Eagle Edition

March 17, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

We are so excited to welcome our new assistant principal Summer Clayton to Glennwood for the 22-23 school year! Summer is a shining star and will be an amazing support to students, staff and families. Please check out her introduction below.

Summer Clayton comes to Glennwood with 26 years of educational experience. She has worked in CSD for 12 of those years, starting as an elementary teacher at Clairemont Elementary, moving to Instructional Coach at Winnona Park, and most recently serving as an Assistant Principal at Renfroe. Outside of CSD, Summer has worked as a middle school teacher and has served as a founding principal/Executive Director of two charter schools, one in Idaho and one in North Carolina.

On a personal level, Summer lives in Clarkston with her wife and two boys, ages 11 and 14 (plus two dogs and three cats). On the weekends, you can normally find her and her family in the GA woods somewhere hiking, biking, or camping. S'Mores Pro tip: A Reece's cup instead of a Hershey's bar is a game changer!

Welcome, Summer Clayton, to the Glennwood family!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


Allergy season has started and many allergy symptoms are the same as other illnesses including Covid. Significant nasal congestion and runny nose can be uncomfortable while wearing a mask. If your child is experiencing significant allergy symptoms, please keep them home until they are better.

Please provide a change of clothes that can be kept in your child's locker. The playground is muddy, kids spill things, and all kids, even the 2nd graders, have bathroom accidents. The school has a very limited supply of extra clothes and underwear. If your child needs a change of clothes, and we do not have something to fit, we will call you to bring in a change. Having an extra set in their locker will alleviate interrupting your day and will help the child return to class asap.

If you have any older clothes that you were planning on donating, pants and shorts for both boys and girls, we will gladly take them!

As always, if you have questions, please reach out by email at ebarrington@csdecatur.net or 404-370-4435

Nurse Beth

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Virtual Author Visit with Mac Barnett on March 22

It’s John’s big day at school today—a performance for Sharing Gifts time. His bag is carefully packed and prepared, his classmates are ready, and the curtain is waiting to open. John is nervous, looking out at all the other children staring back at him. But he takes a big breath and begins.

Mac Barnett’s compassionate text and Kate Berube’s understated and expressive art tell the story of a kid who finds the courage to show others his talent for dancing.

We are excited to host the amazing Mac Barnett virtually on March 22 at 1:00 pm. This is for all K-2 students. We will be offering a book sale in sponsorship with Little Shop of Stories. All students who purchase a book will receive a signed bookplate by the author. A hard copy of the order form will be sent home in communication folders today. You will also find a pdf copy below. All orders are due by March 24. 20% of the book sale proceeds will benefit the Glennwood Media Center. Thank you for your support!

Happy Spring GL and WE Families!

In art, we have be working so hard painting portraits and crafting art inspired by the Lunar New Year Celebration. We also created collages inspired by artist Vanessa Brantley Newton and the Gee’s Bend quilters just to name a few. I am so proud of every Eagles and all of the Wolves!

They can’t wait to share their art with you at home.


Be on the lookout for a bundle of art the last two weeks in March.


Mrs. Howarth

GL Art Teacher

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Lost and Found Items

Our lost and found is quite full. Please look at the photo below and check with your child about any possible lost clothing or personal items. The items in lost and found are not labeled with student names, so we have been unable to return the lost items to their owners. We will be donating all of the unclaimed lost and found items to a local charity after Spring Break. Thank you.
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The 2021-2022 Glennwood Yearbook is now on sale for $20. Orders must be completed by March 25, 2022 via the Glennwood PTA website:https://glennwoodpta.org/store/. It is an important Glennwood PTA tradition that every student and staff receive a yearbook. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please consider donating a yearbook to a student or staff. You can donate a yearbook for $20 at the same link.

Create Yearbook DEDICATIONS for your child or teachers – the DEADLINE to purchase a dedication is March 25, 2022. **Please note that dedications can only be placed online at https://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.”

4. The website will walk you through the steps of choosing the ad/dedication and creating it.

5. You can come back to work on the dedication as much as you’d like prior to submitting it. However, you must finish creating it and pay for it before March 25th. The dedication will not be submitted until you pay for it, which is after you finish creating it.

Dedication pricing is as follows:

$15.00 for 1/8 page
$20.00 for 1/4 page
$35.00 for 1/2 page

Technical support for dedications: 877.362.7750.

Thank You to Kindergarten Families

The PTA would like to thank the Kindergarten families for supporting our "Lucky to have you" table for our staff today. The staff enjoyed all the goodies so very much! Our first-grade families will be hosting our April staff appreciation table; more details are forthcoming. (See pictures below.)

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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.

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MTSS Department Presents CSD Super Saturdays for K-5

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

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.

2022-2023 New Student Registration

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year opened on March 7. Students that are currently enrolled in CSD do not need to register to move to the next grade level or building. Registration information can be found at https://www.csdecatur.net/enrollment.

2022-2023 Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP)

The City Schools of Decatur is now in the process of soliciting feedback and input from all stakeholders as we revise our CLIP for the 2022-2023 school year.

We ask that you take an opportunity to review the CLIP documents found on the CSD Website linked HERE and then use the Feedback form linked HERE to provide your input and feedback by Friday, May 20, 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Willie Washington, CSD ESOL and Federal Programs Director.

CSD Special Education March Meeting

Georgia Tech Excel Program provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.

Target audience: Parents/students with disabilities in the 8th-12th grades.

Date: March 24, 2022

Time: 6-7 pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

Click this link to RSVP or email Cheryl Grant.

The Special Education Parent Survey is a survey that helps the state determine parents’ perception of the success of parent engagement relating to 10 specific areas of special education and the IEP process and is used to improve services and results for children with disabilities. Georgia’s parent survey is available to all families of students with IEPs.

* Families with more than one student with an IEP, please complete an individual survey for each student.

For more information about the survey, click here!

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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Thank you to EVERYONE who braved the cold, windy weather last Saturday to participate in the Tour deCatur! You did it for the kids, and we are so grateful! If you’re seeking another fun family activity, we hope you’ll try out our DEF Treasure Hunt! It’s a fun way to get outside and maybe learn some things you didn’t know about your community. And there’s a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of Little Shop of Stories Summer Camp!!! Just go to www.decatureducationfoundation.org and click on the pop-up to get started.

There are other ways that you can help DEF help Decatur’s kids, through snack donations and volunteering. Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks: https://a.co/d0HJHTr

Tally Snacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Weekend Food Backpacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

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: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

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.