Eagle Edition

August 24, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

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Curriculum Night is Next Week!

Each teacher/grade level team will offer two identical sessions so that you may choose which one fits your schedule best. Also, if you have two students in different grade levels at Glennwood, you’d be able to attend the session for each child.

Prior to the Curriculum Night, our PTA will host its first general meeting at 5:30 pm in the auditorium. Please plan to attend this meeting to hear about getting involved with our amazing PTA. They do so much to support our staff and students at Glennwood, and they have some fun events planned for this school year. (If you haven’t joined the PTA yet, please see the instructions in the PTA section below.) Parent support through PTA and for our school, in general, is a big reason Glennwood shines so brightly!

SLT Elections will also take place at Curriculum Night. Nominations are due tomorrow! Please complete the form if you are interested in running for one of our open parent positions! Bios will go out August 28th. The voting link will also be sent via eBlast.

Glennwood Media Center Updates

NEW THIS YEAR! We are once again able to open the library for after-school hours. Students are welcome to visit and check out books after school when accompanied by a parent/caregiver on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 pm. Parents may also sign up to be library patrons and check out up to five books at a time. If you are interested in becoming a patron, please email Anne Dishman, our media clerk at adishman@csdecatur.net to sign up, and she will give you more information.

In your child's folder last week, you received information about participating in the Birthday Book Program fundraiser for the media center. This is a special way to honor your child on their birthday and also help the library grow its collection of books. Forms and payment are by Friday, TOMORROW. Thank you for supporting the Glennwood Media Center!


We offer students an opportunity to earn Eagle Book Bucks for SOARing which can be spent at our small bookstore in the media center. Students earn book bucks from teachers for demonstrating our EL Education Habits of Scholarship, Design Principles and the SOAR norms. Once students purchase their book, they are able to keep these at home. They do not need to be returned.

We are always accepting donations from families of gently used K-2 books throughout the year to help support this learning and reward initiative. Thank you to all the families who have already donated this year! We appreciate you!

News from Mr. Blase

Happy Thursday! This week, I taught classroom lessons in Kindergarten. This first lesson focused on School Readiness. We began with a mindful moment, then read the Mo Willems book The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! The students really enjoyed reading this silly book. We ended the lesson with a game called Why are we in school? where kids connected all the things they are and will learn in school (e.g., counting, reading, etc.) to future careers and things they will want to do in their future. They received an activity coloring sheet to take home. Next week, I will teach a lesson on dealing with frustration. I will share more information next week. As always, if you would like to make a student referral, please use this form.
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PTA General Meeting

Please join us, right before Curriculum Night on August 31st at 5:30 pm for our first General Meeting of the year. SpiritWear will be available for sale. We hope to see y’all there!

Committee Members Needed

We need a Yearbook Coordinator soon! This role can have one or two volunteers.

If you would and a friend would like to join this fun and creative committee, please email Nydia Almond at: president@glennwoodespta.com

Thank you for your support!

School Spirit at Kafenio

Save the date! Our next School Spirit is scheduled for August 29th at Kafenio. Dine in or take out available. Have Kafenio take care of your meal plans while supporting our school. (A percentage of the sales will go towards supporting our school.) Menu available here!

Room Parent volunteers Needed

If you'd like to help as a Room Parent Volunteer this school year 2023-2024, please sign up HERE. We have only one parent signed up for Ms. Kaplan, Ms. Taft, Ms. Marquez and Ms. Bennett's classrooms and would love to have a second room parent to assist in those classrooms!

No experience is needed, just the desire to help our teachers, students and school community.

If you have any questions, please email our Room Parent coordinator, Sarah Loya, at: RPCoordinator@glennwoodespta.com. Thank you for your support!

Hello Eagles! Please join us for our first DEI meeting of the year on Monday, August 28th at 8pm.


- Future meeting dates/times

- Play date volunteers/hosts

- Banner discussion

- Hispanic Heritage Month ideas

- Any other ideas members would like to share

We hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/83435357879?pwd=hOkuNoT3tiDn9gA3eLveTHgrsLL8yz.1

You can also visit our website at GlennwoodPTA.PTBoard.com

Questions?! Email Ashley Page and Nichole Rodriguez at: DEI@GlennwoodESPTA.com

Thank you for your support!

Back to School Play date (Hosted by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee)

The Back to School Playdate hosted by our DEI committee will be moved to Saturday September 9th!

Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees this Saturday. Having that in consideration and everyone’s safety and comfort, we will proceed to reschedule this event.

We hope you can join us for some fun, popsicles and socializing.

Thank you for your support!

Questions?! Email our DEI Co Chairs Nichole Rodriguez and Ashley Page at: DEI@GlennwoodESPTA.com

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You are invited to attend City Schools Of Decatur's Programs Overview

Virtual Meeting

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Come and learn more about support programs available to CSD students. Local, state, and federal programs support the success of our students. Programs are designed to ensure that all students have a fair, equal and meaningful opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.

The programs featured will be:

  • MTSS

  • ESOL & Federal Programs

  • Special Education

  • Gifted

  • Equity and Student Services

To join the Zoom Meeting, click here

Meeting ID: 984 4400 9352
Passcode: 425842

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions you would like answered, please use the link below to submit your questions before the meeting

Dr. Whitaker’s Listening Sessions

Reminder: Superintendent Dr. Gyimah Whitaker's final listening session is Friday, August 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Fifth Avenue ES. Please join Dr. Whitaker as she continues gathering information from staff, students, families, and the community as part of her three-phased GEM entry plan into City Schools of Decatur. Your input is valued and encouraged!

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12th Annual Madison Avenue Derby

Register to race as a driver or save the date to cheer on your favorite cars during a day of family-friendly fun at the 12th Annual Madison Avenue Derby on Saturday, October 21, 2023. This year’s event benefits Urban Recipe, an organization that addresses food insecurity in metro Atlanta. Driver registration open through Thursday, October 5. or until spots sell out.

For more information about the Madison Avenue Derby, visit: www.madavederby.org.

Decatur Education Foundation Grant Process Opens


Decatur Education Foundation Announces Teacher Innovation Grants and Student Innovation Grants

The Decatur Education Foundation is excited to invite you to apply for a Teacher Innovation Grant for the 2023-2024 school year! DEF's Teacher Innovation Grants are designed to support teachers in the City Schools of Decatur by providing funds for innovative educational experiences. And for the first time ever, we’re offering students the opportunity to apply too! Student Innovation Grants give students a voice in their education and encourage them to explore creative solutions to problems and challenges.

Awards for our Innovation Grants range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31, 2023, and the grant awards will be announced on September 14, 2023. For more information and to apply, visit:




Decatur Education Foundation Announces Teacher Innovation Grants and Student Innovation Grants

The Decatur Education Foundation is excited to announce that applications are open for our Teacher Innovation Grants and — for the first time ever — Student Innovation Grants! These grants are designed to support teachers and students in the City Schools of Decatur by providing funds for innovative educational experiences. Awards for our Innovation Grants range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31, 2023, and the grant awards will be announced on September 14, 2023.

Last year, we awarded over $35,000 in Teacher Innovation Grants, and this year we want to double it! For more information and to support DEF’s Innovation Grants, visit DecaturEducationFoundation.org. To apply for a Student Innovation Grant, visit: https://bit.ly/DEFStudentInnovationGrants.

The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Mini-Grants Now Available

Do you have plans for a new garden or class project? Fantastic ideas on how to incorporate farm-to-school principles into a teaching unit? Or maybe you need funds for a "green" field trip?

The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Committee invites you to apply for a grant for 2023-24. Teachers, administrators, PTA members, and parent volunteers can apply on behalf of their CSD school. Please get your applications in before September 22, 2023.

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