Eagle Edition

May 5, 2022

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Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

We have had another awesome week at Glennwood! Our students finished up the spring MAP testing this week and worked so very hard. I am very proud of them. MAP scores will be available to parents on Infinite Campus Parent Portal at the end of the school year along with final report cards.

It is hard to believe that we only have 15 days of school left after this week! You will always find Glennwood Events on our school calendar, but we have also created a Google Doc to make it a bit easier for families to keep up with our end of the year activities. We will update it weekly as needed this last month of school. Please check it out HERE.

We have two Community Circles remaining in the school year - May 13 with kindergarten hosting and the last day of school, May 27 with 2nd grade hosting. We will celebrate all May birthdays on May 13 and all June birthdays on May 27. (We celebrated July birthdays in August.) If you have a child with a May or June birthday, please make note of these two dates when your child's birthday will be recognized at Community Circle.

Also, we need a couple of parent volunteers to help put equipment back in the school building on Fridays after Community Circle. If you would be interested in helping, please email Dee Anna Rittenhouse at drittenhouse@csdecatur.net.

Lastly, I know I have said this before, but I am so grateful to be the principal at Glennwood. I love our staff, students and families. Our crew has certainly felt appreciated this week with all of the special treats PTA has organized and planned for us. Thank you to everyone who has helped with Staff Appreciation Week. The staff and I feel so supported and loved.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


Candid Pictures for 2nd Grade Students

Deana Kingsbury Photography (www.deanakingsbury.com) will be on campus at Glennwood on Tuesday, May 10th (10-11:45am) to photograph all 2nd grade students.

Photos are taken outside on the playground. Images are candid, playful and offered in black/white. Proofs will be available via an online gallery within a week of the shoot and all prints/JPG files ordered will be delivered before the last day of school.

We will also have a special group classroom photo available for all 2nd classes.


Deana Kingsbury



Last Walk and Roll to School on May 13

It’s our last Walk & Roll of the school year!! Let's finish out this wonderful year of Walk & Roll SOAR-ing! Please join us on your feet, your bike, or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!), and then stay for our marble count at Community Circle!! 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. Students can earn incentives, from our friends at Georgia Safe Routes to School and Georgia Commute Options, for participating! After dropping their kiddos, parents can make their way to the blacktop to await the start of Community Circle. Each marble will still count towards students earning extra school-wide recess! For additional details and a full Walk & Roll schedule for the year, please visit the Glennwood website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Domain/530

*Walking School Buses are on hold (due to Covid) until further notice*

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

Field Day Volunteers Needed - May 20

Hi everyone! It's Glennwood Eagle's Field Day time! The event is scheduled for Friday, May 20. There are volunteering opportunities for station set up, staffing each station during Field Day and event break down/clean up. SIGN UP HERE.

8:30AM-9AM - Event set up

9AM-12PM - Herd cats

12PM-1PM - Event break down and clean up

Questions? Feel free to text/call Timothy Cox at 404.931.7611.

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Second Grade Moving Forth Ceremony and Picnic

Second grade families, please save the date for the Glennwood Moving Forth Ceremony on Tuesday 5/24, at 8:30-9:15 AM. We will ask for parent volunteers to help set up the Glenlake Park pavilion and walk with students to the pavilion arriving at 10 AM. We will have pizza at 11 AM, and King of Pops will distribute pops from 11:30-12:30! Kids will depart the park at 1 PM to head back to school for dismissal. More details to come!

Middle Eastern and South Asian Spring Festival Celebration - May 7

Hello Families!! Bring a picnic blanket and come out to enjoy CSD PTA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committees' Middle Eastern and South Asian Spring Festival on Saturday, May 7th at Ebster Recreation Center’s gymnasium, and outdoor courtyard from 11am-2pm.

Performances, food and educational/cultural booths highlighting diverse crafts and holidays such as Nawruz, Eid, Hidrellez, Holi, Baisakhi, and Ugadi.

This event is FREE for all CSD elementary students and teachers! GET TICKETS NOW

Food will be available for purchase. Pre-order food from Naanstop here.

Other food vendors include: Bhojanic, Truva Turkish Kitchen, Sweet Sweet Syria, and more!!

Finally, we need YOUR help! If you’d like to volunteer your time or supplies, please SIGN UP here.Thank you! We are so excited for the first Spring Festival and look forward to seeing you there.

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News from City Schools of Decatur

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

Launchpad for Learning Camp

It's finally here! Launchpad for Learning registration is now open! Just log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal, choose the appropriate school store, click on the Launchpad for Learning icon, choose the week that you would like to register your student for, and checkout! Watch this video for a brief, step-by-step demonstration of how to register on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

What is Launchpad for Learning?

Launchpad for Learning is an exciting, 2-week summer camp hosted by the City Schools of Decatur for students in grades K-8 in the 2022-23 school year. 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!

Questions? Contact Eddie Johnson at ejohnson@csdecatur.net.

Super Saturday - Come get hands-on experience with grade-level standards!

The next Super Saturday is on May 14 from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm at Fifth Avenue Elementary.*

Super Saturdays are open to all K-5 CSD students but space is limited.

Click here to register and to learn more about the program. (*Location subject to change.)

Decatur Parents Network

Join us for the next Parent Chat on May 9th, 7:30 pm-8:30 pm. The timing isn't quite right to get back to in-person parent meetings, but nothing stops us from gathering on Zoom.

A member of the leadership team will facilitate the event. There will be a suggested theme for discussion at each meeting, but the primary intent of these chats is to foster connection with those in attendance. PLEASE NOTE: These chats will not be recorded.

Register and learn more at https://www.decaturparents.net/events/parent-chats.

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week! Your words of love and appreciation mean everything to our teachers -- Express your appreciation for a teacher or CSD staff member with a Step Up tribute: Go to www.stepupforteachers.com, make a $25 contribution and you can leave a tribute message for your favorite CSD employee, and we’ll notify the honored person. For $50 you can honor two CSD staff members AND have a yard sign delivered to your Decatur address! To celebrate our DHS seniors, we also have yard signs for the Class of 2022! Your contributions support Teacher Innovation Grants and provide an encouraging boost that our teachers need to finish the school year!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Renfroe and Talley snack program! Those programs have enough snacks for the rest of the school year! There are still a few items left on the Weekend backpack program, to which you can donate from this link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1IVCVGY0GCF9S?ref_=wl_fv_le

To our DEF treasure hunters – we’ll be announcing the winners of the treasure hunt raffle NEXT WEEK, so stay tuned to DEF social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). It could be YOU! The treasure hunt is still active for anyone who would like a fun family activity, click HERE for info.