,745 pairs of socks and toiletries! All donations went to Hunger Has No Religion (hhnr.org) to be distributed to Atlanta's unsheltered population. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful organization if you were unable to contribute to the Socktober drive or at any time in the future should you wish to make a charitable contribution.

The past few weeks, I have been teaching the Think First & Stay Safe Child Lures curriculum to the students. You should've received a letter home detailing this information and ways you can best support at home. After Thanksgiving break, I am looking forward to collaborating with our Special Education teachers on a lesson on celebrating neurodiversity. I hope you and your family have a happy, healthy, and safe break!

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December Glennwood Staff Snack Table

We'd like to thank the Kindergarten class for an awesome Gratitude Table this week! For December, we're asking first grade families to host a "Holiday Sweets and Treats" Display for our staff. If you're a first grade family, please visit the Sign Up Genius here to sign up to bring in something for our staff (each grade will have two opportunities this year, so the intention is that families participate only once per year).

We request that all items be store-bought (not homemade), but they do not need to be individually wrapped. Please drop off your items with Ms. Hearn at the front office December 13-15th anytime during school hours and the PTA will assemble the snack table for our staff to enjoy on Thursday, December 16th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs: Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) or Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) Thank you!

Volunteers Needed

Help Coach Meg! Coach Meg is recruiting parent volunteers to help spraypaint some fun play stencils on the blacktop. There are three dates to sign up for after Thanksgiving. Here is the Signup Genius link if you can help

Looking for a great way to kick off the Holiday Break?

Join our District at the State Farm Arena for City Schools of Decatur Night as the Hawks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 PM.

Each ticket includes $10 worth of food and beverage credit.

A portion from each ticket purchased through this offer will benefit the Decatur Education Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased through the provided link: hawkspromos.com/CSD

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Run With the Dogs 5K to benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Run With the Dogs (RWTD) registration is open and the event will be LIVE this year!

If you think you have the perfect dog to be featured on this year’s t-shirt as the Face of the Race, please enter the contest. Just post a photo of your dog, plus a blurb about why your dog should be selected as the Face of the Race, to www.facebook.com/RWTD5k or on Instagram with the hashtag #RWTD5K. All contest entrants must register for the race for their dogs to be considered. Photos can be submitted until November 21. Voting on the four finalists will begin November 29 and the "Top Dog" will be announced December 6.

The race is on Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a brand new course starting and ending at Renfroe Middle School. This year the race will feature chip timing for the first time ever!

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School. All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, which will once again be designed by local artist Adam Pinsley.

Register here for Run With the Dogs!

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CSD Coat Drive

The City Schools of Decatur ESOL & Federal Programs Department is sponsoring a Coat Drive. Have a coat and want to help us keep families warm this winter? Donate in the front lobby at any CSD school or at the Wilson Center from November 15th to December 10th. The goods you will donate will benefit children and youth in need. We appreciate your donation.
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Georgia Student Health Survey

This year we will administer the Georgia Student Health Survey to students in their classrooms, and parents and guardians can complete the Georgia Parent Survey at this link https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents.

The Georgia Student Health Survey is an anonymous, statewide survey instrument that identifies school safety and climate issues that impact student achievement. In order to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for your child, the Georgia Department of Education collects survey information from students during the school year. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and covers various topics such as school climate and safety, alcohol and drug use, and mental health. If you would like to examine the survey questions, please find the survey questions here at the GSHS webpage on the right side of the web page under related documents.

All student survey data is anonymous and self-reported. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives you the right to opt your child out of participating in the survey. The survey will be given to all students. If you do NOT wish for your child to participate in the Georgia Student Health Survey, please complete this Opt-Out form by December 17th.


CSD is reviewing its current CSD ARP ESSER LEA Plan. We are extending a period of stakeholder feedback and input on our current plan through December 3, 2021. You may view the current plan on the CSD Website at the URL listed below. You will also find a Stakeholder Feedback Form there to provide any feedback or input that you may have on our current Plan. If you have any questions, please contact, Willie Washington at wwashington@csdecatur.net. Thank you.
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Happy National Parent Engagement Month

The month of November is National Parent Engagement Month, and our ESOL & Federal Programs Department would like to honor and highlight the parents and family members who provide support at home to help increase their student’s school success. You play such an important and invaluable role in your student’s education. Look for tokens of our appreciation throughout the month of November! We appreciate ALL that you do!

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Come Enjoy Live Music for a Great Cause! DEF and the DHS Songwriter’s Club are hosting the first No Ordinary Joe, a coffeehouse music series on Thursday, November 18th from 7-10pm at the Decatur Student Center at Decatur High School. The evening’s emcee is internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Caroline Herring, who will play in addition to five of our DHS student musicians. Tickets are $50 apiece and proceeds benefit DEF’s behavioral health fund, Joe’s Fund. Join us for an evening of great music, coffee and desserts.

Food Insecurity Needs

DEF is addressing weekend food insecurity in our school district and we need your help. Through counselors and social workers, we have identified around 30 students who need assistance on the weekends. Our weekend food Backpack Program is designed to provide each student with a breakfast, lunch, and snack for two days. The cost of each bag is approximately only $5.59! If you would like to support this program, we have two ways you can do so:

1. Donated on our website and add “lighten the load” in the memo section https://decatureducationfoundation.org/donate/

2. You can purchase the food we need from our Amazon Wishlist at https://a.co/6Etc74W

Could you be a mentor? We have two mentoring programs for which we’re seeking 15 women and 15 men volunteers to serve as mentors. Our AIM Scholars mentoring program pairs third-grade students with an adult mentor who help them by supporting their Academics and exploring their Interests; Mentors also help their students connect to educational and enrichment opportunities. Our REACH Georgia program pairs five 8th graders with mentors to help navigate high school and preparation for college. Right now we just need one more male REACH mentor. In just 2-4 hours per month, you can have a meaningful impact in the life of a student. For more information, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

Are you a middle school math or Spanish language whiz? We are in need of 7 tutors with expertise in those subjects. Can you help out a Decatur student virtually one hour per week? If so, we’d love your help! Please click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

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Kindergarten classes are learning about Community Helpers. Thank you to City of Decatur Police Officer, Sergeant Bender for visiting our kindergarten classes and helping students learn about this important job. Officer Bender is pictured below with Ms. Rose's class.
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