Eagle Edition

November 17, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

We have had a great week at Glennwood this week! Thank you to our 1st-grade families for hosting the Give Thanks snack table for staff today. Our staff has really enjoyed it.

I also want to remind families about the gratitude project for staff. We would love to hear from our families and students about what and/or who you are grateful for at Glennwood Elementary School.

Please take a brief moment to express your gratitude to our amazing staff. Please add your gratitude notes on the Google form by clicking HERE. Your words of appreciation make a great impact on our school culture and climate. I will compile all responses and share them with the staff on November 18th before they leave for the break. Thank you!

Warmest regards,

Holly Brookins, Ph.D.



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This week and last, I taught a lesson in all grades on Gratitude. Initially, we discussed what exactly this means, and how this contrasts with having a Baditude. We read the Julia Cook book "Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks!" The kids really enjoyed the book and learned different strategies for changing their baditude to gratitude. One such strategy is saying that you "get to" do something as opposed to "having to" do it. We ended the lesson with an activity sheet where students drew pictures and wrote words for what they are grateful for. Students were challenged to try to notice at least 5 things that they are grateful for each day. This can be something that you do with your students at home!

Also, after the Thanksgiving break, I will send home information related to our required personal safety lessons. These are the same personal safety lessons the students have received in years past (Think First & Stay Safe). This will be new for our Kindergarten students. Parents will also have an opportunity to preview the materials ahead of time. I will begin these lessons after the winter break. Parents will have an option to opt their students out for any reason during the lessons. Once again, more information will be shared after the Thanksgiving break.

Eagle Bookstore Donations Needed

If you are doing any cleaning and decluttering over the Thanksgiving Break, the Eagle Bookstore is in need of gently used K-2 appropriate books for restocking the store. We've had LOTS of Eagles earning book bucks for SOARing!

We would GREATLY appreciate any donations. Thank you to families who have already donated books this year! Please contact our media clerk, Anne Dishman at adishman@csdecatur.net with any questions. Thanks so much!

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PE Schedule for Parent Visits

  • Dec 13: Marion: 8:50-9:20, Bennett: 9:25-9:55, Turnipseed: 12:25-12:55, Jones: 1:00-1:30, Ronco: 1:30-2:00
  • Dec 14: Marquez: 8:50-9:20, VanDuzer: 12:25-12:55, Rose: 1:35-2:05, Kaplan: 2:05-2:35
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SOAR Spiritwear

SOAR with pride Eagles, Spirit Wear is here! We will have Spirit Wear for sale on Friday before and after the community circle! Come see us!

If you can’t make it, you can easily get yours HERE! Don't miss our 2022-2023 design. Get it before it sells out! (Youth and adult sizes available. Youth design pictured.)

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Please include the child's name and teacher in the “notes to seller” field at checkout. This would make distribution and delivery much easier and faster. Thank you!

Questions?! Please email Micah Lewin at: micah.lewin@outlook.com.

Yearbook Photos Needed

As you and your family participate at events and school activities, we'd love for you to capture those memories and submit those photos so we can feature as many as possible in the yearbook!

Details can be found at: www.tinyurl.com/glennwoodyearbook.

If you have any questions or issues, please email yearbook@glennwoodpta.org.

Artwork Help For Glennwood’s Art Teacher:

Each grading period, our Glennwood Art Teacher, Ms. Nadine Howarth, would like help sorting, rolling, and taping "Art Portfolio Bundles" for the students and changing out the artwork on a few of the school Bulletin boards.

Please consider signing up to help. The job should take about an hour of your time. In the comments section, please include the date of your choice from the list of dates, and the time you plan to arrive.

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I care for others, and others care for me

In honor of the design principle, Empathy and Caring, the Glennwood PTA DEI committee invites you to participate in the Decatur Season of Giving event. We will be supplying two families in need with gifts, clothing and necessities. Many of these families are unhoused or in transitional housing, so the winter and holidays can be especially bleak. We have taken the responsibility of providing items for a family with a pre-k student and a senior. We encourage you to intimately include your children in this process of choosing how to support these families.

We ask that all items be delivered to the front porch of the Gillespie-LaFond home- 323 Glendale Ave – by Thursday, Dec 1.

Items requested/wished for are listed on the signup genius HERE.

If you choose to donate money so that we may purchase the gifts, please Venmo the donation to @Amanda-Gillespie-1 and indicate “Glennwood Season of Giving” in the comment.

Finally, Ms. Rittenhouse has curated a selection of books that help elementary school-age children understand issues such as poverty, consumerism, and the difference between want and need. These are listed below, with links to read-alouds if you prefer:

Those Shoes - Maribeth Boelts

Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Peña (Newberry winner for this title)

Beatrice's Goat - Page McBrier

The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

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Please join us to learn about DeKalb history and nature with Ranger Jonah at Mason Mill Park on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 12pm. Please sign up for this awesome event using this link. (Event open for 30 people.)

Has your child lost an item at school?

Hello Families! Please don’t forget to visit the LOST & FOUND on your way in and/or out of Community Circle tomorrow. It is currently overflowing. There are a lot of water bottles and jackets.

If your child is missing an item, please fill out this sheet form with your child’s name, class and description of the item. I will make sure to deliver it. I will also visit the classrooms every two weeks for a couple of minutes and bring a rolling cart with all items in the lost and found.

All items will be donated by the end of January if they aren’t claimed.

Questions?! Please email me (Nydia Almond) at nialmond05@gmail.com

Birthdays Celebrations in Community Circle

We will announce all birthdays for the month on the first Community Circle of each month. In Community Circle on December 2, we will announce all December birthdays. This will hopefully make it easier for staff announcing the birthdays and also for parents so that they will know when their child's birthday will be announced.
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Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023 Registration is Now Open!

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023!

Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2023 for Run With the Dogs, a Decatur tradition now in its 19th year.

We’re back at Beacon Hill Middle School for the 5K and Pup Trot, and we are pleased to announce that this year’s race is an official qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race!

The 2023 Face of the Race winner will be announced on the race website and social media on November 18.

Run With the Dogs is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Beacon Hill Middle School. All race participants will receive the coveted long-sleeved T-shirt designed by local artist Adam Pinsley.

Click here to register. For more information, visit rwtd5K.com.

News from City Schools of Decatur

Nutrition Department

The Nutrition Department is in the process of reaching out to parents about student negative meal balances. These efforts to send the low-balance communications will continue weekly through the automated Infinite Campus messenger or a personal phone call. Some accounts may have had outstanding balances prior to being approved for free or reduced meal benefits. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nekee Mathis at nmathis@csdecatur.net. or (470) 237- 0368 ext 7607.

Note: A free and reduced lunch application may be completed anytime during the school year. Currently, the district policy allows students to receive meals, not extra items, for example, i.e. bag of chips. However, a child's negative meal balance will continue to incur debt as they receive meals. Click on the links below if you need help adding a reminder to your school email account, adding a low balance alert on your nutrition meal account, and/or adding funds to your school nutrition account.

Extended Day Tutoring Session 1 Ends

Thursday, November 17, is the last day of Extended Day Tutoring for Session 1. Session 2 will begin in February 2023. Eligible students will receive an invitation letter.

Special Education Parent Meetings - How It Works - Assistive Technology Meeting

Yael Cohen, Assistive Tech. Specialist & Frank DeFilippo, Special Education Coordinator, will be sharing a variety of apps and Google extensions that students can access to support their learning in class.

For example, if your student is experiencing:

  • Poor handwriting

  • Poor grammar

  • Difficulty spelling

  • Difficulty with Organizing writing assignments

Date: November 17, 2022

Time: 6-7pm

Location: This is a virtual meeting.

RSVP here

For questions please contact Cheryl Grant at cgrant@csdecatur.net.

Community Partner Announcements and Updates

GaDOE Posts New ELA Standards for Public Comment

Based on the recommendation of State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education has posted new K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) standards for a 30-day public comment period. If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2024-2025 school year, following teacher training.

Click here to review the draft standards and provide feedback.

The draft standards leverage the insight and expertise of thousands of Georgians to support ELA instruction that is Georgia-developed, age and developmentally appropriate, and provides a strong foundation beginning in the early grades. Drafted by Georgia ELA teachers with input from educational leaders, parents, students, business and industry leaders, and community members, the standards are designed to be clear, understandable, and present a balanced amount of content to cover in each year – so that students can truly master concepts rather than simply being quickly exposed to them.

The survey will close at 5:00 PM EDT on 12/5​/2022.

Decatur Prevention Initiative

The Decatur Parents Network is collaborating with DHS staff and the Student Center to offer an evening for parents and caregivers on November 17 @ 6:30 at the Student Center. For more information and to register, go to https://bit.ly/DecaturParentsNetworkNov17.

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News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Giving Tuesday is coming up on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, and is a global day of generosity – a day to support the causes that are meaningful to you and your community. With a donation to DEF, you are helping us support Decatur’s kids. It’s our mission to help EVERY student in Decatur learn and thrive. Every kid learns differently; every kid has different needs. We help students through our programs that address racial and economic inequity, opportunity gaps, food insecurity, and behavioral health needs.

Please consider making a donation of any amount (every dollar counts) at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/donate. Together we make a difference for our kids.

Are you great at math, science or languages? Your skills could help a Decatur student in just one hour per week as a Virtual Pal Tutor! We pair 2nd-8th grade students with upper high school or adult tutors to help with homework, organization and motivation. It’s an easy way to give back to your community in a meaningful way (and for high school students to earn volunteer hours).

Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/VJuyncb7qce6R7Jq5

Can’t volunteer but want to help out? You can donate to our Lighten the Load program which keeps the snack pantry stocked at Beacon Hill Middle School. For those families in our community experiencing food insecurity, we also have a weekend backpack program. Both have unique Amazon wish lists that are updated monthly.

You can donate directly to them using these links:

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

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