Eagle Edition

March 24, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

We have had a wonderful week at Glennwood. I hope you are making plans to attend our Spring Fling tonight from 5:00-7:00 pm which is sponsored by PTA. We will have a food truck, a pop event book sale with Brave and Kind bookstore, music by Flock of Eagles and more.

I will also be leading a brief school tour from 6:30-6:45 pm tonight for any interested families. You can take a quick peek at your child’s classroom. It occurred to me recently that many families haven’t had an opportunity to see the building. No need to sign up for the tour- just meet us on the steps near the carpool circle at 6:30pm. Please come join the fun this evening at the Spring Fling!

We will also host a school tour on Tuesday, March 29th from 3:15pm-3:30pm for our current families. There is no need to sign up- just meet us at the front of the school outside on the steps of the main office.

Finally, at our current level parents and visitors are welcomed back into the building for various activities and events! We are working on what this looks like for Glennwood but we will start with our school tours and our K-Day for rising Kindergarten students.

Have a great weekend, Glennwood!

Dr. Holly Brookins


Join Us Tonight at Spring Fling!

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Young Author Competition Winner Announced

Glennwood student Kenji Bhatt won the Young Authors Competition for City Schools of Decatur at the kindergarten level. We are very proud of him and his wonderful writing skills. Congratulations Kenji! Pictured above are Kenji with his teacher Ms. Ronco, our instructional coach, Ms. Tolsma and myself. Kenji will move forward to the regional competition representing City Schools of Decatur.

Walk and Roll to School is April 1st!

Walk & Roll and Community Circle are back together again!! Please join us on your feet, your bike or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!) for Walk & Roll, and then stay for our first in person Community Circle in TWO YEARS!! 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. 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, with announcements made immediately following at Community Circle! 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!

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 TOMORROW, 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.

Calling all 1st grade families! Help the PTA sponsor a bagel brunch for our teachers and staff!

This year, PTA is asking each grade to sponsor two teacher appreciation activities to show our staff how grateful we are for all they do! In April, 1st-grade families and the PTA will host a brunch of bagels, fruit, and coffee for our teachers. Please visit the Sign-Up Genius link below to volunteer to bring in items, contribute funds, or donate some of your time. Please drop items with Ms. Hearn on Wednesday, April 13, during school hours. The PTA will set out a lovely Spring brunch on April 14 to treat our teachers and thank them for being so amazing!

Sign up here: 1st Grade-Sponsored Teacher Brunch Sign Ups

This is one of two teacher appreciation activities 1st grade will sponsor this school year, and we are asking all families to participate in at least one. Please email PTA Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) or Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) with any questions.

Thank you!

Save the Date for Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!

May 2-6, 2022

Each day of the week brings a new opportunity to show Glennwood teachers and staff how much we appreciate them! Stay tuned for details and more information about how you can get involved. Email co-chairs Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) and Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) if you would like to volunteer your time or planning skills to this event.

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.

UniverSoul Circus on April 20

Our CSD School Health team is excited to welcome our elementary school students to the Decatur High gymnasium for a performance by the UniverSoul Circus. Our students and teachers have nearly completed this school year and the UniverSoul Circus will be here to help us celebrate! CSD Transportation will assist in providing transportation where needed. The show will take place on April 20 at 11:00 am. Please contact your school principal with specific questions. Fun & Laughter = Wellness

Students will be required to wear a mask for this indoor event.

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MTSS Department Presents CSD Super Saturdays for K-5

Next Saturday School is April 16! 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

News from City Schools of Decatur

Save the Date---Launchpad for Learning Camp

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! Be on the lookout for more information.

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.

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Save the date! The Wylde Center's Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Spring Dine Out is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20. Just eat at/take out from a participating restaurant and a portion of total sales will go to DF2S! Participating restaurants include Wahoo! Grill, Farm Burger, Oakhurst Market, The Marlay House, My Parents’ Basement, Brick Store Pub, Butter & Cream Decatur, Raging Burrito, Arepa Mia, Folk Art Decatur, Sapori di Napoli, BBQ Cafe, Leon's Full Service, and more! Details can be found at https://www.wyldecenter.org/decatur-farm-to-school-2/. All proceeds support our farm-to-school activities, including Decatur High School summer internships, school grants, conference scholarships, and taste tests. Thank you for your support!

Community Partner Announcements and Updates

Decatur Parents Network - Two great Decatur Parents Network events are coming up!

1) Virtual Parents' Chat April 11th @ 7:30 pm.

We can't protect our children from everything, but we can educate ourselves and support each other. Many of our parents have requested more time for interaction and NETWORKING. Join us for our NEW monthly, informal parent chats. The next one is April 11th at @7:30 p.m. Please Register Here ahead of time; space is limited.

Link https://bit.ly/DecaturParentsNetworkParentChat

2) The Speakers Series for April 12 @ 7:00 pm.

According to local surveys, some Decatur youth put themselves at risk by operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs or riding with someone driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.

Parents, you don't have to wait until they get their license to talk with your teens about this. Join us virtually for "If You Feel Different, You Drive Different" on April 12th @ 7:00. Register here Parents AND Teens are encouraged to attend.


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DEF has created a fun treasure hunt to help families celebrate our 20 years in the community! Participating is simple: 1. Download the free phone app “ActionBound.” 2. Click on this QR code.

3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!

At Decatur Education Foundation, our mission is to eliminate the problems our kids face so they can learn and thrive. You can help us do that through your donations of time and funds. To address food insecurity, we have several Amazon wish lists that are renewed monthly. Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks

Tally Snacks

Weekend Food Backpacks

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.

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.

March Design Principle - The Natural World

Our EL Education Design Principle for March is The Natural World. With spring budding all around us, it's a great time to reflect on the importance of Nature and how we can learn from it. GL kindergarten student Archer Loveall drew this beautiful portrait of an eagle. Kindergarten para Michelle Reynolds is also an amazing nature photographer and shares her magnificent photos of nature with everyone on her Instagram account - @songsparrowstudios. The photo below was taken by Ms. Reynolds of Great Egrets in St. Augustine, Florida. Be sure to check out her work. We are very lucky to have her at Glennwood!
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