Eagle Edition

December 15, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

Can you believe we are coming to the end of the year and the end of the first semester? It seems to have gone by so quickly! I feel fortunate every day to be in this community with such incredible students, teachers and families.

I’d like to send out a huge thank you to our PTA for putting together a beautiful holiday treat table to show our staff how special they are. We truly feel the love every day from our families.

Parents, we have been noticing during carpool that some cars are moving out of line to pull around other cars in order to expedite the drop-off and pick-up process. Please be patient and wait in line as we want to keep all of our students, staff and families safe. Thank you for understanding.

Just a reminder again this week that the 2022-2023 Georgia Parent Survey is open. We need your input. Survey participation is voluntary, but we strongly encourage participation in the surveys to provide schools with critically important data to help guide prevention and intervention strategies. This school data is included in our school's CCRPI score. It is recommended that schools have at least a 75% participation rate. The surveys will remain open through Friday, January 27, 2023.

Here is the link to the survey. Thank you in advance for completing the survey!

I hope everyone has a wonderful break and is able to make special memories with families and friends. Stay safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing everyone back in January of 2023!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins



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As a friendly reminder, all of our students will be performing in Glennwood's Winter Music Celebration TOMORROW, December 16 at 8:30am in the Auditorium. All grade levels will be performing. There will also be special music by Glennwood's own parent band, The Flock of Eagles! Parents are welcome to enter the auditorium at 8:20 once carpool has concluded. Some seating will be available, though standing room will also be utilized.

No specific attire is required, but students are invited to wear any holiday tops/sweaters/colors or blue/white wintery colors, etc. Students will be making headband/crowns to wear. These will be given to them Friday morning at school.

We are excited to gather with you as a school community to celebrate this special time of year. The program should conclude right around 9:00. Second grade parents are then invited to gather in the garden following the end of the performance for their Celebration of Learning. Hope to see you tomorrow morning!

Dear Glennwood Families,

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from harm. Related to that goal, school counselors are required by OCGA 20-2-143 to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse, assault awareness, and prevention education. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education through interactive classroom lessons, role-playing, and corresponding activities. Think First & Stay Safe™ enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from abuse, assault, and exploitation. CSD school counselors reviewed the program and selected it for our students. This program is also listed on Georgia’s Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Guide as a best practice program.

Due to the importance of this topic, I want you to know how you may preview the materials and when the counselor will be presenting this information to your child's class. The materials will be available for preview by contacting Mr. Blase at jblase@csdecatur.net and setting up a time with him. The school counselor will offer the sexual abuse prevention and safety lessons to all K-2 students beginning in January following the Holiday Break. This may extend into February if the lessons aren’t completed before then.

You can also learn more about the program and research behind this program at www.childluresprevention.com. Please be aware that more information is provided on the website than is actually used in CSD. The plan for CSD includes: the key concepts taught at all grade levels; each grade reviews what was learned in the previous grade(s) and then learns additional lures or tricks. Specifics are provided here.

If you prefer that your child not participate in the sexual abuse and safety prevention lessons, please send an email indicating your preferences to the school counselor, Jonathan Blase, at jblase@csdecatur.net by Friday, December 16th. Please reach out if you have any questions. Unless documentation is received, your child will participate in the lessons.


Jonathan Blase

Glennwood School Counselor

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Announcing the Glennwood 2023 Read-a-Thon - Discover the Magic! Save the Dates!

The Glennwood Read-a-Thon 2023, “Discover the Magic,” will officially kick off after the break! Mark your calendars! Read-a-Thon will start at 3:00 pm on January 5 and end on January 12.

The Read-a-Thon is an important PTA fundraiser that encourages all students to enjoy and excel in reading while participating in a friendly competition for prizes while having fun! The Read-a-Thon is our main fundraiser, so we hope to have amazing participation.

A special author visit in conjunction with the read-a-thon is scheduled on January 6 at 1:00 pm with a former Georgia Bulldog and New England Patriot, Malcolm Mitchell. He will be sharing his book The Magician's Hat. Each student will receive a copy of the book, and Malcolm is also bringing his magician to perform for students. This visit is sponsored by the GL PTA and the GL Library Fund. (Be the Coffee Bean: Lessons on Adversity from a Super Bowl Champion - Ted Talk)

Funds raised by the PTA’s Read-a-Thon will go to help support Glennwood, including supplies needed for teachers, staff, and students, teacher innovation grants, school improvements, teacher appreciation events and gifts, school supply kits and Kindergarten t-shirts, and much more!

Raising funds and logging minutes is easy and can all be done virtually. Log into your account at https://glennwoodpta.org/. Don’t have an account? No problem. Just go to https://glennwoodpta.org/peer-to-peer/ for easy, step-by-step instructions. If you need help logging in or creating a campaign, please contact Jen Lewin at jsimmenlewin@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for your participation in this worthwhile event for our school!

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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.

Lost and Found

Hello Families! Please don’t forget to visit the LOST & FOUND on your way in and/or out of the Winter Music Celebration 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 (Nydia Almond) at nialmond05@gmail.com

Updates from the GL PTA DEI Committee

Thank you for your support of the PTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee this year. As we prepare for the last half of the year, we wanted to update you on our committee accomplishments thus far:

  • Monthly Romp & Read: we share books with a DEI focus, eat snacks, do crafts, and play on the playground!
  • Indigenous people’s month weekly messages with book and video links
  • Nature walk with Dekalb county park ranger! A group of 30 Glennwood students and parents explored Mason Mill park and learned about the first people who lived in our area, learned about edible plants, and how to start a fire using friction with rocks and sticks!
  • Decatur Season of Giving- raised funds and gifts to support two families with holiday gifts, and many others with grocery store gift cards
  • Members attended monthly Glennwood equity meetings and Counselor’s update meetings with Glennwood staff.
  • Participated in monthly DEI meetings with other CSD lower elementary schools to plan events and share resources
  • Supported Walk & Roll initiative by serving as “walking school bus” guides for various routes throughout our community so all kids can participate in walk & roll.

Coming soon! Look out for these upcoming DEI events:
  • February Black History Month Scavenger Hunt with Brave & Kind bookstore prizes
  • Private tour of an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in March
  • Clothing Swap and community conversation with experts in climate equity and fast fashion around Earth Day in April

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 January 13, we will announce all January 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.

Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023 Registration is Now Open!

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!

We are also pleased to announce that our Face of the Race winner is Tuck the Pug! Thank you to everyone who submitted your dogs for the contest, and thanks for voting. Register TODAY to make sure you get a long-sleeved T-shirt with this adorable little guy.

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. For more information and to register for the race, click here.

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News from City Schools of Decatur

Good Troublemaker Award

The late Congressman John Lewis was known for his famous plea to all humans fighting for social justice. “Speak up, speak out, get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” Who in this district, or in your building, has actions that speak louder than their words when it comes to being a good troublemaker for equity? Honor them by telling us more about their actions as champions for equitable educational outcomes in CSD.

Nominate someone else or yourself for the Good Equity Troublemaker Award here by Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 11:59 PM. Contact Anthony Downer at adowner@csdecatur.net with any questions or for more info.

Decatur Farm to School

Are you interested in growing your school garden program or improving student access to fresh fruits and vegetables? The Decatur Farm to School Committee is accepting new members for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. In addition to general volunteers, the committee is specifically looking for "School Garden Liaisons" from each CSD school. If this sounds like you or someone you know, learn more and sign-up here.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Decatur Education Foundation has always been an organization defined by solutions. Our mission is to connect people, resources, and ideas to solve the problems that keep our students from learning and thriving. We are focused on the big issues that impact our kids: behavioral health, inequity and racism, and food insecurity, all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. You can help us with a year-end contribution in any amount (every dollar counts), at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/donate. Together we can make a difference for #Ourkids! Thank you for your support.

Another way to give: 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: /a.co/d0HJHTr

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

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